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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Nov 2012, 6:12 pm

THE REAL DIFFICULTY *
*By late Pastor Win Johnson*
In our study recently, we came across this pungent statement: "It is
surprising when we really come to examine ourselves closely in this
matter, how much of what we already believe has been received by
tradition from our fathers. How little has actually been derived from
our own direct personal study of the Word of God itself. We believe what
we have received from man; and we do our best to get it confirmed by the
Bible. When we are unable to get the confirmation we are in search of,
then we find what we call a 'difficulty. ' But the difficulty is not in
the Word of God itself; it is in our own minds. The real difficulty is
in giving up our own views because we fail to make the Bible conform to
them. It does not, at first, occur to our minds that we may have to
abandon some of our views if we would get rid of the difficulty." (From
"How To Enjoy The Bible")

Multitudes of religious people attend church and like a baby robin,
swallow anything and everything that is put before them. Few there are
who like the Bereans of old "search the Scriptures daily whether those
things are so" (Acts 17:11).

This writer has admonished his people never to believe what they hear
simply because "the preacher said so." The preacher could be wrong!
After all, he is human and prone to err as anyone.

The only sure test as to the soundness of the preaching and teaching we
receive, is, "What saith the Scriptures?" Not just any Scripture taken
out of context and misapplied, BUT the Scriptures rightly divided (II
Timothy 2:15). This involves a recognition that though ALL SCRIPTURE is
most certainly for our learning and blessing, NOT ALL SCRIPTURE is
written to us or for our obedience. Seeing this, will go a long way in
dispelling seeming 'difficulties' .

We need to cast our eyes upon His Word, and what He says about
situations which try to beat us down. We don't have to carry burdens,
but only release them to the One Who can handle them all.

The Eyes Of The Lord
by Pastor C. R. Stam
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show
Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him (II Chron. 16:9).

The meaning of this famous passage of Scripture is clear, and its truth
has been demonstrated a thousand times over. God is constantly
searching, as it were, for men whom He can bless and use in the
fulfilling of His purposes, but for whom, and through whom, does He
accomplish His ends?

He does not need the world's influential giants, for He says in Zech.
4:6: Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of
hosts.He does not need the world's great thinkers, for our Lord, while
on earth, prayed: Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent,
and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed
good in Thy sight (Matt. 11:25,26). Indeed, St. Paul declares, in I
Cor. 3:19: The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.

No, it is not upon the world's great ones that God bestows His blessing
and power; it is rather upon the humblest believer whose heart is right
with Him. Thus it is that by divine inspiration St. Paul wrote to those
in ancient Corinth who had trusted Christ as their Savior:

Ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the
flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen
the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath
chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are
mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought
things that are: that no flesh should glory [boast] in His presence (I
Cor.1:26-29) .

To those of us who believe that God created the Universe from naught all this is perfectly consistent and it gives us confidence that He can
bless and use even us.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that Hewill
not stand by us.
----Oswald Chambers

2Co 3:4 Such is the confidence which we have through Christ in the
presence of God;
2Co 3:5 not that of ourselves we are competent to decide anything by our
own reasonings, but our competency comes from God.

* 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

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.
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Post  Admin on Sat 24 Nov 2012, 2:40 pm

A HOLY TEMPLE *
*By ROBERT E. HANNA, Pastor*
*
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:21, 22

Individually and collectively, the members of the Body of Christ
constitute the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. We need not await a
divine visitation or a miraculous sign; the indwelling Spirit is ever
present. "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? ... He
that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Know ye not that your body
is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (l Cor.
6:15, 17, 19,20).

Not only so, but we are the permanent abiding place of the Holy Spirit.
Pity the saint of God who is ignorant of the priceless gift of life
eternal. There is no power in heaven or earth capable of snatching away
our certified citizen-ship in glory. " ..... After that ye believed, ye
were sealed [in Christ] with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the
earnest (assurance or pledge) of our inheritance until the redemption of
the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory" (Eph. I:13,l4).

The work of Christ to secure our heavenly position, is finished.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who HATH
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
according as He HATH chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world
... having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus
Christ to Himself...wherein He HATH made us accepted in the beloved"
(Eph. 1:3-6).
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Post  Admin on Thu 22 Nov 2012, 6:18 pm

~VICTORY BY GRACE~
Read: 1 Cor. 15:54-67
"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God!" (1 John 5:4,5). Carnal man has not the capacity nor the means to fortify himself against the destructive forces of this world. As vessels of clay we know only discouragement and defeat. So long as we walk the earth we are subject to its evils and temptations. Each of us has the same struggle as that described by the Apostle Paul.

"For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD...For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 7:22-25; 8:2).

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or peril, or sword! ....Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:35,37).

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory .....The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"

What Thanksgiving Means . .
T reasures in heaven not on earth

H umble before our God

A nswers to our prayers

N ew life in Christ

K indness to our fellowman

S inging Praises to Our Saviour for His mercies

G ive love generously to our friends

I ntimate with our Lord to draw closer to Him

V ictorious in our walk with the Lord

I nsight we get as we lift up Christ

N ecessary to be ever mindful of God's Blessings

G lory in the Knowledge of God
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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Nov 2012, 10:25 pm

GOD WILL DO IT*
*By M. Stanford*
" For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his]
good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13, KJV)

As we mature we come to see more and more clearly that our Father just
as fully controls our lives as He does the universe. As CA. Fox said,
"Climb on, and you will find the correcting, the chastening, the
cleansing, the calming of the deep affection of God."

"All the testing and trying is to first deal with, by the Cross, that
which can never stand the stress and which must be forever failure to
the Lord, and then to develop that which is Christ within us. That is
the spiritual life - Christ in us in all His fulness. 'I will make him a
pillar.' 'I will write upon him the name of my God.' He is going to do
it. All the striving will never bring that end about, but He will do it.

"The great majority of us would say, 'If it all depends on me, then it
is a bad lookout! ' Well, of course, that is true, but let us look at
the blessing of Joseph - The arms of his hands were made strong, by the
hands of the Mighty One of Jacob. . . even by the God of thy father'
(Gen. 49:24, 25)." --CO.

"Let a man renounce himself, and see himself as crucified with Christ,
and soon another Himself ----the Lord Jesus Christ - will take the
central place in the heart, and quietly bring all things
under His sway."

"It is a great thing to offer the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour to
sinful man, but it is still greater to express Him in a world where He
is rejected."-- ---J.B.S.

"According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that
pertain unto life and godliness" (II Pet. 1:3).

*I find that doing the will of God*
* leaves me with no time for*
*disputing about His plans.*

* -- George MacDonald*
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Post  Admin on Tue 20 Nov 2012, 6:43 pm

*TRUE RICHES IN CHRIST*
* by C. R. Stam*
*
To know God through Christ and His redeeming work is to be rich
indeed.
The Scriptures have much to say about the infinite riches of God.
They tell us of "the riches of His glory" (Rom.9:23; Eph. 3:16), "the
riches of His wisdom and knowledge" (Rom.11:33), "the riches of His
goodness and forbearance and longsuffering" (Rom.2:4) and "the riches of
His grace (Eph.1:7; 2:7). God would have us enjoy these riches through
faith in Christ, who died for our sins.

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was
rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty
might be rich" (II Cor.8:9)."

We should rejoice continually that God, in addition to being rich
in wisdom and knowledge and in glory and power, is also "rich in mercy"
(Eph.2:4) and that "the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call
upon Him, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
saved" (Rom.10:12,13) .

To St. Paul, the chief of sinners, saved by grace, God revealed the
greatest riches of all. Paul said: "Unto me, who am less than the least
of all saints is this grace given, that I should preach among the
nations the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Eph.3:8). These riches
include, among other things, "all the riches of the full assurance of
understanding" (Col. 2:2). How wonderful to have an intelligent
understanding of God's plan of salvation and of all He has purposed in
His heart of love for those who accept the salvation He has provided
through His beloved Son!

True riches are not comprised of material things. The Scripture
calls these "uncertain riches" and warns us not to trust in them
(ITim.6:17). True riches is "to know the love of Christ, which passeth
knowledge" and so to be "filled with all the fulness of God" (Eph.3:19).

*THOUGHT TO PONDER*
* No nation has ever existed or been governed without
religion. *
* Nor can be. *
* The Christian religion is the best religion that has been
given to man and I,*
* as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction
of my example.*
* (Thomas Jefferson said it well enough) *

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Post  Admin on Sat 03 Nov 2012, 4:39 pm

To our most gracious E mail members, PARIS

I have been somewhat remiss in writing to you, I would love nothing
better than to have time to write to each one of you individually. As
most of you know I've been having a lot of medical problems with my legs
and hands. No one does not really know and appreciate what God has given
us in our bodies, until they no longer work.

I now have Point & Speak back up and running, it was down for while but
back to working somewhat. It seems to be working just OK now, I praise
the Lord for all the handicap items that are available for us. Well
enough about me.

First off I want to thank each and every one of you who have let me know
when off due to vacations. It certainly has cut down on my return mail
which is a pain to check when it comes back and why.

Some of you new members have asked me what do I do? I really have no
guide lines or rules, as to what I do here at the Ministry, I trust the
Holy Spirit to direct me each day in choosing the devotions, and then
getting same ready for sending. I am really behind in answering the
many questions sent to us, believe me I will get them answered, since I
am the only one
here, except the Lord. If any of you have questions please feel free
with your request, and it will be answered, you may also give me a phone
call if you wish my phone number is 623 546 8866, since I am home-boundN
you most likely would always find me at home, but not always able to get
to the phone, I have an answering service leave a message
and I would call you back.

This ministry was begun 15 years ago in August by the Lord Jesus Christ.
And I had no idea what I was going to do, when or what could be done.
But the Lord Jesus has been very faithful, and has always supplied me
with the Devotions to be sent, However one of the reasons or this e-mail
is just to advise you that once in a while, you may miss the devotion as
I may not have been able to get it together the day before. I pray that
this doesn't happen very often, but at 83 anything can happen, so I
thought you should know because many will write to me and say. I did not
get my devotion yesterday, and it may be due to what I've just explained

I pray for each one of you almost every day, it is a delight now in
Arizona. I can go out on the patio and pray out there in my new power
chair for an hour and I pray for our country, for the men running for
Senate and House. it is your privilege as an American to vote, so
please do so, on November 6.

In Christ, who is my new life,
with all my love and blessings on you, Paris
Phil, 2:13
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*~HIS HUNGER~*
*By M. Stanford*
*

"Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His
wonderful works to the children of men!" (Ps. 107:8).

Our Father gave us the hunger to be justified (John 6 :44), and He gave
us the hunger to be sanctified (Phil. 3:10). This same principle applies
to our service, our sharing. He never pushed us, but drew us in loving
kindness - and He would treat others likewise, through us.

"If we are not living near the Lord Jesus and are not where we should
be, we neither have an appetite for spiritual things, nor can we feed
upon Him who is the living Bread. When God pours into you a hunger for
your Beloved and begins to reveal your privileges in Him, rejoice with
great joy and gratitude toward God. If He did not put into our hearts
the longing to know Him better and to have His very best, we would be
satisfied with the least we could have and be saved." - C.H.MacI.

"How wondrous are the working and drawings of God upon a human heart!
How little do we behold Him or know that which He is doing, as day by
day He works down in the depths of our beings. The most favored place a
child of God can be in, is to continually feel the drawing of God urging
and constraining him to a greater hunger for Him."

"God never gives anything till the soul is ready to receive it. When you
are ready you will long and hunger for it."

"For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with
goodness" (Ps. 107:9).

*THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK*

*Greetings in His Name! One of the keys to the Christian life*
* is to realize that it cannot be lived in our own power. *
* It is a dependent life--dependent on His Holy Spirit working in us.*
* May His power flow through you and use you this week.*

*Eph 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might"*
*Pastor Jim*
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Post  Admin on Fri 02 Nov 2012, 10:24 pm

*THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH*
*by C. R. Stam *

In II Thes. 2:10 St. Paul declares that the apostates of the coming age
will "perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they
may be saved." This is something worth considering very seriously.

God calls this present dispensation "the dispensation of the grace of
God" (Eph. 3:2). During this dispensation faithful Christians are
proclaiming "the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24). This is the
message of God’s grace and love in giving Christ to die for our sins so
that we might be saved from its penalty and power.

All, however, do not believe this glorious message or accept God’s grace
in Christ. These, the Apostle declares, will be left behind when our
Lord comes, at the close of this dispensation, to receive His own to
Himself. Because they rejected the truth, and the love it proclaimed,
God will give them up "that they might believe a lie," and put their
faith in Antichrist, "that they all might be damned who believed not the
truth" (II Thes. 2:8-12).

It was infinite love that brought Christ to Calvary to suffer shame and
disgrace for our sins, and this love is being proclaimed in this
dispensation of grace. But this dispensation may be brought to a close
at any time and bring in the day of God’s wrath. How important then to
accept God’s love, and trust His Son without delay!

"Behold, now is the accepted time... Behold now is the day of salvation"
(II Cor. 6:2).

If you do not trust Christ as your Lord and Savior now and you are
caught unawares and lost for all eternity, you will never be able to
say, "It was because God did not choose to save me." Whatever all the
reasons involved in His electing grace, He does not accept the
responsibility for your rejection of Christ. He says that the unsaved
will perish "because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved." Don’t gamble with the future. Receive God’s gift of
salvation now through faith in Christ.

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! We who
have trusted Christ are a New Creation which God did,and He placed us
into the Body of Christ.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of each and every member of the
Body of Christ to be a good soldier, and TO PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF
GOD, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE
ALL, TO STAND! (Eph. 6:13
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Post  Admin on Thu 01 Nov 2012, 7:05 pm

GRACE AND MERCY*
*By Miles Stanford*

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory
by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).

If and when the trial comes, you will find Him waiting there.

"We should always be prepared for circumstances that will arise, and for
blessings that are to come, without foreseeing what these circumstances
and blessings will be. This preparation consists in attention to present
responsibility, and acceptance of present discipline.

"If day by day we first seek divine direction, and then follow it, we
shall be ready, when new circumstances arise, for the new blessings
which will be offered. Today should be preparation for tomorrow. The
only proof that we shall be equal to tomorrow's test is that we are
meeting today's test believingly and courageously. The only evidence
that we shall be willing for God's will tomorrow is that we are subject
to His will today." -W.G.S.

"Our Lord has special reserves of grace for special needs. If ever you
feel that you could not go through a certain trial, that if you had to
face that, you just could not go through with it, you are taking on
something that you have no right to take on.

"If the Lord calls you to go through fire or water, He has a special
reserve of grace for you in that. And that grace will be from the throne
of grace. It is the throne above, mediating grace for need and suffering
as it is required." -T.A-S.

"Let us... come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).
*
Dear father,
Make it so in my own experience. I want Grace to rule over me, I affirm
that You are my life and from this day forward I will seek to know You
above all else. May the revelation of who I am in You become
increasingly real to me. Teach me how to walk in the grace. Express your
life through me and transform me by Your eternal love.
*

*If God is your Co-pilot - swap seats!*
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*The Teaching of Self-Esteem*
*by Paul M. Sadler*
Scripture Reading:
"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be
able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince [refute] the
gainsayers." -- Titus 1:9

Satan never rests in his insatiable desire to corrupt the Word of God. A
case in point is the present-day teaching of self-love, self-esteem and
self-worth. The influence of this unsound doctrine has nearly permeated
every strata of Christendom, including the Grace Movement. Like the beat
of a drum, this theme is heard almost constantly from the pulpits of
America and frequently appears on the pages of Christian literature.
Beware when you hear or read: "It is important to feel good about
yourself," "Learn to love yourself," "Probe your innermost self to
understand why you think and feel as you do," "God sent His son to die
for you because you are of great value."

On the surface these phrases may seem commendable, but in reality they
are diametrically opposed to the Scriptures. The above has been weighed
in the balance and found to be wanting. For example: "The heart
[innermost self] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?" (Jer. 17:9). Paul concurred when he said, "For I know
that in me (that is, in my flesh, [old nature or self]) dwelleth no good
thing" (Rom. 7:18).

The old man (self) is at enmity against God. He hates God and the things
of God and left to himself he will not seek God. The Scriptures, from
beginning to end, speak with a unified voice that the old nature is
rotten to the core (See Rom. 3:9-18).

Consequently, our old man (self) has been crucified with Christ. Paul
made reference to this when he wrote to the Galatians, "I am crucified
with Christ [i.e. his old man]: nevertheless I live [Paul's new nature];
yet NOT I [self], but Christ liveth in me." We are to put off the old
nature and put on the new, which is created in holiness and
righteousness (Eph. 4:22-24). It is futile to improve one's self-image,
especially since God abhors any attempt to do so. Rather, we are to
conform ourselves to the image of His dear Son. Thus, those of the
household of faith are to live accordingly:

"Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of
mind let us esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on
his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this
mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:3-5).

Self takes great pleasure in acclaim, indulgence, approval and praise.
It glories in all these things. But are we not robbing God when self is
esteemed more highly than His glory?

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which
is in you, which ye have of God, AND YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN? For ye are
bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's" (I Cor. 6:19,20).

Shall we permit the "love of one's self" doctrine to overshadow the love
of God in Christ Jesus? God forbid! May God help us to stand against
this insidious teaching that essentially robs God of the glory that is
rightfully due Him.

*Question for today*
*By the cross of Jesus,*
*you have been set free from.*
*the dungeon of duty*
*and have been brought into*
*the light of liberty in Christ.*
*HAVE YOU COME TO THIS
PLACE IN YOUR LIFE?
Will you give us some verses*
*That helped you to come to realize this.*
"POSITIONAL CONDUCT"
By Miles Stanford

"They who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:17).

Law and grace are separated by the infinite chasm of the Cross. Law
required right conduct first, with earthly position to be earned
thereby. Grace gives heavenly position immediately, which ultimately
produces right conduct. "Ye are not under the law, but under grace"
(Rom. 6:14).

"The believer does not walk in order to reach the throne. On the
contrary. His walk is determined by the fact that he has been placed
with the Lord Jesus in a position of immeasurable ascendancy. He has
been made to sit together with Christ in heavenly places in order that,
having received an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, he
might reign in life by one, even the Lord Jesus.

"He walks like a king because he is a king (Rev. 1:6). He is not called
upon to walk in kingly fashion in order that he may reach the throne.
God's order is different. The Christian begins at the throne and his
kingly manner is only the inevitable outcome of his exalted position.

"Our frustrations and agonies in an effort to attain the unattainable,
our shame and our defeats such as we find in Paul's own experience
tabulated so faithfully in Romans 7, come about naturally and inevitably
when, failing to grasp all this, we put the emphasis on our conduct
rather than our position, which must come first." -F.J.H.

"Unto Him that loveth us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
and hath seated us in the heavenly in Christ for all of eternity.

*QUESTION FOR TODAY*
Do you know this truth, that you He hath raised [us] up together, and
made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus? If so what
is the Scripture verse. Let us know.

At times all of us experience fear.
But don't allow fear to keep
you from being used by God.
He has kept you thus far; trust Him
for the rest of the way.
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*~WHO SHALL SEPARATE US?~*
*by C. R. Stam *

*

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (Rom. 8:35).

True Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin for one reason
alone: because of "the love of God, which is [manifested] in Christ
Jesus our Lord."

St. John wrote by divine inspiration: "Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation
[satisfaction] for our sin. "We love Him because He first loved us" (I
John 4:10,19).

Let us understand this clearly and remember it always. It is not our
love to Him, but His love to us, that saves us -- and it is His love to
us that keeps us saved. This is where we must begin the Christian life.

A wayward husband returned to his grieving wife one day, after many
months of living in sin. Sobbing his heart out in remorse and shame, he
told her how often he had longed to be home again with the wife he knew
to be so true to him. Asked why, then, he had not returned sooner, he
explained that he was ashamed; to which his wife replied: "John, I want
you to know something and never forget it: I love you." John sobbed in
response: "Who wouldn't want to live for a woman like this!"

Just so it is the knowledge that Christ loves us no matter what; that
nothing shall ever separate us from His love; it is this that makes the
sincere believer determine, by God's grace, to be always true to Him.

Thus the Scripture doctrine of the believer's eternal security in Christ
by no means leads to careless living. On the contrary, it affords the
greatest possible motivation to "live soberly, righteously and godly in
this present world" (Tit. 2:11,12).

*QUESTION FOR YOU, LET US KNOW*
*What verses prove that the power of sin is not a part*
* of the Christin's identity?*


*The joy of the Christian life is*
*knowing that God can handle anything *
*we hand over to Him.*
*---Dave Branon *
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THE DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT~ *
*By Pastor Robert Hanna*

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 6:19, 20

No aspect of the believer's position can be more vital than proper
knowledge of his relationship to the Holy Spirit of God and the
functions of the Holy Spirit in this present age of the dispensation of
grace. It is popular among many professed Christians today to embrace
convictions based upon experiences recorded in the early portion of the
Book of Acts. The miraculous events related to the pentecostal church of
that time belong to Israel only ---not to the Church which is Christ's Body.

We who have been saved by grace through faith under this present
dispensation of the grace of God, do not await a miraculous descending
of the Holy Ghost. We do not "pray down the Spirit." or attempt to
invite visions and signs and wonders. Upon believing to salvation, "By
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body...and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit" (I Corinthians 12:13). "Therefore we are buried
with [Christ] 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" (Romans 6:4).

The Holy Spirit indwells us, controlling our lives as we yield ourselves
to His will. "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost?" The Holy Spirit is our teacher of divine truth, "Not in the
words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth..."
(I Corinthians 2:13.) And the Holy Spirit is our intercessor, "For we
know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Himself
maketh intercession for us" (Romans 8:26).

*God can do anything He wants to have done. *
*He doesn't want what you can do ...*
*Instead, He wants you.
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*THE DOCTRINE OF SANCTIFICATION*
*By Pastor Robert Hanna, *
*

Scripture Reading: II Timothy 2:20, 21

"We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once
for all...For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are
sanctified" (Hebrews 10:10,14). God has set us apart unto Himself. "He
(in Christ) gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all
iniquity, and PURIFY UNTO HIMSELF A PECULIAR PEOPLE, ZEALOUS OF GOOD
WORKS" (Titus 2:14). This is our positional sanctification, which places
us under spiritual obligation to prove ourselves worthy of His
expectation. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO
GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them"
(Ephesians 2:10).

The Apostle Paul exhorts us to faithfully dedicate ourselves to this
end. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. which
is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be
ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:I, 2).

Paul explains his responsibility to encourage our faithfulness through
"ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles
might be acceptable, BEING SANCTIFIED BY THE HOLY GHOST" (Romans
15:16b). "If a man purge himself from these (vessels of dishonor), he
shall be a vessel unto honour, SANCTIFIED, and meet for the Master's
use, and prepared unto every good work."

*2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, *
*as though God did beseech [you] by us:*
* we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. *

*Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, *
*Jesus Christ *
*and the American G.I.*

*One died for your soul,*
*the other for your freedom

LOVE'S ETERNALITY *
*By Miles Stanford*
"The Lord direct your hearts into the love of God" (2 Thess. 3:5).

Between the activity of the old man and the accusations of Satan, we
often find it very difficult to believe and understand that God is
lovingly and legally on our side, both now and forever.

"One of the great secrets of growth is the looking upon the Lord Jesus
as gracious. How strengthening it is, to know that He is at this moment
feeling exercising the same love and grace towards me as when He died
upon the Cross for me." -J.N.D.

"I have got away from grace if I have the slightest doubt about God's
love for me. I shall then be saying, I am not happy, because I am not
what I should like to be. But, dear friend, this is not the question:
the real question is, whether God is what we shall like Him to be,
whether the Lord Jesus is all we could wish.

"If the consciousness of what we are in ourselves, has any other effect
than, while it humbles us, to crease our adoration of what our Father
is, we are off the ground of pure grace. The immediate effect such
consciousness should be to make our hearts reach out to God and to His
grace as abounding over all."

"May our hearts get such a lesson in the love of the Father, that,
instead of being depressed by trying circumstances, or elated by what
are called providential inter positions, we may know that we are the
objects of this wonderful love, and are being educated into it by the
only One who knew it in all its power as walked here below through this
wilderness world."-J.B. S.

"To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge" (Eph. 3:19).

*The only way to worry about nothing is to pray about everything.*
*Frank A. Clark*

*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 *
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~AN ENLARGED HEART~
B John Baker, Bible Teacher
2 CORINTHIANS 6:11
"O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you,
our heart is enlarged."

The believer is admonished in the Scriptures over and over to be patient, longsuffering and loving. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), walk in love (Ephesians 5:2), love one another (Romans 13:8), and love our neighbors (Matthew 5:44). This love is a part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and the result of an enlarged heart (2 Corinthians 6:11-13).
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Enlarged as used in 2 Corinthians 6 has the idea of to make broad, to widen or to extend. A part of the gift of wisdom that God gave Solomon was largeness of heart in order that he might have compassion on the people over which he ruled (See 1 Kings 4:29). Paul's prayer for the Ephesians was, "That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19). It is so easy to simply rest in our salvation and become cold and indifferent to those around us. The supreme example of love from an enlarged heart was our Lord Jesus Christ. He showed His love for us while we were yet enemies and, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13)

As we yield to the indwelling Spirit, God will enlarge our hearts so that we can be patient, longsuffering and loving as we ought; "because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is give unto us" (Romans 5:5). Our prayer and goal should ever be that "the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men" ( 1 Thessalonians 3:12).

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
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GODLINESS IN AN UNGODLY DAY *
* by C. R. Stam*

It is an interesting fact that the words "godly" and "godliness" are not
found in Paul's writings until we come to the Pastoral Epistles, the
very epistles that have so much to say about evil days and evil
surroundings.

In the epistles to Timothy we read about the "perilous times" with
which this present dispensation of grace will be brought to a close,
while in the letter to Titus we read of "unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers," of "liars... evil beasts... lazy gluttons," whom Satan would
use to neutralize the work and witness of God's servants.

To Timothy and Titus, these young men of God, the Apostle had much to
say about godliness, and we must not forget that Paul's words to them
are also God's Word to us, believers in Christ, who indeed appear to be
living in the closing days of the dispensation of grace, surrounded by a
steadily-rising tide of evil and an ever-growing number of wicked,
godless men.

We do not mean to imply that the Apostle does not deal with the
various phases of the Christian life in his other epistles, but rather
that here in the Pastoral Epistles he wages a sort of campaign for
individual godly living in the midst of increasing apostasy and
godlessness.

May God help us, in our character and conduct, to exhibit "the power
of godliness," the spiritual power that comes from putting Christ first
in all things.
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we will be a
nation gone under." I truly believe this is why the United States of
America is in the shape we are in today. Most people have forgotten
that we are one nation under God! Let us as Christians stand up and
remind people of this. ~ Have a blessed day! "There is no limit to what
God can do with a man who is yielded and willing to do His will!" Dwight
L. Moody,

*THOUGHT FOR TODAY*

*WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A *
*TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.*

*WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A*
*TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.*
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Boldness In Proclaiming the Gospel*
*by Steve McVey *
*
In August of 1521, Martin Luther wrote a letter to his friend, Philipp
Melanchthon. Here's what he had to say about how to proclaim the gospel:

If you are a preacher of mercy; do not preach an imaginary but the true
mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an
imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners.

Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ
be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death,
and the world. We will commit sins while we are here, for this life is
not a place where justice resides. We, however, says Peter, are looking
forward to "a new heaven and a new earth" where justice will reign. It
suffices that through God's glory we have recognized the Lamb who takes
away the sin of the world. No sin can separate us from Him, even if we
were to kill or commit adultery thousands of times each day. Do you
think such an exalted Lamb paid merely a small price with a meager
sacrifice for our sins?

Raw grace --- it's dangerous stuff. At the least, it makes some people
nervous. Others will be outraged. Tell folks that their sins are all
forgiven and some of them will become incredibly offended by such good
news. Tell them that there's nothing they can do to separate themselves
from the love of God and they'll accuse you of preaching license to sin.
Tell them Jesus has done it all and there's nothing left for them to do
to make themselves acceptable to God and they may say you're teaching
passivity. It's a strange thing to see how much people often despise
good news.

Share the truth in its purity and you'll likely find that your enemies
will hate you and your friends will worry about you. That's a given.
Plainly and simply put, if you are never misunderstood; if you are never
criticized for your view of grace; if you never ruffle any feathers, you
aren't being bold enough in proclaiming the gospel of grace.

>From the Apostle Paul forward, everybody who has proclaimed pure grace
has riled up self-righteous religionists. Don't forget that the greatest
opponents of Jesus were the religious people. I don't believe we should
try to be offensive, but the Bible calls the gospel an offense, so if
nobody is ever being offended by our proclamation of grace, we have to
wonder how clearly we are presenting it in its purity.

Luther and others, both before and after him, paid a price for refusing
to budge on the subject. May God raise up a generation of grace walkers
today that show the same resolve. The need is great and the potential is
staggering.

Be bold about grace. Don't raise the white flag by accepting that there
must be balance. Don't surrender by agreeing that it may simply be a
matter of semantics when we discuss the subject. Don't think for one
moment that you can take grace too far. You can't because if you did it
would stop being grace and morph into disgrace.

As Luther said, the exalted Lamb didn't pay a small price with a meager
sacrifice for our sins. The Trinity of Heaven spent every ounce of
Divine Equity for our forgiveness and to bring us into the Divine Circle
of Life. Let us not insult such a great expression of love with a
wishy-washy testimony. Stand strong. Speak plainly and refuse to
compromise. Too much has been spent and too much is at stake to do any
less.

2Co 5:19-21 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto
himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for
Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's
stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
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*THE CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION*
*by C. R. Stam *
*
Years ago a man of God was asked to preach at the funeral of a young
soldier whose parents were unsaved.

During the course of his message the preacher sought to impress upon his
hearers the basic fact that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom.6:23).

This greatly upset the parents. After the service they complained: "This
is embarrassing. Our boy was not a sinner."

The truth was that shortly before his death this young man had done what
every true, born-again Christian has done. He acknowledged himself to be
a lost sinner and, trusting Christ as his Savior, had been so gloriously
saved that his parents were mystified that he could be so happy in the
face of death.

The simplest believer in Christ understands all this. He knows that for
the "old man" the death of the body is indeed a "dishonorable discharge"
for laws broken, orders disobeyed, responsibilities unmet, and trusts
betrayed. But for the "new man the death of the body is the vestibule
through which he is ushered into the blessed presence of "the Captain of
our Salvation," the One who "by the grace of God tasted death for every
man" that He might "bring many sons unto glory" (See Hebrews 2:9,10).

This is why we read in Hebrews 2:14,15:

"Forasmuch, then, as the children [of Adam] were partakers of flesh and
blood, He [Christ] also Himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,
the devil;
"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime
subject to bondage.

No wonder St. Paul's simple message of salvation was: "Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).


Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made
us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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* THE "RIGHTNESS" OF GOD*
* by C. R. Stam*
*
St. Paul's great Epistle to the Romans has much to say about "the
righteousness of God"; in fact this is the theme of the Book of Romans.
Sad to say, however, the Bible is so little read and studied of late
that many people do not even know what the word "righteousness" means.

Actually, every man, woman and child should know about the
righteousness of God -- or, to simplify the word -- the rightness of
God. It is most important to understand that God does always and only
that which is right. He can do nothing and will do nothing that is not
right.

Thus God cannot and does not merely forgive sinners and smuggle
them into heaven, for this would not be right. As Job 8:20 rightly says:
"Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man; neither will He help evil
doers", for neither would be right.

It was Bildad who said this to Job, and Job replied, almost
exasperated: "I know it is so of a truth, but how shall a man be just
with God?" In other words, how can a holy God look upon a sinner and
pronounce him righteous?

With this background let's consider Paul's great declaration in
Romans 1:16,17:

*"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of
God unto salvation to everyone that believeth... for therein is the
righteousness [i.e., the rightness] of God revealed.... "*

True the love of God is revealed in the gospel, but what made Paul
so proud to proclaim the gospel is the fact that it tells how God dealt
"righteously" , or rightly with sin, paying its just penalty Himself at
Calvary so that He might offer salvation to all by free grace.

Thus the Apostle declares in Romans 6:23: "The wages of sin is
death [this is its just penalty]; but the [free] gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord".
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OUR FOOLISH WISDOM*
*By Pastor R. Hanna*
*
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 3:18-20

The source of all life, all knowledge and all wisdom, is God. When we
reason by exercising our own intellect apart from His leading, we make a
mockery of true wisdom. 'There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). When we
take it upon ourselves to set our own standards of right and wrong, we
err greatly. We then often compound the error by seeking justification
for our mistakes and attempting to gloss them over by further
demonstrations of human logic.

Strangely enough, our search seems always to be one for freedom. In the
flesh, we always seek material means to attain freedom. But God tells
us, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John
8:32). And how shall we know the truth? Jesus said, "I am the way, the
truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Our search for freedom ends when we
are in Christ-and not before! "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
liberty ... Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath
made us free (II Corinthians 3:17) (Galatians 5:1).

In this age of grace, we as members of the body of Christ have an even
greater freedom than did His disciples at the time of His earthly
ministry. For we are free' from not only the bondage of sin, but also
from the letter of the law and all the ceremonies and rituals and
sacrifices contained therein. The basic principle, however, is
unchanged. "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to
be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For
the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God."


Yesterday, we received a special message from Dr. Billy Graham that I
want to share with you today...

"The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren, and this
great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this
could be my last.

I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for
candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support
the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the
sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between
a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6th, and pray
with me that America will remain one nation under God."

-- Billy Graham

In reality ,Billy Graham has merely raised his prophetic voice like
any preacher should when biblical and moral values are placed in
jeopardy by politicians.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith
Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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*~WHY, DID HE DO IT? ~*
*By Pastor Paul Hume*
*

Scripture Reading: Provo 16:4; Gen. 1:1-2:7

Why is the universe made up of many galaxies and solar systems so
immense and vast that no human can ever begin to comprehend them? Why
is there a sun like ours along with millions of stars and several
planets including the Moon which our country has been so interested in
recently? Why is there a planet--Earth- -which alone is habitable? (see
Psa. 115:15-16). Why is there an atmosphere about six to seven miles
deep surrounding our planet composed of 21% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen, and 1%
inert gases? Without this perfect balance in the atmosphere, or should
the slightest change take place to upset that balance, death would come
swiftly to all who live on Earth! Why the faithful cycle of evaporation,
clouds, and finally precipitation? Why should two-thirds of the surface
of this planet be covered by oceans? Why are some places virtually
uninhabitable and unproductive- -like the Sahara Desert--which seem like
a terrible waste of valuable land? Why man? Why not something better
than man? We could go on and on asking "Why?"

The answer is not given by merely citing certain scientific laws. The
answer is found in the Word of God which makes it clear that all things
which God made and the way He has made them function are simply for His
pleasure! Look again at the statements in Genesis 1 Where God said "and
it was good." Why was it good? Because "The Lord hath made all things
for Himself." This is amplified in Colossians 1:16: "For by Him were all
things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth; visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him." Thus Paul states
in Romans 11:36: "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all
things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." Even the wicked, says Proverbs
16:4, have been made by Him "for the day of evil." Yes, even sin,
wickedness, and all its attendant miseries, while not having been
created by God Himself, nevertheless, He has sovereignly purposed that
it should serve His purpose to the praise of His glory! "Since God is
God, who dare challenge His prerogative? To murmur against Him is rank
rebellion." Worship ye Him!

"No true patriot should ever forget what one of our Founders once
remarked (and I paraphrase): He who would give up Freedom for security
will find he shall have neither Freedom nor security."-- Tool, Texas

*"Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that*
* sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ*
* shall give thee light.*
* See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as *
*fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, *
*because the days are evil." *
Ephesians 5:14-15
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*LEGITIMATE PRAYER *
*by C. R. Stam *
Prayer, in Old Testament times, was based upon a covenant relationship
with God, or it was an appeal to His revealed nature as merciful,
gracious, etc. Today it is based upon the redemptive work of Christ,
whose death opened the way for us into the Father's presence. This is
why acceptable prayer today is offered "in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ". With our Lord's departure from this world in view, He said to
His disciples:

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father
but by Me" (John 14:6).

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name...At that day ye shall ask in
My name: and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you, for
the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me..." (John
16:24-27).

Thus today we pray directly to the Father in the name of the Son.

Our prayers, however, are often faltering and sometimes the way is so
dark before us that we do not even know what to ask for. Thus Paul
declared: "We know not what we should pray for as we ought" (Rom.8:26).
But he was quick to follow this with the declaration:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom.8:28).

This is why the Apostle Paul encourages God's people:

"Be careful [merimnao--anxious- - take
thought.pansiesbutt erfliesheader. jpg] for nothing, but in everything, by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
known unto God:

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep (
phroureo--to mount guard as a sentinel ) your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus" (Phil.4:6,7) .

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb.4:16).
*
*In the total expanse of human life there is not a square inch of which
the Christ, *
*who alone is sovereign, does not declare, "That is mine!" *
*-- Abraham Kuyper *
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*LEGITIMATE PRAYER *
*by C. R. Stam *
Prayer, in Old Testament times, was based upon a covenant relationship
with God, or it was an appeal to His revealed nature as merciful,
gracious, etc. Today it is based upon the redemptive work of Christ,
whose death opened the way for us into the Father's presence. This is
why acceptable prayer today is offered "in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ". With our Lord's departure from this world in view, He said to
His disciples:

"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father
but by Me" (John 14:6).

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name...At that day ye shall ask in
My name: and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you, for
the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me..." (John
16:24-27).

Thus today we pray directly to the Father in the name of the Son.

Our prayers, however, are often faltering and sometimes the way is so
dark before us that we do not even know what to ask for. Thus Paul
declared: "We know not what we should pray for as we ought" (Rom.8:26).
But he was quick to follow this with the declaration:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love
God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Rom.8:28).

This is why the Apostle Paul encourages God's people:

"Be careful [merimnao--anxious- - take
thought.pansiesbutt erfliesheader. jpg] for nothing, but in everything, by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made
known unto God:

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep (
phroureo--to mount guard as a sentinel ) your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus" (Phil.4:6,7) .

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb.4:16).

*In the total expanse of human life there is not a square inch of which
the Christ, *
*who alone is sovereign, does not declare, "That is mine!" *
*-- Abraham Kuyper *
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WALKING BY FAITH
THE BELIEVER'S WALK


This chapter concerns the character of the believer's walk. This is a very important subject, especially since many of 'Our antagonists contend that too much grace leads to a life of indulgence, and that dispensationalism is a mere mental exercise that produces intellectualism instead of spirituality. We do emphasize the gospel of the grace of God and the dispensation of the mystery, but we also emphasize the fact that this truth brings with it the responsibility of the believer to live on the very highest spiritual plane. Our doctrinal statement sums up this belief in these words: "By reason of Christ victory over sin and of His indwelling Spirit, all of the saved may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin by obedience to Rom. 6:11, but we deny that man's nature of sin is ever eradicated during this life (Rom. 6:6-14; Gal. 5:16-25; Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2: 14; 10:2-5)."

Grace Defined

Before we can understand one another we must define our terms. Apparently many people think 'Of grace as simply a means of getting off easily, 'Of sliding through on the generosity of another, of absolving self of all responsibility while expecting another to assume it. To such, of course, grace is a dangerous principle. They would say that a man who takes too much grace is taking too much license; grace must lead to indulgence; liberties must be curbed; man must be placed under a strict law if any obedience is to be expected.

How different from all of this is grace in its Scriptural sense. It is so different that Rom. 6:14 declares: "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid." This passage says at least the following things: the believer is not under the law; he is under grace; not 'only does grace not give any liberty to sin, but being under grace is the only condition under which the believer can be delivered from the dominion of sin; and finally to be under the law means also to be under the dominion of sin.

Grace begins at Calvary, where Jesus died for sin. Grace does not overlook sin; it judges sin and righteously pays the price of sin and puts sin out of the way. The believer's life under grace is founded upon the fact that he died unto sin in the Person of a Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he was raised up with Christ to walk in newness of life. God would never call upon a natural man to live under grace, for he would do nothing but frustrate that grace and use that grace as a means of indulging the flesh. But the believer's old man has been crucified with Christ and he thus reckons himself to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God. In other words the life of grace is a life upon resurrection ground. Believers will always misuse grace when they fail to reckon themselves dead to sin. Merely writing these facts down in a doctrinal statement does not assure the believer of victory through grace--there must be the personal reckoning of our identification with Christ to be true--but grace is the only means of victory. It should be evident from all of this that even the thought of sin being granted any permission in our lives is completely foreign to the teachings of grace.

Grace-walk Is Superhuman

We believe that under grace we are expected to live, superhuman kind of life, far higher than was ever demanded by the law. But we do not believe that every Christian lives that kind of life, merely by subscribing to our doctrinal statement or that of any other group. We believe that there must be constant study of and meditation on the Word of God and constant, conscious dependence upon the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit in order to realize the victory that grace can give. We are fully aware of the dangers that beset the believer because of his old nature of sin (which is dead only by the reckoning of faith). We know that it is possible to become heady and high-minded, and to be puffed up in knowledge, but this is no peculiar trait of dispensationalists. Many who never heard of that word have become cold intellectuals in their handling of the Word of God. We know also that it is possible to turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, but that is no reason for minimizing the grace of God. We all know the dangers of counterfeiting the currency of our country, but we do not therefore. destroy our money. We rather caution one another to be observant lest we be deceived by the counterfeit. And so we believe that it is our duty constantly to teach and preach the grace of God, to so indoctrinate believers with the true meaning and the full responsibility of a life under grace that they will be enabled to discern that which is contrary and to live a positive life of godliness.


So far from grace leading to carelessness and sinfulness, Titus 2:12 states that grace disciplines us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age. This discipline continues throughout life. Never does the time come this side of heaven that we do not need it. God has made it possible for us not to sin, but He has not made it impossible for us to sin. As long as we are in this body the Spirit will lust against the flesh and the flesh against the Spirit. But if we walk by means of the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

Grace-walk Is Spiritual

Our walk is to be a spiritual one, which is just another way of saying that it is to be controlled by the Spirit. Many suppose that spirituality consists in being sweet and kind, in praying much, and in engaging in certain pious acts. As a matter of fact, a person may do all of these things and not be spiritual at all. Spirituality consists in being filled with the Holy Spirit, so that He produces the life of Christ within us. To be sure, true spirituality will produce the fruit of the Spirit in the life, but we believe that it is impossible to have true spirituality apart from the knowledge of the Word of truth, rightly divided. God's Spirit always works through His revealed Word, and if we are to walk circumspectly, as wise men (Eph.5: 15), it will be necessary for us to know the will of God, as revealed in His Word. Merely knowing the Bible as such is not enough; we must know it rightly divided. That is, we must know what God's particular will and instructions are for the Body of Christ in this present dispensation. We believe that particular will of God and instruction for our walk is to be found in the Pauline epistles, even as we have quoted Dr. C. 1. Scofield before on Ephesians 3:6, "In his [Paul's] writings alone we find the doctrine, position, walk and destiny of the church" (Scofield Reference Bible, p. 1252). The worthy, well-balanced walk of the believer in this present dispensation is therefore dependent upon a knowledge of the revelation which Christ gave from the glory to Paul. In his epistles we are carried to the highest spiritual heights in the Bible.

Grace-walk Is Scriptural

Here are some of Paul's references to our walk: "we also should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4); "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" ( Rom. 8:4); "Let us walk honestly, as in the day" (Rom. 13: 13);

"Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh" (GaI. 5:16); "that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Eph. 4:1); "walk not as other Gentiles walk (Eph. 4:17); "And walk in love as Christ also hath loved us" (Eph.5:2); "walk as children of light" (Eph. 5:8); See then that ye walk circumspectly" (Eph. 5:15); "That ye might; walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing" (Col. 1:10); and it is interesting here to note that this is said to be the result of being filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him" (Col. 2:6); "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without" (Col.4:5); "as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more" (I Thess.4:1); ''not walking in craftiness, or handling the word of God deceitfully (2 Cor. 4:2). When We consider that almost half of the occurrences of the word walk in the New Testament are found in Paul's epistles, and that practically all references to the actual character of the believer's walk are Pauline, we should be convinced of the necessity of being Pauline if our walk is to be worthy of the Lord. We are saved wholly by grace; our walk is entirely in the sphere of grace, and our service is the manifestation of that same grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 8:7-9).
Love The Truth

I love the truth.
I hate a lie.
Living a lie, we will die.
Jesus gave us the word of God.
The word of God is truth.
The word of God has set us free.
I was once blind, now I see.
For the grace of God has saved us.
I praise the Lord for this grace he hath set us free.
Jesus is the truth and the light.
He gave us life.
His Glory is so Bright.
For the Glory goes to Jesus Christ.
Let's not let be taken away.

In His grace and love, Paris
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~THE HOPE OF GLORY~
By JOEL FINCK, Pastor

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:27

One of the key words in this dispensation is the word "grace." Paul uses this word some ninety times in his epistles. But did you realize there is another word he uses over ninety times? That's right, the word "glory." Grace and glory seem to go together. Perhaps this is why Paul called the grace message he preached, "the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (I Timothy 1:11).

In today's text we read, "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" (Colossians l:27). Many people hope for glory, but unfortunately most go about attaining it in all the wrong ways. The talented athlete may receive glory for a time, but it will count for nothing in eternity. Unsaved religious people also hope for glory, but seek it by works, not by faith. When asked if they are going to heaven, they will often respond, "I hope so." This kind of hope is actually nothing more than wishful thinking.

A true Bible hope is more than this. The word for hope in Scripture actually means a firm confidence or conviction. According to Colossians 1:27, there is only one way to acquire this kind of hope, and that is through Christ. Our unique hope under the Mystery program is to someday be caught away to Heaven where we will live eternally with our Lord. Paul calls this .."that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13). Do you have this hope?
Falls Bible Church,

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

Dr. Rogers is quoted:
Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom.And what one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can't give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don't have to work because the other half going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
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*~THE TRIUMPH OF THE FAITH~*
*By **HAROLD STEINBRON*
*
**Scripture Reading: I John 5:4

"Whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world; even our faith." Our
faith is born of God and therefore enables us to overcome this world
system. Notice the threat is not from the devil, formidable as he is;
the threat is not from Hell, or where-ever Satan has his stronghold and
supply base, BUT, the most dire threat to the faith today is this world
system.... Society in general!

Why does God permit Satan to carry on and work his wiles as he does? One
reason is shown in the story of Job. If there were no real challenge to
our faith, it would wither and die! When we are challenged, we are
driven to the Word, and our faith is strengthened and grows. Why did God
allow Job to be tested as He did? So that we in the 2000's could read
the moving story of Job's reaction to terrible tragedy, and learn that
Satan had a big hand in Job's nightmare. Did you know that Job is
probably the first book to be written, timewise, in the canon of
Scripture? Isn't that just like our great Heavenly Father? If we see all
sin as sad and tragic realities in the light of what the story of Job
tells us, we will see all of life in proper focus. God is not weak nor
is He uncaring. God has a plan and He is right on schedule, just as He
outlines it in the Bible. Job did not know about the Grace of God in
Christ as revealed at Calvary, yet his faith in God saw him through the
harsh circumstances he had to face, with no Bible! Shame on us for even
being down in the mouth when the bottom falls out! We have THE BOOK with
the details right down to the wire! HAVE FAITH!
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*Out of Fellowship With God *
*by Steve McVey *
It is impossible for a Christian to ever be out of fellowship with God.
Do you believe that? I begin this article with such a bold statement
because I want to shake you into serious thought. As we grow in our
grace walk we sometimes find ourselves having to rethink some of the
things we've heard all our lives. This whole concept of being "out of
fellowship" is one of those things we've all heard, but it just isn't
true. It isn't true for one simple reason: the fellowship you have with
God isn't up to you. Your Father has embraced you with an eternal grip
that makes it impossible for you to wiggle out of His love and acceptance.

If it is possible to be out of fellowship with God, what would cause
that? Sin, of course. That's the silver bullet against the Christian,
right? Don't be so quick to agree. The truth of the matter is that
Christ has dealt a death blow against sin that will eternally keep it
from ever interfering with how God sees you. Sin has been defeated. When
Jesus said, "It is finished!" that's exactly what He meant.

John wrote in I John 1:7, that "if we walk in the Light as He Himself is
in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." Know this: You do walk
in the Light. Even when you sin, you are in the Light because He is the
Light of the world and you are constantly in Him. Our perception of the
light may be obscured, but that doesn't change the fact that we are in
the light. If I go outside into the bright sunlight and put on a sleep
mask so that I see nothing but complete darkness, am I in the light?
Yes, I am still in the light. My only problem is that my perception of
the light has been blocked.

That's what sin does in our lives. It blinds us to the fact that we are
standing in the Light of His love and grace at every moment and to the
reality that nothing can change that. John said that "the blood of Jesus
Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." The word "cleanses" in the
verse is the Greek word (katharizo), a word which has powerful
implications. The word is present, active, indicative - meaning that the
blood of Christ at this moment and at every moment is keeping us
cleansed of all sin. If we are being constantly kept cleansed of sin,
what would cause God to be out of fellowship with us?

When the prodigal son was in the pig pen, his perception of fellowship
with his father was totally changed. He would have said that he was out
of fellowship but, in reality, his Dad's attitude toward him hadn't
changed at all. His Dad still loved, adored and accepted him the way he
always had done. The problem was in the son's mind, not in the Dad's
attitude.

The same is true of us. Our Father adores us and nothing ever changes
that fact. Our perception may be that we are "out of fellowship" at
times, but God never sees it that way. He embraces and loves us even
when we feel like we have broken fellowship with Him. You are cleansed
of your sins and your Father accepts you. So put aside the notion that
fellowship with Him can be broken by your behavior. It isn't about you.
It never has been. It's all about His unconditional acceptance. He is in
fellowship with us and we aren't big enough to ever change that!
A BOND SLAVE OF JESUS CHRIST *
* by Russell S. Miller

*
* In Paul's epistles he always opens with his name and, in most
instances the phrase, "an apostle of Jesus Christ." But in his epistle
to Titus, he opens with the declaration:

"Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to
the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is
after godliness" (Titus 1:1).

Saul, as he was also known, commissioned with authority from the chief
priests, was anything but godly in his persecution of Messiah's
followers. But suddenly, on the road to Damascus, in Acts 9, the Lord
stopped him in his tracks:

"And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou Me? And he said, Who art Thou, Lord? And the
Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick
against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what
wilt thou have me to do? ..." (Acts 9:4-6).

When the Lord appeared to Paul, at Damascus, he was most acutely aware
of how wrong he had been, and of how ungodly his life had been without
Christ, and it greatly humbled him. Years later this once proud Pharisee
wrote that it was only God's grace that had made him the man of God he
had become--"an apostle" and the devoted "servant of Jesus Christ" in
ministering "the gospel of God" to the Gentiles (Rom.1:1-5). In
Ephesians 3:7 he further tells us that he was "made a minister,
according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the
effectual working of His power.

"Unto me, who am LESS than the LEAST of all saints, is this GRACE
given, that I should PREACH among the Gentiles THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES
OF CHRIST" (Eph. 3:7,8).

In our text the word "servant," doulos in the Greek and rendered
"bondman" in Textus Receptus, refers to one who serves. Paul was now the
willing "servant" of Jesus Christ. Thus he exhorts believers not to be
blinded by the devil's lies, "For we preach not ourselves, but CHRIST
JESUS THE LORD; and ourselves your SERVANTS for Jesus' sake" (II Cor.
4:5). And because Paul was a faithful "bond slave" of Jesus Christ, he
wrote Timothy:

"Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me
the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might
hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord
shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His
heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen" (II Tim.
4:17,18).
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