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    Christ bought me back from the enemy--with His own Blood, He purchased me.

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  1. Hi Annette, I just want to clarify that I am not Alan, but was blessed by his testimony too. Will edit the disclaimer at the top of post to re-emphasize that I am simply quoting another's testimony. In His love, Brandy
  2. *Please Note: This is not my own testimony. I am quoting the testimony of a brother named Alan, as shared in the comments section of a Christian website a few years ago. Here is his testimony and I hope it is a blessing: "I still remember vividly that warm summer day when my friends and I were sitting on the sidewalk in front of the local shoe store. Small town USA. A guy who we later labeled a “Jesus Freak” came walking by handing out religious pamphlets. Everyone else refused to take one, but I took mine. It held no real significance for me at the time, since I really wasn’t searching for anything in my life. I wasn’t unhappy or poor or sick, or abused or in a hopeless state of mind. I was just a teenage kid enjoying the summer with his friends. I almost threw it away when I got home, but I reasoned that it wasn’t taking up very much space in my wallet, so I decided to leave it there. 
About a month later, I was up in the country hitch-hiking around. I decided to take a short cut by hoofing it through the woods on a set of old railroad tracks. Trying to get home before my parents flagged me late for supper. About half way there I got tired, so I sat down on one of the rails to take a short breather. I had nothing else to do, so I decided to clean out my wallet. The very first thing that fell out was that little pamphlet! I still remember the cover. It had a little ‘stick figure’ man on it that had one foot in the shadow and the other in the light. The title was simply that: “Stepping Into The Light”. As I began to thumb through it, I could see that it was your basic plan of salvation. But somehow it was more compelling than the other Christian literature that I’d read. It pointed out using the scriptures that all of man’s best works were as filthy rags before a righteous, perfect God. And that even one sin would be enough to keep me out of Heaven. But that God, in His great love for mankind, had sacrificed His only son Jesus to pay for my debt instead. It said that it had already happened, and all I had to do was accept it. It went on to quote Jesus in Revelations 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. And if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and fellowship with him, and he with me.” Then it said… and I’ll never forget this…. ”Do you feel that tug at your heart?” And I DID! I felt a small, still pull in the deepest part of my heart. It continued…”That’s Jesus knocking! Just open the door and let Him in!” I don’t know exactly how it happened. I just remember ‘turning around’ in my heart and taking hold of that handle and opening the door. And that’s when Jesus came flooding in! In that millisecond of unification, the very first thing I realized was that I had actually met a living person! And that it was all true. Everything that I had ever been taught about the God of the Bible. That Jesus was indeed alive, and He really had ascended into Heaven just like the Bible said, and would never die again. I had always believed in God, I guess. But now I had more than a belief… I had a knowledge. I had met a living person on the railroad tracks that day. His soul breezed through mine like a living wind. In that moment, all my sins were washed away. I could feel sins that I had totally forgotten about falling off me like old cloths! And I was made into a new person. In that instant I also received a brief glimpse of the afterlife. A taste of living water. And the promise of a spiritual body that I would one day receive that would never get sick or grow old or die. I was never to fear death again after that day. The fear and uncertainty of that inevitability had simply left me. “Oh death, where is thy sting? Oh grave, where is thy victory?” They have no more power because Christ has overcome both the world and the grave. “Behold, I make all things new”. And He did in me that day. And He still does in others today. To those who first turn when they hear that knock and then open the door of their hearts and ask Him to come in. 
I wish I could say that my life was smooth sailing after that experience. But it was not. Like everyone else, I have been tempted and I have fallen many times. Often times with serious and lasting consequences. I even doubted God’s goodness for several years, and had a real negative relationship with Him during that period. But God never gave up on me! And I was never once unsure about the realities of what I came to know on that day. Now I know why Paul calls it “the helmet of salvation”. Because no one, nor anything else in either this world or the spirit world, can ever get inside my head and make me deny what I now know to be a fact. Jesus says… “It is the will of the Father that I should not lose even one of all those He has given me, but I should raise them to eternal life on the last day”. 
I often marvel at the fact that while I wasn’t looking for Him, He reached down and scooped up an undeserving person like me. And the best part of it was, it was free! After all of these years and all the trials, He has never, ever let go. And I know with all of my heart and mind and soul that He never will." - Alan
  3. This is the testimony of a brother named Karl..it was posted today on the SermonIndex forums and was so encouraging to read that I felt led to post it here as well. Because Jesus lives, and He still does what no one else can do! Here is his testimony... "Its been just over a year now that God healed my back, I am still amazed at the Glory of Jesus Christ and the mercy he showed on me. a few months before my spiritual trial, I was on heavy medication for bone spurs that where hitting my sciatic nerve. After countless injections and xrays the specilists said that i had to have an operation on my pelvic bone to cut away the spurs which has the possibility to hinder my walking ability. while on heavy medication i would still feel a burning down my left leg which would often keep me up at night. Any way i was helping out at a church lunch meeting for the elderly people in the community and while i was serving others an old man of about 80yrs old stood up and said are you ready to have your back healed by Jesus. I said yes with out question. he pointed at lower part of my back commanded the pain to leave in jesus name and he sat back down. when i got home that night i tested my back in bed and i could lay down in ways i was unable to do before. I felt a faith build up in me and i declared that i was healed. had the best sleep i had ever had that night and in the morning, I threw all my medications in the bin. I have never had pain their again. the old man taught me many things the Lord had shown him and then passed away about 2 months later. Today i remember how God had used this man to show me his mercy and love towards me. I just want to give you all the Glory Father for what you have done in my life. I cant wait to see this brother again in heaven."
  4. "...For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with Him." 1 Corinthians 6:16,17
  5. Reading through this thread , can't help but think of Ephesians 5:28-33 "So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband." Glory to God!
  6. “It is the beholding of His face in the radiance of His glory that begins to transform your soul into His image, begins to transfigure you from the inside out. It is beholding His face in His Word and letting His Word become alive and living in you… Any who will can have as deep a walk with Him as you want. How can I make you want it? How can I grab your hearts? How can I shake the dust of the world off your eyes? How can I make you want His glory enough that you will pay any price to abide deep in the crevice of His glory? How? What words can I use to describe to you the beauty, the unfathomable beauty of His glory, the preciousness of His heart, to walk with Him and talk with Him and see Him? To be with Him in heaven, to behold His majesty!… The hunger grows as you plead before His throne to know Him in His Word. You spend time in prayer and you begin to worship Him and adore Him, not because you are being moved to, but because the discipline is required to open the door. And then finally, the desire and the yearning begins to grow as you obey and give yourself to the practice and the discipline of the Word and of prayer and of worship. The hunger begins to grow, the thirst begins to grow. and you cry out to Him more and more. You increase your Word time and prayer time because your hunger is growing. You are not satisfied any more with a just little—you have to have more until the day comes that nothing but His company matters… The Lord wants to reveal His glory, but there is a price. He wants to take you into His heart and reveal His heart. But listen to me, He will not reveal that heart to anyone who is not proven worthy to touch it. He will not do it. You have to prove your worth by your hunger, your passion, your obedience and as you begin to behold His glory. I love the song that used to be so popular in the states. I do not know if you have ever heard it, but the chorus goes like this, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” The more you behold Him, the more the world loses its pull upon your soul. The more you behold His glory and His grace, the world becomes dim, strangely dim. The hunger for more becomes insatiable… He is not withholding Himself from you, Church. There are veils to keep you blinded to Him. They are your veils. Come into the sanctuary of His love. Seek Him like a jealous lover until you see Him. Be clean from your sin until you behold Him. Live in His Word until His Word begins to live in you and He will own you. Come and knock on the door of His heart, Just like our pastor said, “Make me more worthy of entering. Do not deny me!” Be like Rachel who cried out, “Give me a child lest I die!” Give me your heart God, lest I die! Open the door of your heart lest I die! And if you will not be denied He will not deny you. Do you want to know Him? Then tell Him.” - Sis. Nita
  7. "We shall not be able to please God except by faith. And faith is triumph over all symptoms, and over all things that seem contrary, because God is triumphant, because Jesus Christ has won the fight. And no teaching is more plain, and made more real in the Bible, especially in the New Testament, than this: that “all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen”—what the Law could not do because it was weak in the flesh. And that’s where the devil often tempts us. We look at the flesh, and we think, “Well, maybe I made a mistake here, maybe I don’t know how to believe. Maybe this and maybe that.” Why that’s the wavering attitude. You have no business to be like that. My business is to look steadfastly at the Lord Jesus Christ who commands wind and waves, who has “all power in heaven and in earth.” And we rob Him of His power, and we rob Him of His honor and His glory when we begin to waver in our attitude, and when we begin to be anxious. I ought to fear anxiety as much as I fear any other sin—or even more. That’s “the sin that doth so easily beset us.” And we don’t realize how we have been saturated with unbelief. It’s in the warp and woof of our being. …Jesus Christ will never tell us when we get to heaven, “Well, you know, in that particular instance, in that particular trial you went through, I was defeated. I wasn’t able. I wasn’t up to it.” He’ll never say that. He is always up to it. And the Apostle Peter tells us that, “though now, if need be, we are in heaviness through manifold temptations.” He says these temptations must be. For what purpose? Not that we might be defeated, but that the trial of our faith might redound to the glory of God. …I think we would do ourselves a very great favor if we studied about faith in the Bible. We would be surprised that faith is only faith when it is absolute and total faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in our ability to believe—not in our holiness, or in our power, or in our attitudes, but faith in a great fact: “God hath raised Him from the dead.” …There is no greater joy than to go through the trial with Jesus Christ in this faith. But it’s a great tribulation when you go through wavering and wondering in your heart. God will take all that wonder out of you. Faith comes by harkening to the word of God. And that word of God is absolute, and absolutely sure—“Forever Thy word is settled in heaven.” And when I meditate upon this word day and night, it is bound to create faith in my soul. In fact, that’s where faith comes from." - Hans R. Waldvogel
  8. Dear sister, I share, by the Holy Spirit, your heart conviction regarding wearing head coverings. I once was lost in the world and when He called me out of darkness, I was living in Los Angeles and working for a very famous famous celebrity. I was saved alone in my apartment and at first had no Christian fellowship...even after finding a local church I was the only one who wore head coverings but the Lord clearly led me to do so even during times of private prayer. For whatever it is worth, during meetings and private prayer I usually wear a simple scarf type head covering with one side across the neck in front and draped over the opposite shoulder. Day in day out I usually wear a simple smaller headcovering. The truth about head coverings has been lost in the past 100 years, and many say the hair is the covering even or that it was merely cultural.... In studying early Church history -- before the Roman Catholic Church, etc-- there is no ambiguity about the interpretion of this passage...the early believers knew it was a physical piece of cloth and they knew it was because of the Angels. May the Lord bless you and lead you by His Spririt in this and all things.
  9. Sister, thank you for putting into words exactly what was on my heart regarding these things. Particularly, how it was the Spirit who led our Lord into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil....God was not the one tempting, but He did lead into/ allow the temptation that the glory of God might be manifest. Glory to God who has purchased the church with His own blood... and may His life, may He Himself be more and more manifest in our bodies as these last days progress. May the will of the Lord be done. may He cause us to triumph in His praise!
  10. John Hames: "There is vouchsafed to those who are filled with the Holy Spirit a peculiar, special self-control and divine equanimity of mind which is wholly foreign to the natural man... The writer has stood by a beloved Christian woman in the grip of sciatic rheumatism of an extreme form, when the sufferer said: “It seems as if a red-hot gimlet was boring into me along the whole line of the nerve. I can not help tears coming to my eyes from the excruciating pain, but I never was so happy in God and never felt such keeping grace in my life.” Another instance was given by a minister of his mother: “I wish you could see my mother. To give you some idea of what a monument of grace she is, I would state that in early life she was spoiled by training. She had one of the worst and most ungovernable tempers I ever knew. For years past she has been wholly confined to her bed from nervous prostration. During the early part of this period it did seem that nobody could take care of her, or endure her continued manifestations of irritability, impatience, fretfulness, and furious anger. Right there she became fully convinced that through grace and the baptism of the Spirit, she could have perfect rest, quietude and self-control. She set her whole heart upon attaining that state. Such was her fervency of spirit, and earnestness in prayer, that her friends thought she would become deranged, and urged her to cease seeking and prayer. ‘I die in the effort,’ was her reply, ‘or I obtain what I know to be in reserve for me.’ At length the baptism came gently upon her. From that hour there has not been the slightest indication of even the remains of that temper. Her quietude and assurance have been absolute, and her sweetness of Spirit ‘as ointment poured forth.’ It is no trouble to any one now, but a privilege to all, to care for her. Many come even from long distances, to listen to her divine discourse. From the hour of her baptism to that of her death, that ineffable sweetness of temper was never for a moment interrupted. I witnessed the closing scene. She died of cholera, and in the greatest conceivable agony. Yet such patience, serenity of hope, and such quiet waiting for the coming of the Lord, I hardly before deemed possible. ‘My son,’ she would say, ‘nature has had a hard struggle; but it will soon be over, and I shall enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.’"
  11. "You know there are far more noisemakers than there are worshipers. There are far more noise makers than worshipers. Of course there’s a reason. In the first place, noise is cheap. Anybody can make noise, but worship is expensive. Did you know that? True worship is costly, just like real perfume. You can buy perfume in the Five and Dime for a dime a bottle, but that is a cheap synthetic concoction. That’s right, a cheap synthetic concoction, but real perfume is something else. Just a few weeks ago, I was in a town in France, Grasse, down by the Riviera where flowers bloom all winter long. In December and January, the roses bloom, and they’re making their real perfume, not a synthetic concoction, but real flowers. Large tracts of land are given altogether to the raising of flowers. They bring flowers in by the truckload every morning, and those flowers get crushed. They get oils and their perfume is extracted... Do you know what? I learned it takes 9,000 rosebuds to make one pound of essence of roses. Think of it, 9,000 rosebuds make only one pound of essence of roses. The rose pickers must go out early in the morning and pick the buds. The dew must still be on the roses. The bud must be picked before sunrise because as soon as the sun rises, the perfume, the scent begins to evaporate. They get the greatest yield of perfume from roses picked before sunrise. Think of it! ...For the finest perfume, you must get up in the morning before sunrise while the dew is still on the roses. While the rest of the people still roll around in their bed, you’re up like Jesus: “And a great while before day, he arose and went out into the mountain to pray.” There is where you gather the perfume for real worship. Hallelujah! Don’t you smell it?...David used to sit before the Lord. You sit in that quietness, you worship God. Praise God That’s the real thing, but that costs something... There’s so much in our lives that He uses to turn into a peculiar fragrance...Do you know what the Word says, “A broken spirit in the sight of God is of a great price.” Do you know why? Because it costs so much to have a broken spirit, and it’s so rare. Then with that spirit of worship, you get into a meeting where they’re only bent on noise making, where you think you’re in a gymnasium, or a circus, or Times Square, New York City on New Year’s night at midnight. How can you flow with a thing like that? You can only shut yourself in with your God and in the temple of your own spirit, worship God in spirit and in truth. Noise is cheap; worship is costly. But, are we willing to pay the price of being a true worshiper? Jesus paid the price. It is portrayed in the Old Testament: its scent went up to God when those animals were burned. If we’ll go on with God in the school of His Word, in the school of the Spirit and in the school of divine providence, you will find God will make of us souls who can worship Him effectively in His sight. There are many noisemakers, but there are few worshipers." - W. Beuttler
  12. Forgot to say, regarding the title/ last verse shared in the OP...just the glory of remembering that all our momentary afflictions are not for nothing but are leading up to that moment of the wedding of the Lamb to His bride...the glory of the ministry of the Spirit to us in making us a new creation and that He has not left us alone down here to prepare for His return but has sent His own Spirit into our hearts to lead us and change us... from glory to glory....until Christ be formed in us "till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" Ephesians 4:13 "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.... that you may be filled with all the fullness of God" Ephesians 3:17,19
  13. Hi Kwik, I probably should have included an explanation with the post the title was simply chosen from the last verse of the post, but the post itself came about from spending time this morning reading in His Word about the ministry of the Spirit and The Lord's great, unspeakable gift to us in giving Himself to us to be our all in all. I didnt mean to imply that His Spirit is only with us until Christ is fully formed in us...was just in awe and so encouraged by dwelling upon the wonder of Him sending His own Spirit to create us anew and be joined to us as one, to be our teacher, our strength, to intercede for us, to meet our every need by the supply of His own self. The verses were just shared in hope that they might encourage others the way they encouraged my own heart this morning...to remember He is not a God far off and distant, but by His own Spirit dwelling inside of us in Christ. Great is His faithfulness. \o/ God bless!
  14. "He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him...your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you...you are not your own" 1 Cor. 6:17,19 "..God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts.." Gal.4:6 "..greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" 1 John 4:4 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God...the Holy Spirit teaches..." 1 Cor. 2:12-13 "the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses..the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us.." Romans 8:26 "the Helper, the Holy Spirit...He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you." John 14:26 "...the Spirit of truth..He will guide you into all truth...and He will tell you things to come." John 16:13 "the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." Luke 12:12 "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption...for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth...be filled with the Spirit...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit..for all the saints" Ephesians 4:30; 5:9,18; 6:18 "For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ" Philippians 1:19 "..having begun in the Spirit are you now being made perfect by the flesh?..He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?" Galatians 3:5 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" romans 10:17 "...our sufficiency is from God, who also made us ministers of the New Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones was glorious...how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?" 2 Cor. 3:5-8 "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences in ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all." 1 Cor. 12:4-7 "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Romans 8:14 "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Cor. 3:18 "...until Christ is formed in you." Galatians 4:19
  15. "It is ever the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan's work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that "Christ is all in all." Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ's blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by "looking unto Jesus." Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee." - C.H. Spurgeon
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