Purify My Heart

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Assurance of Salvation How Can I Know For Sure If I Am Saved From Hell?

What is “Assurance of Salvation?”
“People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?”
Excerpt from this  message that I heard today for the first time and just had to share it by Bible Teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
” All the way through the Scripture, the concept of obedience is linked with relationship. It’s a relational term. Obedience flows out of a personal relationship with God. It’s something that’s motivated by love. It is God’s kids who obey Him.
We see through the Scripture that when we obey, we demonstrate that we have a relationship with God. We demonstrate that He is our Father. We demonstrate that we have genuine faith; that we have truly been born again into the family of God.

Obedience is one of the most important and essential elements and expressions of true faith. You read about this particularly in the first Epistle of John. First John chapter 2. Listen to these words:

“And by this we know that we have come to know him” (verse 3a). Now, the book of 1 John was written to give people assurance of their salvation. How do you know for sure you’re a child of God?

People sometimes write us at Revive Our Hearts and they say, “How can I know that I’m a Christian?” First John chapter 2:3 tells us one of the ways we can know:

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (vv. 3–6)
Then you go to 1 John chapter 3, beginning in verse 5, and you see this same theme:

You know that [Christ] appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him [no one who belongs to him] keeps on sinning [habitually or doesn’t live in sinful habit patterns]; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. [So John says,] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning . . . No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. (v. 5–9)
If God is your Heavenly Father, your inclination will be to obey God: “By this it is evident who are the children of God.” (v. 10)

“It is the people who have their name on the church roll. It is the people who are involved in small groups for Bible study. It is the people who live really good lives.” Is that what it says?

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (v. 10)

John is saying here that to prove that you are a child of God to yourself or to others, takes more than just intellectual assent to the gospel, more than just saying, “I believe.” It has to be demonstrated in the kind of obedience that is characteristic of children to their parents.

Not only does obedience demonstrate genuine salvation, but it also demonstrates genuine love for God. It’s how we show that we love God. We show that by obeying Him. It’s how we demonstrate our love for Christ. Over and over again in Scripture—interestingly enough, again in the writings of John—this time in the Gospel of John, chapter 14. Jesus said,

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (v. 15).

If you love your husband, you will do the things that please him. And if you love God, you will demonstrate it by obeying him.

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. (v. 21)

The Jews of the Old Testament prided themselves on having the Law of God. “We’re Abraham’s children. We have the Ten Commandments.”

Therefore, they thought they were spiritually okay. But Jesus says, “No—whoever has my commandments and keeps them (obedience), he it is who loves Me. That’s the one who’s related to Me.

And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him,

“Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (vv. 21–23)

That kind of obedience—loving, wholehearted, complete obedience—was what Jesus modeled in His relationship with His Heavenly Father. I love that verse in John 14:31 as Jesus and His disciples are getting ready to leave that upper room scene, and they’re going to the place where Jesus knows He will be betrayed and handed over to the Romans.

Jesus says, “But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” Where were they going? Into the jaws of death.

Jesus said, “Even if it kills Me, I want the world to know that I love My Father, so I’m going to obey His command.” What evidence does your life give to the world, that you love your Heavenly Father? Do they see you obeying God even when it’s costly? Do they see you demonstrating your love for Him?

I want us also to see that obedience is the means through which we can experience the reality of Christ and His love in our lives. Jesus said in that passage that we just read, John 14:21, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them . . . I will love him and manifest myself to him.” There is a paraphrase of that verse that says, “I will love him and make Myself real to him.”

Do you want to know more of the love of Christ in your life? Do you want to draw closer to Christ? Do you want to sense His nearness and His sweetness and His intimacy in your life? Jesus said, “If you have My commands and you obey them, I will manifest Myself to you. I will make Myself real to you. You will experience My reality in your life” (paraphrase).

Then He says in verse 23 of John 14,

If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Isn’t that what you want in your life—for God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to make themselves at home in your heart?

“We will come, and we’ll make our home with him.” You can experience the reality of Christ in your life in a greater way through obedience. Jesus says, “If you keep my commandments—you are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 14:15 paraphrase).

That’s the way to experience intimacy with Christ. Now, as we think about obeying Christ as a means of showing our faith and showing our love and experiencing greater intimacy with Christ, remember that in the whole context of John chapter 14 and 15 (where we’ve been reading), and in 1 John (where we started out), there is one major command of Christ that comes up again and again and again.

What is the command? That we love one another. Now, I believe Jesus is talking about obedience to all of His commands, but isn’t it interesting that that’s the one command that He brings up in this context of obedience?

“If you love me, you will obey me, and this is my command: that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (paraphrase). You read it in John 13, John 15, 1 John 3, and 1 John 4—this is the commandment we have from Him.

“Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (paraphrase). As we pull all of this together, let me ask you a couple of questions. Are you obeying His command to love others as He has loved you?

You say, “Yes, I love people.” Do you love all people? Are there any brothers, sisters, or people in the family of God that you don’t love? Maybe they’re not loveable. It may be your mate. It may be a particular child. It may be a relative—someone that you don’t love with 1 Corinthians 13, agape kind of love.

If there is someone that you’re not loving in a Christ-like way, you can’t say that you’re obeying His commands. “If you love Me, you’ll obey Me. If you obey Me, you will love one another” (paraphrase).

Based on your obedience quotient; based on your lifestyle of obedience, what evidence is there that you are truly a child of God? If that’s how you get proof—assurance; evidence of your salvation—how much evidence is there that you are a child of God?

We can’t be bitter, cantankerous, and ornery; feuding with people; not getting along with people; having rifts between us and other people and say we’re Christians. Jesus said, “People will know that your profession is true if you have love for one another.”

Let me say it again. You have no basis for assurance that you are a child of God if you do not obey the commands of Christ, and one of the primary commands He tells us to obey is to love one another.

It’s not enough to claim that you love Him. It’s not enough to say that you love Him. Are you obeying Him? Do you love others as He has loved you?

Leslie: Loving your neighbor isn’t just a suggestion. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has been showing us what obedience to God looks like in day-to-day life. She’ll be right back to pray.

A new appreciation for obedience often follows revival. So does a passion for purity, holiness, honesty, and repentance. These are all qualities of revival that Nancy covers in a workbook she co-wrote called, Seeking Him.”
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Click link to read or hear full message (audio at top) of this inspiring and convicting message from God’s Word that is rarely heard in the modern day church. I NEED to hear this message.

Link:  https://www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts/assurance-obedience

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John MacArthur    “A Believer’s Assurance: A Practical Guide to Victory over Doubt”    Link:  http://www.gty.org/resources/positions/P17/a-believers-assurance-a-practical-guide-to-victory-over-doubt

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3)  Paul Washer  

Assurance Of Salvation  1 John 1:5-9

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLE55jzhUT8&feature=youtu.be

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4)  John MacArthur  (New Covenant)

The Christian’s Incompatibility with Sin, Part 2   1 John 3:4-8 March 2, 2003 62-26

https://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/62-26/the-christians-incompatibility-with-sin-part-2

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What does it mean to pursue righteousness?   from Recommended resource by John MacArthur

http://www.gotquestions.org/pursue-righteousness.html

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Practicing Righteousness
1 John 3: 1 John3AMP1 John 4

1 SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.
2 Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
3 And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
4 Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
5 You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [essentially and forever].
6 No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains in communion with and in obedience to Him–deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].
7 Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [who is upright, conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous.
8 [But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].

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practicing righteousness according to this verse:

7 Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [#who is
upright,
conforming to the divine will
in purpose,
thought, and
action,
living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous.

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Foundational Teaching.
Complete Salvation And How To Receive It.

Bible Teacher Derek Prince.
Foundational Teaching.
Complete Salvation And How To Receive It.
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I. So Great a Salvation (Heb. 2:3)
A. Length, width, depth and height (Eph. 3:18)
B. Salvation not limited (Ps. 78:21–22, 41)
C. Sacrifice of Jesus perfect and ‪#‎complete‬—nothing can be added or taken away from it (Heb. 10:14)

1. ‪#‎New‬ birth: ‪#‎one‬-time experience (John 1:11–13)
11 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

2. ‪#‎Salvation‬: an ‪#‎ongoing‬/continuing ‪#‎process‬
Perfect tense, Simple past tense, Continuing present tense.
a. Perfect tense—“having been saved” (Eph. 2:8)

Ephesians 2:8Amplified Bible (AMP)
8 For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;

b. Simple past tense—a specific time (Titus 3:5)

Titus 3:5New King James Version (NKJV)
5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

c. Continuing present—“are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18) (compare Noah’s ark)

1 Corinthians 1:18New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who ‪#‎are‬ ‪#‎being‬ ‪#‎saved‬ it is the power of God.

II. New Testament Use of Sozo (Salvation)
A. Thoroughly saved (Matt. 14:35–36)
B. Gadarene demonic delivered (Luke 8:35)
C. Woman with chronic bleeding (Luke 8:48)
D. Jairus’ daughter raised from death (Luke 8:50)
E. Cripple at Golden Gate (Acts 4:9)
F. Salvation in no other (Acts 4:12)
G. Cripple at Lystra (Acts 14:8–10)
H. Preserved from all evil (2 Tim. 4:18)

III. Two Key Words
A. Exchange
1. Punished vs. forgiven (Is. 53:4–5)
2. Wounded vs. healed (Is. 53:4–5)
3. Sin vs. righteousness (Is. 53:10; 61:10)
4. Death vs. life (Heb. 2:9)
5. Curse vs. blessing (Gal. 3:13–14)
6. Poverty vs. abundance (2 Cor. 8:9; 9:8)
7. Shame vs. glory (Matt. 27:35–36)
8. Rejection vs. acceptance (Matt. 27:45–51)

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III. Two Key Words (cont’d.) B. Identification—double identification took place on the cross
1. Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45, 47; 1 Pet 1:3; Rom. 6:6, 11) a. Took every evil due to us
b. Died to take penalty for our sins

2. Believer with Jesus a. Died with Him (Col. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:11) b. Buried with Him (Rom. 6:4–5; Col. 2:12)
c. Made alive with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
d. Resurrected with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
e. Enthroned with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)

IV. God’s Purpose (Eph. 2:7)
A. Demonstration of the riches of God’s grace
B. His workmanship/masterpiece (Eph. 2:8)

V. How to Appropriate What God Has Done
A. Repent (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38)
B. Believe (Acts 20:20–21)
C. Confess (Rom. 10:8–10; Heb. 4:14; 3:1; 10:21, 23)
D. Act out your faith (James 2:26; Rom. 10:9–10)

1. Be baptized (Mark 16:16)
2. Give thanks (Jonah 2:9)
3. Be led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14)

E. Reasons why it is not easy
1. The enemy within: carnal mind (Rom. 8:7–8)
2. The enemy without: Satan (1 Pet. 5:6–7; James 4:7)
3. Hostile environment: the world (John 15:19)
“The world” = people and systems that are not subject to the righteous government of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
4. Three forces we have to deal with:
a. The world
b. The flesh
c. The devil

Watch Video of this teaching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2sfA_hPQMk&feature=youtu.be

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What is the New Covenant?

Link to “Two Covenants” by Andrew Murray:  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/murray/covenants.toc.html

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Derek Prince once said something like: many are sitting on the fence, when the Holy Spirit comes, He electrifies the fence.
It’s time to review what “salvation” means. The whole counsel of God is rarely preached anymore, most of us have not heard it.

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July 30, 2016 “being a LIVING AND HOLY SACRIFICE WHICH IS THE HEART OF TRUE WORSHIP…”
Recently, the Holy Spirit highlighted to me that the bride of Christ included a phrase “without spot or wrinkle” that is similar of what God considered an acceptable sacrifice offering in the Old Testament: “without blemish…”
Ephesians 5:27
New American Standard Bible
that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

2 Peter 3:13-15New American Standard Bible (NAS
13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

In the ‪#‎New‬ ‪#‎Covenant‬ we are a ‪#‎livingsacrifice‬
Today, while visiting my parents, I attended their church today and it really impacted me when the Pastor said today.
….ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name!
Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe Glory to the Lord
1A Psalm of David. Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array.

‪#‎Then‬ the Pastor quoting from Romans 12:1: I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship….”which is the ‪#‎heart‬ of‪#‎true‬ ‪#‎worship‬!”

Romans 12:1 [ Dedicated Service ] Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
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Exodus 29:1 [ Consecration of the Priests ] “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish,
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Deuteronomy 17:1 [ Administration of Justice ] “You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lord your God.
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Song of Solomon 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, And there is no blemish in you.
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Ezekiel 43:22 ‘On the second day you shall offer a male goat without blemish for a sin offering, and they shall cleanse the altar as they cleansed it with the bull.
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Ezekiel 43:23 When you have finished cleansing it, you shall present a young bull without blemish and a ram without blemish from the flock.
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Ezekiel 43:25 For seven days you shall prepare daily a goat for a sin offering; also a young bull and a ram from the flock, without blemish, shall be prepared.
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Ezekiel 45:18 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “In the first month, on the first of the month, you shall take a young bull without blemish and cleanse the sanctuary.
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Ezekiel 45:23During the seven days of the feast he shall provide as a burnt offering to the Lord seven bulls and seven rams without blemish on every day of the seven days, and a male goat daily for a sin offering.
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Ezekiel 46:4 The burnt offering which the prince shall offer to the Lord on the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish and a ram without blemish;
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Ezekiel 46:6 On the day of the new moon he shall offer a young bull without blemish, also six lambs and a ram, which shall be without blemish.
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Ezekiel 46:13 “And you shall provide a lamb a year old without blemish for a burnt offering to the Lord daily; morning by morning you shall provide it.
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Malachi 1:14 “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the Lord of hosts, “and My name is feared among the nations.”
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Sitting in church doesn’t mean that we are “in Christ.”
I sat in church for several years but was not “in Christ.”
I ask in love, are we, are you “in Christ?”
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Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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John MacArthur
Excerpt: Examine Yourself
2 Corinthians 13:5 P03

Are you a Christian? Many people who claim to be point to some event in the past to substantiate their claim. But inviting Jesus to come into your life in the past is not proof that you are genuinely saved. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 Paul says to the Corinthian church, ” Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves (emphasis added).” He wouldn’t have said that if some event in the past were obviously the answer. The Bible never verifies anyone’s salvation by the past but by the present. If there is no evidence of salvation in your life now, you need to face the fact that you may not be a Christian. You need to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. How does one do that? Jesus shows us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).

The Distinguishing Mark of a Christian

Before Jesus was born, the religious leaders of Israel had already decided what it meant to live righteously. They had developed a system contrary to Scripture based on self- righteousness generated by doing good works. When Jesus entered the world, He shattered their religious system by upholding the standard revealed in God’s Word. He revealed how a citizen of His Kingdom really lives.

If you want to know if you’re a Christian, compare your life with the standard Christ presents in the Sermon on the Mount. One word summarizes His standard: righteousness.
Link to full: https://www.gty.org/resources/positions/p03/examine-yourself

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John MacArthur
Excerpt from “Elements Of A Living Sacrifice”
But if we can even expand that view of Christ to all that Christ provides, we now, then, have it
encompassing all the mercies of God. So what motivates me to make my life a living sacrifice? The
mercies of God. It’s not narrowly limited. It’s expansive.
Psalm 116:12 puts it this way: “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits unto me?” He was
really at a loss for words. He didn’t know what to give. “What shall I give the Lord in response to all
His benefits?” Here’s the answer: your life in all its components as a living sacrifice. That’s what you
give.
Romans 12:1 and 2 answers the prayer of Psalm 116, and it starts with the soul. First, you give your
soul to God in faith in Jesus Christ, and that’s where it starts. It starts with the soul, and then when
you contemplate all that salvation is, that becomes the driving motive for sanctification.
Sometimes, people say, “Why so much doctrinal teaching? Can’t you be more practical?” No, the
truth of the matter is your orthopraxy is a direct reflection of your orthodoxy. Your ethical behavior is
a direct reflection of your dogma. Your duties flow out of your doctrine. It’s what you believe that
essentially designs your behavior. That’s a very shallow perception because there is no basis for
right behavior except right doctrine, and the more you understand about the greatness of your
salvation and the richer your grasp of it, the greater your motivation to offer yourself constantly as a
living sacrifice.
You have to keep doing it because we have a way of crawling back off the altar, don’t we? Jesus
Himself said, in John 13:17, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” The
assumption is you have to know them in order to do them.
The sweep of Paul’s mind goes here in all his epistles. He starts with doctrine, makes a transition
with the word “therefore,” and moves on to the application, the behavior. Peter actually says – Peter
the apostle – that, “Sin is the result of forgetting what happened when you were saved.” Second
Peter 1:9, he says, “Sin comes becomes you’re blind and shortsighted, and you’ve forgotten your
purification from your former sins.”
One of the things that we want to do as teachers and preachers is constantly remind you of the
glories of salvation so that you don’t forget what God has done for you and so that your gratitude
affects obedience and sacrifice. Salvation, the saving of the soul, is the first in making a living a
sacrifice to God. The soul must be given to God, and then the panoply of realities connected to
salvation become the motivation for the rest of the sacrifice.
Secondly, the body must be presented to God, and that’s what verse 1 says: “…present your bodies
a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” This is the
body, the actual body, and not simply that which is tangible and visible but all the components of
being human – how you think and how you reason, all that you are as a human being.
It’s a temple term, by the way. “Present” is a temple term. It means to surrender up, to yield up, to
offer up, and that is to hold nothing back. Like a priest who brings a sacrifice and lays the whole thing
on the altar, you put your body on the altar, and by doing that, you are saying, “I give You, God, my
body.” That’s not hard to understand.
I give it not as a dead sacrifice but as a living sacrifice. I continually offer my body for your purposes,
and I offer it as a living and holy sacrifice set apart from sin. This is not new language, by the way.
The book of Romans, if you look back at chapter 6 for just a moment, Paul says in verse 12 of
chapter 6, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts.” So you there that the
body means more than just the material. It means the immaterial desires and lust, as well, but he
says in verse 12, “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey its lust,” verse 13,
then, “Do not go on presenting,” there’s that same verb, “the members of your body to sin as
instruments of unrighteousness, but presents yourselves to God…,” and he’s talking about the body
and the component parts of your humanity.
Down in verse 16, the same thing: “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone
as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or
of obedience resulting in righteousness?” In other words, you’re making a presentation of yourself to
obey your master.
Link
file:///C:/Users/Molly/Downloads/ElementsofaLivingSacrifice.pdf

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Derek Prince. “The Two Banquets”. “I think I should say at the beginning that this message is a warning, it is a warning against presumption. The warning that comes initially from Jesus Himself. It is a warning against presuming about a relationship with God that you do not actually have. It also raises two questions: what kind of people receive God’s provision and what kind of people miss God’s provision.”
 
“Invited to a wedding breakfast for God’s Son, the Jews were “too busy.” Now, as the age closes, Christians are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
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The Two Banquets
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I. Warning Against Presumption
A. What kind of people receive God’s provision?
B. What kind of people miss God’s provision?
C. The vineyard (Matt. 21:33–46)—Applied specifically to the Jews
1. The problem: the vinedressers had presumed that they could own the
vineyard—they had forgotten that they were stewards, accountable to the
owner
2. The issue: fruit (v. 43)
D. The chief cornerstone (Psalm 118)
1. Fall on the stone (Christ) = repentance, humility
2. Stone fall on you = crushed, rejection, destruction
II. The Wedding Breakfast
The beginning of the age (Matt. 22:1–14) (Fulfilled in the Jewish nation)
A. “Dinner”: literally, breakfast (v. 4)
B. Judgment on the Jews (A.D. 70—destruction of Jerusalem/temple) (v. 7)
C. The wedding was postponed—people rejected God’s invitation
D. Invitation is extended to all nations (Gentiles)—both bad and good (vv. 8–10)
E. The man who presumed—without a wedding garment (v. 11–15 [compare Is.
61:10])
F. Application: It’s not enough to be invited, we must also fulfill the requirements
(v. 14)
III. The Great Supper—The End Of The Age (Luke 14:15–24)
A. Not the Jews, but professing Christians
B. People invited
1. Distracted by temporal things: real estate, business, marriage (vv. 17–20
[compare Luke 17:26–30])
2. Invitation extended to:
a. Streets and lanes
b. Highways and hedges—i.e., the unreached and untaught
3. Those originally invited were rejected (v. 24)
C. The postponed wedding feast (Rev. 19:7–8)
D. What are the requirements?
1. #The poor in spirit (Matt. 5:3)
2. #Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matt. 5:6)
 
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Pastor James MacDonald:
“it’s not just about my salvation, it’s about my sanctification, help us Lord! we are going to begin to go through a list here, we ask the question: is that me? am I like that? “
Is it God’s will to sanctify me?

1) Video message below by Pastor James MacDonald  

2) pdf: “5 Steps To Lasting Change” 

 #personalrevival

Every good thing God wants to get into your life will come through your ability to remain steadfast under trials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWzyOcW1G8

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Pastor James MacDonald

Revive Your Soul Through Self Examination

James MacDonald post Aug. 12, 2016
Excerpt from Feb. 5, 2015: “When rejoicing in our positional standing of ‘declared and treated as righteous’ through faith in Christ impairs our comprehension of here-and-now stalled sanctification, we can be sure that hyper grace has found a home in our hearts. As Tozer said, “A man can believe in total depravity and never have any sense of it for himself at all. Lots of us believe in total depravity who have never been wounded with the knowledge that we’ve sinned.” What an incredible insight. To get there, to get to accurate self-examination that dismantles self-righteousness and elevates afresh our reveling in grace for self and others, we need three things: 1) attention to the voice of conscience; 2) listening for Holy Spirit conviction through the Scriptures; and 3) insight from a trusted friend who knows us well and observes us frequently.”

Link to read full:  http://jamesmacdonald.com/blog/revive-your-soul-through-self-examination/

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‪#‎personalrevival‬
‪#‎whywaitforrevivalwhenwecanhavepersonalrevival‬?
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Isaiah 57:15-16 Healing for the Repentant
14And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” 15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

‪#‎john14‬:21-24

Purify My Heart part 2

Purify My Heart part 2

September 7  Steve Hill Ministries
Deep and Pure

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
John 6:29

There is a longing in my soul to see a move of God in this country. I want this nation shaken from the White House to the schoolhouse, from the stock market to the stockyard, from the interstate highways to the airline skyways, from the country clubs to the city pubs. I want to see revival.

This same desire was on the lips of Robert Murray McCheyne when he spoke these awesome words:

Everything I meet with, and every day I study my Bible, makes me pray more that God would begin and carry on a deep, pure, widespread and a permanent work of God in Scotland. If it be not deep and pure, it will only end in confusion and grieving away the Holy Spirit of God by irregularities and inconsistencies. Christ will not get glory, and the country generally will be hardened and have their mouths filled with reproaches. If it be not widespread, our God will not get a large crown out of this generation. If it be not permanent, that will prove its impurity and will turn all our hopes into shame.

I am also deepened in my conviction that if we are to be instruments in such a work, we must be purified from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Oh, cry for personal holiness, constant nearness to God by the Blood of the Lamb! Bask in His beams—lie back in the arms of love—be filled with His Spirit; or all success in the ministry will only be to your own everlasting confusion.

2 Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 12
Ezekiel 10; Psalms 49

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“There is no greater argument for the existence of God in the world today than conscience.”
What is Conscience?
By Billy Graham • November 9 2014 • Topics: Soul & Spirit

Having a good conscience . . .
—1 Peter 3:16
What is conscience? God has put within each one of us something that cries aloud against us, whenever we do that which we know to be wrong. Conscience is the detective that watches the direction of our steps and decries every conscious transgression. Conscience is a vigilant eye before which each imagination, thought, and act, is held up for either censure or approval.

I believe there is no greater argument for the existence of God in the world today than conscience. There is no greater proof of the existence of a moral law and Lawgiver in the universe than this little light of the soul. It is God’s voice to the inner man. Conscience is our wisest counselor and teacher, our most faithful and most patient friend.

Prayer for the day
Thank You, Father, for my conscience which checks me and guards my actions. Help me to be alert to its promptings, through Your Holy Spirit. (end)
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more scripture on what God’s Word says about our conscience:

Acts 24:16Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men.

Romans 2:14-15

14 When Gentiles who have not the [divine] Law do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, since they do not have the Law.
15 They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts and are operating there, with which their consciences (sense of right and wrong) also bear witness; and their [moral] [a]decisions (their arguments of reason, their condemning or approving [b]thoughts) will accuse or perhaps defend and excuse [them]

Billy Graham  “What Is Conscience?”  http://billygraham.org/devotion/what-is-conscience/

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John 16: 1. I have told you all these things, so that you should not be offended (taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away). [I told you to keep you from being scandalized and repelled.]
2 They will put you out of (expel you from) the synagogues; but an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God.
3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father or Me.
4 But I have told you these things now, so that when they occur you will remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
5 But now I am going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, Where are You going?
6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [taken complete possession of them].
7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].

8 And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:

9 About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];

10 About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;

11 About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.
12 I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now.
13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
14 He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
15 Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.

The least emphasized aspect of the Holy Spirit in preaching today is conviction of sin.  Leonard Ravenhill

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“There is no form of sinfulness to which you are addicted which Christ cannot remove.”  Charles Spurgeon

Leonard Ravenhill “Again I feel so often satan gets charged with hindering our prayers, but I’m quite sure we’re sabatoging our own praying when we have impure hearts and unclean hands.”

“Many people want to be in charge of big things of life but they don’t want to pay attention to God in the little things.”
–Joyce Meyer

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Loving God with all our mind.
John Piper. Excerpt: “Two Other Biblical Diagnoses of the Problem

Now before I turn to the remedy and how we find the renewal of mind God demands, consider two other biblical diagnoses of the problem. Consider the way Peter describes our mind-problem in 1 Peter 1:13–14, “Prepar[e]. . . your minds for action. . . . Do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance.” There is an ignorance of God — a willful suppression of the truth of God (Romans 1:18) — that makes us slaves to many passions and desires that would lose their power if we knew God as we ought (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:5). “The passions of your former ignorance.” Paul calls these passions, “desires of deceit” (Ephesians 4:22). They are life-ruining, worship-destroying desires, and they get their life and their power from the deceit of our minds. There is a kind of knowledge of God — a renewal of mind — that transforms us because it liberates us from the deceit and the power of alien passions.

The other biblical diagnosis is in Ephesians 4:17–18, “You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” Paul takes us deeper than Peter here. He penetrates beneath the “futile mind” and the “darkened understanding” and the willful “ignorance” and says that it is all rooted in “the hardness of their heart.” Here is the deepest disease, infecting everything else. Our mental suppression of liberating truth is rooted in our hardness of heart. Our hard hearts will not submit to the supremacy of Christ, and therefore our blind minds cannot see the supremacy of Christ (cf. John 7:17).

The Holy Spirit Renews the Mind

Which brings us finally to the remedy and how we obey Romans 12:2, “Be transformed in the renewal of your mind.” First, before we can do anything, a double action of the Holy Spirit is required. And then we join him in these two actions. The reason I say the Holy Spirit is required is because this word “renewal” in Romans 12:2 is only used one other place in all the Greek Bible, namely, Titus 3:5 where Paul says this: “[God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” There’s the word “renewal” which we’ve seen is so necessary. And it is renewal “of the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit renews the mind. It is first and decisively his work. We are radically dependent on him. Our efforts follow his initiatives and enablings.

The Double Work of the Holy Spirit

Now what is the double work that he must do to renew our minds so that all of life becomes worship? 2 Corinthians 3:18 sets the stage for the answer: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” What does the Spirit do to “transform” us into the image of the God-exalting Son of God? He enables us to “behold the glory of the Lord.” This is how the mind is renewed — by steadfastly gazing at the glories of Christ for what they really are.

But to enable us to do that, the Spirit must do a double work. He must work in two directions: from the outside in and from the inside out. He must work from the outside in by exposing the mind to Christ-exalting truth. That is, he must lead us to hear the gospel, to read the Bible, to study Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men, and to meditate on the perfections of Christ. This is exactly what our great enemy does not want us to do according to 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” Because to see that for what it really is, Paul says, will renew the mind and transform the life and produce unending worship.

And the Spirit must work from the inside out, breaking the hard heart that blinds and corrupts the mind. The Spirit must work from the outside in, through Christ-exalting truth, and from the inside out, through truth-embracing humility. If he only worked from the outside in, by presenting Christ-exalting truth to our minds but not breaking the hard heart and making it humble, then the truth would be despised and rejected. And if he only humbled the hard heart, but put no Christ-exalting truth before the mind, there would be no Christ to embrace and no worship would happen.

What Then Shall We Do?

What then do we do in obedience to Romans 12:2, “Be transformed in the renewal of your mind”? We join the Holy Spirit in his precious and all-important work. We pursue Christ-exalting truth and we pray for truth-embracing humility.

Listen to rich expositions of the “gospel of the glory of Christ.” Read your Bible from cover to cover always in search of the revelation of the glory of Christ. Read and ponder the Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men and women. And form the habit of meditating on the perfections of Christ. And in it all pray, pray, pray that the Holy Spirit will renew your mind, that you may desire and approve the will of God, so that all of life will become worship to the glory of Christ.

May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.

May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

Kate Wilkenson”  http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-renewed-mind-and-how-to-have-it

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Psalm 139:23-24New King James Version (NKJV)

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Lord, search me and try me, see if I am practicing any self deception listed by AW Tozer:

Five Ingenious Ways of Christians:

1. Seeking our own interests while pursuing spiritual interests under the guise of seeking God’s interests
2. Talking about the cross and living in the shadow of the cross, but never actually surrendering to it
3. Begging for the Holy Spirit to fill us while at the same time rejecting Christ’s work in us and keeping things well in our own hands
4. Talking about the dark night of the soul but rejecting the darkness
5. Using religion to promote our personal interests and advancement

— A.W. Tozer

From The Crucified Life, chapter 11, ‘The Strange Ingenuity of the Christian”

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Thomas Watson:  “But how shall we attain to heart-purity?”

from Thomas Watson’s Exposition of the Beatitudes.

But how shall we attain to heart-purity?

1 Often look into the Word of God. ‘Now ye are clean through the word’ (John 15:3). ‘Thy word is very pure’ (Psalm 119:140). God’s Word is pure, not only for the matter of it, but the effect, because it makes us pure. ‘Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth’ (John 17: 17). By looking into this pure crystal we are changed into the image of it. The Word is both a glass to show us the spots of our souls and a laver to wash them away. The Word breathes nothing but purity; it irradiates the mind; it consecrates the heart.

2 Go to the bath. There are two baths Christians should wash in.

(i) The bath of tears. Go into this bath. Peter had sullied and defiled himself with sin and he washed himself with penitential tears. Mary Magdalene, who was an impure sinner, ‘stood at Jesus’ feet weeping’ (Luke 7: 38). Mary’s tears washed her heart as well as Christ’s feet. Oh sinners, let your eyes be a fountain of tears! Weep for those sins which are so many as have passed all arithmetic. This water of contrition is healing and purifying.

(ii) The bath of Christ’s blood. This is that ‘fountain opened for sin and uncleanness’ (Zechariah 13: 1). A soul steeped in the brinish tears of repentance and bathed in the blood of Christ is made pure. This is that ‘spiritual washing’. All the legal washings and purifications were but types and emblems representing Christ’s blood. This blood lays the soul a-whitening.

3 Get faith. It is a soul-cleansing grace. ‘Having purified their hearts by faith’ (Acts 15: 9). The woman in the gospel that but touched the hem of Christ’s garment was healed. A touch of faith heals. If I believe Christ and all his merits are mine, how can I sin against him? We do not willingly injure those friends who, we believe, love us. Nothing can have a greater force and efficacy upon the heart to make it pure than faith. Faith will remove mountains, the mountains of pride, lust, envy. Faith and the love of sin are inconsistent.

4 Breathe after the Spirit. He is called the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1: 13). It purgeth the heart as lightning purgeth the air. That we may see what a purifying virtue the Spirit has, it is compared:

(i) To fire (Acts 2: 3). Fire is of a purifying nature. It refines and cleans metals. It separates the dross from the gold. The Spirit of God in the heart refines and sanctifies it. It burns up the dross of sin.

(ii) The Spirit is compared to wind. ‘There came a sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost’ (Acts 2: 24). The wind purifies the air. When the air by reason of foggy vapours is unwholesome, the wind is a fan to winnow and purify it. Thus when the vapours of sin arise in the heart, vapours of pride and covetousness, earthly vapours, the Spirit of God arises and blows upon the soul and so purges away these impure vapours. The spouse in the Canticles prays for a gale of the Spirit, that she might be made pure (4: 16).

(iii) The Spirit is compared to water. ‘He that believeth on me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water; but this spake he of the Spirit’ (John 7:38, 39). The Spirit is like water, not only to make the soul fruitful, for it causes the desert to blossom as the rose (Isaiah 32:15; 35: 1), but the Spirit is like water to purify. Whereas, before, the heart of a sinner was unclean and whatever he touched had a tincture of impurity (Numbers 19: 22), when once the Spirit comes into the heart, it does with its continual showers wash off the filthiness of it, making it pure and fit for the God of spirits to dwell in.

5 Take heed of familiar converse and intercourse with the wicked. One vain mind makes another. One hard heart makes another. The stone in the body is not infectious, but the stone in the heart is. One profane spirit poisons another. Beware of the society of the wicked.

Some may object: But what hurt is in this? Did not Jesus converse with sinners? (Luke 5: 29).

(i) There was a necessity for that. If Jesus had not come among sinners, how could any have been saved? He went among sinners, not to join with them in their sins. He was not a companion of sinners but a physician of sinners.

(ii) Though Christ did converse with sinners, he could not be polluted with their sin. His divine nature was a sufficient antidote to preserve him from infection. Christ could be no more defiled with their sin than the sun is defiled by shining on a dunghill. Sin could no more stick on Christ than a burr on a glass of crystal. The soil of his heart was so pure that no viper of sin could breed there. But the case is altered with us. We have a stock of corruption within and the least thing will increase this stock. Therefore it is dangerous mingling ourselves among the wicked. If we would be pure in heart let us shun their society. He that would preserve his garment clean avoids the dirt. The wicked are as the mire (Isaiah 57:20). The fresh waters running among the salt taste brackish.

6 If you would be pure, walk with them that are pure. As the communion of the saints is in our Creed, so it should be in our company. ‘He that walketh with the wise shall be wise’ (Proverbs 13: 20), and he that walketh with the pure shall be pure. The saints are like a bed of spices. By intermixing ourselves with them we shall partake of their savouriness. Association begets assimilation. Sometimes God blesses good society to the conversion of others.

7 Wait at the posts of wisdom’s doors. Reverence the word preached. The Word of God sucked in by faith (Hebrews 4: 2) transforms the heart into the likeness of it (Romans 6: 17). The word is an holy seed (James 1: 18), which being cast into the heart makes it partake of the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4).

8 Pray for heart purity. Job propounds the question, ‘Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?‘ (Job 14:4; 15:14). God can do it. Out of an impure heart he can produce grace. Pray that prayer of David, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God’ (Psalm 51: 10). Most men pray more for full purses than pure hearts. We should pray for heart-purity fervently. It is a matter we are most nearly concerned in. ‘Without holiness no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12: 14). Our prayer must be with sighs and groans (Romans 8: 23-26). There must not only be elocution but affection. Jacob wrestled in prayer (Genesis 32: 24). Hannah poured out her soul (1 Samuel 1: 15). We often pray so coldly (our petitions even freezing between our lips), as if we would teach God to deny. We pray as if we cared not whether God heard us or no. Oh Christian, be earnest with God for a pure heart. Lay your heart before the Lord and say, Lord, Thou who hast given me a heart, give me a pure heart. My heart is good for nothing as it is. It defiles everything it touches. Lord, I am not fit to live with this heart, for I cannot honour thee; nor to die with it, for I cannot see thee. Oh purge me with hyssop. Let Christ’s blood be sprinkled upon me. Let the Holy Ghost descend upon me. ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God’. Thou who biddest me give thee my heart, Lord, make my heart pure and thou shalt have it.

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/watson-beatitudes.html#_Toc411063746

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John Piper:

Can Pleasure in God Really Compete with the Pleasures of Porn

Topic:  The power and effects of sin

“On this podcast we often talk about fighting sin on two fronts, the external front (shield your life from influences) and the internal front (fill your heart with God’s glory).”

Excerpt:

My guess is that, when a new believer or an immature believer compares the power of sex to the power of the beauty of Christ, these can feel like totally different kinds of attraction, and the question becomes whether the kind of attraction that the beauty of Christ has can really counter the kind of attraction that sexual hormones create. And I see that distinction. It is a real distinction. The spiritual joys, even ecstasies, which we can know in personal relation with Christ are, in fact, not the same physical kind as we taste in sexual craving.

“The warfare of pleasure against pleasure is not simply fought in the moment of immediate combat, but over time as we attempt to go deeper and deeper in our knowledge of Christ, in our dependence of Christ, in our enjoyment of Christ.”

So, when I say that the expulsive power of a new desire for Christ can drive out the controlling power of old sinful desires, I realize that this is a battle not between two pleasures measured on the same scale. One pleasure is dominantly physical (not only). And the other pleasure is dominantly spiritual (not only, but dominantly). And this creates a problem for a new believer or an immature believer because spiritual pleasures are so new to them and their capacities for these pleasures may be so undeveloped that they can scarcely imagine that a godly, spiritual pleasure could be intense enough to conquer an ungodly physical pleasure.

Another difference between these combatants is that the desire for sex gets its power from an immediate, narrow, focused, visible or touchable sensation. But the desire for Christ and the enjoyment of Christ is not that way. It is not narrow in the same way. The pleasures that we have in knowing Christ are larger in their focus, deeper in the soul, more lasting and durable, taking in more of your personality — instead of just focusing on your body — and more personal and more relational. And this means that the cultivation of the controlling power of the pleasures that we have in Christ matters.

Now the effort to make them the controlling pleasures happens over time. It doesn’t just happen in that little moment there while we are facing the battle, while the sexual pleasures are arriving — bang! — with such enormous force. Which means that the warfare of pleasure against pleasure is not simply fought in the moment of immediate combat, but over time as we attempt to go deeper and deeper in our knowledge of Christ, in our dependence of Christ, in our enjoyment of Christ.

For example, the shield of faith that Paul says quenches the fiery darts of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16), maybe they happen to be sexual and flaming darts this time. That shield is not something you leave in your arsenal and only whip out when the arrows are flying. The shield of faith represents a daily, ongoing cultivation of growing knowledge and growing trust and growing delight in our friend and King and Savior Jesus Christ, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, growing the effectiveness of this shield when the arrows happen to fly.

So let me try to illustrate practically what I am talking about by the growing and the intensification of this counter desire of spiritual pleasure over against the immediacy of the physical pleasure. Basically the idea is, every day we fix our attention on the beauty of Christ in the way he deals with money and the beauty of Christ in the way he deals with sex and the beauty of Christ in the way he deals with power. And the biblical principle is that beholding — I am getting this from 2 Corinthians 3:18 — beholding, looking at the peculiar glory of Christ, we are transformed into his likeness so that his beauty in relation to money becomes our beauty in relation to money, and his beauty and relation to sex our beauty and relation to sex, and his beauty and relation to powerour beauty and relation to power. So here is how it works for me.

I will just give you concrete strategies that John Piper tries to follow.

Jesus and Money

When I drink in the Word about Jesus being so unencumbered by possessions that he had no place to lay his head, my amazement at his poverty, poverty that made many rich, moves me. It moves me. It shapes me. It frees me from my love affair with money. I admire it. And when he says foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head (Luke 9:58), I love him. I love his simplicity. I love his freedom from the love of money. I love his readiness to risk all for the mission.

And when Paul says, “Though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9), I see him. I love him. I am drawn to him and I find him giving himself to me. And his freedom from money starts to give me freedom from money. And his vastly more admirable beauty so far surpasses the tycoons of Wall Street. Why would I want to be like one of them? He is so free, so loving, so bold, so sacrificial. Everything about him is more attractive than all the rich people I have ever known. So that is the way it works for me. Beholding the glory of the Lord I am changed into a person who doesn’t love money. That is the way it works.

Jesus and Sex

Or let’s take sex, for example. When I look at Jesus’s sexual life, the same thing happens. Three decades — well, maybe two, of masculine virility. He had an adolescence first, a puberty. So one and a half or two decades of masculine virility, yet not one single millisecond of a sinful thought or feeling or immoral act. Women were hanging on his words, following him around. Former prostitutes wept over him and wiped his bare feet with their hair.

“I would plead with you to pursue the Christ who has depths and heights and unexpected dimensions of pleasure for you, pleasure to transform your life and pull the power plug on sinful temptations.”

He lived a life from one angle that you could say was supercharged with sexual temptation — and he never sinned. He never once committed any lustful thought or act. He denied himself perfectly without denying the goodness of sexuality. I watch him. And as I watch him, I love him. I admire him. I stand in awe of his purity of mind and body, and I find myself in that admiration hating my own little compromises and I find myself longing to be pure and to be found holy at the last day and above reproach and glorious in purity. And his purity, sexually, is contagious.

Jesus and Power

Or here is the way I do it with power. Just recently I did this. You can do it in lots of ways, but when I looked at him in Gethsemane recently and he said to his disciples that chopped off an ear to save him, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). Well no, a legion is about 3000 soldiers. Twelve legions is 36,000 — 36,000 angels would be enough to rescue him. And he says: I could do this. That is power. That is power. And he didn’t do it. He walked into the jaws of the lion and he was killed. Why? Why did he use power that way? And it is so glorious. It is so beautiful. It is so loving. It is so kind. It is so self-denying. It makes me say: I want to use power that way. I want to lay it down for the cause of love. Or I want to turn it for the good of others the way he did.

So to the young believer or the immature believer or the doubting believer, I would empathize with you that the power of sex in the moment of temptation seems stronger largely because it is physical. And greed and craving look so powerful. You want to crave to look cool or crave to be powerful. They look so powerful in the moment. But I would plead with you to believe and to pursue the Christ who has depths and heights and unexpected dimensions of pleasure for you that if you will go hard after him day in and day out, these dimensions of pleasure will transform your life and they will pull the power plug on those sinful temptations.

Link to read full:  http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/can-pleasure-in-god-really-compete-with-the-pleasures-of-porn

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'A Purified Heart by Dr. Lester Sumrall Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure (1 John 3:3). When you live casually for the world, it’s because you don’t have any hope of Jesus coming soon. But when you know Jesus is coming back, you live differently. Do you know why I live like I do today? It’s because I know Jesus is going to return soon. I don’t mess with the world. I am not contaminated with anything in this world. I belong to Jesus and I do whatever He tells me to do. If you can truly get this prophetic hope inside you that Jesus is coming back, your heart will become purified as well. I live in the light of eternity every day. If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it because I know someday I’ll give Him an account of my actions. I don’t do this or that to please people, and I don’t even do it to please myself. I do it in fear of God that I’m going to stand before Him and give an account of my life. Amen? If you are going to be a “man-pleaser” you will never be a “God-pleaser”!'

A Purified Heart by Dr. Lester Sumrall

Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure (1 John 3:3).
When you live casually for the world, it’s because you don’t have any hope of Jesus coming soon. But when you know Jesus is coming back, you live differently. Do you know why I live like I do today? It’s because I know Jesus is going to return soon. I don’t mess with the world. I am not contaminated with anything in this world. I belong to Jesus and I do whatever He tells me to do. If you can truly get this prophetic hope inside you that Jesus is coming back, your heart will become purified as well.

I live in the light of eternity every day. If I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it because I know someday I’ll give Him an account of my actions. I don’t do this or that to please people, and I don’t even do it to please myself. I do it in fear of God that I’m going to stand before Him and give an account of my life. Amen?

If you are going to be a “man-pleaser” you will never be a “God-pleaser”!

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Pastor James MacDonald:
“it’s not just about my salvation, it’s about my sanctification, help us Lord! we are going to begin to go through a list here, we ask the question: is that me? am I like that? ”
Is it God’s will to sanctify me?

1) Video message below by Pastor James MacDonald

2) pdf: “5 Steps To Lasting Change” http://jamesmacdonald.com/assets/pdf/Five-Critical-Steps-to-Lasting-Change.pdf

 #personalrevival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWzyOcW1G8

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Pastor James MacDonald

Revive Your Soul Through Self Examination

James MacDonald post Aug. 12, 2016
Excerpt from Feb. 5, 2015: “When rejoicing in our positional standing of ‘declared and treated as righteous’ through faith in Christ impairs our comprehension of here-and-now stalled sanctification, we can be sure that hyper grace has found a home in our hearts. As Tozer said, “A man can believe in total depravity and never have any sense of it for himself at all. Lots of us believe in total depravity who have never been wounded with the knowledge that we’ve sinned.” What an incredible insight. To get there, to get to accurate self-examination that dismantles self-righteousness and elevates afresh our reveling in grace for self and others, we need three things: 1) attention to the voice of conscience; 2) listening for Holy Spirit conviction through the Scriptures; and 3) insight from a trusted friend who knows us well and observes us frequently.”

Link to read full:  http://jamesmacdonald.com/blog/revive-your-soul-through-self-examination/

 

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‪#‎personalrevival‬
‪#‎whywaitforrevivalwhenwecanhavepersonalrevival‬?
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Isaiah 57:15-16 Healing for the Repentant
14And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” 15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.

‪#‎john14‬:21-24

ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince FOUR REQUIREMENTS OF TRUE WORSHIPERS

Source:  ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince, Copyright 2007, Whitaker House.

FOUR REQUIREMENTS OF TRUE WORSHIPERS
Derek Prince

Returning to the book of Hebrews, we see the four chief requirements of the true worshiper – what God expects of His
worshipers if they are to avail themselves of what He has made available to them:

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”  (Hebrews 10:22)

1.  A True Heart

What does a “true heart” mean?  I will offer my opinion.  Sincerity, honesty, loyalty, total commitment, no reservations –
that is a true heart.

If I love my wife with a true heart, I love her totally.  I will not in any circumstance contemplate anything that would be
disloyal to her.  I think a word that we need to restore to our vocabulary is the word loyalty.    Loyalty has become passé
and out-of-date among some people today.  Loyalty to your family.  Loyalty to your country.

What was it that made the apostle John stand in front of the cross at Mary’s side when all the other disciples had fled?
Was it theology?  Not for a moment.  It was loyalty.  What was it that got Mary Magdalene to the tomb in the early hours
of the morning?  Was it doctrine?  No, it was loyalty.  She was going to be loyal to that man even if he was nothing but a
brutally mutilated corpse.  There does not seem to be much loyalty among some believers today.  We must be loyal to
Jesus and loyal to one another.  That is a true heart.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and
gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine
iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  (Psalm 51:6-10)

The word behold is dramatic.  David had been religious a long while, but now he had made a discovery, “You desire
truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
”  I believe truth and wisdom go
together.  You don’t know the hidden wisdom until you have truth in the inward parts.  The revelation of hidden wisdom
is not through the mind, but through the sincere, true, and honest heart.

When sin has had its way in your heart, it can’t be patched up, repaired, or modified.  It takes a creative act of God to
give you a clean heart.  In Psalm 139, David was talking about God’s enemies and said,

Do I not hate them, O LORD, that hate thee?  and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate
them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.”  (Psalm 139:21-22)

Is it right for a Christian to say that?  Some people might say yes, and some would say no.  David went to a different
source:

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.”  (Psalm 139:23)

David was asking God, “Is there something inside of me that is an enemy of God?  See if there is something inside of
me that is opposed to You.”  Can you invite God to do that?  Do not be afraid.  When it comes to confession, I tell
people to remember that you are not going to confess anything to God that He does not already know.  There will be no
surprises.  The confession is for your sake, not His.

And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalm 139:24)

Before God can lead us in this everlasting way, we have to allow Him to search and try our hearts – to root out any of
God’s enemies lurking there.  Let God show you what is in your heart and then let Him deal with it.  Lay it bare to Him.

In Isaiah, it says,

Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a
wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
(Isaiah 29:14)

God wants worshipers with a true heart, no hypocrisy, no religious acts.  He wants sincere hearts, loyal and true.  I have
heard it said that we translate faith by obedience.  I would suggest that we translate faith by loyalty – loyalty to Christ at
any cost.  I think you will find they work to exactly the same end.

2.  Fullness of Faith

So the first requirement of the true worshiper is a true heart.  The next condition is fullness of faith.  Do you have
fullness of faith?  Is it an effort or a struggle?  Do you have to pinch yourself and say, “Am I full of faith?”  No, faith is a
decision.  That is why unbelief is the primary sin.  What is it to have fullness of faith?  Let us look at the Psalms:

Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”  (Psalm 119:
128)

Whatever God says is right.  Anything that disagrees with Him is a false way.  That is not a feeling or emotion; that is a
decision.  I intend to agree with what God says.  When I was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit in an army barracks,
not knowing anything about New Testament doctrine, I clutched hold of one fact:  the Bible was the book with answers.
It is the Book that tells me what has happened to me.

Intellectual arguments are basically an unwillingness to make a decision.  If you wait until you understand the entire
Bible before you will believe it, you will be waiting a long while.  If you wait to understand everything about Jesus Christ
before you accept Him, you will wait a long while.  Faith is a decision in relation to Christ and the Scripture.  I have made
that decision, thank God.  My mind is at rest.  I have perfect inward peace.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  (II Corinthians 10:5)

You can do what this verse describes.  Inside you, there is a mind that is trained to argue with God.  By nature, it is
opposed to God.  “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God”  (Romans 8:7).  It is your responsibility to suppress
that enemy; refuse to give him liberty to speak.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in
all his ways.”  (James 1:6-8)

The double-minded, unstable, undecided person gets nowhere with God.  Make up your mind from now on that what
God says is right.  That is the fullness of faith.

But I must give you an additional warning the Lord gave me:

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye
would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.”  (II Thessalonians 2:11-12)

That Scripture should take your breath away if you are not familiar with it.  It is very simple.  If you don’t believe the truth,
you will believe a lie.  That was Eve’s choice.  God told her the truth; Satan told her a lie.  She had two options.  She
chose the lie – that is unbelief.  What is unbelief?  It is believing the lie.  It does not mean believing in nothing; everybody
believes in something.  The decision is always the same – Will I believe God, or will I believe Satan?  God says if you do
not believe the truth, He will see to it that you believe the lie.

Do not fool around with this.  Do not believe just as much as it suits you and leave the rest.  Incomplete obedience is
disobedience.  Incomplete belief is unbelief.  You can receive the truth, or you can come under delusion.  As this age
closes, those are the only two options available to God’s people.

3.  Hearts Sprinkled from an Evil Conscience

The next requirement of the true worshiper is a heart sprinkled from an evil conscience.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  (Romans 5:9)

Romans tells us that we are justified by the blood of Jesus.  If you know my teaching, you know my definition of justified:
“just-as-if-I’d” never sinned.  That is how righteous the blood of Jesus makes us.  There is no more guilt conscience for
sin.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit.”  (Romans 8:1)
 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(I John 1:9)
 

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”  (I John 3:21)

On the other hand, if I am condemned in any way within my heart, I have no access to God.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.”  (Psalm 66:18)

You have to make a faith stand:  “All my sins are forgiven.  I have confessed them all.  God has forgiven them all.  The
blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from all unrighteousness.  I am justified – just-as-if-I’d never sinned.”  Do you believe
that?  I do.  I really believe it.  I do not allow my mind to insinuate any religious doubt.  I believe that God is faithful and
just.  I believe He has forgiven me all my sins and cleansed me from all unrighteousness.  I do not have to cringe in the
presence of God.  I do not have to whimper.  I can walk upright.  “I have…made you walk upright” (Leviticus 26:13).
Hebrews goes one better than that:

“…AND THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE.”  (Hebrews 10:17)

God does not have a bad memory; He is a great forgetter!  There is a big difference.  God remembers everything that
He does not decide to forget.  If He decides to forget it, He does not remember it anymore.

4.  Bodies Washed with Pure Water

Did you know that the condition of your body affects your access to God?

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”  (Hebrews 10:22)

What does it mean to have your body washed with pure water?  What is the pure water?  The pure water is the Word of
God.  How does God’s Word purify us?

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit…”  (I Peter 1:22)

God’s word purifies us through the Spirit.  The Word, ministered by the Spirit and obeyed, purifies you.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he [Jesus Christ] is pure.”  (I John 3:3)

Obey the Word ministered to you through the Spirit, and you purify yourself.  How pure must we be?  Even as He is
pure.  There is only one standard that God has – Jesus.

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you
should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour…”  (I Thessalonians 4:3-4)

Your body is the vessel, and the Bible says it is the will of God that you should know how to keep that vessel unsoiled –
pure and holy.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Thessalonians 5:23)

Scripture says your body should be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord.  That is complete holiness.  If
your body is not preserved blameless, whatever that may mean, it is not total holiness.  The will of God is that you
should know how to possess this vessel in sanctification and honor.

In I Corinthians 6, the main theme is the importance of the body.  Most Christians grow up with the attitude that the body
is not really that important.  The Bible does not say that.  Please note, it is not scriptural to belittle your body.

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought
under the power of any.”  (I Corinthians 6:12)

It is all right for me to eat three ice cream sundaes, but it does not do me any good.  Ice cream, cigarettes, and coffee
should not be dictating to me.  As Lester Sumrall once said,  “The morning I wake up and feel I cannot do without a cup
of coffee is the morning I will not drink it.”  That is a pretty good decision to make.  When you become dependent on
anything, you become enslaved by it.

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them.”  (I Corinthians 6:13)

Food for the stomach, and the stomach for food.  But neither of them is permanent.  Enjoy them while you have them; it
will not be for long.

Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”  (I Corinthians 6:13)

Most Christians would say “amen” to the first part of that verse, but what does it mean that your body is for the Lord,
and the Lord for your body?

And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  Know ye not that your bodies
are the members of Christ?”  (I Corinthians 6:14-15)

Christ’s members on earth are our physical members.  That is all He has to work with.

“…shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?  God forbid.  What?  know
ye not that he which is jointed to an harlot is one body?  for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined
unto the Lord is one spirit.”  (I Corinthians 6:15-17).

Earlier we talked about the union of man’s spirit with the Spirit of God in worship.  Here again, we see the direct parallel
between the relation of the prostitute and the spiritual relation to the Lord.  He who is united in the love relationship with
the Lord is one in spirit with Him.

Flee fornication.  Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth
against his own body.  What?  know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and
in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (I Corinthians 6:18-20)

Sexual sins defile the body.  You do not belong to yourself, and that includes your body.  You are the property of God.
The supreme purpose of your body is to serve as a temple for the Holy Spirit.  “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in
temples made with hands; as saith the prophet.
”  You can build Him the nicest church or cathedral and He may come
there when His people are there, but His dwelling place is the physical body of the redeemed believer.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
ghost.”  (Matthew 28:19)

After you commit your life to Christ, you are baptized – submersed in a cleansing, sanctifying application of water.
Everything that was offered to God on the altar of blood must be washed in the water.  It is not to make you physically
clean but to make you holy in the true sense of being set apart to God.  Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ…
”   (Acts 2:38).  How many?  All of you.  Once you have done that, you are to
present your body as a “living sacrifice.”  Paul wrote,

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  (Romans 12:1)

Your body is sanctified when it is placed on God’s altar.  That is how to preserve your body in sanctification and honor.
Keep it on the altar.  Jesus said to the Pharisees, in effect, “You fools!  It is not the gift that sanctifies the altar; it is the
altar that sanctifies the gift.” (See Matthew 23:18-19).  If you place your body on God’s altar, as long as it is in contact
with the altar, it is sanctified.  But if you break the contact, you have lost your sanctification.

Your body does not belong to you; it belong to God.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your
members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from
the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”  (Romans 6:12-13)

To summarize, you have your heart sprinkled from an evil conscience, you know your sins are forgiven, you know your
heart is cleansed, and then you have your body washed with pure water – the pure water of the Word of God.  You
purify yourself by obeying the truth ministered to you by the Holy Spirit.  The first purifying act after believing is being
immersed, passing through the water, being set apart to God.  After that, you lay your body, sanctified by blood and
water, on the altar of God’s service.  You present every individual member to God as an instrument.  And your body
thereafter is a vessel for Him.  It is the only instrument  that Jesus Christ has on this earth by which to do His will at this
time.  Our members are the members of Christ.

Source:
ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince, Copyright 2007, Whitaker House.

... would enter the Holy of Holies to worship and stand in God's presence

Derek Prince The seventh great effect of God’s Word is that of cleansing and sanctification.

World-known author and Bible teacher, Derek Prince, wrote in his book, “The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Handbook,” chapter 7, about the authority of God’s Word. Used by permission.

 

Purifying Effects of God’s Word Cleansing

The seventh great effect of God’s Word is that of cleansing and sanctification. The key text for this is Ephesians 5:25-27:

“Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

There are a number of important points in this passage which deserve attention. Notice, first, that the two processes of cleansing and sanctifying are thinly joined together. However, although these two processes are closely related, they are not identical. The distinction between them is this: that which is truly sanctified must of necessity be absolutely pure and clean; but that which is pure and clean need not necessarily be in the fullest sense sanctified. In other words, it is possible to have purity, or cleanness, without sanctification. But it is not possible to have sanctification without purity, or cleanness.

Thus cleansing is an essential part of sanctification but not the whole of it. Later in this study we shall examine more closely the exact mean­ing of the word sanctification.

Turning again to Ephesians 5 we notice, second, that one main, definite purpose for which Christ redeemed the church is “that He might sanctify and cleanse it” (v. 26).

Thus the purpose of Christ’s atoning death for the church as a whole, and for each individual Christian in particular, is not fulfilled until those who are redeemed by His death have gone through a subsequent process of cleansing and sanctifying. Paul makes it plain that only those Christians who have gone through this process will be in the condition neces­sary for their final presentation to Christ as His bride – and the condition which he specifies is that of a glorious church, “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing … holy and without blemish” (v. 27).

The third point to notice in this passage is that the means which Christ uses to cleanse and sanctify the church is “the washing of water by the word” (v. 26). It is God’s Word which is the means of sanctifying and cleansing; in this respect the operation of God’s Word is compared to the washing of pure water.

Even before Christ’s atoning death upon the cross had actually been consummated, He had already assured His disciples of the cleansing power of His Word which He had spoken to them.

“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3).

We see, therefore, that the Word of God is a divine agent of spiritual cleansing, compared in its operation to the washing of pure water.

Side by side with the Word, we must also set the other great agent of spiritual cleansing referred to by the apostle John.

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (I John 1:7).

Here John speaks of the cleansing power of Christ’s blood, shed upon the cross, to redeem us from sin.

God’s provision for spiritual cleansing always includes these two Divine agents – the blood of Christ shed upon the cross and the washing with water by His Word. Neither is complete without the other. Christ redeemed us by His blood so that He might cleanse and sanctify us by His Word.

John places these two great operations of Christ in the closest possible connection with each other. Speaking of Christ, he says:

“This is He who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth” (I John 5:6).

John declares that Christ is not only the great Teacher who came to expound God’s truth to men; He is also the great Savior who came to offer His blood to redeem men from their sin. In each case it is the Holy Spirit who bears testimony to Christ’s work – to the truth and authority of His Word and to the merits and power of His blood.

John teaches us, therefore, that we must never separate these two aspects of Christ’s work. We must never separate the Teacher from the Savior, nor the Savior from the Teacher.

It is not enough to accept Christ’s teaching through the Word without also accepting and experiencing the power of His blood to redeem and cleanse us from sin. On the other hand, those who claim redemption through Christ’s blood must thereafter submit themselves to the regular washing of His Word.

There are various passages concerning the ordinances of the Old Testament sacrifices which set forth, in type, the close association between the cleansing by Christ’s blood and the cleansing by His Word. For instance, in the ordinances of the tabernacle of Moses we read how God ordained that a laver of bronze containing clean water was to be placed close to the sacrificial altar of bronze and was to be used regularly in conjunction with it.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash with water, lest they die. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them – to him and his descendants throughout their generations” (Ex. 30:17-21).

If we apply this picture to the New Testament, the sacrifice upon the bronze altar speaks of Christ’s blood shed upon the cross for redemption from sin; the water in the laver speaks of the regular spiritual cleansing which we can receive only through God’s Word. Each alike is essential to the eternal welfare of our souls. Like Aaron and his sons, we must regularly receive the benefits of both, “lest we die.”

 

Sanctification

Having thus noted the process of cleansing through God’s Word, let us now go on to consider the further process of sanctification.

First, we must consider briefly the meaning of this word sanctification. The ending of the word – ification – occurs in many English words and always denotes an active process of doing or making some­thing. For example, clarification means “making clear”; rectification means “making right or straight”: purification means, “making pure,” and so on. The first part of the word sanctification is directly connected with the word saint – in fact, it is simply another way of writing the same word. Saint in turn is simply an alternative way of translating the word which is more normally translated “holy.”

Thus, the simple, literal meaning of sanctification is “making saintly,” or “making holy.”

The New Testament mentions five distinct agents in connection with sanctification: 1) the Spirit of God, 2) the Word of God, 3) the altar, 4) the blood of Christ, 5) our faith. Following are the main passages which mention these various agents of sanctification:

“God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Theses. 2:13).

Peter tells Christians that they are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (I Pet. 1:2).

Thus, both Paul and Peter mention “sanctification of [or by] the Holy Spirit” as an element of Christian experience.

Sanctification through the Word of God was referred to by Christ Himself when He prayed to the Father for His disciples.

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Here we see that sanctification comes through the truth of God’s Word. Sanctification through the altar is likewise referred to by Christ. He told the Pharisees:

“Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?” (Matt. 23:19).

Here Christ endorses that which had already been taught in the Old Testament that the gift which was offered in sacrifice to God was sanctified, made holy, set apart, by being placed upon God’s altar. In the New Testament, as we shall see, the nature of the gift and of the altar is changed, but the principle still remains true that it is “the altar that sanctifies the gift.”

Sanctification through the blood of Christ is referred to in Hebrews 10:29. Here the author considers the case of the apostate – the person who has known all the blessings of salvation but has deliberately and openly rejected the Savior. Concerning such a person he asks:

“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

This passage shows that the true believer who continues in the faith is sanctified by the blood of the new covenant which he has accepted that is, by Christ’s own blood.

Sanctification through faith is referred to by Christ Himself, as quoted by Paul as he related the commission which he received from Christ to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.

“To open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me” (Acts 26:18).

Here we see that sanctification is through faith in Christ. Summing up these passages, we arrive at this conclusion: Sanctification, according to the New Testament, is through five great means or agencies: 1) the Holy Spirit, 2) the truth of God’s Word, 3) the altar of sacrifice, 4) the blood of Christ, and 5) faith in Christ.

The process thus unfolded may be briefly outlined as follows:

Holy Spirit initiates the work of sanctification in the heart and mind of each one whom God has chosen in His eternal purposes. Through the truth of God’s Word, as it is received in the heart and mind, the Holy Spirit speaks, reveals the altar of sacrifice, separates the believer from all that holds him back from God and draws him to place himself in surrender and consecration upon that altar. There the believer is sanctified and set apart to God both by the contact with the altar and by the cleansing and purifying power of the blood that was shed upon the altar.   However, the exact extent to which each of these four sanctifying agents – the Spirit, the Word, the altar and the blood – accomplish their sanctifying work in each believer is decided by the fifth factor in the process; that is, by the individual faith of each believer. In the work of sanctification, God does not violate the one great law which governs all His works of grace in each believer – the law of faith.

“As you have believed, so let it be done for you” (Matt. 8: 13).

Let us now examine a little more closely the part played by God’s Word in this process of sanctification. First, we must note that there are two aspects to sanctification – one negative and the other positive. The negative aspect consists in being separated from sin and the world and from all that is unclean and impure. The positive aspect consists in being made partaker of God’s holy nature.

In much preaching, both on this and on other related subjects, there is a general tendency to overemphasize the negative at the expense of the positive. As Christians we tend to speak much more about the “do nots” in God’s Word than about the “dos.” For example, in Ephesians 5:18 we usually lay much more stress upon the negative, “do not be drunk with wine,” than we do upon the positive, “be filled with the Spirit.” However, this is an inaccurate and unsatisfactory way to present God’s Word.

With regard to holiness, the Scriptures make it plain that this is some­thing much more than a negative attitude of abstaining from sin and uncleanness. For example, in Hebrews 12:10 we are told that God, as a heavenly Father, chastens us, His children, for our profit that we may be partakers of His holiness. Again, in I Peter 1:15-16 we read:

“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

We see that holiness is a part of God’s eternal, unchanging nature. God was holy before sin ever entered into the universe, and God will still be holy when sin has once again been banished forever. We, as God’s people, are to be partakers of this part of His eternal nature. Separation from sin, just like cleansing from sin, is a stage in this pro­cess, but it is not the whole process. The final, positive result which God desires in us goes beyond both cleansing and separation.

God’s Word plays its part both in the negative and in the positive aspects of sanctification. Paul describes the negative aspect in Romans 12:1-2.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and accept­able and perfect will of God.”

There are four successive stages in the process which Paul here describes.

  1. Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices upon God’s altar we have already seen that the altar sanctifies that which is presented upon it.
  2. Not being conformed to the world – that is, being sepa­rated from its vanity and sin.
  3. Being transformed by the renewing of our minds – that is, learning to think in entirely new terms and values.
  4. Getting to know God’s will personally for our lives. This revelation of God’s will is granted only to the renewed mind. The old, carnal, unrenewed mind can never know or understand God’s perfect will.

It is here, in the renewing of the mind, that the influence of God’s Word is felt. As we read, study and meditate in God’s Word, it changes our whole way of thinking. It both cleanses us with its inward washing and separates us from all that is unclean and ungodly. We learn to think about things – to estimate them, to evaluate them – as God Himself thinks about things.

In learning to think differently, of necessity, we also act differently. Our outward lives are changed in harmony with our new inward pro­cesses of thought. We are no longer conformed to the world because we no longer think like the world. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

However, not to be conformed to the world is merely negative. It is not a positive end in itself. If we are not to be conformed to the world, to what then are we to be conformed? The answer is plainly stated by Paul.

“For whom He [God] foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).

Here is the positive end of sanctification: to be conformed to the image of Christ. It is not enough that we are not conformed to the world – that we do not think and say and do the things that the world does. This is merely negative. Instead of all this, we must be conformed to Christ – we must think and say and do the things that Christ would do.

Paul dismisses the negative type of holiness as quite inadequate.

“Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations – “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using?” (Colossians 2:20-22).

True sanctification goes far beyond this barren, legalistic, negative attitude. It is a positive conforming to the image of Christ Himself’, a positive partaking of God’s own holiness.

This positive aspect of sanctification, and the part played in it by God’s Word, is beautifully summed up by Peter.

“His [God’s] divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3-4).

There are three main points to notice here.

  1. God’s power has already provided us with all that we need for life and godliness. The provision is already made. We do not need to ask God to give us more than He has already given. We merely need to avail ourselves to the full of that which God has already provided.
  2. This complete provision of God is given to us through the exceedingly great and precious promises of His own Word. The promises of God already contain within them all that we shall ever need for life and godliness. All that remains for us now to do is to appropriate and to apply these promises by active, personal faith.
  3. The result of appropriating and applying God’s promises is two-fold, both negative and positive. Negatively, we escape the corruption that is in the world through lust; positively, we are made partakers of the divine nature. Here is the complete process of sanctification that we have described: both the negative escape from the world’s corruption, and the positive partaking of God’s own nature, of God’s own holiness.

All this – both the negative and the positive – is made available to us through the promises of God’s Word. It is in measure as we appropriate and apply the promises of God’s Word that we experience true, scriptural sanctification.

Jacob once dreamed of a ladder reaching from earth to heaven. For the Christian, the counterpart to that ladder is found in God’s Word. Its foot is set on earth, but its head reaches heaven – the plane of God’s being. Each rung in that ladder is a promise. As we lay hold by the hands and feet of faith upon the promises of God’s Word, we lift ourselves up by them out of the earthly realm and closer to the heavenly realm. Each promise of God’s Word, as we claim it, lifts us higher above earth’s corruption and imparts to us a further measure of God’s nature.

Sanctification is by faith. But that faith is not merely negative or passive. The faith that truly sanctifies consists in a continual, active appropriating and applying of the promises of God’s Word. It was for this reason that Jesus prayed to the Father:

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

     

Entering God’s Presence by Derek Prince What God Requires In New Covenant

YOUR BODY: CLEANSED BY THE BLOOD AND WATER
Derek Prince

The tabernacle of Moses is one of the most remarkable phenomena of Scripture and one that has always fascinated
me.  It is described primarily in the book of Exodus, chapters twenty-five to thirty, and thirty-five to forty.  The fact that
God dedicated about twelve chapters of the book of Exodus to the tabernacle indicates to me that it must have
tremendous importance.

Every time I study the tabernacle I am left with a deep desire for holiness and for communion with God.  That is the
result it has on me, and I am sure it is one of the main purposes for which this account is presented in Scripture.

The Way into the Holiest

The way into perfection, to maturity, to completeness, and to fulfillment is the way into the holiest, which unfolds in
Hebrews as in no other book of the New Testament.  Here we see that it is scriptural to use the tabernacle as our
pattern in seeking God.  Indeed, the very phrase “the way into holiest” (Hebrews 9:8) is taken from the type or pattern of
the tabernacle.

For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the
law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he
was about to make the tabernacle: for, SEE, saith he, THAT THOU MAKE ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO THE
PATTERN SHEWED TO THEE IN THE MOUNT.”  

Right there in verse five are the words that indicate that the tabernacle is our example, or “the copy and shadow of the
heavenly things.
”  It is a material reality that reflects an unfolding spiritual truth.  Then, in Hebrews 9, it is mentioned
again:

“It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the
heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these; For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
(Hebrews 9:23-24)

The tabernacle reveals for us a pattern of the way into the holiest, into the presence of almighty God.  It is not a matter
of groping, or speculating, or simply doing what we please or think.  There is an absolutely prescribed way of access
into the holiest, and it is revealed to us in terms of the various divisions and the various items of furniture along the way.

The tabernacle was a structure consisting of three main sections:  the outer court; the Holy Place, behind the first veil or
curtain; and the Holy of Holies, behind the second veil or curtain.  It was a triune structure: one structure with three
areas.  This structure was significant in many ways.  It depicted the nature of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It
depicted the nature of the heavenlies – Scripture refers to Paul being caught up into the third heaven (see II Corinthians
12:2).  It also depicted the nature of man – body, soul, and spirit.

One way to distinguish these three areas was by the kind of light that was available.  In the outer court the light was
natural: the sun by day, the moon and stars by night.  In the Holy Place behind the first veil, the light was artificial.  It was
provided by a seven-branched lampstand.  But in the Holy of Holies, behind the second veil or curtain, there was no
natural light and no artificial light.  The only light was supplied by the supernatural presence of almighty God indwelling
that small area within the tent.  That presence of God that brings light is known in Hebrew as the shekinah, meaning “to
dwell” – the visible glory of God.  It was the only source of light there in the Holy of Holies, the third area of the
tabernacle.  It was the manifest indwelling of almighty God in the midst of His people.

These three sections of the tabernacle correspond to many aspects of our experience, but I want to relate them to the
three areas of human personality – the body, the soul, and the spirit.  As I said, we worship God not with the body or with
the soul, but with the spirit.  So, the outer court corresponds to the body.  The Holy Place corresponds to the soul.  And
the Holy of Holies corresponds to the spirit.  It is only in the spirit that we relate to God in worship; therefore, the ultimate
area of worship is the Holy of Holies behind the second veil.

So how does a person progress into worship?  By following the pattern found in the progression in the tabernacle from
the outer court into the Holy of Holies.

The Outer Court

When approaching the tabernacle, one always began in the outer court.  Likewise, when approaching God, we always
begin in the physical, natural realm.  This area relates to the body and to the life of Christ in the days when Jesus was
on earth.  He walked the streets of Galilee and Jerusalem as a human being who could be seen, touched, and heard by
the natural senses.  Thus, in the outer court we receive revelation through the natural senses, or through human
knowledge.

In the tabernacle’s outer court, the first object one would see was the great bronze altar.  A teacher once told me that all
sides were covered in polished bronze, so the moment you approached and looked at it, you saw yourself.  This altar
was where all of the sacrificial animals were slaughtered and offered to God.  For us, the bronze altar represents
Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf.  It speaks of the blood that He shed, so that we might be redeemed and
reconciled unto God.  That is the starting point.  We cannot by pass the cross.  Only when we begin at the cross and
receive the benefits of the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf – the benefits of His shed blood – can we move on in our
progression of worship.

Four Sides of the Bronze Altar

The bronze altar had four sides, representing four distinct provisions of God made through the death of Jesus on the
cross.  The first one is forgiveness of past sins.  That is essential.  When your sins are unforgiven, you cannot progress
any further.  This is also stated in Romans:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the
remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”  (Romans 3:25)

The next side represents the taking away of sin.  There is an important distinction between sins in the plural (sinful acts
that have been committed), and sin as a spiritual power (an evil, corrupt, enslaving force that causes you to sin, or to
commit sinful acts).  Sin is the source of sins.  When we deal with sins, we are only dealing with the branches of the
tree.  That does not deal with the trunk that feeds all of the branches of sins.  In II Corinthians, it says,

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in
him.”  (II Corinthians 5:21)

There is an exchange that occurs.  Jesus was made sin, with all our sinfulness, so that in return, we might be made
righteous with all His righteousness.  That is not sins, but sin that is dealt with there.  We read in Hebrews,

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world
hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”  (Hebrews 9:26)

Christ only suffered once because by that suffering, He did everything that every needed to be done.

The third side of the altar is our old, corrupt nature – the rebel that is inside each one of us.  “…that our old man is
crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed.
”  (Romans 6:6).  The Greek here is in the past tense.  It is a
historical fact.  It is true whether you know it or not.  But if you don’t know it you won’t benefit from it.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we
should not serve sin.”  (Romans 6:6)

Sin was rendered inoperative; it no longer was capable of asserting itself.  The only escape from the slavery of sin is
through the death of the old, sinful nature.  The old man is such a hopeless case that God has no remedy for him.  God
cannot send him to church or teach him the Ten Commandments or make him religious.  God merely executes him.
That is the only solution for the old man – the old Adam.

The mercy of God is that the execution took place in the person of Jesus on the cross.  When Jesus died, our old man
died in Him.  If you know that, and place reliance on it, it works.  But if you do not know it, you cannot place reliance on
it, and it will not work.  If you know it, but do not place reliance on it, it still will not work.  It is the knowing and relying that
makes it work.

The fourth side, which is the place where we offer ourselves to God, is the burnt offering.  This was a gift that was
offered to God, to be totally consumed in the flames of the altar.  If you study the order of the offerings in Leviticus, all
of which are symbolic of Jesus, you will find that the first offering spoken of is the burnt offering because the initiative is
not with man or the sinner, but with God (see Leviticus 1:3).  Only because Jesus was made a burnt offering on the altar
of God’s will on the cross could any of the rest take place at all.  If Jesus had not been willing to say, “O my Father, if
this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
”  (Matthew 26:39), then all the rest would
never have taken place.

You will find, in the unfolding of the tabernacle, that we progress in the reverse order from that of Scripture.  The Bible
begins with the ark and moves outward.  That is because the initiative in salvation and redemption is from God, not from
man.  If God had not been willing, nothing would have ever happened.  If Jesus had not been the initial burnt offering on
the cross, there would have been no salvation for you or me.  But for us, the order is reversed.  We must have our sins
forgiven; sin has to be done away with, the old nature must die or be crucified, and then we will be able to offer
ourselves as an acceptable burnt offering to God.  This is brought out in Romans 12:1 which begins, “I beseech you
therefore, brethren
, …”  The word “therefore” refers to the entire unfolding of gospel truth that preceded in the previous
eleven chapters.

What does God require of us after all that has been dealt with?

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  (Romans 12:1)

Until you have been on these three sides of the altar, you cannot present yourself as acceptable unto God.  Then God
says, “I want your body.”  Few  Christians realize this.  God wants our entire bodies.  In the old covenant, the bodies of
the animals that were slain were placed entirely upon the altar.  God says, “I want your body on the altar in exactly the
same way – with one exception.  Not dead, but alive.

The next verse continues,

And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (Romans 12:2)

Until you place your body upon the altar, you cannot discover God’s will.  When you do, your mind is renewed and the
will of God begins to open up for you.  But you cannot make further progress until you have been to the four sides of
the altar.  First, past sins are forgiven; then God takes them away.  Next the old man is executed and the entire body is
placed upon the altar in total surrender to God.  From then on, your body no longer belongs to you.  You are not your
own; you were bought with a price (See I Corinthians 6:19-20).

The Bronze Laver

Next we find the bronze laver, as described in Exodus:

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt also make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to
wash withal: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put
water therein.  For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: When they go into the
tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar
to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they
die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.
(Exodus 30:17-21)

So there was the tabernacle and the altar, and the laver was between them.  Attendance at the laver was not optional; it
was absolutely required of every person who passed to and from the tabernacle.  No one could pass the laver without
washing in it.  If they did, the penalty was death.  Tremendous importance was placed upon the laver.

The laver represents God’s Word.  Later in Exodus, we read,

And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling,
which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.”  (Exodus 38:8)

Brass was taken from the brazen mirrors of the Israelite women who attended and worshiped at the tabernacle.
Remember, they had no glass at that time.  The best mirror you could have was highly polished, smooth brass.
Therefore, we have three aspects of the laver:  it came from mirrors, it was made of brass, and it was filled with water.
Each one of these qualities speaks to the Word of God.

First, the Word of God is a mirror:

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass;
(James 1:23)

God’s Word does not reflect the external physical appearance.  It shows the inward spiritual condition.  If you want to
know what you are really like in the sight of God, look in the mirror.  The longer I read the Bible, the more I begin to see
my imperfection, my flaws, and my inadequacies.  When you look into a mirror, you can do two things.  You can say that
you do not look that bad and simply walk away, doing nothing about it.  Or, you can act on what you see, making the
necessary changes and adjustments; in which case, James said you will be blessed as a result of what you do.
Remember, it is not just the hearers of the Word who are blessed; it is the doers, the people who act upon it.

Second, God’s Word is our judge.  Brass always typifies divine examination and judgment.  God sees you, there is
no thing hidden, all things are naked and open unto the eyes of the Lord.  In John 12, Jesus said,

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the
world.  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken,
the same shall judge him in the last day.”  (John 12:47-48)

First Peter tells us that God the Father is the judge (see I Peter 1:17).  John tells us that the Father has committed all
judgment to the Son (see John 5:22).  But in John 12, Jesus said, “I am not going to judge you.  I have committed all
judgment to the Word.”

And Judgment will be executed by the standard of the Word.  It is the absolute standard of divine judgment, which gives
us the blessed opportunity to judge ourselves.  “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (I
Corinthians 11:31).  We would not be judged by whom?  By God.  God says, “If you will judge yourself by looking in the
mirror, I will not have to judge you.”

The third aspect of the laver is water, which is the Word of God as a cleansing agent.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify
and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”  (Ephesians 5:25-27)

The passage speaks of the cross where Christ sacrificed Himself.  Here is the washing of water by the Word whereby He
cleanses and sanctifies that which He has first redeemed by His blood.  Bear this in mind: Christ redeemed the church
by His blood so that He might thereafter cleanse and sanctify it with the washing of the water of the Word of God.
Sanctification, holiness, and the fulfillment of God’s will depend upon the blood of the cross and the water of the Word.
Those who came to the brazen altar but did not wash in the laver were subject to death.  You may be redeemed through
your faith in Christ’s death on the cross, but if you do not wash in the water of the Word, you cannot be sanctified.
Jesus is coming for a church that has been made holy and glorious by the washing of water by the Word.  That much is
very clear.  Any believer who does not study the Word and submit to the Word and obey the Word and live by the Word
cannot expect to be ready for the coming of Christ,

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is
the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.”  I John 5:6)

Jesus came by water as the Great Teacher.  But He is also the redeemer who had to shed His blood.  Without the
shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins and no redemption (see Hebrews 9:22).  He shed His blood so that He
might thereafter cleanse and sanctify with the washing of water by the Word.  He came by the water and by the blood.

Source:

ENTERING THE PRESENCE OF GOD, by Derek Prince, Copyright 2007, Whitaker House.

   

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 NKJV

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This page is for the glory of God The Father, God The Son Jesus Christ, and God The Holy Spirit

A Practical Way To Purify Your Heart So That You Can See God And Be With Him In His Holy Presence Continually

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, NOT by works AND we are called to be HOLY.
2 Timothy 1:9  Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
    • God calls it a “good thing” to “prepare your heart to seek God” 
      2 Chronicles 19:2-3 (NKJV) 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you. 3 Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God

      You Don’t Have To Wait For The Church To Have A Revival For You To Be Revived. 

    • Seek God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength asking Him for
    • YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL REVIVAL IN YOU!
    • As part of your daily time with God, read through several of these verses or pages each day.
    • When you finish reading/ praying through all of the verses, start again at the beginning and cycle through it over and over, reading part of it each day in your time with God. Create your own list so that you can see it any time and “meditate on God’s Word day and night!” (Psalm 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.  Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. )
    • May God bless your time with Him!
    • It takes some time to purify our heart but it is worth it because we can “see God” again!  Being in God’s Presence is the BEST!  Better than anything on earth! Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? and there is none on earth that I desire beside you and Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
    • To know God and understand Him is what we glory in!  (Jeremiah 9:23-24)  To be in His Presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore! (Psalm 16:11)  It has been said that when God purifies your heart it is as if He starts with a magnifying glass to examine your heart and show you where it needs to be cleaned.  You repent and turn away from those things that He shows you and you feel good!  Then, God in His kindness and love for us, puts our heart under a “microscope” on 10X (ten power / minimal magnification) and shows you more areas that need to be purified.  You clean up those things and feel even better!  Then, God turns the magnification up to 100X then 1000X!   By that time your heart is more pure and you can see God “CLEARLY that you WANT to be able to continue to see Him like this ALL THE TIME!
  • Frank Bartleman:  The depth of our repentance will determine the depth of our revival. (Azusa Street Revival)

  • “Sin is what we do when our hearts are not satisfied with God. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
    –JohnPiper

  • JUSTIFIED, BUT NOT FORGIVEN?
    Pondering the Difference Between Judicial Wrath and Fatherly Displeasure
    Pastor John Piper
    How can we be justified by faith, once for all, and yet need to go on confessing our daily sins so that we will be forgiven!  To read please click link:  http://www.bargenquast.com/steph/forgiven.html
  • When Do We Need Revival?  We need a fresh visitation of the Spirit in revival when these 50 evidences characterize our life:  https://www.reviveourhearts.com/articles/when-do-we-need-revival/

         To “behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4) and          “Praise the beauty of [God’s] holiness!”(2 Chronicles 20:21)                      LINK:http://www.justworship.com/praisepoints/delightinthebeautyofhisholiness.pdf                         To be in His Presence continually and never go back to lukewarm!  

    • Leonard Ravenhill, Revival Preacher said:  “Purity IS Power!”  (purity of heart) and “The Secret Of Revival Is Obedience!”
    • Leonard Ravenhill “Again I feel so often satan gets charged with hindering our prayers, but I’m quite sure we’re sabatoging our own praying when we have impure hearts and unclean hands.”
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Luke 8:15 ►
King James Bible
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Parallel Verses

New Living Translation
And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

New American Standard Bible
“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

International Standard Version
But the ones on the good soil are the people who hear the word but also hold on to it with good and honest hearts, producing a crop through endurance.”

GOD’S WORD® Translation
The seeds that were planted on good ground are people who also hear the word. But they keep it in their good and honest hearts and produce what is good despite what life may bring.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But that on the good ground are those who in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

American Standard Version
And that in the good ground, these are such as in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that on the good ground, are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.

Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

8:4-21 There are many very needful and excellent rules and cautions for hearing the word, in the parable of the sower, and the application of it. Happy are we, and for ever indebted to free grace, if the same thing that is a parable to others, with which they are only amused, is a plain truth to us, by which we are taught and governed. We ought to take heed of the things that will hinder our profiting by the word we hear; to take heed lest we hear carelessly and slightly, lest we entertain prejudices against the word we hear; and to take heed to our spirits after we have heard the word, lest we lose what we have gained. The gifts we have, will be continued to us or not, as we use them for the glory of God, and the good of our brethren. Nor is it enough not to hold the truth in unrighteousness; we should desire to hold forth the word of life, and to shine, giving light to all around. Great encouragement is given to those who prove themselves faithful hearers of the word, by being doers of the work. Christ owns them as his relations.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. – But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. In this portraiture of the fourth class of our Lord’s great life-picture of hearers of and inquirers concerning religion, the Greek words rendered in the Authorized Version “honest” and “good” (“in an honest and good heart “) were words well known and in familiar use among the widely spread Greek-speaking peoples for whom especially St. Luke’s Gospel was compiled. Professor Bruce (‘Parabolic Teaching of Christ,’ ch. 1.) remarks that “the man who united the two qualities expressed by the term ‘honest’ (better rendered ‘noble’) and ‘good,’ represented the beau-ideal of manhood. He was one whose aim was noble, and who was generously devoted to his aim. The expression rendered ‘honest’ (better translated ‘noble,’ καλός) has reference to aims or chief ends, and describes one whose mind is raised above moral vulgarity, and is bent, not on money-making and such low pursuits, but on the attainment of wisdom, holiness, and righteousness. The epithet rendered ‘good’ (ἀγαθός) denotes generous self-abandonment in the prosecution of lofty ends; large-heartedness, magnanimous, overflowing devotion.” Mary of Bethany, with her devoted love and her generous friendship; the centurion Cornelius, with his fervent piety and his noble generosity towards a despised and hated race; Barnabas, with his splendid liberality, his utter absence of care for self, his bright, loving trust in human nature, his true charity, “bearing all things, hoping all things;” – are good examples, drawn from different sexes and from varied races, and out of diverse paths of life, of these true inquirers, who not only hear the Word, but keep it.

From Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

…and bring forth fruit with patience; with great constancy, suffering much for the sake of it; and the more they suffer, the more fruitful they are.

Luke 8:18 Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and [e]guesses and [f]supposes that he has will be taken away.

Luke 8:19 Then Jesus’ mother and His brothers came along toward Him, but they could not get to Him because of the crowd. 20 And it was told Him, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to have an interview with You. 21 But He answered them, My mother and My brothers are those who listen to the Word of God and do it!

See Minute  35-38:  The Jesus Film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWYuIe8ftHA

Psalm 119:5-6, Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.
Bob Sorge:  “The soul fixed on 100-fold obedience is eager to “look into ALL Your commandments.” We scour His word daily. In search of “all.”

Bob Sorge:  “With the pure You will show Yourself pure” (2 Sam. 22:27). The pure see pure God.

    • Obedience to Jesus is not “LEGAL- istic.” It is “LOVE – A – LISTIC.” (Not “legal-ism” but “love-a-lism!:)”  
    • We want to daily purify our heart and obey Jesus because we LOVE Him and want Jesus and Our Heavenly Father to come and make their home with us!!! :) 

      John 14:21-23  New King James Version (NKJV)

      21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
    • Not legalistic, but lovealistic :)  It’s “love-a-lism!” :)  If  God’s 1st and greatest commandment to us is to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength AND Jesus said “he who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who LOVES Me” then
    • obedience is evidence of love.  We need to LOVE AND OBEY God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength! Deuteronomy 13:4 You shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and you shall serve him, and cleave unto him. Deuteronomy 30:20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

      He has poured out His lavished abundant love for us, how much more should we lavishly love Him too.
      Pastor Ray Choi – Matt 26 – “Jesus is Worth It: Love Extravagantly”
      (excerpt)

      “Jesus praises Mary for her expression of extravagant love. Listen to what he says in Matt 26:13–
      Matt 26:13 I assure you: Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.
      Why is this act to be proclaimed wherever the gospel, whenever the life of Jesus is preached? Because Mary demonstrates how all of us should respond to Jesus. The only appropriate response to Jesus is extravagant love. Absolute surrender. Giving our very best. Laying down our idols at the feet of Jesus. Giving it all. Mary gets it. Therefore, wherever and whenever the gospel is preached, Mary’s story will be told alongside the gospel in memory of her.
      For Mary, she broke the alabaster jar and poured out every last drop of the oil. She did not hold anything back. Every time the gospel is preached, this is the only proper response. Laying down everything else. Pouring out every last drop. Maybe when you first heard the gospel, you had this type of response. Lord, you died for me. I repent of my sins. I lay down my life. I surrender. I give up. I’m tired of leading my own life. I want you to lead now. I trust you. I will follow you all the days of my life. Things were crystal clear when we heard the gospel for the first time and responded.

      What about the 10th time you heard the gospel? Or the 100th time? Is your response as radical after the nth time of hearing the gospel as it was the very first time? The same level of thrill and gratitude and amazement and wonder and love expressed from the core of our being. Extravagant love gushing forth from our very souls that we experienced the first time. Is your heart still capable of responding to the gospel in the same extravagant, radical way today?

      Growing up, my parents used to tell me, everything in moderation. Too much of a good thing is bad, they said. When I was born again as a sophomore in college and they saw my zeal for Jesus, they told me the same thing. Everything in moderation, even faith in God. I know they meant well and in many cases, this is good advice to follow. Too much food is bad. Eat in moderation. Having fun is good, but too much pleasure seeking can kill you. Generally, this is good advice. But when it comes to God, I have to disagree with them. There is nothing moderate about the Christian life. Weren’t you willing to give up everything when you first accepted Christ into your heart? Has the radical demands of the gospel changed? Or have you and I changed?

      If any voice tells you to moderate your love for Jesus, don’t listen. Let your affections for Jesus be lavish. If any voice tempts you to want to be rich monetarily as your highest aim, don’t listen. Jesus is your treasure, and all that money can buy cannot compare to him. In response to the worth of Jesus, Mary’s heart was full of wonder and thankfulness and joy overflowing in lavish demonstrations of affection. And Judas’ heart felt none of that but valued money more than he valued Jesus. Mary loved Jesus. Judas loved money. Mary’s heart corresponded to the treasure that Jesus is. Judas’s heart contradicted the treasure that Jesus is.”

      http://raychoi.org/2013/03/24/matt-26-jesus-worth-it-love-extravagantly-pt3-3/
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      Psalm 50. God speaks and begins to tell us some of the things that please Him. He doesn’t want food…or list His favorite “dish” of food or favorite restaurant that He likes, after all, He owns it all… but there are things that please Him, that He LOVES to receive from us to serve and please Him with. These are a few of them. Forever He is worthy! As Misty Edwards says, “But what do you give a God who has everything? The only thing He doesn’t have, our voluntary love. That is the gift we have to give Him.”

      Psalm 50: 12-14, 23: “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are Mine.
      13 Shall I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
      14 Offer to God the ‪#‎sacrifice‬ of ‪#‎thanksgiving‬, and pay your vows to the Most High,

      23 He who brings an ‪#‎offering‬ of ‪#‎praise‬ and #thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who ‪#‎orders‬ his way aright [who prepares the way that I may show him], to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.”

      Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘You must ‪#‎love‬ the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

      John 14:15 ““If you love me, you will ‪#‎keep‬ my commandments.”

      Isaiah 57:15 14 “And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” 15For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the ‪#‎contrite‬ and ‪#‎lowly‬ ‪#‎of‬ ‪#‎spirit‬ In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the ‪#‎heart‬ of the #contrite.”

      Psalm 51:17 “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
      …16For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. 17The ‪#‎sacrifices‬ of God are a ‪#‎broken‬ spirit; A broken and a #contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. ”

      Jeremiah 2:
      …2″Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I remember concerning you the ‪#‎devotion‬ of your youth, The #love of your ‪#‎betrothals‬, Your ‪#‎following‬ after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown. 3″Israel was ‪#‎holy‬ to the LORD, The first of His harvest….”

      Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
      6 But without ‪#‎faith‬ it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who ‪#‎diligently‬ ‪#‎seek‬ Him.

      1 Peter 3:18 – For ‪#‎Christ‬ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
      1 John 3:1 See what great love the ‪#‎Father‬ has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

      ‪#‎He‬ has poured out His lavished abundant love for us, how much more should we lavishly love Him too.
      ‪#‎the‬ one thing He doesn’t have: our voluntary lavish extravagant love, lavish humility, lavish obedience, lavish faith, lavish contrite heart.
      ‪#‎lavishing‬ love, thanksgiving, worship, praise and devotion on Him, #lavishing obedience on Him, #lavishing humility, brokenness and daily repentance on Him, #lavishing faith on Him. It’s our joy!
      John 14:21-24

      What is ultimate That in our obedient lives God be displayed as the most beautiful reality in the world John PiperJohn Piper – “What is ultimate? That in our obedient lives God be displayed as the most beautiful reality in the world. “”What Jesus Demands From The World” by John Piper
      Is God The Most Beautiful Reality In Your LIFE? http://www.desiringgod.org/books/what-jesus-demands-from-the-world
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    • ….Within a month he [Evan Roberts] felt compelled to share this message of the reality of God and the possibility of complete forgiveness of sins with his home youth group at Moriah Loughor.Summing up the message in 4 parts, Evan pressed it home to the astonished church1. Confess all known sin 2. Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life 3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly 4. Confess Christ publicly By the end of the first week over 60 responded. By the end of the second week Evan had already started on a whirl-wind tour of the South Wales valleys with his team of 5 girl singers and within a year or so 100,000 converts were said to be added to the Welsh Church….
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    • Leonard Ravenhill wrote this about Revival Preacher Jonathan Edwards:
    • “Let’s go to the woods where Edwards is alone with his God. Let’s creep up behind that old gnarled tree and listen to his broken prayer:”

      “I feel an ardency of soul to be . . . emptied and annihilated, to lie in the dust and be full of Christ alone, to love Him with a holy and pure love, to trust in Him, to live on Him, and to be perfectly sanctified and made pure with a divine and heavenly purity.”  http://www.ravenhill.org/edwards.htm

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      Lance Wallnau

      Here’s a rephrase… “You are made for eternity. Your greater glory in the next life is not achieved by living to maximize happiness in this life – it is achieved by maximizing your power to be fruitful. Sometimes this costs, but fear not because on the whole, your happiness in this life will be all the richer if you live with a disciplined focus on the next.”

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      Derek Prince:
      Excerpts From “Taking God Seriously”

      “Faith is taking God seriously.”
      “The distinctive mark of true disciples was commitment. They had made an unreserved commitment to obey and follow Jesus regardless of the personal cost. Jesus Himself laid down this condition.
      Luke 14:27 27 Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.
      Luke 14:33 33 So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, [j]say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

      God’s Commandments
      “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:3–4)
      Our response to God’s commandments reveals our true spiritual condition. Obeying them is proof that we know God.
      The Bible contains many commandments covering various areas of our lives, but Jesus sums them all up in one that takes precedence over all others: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34–35)

      By obeying this commandment we fulfill the entire law: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).
      Love is the end purpose for which all other commandments were given: “Now the purpose of the commandment is ‪#‎love‬ from a ‪#‎pure‬ ‪#‎heart‬, from a ‪#‎good‬ ‪#‎conscience‬, and from ‪#‎sincere‬ ‪#‎faith‬, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
      Any religious activity which does not produce love is merely wasted effort. It is on this basis that we must assess our obedience to God’s commandments.
      We need to ask ourselves: Is my life an expression of God’s love?”

      From Teaching letter “Taking God Seriously”  http://www.derekprince.org/publisher/file.aspx?id=1000021476
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      (side comment prayer:)
      Love is the end purpose for which all other commandments were given: “Now the purpose of the commandment is #love from a #pure #heart, from a #good #conscience, and from #sincere #faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
      Any religious activity which does not produce love is merely wasted effort. It is on this basis that we must assess our obedience to God’s commandments.
      We need to ask ourselves: Is my life an expression of God’s love?”

      Holy Spirit, please search me and try me. God’s Word says in 1 Timothy 1:5-6 that “Now the purpose of the commandment is #love from a #pure #heart, from a #good #conscience, and from #sincere #faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk . . .” (1 Timothy 1:5–6).
      Holy Spirit, Is my heart pure? Do I have a clean conscience? Do I have sincere faith? Is my life an expression of God’s love from a pure heart, from a good conscience and from sincere faith? I pray God’s Word Psalm 139 and Psalm 51

      I pray Psalm 139:23-24
      verse 23:New American Standard Bible
      Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

      King James Bible
      Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

      Holman Christian Standard Bible
      Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns.

      International Standard Version
      Examine me, God, and know my mind, test me, and know my thoughts.
      New International Version
      See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

      Verse 24:
      New Living Translation
      Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

      English Standard Version
      And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

      New American Standard Bible
      And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

      King James Bible
      And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

      Holman Christian Standard Bible
      See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.

      International Standard Version
      See if there is any offensive tendency in me, and lead me in the eternal way.

      NET Bible
      See if there is any idolatrous tendency in me, and lead me in the reliable ancient path!

      Aramaic Bible in Plain English
      And see if there is a way of lies in me; lead me in your eternal way!

      GOD’S WORD® Translation
      See whether I am on an evil path. Then lead me on the everlasting path.

      JPS Tanakh 1917
      And see if there be any way in me that is grievous, And lead me in the way everlasting.

      New American Standard 1977
      And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
      And lead me in the everlasting way.

      Jubilee Bible 2000
      and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way eternal.

      King James 2000 Bible
      And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


      Psalm 51Amplified Bible (AMP)

      To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bathsheba.

      1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions.

      2 Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin!

      3 For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me.

      4 Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.

      5 Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].

      6 Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.

      7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow.

      8 Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.

      9 Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.

      10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.

      11 Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.

      12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.

      13 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You.

      14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness (Your rightness and Your justice).

      15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

      16 For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering.

      17 My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

      18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

      19 Then will You delight in the sacrifices of righteousness, justice, and right, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then bullocks will be offered upon Your altar.  =================

      Six Ways to Hinder Your Prayers.  “Six Ways to Hinder Your Prayers”
      By Pastor Tim Challies, Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario.

      Conclusion

      The eighteenth chapter of Luke is premised with the following words: “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Jesus goes on to share the parable of the persistent widow. It is a parable designed to teach the importance of persisting in prayer. It is God’s desire that we persist in our petitions before Him. When we ask and do not receive, we need to examine ourselves and question why our prayers are being hindered. Are we asking selfishly? Have we turned away from God, harbored unforgiveness in our hearts or ignored sin in our lives? Or have we allowed discord to creep into our families? These questions can lead us back to the Word of God, guide us to an examination of our hearts, and lead us back to sweet communion with the Lord.

      Read full:  http://www.challies.com/chr…/six-ways-to-hinder-your-prayers

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      Repentance

      by Matt Slick

      The Bible tells us, “…God is now declaring to men that people everywhere should repent,” (Acts 17:30).  But, what is repentance according to the Bible? Biblically, it can mean anything from sincere regret to altered behavior that results in a moral change.  God desires that we repent.  He desires that our behavior, deeds, and words be molded to the image of His Son.  As Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” (Matt. 4:17).  Okay, so we are supposed to repent, But repent from what?  What is it we are supposed to stop doing?  What are we to change?

      Sin is breaking God’s law.  The Law of God is best exemplified in the Ten Commandments which is a reflection of the perfect, holy, and pure nature of God’s character.  God cannot lie, or steal, or bear false witness because these things are against His nature. God is good.  Therefore, the Law is good and it is the standard of moral perfection.  But we, on the other hand, are fallen creatures who cannot keep the law perfectly.  Those of use who are redeemed constantly fight with our fleshly desires (1 Peter 2:11) in an effort to obey God and be conformed to His holiness: “Be holy for I am holy,” (1 Pet. 1:16).  That is, we continually fight against our natural tendency to do that which is often contrary to God’s will.  This is why Paul said in Rom. 7:19, “For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish.” So, we are to repent of any and all things contrary to God’s revealed word, which means we need to study the Bible so we might be better conformed to what He desires.  We also need to face the reality that even though we Christians are redeemed, we are still battling our sins and, unfortunately, we fail too often to live up to the standard of God’s holy perfection.  This is why we need Jesus.

      Jesus is the One who stood in our place and fulfilled all of the Law of God perfectly.  He never sinned (1 Pet. 2:22).  When we become Christians, the righteousness of Jesus is imputed to us; that is, it is reckoned to our account so that God sees us as being righteous because of the work of Christ.  This means that our repentance from our sins is not without purpose or value.  You see, we know too well that we repent of sins that we commit over and over again.  But we must ask how can God forgive us if we have asked for forgiveness for a sin(s) and yet we continue to fall back into it.  Does not our failure condemn us and prove that we have not repented?  Not at all.  Jesus bore all our sins in His body (1 Pet. 2:24), not just some of them, not just the ones we are able to repent of, but also the ones that we struggle with and continually fight against.  The important truth is that we are not redeemed by our efforts at holiness and we do not maintain salvation by repenting and not sinning.  All our hope and security is in Jesus and He loves us and forgives us as often as we need it.  Of course, this does not mean that it is okay to sin just so we can be forgiven (Rom. 6:1-2).  But it does mean that we are secure and free in Christ to not have to beat ourselves up in our efforts to please Him.

      Beware of a pitfall.  Sometimes, penance is part of our problem.  Penance is a repayment, a way of fixing a wrong.  Sometimes we try and make things right with God through an effort or self inflicted guilt.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with making things right with someone you’ve sinned against and guilt is the right response to a wrong deed.  But, there is absolutely no penance that we can do that can ever please God in anyway. If there were, then Jesus would not have needed to die for our sins (Gal. 2:21).  The simple truth is that if we try and do something to cause ourselves to suffer in order to make ourselves right with God, we are insulting God and the very work of Christ on the cross by attempting to please God by our works.  This must be avoided at all costs.  Let me restate this yet again.  Penance is sinful when it is aimed at making ourselves right with God.  The only way we can be right with God is by throwing ourselves at the cross and asking forgiveness from the Lord Himself.

      Do you have sins of which you need to repent?  Are there some old habits, some new sins, some people you’re not reconciled with, or something else that is contrary to God’s word that you have not turned from?  If so, then confess it to God and repent.  Don’t try and please God through your efforts to make up for a sin against Him.  Please God by completely and totally relying on Jesus — and turning from your sins.  You need to know that God is there to forgive you and to love you.  He is good and kind and patient with you.  “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4, NASB).

      Repentance is a holy command of God.  It is something He can give to you (2 Tim. 2:5) through the grace of His Son Jesus.  Seek God’s holiness and turn from that which is unholy.  http://carm.org/christianity/devotions/repentance

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      Revival and Repentance

      Anyone who loves Jesus knows full well that the church today is nowhere near where it should be, and is in desperate need of a radical shakeup. Revival, in other words, is our most pressing need. Until that occurs, we will continue to be largely irrelevant and ineffective.

      And another thing we can be sure of is the fact that revival is always intimately connected with repentance. There is no true revival without repentance. Revival is a spiritual revitalisation, and that process always includes an increased awareness of who God really is in his holiness and perfection, and our own sinfulness and ungodliness.

      Any study of revival will demonstrate this unbreakable connection between revival and repentance. Even when we seek to define the word revival we can barely get away from speaking about conviction of sin and repentance. That is part and parcel of what true revival is all about.

      Harry Sprange for example says that revival is “an unusual and spontaneous awareness of the Presence of God, sometimes although not always preceded by preaching and prayer, but which resulted in mass convictions of sin and subsequent conversions.”

      Stephen Olford has written that revival is “the sovereign act of God, in which He restores His own backsliding people to repentance, faith and obedience.” Earle Cairns defines revival as “the work of the Holy Spirit in restoring the people of God to a more vital spiritual life, witness, and work by prayer and the Word after repentance in crisis for their spiritual decline.”

      Brian Edwards said this: “Holiness can never be separated from revival.” The necessary evidence of revival is “deep conviction of sin and biblical holiness”. And again, “Revival is always a revival of holiness. And it begins with a terrible conviction of sin.”

      Or as Lewis Drummond explained, “A spiritual awakening is no more than God’s people seeing God in His holiness, turning from their wicked ways, and being transformed into His likeness.”

      One noted revivalist, Charles Finney, repeatedly spoke of repentance as an integral component of revival. Revival is “the return of the Church from her backslidings, and the conversion of sinners.” And again, “Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility.”

      “It presupposes that the church is sunk down in a backslidden state, and a revival consists in the return of the Church from her backslidings and the conversion of sinners.” Moreover, revival is “the Christian’s new beginning of obedience to God.”

      Study any period of revival and the focus on repentance will always be in the spotlight. As J. Lee Grady said about the Welsh revival, for example, it was marked by two profound characteristics: “First, waves of conviction drew people to repentance. Often sinners wandered into the meetings and immediately knelt at the altars. Second, Christians felt an urgency to share Christ with everyone around them because of the reality of hell and God’s judgment. They seemed almost possessed by the love of God for the unconverted.”

      W. Graham Scroggie said this: “There never has been a spiritual revival which did not begin with an acute sense of sin. We are never prepared for a spiritual advance until we see the necessity of getting rid of that which has been hindering it, and that, in the sight of God, is sin.”

      Alan Redpath put it this way: “If you want revival, let me remind you that God only plants the seed of His life in soil which has been broken up by repentance.” Steven Hill says that “one of the prominent characteristics of this fresh move of the Holy Spirit is brokenness and tears.” Leonard Ravenhill put it as follows:

      “I read of the revivals of the past, great sweeping revivals where thousands of men were swept into the Kingdom of God. I read about Charles G. Finney winning his thousands and his hundreds of thousands of souls to Christ. Then I picked up a book and read the messages of Charles G. Finney and the message of Jonathan Edwards on ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,’ and I said, ‘No wonder men trembled; no wonder they fell in the altars and cried out in repentance and sobbed their way to the throne of grace!’”

      Martyn Lloyd-Jones says there are “general characteristics which you will find in every revival that you can ever read about. The immediate effect is that the people present begin to have an awareness of spiritual things such as they have never had before….

      “What are these things of which they become so aware? First and foremost, the glory and the holiness of God. Have you ever noticed, as you read your Bibles, the effect on these people as they suddenly realized the presence of God? Like Job, they put their hands on their mouths or like Isaiah they say, ‘Woe is unto me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.’ … They have just had a realization of the holiness and of the majesty and the glory of God. That always happens in a revival….

      “And that, as we have seen, leads inevitably to a deep and terrible sense of sin, and an aweful feeling of guilt. It leads men and women to feel that they are vile and unclean and utterly unworthy and, above all, it leads them to realize their utter helplessness face to face with such a God.”

      A number of examples of revival are found in the Bible, but let me mention just one. The second half of the book of Nehemiah contains a wonderful account of revival which is worth noting. We read in chapters 8-10 how the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was followed by a renewal of the people. There was a reading of the law, confession, worship, and covenant renewal.

      In his expository commentary on this book, James Montgomery Boice says this: “When revival sweeps over a people, the first evidence is a profound awareness of sin and sorrow for it. This was true of the great Welsh revivals of the last century and of the revivals under the Wesleys the century before that. It was true of the Reformation and of the first revival in recorded history, the revival in Nineveh in response to the preaching of the prophet Jonah.”

      He then shows how these chapters so closely link revival with repentance:
      “1. There can be no genuine forward moral progress for either a nation or an individual without an acknowledgment of, sorrow for, and a true turning from sin. In other words, nations move forward spiritually and morally only in times of revival.
      2. But there can be no true sense of what sin is or knowledge of why it is sinful without a hearing of and response to the Law of God. That is, we will never acknowledge sin to be sin or grieve over it unless we see it as an offense against God, and the only way we will ever see or sense that it is an offense against God is by seeing our actions as contrary to God’s written law.
      3. Consequently, revival must be preceded by sound preaching of the whole counsels of God, particularly the Law of God, which we have violated.”

      Most Christians would say they long for revival. But do they also long for its essential ingredient? Do they long for brokenness and a deep awareness of their own sinfulness? Of course this picture is incomplete if I do not mention the deep joy of the Lord which is also a marked feature of true revival.

      But the order seems to be this: a genuine revival will bring Christians face to face with a holy and pure God, exposing to them afresh their own wretched sinfulness and depravity. But confession and repentance brings a new and deeper sense of the joy of the Lord as we appreciate much more fully the love, grace and forgiveness of God.

      I hope you are longing for revival, praying for revival, and expecting revival. But that includes longing for, praying for, and expecting the cleansing stream of deep repentance. Let me close with the words of Brian Edwards:

      “We often have a tinted view of revival as a time of glory and joy and swelling numbers queuing to enter the churches. That is only part of the story. Before the glory and joy, there is conviction; and that begins with the people of God. There are tears of godly sorrow. There are wrongs to put right, secret things…to be thrown out, and bad relationships, hidden for years, to be repaired openly. If we are not prepared for this, we had better not pray for revival.”

      Bill Muehlenberg

      Bill Muehlenberg is author of In Defence of the Family and hundreds of articles and book reviews. He is Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria, and part-time lecturer in philosophy, theology, and ethics at several theological colleges. He is a frequent media commentator, with articles and comment in many of Australia’s leading newspapers and journals, and has appeared on most major television and radio current affairs shows and news programs. Previously, he was National Vice President of the Australian Family Association, and National Research Coordinator at Focus on the Family. He has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton Coillege, Chicago), an MA with highest honours in theology.(Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston). He is currently completing a PhD in theology. Originally from America, he now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Bill is married with three sons.  http://billmuehlenberg.com/2012/03/23/revival-and-repentance/

      Bible Teacher Kay Arthur:  Father, this morning as we hear Your word preached, give us ears to hear, hearts to obey and the courage to live it out. Amen
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      give us ears to hear hearts to obey and courage to live it out Kay Arthur

  Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame(SongOfSol8:6) (Luke 24:32)   And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    • Most of the Bible Verses from the NKJV New King James Version and Amplified Bible
I want to be pure in heart:
(see entire verse below)

– Because God’s Word says in (Acts 24:16 NKJV) “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” – Bible verses on “Conscience”  http://www.goodnews.org.au/life/truthfl-11.html – so that I can see You God!       Matthew 5:8 – so that I can ascend Your holy hill!       Psalm 24:3-4 – so that I can abide in You Jesus       John 15:1-4 – so that You can bear fruit in me       John 15:5-8 – so that I can behold Your beauty God       Psalm 27:4 – so that I can be in Your Presence where there is fullness of joy!       Psalm 16:11                       – so that I can have the joy of the Lord which is my strength!       Nehemiah 8:10 – so that I can experience the “at your right hand are pleasures evermore!”       Psalm 16:11 – so that I can experience Your love which is better than wine!         Song Of Solomon 1:2 – so that Your love for me can stir the embers of my love for you!         1 John 4:19 – so that l can be passionately in love with Jesus, the lover of my soul, the soon coming Bridegroom King!                      SOS 1:15-16, SOS 2:16, Matthew 25:1-13 – so that I can have “oil in my lamp” [oil is intimacy with God. Faith working by love] and know Jesus closely to enter the wedding                                                             Matthew 25:1-13 –  so that I can have:  “buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]” and “and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]!” That I may ” incline my ear [submit and consent to Your divine will] and come to You, hear, and my soul will revive!     Isaiah 55:1-3 – so that I can be “pure and spotless” as part of the Bride Of Christ           Ephesians 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish   –  so that I can “Keep my heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”  Prov. 4:23 –  “The upright shall behold his face.” Psalm 11:7    The ultimate motive for doing what’s right. A more satisfying sight of God.   John Piper – so that I can be “near You” so that You will “be shown to be holy among those who are near” You so that You will be glorified “before all the people”

  • In Leviticus 10:3, God says, “I will be shown to be holy among those who are near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.”
  • 1 Chronicles 16:29 Psalm 99:9 1 Cor 6:20 1 Peter 4:11 John 17:4 Psalm 50:23 John 15:8 Philippians 1:9-11 Matthew 5:16 1 Peter 2:12  

– so that I can keep your commandments because I love You!  If I love You and keep Your commandments You will give me “The Helper” “The Spirit of Truth” [Holy Spirit] who will “dwell with me will be in me.”  Jesus you also said that I “will be  loved by Your Father, and You [Jesus] will love me and manifest Yourself to me.”   WOW!  And You will “come and make Your home” with me!  WOW!

  • John 14:  15-17, 21,23     Jesus Promises Another Helper [The Holy Spirit ]
  • 15 “If you love Me, keep[a] My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will
  • give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
  • Indwelling of the Father and the Son
  • 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

– so that I can know You, keep on knowing You, have eternal life and be with You forever in heaven! John 17:1-3 Matthew 7:21-23 Matthew 10:22 Jeremiah 9:23-24 Ephesians 1:15-22 Colossians 3:2-3

Two Things, Two Things Only

 By Francis Frangipane
Romans 8:29  29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
There are so many things to occupy our minds: so many books, so many examples, so many good teachings that deserve our attention, that say, “Here is a truth.” But as I have been serving the Lord these past years, He has led me to seek for two things and two things only: to know the heart of God in Christ and to know my own heart in Christ’s light.
Knowing the Heart of God I have been seeking God, searching to know Him and the depth of His love toward His people. I want to know Christ’s heart and the compassions that motivate Him. The Scriptures are plain: Jesus loved people. Mark’s gospel tells us that after Jesus taught and healed the multitudes, they became hungry. In His compassion, Christ saw them as “sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34). It was not enough for Him to heal and teach them; He personally cared for each of them. Their physical well-being, even concerning food, was important to Him. A lad with five loaves and two fish provided enough for Jesus to work another miracle, but this miracle had to come through Christ’s willing but bone-weary body. Consider: Christ brought His disciples out to rest, “for there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat” (Mark 6:31).
Consider: Jesus personally had come to pray and be strengthened, for John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner, had been beheaded earlier that very week at the hands of Herod. It was in the state of being emotionally and physically depleted that Jesus fed the multitudes — not just once or twice but over and over again: “He kept giving [the bread and the fish] to the disciples to set before them” (v. 41).
Thousands of men, women and children all “ate and were satisfied” (v. 42). Oh, the heart of Jesus! The miracle was for them, but we read of no miracle sustaining Him except the marvelous wonder of a holy love that continually lifted His tired hands with more bread and more fish. Out of increasing weakness He repeatedly gave that others might be renewed.
So, if my quest is to know Him, I must recognize this about Him: Jesus loves people — all people, especially those society ignores. Therefore I must know exactly how far He would travel for men, for that is the same distance He would journey again through me. Indeed, I must know His thoughts concerning illness, poverty and human suffering. As His servant, I am useless to Him unless I know these things. If I would actually do His will, I must truly know His heart. Therefore, in all my study and times of prayer I am seeking more than just knowledge; I am searching for the heart of God. Knowing Our Hearts At the same time, as I draw closer to the heart of God, the very fire of His presence begins a deep purging work within me. In the vastness of His riches, my poverty appears. The psalmist wrote, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully” (Ps. 24:3-4).
We cannot even find the hill of the Lord, much less ascend it, if there is deceit in our heart. How does one serve in God’s holy place if his soul is unclean? It is only the pure in heart who perceive God. To ascend toward God is to walk into a furnace of truth where falsehood is extracted from our souls. To abide in the holy place we must dwell in honesty, even when a lie might seem to save us. Each ascending step upon the hill of God is a thrusting of our souls into greater transparency, a more perfect view into the motives of our hearts.
It is this upward call of God that we pursue. Yet the soul within us is hidden, crouching in fear and darkness, living in a world of untruths and illusions. This is our inner man, the soul God seeks to save. Have you discovered your true self, the inner person whom truth alone can free? Yes, we seek holiness, but true holiness arises from here; it comes as the Spirit of Truth unveils the hidden places in our hearts. Indeed, it is truthfulness which leads to holiness.
God, grant us a zeal for truth that we may stand in Your holy place!
Men everywhere presume they know the “truth,” but they have neither holiness nor power in their lives. Truth must become more than historical doctrine; it must be more than a museum of religious artifacts — mementos from when God once moved. Truth is knowing God’s heart as it was revealed in Christ, and it is knowing our own hearts in the light of God’s grace.
As members of the human race, we are shrouded in ignorance. Barely do we know our world around us; even less do we know the nature of our own souls. Without realizing it, as we search for God’s heart, we are also searching for our own. For it is only in finding Him that we discover ourselves, for we are “in Him.”
Yet throughout that searching process, as I position my heart before the Lord, it is with a sense of trembling that I pray the prayer of King David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way”(Ps. 139:23-24).
Let us wash the cosmetics from our souls and look at the unadorned condition of our hearts. I know God has created us eternally complete and perfect in Christ. I believe that. But in the first three chapters of John’s Revelation, Jesus did not tell the churches they were “perfect in His eyes.” No! He revealed to them their true conditions; He told them their sins. Without compromise, He placed on them the demand to be overcomers, each in their own unique and difficult circumstance.
Like them, we must know our need. And like them, the souls we want saved dwell here, in a world system structured by lies, illusions and rampant corruption. Our old natures are like well-worn shoes into which we relax; we can be in the flesh instantly without even realizing it. The enemies that defeat us are hidden and latent within us! Thus the Holy Spirit must expose our foes before we can conquer them!
Concerning man’s nature, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Quoting another of David’s prayers, a similar cry is heard: “Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression” (Ps. 19:12-13).
There may be errors inside of us that are actually ruling us without our awareness. Do we realize, for instance, how many of our actions are manipulated purely by vanity and the desire to be seen or accepted by others? Are we aware of the fears and apprehensions that unconsciously influence so many of our decisions? We may have serious flaws inside yet still be either too proud or too insecure to admit we need help.
Concerning ourselves, we think so highly of what we know so little!
Even outwardly, though we know our camera pose, do we know how we appear when we are laughing or crying, eating or sleeping, talking or angry? The fact is, most of us are ignorant of how we appear outwardly to others; much less do we know ourselves inwardly before God! Our fallen thinking processes automatically justify our actions and rationalize our thoughts. Without the Holy Spirit, we are nearly defenseless against our own innate tendencies toward self-deception.
Therefore, if we would be holy, we must first renounce falsehood. In the light of God’ grace, having been justified by faith and washed in the sacrificial blood of Jesus, we need not pretend to be righteous. We need only to become truthful.
No condemnation awaits our honesty of heart — no punishment. We have only to repent and confess our sins to have them forgiven and cleansed; if we will love the truth, we will be delivered from sin and self-deception. Indeed, we need to know two things and two things only: the heart of God in Christ and our own hearts in Christ’s light.
Adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God
There are qualities of heart that actually attract the pleasure of God. If we possess unoffendable faith in our pursuit of Christ’s likeness; if we walk humbly with our God; if we position ourselves in the intercessor’s gap; and if abide in Christ-centered unity with the local body of Christ — we will attract the pleasure of God, and when we awaken His pleasure, His power soon follows.  Francis Frangipane

Do We Have “The 7 Marks Of A Right Heart Before God?”  by JC Ryle: http://jcryle.net/2011/04/16/7-marks-of-a-right-heart-before-god/

“Hard Hearts In The House Of God” by David Wilkerson:  http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/2542
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SECTIONS:
1.  The Ten Commandments:  http://commandments10.wordpress.com/
2.  Love My Neighbor: 
3.  God Looks At Our Heart:  http://godlooksatourheart.wordpress.com/
4.  Humility, Meekness and Lowliness Of Heart:  http://meekandlowlyofheart.wordpress.com/
5.  Jesus said “Abide in Me!”  :  http://jesussaysabideinme.wordpress.com
6.  Obedience is Love For God: 
7.  Holiness is God’s Command Not His Request:  http://holinessisgodscommand.wordpress.com 
8.  Loving God With Our Speech:  http://lovinggodwithourspeech.wordpress.com 
9.  My Citizenship Is In Heaven!  Not this earth!:  http://mycitizenshipisinheaven.wordpress.com/ 
10.   Ready To See Jesus!  http://readytoseejesus.wordpress.com
11.  Effectual Fervent Prayer:  http://effectualferventprayer.wordpress.com 
12.  God really wants us to get to know Him and understand Him.  God has emotions and feelings!   http://godreallywantsustoknowhim.wordpress.com/ 
13.  God Responds To Wholeheartedness, To Those Who Give Their “ALL!” 
14.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger And Thirst After Righteousness: 
15.  Developing A Heart For God. Are We A Man Or A Woman After God’s Own Heart? 

Bible Verses:

Psalm 24:3-4
3Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
4He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

John 15: 1-17

The True Vine

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Love and Joy Perfected

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.  ======================================================================= CLICK ON LINK:  Read “The Cross And Identifying With Jesus Christ” quotes:  http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/thecrossquotes.htm CLICK ON LINK:  Quotes on “Repentance.” http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/repentancequotes.htm =======================================================================

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Psalm 16:5,11
5 O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. 
11  You will show me the
path of life;  In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Nehemiah 8:10
10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Song of Solomon 1:2

THE Shulamite[a] 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— For your[b] love is better than wine.

1 John 4:19

19 We love Him[a] because He first loved us.

Song of Solomon 2:16
THE Shulamite

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.

Matthew 25:1-13
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, [ Wesley Commentary 25:3 The foolish took no oil with them – No more than kept them burning just for the present. None to supply their future want, to recruit their lamp’s decay. The lamp is faith. A lamp and oil with it, is faith working by love.] 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. [ Wesley Commentary 25:4 The wise took oil in their vessels – Love in their hearts. And they daily sought a fresh supply of spiritual strength, till their faith was made perfect. ] 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. [ Wesley Commentary 25:7 “They trimmed their lamps” – They examined themselves and prepared to meet their God.] 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ [ Wesley Commentary 25:9 “But the wise answered, Lest there be not enough for us and you!” – Beginning the sentence with a beautiful abruptness; such as showed their surprise at the state of those poor wretches, who had so long received them, as well as their own souls. Lest there be not enough – It is sure there is not; for no man has more than holiness enough for himself. Go ye rather to them that sell – Without money and without price: that is, to God, to Christ. And buy – If ye can. O no! The time is past and returns no more! ] 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virginscame also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

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Song “Christ Before Me”   by Margaret Becker

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Lyrics to “Christ Before Me”: 
Christ above me Christ beside me Christ within me, ever guiding Christ behind me Christ before me Christ my love, my life, my Lord Hear our cries Father heal our lives Join our hearts in peace That Your bride may come Deep within Fuel our love again Come release our land That Your bride may come

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Isaiah 55 1-3

Amplified Bible (A

1WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].

2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. 3Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David. Wesley’s Notes on Isaiah 55:1 55:1 Thirsteth – For the grace of God and the blessings of the gospel. This thirst implies a vehement, and active, and restless desire after it. No money – Those who are most worthless and wicked, if they do but thirst may be welcome. Buy – Procure or receive that which is freely offered. Wine and milk – All gospel – blessings; in particular, that peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, which are better than wine, and that love of God which nourishes the soul, as milk does the body.  55:2 Money – All your time, and strength, and cost. Not bread – For those things which can never nourish or satisfy you, such as worldly goods, or pleasures. Eat ye – That which is truly and solidly, and everlastingly good. In fatness – In this pleasant food of gospel – enjoyments. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Isaih 55:1-5 Isaiah 55:1-5 All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whom those blessings are welcome. In Christ there is enough for all, and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world, that see no need of Christ, do not thirst. They are in no uneasiness about their souls: but where God gives grace, he gives a thirst after it; and where he has given a thirst after it, he will give it. Come to Christ, for he is the Fountain opened, he is the Rock smitten. Come to holy ordinances, to the streams that make glad the city of our God. Come to the healing waters, come to the living waters, Re 22:17. Our Saviour referred to this, Joh 7:37. Come, and buy; make it your own by application of the grace of the gospel to yourselves. Come, and eat; make it still more your own, and enjoy it. The world comes short of our expectations; we promise ourselves, at least, water in it, and we are disappointed; but Christ outdoes our expectations. We come to him, and we find wine and milk. The gifts offered to us are such as no price can be set upon. The things offered are already paid for; for Christ purchased them at the full price of his own blood, 1Pe 1:19. Our wants are beyond number, and we have nothing to supply them; if Christ and heaven are ours, we see ourselves for ever indebted to free grace. Hearken diligently; let the proud heart stoop; not only come, but accept God’s offers. All the wealth and pleasure in the world, will not yield solid comfort and content to the soul. They do not satisfy even the appetites of the body; for all is vanity and vexation. Let the disappointments we meet with in the world, help to drive us to Christ, and to seek for satisfaction in him only. Then, and not before, we shall find rest for our souls. Hear, and your soul shall live. On what easy terms is happiness offered us! By the sure mercies of David, we are to understand the Messiah. All his mercies are covenant mercies; they are purchased by him, they are promised in him, and out of his hand they are dispensed to us. We know not how to find the way to the waters, but Christ is given to be a Leader, a Commander, to show us what to do, and enable us to do it. Our business is to obey him, and follow him. And there is no coming to the Father but by him. He is the Holy One of Israel, true to his promises; and he has promised to glorify Christ, by giving him the heathen for his inheritance.

2 Corinthians 11:2-3

2For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Ephesians 5:25-27

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Proverbs 4:23-27 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.   ———————- PAGE 4 ———————————————————————————————
1 Chronicles 16:29
29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!

Psalm 99:9

9 Exalt the LORD our God, And worship at His holy hill;For the LORD our God is holy.

1 Corinthians 6:20

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Peter 4:11  11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

John 17:4

4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.

Psalm 50:23

23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

John 15:8

8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Matthew 5:16

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

1 Peter 2:12

12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.                                    John 14: 15-17,21-23         God will MANIFEST Himself to us if we love Him and keep His commandments! Jesus Promises Another Helper [The Holy Spirit] 15  “if you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.      Indwelling of the Father and the Son    21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”  22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”    23  Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Calvin Commentary on John 14:21:   And I will manifest myself to him. Knowledge undoubtedly goes before love; but Christ’s meaning was, I will grant to those who purely observe my doctrine, that they shall make progress from day to day in faith; “that is, “I will cause them to approach more nearly and more familiarly to me.” Hence infer, that the fruit of piety is progress in the knowledge of Christ; for he who promises that he will give himself to him who has it rejects hypocrites, and causes all to make progress in faith who, cordially embracing the doctrine of the Gospel, bring themselves entirely into obedience to it. And this is the reason why many fall back, and why we scarcely see one in ten proceed in the right course; for the greater part do not deserve that he should manifest himself to them It ought also to be observed, that a more abundant knowledge of Christ is here represented as an extraordinary reward of our love to Christ; and hence it follows that it is an invaluable treasure. Now, since it is certain that we keep the commandments of Christ only in so far as we love him, it follows that a perfect love of him can nowhere be found in the world, because there is no man who keeps his commandments perfectly; yet God is pleased with the obedience of those who sincerely aim at this end. Wesley’s Notes: John 14:23 Jesus answered – Because ye love and obey me, and they do not, therefore I will reveal myself to you, and not to them. My Father will love him – The more any man loves and obeys, the more God will love him. And we will come to him, and make our abode with him – Which implies such a large manifestation of the Divine presence and love, that the former in justification is as nothing in comparison of it. Gill’s Exposition Commentary on John 14:21: and will manifest myself to him; not in a visible way, or in a corporeal form, as he did to his disciples after his resurrection; but in a spiritual manner, as when he makes himself known to his people in ordinances, and favours them with communion with him, and they see his beauty, his fulness, his grace and righteousness, his power, and his glory. Matthew Henry Commentary: John14:18-24 Christ promises that he would continue his care of his disciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, for though I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come to you. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will come daily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visits of his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him for ever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence. These mysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act of grace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it. Having Christ’s commands, we must keep them. And having them in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surest evidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws of Christ. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love given to all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constraining principle; and where love is, duty follows from a principle of gratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but he will take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. He will be with them as his home. These privileges are confined to those whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leads them to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the Holy Spirit’s new-creating grace. What returns he will make to them for their love; rich returns; there is no love lost upon Christ. (1.) They shall have the Father’s love: He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father. We could not love God if he did not first, out of his good-will to us, give us his grace to love him; but there is a love of complacency promised to those that do love God, Prov. 8:17. He loves them, and lets them know that he loves them, smiles upon them, and embraces them. God so loves the Son as to love all those that love him. (2.) They shall have Christ’s love: And I will love him, as God-man, as Mediator. God will love him as a Father, and I will love him as a brother, an elder brother. The Creator will love him, and be the felicity of his being; the Redeemer will love him, and be the protector of his well-being. In the nature of God, nothing shines more brightly than this, that God is love. And in the undertaking of Christ nothing appears more glorious than this, that he loved us. Now both these loves are the crown and comfort, the grace and glory, which shall be to all those that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Christ was now leaving his disciples, but promises to continue his love to them; for he not only retains a kindness for believers, though absent, but is doing them kindness while absent, for he bears them on his heart, and ever lives interceding for them. (3.) They shall have the comfort of that love: I will manifest myself to him. Some understand it of Christ’s showing himself alive to his disciples after his resurrection; but, being promised to all that love him and keep his commandments, it must be construed so as to extend to them. There is a spiritual manifestation of Christ and his love made to all believers. When he enlightens their minds to know his love, and the dimensions of it (Eph. 3:18, 19), enlivens their graces, and draws them into exercise, and thus enlarges their comforts in himself-when he clears up the evidences of their interest in him, and gives them tokens of his love, experience of his tenderness, and earnests of his kingdom and glory,-then he manifests himself to them; and Christ is manifested to none but those to whom he is pleased to manifest himself. ==================================PAGE 5 ================================================ The Flow Of Obedience by David Wilkerson April 6, 2012 Link: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/17622

It is important that we understand the motive out of which our obedience springs, because if the spring is not pure, everything that flows out of it will be polluted. The sad truth is that many Christians in these last days obey God only because they are afraid of going to hell. They fear their Father’s wrath and their obedience to Him is “legal” only. They have no genuine desire to please Him. Jesus did everything out of love and a desire to bring pleasure to His heavenly Father: “Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:28-29, NIV). This was the rock, the foundation upon which Jesus built His life of obedience. It was the spring, the motive, out of which the flow of His obedience came. It is to be our rock, as well. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). Jesus shut Himself up in prayer on the mountaintops, in quiet places, often all night long in fellowship with His Father. His one great prayer was, “Father, what do You want? What will bring You pleasure? What can I do to fulfill the desire of Your heart?” That is the attitude of a person who has the Spirit of Christ and that should be our attitude—that we might be one who builds on the rock. The foundational motive of all our obedience must be: “I do all things because I want to please my Lord; I want to bring Him great pleasure!” PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, let me pray as Jesus did and ask You: “Father, what do You want? What will bring You pleasure? What can I do to fulfill the desire of Your heart?” I declare in faith that I want to live as Jesus did when He said:  “The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” and “I do all things because I want to please You Lord!   I want to bring You great pleasure!”   Please help me to live this!   I ask these things in Jesus Name.  Amen. =================================================

Love, Fear and Obedience by David Wilkerson

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By David Wilkerson August 17, 1992 __________ “… By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6) “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil…” (Proverbs 8:13) “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me…” (John 14:21) “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments…” (2 John 1:6) Love, fear and obedience – when it comes to walking with God, they all mean the same thing. In the past I have preached on love for God, the fear of God and obedience to God, as if they were three different aspects of our relationship to the Lord. But I am learning now that these three are inseparable that you cannot practice one without the other two: You cannot love God without having the fear of God in you. You cannot love Him without obeying His Word. And you do not truly fear God unless you love and obey Him. Ask yourself: What is your motivation for gaining victory over lusts, passions and besetting sins? For obtaining holiness, godliness and purity of heart? Some teach that only the fear of God provokes believers to flee lusts. They quote these biblical passages: “Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:16-18). “Fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27). Scripture says the early church was edified by “walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:31) And Jeremiah said sinful Israel didn’t follow God with all their heart because they didn’t fear Him: “My fear is not in thee” (Jeremiah 2:19). But other ministers teach that the only proper motivation against sin is love. I heard a Baptist pastor thundering on the radio recently: “Fear is not for the Christian – it has torment! You can’t walk with God if you fear Him. Love is the only response to grace you’ll ever need. If you love God, you’ll obey Him.” This pastor absolutely ruled out the fear of God as any motivation for obedience to the Lord! The very idea of teaching people the holy fear of God seemed abhorrent to him. Indeed, from pulpits everywhere today you hear mostly messages on love. There is little preaching about the fear of God – almost no powerful prophetic sermons that bring conviction of sin and compromise. Instead, pastors teach: “Just love Jesus with all your heart, and everything will be all right. We’re not under the law – we’re called to liberty! We all fail, but love covers all sin. So just learn to love. Love Jesus and the brethren, and you’ll be guaranteed heaven.” That sounds good – but it’s not what the Word of God says! You may answer, “But didn’t Jesus say the two most important commandments hinge on love – that we’re to love God and love our neighbor?” Yes, He did! I have no argument with those who teach that love ought to be our primary motivation as believers. My problem is the difference between the modern-day church’s definition of what Jesus calls love! Love is not merely an emotion or an affection for Christ. It cannot be fully shown just through worship or preaching. And it can’t be measured by emotions. Many Christians can sit in church and feel great emotion, crying out to God and weeping and then walk straight out of the church and disobey God. Jesus says that’s not loving Him!


Nothing Could Be Clearer in God’s Word: Love Means Obeying the Commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ!


Jesus said the only kind of love acceptable to Him is obedience to His every command – obeying His Word in all things and at all times! “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Christ could not have made it plainer: Loving Him means obeying His every command! But what produces a consistent, lasting obedience? I am convinced that godly, loving obedience springs from one source: the fear of the living God! Obedience birthed by a true and pious fear of God is love perfected. I offer the following Scriptures as proof: “And hereby do we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-5). “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29). You don’t hear these Scriptures preached from many pulpits today. Instead, Jesus is portrayed as a doting grandfather who overlooks sin! Of course, He knows we’re all weak, and that at times we’re going to fail. But Scripture is saying something different here: It’s saying that obedience to His commands is love perfected – and the fear of God is what motivates us to obey! Simply put it all boils down to this: If you truly have the fear of God in you, then you will obey His every word and by doing that, you will be loving Him in the way He says is acceptable to Him. If you fear the Lord and obey His Word in all things, you won’t have to keep examining your heart to see if you truly love Him. You won’t keep trying to measure your love by your tears or lack of tears. You can simply rest in His Word – Christ’s very own Word – that your obedience to Him is love! Yet, on the other side of the coin are all the ways we think we express love for Jesus. For example, we can sit in His holy presence and sing tearfully: “Oh, how I love Jesus .,..” “You’re the love of my life….” “Jesus, you’re the center of my joy….” But if we are not obeying God’s Word in our daily life, then all our talking, preaching and singing about loving Jesus are nothing but sentimental soulishness. It is all a sham! God has commanded you to forsake the world, separate yourself from evil companions, and crucify your flesh with all its lusts and passions. Are you obeying Him in these things? If not – if you continually disobey the Word He has given you – then your worship is totally unacceptable to Him, It is as sounding brass, tinkling cymbals – meaningless noise!


Many Christians Do Not Take God’s Word Seriously – They Don’t Believe God Means What He Says!


Did Jesus really mean what He said to His own dear friends? He told the disciples, “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell: yea. I say unto you Fear Him” (Luke 12:4-5). Does God really mean it when He says, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15)? Or, “When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death?” (James 1:15). I heard one preacher say recently, “You can’t obey all the commandments in the Bible. And even if you did obey them all, it still wouldn’t save you. That would be legalism!” No! On the contrary we have tried to destroy Christ’s commands by calling them the law! The wonderful commandments He gave us were for our good, to save us from ourselves and from our sins! He commanded us to repent. He commanded us to believe in Him and in the heavenly Father. And He commanded us to love our brother as ourselves to forgive others, and He in turn would forgive us. If you are obeying these commands alone – to repent from your sins, to believe that the Father sent Jesus, and to love and forgive your brother – then you are saved! You’re walking in the light as you have received it. When Jesus says we’re not saved by the law, He’s talking about something altogether different. He’s talking about our efforts to “earn” salvation – the way the Jewish leaders tried to by observing all the religious customs: the washing of pots and pans, the carefully calculated tithes, and all the rest of the 660 works of the flesh. No one can ever be saved by works. But I ask you: Which of the Ten Commandments can you break and go to heaven? Adultery? Lying? The New Testament itself says, “Adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4), and “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:5). Beloved, we don’t have the right to break any of these commandments! Jesus said He came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it – and that if any man taught otherwise, he should have a millstone tied around his neck and be cast into the sea! I’m going to make a very bold statement: I believe it is impossible to consistently walk in obedience and holiness unless you have the fear of God in your heart! If you don’t have the fear of God, you will eventually believe that God is easy on sin. You’ll think that since He’s your loving Father, He’ll never reject you – that you can sin all you want and keep getting up. You’ll get on a merry-go-round of “sin, confess, sin, confess” – and you’ll say to yourself, “I can do whatever I want, I’ll just run back to Jesus and make it right. He’ll forgive me at any moment!” No! It is true the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus was saved in his dying hour – but true repentence had already taken place in him! Many today think they can cry out to God just before they die – but the truth is, they will be too hardened by their sin! Right now, you may be asking, “How can I obtain the fear of God? If the fear of the Lord is the very foundation of obedience, and obedience is love perfected – then show me how to lay hold of a holy fear.”


You Obtain the Fear of God Just as Israel Did: You Learn It!


The Lord is ready to teach His fear to all who desire it: “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:11) God teaches us the fear of Him through His Word! He used Moses to give us two examples of how we are to learn to fear Him: 1. Before he died, Moses prescribed for Israel’s kings how to walk in obedience. Moses could see prophetically that the children of Israel were going to make kings after their own lust. So he prophesied to these future kings: “And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book…and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them” (Deuteronomy 17:15-19). Every king was to constantly feed his soul and mind on God’s record of past dealings with Israel. He would learn to fear God by seeing how the Lord Jehovah blessed the obedient – and how he utterly destroyed and cursed all who disobeyed His Word. Beloved, that is how I have learned the fear of God! I’ve searched again and again throughout First and Second Samuel, Kings and Chronicles and each time God’s dealings have been clear: “And the king did that which was right before the Lord, as did his father, and he walked in the fear of God. And the Lord was with him, and blessed him and prospered him, and put the dread of Him in all of their enemies….” Yet, over and over, the same biblical record says of other kings: “And the king did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the ways of God, and walked according to his own mind. And the Lord departed from him, and there was famine and ruin and destruction…” It was very simple: The ones who did what was right. God blessed. And those who did was what evil, God forsook. God says through His record, “I have never winked at sin, and I never will. And if you continue to compromise and flirt with sin, I will deal you with just as I dealt with David! I have no favorites. Do you think I will somehow overlook your wicked deeds, when I’ve judged him – a man after My own heart?” 2. Moses also commanded Israel to read anew the commandments of the Lord to every generation. The people were to call a special assembly every seven years, to recount all of God’s righteous dealings with their fathers. Moses prophesied to them: “That they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it” (Deuteronomy 31:12-13). Moses was prophesying, “New generations of children will rise up who know nothing about the fear of God! They will have no motivation whatsoever to obey Him and to walk in holiness. Men and women of God must teach them the record of God’s ways in His Word – how He blessed everyone who obeyed Him and cursed all who disobeyed!” Beloved, Moses was speaking of our day! Isn’t this what is happening in our country right now? A new generation of youth has risen up, and they know nothing about responsibility and morality. Listen to the talk of any teenager on the street – you’ll hear the vilest, most filthy language on the face of the earth! It’s right out of hell – and our children have been baptized in it through music, movies and television! This generation is lost – they know nothing about God! And if churches and Sunday schools won’t cry out and provoke young people about their sins, who’s going to do it? It won’t be the educators! Schoolchildren are now learning about “AIDS education” – meaning, how to use condoms and perform sexual acts! Right now a tract is being circulated among New York City’s seventh graders, called “Your Rights.” It says, “You have a right to have sex with anybody of any gender, anytime you please.” The tract is sponsored by school-related organizations – and their goal is to distribute one-half million of the booklets in every school in the city! God is saying to the church, “Your children aren’t going to know anything about Me or about My holiness. You must teach them the fear of God – teach them the record of My dealings!” If you are unwilling to search out God’s Word to learn how He deals with sin and disobedience, then simply consider how He has judged sin in His house over the past five years: He brought down the entire PTL ministry. The world saw a minister of the gospel chained like a common street criminal – and hauled off to prison for many years! God shook up His church by allowing all the filthy details to be exposed. I saw the front-page photo and said, “Lord, if nothing else You’ve said in history has put Your fear into every preacher in America, this had better do it!” God brought down the most-watched TV ministry on the face of the earth! Shame and reproach crashed down on America’s best-known preacher, a man seen on television more than any other in history. And it all fell because of sin! God showed His church that a man can stand in the pulpit and preach about loving Jesus – but if he’s not living those words, he’s not loving Christ. He can cry and plead all he wants! I love both of these men – and I’m not setting myself above either of them, or above anyone else. But I do know that if I don’t walk in the fear of God, I will fall too! Are you someone so special or important that God will overlook your sin, your secret lust, your disobedience? No – you can be sure your sin will find you out! If you have witnessed all of these public dealings of God against hidden sin in His church, and yet you still have not learned to fear God – then you are bound by your iniquity and headed for the same end! Dear saint, you have to want the fear of God – you have to seek it with all your heart! God does not give His fear to those who are slothful or spiritually lazy: “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:4-5) Yet obtaining the fear of God is actually very simple: It begins by your obedience to Him in what you already know. Now, when I talk about obeying God, I don’t mean memorizing every red-letter word in the gospels in order to do them all. Rather, if you are simply faithful to obey the light you already have – to obey the commandments you know – God will lead you, step by step, in further obedience and into His holy fear. You won’t have to figure out some legalistic way to obey Him. Obedience will come to you in a very loving, natural way!


Let Me Share With You the Glorious Benefits of Obedience!


Jesus has promised incredible blessings to all who are “perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). There are many such benefits, but I will list only three: 1. You’ll be blessed with a manifestation of Jesus Himself in your inner man. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). This is one of the most powerful promises in the Word of God! First, Jesus says: “He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father.” In other words, “God will have a special love for you because you obey Me!” We know God has a corporate love for the whole world. But Jesus is talking about something else. He’s saying the Father has a special love in His heart for you when you walk in obedience to His Son. He begins to love you in a very special way! And I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Jesus also says that if you obey Him, He will manifest Himself to you! That is so incredible, I can’t comprehend it. As I prepared this message, I spent an entire week on this one subject: “Lord, what do you mean – if I obey You, You’ll ‘manifest’ Yourself to me?” I still don’t know how He’ll do it. But I can go to Him in prayer and say, “Jesus, you made me believe I can hang onto this promise. You’ve told me I don’t just know a historical Jesus – but that every day of my life, no matter how old I get, You will become more real to me until my last day!” Finally, Jesus said, “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23). Imagine it: Jesus has given you His personal promise. If you simply love Him through your obedience to Him, He will take upon Himself the obligation to do all these things for you! He will show you the special love that the Father has for you; He will manifest Himself to you; and He and the Father will actually come and dwell within you – possessing you entirely, opening up your understanding to who God is, and filling your body, soul and spirit with the glory of His presence! 2. You’ll be blessed with a special unction and anointing to hear and know His voice. “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man to teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him” (1 John 2:27). When the fear of God floods your soul – when you’ve obeyed Him, resisting the devil, fleeing lust, putting away the sin that so easily besets you – you begin to receive the unction of hearing and knowing His voice. You’ll have spiritual ears to hear! You won’t need some prophet or teacher to “give you a word” from God. You will be taught by the abiding Spirit of God! Yet any Christian who lives in sin – who walks in lust, fornication, covetousness or disobedience of any kind – cannot hear the true voice of God. In fact, nothing he hears is of God – but is either of the flesh or the devil! I have known Christians, including ministers, who were living in sin – lust-filled, sensual, bound by some wicked stronghold. They began hearing still, small voices.- lovely voices, directing them and promising them good things. These voices said, “My dear, beloved child – God is with you! You will behold wonders, miracles and blessings on all sides,” But these things never came to pass – because the voices were not of God! It was either their own fleshly desires or the powers of darkness, coming to deceive them! Oh, the blinding power of lust! Jesus said to the Jews who followed Him: “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:43-44). Jesus was saying to them, “I speak plainly to you, yet you don’t hear what I say. It is because your heart is filled with lust, and you’re unable to hear the truth!” Do you want to hear from God? Then get honest with Him about your sin! Lay down your lust, let God deal with you and the soundproof wall that keeps you from hearing His voice will come down. 3. You’ll be blessed with answered prayers and fullness of joy! “if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:7,11). Beloved, fullness of joy comes from hearing His voice clearly! Nothing gives me joy more than knowing the Lord has truly spoken to me. When I have obeyed, and done all that He has asked of me, I come into the secret place to commune with Him – and He begins to speak. And that is as close to heaven on earth as possible! If you will but say to Jesus, “Lord, I want to walk in Your righteousness, to truly love You through obedience,” God promises: “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer,’ and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). “The prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8). Ask God to put a holy fear in your heart; begin to walk fully in obedience to all you know of His commands – and you will be perfected in your love for Jesus!

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Love, Fear, And Obedience   Video: “Motivations For Godly Obedience” (4 Parts) by David Wilkerson

Excerpt from part 1: Love, fear, and obedience. You can’t practice the one without the other two.
What is the motivation for your victory in Jesus? Some say it is the fear of God. Some say it is the love of God.

excerpts: “fear the Lord and you’ll depart from evil.” “The early church walked in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost. The comfort of the Holy Ghost didn’t come until they walked in the fear of the Lord.” excerpts from part 3: You start walking in what you’ve already received and then the further light will come to you. The fear of God produces obedience and that obedience is love perfected. Jesus said, “if you obey Me that is love perfected, the fear of God is in you know, if you are obeying My commandments…” If you obey what you have already heard, He will keep revealing, if you walk in what you have already received then the further light will come to you. (He’s not talking about going through every red letter commandment and write them down and try to walk in them)

You start walking in what you’ve already received and then the further light will come to you.
He’s saying, “if you will walk in the light that you have received. Be faithful. In every service, Jesus is speaking. There’s something you’ll hear in every message. You’ll hear something this morning.
If you’ll walk in that light, He will lead you on step by step by step. You don’t have to sit around worrying in some legalistic way. It will come to you in a very loving natural way just as an earthly father gives good gifts to His children the Heavenly Father will lead you into the light.”
John 14:21King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
David Wilkerson: “Jesus is saying: If you obey Me, that’s love, and what you get as a result is Me. Jesus said, “you get ME!” Folks this is amazing! This is one of the most powerful promises in all the Word of God!
Listen closely please! Jesus Himself is saying, “if you walk in obedience to Me, I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen to you! there is going to be a special love God has for you because you obey Me.”
Now folks, God has a love, a corporate love for the world, God loves the whole world. But He is talking about something else. He’s saying there is a special love in the Father’s heart for you. When you begin to obey Me, there’s something happens in the heart of God. God begins to love you in a very, very special way and He’ll tell you that over and over again, that’s what you’ll hear: ‘beloved! ‘ God will say it and whisper it: ‘ I love you! ‘
You’ll receive a special kind of love from God. And Jesus said, “I will love you!” He loves the world yes, but He’s going to love you in a special way and He said “I’m going to reveal Myself, I’m going to manifest Myself to you.”
David Wilkerson: I prayed (and asked) “Lord, how are You going to manifest Yourself to me if I obey You and walk in Your commandments?” The Lord said, “don’t you worry about it. Jesus said, “I said I would do it, that’s My work, you just obey Me and the manifestation will come.” The manifestation will come. The manifestation, the revelation of Jesus will come. It’s a higher revelation, it gets higher and higher, this revelation of Jesus, the more you obey the Lord, the more you walk in His righteousness, the greater your vision of Who He is, all of His attributes, everything about Jesus, the Holy Ghost will come to you and remind you of every Word that I have spoken….I’m getting ahead of myself.
But listen closely, I don’t have the human capability of understanding what it means to have Jesus make me a promise, Jesus made me a promise that if I would obey Him, that I was loving Him in my obedience, that He took on the obligation Himself, to show me how much God loved me, and that He, Himself, would manifest Himself in me. Now that is incredible! I cannot comprehend it. You can go to God in prayer and say: Jesus You made me believe, I can hang on that, that I don’t know just a historical Jesus, I don’t go to church just to sing a few songs about Jesus, that every day of my life Jesus is becoming more real to you.
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If you are walking in obedience, Jesus is becoming more real to you.
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Secondly, if you walk in obedience there will be a special unction, an anointing to hear the voice of the Lord.
Listen to it:
1 John 2:27King James 2000 Bible (©2003) But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.
David Wilkerson: Here’s what it means, that you don’t have to run around to a seminar convention to have some prophet give you word! My goodness, thousands of people are running around trying to find somebody give them a word from heaven! I don’t need a prophet to give me a word from heaven! I’ve got anointing! My ears are anointed to hear! The Lord says ‘I’ll anoint you to hear!’

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John 17: 1-3

This is Eternal Life in Heaven

1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

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“To know Thee” and “to know Jesus,” when the object is a person as here, means, “to have intimate personal experience” and nothing less. A true heart knowledge is the meaning. The only true God can be known in an intimate personal experience only by knowing “Him whom He sent, Jesus Christ.” “To know” here is “to keep on knowing,” says A. T. Robertson. Professor Southern Baptist. New Testament Scholar.
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Song:  “I Want To Know You More” by Steve Green
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Getting to know the heart of God. 
 
A practical idea to get to know the heart of God.
We can read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with a notebook.We can write down every verse where God had an emotion and ask Him: How did you feel about that? Have I ever done that? How can I please you God?Read through the commentaries at the bottom of each verse on biblecc.com and read what the commentaries have to say for more insight.First and foremost, God declares that He commands this from us:
Matthew 22:37-40Amplified Bible (AMP)37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.40 These two commandments [a]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Another example:Genesis 6:6 (Some have said that The Living Bible and New Living Version has the most accurate description of God’s emotions.)Genesis 6:6Living Bible (TLB The Living Bible)
6 he was sorry he had made them. It broke his heart.New Living Translation(©2007) Genesis 6:6 “So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.”

we can read commentaries for more insight such as:
http://bible.cc/genesis/6-6.htm
Question: Lord, how did you feel when You were grieved that You had made man on the earth? Then listen for His “still small voice” to tell you.

Question: Why were You grieved? read other verses and see this in the previous verse: Gen. 6:5 New Living Translation (©2007) The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

Question: Lord God, I can imagine how You must have felt. You created man with all these good plans and You were sad because “everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.”

Lord, my heart goes out to You. I am sad that you were grieved then. I want to please You. Please show me if there is any “evil imagination or thought” in me. I ask Your forgiveness. You are righteous and You love righteousness. By the power of the Holy Spirit Who dwells within me, I declare that I love You and want to obey You! Please help me. Thank You!
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READING THE BIBLE FROM GOD’S PERSPECTIVE IN HEAVEN:
ASK God to read you a bedtime story seated with Him in heavenly places as it says you are if you are born again.  Ask Him day after day to read you the Bible, His Holy Word, from His perspective.   
Ephesians 2:6  King James 2000 Bible (©2003) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
As you are seated in a heavenly place, ask God the Father to read Genesis to you and ask Him:
How did you feel God when You made the earth and said it was good?  Stop at a verse and ask God about it, How did He feel about it from a heavenly perspective where He is seated.  Read through the gospels and ask Jesus, “how did You feel when You told them the truth that You went down there to earth from heaven and they didn’t believe You?”
                    

Matthew 7:21-23

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew 10:22

22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

23 Thus says the LORD: “ Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD. Ephesians 1:15-22

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Colossians 2:2-3

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and[a] of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

New King James Version (NKJV)

23 Thus says the LORD: “ Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

Philippians 3:8-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

8Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), 9And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. 10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
Galatians 5:16-25
Walking in the Spirit

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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Walking in the Spirit

by David Wilkerson | December 30, 1991

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

“Walking in the Spirit Is Simply Allowing the Holy Spirit to Do in Us What God Sent Him to Do.”
“Everything the Holy Spirit Does in Us Is Related to His Mission.”
“The Eternal Purpose of The Holy Spirit In Us Is To Bring Us Home to Jesus Christ as His Eternal, Spotless Bride.”
Please click this link for this extremely important sermon by David Wilkerson
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David Wilkerson   “The Passionate Bride!”   August 28, 1995 Click on LINK: http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1990s/ts950828.html Excerpts:  In every generation the devil comes to the bride and whispers to her heart, “Your Lord isn’t coming anytime soon. Go ahead – sin. Don’t even think about it. You’ve got a whole lifetime ahead of you.” But the bride always answers, “Look here, devil – Jesus told me to get dressed! He told me to adorn myself and wait for Him. He said He may come at any time. So you can do away with all your charts and reasons and dates. “If He isn’t coming soon, then why is the pulse of my love beating so fast? Why does my yearning heart cry, ‘Yes, my Beloved, come quickly!’ And why has He spent so much time with me lately, weaning me away from the world? “If He has delayed His coming, then why do I hear His footsteps nearing? Why do I hear His words in my ear, ‘Soon, very soon’? Why do I feel His hand under my neck already [Song of Solomon 2:6]? His Spirit tells me, ‘Rise, for I’m coming! Get ready to pack up and leave!'” ______________________________________________________________
You may ask why do we need to be cleansed of our sin if Jesus
paid the price for our sin with His shed blood on the cross? In the book of Exodus, after the tabernacles were built, the Holy place and
the Holy of Holies were made.  Before the priests could go past the courtyard into the holy place they had to make a sacrifice for sins committed, and to wash themselves to be cleansed.   This sacrifice had to be made on the Alter of Burnt Offering. Sacrifice means just that; to approach God cost something. Sin is abhorrent to our Holy God, and sin had to be dealt with. Sin had to be stripped of its power to condemn.  People had to pay for the sacrifices used, a lamb or a dove.
Once the priests had made the sacrifice for their sins and the sins of the people they could next approach God.  Our Holy God.  The priest then had to wash to be cleansed!  A brass washing bowl was in the courtyard, this
was called a laver.

The washing and cleansing then allowed the priest to go into the Holy place.

The sacrifice for our sins is something that has been paidby Jesus Christ.  John the Baptist said these words about Jesus as he saw him coming towards him as recorded in John’s gospel 1:29; “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  Hebrews 10:10 says, “And by that
we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all”  The
possibility to enter God’s presence is there, Jesus has paid the price.
God wants us to be in relationship with Him, to walk in His presence, just as He intended us to do in the garden of Eden.  God wants to walk with us while we are on earth (though we see Him through a glass dimly) as we will walk in communion fellowship with Him in heaven for all eternity.  This requires sacrifice and cleansing, the sacrifice is paid, Jesus took care of that.
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 
Our part in this is to accept Jesus died for us to speak this out and to live a cleansed life.  To
be holy as He is holy.  If we love Him, we will obey Him and He will manifest Himself
to us.  Jesus said in Revelation 22:20  “Surely I am coming quickly.”    God requires each of
us in the Body of Christ (the entire church) which is also the Bride of Christ (which will marry
Him when He returns), to be sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by His Word,
the Holy Bible.  This is in order that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having
spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”  Ephesians 5:25-27
Ephesians 5:25-27
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
As Christians in the body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, we are to: “to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Revelation 19:7-8

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Question:  am I prepared for the marriage supper of the lamb where I will be wearing fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous act of the saints?
Am I living a righteous saintly life?
2 Peter 3:10-17
The Day of the Lord
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[c] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Be Steadfast

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Question:  Since 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,”
Am I ready?  Am I always watching?
Am I without spot and blameless?:  14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;”
Am I growing in grace and getting to know Jesus more?“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 24:36-50
No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[e] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[f] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ [g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Question:  Am I a faithful and wise servant to Jesus my Master ?  Will Jesus find that I have been a faithful servant to Him when He comes?
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
Prayer:
Oh my God,  I am sincerely sorry for my sins.
I hate wickedness and sin because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love! 
I confess my sins that separate me from You,
I turn away from them!  I renounce them!
I will abide in You each day and walk continually in Your Holy Presence!
I will walk in the spirit now and always.
You have called me to be holy as You are holy!
I will obey You and live a holy life!
Only with holiness will I see You!  now and forever.
I am always reverent and live in a way that honors You.
I walk as a child of light  (for the fruit of the Spiritis in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),  finding out what is acceptable to You Lord.
I walk in holiness now on earth, as I will walk in holiness with You forever in heaven, my home!
Hebrews 1:9   (speaking about Jesus)
You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.

1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity – Thou art infinitely pure and holy. Therefore God – Who, as thou art Mediator, is thy God. Hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness – With the Holy Ghost, the fountain of joy. Above thy fellows – Above all the children of men. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 We can live holy through Jesus Christ. Galatians 2:20   “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: … 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: …” In this verse, the abiding of Christ in the believer is the grace of God. However, this abiding should be verified. Romans 6

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 3:6, 9

6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 9
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” If Jesus Christ lives in us then he is living our lives. If he lives our lives, then we will not sin because He will not sin. Thus, we will live a holy life.

Because of Jesus Christ living in us, then Jesus in us “loves righteousness, and hates iniquity [wickedness] and we can have the “oil of gladness as Jesus does!” The key is:  “abiding in Him!”  1 John 3:6 We must abide in Him for Jesus to live a holy life through us!  How do we “abide in Him?” Definition of Abide = To wait; to pause; to delay. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one’s abode; to dwell; to sojourn; — with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain. To endure; to sustain; to submit to. Now we simply add abide + Jesus and it looks like this: To wait; to pause; to delay spending time with Jesus, in His Word and His Holy Presence To stay with Jesus; to continue in a place with Jesus; to have one’s abode with Jesus; to dwell with Jesus; to sojourn; — with with before a person with Jesus, and commonly with at or in before a place with Jesus. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain with Jesus. To endure; to sustain; to submit to Jesus.

John 15:10

10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. Question:  Am I keeping God’s commandments so that I can abide in His love?   Jesus said “If” I keep His commandments, I will abide in His love.  “If” I do not, I will not abide in His love.

John 8:31

31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.

Question:  Am I abiding in Jesus’ Word?  If so, then I am His disciple indeed.  If I am not abiding in Jesus’ Word, then I am not Jesus disciple.

1 John 1:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 1:16

16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[a]

Hebrews 12:14

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Hebrews 12:14

Amplified Bible (AMP)

14Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.

Revelation 20:6

6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Question:  According to the above verse which describes the return of Jesus Christ to the earth,only holy people will have part in that first resurrection.  Am I a holy Christian or a lukewarm Christian that Jesus will spit out of His mouth?  or will I be left behind?  How would it feel to be left behind and see the holy Christians gone?

2 Corinthians 6:17

17 Therefore“ Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”[a] 18 “ I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”[b] Prayer:  Lord, you are saying to me in Your Word above to separate myself from the source of sin, to let go of “unclean” things and You “will receive” me.You “will be a Father” to me. Heavenly Father, please reveal to me any “unclean” things in my life to let go and “separate” myself from.  I want You to “receive me” and be my Father! 2 Corinthians 7:1 1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Proverbs 28:14

14 Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Ephesians 5:7-14

7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Walk in Light

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit[a]is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: “ Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

God’s Holiness described:

Isaiah 6:1-4

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “ Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

Revelation 4:8

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “ Holy, holy, holy,[a] Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Question:  Am I preparing, right now today, while I am on earth to be in the Presence of my Holy God as described by Isaiah?  
Prayer:  God please let me know Your holiness now while I am on earth!   Lord Jesus, You taught us to pray “on earth as it is in heaven.”  Please let me know Your Holiness so that I can obey You and live a holy life “on earth as it is in heaven.”   I will worship You on earth the same way I will worship You in heaven forever.  That starts right now this minute!
Heaven is real!  I will live like it now!  today!
I want to know Your holiness both now AND in my heavenly eternal home!  Please shock me now God and reveal to me how holy You are!  I don’t want to regret when I get to heaven and realize that I took Your holiness lightly.

Isaiah 66:1-2

True Worship and False

1 Thus says the LORD: “ Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? 2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the LORD. “ But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

Question:  God, if I read the above verse as if You are speaking to me you are asking me:
Where is the house that you will build Me? place of My rest?
You say to me:
You will look on (me if I am)  poor and contrite in spirit
and (if I ) tremble at Your Word.
Prayer:  Oh God!  I pray:  I want to be of a “poor and contrite spirit” and “tremble at Your Word” so You will “look on” me!
Holiness A Sermon by J.C. RyleExcerpts:  h) Lastly, we must be holy, because without holiness on earth we shall never be prepared to enjoy heaven. Heaven is a holy place. The Lord of heaven is a holy Being. The angels are holy creatures. Holiness is written on everything in heaven. The book of Revelation says expressly, “There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie” (Rev. 21:27). I appeal solemnly to everyone who reads these pages, How shall we ever be at home and happy in heaven, if we die unholy? Death works no change. The grave makes no alteration. Each will rise again with the same character in which he breathed his last. Where will our place be if we are strangers to holiness now? Suppose for a moment that you were allowed to enter heaven without holiness. What would you do? What possible enjoyment could you feel there? To which of all the saints would you join yourself, and by whose side would you sit down? Their pleasures are not your pleasures, their tastes not your tastes, their character not your character. How could you possibly be happy, if you had not been holy on earth? Now perhaps you love the company of the light and the careless, the worldly-minded and the covetous, the reveller and the pleasure-seeker, the ungodly and the profane. There will be none such in heaven.

Now perhaps you think the saints of God too strict and particular, and serious. You rather avoid them. You have no delight in their society. There will be no other company in heaven. Now perhaps you think praying, and Scripture-reading, and hymn singing, dull and melancholy, and stupid work-a thing to be tolerated now and then, but not enjoyed. You reckon the Sabbath a burden and a weariness; you could not possibly spend more than a small part of it in worshipping God. But remember, heaven is a never-ending Sabbath. The inhabitants thereof rest not day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,” and singing the praise of the Lamb. How could an unholy man find pleasure in occupation such as this? Think you that such an one would delight to meet David, and Paul, and John, after a life spent in doing the very things they spoke against? Would he take sweet counsel with them, and find that he and they had much in common?-Think you, above all, that he would rejoice to meet Jesus, the Crucified One, face to face, after cleaving to the sins for which He died, after loving His enemies and despising His friends? Would he stand before Him with confidence, and join in the cry, “This is our God; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation”? (Is. 25:9). Think you not rather that the tongue of an unholy man would cleave to the roof of his mouth with shame, and his only desire would be to be cast out! He would feel a stranger in a land he knew not, a black sheep amidst Christ’s holy flock. The voice of Cherubim and Seraphim, the song of Angels and Archangels and all the company of heaven, would be a language he could not understand. The very air would seem an air he could not breathe. I know not what others may think, but to me it does seem clear that heaven would be a miserable place to an unholy man. It cannot be otherwise. People may say, in a vague way, “they hope to go to heaven;” but they do not consider what they say. There must be a certain “meetness for the inheritance of the saints in light.” Our hearts must be somewhat in tune. To reach the holiday of glory, we must pass through the training school of grace. We must be heavenly-minded, and have heavenly tastes, in the life that now is, or else we shall never find ourselves in heaven, in the life to come. And now, before I go any further, let me say a few words by way of application. 1) For one thing, let me ask everyone who may read these pages, Are you holy? Listen, I pray you, to the question I put to you this day. Do you know anything of the holiness of which I have been speaking? I do not ask whether you attend you church regularly-whether you have been baptized, and received the Lord’s Supper-whether you have the name of Christian-I ask something more than all this: Are you holy, or are you not? I do not ask whether you approve of holiness in others-whether you like to read the lives of holy people, and to talk of holy things, and to have on your table holy books-whether you mean to be holy, and hope you will be holy some day-I ask something further: Are you yourself holy this very day, or are you not? And why do I ask so straitly, and press the question so strongly? I do it because the Scripture says, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” It is written, it is not my fancy-it is the Bible, not my private opinion-it is the word of God, not of man-“Without holiness no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). Alas, what searching, sifting words are these! What thoughts come across my mind, as I write them down! I look at the world, and see the greater part of it lying in wickedness. I look at professing Christians, and see the vast majority having nothing of Christianity but the name. I turn to the Bible, and I hear the Spirit saying, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Surely it is a text that ought to make us consider our ways, and search our hearts. Surely it should raise within us solemn thoughts, and send us to prayer. You may try to put me off by saying “you feel much, and think much about these things: far more than many suppose.” I answer, “This is not the point. The poor lost souls in hell do as much as this. The great question is not what you think, and what you feel, but what you DO.” You may say, “It was never meant that all Christians should be holy, and that holiness, such as I have described, is only for great saints, and people of uncommon gifts.” I answer, “I cannot see that in Scripture. I read that every man who hath hope in Christ purifieth himself” (1 John 3:3)-“Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” You may say, “It is impossible to be so holy and to do our duty in this life at the same time: the thing cannot be done.” I answer, “You are mistaken. It can be done. With Christ on your side nothing is impossible. It has been done by many. David, and Obadiah, and Daniel, and the servants of Nero’s household, are all examples that go to prove it.” You may say, “If I were so holy I would be unlike other people.” I answer, “I know it well. It is just what you ought to be. Christ’s true servants always were unlike the world around them-a separate nation, a peculiar people;-and you must be so too, if you would be saved!” You may say, “At this rate very few will be saved.” I answer, “I know it. It is precisely what we are told in the Sermon on the Mount.” The Lord Jesus said so 1,900 years ago. “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). Few will be saved, because few will take the trouble to seek salvation. Men will not deny themselves the pleasures of sin and their own way for a little season. They turn their backs on an “inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away.” “Ye will not come unto Me,” says Jesus, “that ye might have life” (John 5:40). You may say, “These are hard sayings: the way is very narrow.” I answer, “I know it. So says the Sermon on the Mount.” The Lord Jesus said so 1,900 years ago. He always said that men must take up the cross daily, and that they must be ready to cut off hand or foot, if they would be His disciples. It is in religion as it is in other things, “there are no gains without pains.” That which costs nothing is worth nothing. Whatever we may think fit to say, we must be holy, if we would see the Lord. Where is our Christianity if we are not? We must not merely have a Christian name, and Christian knowledge, we must have a Christian character also. We must be saints on earth, if ever we mean to be saints in heaven. God has said it, and He will not go back: “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” “The Pope’s calendar,” says Jenkyn, “only makes saints of the dead, but Scripture requires sanctity in the living.” “Let not men deceive themselves,” says Owen; “sanctification is a qualification indispensably necessary unto those who will be under the conduct of the Lord Christ unto salvation. He leads none to heaven but whom He sanctifies on the earth. This living Head will not admit of dead members.” Surely we need not wonder that Scripture says “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7). Surely it is clear as noon-day that many professing Christians need a complete change-new hearts, new natures-if ever they are to be saved. Old things must pass away-they must become new creatures. “Without holiness no man,” be he who he may, “shall see the Lord.” 2) Let me, for another thing, speak a little to believers. I ask you this question, “Do you think you feel the importance of holiness as much as you should?” I own I fear the temper of the times about this subject. I doubt exceedingly whether it holds that place which it deserves in the thoughts and attention of some of the Lord’s people. I would humbly suggest that we are apt to overlook the doctrine of growth in grace, and that we do not sufficiently consider how very far a person may go in a profession of religion, and yet have no grace, and be dead in God’s sight after all. I believe that Judas Iscariot seemed very like the other Apostles. When the Lord warned them that one would betray Him, no one said, “Is it Judas?” We had better think more about the Churches of Sardis and Laodicea than we do. I have no desire to make an idol of holiness. I do not wish to dethrone Christ, and put holiness in His place. But I must candidly say, I wish sanctification was more thought of in this day than it seems to be, and I therefore take occasion to press the subject on all believers into whose hands these pages may fall. I fear it is sometimes forgotten that God has married together justification and sanctification. They are distinct and different things, beyond question, but one is never found without the other. All justified people are sanctified, and all sanctified are justified. What God has joined together let no man dare to put asunder. Tell me not of your justification, unless you have also some marks of sanctification. Boast not of Christ’s work for you, unless you can show us the Spirit’s work in you. Think not that Christ and the Spirit can ever be divided. I doubt not that many believers know these things, but I think it good for us to be put in remembrance of them. Let us prove that we know them by our lives. Let us try to keep in view this text more continually: “Follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” I must frankly say I wish there was not such an excessive sensitiveness on the subject of holiness as I sometimes perceive in the minds of believers. A man might really think it was a dangerous subject to handle, so cautiously is it touched! Yet surely when we have exalted Christ as “the way, the truth, and the life,” we cannot err in speaking strongly about what should be the character of His people. Well says Rutherford, “The way that crieth down duties and sanctification, is not the way of grace. Believing and doing are blood-friends.” I would say it with all reverence, but say it I must-I sometimes fear if Christ were on earth now, there are not a few who would think His preaching legal; and if Paul were writing his Epistles, there are those who would think he had better not write the latter part of most of them as he did. But let us remember that the Lord Jesus did speak the Sermon on the Mount, and that the Epistle to the Ephesians contains six chapters and not four. I grieve to feel obliged to speak in this way, but I am sure there is a cause.

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Would you continue holy? Then abide in Christ. He says Himself, “Abide in Me and I in you,-he that abideth in Me and I in him, the same beareth much fruit” (John 15:4, 5). It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell-a full supply for all a believer’s wants. He is the Physician to whom you must daily go, if you would keep well. He is the Manna which you must daily eat, and the Rock of which you must daily drink. His arm is the arm on which you must daily lean, as you come up out of the wilderness of this world. You must not only be rooted, you must also be built up in Him. Paul was a man of God indeed-a holy man-a growing, thriving Christian-and what was the secret of it all? He was one to whom Christ was “all in all”. He was ever “looking unto Jesus”. “I can do all things,” he says, “through Christ which strengtheneth me.” “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. The life that I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God”. Let us go and do likewise (Heb. 12:2; Phl. 4:13; Gal. 2:20). May all who read these pages know these things by experience, and not by hearsay only. May we all feel the importance of holiness, far more than we have ever done yet! May our years be holy years with our souls, and then they will be happy ones! Whether we live, may we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, may we die unto the Lord; or if He comes for us, may we be found in peace, without spot, and blameless! Read Entire Message:  http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/history/spurgeon/web/ryle.holiness.html ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- “HUNGRY TO BE HOLY” BY GARY WILKERSON Gary Wilkerson:  “The light pouring from a single broken vessel  far outshines the productions of a thousand religious entertainers.” “This holiness is far more than self-willed negating of sin; it is an  absolute surrender to Christ who releases a great and glorious passion  for holiness. I don’t want to spend my life trying to wrestle with my  old man. I want to see Christ form in me the fullness of the new man he  has created.” READ MESSAGE “HUNGRY TO BE HOLY” BY GARY WILKERSONhttp://davidwilkersontoday.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 1)  
John Piper and Kevin DeYoung recently sat down to discuss how faith in the gospel applies to personal holiness: (CLICK ON LINK)  http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/kevin-deyoung-and-john-piper-discuss-the-pursuit-of-holiness-part-1
(Part 2) How does personal holiness relate to the assurance of salvation? How does godliness happen? What are the dynamics of our effort? (CLICK ON LINK) http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/kevin-deyoung-and-john-piper-discuss-the-pursuit-of-holiness-part-2
REVIVAL – Leonard Ravenhill – David Wilkerson – A W Tozer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNsvvIAVlXI&feature=related    
Leonard Ravenhill:  “The SECRET of Revival IS OBEDIENCE!”
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Habakkuk 2:14

14 For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. glory” is in Hebrew  “kabowd” which means: “Original Word: כָּבוֹד Transliteration: kabowd Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-bode’) Short Definition: glorious

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance:

gloriously, glory, honorable Rarely kabod {kaw-bode’}; from kabad; properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness — glorious(-ly), glory, honour(-able). ————————————————————————– Here is Pastor John Piper’s definition of the glory of God: Link to John Piper Message “To Him Be Glory Forevermore”:  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/to-him-be-glory-forevermore Excerpts: My prayer is that you see and love the glory of God for what it is.

Defining the Glory of God

First, an attempt at the impossible—a definition of the glory of God. The reason I say it is impossible is that glory is more like the word beauty than it is like the word basketball. You can define a basketball by saying its round, inflated, about nine or ten inches in diameter; it’s used in a game to bounce and put through a hoop. But you can’t do the same with the word beauty. We all know it exists, but the reason we can talk about it is because we have seen it, not because we can say it. What might help get at a definition of the glory of God is to contrast it with the holiness of God. God is holy means that God is in a class of perfection and greatness and value by himself. He is incomparable. His holiness is his utterly unique and perfect divine essence. It determines all that he is and does and is determined by nothing and no one outside himself. His holiness is what he is as God which no one else is, or ever will be, and it signifies his intrinsic, infinite worth. Then we hear the angels in Isaiah 6:3 say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.” The glory of God is the manifestation of his holiness. God’s holiness is the incomparable perfection and greatness of his divine nature; his glory is the display of that holiness. His glory is the open revelation of the secret of his holiness. In Leviticus 10:3, God says, “I will be shown to be holy among those who are near me, and before all the people I will be glorified.” When God shows himself to be holy, what we see is his glory—the beauty of holiness. The holiness of God is his concealed glory. The glory of God is his revealed holiness. So here’s my effort at a definition: The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of his manifold perfections. If you grasp the biblical vision of God and his glory as the highest value of the universe, you will become a strong and gracious and useful person in the world—for the glory of God.

The Glory of God in the Gospel

Which brings us finally back to where we started in the closing doxology of Romans 16:27, “To the only wise God, glory! Forevermore, through Jesus Christ! Amen.” Is that the cry of your heart? Do you love the glory of God? God is calling for your attention and admiration every day because Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” And Isaiah 6:3 says, “The whole earth is full of his glory!” God is calling out to you: Behold my glory! And next week we will see that the gospel itself—the gospel of Christ crucified and risen—is radiant with the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Do you see it and do you love it? You were made for this. Something deep in your soul is saying to you: I was made for this—to behold the glory of God and to become a glorious, God-reflecting person. Receive the Lord Jesus Christ and you will become a child of God (John 1:12), and if you become a child of God, you will see him and love him and grow up—all the way up—to be like him. Unspeakably glorious.

The Glory of God in the Gospel

Which brings us finally back to where we started in the closing doxology of Romans 16:27, “To the only wise God, glory! Forevermore, through Jesus Christ! Amen.” Link to John Piper Message “To Him Be Glory Forevermore”: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/to-him-be-glory-forevermore —————————————————————————

2 Corinthians 4:6

6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of Pastor Daniel Ekechukwu who saw the GLORY OF GOD IN HEAVEN

Nigerian Pastor died (see actual document from mortuary) and was raised from the dead in a church service (see actual video from church service) during the time Daniel was dead, he went to heaven and SAW THE GLORY OF GOD.
Nigerian pastor Daniel Ekechukwu physically died in the late evening of Friday, November 30th, 2001, was dead for at least 42 hours, visited heaven and hell during the time of his physical death, and was raised from the dead between 3:50 P.M. and 5:15 P.M. on Sunday, December 2nd, 2001 in the basement of the Grace of God Mission, located in Onitsha, Nigeria.
Question: Am I prepared to meet my Holy God?
God’s Word says to us in Amos 4:12 “Prepare to meet your God.”
I have no choice in whether I will meet Him, but I DO have a choice whether I take full responsibility to be PREPARED to meet Him.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Matthew 7:13

The Narrow Way

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

Prayer: God, I realize that I am responsible to judge myself as you tell us in Your Word.   God please give me the courage and humility to judge myself so that I can “enter by the narrow gate!”  so I will not be condemned with the “many” on the “wide path that leads to destruction!”   [hell]

As King David prayed: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139:23-24

=================== 1 John 3:1-3 1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God![a] Therefore the world does not know us,[b] because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him [our “eyes fixed on the hope” of, an “eager expectation” of seeing Jesus face to face] purifies himself, just as He is pure. “Thou purifiest thyself, not of thyself, but of Him who comes that He may dwell in thee” [Augustine]. Clarke’s Commentary on 1John 3:3 The apostle does not here speak of any man purifying his own heart, because this is impossible; but of his persevering in the state of purity into which the Lord hath brought him. The words, however, may be understood of a man’s anxiously using all the means that lead to purity; and imploring God for the sanctifying Spirit, to “cleanse the thoughts of his heart by its inspiration, that he may perfectly love him, and worthily magnify his name.” As he is pure – Till he is as completely saved from his sins as Christ was free from sin. Many tell us that “this never can be done, for no man can be saved from sin in this life.” Will these persons permit us to ask, how much sin may we be saved from in this life? Something must be ascertained on this subject: 1. That the soul may have some determinate object in view; 2. That it may not lose its time, or employ its faith and energy, in praying for what is impossible to be attained. Now, as he was manifested to take away our sins, 1 John 3:5, to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8; and as his blood cleanseth from all sin and unrighteousness, 1 John 1:7, 1 John 1:9; is it not evident that God means that believers in Christ shall be saved from all sin? For if his blood cleanses from all sin, if he destroys the works of the devil, (and sin is the work of the devil), and if he who is born of God does not commit sin, 1 John 3:9, then he must be cleansed from all sin; and, while he continues in that state he lives without sinning against God, for the seed of God remaineth in him, and he cannot sin because he is born, or begotten, of God, 1 John 3:9. How strangely warped and blinded by prejudice and system must men be who, in the face of such evidence as this, will still dare to maintain that no man can be saved from his sin in this life; but must daily commit sin, in thought, word, and deed, as the Westminster divines have asserted: that is, every man is laid under the fatal necessity of sinning as many ways against God as the devil does through his natural wickedness and malice; for even the devil himself can have no other way of sinning against God except by thought, word, and deed. And yet, according to these, and others of the same creed, “even the most regenerate sin thus against God as long as they live.” It is a miserable salvo to say, they do not sin so much as they used to do; and they do not sin habitually, only occasionally. Alas for this system! Could not the grace that saved them partially save them perfectly? Could not that power of God that saved them from habitual sin, save them from occasional or accidental sin? Shall we suppose that sin, how potent soever it may be, is as potent as the Spirit and grace of Christ? And may we not ask, If it was for Gods glory and their good that they were partially saved, would it not have been more for God’s glory and their good if they had been perfectly saved? But the letter and spirit of God’s word, and the design and end of Christ’s coming, is to save his people from their sins. Dr. Macknight having stated that ἁγνιζει, purifieth, is in the present tense, most ridiculously draws this conclusion from it: “In this life no one can attain to perfect purity; by this text, therefore, as well as by 1 John 1:8, those fanatics are condemned who imagine they are able to live without sin.” Yes, doctor, the men you call fanatics do most religiously believe that, by the grace of Christ cleansing and strengthening them, they can love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbor as themselves; and live without grieving the Spirit of God, and without sinning against their heavenly Father. And they believe that, if they are not thus saved, it is their own fault. But a blind man must ever be a bad judge of colors. Question:  Do I have my eyes continually fixed on the hope of seeing Jesus face to face thus purifying myself as Jesus is pure?   Do I have an eager expectation of seeing Jesus face to face?  Do I walk in continual communion with Jesus both during my time of prayer and throughout the day, in a continual conversation with Him, doing all things out of love for Him? Prayer:  The 1979 Book Of Common Prayer in the Episcopal Church has this beautiful prayer:

Almighty God, to You all hearts are open, all desires known, and from You no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him – the heaven of our souls, created in His Image, the living temples of the Adorable Trinity. – Saint Therese of Lisieux Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity. -Saint Therese of Lisieux I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God. – Saint Dominic Savio We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear. -Saint Francis de Sales To love God as He ought to be loved, we must be detached from all temporal love. We must love nothing but Him, or if we love anything else, we must love it only for His sake. -Saint Peter Claver We must pray without ceasing, in every occurrence and employment of our lives – that prayer which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him. – Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit. – Saint Lucy We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love. -Saint Vincent de Paul The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it. -Saint Vincent de Paul There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. -Saint Teresa of Avila God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. -Saint Augustine Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about. -Saint Jeanne de Chantal You either belong wholly to the world or wholly to God. -Saint John Vianney “Be careful little eyes what you see It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings.” -Casting Crowns ‘Slow Fade””Be careful little eyes what you see To preach Christ, is to preach all things that Christ hath spoken; all his promises; all his threatenings and commands.  – John Wesley To be more sometimes you have to make room for more…its not works, sometimes its just plain math. I’m looking forward to humbling myself before My God this week, to clean out some of the stuff that is crowding out simplicity of devotion.  – Marvin Adams

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Salvation through Jesus is a free gift. Friendship with Jesus will cost you everything. Love – demands – all.
The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things.  The blessed ones who possess the kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing.  These are the “poor in spirit.”  They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstance of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem.  That is what the word poor as Christ used it actually means.  These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things.  They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering.  Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things.  “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
~A. W. Tozer, “The Pursuit of God”
Unbelief says: Some other time, but not now; some other place, but not here; some other people, but not us. Faith says: Anything He did anywhere else He will do here; anything He did any other time He is willing to do now; anything He ever did for other people He is willing to do for us! With our feet on the ground, and our head cool, but with our heart ablaze with the love of God, we walk out in this fullness of the Spirit, if we will yield and obey. God wants to work through you! ~A. W. Tozer, The Counselor, 121
“There is no place to hide but in the blood of the Lamb.” AW Tozer
“In heaven the chief thing that we look for, next to the presence of Christ, is complete separation from all sin.” J. C. Ryle
“The goal is not a big church. The goal is an equipped church manifesting God.” -Damon Thompson
“A person who is in the Spirit can hear and see things nobody else can hear and see.”  David Pawson
“God cannot pour out His Spirit on the church unless He first pours it out on the individuals within the Church.”   AW Tozer
“Fast from your little indulgences and pleasures, which keep your heart close to your belly and crowd out Kingdom perspective.”  Bob Sorge
“Faith does not supersede the necessity of holiness.”   John Wesley
“The devil’s war is better than his peace. When the dog is kept out of doors he howls to be let in again.”   J. C. Ryle
“I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” – Count Zinzindorf

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1 John 1:8  NKJV  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
2 Chronicles 7:14  NKJV  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Kings 22:19  NKJV
19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.
If your eyes sparkle for anything on this earth more than God then there is MORE of God for you to know. Seek Him more and you will lose your desire for the things of this earth that used to attract you. (money, fame on the earth, possessions, lust of any kind… ) you will find knowing and understanding God and being with Him far greater than any pleasure or addiction on the earth.
Because we love Jesus for His sacrificial death, we want to obey Him as he commands in John 14:15. We are not saved by our works. But, because we are saved, we choose to keep His commandments as the guide for successful living.
Therese of Lisieux The Stubborn Saint
From the time she was a little girl, Therese felt she was “born for great things.” She understood that her “personal glory would never reveal itself before the eyes of men, but would consist in becoming a saint–a great saint.” But this is in everyone, not just those who know that God is man’s end. Man is the center of his own universe first of all. He knows in his heart that he is meant for something great. He waits for it momentarily. If he doesn’t discover it, if it doesn’t “happen,” he tries to prove it anyway and then he ends up in sin–or sickness.
But he is right all the time: he is created for union with God and this is greater than his wildest dreams. However, if he is not taught it is this, he will try union with everything but God, knowing ecstasy is to be found somewhere. It is to be found lastingly only in God. It is terrible not to know.
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David was a man after God’s own heart and God loved David! click on link: http://www.thisisyourbible.com/media.asp?id=1244
Prayer:  Oh God!  I want to love You like David did!  David was fiercely loyal to You out of love for You! David obeyed You in excellent detail!  You called David a “man after Your own heart!”  I want to be a person after Your own heart God!   Please help me to love and obey You like David did in excellent detail!
You are a God that LOVES details and You want to be obeyed in detail! (as in the book of Leviticus!)  Yes, You are a God of Love and at the same time, You were SERIOUS about everything that You said! I take You seriously God!   I love You forever!!!!
Read:  “My Heart Christ’s Home” by Robert B. Munger. click on link:  http://mckeesportalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/My-Heart-Christs-Home.pdf
Jesus warns me, don’t be a hypocrite!
Beware of self righteousness in your quest to live a holy life. Jesus warned against it.
Even Jesus Himself said, Mark 10:18  And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Excerpt from “The Myth Of The Lukewarm Christian” by Eric M. Pazdziora
Lukewarm Christians are satisfied in themselves. Lukewarm Christians are proud of their spiritual commitment and pleased with all that they do for the Lord. Lukewarm Christians believe that they are living the right way, with all the right values, and all the right methods, and all the right works.
Except they aren’t. The fact that lukewarmness—self-righteousness—nauseates the Lord matches what He said (terrifyingly) about people who won’t make it into heaven:“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” (Matthew 7:22–23)

These people did great works for the Lord—even miracles—and thought well of themselves, but they missed their need for the Lord Himself. Jesus said, “Only one thing is needful,” and it isn’t to do great works for Him. Jesus wants us to trust Him, rest in Him, believe in Him, see our need for Him, get to know Him, let Him get to know us. That’s all one thing: it’s called Faith. That may explain why Jesus says “I wish you were cold or hot.” If you’re “hot,” then of course you’re exactly where the Lord wants you to be—surrendering to the All-Consuming Fire. You’re seeing your need of Him and depending on Him to burn away your impurities and kindle your love.

         
Question:  Do I care about washing my hands or my clothes more than “washing my heart” with the pure water of God’s Word? 
    
 
     Question:  Do I detail clean my car more than I detail clean my heart?
Prayer: Oh God! Forgive me for cleaning temporary possessions (which are rubbish compared to knowing You! Phil 3:8) and neglecting to purify my heart in my eternal relationship with You!
You have so much to say about my heart
My heart is VERY IMPORTANT to You!
I want to daily purify my heart so that I can see You!
I will spend forever with You!
I want to be filled with Your Holiness now on earth
“as it is in heaven!” Please help me God! In Jesus’ name I pray.
I daily put my heart through God’s Holy Scripture.
God’s “Heart Wash” to purify my heart! 
 
Matthew 5:8  Amplified Bible (AMP)
8Blessed (happy, [a]enviably fortunate, and [b]spiritually prosperous–possessing the [c]happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
Prayer:  Oh God, as many times a day as I wash my hands or more let me pray this:
Psalm 139:23-24   Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my anxieties; 
And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
Proverbs 4:23-27
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 
26  Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. 
27  Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.

Philippians 3:8-10

Amplified Bible (AMP)

8Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One), 9And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. 10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] 11That if possible I may attain to the [[b]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. 12Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
Matthew 22:35-40 
35And one of their number, a lawyer, asked Him a question to test Him.36Teacher, which [e]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light–which are heavy?]37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).38This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.  40These two commandments [f]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
1 Thessalonians 2:4
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.
Psalm 7:9
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins.
Revelation 2:23
And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works.
Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.
Jeremiah 17:10
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
Luke 16:15
And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knows your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Proverbs 21:2
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.
Proverbs 16:2-3 Amplified Bible (AMP) 2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). 3Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
1 Samuel 2:3   Amplified Bible (AMP) 3Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance go forth from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.
1 Kings 8:39
Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart you know; (for you, even you only, know the hearts of all the children of men)
John 2:24-25   Amplified Bible (AMP)
24But Jesus [for His part] did not trust Himself to them, because He knew all [men]; 25And He did not need anyone to bear witness concerning man [needed no evidence from anyone about men], for He Himself knew what was in human nature. [He could read men’s hearts.] [I Sam. 16:7.]
1 Chronicles 28:9
And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever.
1 Kings 8:61
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy your people, which are present here, to offer willingly to you.
Proverbs 11:20
They that are of a fraudulent heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29 
But if from there you shall seek the LORD your God, you shall find him, if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 11:13-31
13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. 22 If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him23 then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. 24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you. The LORD your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go. 26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known. 29 When the LORD your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount Gerizim the blessings, and on Mount Ebal the curses. 30 As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh, in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal. 31 You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you have taken it over and are living there, 32 be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.
Jeremiah 24:7  And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
Amos 5:4  For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you shall live:
Deuteronomy 34:26  And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
1 Chronicles 22:19  Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build you the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.
Psalm 73:1  Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
Isaiah 29:13  Amplified Bible (AMP)

13And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning], Matthew 15: 6-20  Amplified

6So for the sake of your tradition (the rules handed down by your forefathers), you have set aside the Word of God [depriving it of force and authority and making it of no effect].

7You pretenders (hypocrites)! Admirably and truly did Isaiah prophesy of you when he said: 8These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me. 9Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men. 10And Jesus called the people to Him and said to them, Listen and grasp and comprehend this: 11It is not what goes into the mouth of a man that makes him unclean and defiled, but what comes out of the mouth; this makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. 12Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were displeased and offended and indignant when they heard this saying? 13He answered, Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be torn up by the roots. 14Let them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch. 15But Peter said to Him, Explain this [a]proverb (this [b]maxim) to us. 16And He said, Are you also even yet dull and ignorant [without understanding and [c]unable to put things together]? 17Do you not see and understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the [d]abdomen and so passes on into the place where discharges are deposited? 18But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech. 20These are what make a man unclean and defile [him]; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean or defile [him].

QUOTES ON REPENTANCE   CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/repentancequotes.htm
What Breaks God’s Heart?
Every day is a day to, as in Yom Kippur, that we would:   “A time to deal with anything in our life that would hinder fellowship with a holy God.”
A time to examine ourselves, seek repentance, and make restitution. Kippur is associated with the word redemption. Centered in God’s redemptive plan for our lives. By praying and seeking the Lord and allowing the Spirit of God to cleanse us, our vision becomes refined. The Day of Atonement is a day to put all your sins under the blood of the Lamb and be fully restored to God and His purposes. The Day of Atonement is a day to REPENT and be RESTORED. It’s a time to deal with anything in our life that would hinder fellowship with a holy God. It’s a time to receive a fresh anointing of the LIFE of God. Hebrews 12:1  “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Bible Feasts:  Yom Kippur – Day Of Atonement

Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17 that the Jewish feasts and celebrations were a shadow of the things to come through Jesus Christ.   And though as Christians we may not commemorate these holidays in the traditional biblical sense, as we discover the significance of each, we will certainly gain a greater knowledge of God’s Word, an improved understanding of the Bible, and a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement:

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is the most solemn and important holy day of the Jewish calendar. In the Old Testament, the Day of Atonement was the day the High Priest made an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the people. This act of atonement brought reconciliation between the people and God. After the blood sacrifice was offered to the Lord, a goat was released into the wilderness to symbolically carry away the sins of the people. This “scapegoat” was never to return.

Scripture Reference:

The observance of the Day of Atonement is recorded in the Old Testament book of Leviticus 16:8-34; 23:27-32.

About Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement:

Yom Kippur was the only time during the year when the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the innermost chamber of the Temple (or Tabernacle) to make atonement for the sins of all Israel. Atonement literally means “covering.” The purpose of the sacrifice was to bring reconciliation between man and God (or “at-onement” with God) by covering the sins of the people.

Today, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days of repentance, when Jews express remorse for their sins through prayer and fasting. Yom Kippur is the final day of judgment, when each person’s fate is sealed by God for the upcoming year.

Jesus and Yom Kippur:

The Tabernacle and the Temple gave a clear picture of how sin separates us from the holiness of God. In Bible times, only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies by passing through the heavy veil that hung from ceiling to floor, creating a barrier between the people and the presence of God. Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest would enter and offer a blood sacrifice to cover the sins of the people. However, at the very moment when Jesus died on the cross, Matthew 27:51 says, “the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”

Hebrews chapters 8 and 9 beautifully explain how Jesus Christ became our High Priest and entered heaven (the Holy of Holies), once and for all, not by the blood of sacrificial animals, but by his own precious blood on the cross. Christ himself was the atoning sacrifice for our sins; thus, he obtained for us eternal redemption! As believers we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Yom Kippur, the final atonement for sin.
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The importance of this day. We are not under the law of the Feasts. Rather, God’s people operate in the fulfillment of these Feasts.  Although there is a futility in legalistically keeping the Feasts, we can honor the Father by remembering Him and receiving from Him at these appointed times (Gal. 3:10).
A time to examine ourselves, seek repentance, and make restitution. Kippur is associated with the word redemption. Centered in God’s redemptive plan for our lives. By praying and seeking the Lord and allowing the Spirit of God to cleanse us, our vision becomes refined. The Day of Atonement is a day to put all your sins under the blood of the Lamb and be fully restored to God and His purposes. The Day of Atonement is a day to REPENT and be RESTORED. It’s a time to deal with anything in our life that would hinder fellowship with a holy God. It’s a time to receive a fresh anointing of the LIFE of God. Hebrews 12:1  “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 51   A Prayer of Repentance

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak,[a] And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.

18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

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The Ten Commandments 1.  First Commandment.  “You shall have no other gods before  Me.” Exodus 20:3

Matthew 22:35-39

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Question:

  • Is God first in my life?
  • Am I  loving God with all my heart, my “whole heart?” Am I loving God with all my soul (mind, will, emotions) and all my mind (intellect)?
  • Did I love anyone or anything more than God?
  • Did I doubt or deny that God exists?
  • Did I deny or hide that I am a Christian?
  • Am I giving time to God each day in prayer? reading His Word?
  • Do I value or exalt anyone or anything above God?
  • Did I have false gods in my life that I gave greater love or attention to than God Himself, like money, profession, drugs, TV, fame, pleasure, hobbies, sports, entertainment, property?
  • Do I put God first in my marriage and family?
  • Is there anyone or anything that I look forward to being with more than God Himself?  (if so then that is my god… it is idolatry and it grieves the heart of God that I love anything or anyone more than Him)
  • God says this from His Holy Word directly to me:

    Jeremiah 9:23-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches; 24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
  • Question:  In the above verse, do I glory MOST in understanding and knowing God personally, practically, directly?  or do I glory more in widsom, skill, might, power, riches?
  • Am I bowing down to anything other than God or serving any god other than God?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, My Lord and Savior Jesus, Precious Holy Spirit! This is all I want!   To love You God with ALL of my heart, soul, and mind and to love people!   Please help me to love You more and abide in You more so Your love can flow through me to people! I want to be GREAT at the GREAT COMMANDMENT of LOVING YOU!  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen. —————————— Misty Edwards:  God will ask us:  “Did you learn to love?”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiGrFRrqN4w —————————— “The Bride Of Christ” by David Wilkerson:   http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/15471 If I do not spend time with Jesus every day—in prayer with Him, or seeking His Word—I do not love Him and you are breaking His heart! —————————— Margaret Becker song “All I Ever Wanted” is to love You God faithfully! Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0DTiio97WU ———————————————————————————————————————————— Walking In The Glory!  By David Wilkerson  quote: “I believe there is only one thing that can keep us going in the coming hard times and that is an understanding of God’s glory. Now, this may sound like a high, lofty concept to you, one that’s best left to theologians. But I’m convinced the subject of God’s glory has very real, practical value for every true believer. By grasping it, we unlock the door to an overcoming life!” LINK:  http://www.tscpulpitseries.org/english/1990s/ts990308.html ————————————————————————————————————————————

THE OTHER SIDE OF COMMUNION

by David Wilkerson | September 17, 2010

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Walking in God’s glory means not only that we receive the Father’s love, but that we love him back as well. It’s about mutual affection, both giving and receiving love. The Bible tells us, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
God says to us, “My son, give me thine heart” (Proverbs 23:26). His love demands that we reciprocate, that we return to him a love that’s total, undivided, requiring all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
However, the Lord tells us in no uncertain terms, “You can’t earn my love. The love I give to you is unmerited!” John writes, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” and “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:10, 19).
Just as God’s love for us is marked by rest and rejoicing, so our love for him must have these same two elements:
1. David expresses a rest in his love for God when he writes, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25). The heart that loves the Lord ceases completely from looking elsewhere for comfort. Rather, it finds full contentment in him. To such a lover, God’s lovingkindness is better than life itself!
2. Such a heart also rejoices in its love for God. It sings and dances in joyous ecstasy over the Lord. When a child of God knows how much his Father loves him, it puts a delight in his soul!
Let me give you one of the most powerful verses in all of Scripture. Proverbs give us these prophetic words of Christ: “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:30–31).
Beloved, we are the sons being mentioned here! From the very foundations of the earth, God foresaw a body of believers joined to his Son. And even then the Father delighted and rejoiced in these sons. Jesus testifies, “I was my Father’s delight, the joy of his being. And now all who turn to me in faith are his delight as well!”
So, how do we love Jesus in return? John answers, “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).
What are his commandments? Jesus says, in essence, there are two and “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). The first and most important is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind. We’re to hold nothing back from him. And the second is that we love our neighbor as ourselves. These two simple, nongrievous commands sum up all of God’s law.
Jesus is saying here that we cannot be in communion with God or walk in his glory if we bear a grudge against anyone. Therefore, loving God means loving every brother and sister in the same way we’ve been loved by the Father.

TRUE COMMUNION

by David Wilkerson | September 15, 2010

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Many Christians talk about intimacy with the Lord, walking with him, knowing him, having fellowship with him. But we can’t have true communion with God unless we receive into our hearts the full revelation of his love, grace and mercy.
Communion with God consists of two things:
1. Receiving the love of the Father, and2. Loving him in return
You can spend hours each day in prayer, telling the Lord how much you love him, but that isn’t communion. If you haven’t received his love, you haven’t had communion with him. You simply can’t share intimacy with the Lord unless you’re secure in his love for you.
I know when I come to my Lord, I’m not coming to a hard, fierce, demanding Father. He doesn’t wait for me with an angry countenance, anxious to put a rod to my back. He doesn’t trail me, waiting for me to fail so he can say, “I caught you!”
No, I’m coming to a Father who has revealed himself to me as pure, unconditional love. He’s kind and tenderhearted, full of grace and mercy, anxious to lift all my cares and burdens. And I know he’ll never turn me down when I call on him.
That’s why I’m to come into his courts with praise and thanksgiving because I’m thankful for who my God is. He cares about everything concerning me! (See Psalm 100.)
The prophet Zephaniah says something incredible about God’s love for us. He writes, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
This verse tells us two important things about how the Lord loves us:
1. God rests in his love for his people. In Hebrew, the phrase “He will rest in his love” reads, “He shall be silent because of His love.” God is saying, in essence, “I’ve found my true love, and I’m totally satisfied! I don’t need to look elsewhere, because I have no complaint. I’m completely fulfilled in this relationship, and I won’t take my love back. My love is a settled matter!”
2. God gets great pleasure from his people. Zephaniah testifies, “He rejoices over you with singing.” He is saying, “God’s love for you is so great, it puts a song on his lips!”
To rejoice means “to have joy and delight.” It’s an outward expression of internal delight. It’s also the highest expression of love. The Hebrew word Zephaniah uses for “rejoice” here is tripudiare meaning, “to leap, as one overcome with joyful ecstasy.”
Can you conceive of your heavenly Father being so in love with you that he leaps with joy at the very thought of you?
Can you receive his word that he loved you before the world was created, before humankind existed, before you were even born? Can you accept that he loved you even after you fell into Adam’s sinful ways and became an enemy to him?

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/true-communion 2.  Second Commandment.  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them or serve them.  For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.  Exodus 20: 4-6  Question: 

  • Do I have any carved images – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth?

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IDOLATRY
Bible Verses on  “Idolatry”  CLICK HERE:   http://bible-topics.com/Idolatry.html
Modern Day Idolatry Includes “A Message Of Salvation Without The Cross.”
David Wilkerson:  “This “other gospel” that Paul mentions is a message of salvation without the cross. The great idolatry of our day is the casting aside of the message of the cross of Jesus Christ.  The cross — including its demands and hopes — is the very heart of the gospel. Any worship, any fellowship, anything calling itself church is blatant idolatry if the cross is not at its center. Such worship is of another spirit entirely and God will have nothing to do with it. Without the cross, all that is left is chaff — a perverted gospel, something from the pit of hell. It is more insulting to the Lord than the idolatry of Israel.  READ ENTIRE MESSAGE:   http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/19199
Question:  Do I Embrace The Cross Of Jesus?   Am I crucified with Jesus?   Is my flesh crucified?  Do I walk in the spirit?   Do I pick up my cross daily?  Is Jesus Savior AND LORD of my life?  or is there something else or someone else that I love more than God, which is idolatry?

The CrossI am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. ” Galatians 2:20 “God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14 Hated by the world “…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ;whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shamewho set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.…”Philippians 3:18-21 The main reason Jesus came into the world “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5 “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples thatHe must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. “Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ “But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’” Matthew 16:21-23 “And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:  JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews.’ Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’        “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.’…       “Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst!  Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and  they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:17-30 “…one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, ‘If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.’ But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?’ And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.      “And Jesus said to him,  Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.’” Luke 23:39-43 “…it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’”  Luke 23:44-47 “…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 “…we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:9 “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’” Luke 24:6-8 Prophesied centuries before His crucifixion “He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:3-5 We share in His death and victory “…we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that  just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.     “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old [former] man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him…. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:4-11 Redeemed, once for all “…you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience…. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), andraised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast…..” Ephesians 2:1-9 “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13-15 “…having made peace through the blood of His cross.”Colossians 1:20 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Ongoing victory through the cross “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:7-9 “…that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:16-18 Our part of the daily victory “He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory…” Luke 9:23-26 “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost…”  Luke 14:27-2 “… he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:38-39 “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel….” Colossians 1:21-23 “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.’” Mark 10:21 “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect.” 1 Corinthians 1:17 The offense of the cross “…if I still preach circumcision [conforming to accepted cultural standards], why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased.”Galatians 5:11 “As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.“Galatians 6:12 Enduring the cross “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 “…since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-6 http://www.crossroad.to/HisWord/verses/topics/cross.htm ———- David Wilkerson:  “The Victory Of The Church”   VIDEOhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzKfP3BhoQ8 ———-

THE INVITATION OF THE CROSS

by David Wilkerson | August 8, 2012

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
God looked down upon a sin-sick world of people bound in prison-houses of fear and despair and He sent His own Son. Jesus came to earth, taking on the frailty of human flesh, and told all who would listen: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The invitation of the cross is a call to every soul that is sick of sin. Jesus calls out to all who are burdened with binding chains, powerful habits, besetting sins. “Come to Me now with all your heavy burdens. There is no other way but through My cross!” Jesus died on the cross not only to forgive sin, but to break its wearying power over us. You see, sin wearies the flesh. It saps away all that is good and kind and precious. It hardens the heart, destroying peace and causing guilt, sorrow and shame. It consumes the mind’s thoughts, weakening and darkening the soul. Sin brings on fear and, worst of all, it shuts off all communion with God. If I were to preach about the demands of the cross in many churches today, with its death to all lusts and worldly pleasures, the crowds would flee, just as they did when Jesus told them of the cost of following Him. Such churches never even mention the cross. Instead, they pour their energies into clever meetings full of showmanship, dramatic illustrations, and sermons on how to cope with life’s problems. I believe God must wink at many of these frail attempts to attract souls with modern enticements. He seems to have much patience with such well-intentioned, fleshly efforts to promote the gospel. But God help the ministers of these churches if they refuse to warn their people to forsake their sins. Jeremiah lamented, “They strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness . . .” (Jeremiah 23:14). “But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings” (verse 22). I say to ministers, “Bring back the cross — or the people’s blood will be upon your hands.” http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/view/devotions#
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Question:  Am I a Spirit filled Christian walking in continual communion and obedience with God?   Or am I a carnal Christian having my self as an idol on the throne of my life instead of Jesus?

Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life?

By Dr. Bill Bright

Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE.  On being a Spirit-filled Christian compared to a carnal-Christian:  http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/classics/the-spirit-filled-life/index.htm

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Philippians 3:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)

19They are doomed and their [a]fate is eternal misery (perdition); their god is their stomach (their appetites, their sensuality) and they glory in their shame, [b]siding with earthly things and being of their party. Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You are my God!  Nothing else!  No one else! My appetite is for You!  I glory in knowing You and understanding You! (Jeremiah 9:23-24) and not “earthly things!”

Revelation 3:17-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. 19Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. Wesley’s Notes: 3:18 I counsel thee – who art poor, and blind, and naked. To buy of me – Without money or price. Gold purified in the fire – True, living faith, which is purified in the furnace of affliction. And white raiment – True holiness. And eyesalve – Spiritual illumination; the unction of the Holy One, which teacheth all things.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus!  You “counsel me to purchase from You gold refined and tested by fire, that I may be truly wealthy!”  and “white clothes” [righteousness, holiness] that I may be clothed! That is what I want!  Please refine me and test me by fire that I may be truly wealthy!  Please fill me with Your righteousness and Your holiness that I may be properly clothed!   Thank You for that you dearly and tenderly love me!  Thank You for telling “my faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten me!   In faith I declare that I am “enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent!

_________________________________________________________________________________ 3.  Third Commandment.  “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.  Exodus 20:7 Question:

  • Do I honor God’s Holy name?  Do I hallow (keep holy) God’s name the same now on earth as it is in heaven…as God’s Holy name is being kept Holy right now this minute in heaven? 

    Matthew 6:9

    Amplified Bible (AMP)

    9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.     10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer:  Righteous Holy Father God, Lord Jesus my Holy Savior, Precious Holy Spirit.  I honor, hallow, and keep holy Your name.  You are Holy FOREVER.  I keep Your name holy on earth as it is kept holy in heaven forever.  Holy God, I speak of You and Your Holiness with reverence now and forever.

  • Did I blaspheme or insult God?
  • Did I take God’s name carelessly or uselessly?
  • Did I curse, use profanity, or break an oath or vow?
  • Did I treat God with disrespect or get angry with God?
  • Do I utter false prophecy?  Do I say a dream, word, or vision was from God when it was from my own imagination?  Do I speak ONLY the truth of actual dreams, words or visions that are truly from God?  or have I pretended to hear a word, vision, dream or miracle from God? (which uses God’s name in vain. )

Incentive to speak “right” of God so that His anger is not kindled against us:  Job 42:7   7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Deuteronomy 18:20  But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. The following is an edited transcript of the audio question to Pastor John Piper. How do you define the sin of taking the Lord’s name in vain? Well that’s a quote from the Ten Commandments: “Don’t take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” The idea of vanity (and I think the Hebrew carries this connotation) is “don’t empty the name.” So it doesn’t just refer to a certain tone of voice or a certain use of the word. It’s dealing with God and speaking of God in a way that empties him of his significance. This includes both throw-away words—like “God!” or “Jesus!”—as well as speaking about him in trifling and flippant ways. Not just swear ways but cheap ways, low and insignificant ways that just treat him like a commodity. And when you hear them you sense that there is no weight to that sentence, no corresponding emotion to that statement. It seems to have just been gutted. God, Christ, the cross, the things he is and the things he did are great, and they’re weighty. And there’s a certain corresponding demeanor of worship that should be there. So I think taking the Lord’s name in vain is more than “O my God!” or “Jesus Christ!” It is that plus more. The positive way to look at it is to revere God, love God, delight in God, know God, fill up God with all that he is. And then out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. I think it is far better to take the commandments and not focus so much on the negative—that is “don’t lie, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t kill”—but rather focus on where those come from, and put the emphasis there. And here, “don’t take his name in vain” would mean that you take his name in vain because he is empty to you. Your mind doesn’t feel the weight and fullness of his glory. So that’s the key: vain is empty. Don’t empty God of his weight and his glory. Fill it up rather than emptying it.  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/ask-pastor-john/how-do-you-define-the-sin-of-taking-the-lords-name-in-vain 4.  Fourth Commandment.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Exodus 20:8 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work:…”  Question:

  • Did I attend church and worship God on Sunday?  He is worthy of all my praise for Who He is and for all that He has done for me.
  • Did I come to church on time?  leave early?
  • Did I do work on Sunday that was not necessary?
  • Sabbath means “to cease, to rest.”  Did I set aside Sunday as a day of rest? 
  • Did I revere God this day which is God’s day because He deserves the glory, honor, and majesty worthy of Holy Name?
  • Did I “labor six days and do all my work” as God’s Word says or was I lazy or expect someone to do my work for me?
  • God worked six days.  It is God-like to work.  John 5:17   But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”   Did I put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?  Did I give a fair wage to my employees?  Did I “do my work heartily as unto the Lord” serving my Lord Jesus Christ?
  • Colossians 3:23-24  23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.

Ecclesiastes 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.  Fear God and keep His commandments.  For this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgement.  Including every secret thing, whether good or evil.  Question:  Am I ready to stand before God who will bring every work into judgement, including every secret thing whether good or evil? 5.  Fifth Commandment.  “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”  Exodus 20:12 Question:

  • Did I disobey or disrespect my parents or legitimate superiors?
  • Did I care for my aged  and infirm relatives?

6.  Sixth Commandment.  “You shall not murder.”  Exodus 20:13  Question:

  • Did I physically kill or injure anyone?
  • Did I have an abortion or advise someone else to have an abortion?
  • Did I attempt suicide?
  • Did I take part in or approve of “mercy killing” (euthanasia)

1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

  • Did I get angry, impatient, envious, unkind, proud, revengeful, jealous, hateful toward another, lazy?

Matthew 5:20-24  Amplified Bible (AMP)

20For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 21You have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not kill, and whoever kills shall be [a]liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court. 22But I say to you that everyone who continues to be [b]angry with his brother or harbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be [c]liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously and insultingly to his brother shall be [d]liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You [e]cursed fool! [You empty-headed idiot!] shall be [f]liable to and unable to escape the hell (Gehenna) of fire. 23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you, 24Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift
  • Did I abuse my children or spouse?
  • Have I forgiven everyone from my heart? 

7. Seventh Commandment.  “You shall not commit adultery.”  Exodus 20:14

  • Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or desires?
  • Did I use impure or suggestive words?  Tell impure stories?  Listen to them? 
  • Did I deliberately look at impure TV, videos, plays, movies, pictures or read impure materials?
  • Did I commmit impure acts by myself (masturbation?)

Matthew 5: 17-31  Adultery in the Heart 27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old,[c] ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[d] 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast itfrom you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Marriage Is Sacred and Binding  31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality[e] causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery
  • Did I commit impure acts with another – fornication (premarital sex) adultery (sex with a married person)?
  • Did I avoid the occasions or places of temptation of impurity?
  • Did I engage in homosexual activity?
  • Did I respect and honor all members of the opposite sex or have I thought of other people as objects?

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  • Did I look at people from God’s persective?  As individuals that He loved so much that He died for them out of love for them?
  • Did I try to control my thoughts and think on these listed below? :

Philippians 4:8     Meditate on These Things

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

1 John 3:2-5  Amplified Bible (AMP)

2Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [[a]as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him [b]just as He [really] is. 3And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless). 4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).  5You know that He ppeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [[c]essentially and forever].
  • Prayer:  Heavenly Father, please forgive me for impure thoughts and/or actions.  I commit to meditate all day on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy!  Heaven is my home FOREVER and I meditate on “seeing Jesus face to face right now which cleanses and purifies me as Jesus is pure!”   Lord Jesus, Son of God, I meditate  on seeing You face to face!  Seeing Your Holy Face Jesus!    Hallelujah!

MEETING JESUS Face To Face!   Revelation 1:12-18  CLICK HERE FOR BIBLE VERSES DESCRIBING IT! :   http://www.bible.ca/ef/expository-revelation-1-12-18.htm 8.  Eighth Commandment.  “You shall not steal.”  Exodus 20:15

  • Did I steal, cheat, help or encourage others to steal or keep stolen goods?  Have I made restitution for stolen goods?
  • Did I fulfill my contracts, give or accept bribes, pay my bills?
  • Did I steal time/money  from my employer by wasting time at work? 

9.  Ninth Commandment.  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20: 16

  • Did I lie? 
  • Did I deliberately deceive others, or injure others by lies?
  • Did I commit perjury?  Did I lie under oath?
  • Did I gossip or reveal others faults or sins?
  • Did I fail to keep secret someone that was confidential?

Revelation 21:27 NKJV And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Revelation 21:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

27But nothing that defiles or profanes or is [a]unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Matthew Henry Concise Commentary Rev 21:22-27 Perfect and direct communion with God, will more than supply the place of gospel institutions. And what words can more full express the union and co-equality of the Son with the Father, in the Godhead? What a dismal world would this be, if it were not for the light of the sun! What is there in heaven that supplies its place? The glory of God lightens that city, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. God in Christ will be an everlasting Fountain of knowledge and joy to the saints in heaven. There is no night, therefore no need of shutting the gates; all is at peace and secure. The whole shows us that we should be more and more led to think of heaven as filled with the glory of God, and enlightened by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Nothing sinful or unclean, idolatrous, or false and deceitful, can enter. All the inhabitants are made perfect in holiness. Now the saints feel a sad mixture of corruption, which hinders them in the service of God, and interrupts their communion with him; but, at their entrance into the holy of holies, they are washed in the laver of Christ’s blood, and presented to the Father without spot. None are admitted into heaven who work abominations. It is free from hypocrites, such as make lies. As nothing unclean can enter heaven, let us be stirred up by these glimpses of heavenly things, to use all diligence, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God. Revelation 21:8  NKJV But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 21:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

8But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)–[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death. Matthew Henry Concise Commentary Revelation 21:1-8  … The presence of God with his people in heaven, will not be interrupt as it is on earth, he will dwell with them continually. All effects of former trouble shall be done away. They have often been in tears, by reason of sin, of affliction, of the calamities of the church; but no signs, no remembrance of former sorrows shall remain. Christ makes all things new. If we are willing and desirous that the gracious Redeemer should make all things new in order hearts and nature, he will make all things new in respect of our situation, till he has brought us to enjoy complete happiness. See the certainty of the promise. God gives his titles, Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, as a pledge for the full performance. Sensual and sinful pleasures are muddy and poisoned waters; and the best earthly comforts are like the scanty supplies of a cistern; when idolized, they become broken cisterns, and yield only vexation. But the joys which Christ imparts are like waters springing from a fountain, pure, refreshing, abundant, and eternal. The sanctifying consolations of the Holy Spirit prepare for heavenly happiness; they are streams which flow for us in the wilderness. The fearful durst not meet the difficulties of religion, their slavish fear came from their unbelief; but those who were so dastardly as not to dare to take up the cross of Christ, were yet so desperate as to run into abominable wickedness. The agonies and terrors of the first death will lead to the far greater terrors and agonies of eternal death. Clarke’s Commentary Idolaters – Ειδωλολατραις· Those who offer any kind of worship or religious reverence to any thing but God. All image worshippers are idolaters in every sense of the word. And all liars – Και πασι τοις ψευδεσι· Every one who speaks contrary to the truth when he knows the truth, and even he who speaks the truth with the intention to deceive; i.e., to persuade a person that a thing is different from what it really is, by telling only a part of the truth, or suppressing some circumstance which would have led the hearer to a different end to the true conclusion. All these shall have their portion, το μερος, their share, what belongs to them, their right, in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. This is the second death, from which there is no recovery. Barnes’ Notes On The Bible And all liars – All who are false in their statements, their promises, their contracts. The word would embrace all who are false toward God Acts 5:1-3, and false toward human beings. See Romans 1:31. Shall have their part in the lake which burneth, … – notes on Revelation 20:14. That is, they will be excluded from heaven, and punished for ever. See the 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 notes; Galatians 5:19-21 notes.

John 1:45-47 Amplified Bible (AMP)

45Philip sought and found Nathanael and told him, We have found (discovered) the One Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote about–Jesus from Nazareth, the [legal] son of Joseph! 46Nathanael answered him, [Nazareth!] Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip replied, Come and see! 47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said concerning him, See! Here is an Israelite indeed [a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity! Barnes’ Notes On The Bible An Israelite indeed – One who is really an Israelite – not by birth only, but one worthy of the name. One who possesses the spirit, the piety, and the integrity which become a man who is really a Jew, who fears God and obeys his law. Compare Romans 9:6; Romans 2:28-29. No guile – No deceit, no fraud, no hypocrisy. He is really what he professes to be – a Jew, a descendant of the patriarch Jacob, fearing and serving God. He makes no profession which he does not live up to. He does not say that Nathanael was without guilt or sin, but that he had no disguise, no trick, no deceit – he was sincere and upright. This was a most honorable testimony. How happy would it be if he, who knows the hearts of all as he did that of Nathanael, could bear the same testimony of all who profess the religion of the gospel!

John 1:50-51 Amplified Bible (AMP)

50Jesus replied, Because I said to you, I saw you beneath the fig tree, do you believe in and rely on and trust in Me? You shall see greater things than this! 51Then He said to him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you all, you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of  Man!

Art Katz Commentary From “Nathaniel – A Key to Breaking The Power Of Our Predictable Christianity”  http://artkatzministries.org/articles/nathaniel-a-key-to-breaking-the-power-of-our-predictable-christianity/ Jesus alludes to the dream that Jacob had in Genesis 28, when he was in flight from his brother Esau, and saw the ladder ascending to heaven. It says that on seeing the vision, Jacob “awoke from his sleep.” We need to have something that will bring us out of the sleep of normality, of things as they are, of things as we have understood them to be, of things conventional and predictable, and of things that pertain to how we have enjoyed our church services. We need the kind of seeing and stretching that really opens us to the reality that will make us indeed an apostolic presence in the earth. How else can we free those who are bound by conventional predictability and the things that lock us in time and in this earth? If our church life is ordinary and predictable, and is just an instrument by which services are mediated to men and by men—however biblical and however correct—we will never be a gate to Heaven for those who would otherwise perish. There is a conjunction between Heaven and earth, where we need to ascend and descend as the angels of God, bringing something from Heaven into a people and a place, who would otherwise perish in their national culture. Have we seen the greater thing? Have we awakened from our sleep? Prayer: Righteous Father, please search my heart and see if there is any guile, deceit, falsehood, or duplicity in me!   I want to be like Nathaniel!   “in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity!  I want to be the opposite of having guile!  I want to be  “forthright, sincere, honest!”  Like Nathaniel and Jacob I want to “see the heavens opened!” Like Art Katz said, ” We [ I ] need to have something that will bring us [me] out of the sleep of normality, of things as they are, of things as we [ I ] have understood them to be, of things conventional and predictable, and of things that pertain to how we [ I ] have enjoyed our church services. We [ I ]need the kind of seeing and stretching that really opens us [ me ] to the reality that will make us [ me ] indeed an apostolic presence in the earth.!  Please help me God!  I want to “see the heavens opened” so that I can live what Jesus told me to pray:    Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heavenMatthew 6:10 In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen. Definition of guile

1
: deceitful cunning ; duplicity

Definition of duplicity

1
: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially: the belying of one’s true intentions by deceptive words or action
2
: the quality or state of being double or twofold
3
: the technically incorrect use of two or more distinct items (as claims, charges, or defenses) in a single legal action
Synonyms for guile (other similar words like guile):  artfulness, caginess, craftiness, cunningness, deviousness, foxiness, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness,
Antonyms for guile (opposite of guile):  forthrightness, good faith, sincere, honest
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10.  Tenth Commandment.  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, or his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”  Exodus 20: 17

  • Did I envy other people’s gifts?  possessions?  families? 
  • Did I make material possessions the purpose of my life?
O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love

For Further Examination: Mental sins: by being insensitive towards Your mercies, by neglecting Your commandments by being ungrateful by being indifferent towards Your Truth by having doubts about faith, by being superstitious and curious about unGodly teachings by spiritual weakness, vanity, suspicion, jealousy, envy, irritability and anger. by excessive sadness, depression and despair by contempt for people, gloating over misfortunes others, self-reliance, pride and blasphemous thoughts Sins of the tongue by idle talk by criticizing of others, or putting others down to inflate my own ego by using rude words, yelling, and by making sarcastic comments by cursing people and wishing them evil by mockery and insults by telling indecent jokes, bragging and breaking my promises by complaining, irreverent conversations and damning by spreading unkind rumors, gossiping, lying, slandering and denunciation. Sins through action by being selfish, lazy and by wasting time. by careless and disoriented prayer by missing church services and coming late to church by being disrespectful with my parents or those God has placed in authority over me, by refusing to help them and to do what they said, by disobedience and stubbornness by negligence towards family needs and by failing to instruct my children in the Christian faith by self centeredness, over-preoccupation with my career and success in life, greediness, stinginess and by failing to help the needy by over-eating, over-indulgence, breaking fasts, smoking, abusing alcohol, using stimulants, squandering resources and by gambling. by looking at someone with lust, looking at indecent films or magazines, listening to music which evokes crude or lustful desires, listening to indecent jokes and stories by wasting too much time in front of a TV, by watching scenes of violence and sin. by being obsessed with my appearance, by behaving in a tempting matter, masturbation, lasciviousness, sexual perversions, adultery, and other corporal sins which are too shameful to say aloud by losing my temper, displaying anger, by crudeness, rude treatment of close ones, by non-reconciliation and revenge by hypocrisy, insolence, impertinence and careless handling of sacred objects by being cruel, deceitful, stealing, and taking bribery by consenting to abortion or not speaking out against it by having interest in occult subjects, astrological forecasts and by visiting fortune tellers. Dear Lord God, Please forgive me.  I need Your mercy.  Thank You! “Though your sins may be like scarlet, I shall whiten them as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). ========================================================================= What does it mean to love my neighbor?  Romans 13:8–10

    Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; love therefore is the fulfillment of the law. Question:  What we need to do in each situation of life, then, is to ask ourselves: what is the most loving thing to do in this circumstance? How can I show love to my neighbors?  How can I speak the truth in love?

By John Piper http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/loving-one-another-fulfills-the-law =========================================================================

  • Ask God to cleanse your heart (James 4:8, Isaiah 1:16, Jeremiah 4:14, Zechariah 1:3, Hebrews 10:22, Romans 3:20, Romans 3:22, Hebrews 9:14 ), approach God’s throne of grace and sincerely ask God to forgive you (Hebrews 4:16,Hebrews 10:19,1 John 1:9,Psalm 32:5, Proverbs 28:13, Titus 2:13.Titus 2:14, 1 John 2:1, Acts 3:19, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 1:18, Ephesians 1:7)  and fill you with His holiness by abiding in Jesus (John 15:1-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2015:1-17&version=AMP) and read: http://www.abideinchrist.com/selah/dec30.html and http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/principleschristianliving.html and John Wesley on Hebrews 6:1 “Let us go on to perfection” http://christianbookshelf.org/wesley/sermons_on_several_occasions/sermon_76_on_perfection.htm and Ephesians 5:2 and “live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  Like Paul, we can strive for perfection:  Philippians 3:12:  “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
  • Daily read God’s Word!  Make it a habit to read and/or listen to God’s Word frequently throughout the day:
  • Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  • Joshua 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  • Declare out loud:  “I delight in God’s Word!  I meditate on it day and night!  Like Daniel I pray three times a day! Daniel 6:10
  • Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
  • Attend church and spend time with Christians who sharpen you to grow and encourage you in your faith!  Hebrews 10:25

    Focus on the “hope” of seeing Jesus face to face which “cleanses (purifies) himself just as He (Jesus) is pure!”

    1 John 3:1-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    1SEE WHAT [[a]an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.2Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [[b]as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him [c]just as He [really] is.3And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).5You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [[d]essentially and forever].6No one who abides in Him [who lives and remains [e]in communion with and in obedience to Him–deliberately, knowingly, and [f]habitually] commits (practices) sin. No one who [habitually] sins has either seen or known Him [recognized, perceived, or understood Him, or has had an experiential acquaintance with Him].

7[g]Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness [who is upright, conforming to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action, living a consistently conscientious life] is righteous, even as He is righteous. 8[But] he who commits sin [who practices evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done]. 9No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and [h]habitually] practices sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God. 10By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness [who does not conform to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action] is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow [i]believer in Christ). 11For this is the message (the announcement) which you have heard from the first, that we should love one another, 12[And] not be like Cain who [took his nature and got his motivation] from the evil one and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his deeds (activities, works) were wicked and malicious and his brother’s were righteous (virtuous). WATCH THE “JESUS FILM:”  http://www.jesusfilm.org/film-and-media/watch-the-film WATCH THE “GOSPEL OF JOHN” Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66ihy4_YatY

  • “He who is too busy to pray will be too busy to live a holy life. Satan had rather we let the grass grow on the path to our prayer chamber than anything else.” – E.M. Bounds

    Excerpt from:  Jesus Speaking

    www.bikers4christ.org/Teachings/2008/March%202008.doc  File Format: Microsoft Word – Quick View Did you know we can be touched in a major way by God every day of the week, …. Smith Wigglesworth read his bible for ten minutes every half hour, …

    I am wondering at the moment, maybe that is why we don’t see miracles like we should because we don’t spend enough time with God. Take Smith Wigglesworth for instance, he was aged almost 50 when his ministry started why? Well smith could not read, his wife was a preacher and he used to tag along, eventually he taught himself to read the bible and apparently that is the only book he read in his whole life. He used to see major moves of God around him on a daily basis, many people have prayed for the “Mantle” of Smith Wigglesworth but they will never get it, they have to put in like he did, Smith Wigglesworth read his bible for ten minutes every half hour, on the half hour he would also pray for ten minutes, now what could you pray about for ten minutes every half hour? I believe he would read something and then he would simply talk to the Lord about it, I wonder if maybe he picked one paragraph of the bible for the day and read it continually and asked the Lord about it all day, this is why he saw great signs of God.

    I was talking with a man a while ago about this, I said the best times I ever had in my Christian walk were the times where I was reading my bible on a continuous basis. I was an assistant pastor for 6 years and it did absolutely nothing for me in my Christian walk, I can think back to specific times where I would just open my bible, read and talk to the Lord about what I was reading and nothing can really be compared to it at all. Have a read of Proverbs 3:14Proverbs 8:19Proverbs 25:12 These verses talk about the word itself being worth more than all, Jesus was and is the word of God correct? Then could we not say this about Jesus and hearing from him?
    Smith Wigglesworth opened the Bible every half hour:  We were told of how his wife, Polly had taught him to read using the Bible. Wigglesworth never read any other books. He said that if he read a newspaper or something similar, he would come out feeling dirtier than when he went in, but with the Bible he would come out cleaner. Wigglesworth always had a word from the Bible, and in the video his grandson told us that he would always have a word for them at breakfast, lunch and dinner time. He would open up the Word saying, “Lets see what the father has to say.”
    Question:  What would my life be like if I opened God’s Word every half hour and had a conversation with God about it?  What if I avoided news and junk input into my mind like Smith Wigglesworth did?
    Do I love God enough to do this?  I am a citizen of heaven, I value what I will value for all eternity:  God’s Word! 
  • Psalm 119:89 Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
    Prayer:  Righteous Father, Whom I will spend all eternity with in heaven by faith in Jesus Christ, please give me the grace to read and listen to your Word on a continual basis throughout the day!  Galatians 5:23 says You have given me self discipline/ self control to do this!  Thank You God.  In Jesus Name I pray.
    Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (Jesus)
    1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
    Isaiah 51:6
  • Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
  • More Inspiration To Seek God:
    A. W. Tozer “Every man is as full of the Holy Spirit as he wants to be. He may not be as full as he wishes he were, but he is most certainly as full as he wants to be.” Smith Wigglesworth I’m not moved by what I see, I’m not moved by what I hear I’m just moved by the mighty word of God I can get more out of God by believing Him for one minute than by shouting at Him all night. “Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.” “If I read the newspaper I come out dirtier than I went in. If I read my Bible, I come out cleaner than I went in, and I like being clean!” “If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith.” “I want to help you decide that, by the power of God, you will not be ordinary.” “Before a man can bind the enemy, he must know there is nothing binding him.” “Purity is vital to faith.” “God’s plan for you is to forget the past in every way, because the future is so amazingly wonderful. Oh, the word of God is so wonderful! The word so eats me up that I have no place but in God’s word.” “Polly, (Wigglesworth’s wife) said “If we’ve got what they (apostles) got, then we can do what they did.” “If you leave people as you found them, God is not speaking by you. If you are not making people mad or glad, there is something amiss with your ministry. If there is not a war on, it’s a bad job for you.” “If the spirit does not move me, I move the Spirit.” I am not moved by what I see or feel but by what I believe. “No wavering. This is the principle: He who believes is definite. A definite faith brings a definite experience and a definite utterance.” John G. Lake “Christianity did not come to the world to apologize for its existence or to beg a place to live. It came as heaven’s champion: it has the champion soul. ” Casey Treat Our vision is our future     Our kids don’t become what we tell them, they become what we show them. Other Arthur Matthews: “We are only as victorious as we want to be. Lack of inner victory cannot be blamed on anyone but ourselves. Each man has his own measuring cup and measures out the quantity of victory he desires. Beyond that, for some perverse reason, we will not stretch ourselves. Today, the message of victory is being misrepresented, cheapened, and diluted by Christians who are content with lowered standards and limited victory because in their hearts, they do not really want victory.

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Humility
1 Corinthians 4:7 
For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?
1 Corinthians 4:12-13
And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things to this day.
Barnes’ Notes on the BibleFor who maketh … – This verse contains a reason for what Paul had just said; and the reason is, that all that any of them possessed had been derived from God, and no endowments whatever, which they had, could be laid as the foundation for self-congratulation and boasting. The apostle here doubtless has in his eye the teachers in the church of Corinth, and intends to show them that there was no occasion of pride or to assume pre-eminence. As all that they possessed had been given of God, it could not be the occasion of boasting or self-confidence. To differ from another – Who has separated you from another; or who has made you superior to others. This may refer to everything in which one was superior to others, or distinguished from them. The apostle doubtless has reference to those attainments in piety, talents, or knowledge by which one teacher was more eminent than others. But the same question may be applied to native endowments of mind; to opportunities of education; to the arrangements by which one rises in the world; to health; to property; to piety; to eminence and usefulness in the church. It is God who makes one, in any of these respects, to differ from others; and it is especially true in regard to personal piety. Had not God interfered and made a difference, all would have remained alike under sin. The race would have together rejected his mercy; and it is only by his distinguishing love that any are brought to believe and be saved. And what hast thou – Either talent, piety, of learning. That thou didst not receive – From God. By whatever means you have obtained it, it has been the gift of God. Why dost thou glory … – Why dost thou boast as if it were the result of your own toil, skill or endeavor. This is not designed to discourage human exertion; but to discourage a spirit of vain-glory and boasting. A man who makes the most painful and faithful effort to obtain anything good, will, if successful, trace his success to God. He will still feel that it is God who gave him the disposition, the time, the strength, the success. And he will be grateful that he was enabled to make the effort; not vain, or proud, or boastful, because that he was successful. This passage states a general doctrine, that the reason why one man differs from another is to be traced to God; and that this fact should repress all boasting and glorying, and produce true humility in the minds of Christians. Geneva Study BibleHe shows a good way to bridle pride. First, if you consider how it is wrong for you to exclude yourself from the number of others, seeing you are a man yourself. Second, if you consider that even though you have something more than other men have, yet you only have it by God’s bountifulness. And what wise man is he that will brag of another’s goodness, and that against God?Matthew Henry4:7-13 We have no reason to be proud; all we have, or are, or do, that is good, is owing to the free and rich grace of God. A sinner snatched from destruction by sovereign grace alone, must be very absurd and inconsistent, if proud of the free gifts of God. St. Paul sets forth his own circumstances, ver. 9. Allusion is made to the cruel spectacles in the Roman games; where men were forced to cut one another to pieces, to divert the people; and where the victor did not escape with his life, though he should destroy his adversary, but was only kept for another combat, and must be killed at last. The thought that many eyes are upon believers, when struggling with difficulties or temptations, should encourage constancy and patience. We are weak, but ye are strong. All Christians are not alike exposed. Some suffer greater hardships than others. The apostle enters into particulars of their sufferings. And how glorious the charity and devotion that carried them through all these hardships! They suffered in their persons and characters as the worst and vilest of men; as the very dirt of the world, that was to be swept away: nay, as the offscouring of all things, the dross of all things. And every one who would be faithful in Christ Jesus, must be prepared for poverty and contempt. Whatever the disciples of Christ suffer from men, they must follow the example, and fulfil the will and precepts of their Lord. They must be content, with him and for him, to be despised and abused. It is much better to be rejected, despised, and ill used, as St. Paul was, than to have the good opinion and favour of the world. Though cast off by the world as vile, yet we may be precious to God, gathered up with his own hand, and placed upon his throne.
Question: Do I remember that all that I have is from God therefore I cannot boast or be proud as if it is from my own efforts? Do I remember that we have no reason to be proud; all we have, or are, or do, that is good, is owing to the free and rich grace of God?
Question: Do I  respond as the Apostle Paul says when I am persecuted and abused for being a follower of Jesus Christ?  Do I bless those who persecute me and suffer it?we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things to this day.2 Corinthians 4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.Wesley’s Notes4:7 But we – Not only the apostles, but all true believers. Have this treasure – Of divine light, love, glory. In earthen vessels – In frail, feeble, perishing bodies. He proceeds to show, that afflictions, yea, death itself, are so far from hindering the ministration of the Spirit, that they even further it, sharpen the ministers, and increase the fruit. That the excellence of the power, which works these in us, may undeniably appear to be of God.

Romans 12:3-8

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Matthew Henry commentary 12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. In the spiritual body, some are fitted for and called to one sort of work; others for another sort of work. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. If we duly thought about the powers we have, and how far we fail properly to improve them, it would humble us. But as we must not be proud of our talents, so we must take heed lest, under a pretence of humility and self-denial, we are slothful in laying out ourselves for the good of others. We must not say, I am nothing, therefore I will sit still, and do nothing; but, I am nothing in myself, and therefore I will lay out myself to the utmost, in the strength of the grace of Christ. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, let us try to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully, and in simplicity; not seeking our own credit or profit, but the good of many, for this world and that which is to come. Question:  Do I think of myself “more highly than I ought to think?”   Do I employ myself humbly, diligently, cheerfully, in simplicity; not seeking our own credit but the good of many?  Do I reject a spirit of competition in comparing myself to others in the church and simply do everything for the glory of God and in unity with others?    Humility Quotes A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.– D. L. Moody The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done for God. –Francois Fenelon We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed. –Brother Lawrence How do we know if we have a servant’s heart? By how we act when we are treated like one!–Unknown The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us in our daily conduct.. –Andrew Murray If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers. –Teresa of Lisieux Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.– Thomas a Kempis The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones. –Gabirol The meek man will attain a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings.– A.W. Tozer “The upright shall behold his face.” Psalm 11:7 The ultimate motive for doing what’s right. A more satisfying sight of God.   John Piper Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. –Martin Luther King, Jr. A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle. – Fr. James Keller Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but it screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. –Richard Foster If I cannot in honest happiness take the second place (or the twentieth); if I cannot take the first without making a fuss about my unworthiness, then I know nothing of Calvary love. –Amy Carmichael Blessed the man and woman who is able to serve cheerfully in the second rank — a big test. –Mary Slessor I have learned that much of my spiritual progress does not come directly from God, but through my ability to humble myself and hear Him speak through imperfect people. –Francis Frangipane How tragic that the very thing that could set us free–playing the fool–is the thing we will not do. When we’re afraid to be fools, we end up being afraid to be anything.—Mike Mason I am sure that there are many Christians who will confess that their experience has been very much like my own—that we had long known the Lord without realizing that meekness and lowliness of heart should be the distinguishing feature of the disciple, as they were of the Master. Such humility is not a thing that will come on its own. It must be made the object of special desire, prayer, faith and practice. Andrew Murray Humility and love are precisely the graces which the men of the world can understand, if they do not comprehend doctrines. They are the graces about which there is no mystery, and they are within reach of all classes… The poorest Christian can every day find occasion for practicing love and humility. –J. C. Ryle God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys. –Tikhon Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. –Saint Augustine Do you wish people to think well of you? Don’t speak well of yourself. –Blaise Pascal Just because God is working through us does not mean that we are right with God.–Unknown We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving Grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. –Abraham Lincoln The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace. –Phillip Yancey In some sense we are all hypocrites in transition. –Erwin McManus Humility is freedom from your own driven ego. –Martha Kilpatrick Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. — Vincent de Paul Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. –C.S. Lewis Humility is offering no resistance to the dealings of the Lord with us. –Chip Brogden Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves. –Blaise Pascal Humility is knowing you yourself desperately require forgiveness as the greatest of all needs. –Martha Kilpatrick The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life: In himself, nothing; In God, everything. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.– A.W. Tozer Don’t imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he won’t be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who’s always telling you that, of course, he’s nobody. Probably all you’ll think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him, it will be because you feel a bit envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He won’t be thinking about himself at all. There I must stop. If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you’re not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. –C.S. Lewis A proud monk needs no demon. He has turned into one, an enemy to himself. –John Climacus The devil sees nothing more abominable than a truly humble christian, for [that Christian] is just the opposite of [the devil’s] own image — Hans Nielsen Hauge Oh, that we fully understood how very opposite our self-righteousness is to the designs of God! –Jeanne Guyon There is no room for God in him who is full of himself. –Martin Buber He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men. –Thomas a’Kempis The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed… The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest… –A.W. Tozer It happens, I do not know how, that most of the proud never really discover their true selves. They think they have conquered their passions and they find out how poor they really are only after they die. –John Climacus The man, full of himself, can never proclaim the Christ who emptied Himself. –Jacquelyn K. Heasley God is not proud…He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.– CS Lewis We are to be as unnoticed as the Lord was at times. We should be willing to pass through the crowd and not be noticed. Jesus made a whole different kind of wave, not a wave of worldliness that seeks the center. He was quiet yet He brought a storm. –W.A. Belle We’d like to be humble…but what if no one notices? –John Ortberg Provided that God be glorified, we must not care by whom. –Francis de Sales A humble knowledge of ourselves is a surer way to God than is the search for depth of learning. –Thomas a’Kempis God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. —  James 4:6  http://bible.cc/james/4-6.htm           ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:  Meekness and Humility:  God’s Cure for Pride, Haughtiness, and Egotism  CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.gospelway.com/christianlife/meekness.php What is “The Divine Experiment?”  Face to face with God for 21 Days! CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.thedivineexperiment.com/home.php “The Divine Experiment”  21 Day Prayer Guide   CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.thedivineexperiment.com/devotions.php Bible Verses on Humility  CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.bible-topics.com/Humility.html The Humility of Jesus Christ Question:  Do I follow Jesus example of humility and meekness? CLICK ON LINK:  Bible verses of Humility of Jesus  http://www.bible-topics.com/Humility-of-Christ-The.html

Songs And Video Messages About Humility
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Litany Of Humility by Danielle Rose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttdqieQx3Rc
Humility The Missing Fruit from book “The Beauty Of Holiness” by Andrew Murray:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBiISeV0Ey0
“Humility Prayer” song by Matthew Baute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xymSaxbGSFk
“He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need”  by Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJT0U-kxTC0
Philips, Craig & Dean “Crucified With Christ:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWe9nC_Jybs
Philips, Craig & Dean “Favorite Song Of All:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWjbZhbRZAE
John Piper – What is Humility?:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfZyBZ_gcyQ
John Piper:  “Lowliness…Humility is the opposite of a sense of entitlement.  We are to be stunned at the grace of God.  When He (God) owed you nothing but hell, He went to hell for you… you were owed hell and  you got heaven at the cost of the life of the Son of God… so much for your sense of entitlement.  It’s over.  Humility happens.  We have to preach the gospel to ourselves every day.”
Isaiah 53:10-12  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary53:10-12 Come, and see how Christ loved us! We could not put him in our stead, but he put himself. Thus he took away the sin of the world, by taking it on himself. He made himself subject to death, which to us is the wages of sin. Observe the graces and glories of his state of exaltation. Christ will not commit the care of his family to any other. God’s purposes shall take effect. And whatever is undertaken according to God’s pleasure shall prosper. He shall see it accomplished in the conversion and salvation of sinners. There are many whom Christ justifies, even as many as he gave his life a ransom for. By faith we are justified; thus God is most glorified, free grace most advanced, self most abased, and our happiness secured. We must know him, and believe in him, as one that bore our sins, and saved us from sinking under the load, by taking it upon himself. Sin and Satan, death and hell, the world and the flesh, are the strong foes he has vanquished. What God designed for the Redeemer he shall certainly possess. When he led captivity captive, he received gifts for men, that he might give gifts to men. While we survey the sufferings of the Son of God, let us remember our long catalogue of transgressions, and consider him as suffering under the load of our guilt. Here is laid a firm foundation for the trembling sinner to rest his soul upon. We are the purchase of his blood, and the monuments of his grace; for this he continually pleads and prevails, destroying the works of the devil.
John Piper – You Love Human Praise, Not the Glory of God:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX9jwsRDYqI
Andrew Murray – Humility In Daily Life (Audio Reading):  http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=humility+in+daily+life&aq=f
Humility – Bible Promises Spoken:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h06kQE91GSQ

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The Heart
Prayer:  Oh God please cleanse my heart with the “washing of water by the word!”  (Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word)
I want a heart that is “noble and good” so that Your Word can bear fruit on “good ground!”  (Luke 8:15)
Fill my heart with Your Word, Your Truth so that out from my heart will flow:  “good treasure of his heart… bringing forth that which is good.”  Whatever is in my heart is what will come out of my mouth…”for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
Lord Jesus, as you prayed to Your Heavenly Father for your disciples and all that believe in You… I also pray“Sanctify me through your truth: your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Lord please help me to:  Keep my heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  (Proverbs 4:23) 
As David prayed I also pray:  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

Psalm 51:7-157 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on Psalm 51:7-1551:7-15 Purge me with hyssop, with the blood of Christ applied to my soul by a lively faith, as the water of purification was sprinkled with a bunch of hyssop. The blood of Christ is called the blood of sprinkling, Heb 12:24. If this blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, cleanse us from our sin, then we shall be clean indeed, Heb 10:2. He asks not to be comforted, till he is first cleansed; if sin, the bitter root of sorrow, be taken away, he can pray in faith, Let me have a well-grounded peace, of thy creating, so that the bones broken by convictions may rejoice, may be comforted. Hide thy face from my sins; blot out all mine iniquities out of thy book; blot them out, as a cloud is blotted out and dispelled by the beams of the sun. And the believer desires renewal to holiness as much as the joy of salvation. David now saw, more than ever, what an unclean heart he had, and sadly laments it; but he sees it is not in his own power to amend it, and therefore begs God would create in him a clean heart. When the sinner feels this change is necessary, and reads the promise of God to that purpose, he begins to ask it. He knew he had by his sin grieved the Holy Spirit, and provoked him to withdraw. This he dreads more than anything. He prays that Divine comforts may be restored to him. When we give ourselves cause to doubt our interest in salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? This had made him weak; he prays, I am ready to fall, either into sin or into despair, therefore uphold me with thy Spirit. Thy Spirit is a free Spirit, a free Agent himself, working freely. And the more cheerful we are in our duty, the more constant we shall be to it. What is this but the liberty wherewith Christ makes his people free, which is contrasted with the yoke of bondage? Ga 5:1. It is the Spirit of adoption spoken to the heart. Those to whom God is the God of salvation, he will deliver from guilt; for the salvation he is the God of, is salvation from sin. We may therefore plead with him, Lord, thou art the God of my salvation, therefore deliver me from the dominion of sin. And when the lips are opened, what should they speak but the praises of God for his forgiving mercy?
Luke 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
Proverbs 4:23
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Luke 6:45
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
2 Chronicles 16:9 
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein you have done foolishly: therefore from now on you shall have wars.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:
2 Chronicles 16:1-14   Asa seeks the aid of the Syrians, His death. – A plain and faithful reproof was given to Asa by a prophet of the Lord, for making a league with Syria. God is displeased when he is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than his power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed, when we have the Rock of ages to rely upon. To convince Asa of his folly, the prophet shows that he, of all men, had no reason to distrust God, who had found him such a powerful Helper. The many experiences we have had of the goodness of God to us, aggravate our distrust of him. But see how deceitful our hearts are! we trust in God when we have nothing else to trust to, when need drives us to him; but when we have other things to stay on, we are apt to depend too much on them. Observe Asa’s displeasure at this reproof. What is man, when God leaves him to himself! He that abused his power for persecuting God’s prophet, was left to himself, to abuse it further for crushing his own subjects. Two years before he died, Asa was diseased in his feet. Making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. In all conflicts and sufferings we need especially to look to our own hearts, that they may be perfect towards God, by faith, patience, and obedience.
Wesley’s Notes: 
2 Chronicles 16:9 Done foolishly – It is a foolish thing to lean on a broken reed, when we have the rock of ages to rely upon. Perfect – Upright and sincere, as thine is not. He was sincere in the general course of his life, but some particulars, whereof this is one, his heart did not perfectly cleave to God.
Question:
Dear God, search me and try me, do I have a perfect heart toward You? 
  • Is my heart faithfully and patiently trusting You in all areas of my life? 
  • Am I obeying You in excellent detail in all areas of my life? 
  • Am I upright and completely sincere before You?
  • Is my heart perfectly cleaving to You My God?
Prayer:  Oh God! Please help me.  I need especially to look at my own heart. I want my heart to be perfect towards You God!  By faith, patience, and obedience.  Perfect – Upright and sincere, my heart perfectly cleaving to You God!
I want a perfect heart toward You God!  Because I love You I want to obey You in excellent detail!
I desire that when Your eyes LORD, run to and fro throughout the whole earth, that Your eyes would find me with a heart that is perfect toward You! 
Please help me God to have a perfect heart of:
  • faith in You!
  • patiently trusting You!
  • obeying You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength!
  • Sincere and upright before You!
  • My heart perfectly cleaving to You God!
Luke 8:4-15
The Parable of the Sower
4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” 10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that‘ Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’[b]
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
John 17:15-26

15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary:
John 17:17-19 Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not only be kept from evil, but made good. It is the prayer of Jesus for all that are his, that they may be made holy. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. The means of giving this grace is, through thy truth, thy word is truth. Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. Own them in the office; let thy hand go with them. Jesus entirely devoted himself to his undertaking, and all the parts of it, especially the offering up himself without spot unto God, by the eternal Spirit. The real holiness of all true Christians is the fruit of Christ’s death, by which the gift of the Holy Ghost was purchased; he gave himself for his church, to sanctify it. If our views have not this effect on us, they are not Divine truth, or we do not receive them by a living and a working faith, but as mere notions. Barne’s Notes on John 17:23 May be made perfect in one – That their union may be complete. That there may be no jars, discords, or contentions. A machine is perfect or complete when it has all its parts and is in good order when there is no portion of it wanting. So the union of Christians, for which the Saviour prayed, would be complete or perfect if there were no controversies, no envyings, no contentions, and no heart-burnings and jealousies. It is worthy of remark here how entirely the union of his people occupied the mind of Jesus as he drew near to death. He saw the danger of strifes and contentions in the church. He knew the imperfections of even the best of men. He saw how prone they would be to passion and ambition; how ready to mistake love of sect or party for zeal for pure religion; how selfish and worldly men in the church might divide his followers, and produce unholy feeling and contention; and he saw, also, how much this would do to dishonor religion. Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible on John 17:23 and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. The Oriental versions, the Syriac, Arabic, Persic, and Ethiopic, all read the words thus, “and I have loved them, as thou hast loved me”; contrary to all the Greek copies, and other versions, which read as we do. The Father loved Christ as his own Son, and as Mediator; so he loved him when he assumed human nature, and became obedient to his will both in doing and suffering; when his Father left him, and poured out his wrath upon him, and when he laid down his life for the sheep. The instances of his love to him as Mediator are, his putting all things into his hands, showing him all that he does, and concealing nothing from him, and appointing him the only Saviour, the head of the church, and Judge of the world. The nature of this love is, that it is from eternity; is a love of complacency and delight; it is special and peculiar, unchangeable and inseparable, and will last for ever: now God has loved his people, as he has loved his Son; he loves them not merely as creatures, as the descendants of Adam, or as considered in themselves, but as in Christ. The instances of his love to them are, his choosing them in Christ; making a covenant with them in him; the mission of him into this world, to obtain salvation for them; the quickening and calling of them by his grace; the care he takes of them afterwards in supplying their wants, supporting them under temptations, delivering them out of afflictions, and causing all things to work together for their good; to all which add the provisions he makes for them, both for time and eternity. The nature of this love is such as that he bears to Christ; it is from everlasting; a love of the utmost delight and pleasure; it is special and peculiar, unchangeable, and will continue for ever: there is not the same reason for his loving them as his Son; and this as must not be thought to denote equality, but similitude and order.
Clarke’s Commentary on John 17:24
That they may behold my glory – That they may enjoy eternal felicity with me in thy kingdom. So the word is used, John 3:3; Matthew 5:8. The design of Christ is, that all who believe should love and obey, persevere unto the end, and be eternally united to himself, and the ever blessed God, in the kingdom of glory.
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1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before you in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with you; and you have kept for him this great kindness, that you have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
Psalm 119:7  I will praise you with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned your righteous judgments.

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

 Psalm 111:1  Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.

Psalm 78:72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart

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Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the

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Psalm 7:9 O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to _____________________________________________________________________________________________

HOLINESS

1 Kings 8:61 http://bible.cc/1_kings/8-61.htm

New International Version(©1984) But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

New Living Translation(©2007) And may you be completely faithful to the LORD our God. May you always obey his decrees and commands, just as you are doing today.” English Standard Version(©2001) Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” New American Standard Bible(©1995) “Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the LORD our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.” King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

Barnes’ Notes on the BibleAs at this day – i. e. “as ye are now doing, in coming with pious intentions to this festival.”


Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible Let your heart therefore be perfect – Be sincere in your faith, be irreproachable in your conduct.


Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord your God,…. Sincere in their love to him, united in their worship of him, and constant in their obedience to him: to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day: as they did that day, neither king nor people having as yet fallen into idolatry, but showing by their then present appearance a zeal for God, his house, and worship.


Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament Let your heart be יי עם שׁלם, wholly, undividedly devoted to the Lord (cf. 1 Kings 11:4; 1 Kings 15:3, 1 Kings 15:14, etc.).


Wesley’s Notes 8:61 Perfect – Let your obedience be universal, without dividing; upright, without dissembling; and constant, without declining.


Scofield Reference Notes Margin perfect The word implies whole-heartedness for God, single-mindedness, sincerity — not sinless perfection.


Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 8:54-61 Never was a congregation dismissed with what was more likely to affect them, and to abide with them. What Solomon asks for in this prayer, is still granted in the intercession of Christ, of which his supplication was a type. We shall receive grace sufficient, suitable, and seasonable, in every time of need. No human heart is of itself willing to obey the gospel call to repentance, faith, and newness of life, walking in all the commandments of the Lord, yet Solomon exhorts the people to be perfect. This is the scriptural method, it is our duty to obey the command of the law and the call of the gospel, seeing we have broken the law. When our hearts are inclined thereto, feeling our sinfulness and weakness, we pray for Divine assistance; thus are we made able to serve God through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Clarke’s Commentary And holiness – Τον ἁγιασμον· That state of continual sanctification, that life of purity and detachment from the world and all its lusts, without which detachment and sanctity no man shall see the Lord – shall never enjoy his presence in the world of blessedness. To see God, in the Hebrew phrase, is to enjoy him; and without holiness of heart and life this is impossible. No soul can be fit for heaven that has not suitable dispositions for the place. Gill’s Exposition Of The Entire Bible and holiness: this being added to peace, shows that peace is no further to be followed than is consistent with holiness; and holiness here does not design any particular branch of holiness, as chastity of the body and mind, but the whole of holiness, inward and outward; and intends true holiness, in opposition to ceremonial holiness, which the Hebrews were fond of, and pursued after: it means even perfect holiness; for though holiness is not perfect in this life, yet it will be in heaven; and there is a perfection of it in Christ; and it is to be followed after, by going to Christ for more grace, and exercising faith upon him, as our sanctification; and by eager desires that the Spirit of God would sanctify us more and more, and enable us, by his grace and strength, to walk in the way of holiness, till we get safe to heaven: without which no man shall see the Lord; or “God”, as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read; that is, with the beatific vision in heaven: or the Lord Jesus Christ, “our Lord”, as the Syriac version reads; even in this life, so as to have communion with him; and hereafter, so as to behold his glory, both intellectually and corporeally: to such a sight holiness is necessary; for God is holy, and Christ is holy, and so is heaven, and so are the angels, and the souls of men in it.

Wesley’s Notes

12:14 Follow peace with all men – This second branch of the exhortation concerns our neighbours; the third, God. And holiness – The not following after all holiness, is the direct way to fall into sin of every kind.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary14. follow peace with all men-with the brethren especially (Ro 14:19), that so the “lame” among them be not “turned out of the way” (Heb 12:13), and that no one of them “fail of the grace of God” (Heb 12:15). holiness-a distinct Greek word from God’s “holiness” (Heb 12:10). Translate here “sanctification.” His is absolute holiness: our part is to put on His holiness, becoming “holy as He is holy,” by sanctification. While “following peace with all men,” we are not so to seek to please them, as to make God’s will and our sanctification a secondary object; this latter must be our first aim. (Ga 1:10)
CLICK ON LINK: Bible Verses on “Holiness”  http://www.bible-topics.com/Holiness.htmlCLICK ON LINK: Bible Verses on “The Holiness Of God”  http://www.bible-topics.com/Holiness-of-God-The.htmlCLICK ON LINK: Bible Verses on the “Holy of Holies”  http://www.bible-topics.com/Holy-of-Holies.html 
“Being A Holy Shepherd” by Gary Wilkerson  2011 
Pastor Gary Wilkerson opens up the EXPECT 2011 Church Leadership Conference with a message about holy confidence. In an age when the media has headlines of pastors and leaders failing and falling, there is a temptation to muster up some spiritual gumption and declare that we won’t mess up. This can be a prideful self-confidence worked up in our flesh. In truth, there was only one Shepherd that never failed — Jesus. It is through Him that we acquire the perfection required by God.
“The Holiness Of God”  CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.apocalypsesoon.org/xfile-35.M
Matthew 22:11-14 NKJV
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Matthew 22:11-14    Amplified Bible (AMP)

11But when the king came in to view the guests, he looked intently at a man there who had on no wedding garment.      12And he said, Friend, how did you come in here without putting on the [appropriate] wedding garment?   And he was speechless ([a]muzzled, gagged). 13Then the king said to the attendants, Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside; there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. 14For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.
Wesley’s Notes
Matthew 22:12   
A wedding garment – The righteousness of Christ, first imputed, then implanted.
It may easily be observed, this has no relation to the Lord’s Supper, but to God’s proceeding at the last day.
22:14   Many are called; few chosen – Many hear; few believe. Yea, many are members of the visible, but few of the invisible Church. Mt 20:16.
Matthew 20:16  NKJV So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Wesley’s Commentary Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last – Not only with regard to the Jews and Gentiles, but in a thousand other instances. For many are called – All who hear the Gospel; but few chosen – Only those who obey it. Mt 19:30; 22:14.
Matthew 19:30  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Matthew Henry Commentary
Matthew 19:30  Excerpt:  “The beginning, progress, and perfecting the work of salvation, depend wholly on the almighty power of God, to which all things are possible. Not that rich people can be saved in their worldliness, but that they should be saved from it. Peter said, We have forsaken all. Alas! it was but a poor all, only a few boats and nets; yet observe how Peter speaks, as if it had been some mighty thing. We are too apt to make the most of our services and sufferings, our expenses and losses, for Christ. However, Christ does not upbraid them; though it was but little that they had forsaken, yet it was their all, and as dear to them as if it had been more. Christ took it kindly that they left it to follow him; he accepts according to what a man hath. Our Lord’s promise to the apostles is, that when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, he will make all things new, and they shall sit with him in judgement on those who will be judged according to their doctrine. This sets forth the honour, dignity, and authority of their office and ministry. Our Lord added, that every one who had forsaken possessions or comforts, for his sake and the gospel, would be recompensed at last. May God give us faith to rest our hope on this his promise; then we shall be ready for every service or sacrifice. Our Saviour, in the last verse, does away a mistake of some. The heavenly inheritance is not given as earthly ones are, but according to God’s pleasure. Let us not trust in promising appearances or outward profession. Others may, for aught we know, become eminent in faith and holiness.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
Matthew 22:1-14 The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel, is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food, but a royal feast, for the perishing souls of his rebellious creatures. There is enough and to spare, of every thing that can add to our present comfort and everlasting happiness, in the salvation of his Son Jesus Christ. The guests first invited were the Jews. When the prophets of the Old Testament prevailed not, nor John the Baptist, nor Christ himself, who told them the kingdom of God was at hand, the apostles and ministers of the gospel were sent, after Christ’s resurrection, to tell them it was come, and to persuade them to accept the offer. The reason why sinners come not to Christ and salvation by him, is, not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ, and of the great salvation wrought out by him, is the damning sin of the world. They were careless. Multitudes perish for ever through mere carelessness, who show no direct aversion, but are careless as to their souls. Also the business and profit of worldly employments hinder many in closing with the Saviour. Both farmers and merchants must be diligent; but whatever we have of the world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it come between us and Christ. The utter ruin coming upon the Jewish church and nation, is here represented. Persecution of Christ’s faithful ministers fills up the measure of guilt of any people. The offer of Christ and salvation to the Gentiles was not expected; it was such a surprise as it would be to wayfaring men, to be invited to a royal wedding-feast. The design of the gospel is to gather souls to Christ; all the children of God scattered abroad, Joh 10:16; 11:52. The case of hypocrites is represented by the guest that had not on a wedding-garment. It concerns all to prepare for the scrutiny; and those, and those only, who put on the Lord Jesus, who have a Christian temper of mind, who live by faith in Christ, and to whom he is all in all, have the wedding-garment. The imputed righteousness of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit, are both alike necessary. No man has the wedding-garment by nature, or can form it for himself. The day is coming, when hypocrites will be called to account for all their presumptuous intruding into gospel ordinances, and usurpation of gospel privileges. Take him away. Those that walk unworthy of Christianity, forfeit all the happiness they presumptuously claimed. Our Saviour here passes out of the parable into that which it teaches. Hypocrites go by the light of the gospel itself down to utter darkness. Many are called to the wedding-feast, that is, to salvation, but few have the wedding-garment, the righteousness of Christ, the sanctification of the Spirit. Then let us examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and seek to be approved by the King.
“The Wedding Garment” by Charles Spurgeon  CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0976.htm

The Beauty of Holiness

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Jonathan Edwards:

As the beauty of the divine nature does primarily consist in God’s holiness, so does the beauty of all divine things. Herein consists the beauty of the saints, that they are saints, or holy ones: ’tis the moral image of God in them, which is their beauty; and that is their holiness. Herein consists the beauty and brightness of the angels of heaven, that they are holy angels, and so not devils (Dan. 4:13, 17, 23; Matt. 25:31; Mark 8:38; Acts 10:22; Rev. 14:10). Herein consists the beauty of the Christian religion, above all other religions, that it is so holy a religion. Herein consists the excellency of the Word of God, that is so holy; “Thy word is very pure, therefore thy servant loveth it” (Ps. 119:140). “I esteem all thy precepts, concerning all things, to be right; and I hate every false way” (ver. 128). “Thy testimonies, that thou hast commanded,a re righteous, and very faithful” (ver. 138). And: “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness” (ver. 172). And: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple: the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes: the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether: more to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb” (Ps. 19:7-10). Herein does primarily consist the amiableness and beauty of the Lord Jesus, whereby he is the chief among ten thousands and altogether lovely; even in that he is the holy One of God (Acts 3:14), and God’s holy Child (Acts 4:27), and “he that is holy, and he that is true” (Rev. 3:7). All the spiritual beauty of his human nature, consisting in his meekness, lowliness, patience, heavenliness, love to God, love to men, condescension to the mean and vile, and compassion to the miserable, etc. all is summed up in his holiness. And the beauty of his divine nature, of which the beauty of his human nature is the image and reflection, does also primarily consist in his holiness. Herein primarily consists the glory of the gospel, that it is a holy gospel, and so bright an emanation of the holy beauty of God and Jesus Christ:herein consists the spiritual beauty of its doctrines, that they are holy doctrines, or doctrines according to godliness. And herein does consist the spiritual beauty of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, that it [is] so holy a way. And herein chiefly consists the glory of heaven, that it is the holy city, the holy Jerusalem, the habitation of God’s holiness, and so of his glory (Is. 63:15). All the beauties of the new Jerusalem, as it is described in the two last chapters of Revelation, are but various representations of this: see ch. 21:2, 10-11, 18, 21, 27; ch. 22: 1,3.

The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2 ————————————————————————————————————————————-

TRUE GRACE

by David Wilkerson | April 11, 2012

[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Let me give you the heart of the true grace message: It is not a permissive gospel but one that teaches holiness! LINK:  http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/17699

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John Piper  “Why Are You Thrilled To Be Loved By Jesus?”

Believers in Jesus are precious to God (we’re his bride!). And he loves us so much that he will not allow our preciousness to become our god. God does indeed make much of us (adoption!), but he does so in a way that draws us out of ourselves to enjoy his greatness. Test yourself. If Jesus came to spend the day with you, sat down beside you on the couch, and said, “I really love you,” what would you focus on the rest of the day that you spend together? It seems to me that too many songs and sermons leave us with the wrong answer. They leave the impression that the heights of our joy would be in the recurrent feeling of being loved. “He loves me!” “He loves me!” This is joy indeed. But not the heights and not the focus. What are we saying with the words “I am loved”? What do we mean? What is this “being loved”? Would not the greatest, most Christ-exalting joy be found in watching Jesus all day and bursting with, “You’re amazing!” “You are amazing!”

  • He answers the hardest question, and his wisdom is amazing.
  • He touches a filthy, oozing sore, and his compassion is amazing.
  • He raises a dead lady at the medical examiner’s office, and his power is amazing.
  • He predicts the afternoon’s events, and his foreknowledge is amazing.
  • He sleeps during an earthquake, and his fearlessness is amazing.
  • He says, “Before Abraham was, I AM,” and his words are amazing.
We walk around with him utterly amazed at what we are seeing.

Is not his love for us his eagerness to do for us all he must do (including die) so that we can marvel at him and not be incinerated by him? Redemption, propitiation, forgiveness, justification, reconciliation — all these have to happen. They are the act of love. But the goal of love that makes those acts loving is that we be with him and see his jaw-dropping glory and be astounded. In those moments we forget ourselves and see and feel him. So I am urging pastors and teachers: Push people through the acts of Christ’s love to the goal of his love. If redemption and propitiation and forgiveness and justification and reconciliation are not taking us to the enjoyment of Jesus himself, they are not love. Press on this. It’s what Jesus prayed for. “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory” (John 17:24). LINK TO MESSAGE:  http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/why-are-you-thrilled-to-be-loved-by-jesus?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+DGBlog+(DG+Blog) ===============================

John 5:38-40

38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. 1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Jesus was saying that we cannot just “search the Scriptures and think we have eternal life.”  We cannot just read the Bible, the Scriptures which “testify of” Jesus… we need to “come to Jesus that we may have life.”   Knowing Jesus is life, not just knowing “about” Jesus.   Question:  In addition to reading scripture, how can we “come to Jesus that we may have life” and know Him?    We need to read His Word then actually talk to Jesus, communicate with Him, listen to Him speak to us through the Holy Spirit.  We need to “abide” in Jesus.

add how to pray read the Word:   abide = talk to, converse with two types of concepts in Bible:  those to believe (say to God, thank You! please tell me more about this!)  2) those to obey ( say to God, I commit to doing this, to obeying You, please help me) Mary of Bethany notes link near 1st Commandment….  do not neglect the 1st commandment.

Jeremiah 33:3

3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Charles Spurgeon (commentary) on Jeremiah 33:3 There are different translations of these words. One version renders it, “I will shew thee great and fortified things.” Another, “Great and reserved things.” Now, there are reserved and special things in Christian experience: all the developments of spiritual life are not alike easy of attainment. There are the common frames and feelings of repentance, and faith, and joy, and hope, which are enjoyed by the entire family; but there is an upper realm of rapture, of communion, and conscious union with Christ, which is far from being the common dwelling-place of believers. We have not all the high privilege of John, to lean upon Jesus’ bosom; nor of Paul, to be caught up into the third heaven. There are heights in experimental knowledge of the things of God which the eagle’s eye of acumen and philosophic thought hath never seen: God alone can bear us there; but the chariot in which he takes us up, and the fiery steeds with which that chariot is dragged, are prevailing prayers. Prevailing prayer is victorious over the God of mercy, “By his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Beth-el, and there he spake with us.” Prevailing prayer takes the Christian to Carmel, and enables him to cover heaven with clouds of blessing, and earth with floods of mercy. Prevailing prayer bears the Christian aloft to Pisgah, and shows him the inheritance reserved; it elevates us to Tabor and transfigures us, till in the likeness of his Lord, as he is, so are we also in this world. If you would reach to something higher than ordinary grovelling experience, look to the Rock that is higher than you, and gaze with the eye of faith through the window of importunate prayer. When you open the window on your side, it will not be bolted on the other. _________________________________________________________________ Additional Resources: THE POWER OF A CLEAN AND BLAMELESS LIFE by David Wilkerson  Sept. 12, 2011 LINK:  http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/14895?src=devo-email HELPERS IN PRAYER by David Wilkerson  July 11, 2011 LINK:  http://www.worldchallenge.org/node/14368 Jesus’ Altar Call vs Our Altar Call   LINK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VBCqso8tpk _____________________________________________________________________

OBEDIENCE To God 
Bible Verses on Obedience To God
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REVIVAL – Leonard Ravenhill – David Wilkerson – A W Tozer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNsvvIAVlXI&feature=related    
Leonard Ravenhill:  “The SECRET of Revival IS OBEDIENCE!”
Elisabeth Elliot:                                                “Clear proof that the evidence of love is obedience.” “You are loved with an everlasting love.” That’s what the Bible says. “And underneath are the everlasting arms.” This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot, talking with you again today about the omnipotence of love. Earlier this week, I read to you a letter from a woman who told me about the five changes that were made in their home when they began to love God in a much more practical and necessary way. The first thing was consistency in Bible reading and prayer.Then she told about a change in the way she trained her children. Then the teaching of hymns. They began to learn to sing hymns. Fourth, after breakfast, “Each day we all kneel together in prayer.” Fifth, and she said this has been the most difficult for her and still is, “But I believe it’s the most important perhaps. You always tell us to have godly submission to our husbands. Mine offers me many opportunities to submit.” If we love God, we’re going to do what He says. In Colossians 3 we have a passage that really describes the method of remaining in love in a marriage in such a way that there will never even be a consideration of divorce. “Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is hidden now with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways in the life you once lived, but now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” From here on, here is a formula for a happy, lasting marriage. Verse 9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” How did you treat your husband or your wife this morning? Was it with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience? I can imagine that many of you are saying, “No, no, no. None of the above.” “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace, and be thankful.” The omnipotence of love. Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him and We will come and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.” How many times God reminds me that if I am disobedient to my husband, for example, disobedient to someone who is put over me in the Lord, disobedient to my boss, disobedient to the traffic rules, I am not exhibiting the love of God. “If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him and We will come and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.” Clear proof that the evidence of love is obedience. Jesus said, “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” That should sober us. “Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Parents, don’t forget to set an example of godliness for your children. They are watching you like hawks. Those bright eyes don’t miss a trick. They hear the harshness in your voice when you speak to your spouse, or the harshness when you’re correcting them. They see the duplicity in your face if you’re lying to them. Set an example of godliness. Teach them to love, which means to do what they don’t feel like doing for the love of God.    http://www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Gateway-to-Joy/A-Change-of-Heart.html
1 Samuel 15:10-23
Saul Rejected as King
10 Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, 11 “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.” And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night. 12 So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal.” 13 Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the LORD! I have performed the commandment of the LORD.” 14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?” 15 And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.”16 Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the LORD said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.” 17 So Samuel said, “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel? 18 Now the LORD sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ 19
Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “But I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and gone on the mission on which the LORD sent me, and brought back Agag king of Amalek; I have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the LORD your God in Gilgal.” 22So Samuel said:“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD?Behold,to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king.” Question:  Am I completely obeying the Word of the Lord? Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father,  You told Saul to “‘Go, and utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’    Saul only partially obeyed and said, “But the people took of the plunder, sheep and oxen, the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed…” You called Saul’s partial obedience “evil!”   verse 19: Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD? Why did you swoop down on the spoil, and do evil in the sight of the LORD?”   God, You said in verse 22 and 23 that You value “obedience MORE than sacrifice”  God, You consider “rebellion as the sin of witchcraft” and “stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry” For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Heavenly Father, I want to do what pleases You because I love You!   Please reveal to me any disobedience, rebellion and stubbornness against You so that I can turn away from it!  I want to give You what You want:  loyal obedience in excellent detail!   I want to carry out ALL of Your will completely!  Please help me to obey You!  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen. _______________________________________________________________ BE YE SEPARATE THE CHURCH – DIFFERENT FROM the WORLD by A.W. Tozer   CLICK ON LINK: http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=40187&forum=34 THE RESOLUTIONS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS CLICK ON LINK:  http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/the-resolutions-of-jonathan-edwards _____________________________________________________________________

HOLY SPEECH
Bible Verses on “taming the tongue:”

The tongue is a double edge instrument for good or evil, blessing or cursing, life or death. It is like a fountain which sends out sweet and bitter water from the same opening. Tongue is fire. Tame your tongue for your own good. Bible Verses to use the tongue for God’s glory: My heart overfloweth with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.~ Psalms 45:1 The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as they that are taught. ~Isaiah 50:4 Who have said, with our tongue will we prevail; Our lips are our own: who is lord over us? ~ Psalms 12:4 Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking guile. ~ Psalms 34:13 I said, I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me.~ Psalms 39:1 Let my tongue sing of thy word; For all thy commandments are righteousness. ~ Psalms 119:172 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles.~ Proverbs 21:23 In the covert of thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings of man: Thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongue. ~ Psalms 31:20 The tongue is a fire My heart was hot within me; While I was musing the fire burned: [Then] spake I with my tongue:~ Psalms 39:3 And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.~ James 3:6 Use your tongue as an instrument to praise God! Then was our mouth filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing: Then said they among the nations, Jehovah hath done great things for them. ~ Psalms 126:2 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; [And] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.~ Psalms 51:14 I cried unto him with my mouth, And he was extolled with my tongue.~ Psalms 66:17 And my tongue shall talk of thy righteousness [And] of thy praise all the day long. ~ Psalms 35:28 Use the tongue wisely to speak truth in love and compassion The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment. ~ Proverbs 12:19 The tongue of the righteous is [as] choice silver: The heart of the wicked is little worth. ~ Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the wise uttereth knowledge aright; But the mouth of fools poureth out folly. ~Proverbs 15:2 There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health. ~Proverbs 12:18 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue. ~ Proverbs 31:26 Thy lips, O [my] bride, drop [as] the honeycomb: Honey and milk are under thy tongue; And the smell of thy garments is A gentle tongue is a tree of life; But perverseness therein is a breaking of the spirit. ~ Proverbs 15:4 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ~ Proverbs 18:21 By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, And a soft tongue breaketh the bone. ~ Proverbs 25:15 Speak of justice The mouth of the righteous talketh of wisdom, And his tongue speaketh justice. ~ Psalms 37:30 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long; For they are put to shame, for they are confounded, that seek my hurt. ~ Psalms 71:24. The lying tongue: For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit have they opened against me: They have spoken unto me with a lying tongue. ~ Psalms 109:2 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death. ~ Proverbs 21:6 The tongue used for perversion:  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression: Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.~ Psalms 10:7 An evil-doer giveth heed to wicked lips; [And] a liar giveth ear to a mischievous tongue. ~ Proverbs 17:4 He that hath a wayward heart findeth no good; And he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. ~ Proverbs 17:20 The north wind bringeth forth rain: So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance. ~ Proverbs 25:23 They have set their mouth in the heavens, And their tongue walketh through the earth. ~ Psalms 73:9 The tongue as a weapon: They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; Adders` poison is under their lips. Selah ~ Psalms 140:3 In the covert of thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings of man: Thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongue. ~ Psalms 31:20 Who have whet their tongue like a sword, And have aimed their arrows, even bitter words, ~ Psalms 64:3

My soul is among lions; I lie among them that are set on fire, Even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword. ~ Psalms 57:4 And they bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood; and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth: for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith Jehovah. ~ Jeremiah 9:3

Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. ~ Jeremiah 18:18 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness which is of me, saith Jehovah. ~ Isaiah 54:17 The tongue used to deceive: Deliver my soul, O Jehovah, from lying lips, [And] from a deceitful tongue. ~ Psalms 120:2 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart he layeth wait for him. ~ Jeremiah 9:8 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. ~ Micah 6:12 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. ~ Zephaniah 3:13 The tongue:  slow to speak James 1:19 New American Standard Bible(©1995) This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; Proverbs 10:19  New Living Translation(©2007) Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. Proverbs 10:19 English Standard Version(©2001) When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. Proverbs 10:19 New American Standard Bible(©1995) When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010) In the multitude of words the evil one is not saved and he who restrains his lips is intelligent. Proverbs 10:19 GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995) Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 King James 2000 Bible (©2003) In the multitude of words there lacks not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 American King James Version In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 Bible in Basic English Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely. Proverbs 10:19 Douay-Rheims Bible In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refraineth his lips is most wise. Proverbs 10:19 Darby Bible Translation In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely. Ecclesiastes 5:3 New International Version(©1984) As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. Ecclesiastes 5:3  New Living Translation(©2007) Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. Ecclesiastes 5:3 English Standard Version(©2001) For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. Ecclesiastes 5:3  New American Standard Bible(©1995) For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, may I always be quick to listen and slow to speak.  Help me to choose a few select words and speak blessing to people and praises You!  Help me to talk to people about You God, and talk to You God about people.  If I see something in others to “see something, pray something.”  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen

Ecclesiastes 10:20  NKJV

Curse not the king, no not in your thought; and curse not the rich in your bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 New Living Translation (©2007) Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said. Ecclesiastes 10:20 English Standard Version(©2001) Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some winged creature tell the matter.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 Geneva Study Bible:
Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a {l} bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. (l) You cannot work evil so secretly that it will not be known.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
10:16-20 The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to private and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe, though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is not redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silver and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and, when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. If there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers, what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellion against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. His ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought. Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you, will sink you to the lowest hell. 2 Kings 6:12  GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995) One of his officers answered, “No one, Your Majesty. Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel everything you say-even what you say in your bedroom.” ———————————————————– What Your Speech Says About You Friday, September 26, 2008 *Bishop E. Earl Jenkins “You are one of them… Your speech shows it!” Mark 14:70 (NKJV) You can try to disguise your identity by changing your looks, your social circle and your address – but how you speak will give you away every time. It happened to Peter. When a servant girl saw him warming himself by the fire, she said, “‘You…were with Jesus of Nazareth.’ But he denied it…And the…girl saw him again and began to say to those who stood by, ‘This is one of them.’ But he denied it again…later those who stood by said to Peter again…’you are one of them…your speech shows it'” (Mk 14:67-70 NKJV). So in order to convince his accusers that he wasn’t a friend of Jesus, Peter “began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know this Man of whom you speak'” (Mk 14:71 NKJV). It worked! After that nobody else accused him of knowing Jesus. Isn’t it interesting how public profanity in any language, has a way of making others question the quality of your relationship with Christ? Paul says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up…that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph 4:29 NIV). If you want to win people to Jesus, start with how you talk. Paul said, “Let your speech always be with grace…that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Col 4:6 NKJV). Words are powerful things. They either build up or tear down, add to or take from. It’s not important that people can tell from your accent where you’re from, but when they can’t tell by the way you talk that you’re Christ’s disciple, something’s seriously wrong. **** Bishop Edward Earl Jenkins is the senior pastor and founder of the True Servant Worship & Praise Church located in Trenton, New Jersey. Bishop Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Theology degree from Eastern Bible College and has been preaching the unadulterated gospel for over twenty years.
“Complaining Only Makes Things Worse” by Dr. Dale A. Robbins 
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FAITH Pleases God!
UNBELIEF SHUTS OFF INTIMACY WITH GOD!
by David Wilkerson  Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/15102?src=devo-email
UNBELIEF MAKES GOD A LIAR!
by David Wilkerson  Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/15101?src=devo-email
God wants us to “deny ourselves” [disregard, lose sight of, and forget my self and my own interests!] CLEAVE to Him!  To Trust Him!  To Rely On Him!  To Rest in Him!
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

THE CURE FOR UNBELIEF by David Wilkerson  Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/15138?src=devo-email

Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Joshua 22:5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

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Denying Self,
Carrying Your Cross,
and Giving Your Life for Jesus(Matt. 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35; Luke 9:23,24)
Matthew 16:24 NKJV
Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
Matthew 16:24-28 A true disciple of Christ is one that does follow him in duty, and shall follow him to glory. He is one that walks in the same way Christ walked in, is led by his Spirit, and treads in his steps, whithersoever he goes. Let him deny himself. If self-denial be a hard lesson, it is no more than what our Master learned and practised, to redeem us, and to teach us. Let him take up his cross. The cross is here put for every trouble that befalls us. We are apt to think we could bear another’s cross better than our own; but that is best which is appointed us, and we ought to make the best of it. We must not by our rashness and folly pull crosses down upon our own heads, but must take them up when they are in our way. If any man will have the name and credit of a disciple, let him follow Christ in the work and duty of a disciple. If all worldly things are worthless when compared with the life of the body, how forcible the same argument with respect to the soul and its state of never-ending happiness or misery! Thousands lose their souls for the most trifling gain, or the most worthless indulgence, nay, often from mere sloth and negligence. Whatever is the object for which men forsake Christ, that is the price at which Satan buys their souls. Yet one soul is worth more than all the world. This is Christ’s judgment upon the matter; he knew the price of souls, for he redeemed them; nor would he underrate the world, for he made it. The dying transgressor cannot purchase one hour’s respite to seek mercy for his perishing soul. Let us then learn rightly to value our souls, and Christ as the only Saviour of them.
Obeying Jesus and denying my self.  This is part of the normal Christian life by Jesus definition.  Jesus expects it. 
BIBLE VERSES ON DENYING SELF:
Galatians 2:20 NKJV I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Song by Philips, Craig & Dean-Crucified with Christ : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWe9nC_Jybs
one comment someone made on song:
The immature Christian says Christ died for me, the mature Christian says I am crucified WITH Christ.  
I die daily.
Question:  Am I an immature Christian who only says “Christ died for me,” or a mature Christian who says “I am crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me?”    Do I “die daily?”
Matthew 10:38 NKJV 
And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
Matthew 10:38  (Excerpt)  See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God’s people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ’s disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.
Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him
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1 Peter 2:21-22  NKJV
For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Wesley’s Notes2:21 Hereunto are ye – Christians. Called – To suffer wrongfully. Leaving you an example – When he went to God. That ye might follow his steps – Of innocence and patience.Peter 2:21-22  The Message (MSG)

21-25This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-22  International Standard Version (©2008) “He never sinned, and he never told a lie.” Hebrews 7:26-27 NKJV Who needs not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Wesley’s Notes 7:26 For such an high priest suited us – Unholy, mischievous, defiled sinners: a blessed paradox! Holy – With respect to God. Harmless – With respect to men. Undefiled – With any sin in himself. Separated from sinners – As well as free from sin. And so he was when he left the world. And made – Even in his human nature. Higher than the heavens – And all their inhabitants.  7:27 Who needeth not to offer up sacrifices daily – That is, on every yearly day of expiation; for he offered once for all: not for his own sins, for he then offered up himself without spot to God. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 7:26-28 Observe the description of the personal holiness of Christ. He is free from all habits or principles of sin, not having the least disposition to it in his nature. No sin dwells in him, not the least sinful inclination, though such dwells in the best of Christians. He is harmless, free from all actual transgression; he did no violence, nor was there any deceit in his mouth. He is undefiled. It is hard to keep ourselves pure, so as not to partake the guilt of other men’s sins. But none need be dismayed who come to God in the name of his beloved Son. Let them be assured that he will deliver them in the time of trial and suffering, in the time of prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment. How To Endure Trials And Suffering: Psalm 16:8  I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary 16:1-11 This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, as must be applied to Christ, and to him only. – David flees to God’s protection, with cheerful, believing confidence. Those who have avowed that the Lord is their Lord, should often put themselves in mind of what they have done, take the comfort of it, and live up to it. He devotes himself to the honour of God, in the service of the saints. Saints on earth we must be, or we shall never be saints in heaven. Those renewed by the grace of God, and devoted to the glory of God, are saints on earth. The saints in the earth are excellent ones, yet some of them so poor, that they needed to have David’s goodness extended to them. David declares his resolution to have no fellowship with the works of darkness; he repeats the solemn choice he had made of God for his portion and happiness, takes to himself the comfort of the choice, and gives God the glory of it. This is the language of a devout and pious soul. Most take the world for their chief good, and place their happiness in the enjoyments of it; but how poor soever my condition is in this world, let me have the love and favour of God, and be accepted of him; let me have a title by promise to life and happiness in the future state; and I have enough. Heaven is an inheritance; we must take that for our home, our rest, our everlasting good, and look upon this world to be no more ours, than the country through which is our road to our Father’s house. Those that have God for their portion, have a goodly heritage. Return unto thy rest, O my soul, and look no further. Gracious persons, though they still covet more of God, never covet more than God; but, being satisfied of his loving-kindness, are abundantly satisfied with it: they envy not any their carnal mirth and delights. But so ignorant and foolish are we, that if left to ourselves, we shall forsake our own mercies for lying vanities. God having given David counsel by his word and Spirit, his own thoughts taught him in the night season, and engaged him by faith to live to God. Verses 8-11, are quoted by St. Peter in his first sermon, after the pouring out of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Ac 2:25-31; he declared that David in them speaks concerning Christ, and particularly of his resurrection. And Christ being the Head of the body, the church, these verses may be applied to all Christians, guided and animated by the Spirit of Christ; and we may hence learn, that it is our wisdom and duty to set the Lord always before us. And if our eyes are ever toward God, our hearts and tongues may ever rejoice in him. Death destroys the hope of man, but not the hope of a real Christian. Christ’s resurrection is an earnest of the believer’s resurrection. In this world sorrow is our lot, but in heaven there is joy, a fulness of joy; our pleasures here are for a moment, but those at God’s right hand are pleasures for evermore. Through this thy beloved Son, and our dear Saviour, thou wilt show us, O Lord, the path of life; thou wilt justify our souls now, and raise our bodies by thy power at the last day; when earthly sorrow shall end in heavenly joy, pain in everlasting happiness. Acts 2:25-30 Amplified Bible (AMP)

25For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state]. 26Therefore my heart rejoiced and my tongue exulted exceedingly; moreover, my flesh also will dwell in hope [will encamp, pitch its tent, and dwell in hope in anticipation of the resurrection]. 27For You will not abandon my soul, leaving it helpless in Hades (the state of departed spirits), nor let Your Holy One know decay or see destruction [of the body after death]. 28You have made known to me the ways of life; You will enrapture me [diffusing my soul with joy] with and in Your presence. 29Brethren, it is permitted me to tell you confidently and with freedom concerning the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Being however a prophet, and knowing that God had sealed to him with an oath that He would set one of his descendants on his throne, [II Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 132:11.] _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Beautiful Promises From God to you!
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I declare that I
“see things in a new light
from an eternal heavenly perspective
  not a temporary earthly one!”
Heaven is REAL!!!!
            Heaven is REAL!!!!
                            Heaven is REAL!!!!
                                            Heaven is REAL!!!!
                                                            Heaven is REAL!!!!
                                                                            Heaven is REAL!!!!
AND IT IS FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!
John Wesley:  “While we steadily look at the things which are not seen, we are more and more crucified to the world & the world crucified to us.”
John Wesley: “The determinate thing which the world account madness is, that utter contempt of all temporal things, and steady pursuit of things eternal.”
Enjoy these Resolutions by Jonathan Edwards in your daily walk.
The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1722-1723)
6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.
 9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.
20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.
22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.any way that can be thought of.
28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec.22 and 26, 1722.
41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.
 43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s, agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12. Jan.12, 1723.
48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.
50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.
 51. Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think  I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.
52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.   July 8, 1723.
53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.
55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.
56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May27, and July 13, 1723.
60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4, and 13, 1723.
62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.”  June 25 and July 13, 1723.
63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan.14′ and July ’3′ 1723.
64. Resolved, when I find those “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those “breakings of soul for the longing it hath,” of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be wear’, of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.
67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.
68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.

Revelation 21

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Revelation 21

All Things Made New

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

The Glory of the New Jerusalem

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Revelation 22

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Revelation 22

The River of Life

1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

The Time Is Near

6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus Testifies to the Churches

12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

A Warning

18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

I Am Coming Quickly

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  1. Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.
  2. Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “ I dwell in the high and holy place,With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of thecontrite ones.
  3. Psalm 93:1 [ The Eternal Reign of the LORD ] The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;The LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
  4. Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
  5. Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
  6. Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
  7. John 4: 34-38 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
  8. John 3:15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
  9. John 5:38-40

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
  10. John 12:25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
  11. John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
  12. Romans 1:18-25

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    God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

  13. Matthew Henry Commentary: Our Creator’s invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works he has made, that even idolaters and wicked Gentiles are left without excuse. They foolishly followed idolatry; and rational creatures changed the worship of the glorious Creator, for that of brutes, reptiles, and senseless images. They wandered from God, till all traces of true religion must have been lost, had not the revelation of the gospel prevented it.
  14. Romans 2:5-8

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”:[a] 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,
  15. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  16. 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
  17. 2 Corinthians 4:18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  18. 2 Corinthians 5:1 [ Assurance of the Resurrection ] For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
  19. 1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
  20. 1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
  21. 1 Timothy 6:18-20

    18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
  22. 2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
  23. Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
  24. SAVED UNTO GOOD WORKS!

    Titus 3:6-8

    6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.
  25. Hebrews 9:11-16

    The Heavenly Sanctuary
  26. 11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come,[a] with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

    14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

    The Mediator’s Death Necessary

    16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

  27. 1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
  28. 1 John 3:14-16

    14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[a] abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

    The Outworking of Love

    16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

  29. 1 John 5:11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
  30. 1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
  31. 1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
  32. Jude 1:21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
  33. Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  34. Matthew 16:23

    New International Version(©1984) Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” New Living Translation(©2007) Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” New American Standard Bible(©1995) But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995) But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get out of my way, Satan! You are tempting me to sin. You aren’t thinking the way God thinks but the way humans think.” American King James Version But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are an offense to me: for you mind not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. ========================= Matthew 4:10 NIV Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” Phil 3:19 NIV Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. New Living Translation(©2007) They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. Phil 3:20 New International Version (©1984) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, I Corinthians 1:7 New International Version(©1984) Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.

    1 Corinthians 15:31-54

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    31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”[a] 33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

    A Glorious Body

    35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh[b] of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.”[c] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord[d] from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear[e] the image of the heavenly Man.

    Our Final Victory

    50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”[f]

    Ephesians 2

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    Ephesians 2

    By Grace Through Faith
    1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
    Brought Near by His Blood
    11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    Christ Our Peace
    14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
    Christ Our Cornerstone
    19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
    1 Peter 2:11

    New International Version(©1984) Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. New Living Translation(©2007) Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. English Standard Version(©2001) Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. New American Standard Bible(©1995) Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. International Standard Version(©2008) Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and exiles to keep on abstaining from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995) Dear friends, since you are foreigners and temporary residents [in the world], I’m encouraging you to keep away from the desires of your corrupt nature. These desires constantly attack you. King James Bible Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; American King James Version Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;Romans 13:14New Living Translation(©2007) Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. English Standard Version(©2001) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. New American Standard Bible(©1995) But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. International Standard Version(©2008) Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, and do not obey your flesh and its desires. GOD’S WORD® Translation(©1995) Instead, live like the Lord Jesus Christ did, and forget about satisfying the desires of your sinful nature. King James Bible But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. American King James Version But put you on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.Galatians 5:24 American King James Version And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.Galatians 6:14 American King James Version But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

    Romans 6

    Dead to Sin, Alive to God
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
    From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God
    15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Hebrews 6:9-19

    9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

    The Certainty of God’s Promise

    13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[d] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. 16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

    Hebrews 11:13 American King James Version These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. American Standard Version These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Bible in Basic English All these came to their end in faith, not having had the heritage; but having seen it with delight far away, they gave witness that they were wanderers and not of the earth.1 Chronicles 29:15 American King James Version For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. American Standard Version For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding. Bible in Basic English For we, as all our fathers were, are like men from a strange country before you, who have got a place for a time in the land; our days on the earth are like a shade, and there is no hope of going on. World English Bible For we are strangers before you, and foreigners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no remaining.
    1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,
    2 Corinthians 5:6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

    Psalm 39:12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.


    Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.

    Hebrews 11

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    Hebrews 11

    By Faith We Understand

    1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

    Faith at the Dawn of History

    4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”;[a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

    Faithful Abraham

    8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

    The Heavenly Hope

    13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

    The Faith of the Patriarchs

    17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”[d] 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

    The Faith of Moses

    23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

    By Faith They Overcame

    30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. 32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[f] were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

    Hebrews 12

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    Hebrews 12

    The Race of Faith

    1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    The Discipline of God

    3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “ My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a] 7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

    Renew Your Spiritual Vitality

    12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

    The Glorious Company

    18 For you have not come to the mountain that[c] may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness[d] and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned[e] or shot with an arrow.”[f] 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”[g]) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

    Hear the Heavenly Voice

    25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake[h] not only the earth, but also heaven.”[i] 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire. ========================================================================= What Is Heaven Like?  By Dan Corner  http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/what-is-heaven-like.htm =========================================================================

     Francis Frangipane.  Excerpt:  “Set a Guard
    I don’t want to make too much of the possibility of witchcraft, for becoming overly focused on this type of warfare can itself become a swamp of darkness. Let’s keep things in perspective. However, this article is from a book on discernment, and we need to be aware of the spiritual realm around us. Whether witchcraft is what you are fighting or just natural weaknesses of the flesh, you need to close the door to the hyper-sexuality of our world. Indeed, the world has “no defense for it.”However, for those in the kingdom of God, “the weapons of our warfare are … divinely powerful” (2 Cor. 10:4). Our weapons and defenses are mighty, but we must use them. Scripture commands: “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov. 4:23). The NIV says it this way: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”A guard is one armed and trained to recognize an enemy and turn away that enemy’s attack. We are in war and must stay militant in attitude throughout our lives. We cannot be casual with sin or temptation. When you use the Internet, use a filtering software program as a guard. Be accountable. Don’t feed your sexual appetites, for these kinds of addictions only go from bad to worse (Rom. 1:24-28).If you are currently in bondage to sin, as powerful as the sin seems, the enemy will also work to isolate your battle from others. The efforts we spend hiding sin are the very tools Satan uses to entrap us in it; so, talk to someone (Eph. 5:11-13). If you have a history of sin, then begin a process of cleansing, of washing your “robes … in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). Confess your sins one by one to God and one another.Now would be a good time to build yourself up spiritually. Take the next step in your spiritual journey. Get back in the Word, for the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Use the authority of God’s Word to defend your heart against spiritual attacks.The most important thing you can do is to return wholeheartedly to God. The Lord promises, “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name” (Ps. 91:14).Beloved, it is time to set a guard over your heart.Lord God, this day I humble myself before Your throne. You see my heart and the battle I have faced. I ask that You restore me; make me wiser. Let not my enemy triumph over me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and grant me the grace to walk with a pure heart, a guarded heart, before You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    John Piper from “What Jesus Demands From The World:”
    “It is astonishing how many people deal with their sin ‪#‎casually‬. Jesus demands otherwise. Fight for a ‪#‎pure‬ ‪#‎heart‬ with the same urgency as tearing out an eye or cutting off a hand. Third, notice what is at stake; hell. “It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.”

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    This message was adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ,” =========

    The “Good News”
    GOSPEL Of Jesus Christ!
    Four Simple Laws God is holy and just “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) The wages of sin is death: “Sin is the transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4)
    Most everyone would answer that they are a good person, but the question is, are you good enough to go to heaven?  Have we obeyed the 10 commandments?
    Take the “Good Person Test”:  http://www.livingwaters.com/good/good.pdf
    Do you have “assurance” of your salvation? The Bible says to “make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10, italics added), so, let’s go through a short “checklist” to make sure that you are truly saved:
    1. Are you aware that God became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, KJV), and that he died for the sins of the world?
    2. Did you come to the Savior because you had sinned?
    3. Did you “repent” and put your faith in Jesus?
    4. Are you convinced that He suffered and died on the Cross and that He rose again on the third day?
    God is rich in mercy: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us…” (Ephesians 2:4) Eternal Life is in Jesus Christ: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) “[God] now commands all men everywhere to repent: because he has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:30) A Model Prayer of Repentance God, please forgive me for sinning against You. I understand that, according to Your Law, I deserve to go to hell. However, You are not willing that I perish. Thank You that Jesus suffered and died for me and rose again on the third day. I now repent and yield myself to Him to be my Lord and Savior. I will read Your Word [The Holy Bible] daily and obey what I read. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. The Biblical perspective is this: go beyond making one decision for Jesus Christ… make EVERY decision for Jesus Christ from now on for the rest of your life into eternity with Him.
    The way Jesus invited people to follow after Him:

    Jesus’ Altar Call vs Our Altar Call: 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VBCqso8tpk

    True Christian vs False Believer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ROd2G1a8cA&feature=relmfu

    How To Be Sure You’ll Enter Heaven:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA81a-gKEok&feature=relmfu

    1/3 of “Christians” Enters Heaven Only?:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIPEMOzeOlY&feature=relmfu

    Without Holiness No One Will See God:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYnaUM1KVyA&feature=relmfu

    Know This to Overcome the Devil

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRo1L8xJX7M&feature=relmfu

    Helpful Resources in Your Walk With Jesus: http://www.livingwaters.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=81&Itemid=229&lang=en

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    Assurance Of Salvation:  How Can I Know For Sure If I Am Saved From Hell?

    Link:  https://purifymyheart.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/assurance-of-salvation-how-can-i-know-for-sure-if-i-am-saved-from-hell/

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    HOW TO BE SAVED FROM HELL
    You don’t have to go to hell!
    Please read this good news: 

    In the Bible, God’s Holy Book, we read God’s plan for salvation from hell.

    John 3:16New King James Version (NKJV)16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


    Jesus is God’s only begotten Son and:  “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] [a]only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16Amplified BibleThat’s GREAT NEWS!

    Watch the Jesus film in your own language and at the end, pray the prayer of salvation, sincerely from your heart and follow the instructions there,  for God then to save you from hell. 

    Please click here:
    http://jesusfilmmedia.org/1_529-jf-0-0/

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    Secondly, listen to Bible Teacher Derek Prince
    explain:  “Complete Salvation And How To Receive It”
    click on video link here: http://youtu.be/O2sfA_hPQMk

    Outline:
    Complete Salvation and How to Receive It TS011
    – Part 1 – 4291
    I. So Great a Salvation
    (Heb. 2:3) A. Length, width, depth and height (Eph. 3:18)
    B. Salvation not limited (Ps. 78:21–22, 41) C. Sacrifice of Jesus perfect and complete—nothing can be added or taken away from it (Heb. 10:14)
    1. New birth: one-time experience (John 1:11–13) 2. Salvation: an ongoing/continuing process a. Perfect tense—“having been saved” (Eph. 2:8) b. Simple past tense—a specific time (Titus 3:5) c. Continuing present—“are being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18) (compare Noah’s ark)

    II. New Testament Use of Sozo (Salvation)
    A. Thoroughly saved (Matt. 14:35–36)
    B. Gadarene demonic delivered (Luke 8:35)
    C. Woman with chronic bleeding (Luke 8:48)
    D. Jairus’ daughter raised from death (Luke 8:50)
    E. Cripple at Golden Gate (Acts 4:9)
    F. Salvation in no other (Acts 4:12)
    G. Cripple at Lystra (Acts 14:8–10)
    H. Preserved from all evil (2 Tim. 4:18)

    III. Two Key Words A. Exchange
    1. Punished vs. forgiven (Is. 53:4–5)
    2. Wounded vs. healed (Is. 53:4–5)
    3. Sin vs. righteousness (Is. 53:10; 61:10)
    4. Death vs. life (Heb. 2:9)
    5. Curse vs. blessing (Gal. 3:13–14)
    6. Poverty vs. abundance (2 Cor. 8:9; 9:8)
    7. Shame vs. glory (Matt. 27:35–36)
    8. Rejection vs. acceptance (Matt. 27:45–51)

    – Part 2 – 4292
    III. Two Key Words (cont’d.)
    B. Identification—double identification took place on the cross
    1. Jesus as the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45, 47; 1 Pet 1:3; Rom. 6:6, 11)
    a. Took every evil due to us
    b. Died to take penalty for our sins

    2. Believer with Jesus a. Died with Him (Col. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:11)
    b. Buried with Him (Rom. 6:4–5; Col. 2:12)
    c. Made alive with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
    d. Resurrected with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)
    e. Enthroned with Him (Eph. 2:4–6)

    IV. God’s Purpose (Eph. 2:7)
    A. Demonstration
    of the riches of God’s grace
    B. His workmanship/masterpiece (Eph. 2:8)

    V. How to Appropriate What God Has Done
    A. Repent (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38)
    B. Believe (Acts 20:20–21)
    C. Confess (Rom. 10:8–10; Heb. 4:14; 3:1; 10:21, 23)
    D. Act out your faith (James 2:26; Rom. 10:9–10) 1. Be baptized (Mark 16:16) 2. Give thanks (Jonah 2:9)
    3. Be led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14)

    E. Reasons why it is not easy
    1. The enemy within: carnal mind (Rom. 8:7–8)
    2. The enemy without: Satan (1 Pet. 5:6–7; James 4:7)
    3. Hostile environment: the world (John 15:19) “The world” = people and systems that are not subject to the righteous government of God in the person of Jesus Christ.
    4. Three forces we have to deal with:
    a. The world
    b. The flesh
    c. The devil   

     

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