Question: “What to DO With Doubts” # 4. step 6

My thanks to Cheri Peters and the crew at http://www.3abn.org  “Celebrating Life in Recovery” .program

“Having had a Spiritual Experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”  C. Peters.

 Galatians 6:1-5 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one, in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.”

NOTE: (JB) Please, please, take note, that those who believe in Christ, it is HE, Who carries the burdens of this life, that are for the most part, far to big, for anyone being, to carry, and not be crushed by it!

“HOW TO BE SURE ABOUT GOD SO . . . Y O U . . . CAN TRULY CELEBRATE LIFE IN RECOVERY!”

Have you ever struggled with doubt? Have you ever wondered if God, is in fact, real? Or questioned whether we are but accidents of evolution? Have you ever wondered if what the Holy Bible says is true?

If so, let me assure you, YOU are not alone. Many people, especially those new to the faith in christ, are troubled with scepticism. When you read the Bible, there may be things you can’t understand at first. Satan, will try to use your questions, to shake away, what little faith may have grown, within you, about God’s message, His 66 “LOVE LETTERS” to you and me.

It may be that YOU are asking, “How will I know the right way? How can I be sure about god and the Bible? Resolving these questions is important because God and His Word are the very FOUNDATION of and for YOUR recovery! It is YOUR very confidence and growing trust, in YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER/GOD, that will enable you to carry a message of hope and healing within you, and to carry it to others!

REMEMBER: “EVIDENCE, not PROOF.”

Our Heavenly Father, . . .  NEVER. . . asks us to believe without giving us more than enough evidence upon which to base and build our faith! His existence, His character, and the truthfulness of the Bible are ALL founded upon evidence that then appeals to our reason. Yet God has never taken away our room for doubt. Our faith has come to rest upon evidence, not absolute proof. Those who wish to doubt certainly can, while those who really want to the truth, will find plenty of evidence on which to place and built up their faith.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

NOTE: Please read Hebrews chapter 11,  the  ” Faith Chapter”. But never forget, humans have a finite mind, but God The Father’s mind is infinite! Therefore no human will never, ever fully grasp, and God shall always be a mystery—–

 Job 11:7-9 “Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.”

Paul expressed it thusly—-

 Romans 11:33-36 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

Yet we have this….

  Psalms 97:1-12 “The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD. For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”

Psalms 104:24 “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. ”

Note: From this Psalm, can we correctly say this: “All wisdom come from God?”  YES! Remember, if any man knew ALL the answers in the Cosmos, he’s be god! That’ll never happen!

However, the Bible contains many mysteries as deep as the character of its Author: How sin entered into this world, how God became a tiny Human Baby, how a soul is reborn, how the dead can be made alive, and many other, hard to grasp subjects. But even though these mysteries are too much for the human mind to know the how behind then, we have no reason to doubt God nor His word. For it proves itself within itself. In the nature, we don’t understand everything, that we see. The very simplest of life-forms presents complexities science can’t explain!The emeaba, a single cell life form, moves, breathes, eats, reproduces, and has all the things within it to self-sustain, itself and next generations just as humans do, with billions of cells, yet they think and believe that we are its result via evolution, from such a life-form! However why is it they are still here, with us, unchanged by time? Selective Evolution? Artists have been with humanity from the beginning, photographs for nearly 200 years and fim, well how many miles of film has been exposed looking at nature itSelf, and NO A ONE EVOLUTIONARY EVENT CAPTURED?  Is that not strange?

Wonders are everywhere, so why are we surprised to find mysteries in the Spiritual realm of God, that we don’t full understand?  As Paul noted—-

2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”

Do Y O U know that “Scripture Lawyers”, skeptics have argued that certain unanswered questions about the bible are reasons to doubt its credibility. But the opposite is actually true: the challenges provide strong evidence for divine inspiration. If the Bible only had information about god that we could very easily understand, if His greatness and majesty could be grasped without any efforts, then the Bible would not so obviously be the work of god. The grandeur and mystery of the topics and ideas within its pages inspire faith in God’s Word. In other words if it was just another book who’d read it? Who’d believe in it? Who could gleam from it “how to obtain our salvation” ?

It then shows anyone, that we must pray and ask for wisdom and guidance to understand His word, with wisdom! This is the why many a highly educated person, after reading it says it’s a fairy-tale! As they can’t accept all its mysteries, many such say they reject the Bible!  But it says—–

 Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; ”

NOTE: Ever wondered of the why we are created?  We are made to be PARTAKERS OF CHRIST!  Partaker: metachos- [met-okh-os] a sharer, associate, partner, partaker. Yet this relationship goes deeper, as one accepts The Father, we become His child, thus Jesus then by faith becomes our older brother!

Therefore, the human problem is NOT with the Holy Bible but our interpretation of it! They do not allow it’s many passages, to prove itself within itself!

 John 10:35 “If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;”    Christ Himself spoke these words!

NOTE: broken LUO [loo’-o] to loosen, to break, destroy, dissolve, melt, put off.

UNLIMITED TREASURES of KNOWLEDGE.

If it were possible for human to fully understand God and all He does, what would happen after achieving that goal? There would be no further discovery of truth, no further growth in knowledge, no further development of our minds, nor hearts, The god would no  supreme!

Colossians 2:2-3 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

1 Corinthians 2:11 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

 John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. ”

NOTE: That is He The Holy Spirit! The Counselor, The Comforter,  HE is the One Who—-

 Philippians 1:6″ Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

GOD WANTS AND EXPECTS . . .Y O U . . .TO THINK FOR YOURSELF! [After all that’s the a reason for our free-will agree?]

There are many things in the Bible that may seem hard to understand, but God will make them clear IF YOU ask for His help, for the wisdom to understand it!. Yet YOU must daily surrender to His will [ some say ‘die to self’, and ask for and invite the Holy spirit to reside within and rule your life according to the will of the Father. We do not possess the power within self to do what is right.  Doubts arise when one is not fully clear, in your own mind, that one will truly, without reservation, be willing to surrender their will to their Maker. Plus it’s not safe to rely upon another human, for the meaning of God’s word, as men do lie and deceive! Thus we urge you to pray and seek wisdom from its Source, the Word and The Father!

Note: (JB) I was a smoker, for 40+ years. I remember saying, “i can quit any time I want, and I did sometimes several times a day!” It was not though, even with much prayer, seeking His help to remove this habit, and it’s urges, UNTIL I threw all the tobacco away, and then on my knees I asked my Father, to remove this need, this urge, and the seemingly unconscious, reaching for another smoke, that three weeks went by, no urges, no reaching, and smoke free, plus STINK FREE, and that was more than 12 years ago!

THE EVIDENCE OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

Psalms 34:8-9 “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear [revere] the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”

There is one evidence everyone can grasp– from the most educated to those who are not— and that is personal experience. God encourages us to prove to ourselves that His word is real, His promises are true. He invites us, as in the Psalm above “…to taste and see that the LORD is good….”   As—–

 John 16:23-24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

Note: Unlike humans, God keeps His word and His promises are as permanent as written in stone!  As the more you learn of the Godhead, God The Father, god The Son, and god The Holy Spirit,, your doubts will vanish as smoke in the wind, and you’ll find as all other true Christians do, that your love for The Father and The son, will grow and grow, until you MUST share Jesus with others, or you’ll “POP”!  And it is LOVE, that is God’s foundation and His government!

Colossians 1:13-16″ Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

NOTE: Yes, Satan has been given some control of nature, but God has set strict limits regarding the extend of harm he can cause, thus the overall control is GOd’s powers!  Look art this—-

 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

NOTE (JB)  God’s Word will and can change people’s lives, by changing the way we think from inward looking to outwards looking, no other book is this capable!

CELEBRATING SOCIAL SUPPORT.

(JB) “What’s life really worth if it’s not shared with one who loves you”?  Christ loves you so much that He willingly died for Y O U !  WHY?

 Romans 6:23″For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Note: We must make a choice, we either accept Him and His death for our sins, OR we die because of our sins, at Judgment!

Developing a social network is a two-way street, and only by allowing others to connect to you, can we begin to develop any kind of relationship, worthy to be called a friendship! As you study your Bible, you’ll find there are many verses about how to be kind and loving so read of it each day, even if you need to set your alarm an hour earlier, spend that time with Jesus, Who is not only your savior and mine, but also a best friend and older Brother!

NEXT: “Rejoicing in the LORD” # 5 Step 7.

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

Want more? Visit your Seventh day Adventist Church any saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. You will find, what you were looking for…Jesus, and His Word!

Other sites:  aftv.org  :  blbn.org :  amazingdiscoveries.org :  3abn.org :  itiswritten.com

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Cheri Peters” Celebrating Life in Recovery. “Talking to GOD”

Again thanks to 3ABN and Cheri Peters for all this work. JB.  STEP #3  Lesson 5.

“STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE ….O N E … WHO IS HEALING YOU, ”    How? By Prayers!

God speaks to Y O U through nature, and the Bible. He speaks through His work in your life. Yet this is NOT enough, for HE wants a PERSONAL ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIP WITH y o u  THROUGH THE YOUR SAVIOR jESUS CHRIST!

The real connection happens when Y O U tell Him about your life and what’s going on with YOU! OH, please do not worry about trying to hide stuff from Him, He’s knows all what we all do, think or speak! In other-words none can con God!  It’s therefore not a matter of us telling Him, but that we acknowledge our shortcomings to Him, because He is crazy about you, and it helps YOU build a real connection with Him by telling Him all about YOU!

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

NOTE: You may just have asked WHY?  Well I know not just what kind of chains that satan has wrapped you up with, but I know YOU want them gone, or you would not still be reading this far into this Life Recovery section, right?   Just look….

1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

 Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

NOTE: The above is th3e reason for my certainty, that what-ever junk you are carrying, in Jesus Christ YOU can and will get rid of it for good! BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE WILLING! Jesus and The Father will never use force, but Satan will!

Remember, dear reader, Prayer does bring God down to your level, it brings YOU up to His level and next to and Him.  If you have read some parts of the New Testament, you’ve probably read that Jesus prayed also to His father, now if Jesus need to to PRAY think we do not?  Remember He loves more than He loved His own Life, and He’s ready willing able to help YOU, and give YOU more than you could even ask for, PRAY MUCH–TRUST MUCH!

Oh, yes the enemy will whisper, at times seemingly to shout, the temptations to draw YOU back into his control, and then entrap you. But he can ONLY do that IF you do NOT take the time to pray and to take advantage of God’s love, to help and strengthen you against the temptations of the evil one!God stands eve ready to give you whatever YOU to overcome and cast off those chains, of what-ever junk has you bound up!

ARE“ARE THERE CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERS TO PRAYERS?”  “YES”!

  1. YOU must first be honest and feel YOUR need for His help.      Isaiah 44:3″ For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty…….”       It’s when you thirst for God’s goodness, when YOU really want Him into your life!
  2. Note: Yes God knows your needs, even before you do, but He will not force anything, upon anyone they have not asked for!  LOOK…..

Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

Note: Read Matt. 7:7-11 again, and please let it sink in….deep!  Remember The Father gave the world His Son for us all, why think He will not help YOU, when you you ask with all sincerity?  LOOK………

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

Note: He sent His Son to die, a vicious death on the Cross because of OUR SINS, what is there in that statement, that makes men think God is a vengeful God?

3. Repentance: in another condition for preparing your heart to receive God’s answers to your prayer requests.  If one keeps holding on to one’s cherished sin or sins, even  after your prayers seeking remission of your junk, thinking He will forgive you,  God will not even allow Himself to hear YOU!   Thus be not deceived, even by self!   However it is critical that YOU understand that’s it NOT your Good Behaviour that brings to you God’s favor and makes YOU right with God, it IS Jesus’ perfect life that saved you and me, but it IS His death that makes us right with God the Father!

4. The next condition is arguably the most important, is your faith!

Mark 11:24-25″ Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Psalms 84:11-12 “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

Note:  Gfd, The Father will always answer prayers as: YES, NO, or WAIT! Do NOT be afriad to trust Him, even when you don’t see the answer to your prayers right away, for HE knows what your tomorrows will bring, and beyond! and will not withhold any good thing from those with faith ask for! Let’s be honest, He’ll not give a 250 MPH Ferrari, to a teen boy! Always know…..

Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

If anyone is unwilling to forgive another for a wrong committed, then why think you God will forgive you?

5. Persistence, lets Him allow YOU to know that you are serious about this request, and not just a fleeting whim! Romans 12:12; Colossians 4;2 and 1 Peter 4:7, and then THANK HIM for what H4e has done for you! Philippians 4:6 and Jude 20,21. {Heh! I am not going to eo all the work for you!, YOU look these up!}

“STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE ….

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Lesson 2. JESUS–THE FACE OF THE FATHER’S LOVE

Again be sure to catch Sheri’s show aty http://www.3abn.org, for this is her effort and works. {john B}

Jesus, the Son of god, came from Heaven to show us what our Heavenly father is really like.

 John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 Matthew 11:27 “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.”

 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) We are ONE, just as in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”   NO! Not in a physical sense, but as a spiritual connection a Husband and wife shall be as ONE!  Just as the Godhead is as ONE yet three entities The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, each has their work but all work towards the goal of salvation of the God’s Creations.

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WEEK 3 STEP 4. LIFE IN RECOVERY/Cheri Peters.

Many thanks to C. Peters and her crew at 3ABN.org {avialable as a streeming video JB.}

 Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride[ his own people,spiritually] say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Note: Now let’s put in a huge dose of reality, OK?

IF YOU truly LONG, FOR SOMETHING, better than this sin filled world can give you, recognize this longing as God’s VOICE speaking to YOUR soul Ask Him to give you the desire to repent, and ask Him to show Y O U  the real Jesus and yourself. Jesus is the Perfect example of what it means to love god The Father and all  His children, including,

Y O U and me! As you begin to view Jesus {from within His Word, the Bible} you’ll begin to see, as I do, that the clear contrast between Jesus ans self’s sins.

THE LOVE THAT REVEALS.

You may have flattered yourself, {(JB) sadly most do so} that your life has been good, that you have not done really anything very bad. You may tell your self”I am not a thief nor a drug addict.” You may tell yourself that you do not think you need to humble yourseld before God YOUR Father, like other sinners. But when the light?Truth of Jesus shines into your heart/Mind, you’ll see all your selfishness and selfish motives that have tainted all your actions and thoughts. IT IS THEN that you’ll {as I have} that we have no goodness of our own; that only the Blood of Jesus can cleanse us from the shame and filth of our sins. ONLY JESUS can and will if Y O U allow it, to renew your mind to be like His!

You and I, need only to catch a little glimpse of the love and purity of God to see, by contrast, the twisted brokenness of our own hearts.  To “SEE” the Father’s love and goodness we need only to read Exodus 20:1-17, and then think what this world would be like IF all lived life within these bounds!

Jesus is able to show each of us, with our “Public Masks”  and when we see see ourselves, as He sees us, with our warped desires and the corruption and treachery within us all, then we see all the rebellion against against our Father, AND our refusal to obey His laws and His Holy Spirit, which if… IF… we ask the Father, The Holy Spirit, He’ll reside within our hearts, and work to make us fit for eternal life!

It is He, the Holy Spirit, that gives us the power and convicts us to shed all our habits that are detrimental to our being, and then sin, when we see it will make us ill   You’ll then learn and know, first hand, what Daniel ment and experienced—-

 Daniel 10:8-9 “Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.”

When your life is touched by God The Father, you’ll hate what you and me used to accept as good, and our selfishness will melt away, along with the self-love, and we shall desire to ask God that through Jesus we receive a new and clean heart that reflects without distortions,the character of Jesus!

The Apostle Paul said he looked on the outside–  Philippians 3:6-7 “Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”—but when he realiZed God’s Law requires more that Correct behavior he knew he was in trouble, for he had avoided all the outwards mistakes and obvious sins. But it was only when he looked deeper into the perfect, holy Law of God Paul saw himself as God saw him, and he bowed his head in shame condemned of his sins and confessed his guilt.—

 Romans 7:8-11 “But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.”

NOTE: For where there is no law, there can then be no sin, for sin IS the transgression of the Law!  If there is no Stop sign, you’ll not get a ticket for not stopping right?

NOT ALL SINS ARE EQUAL.

 Matthew 12:31-32 “ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

Thus The Father does not see All SIN AS EQUAL, yet no sin is small, in His sight, yet may seem trivial to us!  Our view is clouded and mostly incomplete—–

1 Corinthians 13:10-13. “ But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Some people despise alcoholics and other addicts and tell them their sin will keep them out of Heaven. Those same people often think nothing of pride of self, of selfishness, and of jealousy. But to god, these sin are even worse,they are directly contrary to the kindness and  thoughtfulness of His character.  plus that type of thinking or attitude doesn’t exist in Heaven, and our life on earth is only to prepare us all for Heaven!

The poor in spirit, the tax collector saw himself as—– Luke 18:13-14″ And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”

Yet by contrast:   Luke 18:11-12″ The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”

NOTE: In reality, none cam “CON” The Father-God.

Please do not buy into Satan’s lies, that God is too king, and, too loving to judge all those who reject Him or The Son!  IF. . . IF this is the truth, we’d never have the need, nor see Christ die on the Cross right?

 Romans 11:21″ For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.”

This “Publican” the Tax-collector felt his need to unburden himself, of guilt and shame before The father God, and his heart was open to the the workings of the Holy Spirit to set him free from all his dysfunctions, by the loving will of God through Jesus Christ!

DON’T PUT IT OFF!

If you see your shortcomings, your addictions, PLEASE do not wait to make yourself better. There’s nobody so bad, that you are NOT able to come to Jesus, period! But none can do this on their own powers—–

 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.”

Therefore dear reader, come to Jesus just as you are, right now! Y O U only need to look at the Cross, with God’s Son, with spikes in His hand and heels, and a scourged back, exposing bones, to know that The Father is serious about eliminating all sin. Please, Please, do not compare self with others, by saying or thinking, “I am as good or better, then those people are”. All shall be judged by our thoughts, our actions towards others, based upon LOVE, for truelove is always outward looking never inwards!

Never put off going to Christ, because none is guaranteed  a  tomorrow! Life, ends every second for somebody, and even John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said he was the greatest of the Prophets, was beheaded, long before his time!

Even our First Parents,  Adam and Eve, did not think it was a big deal to rebel against God’s word, and listened to Satan instead, and sin entered into a;;p the earth, and they LOST their eternal life, for the time being!  [many obey Satan, ever since! Even worship him as god!]

Each and every sin we treasure, and hold onto, makes us less and less interested in God, and unless and until we surrender ALL our junk to Him, eventually end up rejecting God completely, and His Words says it best—-

 Proverbs 5:22″ His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.”

Note: in plain words: sins are as ropes giving enough rope to hang themselves with!

Hebrews 3:7-9. “ Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.”

Note: Please read all of Exodus 16th chapter, knowing God preformed a daily miracle in the Manna for food, for over 3 million people, and herds of sheep, goat, oxen and donkeys in the dessert of the Sinai , plus on each Sabbath’s DOUBLE PORTION that NOT rendered inedible due to souring and worms, as any extra gathered was so treated all other days! This to get them used to the Seventh-day sabbaths!

 2 Corinthians 6:1-2″ We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

NEXT: STEP 3 —   lesson  5.

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME

Questions?   Comments?  John at servant@frontier.com

 

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WEEK 3- STEP 3

As always my thanks to Cheri Peters, this is her program,Celebrating Life in Recovery. This can be found at http://www.3anb.org.   (john B)

WE HAVE MADE A DECISION: “To turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, the father of us all.

PLEASE: Go back and read the Serenity Prayer begin in week 2 Step 2.

 Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

QUESTION:  “ARE Y O U SORRY ENOUGH TO QUIT?”

Then:–turn your bad habits over to The One who forgives and heals Y O U!

Have you ever, in o moment of sobriety, ever asked yourself, “How can I ever be clean and free of this junk”?  Or how can I ever be right with God? Or how can I ever have the peace of mind? Or have you not ever wished that you are or even can be well-loved?  Have you ever hoped for you to be clean—inside”?

Well that’s a lot of heavy questions, granted, yet within all of them there is but one answer, Jesus Christ, the same one who died of the sins of all, is most willing and YES ABLE, to remove all our junk from within us and make us whole, as He has the power over Satan, and the grave, He is—-

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Note:  Why do so many think, that HE who willingly died for all our sins, will not or can not restore you to life and health! The Author of this program Cheri Peters, was diagnosed as terminal with three illnesses,! Yet, her prayers, and all those who prayed for her, the next visit and tests, the MD’s told her, we can’t find a single trace of any illness with you! God and, did and will do the same for anyone who call on His in faith/trust! PERIOD However without faith it 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.”

Hebrews 11 is the Faith chapter!

Many ask, “But how can I come to Jesus”?   Simple, just say a prayer, and tell Him you do not like where your life’s been going and you desire His help and guidance, and His strength to set-aside all your junk! Remember He saw you and what you are facing now, even from the Cross, giving His life for all of us sinners! As usual the Bible says it best—-

 Acts 3:19-20 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:”

Note: Yes He will in Spirit .

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Note: If He is faithful to forgive, why would anyone think, He will not also remove your need/desire to stay within your JUNK? So that He can continually forgive us as we repent?  NO! He removes the need for our junk! IF we but allow it! He will bot ever use force, that’s Satan’s methods. For WITHOUT, our FREE-WILL to choose, there is not, nor can there be freedom!

FALSE REPENTANCE;

Repentance means being sorry for sin— sorry enough to quit. You won’t turn away from sin unless you see how wrong it is, how much harm it causes you and those you love. Your life won;t REALLY change until YOU turn away from that which harms you, as a heart change. It’s not ever enough to be sorry to have made bad choices, or even have a great fear of being “CAUGHT”, or even if you are really suffering for the consequences of those choices. That’s not repentance as God sees it.

The Holy Bible, Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth– has may stories of people who “Repented” this was. Esau, the first-born of Isaac {later renamed Israel} who foolishly traded his birthright as the Firstborn, for a meal, and when he discovered he’d given up his rightful inheritance his only real regret was the monetary loss. Then there’s Balaam who was terrified when a sword-wielding angel confronted him while he was doing the very thing god had forbidden. Yes he confessed his guilt in order to save his life, but never regretted what he was doing, he even still wanted to do the very thing God had forbidden. He felt no disgust over the evil in his heart. The story of Judas Mathew 27;4, who was terrified of his own fate, yet he had no deep regrets, no broker heart grief that he had betrayed the sinless Son of God, he hanged himself, thus breaking an other commandment thou shalt not kill! All these people were not really sorry, for having committed their sin, but were sorry for the results of their sins!

True, real and honest repentance—

Comes ONLY after God’s Holy Spirit touches the sinner’s heart, and that gives him or her and me, a clear sense of right and wrong. It’s then that we become greatly respectful of God’s Holy Law, the Ten Pillars, which is nothing short of God’s foundation, of and for His government.

John 1:9 “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Note: The closer we each one of us move towards God in Christ Jesus, the greater the sin appears and the more abhorrent each becomes, because we see the Holiness of God, and realize that we can do nothing without Jesus, at least nothing that is good! It is then that wee see, how much He truly loves us, and that He’s will to move both Heaven and earth, so to speak, to rescue us from ourselves!  even-though filled with shame, we long to be close to Him, because He can and will cleanse us all from any and all our filthiness, and do so gently, with utmost kindness, and great patience.

Note (JB) I know from personal experience, because I know the man I used to be, yet a freely admit that I am not yet the man He wants me to become!

We can all learn a good lesson from King David, who sinned greatly but—-

 2 Samuel 12:2-7 “The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;”

Psalms 32:1-2 <<A Psalm of David, Maschil.>> “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. ”

 Psalms 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”

Note: SELAH Hebrew figuratively “chew the cud”, think , ponder on this. Please read Psalm 51: 1,3,7,10-12,14.

In our own power, none can fully repent like that. Such deep change of the heart/mind comes only from Jesus through the Holy Spirit,. The brain works with electrical pluses, thus the Holy Spirit is as Heaven’s Holy transmitter, speaking directly into our minds. [if men knew the how we’d be as God, and that’ll not ever happen!]

YOU AND I CAN’T DO IT ON OUR OWN POWERS:

Please do not miss this point! Do NOT miss out on the help Jesus so freely, and willingly, even longingly, offers to all. If Y O U think you can’t come to Him, until you are sorry for your sin, please know that this isn’t how it works. It’s true that repentance come before forgiveness because it’s only when our hearts are broken over our sins that we’ll all feel the need of a Savior! Yet please know this, there’s never a need to use repentance as a roadblock between you and Jesus!  The Bible simply doesn’t teach that, but Satan and his followers do indeed. Maybe, Y O U have heard one say, You what? You want God’s forgiveness, Your sins are to many, to great!   Yet take heart—-

 Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 Acts 5:31″ Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”

He, Jesus changes how you and I see our addictions and sins. He brings to us a heartfelt regret for the damage our mistakes have caused to self and others, while at the same instant of time He forgives us!  Because He is crazy about you, now, and better yet what HE knows you will become!

Yes it is true, people SOMETIMES become so ashamed and stop doing the wrong thing before they even know Jesus is working within them. Yet know this also, whenever one sincerely try to do the right things, it’s because Jesus is touching their hearts/minds. Y O U may not have any idea His Holy Spirit is at work, but gradually you’ll become aware of right and wrong and your actions and habits will change, for the better. When at that time YOU’ll will begin to see it was also your sin and mine that sent Jesus to the Cross, and then you’ll realize the importance of God’s Laws!

Jesus suffered and died for our sins, in order that we do not need to pay the same price–

 Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Please do not insist upon your drinking from broken water-fountains of this world, for God said—-

 Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Note:  Christ’s Church is His bride!

NEXT  WEEK 3 LESSON 2: :the love that reveals.”   c u there?

Thanking Y O U for your time  Questions? Comments?  John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

OR: visit your seventh day Adventist Church, any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. Only Jesus can give you the peace of mind we all seek and need.

Other sites: http://www.aftv.org    www.blbn.org   http://www.amazingdiscoveries.org

Thank YOU

jb  Jaybee

 

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WEEK 2.LESSON 3.

THE ONE WHO CAN RESTORE US TO SANITY.

How many personal stories, how many examples has the Holy Spirit used to help us all understand this truth? He, [NOTE: the Holy Bible always refers to this entity with the masculine pronoun HE, this a person, a Deity, and a member of the Godhead, and not some force as many teach]

The Holy Spirit, The Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, tries every way possible, without force, to show us The One who can set us free, from our burdens and junk. The Bible teaches us the story of Jacob, who took advantage of his brother Esau, and then had to high-tail it away, to save his own skin!  [Genesis 25.] He was as an outcast, lonely, guilty, and ashamed separated from all that made life worth living. But The one thought tortured him most of all: he feared that his sin, against his brother, whom he cheated out of his “The Elder,” inheritance,, had cut him off from God for ever.

Then as he fell asleep in the wilderness he had a dream——

 Genesis 28:12 “And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”

Genesis 28:13 “And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;”

So here Jacob, a lair, and a thief, as well as on-the-run coward,, God had not abandoned him, and He has not abandoned Y O U either!  True love, as that of The Father for His child, can not be turned off and one, as a light switch, for His love is eternal, as He is!  Heard God’s voice, and he was thus filled with hope and comfort, knowing he was not ever alone. Y O U also can have this, right now! Just pray and ask Him for His help, and for Him to remove all your junk, you have until now insisted to carry all by yourself!  Allow Him, by your submission, to Jesus, and your burdens shall be lifted, because that’s one big reason He died for you and me!

Note: The ladder in his dream, is symbolic of Jesus, who since His death made it possible for anyone to speak to the Father-God, directly with prayer, in Christ’s name! Prior to that we needed one of His servants, a  Prophet through whom we could convey our needs.   This is the why of—–

 Matthew 27:51 “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; : [ Mk. 15:38. Lk 23:45] 

Jesus Himself reinforced this ladder symbol as—-

  John 1:51 “And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

Note: Jesus oft referred to Himself as The Son of Man! As He was birthed by a woman!

In the fall of man into sin, by rebellion against God, the human race was torn away from God, and earth was cut-off from direct access to Heaven, for sin is The gulf, the breach across which there could be no direct communication, until Christ at the Cross healed this divide, with His perfect life bridged this gap, that sin had caused. It is great news for us then and now, for it reconnects us as sinners, thus ruined and weak and helpless with the infinite source of power, Jesus Christ!

For without Jesus, there is no other source of power, for our hopes of a recovery, and ALL our own efforts of self-improvements are pointless!

 James 1:17-19 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”

 John 14:6″ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

NOTE: Many teach, that this is wrong, and makes us bigots. However is that not akin to saying 1+1 = not two but any other number? Truth is truth, and God is above all truthful! It is the ideas of men who push the Ecumenical route, by teaching that all earth’s religions are truth, and should all come under the rule of the Popes!  Is that not mixing much error with truth of God?  Can you tell by looking and know exactly how much arsenic is mixed in the glass of this  “Religiously mixed”  water they want you and me to drink?  The worldly has always accepted a goddess, in many man-made religions, and can you see why Mary is now called a CO-MINIATRIX, with her son Jesus by some? [Note not one word of this can be found in a the Bibles already in print! For the future who knows, what changes men will make,, with all those already done?]

Note: True Christianity, as that which Christ gave us, is the ONLY faith, on earth, that God’s own Son paid the price for our iniquity, our lawlessness!  No not even the Jews, for they rejected the Savoir of mankind, by called for his crucifixion, which Rome obliged, with.

 Luke 13:35 “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

Note: Yet many, work under a false impression that the Israel and its people are God’s chosen, need to absorb the above verse and the next—-

  1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

Note: men are not Spirits, which come in two “Flavors” Good and Evil! From God and from Satan!

  Revelation 19:10 “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

  1 John 2:23 “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

   1 John 5:10 “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” 

Note: Sorry to all my Jewish friends, but if this offends, pray ans ask for the wisdom to understand His word both old and new, with reservations or prejudices. There’s a huge inventory of prophecies regarding both the Birth, the Place and even the the exact year of his ministry beginnings and His death and when the Scriptures were to go the the Gentiles, so, Please, let not pride condemn you, to the Outer darkness

So why did I (john B) include our Jewish brethren in this? Because they also, like the rest of us insist upon carrying all our own ” Junk,” needlessly! Jesus is an “Equal-Opportunity” Helper!  For He lived and died to intervene on our behalf, plus He sends His Holy angles to help us, and the Holy Spirit pleads for for us, and The Father, works above all and through all to restore us to wholeness and holiness!

NOTE: (JB) The Father-God used only love and truth, as they are the only two weapons Satan the adversary will not ever use, but will use everything else, including drugs, booze gambling sexual addictions and even murder, to gain his will! Look at all the huge stars in music and movies that he has used and then cast aside, as if they were just so much trash!  Yet each and everyone, so snared, so chained, by circumstances, Jesus is willing and able to reach out, and gather them to His side because that’s what love does!

Think about God’s kindness and patience! What more could He do? How can we not run back into His loving embrace of a God, who loves us more than His own life? What amazing love is that? Let’s turn to the ONE who longs for our recovery so that HE can restore us and we can be with Him forever and ever AMEN?

CELEBRATING EXERCISE;

At the 91 Grace, was still playing tennis, lifting weights, and walking. Yet fifty-one years earlier, at age 40, she suffered a spinal injury during a ski accident, suffering under severe pain, She also had emphysema and struggled just to breathe. Her doctor told her she was too old to get better. Grace was determined to improve. She began exercising three times a week, two to three hours a day, despite the severe pain. Gradually her breathing improved and the pain disappeared. Exercise saved her life!

Exercise, for a lot of us, is, something that we’ve tried to avoid forever. But especially now, as you step into recovery, exercise will help you, with depression, anger, fatigue. many of us are disconnected from our physical bodies as a result of abuse, addictions, or lifestyles. Exercise will help you reconnect with your body!

 

LOOK AT THE KNOWN BENEFITS:

Amount of exercise per week:

 

 

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HELP! I NEED JESUS. LESSON 3.

I GIVE MY THANKS TO CHERI PETERS AND HER “CELEBRATING LIFE IN RECOVERY.   This program can be seen on, www. 3ABN.ORG.

SERENITY PRAYER.

God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I can not change,

Courage to change the things I can,  and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time:  Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it si, and not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right, if I surrender to Your will, so that  may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with YOU forever in the next,  AMEN

~Reinhold Niebuhr~

It is very important my friend, that you begin each lesson with the above prayer.

WEEK 2.      STEP 1;

We must admit we are powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that out lives has become unmanageable’.

Romans 7:18-19 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. ”

STEP 2:

WE should come to believe, and accept, that a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity.

 Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Note: The word pleasure, could be replaced by purpose, or even His desire, as He wants all to come to repentance, and be with Him forever, in loving personal relationship as Father and sons and daughters!  Nobody is so evil, so far removed from His ways, that one is out of His reach or thoughts!  Manasseh, an evil king who had Elisha, put into a hollow log, and sawed in half, but later this king repented, and both will be in Heaven!  Surprised?

“IF YOU’RE LOST WITHIN YOUR OWN JUNK. . . . KNOW THAT YOUR FATHER-GOD, DELIGHTS IN HELPING YOU IN YOUR RECOVERY!

   In the very beginning, Adam and Eve were strong and perfect, in both body mind and Spirit. In fact had they not rebelled and listened to Satan in place of God, they would not have lost their immortality! please think about that!

Yet Satan beguiled Eve, with lies, that she believed, she ate the forbidden fruit, and gave the same to her husband Adam.  This showed their selfish nature, wanting to please self over pleasing God. This one-act, of rebellion, crippled them and all their of-springs ever since, because they became nearly powerless over their behaviors.  As human lives, became more and more entrapped into sins, that Satan was able to trap many like slaves, in lives of dysfunction and misery. Each person born since has been born enslaved, to one sin or an other.
It could very well have been Satan’s purpose to fill this earth with so much grief and sin, and the pains it causes, to be able to say, “All this is god’s fault, because He created flesh  human beings!

If The Father-God, had not made previously made provisions to counter this action of Satan, humans would have become non-existent, long ago!.

We have not a clue, regarding the time from Genesis 2:7 until the fall in Genesis 3, yet God’s promise of a Savior in Genesis 3:15, allowed us all to life with hope!

 Colossians 2:2-6 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:”

When we as individuals get caught up in our dysfunctions, and addictions,, we get disconnected with The father-God, and His pathway Jesus Christ. We became hopelessly ensnared by Satan’s many traps, and sadly many think the only way out of their misery is take their life! I, myself was near to this point, but I thank God HE had me call out to Jesus for help!

I was at that point, where hopelessness and hate overwhelmed me, and i was fit company, let alone be ready for Heaven with all the hate within me, for self and all others!

I fell to my knees, tears rolling down, I well remember my words: “Father you know me, I’ve lived my life, my way, and now I have to look up to see the bottom, Father I want you to teach me your ways!” And BOY did HE ever! That very instant, my life, my thinking, changed, and for the better! Yes, I am far better than I was, but I know there’s still much room for improvements within me! But god is gentle, and patient, long suffering in the Bible, and I count that a great blessing, as one can make a tree grow into any direction, if,…. if forced it will break!

 Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.”

Note: The verse in Job, above is spoken by man, look—-

 Romans 8:6-10 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Jesus said, John 3:3-7 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

NOTE: The idea that with great effort and determination, we can get ourselves to a natural goodness, and thus overcome sin, with our won powers, is wrong, foolish and a  dangerous lie, from those mentioned next—–

John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

So, when some-one tells you, that That no power in heaven can help you get rid of your junk, just remember the above verse, alright?

 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

NOTE: It this very kind of thinking, that the well-to-do, find no need for Jesus, but all those who are bent-over carrying all their junk, know they are in need of a power beyond self!  Which is the very reason, we all need to be born again from ABOVE!

John 1:3-4 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Note: Jesus Christ willingly gave His life, so that HE has the right, to save us, the willing!  Yet look at Paul, it was he, that was the greatest single writer of the New Testament, yet look at his struggle…..

 Romans 7:16 “If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.”

 Romans 7:12 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”

Romans 7:14″ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.”

Romans 7:24-25 “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Note: If one of the greatest of the 12, struggled with sin, why should we find it less so difficult, today, with many more temptations, plus people being much more isolated from each other’s support?   There’s however, only one answer, that has withstood the test of time—–

 John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

   Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”

all this is part of week 2:

Next:  THE ONE WHO CAN RESTORE US TO SANITY.

QUESTIONS? Comments?  John at http://www.servant@frontier.com

OR: VISIT YOUR SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH. Any Saturday/Sabbath at 9-10 AM. You will find the help you desire!

Other sites:   http://www.aftv.orh.   http://www.amazingdiscoveries.org  .www.blbn.org

 

 

    

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