Burden

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Unnecessary labor that we bring on to ourselves or by others. The spirit of a burden is grievous, worrisome, depressive and oppressive. The repetition of that on which we ponder knowing that we have no control of it, the place that we have taken residence in, in our mind so much so that what we think has become a weight/burden. This used to be me, bowed low beneath the burden of worry which caused me to become depressed, oppressed and grievous. It was what I thought a never-ending roller coaster ride that I did not enjoy. This emotional and mental burden often caused me to think about killing myself and when we get there we have living within us the spirit of suicide. Yes, I often share my testimony of how the LORD my GOD delivered me from the spirit of anger, depression, oppression and self-loathing. But we are not born with a burden, we are given burdens by our parents, family members and those outside of the home. They are the ones who beat people down so much so that self-esteem is crushed beneath the weight of negative words which are hurled. People don’t understand and this is primarily because as children we are taught this famous lie that has lived for many generations given by the devil.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”.

Most of us have been abused physically and we healed even if a scar was left to be seen, it’s still healed. But inwardly those wounds are wide open, no one can see those wounds that become infected and are constantly bleeding and oozing pus. I am so thankful that GOD through CHRIST JESUS delivered me from the burdens that were placed on me and in me that the spirit that dwelled in me was evicted and the Holy Spirit took over my life completely. You see the Holy Spirit cannot live in the same house that a demonic spirit lives. It’s impossible. I know that some of you who are Born-Again CHRISTians is still plagued with burdens and I’m sharing with you that we have to get to that place of trusting in the Word of GOD so much so that we have grown sick and tired of being sick and tired. When we have the spirit of a burden in us we repel people from wanting to spend time with us even if it’s for 1 minute or more. But when the Holy Spirit is in charge of our character people are drawn to us and we are better approachable. JESUS never repelled HE drew. And we must have HIS character and integrity.

Our GOD is not dead or far away, HE sees, hears and knows the condition that we are in and HE desires to take us out of all things harmful and in the way of our living victoriously in HIM. HE is the great I AM, and only HE can bring us out from under the burdens we have. Only HE can free us from the bondage that we are in and it is possible for us to be Blood-Washed in JESUS and still remain in bondage. And we are this way because we are not being taught the full truth about Grace and Truth who is CHRIST JESUS. So many of us are still trying to live according to the Old Covenant because of the teaching we get weekly. But we can’t live freely with an oil and water teaching meaning we can’t live in the Law of Moses and the Grace of CHRIST. Grace is the unmerited favor that we can’t earn by doing. So, what is wrong with the Law of Moses? It’s righteous but it will never show us how to live obediently and it’s all about our self-effort to comply. No one in the Bible was ever able to obey the righteousness of the Ten Commandments the laws of GOD and the Law of Moses. However, in CHRIST JESUS, HE has taken away our self-effort to obey the laws and provided us with HIS Holy Spirit to give us the ability and power in HIM to overcome the burdens we have.

We are to live according to the blessing that was once spoken:

May the LORD, the GOD of your ancestors (our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) add to you a thousand times as many as you are and bless you, just as HE has promised you”!

How many of us are aware of this? Is having burdens a blessing?  How can we alone bear the weight and pressure and burden of our strife, struggle, contention, anger and complaining? We should seek to find for ourselves experienced, understanding and wise people filled with the Holy Spirit who is respected. Speak with them to get things off our chest.

Many of us do what is called a corporate fast when the congregation agrees to fast with the Pastor in accordance with something. But we must know whether or not this is the type of fast that we are to be partakers of. Check to see if GOD is asking for the type of fast that is requested of us. If the fast is a burden maybe it’s not what GOD desires. Here is what I found regarding a fast that will not be a burden to the body of CHRIST.

“Here is the sort of fast I [LORD GOD] want —releasing those unjustly bound, untying the thongs/straps of the yoke of bondage, letting the oppressed go free, destroying every yoke, sharing your food with the hungry, taking the homeless poor into your house {make sure you are actually hearing the voice of CHRIST on this one}, clothing the naked when you see them, don’t pretend that you don’t see the need of our kinsman/neighbor. Then your light will burst forth like the morning, your new skin will quickly grow over your wound; your righteousness will precede you, and the LORD’s glory will follow you”.

Those of us who are mature in the body of CHRIST should be a help to those who are being burdened by whatever. We must operate in self-denial to help our brothers and sisters in the body of CHRIST. We are allowing the babies and immature in the body of CHRIST to become overwhelmed all because we don’t take the time to be there for one another. We take the easy road and tell others that we will pray for them when most times prayer never occur. No, what we are to do is pray and then be of help. Talk is cheap but actions are valuable. And when we help our siblings through difficult times don’t talk about it or look for something in return from them. The LORD GOD is totally aware of what we do. Remember, when we begin to tell others what we’ve done for someone our reward has already been provided in our sharing what we’ve done. Let it be in secret and if what we have done for others get out, let it be done by the ones we help to relieve the burden from.

Be a disciple of CHRIST JESUS by obeying that which HE require of us in HIS Commandment which affects our moral conduct in HIM.

We are not supposed to practice the life of our former unchanged life. But being authentic about what I know, we do. So, if we are caught sinning by our siblings in CHRIST we can be helped and not judged. How do I know this? Because the one who will actually be a help to us is the one who is being directed by the Holy Spirit and that person will not put us to shame but will speak to us in love and be guided how to speak with us by the Holy Spirit and should we listen we will be prompted to change our minds [repent] and be restored never to have the desire to continue in that thing which we were in bondage to that burden.

Now, today, throw your burdens on the LORD JESUS and allow HIM to bear, support and uphold you. CHRIST JESUS will never permit HIS righteous to be moved by burdens once we release them to HIM. We will have no desire to fall, fail or slip back into those burdens that held us captive.

Place all your trust in CHRIST JESUS and know not just in the mind of knowledge but know this where it’s important and that is the mind of the heart. That in CHRIST JESUS we are linked and connected, we are coupled and paired together to be one in HIM. And because this is true the yoke of bondage in CHRIST JESUS is easy and HIS burden which never comes across as burdensome is light/weightless.

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Galatians 6:1-2; Psalms 55:22; Matthew 11:30; Ex. 6:6-7; Deut. 1:11-13 [ref. Acts 6:3]; Is. 58:6-7 [ref. Lk. 4:18-19; Neh. 5:10-12; Jer. 34:9; Ez. 18:7; Mt. 25:35; Jms. 2:14]; Rom. 15:1; 1 Jhn. 5:3

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Buried

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I’m certain that most if not all of the readers of this blog have witnessed the deposit of a deceased person in the grave [the ground], or an entombment [crypt]. Another type of burial is those who have been committed to the water the dead bodies who are buried in the deep. And lastly the one that we all need to practice is to forgive and forget, to hide in oblivion, we should no longer experience the negative emotions that occurred due to an offense by another. And should, we remember the offense, the pain and the sting that we once experienced should no longer be present in our soul. We must bury the injury and once we bury anything that we hide [bury] it is concealed by covering.

Today, the only thing that I will write about is the burial of JESUS CHRIST and how we too are to be buried [the old sinful nature].

Many Christians are secret Disciples of CHRIST JESUS. This means that they secretly believe in HIM but live their lives as though they know nothing about HIM. There are many Christians who allow their fear of what others may think of them keep them from living in CHRIST freely. They skulk around in the dark much like Nicodemus who only came and sat with JESUS in the night to learn of HIM. None the less Joseph and Nicodemus took the body of JESUS, anointed, wrapped, and buried HIM in an unused tomb that was owned by Joseph. It was honed perfectly for the body of Joseph but not JESUS. Not only that, JESUS did not remain in that tomb.

Okay, this is what each and every brother and sister in the body of CHRIST must consider. We are dead to sin and alive to GOD and that old sinful nature must be buried never to arise again. When we willfully continue to sin and practice the habits of sin we are going back to the grave and pulling what is dead out of the grave. None of us should be doing this, yet, it’s commonly done. Why is this so? Because those of us who live in this manner are ignorant of the fact that we have been baptized [buried] into CHRIST JESUS. This baptism, this burial is in HIS death. And just as CHRIST JESUS rose from the dead through the glory and power of the FATHER we also must walk in the newness of our sinless nature. We must abandon our old nature just as we abandon our loved ones, our associates, and friends when they are interred into their grave be it in the ground, in the tomb or in the deep of the water. We must realize that we have become one with CHRIST JESUS, we are permanently united in HIM. We have stepped into the likeness of HIS death so most certainly we like HIM have been resurrected to life in HIM. Our old sinful nature which was void of the Holy Spirit was nailed to cross just as JESUS CHRIST was nailed to that cross. This is so that we no longer will continue to be slaves to the father of sin and sinful practices. Because when we have died with JESUS we are then freed from the power of sin and made alive in CHRIST JESUS.

So, how are we to know that CHRIST JESUS is alive? We know by these facts:

  1. We heard and have the Good News of salvation
  2. This Good News was welcomed and accepted so we stand by faith
  3. By faith, we are saved, reborn from above without human effort as we were born before
  4. We are spiritually transformed
  5. We are renewed in CHRIST JESUS
  6. We are set apart for the purpose of CHRIST

We are not half-hearted Christians who believe in CHRIST externally but not internally because the Good News and CHRIST were not allowed to penetrate into the heart of those who profess CHRIST but not possess CHRIST. They have no complete commitment in HIM. CHRIST died for the sins of all in this world. JESUS CHRIST was buried. CHRIST JESUS rose from the grave not in spirit but with HIS precious body three days from the day of HIS crucifixion. We have the witness statements of many beginning with Peter AKA Cephas; the next to see HIM were HIS twelve disciples minus one because Judas who betrayed HIM had committed suicide so, in essence, Judas did see CHRIST JESUS when HE preached to the dead. CHRIST JESUS was also seen by more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time. Then CHRIST was seen by James and lastly by Saul AKA Paul.

So, now that we have the witness testimonies of over five hundred fifth-teen who have testified that they have seen the risen CHRIST JESUS we can believe and have hope. But even if we don’t believe that, we have the testimonies of millions who have seen the risen CHRIST, not as our former witnesses have provided us with testimony but because it is impossible for anyone to change their mind and to walk or run from sin without CHRIST. Many have witnessed the transformation of those who profess and possess CHRIST living within them. JESUS CHRIST was crucified and buried but what is most miraculous and that by which we have our hope is that CHRIST JESUS got up and walked out of the tomb of which HE was buried. So, my dear sisters and brothers discontinue the habitual lifestyle of sin, just as we changed our minds and turned our hearts to CHRIST JESUS initially continue to change the mind and crucify along with burying that nature in the power of CHRIST who is the only One who can provide us with true and complete life in HIM. Lastly, do not visit the burial site as many do who do not understand that their loved one is not there. Once they breathed their last breath the real individual departed that encasing of the flesh. Live freely in CHRIST who no longer is buried but is alive.

Jhn. 19:38-42; Rom. 6:1-8; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Colossians 2:11-13; Ref. Ps. 16:10; Eph. 4:9-10; Mt. 27:52-53

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Call, Called

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Most people think that that they know who JESUS is. Yet, they don’t rest in HIM and that is because they don’t really know who HE is. When we know just who CHRIST JESUS is we will come to rest in HIM as the SON who has been given to us, our Wonderful, our Counselor, our Mighty GOD, our Everlasting FATHER, and our Prince of Peace. And though HE is so much more than this, this is the introduction of who HE is.

  1. Beloved SON – the begotten of the FATHER
  2. Wonderful – at the mention of HIS name we should be excited in admiration, astonished by who we are in HIM and who HE is to us, and surprised by the evidence of what HE is doing in our lives.
  3. Counselor – HE advises us in our conduct and integrity.
  4. Mighty GOD – very loving, very forgiving, very powerful, very strong, very bold, has great command, very loud, very great, very forcible, very great in intellect and acquirements, very large, very important and momentous, very greatly wise and thoughtful.
  5. Everlasting FATHER – enduring forever, perpetual/continues indefinitely, endless, un-intermitted, eternal, beginning and end, past, middle and future.
  6. Prince of Peace – sovereign, chief and independent ruler, the SON of the KING, prince of life, chief of all priest, prince of the sanctuary, prince of quiet and tranquility, prince of freedom from agitation and disturbance of the mind, prince of freedom and internal commotion, prince of freedom from arguments and suites, prince of freedom from fear, terror, anger, anxiety, prince of quietness of the mind, calm, heavenly rest, harmonious, be at peace due to or reconciliation.

The above is only a wee bit of how mighty our GOD is. My life is not long enough to express verbally or in writing just how awesome GOD truly is. Now let’s get on with the topic of this blog.

The LORD has called us in HIS righteousness and HE will continually hold our hand. HE will keep us and HE has already given to us HIS covenant for the people, we are to assist in the opening of blind eyes just as someone assisted us by telling us the goodness of CHRIST JESUS. We must help to bring people out of the prison of sin because in this prison house there is no light but this house is filled with darkness. The LORD our GOD is our Creator and HE is the ONE who formed us in our mother’s womb by knitting us together. So cease from being afraid CHRIST JESUS has redeemed us, we have been called by our name and we belong to HIM. CHRIST JESUS is our Savior. Each of us who have been called by name has been created for HIS glory. The LORD is the ONE who has called us from our mother’s womb and while yet still in her womb GOD mentioned our names, HE has created our mouths to be sharp swords of righteousness. We are kept hidden by HIS hand and are polished arrows in the case where HE keeps HIS arrows. JESUS is our Maker and husband, HIS name is LORD of Hosts, HE is our Redeemer, the HOLY ONE, HE is called the GOD of all the earth and the LORD has called us. We are the house of the LORD, not the buildings where we assemble once or twice a week. And from HIS house/our bodies, we are to pray. We keep asking GOD to step in for whatever reason but GOD has called us to be the repairer of the breach/that which is broken; to fill up the whole which has been left by hurt, anger, and pain. We are the ones to be used to restore people. We are the ones to restore the streets back to the people of GOD for habitation by taking them back from the evil one. This is the Good News of our salvation the Holy Spirit of the LORD GOD was in JESUS and the LORD anointed JESUS to preach the Good News to everyone poor in spirit/void of the Holy Spirit. JESUS was sent to us to heal our broken hearts, HE set us free from captivity and now we must live lives that are in freedom in HIM, HE opened up the prison gates and set the righteous free and HE opened up the prison gates so that those who were or are bound in sin and now believes in HIM will come forward and begin their life of freedom in HIM. CHRIST JESUS consoles us and provides us with beauty for those ashes we had, daily we receive the oil of joy to no longer be in mourning, we are wearing our garments of praise so that the spirit of heaviness will no longer have its way with us and we are called trees of righteousness and are planted by the LORD so that HE will be glorified in us. We are no longer forsaken, destitute, deprived, waste, ruined, neglected, destroyed, and alone. Because we are called by the LORD our GOD and HE delights in us. Know who you are in CHRIST JESUS call yourself as HE calls us which is HIS Holy people and HIS redeemed.

The LORD has called our name green olive tree, lovely and of good fruit. We are called by the name of the LORD. As a part of our daily nutritional diet, we are to eat the Word of the LORD unlike our natural diet the LORD’s diet provides us with joy and rejoicing within our heart. Because we are called by HIS name the LORD GOD of hosts. We are saved and we live safely in JESUS who is called the LORD our RIGHTEOUSNESS. Ah, I’m getting so filled up with the need to express great pleasure in my GOD JESUS. CHRIST JESUS has restored our health HE has healed all of our wounds.

Look towards Jerusalem my dear one in CHRIST JESUS because it is called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the LORD of Host and the Mountain of the Holy One.

Beloved siblings through CHRIST JESUS we have received grace and we are called by CHRIST JESUS. All things work together for our good that is to those of us who love GOD and are called according to HIS purpose. Because HE knew us before the foundation of all HIS creations HE predestined HE conformed us to be in the image of HIS SON JESUS, that HE may be the first-born of many brothers. Beyond what has been said and written those HE decreed beforehand were called by HIM and those HE foreordained HE justified moreover the justified has been glorified in HIM. No longer are we outcast and unbeloved because in CHRIST JESUS we are called HIS people, sons of the living GOD.

We are sanctified in CHRIST JESUS, called to be HIS saints along with anyone who calls on the name of our LORD CHRIST JESUS. We have been given the grace of GOD by CHRIST to be enriched in everything by HIM in all manner of speaking and knowledge even the testimony of CHRIST which is confirmed within us so that we will not be lacking any gift as we eagerly wait for the full revelation of CHRIST who will confirm us to the very end that we are blameless in the day of our LORD CHRIST JESUS. GOD is faithful and HE called us into a relationship with HIS SON, CHRIST JESUS. Notice that I wrote relationship and not religion. It’s a hurtful thing when people desire signs and earthly wisdom over having faith in CHRIST. But regardless we are going to continue to share the crucifixion of JESUS, HIS burial, HIS rising from the dead and HIS ascension up above the clouds to be seated at the right hand of HIS and our FATHER. CHRIST is the power and wisdom of GOD. The wisdom of GOD is foolishness to everyone who believes to be educated or wise and the weakness of GOD is stronger than all mankind. That’s if we can wrap our minds around GOD being weak because by far there is no weakness within HIM, remember HE is the Mighty GOD and where there is Mightiness weakness cannot be found. Glory only in the LORD our GOD and see you’re calling in HIM for our calling has nothing to do with our flesh, nothing to do with our education, knowledge or wisdom, nothing to do with how strong we appear or how elevated in stature because of who we are or what we have. GOD has called us to peace. Live life as GOD has called us to live whatever GOD has given to us and however, GOD has called us live accordingly. Cease from being what we see others in the body of CHRIST are, stop self-elevating yourselves to appear important doing so without the proper equipping from the Holy Spirit will cause you more harm and danger than you expected. Remain in the calling of which you have been called if GOD desires to elevate you HE will.

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Is. 9:6, 42:5-8, 43:1-3, 7, 49:1-2, 54:5-6, 56:7, 58:12, 61:1-4, 62:12; Jer. 11:16, 14:9, 15:16, 23:6, 30:17; Zech. 8:3; Rom. 1:5-6, 8:28-30, 9:25-27; 1 Cor. 1:2, 5-9, 21-26, 7:15, 17, 21

Chosen

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Oh, to be selected by the FATHER. The blood washed are actually handpicked by the FATHER through the salvation of HIS beloved SON CHRIST JESUS. Because it was predestined that we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speak to us while we were groping around in the darkness of sin. And because we were taken in preference we were also given the ability to share CHRIST with others without fear.

We all are not chosen to stand behind a pulpit or to pastor a congregation of an assembly. However, we are chosen to invite and share our testimony with others who do not have a relationship with CHRIST JESUS so that HIS blood will begin to wash them and flow within their bodies. It should be our desire to cause the Holy Spirit to live within another person who is empty of life because He does not live within them. Today, the Holy Spirit no longer comes on the chosen ones of GOD and then leaves. No, today, the Holy Spirit resides in all of the chosen ones who believe in the CHRIST. This is so we may announce the goodness of our LORD and the salvation HE has gifted us with. As the comedian, Martin Lawrence said, “Run and tell that”.

Some of us do not declare the goodness of our LORD because we have been distracted with the cares of this world. I’m not trying to write that we should live with our heads up in the clouds all day as though we are lovesick, you remember how we are when we have met someone who loves us and we love in return. If we did this we would get nothing accomplished, however, we allow the news, employment, family matters and whatever else take us away from recalling to memory who we are in CHRIST and who CHRIST is within us. Many who are in the body of CHRIST are much like Martha the sister of Lazarus and Mary. Martha was busy with all the details of being a good hostess that she missed out on worshipping JESUS through resting. Not the type of resting where we do not take care of the task set before us at our place of employment, school, and home. But she did not know and understand the meaning of true resting in HIM to provide her with the ability to trust in HIM to work her life out for her. And, when we are distracted by the cares of this world be it those things that we enjoy partaking in or people we enjoy being with. We have missed out on that which we are to do at the beginning of our day and that is to worship and be thankful for the rest that was given to us while we were asleep, for our waking up, for the goodness of the LORD, and to share with the LORD the task at hand that require our attention so that we will not be overwhelmed and for the playing that we desire to do with others. We are distracted from asking the FATHER what is it that HE will like for us to do today and to avail ourselves over to HIM making ourselves available to HIM. Because when we are distracted we put on again the Adamic character that we once had before coming to CHRIST and begin to blame everyone for our stress and believe that the LORD has no compassion for our daily cares. Martha actually said to JESUS “LORD do you not care” and let’s be honest those who do not understand the love of CHRIST believe this though they may not say this. It is in our actions and emotions of being overwhelmed that we display that which Martha said to JESUS. So what is it that Mary did that JESUS said HE will not take away from her? Mary rested. She knew that JESUS is the answer to her life and her joy. Mary gave an ear to hear the voice of the LORD GOD. Mary trusted.

We the chosen are to pray about everything that concerns us be it business affairs to dating someone, marrying someone or anything else of importance to us. We are to pray about the place of worship that we are to be planted in also. Nothing is to be left to chance concerning the chosen of the Almighty GOD. No one knows the heart of mankind which are our desires, motives, and thoughts which are in the heart as the LORD our GOD does, this is why we must pray to ask HIM what we are to do. Never be pushed and rushed to make a decision share with the FATHER that we have been given a time frame if we have and that we need to hear HIS answer. If we don’t hear HIS answer the chance is maybe we should back away because what we want to do is not for HIS chosen. In these cases, we will feel a calm, a peace flowing within us if we must decline from doing a thing. Another indication we should be sensitive to is if we do go ahead with a venture because we have not heard an answer from the FATHER, our conscience must be calm and peace flowing within us. Once we begin to feel that nagging within us wondering if we are doing the right thing, this is our indication that we must back out of whatever we have decided to take on. Never be ashamed of confessing on the LORD our Savior. Do we understand that we have been deliberately chosen by GOD? We are chosen instruments of CHRIST JESUS to bear HIS name before people. Know with assurance that GOD shows no partiality among HIS chosen because everyone who belongs to HIM all over this planet will give and show HIM the utmost respect, and the only work that we work is that of righteousness which comes from relationship with GOD through CHRIST JESUS and in this we are seeking HIM daily and often. We do not practice a religion which comes from mankind. We who are in a relationship with CHRIST know the message of peace through CHRIST JESUS who is LORD of all. We the chosen have been baptized just as JESUS was baptized and we are to ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit who will operate within us and provide us with the power to do and say that which we have been instructed. We have the ability to pray for anyone we encounter for their healing this is a good thing that we can do as well as to follow all that CHRIST has requested of us to do and say. We should be personal eyewitnesses of those things HE has done in our lives as well as others. When we attend a worship service at our local assembly are people being prayed for to receive their deliverance and healing? And do we see the effects of this? If so, this is an eyewitness account of what CHRIST is doing in the lives of others today and because HE does things for others we are assured that HE will do the same for us. When JESUS CHRIST was crucified on our behalf it was not because mankind put HIM to death because no one has the ability to kill GOD, however, HE gave up HIS life willingly for all mankind and on the third day the FATHER raised CHRIST up from the dead to life and many saw HIM, HE was not hidden, HE walked in the open for everyone who is chosen to see and they dined with HIM. The commandment that HE left with the apostles is for us who are chosen also and that is to share with people through solemn testimony that CHRIST is the One who has been appointed and ordained by the living GOD to judge both the living and the dead. In the name of JESUS whoever will believe in HIM, you will receive remission/be released of your sins. Ooh-wee, we have been chosen by the living GOD who is our FATHER in CHRIST JESUS to know HIS will and to see CHRIST as well as hear HIS voice directly from HIS mouth not to rely on others to tell us what the LORD has said. HE speaks to all HIS chosen because we are heirs of the promises.

Cease from being concerned with what others may say or think of you. The living GOD has chosen what appears to be foolish to put to shame those who perceive themselves to be wise. It is the living GOD who chooses the weak to place shame on those who believe they are strong. People who are known to be mean-spirited, those who have been counted as worthless, low in rank, have no dignity and any other way that people devalue people. People may see others this way but once we come to CHRIST we are used by HIM to bring nothing to what others value.

The chosen are beloved by the FATHER through CHRIST when we were poor in faith and now our faith has become rich and now we are also heirs of the promised kingdom because we love HIM.

We have come to CHRIST who is our living true and tried stone who so many have and are still rejecting. But just as CHRIST is chosen so are we and not only that but we are being built up in HIM. Ah, glory we the chosen are a generation who are of the royal priesthood, we are a holy nation, we are HIS own special people and we must tell others of HIS ability and desire to take us out of the darkness of sin to bring us into HIS marvelous light and we will worship HIM. We are GOD’s people who have obtained HIS forgiveness, grace, love, and mercy.

CHRIST JESUS is the chosen Lamb of GOD and HE has overcome all evil and their god satan. Only CHRIST JESUS is the LORD of lords, HE is the KING of kings and because we are with HIM rather than continually being against HIM we are HIS faithful chosen.

Mt. 12:18; Lk. 10:39-42; Acts 1:24, 9:15-16, 10:34-36, 38-43, 22:14; 1 Cor. 1:27-28; Jms. 2:5; 1 Ptr. 2:4-10; Rev. 17:14

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Are we familiar with our heavenly inheritance? Our heavenly inheritance that the beloved has when we believe and confess CHRIST openly through the mouth from the heart is this. We have a living hope which is boundless in the mercy of CHRIST because HE rose from the dead and proved HIMself to be alive. In HIS rising we are born-again not of flesh and blood which is human effort but in the Spirit of the Almighty GOD. We instantly become that which is beyond the ability to change and decay through perishing. We are no longer soiled, tarnished and fading. This is the inheritance that awaits us in heaven. Our earthly flesh is made from the dust of the ground and it returns back to the ground daily and then finally through the decay of death. Because of our faith in CHRIST we are being guarded in GOD’s power until the time will come when we will receive the full inheritance of our salvation that will be revealed in the last day. This is why we should be overjoyed instead of looking as though we are sucking on lemons or drinking sour pickle juice. As long as we remain alive on earth we are going to experience some distress through trials and we will be tested, this is only to reveal to ourselves how genuine our faith in CHRIST is. GOD will test us but never tempt us. We must know that our faith in CHRIST is more valuable than any gemstone and will be judged whether or not we are worthy of praise, glory, and honor of CHRIST when HE is revealed. None of us have seen CHRIST yet we say that we love, believe, exult and show overly expressions of joy regarding HIM. This is because we are receiving daily the results of our faith in CHRIST the salvation of our souls. Prophets have prophesied, searched and asked with a deep interrogation about this salvation. They needed to find out who this was to happen to and when. We get this way when the Spirit of CHRIST works within us we become earnestly inquisitive about CHRIST. Because the Holy Spirit is the One who was working in the Prophets He pointed out to them the predictions of sufferings that CHRIST will endure and the glories which will follow. This was spoken to the Prophets of old because they were taught by the Holy Spirit that the information was not to be kept by them but was to be shared because the knowledge that they were given was not for the timeframe in which they lived. But was for those that were born and lived before us to know as well as for us today. And we too are to share the Good News of CHRIST the difference is that we don’t have to share that CHRIST will suffer because HE already has for us. We are to share what HE has done for us as well as what HE taught while HE lived among us on earth. This same Holy Spirit who never changes will equip us to speak the truth about the Truth/CHRIST. Ha-ha, it is wonderful to know that even the angels in heaven are taking a long look into what CHRIST has done and is doing for mankind because they do not understand them. Or rather, they do not understand us for making CHRIST so very irrelevant.

CHRIST suffered only the once for our sins and only the once was a complete requirement because HIS suffering perfectly paid in full our sin debt. And though CHRIST suffered and died in the hopes that all mankind will come back to GOD it was known by HIM that all mankind will not believe in HIM and because of that many will die in their sins and descend down into hell and the lake of fire. CHRIST died in the flesh but CHRIST was made alive again by the Spirit of GOD. The same Holy Spirit that will come and reside within us will help us to share CHRIST with others.

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Because CHRIST suffered for us in HIS flesh we should be willing to suffer for HIM in our flesh but we find this to be too much to ask of us. When we put on the mind of CHRIST and discontinue living willy-nilly in the sin of our flesh which lusts after those things that we believe we are in need of but actually we don’t need them at all. Then we will understand what it means to live in the rest and will of GOD. For all of us one day is too many days to live in sin but for many of us who are living years, decades and generations {that is if we have as many as five generations of our family living}, in sin and now we and our house have come to CHRIST and yet we continue to do what we know is a sin. Don’t we know that we have spent more than enough time living in our past lifetime as a heathen? We did everything we wanted to do and often said that we were hurting no one but ourselves. Only to find out that not only were we hurting ourselves but we were hurting those who love us. Once we have changed our minds from feeding our flesh in the depravity of sin many will think that we are strange or religious when actually we are in a relationship with CHRIST. If anyone has a negative word to say know that we are in great company because they spoke and still speak negatively about CHRIST. Everyone who chooses not to believe in CHRIST will have to give an account to HIM the only One who can and will judge the unrighteous. Before coming to CHRIST we were already dead and unrighteous but once we came to CHRIST we became immediately alive and righteous in HIM.

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The prophetic word of CHRIST is trustworthy and those who believe in HIM do not or no longer follow after lies. We know about the power and the return of CHRIST and have a desire to share this with others. CHRIST is majestic, HE has dignity within HIS person/appearance, and HE is grand and princely. CHRIST received from HIS FATHER honor and glory when HIS FATHER said from heaven while CHRIST was on the earth and others heard this, “this is MY Beloved SON, in HIM I AM well pleased”. Mankind the very image of GOD who created us will do very well when we take regard with care, taking notice of HIS truth and attend to HIS Word. CHRIST is the light that shines in the darkest of places when HE moves into our hearts the morning star shines in the dawn. And be aware of this fact, no prophesy of the scriptures is to be kept to oneself and explained falsely, true prophesy does not come by the will of mankind, true prophecy comes from the Spirit of GOD who urges HIS Words to be shared among others.

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This is how we will know who actually belongs to CHRIST and who actually has CHRIST inside of their heart. Those that keep the commandments of CHRIST. Because those who say that they know CHRIST yet will willingly and knowingly do their own will and not that of the FATHER is a liar and the Truth is not present inwardly. Keep the Word of GOD and truly the love of GOD is being perfected within. It is by this that we will know and so will others know that we are in CHRIST. Live as CHRIST lived. If you say that CHRIST is living within you and yet you hate your CHRISTian sibling or can’t get along than you are filled with darkness. When we love our CHRISTian sibling and try as much as possible to get along we have HIS light within us and we will refrain from stumbling and falling.

Those of us who truly believe  will adhere to and we trust and we rely on the fact that JESUS is the CHRIST/MESSIAH is born-again of the living Almighty GOD. And those of us who love the FATHER has to love CHRIST the FATHER’s First born. And because of this, we are able to love all our siblings because we know HIS order and we keep HIS commands and teaching. We are born of GOD and because of this we are victorious it is our faith that causes us to be victorious of anything in this world. Victory only belongs to the children of the Highest GOD our FATHER through JESUS because we believe that HE is the Beloved SON and that HE is the CHRIST. The commandment of CHRIST has been the same from the very beginning and that is we are to love each other. We are to live out HIS commandments.

Those who have been beheaded because they refused to worship the beast or his image and have not received on their foreheads or hands will reign with CHRIST for one thousand years.

This is the conclusion of this six-part blog series. I hope that you have been encouraged, informed and inspired by what has been shared with you.

The grace (blessing and favor) of the LORD CHRIST JESUS (the MESSIAH) be with all the saints (GOD’s holy people, those set apart for GOD, to be, as it were, exclusively HIS). Amen (so let it be)! [AMP version of the Holy Bible].

1Ptr. 1:3-12, 3:18, 4:1-6; 2 Ptr. 1:16-21; 1 Jhn. 2:1-11, 5:1-5, 2 Jhn. 1:4-6; Rev. 20:4,6, 22:21

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CHRIST-pt.5

Faithful

I’m certain when we think of the Apostles we never consider the One Apostle who is our HIGH PRIEST and that is CHRIST the One who we must confess publicly as ours. HE is the One who was sent on a mission to preach the gospel. HE was and is faithful to the FATHER who appointed HIM to be our Apostle and HIGH PRIEST. CHRIST deserves much more honor than Moses who was faithful in the house as a servant but CHRIST is the builder of the house because each and everything is built by GOD. CHRIST as SON was and is faithful over GOD’s house and we are that house and we must hold tight to the courage and confidence inspired by what we hope for in CHRIST. The Holy Spirit asks that when we hear His voice that we do not harden our hearts and turn a deaf ear to what we hear from Him. Do not fulfill and continue to rebel against CHRIST. The Israelites tested and tried the means of CHRIST by which the presence, quality, or genuineness was actual. Even after they experienced and saw the works of the LORD. We too do the very same thing. Many times in the Old Testament we will read about the anger of GOD and how HE let loose on those who were disobedient. Today, HE does not leash out in anger but rather provides grace to the disobedient and grace and mercy to the obedient. The disobedient do not have a clue about the ways of GOD through CHRIST because their hearts are far from HIM. And this is why they are not restful but rather restless. CHRISTians should not be so, we are to enter into HIS rest and stay there. We must surrender our hearts to the LORD GOD daily ask HIM to remove any darkness of unbelief out of us and replace that emptiness with the fruit of HIS Spirit. Be encouraging to one another, after all, how can anyone be discouraged when we are encouraged throughout the day as well as we encourage others. The lack of being encouraged will cause our hearts to grow cold and hard because of the slick and sly way sin creeps in. We are participators of CHRIST when we hold on to our faith. Remember to daily hear the voice of the Holy Spirit so that our hearts will not become hard and rebellious. CHRIST is forever our IGH PRIEST and not because HE appointed HIMself and neither is it because HE glorified HIMself. CHRIST is our forever HIGH PRIEST because the FATHER of glory our highest GOD in the heavens announced by making public that CHRIST is HIS SON and that CHRIST is a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. While CHRIST was on the earth HE prayed specific and special request for the things that HE not only needed but wanted. We have all at one time or another been led astray about what we are to pray for. But in my maturity in CHRIST I’ve learned that we can pray for what we need and what we want. Because CHRIST did so, we should as well. CHRIST prayed with an eagerness to get what HE needed and wanted, HE had a longing desire for the things HE prayed for. There were times when CHRIST prayed that HE cried due to the urgency. I know that some of us have been here. But maybe the request went nowhere because of our hearts faith. CHRIST as a human did not want to die after all who in their right mind wants to die? But because CHRIST had a healthy reverent respect for HIS FATHER though HE is CHRIST the SON, CHRIST learned obedience in the flesh because HE suffered. And because HE is perfect in HIS flesh CHRIST became the author and the finisher of our eternal salvation in faith to all who will obey HIM. But we are not willing to suffer but so much for CHRIST. HE is called by GOD to be our HIGH PRIEST. CHRIST received the promise from the FATHER which has the quality of being incapable of error or mistake. We as CHRISTians have perfected outward the ability to debate over elementary principles of CHRIST. GOD willing the elementary will be taken care of in time and if not, so what. We must leave behind us the elementary and initial lessons learned about CHRIST and grow up in the maturity of CHRIST. Cease from remaining and returning to the foundation of turning our backs on sin which led to our death through repentance, we confessed our faith now continue to trust without wavering. Why are we making a big production [dead formality] about repentance after we’ve done so in the beginning when we returned to the FATHER by faith in CHRIST? Our elementary learning was based on purification, the laying on of hands [when this is to be done], the resurrection of CHRIST and us in HIM, and the eternal judgment along with its punishment. We’ve learned them or we should have learned them, now, move on to grow up in CHRIST. The Word of GOD teaches us that it is impossible for those of us who have already tasted the heavenly gift of GOD, been once and for all enlightened and are sharers of the Holy Spirit to be restored and brought back again to repentance. Doing this is legalism, we are demonstrating ourselves to be as the Israelites who had to go to the High Priest with their offering to be inspected after the High Priest received the offering, laid his hands on the offering to transfer the sin onto the animal and then in the killing of  it the person was free to go. Do we not believe that the suffering and death of CHRIST the onetime fulfilled what we stand in need of sufficiently? Why do we find it necessary to continue executing CHRIST over and over again and placing HIM to public shame over and over again? Abraham who is the father of faith received the promise that we must take hold of because we are the seed of Abraham. The promise that was given without the ability to be a mistake, without the possibility of failure is that Abraham will be blessed and he will have many decedents of which we are, that is those of us who have the faith of CHRIST living within us. GOD is not a man that HE will lie, HIS promise and oath have been demonstrated so we are to run and take a stronghold of the hope which strongly encourages us and will keep us encouraged. Our hope is assured, our safety and anchor went through to what is inside that veil, and CHRIST went in as our HIGH PRIEST on our behalf. I wrote that we have the tendency to put CHRIST to an open public shame again and again and we crucify HIM again and again out of our ignorance of not knowing what our initial open repentance did for us when we came to CHRIST in faith. Though we will have the tendency from time to time to commit sin in our flesh and we will become remorseful about our actions. There is no need to openly return to the foundation of repentance just decide in the mind to no longer do what we have done, stop allowing guilt to overtake us. GOD knew that we would continue to do that which we are familiar with until we grow up in CHRIST by becoming mature in HIM. This is why our sins are forgiven the past, the present and the future. When the FATHER looks at us, all HE sees is HIS SON’s precious blood on us. HE does not see any sin. It is because of HIS death that HE is the defense attorney, and the mediator, of the Last Will and Testament, the New Covenant. HIS death has set us free from the moral duty of the law and the fact that we remained in breach of the commands. We have been called to receive the promised eternal inheritance. In order for a will to become effective, there must be a death and that death must be proven. As long as there is a doubt that the maker of the will is still alive or that the death cannot be proven, the will is ineffective. CHRIST has not entered into an earthly sanctuary made by the efforts of human hands. CHRIST entered the Holiest Place not made by man, not a copy of what heaven is like but HE actually entered into heaven. HE is there on our behalf in the very presence of GOD. HE is not in heaven to present HIMself repeatedly as our offering and sacrifice as the former High Priest did by offering and sacrificing animals year after year with blood that was not their own and if it was it could not do what CHRIST blood does. If GOD knew that the blood of CHRIST was not sufficient to clean and forgive those who believe and trust in HIM, CHRIST would have had to die beginning with Adam and Eve and for every human thereafter. However, because GOD knew that the blood of CHRIST is sufficient to cleanse and forgive HE only had a need to die the once. It is we through our ignorance and rebellion that continues to crucify CHRIST through continual repentance and unbelief of who HE is and our being saved and forgiven through HIM. Humans die once and then are judged when we die and are raised in CHRIST we have already been judged righteous. So when we go to sleep and are buried or cremated CHRIST will return and deliver us who are eagerly waiting for HIM. Others will die, be judged and sentenced to eternal damnation all because they did not believe in CHRIST. The death of CHRIST perfected the sanctified in HIM which are HIS believer in HIM. CHRIST offered one sacrifice for our sins forever and then HE went and sat HIMself down at the right hand of the FATHER. HIS work is complete and we are to now enter into HIS rest as HE is resting from HIS work. HE is patiently waiting for HIS enemies to realize that they no longer have authority or power and to become HIS footstool. The Holy Spirit is our witness He reminds us what CHRIST has said. “This is the covenant which I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: “I will put MY laws on their hearts, and write it on their minds” HE then adds, “and their sins and their wickedness’s I will remember no more”. Notice how CHRIST has said that the laws which we will have from now on will be HIS laws not the Laws of Moses. Where forgiveness offerings, sacrifices, and continual repentance is no longer needed or required. We all when we realize that we’ve done or said something stupid or in error, we say aloud that which we have said or have done acknowledging our error. Sometimes we laugh at our error and sometimes we get a wee bit upset and then we move on correcting our mistake by no longer doing what we’ve done or superseding what we’ve done with what should have been done. This is how we should be when we acknowledge what we are saying or what we are doing that is not pleasing to GOD. Just change our position, change our mind not to repeat that again. Live in the full freedom and confidence that we have been given. Boldly go into the throne room and keep our DADDY company in the blood of CHRIST. Come forward, draw near to the FATHER knowing that our hearts have been purified and that we have qualified and an absolute assurance which is engineered by our faith in CHRIST leaning on GOD’s absolute goodness, power and wisdom. Hold on and keep without doubting the hope that we’ve obtained. Acknowledge, confess, and love it with sincerity because GOD has promised and HE is reliable and HE will always be faithful to HIS Word who is CHRIST.

Heb. 3:3-4, 6-15, 5:5, 6:1-2, 4-6, 14,17-20, 9:14-17, 24-28, 10:12-19, 22-23

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CHRIST-pt.4

5c6819ad68f12e9cbccc0adf9ded-is-philosophy-and-religion-in-conflict-with-each-otherBelieve it or not, there are more born-again CHRISTians living under legalism rather than the freedom of GOD’s gift of grace. No longer must males be circumcised to prove that they are in agreement with the Holiest GOD, after all when we read about the males who were circumcised they did not follow the laws as it was required. This is because the flesh is incapable of obeying what is good in CHRIST without assistance. No longer must we jump through hoops to prove who we are in GOD through CHRIST. CHRIST, if we have believed by faith, has already circumcised our hearts spiritually and we were buried with HIM in the baptism of CHRIST and just as CHRIST rose from the dead so did we because we believe in the working of our living GOD who also raised CHRIST from the dead first. So, we must live our lives on this earth with the knowledge that we were once dead and uncircumcised because of sin in our flesh. And, now we are alive in CHRIST who has forgiven us of all our sins, past, present and future. CHRIST has wiped away, erased, and made it null and void to follow requirements that we never had a chance at fully obeying in the first place. We can’t obey our parents, teachers, minor governmental laws and such so what makes us think that we can obey the Ten Commandments and the Laws of Moses? We are victorious only because CHRIST is our victor who overcame everything [all, nothing missing] on behalf of us. So eat what you desire, live your life in a manner that is not harmful to you. We all must know our limitations and what is not harmful to our bodies as well as what is not pleasing to our LORD and Savior CHRIST. When people instill traditions and requirements on people believing that this is how GOD desires us to live our lives as proof to everyone that we belong to HIM we begin to look like the sour pickle-faced folks and we should not want to look like them. We have a radiance from within and we smile and reflect the joy that we have in CHRIST. We don’t place credence in what color the moon is or the position of the stars alignment, why the weather is hotter or colder than normal, and which day of the week we must gather together to worship our LORD in our local assembly. None of this means anything to our GOD through CHRIST. Recognize true humility from people, cease from worshipping angels, Mary or the Apostles, don’t allow anyone especially yourself to cheat you from the reward. Have you ever heard the term carnal Christian? Well, if not let me explain who they are. They are folk who say that they are Christians yet there actions and conversation have no reflection of CHRIST whatsoever. I like to also call these people professors of CHRIST they will say but they don’t live. Another type of CHRISTian is the blood washed, these people possess CHRIST and though at times we who are possessors resurrect the old nature of ourselves from time to time. We often return to CHRIST because we are growing up in HIM and eventually those things that we either love so much that is not like CHRIST or those things that set us off will disintegrate from our lives replaced by the fruit of the Spirit and we will never miss it. Possessors of CHRIST will look for what is in heaven that they can take hold of and pull it down for our use, we don’t pollute our minds with trivial things of this earth but daily learn how to live as citizens of heaven. Thank GOD that the dead former us have no place with CHRIST and that upon HIS return we will all who belong to HIM will appear with HIM in HIS glory. It will take time for us to mature in the ways of CHRIST but we can do this with HIS help and HIS help is the Holy Spirit which HE has given to us. Pick something about yourself that you no longer want to do, give that over to CHRIST and find scripture that we can daily concentrate on until we realize or someone tells us that we no longer do this or that. This is the time that we will see the victory of our being overcomers through CHRIST. No longer remain or operate as the sons of disobedience do, they are called son because their father is satan just as we were once his children. But glory to GOD in the highest we are no longer his. Remember that we have put on our new self through CHRIST and that we are in the image of CHRIST because HE is the One who created us. GOD did not free us to continue being prejudice because of a person’s skin coloring or where they come from. Once they become a part of the body of CHRIST that should be enough for us to boldly proclaim that he/she is our brother/sister in CHRIST. Our character and integrity in CHRIST is maturing so, what does a blood washed, possessor of CHRIST look like? We are merciful, kind, humble, not easily irritated, patient, and forgiving. Who are we not to forgive our siblings in CHRIST or for that matter any person? We know that we are forgiven in CHRIST and some of us were hum-dingers, so just as we have been forgiven we must forgive. Put love on and never take it off allow GOD’s peace to rule in our heart and please become thankful. The Word which is CHRIST should be living in our hearts providing us with a wealth of wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Because it is He who teaches us consistently if we let Him through our listening, obeying and application of the Word in our lives. Now, whatever we have need of doing be it for ourselves or at the request of others, do so in the name of CHRIST JESUS and be thankful to GOD our FATHER. We will not be moved by the trials of life we must endure rather we will band together and encourage one another and re-establish the faith that we have. Let’s face it, sometimes when we are knocked down we allow our faith to be rocked/shaken this is why we all must have someone steady that we can speak with who will not only listen but will inspire and encourage us to get up in our remembrance of what CHRIST has done and who we are in HIM. CHRIST has come through for us in past situations that we have faced so, what makes us think that HE will not assist us where we are in these trials? Don’t allow the enemy to trick you or for that matter continue to speak to you in your ears. There is a prayer for the body of CHRIST which I am including.

Now may our GOD and FATHER HIMself, and our LORD CHRIST JESUS. And may the LORD make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that HE may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our GOD and FATHER at the coming of our LORD CHRIST JESUS with all HIS saints.

Take comfort in the knowledge within our hearts that CHRIST is coming back. I am prompted to share that in most funerals or home going services that we attend we are rarely encouraged by what we hear during the service. Either the service is all about the person in the box, urn or a beautiful picture which is displayed for all to see. This is the time that we must share the gospel of CHRIST because most of the members of the audience attend worship service weekly or monthly for that matter. Most of the attendees may attend service on Easter, Mother’s Day, and CHRISTmas. We need to cease from speaking ignorance as to keep the immature CHRISTians ignorant and the non-believers from knowing what actually happens if and when we die. CHRISTians know this, that we are only asleep because we are in CHRIST and possess an eternal hope in HIM. We believed just as CHRIST died and was buried we too will die and be buried or cremated but regardless of what is done with our remains we will rise again. And for those who are still alive when CHRIST returns we will not ascend into the air to meet CHRIST before those who are asleep in HIM. CHRIST is coming back with a shout from the archangel and the blast from the shofar of GOD. Those who fell asleep in the marvelous hope in CHRIST will rise first and then those who are alive still and possess CHRIST in their hearts will all be caught up together to meet CHRIST in the air. And we will remain with CHRIST forever and ever.

There is coming a time when those who have professed CHRIST will abandon, depart and desert what they once proclaimed to believe in CHRIST. This is because the heat will be on, the pressure will be applied to anyone alive to survive carnally. These people are deceived by the knowledge that CHRIST has already returned. Just as there are people today who believe in the predicted date that usually comes about every Easter. We are not to give importance to or occupy ourselves with lies that foster and promote useless speculations and cause us to question rather than our acceptance in our faith of GOD’s administration and the divine training that is in faith. Also, the man of sin must be revealed and he will be after all he is the son of destruction and ruin. This fool will oppose everything of the living GOD and CHRIST and he will exalt himself because he believes that his father satan will place him to sit in the temple of the holiest GOD to show those who follow him through deceit that he is a god. However, this idiot will be destroyed with the consuming breath of the LORD and HIS glorious brightness when HE returns to gather HIS elect. Understand that the workings of CHRIST is everlasting and the workings of satan are destructive and temporary as well as limited copies of what our GOD does. What the son of destruction and all those who follow him will receive is hell and the lake of fire because they did not receive within them CHRIST. They could have chosen to be loved and saved but they did not. And because of this GOD will send strong delusion they will be deceived and mislead within their minds. They will believe whatever lies they listen to and they all will be condemned who do not believe in the Truth but will enjoy the pleasure of being unrighteous.

We who are blood washed and understand that we are forgiven have so much to be thankful for. We were all once enemies of GOD and we all spoke of the Supreme Being in terms of being irreverent; spoke reproachfully of GOD using HIS name in profanity or saying HIS name as though we are saying gee-whiz or golly, we persecuted others, and were prideful, contemptuous of other, overbearing, and  domineering. However, the grace that we received from CHRIST is exceedingly abundant with faith and love. CHRIST came into the world to save us not to condemn us and it is for this reason that we have obtained mercy from HIM.

Col. 2:11-23, 3:1-17; 1 Thess. 3:3-5, 11-13; 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:3-11; 1 Tim. 1:13-18

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