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Post  Admin on Fri 12 Oct 2012, 9:09 am

The Party *
*by Steve Me Vey*
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I've changed a lot over the years, in many ways. Maybe the way I've
changed the most is centered on how I see God. The church-god I
envisioned as a child and even during the early years of my ministry is
nothing like the Father I have come to know in recent years.

It's true that God never changes. He really is the same yesterday, today
and forever. But as the barnacles of the rigorous, rules-keeping,
regimented religion of my yesteryears have been scrapped away by the
growing revelation of His outrageous love, I've come to see Him in a
different light than I ever knew in my past.

I grew up seeing God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as a team who each had
their own unique perspective and approach to me. My view was that God
hated sin and, since that was one thing I was good at doing, I needed
help to know how to keep Him at bay. That's where the Holy Spirit came
in. His role was to come to me and tell me in no uncertain terms to
"stop it!" Sometimes He would use feelings of guilt and shame. At other
times He would sternly remind me that God brought me into this world and
He could just as easily take me out if I didn't straighten up and fly
right.

Then came Jesus - my view was that He came to keep God from doing what
He was itching to do - zap me. I felt like God had one last nerve and I
had gotten on it. Jesus was there to shush God when He was about to go
off on me by holding up His hands and saying, "Father, remember - the
scars, the scars!" "Oh, yeah," God would say and then He would calm down
for a while until I screwed up royally again and it became necessary for
Jesus to repeat the whole thing.

Is it any wonder I had trouble feeling intimacy with God? The sad thing
is that I don't think my perspective was unique. I meet many people
today who still believe that there is somehow a dichotomy between the
Father and Son when it comes to their acceptance of us. Many think that
the Father is the nervous, on-edge type and that Jesus is the One who
sits by His right hand to calm Him down. The Holy Spirit? They see Him
as the behavior-policeman.

In reality, it's not like that at all. The good news is that, contrary
to what many have believed, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are really
all on the same team. There has never been one moment when they weren't
of the same mind and heart toward you.

In the inner sanctum that exists between the Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit, there has always been nothing less than a loving intimacy that
defies human definition or even description. Think of the most
passionate and tender and touching and enduring love relationship you've
ever had with another person in this world and multiply it by an
infinite number and you won't even begin to get close to the love shared
among the Trinity.

The amazing news of the gospel of grace is that this divine dance isn't
a closed party. Their love is so great that it's too big to be contained
and too intense to be restrained so the Trinity threw the doors of this
private club wide open at the cross and cried out across time and
eternity, calling in "the poor and maimed and blind and lame."

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost all see things the same way, do things
the same way and see you the same way. They're all on your side. There's
a party going on right now and, by His grace, you're in.

Is that how you see God? I hope so, because it's true. The Father, Son
and Holy Spirit love you and want you to relax and enjoy the party.
That's what abundant living is all about.
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*OLD REJECTED, NEW ACCEPTED *
*By Miles Stanford*

*"You were set free from the tyranny of Sin, and became the bondservants
of Righteousness" (Rom. 6:18, Wey.).

The principle underlying resurrection life is, of all things, death.
"For since we have become one with Him by sharing in His death, we shall
also be one with Him by sharing in His resurrection .... Surrender your
very selves to God as living men who have risen from the dead" (Rom.
6:5,13, Wey.). Let the facts of your position overwhelm the feelings of
your condition.

"By exercising faith in the Word, apart from any feelings, be 'planted
together with Him in the likeness of His death' (Rom. 6:5). Only by thus
standing in your position will you begin to experience 'the likeness of
His resurrection. ' Reckon on your life-union with Him. Reject the old
life on the basis of your death in Christ on the Cross, and count
yourself alive in Him until He makes experiential your resurrection
position. Do not forget that you must stand firmly upon the specific
truths: 'dead indeed unto sin - alive unto God in Christ Jesus' (Rom. 6:11).

"The sharing of His life is our blessed experience just in the measure
in which we share His death. So many of us are content merely that the
Cross should be the power to save us from the penalty of sin, but death
was not the end of the manifestation of Christ. It was resurrection, and
it is the risen life, shining forth in the believer, that alone can
carry out the purpose of God in redemption. The believer, in whose daily
attitude the mark of resurrection is seen, becomes what the world is
looking for, a convincing witness to the power of the Living Redeemer."
- G.W.

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection" (Phil. 3:10).
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Post  Admin on Tue 09 Oct 2012, 9:24 pm

*SALVATION BY GRACE THROUGH*
*FAITH ALONE*
*DICK WARE, Pastor*
*Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:8, 9

People are determined to have to do something to win God's favor. In
Romans chapter four where God shows us what Abraham's faith was not in,
He shows us what people do put their faith in. Study it carefully. They
put their faith in: their own merit or good works; religious ceremony
(circumcision) or affiliation; and in their keeping the Law or some
other rule. It's a faith in a human work of some kind. The problem is
not faith. It's what the faith is in! God says man's faith will be put
into his account for righteousness if he puts it in the right place or
person (Rom. 4:5).

On the one hand, you have a salvation attempted on a works basis. It's
received by works through faith. On the other hand, we see God offering
today salvation on a grace basis. Grace can't be earned nor bought! It's
not only more than what we deserve, it's just the opposite! In the early
chapters of Romans, you have every man deserving the wrath of God, being
offered the righteousness of God - BY GOD'S GRACE! God's grace is the
BASIS for His offer. How is this offer received? By faith, and faith alone!

In the book of Romans we see "the righteousness of God,"
"justification, " and "eternal life" are synonymous terms and are God's
gift to those deserving His eternal wrath (Rom. 3:21, 24; 5:1, 17;
6:23). The same is true as we come to Ephesians chapter 2. The same ones
who are dead in trespasses and sins and who are headed for the wrath of
God (vrs. 1-3) can be saved by God's marvelous grace. God says: "For by
grace --you have been saved -- through faith, and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast" (2:8,9). He is saying: the gift of God is eternal life; God's
grace is the basis for His offer; and man's faith alone is means of
receiving God's gift. God holds man accountable to believe and receive
His gift (II Thess. 2:10;12)!
*Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, *
*which from the beginning of the world *
*hath been hid in God,*
*who created all things by Jesus Christ*

*Truth can't be judged on the basis of popularity. *

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Post  Admin on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 10:47 pm

PEACE WITH GOD *
*By DONALD W. WEFFALD,*
*
Scripture Reading: Romans 5: I

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ."

Justification that brings "peace with God," is a free gift from God and
is the present eternal possession of the believer. "Justification" is
the judicial act by which God declares the believer righteous in Christ.
In the fifth chapter of Romans the Apostle is giving assurance that
justification by faith will last; that the hope is well founded.

There are three points to the Apostle's argument to show the secure
ground upon which the believer's hope rests. First, the tribulations the
believer will face in this life will strengthen not destroy that hope
(Romans 5:2-4). Secondly, the hope is based upon the great love God has
for the one justified (Romans 5:5I I). As he was loved by God while yet
a sinner, how much more when he is justified! And thirdly, as surely as
man's relationship to Adam has brought death, so the union the believer
has with Christ brings eternal life (Romans 5:12-21).

Adam's sin resulted in death for all but Christ's obedience (the Cross)
brought eternal blessing to all who believe in Him.

The believer has "peace with God" although he was once an enemy of God
(Romans 5:10). Peace here is not a state of mind but a relationship to
God Who is holy. God is at peace with the believer because His wrath is
removed through Christ at the Cross. And because the holiness of God is
satisfied through Christ's death for sin, the believer need never fear
God's wrath. Knowledge of this should bring tranquility of mind.
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Post  Admin on Sun 07 Oct 2012, 8:11 pm

*FAITH'S FORTITUDE *
*By Miles Stanford*

"Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you" (Isa.
30:18).

Waiting upon the Father is not a matter of longsuffering, but of
expectant faith - quiet, restful, confident dependence upon One who is
fully trusted. Often the God of circumstances must teach this waiting by
placing us in situations that offer no other alternative.

"When the testing comes, does our faith prove true? Does our confidence
in the Father become shaken and our hope prove uncertain? When the
clouds have gathered and the thunder rolls and the lightning stabs the
darkness and the roar of the storm is in our ears, can we keep our eyes
and thoughts off the tempest and continue in the quiet and peace of the
Father's presence?

"When the enemy of right and wrong has thrown down the gauntlet and is
trampling ruthlessly upon that which affects the honor of our Lord, and
when he seems about to bring ruin upon that which our Father has
purposed, can we refrain from rushing in to strive with him, and wait
for Him 'in quietness and confidence,' with a true sense both of our
weakness and of His faithfulness and strength? When we have no word from
the Lord except to wait and everything seems to be at a standstill, does
the certainty of hope remain undimmed?" ~A.H.

"When you are in faith you will find that the Lord Jesus does not remove
the pressure from off you until you are asleep in it, until you are able
to take it quietly. You learn His grace first, and then His mercy."

"Faith possesses all things, and hope stretches on to the fulness of the
possession, yet in no restless mood, for patience sits by the side of
hope in the believer's soul, and teaches him to wait for the glory of
his Father. 'If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience
wait for it.' (Rom. 8:25)." ~H.F.W.

"I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined unto me" (Ps. 40:1).

PRAY FOR OUR NATION, AND FOR OUR TROOPS
Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
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Post  Admin on Sat 06 Oct 2012, 8:26 pm

*CHRIST - OUR PEACE *
*By JEFF SEEKINS, Pastor *
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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:14

Jesus Christ equals peace, for He is our peace. Peace is the absence of
turmoil, the end of war or argument. It is when two agree. In this
passage the two are Jews and Gentiles. Historically we find them at
odds, and hostile to one another. In this verse we see that this
hostility between them is termed a wall, a middle or dividing wall. We
might picture the Berlin Wall with its imposing hostility and absence of
peace. In 1987, President Reagan challenged the Soviets to display peace
by destroying the wall that divides people. Christ removed the wall
between the Jew and Gentile by dismantling it. By so doing, He made peace.

The wall is described in v. 15 as enmity. This word is at times
translated enemy and denotes hostility. Divisions create and promote
hostility as this wall did in dividing two races. What was this wall?
Looking a bit further we see that the wall, the hostility, was the law
of commandments contained in ordinances. The same breath that points out
the wall as the law also points out that Christ made peace by abolishing
it! The meaning of abolish is to make useless, or of none effect. The
law created and promoted the hostility between Jew and Gentile, but it
was made useless and was dismantled by Christ in his flesh on the cross.

This truth is unique to this dispensation of Grace. Christ gave his life
to provide forgiveness, and to dismantle and nullify the middle wall of
partition which is the hostile law of commandments contained in dogmas.
His death removed the obstacles to peace, so we can say with the
Scriptures- "He is our Peace."

*
*When injustice becomes law, *
*resistance becomes duty." *
*~ Thomas Jefferson*

Religion is detrimental to your well-being! Religion is false!
Religion is the reason why many unbelievers refuse God and Christ!
Religion is dead! Religion is Satan's buddy! Religion is destroying
the faith of many! Religion was NAILED TO THE CROSS, AND THE ENMITY THEREOF! By R. Cox
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Post  Admin on Fri 05 Oct 2012, 10:52 pm

NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM" *
*By Robert Hanna*
*
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 2: 14

Many of the world's great intellectual giants have been diligent
scholars of Scripture, yet have gone to their graves without ever having
understood what the Word of God really says. Most of us have pondered over this at one time or another (those of us who are Christians). It appears on the surface, that if we of average mental capacities can understand the message of the gospel, then surely men of up to twice our intelligence quotient can easily do so.

Such, however is not the case. Science, medicine, law almost any other topic imaginable would be child's play to such geniuses as these of whom we speak. Why, then, should the meaning of the Word of God be so elusive to them? Because "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."

Regardless of the degree of a man's intelligence, his spiritual
discernment is governed by his relationship to God. Paul tells us, "They
that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that
are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 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" (Romans 8:5-7). The gospel of the grace of
God reveals a simple message to an open heart and receptive ear. But the
hardened heart and the deaf ear cannot be penetrated without the
penitent desire of their host.
*TRIUMPH IN CHRIST *
*By Dick Johnson*
Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 2:14

We have no right or excuse, as members of the Body of Christ, to hide
behind our faith and stand silent and ashamed in the face of adversity.
God gave us victory over sin and death because of the victory of our
Lord Jesus Christ at the cross (I Corinthians 15:57). In fact, by being
one with Christ, we are sustained by the power of our Lord's
resurrection (Ephesians 1:19, 20).

In the context of our passage, the Apostle Paul knew that he and his
co-workers were being led in triumph in Christ by faithfully speaking in
Christ in the sight of God. He was experiencing the victory and power of
the resurrection.

Can we make the same claim as Paul? Yes, at least in terms of our
position in Christ. By God's grace, we indeed have the victory in Christ
and we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). We know for certain
that He who began a good work in us will perfect it until the day of
Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

However, God wants us to experience the glories of our position in
Christ. Since we are ambassadors for Christ, let us live as ambassadors.
Since we are light in the Lord, let us walk as children of light
(Ephesians 5:8). Since we have the power of the resurrection, let us be
strong in the Lord (Ephesians 6:10). Since we are saved, let us take
hold of the eternal life to which we were called and fight the good
fight of faith (I Timothy 6:12). We can know the joy of being led in
triumph in Christ!
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The Glory of Grace*
*Pastor Richard Jordon*
*
If you find it difficult to live the Christian life you are not
alone. Many Christians live second-rate lives with feelings of
insecurity, discontent, anxiety and impotency. For them, the joy and
victory that the gospel of grace promises seem little more than a
theoretical illusion, a fleeting ghost in the face of disappointments
that trap them in a syndrome of stress, self-pity and depression. Sadly
missing are the confidence, assurance and consistency that come from the
life of freedom that faith in Jesus Christ brings for every believer.

Grace is the answer. Legalism is the enemy. Victory in the
Christian life is obtained in the same manner as salvation: by
appropriating, receiving, believing-not by works.

Rom. 6:11-13 is a key passage every believer needs to master:

"Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye
should obey it in the lusts thereof.

"Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that
are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness unto God."

This is the process: Reckon yourself dead unto sin, but alive
unto God. How is it possible? Just before the above passage, Paul had
explained:

"Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death?" (Rom. 6:3).

The moment we trust the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we
die-with Him. Our baptism into Christ's death sets us free from sin,
"For he that is dead is freed from sin" (vs. 7). But grace does not stop
there; the wonderful thing is that we can die and yet still

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that
like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4).

It is only after we die-with Christ- that we are able to really
start living-again, with Him. Thus Paul goes on to state:

"But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye
have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

"Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of
righteousness. " "But now being made free from sin, and become servants
to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life"
(Rom. 6:17,18,22).

All of this is succinctly summed up in a verse every sincere
believer should know by heart:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but
Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by
the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me"
(Gal. 2:20).

How can I be dead and alive at the same time? The explanation
is clear: it is not I anymore but it is Christ who lives in me and it is
His life-His power, energy and wisdom-that is to be on display in my
action and attitudes. The wonderful truth is that Jesus Christ gave His
life for me at Calvary, so that He might give His life to me when I
trusted Him, so that He might live His life through me day by day.

This is the glory of grace: not simply that it saves us from
eternal damnation in "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death" (Rev. 21:8), there is more, "much more." The
glory of God's grace to us in Christ is that His life is available to us
right now.

Speaking about the saints, Col. 1:27 says:

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of
glory."

The "riches of the glory of this mystery" is defined as "Christ
in you, the hope of glory." This wealth is what God wants His saints to
appreciate and rejoice in. If all you understand about grace is that we
are not Israel and they are not us, you are missing the real wealth,
because the "riches of His grace" are found in God's saving godless
sinners and then coming and living His life in them.

Being set free from sin and having the life that spoke the
universe unto existence living in us is "the riches of the glory of this
mystery," indeed!

It is this truth of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" that
empowers the believer's walk. To be "dead in sin" provides needed
freedom from sin's dominion; to be "alive unto God" provides the
capacity to use this freedom to bring forth "the fruits of
righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of
God" (Phil. 1:11).

Gal. 4:1,2 demonstrates that a basic difference between a child and an
adult is the issue of freedom. What a child is required and forced to
do, an adult does voluntarily. What a child does in fear, an adult does
in freedom.

Freedom is an awesome thing. Although it can be and too often
is abused, when it is used for its intended purpose, our freedom in
Christ is our most valuable spiritual asset. There are two aspects to
freedom: freedom from and freedom for.

By God's grace we have been freed from sin-from both its
condemnation and its control. Free from guilt and shame. Free from the
downward impulses and urges we couldn't stop when in bondage to sin.
Free from the tyranny of other's expectations, opinions and demands. But
this is not all-not by far.

God's grace has also made us free for service. We are free to
obey, free to love, free to forgive others as well as ourselves, free to
live beyond the limitations of human effort, free to serve and glorify
Christ, free to live as adult members of the family of God.

When we come to appreciate the freedom of our Sonship, we
recognize that we are free to voluntarily do that which formerly we did
in fear. As adults we can voluntarily apply the wisdom of God to the
details of our lives by making decisions based on the Word of God.

God is surely glorified when believers bear the fruits of their
righteous standing in Christ. These "fruits of righteousness are by
Jesus Christ" - that is, they are mediated through Christ in us. There
is literally an outbreak of the righteous character of God on the stage
of human history through the lives of believers who bear these fruits.

This is of course the result of "the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you that believe" (I Thess. 2:13).

We could never accomplish this by our own doings, no matter how
intended, just as an apple tree bears apples because of the life that
is in it, so the believer bears fruits of the righteousness because of
the life of Christ living through us.

When Paul says, "It is God which worketh in you both to will
and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13), he is referring to the
Spirit of God working in the believer's inner man through the Word of
God. Our service is not born out of an outward constraint or necessity,
but rather is the result of the life of Christ in us working itself out
through the members of our body as we voluntarily apply God's wisdom to
the details of our lives. Thus it is that "the life is also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our body" (II Cor. 4:10,11).

The glory of God's grace to us in Christ goes far beyond simply
what He has and is doing for us. It goes on into the manifestation of
what He is doing for Himself through us, for we are simply "His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).

*The law of God condemns the best of men; *
*the grace of God saves the worst of men.*

*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK *

*There are many dangerous trends pulling folks away from true Bible
Christianity. Many of the newer philosophies of ministry employ methods
that are wholly carnal. Some have adopted objectives that have not one
line of Scripture to support them, and some employ conduct that differs
little from the world. "*

*----Tozer*
THE GOSPEL OF PEACE *
*By MARVIN DUNCAN *
*
Scripture Reading: Romans 10:15

Man's condition before his Creator is one of enmity and separation. He
has turned his back upon God and has gone so far as to remove God from
his thinking (Romans 1:28). Because of this attitude, God has given him
up to his own devices (Romans 1:24,26,28) and has allowed him to do and
worship anything his foolish mind can conceive. The condition of the
Gentiles is described in Ephesians 2:11-12.

We see the awful breach between God and men in the description Paul
gives in Romans chapter five. From verse 6 we see man as "ungodly."
Verse 8 says he is a "sinner" and verse 10 shows him as an "enemy" in
his relationship to his Creator. Being in this condition, how was man
ever to be restored to fellowship with his Creator?

Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the church at Corinth. In
Second Corinthians 5:19 he says, "God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Himself." One of the ministries Christ accomplished when He
died on the Cross of Calvary was to bring peace to the earth and remove
the enmity that existed between God and man. Through Christ's death, God
has made peace with a world that is at war with Him and is now offering
reconciliation to anyone who will accept the death of Jesus Christ as
the payment of his sin debt.

Once we receive the salvation God has provided through Christ's death,
we not only receive peace WITH God, but as we allow the Word of God to
direct our lives we will experience the peace OF God ruling our hearts
(Philippians 4:7). It is this peace OF God that allows us to maintain a
calm attitude even when the world seems to be falling apart around us.
Today, the saints have been given the Gospel of Peace to share with
others who are still outside of Christ (II Corinthians 5:19).

Without a doubt there is no greater, or more valuable possession that we
can hold in our hands than the word of God - The Holy Bible. And while
we hold, and read, and study God's word, we have no greater need than to
know how to handle it as God has intended that we handle it. For only
then will we handle the Bible properly. and only then will it be able to
effectually and fully function for us as "the word of truth' that it is,
and thereby be able to accomplish what God has designed it to accomplish
in our minds, and hearts, and lives.
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Can America Be Saved?
Part 3 of 3
WOULD II CHRONICLES 7:14 HELP?
BY PASTOR RICHARD JORDAN

The Body of Christ is not here to reform the world system, solve the
problems facing society, inaugurate social justice, etc. While true
believers can and should have a powerful impact for good wherever they
are, we are not going to change the world system about us. In fact, part
of our task is to testify to the fact that the world is not going to be
made acceptable to God but rather as the age progresses will grow worse,
morally and spiritually, until Christ returns to put down man's
rebellion and establish His reign.

The Church is here to save men out of this world system, to deliver men
from "the present evil world." This is the way to make our ministry
relevant to the realities of our time. We are not here to save the wreck
man has made of society. We are here to save perishing souls from the
wreck doomed to destruction.

Tragically, when needed most, the Church has become totally irrelevant
and ineffectual in our floundering, confused culture. Seemingly aware of
its impotence, multiple movements emerge which seek social and political
power in order to gain attention to causes dear to them. Yet for all the
effort in everything from political action to new, contemporary
methodologies, the world about us rushes forward largely untouched by
the truth deposited in our care.

Why is this? What is the problem? Answers abound: lack of prayer,
absence of real separated living, indifference to the lost and the task
of world evangelism, disregard of the felt needs of those about us, etc.
But wait: These are really the symptoms, the results. What is the core
cause? It isn't really that difficult to identify.

Departure from God's message and program for our day as revealed through
the epistles of Paul-this is the real root of the trouble. My friend,
just as it was departure from Moses' law that constantly got Israel into
trouble, with the Church it has been departure from Pauline truth. Just
as surely as the dispensation of the law was committed to Moses, so
surely was the dispensation of grace committed to Paul (Eph. 3:1-9).

Only when the Church returns to God's program for today will it be able
to fulfill its true role as "the pillar and ground of the truth" (I Tim.
3:15). This is the true path to the revival so desperately needed and
the only avenue that can lead to another genuine spiritual awakening for
our nation.

WHERE WE FIT IN

Will America be saved? We do not know. Can America be saved? YES! But
not without a basic change in course.

America does indeed stand at the crossroads. Decisions made during the
next few years will set the course for our nation's future for the
remainder of the 21st century. A spiritually healthy, vibrant Church has
a vital part to play. This is where those of us who rejoice in the
rightly divided Word fit in, for only by recognizing God's program for
today will the Church be up to the task.

The Body of Christ, of course, belongs to the Lord and in the wider
sense is His responsibility. Each of us, however, has a part to play in
its functioning. It is true that there is much we cannot do, but the
fact remains that there is much we can and should be doing.

The greatest single thing you and I as believers can do for our
generation, for our nation. is to have Christ live through us in our
own every day lives. As we study God's Word and learn sound doctrine, as
we testify of Christ and live in obedience to Him, the Word takes root
in our hearts and produces genuine spiritual growth and fruit.

When Christ lives through us personally, our families will be impacted;
as He lives through our families, our communities will be impacted; as
He lives in our communities, our state. nation and world will be touched
by truth.

And it is the understanding of the message of God's grace to us in
Christ that will motivate and empower us in reaching out in every
possible way to every possible person with the good news we have to
proclaim.

NOW IS YOUR TIME AS NEVER BEFORE!!!

As you walk by faith in obedience to God's Word to us, as you live godly
in Christ Jesus in the details of your daily life. God is active in your
world! May the love of Christ constrain us all to so live that others
may know the truth as it is in Jesus Christ. This is what our
generation, our nation, our world needs most!

The Word of God is so needed in our world today, especially in our own
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Can America Be Saved?
Part 1 of 3
WOULD "CHRONICLES 7:14 HELP?
BY RICHARD JORDAN

America feels as if it is unraveling. There is a mood of foreboding
about the future as our nation seems to be somehow crumbling around us.

This has, of course, happened more than once in recorded history and
brings to mind a very strong statement about what happened to a people
in a situation strikingly similar to America's current dilemma.

Isaiah 3 records the coming judgment of God on the nation Israel because
of her rebellion. The nation Israel had gone so far downhill, had sunk
so low, that it was sick to its very core (Isa. 1:6). As you work
through Isaiah's eloquent description of the decline and destruction of
his once flourishing nation, the parallel with our own day is unavoidable:

"For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem
and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the
whole stay of water,

"The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and
the prudent, and the ancient,
"The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor,
and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
"And I WILL GIVE CHILDREN TO BE THEIR PRINCES, AND BABES SHALL RULE
OVER THEM" (lsa.3:1-4).

One by one Isaiah describes the pillars upon which a nation stands being
snatched away. "The whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water"
will dissolve into famine and economic collapse. This is coupled with a
famine in national leadership as civic and moral disarray abounds: "The
mighty man and the man of war, "the government and military leaders in
whose hands the welfare and safety of the nation rests, will falter; the
legal system will be so corrupted that "the judge" can no longer be
depended on for justice; "the prophet" will preach lies and deceit; "the
prudent and the ancient " will no longer be available to make wise
decisions in the government-- true statesmanship will be dead.

Also missing will be "the honorable man" who can always be trusted to
tell the truth and "the counsellor" who can give wise advise. "The
cunning artificer," the true artist, will be gone and all that will be
left will be filth.

And who will take their places as the leaders of government and society?
CHILDREN!! With no one to "civilize" the emerging band of neophites born
each year, their society was soon to be ruled by children--not simply
children in age but men who as far as their qualifications are concerned
are "children" and "babes."

Those who should be leading the nation in paths of righteousness had
lost their strength of character and will to tell these children, "NO!"
--to teach them right from wrong -- and thus as the children grow up
they remain children in attitude, tastes and actions.

This, of course, leads to anarchy and social injustice. "The people
shall be oppressed" as the "base"-- the lowest elements of society --
rise to take the reigns (v. 5).

An almost present-day- sounding political statement is echoed in verse 6
as the people appeal for leadership to one who "hath clothing!" The
standard for selecting the nation's leaders will have become the "seven
second sound bite" accompanied by a "beauty contest."

"If We Forget That We Are One Nation Under God,
Then We Will Be One Nation Gone Under..."
By: Ronald Reagan

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Can America Be Saved? *
*Part 2 of 3 *
*WOULD II CHRONICLES 7:14 HELP? *
*BY PASTOR RICHARD JORDAN *

All this because Israel had forsaken the Lord, not wanting Him involved
in their lives .. their government, courts, boardrooms, schools, homes
and personal lives. So far had they departed that they brazenly display
their sin and "hide it not" (v. 9).

Such was a society ripe for the judgment of God .. a judgment which
Isaiah warns was soon coming:

"As for my people, CHILDREN ARE THEIR OPPRESSORS, AND WOMEN RULE
OVER THEM. 0 my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and
destroy the way of thy paths.
"The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
"The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people,
and the princes thereof. .. " (vs. 12-14).

*
*COULD ISRAEL BE SAVED? *
*
What was Israel to do? Could she be saved? God's words to Solomon
foresaw this dilemma:

"And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I
have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house
of sacrifice.
"If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the
locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
"lF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES,
AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I
HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND"
(II Chron. 7:12-14).

Before we yield to the popular notion that this passage is somehow a
formula for America's survival, notice that this intervention (for
blessing or cursing) was for a specific people, Israel; at a specific
time, under the law; for a specific purpose, to bless for obedience or
punish for disobedience.

In a seeming "concern for society" too many have for too long been too
willing to ignore the facts and take passages which refer to another
dispensation and apply them to society today, thus perverting God's
revealed program for today. This is not only true of Modernists and
Liberals but, shamefully, also of Fundamentalists and Evangelicals as well.

No matter how often it is quoted, no matter how sentimental the appeals
based on it. the simple facts of God's Word cannot be changed:

1. Today, in the current dispensation of grace, God has temporarily set
aside the nation Israel and does not recognize the Israelites in their
former (and future) status as His chosen people (Rom. 11:11, Gal. 3:27-28).

2. Today is not a day of the law but the day of grace (Rom. 6:14).

3. Today God is not blessing based on obedience to the law but on the
basis of grace--by believing the gospel of grace and thereby being
placed into Christ Jesus and made "complete in Him" (Col. 2:10).

II Chron. 7:14 has nothing to do with God's workings during the present
dispensation. While it had exactly the right instruction for
Israel--''My people" --under the law "If .. then "--it cannot be simply
torn from its dispensational context and made to apply to us today. Such
spiritual larceny is only to dishonor God's Word and do despite to His
program for us.

*
*WILL AMERICA BE SAVED? *
*
What are we to do then? If America is in such an obviously similar
situation to Isaiah 3 but without the promise of II Chron. 7:14--will
America be Saved?

The honest answer is that we do not know. The verdict is still out. One
thing is certain: America's future will be determined by the basic
decisions that we as a people make concerning the fundamental issue of
what constitutes reality, what we recognize as truth. And this is where
we come in!

While the Body of Christ can and should be a restrainer of evil, we must
recognize that we are not going to change the course of this world. Too
often we have forgotten--if we have known at all--what the Bible
actually says about the society in which we live:

"[Christ] gave himself for our sins, THAT HE MIGHT DELIVER US FROM
THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD AND OUR FATHER"
(Gal. 1:4).
" KNOW YE NOT THAT THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD?
WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD"
(Jas. 4:4).
" ... THE WHOLE WORLD LIETH IN WICKEDNESS" (I John 5:19).
".... in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now
worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph. 2:2).
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God ... " (I Cor. 2:12).
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE
WORLD" (Gal. 6:14).

*"If We Forget That We Are One Nation Under God,*
*Then We Will Be One Nation Gone Under..." *
*By: Ronald Reagan*

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*How can we be at peace amid all of this conflict and trouble? *
*By John Walker*
*
As we look at the world around us, our country's financial situation,
the conflict in the Middle East, the war on terror, crime, drugs, gangs,
and anything else you may want to add to the list, what in the world is
the Christian to do or think? How can we be at peace amid all of this
conflict and trouble?

Recently, as I was teaching in Paul's letter to the Philippians, it
really stuck out to me where we are to find real peace. In Chapter 4 it
says, "and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard
your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (v. 7) and "and the God of peace
shall be with you." (v. 9)

In verse 7, we will have God's peace after we do something. That
something is stated in verse 6 which says, "Be anxious for nothing, but
in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God." The phrase "Be anxious for nothing" can
also be translated "Do not care or be concerned about one single thing."
Then Paul uses the strong adversative, but, to point us toward what we
should be doing.

We should be praying and supplicating or petitioning God with
thanksgiving and requesting or asking God to take care of these things.
How many times have I prayed to God and let my requests be made known to
Him and then I keep on being anxious or worrying about it? It seems to
me that I have failed on two points. First, I am disobedient in that I
continue to "be anxious or am concerned" about what I just prayed about
to God. Second, I have a lack of faith in God that He can handle it. I
demonstrate this by continuing to "be anxious" as if that is really
going to help the situation.

Only when we truly release our cares and concerns to God for Him to take
care of and resolve, then we will truly have God's peace that surpasses,
that goes out beyond all understanding, or literally, every mind. This
peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. When we are in
Christ Jesus, when we are part of His Body, this is the place of safety.
This is the place where He guards our hearts and minds. It is key for us
to be in Christ Jesus.

In verse 9b, Paul mentions that the God of peace will be with us. In
verses 8-9a, Paul, inspired by God, tell us how to bring that about.
People often quote verse 8 without connecting it to verse 9. Verse 8
lists many positive and wonderful things for us to consider or think
about. Most people talk about the list of things in verse 8 in very
general terms. Paul, however, has some very specific in mind.

He states in the beginning of verse 9, "which things you learned and
received and heard and saw in me, practice these things." What were the
"things" the Philippians learned, received, heard, and saw in Paul? I
believe it was the message and truth God revealed to and through the
apostle Paul for the Church. Just as Paul was taught by God, received
truth from God, heard the truth, and then lived that truth to be seen by
the Philippians, they are to follow the pattern they saw in Paul. Paul,
again, has put himself forward as the example for the Church to emulate.

My conclusion is that only when we consider and put into practice the
truth for the church as given to us through the apostle Paul, then the
God of peace will be with us. If we try to live under the Law or the
truth for the coming Kingdom for Israel, we will never know the full
extent of God's peaceful presence with us.

My prayer is for you to realize the full extent of God's peace in your
life. May God bless you as you live for Him who died for you (2 Cor. 5:15).
In Christ's Service,
*
*SCRIPTURE*
*
Phi 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Phi 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Phi 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things
[are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of
good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise,
think on these things.
Phi 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and
heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you
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HIS CROSS-OUR CROSS*
*By Miles Stanford*
"He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him... take up
his Cross daily" (Luke 9:23).

We go all the way to Calvary in faith and there find ourselves
identified with the Lord Jesus in His death and resurrection. And
Calvary comes all the way to us in experience as the Holy Spirit applies
that finished work to our lives.

"It must be as with Israel and the manna; there must be the daily
gathering and daily dependence upon God. If circumstances come between
our hearts and God, we are powerless. If the Lord Jesus is nearer,
circumstances will not hinder our joy in God."

"In the Reformation there was, through grace, a great deliverance. The
groundwork of Christianity was recovered; namely, justification by
faith. But though this was recovered, it was not maintained that the old
man was crucified on the Cross, and hence they only refused the
exactions of popery, but recognized the flesh as still before God.
Refusing the exaction was right; but the retention of that in which the
exaction could be made, the old man, was the weakness of the Reformation. "

"I do not see the Cross truly if I only see it as opening a way of
escape for me, and yet allowing that in me to escape which has incurred
the judgment of the Cross. "

"In the present day (1867) the truth is lowered to the measure of man's
need; hence if the need is met, which grace does, the convert makes
little or no. advance; he rests in the satisfaction of his need, instead
of being directed to the scope of God's thought, which only begins with
his need.

"Where would souls be put if they were simply and definitely instructed
in Christ Jesus and Him crucified and risen; connected by faith with the
living One, who was crucified, and whose death terminated man in the
flesh?" --J.B.S.

"Whosoever doth not bear his Cross, and come after Me, cannot be My
disciple" (Luke 14:27).
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*JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING *
*By DONALD A. WEBB *
*
Scripture Reading: Romans 15:13

This verse tells us that there are several benefits to believing. One is
joy, another is peace, and still another is hope. The thing that is
really interesting is that this verse is not talking about an unbeliever
believing the gospel. This verse is talking about a believer believing
God's Word and acting upon it! The God of hope will fill you with all
joy and peace in believing that is, in accepting and obeying His Word.
The result of this is that you will abound in hope (literally, this
hope, i.e., the hope of the context) through the power of the Holy
Spirit. Faith takes the step of obedience and the Holy Spirit empowers
to the performing. That is always the way it is!

Just what then is this verse asking you and me as believers to believe!
What is it that will cause us to he so blessed by God and filled with
hope? It is believing that as we follow Christ's example and please not
ourselves that we will glorify God. We must not despise one another but
give of our-selves for our brother's edification. In this whole passage
(15: 1-13), there are several key or main subject verses. There is a
special blessing to the reader who will consider verses 8-13 in light of
verses 1--7. Do you see that God is asking us to do certain things'? Do
you see that Christ is the example of these things'? Notice that
according to the Scriptures, through His unselfishness, the blessing was
to extend even to the Gentiles'? And so it has, not through the
prophetic program, but through the revelation of the mystery (Romans
l6:25)! If we will live as those who have been so blessed, we will have
joy and peace as we await our hope.

*THOUGHT TO PONDER *
Even though suffering baffles our minds, we can trust God to be near and
to work out His purposes. —V. Grounds

Phi 1:29 "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to
believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake"
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AFFLICTION' S EFFECT*
*By Miles Stanford*
*
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ"
(Phil. 3:7).

Our Father has many reasons for administering trial --- all good. Trial
teaches us the futility of the old life, and the faithfulness of the
Lord Jesus --- our new life.

"The Christian suffers the same calamities as others, perhaps even
worse; he faces difficulties and losses in the things of this life; he
has to be prepared to meet death itself. In all these circumstances he
is calm and trustful; he is not only sure of ultimately going to heaven,
but already abides there and enjoys something of it in his own heart.

"God is real to him and ever near. He knows a peace which passes all
understanding, and he experiences a joy which no man can take from him.
This, surely, should be our testimony in the world, but it can only be
as the Lord Jesus Himself lives out this life in us."-H.F.

"The world is divided into two things---pleasures and afflictions; I am
more afraid of the pleasures than the afflictions. In afflictions you
turn to the Lord. The danger is of being carried away by the very favors
God has given to man."

"Those who suffer from chastening ought to be before the Father, owning
His hand; and He who has wounded will heal. The Lord Jesus did not take
the cup which He had to drink from us, from man, nor from Satan; but
from His Father's hand."

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of
the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord" (Phil. 3:8).


*PEACE UNKNOWN *
*By DICK WARE, Pastor *
*
Scripture Reading: Romans 3: 17

In the book of Romans, chapters 1-3 show us the movement of mankind away
from God. In these chapters we see that all of Adam's race is
inexcusable before God! As far back as creation, mankind has willingly
turned away from the knowledge of God (I:18-23). The result is God
giving mankind the consequences of his indifference to God (I:24-32).
Even the riches of God's goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering are
designed to lead men to repentance (2:4). But, man continues away from
God, not realizing he will soon meet God in righteous judgment (2:5).
Even the privileged Jew, has "dishonored God" and "blasphemed Him", by
breaking the Law (2:23, 24). "For we have previously charged both Jews
and Greeks that they are all under sin (3:9)."

Romans 3:10-18 is also a part of the conclusion concerning the condition
of unrighteous man before the holy and righteous God. Some of these are:
"there is none righteous;" "none who seek after God;" "all have gone
astray;" "all have become unprofitable; " "all have been deceitful;"
"they don't fear God;" and "all are full of bitterness and misery." Is
it any wonder that we read: "And the way of peace they have not
known.'''? The lack of peace, is a direct result of being guilty before God!

Many are in mental institutions today because they are guilt ridden.
Many are busy and are considered successful, but "the way of peace they
have not known!" Many instances could be given in which there is no real
peace. Real, inward, lasting peace can only come as a result of having
one's sin forgiven, and being declared "right with God" (Romans 5:I)

*
*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK *

*While we are to be encouragers*
*to each other, *
*only Jesus can look into the hidden corners of our hearts and see the
tears, frustrations, heartaches, loneliness, terror and agony that we *
*keep hidden from people.*
* Only Jesus can heal a broken heart and restore our joy. *
*-- Joanne Lowe*
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*"WHEEL IDENITY A GUIDE TO FREEDOM THROUGH THE CROSS" *
*By C.R. Solomon*
*
Your Inner Conflict
By C.R. Solomon

*The "S" at the center of the wheel represents the self-controlled life
or "flesh" (KJV).The flesh is in ascendancy in the lives of most
believers for their entire Christian experience. It seeks differing
forms, depending upon the individual, to get its needs met by something
or person in either a negative or a positive way. Money, material
things, success, fame, sex, power or any of countless other things can
drive or motivate a person and become his central focus when he is
dominated by the self-life or flesh. Thus the "flesh" is merely the
believer's attempt to live the Christian life in his own strength.

The "flesh," therefore, is a very serious problem for the Christian-as
serious as idolatry. For when we replace the centrality of Christ with
anything-even ourselves-whatever we install on the throne of our lives
becomes an idol. God must deal firmly with the flesh. And He does,
usually by revealing the self-centered life's inability to cope until
the believer, finding his situation unbearable, gives up on himself and
becomes interested in exchanging the self-life for the Christ-life.

So long as self (flesh) remains in control, the conflicts depicted in
the "soul" (personality) part of the Wheel Diagram will continue. They
may become worse with age and increasing responsibilities. Occasionally,
a psychologically well-adjusted self-life can cope with circumstances
for most of a lifetime, but the results are far from fulfilling.

The psychological deficiencies, along with the guilt (both real and
imagined), combine to produce varying degrees of frustration in the
self-controlled life. The frustration must be dealt with. Some choose to
dump it on others in the form of blows-physical or verbal-while some are
more fearful of retaliation and suppress their hostility as best they
can. Others suppress anger and frustration because they blame themselves
for every problem and annoyance they encounter. When hostility and
frustration are suppressed, for whatever reason, they will have an
impact in the mind or emotions or both. Internalized hostility or anger
often results in depression and/or anxiety in the emotions. Some persons
can use their minds to implement various distortions or denials of
reality. This enables them to escape the necessity of dealing with the
real problem, the self-life.

When the psychological conflict drags on without remedy, however, it
commonly results in somatic complaints, as illustrated in the diagram.
The physical ailments, though real, actually are symptoms of a deeper
problem-the self-life. So are the psycho-logical problems depicted in
the "soul" area.

Your Deliverance

*These psychological and physiological symptoms begin to disappear when
one sees how God can deal with the root problem by dethroning the self-life.

The Line Diagram Shows the "life out of death" principle- God's way of
disposing of internal conflict.

The horizontal line represents eternal life, the life of Christ. By
definition, eternal indicates no beginning or end. It exceeds the
boundaries of time. Since Christ is God, He has always lived and always
will. His life is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). As
portrayed at the left of the line, Christ "became flesh" (John 1:14) and
lived in a human body for some 33 years. Then, He was crucified, buried
and raised from the dead on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He continues
to live today (Heb. 7:25). Note that eternal life is not only a present
and future reality for the believer but also involves the eternal past.

Until we are born again (John 3:3) we are not in the life of
Christ-eternal life-but we are in the spiritually dead life of Adam. One
can readily see that if anyone of our ancestors, represented by the
hatch marks on the diagonal line, had been missing, we also would be
missing. Physically speaking, our lives had beginning in Adam, so
whatever happened to him also happened to us. When he sinned, we sinned.
When he died (spiritually) , we died-just as we would have died in our
great grand-father if he had died before siring any children. Thus,
since spiritual death is separation from God, we were all born dead
(spiritually) . We need forgiveness for our sins, but we also need life.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to give us both-by dying for our sins and by
giving us His resurrection life (John 10:10).

If you are a Christian, you already know this much. What you may not yet
know is the following;

For the believer, physical death is the gateway from life in the world
and the presence of sin to life in Heaven and the presence of God.
Similarly, another type of death is the gateway from the sinful life of
Adam to the eternal life of Christ . When a person is "born again," he
in the same instant dies. He is born into the life of Christ, but he
simultaneously dies out of the life of Adam.

Christ comes into our lives when we believe in Him and are born again,
but that is not all. We are also made "partakers" of HIS life-eternal
life. Romans 6:3 says we are not only baptized into Jesus Christ (His
life) but also into His death. We can't occupy two opposite lives at the
same time-the life of Adam and the life of Christ.

Your Identity

When we receive Christ by faith, it means that His death on the cross
counts as payment for our sins. But it means much more. It also means
that we enter into a new life-one that extends forever into the past as
well as into the future. To put it another way, we exchange our history
in Adam-the bad and the good-for an eternal history in Christ. We
inherit a new "family tree!" By becoming partakers of Christ's life, we
become participants in His death, burial, resurrection, ascension and
seating in the heavenlies (Rom. 6:3-6; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:6). He only has
one life, and this is the life we receive at our new birth (1 John 5:11-12).

Unless and until we know by personal faith experience that we were
crucified with Christ, we will continue to try to live for Christ, using
the methods we learned in our old self-lives. The conflicts stemming
from our history in Adam will go on plaguing and defeating us. But when,
by faith, we take our rightful place at the Cross in union with Christ's
death and resurrection, then-and only then-can we truly "walk in newness
of life" (Rom. 6:4b) where "old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).

The Cross experience (understanding experientially our crucifixion and
resurrection with Christ) is the gateway into the Spirit-controlled life
(Gal. 5:16). It is life out of death, victory out of defeat-the purpose
and answer for suffering in the life of the believer. Our path to the
Cross, as well as the Cross itself, is a path of suffering, but it is
the only path that leads to the end of suffering.

Are you weary enough of your internal conflict and constant defeat to
put an end to it by faith? Are you willing to die to all that you are so
you can live in all that He is? To do so is to exchange the self-life
for the Christ-life and be filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit. To
refuse to do so is to continue a walk after the flesh and to grieve the
Spirit with a continuation of conflict, suffering and defeat.

Salvation Prayer

*If you are tired of the anguish that results from doing things your
way, Christ will free you if you will sincerely commit yourself to let
Him have His way.

If you have never accepted Christ as your personal Savior, your first
need is to let God create you anew by giving you spiritual rebirth. You
can be born again if you can honestly pray like this:
"Heavenly Father, I have seen that I am a sinner, still in the life
of Adam, and that I have committed sins. I believe you sent your only
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die in my place for my sins. I also
believe He rose again and now lives, and right now I receive Him into my
spirit as my Savior. I surrender all that I am, all I have and all I
shall be to you. I turn from my sins and my selfish ways to live my new
life in Christ. Thank you for saving me. Amen."

Identification Prayer

If you have prayed the "salvation prayer," you have been born again, for
God says He gives to all who believe in Christ the privilege of becoming
His children (John 1:12).

Now, whether you prayed for salvation just now or in the past, praying
an "identification prayer" may help you to experience Christ's life of
victory and peace. Before this prayer can be effective, you must be
truly sick of your self-life; you must be under conviction by the Holy
Spirit of trying to live the Christian life in your own strength, and
you must be ready to give up control of your life. If this is your
condition, pray in this manner.

"Father, thank you for forgiving my sins and taking me out of the life
of Adam and grafting me into the life of Christ. Now that I am in
Christ, I believe that I was crucified with Him, buried with Him, raised
with Him and that I am seated with Him at your right hand. From this
moment on, I choose to have your son, Jesus Christ, live His life in me
and through me. I consider myself dead to sin and alive to you, and I am
counting on the Holy Spirit to make me aware when I forget my death with
Christ and try to live His life for Him in my own human wisdom and
energy. I choose to yield my total being to you as an instrument of
righteousness, allowing no part of me to be used for sin. Thank you for
making Christ and his life real to me. Glorify yourself through me. In
Jesus' name I pray. Amen,"

1. SALVATION
2. ASSURANCE
3. SECURITY
4. ACCEPTANCE
5. TOTAL COMMITMENT
(Romans 12:1)

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WHAT'S BEHIND OUR MORAL DECLINE?*
* by C. R. Stam*

One does not have to be a prude to conclude that our country is
suffering a serious moral decline. Our rulers and law enforcement
agencies seem powerless to cope with it. Campaigns to check it seem
vain. J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI warned us again and again that the
alarming rate of this downward trend would spell ruin for America if not
checked soon. But what most people fail to realize is that behind this
moral decline there is a spiritual decline. America has departed from
God and His Word.

Paul's letter to the Romans tells us how the heathen got that way. Rom.
1:21,22 says: "When they knew God they glorified Him not as God, neither
were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish
heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools,"
and the verses that follow tell how God finally had to "give them up" to
"unclean- ness" and "vile affections"- -all because "they did not like
[wish] to retain God in their knowledge" (Ver. 28).

St. Paul further describes them in Eph. 4:17-19, as walking "in the
vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated
from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of
the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling [conscience] have
given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with
greediness." This, sad to say, is an accurate description of increasing
numbers in America today. They are throwing off restraint and going
after uncleanness "with greediness."

But this is not liberty, it is enslavement. It is not a sign of
strength, but of weakness. It does not indicate superior intelligence,
but grossest ignorance, and is the result of alienation from God.

How much better off are those who have come to know God through Christ!
Of these the Apostle says:

"And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked
works, yet now hath He reconciled, in the body of His flesh, through
death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreprovable in His
sight" (Col. 1:21,22).

*
*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK*

*True thanksgiving means that we need to thank*
*God for what He has done for us,*
*and not tell Him what we have done for Him.*
*-- George R. Hendrick*


*THE MOST IMPORTANT HOUR OF HISTORY
PART TWO
By John Steiner

*SUBSTITUTION *
*
We have not even begun to understand the cross if we do not understand
that Christ died there as our Substitute, paying for our sins. "Christ
died for our sins" (I Corinthians 15:3). "His own self bare our sins in
His own body on the tree" (I Peter 2:24).

He is our substitute because the "wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).
Death is God's required penalty for sin, and by the way, even with all
the medical advances of our day the death rate remains the same (one
apiece).

Our Lord Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. He is an eternal being and as
such "through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God"
(Hebrews 9:14).

Many people do not get saved because they don't realize they are lost.
They haven't agreed with God who says they stand condemned and guilty of
the sentence of death. God's Word tells us we are sinners and therefore
enemies of God by nature, the nature we inherited from Adam. Paul tells
us, "I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing"
(Romans 7:18). So, take it by faith, you're a guilty sinner, lost,
guilty and condemned. Trust it fully in your heart, mind and soul that
Jesus Christ died as your substitute on the cross of Calvary.

*
*REPRESENTATION*
*
But Christ was more than our Substitute; He was our voluntary
Representative at Calvary. He had taken on Himself human form that He
might represent man before God and die as Man for men. "As it is
appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, so Christ
was once offered to bear the sins of many ... " (Hebrews 9:27, 28) "(He}
was made ... lower than the angels ... that He by the grace of God
should taste death for every man" (Hebrews 2:9).

He was qualified to represent man "in that he himself hath suffered
being tempted" and was "touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews
2:18, 4:15)

*
*IDENTIFICATION *
*
It follows from this that if Christ represented me at Calvary, He became
identified with me there, and I am identified with Him as I accept this
by faith. The moment we trust Him as Saviour, the Holy Spirit quickens,
baptizes, or identifies us completely with Christ. "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;) And hath raised us up together, and made us SIT TOGETHER in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-6)

It is the OPERATION of God. This is why it says "without hands" we are
identified completely with our Lord. Paul writes, "For in him dwelleth
all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And YE ARE COMPLETE in HIM,
which is the head of all principality and power. In whom also Ye ARE
CIRCUMCISED WITH THE CIRCUMCISION MADE WITHOUT HANDS, in putting off the
body of sins of the flesh by the CIRCUMCISION of Christ, BURIED WITH HIM
in baptism where in also ye are risen with him through the faith of THE
OPERATION OF GOD, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead
in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, HATH HE QUICKENED
TOGETHER WITH HIM, having forgiven you all trespasses." (Colossians 2:9-13)

We are then so identified with Christ that we are hidden in Him as Paul
writes, "for you are dead and, YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD. When
Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with
him in glory." (Colossians 3:3-4) With all of this being true for us
who believe, we should exclaim with Paul who wrote, "I am crucified with
Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the
life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith (or
faithfulness) of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
(Galatians 2:20)

Considering these four words in connection with our Saviour's death at
Calvary causes me to believe it was indeed the most important hour of
history. How about you? God must see it this way for His Word has so
much to say on this event and what our Savior accomplished in that hour.
What peace and assurance comes to your heart and mind when you believe
what the Bible tells us. Believe these truths for yourself if you have
never done so. Do it this very hour. It could become the most important
hour of your life.


*Its not Gods fault we don't live in true victory see it as this:
Compare it to turning on a radio.
If you don't have it tuned to exactly the right frequency,
you won't be able to hear the station.
It's not the station's fault.
It's sending out signals perfectly.
The problem is, you haven't tuned in to it.
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*WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS*
*by C. R. Stam *

Strange, is it not, that when men are successful, they generally credit
themselves liberally for their success but when things go wrong they
begin to blame others -- even God.

The writer does not have up-to-date information about two particular
plots of ground in Moscow, but some years ago one of these was a
beautiful garden, the other a patch of weeds. Above each there was a
sign. Over the one: "This plot is cared for by the United Soviet
Socialist Republic," over the other: "This plot is cared for by God"!

Evidently the atheistic Soviets who hatched this "bright idea" did not
stop to think that only God could produce the beautiful flowers in the
USSR plot. All their watering and cultivating would have been in vain
except for the God they deny.

As to the other plot, they probably did not even know that even in Eden
God put the garden in man’s charge "to dress it and to keep it" (Gen.
2:15), and later, when man sinned, God said to Adam, "Cursed is the
ground for thy sake" (Gen. 3:17). This is why the Soviets must employ a
gardener to control the weeds in even their garden! How wrong and
foolish, then, for man ever to blame God for anything that goes wrong
for him or causes him trouble!

Actually, when I have been asked: "If God is a God of love, why does He
allow all this trouble and misery, and all this wickedness?" I have
replied: "That’s easy. When God sent His Son into this world offering
peace and righteousness and prosperity they cried: 'Away with Him' and
nailed Him to a cross. If the Bible is true, and in this case it has
surely proved to be true, how can this world expect peace while they
still reject the Prince of Peace?"


"There are many dangerous trends pulling folks away from true Bible
Christianity. Many of the newer philosophies of ministry employ methods
that are wholly carnal. Some have adopted objectives that have not one
line of Scripture to support them, and some employ conduct that differs
little from the world. "

----Tozer
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THE MOST IMPORTANT HOUR OF HISTORY
By John Steiner

The most important hour of all history was the hour when the Lord Jesus
Christ died on Calvary's cross for the sins of mankind. Often in
scripture, the hour of our Lord's death is called simply "the hour," "My
hour" or "His hour."

To fulfill prophecy He could not have died one hour earlier, or one
later. Until that hour arrived, His enemies were somehow restrained from
doing Him bodily harm, so that we read in John 7:30, "Then they sought
to take Him; but no man laid hands on Him, because HIS HOUR WAS NOT YET
COME" (See also John 8:20).

This hour was to be for Him a time of unspeakable agony and shame.
Referring to this, He said to Andrew and Philip, "Now is my soul
troubled; and what shall I say? Father save Me from this hour? But FOR
THIS CAUSE CAME I UNTO THIS HOUR" (John 12:27).

He had come to die for the sins of the world and would not now turn away
from the sufferings involved. But this hour of suffering and shame was
also an hour of glory, for there the Son of God paid a debt which would
have sunk a world to hell. This is why, at this same time, in the very
shadow of the cross, He said, "THE HOUR IS COME THAT THE SON OF MAN
SHOULD BE GLORIFIED. Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a grain of
wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit" (John 12:23,24. See Also John 17:1,2).

Little wonder we read in John 3:35,36; "The Father loveth the Son, and
hath given all things into His hand. HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH
EVERLASTING LIFE: AND HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT THE SON SHALL NOT SEE LlFE
BUT THE WRATH OF GOD ABIDETH ON HIM"

These thoughts are taken from one of my favorite daily devotionals
called: TWO MINUTES WITH THE BIBLE by C.R. Stam. I think these comments
are fitting this time of the year when many are hopefully turning their
thoughts to the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

*THE DEATH OF THE CROSS*
*
There are four words which everyone of us should consider in connection
with Christ's death at Calvary if we would fully appreciate what our
Savior did for us there.

*CRUCIFIXION *
*
It is doubtful whether man has ever conceived a more cruel and
humiliating way to execute even the vilest criminals. The physical agony
alone must have been horrible beyond comprehension. The criminal was
nailed to a tree and left to hang there, writhing in the most intense
pain until, fevers wracking his body, he died. And then think of the
humiliation as he hung there, stripped and naked, to suffer shame and
disgrace before the public gaze. Little wonder Philippians 2:8 says that
Christ humbled Himself to become obedient "unto death even the death of
the cross."
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PATH TO PROXIMITY*
*By Miles Stanford*
*
"God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that ye, always having
all sufficiency, may abound to every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8).

Suffering takes us in condition where truth has us in position.

"We will never learn any truth in experience excepting in the deepening
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the lack of this which is the
cause of weakness among believers; bare doctrine is not personal
fellowship with Him. We have that which is lovely and full of blessing
in Him; but if we are to know it as such; to prove its truth, to enjoy
it always, it must be in taking these things as connected with Him." -J.N.D.

"The passive power of faith needs for its sustenance closer communion
with the Father than its active energy. Action, as it were, nerves us to
the conflict; but quiet endurance of wrong, or suffering of any kind,
which neither friend nor foe sees, but only God, this indeed needs
divine power, and without God's support none would bear the strain. Many
a saint has shown the courage of faith before his enemies, as Elijah
when he faced Ahab, but who, like him, quails and flees, where there is
nothing to do, but quietly trust in God."

"There is but one thought with our Father in disciplining us, namely, to
make our trials an opportunity for our heart to learn and discover more
of His love, and the resources which are in Him as He has revealed them
to us in His Son," -J .B.S.

"There is no way of learning faith except by trial. It is God's school
of faith, and it is far better for us to learn to trust our Father than
to enjoy life."

"As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as
having nothing, and yet possessing all things" (2 Cor. 6:10).
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CREATION AND REDEMPTION*
*by C. R. Stam *
In Romans 1:18 the Apostle Paul declares that ungodly men are without excuse because they are surrounded by the evidence of the Creator's eternal power and Godhead.

Our Authorized Version calls the creation, in this passage, the things
that are made, but in the Greek it is called literally, the poyeema,
from which we get our word poem.

The Apostle refers, of course, to the harmony of God's creation. And is it not indeed amazing how billions of heavenly bodies can continually revolve in the vastness of space and never collide! And are not the flowers, the seasons, and the sunsets all part of a harmonious creation, which God alone could have conceived and set to music?

But very interestingly, this word poyeema is used just once more in
Scripture. We find it in Ephesians 2:10, where it is translated
workmanship. Let's consider this passage in its context:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship
[Greek, poyeema], created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph.2:8-10) .

The Epistle to the Romans speaks of the poem of creation, the Epistle to the Ephesians, of the poem of redemption, and the latter is the more
wonderful. An old hymn says: Twas great to speak a world from naught;
tis greater to redeem.

In this poem of redemption which God has composed, we believers too often want to change some word or phrase. We would like this or that in our circumstances to be different. Ah, but this would destroy the meter and the meaning of God's new creation.

Thank God, when we who trust Christ some day go to be with Him, we will see the beauty and glory of the poem of redemption. Then we will rejoice that He did indeed work all things together for good for us.

THE BODY - A POSITION IN HEAVEN~*
*By FLOYD BAKER, Pastor*
*
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3; 2:5, 6;
Colossians 3:1-3

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved); And hath raised us up together, and made us sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." What a blessed truth we
see in these two verses concerning the grace of God. We who were "dead
in sin," now seated with Christ in the heavenlies. No wonder Paul was
inspired to write in 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ." From a dispensational view we see this in
contrast to Israel's earthly blessings, but we also need to see the
practical side.

It is important that we realize our standing and position in Christ, and
then we must "walk worthy," on the same plane or level of our calling.
We are citizens of Heaven and should live that way down here. Our verses
in Colossians 3:1-3, give to us the key on how this is done. We are to
"seek those things which are above," and this will enable us to "set our
affections on things above, not on things on the earth." The child of
God who realizes, his, or her, position in Christ, is enabled to live
each day without the burdens of the past and present. Our walk can
indeed match our heavenly calling and position. This is indeed God's
will for each one of us, to glorify Him here, and to enjoy His glory in
the ages to come.

THOUGHT TO PONDER *
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Its not Gods fault we don't live in true victory see it as this: Compare
it to turning on a radio. If you don't have it tuned to exactly the
right frequency, you won't be able to hear the station. It's not the
station's fault. It's sending out signals perfectly. The problem is, you
haven't tuned in to it.

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* IS "FAITH" THE "GIFT" OF GOD?*
by Russell S. Miller

Is "faith" in Ephesians 2:8,9 the "gift" of God?

Some have taught that the Greek word here, for "gift", suggests that
faith is the gift of God. Can this thinking really be justified in the
light of what the Apostle Paul says of salvation in Romans 6:23? The
answer is an emphatic "NO".

Meditate upon this for a moment: Who created us? The Scriptures reply
with a resounding: "GOD". God, "who created all things by Jesus Christ"
(Eph.3:9), created us in His own "image" and "likeness" (Gen.1:26). And
this great and mighty Creator, who "formed man of the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul" (Gen.2:7), put within this man, whom He had created, the
ability to "seek the Lord" (Acts 17:23-27). This quotation from Acts is
no less than the words of "the Apostle of the Gentiles" (Rom.11:13). Is
there not within every one of us that vacuum that can only be filled
with Christ? Yet the Apostle to the Nations declares:

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one: There is none
that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all
gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is
none that doeth good, no not one" (Rom.3:10-12) .

The Bible does not contradict itself here. God has built within every
man, woman and child--upon creation--that ability within him to believe.
He can discern the sky; he can choose whatever he pleases; he can
believe a lie. If man is responsible before God, and he most assuredly
is, then he may choose to "receive" the gift of God:

"For the wages of sin is death; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD" (Rom.6:23).

It is not that he is unable to believe the gospel, as we have
demonstrated, rather it is a matter of his will. Consequently, man will
stand to give an account to his Creator, for his faith--his ability to
believe--is indirectly given of God in creation. Man, however, is a
rebel from his birth, and intentionally disobedient. In the words of
John 3:18, "...he that BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, because he
hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God". This is
why his sinfulness is defined in terms of "total depravity".

* Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him,
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623
546 8866, Paris

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Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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KNOW YE NOT?*
*By Pastor Marvin Duncan*
*Part 1. - The Book Of Romans *
*Part 2 of 2*
*To Whom Ye Yield Yourself*

In keeping with his theme of our being freed from Sin by our
identification into Christ's death, Paul addresses our separation from
Sin in detail in the last part of Romans chapter six.

Paul has already established the fact that we died with Christ (Romans
6:3), were buried with Him (Romans 6:4) and were then raised with Him
unto newness of life (Romans 6:5 & 11). Because of this identification
with Christ, we are encouraged not to serve Sin (Romans 6:6-7). The
whole purpose of this lengthy discussion of Sin no longer having
dominion over the Saints is to press home the point that all
relationships that once existed between the Saints and Sin have been
severed because of their death with Christ. Not only had the Saints at
Rome miss this most important teaching of our identification with
Christ, they were not aware of the fact that man is a perpetual servant.
Paul addresses this truth in Romans 6:16 by saying:

"KNOW YE NOT, THAT TO WHOM YE YIELD YOURSELF SERVANTS TO OBEY, HIS
SERVANTS YE ARE TO WHOM YE OBEY."

We who live in the United States are prone to believe man was created to
be an independent creature who is free to do what ever he wanted to do
and is not responsible to anyone. This was never the case. No Scripture
can be found to suggest man was created to be anything but a servant.
Romans 6:16 makes this clear.

Paul's point in this last part of Romans chapter six is to show that
every man was a servant (a SLAVE) to Sin by virtue of physical birth.
The natural man may insist he is doing what he wants to do, but the
truth is that Sin is his Master. The natural man can do nothing except
what Sin wants him to do. The natural man is like a beast with a ring in
his nose by which Sin leads him into the activities of the flesh. We
were ALL the slaves of Sin before we were saved and we all did the
bidding of our Master. BUT, with salvation and our death with Christ on
Calvary, Sin's power as our Master was severed. Now, as the Saints of
God, we have become the servants (the SLAVES) of "RIGHTEOUSNESS" (that;
is, of Christ). The great difference between these two Masters is that
Sin demands full obedience from his slaves; whereas Christ sets His
servants free to serve Him out of a heart of love.

Most Christians fail to recognize Christ's ownership over the Saints of
God. Yet, this is the whole purpose of God's redemption. By the shed
blood of Christ, God purchased the Christians out of the slave market of
Sin. Once a Slave of Sin has been bought by the Blood of Christ, Sin
relinquishes all rights and claims over that one and Christ takes title
to these slaves of Sin. Christ owns every believer because He purchased
them. This is what Paul is speaking of in First Corinthians 6:20.

Romans 6:23 shows us the difference between these two masters. Sin takes
everything from his slaves and rewards them with DEATH. Christ GIVES His
servants the GIFT of Eternal Life.

*
*The Law And The Living*
*

The truth Paul would have us know is that we DO NOT have to serve Sin as
our Master any more since we have been redeemed. If Sin continues to
have any control of our life, it is because we have permitted him to
take control of that which belongs to God. This is why every Christian
should put Romans 6:12-13 into practice in his daily walk.

In Romans 7:1, Paul again challenges these Saints by asking the
question, "KNOW YE NOT?" This time Paul speaks of the power the husband
has over his wife because of the Law of Marriage. The Law of Marriage
continues in force as long as the husband and wife are alive, but when
one of the marriage partners dies, the Law of Marriage is broken and the
remaining partner is free to be married to another.

Paul uses this Law of Marriage to teach the same truth he had been
talking about in chapter six, that the Christian is no longer bound to
Sin. In Romans 6:16-23, Paul speaks of the Master/Slave relationship. In
Romans 7:1-6, Paul uses the Husband/Wife relationship, showing Sin as
the husband and mankind as the wife. As long as a man remains alive, he
is bound to Sin as a wife is bound to her husband. But, if the "wife"
were to die, Sin would have no more authority over her because the Law
of Marriage only has power over the living. Paul's point is that the
"wife" who is saved, DIED with Christ on Calvary. Therefore, Sin no
longer has any power over her because the Husband/Wife relationship was
broken by the death of the "wife."

Just as the living member of the marriage relationship is free from the
Law of Marriage when one partner dies (Romans 7:2-3), the same is also
true of the dead partner. This is what Paul has in mind in Romans 7:4.
Since the Christian DIED WITH CHRIST; his marriage to Sin has been
broken. The Christian who is free from his marriage to Sin is now free
to be married to Christ. In any marriage, the wife should bring forth
children for her husband. This is the picture Paul presents in Romans
7:4. Having chosen to be married to Christ, we should, as a faithful
wife, bring forth "FRUIT" unto God. This "FRUIT" is Spiritual offspring
produced by the Christian as he is empowered by Christ.

In all three of these passages where Paul uses the phrase, "KNOW YE
NOT," he wants the members of the Body of Christ to know of the freedom
from Sin that results from the death they experienced by their
identification with Christ.
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KNOW YE NOT?
By Pastor Marvin Duncan

Part 1. - The Book Of Romans
Part 1 of 2
*
*
There are many things the apostle Paul would have the members of the
Body of Christ know and in our last study we saw some of the things he
would not have us to be ignorant of concerning this dispensation of the
Grace of God. Today, I would like for us to consider a phrase used by
the Apostle Paul to call attention to something that is very important
for all of God's redeemed of this dispensation to know. That phrase is,
"KNOW YE NOT." As Paul presented the message of the Mystery to the
different Gentile congregations, he expected them to grasp everything he
taught about God's program for today. Yet, after Paul left these
different areas, he received word that some of the Saints had not fully
understood what he had taught, or they had neglected to put into
practice some area of teaching that was necessary if these Saints were
to walk well pleasing to our Lord. When writing to these congregations
after hearing of their failure to live up to the teachings he had given
them, Paul brings up these different doctrinal points by challenging his
readers with the phrase, "KNOW YE NOT." He then proceeds to repeat the
doctrine they were failing to put into practice in their personal lives.

In the Book of Romans we have three subjects that are introduced with
the phrase, "KNOW YE NOT." Let us look at these passages and see if we
can gain a fuller insight into Paul's teachings concerning the message
of the Mystery which had been "HID IN GOD" (Ephesians 3:9) and "KEPT
SECRET, SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN" (Romans 16:25).

*
*Baptized Into Christ
*
*
Not only did the Saints of Paul's day lack a good understanding of the
doctrine of baptism, many today are confused about what Paul taught in
Romans 6:3, when he wrote:

"KNOW YE NOT, THAT SO MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE
BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH?"

There are many Christians today who believe a water ceremony is being
spoken of in this Romans 6:3 passage. Paul would not be talking about a
water ceremony here because he had already taught that Water Baptism was
not to be practiced in this dispensation of the Grace of God (First
Corinthians 1:17). Water Baptism was given to the nation of Israel as a
ceremony that identified the recipient into the Priesthood. In as much
as there is no priesthood for the Body of Christ, there is no water
ceremony to be practiced today in this dispensation of the Grace of God.

A majority of the problems surrounding the subject of BAPTISM would be
answered if we recognized the fact that BAPTISM is a Greek word that has
been inserted in our English text. If we are to understand what the
writers of Scripture meant when they spoke of Baptism, let us use the
English word, IDENTIFY or IDENTIFICATION, when we see this Greek word in
our English text. In every place where the subject of Baptism is spoken
of, we will find some kind of identification being referred to. This can
be seen in Romans 6:3 if we use our English word, IDENTIFIED, in place
of the Greek word, BAPTIZED. In this passage, Paul is talking about our
oneness with Christ. The doctrine that had been missed by these Roman
Saints was the fact that when Christ died on Calvary's Cross, God saw
every believer as having died with Him there. It is this identification
with Christ that gives us the power to overcome Sin. Not only were we
identified with Christ in His death, we were also identified into His
burial and His resurrection. This is why Paul encourages the Saints to
live the resurrected life right now. (Romans 6:3-6).

Paul wanted these Saints at Rome (and all the members of the Body of
Christ) to know that we already have the victory over sin. Because of
our having died with Christ, Sin no longer has any claim upon us. Sin
cannot dictate to, or exercise control over, a dead person. This is
Paul's point in this Romans six passage. Since every believer died with
Christ, and because of this death Sin has no claim upon, or power over,
those who are IN CHRIST, why is it that so many Christians are not free
from sin in their lives? The answer is simple. These Saints whose lives
are weakened by sin have never understood the teaching of Romans 6:3.
They do not know that Sin no longer has any authority over their lives.
They have never put into practice the truth of Romans 13:14, where Paul
said:

"PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH,
TO FULFILL THE LUSTS THEREOF."

Because most Saints do not know that Sin is powerless due to our death
WITH CHRIST, they ALLOW Sin to work in their lives. They even make
allowances for sin in their lives by saying, "I can't help doing the
things I do because this is the way God made me." This statement is just
an excuse to satisfy the desires of the flesh and blame God for their
actions.


The Word of God is so needed in our world today, especially in our own
USA, if this devotion has been a blessing and encouragement to you, pass
it on to a friend

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not
according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

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GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED*
*by C. R. Stam *
"In hope of eternal life, which GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED..." (Tit.
1:2).

In the Mediterranean Sea there lies an island which in Paul’s day had a
very bad reputation. It’s name is Crete. To Titus, a pastor sent to
evangelize the inhabitants, the Apostle Paul wrote: "One of themselves,
even a prophet of their own, said. The Cretians are always liars..."
(Tit. 1:12), and he added: "This witness is true" (Ver. 13). Paul knew
this to be a fact, for he had labored among them. Indeed, even secular
history bears witness to this trait of the Cretians, for we are told
that in ancient times to call a man a Cretian was to call him a liar.

How wonderful that St. Paul had succeeded in establishing a few small
Christian assemblies on this island and that Titus was now laboring
there as his successor! And how reassuring that to Titus and these few
believers, surrounded on every hand by people who could not be trusted,
Paul could write about "eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised"!

"God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He
should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken
and shall He not make it good?" (Num. 23:19).

Thank God, millions have trusted His Word, especially about salvation
through the all-sufficient and finished work of redemption wrought by
Christ at Calvary, and they have found it to be blessedly true.

In dozens of passages of Scripture God has promised eternal life to
those who trust in Christ and His payment for sin. "Christ died for our
sin" (I Cor. 15:3). "[He] was delivered for our offences and was raised
again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25). "He that believeth on the Son
hath everlasting life" (John 3:36). "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). Take Him at His Word; His promise
is good. "GOD, WHO CANNOT LIE, PROMISED."
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God Is For Me*
*By Steve McVey*

"God is for me." Can you make that statement with a deep sense of
certainty? He is, you know. When things are going the way you want, God
is for you. When life seems to be falling apart, God is for you. When
the Philistines chased David down in Gath, he wrote, "This I know, that
God is for me" (Psalm 56:9). What a time to make a declaration like that!

Many of us have found ourselves in a place similar to David's situation
at times. Life is closing in . . . the enemy seems to have us cornered
and there appears to be no way out. Pleasant circumstances disappear
before our eyes and the world turns dark.

At times like that, we may be tempted to cry out, "Why is God against
me?" Not David. He assured himself with the truth, "God is for me." He
didn't say, "This I feel, that God is for me." There are many times in
life that we don't feel like God is for us. No, he said, "This I know,
that God is for me.

Will you affirm this truth in your own life? God really is for you.
Nothing can ever change His mind or heart toward you. If you are His
child, His loving kindness toward you will last forever. (Read Psalm 136
sometime!)

Circumstances may be suffocating you at times, but God is for you!
Negative feelings may seem to be strangling you, but God is for you!
Life may not make sense at a given moment, but God is for you! Trust
Him. When you feel like you're drowning in an ocean of problems, cling
to your Heavenly Father. He will prove Himself strong in your life by
assuring you of His love.

Your circumstances may or may not turn out like you want, but He will
hold you in His loving and sovereign arms and gently whisper His love to
you again and again. Sit in quietness for a moment and listen to his
loving voice assure you of that fact until, like the Psalmist, you may
say, "This is know, God is for me!"

2Co 12:9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My
power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather
glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may overshadow me.
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