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  1. Mornin' Folks, So last night I was in chat and the topic of atheists came up. I was surprised by the number of people that stated that they "hated" them some stating they "had no souls". Atheists are folks with hardened hearts, eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear. Basically they are folks who have not been sent the Holy Spirit and and brought into the light by our Lord. We, as believers, are disciples of God and it is our mission to help bring the word to people like these. So, I say we should not turn our faces away from atheists, but stand our ground and share the Lord's word with them. Be vigilant After all we are soldiers of God! Your thoughts? JJ
  2. It's sort of hard to celebrate Easter any day but Sunday, if you are working Monday through Saturday, like many are required to do.
  3. "Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”.... Mark Twain Some of the things that we put off until tomorrow shall never be completed for often that which is delayed will be forgotten. As a Christian it is imperative to move forward each day. Live each day to the best of our ability, and be grateful for all that comes unto us, and then let the day be past and let a new day be born. Learn from the past but do not be hindered by the past. So many live in the past and rest upon laurels achieved many years ago. There is danger in contentment if contentment leads to apathy and acceptance, for that which we accept and become content with may be far less that what is possible. Hunger and desire should ever be the fuel that burns within our hearts. I desire to be close unto the Lord this day, but my greater desire is to be closer unto him tomorrow. I am convinced that there is no such place as being too close unto the Lord. In the blessed Kingdom to come we shall be made perfect, but the continual improvements that we make in this life shall determine the perfection that we shall become. Let us all move forward this day as we take yet another small step toward the perfection that shall be.
  4. Well, here we are at the end of what appears to be a "pinned" topic of page seven. I suppose no further entries are in at this time, but just an over-view comment... Great scriptures all! Nice to scan through these, and they were a real blessing to have them shared with those who took the time to make this thread. Thanks, and God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  5. Hi tt, Great that we can encourage and uplift each other. Would make the Lord`s heart glad. Now I was reading a book by Corrie ten Boon and she had another verse to that poem. I lent the book to a friend but I tried to learn it. `My life is but a weaving, between my Lord and me, I do not choose the colours, He worketh steadily. Sometimes He chooses sorrow, and I in foolish pride, Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside, Not till the loom is silent and the shuttle cease to fly, Will God unfold His wisdom and explain the reason why. The dark threads are as needful, in the weaver`s skilful hands, As the threads of gold and silver, in the pattern he has planned.` all the best, Marilyn.
  6. Glad to have you here.
  7. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jer 31:33 RSV In your walk with the Lord, has he given you any rules to follow?
  8. In gratitude of unwarranted favor is a hidden treasure as far as I can see. Something of memory i will never forget. The burden I once carried like an old ox is now been transformed to courage. Plowing a field in winter for my neighbors has become a part of my own conviction with a Savior acknowleding me with favor. A favor I denied for yrs. While He wrote the Torah on my Heart. I ignored the author in my youthful ignorance. Till that fateful day I was asked," What do you think of my Son?"
  9. God is not really concerned about what day you celebrate the resurrection. This is something that people worry about. Its the same with ....>"well, Jesus was probably born in................September.....so, why do we follow the "tradition" of celebrating Jesus's BD in Dec. ???????? And once again, God is yawning. As the reality is, what day, what month, has no bearing, has no meaning, (in Eternity) as all that matters is that Jesus was Born, Died, and Lives. So, what a good idea might be, is to have a chocolate bunny on "Easter", and share it with your kids. Bake a cake on December 25th, and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus as you pass out the cake.
  10. Peter's gospel and Paul's gospel are both the gospel of Jesus Christ. Peter learned it from Jesus during his ministry and the 40 days after his resurrection. Paul learned it from Jesus on the road to Damascus and according to him, through no man, but by a revelation of Jesus Christ.
  11. This goes out to those who have been comforting me in the recent loss of my beloved mother. Thanks, everyone. REJOICE WITH THEM THAT REJOICE AND WEEP WITH THEM THAT WEEP I want to personally thank each one of you... @IowaChristiangal @ForHisGlory37 @Tzephanyahu @PrayerWarrior @mercy100 @angels4u @In Him @SisterActs2 @Heybro @Cletus @Willa @plavious @Frances @enoob57 @Debp @Neighbor @Abby-Joy @Jostler @sugarbear @1to3 @B3L13v3R @C_Beth @HerLowliness
  12. Praying God's perfect will be done.
  13. Welcome! Very nice name
  14. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire but my ears you have opened. Burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” ~ Psalm 40:6-8
  15. The Rule of faith and practice is not scripture alone PART 1 (Continued in part 2) A correction to the “sola scriptura” teaching, which says “scripture ALONE”. Now, at first glance some may think that I am teaching that scripture is not a rule of faith and practice. I am not quite saying this, I am saying that scripture is not the first primary rule of faith and practice, even though I would say it is the secondary rule. The primary rule of faith and practice is to live and walk and move in the power of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25 Rom. 8:2,5,6,9-16 KJV), in Christ in the new creation (Gal. 6:15,16 KJV) where God dwells in all believers (1 Cor. 3:16, 1 John 4:15 KJV) and where he works in us to will and to do and to make us perfect unto every good work, working in us that which is well pleasing through Jesus Christ (Heb. 13:20,21 Phil 2:13 KJV). It is the anointing that teaches us all things, (1 John 2:27 KJV) and if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his (Romans 8:9) and if he does not have the Spirit he cannot know the things of God or the scriptures (1 Cor 2 KJV) . The scriptures were given by the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) and no man can even know the scriptures unless they are in the first rule which is to be in the Spirit (Romans 8:9 KJV). If any man have not the Spirit of Christ they are none of his (Romans 8:9 KJV). The Holy Spirit is the one who guides us into all truth (John 16:13 KJV). It is the grace of our Lord that is with our spirit (Philemon 1:25 KJV). No man can even know the Son of God except the Father reveals him. This inner witness in our spirit is vital to knowing God and living in the spirit. “no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.”(John 10:22 KJV) So, for a man to say “I know who the Son of God is” by scripture "alone" without a spiritual revelation is not accurate. Yes, scripture testifies of the Son of God and Jesus work for salvation and the gospel is according to the scriptures and many prophecies and much more. However, the scriptures were given by the Spirit to the men who testified and who were led to write them. But to know who Jesus is as the Son of God is a revelation of the Father and to know the Father is a revelation of the Son. It is not the scriptures that give an inner witness of themselves, but it is the Spirit that bears witness. The scriptures are able to help us as we have faith in Christ Jesus. “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”(Romans 8:16 KJV) Christianity is new life the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor. 3:6, Gal 615,16, John 15.:1-6,2 Cor 13:5 KJV) And true worship is to worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23 KJV). Unless Jesus is in us and we in him we can do nothing, as Jesus said, “4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”(John 15:4,5 KJV) As highly as I regard the holy scriptures and see them as the secondary rule. I cannot say that they are “alone” the only rule for believers. However, if a man is in Christ he will be led by the Spirit into all truth and this would include the scriptures of truth and the true believer who now is in the Spirit and the faith which is in Christ Jesus can understand the scriptures. We even see this in a favorite verse many quote to teach “sola scriptura” “5 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”(2 Timothy 3:15,16 KJV) Here we see that it is by faith in Christ Jesus that any can understand the scriptures. Again the first primary rule is the spirit and to live in faith in Christ. Paul said “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.”(1 Cor 2:11-14 KJV) Yet today many think they can know the things of God without His immediate revelation and Spirit leading them to all truth. Or even if they acknowledge the Holy Spirit guiding them, they still say “sola” scriptura” or scripture alone. I wonder how a person thinks they can know anything of the Spirit unless they are born again and live and move in the spirit. Jesus said , “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”(John 3:3 KJV) The pharisees had scripture and studied it and could quote many things yet they did not know Jesus in front of them and they did not come to him to have life. They could not see spiritual things. But they could read scripture and study languages and try to understand with their natural carnal mind. They thought (like some today seem to imply,) that they had eternal life in the scriptures but Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. “(John 5:39 KJV) Jesus also said they did not know the scriptures or the power of God (Matt. 22:29 KJV) even though they might have thought they did. They also did not have His word abiding in them “And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.”(John 5:38 KJV) The seed is the word of God sown in the hearts of all (Luke 8 Gal.3:16,29 1 John 3:9) and is near all (Acts 17 Romans 10: Hebrews 4:12,13 KJV), though not in them or in union with them until they receive him at salvation, this is a great attainment where they will be born again, born from above by the Spirit of God (John 6:63, 1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18 KJV). This inward life is the first rule of Christianity and by which we understand the scriptures. The anointing teaches us all things, and yes all things would include the secondary witness or rule of the scriptures as we are taught by the Spirit. “ But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”(1 John 2:27 KJV) Jesus one time opened the believers hearts to understand the scriptures. This is still the way men understand scripture “ And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself....32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”(Luke 24:27,32 KJV) Many today try to take out the spiritual aspects of Christianity and reduce it to a intellectual attainment or carnal reasoning with the wisdom of men and excellency of speech. Paul as led by the Spirit rebuked such thinking “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God....4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God... we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,...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.”(1 Cor 2:1,4-6, 11-14 KJV) The Primary Rule To clarify what this first rule is, here are some scriptures. “15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.”(Galatians 6:15,16 KJV) The word “rule” means - “sphere, standard, rod, boundary.” To live in Christ as a new creation is to live in spiritual life with Jesus Christ in you and the spirit of God leading you and teaching you all things. This is the primary rule, as Paul said. We are to walk according to this rule. And except a man be born again he cannot see spiritually anything of the kingdom. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14 KJV) “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”(John 16:13 KJV) But some seem to say regardless of this, “We can know all about the things of God by our study of Greek and Hebrew and with our human wisdom in reading other commentaries and with all our human intellect and books." The issue they deal with, is that God said they cannot know the things of God unless they are spiritual ( 1 Cor 2 etc) . So again how do they think to understand spiritual scripture if they are not being led by the Spirit of God which is the first primary rule. If they can admit this then they should not use the expression “sola scriptura” or scripture ALONE. Jesus also showed a difference of the Old Testament worship and the worship God seeks after. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”(John 4:23,24 KJV). PART 1 (Contnued in part 2 and 3)
  16. Hello everyone! Cool of the Day here and I'm looking forward to sharpening iron among you. I cannot wait to dig in!
  17. This is not really a poem but thoughts.. Sweet kind and merciful Lord I can't rhyme well but I can tell how good you are always to me. You are with me and when I give you my full attention I am blessed. When I turn to you u help me. You are faithful and have made me and you love me and I love you. Thank you for all my benefits but foremost yourself, the sweetest gift of all by the greatest one of all. Thank you for your love forgive me where I fall short and help me to live for you and others.... Giving is receiving ... may your ways be my ways always All glory to you God Amen.
  18. Before the foundations of the world he made stars to worship him named everyone of them and just imagine heaven Holy Holy Holy Worthy is the Lamb
  19. I agree that if the world does it, it doesn't make it right. I look to Noah as my example of that. However though truth is always truth, there can be wisdom in how it is shared or declared. Right before Easter explaining the origins of Easter is a time when people are more emotionally involved and sometimes it is better to wait. Though I agree Easter is pagan, I do not believe I will sway people to that conclusion in this forum. If, however, some feel led later to examine it and pray about it, that would be great. I believe in many Truths and in right timing I will share them, but there is a pattern to truth that takes a little more time than just the declaration of it. The first step is truth must be recognized as truth, then that truth has to be accepted, and then the hard part which can sometimes take years is that the truth has to be applied in your own life. To state a truth is fine, to defend that truth is fine, but you will rarely sway people if the whole purpose of an discussion... is to win. No one wins an argument, but many can learn from a discussion.
  20. I agree, and we should not be caught off guard when it happens. Thanks, Tigger, for sharing the sermon, still timely after centuries! It’s appalling, but not surprising, that some, even to this day, still attempt to convert and control others with intimidation and terrorism. John 16 New King James Version (NKJV) Jesus Warns and Comforts His Disciples 16 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. ..... Stay ready, dear brothers and sisters!
  21. Paul teaches us to pray constantly (1 Thess 5:17). If you do that, I imagine you'll meet him soon.
  22. OH every offering is owed unto OUR LORD CHRIST . For in the law even the priests had to use the blood of animals as a covering for even their own sins as well as the sins of the people . But JESUS did not use the blood of bulls or animals , BUT BY HIS OWN BLOOD , OH HE Sacrificed HIMSELF so that all who come unto HIM are truly saved and their conscious truly changed by THE BLOOD , not of animals BUT OF THE WORD that became flesh . Man , its time to light the place up with praises to the LORD . Folks might wonder why on earth does this frienduff fellow always encourage praise and points to Christ alone . WELL, this hog was one of the worst and NOW I got all HOPE for I have forigivenss and its a joy , THE JOY that just keeps on Giving the heart great joy and hope IN THE LORD and IN THE LORD ONLY . OH let a festival of hands be raised and a might sound of thunderous praise be given UNTO CHRIST the Lamb who was slain , the Reedemer of our souls .
  23. "Every grain offering baked in an oven or cooked in a pan or on a griddle belongs to the priest who offers it, and every grain offering, whether mixed with olive oil or dry, belongs equally to all the sons of Aaron." (Leviticus 7:9-10)
  24. Of course, Emily. I'll be praying for your brother also. Welcome to Worthy. God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  25. I have prayed for you. PS. Post this in prayer request form so many people can see it. God bless.
  26. Lavender blue, nooby nooby
  27. Revelation 21:16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Scripture tells us the city is laid out like a square, not a pyramid, where it's length, breadth and height are the same.
  28. Welcome, Cool of the Day. I love this site because it keeps me digging in the Word.
  29. Shalom Cool, Welcome to the forum! I hope you find the site useful for sharpening. Love & Shalom
  30. Thank you, but I'm no longer suicidal or struggling with that. All that is in the past. It's more that I have a happy, positive view of dying is why I want it, not that I am so miserable I want to die. But simply, people always say "who wants to die? No one!" But that isn't true when you compare this imperfect temporary life to a perfect eternal life. I ask, "who doesn't want to leave this sinful world and their flesh and be made perfect in a perfect place?" If I'm going there anyway, I'd rather go there now. Paul the Apostle agreed he wanted to leave this world as well, but at the same time, he finds a reason why he also wants to stay. I see myself carrying out a mission for the Lord's will, then when my fight is over and I have fought the good fight, then the Lord will call me home when He decides when my fight is over. But thank you for your encouragement.
  31. This is beautiful! It reminds that the enemy wants us to forget what the Lord has brought inside us, by using external attacks and making us weary. Then through worries he attacks our faith and relationship with God. And the solution is to fix our eyes on Jesus, the day star who arose in our hearts, the rose.
  32. Hey , Paul not saul , IF one aint sealed IN JESUS before that day , ITS OVER . So the most dire thing that needs to get told is the TRUE GOSPLE that reconciles a man to GOD FOUND ONLY in CHRIST . And not this big reconcile the world AS IS under whatever false god lie .
  33. Praying for you. I can relate to your ear being plugged.
  34. Hi tt, Thank you so much. I never realised that little poem taught to me by my mum had verses. Just so precious. Thankyou for following that up. You are a real asset to the Worthy family, bringing us all together in uplifting ways. May God continue to grant you strength and wisdom as you seek to serve Him and your brothers and sisters here. Blessings, Marilyn.
  35. No not really. It rains on the just and the unjust alike. This must also include any lightening that may occur with a storm as well. God bless. Shalom, David/BeauJangles
  36. Shalom brotherdon, There's no need to feel bad because you see this person do this and that person do that. Be encouraged my brother! Because writing well is no indication of growth in the Lord. Neither is a lot of knowledge any indication that someone is wise. For all of our much talk and discussion on these forums, we all have so much to still learn about the Word. We can over complicate matters and make them seem difficult at times. Therefore, sometimes the "college students" will be quickly be overtaken by the "1st graders" - who understand the concepts of God simply and clearly. "Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 Love & Shalom
  37. PromisesPromises that's so true i should focus on his heart condtion :) blood bought i'm glad you are in a relationship with somebody,
  38. Debp

    Homeless

    Joining with the others for you.
  39. Sorry you are homeless. Praying for you right now.
  40. Part 2 continued... THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS In scripture we SEE different ways that God makes believers perfect. 1. God works in them to make them perfect “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”Hebrews 13:20, 21 JV) This is the first primary rule of faith and practice to have God in us and working in us and this is where we have the anointing that teaches us all things (1 John 2:27) and Jesus Christ in us ( 2 Cor 13:5 KJV). Without this rule of God in us we cannot know anything. “15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you...”(Colossians 3:15, 16 KJV) The word “rule” here means "to govern" And who cannot say this is the primary rule in our heart in the spirit.? 2. The body of Christ and ministry for the perfecting of the saints. I showed above, it is God working by the first rule in all believers, then by this rule the body can function and work and Christ effectually worketh in all “11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: ...15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”(Ephesians 4:11-16) Notice, that Christ works effectually in every part of the body. This is the first rule of God working in individuals and then the body God works by his spirit in the body of Christ also and this is how he edifies the body and perfects the saints 3. The scriptures are able to make us perfect unto every good work THROUGH FAITH which is in Christ Jesus. “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”( 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV) So in these three ways we see the MORE complete UNDERSTANDING OF THE RULE. - The primary rule of God is by His Spirit working in us to make us perfect. - The work of God in the body of believers and the gifts in ministry to each other to perfect the saints - The Holy scriptures which are able to make us perfect through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All these work together to make us perfect. But nothing can happen unless we are in the primary rule of the Spirit and life. The scriptures don’t of themselves lead us into an action unless we are in faith in Christ. The anointing teaches us of all things and believers are to be led by the Spirit, then the scriptures will work in us, for the word of God works in those who believe (1 Thess 2:13 KJV). For example, the scriptures teach the various qualifications of an overseer (Bishop) in 1 Timothy 3. But many believers can see such a list and say they meet them. The list itself does not tell you or make you an overseer. Yet, we can know those who are called of God to such a function by examining the sc ripture list there and other places. This is done as we also see them manifest the gifts and call of God. They also hold fast the faithful word and “have the rule” in this respect and have spoken the word of God. But the scripture in 1 Timothy doesn't itself make them an overseer or "bishop". We read in scripture that the Holy Ghost made them overseers (Acts 20:28 KJV) This is as believers follow the primary rule of God’s Spirit calling, giving life, empowering, witnessing to our spirit, directing, leading and teaching us all things So we see that God makes us perfect directly in our hearts, He works in the entire body to perfect the saints and he uses scripture to make us perfect unto every good work. All these work together as the rule of faith and practice. But each in the proper place. But if some say “sola scriptura” with no clarification, this can led many to deny God’s immediate work and revelation to the heart and the leading of the Spirit in all things. Some may go as far as to say God does not speak in any believer today and we can only know God by the scriptures. Some may think they can know the things of God by simply studying scripture and Greek and Hebrew and human reasoning alone. While it is important to study (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV) this kind of study is to follow the leading of the Spirit and anointing (1 John 2:27, John 16:13 KJV) and what things are freely given to us of God (1 Cor 2:10,12 KJV). Studying Greek and Hebrews will tell you the meaning of words (and that is good) but it will not tell you the real spiritual meaning of what Jesus is saying. No man knows this but by the Spirit as we read (2 Cor. 2:13,14 KJV). For example, Jesus said “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”(John 12:24) A person can study the meaning in Greek of each word and still not know what Jesus is talking about. They may say “well, the word “Verily” in Greek means “firm, trustworthy, etc” or the word “corn” means, “kernal or seed”, or the word, “ground” meaning “earth, land, the solid part of whole terrene globe”. But to know this does not tell you what spiritual truth Jesus is speaking. If we do not see the spiritual we may think Jesus is simply giving advice about farming etc. I like when Jesus said this and I think it is very applicable today as well, "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.”(Luke 10:21 KJV) If a person could simply study Greek and Hebrews and read the bible and think he is fit for ministry, then any unbeliever could do as much and simply take other men’s words from commentaries or his own speculations and reasonings and piece together a few text and comments and be a minister in an assembly. But this is not the way Christians are to walk, nor the rule of faith and practice. We see some today who are very similar to the pharisees who seem to deny Gods immediate voice and His Spirit in the heart leading and giving gifts and revelation. From such men we may get many false doctrines and error. In fact, all false doctrine has come out of the men who do not listen to the Spirit and who have not been given things from God and who have been misled by the fleshly mind, doctrines of devils or traditions and commandments of men. Yes, all spiritual leading and every aspect of our walk must be tried and examined and yes we must appeal to all three aspects of the rule. To God directly, to the body of Christ and the holy scriptures. The witness of all three must be in harmony. But, we do not eliminate God’s Spirit directly and immediately working in us, or the body of Christ and cling to scripture alone. The word “alone” or “sola” is what troubles me, because the pharisees had scripture alone yet were without Jesus. It is true they added to scripture many of their own traditions and commandments as many do today as well. But they did not have Jesus word in their hearts. He was not in them and they were not in him for the most part. But, if we rightly use scripture and the way it is to be understood and applied then it is very profitable and needful. And remember that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, but holy men of God spoke) as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. So, to understand the spiritual things they wrote all must be in the Spirit and led by the Spirit. Also all OT saints still had faith and many had no scripture yet. We read this in Hebrews 11 and other places. Continued in part 3...
  41. Born again. What does it mean. You now have a new nature, the old things are past and we strive to follow the teachings of the word. The word "strive" as to the dictionary means to "struggle or fight vigorously". It is a battle that we would have till we are called home and there are many obstacles that the bible says we face, i.e the world, the flesh and the devil. Consciously, we try to avoid sinning, but as we are not yet perfected or glorified, then our time here is to be in tune with the grace of sanctification, that is molding us to grow in faith and mature as believers. It takes a lifetime and we must persevere. While there was only one who was sinless, that is the Lord Jesus Christ, we are still in enemy territory and trials and others will come our way. We would stumble at time, but cannot stay down, but fight the good fight of faith, trust and hope and call on our helper. If we have fear of the Lord, then we would be reminded of our sins and what it cost for our freedom and flee . It is indeed a battle, but we press on. Paul epistles describes this struggle and our hope. Proverbs 1 King James Version (KJV) 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
  42. 2nd Corinthians 6:18 : "And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daugthers, says the Lord Almighty". Colossians 2:10 : "And you are complete in Jesus, which is the head of all principality and power".
  43. Thank you! Will definitely download the bible audiobook to listen to. I've been really slack on the word lately but will try out the audiobook and changing my life to fit the word etc. Thank you so much for you encouragement!
  44. Actually, the understanding of faith is as easy to understand that a child can grasp it. Simple version, God created you and loves you. The issue of sin separates us from God -- thus God sent His only Begotten Son to be the lamb of God for the world -- to take on the sins of the world. When you believe in Jesus ... and turn to God in repentance ... your sins are now covered by the blood of the lamb and now you can be in right relationship with God! It's nothing that we truly did ... but rather what God already did for us! The blood was thoroughly shown throughout the Scriptures ... and there is life in the blood. Even Satanists realize there is power in blood as they continue to do blood ritual sacrifices for power. There is something more than just blood ... and God used the blood to cover the sins of the world!
  45. On a more serious note. You may find help by reading through the forums here. Reading what others have posted about prayer and the things they have gone through. Sometimes God says "no" to our prayers. I don't know why. All I know is I need to trust that God has a plan for me. Even though at times none of the things going on around me make any sense. I am sorry I can not be of more help at this time. I am sure others on here will be able to answer your questions much better then me. If at all possible it may help you to find a good pastor that you can sit down and have a talk with. By a good pastor I mean one where you can question everything without fear of their judgment. If you have more questions feel free to ask. I know people here will do their best to answer them.
  46. Since Monday night we were living in the same house with decaying bodies. We we taken while working in a palm farm by secessionist fighter. It was until this morning that we were freed and others properties that was sieze handed back to us. It was a very traumatizing experience. Thanks you for your prayers and love. I managed to take pictures of others who were burned alive, those that were killed and abandoned and others. There are very disturbing and cannot be posted here. Pray for Cameroon. We are living in a strange world since 2016.
  47. Friends, there is a conference in US, next month. Can you agree and pray, if it is God's will, God will bless me, to register for the conference, book flight ticket and attend the conference. God bless!
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