Fear And Forgiveness

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

Psalm 56:3-4

This was a time of fear for David. He was afraid of Achish aking of Gath in 1st Samuel 21:12.

Fear is designed to make us feel that we need God and to lead us to Him when we realize that we have no power to save ourselves from impending dangers.

Trust and confidence in the Lord is the best defense against fear. He who is unchangeable in His love, who has everlasting strength, and who is faithful and true to every word of promise. There is great reason to trust in The Lord and not be afraid. Of course throughout life and experiences its easy to become fearful of people’s actions against you.

“In God I will praise His word”, or praise him for the whole Scripture that was in existence at that time. For those testimonies which helped David in times of difficulty and distress.

He says “I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Man is but flesh, weak and perishing. God is an infinite Spirit, almighty and eternal. Even when the world around you is crumbling, God is with us when we seek after Him during those times.

Psalm 32:5 states:

“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”

It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept free mercy, with a full confession of his sins to find conviction and self-condemnation. But the only way to peace of mind is to confess our sins that they may be forgiven, to declare them that we may be justified. To God, not a man in a booth …

Although repentance and confession do not merit pardon, they are needed for the comfort of forgiving mercy.

And what tongue can tell the happiness of that hour, when the soul oppressed by sin, then is suddenly enabled to freely pour its sorrows before God and to take hold of His covenanted mercy

In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails and when no rest can be found for the troubled mind, then Jesus heals by His Spirit.

Admitting to our guilt, even after backsliding, with a genuine heart ready to change will always result in receiving Gods grace.

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Acts Of Salvation 1

“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.”

Isaiah 45:22

“Look unto Me, and be ye saved.” This is said in view of the declaration made in the previous verse, that He is a just God and the only Savior.

It is because He sustains this character that all are invited to look to God. The doctrine is, that the fact that God is at the same time just and yet a Savior, or can save consistently with His justice, is an argument why we should took to Him, and confide in him.

If The Lord is at the same time just, true to His promises, righteous in His dealings, maintaining the honor of His law and government, and showing His hatred of sin, as well as merciful, kind, and forgiving, it is a ground of confidence in God, and we should rejoice in the privilege of seeking Him for salvation.

The phrase “look unto Me” means the same as directing our attention to Him as we do to one from whom we expect aid. It denotes a conviction on our part of helplessness as when a man is drowning, he casts an imploring eye to one on the shore who can help him; or when a man is dying, he casts a pleading eye on a physician for assistance. Thus the direction to look to God for salvation implies a deep conviction of helplessness and of sin; and a deep conviction that only He can save. At the same time it shows the ease of salvation …

What is more easy than to look to one for help? What more easy than to cast the eyes toward God the Savior? What more reasonable than that He should require us to do it? And what more just than that God, if people will be so stubborn as to not look to Him in order that they would be saved, should cast them off forever? Assuredly, if a dying, ruined, and helpless sinner will not do so simple a thing as look to God for salvation, he ought to be excluded from Heaven, and the universe will acquiesce or accept the decision reluctantly but without protest, the decision which consigns him to despair.

All the ends of the earth as spoken of in Isaiah 40.

The invitation here proves:

1. That the offers of the gospel are universal. None are excluded. The ends of the earth, the remotest parts of the world, are invited to embrace salvation, and all those portions of the world might, under this invitation, come and accept the offers of life.

2. God is willing to save all; since He would not give an invitation at all unless He was willing to save them. He does give choices and will respond and reward accordingly.

3. There is ample provision for their salvation. Since God could not invite them to accept of what was not provided for them, nor could He ask them to partake of salvation which had no existence.

4. That it is our Lord’s serious and settled purpose that all the ends of the earth shall be invited to embrace the offers of salvation and life in eternity.

The invitation has gone from His lips, and the command has gone forth that it should be carried to every creature Mark 16:15 ” and go into all the world … ”
Now it pertains to His church (which is the people) to bear the news of salvation around the world. God intends that it shall be done, and on His church rests the responsibility of seeing the works executed.

It is clear that none but the true God can save the soul. No one else but He can pronounce sin forgiven; no one but he can rescue from a deserved hell. No priest nor man has such authority over our forgiveness …

Neither can any idol, no man, no angel can save, nor a song on the radio; and if, therefore, the sinner is saved, he must come to the true God, and depend on Him. That he would come to Christ, whatever may have been his past character, is abundantly proved by this passage.

This verse contains truth enough, if properly understood and applied, to save the world; and on the ground of this, all people, of all ages, nations, climes, ranks, and character, might come and obtain eternal salvation.

“I am bankrupt without love” King And Country

Acts Of Salvation 2

“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

Acts 10:43

Acceptance cannot be obtained on any other ground than that of the covenant of mercy, through the atonement of Christ; but wherever true religion is found, God will accept it without regarding names or sects.

The fear of God and works of righteousness are the substance of true belief, the effects of special grace. Though these are not the cause of a man’s acceptance, yet they show it; and whatever may be wanting in knowledge or faith, will in due time be given by Him who has begun searching for it.

They knew in general the word, that is, the gospel, which God sent to the children of Israel. The claim of this word was, that God by it published the good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ. They knew the several matters of fact relating to the gospel. They knew the baptism of repentance which John preached.

Following in this chapter it seems to show another example of receiving the Holy Ghost prior to being baptized, and then Peter proceeds to make sure everyone is baptized …

Let them know that this Jesus Christ, by whom peace is made between God and man, is Lord of all; not only as over all, God blessed for evermore, but as Mediator. All power, both in heaven and in earth, is put into His hand, and all judgment committed to Him.

God will go with those whom He anoints. The Lord will be with those to whom He has given His Spirit.

Peter then declares Christ’s resurrection from the dead, and the proofs of it. Faith has reference to a testimony, and the Christian faith is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, on the testimony given by them.

See what must be believed concerning Him. That we are all accountable to Christ as our Judge; so every one must seek God’s favor, and to have Him as our Friend. And if we believe in Him, and commit to His works we shall all be justified by The Lord as our Righteousness.

The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favors and blessings, by taking that out of the way which hinders the bestowing of them. If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.

Its a daily walk and choice. If we stray away from this, we not only lose His favor, we lose ourselves to the world …

Financial Perspective

God didn’t tell you go to buy that expensive car!

99% of the time when God asks us to do something its usually to help others, not a self serving act. God Himself will handle the rewards …

Sometimes the reward turns out to be financial, and what do you do with it? What is your motive? Its fine to do things for yourselves, but if you are not contributed to God’s purpose, or helping those you see in need, you are not dong God’;s work, you are doing YOUR work!

I always desire to have more money and influence to be able to help others, and it gets frustrating when I am unable to make a difference that can be so simply solved.

I’ve lived thru the ” We can’t help you, but we’ll pray for you” farce. Most of those people have no real relationship with God, and so many times their prayers have no substance.

I know which people in my life can’t help with things like money or other things, but their prayers are genuine and have made a difference in my life.

We lack discernment. We make illogical life choices that are not directed to us by God, but from the devil. The lure of a “better life” many times brings families to ruin. Some may seem happy or content, but their walk with God is gone and the devil has them right where he wants them. Too much looking at things from a financial perspective …

For most people, truly following God is not a bed of roses. Its not rainbows and unicorns and celebrations and parties. The prophets and apostles in the Bible were mistreated and even murdered by the general population of society. What makes you think your life should be any better?

I hear these popular well known speakers stating the same things I just said and their life is generally pretty good. Why? Because they are not in the truth. They deny many portions of God’s word. They observe the lies of pagan traditions, they support tyrannical military agenda, they pledge their allegiance to a dictatorship’s flag. They spend time in prayer but do not possess the Holy Ghost. They hear voices alright, and if God is calling to them they are ignoring Him for fear of losing their position in life …

I learned the very, very hard way that if you are a true seeker of truth, and attempt to share that truth, you are going to be persecuted and condemned whether you’re willing to or not …

Waiting on God for clarity and certainty … instead of rushing into something because you feel pushed or urged … God has a plan that is many times disrupted or put on the shelf by our own actions and choices because we do not allow ourselves to use discernment. We allow the world’s view of what our life should be to distract, disarm and dismantle us piece by piece to keep us from God’s will and blessing …

This is a harder thing still to deal with when you know God’s plan includes other people and those people have backslid, fallen away and forgotten …

I told God the other night, and have said so before that I am not in this just to save myself. I do not want to leave anymore souls behind. I have left to many behind already. Some men need the support of loved ones or other like minded people to have a successful ministry, even if its small …

I’d like to believe that if people who knew me in the past, family, friends, those who betrayed me … if any of them were to see me up and coming as a minister that maybe they might realize there is something to the truth I try to spread.

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The Next Big Thing

What in a persons mind makes them believe that donating money to a ministry does anything for their souls? I mean just what do they think they are paying for?

I am not talking about helping an individual in genuine need here. I am referring to the career preachers who get wealthy off gullible listeners.

I need money, but I don’t do this for the money. So I wouldn’t even know how to present a case or reasoning for getting people to give me money. They are not going to be blessed just because they hand me 5 dollars.

I would love to get some attention on my videos and for someone to basically discover me and invite my teaching into their fold. God doesn’t need to use money to make that happen. There must be other poor ministers in the truth who have a small following and look at Youtube sometimes.

I have no following off the social networks and blogs. And half the people who ever see my posts on here just want to argue. If anything I have ever shared online has ever helped anyone who wasn’t already in the truth, I don’t know about it. So its difficult for me to see what good it does …

I’m not saying that if I had people sitting under me in front of my pulpit that I would necessarily know what their lives consist of. I’ve never been given the position of counseling people before. I only know that I would not try to shove my way into someone’s personal business until they asked for me to be involved, and then I have to live with whatever choices they make after advising them … else I risk chasing them away for good.

I hurt for people’s souls. I get angry when I see the hypocrisy that blinds them because there is nothing I can do or say without causing an argument or worse. And then I feel like a hypocrite myself because I do not know how to act in a situation where I have to bite my tongue …

I catch myself rolling my eyes and murmuring under my breath about it. That only encourages a bad spirit to keep on …

So lately I wonder and question what it is that I am supposed to be praying for? Or what is it that i am supposed to be accomplishing? One struggle I am having is keeping prayer and meditation. The number one weapon of a minister is prayer and so many lose sight of this.

I haven’t lost sight of it, but I do struggle to maintain it. So many disruptions. So many disturbing spirits. So many easy distractions. I’m supposed to be a leader, but no one is listening …

I don’t mean they aren’t listening to me. I mean they are not listening to God! I’m just that previously mentioned mule pulled wagon everyone ignores while they keep their eyes looking out for the next big thing …

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