More Than Just Sowing And Reaping

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More Than Just Sowing And Reaping

LUKE 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

This verse reveals one of God’s cardinal laws that will work in the spiritual realm, as well as the physical world. Just as we “give” seed into the ground to receive back multiple seeds, so it is with everything we give. Whether it’s money, possessions, an emotion such as love or hate, prayers, or our time, we will reap a harvest of whatever we give. We reap exactly what we sow and proportional to the same measure that we give, Galatians 6:7-8.

“He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully”, 2 Corinthians 9:6…

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Just the Right Amount of Sting

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1 Timothy 2:(1), “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (2) for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (5) For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, (6) who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, (7) for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”

John 4:23-24, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


I want to take just a bit of your time to explain some things to you, the reader of some of my posts and articles. This was actually inspired by my (ex) brother-in-law, who I still consider very much a brother, in the Lord and otherwise! You see, I wrote a post on my personal Facebook account about a liberal article that had been reblogged by a sister in the Lord. For those of you unfamiliar with reblogging, it is literally just reposting a blog written by someone else, a tool that WordPress (and I’m sure other blog sites) use to make it easy to share like thoughts.

This liberal article ignited, shall I say, some “righteous anger” in me as I look at so much of the lies being passed by the liberal media world as the world’s way and thus the enemy of our soul’s way of ensnaring and trapping not just those “blinded by the god of this world,” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4), but “if possible the very elect itself.” (Matthew 24:24).

My brother made a comment in reply that the article had just the “right amount of sting” as those who claim to be in the spiritual Church and who call themselves Christian need to stop playing games because of the times that we are living. I have been thinking and praying about that phrase, “just the right amount of sting” and I don’t criticize my brother for making it. BUT – as for my motive for writing the post, it wasn’t to HURT another, though I knew that it would at the least, STING.

I stated in a recent article on my blog, in the article “Whence Comes Division?” that we have taken that older saying, “the truth will set us free,” and replaced it with the “the truth hurts,” thereby condemning those who want to speak the truth for the fear of hurting others with that truth making it “politically” wrong in this pervasive societal climate we live in! You don’t dare state that sin or sinfulness is wrong, for it will destroy someone’s delicate sensibilities!

It DOES however raise my spiritual anger for anyone seeking and attempting to walk in the truth of the Word of God, and with so much going on in the world today being needless and senseless, yet, while senseless, it is necessary for the prophetic Word of God to be accomplished in the end times. This however does NOT make the needless suffering, lies and blatant corruption right and we SHOULD be interceding in prayer, but not just in prayer for those blinded, but in exhorting the truth also. Whether they accept the Word of Truth or not is not within our power, but a matter of their own choosing, the same choice Almighty God gives all of us, freely!

We must remember, and I am constantly reminding myself, that our Heavenly Father asks us to do a job, a calling and He and He alone equips us to accomplish that in obedience and yet, IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT’S JOB TO ACCOMPLISH THE RESULTS! The Holy Spirit has and IS the power and He is the One who searches hearts, molds and transforms them!

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This leads me to the Scriptures I posted above at the start of this article. In 1 Timothy it was the Apostle Paul writing to his student and spiritual son Timothy giving him solid spiritual advice on HOW to wage warfare and especially on behalf of those who already consider themselves to be a part of the Church of Christ Jesus! This is why the Epistles of Timothy and even the short Epistle of Titus are considered Pastoral Epistles or Letters. They were written with the express purpose of helping to guide the leaders, in this particular case, Timothy and Titus in the governing and leadership of their local church.

Before I go into the aforementioned Scriptures above, let me lay out this foundation found in the previous verses from the ones mentioned above as found in the first chapter of 1 Timothy. Paul is stating this, “This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them (the prophecies) you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected (faith and a good conscience), concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan (shunned and marked as ones belonging to the enemy) that they may learn not to blaspheme (in the hope of learning and returning to the fold and avoiding final destruction).” – 1 Timothy 1:18-20, (emphasis added is mine).

Now if there was any reason to feel “stung” by an Elder or Leader of the Church, it would have not been just these two people, but those to who had the letter read too as a lesson! Serving the Lord is a LIFESTYLE choice and not some temporary fad or social club type of activity. It is no less true today as it was back then, but because of “political correctness,” (the new term, but very old censorship) it has not been followed or practiced in our “church world” or religious circles today. The reason for this has been obvious to me for decades, but I won’t get into now for that is a very definite controversial subject I may explore later!

The fact does remain, the truth CAN and often does hurt or sting, but the truth was never meant to destroy! It was meant for each of us to grasp personally and contemplate its ramifications in our own lives! The truth DOES AND WILL set us free if we take it to heart as an act of Love from our Heavenly Father and apply it to our individual lives.

We forget and pass off our inheritance as if it is such a small thing, but read what the writer of Hebrews reminded each of us, “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

“You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.” – Hebrews 12:3-8.

This brings me to the verses from 1 Timothy chapter 2; after the Apostle shares with Timothy of the warfare that is real and in his midst, Paul exhorts his spiritual son to remember to give supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanks for ALL men, not just those who belong to the Church, but ALL mankind and then Paul goes on to explain those prayers should extend to those in positions of leadership and authority over us all; those who reign in higher civil and political office.

It says to pray, intercede, give supplication AND thanks! But here is where people forget to acknowledge the Spirit of the whole Word of God and get stuck on just the letter; it does not say we have to agree with wrong-doing and corruption, with lies and deceit! God Almighty, in so many other areas of Scripture they do not tell us to enable those negative qualities found in those in leadership, but we are to pray for their souls, for their spiritual eyes to be opened AND for spiritual wisdom! Why give thanks for them as the Word clearly says, then?

We give thanks for our leaders as the Prophet Daniel stated, “Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” – Daniel 2:20-21.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans13:1, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

We give thanks for our leaders and those in authority NOT because of the lies and deceit, corruption and evil they do, but because our God in Heaven, set them up to fulfill HIS purpose, HIS will so that we might be inheritors of His Kingdom!! The same God who allows these leaders reign is the one who inspired the Apostle to write, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28.

So we give thanks for God’s will being accomplished and this lines up with all Scripture and why things transpire in the way they do. Paul goes on to tell Timothy to pray and give thanks that “we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.” How, when there is so much wrong? Paul states, “in all godliness and reverence!” But here is the thing so many overlook; in Romans 12:18, Paul also states, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

I have heard so many quote this Scripture to justify never speaking out against the corruption and lies told by those who should know better and they speed or gloss over the part that says, “if it is possible!” There are times when, as the Scriptures continue, “as much as depends on you,” you cannot live without confrontation.

Paul explains this to Timothy and thus to all who would follow in the calling of Timothy and yes even Paul himself, “for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle–I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying–a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” – 1 Timothy 2:7.

truth-set-freeIf you have been called to teach, preach or exhort the Word of God, you CANNOT ignore the TRUTH of His Word and you do not have the choice to water it down, to compromise its integrity or to twist it to say what you might want it to say! Your calling, your obligation is to tell the truth as the Holy Spirit reveals it to you and be obedient to Him! You can ONLY be obedient, you have no control how it is received or applied once it leaves your spirit and lips! The actual work and results were never yours to insure, they were ALWAYS the Holy Spirit’s, it was just our calling to speak the truth and do it with a heart and spirit motive of the same unconditional love for all that our Lord Jesus gave when He hung on the cross and then when He rose to be at the Right Hand of our Heavenly Father as our Intercessor and Advocate!!

Can you follow YOUR calling with that kind of motive; putting aside your concerns for feelings so that the truth can be told and blind eyes (spiritually) can be opened? It takes integrity and courage and being fallible, we won’t always succeed, but if we determine in our hearts and spirits that we are going to be obedient to the Spirit’s calling and move forward with that goal in mind, then a TRUE spiritual revival will be coming our way and not just some “circus show style” revival that won’t take root where it counts. For me personally, I want to see Christ Jesus coming through the clouds, mighty, glorious and victorious and just before that, I would love to see a great multitude of my fellow men and women bow their hearts and spirits and surrender to our Great and Mighty Redeemer!!!

THAT will be worth all the hurts and stings! That will be a day to remember, a day to Glorify our Heavenly Father and to Exalt Him for His Wisdom and Love!!!!

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Recreate your mind…

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God: gave us a charge….

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

As humans we can have really bad attitudes about habits we practice as we have adopted them as babes growing up; it’s not necessary that we take ownership of these behaviors, yet because of continuous practice it seems to be a part of who we are in personality.

But it is possible to do without these attachments without feeling as if we aren’t complete; it takes a conscious effort and the partnering of the Spirit of God to yank them off in totality.

If you get tired enough of the drain on your personality  and the truly beautiful individual you were meant to be, then consider doing a renewing of…

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To His Strength – Ephesians 6:10

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To His Strength – Ephesians 6:10

It’s to the Lord
That I hold
When struggle
Comes upon me
To His strength
I place this trust
And by the might
Of His hand
I pray I am delivered
If my faith
Remains strong
My faith in He
Then I know
I will never be overcome

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What Type Of Man Are You?

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One type of Christian man trusts that what Jesus teaches is true . . . but only on an intellectual level. This man appreciates a good sermon, but then goes away and lives out the moments of his life in ways that make it indistinguishable from the lives of those who do not trust Jesus at all. This type of man doesn’t trust Jesus with his life, and so lives “like a shrub in the desert” (Jeremiah 17:6). There is another type of man, though, one who chooses to trust the truth of Jesus deeply, authentically, and practically. This type of man lives the moments of his life in ways that are markedly different than they’d be otherwise . . . because of his trust.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
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Whence Comes Division?

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Mark 3:24-25, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

Mark 3:31-35, “Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.” But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

Matthew 12:32-37, “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”


The other day I reposted an updated version of an article on unity within the spiritual Body of Christ, mainly because of the turmoil not just in the world around us, but here in the United States where I live, because of the political and social upheaval that is a sign of division and corruption.

church_divisionThe thing is, it has permeated into our “church” or religious circles and has caused many to question our so-called brothers and sisters. In the spiritual realm, within the true Body of Christ, there is NO division for the Body of Christ, those members called to be a part of the Kingdom of God, those who have been spiritually reborn are NOT divided in what is eternally significant and important; that is what is according to Matthew 22:37-40, “Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The confusion though in what I call “religious circles” as opposed to the spiritual is that as in every generation there are many who consider themselves “religious” yet without the spiritual knowledge of an INTIMATE relationship with Christ Jesus, Who is the source of our spiritual rebirth and regeneration. Many know OF Him, and know ABOUT Him, but don’t know Him intimately in the spirit.

You see, for several decades the church has replaced the importance of actions, with the importance of FEELINGS as an indication of love in action. You’ve heard me teach on this before, it’s nothing new, but it has caused a lot of confusion in “church circles” and a common truth is that confusion is NOT of the Spirit of God, but of the devil, the enemy of our souls.

You see, a favorite cliché used to be, “that actions speak louder than words.” In fact, it is an unequivocal truth and not just some idiom that our parents spoke. The Scriptures listed above in Matthew go to the truth of that saying. But through the generations, since the 60’s another slogan started to take prominence and it was spawned from the depths of hell and swallowed, “hook, line and sinker” by so many, that today it has become a way of life; “if it feels good, do it; as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone!”

Actions, backing up the veracity of your words, gave way to feelings taking prominence and what you say was the basis of your feelings and thoughts. The trouble with this is that actions are concrete, they are set, once accomplished, feelings are fleeting and based solely on subjective and relative emotion. Feelings can be influenced by the day, the weather, what you have eaten or how you have slept, whereas, actions, though at times motivated by feelings, display for the whole world to see, what is truly in your heart, what lies at the depths of your innermost thoughts, displaying the deep recesses of your spirit!

This is the very reason why Jesus used the analogy of the good tree producing good fruit and the bad tree, evil fruit. What comes forth in your actions, defines the person you truly are from your depths and the truth of the matter is, you can’t keep that to yourself, for as sure as the Sun rises and sets, what you love, what matters most to you, is what will not just make up the majority of your conversation, it will lead you to the actions you employ.

divisionDivision in the “church” world comes when well-meaning people, who believe they have the spiritual “pulse” of the Lord start relying on their feelings, instead of on the infallible TRUTH of the Word of God, which is never-changing, and always the unwavering benchmark of what is right and what is wrong!

Because I speak out against immigration crimes, I’m unloving. Because, I don’t agree with harboring Middle Eastern refugees within our borders, I’m unloving. Because I state the facts of black on black crimes, or Asian against Asian crimes, I’m unloving and racist. I CAN’T be a Christian, because how can you stand by and see these things go on in the world and not want to embrace them all; after all we are supposed to be a Christian Nation!

Well, I’m sorry to “HURT” your feelings and burst your bubble, but we haven’t been a Christian Nation since we started allowing women’s feelings of choice to murder unborn babies. We haven’t been a Christian Nation since we allow the freedom to express ourselves evolve into a billion-dollar porn industry. We haven’t been a Christian Nation since we have allowed laws to be enacted to legalize all forms of immoral businesses so that they can take on the appearance of legitimacy! We haven’t been a Christian Nation when we have allowed the very people leading this Nation to get away with breaking the very laws that would put any number of us “normal” citizens in prison for years!! We haven’t been a Christian Nation when we pass laws allowing same sex couples to enter into a spiritual sacrament, legally and call it love!! I could go on and on and on and yet the majority of people polled in this country believe they are Christians! But if you speak out against any of these immoral actions taking place in this “Christian Nation” you are labeled a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, sexist and if you are against RADICAL Islam, you are Islamophobic!

You are labeled “harsh and unloving” because you won’t embrace the “plight” of all these groups. Yet, what ever happened to America being a Nation of Laws and doing things the right and moral way? Well, because of feelings, morality is all relative now. You see, we have a woman running for President who claims that the Bible and the wisdom in the Bible has made her the person she is today, a person proven through the course of her public and professional career to resort to lies, deceit, blatant corruption and it is not just her words that condemn her, but her actions through 40 plus years.

But you see, here’s the problem; because she MENTIONS the Bible we are to accept her because after all it is the right thing to do. Yet many of my so-called brothers and sisters will continue to enable her, like the parent of a drug-addict enables their drug-addicted child to continue in their careless and reckless endangerment of their life and the life of others! Because, after all, you can’t stop LOVING them! But you see, THAT IS NOT LOVE! Love, real unconditional love would demand actions that prevent harm to come to them and to those around them. Selfish and self-centered feelings cause someone to continue to enable those doing wrong!

What happened to the “truth will set you free?” It was replaced by, “the truth hurts!” So, thereby the truth is wrong if it hurts someone’s feelings and that is why so many who buy into the devil’s liberal lies use feelings as a substitute for actionable love!

But, here’s the thing; everything we are experiencing today in society, in the world, has been recorded in the Bible, historically. The results of obeying the truth are evident as are the results of disobeying the truth and the fall that mankind takes historically when he as a whole ignores God’s Words and Truth!

But as a Christian, we have to feel love don’t we?? Where in the Bible is it stated as a fact or shown as an example that Godly, unconditional love is anything but an action? If you are a Christian we SHOULD be concerned (See, I wrote CONCERNED) about the things going on in the world and society around us for after all, we do live IN this world, though we are not a part of it (as spiritual Children of God). But we AREN’T commanded to be blindly led by our FEELINGS! We are told of things we can DO to make a difference. If your brother (the person living next to you) needs a coat and you have two, give him one! (But he has to receive it for it to do him any good!). What if you don’t have a spare? Help him find someone with a spare AND pray for his and your own guidance to that end!!!

Oh but brother Roland, praying for him might as well be as the Apostle James says, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” – James 2:15-16.

But the whole point of James exhortation is that it takes faith AND works (actions); you can’t have one without the other and vice versa; but it takes everything working (action) together and in this exhortation, feelings never enter the picture. Sometimes, when situations and circumstances are beyond our ability to intervene, the most powerful intervention is prayer, fervent prayer. Prayer is not a feeling, but an action, it requires action and purpose, thought and preparation! James is the Apostle that also exhorts us to pray and ask the Lord (Who is willing to give generously) for wisdom, spiritual understanding!

My question in this article as stated in the title was “whence or where does division come from?” It comes from the enemy of our souls, it comes from confusion and unrest. 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (here, the term peace can also be translated to mean a quiet and restful mind, not troubled by confusion or doubt).

You CAN speak out about unrest and injustice and still be a Christian who truly loves your fellow man, but if the god of this world, the devil, has blinded mankind, the only act of love that will count for anything is to pray for their spiritual sight to be restored that they can make the choice to follow after Christ Jesus and accept His free gift of Grace and Redemption! You can clothe and feed your neighbor, but that will always be only temporary. You can open your house to the stranger, but that will always be only temporary. Eternal, is showing him the gift available to him, free of charge and priceless beyond compare, BUT, you can’t make him receive it! That always is and will be HIS choice and his choice alone!

slide15-640x360How do we stop the violence in our inner cities? How do we stop the poverty all over the world? How do we stop the wars that are taking place all over this world? We DON’T! We don’t have the power too, but we do have the ability to make a haven for those seeking and searching for the TRUTH, for those seeking and searching for a way to PRACTICE the truth without fear of reprisal, but it won’t happen if well-meaning “Christians” rely on their feelings instead of on the Holy Spirit to lead them and guide them into ALL truth!

Only a change of heart, a willing change of heart can make the world a different place. The sad truth is that Jesus Himself told us the outcome and you can FEEL bad, or you can do something by speaking up and pointing others to the ONLY way to a changed heart, which is found in Christ Jesus! Remember Jesus stated this, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:12-14.

Jesus didn’t state this, to make those He was speaking too, to feel bad. This should be an encouragement to those seeking the truth, but it SHOULD definitely be a motivation for those Redeemed to action by hitting their knees and praying for the conditions in the world and not adding to them by falling into the enemy’s trap of “feeling” sorry!

You want unity in the “church or religious” world? Stop believing and spreading the world’s lies, plain and simple. Remember, it is not the Spiritual Church that is divided, it is the world that is divided and if you feel yourself on the outside looking in and confused at what the “church” is doing, the step back inside the TRUE CHURCH, the Body of Christ!

In closing, I want you to remember this, Jesus Christ died on the Cross and spilled his RED BLOOD so that ALL mankind might take part in His gift and in the true, Spiritual Body of Christ this IS the truth, “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29.

WHAT A PROMISE TO THOSE WHO ARE A PART OF THIS BODY!!

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Law + Grace = Mercy

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There has been such a misunderstanding about what grace is and it is due to such a lack of teaching or an over-simplification of teaching. Grace itself is or should not be hard to understand, but it has been used as an excuse for unrighteousness and unlawfulness for way too long!

To understand grace, we need to understand our relationship with the Law for it is because of the Law that we even need grace. The truth is that each and every one of us has been born and created under the Law of God. We can’t escape this truth; we are bound to the Law as sure as we our bound to each breath we take, and therein lies the problem.

You see, mankind CAN’T fulfill every aspect of the Law. We can’t. Adam and Eve proved that very point and they lived in a state of perfection. But, they were given, as we are, the ability to choose what path they/we walk. To validate that freedom of choice, the Lord, our Heavenly Father gave them a commandment, the first of the Law. That aspect showed them and us that we are not automatons or robots, without the ability to make free choices. This has been the Lord’s way of doing things in ALL His creation. Many think the angels were created without choice, but in fact, Lucifer, His best and brightest could not have rebelled without the ability to choose whether to follow what he was created for as opposed to rebelling against his creator!

There is a reason why our Heavenly Father created us with the ability to choose to follow His commandments or not too; for one, to love Him with our actions can only be real if we have a way of demonstrating our loving Him with actions. If we are given no choices to make a determination, it would not be love, real love, it would be forced servitude and the Lord WILL NOT force us to submit our wills to His without the ability to choose to do so.

james1_17The Law has and always will be our Master, our taskmaster, exacting perfection without question. The reason for this is two-fold; one to show us our inability, our imperfection and need for something beyond the Law and two, because one of our Heavenly Father’s many personality attributes is Just-ness or Justice. He is a Just God, and as the Apostle James writes, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” – James 1:17-18, (bold emphasis mine).

Unlike our many worldly judges, God’s ability to judge is not based on feelings, on relationship with individuals (He’s no respecter of persons), on financial or power status, etc. He is Just, and there are no lies, deceit or manipulation in His Character; what He says, He does and means.

When you hear or read the phrase, “His Word is Law,” there is no “reading between the lines” or wondering as to what is meant. When you read, “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16, then you know that everything you need to be obedient is in those Words. There is no swaying one way or another, we either BE, (by action) Holy or we DON’T (by inaction) be Holy and we are judged by a Just God without any variation.

But, history has proven that we CAN’T fulfill every “jot and tittle” of the Law and if we can’t then we are doomed to the Justice that God has decreed is payment for NOT fulfilling every aspect of the Law.

What I have stated so far is basic theology that even a new-born Christian learns and understands. But this is why the need for grace becomes so important. We cannot escape the Law or the payment needed for not fulfilling the Law without grace.

Ephesians 2:4-9, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Bold emphasis mine).

The simplest teaching on grace that most Christians have been taught is that grace is “unmerited favor” with God. What is, unmerited favor? Have you thought about it, or have you just accepted it as it is stated? All I am asking of you, is to give it more than a cursory or passing thought.

Unmerited of course is simple; it means not earned or worked for, not deserved. Grace is a favor to us that we don’t deserve and we can’t earn. But grace, God’s Grace is so much more than that. Look again at the Scriptures in Ephesians 2:4-9. We are saved, or redeemed; in other words, payment for what we owe has been taken care of by Grace. Grace is a gift of God, it is THROUGH faith and not faith itself that saves us. Grace saves us and it is faith in that Grace that saves us. It is NOT some magic formula, but rather totally spiritual, trust in God’s Word, trust in something we can’t see, but have only heard about, from God’s Word. It is the Assurance in what God says about God’s Grace is true and real. You believe that His Grace saves or redeems us and it is that belief in the Grace that does the work, making the gift have value.

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Grace itself is a gift. But for the gift to be of value, you have to accept it for what it is. If you do not believe that the gift is of any value in your circumstance than the gift itself is of no value. It is NOT just saying it, but actually believing it. This is the difference of what makes the gift of Grace so important. Anybody can SAY anything and the saying of it does not make it so. But if you BELIEVE in something, the believing causes you to SPEAK of what you believe. It is cause and effect, but it is the difference between “getting the cart in front of the horse or the horse in its proper place!”

Now I want you to follow this line of reasoning; Jesus, God’s Anointed One (the Christ), is God’s gift, our Heavenly Father’s GIFT to mankind. Of all of mankind He is the ONLY ONE who was able to perfectly fulfill, (every jot and tittle) the Law. He alone is the only One who could live a life in perfection, while also suffering every temptation known to mankind and yet CHOOSE to obey every aspect of the Law!

Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

Grace is NOT some ethereal abstract concept floating out in the realm or “soup” of the supernatural. Grace is real and an attribute of our Heavenly Father’s personality and embodied in the life of Christ Jesus. Jesus is God’s Grace embodied and gifted to us because as Ephesians 2:4-9 states, that, “He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Bold emphasis mine).

Christ Jesus is God’s Grace shown to us and given to us as a free gift to pay the price not one of us could ever afford for the inability to fulfill the Law, the commandments of our Heavenly Father, God Almighty! We accept the gift of His life, death and resurrection for our penalty of sin and it is our faith in His gift, His Grace that redeems us from the JUST penalty of eternal death! In accepting and believing in that gift, we then appropriate God’s mercy, as stated in Ephesians 2:4. God’s mercy is not afforded us, until our debt to the Law through God’s Grace has been paid. It is then that God’s mercy is appropriated to our lives. It is through Christ Jesus, God’s Grace that our redemption has been mercifully paid. It is through no work of ourselves, but through ALL the work of His (Christ Jesus’) ministry. The value of the gift is in accepting ALL that He has accomplished, in giving Him all the praise and credit and then living a life reflecting His Grace in our lives.

When we accept Jesus Christ as the saving Grace within our lives, truly abiding within our lives in the unity of His Spirit with our spirit, then that grace no longer allows us to practice lawlessness or unrighteousness for now we have an intimate relationship, a KNOWING relationship with our JUST Heavenly Father through His gift of Grace, His Son, Christ Jesus!

grace_gods_giftWe must remember that EVERY attribute, every trait of our Heavenly Father is embodied in the person of Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus is the free gift to each of us that is beyond value; priceless for eternity! The value of the gift, is in the receiving and in the believing. The gift is free, what we do with that gift, already given, is our choice! It is all part of our Heavenly Father’s perfect plan from before our very beginning! It was His plan for each of us, individually even before He created His angels and messengers. In His wisdom and His thinking, in His willingness to create a being who would love Him for WHO He is, for what makes Him God; He created us with Grace and Mercy already in place to fulfill His Just-ness! His Law, His Grace can be claimed, can be appropriated in the personal and intimate KNOWING of His Son, Jesus, the Anointed One (Christ).

We live under the Law, we are ultimately judged under the Law, but we are redeemed by the Law of God’s Grace which affords us Mercy for eternity, IF we choose His freely given GIFT!

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Jigsaw Puzzle Unity – Redux

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Redux? Why did I choose that word? I don’t know, it just seemed fitting at the time. First, this is a message that I posted on another site some time ago and yet felt in the light of recent instances needed some update and clarification. There seems to be some confusion as to what spiritual unity truly is and with all the denominational differences, those differences can be confused with actual ministry and gifting differences. Also, with the state of the world that we live in today, with all the political turmoil and racial unrest reinvigorated by unscrupulous and corrupt leaders, we are seeing a division within those that claim to be a part of the Body of Christ.

Let me say this emphatically; the Spiritual Church is NOT divided, for if that were the case, then the Holy Spirit Himself would be divided and that is not Scriptural! So, it stands to reason that it is individual thinking and lack of spiritual understanding that is causing a division in “religious” circles. In the Spirit, in our Heavenly Father’s TRUE Kingdom, there is no division!

The fact remains is that the devil and his lies, his emissaries and the enemies of our soul, which includes the world order, is hard at work to keep mankind blind to the truth of the Spirit of God and the workings of His Kingdom. But we have this promise, “And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” – 1 John 4:3-6.

Greater is the Spirit within us (if we are truly children of God) then he who is in the world. But you can’t just stop there and park or camp on that Scripture alone! Those of the world, hear and believe the lies of the world, they accept the deception and falsehoods and those that KNOW God, in an intimate way, are not swayed by the lies of this world, but KNOW the truth, which Scripture tells us, sets us free. There is NO division in truth!

2 Corinthians 6:14-15, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”

We do not as individuals have to believe in everything exactly the same; but, truth and falsehood should be easily recognizable to a child of God who is walking in the Spirit of Christ Jesus! If you enable those who lie as a lifestyle in this world and deceive to gain their own ends, you enable the enemy and are actively condoning fellowship with this world order and its motive to destroy the truth! Then, whether you believe yourself to be religious (it should be spiritual) or not you are then the cause of division and you need to be called out, just as the Apostles Paul and Peter called out those in the letters they wrote to the churches! In doing so, you protect the “flock of the Lord” and you might “save a brother or sister from destruction,” according to Scripture!

If you are more concerned about feelings than you are of the Spirit of the Lord and the Spirit of the Word, then you have no stake in the Kingdom of God! You MUST unequivocally LOVE the Lord and His Kingdom and those who make up that Kingdom more than family or friends or you are the cause then of division in this world!

I KNOW beyond a doubt, that this seems harsh; but what is more important in eternity, this world and its ways or the Kingdom of God and the Body or Bride of Christ? This is NOT the LAW I am spouting, but actually GRACE in action! Grace has been so misunderstood and taught wrong for so long, it has become an avenue for lawlessness and a justification for unrighteousness!

Now, with these ideas, before you, take a look again at TRUE unity. Imagine from the Lord’s perspective, how HE sees a unified and complete Body! Are YOU one of the many puzzle pieces rightly fitted in its proper place? Only you, can truly answer that, but your actions, dictated by your heart, will determine where you fit in the TRUE image that God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, has created.


1 Corinthians 12:4-7, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:…”

1 Corinthians 12:11-14, “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”

1 Corinthians 12:18-20, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.”

1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”


Just to let you know ahead of time, this is not a teaching on the gifts or ministries themselves, but rather a teaching on the Body of Christ itself and what it appears the Holy Spirit is accomplishing before our eyes.

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Why Jigsaw Puzzle Unity, you ask? I love jigsaw puzzles; always have. I love seeing a picture and then watching it scrambled and using my intuitive skills to put it back together again with little odd-shaped pieces.

As I have been praying the last couple of days, I have been in AWE of how the Lord is bringing His Church together in unity and with purpose. It seems to me that this unity seems to be happening ever quicker as the days go by. That might just be me, but it sure appears that way.

Back in the early ‘70s, Ray Stedman’s teaching on Body Ministry was gaining ground in many of the fundamental churches and for me, who surrendered to the Lord in late 1969, it was an exciting time and teaching. The problem is, it ended up being treated like a religious fad for many churches rather than a spiritual reawakening! I clung to that teaching though and it not only helped me in areas of ministry, but it also helped me when dealing with others whose ministries differed from mine.

There are still those Pastors and Teachers who do teach it, but it doesn’t seem to be mainstream like it once was. I can tell you why I think that is so and I’m probably not far wrong from my experiences in various areas of ministries. But — that’s a lesson for another time, let’s just say for now that EGO has a lot to do with the lack of teaching!

What struck me about Body Ministry is how it resembles the jigsaw puzzles that I so love. You see, our Heavenly Father has this image, vision, picture of the Church Body, that which Christ Jesus as bridegroom is coming to call unto Himself. It’s a beautiful image and the Bride is decked out in her most brilliant and white dress. She is the vision of purity and intimacy and she beams with anticipation of her coming Lord. I can’t describe the beauty with which the Father views her, for it is beyond our comprehension while we are wrapped in this corruptible flesh.

But we are given a bit of a view of her if we are willing to look at her individual members. Like the jigsaw picture that ultimately creates the beautiful image when finished, she is made up of sometimes unique pieces, sometimes very similar with little differences, but each piece has its own place to make that image complete. You can’t take a similar piece to another and place it in the wrong spot for it will not look right and it certainly won’t fit right. Each piece has been pre-cut, pre-created with one purpose in mind, to complete the picture in the one and only spot it is meant to fill.

Notice another thing about this analogy; if you are missing a piece, the image, what should be seen is incomplete and not whole, for it takes the interlocking of each piece to not only make it complete, but make it secure and strong!

So it is with Body ministry! You can read the verses concerning the individual ministry and spiritual gifts, but the main point is that we NEED each one fitting where our Heavenly Father has created that gift to fit in the overall picture! Yes, God knew before the puzzle was in pieces, the importance of each piece and where each piece needed to fit and interlock!! Remember, it is God Almighty who sets the members as He sees fit, as it pleases Him! A jigsaw puzzle fits as it should because each piece IS unique and individual, in a good puzzle there are no two pieces alike. You can’t have ALL edge pieces or you can never have a complete picture, only a border. If only a border, what would it hold in place?

So it is with the Body of Christ. We have border pieces that help keep other pieces linked together. A border defines the size and outline of what the image is to be. It lends definition. You can look at it complete and say, yes, it is rectangular or square or round, etc. You can’t get something from a jigsaw puzzle that it was not meant to be, because each piece defines the complete outcome of the picture. So it is with the Body of Christ!

Here’s the thing; there is a reason why we are asked to surrender our wills to that of our Redeemer as Lord. It is His Spirit’s job or function, to make us the piece that God wants us to be so that we comprise the picture that He already foresees. What each of us is called to do, is no accident, for it is exactly what pleases our Heavenly Father.

What we are witnessing today, is the jigsaw puzzle of the unique pieces that make up the Church of God Universal, the Body of Christ, coming together as the Holy Spirit places us and creates within each of us the image that will ultimately make up the whole. The picture is already there in the mind of our Heavenly Father. We just have to be willing to submit to the interlocking process that produces unity and strength. The thing that interlocks each of us in our own unique way, is the love for one another, all who surround us as a piece of the puzzle. You can’t interlock with an edge piece if you are one of the center pieces, for you weren’t created too. You can love the complete picture by loving that piece of the puzzle next to you and interlocking with it creating strength and unity!

Eventually, you see the BIG picture. We ARE that Body, becoming more and more the beautiful Bride that the Father is preparing the Groom to come for. He is coming for a Bride who only has eyes for Him, who’s only desire is an intimate relationship with Him! Right now, each of us are adding to the larger picture if and when we allow the Holy Spirit to move us to that place that has been reserved for each of us!!

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I am tickled beyond measure, that I am living in a time when I can see God’s True Church coming together in Love, adding to the strength of our Heavenly Father’s vision of what we are meant to be to Him!!

Love is our border, our edge and it should and always will define us as the Church that God is building!

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Heart Attacks suck

Our thoughts are with our Brother Vincent. I personally know at least to a degree what he is going through, but have had some time to deal with it. Let’s all pray he will find the Lord’s direction in this as our Heavenly Father is ALWAYS in control even when it seems we are not!!

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Hey everyone, we’ll the last 2 days have been interesting to say the least.

The last 60 days I’ve been struggling with some chest pain, after a visit with my Cardiologist we were waiting for approval for a cardio-catheter test to be approved. Well, after walking from the living room to the kitchen, 911 needed to be called Wednesday night. God bless those men and women, they were part of everyone saving my life.

The tests were done and 3 blockages were revealed. The doctors were amazed I was still alive. An Angioplasty catheter was successfully performed and 2 stents have been inserted, 1 more to be done in the upcoming weeks.

Pastor Jim at Domain for Truth and Brother Wally thank you for all your prayers, I love you guys. Now that I’m making this known to everyone, please join in Prayer, not just me but for all us.

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Unique Child of God

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