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A Load of Theology…

Lightship for Christ

04/17/2019


I have noticed over the years that most ministers emphasize attending a church and reading the Bible. Yet I hear few teach about following Jesus and moving in obedience to his leading within us!

To me, this is tragic in shepherding people in a form of Godliness, yet never revealing the actual power thereof.

It is even more wicked to assimilate the Lord God of the Bible with “other gods” for the sake of building world unity. This is no different spiritually, then what was once attempted at Babble.

This, in my estimation, is to build up the new world order so that eventually Lucifer (Satan) can come to power on earth, being worshiped as God and deceiving many.

The Academia of Scriptural Theologies, coupled with other religions for global powers to control, is nothing less than demonic in nature. This “Chief ant-Christ” of Rome, (the women who rides the beast) and her “unfaithful daughters” will eventually usher in: “That Wicked, the Man of Sin”; who will then be cut down by “the sword of His mouth, and the brightness of his coming”!

It is imperative that believers understand how to walk in the Spirit of Truth, (in accordance with the scriptures) so as not to be deceived by false teachers and their demons in strong delusions.



 

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Speaking to others

Will the Lord ever make a blanket statement to no longer speak to people?

Perilous times will come, and the love of many will grow cold, many false prophets will arise and deceive many. All these verses indicate to me why one would wish to remove himself from the rejection and hurt of others. However, Galatians 5:22-23 teaches that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Also, in 1 John 4:18 ESV There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 Peter 4:8 ESV Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I could go on and on pasting verses of why I don’t believe the Lord would ever speak such a thing to us, as it is simply un-Biblical.

The second part of the equation is; that the Lord moves with us from situation to situation, sometimes he might tell us to be quiet when we would naturally speak, and to simply listen and observe. Other times, we might be moved only to deliver a simple sentence in season; or even to expound to others in-depth what he has given us. But in No Way do I believe the Lord would ever tell us to no longer speak to others whether they be brethren or non-believers.

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Walking with Jesus

I have read a lot of good books over the years about walking in the Holy Spirit, to include one of my first books the Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink. Oswald Chambers and Watchmen Knee have also had a tremendous impact of my life, along with Jonathan Edwards and many others.

John 10: 27-28 commentary:

But ultimately my walk was most effected by the Lord himself in learning to “remain still” (as dead) and simply listen to him! “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27. The second part reads in verse 28: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

It was very difficult for me to find broadcasts that spoke about hearing the Lord by most preachers, which I found incredibly strange since this was one of the foundational principles of walking with the Lord! It is my concern, that most ministers focus on doctrinal teachings within the scriptures, but then rarely seem to preach on following the Lord himself, which the heart of the scriptures are indeed teaching about!

I can remember my Mom who was a Women’s Bible teacher for decades telling me that “you are right, our church spoke about (their missionaries) actually hearing the Lord” … I thought to myself, well they had better realize they can hear him!  And yet, this subject is hardly ever spoken about in most churches and has been a cause of great heart ache to me over the years!

Then we have the second part of the verse, which seems to me that if you get the first part mentioned above, then you must overcome those who would detract from verse 28; as in – losing your Salvation!

I truly believe that Satan recognizes the significance of these 2 verses and does everything in his power to at the very least, causes our flesh to either overlook them or worse yet – to make us think we have something to do with it!

The most we can do is to put on the armor of God, which we have been provided by our Lord’s atonement for sin. In both cases if we choose to either not listen, or to try and be Holy in ourselves; is both moving in independence, rather than dependence upon the work of the cross! This is why the Lord spoke to me years ago while nearly drowning in the surf; saying “you can do nothing”!

I believe Satan does not want a believer to grasp the significance of these verses, which is; that none of our spiritual walk is within our mortal power to obtainno matter how hard we try in the flesh.

The key to walking with the Lord, is in simply learning how to yield to His Holy Spirit within usChrist in us, the hope of glory.


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American Politics and the Bible

Missionary Evangelist Robert Breaker talks about Politics and the Bible.


It does matter people…

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Knocked off course

Satan desires to destroy our faith in any way he can, for the more mature brethren he uses doctrinal beliefs and concepts, in an effort to derail and put to ruin our faith. Be aware, this can happen to anyone within the realm of battle, right up to the point we’re absent from the body, and present with the Lord! Remember, Salvation is of God, that no man may boast!


 

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Rejections of Men…

 

 

Published March 23, 2019

 

One thing which I have learned, is to never think you will be excepted by men because of your walk with the Lord. You will not, unless of course you sell yourself out like the whores of Babylon continually do!



 

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By Oswald Chambers

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March 14, 2019 · 8:17 am

No Fault Redemption, by Grace!

Lightship for Christ
Published on Mar 13, 2019

 

Anything: which takes away from Christ’s completed work upon the cross, I see as Satanic!
Lordship Salvation is like asking the Lord where his grace and mercy ends? It does not take into account that we have no power over sin, and never will! It is like “half stepping” the eternal work of the cross on our behalf, making at least part of Christ’s work on cross ineffective, without having the believer’s consent and cooperation. This seems to be a satanic accusation to me, from what I learned from the experience of this human pride, instead of humility in love.
In actuality, the Lord goes before his people the elect, so that they may attain to eternal security, (which is Christ’s work) once having started with the Holy Spirit, (by design) in which we are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30)! I hadn’t realized the harshness of this heresy, until I was coldly discarded by these type brethren for simply not seeing eye to eye with their beliefs about me, in just how cold and calculated this hidden pride actually is, and how it is used by Satan to accuse actual brethren, and destroy some people’s faith.



 

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Many Wax Cold…

Lightship for Christ

Published on Mar 9, 2019

Matthew 24:12 (KJV) 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

This is a natural reaction to the times we live in, (in our flesh) yet the Holy Spirit who is in all true believers, does not change, and unless we harden our hearts to him (the Holy Spirit), He will continue to lead us in love for Him and other brethren! But be aware of false teachers in these evil days…



 

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No need for Christ’s blood!?

The continuing atonement for our sin is found in Christ alone by faith, and not of ourselves, so that no man may boast…

Jeremiah 33:88 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, band I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.

Hebrews 10:1–2 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins?

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
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.



The uncompromising basics of faith in Christ.

Ephesians 2: 1-10 (ESV)

By Grace Through Faith

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, *following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, unmade us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:11-22 (ESV)

One in Christ

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down tin his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in cone Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, 4 but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 kin whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into la holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

 

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Pulling Down Strongholds

By Derek Prince

I am excited to promote this book: “Pulling Down Strongholds” by the late Derek Prince.  The author was recommended to me by a Pastor I met while in street ministry, a mature man of God who also assisted the late Dr. Gross in exorcism’s in the 1980’s.

At this time, I was learning and growing in my understanding of the scriptures / spirituality, and how they applied to the world all around me.

It has taken years to move beyond the “Church Pew” and into the battle. This is a must read for any mature Christian brother who wishes to break through all the misconceptions and various teachings within the Church today!

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Does Repentance Mean To Stop Sinning?

Exactly right, and “glitches in the flesh” (as I’ve heard it put) show that we are all still subject to carnality, even if not in willful disobedience to God, we still are all dependent upon Christ’s work on the cross which only comes by grace alone.

Hmm, it seems this post’s link is no longer available, I am saddened the author has taken down his sight… 


I haven’t the ability to do justice to this post, which was a type of book review by a brother known as “A Country Boy” yet I am able to sort of recap some of the principles of what Repentance entails as we battle to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Christian life is a Spiritual War, when we are born again the Lord has “freely given” the righteousness of Christ to us, because of his (Son’s) atonement for our sins on the cross in our behalf. This is the love of God put into action, the prophesied “Savior to the world” from the stock of Israel.

When we initially are drawn by God to Christ’s completed work on the cross by the Holy Spirit, we come to initial repentance of our sins. The person who actually receives this gift of Salivation is sealed to the day they are with the Lord by the Holy Spirit. This redeeming work within those whom the Lord has chosen to do a work in is a gift from God by Grace, so that no man may boast!

When we come to Christ we are a “new creation” to God, and when he looks upon us, he no longer sees our sin, but instead the blood of his son shed on the cross, for the remission of our sin. I use the word sin in the singular rather than sins in the plural, as the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin, so it is redundant to look upon any particular sin to focus upon.

When we start to follow Christ by “faith” (which is a principle of the spiritual law, much  like gravity is a principle of the physical law). So, that in Christ by faith, we have been equipped to be “overcomers” to sin, and the enemy, the liar and accuser of the brethren; Satan.

Repentance simply means to change one’s mind, so as we enter into deeper “sanctification” (separation from the world to God) by the continued grace of God by faith,which was freely given to us, and little by little “we change our minds” (repent) about the sins which have ensnared us.

This is a lifelong prospect, yet the more committed we are to “put on the full armor of God”, (which we now are equipped with) and do battle, so to be overcomers to sin, and the enemy, the more we move forward in the Lord from victory to victory within our lives!

The most important thing to remember, is that “Total Victory” has already been won for us by Christ, something the enemy doesn’t want us to grasp! Satan still, even though defeated at the cross, constantly accuses the believer in Christ, to God the Father, of being less than adequate to deserve such a gift. These are my own words used in trying to describe just what type of battle we are in, even though the forces of Satan have already been defeated at the cross.

One of the primary reasons Satan does this, is because of his prideful & rebellious nature he has, and he cannot help himself – so to speak. Once the “born again believer” starts to understand the nature of these battles, and who Christ truly is, he is able to defeat the enemy at every level, and will naturally be “repentant” (change their mind) to every sinful shortfall within the flesh; (as he becomes convicted of the Holy Spirit within) not of himself, but of the Lord. Yet this does take some time to grow in Christ, while coming to this spiritual understanding.

I always remember when Jesus warned Peter, that Satan “desired to sift him”, that is “catch out any clumps of dirt which he could discover”, I believe in order to accuse Peter to God : as not being worthy enough to receive the grace of God, and being redeemed in Christ.

It is important to remember that to “redeem something” for silver, you must possess the promissory note; and that note certifies to God, the work which Jesus did for us on the cross! So, fight the good fight, and run the good race, so that redemptory note hold great value for us when we finish!

 

 

Whosoever Will, May Come

The following is an excerpt from Curtis Hutson’s book: “Repentance: What Does The Bible Teach?”

“I recently asked a large congregation if there was anyone present who had not sinned in the last week to raise his hand, and not a single hand was lifted. I don’t know of anyone who lives a single day without sinning. Now to be sure, you may not commit murder, adultery, or you may not rob a bank, but you sin nonetheless. Romans 14:23 says, “For whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” That simply means that if we do anything without a conviction of God’s approval, then it is sinful. And I suppose everyone is guilty of this every day of his life.

When I was a small boy, I recall hearing an old preacher pray, “Lord, forgive us of the sins of omission as well as the sins of commission.” There is…

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Socialism is wickedness

Warning Against Idleness

2 Thessalonians 3: 6-15

 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,

nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.

It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[a]

13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.

15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.


 

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Sound or Heretical Teachings?

Core Biblical Doctrines must exist, or you’re simply not one of the Lord’s people.

Yet the Lord’s people are to try to obtain to the example in Ephesians 4: v 2-3 which is speaking about having unity in the spirit, (when we are baptized into Christ) at Salvation, and then as we grow and move forward.

Anything which detracts from such a teaching is simply heretical and dangerous to the flock.

Brethren may be corrected and encouraged in love, but they should never be rejected by personal judgmental-ism because of personality conflicts. As unity (even for the spiritually mature) must be diligently preserved as: Ephesians 4 vs 13 instructs, (until we attain to the “fullness of Christ”).We are to strengthen each other, until the day we meet with the Lord – and not destroy: unless of course false doctrines are being taught as destructive to the faith – known as heretical doctrines which we are to reject.

It is important that one understands the very serious nature “of thinking they have gotten beyond sin”, as this is Pharisaic, proud and destructive to the grace of the Lord; not only within one’s own life, but in the life of others!

These type of “Lordship Salvation teachings” can be very deceptive, and helps to destroy the faith and unity of actual brethren. It may actually drive many away from the faith, if this heretical type of teachings persists within a fellowship. The Bible instructs us to remove that heretic (reject) from the faithful, after being warned by the other Elders; in the case they refuse to repent. This is also why accountability to other elders is extremely important, Biblically speaking.

Below is a podcast which I have found very useful, it speaks about personality conflicts and healthy relationships within the body of Christ. It is important to know the sound doctrines of the faith as not to be deceived by false teachings.


When Personalities Clash, Steven Cole  Acts 15:36-41 (link) 

https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-38-when-personalities-clash-acts-1536-41


 

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Published on Feb 2, 2019

Contrast This; with Sanctification and Pride.


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Thoughts, Vigilance, Unification Part 1 (link)

Ted Nottingham

Published on Jan 24, 2019

Reflections on discernment of thoughts, overcoming of multiplicity, and discovery of true inner unity. Practical teachings and guidance at: https://www.innerworkforspiritualawak… “Written in our Hearts”: The Practice of Spiritual Transformation” is on Amazon and Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Written-Our-He…


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Narrow Mind or Way?

Published on Jan 29, 2019

Romans 2: 1 (KJV)
1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things…


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Be Careful What You Say!

Published on Jan 26, 2019

A Haughty Spirit comes before a fall, and Pride before destruction. So be careful not to get too cocky, and then speak to quickly…


“It seems to me, that some people just don’t want to understand this”…


 

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Soothsayers

100 Bible Verses about Soothsayers:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/soothsayers


 

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Christian closes New York store over abortion law – WND

This guy stands on his faith, he is not just pretending to be a follower of his faith while  shielding himself by drawing a distinction between the: “things of the world / things of God”. You can’t be salt by keeping your head in the clouds upon this earth!


via Christian closes New York store over abortion law – WND

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January 25, 2019 · 8:41 am

Users Remorse

I don’t intend to be mean-spirited in pointing out errors I have found in another’s teaching, yet rather in becoming a victim myself to some near heretical ramblings, I offer the following insights…

I once spent six years in street ministry learning Bible from a man holding three doctorates which he spent 22 years in seminary to achieve. Yet more importantly, he could move in the things of God, and not just teach about them. He was a doer of the word, not just a hearer – or what we used to call on ship, a repeater. I even have had experience in some dealing with demons, as Dr. Gross was one of two top exorcist in Baltimore City.

To a large degree, I too have moved in the power of the Lord, and if I didn’t scare people by sharing these events in my life, then they were more like stolen treasures to me: as I had willingly attempted to build up others in encouragement of the Lord, within the leadership with the things I had experienced. Little did I realize, but most were ravaging wolves and pigs who perhaps unwittingly just wanted to make a name for themselves.

Have you ever heard it said that the first witness is of God, and the others Satan? I never understood this till recently, as I had never met a man who speaks so fervently about the Lord, in being with him, following him, and moving in his power. Yet he often speaks as if, no others are capable of doing it, and the past churches he often speaks about are certainly not moving within the power of the Lord (any longer). He speaks continually about all types of churches who once had something of the Lord, yet no longer do… He says this is deadly serious stuff, and warns of the broad roader’s destruction should they not heal to the Lord continually.

Allot of people are attracted to such a showman, especially in having a large amount of understanding of the scriptures, (including myself). Yet I learned later, that the man cannot move within the things of God, which he often preaches about to others!

I can tell you, which for the most part, his preaching he is correct; as I too once moved in the power of the Lord, and I must say I experienced rejection by most churches, probably starting in the mid 90’s. Yet the reason for not moving now, is because I believe the Lord has chosen this time to remain silent!

No matter how fervently one follows the Lord, it is not possible to move him to power within your life, unless he chooses to move (in the manner – in which you might wish). I learned this years ago as, when he did move in power within my life, it was often a surprise to me – as I’m simply a jar made of clay like any other.

If the Lord has decided to shelve me for some later use, that is up to him. As “I wasn’t there when he made the heavens and the earth”, but I rather am most grateful when he does decide to use me in some task. What I find most irritating is one who chooses to speak for God, when they have not the authority nor commissioning!  It seems to me the brethren of today are experiencing the great falling away, and all the attacks on other brethren (Churches) will not, and does not change the place and time we are in within world history. All the fervent preaching in the world won’t change this fact of the history we are all witnessing. As an example, I have been watching television for years, and I never could understand why Hollywood, and others found acceptable the stars and behavior exhibited and promoted in programming. This is primarily because a believer has a nature change, yet the world does not, and to them we seem antiquated and rigid.

Yet nowadays it is now most evident, that decency and righteousness have become an item of the past: it is as if the staging has collapsed, with special interest groups, and debauchery being sold all over the world to people, in any color, taste or form.

Also, most churches are dead now, and even the PCA is under tremendous LGBT attacks, by people who wish to be identified as followers of Christ: (yet cannot be, as the fruit is wrong within them) – in accordance with the scriptures. Yet false brethren continually push the envelope in defiance of God.

Sin is the issue, and I am convinced this is the age of strong delusions, which the Bible prophesied about. I cannot fault a man’s zeal for the Lord, but I must condemn the condemnation of other real brethren, whom he feels have become unworthy of their calling, and have taken the broad road, which leads to spiritual death. The man then may cut off all forms of communication with you as he fancies, (as he has done it before) but unless you have sinned against God, and the brethren, he has no justification in accordance with the scriptures, and needs much more than a couple sycophants to collaborate his viewpoint in condemning another (which is the wrong type of judging).

Allot of people can pump up other believers to be fervent in the faith, and even zealous to gain “more power” in the Lord, but this will not happen unless the Lord himself decides to empowers you! It seems to me, when I had run short of stories of the Lord empowering me, to the man, then I was accused of “not being in the right place any longer with God”, and even “chastened of God” when I got sick. But I’m quite sure that if I had, had “another” miraculous near death experience of the Lord, I would have stifled this type of spiritual judgmentalism; which is deeply destructive to an actual child of God. And all for the sake of aggrandizing  oneself in the eyes of others, and feeding your own sense of grandeur about yourself: assuredly because of the same type of rejection which you have suffered from others and so feel justified in doing the same thing, I suspect. This is horrid to me, anyone who loves the truth of God so much, yet will then castigate others upon being challenged; especially when he falls short of his own expectations’ of what he expects from others (Romans 2: 1-4) !

I think a combination of hurt, rejection and wounded pride are to blame for such an idiosyncratic viewpoint of people, in whom  may now consider you an opponent or challenger to their “Narrow Road” legalism, which has unwittingly been used in justifying oneself before the Lord, while condemning others. This poor fellow even speaks about a condemnation upgrade from hades to hell for the wicked, in given that the more scripture they know (truth), (yet they do not do), leads to deeper punishment prior to the great throne judgment. This could be very possible, but I would hate to have a head full of scripture (truths), yet preach it as a heretic to others, only to later suffer  the very condemnation which you have preached about, God forbid!

All actual brethren and Elders, need much prayer and compassion in this time of great trail; but instead, the love of many has grown cold, and many believers are tossed upon the ash heap unjustifiably. This is precisely why two or three elders are needed prior to condemning another believer in the church, as it is too easy to misjudge another – even if you claim to be nearly infallible in your walk with the Lord!


 

 

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All By Grace

The Flesh wars against the Spirit naturally. But by Grace the Lord instills a new heart which wants to follow him. This too is not of ourselves, but of Christ.


{My Bible Study, in support of Grace – not works.}

By Grace

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Luke 23:43 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Romans 5:10 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Luke 9:23, 24 23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [a]daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

Sanctification, is the process in which our sinful human nature is gradually exchanged for the Lord’s divine nature, when we move in obedience to God’s will in our life, and deny ourselves in putting to death the sinful lusts and selfishness of our fallen flesh.

Romans 12:2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Even this is because we have been given a new heart)

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 But 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 [a]by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Peter 1:3-4 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [a]corruption that is in the world through lust. (By his grace alone)

The sufferings of Christ mostly is speaking about the inner sufferings which Christ experienced when He denied himself (his own will) and was put to death on the cross. He denied his own will when He was tempted by Satan, and chose to obey God instead. This also refers to Christ’s physical sufferings which he endured.

1 Peter 4:1  4 Therefore, since Christ suffered [a]for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin (Faith)

Colossians 1:24 24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church (His Elect)

Hebrews 2:18 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being [a]tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

1 Peter 1:9-11 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. 10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. (Telling of Christ’s atonement)

 

*John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (*Seek first the Lord)

2 Thessalonians 2:14 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ

2 Corinthians 6:1-2  1 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (Listen, Pay Attention to Him)

(My footnotes)


 

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Well Spoken …

Published on Jan 14, 2019

Are you well spoken? Than you have a greater responsibility in watching what you say to others in your gifting from God.


 

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The “Narrow Way” is an inner work.

Published on Jan 12, 2019

What is entering in the Narrow Way which Jesus was speaking about to his disciples? I was listening to Ted Nottingham explain about the basics of Christian Mysticism. The “Narrow Way” is getting past who we perceive ourselves to be, and discovering who we are in Christ, is the short of the teaching.
Yet because we are in a sin cursed world of flesh, it is often difficult to get past our natural understanding, and then enter into the place the Lord has provided us, by his atonement on the cross. I firmly believe, despite all the doctrines present within the world, that we must seek daily our place in Christ personally, and not just be imitators of him on a carnal level, but be imitators’ of Him by being one with the Father, as he was. I think what Jesus was speaking about, is our commitment to be transformed into his image by the Holy Spirit, and not to fall short the mark in simply who we “think” we should be, but to become it. No man is able to discern the depth of how far this may be taking place within another, only the fruit shown is evident to the world and others. Only a crude gauge of our walk in Christ, is evident with the fruit which we produce and is made manifested to others. Our languish for example, is just one of these indicators, yet it does not negate our actual place in Christ, if we are continuing to follow him in our sanctification in order to be (more) transformed into his image. Elders must be careful to not simply react in a negative manner to a man or women’s flesh, but be tempered with patience and grace to that brother or sister. Only should that brother or sister be disruptive in continually stumbling others, or show non repentance of sin, should they be removed from a fellowship after having a council of Elders meet and weigh the gravity of the offense, rather than just the opinion of one in passing judgment.


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Undefiled Religion And, Denying The True Faith.

Published on Jan 11, 2019

1 Timothy 5: 7-8 (KJV) 7 And these things command, that they may be blameless. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.


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