Pride

Proverbs 16:5
“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:
though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

Proverbs 29:23 —
“A man’s pride shall bring him low:
but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

— Galatians 6:3
“For if a man think himself to be something,
when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”

Proverbs 11:2
“When pride cometh, then cometh shame:
but with the lowly is wisdom.”

Proverbs 26:12 —
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit?
there is more hope of a fool than of him.”

— James 4:6
“But he giveth more grace.
Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Proverbs 16:18
“Pride goeth before destruction,
and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 27:2 —
“Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth;
a stranger, and not thine own lips.”

— 1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1 Peter 5:5
“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

— Philippians 2:3
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory;
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

2 Timothy 3:2
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”

2 Corinthians 12:7 —
“And lest I should be exalted above measure
through the abundance of the revelations,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure.”

2 Corinthians 10:12
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

— Romans 12:16
“Be of the same mind one toward another.
Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.
Be not wise in your own conceits.”

1 Timothy 6:4
“He is proud, knowing nothing,
but doting about questions and strifes of words,
whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,”

Proverbs 11:12 —
“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour:
but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”

— Proverbs 8:13
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:
pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way,
and the froward mouth, do I hate.”

Proverbs 30:12
“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes,
and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”

Revelation 3:17
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

Romans 12:2 —
“And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
and perfect, will of God.”

Proverbs 25:14
“Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like
clouds and wind without rain.”

— Mark 7:21
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders,”

1 Corinthians 13:4 —
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,”

1 Corinthians 10:12
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

Obadiah 1:3
“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?”

— Ezekiel 28:17
“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings,
that they may behold thee.”

Isaiah 5:15 —
“And the mean man shall be brought down,
and the mighty man shall be humbled,
and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:”

Proverbs 15:12
“A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him:
neither will he go unto the wise.”

Romans 1:22 —
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”

— Jeremiah 9:23
“Thus saith the LORD,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in his might,
let not the rich man glory in his riches:”

1 Corinthians 5:6
“Your glorying is not good.
Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”

Proverbs 29:8 —
“Scornful men bring a city into a snare:
but wise men turn away wrath.”

— Proverbs 21:24
“Proud and haughty scorner is his name,
who dealeth in proud wrath.”

Proverbs 10:17
“He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction:
but he that refuseth reproof erreth.”

1 Corinthians 3:18 —
“Let no man deceive himself.
If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world,
let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”

— Jeremiah 13:15
“Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud:
for the LORD hath spoken.”

Mark 12:38
“And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,”

Proverbs 18:12 —
“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
and before honour is humility.”

— Proverbs 13:10
“Only by pride cometh contention:
but with the well advised is wisdom.”

Proverbs 12:15
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes:
but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

1 Samuel 2:3 —
“Talk no more so exceeding proudly;
let not arrogancy come out of your mouth:
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.”

1 Timothy 6:17
“Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;”

— Ephesians 4:17
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk,
in the vanity of their mind,”

1 Corinthians 10:31
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God.”

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The Will of God

(how to find, know, and obey)

Ephesians 5: 17
“Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

— Proverbs 16: 3
“Commit thy works unto the LORD,
and thy thoughts shall be established.”

1 Samuel 15: 22
“And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

Psalm 119: 105 —
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.”

— Psalm 32: 8, 9
8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee
in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule,
which have no understanding:
whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle,
lest they come near unto thee.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 18
“In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Psalm 25: 4, 5 —
4 “Shew me thy ways, O LORD;
teach me thy paths.
5 “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.”

Hebrews 13: 20-21
20 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

— 1 Thessalonians 4: 3
“For this is the will of God,
even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:”

1 John 2: 16 – 17 —
16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Luke 6: 46
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say?”

— Romans 12: 1 – 2
¹ “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

² “And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

John 6: 38 – 40
38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Matthew 28: 19
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Matthew 7: 21 – 23 —
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

— Ephesians 5: 15 – 20
15 “See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise,
16 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
but be filled with the Spirit;
19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Matthew 6: 33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13
11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Isaiah 55: 11 —
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish
that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

2 Peter 3: 9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.”

1 Thessalonians 4: 3 – 5
3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 “That every one of you should know how to
possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 “Not in the lust of concupiscence,
even as the Gentiles which know not God:”

1 John 3: 10 —
“In this the children of God are manifest,
and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God,
neither he that loveth not his brother.”

Ephesians 1: 11
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:”

John 7: 17
“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

— Isaiah 46: 10
“Declaring the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying,
My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

Psalms 40: 8 —
“I delight to do thy will, O my God:
yea, thy law is within my heart.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 22
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

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

— Luke 8: 21
“And he answered and said unto them,
My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God,
and do it.”

 John 14: 15
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

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Sex Outside Of Marriage

Hebrews 13:4
“Marriage is honourable in all,
and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers
and adulterers God will judge.”

1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 5, 7 – 40
1 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
7 “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn…”
Continue to verse 40…

— 1 Corinthians 6:18 – 20
18 “Flee fornication.
Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 “What? know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 “For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Exodus 22:16 —
“And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed,
and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.”

I Corinthians 6: 13
“Now the body is not for fornication,
but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”

— Colossians 3: 5
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

Ephesians 5:3
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”

Galatians 5:19-21
19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 5:1 —
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication
among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named
among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3 – 4
3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 “That every one of you should know how to possess
his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

1 Corinthians 5:11 —
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company,
if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator,
or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard,
or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

— 1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11
9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

— Jude 1:7
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,
and the cities about them in like manner,
giving themselves over to fornication,
and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example,
suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

Acts 15:20
“But that we write unto them,
that they abstain from pollutions of idols,
and from fornication, and from things strangled,
and from blood.”

Revelation 21:8 —
“But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

— 1 Corinthians 10:8
“Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.”

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Sexual Immorality

Hebrews 13:4
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled:
but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 – 20 —
18 “Flee fornication.
Every sin that a man doeth is without the body;
but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,
and ye are not your own?
20 “For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

— 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 4, 7
3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 “That every one of you should know how to possess
his vessel in sanctification and honour;

7 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness,
but unto holiness.”

Matthew 5:27, 28
27 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,
Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 “But I say unto you,
That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after
her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

Galatians 5:19, 21
19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 “Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 “Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

2 Peter 2:9
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”

— 1 Corinthians 10:13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such
as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 5, 7 – 40
1 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 “The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 “Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
7 “For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn…”
Continue to verse 40…

Exodus 22:16 —
“And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed,
and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.”

I Corinthians 6: 13
“Now the body is not for fornication,
but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.”

— Colossians 3: 5
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”

Ephesians 5:3
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”

1 Corinthians 5:1 —
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication
among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named
among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.”

— 1 Thessalonians 4:3 – 4
3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 “That every one of you should know how to possess
his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

1 Corinthians 5:11 —
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company,
if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator,
or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard,
or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

— 1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11
9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

— Jude 1:7
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,
and the cities about them in like manner,
giving themselves over to fornication,
and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example,
suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

Acts 15:20
“But that we write unto them,
that they abstain from pollutions of idols,
and from fornication, and from things strangled,
and from blood.”

Revelation 21:8 —
“But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

— 1 Corinthians 10:8
“Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed,
and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
3 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,
that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 “That every one of you should know how to possess
his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 “Not in the lust of concupiscence,
even as the Gentiles which know not God:”

1 Corinthians 10:13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Matthew 5:28
“But I say unto you,
That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

— Ephesians 5:5
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger,
nor unclean person, nor covetous man,
who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in
the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

2 Timothy 2:22 —
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness,
faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord
out of a pure heart.”

1 Peter 2:11
“Dearly beloved,
I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts,
which war against the soul;”

— 2 Corinthians 6:14
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?”

Matthew 15:19-20
19 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”

Exodus 20:14
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

— Job 31:1
“I made a covenant with mine eyes;
why then should I think upon a maid?”

Mark 9:42 —
“And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones
that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were
hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”

Jeremiah 23:14
“I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.”

Proverbs 12:21
“There shall no evil happen to the just:
but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.”

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Truth or Lie: Reality Check – I’m Heartsick!

Christians, or maybe you aren’t yet, I want to take this chance to say that I mimik the thoughts that Cheryl says here. I have been feeling the same way for months now, that is why I have started blogging and trying to “train” Christians on how to grow in their new Christian lives.

I read these words today and it makes me cry to think that all of this is true, and yet I know it is true. I share Cheryl’s burden here. If you have read my story, you know that I came from a similar past. Notice that I said that “I came from”… that past is past. It no longer has to be the present and definitely doesn’t have to be the future.

God has changed my life as well. Sometimes, God brings other people into our lives to help keep us in check and give us a reason to get in line and stay in line. My person is my wife! She is my reason that I want to change, besides the fact that I have given my life to Christ and want to please Him instead of anything else. I too, had to give up cigarettes and alcohol and some drugs and many other things that I don’t need to go into here.

My point is that if He can bring me out of it, He can do it for anyone! I mean that with all my heart, that is why I do what I do here on my blog. You see, before I fully gave my life to Christ (yes, I was already saved and doing those things – it can happen), I had become partially paralyzed from the chest down, I’d had 2 broken marriages, and I had just been told that I had terminal cancer. God didn’t do these things to me – I did. My life was terrible and these things proved it.

I was able to start a wonderful new chapter in my life with my new beautiful bride and her 2 kids (mine too now) and the greatest thing about it is that we are all now doing it in God’s power, not our own and we are not doing it for ourselves but for the Lord.

That was a little over 5 years ago. I wasn’t supposed to live that much longer but God has kept me going, and I do it all for Him.

Friends, please, listen to the words on this page and not only with your (ears) eyes but with your hearts. If it points fingers at you, you need to do something about it and get right with God and give HIM your problems and let HIM change your life. He WILL do it but only if you LET Him. Thank you Cheryl for sharing this with us.
— Mark

©2013 Mark Davis

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Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Do you ever feel heartsick for the church? I’m not talking about the various places that we visit on Sundays and sometimes through the week. I’m talking about the body of Christ, those people who claim to be children of God. Do you ever feel like picking her up and shaking her? Do you ever get angry and outraged at some of the foolish things she does, because you know that she’s playing with fire, and endangering her own life, as well as the lives of others? Do you ever feel like weeping and wailing and grieving and mourning for her?

I do. My heart weighs heavily on me, and I’m so deeply troubled and grieved for the people who comprise the church. You see, somewhere along the way, many of the men, women and children were taught a lie, and because that lie felt more comfortable than the truth…

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Baptism

Matthew 28: 19
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

Matthew 3: 1, 2, 11 —
1 “In those days came John the Baptist,
preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

2 “And saying, Repent ye:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:
but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes
I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,
and with fire:”

Matthew 3: 13 – 17
13 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 “But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

— John 1: 26, 29
26 “John answered them, saying,
I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you,
whom ye know not;”
29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him,
and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sin of the world.?”

John 4: 1, 2
1 “When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees
had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
2 “(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)”

Acts 2: 38 —
“Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 8: 35 – 39
35 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
36 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

— Acts 9: 17, 18
17 And Ananias went his way,
and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said,
Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee
in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive
thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales:
and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.”

Acts 10: 47, 48 —
47 “Can any man forbid water,
that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

Acts 16: 33
“And he took them the same hour of the night,
and washed their stripes; and was baptized,
he and all his, straightway.”

— Acts 18: 8
“And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue,
believed on the Lord with all his house;
and many of the Corinthians hearing believed,
and were baptized.”

Acts 19: 4, 5 —
4 “Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the
baptism of repentance, saying unto the people,
that they should believe on him which should come after him,
that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 “When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Acts 22: 16
“And now why tarriest thou?
arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord.”

Romans 6: 3 – 5
3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:”

1 Corinthians 12: 13 —
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

— Galatians 3: 26, 27
26 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 “For as many of you as have been baptized
into Christ have put on Christ.”

Ephesians 4: 4 – 6
4 “There is one body, and one Spirit,
even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 “One God and Father of all, who is above all,
and through all, and in you all.”

1 Peter 3: 21 —
” The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also
now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:”

©2013 Mark Davis

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Lesson 2 – Baptism – Lesson

Growing In Grace – Bible Study

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Understanding Our Core Beliefs As Christians

What is it That Saves You?

Lesson 13 – Baptist Distinctives – Lesson

Guilt

O.K. You did it!

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Now a sharp nagging guilt has set in.

Nobody else knew; or maybe they did.  One thing is for certain… You know and God knows and listened.  He knows all about it.  He is the One who knows the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Mark 7:21 – 23
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

The big problem now is:  “how can I live under this load of guilt?”

It might have been because of some exchange of harsh, cruel words; disobedience; some kind of sexual sin; theft of what is not yours; or a host of any other things.  It makes no difference what kind of a problem you created.  The point is… it was wrong – and it has succeeded in creating a big case of guilt.  You know about it and God knows all about it.  He even knows your thoughts and motives.  You cannot fool God.  You will ultimately give answer to the “all-knowing God”!

You are tired of the load of guilt!  The question now that needs an answer is, “What can be done about it?”  Is there any hope of relief from this nagging problem?

You CAN’T go on this way!

I want to carefully explain what has been done for this situation.  I want you to know that you are not alone with the problem of guilt.  Everyone has that same tendency toward sin.

Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”.

That sin can show its ugly head in a variety of different ways.  Nevertheless, it does show itself.  And… most assuredly it has guilt and consequences.

Romans 6:23
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

There are basically two kinds of sinners in the world…  The lost ones – never trusted Jesus to save them – and there are the saved ones – they have been to Jesus and have accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness and eternal life.  Both can experience guilt.

Let’s consider first the person who has never put his trust in Jesus Christ as their Saviour, or the lost sinner.  These have not faced their sin problem and the consequences. They are still trying to do it all themselves. This will never work.

Ephesians 2:8, 9
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

No matter how sincere or religious they are, they cannot do what God requires.  This person (along with all other people on earth) has been born with a sin-nature.

There is one exception, though… God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  He was born without a sin-nature.  He is eternal and He was sent to earth to be born of a virgin.  He did many miracles, and taught the people.

His ultimate ministry was to go to the cross of Calvary to pay the supreme price for sin – death.  He is the “Sinless One” and was the only one qualified to pay for the sin-penalty of all mankind.  He had no sin, so, he, being sinless, died in the place of all sinners.

He paid the wages of sin, which was death.  He did this because he loved us.  He didn’t stay dead.  He rose from the dead on the 3rd day after He was placed in the tomb.  Then, after walking the earth for another 40 days was taken back to Heaven with His Father who had sent Him to accomplish this ministry.

Then 10 days later, God sent the Holy Spirit to indwell, seal, teach, and to guide us in the Truth of the Word of God.  He has placed the seal of the Holy Spirit Himself in each believer to guarantee that they are kept by the power of God till we arrive in the very presence of God.  He has guaranteed that none will be lost.

John 3:36
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

If you can identify with this person, then there is a very simple solution.  God wants to give you a “new-life” and forgive your sin.

At present you are spiritually dead.  Before you can have the victory over the sin-nature, you have to meet the requirements that God has established.

The first thing that must be done is to admit that you are a sinner – like everyone else – and that you do not now possess His eternal life.  You are still lost in sin and will be separated from God for all of eternity in Hell.  God wants you to be saved from this terrible consequence.  Jesus paid the full price for your sin.

Won’t you open your heart and trust Jesus by faith to be your personal Saviour?  He promises to give you new life and forgive your sin.  This is the only way you can have freedom from the guilt you are facing.  It is imperative that you do it now!!

Do not delay…

Matthew 11:28, 29
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Then, there are those who have faced their sin problem squarely and dealt with it the way God has provided.  The quilt and penalty of sin are forgiven.  Even though they still have the old sin-nature, they are now a child of God through faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

That old nature is not “eradicated” now, but, we will be rid of it when we are caught up to Heaven to be forever with Jesus.

In the meantime, it is still possible to yield to the tricks and temptations of Satan.  Our relationship with Jesus is not broken, but our fellowship is blemished.  That fellowship is restored when the Child of God repents of that sin and confesses it to God.  He is forgiven and fellowship is restored.

1 John 1:8, 9
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.

A happy, fruitful life is only possible as we yield our body, soul, and spirit to the will of God.

Read your Bible daily and pray.  The Bible , God’s Word, will take on new meaning because we now have the Holy Spirit in us to teach us
and to guide us into all truth.

John 16:13, 14
“… he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”  
John 16:14 says, “He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”  

(We recommend the KJV since many modern translations have incorporated inaccuracies into the text.)

In conclusion — There is hope for you.

Your guilt can be forgiven by the grace of God.  As you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9, 10
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 

His forgiveness will be yours.  You will be quick to observe the new peace, joy and freedom from the guilt and penalty of sin.  Instead of bearing guilt, you will now have a heart full of rejoicing and praise to God for such a great and wonderful gift.

2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Ephesians 2:9b
“…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

It really is life changing!

Now there is REAL purpose in life.

I trust I will one day see you in God’s heaven.

What an AWESOME hope!

Bob Davis
©2013 Mark Davis

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Kimberly Dawn Nyborg – Reconciling Your Past

Wrestling with unforgiveness of the past sins that I have committed has taken me on such an interesting journey.  It seems odd that I came to understand God’s forgiveness even before I was capable of forgiving myself.

How many of you have done some stuff in your past that has been unlovely, corrupt, ugly, even despicable?

On my journey I have found it quite interesting to see that God does not place sins on a scale of 1-10.  A simple look at the Ten Commandments makes that rather clear.  You can stretch them as far as you want and the bottom line is that without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we have all fallen short of all of the Commandments.

That is why our righteousness is considered as filthy rags as it says in Isaiah 64:6.  But that being said, I will admit that it seems that the ‘uglier’ the sin we commit, the harder it is to reconcile, perhaps because our tendency is to rate sin.

Looking back at myself as a fifteen year old, on my own, revisiting the stuff that I let myself get into, made it very difficult to believe that God could and had forgiven my sin.  Thankfully, and after much study in the Word, the truth prevailed and with a huge step of faith I received His forgiveness.  I was then left to struggle with forgiving myself for what I had done!  I knew what I had done and had been involved with were wrong and that I was completely rebellious in my actions.

It is here that I would like to put in a plug for Dr. Neil Anderson’s ministry, Freedom in Christ.  This is just one of the ministries out there that focuses on our identity in Christ.  I absorbed myself in his book Victory Over Darkness and God used it to change the way I saw myself.  I can give credit to a ‘book’ because in this book were the many Scriptures that assured me that I was accepted by Him, secure in Him and significant to Him.  I was able to believe that if God could forgive me, I had to be able to forgive myself.

You may have said to yourself, “How am I worthy of God’s love?”

  • I got pregnant out of wedlock and the father of the child convinced me that we did not know each other well enough to get married.  He decided that I would have an abortion to solve the predicament in which we found ourselves.
  • When my first marriage was on the verge of divorce, a “Christian” counselor once asked me, “Do you believe that you are ‘good enough’ to marry a pastor?”  My reaction was that no pastor would ever want me for a wife, not with all that I had done in my past!  I was not a born again believer at that time but was attending church and seeing a church counselor to try to save my marriage.
  • One of my loved ones believes he is a ‘good man’ because he does lots of ‘good things’.  He also believes that he is not good when he does not do good.  His belief is that to be a part of the kingdom of God you have to do lots of good things and keep your “nose clean” (so to speak).

My thoughts toward myself were that I certainly could never be used in God’s work because of all my past failures.  Who would want what I had to offer especially if they knew what I had done?

I wonder just how many folks out there are letting their past rule instead of willingly making the decision to say, “If God can, then I must“?  When I do not forgive my past, I am saying that God is not able to see me through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus.

I am not saying that you cannot have Christ in your heart if you are unable to forgive yourself of past sins.  But, what I am saying is that it is a hurdle that, once leaped and internalized, will literally thrust you to the next level.  Why walk around with a debility that is not necessary and that can be healed?

Too many of us with bad stuff in our past have simply skewed the truth, having a very shallow view of who we truly are as children of God.

My friend Peggy, who has spent years studying the Jewish roots of the faith, once shared the analogy of our identity in Christ like this: If you take a piece of white wool and dip it into a dye, it absorbs that dye and becomes that dye’s color.  Now ‘color’ is not quite the same thing as our identity but the principle is the same.  In essence, we have been dipped in the shed blood of Christ and we are now covered to the point that God sees us absorbed in Christ’s blood.  We have now absorbed His very essence.  Ephesians 1:7 says, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”.

When we become born-again Christians, it is so vital that we make the decision to embrace the Word (God’s truth) and all it has to say to us. In doing so, we can eventually get to the place where we see that we can forgive ourselves for our jaded past because it is first and foremost washed under the blood of Christ.

The following list of verses are only a few that will help us to forgive ourselves because we have made the choice to believe them.

I am accepted…

John 1: 12 — God gave us the right to be His child.
Romans 5: 1 — We have been justified by faith.
1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20 — The Holy Spirit lives in me… I have been bought with Christ’s precious blood.
Ephesians 1:5 — I am now adopted as His child.
Colossians 1:14 — I have redemption through Christ’s blood and my sins are forgiven.

I am secure…

Romans 8: 1 — I am no longer under condemnation, free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8: 2 — I no longer walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Hebrews 4: 16 — I am now able to boldly ask of God Himself having mercy and grace in my time of need.

I am significant…

John 15: 5 — I am a branch of the true vine and I abide in Him.
1 Corinthians 3: 16 — I am God’s temple and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 2: 10 — I am created in Christ Jesus for good works.
Ephesians 3: 12 — I am free to boldly come before God without fear.

Oh, my friend, there is nothing that you can do to make yourself clean, good and usable to the King.  Only by admitting your need of the Savior and accepting Jesus’ death on your behalf, then becoming crucified with Christ because it is no longer you who live but Christ who lives in you!

“Jesus, my Lord, my Savior and my Friend, I thank you for showing me that I can forgive myself as You have already done, of every unlovely thing in my past, present and future.  It is because of Your amazing love for me that I can walk with a much lighter step as I live my life and serve You for the rest of my days.  I will praise You, for Your Word tells me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I cannot even express my gratefulness for Your shed blood.  Let me live my life in worship and wonder of Your majesty. Amen.”

Much of what has been shared in dealing with this stronghold of forgiving myself will tie in with our next one, “Walking in the Truth”, so we can believe what God says about who we are!  Too many of us struggle with these issues, especially when coming from a self-debasing past.

From the Editor:Kimberly Dawn Nyborg

Thank you so much for your contribution Kimberly.  It really is awesome to see how God works in and through us if we allow Him too.  If you would like to read more of Kimberly’s writings on this blog you can find them here:

“The Gift of Contentment”

Kimberly thoroughly enjoys sharing her gift of encouragement by sharing her heart and story at various types of speaking engagements.  She has been guest speaker at retreats, camps, many women’s events, as a guest speaker in church and as a representative for Psalm FM Radio station for many years.  In radio rallies she has also served as worship leader.  You can contact her through her website.

Readers, please leave a comment below to let Kimberly know what you think of her story, especially if it has touched your heart somehow.

You can also read more from Kimberly in her new blog and her website.

©2013 Mark Davis

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What is God’s Will For My Life?

“Many people ask me what can they do to find out what God’s will is for their life.

My Answer: I’m too busy doing things for God to find out what His will is for me to do for Him.”

— Mark Davis

Philippians 2: 13
For it is God which worketh in you both
to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

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