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copper25
Jan 19th 2009, 01:22 PM
Joshua 3:3) And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

Joshua 3:4) Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

How often as Christians do we forget that we are in a strange land. One that is unfamiliar filled with all sorts of evil and wickedness and that without God leading us we are blind, we will stumble into submission to the wrong things that can eat and consume the soul. (Revelation 3:15-18)“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 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: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” How often do people not heed the Lord’s counsel! Not listening at all but instead run off with there own fairy tales trying to work salvation in their own way? My people we as Christians must take heed not to conform to worldly ways and let worldliness overrun us and manifest itself in our lives lest we put anything primary in our lives that should not be there. If God is not leading our lives then aren’t we already dead, dead in sin and dead in iniquity? Yes, without God what are, (Psalm 103:14) “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”And certainly apart from God no man has life, (Romans 5:18) “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” Apart from God’s leading, God’s grace, how can we have life, for he is the (Jeremiah 17:13) “fountain of living waters”, the fountain of life, (Psalm 36:9) “for with thee is the fountain of life, in thy light shall we see light.” No one has to die spiritually speaking, (Deuteronomy 5:29) “O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me and keep all my commandments. ”

Now by Christ Jesus we have liberty, purchased by his blood we are saved, but certainly not to let the snares, the pollution, the deception of this world manifest itself in our heart, taking control of us until it worketh death. Liberated from the law, but not to conform to disobedience, lest we be just as the unbelievers. But on the contrary, we are called to obedience and submission to the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, (John 15:14) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Notice that this is a call to obedience. Again, (John 14:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” While we are freed from the law we are still expected to obey our Lord if we want his Lordship over our lives. Whose Lord is the lord of a rebellious person? The wicked servant in comparison to the good servant, the wick servant did not watch but (Matthew 24:49-51) “shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” and the good servant, (Matthew 24:46-47) “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” Now one chose not the lordship of the Lord and the other did, which one do you think chose the lordship of the Lord? One can’t be lead in one’s life by the world and by the Lord. It will be one or the other, two choices, one death and the other life. So who is your Leader in today’s world?

Firstfruits
Jan 19th 2009, 01:33 PM
Joshua 3:3) And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

Joshua 3:4) Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.

How often as Christians do we forget that we are in a strange land. One that is unfamiliar filled with all sorts of evil and wickedness and that without God leading us we are blind, we will stumble into submission to the wrong things that can eat and consume the soul. (Revelation 3:15-18)“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 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: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” How often do people not heed the Lord’s counsel! Not listening at all but instead run off with there own fairy tales trying to work salvation in their own way? My people we as Christians must take heed not to conform to worldly ways and let worldliness overrun us and manifest itself in our lives lest we put anything primary in our lives that should not be there. If God is not leading our lives then aren’t we already dead, dead in sin and dead in iniquity? Yes, without God what are, (Psalm 103:14) “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”And certainly apart from God no man has life, (Romans 5:18) “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” Apart from God’s leading, God’s grace, how can we have life, for he is the (Jeremiah 17:13) “fountain of living waters”, the fountain of life, (Psalm 36:9) “for with thee is the fountain of life, in thy light shall we see light.” No one has to die spiritually speaking, (Deuteronomy 5:29) “O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me and keep all my commandments. ”

Now by Christ Jesus we have liberty, purchased by his blood we are saved, but certainly not to let the snares, the pollution, the deception of this world manifest itself in our heart, taking control of us until it worketh death. Liberated from the law, but not to conform to disobedience, lest we be just as the unbelievers. But on the contrary, we are called to obedience and submission to the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, (John 15:14) “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Notice that this is a call to obedience. Again, (John 14:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” While we are freed from the law we are still expected to obey our Lord if we want his Lordship over our lives. Whose Lord is the lord of a rebellious person? The wicked servant in comparison to the good servant, the wick servant did not watch but (Matthew 24:49-51) “shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” and the good servant, (Matthew 24:46-47) “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.” Now one chose not the lordship of the Lord and the other did, which one do you think chose the lordship of the Lord? One can’t be lead in one’s life by the world and by the Lord. It will be one or the other, two choices, one death and the other life. So who is your Leader in today’s world?

Are we then to follow the Spirit, as God has sent him to us as our teacher and guide?

Jn 15:26 (http://bibledatabase.org/cgi-bin/bib_search/bible.cgi?BIBLE=48&BOOK=43&CHAP=15&SEARCH=jesus king lord&Read=Read&FIRST=OK&HV=26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Jn 16:13 (http://bibledatabase.org/cgi-bin/bib_search/bible.cgi?BIBLE=48&BOOK=43&CHAP=16&SEARCH=jesus king lord&Read=Read&FIRST=OK&HV=13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, 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.

God bless you!

Firstfruits