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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Guilt

O.K. You did it!

Guilty Pleasures - Big Mac Combo

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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Hell? or Heaven?

“This life is the only hell believers will ever know.
But for those who die in their sins, this is their only heaven.”
— Ray Comfort

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Kimberly Dawn Nyborg – The Gift of Contentment

by: Kimberly Dawn Nyborg
Kimberly Nyborg

Kimberly Nyborg

Have you ever thought of how a racehorse might feel when it is in the chute awaiting the noise of the gun and the gates to fling open for the race to begin?  Well, I have felt what that must be like and it is nerve wracking to me when you think that the time is now but…that gate will not open!  Or the familiar expression “chomping at the bit,” which says it the way I feel it, exhibiting impatience or frustration when delayed.  You see, I am a now kinda girl and I have really struggled with waiting and waiting and waiting!

My guess is that there are a lot of us who have a picture of what it is that we are supposed to be doing in this life.  For me, it was my dream to be a teacher.  After all, it stemmed from way back as a little girl playing school with my stuffed animals and dolls.  I would line them all up as if in a classroom and teach them to read and count.  When I was waylaid as an adult because of so many poor choices, that dream disappeared.

It did not return until my youngest son was having trouble in school and was removed from his school setting.  I purposed to try home schooling him in an effort to see if it would help his predicament.  While engrossed in looking for curriculum, my desire to teach was again stirred up.  Wow, the dream came back to life! I only home-schooled my son for a year or so, but with this renewed interest in teaching I decided to try college, hoping that I could be a teacher one day.

Some years before, since I never did graduate (having left home at 15), I received my GED in 1985.  The instructor told me there was no reason I could not continue on to college if that were my desire.  Being a mom put that on hold, especially with a troubled child.  But in 1992 I gave it a shot when that teaching desire was once again stirred in my heart.  My dream, however, was once again shelved when more difficulties arose with my son and my husband did not think it wise traveling so far on a daily basis from Int’l Falls to BSU, especially in the winter.  Well, the teaching aspirations were once again tabled and I kind of gave up on my dream.

As you wonder where the ‘contentment’ comes in, let me assure you that God sure knows the desires of our heart!  It was not long after my teaching bubble was burst that I was impressed and given the okay to lead women’s Bible studies at my church.  Over the years, I have gone through various Bible studies, which have allowed me to engage my teaching abilities.

Isn’t God good to me?  Although it is a different picture than what I thought, I am blessed to use a gift He has given me to build others and build myself in my times of preparation.

I would have to say that God is teaching me that contentment is being satisfied where I am!  And that He also uses me right where I am.

But when He begins to open up different avenues of ministry, then what?  If you are like me, you are anxious to get going and ready to jump in and get your feet wet but…hold on.  There is perfecting that has to take place, some lessons to be learned, and some observations to be made before the time is right.  That is where I have struggled the most — in the waiting.  After all, you cannot hurry drying paint or varnish, aging cheese or wine, or whatever it is that needs time to season and perfect that finished product.

Preparation takes place through a period of time and circumstance and the God-given release will come when He knows we are ready to accomplish all that He has for us!  In the meantime, while the seasoning is taking place, I am learning to be content right where I am.  The Message paraphrase of Deuteronomy 28:12 references the timing thing here.  ‘God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan.’  I think that is such a wonderful example of right timing!  The rains came at just the right time to bless the people’s efforts so that they would become the lenders and not the borrowers!

So, friend, whatever it is that we put our hand to do for the Lord, we must rest in being content!  Know that His timing is perfect and if or while waiting on Him, know that we are in process — for it is not about us but all about Him.  We are being seasoned so that we will be that salty, shining light God will use for His glory!

From the Editor:

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.

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.

Other Articles from Kimberly:

Kimberly Dawn Nyborg – Reconciling Your Past

©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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Homosexuality


Leviticus 18: 22
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

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.”

— Leviticus 20: 13
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with
a woman
, both of them have committed an abomination:
they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”

Romans 1: 20 – 27, 32
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

James 4:12
“There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:
who art thou that judgest another?”

Romans 9:20 —
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it,
Why hast thou made me thus?”

— 1 Timothy 1: 9, 10
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man,
but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners,
for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of
mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with
mankind
, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if
there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

Jude 1:7 —
Even as Sodom and Gomorrah  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.”

2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

— 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.”

Ephesians 4:19
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

Romans 1:28 —
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,
God gave them over to a reprobate mind,
to do those things which are not convenient”

Romans 6:21
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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Riches and Righteousness

You cannot serve both God and money

You cannot serve both God and money (Photo credit: skambalu)

“Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

— Proverbs 15: 16

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“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.”

— Psalm 37: 16

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“Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.”

— Proverbs 16: 8

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“Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands
full with travail and vexation of spirit.”

— Ecclesiastes  4: 6

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“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

— 1 Timothy 6: 6

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God’s Blessing For the Christian Blogger

  “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”

— Psalm 68: 11

Even if you aren’t a blogger, I believe that the Lord’s blessing is on anybody that spreads His Word.

On the contrary, God also gives us a warning to those Christians who know the Truth and don’t speak of it to those who don’t know the Truth:

Ezekiel 3: 18 “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

If you are reading this post, you are one of three types of people. 1) You are a Christian that is interested in spreading God’s Word and looking for more information about it, or 2) You are NOT a Christian but you are searching for the Truth, or 3) You’ve been thinking all along that you are a Christian and want to make sure that you actually are a Christian and on your way to Heaven (It’s better to be safe and going to Heaven than to be sorry and going to Hell).

Regardless which type you fall under, I suggest reading this article; “You’re Dead, Now What?’

©2013 Mark Davis

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God or Government?

Christians May Have to Choose God over Government.
Do you know which you will choose?

Joshua 24:14
“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.”

Joshua 24:15
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Exodus 23:32
“Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.”

Exodus 23:33
“They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.”

1 Kings 18:21
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”

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God Loves A Cheerful Christian

Where it is True that God wants us to be serious about doing His work, Here is proof that He really does want us to be able to enjoy our short time here on earth.  There is a time and a place for everything.

Thank you, Jon, for your perspective.
Mark, Administrator
http://ChristiansAreUs.wordpress.com

Mind Renewers

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

4 … a time to laugh….

I often say God has a sense of humour.  He made us, after all, and we’re rather silly creatures sometimes.  But some people think humour is frivolous and inappropriate, especially when speaking of the things of the Lord.   Certainly, it can be used wrongly, but I’d like to look at some examples of humour in Scripture to show that this is a tool that God Himself uses, and it is certainly fitting for us to use as well.

There are many plays on words in the original languages of the Scripture, and this is probably the most frequent use of humour.  But little of that survives in translation, so I’ll focus on those things that we can see in the English.

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