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You’re Not Alone, Grace Believer

This was shared by my friend LeighAnn Mycko and it is such a lovely reminder that even when we fee alone as grace believers we never really are and we must keep on sharing grace and fighting the good fight of faith.

Each one of us, before we were saved and came to the knowledge of the truth, was in darkness.

Each one of us, before we were saved and came to the knowledge of the truth, believed lies.

Each one of us, before we were saved and came to the knowledge of the truth, was a fool.

All of us grace believers came from a place of unbelief.

All of us grace believers were once consumed with our own vain imaginings.

All of us grace believers were once children of disobedience.

We failed to give God the glory.

We failed to be thankful to God.

We failed to worship and serve the Creator more than the creature.

But now, we know we are justified by his blood, saved from wrath, and that we shall live with him.

But now, we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.

But now, our conversation is in heaven as we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Change doesn’t happen over night.

Studying rightly divided takes time and effort.

Sometimes life gets in the way and slows down that progress.

It happens to us all at one time or another.

Keep going anyhow.

Don’t ever stop believing.

Don’t ever stop studying.

Stick to sound doctrine, because when everyone leaves you, sound doctrine won’t!

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Nope, God Never Said That!

I often hear people say things like “If you know what it takes for you to be happy then just do it. If your a Christian or if your not it doesn’t matter, God wants his people happy. So just go do it! ”

But this could not be more wrong.

God does not say anywhere in his word that he just wants us to be happy in general . Saying just be happy if you mean by going out and embracing the deceptions and wily ways of the world then God does not want that for those who are in Christ. In fact when Paul addresses believers living carnally in their flesh rather than spiritually in Christ his response is “God forbid!”

It is literally the exact opposite of how to be happy as a Christian, saying “oh just go do whatever makes you feel good right now in your flesh even if it’s a sin in God’s eyes,” all that will accomplish is keeping you the same jacked up mess you were when before you first trusted Christ for your salvation.

Instead believers in the body of Christ (Christians) are instructed to study God’s word rightly divided to show themselves approved unto God by being grounded in sound doctrine which roots and stablishes us in who we are in Christ. If a person says they have trusted Christ as their Saviour then they are part of Christ’s body and thus represent Him, don’t suggest they obey the world rather than the one who died for them. Christ’s instructions to all who trust Him are:

When we do that we see see his grace is sufficient and just how true it is we are blessed with all spiritual blessings and thus we know true peace and happiness.

I also would never tell a lost, unsaved soul to just do whatever to be happy either. I would point out that the reason they aren’t happy is they are separated from God by their sinful nature, lost and headed for eternity in hell.

Since all have sinned all will die for that is the result of sin. If a person dies without trusting Christ as their Saviour they go to hell, it’s that simple. So I would share the gospel if God’s glorious grace that gets them saved and sealed eternally in Christ giving them eternal life in him.

I would show them how Christ died on the cross and paid the price for ALL their sins past present and future; was buried to forever remove their sins from them, and rose the third day for their justification before God and when they trust in Christ alone by believing that it is his finished cross work alone they are saved. Saved, sealed and set in Christ for all eternity and then I would begin showing them who they now are in Christ and how to grow in grace and sound doctrine for their edification so that they will know the true peace and happiness ONLY found in Christ which is also how God intends and wants his people to be happy, because today those in the Body of Christ are His only people.

The happiness found when we embrace and glory in ALL that we now ARE in Christ!

In Christ I Am:

I am Redeemed ( Gal. 4:5 )

I am complete in Him (Col. 2:10)

I am a New Creature ( 2 Cor. 5:17 )

I am called to be a Saint ( Rom. 1:7 )

I am accepted in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6)

I am more than a conqueror ( Rom. 8:37 )

I am an Ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20 )

I am justified freely by His Grace ( Rom. 3:24 )

I am looking for that blessed Hope ( Titus 2:13 )

I am the Temple of the Living God ( 2 Cor. 6:16 )

I have redemption through His blood ( Eph. 1:7 )

I am free from the law of sin and death ( Rom. 8:2 )

I am a son and heir of God through Christ ( Gal. 4:7 )

I know the body is not one member but many (1 Cor. 12:14)

I am not my own, for I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

I am manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ( 2 Cor. 3:3 )

I am not far but now made nigh by the blood of Christ ( Eph. 2:13 )

I am sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30 )

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me ( Phil. 4:13 )

I am risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God ( Col. 2:12 )

I am to endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ ( 2 Tim. 2:3 )

I am to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery ( Eph. 3:9 )

I am presented holy, unblameable and unreproveable in His sight (Col. 1:22)

I have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins ( Eph. 1:7 )

I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3)

I am always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus (2 Cor. 4:10)

I am washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus ( 1 Cor. 6:11 )

I am to wait for Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. ( 1 Thes. 1:10 )

I am confident that He which hath begun a good work in me will perform it ( Phil. 1:6)

I am saved by grace through faith and not of works lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me ( Gal. 2:20 )

I know this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27)

I faint not, though my outward man perish, my Inner Man is renewed day by day ( 2 Cor. 4:16 )

I am a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15)

I am looking for the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)

I know God hath raised us up and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6)

I am persuaded that nothing shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ ( Rom. 8:38-39)

And Ye Are Complete in Him (Col.2:10).

Posted in Grace Life, salvation

Foolish Hearts Darkened

Every single day I see this verse playing out before me and it breaks mine heart. I am often asked why the world is like it is, why so much hurt, pain, suffering and evil abound. I take them to Romans 1 and I point out this verse. Then I back up and go through the passage in full.

Romans 1:18-32 KJV — “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

There’s no arguing with words God wrote almost 2,000 years ago, even for those who are unsaved. For those who are saved and in Christ with me then I show throughout Scripture how this is the attack of Satan, his wiles, then show them passages like Ephesians 6:10-18 to prepare them to stand and fight well armed in Christ.

Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV — “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

But if they are unsaved well what better opportunity to share the gospel of God’s glorious grace than the moment they realize just why this world is such a jacked up mess and that they can choose to stop fighting for the wrong team and get saved.

Romans 3:23 KJV — For 👉all have sinned👈, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5:12 KJV — Wherefore, as👉 by one man sin entered into the world👈, and death by sin; and so👉 death passed upon all men, 👈for that all have sinned:

Romans 6:23 KJV — For the 👉wages of sin is death; 👈but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:15 KJV — But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV — For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that 👉Christ died for our sins 👈according to the scriptures; And that he 👉was buried, and that he rose again 👈the third day according to the scriptures:

Ephesians 1:13 KJV — In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also👉 after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit 👈of promise,

2 Corinthians 1:22 KJV — Who hath also 👉sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.👈

Then I begin helping them see that even though they are still stuck in this hot mess of trouble here in this world, praise God their not part of it anymore.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV —👉 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.👈

Ephesians 2:6 KJV — “And hath raised us up together, and👉 made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:”

Philippians 3:20 KJV — “For 👉our conversation is in heaven; 👈from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:”

I get them grounded and edified and then I show them how to fight the good fight of faith till the day we are caught up or laid in the ground.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV — “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Just because the world’s a mess and sure ain’t gonna get no better don’t mean we gotta just watch it go to hell in a hand basket. We can walk in who we are in Christ using the tools he gives us in himself – his grace and strength and most of all His perfect unchanging ever sure word – to go out and fight. We can fight by being ready always to give an answer for the hope and peace that fills us. We can be Amabassadors and represent Christ well.

1 Timothy 6:12 KJV — “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

Posted in Grace Life, Rightly Dividing

The Mystery Gonna Change You

THE TRUTH OF THE MYSTERY CAN CHANGE YOU, IF YOU’RE WILLING TO RECEIVE IT AS IT IS IN TRUTH!

By the Inspiration of God,
Apostle Paul Writes To the
Church the Body of Christ:

Romans 16:25-26 (KJV): “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of THE MYSTERY, WHICH WAS KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

Ephesians 3:1-9 (KJV): “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me THE MYSTERY; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 WHICH IN OTHER AGES WAS NOT MADE KNOWN UNTO THE SONS OF MEN, AS IT IS NOW REVEALED unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ BY THE GOSPEL:
7 WHEREOF I WAS MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING TO THE GIFT OF GRACE OF GOD GIVEN UNTO ME by the effectual working of his power.
8 UNTO ME, who am less than the least of all saints, IS THIS GRACE GIVEN, THAT I SHOULD PREACH among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of THE MYSTERY, WHICH FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD HATH BEEN HID IN GOD, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”

1 Timothy 2:3-8 (KJV): “FOR THIS IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, TO BE TESTIFIED IN DUE TIME.
7 WHEREUNTO I AM ORDAINED a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, WITHOUT WRATH AND DOUBTING.”

Philippians 3:17-21 (KJV): “Brethren, BE FOLLOWERS TOGETHER OF ME, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
18 (For MANY WALK, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, WHO MIND EARTHLY THINGS.)
20 FOR OUR CONVERSATION IS IN HEAVEN; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV): “STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth.
16 But SHUN profane and vain babblings: for they WILL INCREASE unto more ungodliness.”

1 Timothy 1:1 (KJV): “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;”

1 Timothy 1:11 (KJV): “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, WHICH WAS COMMITTED TO MY TRUST.”

1 Timothy 1:16 (KJV): “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that IN ME FIRST Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, FOR A PATTERN to them which should HEREAFTER believe on him to life everlasting.”

Colossians 1:23-26 (KJV): “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh FOR HIS BODY’S SAKE, WHICH IS THE CHURCH:
25 WHEREOF I AM MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING TO THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU, to fulfil the word of God;
26 EVEN THE MYSTERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID FROM AGES AND FROM GENERATIONS, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST TO HIS SAINTS:”

1 Thessalonians 2:12-13 (KJV): “THAT YE WOULD WALK WORTHY OF GOD, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God WHICH YE HEARD OF US [ i.e. Paul and his followers ], YE RECEIVED IT not as the word of men, but AS IT IS IN TRUTH, the word of God, WHICH EFFECTUALLY WORKETH ALSO IN YOU THAT BELIEVE.”

-PAUL, masterbuilder of our faith (1Co 3:10 KJV)

Posted in Grace Life, Q & A, Rightly Dividing

Can’t Find the Body in the Old Testament

WHAT PAUL PREACHED IS NOT SEARCHABLE IN OLD TESTAMENT

The KJV Scriptures tell us in plain and clear language that what Paul preached is NOT searchable in the Old Testament because it was kept SECRET since the world began.

Please, please, reject the spirit of the world by shunning the words which man’s wisdom teacheth.

And, cling to that which the Holy Ghost teacheth, the spirit which is of God, so that you might know the things that are freely given to you of God.

Believe the book of the Lord, i.e. the KJV Bible, according as it is written, and according to Christ’s revelation of the MYSTERY which God committed to PAUL.

Believe God.

What Paul penned are the words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. What Paul penned God preserved for us in Romans through Philemon KJV.

God cannot lie.
And, his word (KJV) is TRUTH.

By The Inspiration of God,
Apostle Paul Writes To Us:

Romans 16:25-26 (KJV): “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:”

Ephesians 3:1-10 (KJV): “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”

1 Corinthians 2:5-16 (KJV): “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

Galatians 1:11-12 (KJV): “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

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Why, Why, Why?

Often believers face difficult situations, hard times and inevitably most ask “Why is all this happening to me?” They say that they are mad at God in a way because of the circumstances they find themselves in. I understand that feeling but it isn’t God causing those things to happen, God isn’t punishing or chastising them. That’s not what the Bible says He is doing today and the Bible is God’s very words to us. His only way of communicating to us today what HE IS and ISN’T doing right now. He’s not punishing us – He will punish those who reject him in the future but right now His attitude towards the world is grace and peace.

2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV — “To wit, that God was in Christ, 👉reconciling the world unto himself👈, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

Bad things happen because we live in a sin fallen world, of which Satan is the prince.

Ephesians 2:2 KJV — “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to 👉the prince of the power of the air👈, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

Job 1:7 KJV — “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, 👉From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it👈.”

Ephesians 6:12 KJV — “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but 👉against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places👈.”

When we are living for Christ then we are working against Satan and his wiles as spoken of in Ephesians 6 so he gets mad and thus is working double time to try and stop us. One of his most powerful tools to do this is keeping us mixed up doctrinally. Such as being in a church or group that teaches law and grace or that we can loose our salvation, that we must work to keep it. Another is convincing us that God is working through signs and wonders as He did in times past with Israel such as praying for signs, physical blessings and wonders. That’s not how God is working today we walk by faith not sight. The signs and wonders ceased during Paul’s lifetime but today we still have many blessings they are spiritual though not physical. Here are just a few of the blessings we have in Christ :

Colossians 2:10 KJV — “And 👉ye are complete in him, 👈which is the head of all principality and power:”

Ephesians 1:3 KJV — “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath 👉blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:👈”

Ephesians 2:6 KJV — “And hath raised us up together, and 👉made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus👈:”

Romans 3:24 KJV — “Being👉 justified freely by his grace through the redemption👈 that is in Christ Jesus:”

When we realize what God is doing by obeying Christ’s instructions to us to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) and are thus grounded in sound doctrine as found in Paul’s Epistles for us today then Satan can’t decieve us because we know what God is doing and why. We have our armor on and are standing strong in Christ.

That makes Satan madder still so his next line of attack is throwing problems in our path to distract and discourage us. However if we understand who we are in Christ, what He has made us to be, and why as well as focus on His word and will for our lives found in Scripture then Satan and the world loose their hold and power over us because we are made strong in Christ. We have His peace filling and sustaining us. His will as given to us through His word the Bible which leads us, guides us, builds us up and edifies us to go out in the world and live for Him the one who died for our sins, was buried and rose the third day for our justification. The one in whom we are sealed by the Holy Spirit the instant we believe until the day of our redemption, our blessed hope the catching away of the body of Christ.

Now if we aren’t grounded and stablished in God’s word, knowing that it is our final authority in life and allowing it to work effectually in our lives by studying it and following what it says then we are not going to be fruitful and our lives will be unstable, we are weak soft targets for Satan to attack. Instead of doing what God would have us we are doing what the world tells us.

That’s what those who ask “Why” are doing, letting the world pull them away from Christ and who they are in Him. And Satan is dancing a jig about it, they’re really making that ole slewfooted deceivers day. Many times the problems they face involve family and friends and how they feel they have failed them. They say they try to give those they love everything yet feel they messed up, I ask them did do they give them what matters most? Do they give those around them time and letting others see them putting God first in their life? People will do what we do not what we say! Just as Paul is our example in following Christ, we are our loved ones example, they follow us. We have a choice every day do we give them more of the world by buying them things, adding more stuff to their lives, letting money and the world be the focus. Or do we give them our time, do we give them God’s word, point to Him in our actions and speech, and behavior?

They focus on money and the world in their personal life even though it makes them so miserable. Always wanting more, craving it, being overwhelmed by greed and lust for the things of this world. Always seeking more to try and fill that gaping void in their heart that stuff can never fill . When they realize all the stuff can’t make them happy they throw it out and try new stuff again and again and again. That carries over to their families and friends. They love them and think they show it if they buy them stuff but don’t really spend time with them. Not quality time. They never let them see you studying God’s word or relying on Him to lead them, never share the gospel of God’s glorious grace with them or help them grow in grace. They certainly don’t help them find a way to escape their temptations and problems in Christ through the word, because they themselves don’t do so.

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV — “There hath 👉no temptation taken you but such as is common to man👈: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will 👉with the temptation also make a way to escape👈, that ye may be able to bear it.”

One way to escape those temptations is through God’s word working effectually within us.

Psalm 119:11 KJV — “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

They always wonder why they are falling into a world of hurt, along with those around them. But their lives ones are just reacting to the problems of this world the way they were taught. When believers focus in the world and not Christ they don’t take time to learn how to walk in Christ, to really live and grow in Him or teach others how. Instead they reach for the world, teaching others to also and then seek God when it bites them as it inevitably will because it belongs to Satan not God. They use God as a life preserver not as their life and Savior.

I know this is gonna make many of you mad and I am sorry but I speak from experience here. We reap the results of the seeds we sow , the life we choose to live and what we focus on is the seed the results of that are the fruit we reap. Focus on the world then you get the heartache and worry and stress of the world because you get the world. Focus on Christ and even though you live in the world and it’s problems you have peace and hope and strength because you get more of Christ. This world is just a cheap motel for us if we are saved in Christ, we are His Amabassadors representative of who He is and one day we aregoing home to the one whom we represent here. Do you represent him well? Or do you represent the world?

Those are questions I ask myself often and I strive to live in a way that represents Him well.

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Peace Not Presence Of God

This quote by Rodney Beaulieu says so well what that joy, calm and comfort we feel after being emotionally keyed up by circumstances we find ourselves in, which is often mistaken as bring the PRESENCE of God. It’s not, it’s the PEACE of God:

“I understand what you are saying but let me help you. What you experienced was not the presence of God, It was the peace of God that replaced the guilt and the emotional abuse. When the peace of God replaces the guilt of emotional tragedy in a persons life, they will cry, tears release chemicals that cause stress, when stress is gone and replaced by peace, it will be such an overwhelming change from your former state that you will think you are FEELING the presence of God. But you are not. You are experiencing the wonderful peace of God and knowing that you are forgiven by him and at one with him. The weight is lifted off your shoulders, you feel lighter, you feel happy, you feel joy, you feel like you can go on with life. This is what happens to every person who has believed the gospel and has been forgiven and saved by grace through faith in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So I know exactly what you are speaking of. I’ve been saved for 35 years and still experience the peace of God.”

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Conduct

I forgot this when fellowshipping with a dear sister recently and it caused much grief for us both. Even when we are so excited to share the gospel of God’s grace and right division we must always let love and kindness, mercy and grace flavor our speech and sound doctrine from God’s word the only thing we teach.

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A Wonderful Truth

What more wonderful truth is there than that we have redemption through Christ precious blood, forgiveness of sins. Not just one sin or some sins but all sins, past present and future are completely entirely forgiven because He paid for them, he became them for us! Talk about love, talk about grace that truth grips my soul in that grace eternally. It is the sweetest promise, sure and secure in who Christ is and what He did. My heart breaks that I put Him there on that cross at the same time it rejoices in gratitude that He would take my place, pay my debt, die for me. He did it all, paid it all, and saved us all who believe the gospel of God’s grace; that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose the third day according to the Scripture. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). When we believe that we are saved, sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit into Christ, made one with Him in the new creature the body of Christ, we have eternal life in the one who died for us! And that is God’s gift to us, a gift we don’t deserve, can never earn but Christ loved us so much He gives it to all who believe in spite of that.