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”…!