God’s Actions Sunday, Dec 9 2018 

The scripture for today may be found in the gospel of John chapter 1 verse 16:
16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace.

When Jesus baptizes us with His Holy Spirit at once He begins a work in us which includes many facets.

  1. Conviction of sin
  2. Understanding of scripture
  3. Quickening
  4. Regeneration
  5. Unction
  6. Anointing
  7. Sealing
  8. Sanctification

In addition to all of these the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. We abhor even the thought of sin. It becomes unthinkable. There is joy unspeakable. There is power to witness. This is that “unction” to tell others, to testify, for “we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Remember the woman at the well who after speaking with the LORD, left her pot, went into the city and told everyone about her “experience” with Christ. When we become Christians we understand who Christ is and why He came to this earth. We know His purpose. We have assurance of our salvation. The Spirit of God within us bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Our strength comes from God who made the mountains and the seas. There is no need to go on “searching” because we have found Christ. We know the reason for our hope. The Spirit teaches us “all things”.

Others see the fruit of our rebirth. The actions of God are evident. There are many ways God brings us to himself just like there are fingerprints or snowflakes. We are His workmanship. Each individual has his or her own unique experience. But we all “know” Him for it is God who saves us from our sin.

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My Testimony Friday, Jan 12 2018 

Today’s verse comes from John chapter one verse 19: 19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

When I look at the list of followers on this blog I am amazed. Currently, there are 99 of you. I look forward to the day when we can finally surpass 100.

But then it comes to me why are these people “following” me? Do they know me? Do they know where I came from? What my past was?

1 Peter 3:15 comes to mind: 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear

So I am prodded incessantly to give my testimony to you.

Christ had a testimony. We read about it in John chapter 3: 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; [a]for He gives the Spirit without measure.

My prayer in giving you this testimony is that I too would “speak the words of God giving the Spirit without measure.”

We know the Word of God is true.

I was raised in the church as a child from about the age of seven or eight. It was after my mother divorced my dad and she was seeking salvation. She had been raised a catholic but after two divorces; need I say more.

As we went about church hopping, I was indoctrinated into the Mormon church at the age of eight. Their missionaries came right to our front door. Then when I was ten we moved away because my mother had remarried for the third time and he was a non-denominational Christian. So we attended the Christian Church. What grace God blessed me with in this beginning of my faith in Christ. The bible was central to this place. I began my over half century dissection of God’s Holy Bible. Throughout my entire life, God has had His hand on me.

I was not so faithful as He.

Would that I could tell you that my life was full of praise, worship, and prayer. But, alas, I became painfully aware of my need of a Savior. I know now that God has put me in this place at this time because He loves me. God is not done with me. I am a work in progress.

So I share my journey with you. Philippians 3:I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

God’s People Wednesday, Oct 26 2016 

[I am writing] to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called to be saints (God’s people) and set apart for a sanctified life, [that is, set apart for God and His purpose]: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith [your trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] is being proclaimed in all the world. For God, whom I serve with my spirit by preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how continuously I mention you 10 in my prayers; always pleading that somehow, by God’s will, I may now at last come to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift, to strengthen and establish you; 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged and comforted by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, [c]brothers and sisters, that many times I have planned to come to you, (and have been prevented so far) so that I may have some fruit [of my labors] among you, even as I have among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I have a duty to perform and a debt to pay both to Greeks and to barbarians [the cultured and the uncultured], both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am ready and eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation [from His wrath and punishment] to everyone who believes [in Christ as Savior], to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.”

True Confessions Thursday, Jun 19 2014 

If you think back to the tiniest little white lie you told and go to the throne of grace and lay it down and confess to God and ask forgiveness. It doesn’t matter to God how big it is because that little sin to him is as big as the empire state building.

1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

True confessions starts with pouring out your heart to your heavenly Father. He cares for you.

2 Corinthians 7:9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Once you’ve confessed it is only natural for you to feel godly sorrow. Repentance means to turn around and go the other way. Don’t go back to your old ways. You are a new creature in Christ.

Ephesians 1:

to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

It’s in the blood, people. The blood of Christ is like acid to sin. It eats it up. Destroys it. Love covers a multitude of sins. As far as the east is from the west has he removed our transgressions from us. It is not anything we do. It is a free gift from God.

This forgiveness, this redemption is from the creator of the universe.

Romans 3:

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

It is by grace you have been saved through faith. His grace is sufficient for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:

22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

So the attic is swept clean and you are full of God’s Spirit of truth.

We have no need to go back to the steps of salvation: confession, repentance, forgiveness, atonement, justification, sanctification, but we can move on.

Hebrews 6:1-3Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[c] and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites,[d] the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

The working out of your salvation is actually done by the Spirit of God in you.

Jude:

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

The whole purpose of this salvation, which is a free gift from God is for his purpose for you to be fulfilled.

Joshua 1:

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.