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From Birth…

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This Little Babe?

His hands are that of mercy
His toes are full of strength
His life a new beginning
That has eternal length
His skin is pure and perfect
And eyes are full of grace
What kind of king is born
In such a common place?

Our Father who art in heaven
Our Father from above
Truly is this your son
You sent for us to love?

This little babe in swaddling clothes
Lying in a manger
His innocence and purity…
He’ll keep us all from danger?
Is it true if we believe in Him
He’ll lead us not astray?
And you’ll have mercy in your heart
When it comes the judgment day?

Oh, Alleluiah, praise and glory
As I follow I will sing
Thank you Lord Almighty for this
Blessed little King!

~by Denise J Feil

~Refs

  1. “thoughts-about-god.com”
  2. “Google.com”

 

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Today’s Passage, Galatians 5:16-26

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Galatians 5:16-26 (NIV)

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other.

Paul has spent a good bit of time in this letter to the Galatians defending the law of the Spirit, (the law of grace), against Judaizers and Jewish Christians. These people taught that Paul was relaxing or dismissing much of the OT law in order to bring the Gentiles into the church.

Of course this was not the case at all! Over and over again Paul reasoned with the church members regarding two points. (1) They had died to the Old Testament law with its strict requirements and traditions. They were now under grace through faith in the risen Savior and Son of God, Jesus Christ.

And (2) as God’s children, they are guided by the desires of the Spirit and not the sinful nature. For obviously the sinful nature drives people toward doing things which are worldly, and contrary to the Spirit. Therefore if they are led by the Spirit of Christ, they no longer lived to satisfy sinful lusts (VV 16-18). Of course, all of this applies to us today as well.

In (VV 19-21), we find a listing of some of those acts of wickedness which we are to avoid. They include sexual immorality, hatred, discord, selfish ambition, fits of rage, and so on. Paul then warns the church as he warns us that those who practice such things will not have a place in the kingdom of God.

Instead of these things, we are to practice living the fruits of the Spiritual life. There is a list of these in (VV 22-23) which include: love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the things which are pleasing to the Lord; “Against such things there is no law,” as Paul reminds us.

Finally, the Lord’s apostle tells us that we who belong to Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. He encourages us to continue in our walk with the Lord by “staying in step” with the Spirit, and not to become “conceited, provoking and envying each other,” (VV 24-26).

Again, this is elementary Christianity, but we all need to be reminded of its importance often. As children of the Spirit of Christ, we need to incorporate these elements of our Lord into our daily lives, and become known by them.

By doing so, we serve as a reminder of the love Christ has for all of us who will come to Him in repentance and obedience. If we will walk with the Savior in the Light of His word, His blood continually washes us clean of sins we will occasionally commit. We find this in (1 John 1:7).

And this is part of the joy we have as children of God’s wonderful grace. As long as sin does not define our lives, and we repent of any transgressions we have engaged in, we have God’s forgiveness! Praise be to the Lord God Almighty, for He is a loving God…

 

Refs

  1. Google.com
  2. “The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan”
  3. “biblegateway.com”

 

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The Bible…Is It Truth? (Video)

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Do we believe the bible to be true just because it says it is, (2 Timothy 3:16-17)? Or is there more to it than that…

This video explains how history proves the facts and accuracy of the original biblical manuscripts dating back centuries. It shares prophetic statements made in certain books of the bible, which man could not have known unless inspired by a Supreme Being. The facts presented here give logical reasoning to the bible as absolute truth.

It is only about ten minutes long, and is well worth watching. Take the time to investigate this information and let us build our faith by what it shows us!

 

Steve

“Yes” And “No”…

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2 Corinthians 1:18-22 (NIV)

18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[a] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

The following is a thought on the above verses 18-20 from a commentator in “The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan, page 1765:”

“Paul now appeals to the gospel message he has preached to them: Believing it, they found it to be altogether true and entirely free from ambiguity, and by their experience of its dynamic power they had proved it to be one great affirmative in Christ, in whom all God’s promises are ‘Yes.’ ” 

The church here, like many others in the first century, was under siege. A number of false doctrines were being offered as alternative truth to the gospel of Christ. The apostles spent much of their time reassuring the early churches that the one solid, trustworthy gospel lay in what they preached as they received it from the Godhead.

Many times, the message from the other doctrines was unclear, translated by the wisdom of man rather than God, and full of unrighteousness, intended or otherwise. But Paul points out in these first two verses that the word which he and the other apostles and disciples preached was clear-cut and absolutely true.

The gospel of the cross was, (is), simple yet more powerful than any other teaching. It involves pure Deity, from design to follow through, and no other creed could make such a claim. It was conceived by God and carried out through Christ Jesus at Calvary.

As such, it guarantees each and every promise God has made to His followers, making it what is referred to here as the “Yes” gospel by Paul. It is agreed to and therefore applied to each member of the church by way of the general “Amen” placed upon it.

Further more, in (V 21), Paul points out that in this gospel, we stand firm in the body of Christ. In fact, God “anoints” us when we believe and obey His word, which means He consecrates and blesses the faithful. This is another benefit which can’t be offered by any other doctrine!

The apostle also points out to the church, (and to us), in (V 22) that, not only does the Lord anoint His followers, but He puts His “seal of ownership” on those who remain faithful to the gospel of the cross.

What’s more, God places the Holy Spirit in our hearts as a deposit to guarantee everything He has promised us will be so, not only on this earth but in heaven as well. Again, there is no other doctrine nor teaching of any kind which can make the same claim. Isn’t our God such an amazing Lord…Amen.

No wonder Paul refers to it as the “Yes” gospel!

Within these verses alone, the apostle Paul gives us good reason to stand firm in the faith of Christ and the cross. We are told in (Ephesians 4:5-6) there is “one Lord, one faith, and one baptism…” And how do we enter into that faith? We do so by way of Jesus Christ alone (John 14:6). He is the “way the truth, and the life…”

So, as followers of the only truth which saves our souls, let us be humbly thankful before the Lord. And may we share this gospel in whatever we have opportunity to help win other souls for Christ!

 

Refs: ~”The NIV Study Bible, copyright 1995, Zondervan”~ Google ~ biblegateway.com ~

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How To Have Life Eternal…

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Romans 8:1-4 (NIV)

Life Through the Spirit

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c]And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

What a wonderful God we serve! And, the love of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ, is truly amazing. This is the gospel message of the Lord Jesus above.

Man had, (has), a sin problem. This fleshly “tent” in which we live is weak. Therefore we are incapable of keeping the law of God perfectly. There are too many human desires and temptations, even for those who are in Christ Jesus. We slip into sin; we fall to the wiles of the evil one who will never leave us alone until he is locked away in hell by the Lord Himself!

God knew this from the beginning of time. He had the plan of man’s reconciliation unto Him laid out in full. Jesus Christ came to this earth and dwelt among men. He took our sins upon Him and carried every one of them to the cross. The Perfect for the imperfect, He took our beating and our death upon Himself willingly and died in order to save us.

Three days later, the Mighty God raised Him from the tomb of death and shortly brought Him back into heaven to sit at His right hand…a victor over both physical and spiritual death.

Therefore there is no condemnation for those who live in Christ Jesus. He set us free from the law of sin and death, and made us alive through the law of the Spirit of life, as it says in (V 1-2)!

The gift of God’s grace through our faith in Jesus has saved us…

For what the law was powerless to do, (V 3-4), in that it was weakened by our sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man. This was so that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Yes, this is pretty straight-forward, elementary Christian teaching. For all who rightly call themselves Christians, we know and believe this.

However, at times, I see a few people from other types of websites who will visit me, as I’m sure you do as well. I think it a good thing to have this basic message of the gospel of Christ posted.

We just never know what “doors” the Lord may open to an opportunity to share the word with someone! May He bless all of His children in our efforts to win souls for the Lord…

Refs: ~biblegateway.com~ pexels.com~

Faith Passages…

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Acts 16:5

So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.

2 Corinthians 10:15

not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,…

Matthew 6:28-30

 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Matthew 8:26

He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.

Luke 8:25

And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

 

John 12:42-43

 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.
Romans 14:1-2

Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.

Romans 14:1-2

Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.
1 Timothy 4:12

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

Hebrews 13:7

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
2 Timothy 2:22

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
Refs: ~ bible.knowing-jesus.com ~ Google ~
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