Who is online?
In total there are 14 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 14 Guests

None

[ View the whole list ]


Most users ever online was 115 on Wed 03 Jul 2019, 3:20 pm
Latest topics
» WORLD ISRAEL NEWS
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 2:05 pm by Admin

» Mrs. P's Haven of Refuge Inspirational
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 2:03 pm by Admin

» servant @ TWO LISTENERS
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 12:33 pm by Admin

» BIBLE STUDY on VERSE
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 12:29 pm by Admin

» WORTHY NEWS
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 12:28 pm by Admin

» Daily Disciples
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 12:27 pm by Admin

» The Mark started implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 11:52 am by Admin

» BIRTH PANGS – Series of Powerful Earthquakes Volcano's Strike Around the Globe
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 9:47 am by Admin

» ENDTIME HEADLINES
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 9:40 am by Admin

» PROPHESY NEWS WATCH
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyToday at 12:07 am by Admin

» Delrifkah: HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY.
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 11:14 pm by Admin

» R.D SOUZA Saved by faith
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 11:13 pm by Admin

» +Dev+ Michael D. Inman Pastor
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 11:12 pm by Admin

» My Manna
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 11:10 pm by Admin

» GOSPEL FROM ASIA
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 11:09 pm by Admin

» Another Look at Footwashing
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 10:47 pm by Admin

» 12 Proverbs to Start Memorizing Today
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 10:22 pm by Admin

» Rare Footage of President Ronald Reagan Speaking the Gospel
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 9:58 pm by Admin

» PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 9:56 pm by Admin

» ISRAEL VIDEO'S
*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages EmptyYesterday at 9:25 pm by Admin

Navigation
 Portal
 Index
 Memberlist
 Profile
 FAQ
 Search

*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages

Go down

*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages Empty Re: *TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages

Post  Admin on Thu 09 Sep 2010, 10:52 am

TURNING POINTS*
*PART 2 of 2*
*By Charles W. Wages*
But After*
What a turning point! What caused this change of direction, this
conversion? Titus 3:4 and 6 tells us,
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
When you read Titus 3 verses 4 and 6 together, you get the full meaning of what causes the dramatic change in ones life. The statement in verse
5 lets us know again that we had nothing to do with this change other than to accept it as a free gift of God. When we read the expression But after, we are forced to think of but before. It is not a pretty picture.
Sin never is pretty. We don't like to think of being foolish,
disobedient, deceived, lustful, envious, malicious, and hateful. These, though, are the results of letting Satan rule our lives. These are the qualities of a life without God. We see them mirrored in our society in every form of evil imaginable. A complete change is needed to get out of this mess.
That can only be accomplished by the power of God who can
turn our lives around and let us look to the future. In Titus 3:7 we are informed,
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Once we looked toward no hope now we face the future with a new hope.
That hope is Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
In Ephesians 2:11-13, we read of another great turning point.
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
These verses teach a great dispensational truth that the devil would just delight in covering up from Gods children. He has done a pretty good job so far. Many of Gods children know very little of Gods great plan for this age of grace. We are told in these verses that in time past the Gentiles had no hope and were without God in the world. It was through Gods chosen people, Israel, that the Christ (Messiah) was to come. The only way to truly worship God was through His plan and purpose for Israel (the circumcision). Gentiles were considered aliens and strangers from the commonwealth of Israel and the covenants and promises
made to them. The Gentiles were without hope and without Christ, except in relation to Israels hope.
*But Now*
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:13)
Another great turning point! It is characterized by the expression in
Christ Jesus. This makes the difference. All is changed and turned
around when we see we are now in Christ Jesus. Not just in the world, but in Christ Jesus! This great turning point in Gods dealing with humankind came about by Christs death, not just His life. His beautiful, sinless life did not break down the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile, but the shedding of His blood at Calvary. This brought Jew and Gentile together in one joint body.
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body and
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel. (Eph. 3:6)
Now, this joint body is known as the Church, the body of Christ. This was not only a great turning point in Gods plan and purpose for the ages, but can make a great change in our lives today. We, as believers, are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. What a position! What a future!
Yes, when we accepted Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, He completely
turned us around. We once served Satan and self, now we serve the Saviour. Once, the many churches of man confused us, now we are secure in His Church, the body of Christ. What a change, what a hope, what a future!
Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. (Rom. 16:25-27)
Dear Lord of light, I praise You for bringing me out of darkness into
Your gracious light. Grant me grace to proclaim Your excellencies. Shine Your light into the hearts I hope to reach. Grant them the miracle of resting and trusting you in your high calling of us, in the Lord Jesus we pray. , Amen.
Admin
Admin
Admin

Posts : 58822
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 74
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.forumotion.com

Back to top Go down

*TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages Empty *TURNING POINTS*By Charles W. Wages

Post  Admin on Wed 08 Sep 2010, 8:10 am

*TURNING POINTS*
*PART 1 of 2*
*By Charles W. Wages*
*
Turning points occur in everyone's life. They can be natural or
spiritual; immediate or gradual; big or little; for good or bad.
Whatever their magnitude or importance, they play a large part in our
lives and in our attitudes toward God and man.

Our thoughts about turning points will be mainly of a spiritual nature,
however the spiritual largely determines our attitude and manner of
living in our natural estate. The Scriptures, especially in the epistles
of Paul, speak of very dramatic and important turning points. 1
Thessalonians 1:9 is an excellent example of a spiritual turning point.

For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto
you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

Many of these people had been pagan Gentiles who worshipped all kinds of
idols. Through the Word preached by Paul and the testimony of true
believers they turned to God from their idols. This was a tremendous
turning point that would affect their lives, and others, throughout
their lifetime and into glory. The word convert means being turned
around. Someone or something is going one direction in time and when
converted they head in the opposite direction. They once faced Satan and
self and now they face the Saviour.

One of the great passages of Scripture that clearly teaches a turning
around is Ephesians, chapter 2. The first three verses tells us what we
were by nature, how we walked and talked, and to whom we owed
allegiance. What a dreary and degrading picture. Satan, the prince of
the power of the air, was our master. We were his children in
disobedience. Our character was determined by his character. Our conduct
was determined by his conduct or manner of living, our conversation or
speech was fashioned after his, and our course or direction was
determined by him. What a miserable picture. What a miserable life.

*
*BUT GOD*
*
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved). (Eph. 2:4-5)

There can be no real turning point in ones spiritual life apart from the
power of God. God exercises that power when we give up our own efforts
and trust Him. The little preposition for in Ephesians 2:4 shows us why
God is so willing to help all who look to Him. His mercy is shown
because of His great love for sinners. In times past we were:

.dead in trespasses and sins
.walked according to the course of this world
.lived according to the lusts of the flesh
.fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind
.were by nature the children of wrath.

All of these, and more, because we were under the influence of the
prince of the power of the air. This ruler is Satan.

But God enters the picture, and what a difference! This is also where
the turning point takes place. The lost sinner becomes a saved saint.
This does not come about by our own goodness or works (Eph. 2:8-9), but
because of His mercy, grace, and love for sinners. God does the loving,
giving, and the work needed for salvation. We, as sinners, do the
receiving, and then begin to accomplish the good works He has appointed
for His children. What does this accomplish in our turned around lives?
We become new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17). This work of God
allows the newly created individual to begin a new walk in a new direction.

Another great turning point is brought to our attention in Titus 3:3-7.

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful,
and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our
Saviour toward man appeared. Not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit; Which he shed on us
abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his
grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Again, we must consider what we were before God, through Christ, came
into our lives and turned us around:

.we were foolish instead of sensible
.we were disobedient instead of submissive
.we were deceived instead of self disciplined.
.we were serving lust and pleasures instead of being servants of God
.we were living in malice and envy instead of doing good works
.we were hating one another instead of showing the love of God.


*Dear Lord, my deliverer, *
*I praise You for rescuing me from the bondage of sin.*
* I rejoice that You have brought me into*
* the richness of fellowship with You.*
* What a gracious plan You have provided *
*--- to make all of this available by means of Your faithful promises!*
*Amen
Admin
Admin
Admin

Posts : 58822
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 74
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.forumotion.com

Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum