Saturday, April 30, 2016

 John 16:23-24

(23) "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. (24) Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

  Matthew 7:6-8

(6) "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. (7) "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

  Matthew 18:19

(19) "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

  Matthew 21:22

(22) And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

  Luke 11:9-10

(9) "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (10) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

  John 14:13-14

(13) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

  John 15:7

(7) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

  John 15:16

(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.

  1 John 3:22

(22) And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

  1 John 5:14

(14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 
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Is it true that God has given us a blank check to ask anything of Him just as one might ask a genie in a fairy tale? Some may misunderstand this to be the case, but I John 5:14 qualifies what He will grant: "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." Real prayer is communion with God, and what is necessary for communion are common thoughts between His mind and ours.
What we need is for Him to fill our minds and hearts with His thoughts. Then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him in the form of prayer.James 4:3 confirms this: "You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures." If we ask amiss, we are certainly not asking according to His will, and we will not receive.
But does not Jesus say in John 16:23, "[W]hatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you"? He most assuredly does, but we still do not have a carte blanche. To ask God for anything in the name of Jesus Christ, it must be in keeping with what He is. To ask in Christ's name is to ask as though Christ Himself were asking. Therefore, we can only ask for what Christ Himself would ask. It is therefore necessary to set aside our own will and accept God's. Jesus says in John 8:29: "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." If we do as Jesus did, we are sure to receive answers as He did. He adds in John 11:41-42: "Father, I thank you that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me."
We must come away with the realization that prayer is not dictating to God, but a humble and heartfelt expression of our attitude of dependency and need. Because of this, the one who truly prays is submissive to God's will, content with Him supplying his need according to the dictates of His sovereign pleasure. The result of this, combined with the infusion of God's attitudes and thoughts as we draw near to Him, will work to create us in His image.
— John W. Ritenbaugh

Friday, April 29, 2016

Crown of life given free from God in belief to his love fro you and all

Agreed, so be careful not to be fooled in the usual interpretation to this?
What on earth do I mean , we are to work at it, over come temptation and thus be like Jesus.
Yes the ? is HOW? not by works, lest any person boasts!
Romans 1:16-17Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
God's works follow Faith in the risen Jesus, that is how all this fits for us to rest as we work, not us God through us as Paul stated this as well as the Apostles

Galatians 2:20-21Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
20 I 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. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Acts 17:28Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
28 for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
You see this once one believes and God receives you are reckoned as dead to the flesh and Blood body, and from Father made alive in the risen Christ in Spirit of to lead us
This truth commonly missed today in the present and steals the present God gives one in belief of and not by works of in self that is.

John 10:10Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Friday, April 22, 2016 another insighful berean

 2 Timothy 3:1-5

(1) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: (2) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, (4) traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (5) having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 
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These verses give us a concise but graphic overview of powerful and evil attitudes driving this world toward the brink of annihilation. We have all been victims to some degree of these ungodly attitudes. We cannot escape being affected by them, and even after conversion, it is difficult to fend them off. This overriding way of life has an invasive way of forcing one to concentrate attention on self-satisfaction. It leads one to believe that life, government, employer, or society owes him a living. A strong sense of obligation to serve others, especially freely given service, and loyalty are major victims of its onslaught because it produces the attitude that one is owed rather than that one owes.
Notice how many of the descriptors given in these verses directly relate to focusing on the self. Self-satisfaction is the foundation, the launching pad, and driving force that motivates sin. It is sin's very essence. We should not be deceived into thinking that God does not want us to have any satisfaction in life, but we should rather understand that human nature, aided by Satan, easily allows conduct to get out of control and finds satisfaction beyond the bounds of righteous standards. God wants satisfaction to be produced differently in us.
Sex is an area in which we can see this principle quite easily. God created and pronounced it very good as He stopped His work during Creation week. The Bible shows it is to be used for reproduction and binding a marriage ever more closely in an intimate, loving, pleasurable, and satisfying way as each partner gives and serves the other. God intends it for use within marriage only.
However, as we can see by observing the world, if a person lacks a strong sense of obligation to his mate or to God due to taking wedding vows, to God's laws, or to his personal relationship with Christ, its use can get out of control when one seeks only to please himself. Self-satisfaction then becomes a destroyer of marriage and family life. The stability of the community is disturbed, and above all, one's relationship with God can be shattered by means of something He intended for our good. A deep sense of obligation motivates us toward the vital virtue of faithfulness.
The Bible uses several metaphors to teach the result of human nature's perverse longing for self-satisfaction. Paul notes in Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Sin indebts us to death to an amount that, if we paid it, cuts off all hope of eternal life.Proverbs 22:7 adds important understanding to the spiritual principle involved here: "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Sin put us in debt to the one we obeyed in sinning. Once we sin, we are living on borrowed time, and we, the borrowers, the debtors, lose our independence. In terms of sin, we owe our lives to someone else. A sinner is no longer his own man!
The idea of "servant" becomes clearer when we understand it as "slave." Slavery is another metaphor for what self-satisfaction produces. Sin puts us in bondage to the cruelest taskmaster in the universe, Satan, the one who generates this host of self-centered attitudes. We are completely unable to break free from this bondage without supernatural help, as Hebrews 2:14-15 says:
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
— John W. Ritenbaugh


  Romans 8:7

(7) Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 
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The carnal mind is hostile to God and subsequently to one's neighbor. Because Satan's spirit is hostile to law, all who bear his image are hostile to law, breaking laws, taking advantage of each other. They are self-centered just likeSatan, interested only in the protection and the increase of themselves.
Here is the basic drive of that spirit, its heart and core: overweening pride. Remember, Satan is "the king of pride." Overweening pride reveals itself in hostility, animosity, hatred, malice, deceit, anger, cunning, competition, resentment, bitterness, self-pity, and intellectual vanity. Every one of these attributes divides people against each other.
Consider how that spirit divided the Jews from Jesus. That spirit eventually led them to divide to the ultimate: They murdered Him. They took His life, defending themselves from the truth that He was preaching to them. The animosity, the hostility to God has never been shown more clearly in the Jews' relationship with Jesus Christ. What God tells us is we have the same spirit as those people. We have been marked.
This is only a partial list of this mark, a partial list of the spirit that emanates from Satan. All we have to do to add to the list is to think of those attitudes that drove Satan to persuade one-third of the angels, organize them, and then lead them into war against God, and we will discover the elements of that spirit emanating from the Beast and marking men.
Have we ever felt any of these attitudes toward some of our brethren in the church? Perhaps so strong that we do not want to be around them, so we do what we can to divide from them because they actually become repulsive to us? We become convinced that they are evil, unconverted, that we cannot control them so that they will do or be what we want them to do or be. When this happens, the mark—the spirit of this world—worldliness—might just be gaining the upper hand in our lives.
— John W. Ritenbaugh

The Bereans


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  Matthew 20:16

(16) So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen." 
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In a sense, everybody is called to recognize God through the natural world, but the word "chosen" shows that God must personally rescue us from our self-centered blindness. Using the term "elect," Titus 1:1 reinforces the idea that God separates some few from the many who are called: "Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect. . . ."
Romans 9:11, 14-16 confirms God's active participation in this process of separation:
. . . (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls). . . . What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion." So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
Satan has done his work so well that even God declares that he "deceives the whole world" (Revelation 12:9). Thus, God mercifully separates some away from their blindness. He directly and personally favors a small number for His purposes. Jesus tells us in John 6:44 that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him. Many other scriptures show that God personally separates a few from the masses of humanity for His purposes.
"Election" is the noun form of the verb "to elect." To elect means "to select, pick, choose, determine, or separate." Romans 9:11 tells us that God personally determines whom He will favor for His purposes. In the example Paul uses, He favored Jacob, but the same is true of all whom God calls.
Such people are named the "elect" in the Bible. Romans 11:5, 7, 28 clarifies this term further by revealing that "elect" becomes the title of a distinct people.
Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. . . . What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. . . . Concerningthe gospel [Israelites] are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.
The "chosen" and "elect" are synonymous terms designating the group with whom God is personally working through Jesus Christ. In Matthew 24:24, the term "elect" appears, as it almost always does, as a favorable reference. However, we need to realize that elect does not mean "better than others," though it certainly implies one more blessed because of something for which God is completely responsible.
— John W. Ritenbaugh
To learn more, see:
The Christian Fight (Part Six)

From a dear Brother in the Lord, Thank you

Revival Today Devotional
Saturday, April 23rd 2016

“You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace.” (Galatians 5:4 WEB)

Grace (Greek: “Charis”) speaks of God’s favour, goodness or blessing bestowed voluntarily and lavishly upon men who did not merit or deserve it.

What all men deserve from God is judgement, condemnation and eternal death; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23 NKJV).

But rather than giving us what we truly deserve, God gave us in Christ Jesus what we didn’t and can never deserve or merit through our performance, self-righteousness or good works.

Paul testifies to this truth in Ephesians 1:
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence. (NKJV).

Our self-righteousness or good works can never procure or secure for us the inexhaustible riches of grace that are now made available to us in and through Jesus Christ.

It is only through faith in the person of Jesus and His finished redemptive work that you can gain access into “the grace-mine” to explore, enjoy or appropriate the inexhaustible riches, provisions or supplies of grace.

Paul aptly states this truth in Romans 5:
2 Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. (RSV).

However, the Scripture warns us about the possibility and danger of falling away from grace.

Paul warns against this in Galatians 5:
4 You are alienated from Christ, you who desire to be justified by the law. You have fallen away from grace. (WEB).

What does it mean to fall away from grace?

The term “fallen away from grace” does not imply losing salvation as a result of one’s sins. Unfortunately, this is the general perception or understanding of the term or phrase among the believers today. But, this is definitely not what this scripture is talking about.

Paul used the expression, “you have fallen from grace” to describe the sudden shift or departure of the Galatians believers from faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work to themselves and the works of the law as the basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God and enjoying God’s favour and blessing.

The foolish Galatians fell away from grace while seeking to add their good works according to the Law of Moses to the finished work of Jesus as a means of earning or obtaining God’s love, acceptance, favour, or blessing.

Like all believers, the Galatians Christians were saved by grace through faith in the person of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice for their sins on the cross. But, after a while they embraced “another gospel” which advocated that faith alone in what Christ has done is not enough to have a loving and intimate relationship with God and to enjoy God’s love, acceptance, favour or blessing.

Sadly, the Galatians Christians turned away from grace to the works of the law, especially circumcision, for the purpose of obtaining or enjoying God’s love, acceptance, favour, blessing or salvation (Gal. 5:1-8). Indeed, they are foolish Galatians that Paul called them!

Like the foolish Galatians, who began their walk with God by faith and in the Spirit but later began to seek perfection by the works of the law, many believers today are also falling away from grace by seeking to please and impress God or by striving to earn and deserve God’s love, acceptance, favour, or blessing by their performance, self-righteousness, good works or holy acts.

When you seek to add your performance, self-righteousness, good works or holy acts to the finished work of Jesus Christ on as a basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God or as a means of obtaining and enjoying God’s approval, favour, goodness or blessing; you have fallen away from grace!

Beloved, you have fallen away from grace when like the foolish Galatians you are seeking to impress, compel, motivate or manipulate God to love, accept, or bless you on the basis of your good performance, self-righteousness, good works or holy acts – fasting and prayers, tithes and offerings, or service..

If you are a believer in Christ, the Scripture clearly teaches that God has loved, accepted and blessed you perfectly, completely and eternally in His Beloved Son Jesus Christ and through His finished work on the cross.

Paul clearly presents this truth in Ephesians 1:
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

Therefore, whenever you approach God, seeking to move, motivate, persuade or manipulate Him to love, accept, help, favour or bless you on the basis or account of some good works you have done, you are no longer standing on the finished work of Jesus Christ and thus you have fallen away from grace.

What is the danger of fallen away from grace?
You will be estranged, severed, or alienated from Christ!

Paul warns in Galatians 5:
4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (NKJV).

When you are seeking to receive God’s favour, approval or blessing on your personal merit or on the basis of your performance, self-righteousness, good works or holy acts, you are simply belittling, despising and discarding the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and its benefits.

Anyone who despises and discards the perfect and finished work of Christ as the only true basis of having a loving, intimate and personal relationship with God is cut off from Christ and the blessings of Christ’s perfect and finished work of redemption.

Paul bluntly warns the foolish Galatians believers who were seeking to add their personal righteous works to the finished work of Christ as a basis of having a loving and intimate relationship with God, saying, “You are cut off from Christ, you who would have righteousness by the law; you are turned away from grace.” (Gal. 5:4 BBE).

Beloved, it is a fearful thing to fall away from grace. When you fall away from grace to stand in your own righteousness, you will be cut off from the inexhaustible riches of God’s grace available in and through Christ.

The Lord Jesus warns in John 15:
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. (NKJV).

Have you fallen away from grace by departing from faith in Christ and His finished work to yourself and your imperfect works?

It is never too late to return to Christ and to stand before God by faith alone in Christ’s perfect and finished redemptive work and thus begin to enjoy unrestricted access to the unlimited riches of grace.

Repent today and embrace God’s grace by faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work alone!

Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I repent today of my sin of seeking to earn Your love, approval, favour and blessing on the basis of my performance, self-righteousness or good works. Dear Holy Spirit, teach and help me to live daily by grace and through faith alone in Christ Jesus, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

-Written by Jegede Sunday E.
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  • HOWARD SCHULTZ's profile photo
    Brother an absolute truth and I am adding to for to edify this with this piece

    This includes to impress anyone by what one does or does not do as the religious then in the Christ's day, exposed to the hurt, harmed and downtrodden, fallen people as people like Mary Magdalene, Matthew a despised Tax Collector

    And man others that were kicked out as not good enough for God
    He said do not do as these who sit in Moses's seat, and make long prayers to be admired by the people. Or wear nice dressed out clothing being better than others
    This was and is very clear to this day as it still goes on.
    With who, I am not concerned, because God knows who and chose through Son not to condemn anyone, but to let everyone know he cares and gives Mercy to all that believe him, in willingness to hear and l;earn from him how to walk as Son did in Faith and nothing else.

    Then his done works permeate though one, and one is at rest in this, trusting Father's lead in Father's Spirit and truth. Hebrews 4 tells me this and only God leads (Father) as did Jesus but it takes one to be willing and not act as if so

    Thank you you enlightened this to me by yuor post

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