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MORNINGTIME 3003

MORNINGTIME 3003

Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, 31. This is the Apostle Paul giving just a part of his Testimony. This is an illustration of Paul's Walk with the Lord traveling down this Road called Life in Christ. If Paul's Life was on a poster at the Christian Recruitment Office with the heading, "This could be you", I dare say almost no one would come. We don't have those posters. If there was a real "picture" of Christ hanging on the Cross with the heading, "Will you follow Me?", again, almost no one would come. We don't have those posters either. Christ on the Cross was so Bloody, he was unrecognizable as a man, it was so bad that even worldly paintings have Christ all cleaned up to the point, there are just a few drops of blood coming from nails in His Hands and Feet. As a man, Christ suffered more than any man ever has, or ever will, suffer. As the Son of God, Christ had the whole world's Load of Sin, on His Shoulders. No picture can show that. So who will "Come to Christ"? Only those who see their Sins piled on Christ, with the words, "I took your sins to The Cross, Follow Me as Forgiven". Go Free, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3002

MORNINGTIME 3002
 
And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, THERE CAME A VIPER out of the heat, AND FASTENED ON HIS HAND. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, NO DOUBT THIS MAN IS A MURDERER, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, YET VENGEANCE SUFFERETH NOT TO LIVE. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when HE SHOULD HAVE SWOLLEN, or fallen down DEAD suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, THEY changed their minds, and SAID that HE WAS A GOD. In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was PUBLIUS; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the FATHER of Publius LAY SICK OF A FEVER and of a bloody flux: to whom PAUL ENTERED IN, AND PRAYED, and laid his hands on him, AND HEALED HIM. So when this was done, OTHERS ALSO, which had diseases in the island, came, and WERE HEALED: Acts 28:3-9. Paul is a real pain in the butt. The world hates him, yet when they see God Almighty working through him and healing ALL people with disease and problems, they can't deny that he IS a man of God. NO ONE cares about his title of Prisoner, where he came from, or which church he was a member of. All they cared about was that his God came into their midst AND HE HEALED ALL WHO ASKED. It's hard to hate a man who healed all your family to Perfect health. Paul always said a prayer and got down to The Lords Business. Today, generally, almost no one truly Heals people OF ALL DISEASES. Again, without Faith, physical Healings don't happen. SO MAN HAS TO RESORT TO SELECTIVE TRICKERY TO TRY TO FOOL ENOUGH PEOPLE TO BANKROLL THEIR "MINISTRY". The day is soon coming when, maybe even you, will walk in True Faith and Real Obedience to the Holy Spirit, AND SIMPLY HEAL PEOPLE. That's one way God gets people’s attention, for them to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3001

MORNINGTIME 3001
 
And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: FOR THERE SHALL NOT AN HAIR FALL FROM THE HEAD OF ANY OF YOU. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. THEN WERE THEY ALL OF GOOD CHEER, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls, (276). And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmovable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And THE SOLDIERS' COUNSEL WAS TO KILL THE PRISONERS, LEST ANY of them SHOULD swim out, and ESCAPE. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that THEY WHICH COULD SWIM should cast themselves first into the sea, and GET TO LAND. And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that THEY ESCAPED ALL SAFE TO LAND. Acts 27:33-37, 41-44. AND WHEN PAUL HAD GATHERED a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire..., Acts 28:3. The prisoner's guards ARE IN A PANIC. They know that for each prisoner who escapes, a guard will die in his place. Hence, KILL THEM ALL. Notice, the Centurion Commander, just to save Paul from death, SAID NO, let them escape to land. THE PRISONERS COULD HAVE RUN IN 100 DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS! Even Paul was off in the woods gathering firewood. It's cold and rainy, AND NO ONE EVEN TRIED TO ESCAPE, even though some knew they were headed to trial and death. THAT IS THE KEEPING POWER OF CHRIST. For no one to die, means, no one escapes, and even the heathen stayed in line. That is the Pure Mercy and Grace of Christ, HE DOES RULE AND ALL WILL LISTEN, and they will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 3000

MORNINGTIME 3000
 
And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for THERE SHALL BE NO LOSS OF ANY MAN'S LIFE AMONG YOU, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, GOD HATH GIVEN THEE ALL THEM THAT SAIL WITH THEE. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: FOR THERE SHALL NOT AN HAIR FALL FROM THE HEAD OF ANY OF YOU. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it , he began to eat. THEN WERE THEY ALL OF GOOD CHEER, and they also took some meat. AND WE WERE in all in the ship TWO HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIXTEEN SOULS. (276 men). Acts 27:22-25,33-37. AND AFTER THREE MONTHS we departed in a ship of Alexandria,... And when we came to Rome, the centurion DELIVERED THE PRISONERS to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him. Acts 28:11,16. (So much to say and so little space). Could it have been...? A prison ship of 276 sailors, guards, and convicts going to Rome, many to die (???), Paul included. On this journey, every THING is destroyed, but for the sake of Paul, every LIFE is spared. WITH AMAZING MIRACLES EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. All 276 men saw the Mighty Hand of God and His Keeping Power. How many of these men started out as "heathen", and got to Rome PREACHING CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED??? From prisoners, to Preachers, all because of one little boat ride, AND THE CHANGING POWER OF CHRIST. A few months with Christ, and you'll NEVER be the same again, and people around you will change too. What a Way to, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2999

MORNINGTIME 2999
 
FOR GOD, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, HATH SHINED in our hearts, TO GIVE the LIGHT of the knowledge OF THE GLORY of God in the face OF JESUS CHRIST. But WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN EARTHEN VESSELS, that the Excellency of THE POWER may be OF GOD, and not of us.  (BECAUSE), WE ARE TROUBLED on every side, yet not distressed; we are PERPLEXED, but not in despair; PERSECUTED, but not forsaken; CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED; Always bearing about in the body the DYING of the Lord Jesus, that (IN) THE LIFE also OF JESUS might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:6-11. Here's the simplified version of these verses. God took a shovel load of dirt and made man. God miraculously holds that pile of dirt together and pours in Christ. With all this "power" in this pile of dirt, it literally takes an act of God to keep it all together. Now, enter the Holy Spirit Who takes up Residence inside this pile of dirt held together by the Power of God Almighty, and He, the Holy Spirit, like a mother bird preparing a nest for her yung'ins, flutters around throwing out all the trash of self, flesh, and the old man nature, to make a place suitable to hold His Purity, Righteousness, and Holiness. The more this vessel is Prepared, the more this vessel is made useable for the Mighty Purposes of God. The Holy Spirit literally kills the attributes of self, flesh, and the old man nature as He Builds, Installs, and Instills all the Attributes of CHRISTLIKENESS, that the Power of God may shine to and through this Holy Vessel, and out to a dead and dying world. God uses A Christ Filled man to reach dead men, that they too may receive Life, as the whole Process starts over again to continue to bring Life to all corners of this dead and dying world, that  All who receive Christ, will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2998

MORNINGTIME 2998
 
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. {And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught (Peter), and said unto him, O thou of little faith, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT? Matthew 14:31.} For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. {But when (Peter) saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, LORD, SAVE ME. Matthew 14:30.}  Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with SONGS OF DELIVERANCE. {AND IMMEDIATELY JESUS stretched forth his hand, and CAUGHT HIM,... Matthew 14:31.} Selah. Psalm 32:5-7. These are 2 separate sets of verses combined into one story showing the problem, and the prayer. The trouble and the solution. The general concept, and the literal answer. Isn't God GOoD? The Bible is the only book that will name names, places, dates, troubles, solutions, and answers. The Bible is the ONLY Book that   bends over backwards TELLING you to Prove It, find its faults, expose its errors, categorize its erroneous concepts, and honestly doubt its details, KNOWING with the full Assurance of the Holy Spirit, THAT THERE ARE NONE OF THESE THINGS IN THE BIBLE, THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. Many of the best minds in the world have spent their entire life trying to prove even one error in all the Bible, AND HAVE COME UP EMPTY. The Bible is the most hated, and most Loved Book out there. It Lifts Up and Magnifies Christ, while exposing the sins of man. It shows you the Blessings of God toward man, and the cursing’s of man towards God. It hits you in the face with Reality, as you hit the floor on your face Praising and Honoring The Lord God Almighty. NOW Believe, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2997

MORNINGTIME 2997
 
And Peter answered him and said, LORD, if it be thou, BID ME COME UNTO THEE on the water. AND HE SAID, COME. And when PETER was come down out of the ship, he WALKED ON THE WATER, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT? Matthew 14:28-31. Isn't it interesting that Peter, who was of little Faith, still had enough Faith to want to go to Jesus, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES ROILING ON AROUND HIM? Whatever Peter's real reason was to ask Christ to call him out of the boat, he still had enough Faith to ask for the impossible, BELIEVING IT WOULD HAPPEN, and the impossible did happen. Peter, with his eyes on Christ, did what no man had ever done before. The Bible DOES NOT specify any time or distance, so Peter may have walked on water for a second, or maybe strolled around with Christ for 2 minutes, only the Lord, and Peter, know. Either way, Peter had enough Faith to walk on water, and Jesus said he was of "little faith". This is a warning to us Believers today, who may or may not consider our faith to be small, or otherwise, TO STEP UP AND START BELIEVING FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE. BEWARE, this is not a call to start asking Christ to let us walk on water or bend steel with our bare hands, but to Trust Christ and Grow in Faith, to such a degree that when Christ does give an "impossible" command, we don't think twice about it, we just do it. We can do it in, through, and because of Christ, as He builds our Faith NOW, that when the day comes to Believe for the Impossible, we're ready with NO hesitation. And yes, those days ARE coming, to feed the multitudes, to heal the sick, to believe for water when there is none. All that Christ did, His Body, His Church, WILL do. Are you practicing Growing In Faith today that you'll be ready then, to, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 2996

MORNINGTIME 2996
 
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, BID ME COME UNTO THEE ON THE WATER. And he said, COME. And when PETER was come down out of the ship, he WALKED on the water, TO GO TO JESUS. But when he saw the wind boisterous, HE WAS AFRAID; AND beginning to SINK, he cried, saying, LORD, SAVE ME. AND immediately JESUS stretched forth his hand, and CAUGHT HIM, and said unto him, O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT? Matthew 14:28-31. And he (Jesus) saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, AND WOULD HAVE PASSED BY THEM. Mark 6:48. This story is an illustration of Christ giving man a command, "Go to the other side", and man doing everything he can to make it happen, WITHOUT ANY FURTHER CONTACT WITH CHRIST. Apparently Jesus was on His Way to the other side and would have passed them by, had they not called out to Him for help. (Finally). Note, Jesus gave the Command, "Go to the other side", so yes, they would have eventually made it. Maybe a day or two later, but made it, BY THEIR OWN WORKS, without any further help from Christ. Peter saw Christ, saw their situation, and not only asked for Christ's help, but asked for an absolutely unheard of miracle that could only happen by Jesus Power. Otherwise, he was going to walk to his death. It's Christ, or it's nothing. THAT, is totally sold out to Christ. Possibly, "If this boat's going to sink, I'll be better off with Jesus" (?). Either way, Peter requested, Christ authorized, Peter obeyed, and walked on the water. (So far, all is well). UNTIL PETER BROKE THE RULES AND TOOK HIS EYES OFF OF CHRIST. Here's my question, if walking on water is "of little faith", what would be happening in The Church today if we were REALLY sold out to Christ? BELIEVERS, WE'RE ABOUT TO FIND OUT, (if there's no pre-trib rapture). Christ is about to Glorify Himself THROUGH HIS BODY, (His Church), and we WILL, Be Blessed.­­­
 

MORNINGTIME 2995

MORNINGTIME 2995
 
And straightway Jesus (told) his disciples to get into a ship, and to GO before him UNTO THE OTHER SIDE, while he sent the multitudes away. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; BE NOT AFRAID. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when PETER was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he WAS AFRAID; AND beginning to sink, he CRIED, saying, LORD, SAVE ME. AND immediately JESUS stretched forth his hand, and CAUGHT HIM, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:22, 24-25,27-31. To recap, Jesus sent the Disciples to go do a specific thing, "Go to the other side". This was to go to the other side of the lake, and if He says to do something, IT CAN BE DONE. Think of something specific the Lord has told you to do. Does it seem like the whole world has come against you to try to stop you from doing "it"? And that's the whole point of Christ giving you something to do, for you to actually DO it, to FINISH it, in spite of everything against you. It's to Build Your Faith, one step at a time. It's to teach you that whatever He tells you to do, in His Eyes, IT'S ALREADY A DONE DEAL. He wants YOU to come to that same place of understanding that YOU know, "It's done", before you even start. Now, all you have to do is "Walk it out", understanding that nothing and no one can stop you. Once you can see the finished product, even before you start, that's Growing Faith. As each command gets harder than the last one, your Faith will also grow until finally, through Christ, everything he commands GETS DONE. This also means, when Christ says, "Be ye Holy for I am Holy", you can, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2994

MORNINGTIME 2994
 
And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, WHILE HE SENT THE MULTITUDES AWAY. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, WALKING ON THE SEA. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, IT IS A SPIRIT; and THEY CRIED OUT FOR FEAR. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; BE NOT AFRAID. And PETER answered him and SAID, LORD, if it be thou, BID ME COME UNTO THEE on the water. And he said, Come. And when PETER was come down out of the ship, he WALKED ON THE WATER, to go to Jesus. BUT when HE saw the wind boisterous, he WAS AFRAID; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, LORD, SAVE ME. And immediately JESUS stretched forth his hand, and CAUGHT HIM, AND SAID unto him, O THOU OF LITTLE FAITH, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:22, 24-31. A POSSIBLE SCENARIO. Jesus tells the disciples to go cross the lake as He sends the people home. Including jealous church leaders known to want to kill Christ. Next scene, "Oh no, Jesus is dead, they finally killed Him and His Ghost is about to go to Heaven". Peter cries out, "Lord, it is better to be with You, even if you're dead, that to be here without you. Call me out, I want to be with you, dead or alive". Peter climbed out of the boat to Obediently walk to Jesus, until he saw the boisterous waves coming to kill him too. Faith fell as he's about to drown. "Help me Lord, I want to be with you, even in death". Christ grabs Peter's hand, and the next thing Peter knows, he and Jesus, both alive, are climbing back into the boat, and the once deadly sea is calm again. Yes, this is a fanciful story, used to illustrate Peter's extreme Love for Christ. Dead or alive. To be WITH Christ was better than to be without Him. Does Life, or death, matter, if you're with Christ, so that you will, Be Blessed.

 
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