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 …

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Isaiah 32:5-15

Isaiah 32:5-15

The first half of Isaiah 32 sounds a lot like the way our country is now, and has been for nearly 500 years. Growing into a cesspool of immorality, violence and corporate tyranny. Basically being seduced into turning its back on God the whole way. Tho, this nation was not built on God’s works to begin with, His people were still duped and flocked here under false pretenses of freedom …

Its been entirely about focusing on ones own pleasures, even in the so called places of worship.

The warnings towards the women were not just for the women, however to look at today’s homes, churches and country over all, women have taken over in many areas where they ought not be. Control over matters that they have no business being in control of. Of course in different families and churches there are some variables, but ultimately a man of godly wisdom should be in charge of the overall goings on …

A lot of televised influences and propaganda combined with false history has conditioned the minds, and then of course what they do to the food and pharmaceutical resources has greatly impacted behaviors as well as bodies and minds.

False history does not just apply to war and puppet tyrants. It also apllies to how people lived. How people behaved in general. Some truths were exaggerated and many lies fill our history books. We are the ones who brought the evil to this country and destroyed the land for progress and wealth …

However not all of us were blindly on the side of greed and government regulation. Nor were all people who stood against it violent fanatics either. We have allowed our thinking to be distorted and manipulated by the government controlled media and especially Hollywood …

This message took a turn I had not intended. My main point in this is that our homes and minds have been so heavily infiltrated by ungodliness, gossip, drama, selfish motives, overwhelming amounts of entertainment and devices that it all keeps God out. The way God left the people in the desert for so long and Moses had to isolate himself far away from the camp as possible to remain close with God.

Everyone is so focused on their personal, sinful pleasures, sports, matters of sexual immorality being spread all through the media, political disputes causing wide spread division and all the paganism overrunning the church that God cannot get anyone’s attention anymore …

When I say the church, the church is the people. And those people run around blaming God and asking “where’s God?” and shaking their heads at how this country has turned out when all the while they haven’t seperated themselves from the world, they just change the labels on everything and justify it as doing it for God … Well God is asking and I’m asking where are the people?! God said not to be doing those things but to be about His business.

It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves and do fun things, but it does mean we enjoy far too much of the world’s pleasures and forget all about doing His work …

We ought be crying out to God and grieving for the souls who’s lives have fallen away from God until He restores those homes and families as well as make sure our own homes are spiritually intact. And I can tell you that if you believe it to be … its probably not. We should never allow ourselves get complacent or comfortable. Never stop praying, never stop reading His word and never stop long enough to let infiltration, whether by means of other people, financial concerns or by tools of distraction …

Thats when the devil moves in

Seeking God

“For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.”

Lamentations 3:31-33

God doesn not take pleasure in punishing people. One of the main reasons society and families are breaking down is because we have allowed man’s law to punish us for discipling our children, and we oursleves have lost all perspective and conviction. We feel no guilt for our actions and live by a “to each their own” philosophy!

It is of the Lord’s mercies that some men are not consumed. Being humbled and seeing himself and his sinfulness in a proper point of view, he finds that God, instead of dealing with him in judgment has dealt with him in mercy and that though the affliction was excessive, it was less than his iniquity deserved.

If any sinner is kept out of hell, it is because God’s compassion does not fail.

But though He cause grief, as The Lord sometimes does in His own people by convincing them of sin and producing in them godly sorrow, which produces repentance. If more of us today would allow ourselves to be more sensitive to God’s influence instead of that of man and the world our churches would be less like social clubs and more like houses of prayer as they ought be!

Yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. His mercies are many, both temporal and spiritual. We lack the discernment to see beyond whats in fron of our faces. We see dollar signs and toys and entertainment and forget that God is seeking our attention! we are distracted by the things of the world and then turn and cry to God when our choices and actions have consequences!

For He doth not afflict willingly” It is no pleasure to God to afflict men. He takes no delight in our pain and misery yet like a tender and loving parent, He uses the rod; not to gratify Himself, but to profit and save us.

Some kids today ask this silly question. “How does punishment and discipline teach us anything?” This is what we have come to. Children, teenagers just want everythign handed to them and not have to do any thing for it! Too many adults are very much like this now as well …

Too much entitlement and worrying over financial stress in an attempt to keep your kids happy and not enough seeking God and teaching them His ways!

Micah 7

“Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Micah 7:18-19

This portion of the chapter was a preayer of supplication …

Who is a God? as meaning, A Mighty God like unto Thee? Inquiring that there are no others …

He saith not, “Who hast made heaven and earth, the sea and all that therein is” Exodus 20:11

“Who telleth the number of the stars; and calleth them all by their names.” Psalm 147:4

“Who by His strength setteth fast the mountains and is girded about with power.” Psalm 65:6

But rather who forgives! For greater is the work of Redemption than the work of Creation.

“That pardons, and bears and taketh away also, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage, that is, His heritage which is a remnant still when “the rest are blinded” Romans 11:7 …

And this, not of its merits but of His mercy. Since it is not His nature to “retain His anger forever.” Not for anything in them but “because He delights in mercy”.

“I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.” Jeremiah 3:12.

“I am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 43:25

We are our own worst critics ..

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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