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MORNINGTIME 2825

MORNINGTIME 2825
 
Seek ye the Lord WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, call ye upon him WHILE HE IS NEAR: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and LET HIM RETURN UNTO THE LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, FOR HE WILL ABUNDANTLY PARDON. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:6-9, 11-12. And the Lord said, MY SPIRIT SHALL NOT ALWAYS STRIVE WITH MAN, for that he also is flesh... Genesis 6:3. We'll look at these verses as an illustration. The (Holy) Spirit of the Lord is out looking for, calling, and ministering Salvation to ALL the lost sheep of the Lord. Not one sheep will be left behind. Salvation is offered to ALL mankind, across the board, including you, but alas, not all will choose Salvation. Those who will ultimately Deny Christ and Reject His Offer of Salvation are called "goats", and the Lord knows who they are. But we don't, we don't know a man's Heart. That's why we Believers are to Preach Christ to ALL the world, His, will be Saved, and not His, will die in their sins, ALL BY PERSONAL CHOICE. Every day of your life has the offer of Salvation on it. When you die, without Christ, the Lord moves on, your offer of Salvation, is Over. NO ONE will be able to say, "The Lord left me before I had a chance to get Saved". The Lord's Mercy TO you, will last your whole lifetime. You just don't know how long your life time will be. TODAY IS YOUR DAY OF SALVATION, take it, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2824

MORNINGTIME 2824
 
Of which Salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: (Christ) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying The Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned Love of the brethren, SEE THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER with a pure heart FERVENTLY:  BEING BORN AGAIN, not of corruptible seed, but OF INCORRUPTIBLE, BY THE WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:10,20-23. For a Christian, a Believer, a Follower of Christ, to try to explain God and Salvation to an unsaved person, is impossible to do. A walking dead man CAN NOT understand even the Concept of Life in Christ, and Life Eternal. But to TRY, is our directive, it's what we MUST do. Most of the time people will close their "door" in your face because it is an outward manifestation of an already closed Heart". ONLY the Holy Spirit can break through those chains of darkness and lead someone to the Living Christ. The Seriousness of Death, Hell, and the Grave is one end of the spectrum, and the Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory, is the other end. Both are inconceivable to a dead man. Again, only the Holy Spirit can bring those two understandings into a person's Life. It is our JOB to tell all about the Love of Christ for all mankind. That's the LEGAL part. But it is our JOY, coming from a Joyful Heart, to do all we can to show The Living Christ to a dead man. Only when that dead man has a spark of Hope for something more, can the Holy Spirit Save, (bring Life to) a dead man. Believer, keep Preaching Christ, and let the Lord work out ALL the details. It's ALL in His Hands anyway. Keep looking for that one Lost Sheep in the sea of dead goats, so the he, AND you, may, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2823

MORNINGTIME 2823
 
For if that which is done away (the Old Testament Shadow of Christ) was glorious, much more that which remaineth (the New Testament Picture of Christ) is glorious. Seeing then that we have such hope, (in Christ), we use great plainness of speech (to tell you all about the Beautiful Picture of Christ): And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to (see) the end of that (dimming or dulling of the Reflected Glory of Christ shining from the face of Moses) which is abolished (when Christ came in His Fullness with the New Testament): But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail (of unbelief) untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.  But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.  Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail (of unbelief) shall be taken away (that people may now Believe). Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is , there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass  (a mirror), the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the (Holy) Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:11-18. The Old Testament is Packed  Full of pictures of the soon to come Christ. The Prophets, and Moses, knew "something" was coming and they did their best to try to describe even the "Shadow" of Christ. "Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace (of Christ) that should come unto you": 1 Peter 1:10. Moses and the Prophets could never fully Understand the coming Christ and Salvation. We now see and understand the Fullness of Christ and His Work on the Cross. And for us Believers now looking back, we can see Christ all over the Old Testament. EVERYTHING points to Christ. But the unbeliever still doesn't see Christ, because he still has on a vail of Unbelief. Believe, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2822

MORNINGTIME 2822
 
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others , epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:1-6. Let's illustrate this from a different perspective. Imagine a jig saw puzzle of 1000 pieces, and when it's all put together, it makes a Beautifully Gorgeous Picture of all the Attributes of Christ. YOU represent 5 pieces of the puzzle. Your Christian friend represents 2 pieces, my friend represents 8 pieces. Every Christian walking on this earth today represents at least 1 piece of the puzzle, some more than 1. You and I each have no idea what parts of the puzzle we have "stamped" on us, we only know we ARE a part of the puzzle. Therefore NONE of us can compare ourselves to anyone else because we have NO IDEA where we are in "The Big Picture". (Here comes the GOoD part). BUT ALL THOSE LOST SOULS OF A DEAD AND DYING WORLD DO SEE THE WHOLE, COMPLETE PICTURE. Like it or not, they see Christ in you as you represent some part(s) of Christ. The world may hate the "picture", a few will Love what it sees and become Christians, BUT CHRIST WILL BE LIFTED UP, MAGNIFIED, AND GLORIFIED BEFORE ALL MANKIND. Some Believers are Greatly Blessed, some suffer terrible persecution and death, AND THE WORLD SEES HOW CHRISTIANS HANDLE EVERY POSSIBLE LIFE ISSUE THROWN AT THEM, AND CANNOT DENY, THEY HAVE SEEN CHRIST. Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2821

MORNINGTIME 2821
 
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be THE EPISTLE OF CHRIST ministered by us, WRITTEN not with ink, but WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; BUT OUR SUFFICIENCY IS OF GOD; WHO also HATH MADE US able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but OF THE SPIRIT: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:3-6. Let's look at this through the eyes of practical everyday Life. If Christ PAID for us, than He OWNS us Fully, Completely, and Totally. We no longer have ANY Rights of our own. It's up to Christ to provide us with food, (we could be feasting every day, or we could only eat "the brick" in solitary confinement), clothing, (maybe well dressed, maybe barely anything), and shelter, (a fine house, or a cardboard box), either way, IT ALL COMES FROM HIS HAND, and it's our Duty to Bless Him, in ALL situations. If you have a job assignment, Who gave you the ability to memorize the needed steps to DO your job? And Who holds your atoms together? Your atomic structure? By all the Laws of Science, every atom in all Creation should blow itself apart. And why are you even STILL Alive today, if not for the Grace and Mercy of The Lord? With ALL this, do you get upset if gas prices go up  25 cents this week. WE OWE HIM EVERYTHING, and He owes us exactly nothing. Doesn't all this make today a most Wonderful Day to Praise, Honour, and Worship the Lord FOR ALL THINGS, even just because HE IS LORD GOD ALMIGHTY??? HE IS WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE. Legally, will you Praise Him? But in Mercy and Grace, will you choose to, desire to, even covet after, the ability to Bless the Lord at every opportunity you can? EVERYTHING either comes from, or is allowed by, The Lord. Is your Heart's Cry to Praise, Honor, and Worship Him in ALL things, that you both may, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 2820

MORNINGTIME 2820
 
Do we begin AGAIN to commend OURSELVES? (AGAIN do we need to Tell you who we are, and by what authority we do, teach, and preach these things to you?) or need we, as some others , epistles of commendation TO you, or letters of commendation FROM you? (Do you AGAIN require us to get a piece of paper from the Church telling you what you already Know in your Spirit, that we really ARE Apostles, Preachers, and Teachers sent out by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself? Or do we actually need some "recommendation" from you to tell others we really are, The Real Deal? Do you require us to move under MAN'S PAPER APPROVAL, or the Approval from the Lord, witnessed by His Spirit, declaring in your Spirit that we move under the Holy Authority of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ Himself?) ) Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: (No, Not So, YOU are our Epistles, YOUR Life, Walk, and Talk in and of Christ Proves of our Approval from the Lord God Himself. Your Life, and all that we have taught you, all that you Live out in your day to day moving in Christ Declares our Authority to the Living, and to a dead and dying world.) Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, BUT WITH THE SPIRIT of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. (No more legalism seeking man's approval, man's ways, or man's methods we should teach and preach by, YOU declare God's Approval of us by YOUR Life that we have declared unto you.) 2 Corinthians 3:1-3. And even  today, man STILL wants to be in charge of approving which man can be allowed to preach and teach what theology to other men. Here's the Hard Core TRUTH. "Unless you go to OUR theological cemetery, we won't approve you to talk to ANYBODY. You must have OUR paperwork, or you're NOBODY in our eyes". The catholic church used to sell forgiveness. Now the protestant church "sells" God's Approval to  Preach Christ to "Be Blessed".
 

MORNINGTIME 2819

MORNINGTIME 2819
 
Now thanks be unto God, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSETH US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST, and maketh manifest THE SAVOUR, (the Sweet Smell) OF HIS KNOWLEDGE BY US IN EVERY PLACE (we go).  For we are unto God (we are God Approved), a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: (We are known as being Sent From God with His Authority). To the (unsaved) we are the savour of death unto death; and to the (saved) the savour of life unto life. (As we Preach, Teach, and Minister the Word of God unto all men, the Holy Spirit ministers His Words to feed Life to those already Saved, and to bring Conviction to those not Saved. To bring Repentance and Salvation to the Lost to Present them to Christ). And who is sufficient, (who is qualified to do) these things? For we (sincere Followers of Christ) are not as many (phony, deceived "preachers and teachers"), which corrupt the word of God: but as of SINCERITY, but as OF GOD, in the sight of God speak we in Christ (as one Unified Body, Preaching and Teaching all that the Holy Spirit has directed us to minister to the Saved, and the unsaved). 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. These verses establish the Authority and Authenticity of the Apostles as True Followers of Christ, being led by the Holy Spirit in their day to day activities, as He, the Holy Spirit, ministers through these men everywhere He sends them in a lost and dying world. As the Apostles shared Christ to this new fledgling Body of Christ, His Church, these new Believers, bring solidly rooted and grounded in Christ, also moved in that same Authority from the Lord out into a dead and dying world to sow seeds and bring in an Abundant Harvest of Saved Souls. That same Godly Authority was, and still is being handed down from Believer to New Believe unto Salvation, unto today. The Word of God, through the Authority of Christ, by the Holy Spirit unto man, SAVES. Conviction unto Repentance and Salvation Confirms the Authority of God onto, into, and through a Man of God. Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2818

MORNINGTIME 2818
 
If we receive the witness of men, (that's good, but) The Witness Of God is greater: for this is the Witness Of God which he hath Testified of His Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the Witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. AND THIS IS THE RECORD, THAT GOD HATH GIVEN TO US ETERNAL LIFE, and this life is IN his Son. 1 John 5:9-11. Here's how this works. If you write some great novel and the book review critics love it, they may pronounce you as some "Great" writer of all time, and that's called the witness of man. Everyone knows that as soon as you say the wrong thing during your book tour, "they" will drop you like a hot potato. You're "in" one day and "out" the next. BUT WHEN THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY TESTIFIES OF SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, IT STANDS FOREVER. When the Lord says, "He's Mine, I have  given him Eternal Life in and through My Son, Jesus, The Christ", that Testimony is Anchored On The Rock,  and no one can shake it loose. That Testimony is seen by the world and they can't honestly refute it. That same Testimony wells up from deep in your Spirit and you KNOW you Belong to Christ, and the you are His and He is yours. And NOTHING that comes against you from man OR from Satan can shake that Knowledge of your Eternal Destiny. Don't misunderstand, when God's Seal is on you, it's solid and unshakable. BUT WHEN MAN'S SEAL OF APPROVAL IS UPON YOU, IT CAN VERY QUICKLY SHAKE AND FALL. I'll illustrate. When you get Satan's "cheap salvation", (you go up front, repeat a prayer, join the church, AND THAT'S ALL, NOTHING EVER CHANGES), there is no real, deep, abiding, assurance you can count on. Even a "baby" Christian can shake "your faith" as your life comes down like a house of cards. Real Faith and Salvation is full of Joy Unspeakable, and all wrapped up in The Peace That Passes Understanding. Be Assured, Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2817

MORNINGTIME 2817
 
And this is the record, that God hath given to us, ETERNAL LIFE, and this Life is in his Son. He that hath the Son HATH LIFE; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto YOU THAT BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF THE SON OF GOD; THAT YE MAY KNOW THAT YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:11-13. Everyone knows that the Bible is a complex jumble of stories that make no sense because they were written by a bunch of old dead guys definitely out of touch with reality. And following some dead guy, claiming to drink his blood and eat his flesh, (this is called cannibalism to a sane person), is so far out there that they should be committed as certifiably insane. THIS, is how the world sees Christianity and its followers. And no amount of explaining, persuading, or passionate pleas to go from the sanity of the world to the insanity of some hocus pocus religion will ever make sense TO A WORLDLY PERSON. But you, Christian, are COMMANDED to keep telling your stories to the dead and dying of the world, BECAUSE CHRIST SAID TO. Ya, they thought He was nuts and they killed Him too. Don't expect the people of the world to treat you any better. Christian, Believer, Follower of Christ, go ahead and tell 100 people about your Faith In Christ, and MAYBE 5 people will come over from the world, to and into Christ and become like you. ONLY THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BREAK THROUGH THAT HARD WORLDLY SHELL OF DECEPTION AND GET TO THE HEART WITH THE TRUTH OF CHRIST. NOTHING you can say or do will change ANYTHING. All you CAN do is Preach and Teach The Truth, and the Holy Spirit will do the Work of Salvation. Just like Slinging Seeds everywhere, you never know which ones will actually Grow and Mature in Christ. DON'T BE DISCOURAGED by your "wasted effort" to save the world, remember, CHRIST WON'T LOSE ANY OF HIS SHEEP, ALL OF HIS WILL BE FOUND, and they, and you, will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2816

MORNINGTIME 2816
 
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 5:19. Here's the illustration. You're in a small row boat floating in an ocean of filthy, polluted, nasty water. People are swimming, floundering, and drowning in this ocean of garbage and chemical waste. As you're safe in your row boat, you've been continually trying to coax people, anyone, somebody, to get out of the filth and help them into your boat with you. Maybe a few people actually listen, and then swim off having decided you're just some fruit cake living in a fantasy world. Occasionally, someone even tries to rock your little boat to get you to fall out, back into the sludge with them. Once in a great while someone understands what you're talking about, and climbs into your boat with you. But most of the time it's lonely in your little boat, called SALVATION. You can tell people all day long that they are living in filth and that there is A Way Out, but unless and until they comprehend the filth they're in, it just sounds like you're dumping on their lifestyle. THIS IS THE ONLY LIFESTYLE THEY KNOW AND YOU'RE TELLING THEM IT'S A BAD ONE. The Truth just doesn't register with them. ONLY, when the Holy Spirit touches their Heart and HE shows them the difference, will they Gladly get into your boat with you. Don't try to pick and choose who YOU think may be interested in your story, JUST TELL EVERYBODY, and let the Lord sort them out. Everyone who does hear you and your Words of Truth WILL be held accountable to those Words in Judgment Day. They will have no excuse to offer on that day as they are sentenced to Hell FOR ALL OF ETERNITY. To not get into your boat of Salvation with you is to Deny Christ TO HIS FACE, and THAT, will cost them dearly. Who would have ever thought that Saul/Paul would ever come to Christ? And who would have ever thought Judas Iscariot would Deny Christ? Again, Salvation is TOTALLY A Work of the Holy Spirit, Trust Him to get it Right, and, Be Blessed.
 
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