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  1. (Omega)

    Last one to post in this thread wins

    I had an interesting dream a few hours ago. It concerned a "local flood" where people ran from the torrential rain to find shelter; some went under awnings, while some tried to break into homes to find shelter. Those who broke into homes to find shelter found themselves swept away as the flood engulfed the entire homes. There were others who were paddling with a canoe, and so I hopped on one of the canoes with some unidentified man doing the paddling (looked Jewish). I prayed to the Lord for the rain to stop, and it ceased immediately. After all was said and done . . . there were others who were mocking me with taunts and words of contempt -- even AFTER they had escaped the local flood. So I departed and journeyed along with the man in the canoe. . .
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    The Truth

    I had prayed for something like this to come along; to articulate the urgency of the Gospel Message to those who have ears to ear, eyes to see, and to understand with their hearts. God has so graciously provided me with such, and I am thankful for it. It isTRULY the desire of the Lord that none should perish, and that He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ps. 67:2; Isa. 45:22; Ezek. 18:23; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). All born-again believers should reflect the "heart of God" (i.e., the desire that the wicked perish not), and the lack of such a desire is a "red flag" that the one behaving in such manner may NOT be saved at all. Those of us who have TRULY been purged of our sins understood that we were ALL once vile, wretched sinners, deserving of an Eternal Hell and Lake of Fire -- no BETTER than the rest of the unconverted world. We approached the Throne of Grace with a broken and contrite spirit asking for forgiveness and mercy; and because of that . . . we have been given a FULL pardon. Those who claim to be in Christ that have little to no desire for the lost to come to repentance is NOT a heart which has been regenerated. For such a man or woman who has TRULY experienced the Grace, Love, Mercy, and Forgiveness of God would have a heart for the lost -- and TRULY understands what those attributes of our Father and God. God Bless!
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    The Truth

    Knowing the truth and application of the truth are distinct and are two sides of the same coin. Even the devil and his minions know the scripture inside and out better than anyone on this planet; but we know that they are destined to Eternal Fire. Truth is made manifest by our outward actions of our inward self; and reveals itself not in word only, but also in deed. Unfortunately, such is a rarity these days in Christendom as many claim to walk in the Light but show no evidence that they have truly been regenerated BY the Truth. Many are deceived and fail to examine themselves to see whether they are truly in the faith; and as a result . . . the Lord will declare to them ON THAT DAY, "I never knew you!" God Bless!
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    If You're New Here Please Read

    As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:40-42)
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    The Light of the World

    Thanks for the devotional, Jim! And I stand by every word you have said. Anyone who has truly been born-again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ will in no doubt have the light of life dwelling within them -- and that light can be seen among those who they come in contact with. What grieves me is that there are so many false converts who have prayed a prayer so that they might be saved; but their sole reason for calling upon the Lord was so that they might escape hell; or they simply desired Eternal life. And what these false converts miss is genuine repentance; and turning to the Lord with a true broken and contrite spirit. Their tree is barren of any fruits of the Spirit, and completely devoid of any sort of conformity to the image of Christ. Christians are supposed to stand out above the rest of the world by their new nature being manifest in their actions; and sadly . . . there are MANY professing Christians who continue to walk in darkness and are no different than the rest of the unbelieving world -- and sometimes even worse. All of us need to do a spiritual inventory and examine ourselves if we have truly been born again (2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11). If we don't express Divine love, then all the "good deeds" amount to nothing -- and are done in vain; because they are not done through the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 13:2). God Bless!
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    If You're New Here Please Read

    Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. (1 Peter 2:1-3)
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    The Kindness of God

    There are always unbelievers who attack the God of the Old Testament, and accusing Him of being some sort of tyrant. What they fail to realize is that the God of the OT is the SAME God of the NT. God's righteous indignation was poured out on those who hated God and despise His ways. Furthermore, we find that the more sin abounded, God's Grace also flourished (cf. Rom. 5:20) -- especially in the Incarnation of the Son of God. God less!
  8. (Omega)

    Best We Can With What We've Got

    Being content with what we have is a sure sign that we are living for Christ and not for ourselves; and it's also indicative of a humble person who is aware that God is giving us what is best for us to mature in our spiritual growth.
  9. (Omega)

    Fishers of Men

    And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19) There are always disagreements that I have with certain preachers and bible teachers of the past and the present; however, I do find one statement from C.H. Spurgeon that is absolutely TRUE as the Word of God can testify of its veracity. It is: "Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!" The Word of God is replete with passages instructing us to minister to those who are lost and in dire need of the Gospel message (Matt. 9:37-38; 10:7-14; Mk. 16:15; Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:17; 2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 2:10; 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:5; 1 Pet. 3:15). The major problem in "Christendom" today is that most of the "soldiers" have fallen by the wayside and given up. Even more disturbing are those in a higher position who have been given MORE talents in order to serve the Lord as they were called to do so; and that they seem to have no interest in saving those who are in danger of hellfire (cf. Jas. 3:1). I am NOT speaking of those who disemminate false teachings on a regualr basis; I am speaking of unbelievers who are NOT saved and are caught up in a cycle of sin which entangles them. The bible refers to such "servants" of the Lord as "fearful"; and "ashamed of the Gospel" (cf. Rev. 21:8; Matt. 25:26; Rom. 1:16). Since our Lord used the fishing analogy -- and our Lord has made all of us believers "fishers of men" (Matt.4:19; Mk.1:17) -- we also know that every fisherman has his/her own technique and that all fish are different too. What all fish have in common is that if they are not biting, we are not going to catch them. But if they ARE biting, then a practiced fisherman who exercises patience always has a good chance. And in terms of actual witnessing, God is the One who is empowering the process and bringing success (cf. Ps. 90:17; Isa. 64:4; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:13; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 13:21). Divine love is the "anchor point" which compels genuine believers to reach out to the lost; and this is a sure sign that one has truly passed from death unto life (Matt. 7:12; Jn. 13:34-35; 1 Jn. 4:8-21). So the first thing is to determine if we really are being offered an opportunity. That is fairly easy to do, it seems to me. If the person knows we are Christian (our outward manifestation of our hearts and motives; Matt. 5:16; 23:3; 1 Cor. 11:1; Eph. 5:1; Phil. 3:17; Col. 3:17; 2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:7; 3 Jn. 1:11; et al.), and if we dangle a little bait, something like, "yes, the recent tragedy at XYZ is terrible -- I don't know HOW people get through this world without the Christian hope!" Now if someone really is searching for the solution to sin and death, they are likely to nibble at that one (and, by the way, I'm NOT suggesting this particular one for me -- everyone has their own way of stating the divine and godly viewpoint of anticipation of salvation and eternal life, and every prospective believer is different too, and we must take the audience into account in how exactly we express the truth, remembering that the truth always has to be presented truly). If they don't nibble, we might want to think about waiting for a better time and a better opportunity. We can't force the issue. We wait in the boat for a bite. We can wiggle the hook, but we can't make the fish bite. If we bang on the water with an oar and command the fish to come up, guess what. We may be making ourselves feel better ("Look at me! I witnessed to so and so!" -- but they didn't respond), but we are not winning anyone to the Lord that way. The fish have a vote, because it's all about free will (Ps. 37:23; Prov. 16:9; Josh. 24:15; Jn. 1:12-13; 7:17; Rom. 10:9-10; cf. Rev. 3:20). What if they do nibble? I think it can be a mistake to introduce the issue of sin IMMEDIATELY in giving the gospel, except for the critical facts that we are all sinners, that Christ died for all of our sins, and that all of our sins are forgiven when we believe (Lk. 24:45-49; Rom. 1:16; 10:9-13,14; 1 Cor. 15:1-28; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 3:18-22; 1 Jn. 4:9-10). Don't forget: the gospel changes all who respond to it. The heart is washed clean. The person is given a new heart, one devoid of hardness. At the point of salvation, the new believer is freed from all prior sinful entanglement (Ezek. 36:26; Rom. 6:6; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17; Eph. 4:24; 1 Jn. 5:4). If they really are ready to persevere with the Lord from that point forward, He will help them to walk a sanctified walk, and change whatever it is that needs to be changed. But if we make an issue of some sin or sinful behavior in which they are enmeshed BEFORE the fact, then we are putting conditions on salvation -- and there are no conditions on salvation . . . except to accept the Gift of Jesus Christ, acknowledging who He is and what He has done for us through faith in Him. Death is something everyone dreads (except believers), and the offer of life eternal is the most wonderful thing on this earth. To avoid death, darkness and judgment is worth all a person has, like selling everything for the pearl of great price. If the Spirit convicts someone's heart of that truth, they will flee death by running to the gospel; they will need little convincing from us. The Spirit is the One who really does the convincing (Jn. 14:15-17,26; 16:8; 2 Cor. 7:9-10). Our job is to provide the truth, the simple yet incredibly powerful truth of the gospel. It is not up to us to try and fine tune an "after response". If we do that, there may very well be no "after response" because the person will see the gospel as huge load that requires them to "give up" this and that. Now we know very well ourself that we all ended up giving up "this and that" after we believed because the gospel and the truth we learn and accept thereafter changed us. It is the same for everyone. But that happens AFTER; it is not a BEFORE condition. And we don't have to worry about "saying sin is OK" either, not if we are witnessing correctly. Now if we are jamming the gospel down the throats of people who aren't interested in it, then this may be an issue because they are only interested in justifying their conduct and not in being saved, so that is where the discussion went. But if we are really only responding in love to those few who demonstrate that they DO want the truth, then it will all work fine (cf. 1 Jn. 4:11; Prov. 15:1-7; 27:6; Lk. 6:27; Rom. 8:28; 12:9-21; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Col. 3:12). If they want eternal life and are grateful to accept Jesus Christ, guess what? They will easily begin to turn their lives to Him in all respects after they are saved. That is, if we net them after we have fished them. How do we net them? All too many Christians and even major Christian groups engaged in evangelism get the fish to the surface and then let them go (Gal. 6:9; Rom. 10:13-14; cf. 1 Cor. 11:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Thess. 2:14-15; Jas. 5:19-20). No. We have to give them direction thereafter, help them to grow as we have grown. Of course, way too many Christians and Christian groups involved in evangelism have not grown to spiritual maturity themselves, so even if they have them their nets are filled with holes if and when they do use them. A new believer has to be led to a place where he/she can grow in the truth (cf. Rom. 12:13; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Col. 3:13; 1 Thess. 5:14; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Pet. 4:8-11). That should be a local church but today most of these are sadly deficient of the score of helping to produce genuine growth because they don't teach the truth in any depth of detail. Nowadays one finds what one can find where one can find it. I would be pleased for any new believer to be pointed to (or Bible Academy) or any other place where the truth really is being taught. But pointing a new believer to a legalistic "church" that will dictate their behavior or to a libertarian church that will tell them it's all OK (whatever "it" is) will not produce growth in either case, and a very large number of such new believers "get away" and revert to the world as a result. In Closing: If a person really does want to hear the gospel, that is of God: give them the gospel. Once we do, if they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, their hearts will convict them to turn away from anything and everything sinful, regardless of past behavior or beliefs. And if they are led to a good place where they can grow, they will do so in increasing sanctification. But if they aren't really that interested in the truth, will they believe? And if they "believe" on condition of doing ABC, are they really saved or is it a works contract in their heart? And even if they legitimately accept Christ, without being led to a place where they can grow, will they be able to resist the siren song of the world and their prior lives so as not to fall back away? Only the truth can save a person. Only desire for the truth can motivate a person to be saved. Only continued attention to the truth can keep a person safe after being saved. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6) God Bless!
  10. (Omega)

    Hello

    My mistake! If I may ask of you . . . what brought you to the Lord for Salvation?
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    If You're New Here Please Read

    A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)
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    Contrary Doctrine

    Thanks for the devotional, Jim! It really gets my blood boiling once Christmas season begins. It's all about what sort of presents will I be receiving; instead of the Greatest gift that God the Father purchased for us: His One and Only Son who bore our sins on the Cross. This world is becoming more paganized as the Coming of the Lord draws near! God Bless!
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    If You're New Here Please Read

    Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27)
  14. (Omega)

    Hello

    Welcome here, Fairybird! If you don't mind me asking, but where were you a transplant from?
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    The Golden Rule

    Topic: The Golden Rule What does the bible mean when we are commanded to love our neighbors? There are a number of questions / issues intertwined here. First, Christians certainly ought to be loving towards everyone. Even though it is true that a "neighbor" in ancient Israel was another member of the national congregation (not a Philistine, for example, even though they lived nearby), and that in the New Testament, "neighbors" are believers (cf. e.g., Rom. 15:2; Eph. 4:25; Heb. 8:11; Jas. 2:8), still, the commandment to "love others" is one that clearly is not meant to be restricted to other believers only. How do we treat others in love? That is really the question. First, it is clear that we should not think, say or do anything negative, harmful or hateful towards anyone else, even our enemies. That is a very difficult lift for any human being, and only believers walking in the power of the Spirit and putting Jesus Christ first in their lives have any hope of coming anywhere near fulfilling this commandment -- and it's not as if any of us is not going to stumble from time to time. It is written: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12) This is often referred to as "the golden rule", and the above paragraph clearly applies here: we don't want others to attack us, to slander us, to think bad thoughts about us -- at least certainly not if we have done nothing to "rate" bad thoughts / words / deeds from others. But what about helping others? First, scripture is clear that in cases of genuine need, believers come first since they are our "neighbors" first and foremost: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10) "Good" here is actually "the good"; i.e., "that which is good" or even what is REALLY good. This is divine good, something good in God's eyes rather than in the eyes of the world or in the eyes of those receiving it (cf. Ps. 90:17; Prov. 16:7; 2 Cor. 5:9; Eph. 5:8-10; Gal. 1:10; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:1; 1 Tim. 2:1-3; Heb. 13:16). If we were a billionaire and we gave an unbeliever who was a down-and-out drug addict a million dollars, no doubt he/she would think it "good" and the world would too. But said person would likely kill him/herself with drugs in short order as a result and would not have been saved in the process even if genuinely grateful for the gift. What is "the good"? For every single person it is the truth: the gospel first whereby we are saved and the entire truth of the Word of God thereafter whereby we grow, progress and produce for the Lord (Lk. 17:5; 1 Cor. 13:10-12; Col. 1:9-10; 2:6-7; Heb. 5:12-14; 6:1; 1 Pet. 2:2-3; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; 3:18; et al.) All this is not to say that giving, e.g., money or food to some indigent and needy person is wrong or that it is not an act of mercy -- It may be. But whether or not it is "good" depends on 1) the motives of the giver; 2) the circumstances of the gift; and 3) is not entirely independent of the worthiness of the receiver. How can we know #3? We often can't, but we often know more than we may be willing to admit to ourselves. In our Lord's example of the "good Samaritan", the person in question was 1) most likely a believer (being in an area where only Jews lived who were all supposed to be believers or, like himself, a marginal believer as Samaritans at least thought they were worshiping the same YHVH); 2) in unquestionable need (but we don't know for certain if the person on the freeway ramp with a ragged sign and unkempt clothes is only faking it); 3) wasn't going to abuse the gift (the example person in #2 might buy booze with your money but the Samaritan gave it directly to the innkeeper); and 4) needed the help desperately which could ONLY come from this man: if he hadn't helped, the man would have died (not true in most situations we face). All this is apropos of our situation when faced with such. If we know ahead of time from reasonable judgment or past experience that someone is not going to respond in an appropriate way to our help, then this seems to me to be a case of "pearls before swine" (cf. Prov. 26:11; Matt. 7:6; 10:14, 34-36; Mk. 13:13; Jn. 15:18-19; 17:4; 1 Cor. 4:13; 2 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:13). God loves mercy and wants us to do the same (Micah 6:8), but He doesn't expect us to extend charity to those who would not actually need it if they were behaving in a responsible way (Gal. 6:4; 2 Thess. 3:10; cf. 1 Tim. 5:17). And we ALWAYS have to keep in mind the reason for all of our loving actions: the actual salvation and spiritual growth of those who receive them. Clearly, if a person is starving or naked, they aren't going to be able to grow spiritually until helped; but just as clearly, if a person loves drugs or alcohol and has no use for the Lord, all the charity and material help in the world aren't going to change him/her -- God has to help them to change (and many fight off His help to the bitter end -- cf. Lk. 10;16; Isa. 42:20; Jer. 6:10; 17:23; 25:4; Zech. 7:11; Jn. 5:40; Rom. 11:8; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 4:18; Heb. 3:13; 5:11). So when does our love need to cease to be merely passive (i.e., refraining from doing things to others we would not want to be done to us) and become out and out active (i.e., doing positive things for others that we ourselves would want done to us in similar situations)? The test is precisely what is found in the last parenthesis. If we see an unbeliever who needs and desires the gospel just as we did, we should share it. If we see a believer who needs and desires encouragement as we might need it, we should encourage them (Mk. 13:10; Jn. 8:31-32; Rom. 1:1-32; 10:13-14; 2 Cor. 5:18-20; Eph. 6:15; 2 Tim. 4:1-2; Philem. 1:6; 2 Thess. 2:14-15; Jas. 5:19-20; 1 Pet. 2:2; 3:15). If we see a believer who needs and desires our material support -- and who is worthy of it in the sense of not being likely to squander it -- and we have the means to provide it, we should do so within our means since that is no doubt what we would desire as well (but we also no doubt would not want handouts from anyone unless it was a question of dire need). But feeling guilty about cases where the person is no Christian, not interesting in being one, or is a Christian on the wrong road for whom material help will not bring a change is totally inappropriate, not the voice of the Spirit, and may have a bad end. Our Lord told us to be innocent as doves -- but also wise as serpents (Matt. 10:16). As with many things in this life in this world where we have to apply truth to situations, both things are true (cf. Prov. 22:17; Col. 3:16; Rom. 13:14; 1 Cor. 11:1-2; Eph. 5:8; Phil. 4:9; Tit. 2:10; Jas. 1:22; 2:14-26; 2 Pet. 1:10; 3:18; 1 Jn. 1:7). We need to be merciful, but also apply good discernment and good judgment. For we are responsible for what we think and say and do, NOT for the decisions of other people. We are responsible to use the time, energy and resources the Lord has given us to advance our own spiritual growth, progress and production. That is the best way to help others in the Church (or who are willing to become part of it); that is the true path the Lord has called us to walk. If we are given opportunities to minister in love and mercy to others, that is wonderful; but we need to be wise about the individual cases, lest we open ourselves up to abuse and fraud unnecessarily. That is surely not of God and does nothing to advance the kingdom of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (Matthew 25:42-46) God Bless!
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