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MORNINGTIME 2915

MORNINGTIME 2915
 
Yet IF ANY man SUFFER AS A CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed; but LET HIM GLORIFY GOD on this behalf. For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if IT (MUST) FIRST BEGIN AT US, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let THEM THAT SUFFER according to the will of God COMMIT THE KEEPING OF THEIR SOULS to Him in well doing, as UNTO A FAITHFUL CREATOR. 1 Peter 4:16-19. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; yet so as BY FIRE. 1 Corinthians 3:15. It is understood that man is going to suffer and how you suffer is your choice. You can suffer at the hand of Satan as a sinner, or you can suffer at the Hand Of God as a Saved, but either way, you will suffer. So WHY do Christians have to suffer at all? We were once totally full of and saturated with the world, worldliness, and all its ways. Christ has Forgiven us of our old sins, but that Forgiveness doesn't instantly change us into Believers totally sin-less and worldliness-less Perfected Followers of Christ. When the Holy Spirit moves in He starts to point out some old habit He wants to take out and then He goes to work on it. For example, let's say you're very impatient and have anger issues. When He puts His Finger on it and says, "We need to work on this", and you say, "(Ouch), Yes Lord, let's do this thing Your Way", you've just turned The Lord God Almighty loose on something He Hates. He will give you all the Love, Mercy, and Grace you need while He Cuts this thing out of you, AND HE WILL GET IT GONE. Just like going through surgery, there will be some pain and suffering, but the Freedom from "The Problem", makes it ALL worth it. This is Growing from worldliness into CHRISTLIKENESS, and it's ALWAYS worth it. Your "suffering in Christ" will only be a much as you can handle, but through it ALL, you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2914

MORNINGTIME 2914
 
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with THE GLORY OF THE LORD. Numbers 14:21. So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. 1 Kings 8:11. GLORY AND HONOUR ARE IN HIS PRESENCE; strength and gladness are in his place.  Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, GIVE UNTO THE LORD GLORY AND STRENGTH.  GIVE unto the Lord the GLORY due UNTO HIS NAME: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the Beauty Of Holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and LET MEN SAY among the nations, THE LORD REIGNETH. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord , because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:27-34. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for THE GLORY OF THE LORD had FILLED THE HOUSE OF GOD.  2 Chronicles 5:14. GIVE unto the Lord the GLORY DUE unto HIS NAME: bring an offering, and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5. Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of THE GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2 Thessalonians 2:14. Sadly, it seems that this old physical world, and all that is therein, knows how to Glorify its Creator. It waves, it claps its hands, it bows in Honour of the Lord. Everything that hath breath, and doesn't have breath, Knows to Praise, Honour, and Glorify the Lord, EXCEPT MAN. Man is still trying to decide if there even really IS a god or not, and if so, is he, or she, worthy of even being acknowledged as such. It's a shame they won't, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2913

MORNINGTIME 2913
 
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with THE GLORY OF THE LORD. Numbers 14:21. So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for THE GLORY OF THE LORD HAD FILLED THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. 1 Kings 8:11. GLORY AND HONOUR ARE IN HIS PRESENCE; strength and gladness are in his place.  Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, GIVE UNTO THE LORD GLORY AND STRENGTH.  GIVE unto the Lord the GLORY due UNTO HIS NAME: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the Beauty Of Holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and LET MEN SAY among the nations, THE LORD REIGNETH. Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein. Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord,  because he cometh to judge the earth. O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:27-34. So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for THE GLORY OF THE LORD had FILLED THE HOUSE OF GOD.  2 Chronicles 5:14. GIVE unto the Lord the GLORY DUE unto HIS NAME: bring an offering, and come into his courts. Psalm 96:8. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT TOGETHER: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5. Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of THE GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2 Thessalonians 2:14. When one sees the "Glory" of the Lord, the result will always be to Praise, Honour, and Glorify the Lord. This world, the stars, even space itself sings of the Glory of the Lord. In church, when the Lord shows up, people will Glorify the Lord. Jesus Christ Himself, IS the Glory Of The Lord. God has shown Himself in EVERYTHING, how many, (how few), will Praise, Honour, and Glorify the Lord, and, Be Blessed?
 

MORNINGTIME 2912

MORNINGTIME 2912
 
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. is any merry ? let him sing psalms. IS ANY SICK among you? let him call for the ELDERS of the church; and let them PRAY OVER HIM, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER of a righteous man AVAILETH MUCH. James 5:13-16. For what glory is it , if, when ye BE BUFFETED for your faults, ye shall TAKE IT PATIENTLY? but if, when ye DO WELL, AND SUFFER FOR IT, ye TAKE IT PATIENTLY, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because CHRIST also suffered for us, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE, that YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS:  1 Peter 2:20-21. But and IF YE SUFFER for righteousness' sake, HAPPY ARE YE: and BE NOT AFRAID of their terror, NEITHER BE TROUBLED; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY ALWAYS TO GIVE an answer to every man THAT asketh you a reason of the HOPE THAT IS IN YOU WITH MEEKNESS AND FEAR: 1 Peter 3:14-15. This should pretty well settle it, all you have to do is do the impossible, every day, ALL DAY LONG, no matter what's going on in and around you, rain or shine, beatings or joy. ALWAYS, with a capital A L W A Y S be ready to give Christ ALL the Praise, Glory, and Honour for His Love, Mercy, Grace, and Compassion He has shown to you, in, and with, His Keeping Power and Hope, to a lost and dying world all around you. Here's another angle to consider in all this, as you live The Impossible Life in front of This Hate-filled World. Because you've been through all these things PERSONALLY, it's now your Testimony, you've been there and done that, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU. They can't shake IT from you, and they can't kill you from IT. You "are Christ" in their face, and you WILL, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2911

MORNINGTIME 2911
 
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. IS ANY MERRY? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER of a righteous man AVAILETH MUCH. James 5:13-16. For what glory is it , if, when ye BE BUFFETED for your faults, ye shall TAKE IT PATIENTLY? but if, when ye DO WELL, and suffer for it, ye TAKE IT PATIENTLY, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because CHRIST also suffered for us, LEAVING US AN EXAMPLE, that YE SHOULD FOLLOW HIS STEPS:  1 Peter 2:20-21. But and IF YE SUFFER for righteousness' sake, HAPPY ARE YE: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY ALWAYS TO GIVE an answer to every man THAT asketh you a reason of the HOPE THAT IS IN YOU with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:14-15. This should pretty well settle it, all you have to do is do the impossible, every day, all day long, no matter what's going on in and around you, rain or shine, beatings or joy. ALWAYS, with a capital A L W A Y S be ready to give Christ ALL the Praise, Glory, and Honour for His Love, Mercy, Grace, and Compassion He has shown to you, in, and with, His Keeping Power and Hope, to a lost and dying world all around you. There, isn't that simple? Oh ya, when you do mess up, fail, or fall apart, get back up, pray for, and get prayed for, for whatever it takes to get back into CHRISTLIKENESS, EVEN IN THE MOST IMPOSSIBLE OF SITUATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES, BECAUSE HE SAID TO!!! And that means it CAN, be done. Do this, and here comes the GOoD News, CHRIST WINS AND SO DO WE, Be Victorious, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2910

MORNINGTIME 2910
 
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is , God: but if thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. Matthew 19:17. Good and bad are words that compare something to another something. God is good, man (in comparison) is not. God is huge, man is tiny. God is just, man is corrupt. Man has standards as to what he thinks are good and bad when compared to something. We can talk all day about comparing this to that, based on the Standard we have set up about whatever it is we're talking about. To "christianize " this concept, we write silly songs about how God is bigger, greater, faster, and more loving than, whatever, but that really doesn't work. To compare God to anything is to try to bring Him down to a level we want. And that can't be done. God doesn't compare to anything because there is nothing to compare Him to. On a practical note, God is not "bigger" than my problems, He is the Problem Solver, no comparison. He doesn't do things "better", He does them Perfectly. He doesn't speak "louder" than the noise around me, He speaks Perfectly as a Still Small Voice into my very soul. I'm really not trying to split hairs with words, I'm just looking for Ways to Lift Up, Edify, Extol, Magnify, Praise, and Glorify THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY MORE AS HE SHOULD BE, than carelessly using words I'm not paying any attention to just to fill time and space. Yes, we do tell others God is bigger and greater than, but we should always keep in mind that above all else, HE IS LORD GOD ALMIGHTY AND IN HIM, THERE IS NOTHING ELSE. In your prayer closet, do your words compare God to other things, or do they lift up the Lord to where nothing else exists, just you and the Lord having a Sweet Time of Fellowship? So much so that words fail and can't convey what you really want to say to the Lord? That is the true meaning of "speechless", when words  fail and only the Groaning Of The Spirit in you shows you will, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2909

MORNINGTIME 2909
 
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, GOOD Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? NONE IS GOOD, SAVE ONE, THAT IS, GOD. Luke 18:18-19. And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? THERE IS NONE GOOD but one, that is , God: but if thou wilt enter into life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. Matthew 19:17. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; THERE IS NONE THAT DOETH GOOD, NO, NOT ONE. Romans 3:10-12. This one's tricky, but let's try to break it down anyway. Man is pretty much equal to the sludge at the bottom of the septic tank, man is not good, and never will be. Any works, or man-made performance, are pretty much useless when man tries to "work" his way into Heaven. There are no "things" or "works"  you can do to make your own way into Heaven. Being "good" and doing "good" are just man-made ideas of how to get into Heaven. There is no good thing a man can say or do, to get you into Heaven. So just "trash" any thoughts, actions, and deeds you think you can do, to earn your way into heaven. THERE ARE NONE. Even Obedience to Christ, in itself, won't get you into Heaven! Remember Judas? He was "obedient" to Christ, and THAT, by ITSELF, didn't get him in. ONLY CHRIST CAN DO WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE, FOR HIM TO GET YOU INTO HEAVEN. It's Purely a "Work of Christ", and ONLY Christ, Who has Paid the Price IN FULL for you to go free. Yes, OBEDIENCE to Christ is very important, BUT A "HEART ATTITUDE" FOR CHRIST AND HIS WORD, FOLLOWED BY OBEDIENCE to do, live, say, and be CHRISTLIKE, is what it will take to go to Heaven. And to say, "God is Good" still doesn't work. Good is compared to Bad, and God Almighty is too High and Great to compare to ANYTHING. Just do your best to Praise, Honour, and Worship the Lord God Almighty, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2908

MORNINGTIME 2908
 
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPAKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY GHOST. 2 Peter 1:20-21. These are the hard cold facts that almost all unsaved people don't want to hear. But of those unsaved, there will be a few who will step forward and ask, "Please tell me more"? These are the group of potential "lost sheep" looking for The Shepherd as they travel the Road of Life. They will accept the fact that a Higher Power than man had a hand in writing the Bible. Again, the Facts, the Bible was written over a 1500 year period of time, by 40 different men, having written 66 different books, AND THEN, a group of men sat down, looked through ALL the manuscripts, (real and phony) to discern which ones will be put together in this book we now call The Bible, AND STILL END UP WITH NO CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN WRITERS AND BOOKS. We call this one the King James Bible. This kind of Perfect Continuity must have the Hand Of God Almighty all over it. But to just check out the "Bible Statistics" is enough to convince any "lost sheep" that the Bible is real and can be Totally Trusted to guide you through Life and straight into Heaven with Christ. This is where Faith starts, to accept the Bible as the Word Of God and that those Words are GOoD for you. That's a sheep off and running towards the Lamb of God. The whole point of The Bible is to show there IS a God and that He has Something to say. That Something is, there is a God, He is Holy and you are not, and only Christ can carry you over this Great Divide. Those who deny the Bible as a work of God do so because they don't want ANYTHING to have a higher Standing then them. They are doing just fine in this world and want nothing to do with Someone saying otherwise.  To them, Denial means there's no one there, and that leaves them at the top of their heap. Believe the Bible, Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2907

MORNINGTIME 2907
 
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPAKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY GHOST. 2 Peter 1:20-21. One comment from  the world, "Ya, the Bible is just another book written by men". That generally stops the conversation on the spot. So let's go with that for a moment. ALL books, magazines, and instruction manuals, WERE WRITTEN BY MEN. no tree, fire, or animal ever wrote a book, just man. Some books are just made up stories, some are absolute Truth. Some funny, some sad, BUT ALL BY MAN. A simple smoke detector comes with instructions, don't do this, and you could die, but do this, and you'll very likely Live. It can save your life, and its written by man. So the Lord chimes in and says, "People like books, I'll write a book too". And so, He does. The Lord leans down and tells a man, "Here's what I want you to write about", and the man writes as he has been told. The Bible is no less legitimate than Swiss Family Robinson. Here's where differences come in  play. Eliminate all books with made up stories. Only keep the True stories, based on Facts. How many got ALL their information right? Eliminate all True books with only one author, leaving only books with 2 or more authors. Now eliminate all books that took less than 100 years to write. The Bible has 66 Books, written by 40 different authors, over a     1,500 year time span, WITH NO CONTRADICTION ANYWHERE ABOUT ANYTHING. But that's still not good enough. Is there ANY other book out there that has a 100% track record of ALWAYS being True, Correct, and more relevant than even this morning newspaper??? Those Merits ALONE should open the door to, "HHMMM, maybe God actually did write the Bible, and if THAT'S 'True, maybe I better pay attention  to what He's Saying". Now the Bible has possible Credibility in this man's eyes and heart. Look at the Bible's credibility, and YOU will Be Blessed.
 

MORNINGTIME 2906

MORNINGTIME 2906
 
....When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19. Since there were no "commas" back when this was written, this verse could also be read, "When the enemy shall come in, (comma), LIKE A FLOOD the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a Standard against him". Either way, the Lord's Standard is WAY Greater than any puny little attempt Satan may try. All of the Bible is full of the Lord taking care of His People under ALL conditions, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. These conditions all take place here on this earth. Again, the Lord not only says, but He also Does, take care of all His People, the Jews, and the Christians, the  Followers of Christ. The Mind Of Christ, which is the One True Way, says that He is coming back for His Bride, without Spot, Blemish, or Wrinkle. So ALL the verses declaring His Return ARE TRUE, HE IS COMING BACK. Here's the problem, the mind of man says it’s before the seven years of great tribulation, or  it's just before the anti-christ is revealed to the world when he stands in the temple and declares himself god, or it’s at the end of the great tribulation. Come on now, not all 3 can be right. It's confusing to all Believers to have at least a minimum of 3 possible scenarios of Christ's return. (Whoops, and who is the author of Confusion)? TODAY, THIS IS THE UNTOUCHABLE GOLDEN CALF OF THE (little c) "cHRISTIAN" RELIGION. Why won't the "leaders of the church" organize some great conference to hash this thing out with great Prayer and Supplication until they come up with the MIND OF CHRIST, tested against and proven with, the Bible??? As one small observer, all I can see is the attitude, "I'm right, everyone else is wrong, and if I have to back down on my stand, I'll lose My Followers, AND MY MONEY". (SOMEBODY, please, show me I'm wrong). "Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain TO THIS LIFE?  1 Corinthians 6:3. Will we Judge ourselves, and, Be Blessed?
 
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