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  1. Luigi, if you trusted by faith in the word of God, believed on the Lord Jesus, who as fully man/God died for your sins, and confessed with your mouth your belief in Jesus Christ as Savior, you are a child, a son, by adoption now. God is Light! He cannot lie. ALL His promises are true! John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God 1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. Galatians 3:26 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  2. Don't know about all that, brother. I've been shamed publicly by a brother, totally unwarranted. A really bummer emotion. And I went to him later and we talked, and had fellowship. He admitted having a short fuse, and being somewhat explosive. Excuse. So I for got about it. NOT. From that point on, even though I go out of my way to show friendship, carefully, I feel waiting in the shadows, hesitant, for the next explosion. I always pray for anyone whom I feel the spiritual enemy is causing a disunity. But that intensely embedded in my mind episode will always be with me. But it does not cause me any spiritual problems. Just keeps me on my knees. But the forgiveness is complete.
  3. Amen luigi. As I also look forth to then, At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption (Jesus) is drawing near." Luke 27,28 But did you also know; Romans 3:23-24 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. Galatians 4:3–5 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. God's children, justified, and forgiven. So cool. Thanks luigi for your wise words.
  4. I can only say to you Iftc what I believe it to be. "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest." Psalms 51: 4 I sin against God. Only. His standard, His 'bench mark'. Assume you know sin is an archery term, meaning missing the mark, or center gold in a target (bulls eye) That is what I strive for. To hit the/His standard, what He tells us in His word. Quit judging. Love my neighbor. Take every thought captive. Be kind to my fellow forum buddies: ) Love the Lord. Quick to listen, slow to speak. Study to show my self approved. etc And those still small voice telling me to 'pull over and help that dude with a flat.' I believe the mark (target to aim at)) to be, what He asks of me, throughout all His words of Light. Just a few marks/targets to aim for: "Deny yourself, and take up your cross daily, and follow Me.’” "Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth" "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." ( missed another target!). James 4:17 That one alone above covers a whole lotta ground. ..........
  5. I believe that my spirit within me made alive unto Christ cannot sin. "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Romans 7:25 If you would but read the scriptures, luigi, you will see the provisions God has given us for when we sin. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. The reason Jesus Christ came and was crucified was because of sin. Your sins. My sins. He PAID THE PRICE! with His blood. He loves us luigi. He knows we will still sin till we are caught to to be with Him. My faith is in the finished work of the cross. NOT my striving for sinlessness. Jesus saves. Not works of corruptible flesh!
  6. Yes, Luigi, when we are taken up to be with the Lord, we will no longer be housed in our corrupted sinful flesh, and we will sin no more. Till then, we must constantly be on guard, denying the flesh, abiding in Christ, reckoning ourselves dead to sin, and looking up to the return of the Lord. All believers sin, Luigi, including yourself and myself. If you say you have no sin, you call God a liar, and I know you wouldn't do that. A born again believer will/should continue to sin less, allow God to have more control, as they grow in the word, and mature. Some are slow to change, and the Father will deal with them (as He has with me. and most every body : ) If you believe you have to stop sinning completely to be saved, or believe you can become unsaved if you are already saved, you do not understand the gospel. And it is not Christ like to judge all/any Christians who sin to not be born again. EVERYBODY SINS!! (it is stated in your bible) That would have to include King David and the apostle Paul, the self proclaimed chiefest sinner. (I kinda think they were saved) I can say I know some professing 'Christians' whom I have serious doubts as to their salvation, by their walk, and fruits. That is not for me to say, especially on a public forum. God will deal with them in His own good time. I can/do pray for them! As to the return of the Lord, I will hope it happens soon. But I will also continue to work to put beans on the table, and enjoy my life with my family and friends. And sow more seeds!
  7. Read the entire chapter chapter of Romans 8. Note the context of vs 23. ps: Note* Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ John 3: 5-7
  8. It was an old Baptist preacher who thought the same thing Blood, and added a short gospel message at the end of a small funeral. I heard it then for the first time, after thirty years in a very religious but false church. From a faithful truth teaching sower of seed. That seed he planted soon was watered, grew and a child was born. Again. Don't ever stop preaching truth/light Blood. Might wanna consider a new bedside manner, though.................
  9. Can you, 1to3, or anybody else, explain to me just what an "unwillful sin" is? And what is an accidental sin? Sin is sin. You miss, YOU miss. By a fraction of an inch, or by a mile. No matter if you hadn't prepared your self, or someone else "caused" you to miss. It was YOU who missed. What does God say about this. There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it. 1 Corn; 10, 13 No excuses. Agree with God.......... Bad day, A better day What the Father requires Jesus covers the misses as far as the east is from the west.....
  10. Every sin I commit is willful. Not denying-not making excuses-not blaming others or devil-not labeling sins as unwilling/accidental, etc..... Sin is to miss the mark. Archery term. I hold the bow.I pull back the arrow. I aim. I miss. (I-me) I accept all the blame, responsibility, to God. I agree with God. To whom much is given, much is required. The more you know, the more you realize how much you don't know. The closer to the front of the battle, the more the fighting soldiers are wounded! Not those resting in the rear, pointing fingers. What level do you judge your self. (see above) How hard of a 'game' of Christian walk do you play. Just so you know, God's level is off the chart. The one I'm striving for. SO, SO MANY targets, difficult targets, off the chart targets!! And ain't nobody gonna hit them all. ps: (God says so! ) It takes: Jesus Christ and Him crucified! THE way, truth, life. not my/any 'expert' aiming......
  11. There's the rub. The great distinction. The big divider of what the 'score card' reveals. Anybody ever play golf. What's your handicap. Are you playing up to par? (Ninety five percent of golfers never break a hundred!!!) Though they'll never admit it. Do you tell your golf buddies you can almost beat par, or at least in the SEVENTIES. No. Because your buddies know you, and know what a lousy golfer you are. (me too!) But meet someone that doesn't know you, and suddenly your handicap changes. You can tell them anything you want, like playing in mid seventies, and then you tell them they just need to practice more, and really concentrate on their driving, or putting. But what you don't tell them is you play with friends who give each other a couple of Mulligans.(free extra strokes--the lowering of the goal posts)) Two on the front nine, and then two on the back nine. You also don't tell them you believe it's OK playing with friends to bring the ball out of the woods and set it in the fairway. Or move it a club length (or two or three) when it landed on hard ground. Kicking it out from behind a tree. Golf is a game based on honor. You really play against yourself. But so many NEED the importance of success as seen by others golfers. Who are also struggling to play like Tiger Woods. (good luck) Listening to some here, who are Christians, that declare they are playing (spirit walk)) "Up to par", causes me to wonder, are they playing straight up golf, honorably judging themselves, on EACH stroke? (every thought!) Or are they playing the more fun style, with the rules a little more relaxed, a few club lengths here or there, moving the ball a little left or right to get a better lie. what happened to "Play the ball where it lies?" But knowing deep in their heart, they're only cheating. Themselves. (But hey. It's only a game.) PS: I have got in the eighties, twice only, at the top of my game. I was a bogie player. (At the top of my game, one stroke over each hole) I'm also aware of WHO's watching : ) (The real score, keeper) PSS: There are some Tiger Woods out there. But, very very few. (I do not know any)
  12. Well then, how would you describe war?........ (Remember being told Viet Nam was not a war. Just a conflict, a police action.) That's why we received extra combat pay, a dollar fifty per day extra.
  13. Just so you know, Betha, all sin is a transgression of the law/commandments of God and are sins against God, as you stated. Not just from the ones you determine are ( NOT converted) And, every one you commit, Betha. You say; "To do so is to sin against God and are obviously NOT converted and therefore unable to deal with fleshly sins" You are telling us you are not saved? Because you sin. Or, do you say you do not sin? (It's either or) Are you "subject to the 'god of this world' and continue to reject and ignore Scripture and are DISOBEDIENT and can not receive GOD's HOLY SPIRIT" (because you sin STILL) Do you have some special privileged I do not have, concerning our sins we commit? If you don't, try mine; 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ( cool, huh....: )
  14. Yes-yes I probably sin hourly. God is Light. The world is full of darkness. The more I read and study scripture, the more I 'see' light, or God's mark, targets. (what I should/could be doing) Missing His mark (targets) is sin. 'To him who knoweth to do good and doeth it not'............ And so many tiny ones. Not tiny in importance, but a difficult to hit target. Especially say like, when I'm on this forum. It's difficult to take (grab hold of-take captive) EVERY THOUGHT. I evaluate (judge/critique) posts and reply's. I think (thoughts) about what was said. I also get a feel for the attitude expressed. Like this post here. more mental sin again...... I dislike these types of threads. Some one assumes if someone else does not live up to 'their' standard, they're probably a pretend Christian, never having been saved. This causes me to get angry, ie sin, and now I'm judging some one who is judging others. Sin. and missed again. I wonder why we cannot come together and , as scripture commands, confess (share) with one another our faults (sins) James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. We all sin regularly. If you think not, you lie to yourself. And God. If this post of mine makes you angry, we both just sinned. (a test) I see so much I can improve, that which would please the Father, in my minute by minute walk, practicing the presence of God, that I realize I can't do it. (presently) (this understanding was my first baby step in spiritual growth) Please don't misunderstand. I can do all things In Christ. Abide. Not I but Christ. Dead to sin. Christ lives in me. My spirit is so willing, the flesh so weak. Like the apostles who fell asleep instead of praying for Jesus. I sin. We all sin. The difference now is, I can thank God more often for the victories. We all (can) learn. But only if we agree with God when we miss. Confessing/agreeing, changes my/our thinking. Not denying-not making excuses-not blaming others or devil-not labeling sins as unwilling/accidental, etc etc etc.....ad nauseum This enables me to see/recognize a temptation/target, better through experience. Spiritual war! Every sin I sin is my fault, not the world, flesh, or the devil. And they are all willing sins, and on purpose. My flesh enjoys them. I agree with God. And I can better understand Paul's dilemma.
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