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  • THE HUMAN HEART

    The human heart is evil, from his youth up. The Bible says the heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked. One thing we can do is to agree with the word of God that we have evil hearts. However, there are those who.receive the heart of Christ.

    God said the imagination of the heart of man is only evil continually. He said this in the days of Noah. Noah also made an ark. You might believe.you have a good heart because your heart brings out some "good" things sometimes. However, you must know your hearts bring out some evil things also, and God concludes our hearts are evil. Those who believe their hearts are good live by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    The concept of a house begins the Bible and the different compartments in the ark of Noah represent those humans who have received the heart of Christ. There are those in the master bedroom, those who have greatly received the heart of Christ. In the second type of house, to which we all first belong, are hearts are evil completely, after Satan.

  • NOT THE HEARERS OF THE LAW, BUT THE DOERS OF THE LAW SHALL BE JUSTIFIED

    The Bible says not the hearers of the law are justified in the presence of God, but the doers of the law. The question now arises, how many can do the law, how many can keep the law? T

  • POSITIVE STRESS

    1 Samuel 30:1-12New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

    David destroys the Amalekites
    30 David and his men reached Ziklag on the third day. Now the Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They had attacked Ziklag and burned it, 2 and had taken captive the women and everyone else in it, both young and old. They killed none of them, but carried them off as they went on their way.

    3 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. 4 So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. 5 David’s two wives had been captured – Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

    7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelek, ‘Bring me the ephod.’ Abiathar brought it to him, 8 and David enquired of the Lord, ‘Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?’

    ‘Pursue them,’ he answered. ‘You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.’

    9 David and the six hundred men with him came to the Besor Valley, where some stayed behind. 10 Two hundred of them were too exhausted to cross the valley, but David and the other four hundred continued the pursuit.

    11 They found an Egyptian in a field and brought him to David. They gave him water to drink and food to eat – 12 part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.

    There is positive stress and there is negative stress. I actually think positive stress could sometimes be very good for.the human body. Positive stress could include when we are greatly distressed but have something positive to look forward to. In the case of David he could look up to.God, in another case another person might take solace in the word of God.

    Actually, I think some form of stress or the other is good for the human body, if it is positive, as I have said.

    David found the Egyptian, the servant. They gave him food (Lehem) and water first. King James lists this as bread and water. Lehem food is usually translated bread in the King James Bible.

    At a junior Bible quiz competition for junior kids the participants were told to list the items the company of David gave the Egytian slave. They listed bread and were marked correct, and those who didn't were marked incorrect.This is wrong.

  • SHOULD WE CONTINUE IN SIN THAT GRACE MIGHT ABOUND, GOD FORBID!

    The Bible says should we continue in sin that grace might abound, God forbid! Christ has saved us from all our sins but some only believe partially, they only believe Jesus Christ took only their past sins away, and they have to keep on confessing their present, and future sins (actually they do not believe in Christ). In real fact there is grace available to those who believe. Grace is available to those who believe Jesus took away their sins, actually after some time, they would really find out what they have been striving to do, what they have been striving to avoid by trying to keep the law, this they can easily avoid by believing in Christ. Many times, they would find out what they have been striving to avoid, this they naturally loathe by the Spirit of God, by the Holy Spirit.

  • THE LIFE OF GRACE IN CHRIST JESUS

    Leviticus 27:24-34
    King James

    24 In the year of the jubile the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong.

    25 And all thy estimations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel.

    26 Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the Lord's firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the Lord's.

    27 And if it be of an unclean beast, then he shall redeem it according to thine estimation, and shall add a fifth part of it thereto: or if it be not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to thy estimation.

    28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the Lord of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord.

    29 None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death.

    30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord.

    31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

    32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.

    33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

    34 These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

    The firstling or the firstborn, these two, they represent the Christ; however, the tenth is that which pertains to man. In verse 33 above, the Bible says he shall not search whether it be bad or good.

    According to the standards of men, we have good and bad, but only the standard of God is good. The life of grace is that of a free gift, we have nothing of our own, salvation is free.

    Those who believe theirs sins are washed are saved, those who believe in Christ. Just come to Jesus, if you are "good" or "bad," the life of Jesus is able to save you, and to make you his own truly.

    The animals are to pass under the rod, the tenth is holy unto the LORD. God saves whether we are good or bad.

  • THE THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE

    There are three types of people:

    .Those who believe the word of God: they believe the Bible says they were made sinners through Adam and they are made righteous through Jesus Christ.

    . Those who believe they are made sinners by Adam but also believe they have to do "something" apart from what Christ has done for them. These type believe Jesus only took their past sins away and they have to confess their present, and future sins. In actual fact, these people do not believe in Jesus though they think they do: when confronted with tbe fact Jesus took all their sins away, they reject violently, saying, are you telling us we have a license to sin , since all our sins are forgiven?

    .The third type believe they are sinners or they are righteous, by what they do. They believe in works, they believe in the law. Many Christians, and many people of other religions fall under this category.

    Only the first type of people, the one above, are right.

  • THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH AND THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS

    Esther 3:7-15
    King James

    7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.

    8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it is not for the king's profit to suffer them.

    9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king's treasuries.

    10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy.

    11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

    12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring.

    13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

    14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.

    15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.

    There was a decree that went out the Jews should be killed. Haman wanted to destroy the Jews; however, God saved them.

    Though the name of God YHWH was not mentioned explicitly in the book of Esther, God saved the Jews by his divine act; another decree was promulgated so the Jews would defend themselves, so they would fight against their enemies, since the first decree could not be annulled. This is seen in chapter 8 of the book of Esther.

    Esther 8:7-17
    King James

    7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

    8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

    9 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

    10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:

    11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey,

    12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

    13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

    14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

    15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

    16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

    17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

    The Bible says in the book of Roman chapter eight verse one to verse five:

    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    There is the law of sin and death; at the same time there is the laws of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Theses laws act the same time; one is in force, it is not totally taken away; the other acts to counteract the first.

    As the first decree was to destroy the Jews, and the second came to counteract the the first, so it is spiritually. Those who believe in Christ, those who live by faith are under the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, though there might still be the law of sin and death. Those who believe their sins are washed are under the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BACKSLIDE OR TURN AWAY FROM THE LORD

    Many times we face serious difficulties, but have you ever considered all the problems ypu are passing through is because you have forsaken the LORD though you might not be aware?

    These are some ot the signs you've forsaken the LORD:

    . You have departed from your natural dwelling place, spiritually.

    . You have left the fountain of livi.ng waters, you have made men and the arm of the flesh your trust.

    . You have turned your back unto the LORD, and no more your gaze.

    . You have left your major resting place, spiritually.

    One you recognize all these, if you believe your sins are washed away completely in Christ, the next thing is to repent and understand the mind of the LORD, it is the LORD's duty to make you live a spiritial life and not your own, the major thing is just to understand the mind of the LORD.

  • WHEN WE ARE IN CHRIST WE ARE NO MORE SINNERS, WE ARE RIGHTEOUS, WE ARE PERFECT.

    We are no more sinners when we are in Christ. What I tell people sometimes, I tell them, I sometimes sin but I am not a sinner, I have no sin, Jesus took all my sins away. If Jesus did not come to the world to take away sin, I wonder what else he came to the world to do. He came and took all our sin away. Those who have overcome sin are not those who do not sin but are those who have been made free from sin.

    There is more sin in the world. You might say well you can say that, but I see a lot of murder, adultery, fornication in the world. Jesus came into the world to take away the sin that might destroy us. Sin is supposed to bring death, the Bible says the wages of death is sin. However the Bible says there is a sin (harmatia) unto death, and there is a sin (harmatano) not unto death.

    When we believe all our sins are washed God seals us with his Holy Spirit. He gives us of his Holy Spirit, so we might lead a righteous life, we are holy in him.

    Many people were said to be perfect and righteous in the Bible, though they committed sin. Job and Zachariah readily come to mind. These people were said to be righteous and perfect even though they committed sin.

    Jesus told the man at the pool of Bethesda, go and sin no more lest a worse thing befall you. The only sin we can ever commit when we have met with the Christ is to reject him.

  • ONE WITH CHRIST

    Judges 12:1-6 King James Version (KJV)

    12 And the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and went northward, and said unto Jephthah, Wherefore passedst thou over to fight against the children of Ammon, and didst not call us to go with thee? we will burn thine house upon thee with fire.

    2 And Jephthah said unto them, I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon; and when I called you, ye delivered me not out of their hands.

    3 And when I saw that ye delivered me not, I put my life in my hands, and passed over against the children of Ammon, and the Lord delivered them into my hand: wherefore then are ye come up unto me this day, to fight against me?

    4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.

    5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;

    6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

    Many people fear the dreaded disease Ebola. We actually need God's righteousness and not out own. We are completely righteous, we are not half righteous. We are completely perfect in Christ, we are no more sinners, we are not just some percentage perfect.

    Those who are One with Christ are those who speak the same language with him, these are those who believe the word of God the way it is. Shibboleth I think means a grain ears of corn and crossing over Jordan means to be buried, to be crucified, while Sibboleth is synonymous to Satan and his doctrine and means the same thing with Shibboleth. If we are One with Christ we are secure in him.

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