PRAYER......FOR THE PURPOSES OF GODLINESS ENTERING WE THY HOLY SHRINE

Prayer.....For The Purpose of Godliness

 

You must be born again, Flesh is born of Flesh, Spirit is born of Spirit..

Colossians 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer."

Prayer is vital Spiritual Discipline, second only to the intake of God's Word. To be like Jesus,

we must pray.

Knowing that without prayer we will lack Godliness, God expects us to pray.

What a blessing to know that we have help through the Holy Spirit to give us the desire and

motivation to want to pray constant.  

In in any battle of war, it is imparative to communicate. Generals expect to hear from their

soliders in battle, one person has stated "prayer is a walkie-talkie for warfare", not a domestic

intercom for increasing our conveniences."

"God expects us to use the walkie-talkie of prayer because that is the means He has ordained

not only for Godliness, but also for the spiritual warfare between His Kingdom and kingdom of

His Enemy."

"To abandon prayer is to fight the battle with our own resources at best, and to lose interest

in the battle at worst."

"The Bible says we must pray for the glory of God, in His will, in faith, in the name of Jesus,

with persistence, and more. Meditation is the missing link between Bible intake and prayer."

"The two are often disjointed when they should be united. David in the bible prayed in Psalm

5:1, "Give ear to my words" Oh Lord, consider my sighing." The Hebrew word rendered as

"sighing" may also be translated "meditation." In fact, this same word is used with that meaning

in another passage, Psalm 19:14--"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Notice that both verses are

prayers and both refer to other "words" spoken in prayer. Yet in each case meditation was a

catalyst that catapulted David from the truth of God into talking with God."

Jesus said, Apart from me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5),

When our awareness of the

greatness of God and the gospel in dim, our prayer lives will be small, or maybe Christians

pray so little is because they haven't learned about the power of prayer.

 

William Bates, called "that most classic and cultured of the later Puritan preachers," said,

"What is the reason that our desires like an arrow shot by a weak bow do not reach the mark?

But only this, we do not meditate before prayer.....The great reason why our prayers are

ineffectual, is because we do not meditate before them."

Let me encourage you today, no matter how difficult prayer can be sometimes, keep

persisiting in believing the benefits of this effort and God will bless you in drawing closer to

Him as you do in faith, draw closest to Him.

First Thessalonians 5:17 states, "Pray continually." While "devote yourselves to prayer"

emphasizes prayer as an activity, "pray continually" reminds us that prayer is also a

relationship. Prayer is in one sense an expression of a Christian's unbroken  relationship with

the Heavenly Father. So we must see the expectation to pray not only as a divine summons,

but also as a royal invitation. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so

that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (4:16)

J.C. Ryle: "I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are

eminently holy pray much."

Jesus prayed, ---and His disciple Luke tells us, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and

prayed" Luke 5:16

"God doesn't mock us with His Promises to answer prayer. He does not lead us to pray in order

to frustrate us by slamming Heaven's Door in our face."

Let us be more like Jesus in the "JOY" of dedicated prayer and conversations with God and

most of all.....the "JOY" of experiencing  the GREAT REWARD of answered prayers.

 

Footnotes and Quotes from * Donald Whitney

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.

Jesus Condemns the Religious Leaders

You Blind men!

Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

Therefore, he who swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. And he who swears by

heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.

Matthew 23: 19-22

Woe to you teachers of the Law and Pharisees, hypocrites!

The Pharisees' converts were attracted to religion, not to God. By getting caught up in the

details of their additional laws and regulations, they completely missed God, to whom the laws

pointed. A religion of works puts pressure on people to surpass others in what they know and

do. Thus, a hypocritical teacher was likely to have students who were even more

hypocritical.

We must make sure we are not creating Pharisees by emphasizing outward obedience at the

expense of inner renewal.

It's possible to obey the details of the laws but still be disobedient in our general behavior.

For example, we could be very precise and faithful about giving 10 percent of our money to

God, but refuse to give one minute of our time in helping others. Tithing is important,

but giving a tithe does not exempt us from fulfilling God's other directives.

Sign of the Times

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.

 

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No". For the Son of God,

Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not 'Yes" and

"No", but in him it has always been "YES".

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in CHRIST.

And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes

both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put

his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

2 Corinthians 1: 18-22

 

The Three Angels

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those

who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said, in a loud voice,

"Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.

Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."

Revelation 14:6-7

And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."

His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written

that no one knew except Him.

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He

Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and

wrath of Almighty God.

And He has on His Robe and on His thigh a name written:

King of Kings

and Lord of Lords.

I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has

the seven heads and the ten horns.

Revelation 19:12-16

Let us quote this most important passage,

"Now we beseech you brethren, in behalf of; the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and

our gathering together unto him."

"The Lord Himself shall decend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel,

and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are alive, that are

left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air;

and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Now this is the hope, and this is written into the hearts of the saints.

"We shall all be changed in a moment,"  in "the twinkling of an eye" we shall be caught up.

"DON"T LET ANYBODY MOVE YOU AWAY FROM THAT HOPE!" WATCH FOR IT! "WE THAT ARE

ALIVE"

That is the hope of the church. That is God's inspiration--it is the Holy Ghost who puts that into

your heart, believer!"

It is "our gathering together unto Him".  

 

Jesus said to the Pharisees'

He replied,

"Go tell that fox, 'I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the

third day I will reach my goal."

 

 

 

 

STAND FIRM IN THE LORD

Bloodthirsty men hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

Proverbs 29:10

If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.

Proverbs 29:12

A person who robs his father and mother and says, "It is not wrong" ----

he is partner to him who destroys.

Proverbs 28:24

 

......And if on some point you think

differently, that too God will make clear to you.

Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

 

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according

to the pattern we gave you.

For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as

enemies of the cross of Christ.

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their

glory is in their shame.

Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a

Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring

everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his

glorious body.

Therefore, my brothers, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you

should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!

Philippians 3:15-21/4:1

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it comes to conformity, Emerson says "whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." When it comes to consistency, he says "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." ... A great person does not have to think consistently from one day to the next.. In the first, he is saying that they must not conform to what other people believe is right.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Emerson says "Nature always wears the color of the spirit," it means nature has a way to reflect our mood, in the winter you may get sadder and in the spring you feel renewed and refreshed. It reflects his Romantic beliefs because he saw that nature reflects his spiritual side.

Mean egotismvanishes when the human body feels at rest and is with nature in one. Emerson describes himself “my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space” (388) which implies that himself and nature are combined in one entity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson/Quotes

 Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
 
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
 
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
 
The earth laughs in flowers.
 
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
 
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
 
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
 
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
 
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
 
To be great is to be misunderstood.
 

A SHAKEDOWN GOD

Scripture:  Haggai 1:5-2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Haggai's "description of the Hebrew people may have been written 2500 years ago, but it reads a lot like 21st century America.  Our consuming ways do not satisfy, but rather extend our material gluttony.  The unsated appetite we feel is as much spiritual as anything else.  Feeding our consumptive impulse will never provide what we truly crave, which is something far deeper and more valuable."
--Tim Hart Andersen

A SHAKEDOWN GOD

Scripture:  Haggai 1:5-2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

Date:  11/7/2004

Pastor:  Timothy Hart-Andersen

Last summer as I was doing my annual sermon preparation, I could not believe my good fortune when I encountered the little book of Haggai, from which our reading is taken this morning.  

I knew that on this first Sunday in November our 2005 stewardship program would be in full swing, so I hoped the scripture lesson assigned for today might offer some good fodder for reflection on money and generosity.  With a little luck we might be reading the story of the widow's mite, or listening to Jesus say, "It is more blessed to give than to receive," or, my favorite, from the Apostle Paul, "The Lord loves a cheerful giver."

Instead, I found myself confronted with the rather obscure, diminutive book of Haggai.  In twenty years of pulpit pounding, I have never preached on either of its two chapters.

Imagine my delight when I actually read the prophet's words, and discovered that he offers us an image of God conducting an ancient stewardship campaign of sorts, and doing so in a most straightforward and assertive way.  We might even call it aggressive fundraising: God simply claims all the gold and all the silver, and when it is not forthcoming from the people, God threatens to lift them up and shake it out of them.
A shakedown God, a God not afraid to get aggressive on deadbeats and compel them to give of their resources, a God willing to go to extremes to fund the mission of God's people.  I immediately saw the homiletic possibilities for stewardship in the text.

This fall we have been reading our way through the prophetic literature of the older testament.  Through the eyes of Jeremiah and others, we witnessed the exile of the Hebrew people to Babylon, in the sixth century before our era.  In that time, the Babylonians also looted and destroyed the city of David.  They demolished the ancient Temple, which had come to symbolize -- more than anything else -- the relationship of the people and God.  

Last week in our worship the book of Habakkuk spoke again of the exile, and left us with the enduring image of the prophet ascending the stairs to the top of a watchtower to look out for the coming of the Lord.  The prophet was convinced that God would come and return the Hebrew people to their city.

Indeed, God does come, in the person of Cyrus the Persian, who overruns Babylon some 50 years after the fall of Jerusalem.  He liberates the Hebrew people.  Isaiah would call Cyrus "the Messiah" for saving the Israelites.  The Persian king issues an edict that allows them to go home to Jerusalem.

Haggai the prophet lived in Jerusalem in the time of the return from exile.  We learn in his little book that upon their homecoming, the Hebrew people turn inward and focus their time and resources on themselves.  The Temple still lies in ruins, symbolizing the failure of the Hebrew people before God, but their attention is focused elsewhere.  Things are not well for the Israelites, even though at first glance it might appear that way.

God is not pleased that the returned captives have done nothing to restore the Temple.  They now all have nice houses, Haggai points out, but God's house is nothing but a rock heap.  The Israelites have thrown themselves into a self-indulgent frenzy, reestablishing their lives and shifting their priorities at the expense of their faithfulness to God.  They have chosen an essentially unsatisfying existence, life without meaning beyond the self.

Here are Haggai's own words:  "Consider how you have fared," he writes,  
"You have sown much, and harvested little;
you eat, but you never have enough;
you drink, but you never have your fill;  
you clothe yourselves, but no one is ever warm;
and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes."  (Haggai 1:5b-6)

That description of the Hebrew people may have been written 2500 years ago, but it reads a lot like 21st century America.  Our consuming ways do not satisfy, but rather extend our material gluttony.  The unsated appetite we feel is as much spiritual as anything else.  Feeding our consumptive impulse will never provide what we truly crave, which is something far deeper and more valuable.

The presidential election is being called a national referendum on what Americans find valuable.  Some 22% of voters polled, responded that concern for values, moral values, was a key factor for them in casting their vote.  It seems as if religion itself were on the ballot this year.  Both major political parties worked hard to inject their candidate's faith into the campaign.  

Religion mattered more in this race than in any presidential campaign in a long time -- probably since 1960, when Kennedy's Roman Catholicism provoked so much controversy.   Ironically, in that election Kennedy worked hard to assure people that his Catholic faith would not influence his decisions; the 2004 campaign, in vivid contrast, asked the opposite of candidates and their personal religious beliefs.  Much of the public wanted to know that the president would, in fact, bring his faith and its values to decision-making.

The danger in mixing private religious convictions with public service is that the two can become indistinguishable, and an office holder and his supporters can be left thinking that God foreordains his position or election.  I saw a particularly disturbing illustration of this liaison of faith and politics last August at the State Fair.  At a political campaign booth, I saw a man wearing a shirt that said, in big, bold letters: 1. Jesus; 2. Freedom; and, 3. the candidate's name.  Equating Jesus and a particular candidate was too much for me; I went up and told the man wearing the shirt that I thought it was blasphemous, an observation with which he strongly disagreed.

Moral values.  Among the questions we are left with after this election are: whose values?  Which morality?  The political vote did not settle those theological questions; but it certainly did raise them for us.  People of faith and goodwill can help the nation ponder these matters constructively, remembering that morality has both personal and public dimensions.

All this buzz about moral values may point not so much toward specific political and partisan issues with a clearly moral cast to them -- abortion, poverty, the nature of marriage, just war -- but instead, the talk about moral values may point in the direction of a general malaise and confusion in the American spirit.  There is a spiritual hunger among us not being met by the culture or political life or the Church or other kinds of relationships among us. We, the people, are not spiritually satisfied with the kind of self-indulgent, isolated, frenetic, unbalanced lives we live.  I suspect it does not make glad the heart of God, either.
You have sown much, and harvested little;
You eat, but you never have enough;
You drink, but you never have your fill;  
You clothe yourselves, but no one is ever warm;
And you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.

The prophet Haggai finds himself called upon to convey the annoyance -- even anger -- of God at this sort of hollow living.  At the same time, Haggai communicates God's willingness to stay with the Israelites and help them change.  Like the Apostle Paul, who wrote centuries later, "God chose you as the first fruits for salvation," the prophet understands the unique place the Hebrew people have in their relationship with God.  (II Thessalonians 2:13)

Like all prophets, Haggai asserts a vision of life that runs against the conventional wisdom of his time.  Haggai assumes the posture of the people of God in all times and places.  Our role is distinctly counter-cultural, whether we live in the 6th century before our era or in the 21st century.  

We in the Christian community are not in the business of affirming or blessing the culture.  Our job is to assert God's intentions for humankind -- unconditional love, whole relationships, justice in community, faithful personal disciplines -- all of which tend to push against the ways of the world.  

H. Richard Niebuhr's helpful insights of last century in his book Christ and Culture (1956) still apply -- in fact, maybe now more than ever.  Niebuhr argues that the church is not above or outside of or beyond culture, but in the midst of it.  Our business is to live in the culture and transform it.  What we learn from Haggai is that we can expect God to take the lead in such efforts.

"I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land," God says.  I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor.  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Hosts.  (Haggai 2:6-8)
The issues confronting the Hebrew people back then and confronting us today are the willingness to live as full partners in community, the willingness to sacrifice for a larger good, the willingness to give generously to the work of God on this earth.  

God calls our bluff by threatening a divine shakedown of all of us.  If that does not make us want to increase our pledge to Westminster, nothing will!

But it turns out that this text from the prophet Haggai is about much more than financial stewardship.  It asks us to examine our relationship with God, to see where it might be lacking and to address those
places of spiritual hunger that are not satisfied, where we eat but never have enough.  

The old prophet from long ago invites us to live sacrificially, giving up that which gets in the way of the fullness of life for us and for those around us.

In a moment, we will come to this table, which is a table of sacrifice, where we remember what Christ did for us in going to the cross.  
Here, at this table, we remember, we rejoice, and then we renew our commitment to following in the way of Jesus.  In so doing, we begin the transformation of the world.
Thanks be to God.

Author

Timothy Hart-Andersen is head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN since 1999.

PETER SPEAKS TO ONLOOKERS

Acts 3:11-26 New International Version (NIV)

Peter Speaks to the Onlookers

11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’[a]

24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’[b] 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

MY STRANGE INHERITANCE-NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTO ME!

 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD of FINDING:

The most accurate identified criminals in History.

 You will be hearing but never understanding;

You will be ever seeing but never perceiving,

For this people's heart has become calloused;

they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears,

understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.

 

Doubting Thomass' ---unless he saw a miracle, or evidence of how Jesus was resurrected, he

would not believe.

The just walk by faith.

Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance, Whoever does not have,

even what he has will be taken from him, This is why I speak to them in parables.

"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing they do not hear or understand."

Romans 5:12-21 New International Version (NIV)

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

"The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world and the good seed

stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy

who sows them is the devil.

YOU LEADERS HAVE LITERALLY TAKEN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IN YOUR CARNALITY AND CREATED YOUR OWN FALSEHOOD OF WHAT IT MEANS TO FEED TO THE FLESHLY DESIRES OF SINFUL PEOPLE BY 
WHAT APPEARS TO BE RIGHT...THAT IS NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS NOR GODLY COUNSEL.

THAT IS FLAGRANT ARROGANCE AND A MOCKERY IN HIS KINGDOM FULL BLOWN REBELLIOUS GENERATION AMONG HIS PEOPLE AND AMONG HIS LEADERS.

YOU CONSTANTLY TWIST WHAT I SAY IN THIS FALSE HUMILITY and IGNORE THE VERY WORDS OF
GOD THAT I SPEAK PLAINLY FOR THE LORD IS WITH ME.

"I will have mercy on whom I have mercy and I wil have compassion on whom I have

compassion."

It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.

For the Scrpiture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display

my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Therefore God

has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

One of you will say to me: "Then why does God blame us? For who resists his will?

But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?

"Shall what is formed say to him who formed is, "Why did you make me like this? Does not the

potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes

and some for common use?

What if God, coosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience

the objects of his wrath---prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of

his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory?

even us, whom he called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

I could go on an on in how to convince you, the point is, YOU PEOPLE DENY THE TRUTH OF

MATTER AND GOD'S WORKS.......and

So, this is God's Command for all of you......

REPENT! THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR!

 

HIS BANNER OVER ME IS LOVE

Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you,

You have not injured me at all.

Galatians 4:12

A Dishonest Person, I am not.

IF I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin;

but now they have seen and also hated both Me and my Heavenly Father, But this happened

that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law,

"They hated Me without cause."

John 15:24-25

The Conclusion of the Matter

Now all has been heard;

here is the conclusion of the matter;

Fear God and keep his commandments,

for this is the whole duty of a man.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Jesus answered him,

"If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil;".....

I have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

And greater is He that is in me, than he who is in the world. 

 

"and my guest lives here by grace of the king"

 (Meaning: He is under my protection of Light not you devils who pit my guest against me by your false claims and unsacrifical living for others in serving Christ.)

The Grace of God given to me. His Christ, because I am surely not the people's choice, not because of what I have done, but because of what they have done that was evil in the sight of God, they choose the lie instead of the love of

the truth. And what is this love of truth these people refuse to admit to themselves they do not have?

"The Fear of God"

To forgive, be honest and truthful and walk by faith trusting God in His soveriegn rule and turn from their evil conspiracy against God and I and stop controlling, corrupting the innocent and weak in using them for your wicked agenda and then rewarding them for their bad behavior that benefited your false report......and Lording and Hording over people! This is NOT the Kingdom of God and many are following this false way....many. And the Holy Spirit spoke rightly through the prophet Isaiah to our fathers, saying:

"Go to these people and say: 'Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not percieve;

For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with

their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."

 

But the cowardly, unbelieving, , 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."

I am the Lord Almightys' faithful minister of Christ.

An example of His Riches and Treasures of Heaven, as one Blessed who believed in who Jesus

really is, Faithful and True, "for thy faithfulness is great" saith the Lord.

A Well of Grace for those who believe and the forgiveness of sins.

 

WHO FELL FROM GRACE? WHO? Because, I would have not come out of such a Great Trial and Persecution and

tribulation without the generous mercy and love of God's Grace in my life. WHO?

One doesn't become One with God because they fell from grace, falling from grace is a choice that God wants from none of His and if your parading someone is going to fall from grace, then you should judge yourself better and "know" His Word.

Those who fall from grace choose to.

Did I not run towards God will all my might, strength, power, heart, soul, mind, body and spirit to KNOW HIM AND UNDERSTAND HIS PLAN WHILE ALL OF HELL SATAN AND HIS DEMONS TRIED TO STOP ME?

I RAN WELL.

You don't know God and you don't know the Truth of my Story or His Plan for the world.

1 Thessalonians 4:6-8

that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother/sister in this matter, because

the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does

not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

For God is with me, saith the Lord.

Jesus said to them, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

 He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord?" that I may believe in Him?

AND JESUS SAID TO THEM,

"You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you."

Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather,

we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the

word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to

every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to

those who are perishing.

2 Corinthians 4:1-3

"You do the deeds of your father, Then they said to Him, 'We were not born of fornication;

we have one father--God. Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love Me,

for I proceeded forth and came from God: nor have I come of Myself but He sent Me. Why

do you not understand my speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.

 

"But now all is over. Redemption has been accomplished ---the thing dearest to God's heart---

that which for all eternity reveals Him as Infinite. 

God is love, and yet absolutely righteous; the Lamb slain and now risen and abiding in that

city, becomes throughout the new creation the eternal proof and utterance of all God is!"

William Newell

 And this is God's command to you, "to love one another".

 Be generous and Do Good

Let him, who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be

deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he wil also reap. For he who sows

to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the

Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall

reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore , as we have oppportunity, le us do good to all,

especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Glory only in the Cross

But 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.

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the

Israel of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What TRUE GRACE is in the Kingdom of God

Grace- in christian belief it is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation

of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

a divinely given talent or blessing "the graces of the Holy Spirit. The condition or fact of being

favored by someone. favor, goodwill, generosity, kindness, indulgence.

Jesus was full of Grace and Truth---in the book of John 1:4 says, in Him was life, and that life was

the light of men, The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Darkness can and never will extinguish God's light, and Jesus is the Light of the World bringing

light to mankind. And you ask how is this in correlation with God's Grace. It is the everything of

how God gives to us in the true riches and treasures of His Kingdom which is found within.

Jesus was full and His nature He poured out freely without reservation of Himself. He laid His

life down so that we could be rich, in Christ. For the law given through Moses; grace and truth

came through Jesus Christ. In the old testament, usually prophets who were told to give

specific messages, but no one ever saw God. God the One and Only true living God. Our

creator of mankind. God's true grace for mankind what who Jesus is......that gave us an

internal inheritance that filled our lack within. Jesus, both God and the Father's unique Son,

came to give us  Himself as our inheritance found in the riches of His Glory christ Jesus. A

True Grace from God alone.

We can know by the Apostle Paul's many trials of what true Grace is. No human person could

have endured and kept the faith as this person did without God's amazing True Grace that gave

him the strength to keep fighting the good fight of faith, to not give up or be swallowed up

in despair. God's internal mercies are poured out to all who trust Him, and this is true Grace.

In Sodom and Gommarh we know that God poured out His wrath of judgment because these

cities were known for their sinfulness.

God rained down judgment of fire and sulfur as punishment for their constant wickedness.

 In the Genesis account, God reveals to Abraham that Sodom and Gomorrah are to be destroyed for their grave sins (18:20). Abraham pleads for the lives of any righteous people living there, especially the lives of his nephew, Lot, and his family. God agrees to spare the cities if 10 righteous people can be found (18:23–32). Two angels are sent to Lot in Sodom but are met with a wicked mob who are then struck blind by the angelic guests (19:1–11). Finding only Lot and his family as righteous among the inhabitants, the angels warn Lot to quickly evacuate the city and to not look back. As they flee the destruction, Lot’s wife looks back upon the city and is turned into a pillar of salt (19:12–29).

The exact nature of the damning wickedness of the cities has been the subject of debate. Traditionally, Sodom and Gomorrah have been associated with homosexual acts. The mob of men that accosts the angels had demanded of Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may know them” (Genesis 19:5). This has long been interpreted as “carnal knowledge,” and many believe that it is the widespread homosexuality of the inhabitants that earns their obliteration. Other biblical references to Sodom and Gomorrah, including Jude 1:7, which mentions sexual immorality and “unnatural lust,” and the “abominable things” of Ezekiel 16:50, are seen as support for this view.

Modern scholarship, particularly in Judaism and certain branches of Christianity, has proposed that it is the inhabitants’ lack of hospitality, not their homosexuality, that gives offence to God. According to this view, the mob’s demands to rape the angelic guests reveals their deep-seated violence and inhospitality and is meant to stand in striking contrast to the gracious hospitality given by both Abraham and Lot to those same strangers. To further this claim, some cite the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:14–15:

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Here, it is argued, Christ is implying that the grave sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, and of any towns that refuse his disciples, is that of inhospitality. Additionally, Ezekiel 16:49 mentions the inhabitants’ refusal to care for the poor despite their prosperity, which is taken as further evidence that homosexuality is not the cause of their damnation.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes, First the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written,

THE RIGHTEOUS WILL LIVE BY FAITH.

Jesus Teaching

Christ Return

"But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.

"Which of you convicts Me of sin?

And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me?"

"He who is of God hears God's words, therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God."

Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, "We see,

Therefore your sin remains.

He said, "I am he."

 

"Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, And his chambers by injustice. Who uses

his neighbor's service without wages. And gives him nothing for his work, Who says, 'I will

build myself a wide house with spacious chambers, And cut out windows for it, Paneling it

with cedar And painting it with vermilion.'

"Shall you reign because you enclose yourself in cedar?' Did not your father eat and drink, And

do justice and righteousness?' Then it was well with him. He judged the cause of the poor and

needy;

Then it was well.

Was not this knowing Me?' says the Lord,

"Yet your eyes and your heart are for nothing but your covetousness, For shedding innocent

blood, And practicing oppression and violence."

"Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:

"They shall lament for him, saying, 'Alas, my brother!" or 'Alas, my sister!'

They shall not lament for him, Saying, "Alas, master!' or Alas, his glory!"

He shall be buried with the burial of a donkey, Dragged and cast out beyond the gates of

Jerusalem,

Jeremiah 22:13-19

 

2 Corinthians

Slithering through the centuries, the serpent whispers his smooth-tongued promises, beguiling,

deceiving, and tempting--urging men and women to reject God and to follow Satan. Satan's

emissaries have been many-false prophets contradicting God's ancient spokesmen, "pious" leaders

hurling blasphemous accusations, and heretical teachers infiltrating churches. And the deception

continues.

Our World is filled with cults, "isms," and ideologies, all claiming to provide the way to God.

Apostles Paul in the bible constantly struggled with those who would mislead God's people, and

he poured his life into spreading the Good News to the ultermost parts of the world. During

three missionary trips and other travels, he proclaimed Christ, made converts, and established

chruches.

But often young believers were easy prey for false teachers, who were a constant threat to

the gospel and the early church. So Paul had to spend much time warning and correcting

these new Christians.

The church at Corinth was weak. Surrounded by Idolatry and immorality, they struggled

with their christian faith and lifestyle. through personal visits and letters, Paul tried to

instruct them in the faith, resolve their conflicts, and solve some of their problems. First

Corinthians was sent to deal with specific moral issues in the church and to answer questions

about many things. The letter confront these issues directly and was well received by most.

But there were false teachers who denied the Apostle authority and slandered him. Paul then

wrote 2 Corinthians to defend his position and to denouce those who were twisting the truth

and Implementing false practices, ways and teachings.

False teachers were challenging Paul's ministry and authority as an apostle. Paul asserts his

authority in order to preserve correct Christian doctrine. His sincerity, his love for Christ, and

his concern for the people were his defense.