Friday, August 30, 2013

“How do I grow in Christ – 301” …Blog. [3/?]

“How do I grow in Christ – 301” …Blog. [3/?]

*** (1Peter 3:15) but “Sanctify” the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready Always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;

*** (Isaiah 8:13)Sanctify” the LORD of hosts Himself; and let him be your Fear, and let HIM be your Dread.

*** (Proverbs 29:25) The fear of man brings a Snare, but whoever puts his trust in the LORD Jehovah; shall be safe.

*** (2Chronicles 12:14) And he did the Evil: –>because he did ‘NOT’: –> prepare his Heart; to Seek the LORD.

*** (Ezra 7:10) For Ezra had “Prepared his Heart” –> to Seek the Law of the LORD Jehovah; –> and to “DO” it; –>and to Teach statutes and judgments: in Israel.

Growing in Christ Jesus… is as “Simple” as the example given to us, by Christ Jesus himself!  Did You ‘read & understand’ the above Bible verses? Did You notice the word, “Sanctify?” This word in the Bible means to: “Set Apart for a Specific Use!” In the vernacular, “To Dedicate!” An ‘Engagement Ring’ given to a woman is a sign of the “Dedication” of a man to ONLY: One Particular Woman! And the same for the Woman, if she accepts. They dedicate themselves “ONLY” to each other. Isn’t that what “Wedding Vows” are all about? A setting apart of “ALL” other ‘Allegiances!’ That, “Singularity of Purpose” to another for marriage; is the sacrifice required for a “Pure Relationship!” But that takes also a: “Singularity of Heart!” Surely, one truly in ‘Love & Engaged… would NOT continue dating others! You SAY: that You know Christ Jesus as your “Savior & Lord!” As the “Bride of Christ” & “His Called Out Ones” & “His Church”… do You have that “Singularity of Dedication” to Him…? And to His Holy Word as your Only Point of Reference…? Have You… “Prepared Your Heart”… for Him…? Why would ANYONE… offer an Unprepared Heart to Christ Jesus: “Lord of Lords” & “King of Kings”…? Please tell me “WHY”…?

*** (Luke 16:13) No servant can serve “Two Masters”. For either he will ‘Hate’ the one and ‘Love’ the other, OR: else he will ‘Hold’ to the one and ‘Despise’ the other. You “CANNOT” serve God: and mammon [Anything ELSE!].

*** (Luke 22:42) saying, Father [God], if You are willing, remove this cup from Me [Jesus]. Yet “NOT’ My will, but Yours be Done.

*** (John 8:29) And He [God] Who sent Me [Jesus] is with Me. The Father has Not left Me alone; for I –> “ALWAYS DO” those things; which please Him.

*** (Mark 1:35) And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, HE [Jesus] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. [Worshiped]

*** (Jeremiah 45:5) And do you seek great things for yourself? Do NOT seek them; for behold, I will bring evil on all flesh, says the LORD Jehovah. But I will give your life to you as a prize [ransom], in all places where you go. (Micah 6:8)

“Bible Study: Academic or ‘Worship?’ – 101” …Blog
*** (Matthew 23:24) Blind guides who ‘strain’ out a Gnat: and ‘Swallow’ a Camel!

*** (2Kings 17:33) They feared the Lord Jehovah; and [Also] ‘Served’ their own [False] gods; according to the custom of the nations: whom they removed from there.

*** (James 1:7-8) Such a person should “NOT” expect to receive ‘Anything’ from the Lord. [Luke 6:46]
(Jas 1:8) He is a double-minded man, ‘Unstable’ in all he undertakes.

… May I share a personal story…? I have been Born Again for some years. It has been my practice to meet with Jesus in His Holy Word… ‘Each morning’… “Mark 1:35 & 1Samuel 3:21.” I alternate between NT & OT books… as our Lord leads me… “Romans 8:14”. One morning I was reading… “2Chronicles 12:14” and was “Convicted by God’s Holy Spirit”… that I was ‘NOT’ practicing His Word; in ‘NOT’ preparing my heart [Ezra 7:10]: before reading His Word. According to “Proverbs 28:13” & “1John 1:5-to-10”… I immediately ‘Confessed & Changed’ my “Actions”… and have made this my ‘practice’… for some many years.

*** (1Corinthains 11:23-to-32) For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you-how the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took a loaf of bread,
(1Cor 11:24) gave thanks for it, and broke it in pieces, saying, "This is my body that is for you. Keep doing this in memory of me."
(1Cor 11:25) He did the same with the cup after the supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. As often as you drink from it, keep doing this in memory of me."
(1Cor 11:26) For as often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
(1Cor 11:27) Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks from the cup in an unworthy manner will be held responsible for the Lord's body and blood.
(1Cor 11:28) A person must examine himself and then eat the bread and drink from the cup.
(1Cor 11:29)  For the one who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks ‘Judgment on himself.
(1Cor 11:30) That's why so many of you are WEAK and SICK and a considerable number are DYING. [1Peter 4:17-18]
(1Cor 11:31) But IF we judged ourselves correctly, we would NOT be judged.
(1Cor 11:32) Now, while we are being judged by the Lord, we are being Disciplined lest we be Condemned along with the world. [Hebrews 12:5-to-8 & John 15:1-2-3]

*** (2Corinthains 10:3-to-6) Of course, we are living in the flesh, but we do Not fight in a fleshly way.
(2Cor 10:4) For the weapons of our warfare are Not those of the flesh. Instead, they have the power of God to Demolish fortresses. We Tear Down arguments [contradictions]
(2Cor 10:5) and every proud Obstacle that is Raised AGAINST: the knowledge of God, Taking every thought Captive: in order to “Obey” Christ.
(2Cor 10:6) We are ready to Punish every act of disobedience [Romans 6:1-2 & Proverbs 28:13] when your Obedience is complete. [1John 1:5-to-10]

One more TIME:
… The Holy Spirit… brought to my mind… “Ezra 7:10”… and I adopted that as ‘Obedience to Christ’… BEFORE: ‘ANY’ Spiritual Practice… “Prayer, Bible Study, Praise” and yes… even BEFORE: “Witnessing to Others”… “1Peter 3:15.”  Also I remembered… “1Corinthians 11:28-to-32”… and it ‘all’ made sense! God, Our Lord, wants a “Prepared Heart”… before we come to Him! It was the Holy Spirit of God… that ‘used’ His Holy Word… to change Not Only my mind… and my Heart… “But To: Obey Him”… out of His Love for me… and my Love for Him! … “Luke 17:10!”

*** (2Corinthains 5:19-20-21) For in Christ God; was reconciling the world [any that would come] to Himself; by Not counting their sins against them through His forgiveness]; and He has committed to us; the message of reconciliation. [in Christ alone]
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are Christ's representatives; as though God were pleading through us [to You!]. We plead on Christ's behalf: “[You] Be reconciled to God!”
(2Co 5:21) God made the One [Jesus]; Who did not know sin; to be sin for us [Christ our Passover]; so that we might become God's righteousness in Him [Jesus].

“Will ‘You’ be: “Reconciled to God?” – 101” …Blog.
Simply remember… it is our “Prepared Hearts” and our Obedience: that HE, Christ Jesus is concerned with! He, the God Man: humbled Himself: as the Passover Lamb of God… to bring us to God! His Finished Work of Redemption, our Salvation: was purchased for us, by His… “Once for All Sacrifice”… for our SIN/SINS: “Past, Present & Future!” Remember when Christ Jesus died for US… we were in His future. And in our future, we will surly sin by… “Omission OR Commission!” What is a “Sin of Omission”…? As a Born Again Child of God, I am NOT always led by the Holy Spirit! Sometimes I want to do what I want TO: and thus ‘Disobey’… “Romans 8:14 & Galatians 5:22-to-26”…! Do You always “Obey the Promptings” of the Holy Spirit? Of do you sometimes OBEY the Drives of the Flesh… “Galatians 5:19-20-21 & Ephesians 4:14-to-32 & James 3:5-to-12”…? IF You obey the Flesh, You commit a “Sin of Commission”… doing what You want, no matter what the Holy Word of God says! That is where… “Confession & Forsaking” SIN: comes about…!

*** (Hebrews 5:8) though being a Son, yet He [Jesus] learned obedience by the things which He Suffered. [1Corinthians 5:7 Christ our Passover]

*** (1Jn 3:4) Whosoever commits SIN transgresses also the LAW: for SIN is the Transgression of the Law.

*** (1Jn 1:8-9-10) If we say that we have No sin, we Deceive ourselves, and the Truth is Not in us.
*** (1Jn 1:9) If we make it our Habit to CONFESS [and Forsake] our sins, He [Jesus]is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [Proverbs 28:13 & Romans 6:1-2]
(1Jn 1:10) If we say that we have never sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is ‘NOT’ in us.

… MOST do not realize that it was: ‘NOT’… the Roman soldiers –> that nailed Christ Jesus to the Cross…! It was the “SINS” of… “ME, My Sins”… that Nailed ‘HIM’ to that Cross…! True Biblical Confession happens ‘Only’ –> when we are willing to take that… “Personal Responsibility” OF: –> “My Sins… [insert your name]… Nailed ‘HIM’ [Christ Jesus]:–> there to that Cross”…!

“What is ‘Confession’ of SIN – 101” …Blog.

*** (Romans 6:16) Don't you know; that when you offer yourselves to someone; as obedient slaves; you are slaves of the ONE: you ‘Obey’ –> either of Sin; which leads to Death –> or of ‘OBEDIENCE’ –> which leads to Righteousness?

*** (James 1:13-to-16) When someone is tempted; he should NOT say, “I am being tempted by God,” –> because God cannot be tempted by evil; nor does He tempt anyone.
(Jas 1:14) Instead, EACH person is tempted by his own desire [lust]; being Lured and Trapped by it.
(Jas 1:15) When that desire [lust] becomes pregnant; it gives birth to Sin; and when that sin grows up [matures]; it gives birth to Death.
(Jas 1:16) Do ‘NOT’ be deceived; my dear brothers.
*** (John 8:34-35-39) Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Whoever practices sin is the slave of sin.
(John 8:35) And the slave does Not abide in the house forever, but the Son abides forever.
(John 8:36) Therefore if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

*** (Matthew 13:19) When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom; and does ‘Not’ understand it; then the wicked one [Satan] comes; and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown by the wayside.

Love [Agape]; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

“How do I grow in Christ – 201” …Blog. [2/?]

“How do I grow in Christ – 201” …Blog. [2/?]

*** (Isaiah 28:13) But the Word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept; precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go; and fall backward [backslide]; and be broken; and snared; and taken.

*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble than those of Thessalonica; in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind; and searched the Scriptures daily; to see if those things were so. [Or Not?]

*** (Hebrews 1:1-2) God, Who at many times and in many ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
(Heb 1:2) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds, [Colossians 1:12-to-19]

*** (John 5:39-40) You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose = that in them you have eternal life.  Yet they testify about Me [Jesus].
(John 5:40) But you are ‘NOT’ willing to come to Me [Jesus] to have life.

Much of the Confusion about “True Christianity”… is simply caused FROM: those who CLAIM to be HIS… by “NOT Knowing” or “NOT Wanting” to KNOW: what the Holy Word of God, “Teaches!” IF there is a “True Christianity”… “Luke 18:8”… then there is ALSO: “A False ONE!” Perhaps an example? Have You ever seen a… “$3–Three dollar bill”…? Of course NOT! No one would ‘Counterfeit’ a money denomination, that does “NOT Exist!” But there are “MANY: Pseudo Christian [?] Denominations!” MOST do NOT hold to the “Complete Authority” of the Holy Word of God. But instead they SUBSTITUTE: their “False Teachings” and thus “Control your Thinking: about God!” The Catholic denomination is much like that. The Holy Word of God, simply teaches there is… “One Mediator, between man & God: the Lord Christ Jesus!” And yet Catholics are “DUPPED” into praying to Mary. They still call her… “The Virgin Mary”… even though Christ Jesus HAD: “Four Brothers & Two Sisters”… as the Scriptures say! There are very many other denominations who teach additional Heresies’. All in ALL: You must make the ‘Volitional Choice’ [Act of Free Will] to accept ONLY: the Scriptures! In doing so, You simply comply with what God has said in His Holy Word… Insulating Yourself… from those “LIES”… gendered by Religion!

*** (1Timothy 2:5) For God is “ONE”, and there is “One Mediator” of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus,

*** (Luke 11:27-28) And it happened as He [Jesus] spoke these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice and said to Him; = Blessed is the “WOMB” -> that bore You; and the “BREASTS” -> which You have sucked.
(Luke 11:28) But He [Jesus] said, -> NO; -> rather; blessed are they who Hear -> the Word of God = And -> Keep It. [Luke 6:46]

 *** (Mark 6:3) Is Not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are Not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.

*** (Matthew 1:25) He [Joseph] did NOT have “Marital Relations” with her [Mary] until she had given birth to a son; and he named him Jesus.

*** (Hebrews 1:5-to-8) For to ‘which’ of the angels [None!] = did He [God] = say at ‘any’ time, = “You are My Son, = this day I [God] = have ‘begotten’ You [Jesus]?” = And again, = “I will be to Him [Jesus] a Father [God], = and = He [Jesus] = shall be to Me [God] = a Son?"
(Heb 1:6) And again, = when He [God] = brings in the First-born [Jesus] = into the world, = He [God] says, = “And let ‘all’ the angels of God = “WORSHIP” = Him [Jesus].”
(Heb 1:7) And of ‘the angels’ = He [God] says, = “Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”
(Heb 1:8) But to the Son [Jesus] = He [God] says, = “Your throne, = O God [Jesus], = is forever and ever. = A scepter of ‘righteousness’ = is the scepter of = Your [Jesus] kingdom.

“The ‘Only Begotten’ Son of God – 101” …Blog.

*** (Hebrews 5:8) though being a Son, yet He [Jesus] learned “Obedience” [Luke 22:42] by the things which He Suffered. [1Corinthians 5:7 “Christ our Passover”]

IF You will simply make the “CHOICE”… to hold ONLY: to the Holy Word of GOD: then You will eliminate the influence of: “ALL False Teaching”…! Often, people will expect You to believe, “What They Believe”! And to ‘Validate’ what they have been led to believe. Did You know THAT: Christ Jesus told us in the Scriptures, this very thing? Where…? Simply open your Bible and read out loud… “Matthew 7:21-22-23”… what does IT Say? Did Christ Jesus say… “Few, Some or MANY”…? Of course He said “MANY!” Can You think of another word for “MANY?” What about the word: “MOST?” Have You been to a funeral lately? Or visited a Graveyard and READ: the inscriptions on some of the tomb stones…? “MANY” [Most] proclaim the goodness of the deceased persons there: and yet “Very ‘FEW’ Say”

*** (Revelation 14:13) And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write… “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord” from henceforth: Yea, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. [Hebrews 8:27 & Revelation 20:15]

*** (Job 9:20) If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; though I [say I] am perfect; He [God] shall declare me perverse.

*** (2Corinthians 4:7) But we have this Treasure [Romans 8:9] in earthen [our human bodies] vessels; that the excellency of the [His Holy Spirit] Power; may be of God; and –> ‘NOT’ of us.

*** (Psalms 119:11) I have hidden Your Word in my heart; so that I might Not sin against You [Lord]. [John 12:48]

“Not by Bread ‘Alone’ – 101” …Blog.
*** (Luke 4:4) Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One must NOT live on bread alone; but on every word of God." [Matt 4:4 & Deut. 8:1-2-3]

MY Bible contains… 1198 Chapters & 31,103 Verses! And ‘You’ say the Gospel is the “ONE… Only that ‘You’ say”…? How can that be…? When I read my Bible, I can find the “GOD’S TRUTH” in each chapter of the Bible. How then can ‘You’ say… the Gospel is “ONLY” in those verses… “You Quote”…? What You really mean is the “ONES” that your Church or Denomination: “Teaches”...! Why will You NOT Acknowledge: what Christ Jesus said… “John 1:48”…? Could it be that HE is NOT your… “Lord & Savior”…? You have REPLACED: His Holy Word, with the “Teaching”… You receive from the pulpit of your Church…! Say it isn’t SO…?

Perhaps a simply “Overview”… of “SOME” of the Topics needed for Spiritual Growth?

·       The Complete Authority of the Holy Word of God! “Nothing MORE: Nothing LESS!”
·       Christ Jesus, the God Man: Fully God & Fully Man! The Passover Lamb of God!
·       His Indwelling Holy Spirit… Who Validates our “Eternal Salvation!”
·       Validation from God: that we are Truly His Eternal Children!
·       Eternal Salvation by the… “Grace, Love & Mercy” of God ALONE!
·       Water Baptism is NOT necessary for “Salvation in Christ Jesus!”
·       “John 3:16” is NOT the Gospel!
·       The Need of the “Continual Study” of His Holy Word, for Spiritual Warfare!
·       Always speaking the “TRUTH”… no matter Who is “OFFENDED!”
·       All Prayer is “Conditional!”
·       “Repentance & Salvation” comes ONLY from God!
·       Pseudo Christian [?] IDOLS.
·       Christ Jesus “FINISHED” work of Redemption!
·       The “LAWS of GOD”… and its relationship to the NT Believer!
·       The mandated “Love Obedience” of those who are “Truly His”
·       The Fruit of the Holy Spirit!
·       Bible Prophecy & the NT Born Again Believer!
·       Heaven & Hell & “Damnation!”
·       Doing His work for His Kingdom!
·       In Context or Out of Context!
·       The “Duplicity of American Divorce & the ‘Adultery’ Remarriage!
·       Exposing “False Teachers” & “Contending” for the True Faith!

These are a FEW of the Topics… that have already covered in my past blog series. You may email me for the complete list or download them from “On Line!” Some have asked me to “Revisit” some of these Topics: specifically to “Discus ‘HOW’ Salvation” comes about? Specifically “HOW” does ONE become a Child of God? SOME are confused by the MANY aspects of “American Christianity!” Sorry to say, “American Christianity is NOT: “True Biblical Christianity!” IF it “Only Works” in ‘Prosperous’ America and does “NOT” work in ‘Poverty’ Third World Countries… THEN: It is NOT: “Valid Biblical Christianity!” Actually I do NOT like using the “Term: Christian” because of its Many Pseudo Dominations!

… American’s “Buy & Use”… Over FOUR $ Trillion dollars in Illegal Drugs Including MARIJUANA! American Mothers have MURDERED Over 55,000,000 Million “INNOCENT” Babies by Abortion. That is OVER: Four Thousand, “Each & Every DAY…! American is the World's Largest EXPORTER of PORN & Abortion Technology! Americans Produce & Export PORNOGRAPHY to the Entire World…! How THEN... “Can God bless America…?

“A ‘Woop-en’ in the Wood Shed for America – 101” …Blog.
*** (2Corinthains 13:5) examine yourselves; whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Do you not know your own selves; that Jesus Christ is in you [Romans 8:9]; unless you are reprobates?

Did You know that “POLITICS”… has taken over ‘American Christianity?’ “MANY” who call themselves Christians: have voted for “Presidential Candidates”… who are “ANTI-CHRIST” within their ‘Political Agendas!’ I simply prefer the term… “NT Born Again”… as it accurately references: the Holy Word of God! “Born Again” is being Simply: “Being Born From” ABOVE: by the Holy Spirit of God! Of course HE is above All and from Whom… “All Consist & Remain”… till the end of the Age! And YES, there will BE: of course a… “New Heaven & a New Earth”… “Wherein Dwells”… “Complete Holiness & Complete Righteousness”… WITHOUT: “Any Corruption & Evil”…!

“Where do Christians go ‘?’ – 101” …Blog.

“Where do Christians go ‘Wrong?’ – 201” …Blog.
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with all readiness of mind = and = searched the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].

Continued next blog.

Love [Agape]; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!