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A New Creature Not Newly Managed Behavior

July 22nd, 2019

A New Creature Not Newly Managed Behavior

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJB) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

There is a wide gap between behavior modification proposed in this world and new behavior available by uniting with Christ and allowing God to change the spiritual state of heart and nature concerning sin.

A child of God has chosen to change his mind about the nature ...

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Hope and Peace in Death

July 21st, 2019

Hope and Peace in Death

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (KJB) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

The subject of death must be a tough one for individuals who do not personally know Jesus Christ.  What do they have to hope for if death is the end of all things?  If God placed a period on hope at death, then in what ...

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Sorrow with Hope

July 20th, 2019

Sorrow with Hope

John 11:25 (KJB) Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

Jesus was speaking directly to Martha in this verse.  They had gathered around her obvious physically dead brother, who was a dear friend of Jesus, Lazarus.  Martha’s heart was filled with sorrow about her brother’s death. In fact, Jesus sorrowed and wept for the death of Lazarus, However, He did ...

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The Very Source of Light

July 19th, 2019

The Very Source of Light

Hebrews 1:3 (KJB) Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

Who was the brightness of God’s glory?

Who was the very image of God?

Who purged our sin?

Who sat down to the right of God in Heaven?

This verse has several adjective ...

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The Struggle is Real

July 18th, 2019

The Struggle is Real

Romans 7:15 (KJB) For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

It is the story of my life and yours too, if you are honest, the opportunity to sin is ever before us calling out to our flesh.

You see, as long as a person remains physically alive in this world his flesh remains in a state of dissatisfaction.  God can regenerate ...

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Walk Circumspectly

July 17th, 2019

Walk Circumspectly

Ephesians 5:15-16 (KJB) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Walking circumspectly means standing vertical or upright rather than to be crawling on one’s hands and knees while living in this dark and desperate world.  Secondly, this verse implies fools are the ones who are attempting to make it through these wicked times on their knees.

The wisdom of God always directs and teaches a ...

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Spiritual Adultery

July 16th, 2019

Spiritual Adultery

James 4:4 (KJB) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

This is the crux of having a personal relationship with God. A man cannot lean on things of this world and God at the same time.  Things of this world are temporary and lie in opposition to God.  Things of an eternal nature identify ...

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Nothing but Prayer and Fasting

July 15th, 2019

Nothing but Prayer and Fasting

Mark 9:28-29 (KJB) And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

This” in these scripture verses above is a point-blank reference to the presence of dark spirits.  The disciples were beside themselves because they had tried to remove a dark spirt but were not successful.  ...

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Temporal and Eternal

July 14th, 2019

Temporal and Eternal

2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJB) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Things of this world are temporary in nature while things of God will last forever.  Each lie at opposite ends of the spectrum.  Undoubtedly, knowing this you can understand a person must choose his direction in life, either ...

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The Gospel is for Everyone

July 13th, 2019

The Gospel is for Everyone

Acts 10:34 (KJB) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.

The ancient Jewish people had been raised to believe that they were naturally the accepted people of God.  While this is true for a time in the old testament, this special treatment of God’s chosen people did not last forever.  In fact, as this New Testament verse clearly states, God is not a ...

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