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Was there anything as simple and effective as turning to Christ in faith when He walked on this earth in the body? Is He now, after His resurrection and glorification less willing to bless and heal, restore and make well than before His Ascension? If that is a impossibility, than why don’t we see and experience more of Him in our daily life’s and walk?
There can only be one answer. And that is because we are asking for something that Christ is not offering. Than, if that is true, than what exactly is Christ offering?
We know we are saved, we know for the most part that we are suppose to stop or try to stop sinning. We know that God is perfect, just, righteous and good. And we try with all that we know to obey Him. Sometimes we do...
SPECIAL notice to: @CharismaticLady and @pompadour
... 'cause THEY'RE SPECIAL
I like the saying, "This ain't my first rodeo", because we should expect disrupters to attack, divert, interfere, etc. So please don't be surprised when satan's minions show up.
So the next aspect we should address is the CONTEXT in the Book of Daniel. In 12:4 & 9, the angel instructs Daniel:
Dan. 12:4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
Ever contemplated the implications of the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats? I've been mulling this parable over this morning, and I'm seeing something that I've never heard taught before.
Some teach that this parable will be fulfilled after the Millennium, but the context seems to suggest it will actually take place after the second coming. As the text states, it occurs after He "comes in His glory... [to] sit upon His throne" (Matthew 25:31). Since this throne He is referring to will be where He sits after His coming (i.e. to earth), it must therefore be a reference to His earthly throne in Jerusalem, after He returns and sets up His earthly kingdom.
When the Son of man comes in His glory, and...
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
If we needed too and were abiding in the Holy Spirit, could we walk on water like Christ did? Like Peter?
It is thought provoking to wonder how much we limit God's power in us by doubting and unbelief. It a bit takes me back to think I could walk on water...I don't even know...
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I have made the statement before that there is no miracle for the mind at the cross. Miracle is in spirit, the spirit of man is joined unto the Spirit of Christ. But there is a miracle for the mind, that comes by the renewing of the mind to catch up with the facts. The facts that has happened to you and for you at the cross. The cross is the most powerful place of your deliverance, both before you were born again, as well as after.
You may have some kind of affinity toward what happened to you but you really don't know the moment you believed what all consists in the cross and what it means to be a Christian. So a miracle in mind...
The understanding of sin allows us to apply Christian morality to our lives.
It gives us the knowledge to judge right and wrong.
We look to the scriptures to learn what Christ defined as sins, and what He did not.
So we use that information as a guide to the morals of our lives. What we should do, and what we should not do.
It is an inevitable consequence that we will also use that knowledge, to judge the actions of others. So whether it be, applying morals to our own lives or judging the action of others, it is important to know what sin is.
The scriptures speak a lot about judging. Christ warns about this and in fact, as far as sins go, this topic and hypocrisy are some of His longest discussions. But still,...
Lots of talk over the years has been on pre-trib and post-trib resurrection. There are even those who believe in numerous resurrections to come.
As I view it, a group of believers will be taken out of the body of believers, known as the Bride of Christ, ones who know the Lord intimately. In Scripture, they take the names of the elect (Romans 11:7), choice one (Song of Solomon 6:9), the residue (Zechariah 14:2) and overcomers (Revelation 21:7).
Paul sought to be in that special group, the Bride, I believe, when he wrote, “If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead…not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am...
Ephesians 4:24 (NASB)
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
The doing of righteousness is that that kills the old self. For the old must die so the new can live. For as much as we were free from righteousness before we became regenerated, just the same we are to be free from unrighteousness with the putting on of the new self. As before regeneration sin could be done without the heart being pricked and know that it had done wrong. Now when unrighteousness is done the heart gets pricked and it is shown what good and bad behavior are. What righteousness and unrighteousness are. Now as regenerated persons we are to choose the good and righteous action. Whereby by...
Heads up! … Pastors have several different reasons for
NOT telling the sheep what they desperately need to hear.
The NT words “belief” and “faith” are very inadequate!
Because of what the whole of the NT teaches,
it is obvious that one word is completely insufficient
to describe what “belief” and “faith” really mean!
The NT clearly teaches us that simply believing and
having faith is NOT nearly enough to attain salvation.
We know that a mere intellectual belief in Jesus and
the gospel will NOT save anyone … but also, is merely
a deep heart-felt belief really enough to save anyone?
When believers first receive the Holy Spirit...
“And we know that God causes everything to work together
for the good of those who love God and are called
according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28)
These were predestined, called, justified, and glorified (8:29-30).
Those who truly love God obey Him by resisting temptations to sin!
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God
has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
Believers who endure temptation:
● love God
● chose to be obedient to Jesus (see below)
● will receive the crown of (eternal) life
“Temptation comes from our own desires,
which entice us and...