“I Can PROVE It”

Short and sweet. I love how Jon brings this across. Atheists get so upset when God does something but they don’t believe that He exists. Give it a read. It’s worth your time.

–Mark

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Mind Renewers

Conversation yesterday:

Little sister:  “I proved I’m stronger than Jamie.”

Big brother:  “Can you prove it again?”

Little sister:  “If Jamie lets me.”

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Why do people who insist they don’t believe in God get angry at what He does?  Isn’t that a wee bit self-contradictory?  Why are they upset with Him about the suffering in this world if He isn’t there?

Why do they get upset with what He says about the moral quality of their behaviour, if they think He doesn’t exist?

Why do they get upset at the suggestion that God would actually punish sin and even send people to Hell, if they are sure that there is no God?

If you really are stronger than someone, you don’t need to have that person “let you” prove it.  You can prove it whenever you choose.  Either you are stronger, or you aren’t.

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6 Reasons Why Practicing Homosexuals Can’t Be Christians

This is an article that I found that goes along very well with another article that I posted.  I find it interesting how any controversial issue that I post upon draws all the attention from the readers.  This post that I wrote on Homosexuality received the most hits out of any other article that I have posted.  I just hope that people are able to use the information that is written in my article and this article to be able to get a good biblical perspective on homosexuality.  Check out my article after you have read this one.  The link is at the bottom of the page.

DAYS OF LOT: 6 Reasons Why Practicing Homosexuals Can’t Be Christians.

©2013 Mark Davis

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WHY Do I NOT See The Blessings of God In My Life?

“I thought that things were going O.K. lately and didn’t realize that I was doing something wrong but apparently I guess I have been.”

Have you thought that recently but then in your daily life you don’t seem to see God’s hand working in your life?  You haven’t really seen God’s blessings apparent in your life or surrounding you?  If you are a “child” (under 18 or still living with mom and dad), has it seemed that you aren’t getting things like you would like them?

I could take this any number of different directions and none of them would be off course.  But, I will only try to stick to a couple of different avenues here.

I constantly hear people wanting to know how to find the will of God for their lives.  I also hear some of the same people ask why they don’t seem to see God’s blessings in their lives.

What do I mean by God’s blessings?  Some of us might think that God’s blessings would be just waking up in the morning and they would be correct, but people seem to take things like that for granted.  Most people consider God’s blessings to be something like finding a $10 bill on the sidewalk or something out of the blue like that.  Maybe it could be that your car broke down and a friend of yours fixed it for you without you having to incur major labor bills to get it fixed.

You see, when you are doing God’s will you will start to see some of these blessings pop up.  You also must realize that when you are doing God’s will, you are also accumulating rewards and riches in heaven rather than on earth, so, you may not see some of your “blessings” here on earth, but eventually you will see them and going the extra mile to do God’s will will actually be worth it for you.

Philippians 4:8  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

We find may places in scripture telling us what to do and what not to do.  It spells things out pretty clearly what God wants us to do to receive the blessings for our actions.  The above verse tells us that we are to think on, and eventually do, all of these things: True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, Of Good Report, Virtuous and Worthy Of Praise — we are to “think on these things”.

How many times do we go through our days, one after the other, in our ruts, and we do the same things day after day… and everything we are doing (or at least most everything) is for us.  It’s all about “ME”.  We are all worried about ourselves and what affects us and our well being.  If something goes against US then we will most likely not do it.

When was the last time you held a door open for someone behind you going into a fast food restaurant and let them go into the line in front of you?  When was the last time you, when driving, let someone in in front of you when you didn’t really have to, instead of squeezing them out and not letting them in?  After all, they were the ones that were merging, not you.

That is just a couple of examples of selfishness – and I could go on and on with many more examples, but I think you might have the idea that I am getting at here.

Many times in the Bible, we see that God is telling us that we should always put others first before ourselves.

Proverbs 18:24  “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly…” — Here we see that we are to act first before we get the reward.  Here the action is to be friendly and the reward is to have friends.

Rarely is it that we get something before we do something to get it.  We aren’t going to get paid for doing a job before we do the  job.

The Bible lays it out for us: if we are to receive a blessing, we are first to act in a manner that is bless-able (I’m sure that isn’t a word, but it works).  I have prepared a post that lists a whole bunch of Bible verses that spell out what IS the will of God, how to FIND the will of God and what to DO to be in the will of God. You can read it here.

I will give you a few references here that will give you an idea what I was talking about before – just so you know that this isn’t just me trying to get you to do something for ME but rather for your own well-being and for you to receive the blessings of God.  Keep following me here:

1 Peter 3:17  “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” — We are told here that we should do the right thing (“well doing”) even if it means that we suffer for it.

Mark 3:35  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. — If we do the will of God as it is spelled out, we act as the family of Jesus.  What better blessing can there be than that?

2 Corinthians 8:5  “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.” — Putting themselves last, they first gave themselves to the Lord as is the will of God.  If we do this, we will be more willing to put others before ourselves and therefore receive the blessing.

Ephesians 6:6  “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;” — If we do the will of God from the heart, with the right spirit, we are the servants of Christ.  Because we are doing it in the right spirit, we are doing it for God rather than so that others can see us and we can receive the glory of men for it.

1 Thessalonians 4:3  “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:” — Staying away from fornication is just another way to do the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18  “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — It is the will of God that we give thanks – even if things don’t go the way that we want them to go.  Remember that God has a master plan for our lives that we don’t know about.  Every time that something goes “wrong”, it might be an inconvenience to us, but in reality, it prepares us to be able to serve Him in another area, another time. Give thanks, always!

Hebrews 10:36  “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” — Patience is required.  God’s timing is perfect regardless what we think it should be or not, He knows what is best for us.  He promises to take care of us.  Give it to Him and let Him live out His promise.

1 Peter 2:15  “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:” — Remember that when you are doing the will of God, the other “men” are the ignorant and foolish ones – not you!  Don’t worry about what they might say about you or do to you.

1 Peter 4:2  “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” — The “flesh” is the lusts of men — the desires to live in sin and the sin nature that we, as Christians, have sworn off — we should live out the rest of our lives doing the will of God.

1 Peter 4:19  “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” — We are God’s, as Christians.  Therefore, as we suffer for doing the will of God we are to allow God to take care of us.

1 John 2:17  “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” — This goes with the previous verse:  the things of the world are only temporary and also the pleasure that is derived from doing the things of the world and those things will pass away – they are only pleasurable in this life – but, if we do the will of God, we will live forever with God in heaven.

Matthew 20:16  “So the last shall be first, and the first last:” — As we go through our lives and live for ourselves, putting ourselves first, the Bible here indicates that the first (or those who live for themselves as being first) will be the last, but those who live for others (putting themselves after others – last) will end up being first.  This can almost be a selfish thing to do.  If you live for others for yourself, you will not receive a reward, but rather, if you live for others in the right spirit, then you will receive the reward and thus become first.

1 Corinthians 10:31  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” — As we are living for others and in the right spirit, we deflect the glory from ourselves and onto God.  He alone should receive the glory.

Philippians 4:8  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” — I mentioned this verse earlier, but it comes into play here again, if we do all of these things and receive any “virtue” lavished onto ourselves, we are to give that virtue and any praise that might be given you, to Christ. This is similar to the wide receiver in a football game that receives a touchdown pass and kneels in the end zone and says a small prayer to show the fans that he is not taking the praise for the achievement but rather giving it to God.  This is not a show-off thing for him to do to make him look  better but rather he wants God to look better for allowing him and giving him the strength and ability to get that touchdown…

John 15:5  “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” We can do NOTHING without the power of God — even if a person isn’t a Christian, God has created them and has given them the ability to do whatever we/they do.  Without God, we are powerless!

I hope that with this list of verses, you can see that it is the will of God that we DO NOT live for ourselves, but rather for others.  We need to put this acronym into action:

J — Jesus
O — Others
Y — You

If you do things in this order you will experience true JOY.  It takes a lot of effort to do this and it really isn’t easy to start with, but once you start doing it, and in the right spirit, you will start seeing God’s blessings in your life and you will have more happiness than you have ever experienced before.

Teens reading this:
If you start living like this, your parents will think that an alien has taken their child.  If you do things when they ask you to do them — “Delayed obedience is disobedience”; “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 3:20) — you will be doing the will of God in this regard and will notice that the air in your house will be much easier to breathe.  Your parents will not believe it is you.

If you are a new Christian and start living like this, you will be living as God wants you to live and you will make your parents wonder what it is that makes the difference in your life and that will give you the opportunity to share the gospel with them as well.  If they see no difference in you, you may never see them in heaven with you.

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The Christian’s Core Beliefs

What is it That Saves You?

What Are You Wearing?

Working vs. Receiving

How Can Adversity Be Good?

Your Spiritual Wages

Armed To Be Dangerous

Personal Accountabilities

What is God’s Will For My Life?

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.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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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.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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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

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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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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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Gluttony

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

Deuteronomy 14: 29 
“And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.”

— Proverbs 23:2
“And put a knife to thy throat,
if thou be a man given to appetite.”

Proverbs 23:20-21 —
20 Be not among winebibbers;
among riotous eaters of flesh:

21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:
and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

— Philippians 3:18-19
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often,
and now tell you even weeping,
that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame,
who mind earthly things.)”

Proverbs 25:16
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much
as is sufficient
for thee, lest thou be filled
therewith, and vomit it
.”

Romans 12:1 —
“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.”

— James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Galatians 6:7-8 —
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

— Ecclesiastes 10:17
“Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles,
and thy princes eat in due season, for strength,
and not for drunkenness
!”

1 Peter 4:3 —
“For the time past of our life may suffice us
to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,
when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine,
revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”

Exodus 16:21
“And they gathered it [manna] every morning,
every man according to his eating:
and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.”

— Ezekiel 16:49
“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom,
pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness
was in her and in her daughters, neither did she
strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

Luke 21:34-35
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts
be overcharged with surfeiting [over-eating],
and drunkenness, and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you unawares.
“35 For as a snare shall it come on all them
that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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