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You are in charge of your destiny - Part two PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 21 December 2012 13:56

Who controls your destiny you or God?  The answer is you!  Such beliefs as God is in control or if it is meant to happen it will happen insulate us against the penetration of the truth.  The truth is God put us in control of our life, our soul and our destiny.

It is important that we hear the Word of God in order to make right choices:  choices that are guided by the Holy Spirit, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” How do you expect to make a choice by faith if you don’t hear the word of God?  By the way the Bible says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him…”

In Luke 17:12-19 we find the story of ten men that were lepers and all ten cried for mercy and were told to go show their selves to the priest and all were cleansed as they went.  One returned to Jesus and glorified God and fell on face thanking Christ.  Jesus said his faith hath made him whole.  His life and future was forever changed by the choice he made.

Notice that Christ did not ask for his worship nor did He forbid his praise.  They were told to go show their selves to the priest and as they went were healed.  This one recognized who healed him (Christ) and with gratitude in his heart returned to glorified God and to give Him thanks.  Christ never asked him to come back but he did and his life was forever changed.  His healing is far greater than physical healing; he received spiritual healing (saved).  One of the first feelings of a forgiven sinner is that of praise for the one who saved him.  I don’t think the nine ever really knew who healed them.

“Submit yourselves therefore unto God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Two things we are told to do:”Submit and Resist.” These are things we must do.  God is no going to make you submit and He is not going to resist the devil for you.

These are choices you must make no one is going to do it for you.

 

 

 

 
You are in charge of your destiny PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 December 2012 17:23

 

So often people say:  “God is in control” or “If God means for it to happen it will happen.   I believe this position is taken to avoid responsibility or to justify our self.   If He is in control why do we have murder, rape, incest and mass murder of innocent children, etc?  God is not a murderer but satan is a murderer, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth….. In fact the truth is God put us in control of our destiny, our world:  We are made in the image of God and given dominion over all creation and over all the earth, Genesis 1:26.

The problem is that sin entered the world by the sin of Adam, “ Wherefore, as by one man sin entered the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” We are told that satan is the god of this world, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not….”

In the first man Adam came sin and death in the Last Adam, Christ is life.  All that was lost by the fall of the first man Adam has been restored in Christ the last Adam.  But because of sin you are outside of Christ and in need of redemption.  God has provided this reconciliation for you in the Person of Christ. That is why He chose the foolishness of preaching to save all who would believe, “…It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

You are in control of your destiny:  You can choose to hear the Gospel preached, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” And when you hear you can believe.  Or you can remain where you are and miss heaven.

To be continued

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 17:27
 
He Knows Those Who Trust Him PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 09:20

 

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” Nahum 1:7

Again we are presented with the matter of believing God; HE is good to all and is there as a strong hold: A fortified place, A place of protection, it can also mean strength. That is His Promise and He is faithful to His Word and when you take Him at His Word you can experience His faithfulness.  If you want Him to be your strong hold trust Him to be that.  “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

If you want Him to be your Saviour trust Him to be that!  His Sacrifice on the Cross is sufficent for your sins and for you. "And this is the promise that he hath promised us, eternal life."

Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death.” You see the verse is speaking of Him and not the things about Him. You personally trust a person (Christ) for your need.  He is the gift of God to you: As Saviour, As Friend, As your Access to the Presence of God and so much more.

I want to challenge you to Know Him not just the things about Him!

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:15
 
How Much Is Enough PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 November 2012 09:08

 

For the purpose of this article “Wealth” is your accumulation during your life time.  For example if you counted only money you would earn more than $500,000 in your life.  At the end of our life we will have accumulated a certain amount of wealth.  Sure it will vary from person to person and the issue is not the amount but our handling of the amount.   As we consider this subject it is important that we read Mark 12: 42-44, “…but she of her want did cast in all she had, even all her living”. When we give an account before The Living God there are some answers that will come to light regarding our wealth:  To Whom did it belong, What did I spent it on, What eternal work was accomplish by my wealth?

Somehow we believe that our wealth is ours and therefore can be used as we see fit.  If that is your belief then you decide how and where to spend your money.  It goes something like this:  I will tithe and give an offering then I will spend the rest at K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc.  The Bible says, “…Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”Matthew 6:24.  (Mammon meaning money).  Our wealth must be surrendered to the LORD, Colossians 1:18 “..That in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Our possessions are so many that our lives are over run with clutter but yet we must spend, spend on ourselves.  We have reached the point that we no longer buy for our needs or our wants but for things that are not even related to our life.  How much must we have to be at peace?  How much does it take for us to feel satisfied while so many have not enough?   Do we really need more?  If we would unclutter our minds, hearts and acknowledge the LORD as owner then would our closets, our home, our storage places become uncluttered.  Then would some be blest and have their needs met through our wealth.

May our wealth impact eternity as we let it return to the ONE from whom it came:  Our LORD

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 November 2012 09:10
 
Have a Safe and Wonderful Time of Thanksgiving..... PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:01

Thanksgiving is an attitude rather than a day. Because of Our Great God and Saviour we have blessing beyond number: 1. His Spirit that works, Ephesians 3:20. 2. Allowed into His Presence, Hebrews 10: 17-19. 3. Promise to hear and answer prayer, 1 John 5:14,15. 4. Forgiveness of all, Colossians 2:13. 5. A Home in Heaven, John 14;1-6. 6. Recipients of His Mercy , Daniel 9:18.

Some time ago I read a story of a family that adopted a boy named Paco; he was a troubled person that could never find peace. One day Paco ran away and after several days the father put an ad in the local paper: Paco you are forgiven ! Meet me at the Western Union Saturday Morning at 8:00 a.m. Dad. The father arrive at the Western Union at 8:00 a.m to find there 500 hundred Pacos.

The human heart is so in need of forgiveness it is drawn like a magnate to the promise of being forgiven. Which promise we have, "And you being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"

Because of Christ you are forgiven and have the promise of a home in heaven. Today believe that truth and start you journey to your eternal home, "And this the promise he hath promised us, eternal life.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 20:02
 
I Send You... PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:43

 

As we began our story a Samaritan Woman had just discovered that Christ was her Saviour, "..I that speak to thee am he."John 4: 26. Now the disciples are going to make another discovery: their purpose and the joy of obedience to the LORD, "...My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to finish his work." Up until now this is food they had never partaken of.

The disciples were concerned with the temporal, "In the mean while his disciples prayed him saying, Master eat." Concern for the temporal is the cause of disobedience. As normal the disciples tried to understand the Word of Christ with human reasoning and as normal Christ turned their thoughts to the eternal, John 4:32-33. The eternal is by far greater than the temporal, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

As a Disciples we must make the same discovery as the twelve. This discovery is the blessing of Obedience to the Will of God and the joy of being used by Him to finish His Work. His Work is seen by what Christ did for the Samaritan Woman: Christ is the answer to every need of mankind. True spiritual food is presenting Him to a world for whom He died. There is no greater gift that one could ever experience than the discovery of Christ as Saviour. At Jacobs Well Christ did the Will of God.

The Disciples had already made the Discovery of Eternal Life. Now they must discover Real Spiritual Food. In doing the Will of God you received Spiritual Nourishment, "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

The Same is presented to us: To discover that Christ is your Saviour and then to discover real spiritual food as you yield all to Him and present Him as Saviour.  Present Him as the only Saviour to you family and then to all. Please take the time to read John 4:1-38. Jesus said, "I that speak to thee am he". and then He said, "I send You.."

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:51
 
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