“MORE THAN A DREAM. RANDY MAXWELL- Signs of the Times 4/2018.

  For the April 2018 issue Signs of the Times, which marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, we asked a Pastor who is of African decent, to reflect on the relevance of King’s powerful message today!

With this in mind I give my many thanks to both his memory, and his deeds, to his family and Pastor R. Maxwell and this magazine, for this effort! ( JohnB)

Note(JB) No person can honestly claim to be a “Christian,” and still be a hater, a bigot, and be a judge of his neighbor based only on the exterior of his or her fellow human beings!  WHY?

 Mark 12:30-31″And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

WHY must this be so?

 Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; “

Plus we CAN all be washed clean of sin, by the Blood of Jesus Christ! Who died for us all!……

Shakespeare’s HAMLET wrestles with the reality of the rise of an evil ruler. Haunted by visions, Hamlet feels that he must set things right. “The time is out of joint, that ever I was born to set it right!”

The times of Martin Luther King Jr. were certainly our of joint as far as civil rights were concerned. And Dr. King, among many others, haunted by visions of lynchings, firebombing, water cannons, police dogs, and the jailing of peaceful protestors, felt the call to right the disjointed times with a compelling dream of liberty and justice for all.

The “Drum Major for justice” as he wanted to be remembered— a future free from the triple evils of racism, war, and poverty.

That dream entered into the American consciousness 55 years ago on August 28, 1963, when more than 200,000 demonstrators took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in this Nation’s Capital. But it almost didn’t happen The “Dream Speech”, which people of all creeds and ethnicities recognized as one of the most memorable and inspiring speeches in American history, was NOT in King’s notes that day!                                     King had shared elements of the dream speech in sermons and talks before the Washington March, but for this occasion he opted  to go with the “Bad Check” metaphor in one of his drafts, which would support an argument that America had failed to fulfill its promise of liberty and equality to its black citizens. He didn’t think he could fit both that and ‘The Dream’ refrains into the five minutes allotted to each speaker.

When King began to speak, he struck to his prepared text, reminding America of its promissory note guaranteeing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all men—- a promissory note it had defaulted on as far as people of color were concerned. As he neared the end of his speech, Gospel Signer Mahalia Jackson, who was seated within earshot of Dr. King suddenly shouted , “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”                                                        It could be argued that without those six words spoken in the hearing of Dr. King as he addressed the crowd that day, the “Dream” might not ever have made into the American lexicon!   As Dr. King, looked out over the crowd. As he later explained in an interview, “all of a sudden that thing came to me that I have used— I’d used many times before, that thing about “I have a dream–”  and I just felt that I wanted to use it here.”    He said, “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today,j and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”

With the soaring oratory, King painted a picture of the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners sitting down together at the table of brotherhood! He dreamed of a day when little black boys and girls would join hands  with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers.

NOTE(JB): Is this not the same “DREAM” that Jesus Christ spoke about nearly 2,000 years ago?. As the term and belief in Evolution is so prevalent today, anyone who know a little of human history, also knows that mankind is not evolving, but DEVOLVING, as prophecy has told us….

 Isaiah 5:20-24 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

Note(JB): There’s only right and wrong, black and white, truth and lies, we either obey God or satan, we can;’t follow both!    Matthew 6:24″ No man 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. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”

  With all the fire and homiletic passion of the Baptist preacher, that he was, King’s call to let freedom ring from “Every hill and molehill,” transformed the civil rights rally into a revival meeting. King’s dream fueled a movement and pricked (nay STABBED,, JB] the conscience of America. BUT did it convert the soul of America?? More than half a century later, is our nation any closer to making good on its promissory note for freedom?? Or is the “Bank of Justice” still in default? 

Standing on those steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. perhaps even the dreamer never imagined that 46 years later, on the eastern end of that Mall, an African-American would be standing on those very same steps of the Nation’s Capital to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United states. For may, the election of Barack Obama represented the realization of the “Dream”.. America’s “Check”, was finally “Cashed”.

Others knew better.

Without question, many strides have been made in the fight for racial equality. As an African-American myself, I have benefited from those strides. I recall eating at a restaurant in the south while on a business trip in the 1990’s and reflecting on the reality that just 30 years earlier. I could not eat there!

Nevertheless, on the 55th anniversary of the dream speech, the time are “Out of Joint” again. and more like the 1960’s than we dare to admit!

NOTE(JB) How true, but please know and remember, those “Rebels.” of the 1960’s are not the same people that are in charge, jin business and politics!

Rising crimes of hate….[ (NOTE(JB) has anyone ever seen a crime done in love? Isn’t Liberalism grand?] the NFL protests,, controversial police shootings,  the emerging of white nationalism, Confederate Statues uproar, rancorous immigration debates, reform exchanges, Charlottesville, Ferguson,  Black Lives Matter, White Lives Matter [Note(JB) sorry do not all HUMAN lives matter equally?] and so on, and one!  [Note (jb)Are all these not as a cancer upon the humanity, that each belongs to?]

Why the relapse? Why hasn’t his dream been realized in these 55 years? Perhaps it’s because a commandment has not ever, yet been obeyed in the near 2,000 years since it was given!

 John 13:33-35″Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Note(JB): It should be painfully obvious, that most of us are not yet there! Because we as a society have removed God and the Bible from our National Consciences, and have replaced it with the Godless evolution!  I personally guess that all these evolutionists have no problem being called a monkey’s uncle! The laughter you hear,is Satan’s! He knows he’ll have much company when he’s cast into the Lake of fire of Revelation!

Or, could it be as Senator Jeff Flake put it: “Our democracy is more defined by our discord nad our dysfunction, that by our own values and principles.”  Is it because we’ve given only lip-service to the dream, and ignored the commandment? And by the “WE”, I mean Christians, I mean, the Church!

During the Birmingham campaign, a few months before his dream speech, Dr. king wrote the following words from his Birmingham jail cell: “I must honestly reiterate that I have been disappointed with the church….. “….. To many others have been more cautious than courageous have remained silent behind the anesthetized security of the stained-glass window.”….

“…..I have wept over the laxity of the church. But he assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is no deep love…. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But , oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.”

Have the scars of social neglect and prejudice on the body of Christ completely healed? Just days before writing this, a friend sent me a link to an article describing the racist attitudes of a church staff-member that were directed towards a white family who had adopted black children. Following is an except from that article…. ” ‘it’s really good that you have adopted him,’ said the staff member, ‘Then he won’t be the ghetto like other black kids.’ “.

“Excuse me?” I replied… I scooped up my son and walked away!.

“We are a multiracial family now, white parents raising black children in a white community and a nearly all white church. We had educated ourselves about race issues, read books, and had personal experiences that showed us how far we are from a post-racial society. But I never expected our biggest awakening to come from within our church family!

NOTE(JB): Sadly many a so-called ‘Christian’, is one in name only! If this were not so, the churches would be standing together, and publicly denounce all sins including the sin of racism! Quick & easy divorce and same-sex marriages, but they all lack the INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO DO THIS! ………….  P.C. RUN AMUCK, AT THE COST OF TRUTH! AIDS IS STILL A MAYOR KILLER IN THIS WORLD! WE ALL NEED TO “DRAW WATER,” FROM OUR OWN WELLS!

“Hood-wearing, vitriol-spewing racist? Absolutely not! A 1,000 small comments or assumptions that began to shatter my heart? Painfully.. yes! Isn’t it si good we rescued them [ our black kids] from a life of inner-city drugs and gangs? The staff member might as well have said “Don’t worry, we won’t ever view your children as [whispers] blacks in our church.”

As hurtful as this was to read, what pained me even more was the comment someone– a non-Christian–posted in response: “Church-goers are a racist hypocrites. What a shock”! Believe me, it got much worse from there. Much worse.  The overwhelming sentiment from other readers about the staff member’s comment was that this behaviour shouldn’t come as a surprise or a shock because it’s been going one, under the guise of godliness, forever. IF, ONLY God’s people would deem to keep the 11th commandment:

 John 13:35″By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Sadly, it seems the church is known for something far different that loving one another. We can, and must do better!

Sadly, the “DREAM”, tarried, because the commandment doesn’t go beyond skin deep {(Note(JB) after all remove the skin color and all are the same humans, as part of the human race!]  When I fill out a form that asks these stupid questions: White– African-American, Latino , Asian I always write in HUMAN!]   The commandment is more than a dream,. It requires one to be more than Politically Correct, more than mere tolerance, it requires “Death to self” as into be born again[John 3:7] Love goes beyond the surface of tokenism, and produces a new creation.

“Christianity doesn’t require any power when its only challenge is doing something that already comes naturally.” wrote Spencer Perkins. “But it will take a powerful gospel– a gospel with guts– to enable us to love across all the barriers we ourselves have erected to edify our own kind, and protect us from our own insecurities. ” Note(JB) the italics are mine].

If Martin Luther King Jr. felt the “fierce urgency of now,” in 1963, how much more urgent is the need to the  Gospel of guts, today? Will Christians of all ethnicities and political persuasions have the courage to love one another as Christ loves us? Will WE all go beyond platitudes and love not “with words or speech but with actions and in truth”?  1 John 3:18-21″My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

Please know, this gospel of guts, cuts both ways. Whether black, or white, or Hispanic of Asian IF…IF… we claim Christ as our KING OF Kings, we have no justification whatsoever for harboring prejudice or malice toward anyone. No one gets a pass when it comes to being Christlike. So to promote hate one the one hand or to retaliate against it with violence on the other, is to mock and ultimately deny the ONE Who though, “He was oppressed and afflicted… did not open His mouth” [Isaiah 4:7] 

Here are some ways to respond now to the love crisis around us:

(1) Confess your own prejudice. Be honest enough with God to admit your own biases and insecurities .

(2) Seek to understand even before you are understood. Listen, without defensiveness, to people’s stories. lay down your [life],” your viewpoint,” for your brothers and sisters, so you can see through their eyes, and have compassion.

(3) Bless those who curse you.  Do not return evil for evil in person or on the web. Refuse to be sucked down the rabbit hole of hate, when provoked by a post or a tweet. 

(4) REJECT all forms of hate speech. Don’t use slurs your self, and don’t sanction them by your silence when they are used on others, [Ephesians 4:29]

(5) Spend productive time with others of a different ethnic or socioeconomic group. 

(6) Defend the defenseless.  Don’t tolerate injustice towards any group. As Dr. King said :”Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

(7) Forgive As Christ forgave YOU, forgive!

Why should we all adhere to this admonition?

Isaac Watts: “A love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.” ^You and I aren’t sufficient for such grand things, but God’s Grace is sufficient for each one of us.

Yes, the dreamer may be at rest, but all that have Christ within them shall meet him and Him someday soon! The KING of Kings still lives and lives for ever! The we shall all sign: FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! GREAT GOD aLMIGHTY, WE ARE all FREE AT LAST!

Thanking Y O U for your time.

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THE CAR WRECK: Thomas Lemon Sings of the Times Jan. 2018.

My many thanks for both the Author and his Publisher. (John B)

The car was wrecked.

Fortunately, no one was hurt except me…my teenage pride. The car was still driveable.

The dreaded end of my journey messed with my mind. How was I going to explain the wreck to the car’s owner, when my own carelessness had caused it? I’d been watching a little airplane that was flying parallel to the road when the trafic stopped ahead of me. I stopped too— in the back of a Ford. The driver was unhurt and so was his car, I’d hit his trailer hitch.

What would I say to the owner of the car I’d borrowed? No excuse would unbend the grill nor straighten out the buckled fender. Lying was out of the question. I xdon’t do that. IT WAS MY FAULT!

Wanting to get the confession out of the way quickly, I went looking for the owner. He was rathyer tight-lipped as he suggested, “Let’s go and take a look.”

“No one was hurt”? It was a half question, half statement.

“No.” was k,my answer, a little more than a shake of my head.

“The other driver?”

“NO”

“Well. we’ll get it fixed, it’l be OK!”

I was stunned,. “But Dad, aren’t even going to yell at ,me, and tell me I’ll not ever drive your car again?”

“Well, yeeling won’t fix the car,” he said, “and I know you don’t have the money, and therefore what good would it do to be yelling at you?”   “You’re my son, and unhurt, that’s what matters.”

Suddenly , grace took on a whole new meaning for me!

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“Christian Experience” White L.G. Section 7. Christian Education.

My many thanks to L. G. White the author, on which this blog is based. (John B) This page is not for the weak of heart!

Note (JB) : As this book was first printed in 1942, the American Education system has gone from bad, to abysmal! Due to the fact, that many Professors became enamoured with the Communistic slogan “FROM THOSE THAT HAVE, TO THOSE THAT NEED”. THIS AND THE EVOLUTION garbage, has pulled most current teachers into the Progressive fold, steadily progressing into full-blown Socialistic Communism, where individual thoughts are VERBOTEN! Requiring the need for coloring books, safe places, and group-think counselling!  All this plus the removal of God, from our every day communications, we see the results in ever-increasing rates of suicides in school-aged youth! AS both Communism and atheistic Evolution, remove all hope beyond live, love, if lucky, then die the end!

The “Modern” educational system is designed to produce non-thinking robots, whereas a Christian education forces the individual to think and to think for themselves, in a critical manner! Until the books of “See Spot Run” became available, most children in most schools, were taught to read from the Bible! Today, bring one in  Public school, as like deeply kissing your sister, with passion!

“Oh, America, how far have you fallen”? This should remind you of Isaiah 14:12-14, read it again, for the first time, America!

Christian education must also build a Christ-like character within us, for Education is to prepare us for life, and IF there is to be a life that has no end, the preparation for it is much more important than the mere preparation for this earthly  life , as it is very short indeed and in fact! This makes the Christian education far more important than the mere secular education, whose mail goal is to produce generations of atheists!

Note(JB):  Human sciences, are supposedly the human search for truth, yet there’s not one single truth in the idea of evolution’s “DEAD STUFF CREATED LIFE.” via mutation after mutation, step by step? Well please Mr. or Mrs, or MS. PhD, what system within any living body, from a germ to a human being, can live, qand still exist, with some missing systems within it? The single cell life, eats, moves, and reproduces itself, just as a human husband and wife, are able, as well! Yet all life is guided, and controlled by DNA, which is INFORMATION and any information must have an intellectual source! That rules out chemicals and slimy ooze, no matter how much, or how often, lightning hits it! Science seeks truth? Yes only within it own accepted parameters! Like ignoring the soft tissues found in dino’s with DNA, and still red blood cells, lasting 60 million years???? If you buy that let me sell you ocean beach front property i n the middle of Nebraska! {From, which all can see that Bridge all are selling!}

To Science, God can not be seen, weighed, nor examined, nor either proved nor disproved to He does not, in their shallow thinking, exist, therefore evolution’s the reason we do exist! So where did the Cosmos come from, beyond your “Big Bang” as since when does an explosion, create the order we all see in the night sky? Evolution has more holes in it than Swiss cheese!

THAT BRINGS US TO MORALITY!

Is it  NOT…and world-wide, against the laws of all nations, not lie, to steal, to murder, in short to treat others as we ourselves want to be treated?

Are not all earth’s laws, for societal good, not derived from the The Ten Commandments? Are these laws not written to create a society, that can live together in harmony? Then why do so many say: “We can’t legislate morality?” A case i n point: The 17 killed, by a nut in a Florida high school, has the left and their brain-washed students up and marching for “Gun-Control” laws, when there were laws already on the books, IF FOLLOWED, would not have allowed this young nut access to a gun..period! They had two years of warnings that were ignored by the school, by the local police, the county Sheriff, and even the FBI! If we pass 1,000 more laws that will be totally ignored, will that be progress? See what I mean about critical thinking, and not group think?

However we are all”Up-In-Arms” about the school shootings, yeast they are terrible, but how about the 3,900 murders i n the last nine years in Chicago? Or the 65 million babes murdered i n the wombs, that are dismissed as blobs of cells? All the one who favour abortions, or are PRO-CHOICE” [WHAT A COP-OUT, RIGHT?] are you not glad your Mom did NOT abort Y O U!

Genesis 9:6 “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

Note(JB): Can anyone think of what a fetus, a human being under construction, can be guilty of? Beyond being selfishly unwanted?  Even the rental tenants of a house have more rights that a human being in the wombs. At least it takes a court order, thus a ruling Judge, to have tenants evicted, but a child can be murdered by only the mother’s choice and her abortionist!  [execution without a trail,judge nor jury, and the victim can’t speak!] Many say, this is very hard choice for any woman to make! REALLY? Some 65, million have already done so, many, more than once! WE call the Nazis evil for the murder of 6 million+, but we are the GOOD-GUYS, with 65 million dead souls on our conscience, all because the Progressive Liberals found it expedient to find abortions legal under the Constitution’s “Privacy Clause”, because they think it’s a “Living Document” ! Well are their Mortgages and insurance contracts also “LIving Documents?”  What a web we weave, when we first deceive, …SELF! When can they find we adults, who disagree with them and their agenda, can also via the Privacy clause, be eliminated? If there’s no Justice for the few, there’s no justice for anyone! Yet the main abortion “BUSINESS,” receives 1/2 billion is your tax dollars and mine, to do this dirty work! What will they say standing before the Supreme Judge, at the end of their time? Well, Jesus,  it was legal under man’s law?

Look at what a lady wrote about 100 years ago, before many of today’s distractions became a reality!  Testimonies For The Church Vol.6. p.194.

“Can we wonder that under such circumstances some of the youth among us do not appreciate religious advantages? Can we wonder that they drift into temptations? Can we wonder that, neglected as they have been, their energies are devoted to amusements which do them no good, that their religious aspirations are weakened, and their spiritual life, darkened? The mind will be the same nature as the seed sown. Do not these facts sufficiently show the necessity of guarding from the earliest years the education of youth? Would it not be better for the youth to grow up in a degree of ignorance as to what is commonly accepted as education than for them to become careless in regard to the truth of God”?

She also wrote this: Vol 5. 322 “To many, education means knowledge of books; but ‘the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom’ PS.111:10. The true  object of education is to restore the image of God in the soul. The first and most precious knowledge is the knowledge of Christ; wise parents will keep this fact ever before the minds of their children” ….

I will add to this, that teaching them about Jesus Christ, will give them hope of life eternal, and disavow the evolutionary live,  die,  the end! A question….. if you please to all evolutionists: “How and why, in the view of “the survival of the fittest”, did love evolve, and thus the care for others beyond self?

Next: Section 8 The 6th Essential– SACRIFICE.     The Father’s ? John 3:15-16.

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“Christian’s Experience”. J. G. White. SECTION 6.The 4th Essential Health.

My many thanks to J.G. White’s book, on which this is based. John B

THE GOSPEL OF HEALTH.     THE 4TH RUNG OF THIS LADDER, TO HEAVEN.

The key verse to this section can be this:   2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

The why:     1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Note (JB): There are those who teach that the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is but a force, BUT…how can a ‘force’, decide things, think and command, live within us, and not destroy us? Why is He always called a HE, a masculine pronoun? A force should be called an IT, right? Or The Force, agree?

1 Corinthians 6:20″For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Note(JB): What price? Christ’s lowering Himself, to be born a human, and living a spotless life, sinless, and then gave Himself to be crucified, yet arose three days later, with His Glorious Body, the same that all the saints shall have at His return! 1 Corinthians 15:50-55. “in the twinkling of an eye…”

 1 Corinthians 3:16-20 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.”

The total restoration of the inner person, can not be done without our controlling our indulgences of appetites.  Why?

 2 Peter 1:5-7 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”

 2 Peter 1:3-4 “ According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Note(JB): QUESTION: Who thinks that The Father-God, will not take a dim view, of all those who reject His dietary laws, when they full well know that people should eat only the foods that are blessed for foods, found i n Genesis and Leviticus 14-16

 Genesis 1:29-31 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

However post flood, He allowed the consumption of flesh, animals that are ruminants,  they chew their cud and are strictly plant eaters, with split hooves, cows, deer. sheep eat. In the marine life, only those with both scales and fins, are to be eaten!

Do Y O U know the why if this delineation?  Simply, all other life forms act as His garbage detail, keeping earth clean and free from sick, diseased carcasses! A human body dead in the water, is soon covered by shrimp and crab, and whatever minute particles escape, are filtered up by shell-fish!  Can Y O U say “BON-Appetit”, to a vulture breast sandwich?

Medical science has known, for years, that literally “We are what we eat”!  So Mr and Mrs. America, [or any other nation] to whom would Y O U rely on for the proper care and feeding of your NEW automobile?  Your butcher, or the car builder?   Never think that me n are correct when they push their EVOLUTION ideas on you, just ask the “How can DEAD STUFF create or come to life, that we see on earth today?  Is or is not DNA, information, and does it take an intelligent source, for information to come from in the first place? Chemicals can devise information nor can it store information, not can it transfer information!

However, if all evolutionists still insist on being an uncle to the ape, who Am I to stop them? If we are from such a common descendant, why do we still have apes i n trees? Is it because they had no wish to be mistaken for Phds?

NOTE(JB): The closer our foods, we eat, come from the ground, the better they are for us. The less processed our foods are the better, and more nutrients they carry, and are available to us. Highly processed foods have much of their good cooked an d pressed out of them. That brings us to animals and their products made from them, and what they are bred to produce. Cheese, did you know that cheeses can sit in your belly for up to 12 hours, before it is passed into the small intestine? Can you think of what that does in you? Fermented cheese????  Why do the health people tell us,  not to eat shell-fish in the months with the letter “R” i n it? Do Y O U know, that no autopsy will be done to a person who died of Alzheimer’s?  WHY? Because of a protein called a PRION, from the “Mad-cow disease,” which is Crutch Felt- Jacob’s disease, and these “Prions,” have such a hard shell that in order to kill them, it takes a high heat, that will melt the tools the surgeons use. Temps i n excess of 2300 F.!  Ever hear of mad Tomato disease?

We know that i n the animal world, the carnivores, are the most aggressive, can it be also with us humans? In my PRE-Christ days, a meal, any meal with out meat, or an animal product, was just not a meal, and I never walked away for an argument , nor a fight, but nut now, I have no problem walking away, thanks to mt Jesus!

WHY?   The man who does not give his will to Christ, is not Christ’s!

 Philippians 2:13-15 “ For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”

  “The Ministry of Healing P.130 E.G. White: “The body is to be brought into subjection. The higher powers of the being are to rule {Our minds} The passions are to be controlled by the will, which is itself to be under the control of God via the Holy Spirit. The kingly powers of reason, sanctified by divine grace, is to bear sway in our lives. “

NOTE(JB):  Whether one believes this or not, The Father-God, has created us all, even deciding our very conceptions. Thus we are HIS creations, His Creatures, if you will. Thus anyone who abuses their bodies, by inks, by metal piercings, or habit-forming drinks, drugs, sex-changes either real or imagined, even dressing as the opposite sex, are all insults to your Heavenly Father, and all of these do greatly affect our character, and only those with the characters of Christ, shall be resurrected by Him at His return, all the others shall perish “Blotted Out”, meaning remove from all memories, as if they never ever existed!  WHY?

Well. everyone who is a saint, shall have loved ones who will perish, so how can heaven be “Heavenly”, if there are many who mourn the loss of loved ones? Their memories will be removed Just as a computer’s program that is deleted!

 Ecclesiastes 1:11″There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”

 Revelation 21:4″And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

 1 John 4:8 “ He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

Note(JB) The Father will only use two “Weapons” TRUTH AND LOVE. Satan on the other hand will not ever use either, but will use everything else! He totally desires that all humans join his in the Lake of Fire of Revelation, which will come into being, 1,000 years after Jesus Returns at the Seventh Trump! Thus there’s not no hell-fires burning, anywhere!

NEXT: Section 7 Christian Education.

Thanking YOU for your time.  Comments?  Questions?  John at Servant@frontier.com

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“Christian Experience” J. G. White Section 5

My many thanks to this author, asw this is the foundation of these blogs.  John B

SECTION 5: THE STUDY [no not just the reading] of the WORD OF GOD, THE THIRD ESSENTIAL.

This third step in one’s ladder of ascending Christian experience. The STUDY of the Word of God operates in three-way, for our personal salvation:

(1) it’s the main guide to a correct belief of Christian doctrines.

(2) It’s the foundational base of all faith.

(3)  It’s His chosen vehicle of His power.

We should use this passage, as our key for this section 5:

 Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”

Many a professed “Christian”, do not have a clear, well-defined experience, is that they do not think it is their privilege to understand what God has spoken to them, in His Word! Let’s take each of the three points, one at a time, shall we?

(1)  A Guide to correct belief:  

The WORD, the Holy Bible, contains the revelation of God as Creator and Redeemer, and all His plans and thoughts in which we are involved,– the thoughts of God about everything that concerns us. It reveals His ideals to which we are to conform. I imparts His definition of sin, and OUR sin in particular; it makes the distinction and draws the line between all that is right and all that is wrong. God’s only problem with humanity is SIN, our own sins.  Thus the pastor’s problem, so far as the we the people are concerned, is to get us to see their own sins, in the light of God’s Word!

His Word and His Ten Laws, is the standard by which we are all both guided and judged!  However, when there is a conflict between our ideas and The Word, then the Word must prevail and rule our thoughts. If this is not the fact, is the ONLY reason for the why of all the many denominations, the independent thoughts of men!  WE MUST…must always approach a study with a new surrendered mind, and seek His counsel i n prayer, asking for wisdom to understand as HE WOULD HAVE US KNOW IT. this is the ONLY way we can be changed, therefore, if we do not come with this spirit, HE CAN’T TEACH US A THING!

WE must not ever forget, that one big purpose of Jesus Christ, born of a woman as a babe, as both God and Flesh Man, was to show us the Character of the Father[ John 1:14]    ……   John 14:8-10″ Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

NOTE(JB): Jesus, not only our Savior-Redeemer, but set the example for us to live, life by! With His help, of course!

It’s from His Word, that we learn how to love, even the most difficult people for us to love, because He loves them through us! From it we receive the love to do right,, love for the lost, love for the lowest sinner, even our enemies! From it we receive the reason for hope, for the future, and for life eternal at His return. All these rewards are painted within it!

(2) SOURCE OF FAITH.

EVERY LIVING BEING HAS FAITH!   Do Y O U question this?

Every owner of a vehicle, has faith, that (A) it will start. (B) That it will go to where he or she steers it. (C) That when the brakes are applied it will slow down or stop, right? That’s faith founded on past experiences. So to for the believers, who have asked for and received victory over a sinful habit……. faith, in God, also come from past experiences.

Note (JB): Mine was tobacco, a 40 year habit, OH I oft said , “I can quit any time I want to.”  I did some days two or times a day! But until I threw away all the stuff, and got on my knees and asked The Father in Jesus’ name to remove this habit, this graving, He did, many years ago. Sadly the consequences remain, shortness of breath for one.

Funny as it may seem to all who refuse God, the more we study His Word, the greater and stronger our faith grows, yet God’s well of faith shall not ever run dry! Faith is but one of the many GIFTS given to believers.

NOTE(JB): It has always struck me as silly, the lengths that non-believers go to, to try to DISprove what is a negative to them, God’s very existence.  Yet He answered my prayer to remove all urges and force of habit, reaching into my shirt pocket for an other smoke, for more than 12 years now after a 40 + YEAR HABIT!  SO TELL ME AGAIN, THE BIBLE IS BUT A FAIRY TALE, WILL YOU, or can you?

NEXT: SECTION 6; The 4th Essential- The Gospel of HEALTH.

Thanking YOU for your time… Questions?  Comments ?  John at servant@frontier.com

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J.G.White: “LIVING BY FAITH” SECTION 4

MY many thanks to the author, (John B)

Section 3 was “The Prayer of Faith”, which might be called the first phase of “Righteousness by Faith”. This section is “Living by Faith”, the second phase of “Righteousness by FAith”, the relationship between “Faith” and, “Works.”

The all-encompassing text for this section is:  Romans 1:17 ” For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Note(JB): Please allow me to add this cautionary verse…. Hebrews 10:38 “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

Meaning that once anyone has accepted God, do NOT latter reject Him! “my soul shall have no pleasure”.  In place of soul, try using “MY BEING” OR MY BODY for better understanding

James, Jesus’ half brother, wrote this:  James 2:17-19  “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

Note(JB): Seeing as the how most “Christian” churches today obey the Roman church by their worships on the First day of the week rather than God’s Seventh day Sabbath, look at what else he put to paper…..

 James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

…….. does it not seem to Y O U, dear reader, that most have no problem accepting either 8 or nine of the ten Commandments but they refuse the fourth! They twist all scripture to try to justify their stand, including we are not under the law but under grace, which makes a DISGRACE to God’s Grace!  Genesis 2:1-3/ Exodus 20:8-11/ Deuteronomy 5:12-15/    Isaiah 66:22-23″ For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.”

Thus, if all of God’s just, shall worship on each Sabbath, the Seventh day Sabbath, for all eternity, why not begin this upon the earth now???  But….. we can’t live on faith now ca n we? We must therefore live BY faith, for faith, no matter how strong nor pure, can not become a substitute for money to buy groceries, nor puts a roof over our heads, at least not until the time of the Tribulations begin!  Then…..

Isaiah 33:16 “He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. ”

QUESTIONS: “Did God remove the Children of Israel from Egypt before the plagues or after? Dis Israel see the plagues but where they injured by them ?  Ditto for the trumps of Revelations, the saints shall see but not he hurt by them, nor will anyone be “RAPTURED UP” and avoid all the tribulations. Learn the Bible for yourselves, not just what some say! WHY?

I can tell you, that I believe the Moon is made up from Green cheese, but that does not make it so!

Therefore…….. Romans 10:14  “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”      Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

 James 1:23  “ For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: ” [ face in a Mirror, to see the true self! ]

THE APPLICATION OF:

Can anyone rebuild themselves, by changing the whole character, to be as Jesus? NO!…..

Jeremiah 13:23  “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

The above we all need heaven’s help to do this feat:

(1) Daily invite the Holy Spirit to reside within you.

(2)  Daily, “die to self,” bu your total surrender to the Will of God, your Creator.

(3) “EAT” daily of your bread, for Jesus Christ is the “Bread of Life,” His Word

(4) Daily, confess sins, repent in prayer, and humbly seek forgiveness, and believe that your forgiveness is fact and real! They, your sins, are then passed on the Jesus, whose blood cleanses us all who love and obey Him.

If we, as a person, are willingly doing our own things, things we know He wants us not to do, and then in prayer ask for blessings, that’s presumption! Faith, in its purest form fully accepts that which cannot be seen! Not in these flesh and non-glorified bodies.  [1 Corinthians 15:50 55]

We are to work and pray,, and fully believe that God will remove every mountain of difficulty that is in the way and make it possible for us to do all He has asked.

HOW TO INCREASE ONE’S FAITH.

Faith is founded upon God’s Word and promises. If one reads, and believes one thing, we have ONE DEGREE faith. If we then read, and believe another word or promise, we then have two degrees of faith. If we subsequently read ten promises and accept them in full belief we have now ten degrees of faith, Thus we can have all the faith we wish for, by reading of His Word, His Bread day by day! This is the why the Word is called the LIVING WORD!  As it has the power to change lives by changing hearts and minds!

Please read the “FAITH CHAPTER”… eleven in Hebrews.

RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH—– FAITH AND OBEDIENCE ARE AS ONE!

None can pick their own day of worship, and still claim to be faithful and righteous. This is as if we faithfully attend church and all its functions, but live like the devil the rest of the time, yet insisting we are good Christian men and women!  Is that not ….. as “GO ahead, and back-up!” An oxymoron!

 YES! While God is just, and the sinner is justified  through the blood and merits of Jesus Christ and by God’s grace {jb grace is His unmerited favour], no man can cover his soul {being] with the garments of Christ’s righteousness , while practicing known sin, nor neglecting known duties. God requires entire surrender of the hearts/minds before justification can take place; and in order for men to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith, that works by love, for their fellow-man, and all this purifies our soul.   Review & Herald, Nov., 4.1890 , article by Ellen G. White.

FAITH and PRESUMPTION.

Note(JB): IF you have not yet read the Faith chapter of Hebrews 11, please do so now, as the following will help unpack it.

True faith and true prayer— how strong they are! They are as the two arm by which the human suppliant lays hold upon the power of Infinite Love. Faith is the total trust i n God in Christ,— believing that He loves us, and knows what is for our best good. Thus, in place of our own way, it leads us to choose His ways. In place of our ignorance it accepts His Wisdom; in place of weakness, His strength; i n place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, , our selves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership, and accepts its blessings. Truth, uprightness, purity, are pointed out as secrets of life’s successes. It is faith that puts jus in possession of these gifts. Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith receives from God the life alone can produce true growth and efficiency.

FAITH IS NOT….EVER A “FEELING”.

No! Faith is not a feeling. ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen’  True faith would have Adam and Eve to deny Satan, in Christ’s name. True faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumptions, for presumptions are Satan’s counterfeits, to faith itself.

Faith claims God’s promises, and brings forth the fruit of obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression. {JB. sin by the way is the transgression of the law] Faith would have led our First Parents, yo trust the love of God, and to obey His commands. Presumption led them to transgress His law, believing that His great love would save them from the CONSEQUENCES, that all sins come with. Faith without compliance, is our false hope for favor of Heaven, without complying with the conditions on which mercy is granted. [JB:  God’s love for us is  unconditional, but all His promises are conditional, to our obedience.]

It is not faith that claims heaven’s favor, without the complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundations in the promises and conditional provisions of the Scriptures.

Note (JB): what could we do id we had perfect faith?    Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

Sorry, but the nothing shall be impossible, is always for things that are good for all, not just Y O U! Please know this the BIBLE, stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Therefore all any with full faith can do, must find a fit within the Bible! Because it is its own Expositor, proving itself within itself!

It is NOT enough to believe ABOUT Jesus; we MUST believe IN Him, as our personal Savior, other wise the healing of our soul will not ever take place. Therefore faith must be unto our salvation not a mere intellectual assent to the truth.  He who waits until they know the entire knowledge  before they will exercise faith, cannot receive any blessing from God!

Please know and remember this: “Angels of God will preserve His people while they walk in the path of duty; but there’s no assurance for those who deliberately venture upon Satan’s ground.”  Testimonies to the church , vol 5. p.436.

PRESUMPTION IS ALSO TO BE WHERE ERROR IS TAUGHT!

How do we discern Biblical errors?…… Acts 17:10-11 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

Note(JB): Be all as the Bereans, fas search the Scriptures to see if this was so!

It is for this reason that I say, “Never ever take the words of men, no not even this man, for the Word of God, learn this for yourselves! look at what this Pope said: ”  The Catholic National, July 1895… “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus christ Himself, hidden under veil of flesh.” The Pope? Pope Leo XIII also said this”We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty. ” in his Encyclical letter of June 20, 1894!  OK just how big an ego must this take?    WHY?……… can it be…..

 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Note(JB) Sadly most of Protestants teach error, and follow the dictates of the Roman church about worshiping on the Sunday, the day named after the sun-god! Plus most also teach that the human soul is eternal, and that hell is now burning, and filled with sinners given eternal life. and at death we all go either up or down or even into hell’s half-way house– Purgatory! A word not in the Bible! All three are a gross error and not found in the Bible!

QUESTION {jb) EVER LOOKED INTO A MICROSCOPE?  YET WE ALL KNOW MANY THINGS, WE CAN’T SEE, DO EXIST, AS MICROBES, BACTERIA, GERMS, ANS VIRUSES. AGREE

No human being was present at creation, yet many an “EXPERT” [ a drip escaped under extreme pressure?} will gladly tell all about it! Even how dead stuff came alive!

 Hebrews 11:3  “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

 Psalms 33:6   “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”

  Psalms 33:9 “ For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”

NOTE(JB) : fast Strong’s 5975 AMAD- [aw-mad] means to continue, to dwell, to remain, to endure! Has earth and the Cosmos, endured?

Please note Heaven will keep on trying to call Y O U,  to her side, perhaps via this blog, but The Father’s long-suffering is not endless, and when He leaves your side, darkness will be overwhelming.

Next: Section 5 THE STUDY OF THE WORD OF GOD THE THIRD ESSENTIAL.

THANKING Y O U FOR YOUR TIME, PLEASE DO NOT SET HIS CALLING YOU ASIDE! THERE’S NEVER A “BETTER TIME”, THAN RIGHT NOW!

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J. G. White:”FAITH- THE 2ND ESSENTIAL”- SECTION 3

My many thanks to this author upon whose works this blog is based.  (John B)

Note JB:  For the very same reasons  no human can  learn to love an unknown, so also it is for faith.  Yet the rules for love are not quite the same as for faith, as a sinner, can come to Jesus, with all his, or her sins, and ask for faith, and a measure shall have already been given to them.

 Romans 12:3  “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” 

    Thus faith is the second rug on the ladder of human experiences, by which the christian rises in triumph over every obstacle, and rises in victory! It is used in connection with prayer, and with each and every act and experience of life. Without faith prayer is but a mockery, and valueless.   “Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of The Omnipotence.” Steps To Christ.” P. 99 E.G. White.

(A) Faith is to believe that God is.     Hebrews 11:6 “ But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

(B)  It is to believe all that He says.   Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Note(JB): So why do so many disbelieve? Romans 10:18-19″ But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.”

NOTE(JB): Do not today many get very angry, at anyone who upholds Christ’s and His values? To the many, the Holy Bible is but a fairy tale. right? Remember, what shall happen to those who have no love for the truth? God will send then delusions that they shall all believe a lie! 2 Thes.2:

However, before we can believe what He says we must know what He  has said, agree? This means we all must know, and have som knowledge of His Word. The better we know His Word, the greater becomes our faith, as faith grows as we learn His Word. This in one of many reasons the Word of God is alive! It changes lives, for the better.

(C) We must act ion harmony with what He says:  Luke 6:10  “And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.”      Matthew 4:22  “And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.”      Matthew 17:27 ” Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

(D) Our requests must be i n harmony with what He promised. In Harmony with His promises and their conditions.  Romans 10:17  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”    “Desire of Ages” p 126 “Genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.”  E.G. White.

(E) We must trust God to take care of all the consequences of doing what He has said or asked of us.  Matthew 14:26-33  “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”

All believing Christians are to be ambassadors for Christ, and thus have nothing to do with consequences, we must perform our duty and leave the results to God!  We must do as asked, even if its hard to understand the how , a fish could have money in its mouth to pay the tax, or for Peter to walk upon the water, until he removed his eyes from Jesus to the water, and began to sink.

Thus, our faith is founded upon our belief and confidence in HIM, and HIS promises, and NOT in our prayers! Therefore our Prayer must be in harmony with His Word, and for us ti surrender all things that are contrary to His Word!

PRESUMPTIVE REQUESTS.

One kind of presumption believes God will answer because we ask, rather than because He has promised. Another type presumes He will answer even though we have not searched for and complied with all the conditions He has set forth. Find below God’s Favourite Promises:

FORGIVE- 1 JOHN 1:9 Confess, forgive

IF– ISAIAH 1:18- THOUGHT YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET.

REPENT: IAS., 40:1-2 FORGIVE DOUBLE

CONFESS: Romans 5:20 Pardon is much greater than the sin.

OBEY: Matthew 6:12 Christ so teaches us.

GIVE: Rom., 1:16- The gospel is the power, {it is Christ’s Words]

POWER Isa. 40:28-31` Power to faint

TO Phil. 4:13 Christ strengthens us.

GIVE James 1:5-8 –Wisdom do not waver,–settled.

WISDOM Psalms 25:9 Meek guide with Judgment

if used to His Glory!

PROBLEMATIC VERSES:

Matthew 9:29 “”…..according to your faith be it unto you…  We must be sure that our prayer is based upon a promise, and not merely because we ask for something!

 Matthew 9:29-30 ” Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.”

 Mark 11:20-24  “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursed is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. ”

Yes, but always within The Father’s will, Thy will be done remember??  He will not answer a teenage boy’s prayer for a 250 Mile per hour car! If this was the case, then each believer could pray fo receive a million dollars, can you imagine what the inflation rate would be? A loaf of bread costing 150.00 dollars?

THY WILL BE DONE.

“YESTERDAY, WHEN I SAID, “tHY WILL BE DONE’ ”

I knew what that will of Thine would be,

What clouds would gather black across my sun,

What storms and desolation ‘waited me;

I knew Thy love would give me, what was best,

And I am glad I could not know the rest.

Thy will be done!

Next: Section 4. LIVING BY FAITH: Searches out the relationship between faith and works.

THANKING Y O U for your time.  Questions?  Comments?   John at servant@frontier.com

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