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Encouraging Thoughts

  1. Lust: the way that leads to death. (Part One)

    In the wilderness they tempted the Lord by asking for meat. Psalm 78:17-19 [17] And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. [18] And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. [19] Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? And God gave them their own desires. Yet, while the meat was in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them and slew the fattest of them...for this work God did before...
  2. “Lord, teach us to pray”

    Maybe we have it memorized but how often do we pay attention to the words that we speak? Luke 11:1-4 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. [2] And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. [3] Give us day by day our daily bread. [4] And forgive...
  3. KNOWLEDGE VS. REVELATION

    KNOWLEDGE VS. REVELATION KNOWLEDGE VS. REVELATION We have to start listening to what the........................
  4. How I Understand Good and Evil-- Part THREE

    What is Free Will? I had a vision once. In this vision I saw Jesus hanging on the Cross. Beneath the Cross was a man, kneeling in prayer and humility. A golden light flooded the atmosphere like a golden fog. I understood the Love that Christ had for the man. Then I was that man, kneeling before Jesus as He was nailed to that Cross. And I felt His Love for me. In response, I felt Love for Jesus. I wanted to serve Him because I could not repay Him for what He was doing/had done for me....
  5. How I Understand Good and Evil-- Part TWO

    But if God did not create evil then where did it come from? Think about a beach ball. Unless it is filled with air it cannot fulfill the purpose its creator intended. That’s because it is empty. There is nothing in it. It needs to be connected to an air pump and filled up. Then, full of air, it is perfect for the use its creator intended. Now think about yourself. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit you are able to perform the purpose God created you to do. What happens when you are...
  6. How I Understand Good and Evil-- Part One

    The discussion on the Christianity Board Forums about The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil and Satan's Ability to Create produced some statements that I thought, if carried to their extreme, would make God the creator of evil. My efforts to clarify this seemed to make matters worse. So I said I would clairfy my thoughts in a blog post. St. Augustine and many other brilliant minds have said what I'm trying to say. So I feel foolish in my attempt. But I did say I would post this. I hope,...
  7. Faint not.

    He is risen. Revelation 1:17-18 "And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: [18] I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." He is alive for evermore. Matthew 28:7 "And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have...
  8. Come to nothing.

    Come to nothing: The gospel of humility. Humiliation is a hard word to accept and is not spoken of often (or least I haven’t heard it). But there is a truth in it. It is not attractive to the world in light of: All work of man will be brought to nothing. We are told of the judgement of works and the truth set before us: are the works of man, which come to nothing? Or are the works of God? Acts 5:38-39 has remained on my mind these past couple of days: "And now I say unto you, Refrain from...
  9. A great a cloud of witnesses:

    Clouds with no rain (Spirit): Proverbs 25:14 [14] Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. 2 Peter 2:17-20 [17] These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. [18] For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. [19] While they promise them liberty,...
  10. New Heavens and a new earth:

    For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Luke 6:48-49 [48] He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. [49] But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat...
  11. Why Didn't God Just Destroy Satan When He Rebelled?

    "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High" Isaiah 14:12-14 When the Bible states that "Pride goes before destruction" (Proverbs 16:18) it...
  12. The Sword of Goliath

    1 Samuel 21:8-9 [8] And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste. [9] And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it : for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me....
  13. Breaking of Bread: The gospel of peace.

    The Lord(Spirit) never looses control of steering those that are His. Acts 27:1-44 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. [2]And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us. [3] And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him...
  14. The Tower of Babel

    Recently I visited my favorite shop. The man that runs it is someone my family has grown to know well. He is a real character. Very warm and inviting, but also a little out-there. I will call it conspiracy theories. This day, as I listened to his most recent discoveries, in the midst, he stopped and asked, "the tower of Babel. It makes no sense. There is no way they really believed they could build a tower that reached heaven. If they believed it...they would have built the tower on a...
  15. After Listening with My Heart, I Have Welcomed the Lord’s Return

    Almighty God exhorts us and says, ‘When you have undergone experiences, you will be able to differentiate many things—you will be able to distinguish between good and evil, between righteousness and wickedness, between what is of flesh and blood and what is of the truth. You should be able to distinguish between all these things, and in so doing, no matter the circumstances, you will never be lost. Only this is your real stature. Knowing the work of God is no simple matter: You should have...
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