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"YOU HAVE IT ALL -- IN THE SPIRIT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."



The Bible presents salvation as a life transforming experience. Change is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a true believer. Yet, failure to understand that this change takes place in the spirit first, and then is reflected in our outward appearance through our thoughts and actions in direct proportion to the way we renew our minds, causes much confusion.

This change has to take place in our born-again spirit first. Why is that? If you were fat before you got saved, you will be fat after you get saved, unless you go on a weight loss program. Your body doesn't instantly change and neither does your soul or mind.

It is your spirit that is instantly changed at salvation. It is perfect (Heb. 12:23). It cannot sin (1 Jn. 3:9). Everything that is true of Jesus is true of our born-again spirit. Your spiritual salvation is complete. At salvation, you receive the same spirit that you will have throughout all eternity. It will not have to be changed or cleansed again. It is sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13) and therefore, is sanctified and perfected forever (Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:23).

For the remainder of our Christian life, we must not try to obtain faith, joy or love from God, but rather release what we already have in our spirits (Gal. 5:22-23) into our soul and body. Failure to understand this has caused some people to despair when they don't see sufficient change in their life after coming to the Lord for salvation. It must be understood that the change is internal in our spirit and the outward change will take place as we renew our minds through God's Word.

"FAITH -- HAVING IT AND USING IT" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ASKED HOW THEY CAN GET FAITH.  I HAVE TAUGHT ON THIS SEVERAL TIMES  BUT EVIDENTLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH SINCE SOME ARE STILL ASKING. WELL, THE EASIEST WAY TO FIND OUT IS GOING TO GOD'S WORD.  







 


THE BIBLE SAYS WE ALREADY HAVE FAITH AND WE ALL WERE GIVEN THE SAME AMOUNT.  LOOK WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS IN HIS LETTER TO THE ROMANS IN CHAPTER 12, VERSE 3, "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."  WE USE OUR FAITH EVERY DAY.  WHEN YOU SIT IN A CHAIR YOU HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT CHAIR IS GOING TO HOLD YOUR WEIGHT OR YOU WOULDN'T SIT IN IT.  JUST THINK OF ALL THE THINGS YOU DO DAILEY WHERE YOU USE YOUR FAITH.  THE PROBLEM IS THAT SOME DON'T USE THEIRS IN THEIR SPIRITUAL LIFE.  

 


NOW SOME HAVE ASKED HOW THEY CAN GET MORE OR INCREASE THEIR FAITH.  WELL AGAIN, THE BEST WAY TO FIND THINGS OUT IS TO GO TO GOD'S WORD.  PAUL ALSO SAYS IN ROMANS 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  GET INTO YOUR BIBLE AND LISTEN TO WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY.  

  

NOW THERE ARE TWO PASSAGES I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT TODAY.  THE FIRST IS MATTHEW 9:18-19 WHERE IT SAYS "While he spake these things unto them, (JESUS WAS TEACHING ON NOT PATCHING OLD CLOTHES WITH NEW CLOTH AND NOT PUTTING NEW WINE IN OLD SKINS) behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples."    MATTHEW 9:23-25 GOES ON TO SAY "And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose."  WE CAN SEE FROM THAT PASSAGE THAT JESUS WILL MEET US RIGHT WHERE WE ARE. THE RULER COULD BELIEVE THAT IF JESUS WOULD GO TO HIS DAUGHTER AND LAY HANDS ON HER SHE WOULD COME BACK TO LIFE.  WE KNOW THAT JESUS COULD HAVE JUST SPOKE THE WORDS AND MADE THIS HAPPEN BUT HE MET THE RULER RIGHT WHERE HIS FAITH WAS AND WENT TO HIS DAUGHTER.



THE SECOND PASSAGE IS ABOUT THE WOMAN WITH THE ISSUE OF BLOOD,  THIS WAS ON THE ROAD WHILE JESUS WAS GOING TO THE RULER'S HOUSE TO BRING HIS DAUGHTER BACK TO LIFE.  MATTHEW 9:20-21 SAYS "And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole."  WITH ALL THE PEOPLE TOUCHING JESUS, HE FELT POWER GO OUT OF HIMSELF WHEN THE WOMAN TOUCH HIM.  THIS WOMAN HAD SO MUCH FAITH THAT SHE KNEW THAT IF SHE COULD ONLY TOUCH HIS GARMENT, SHE WOULD BE HEALED.  SHE DID THIS HERSELF AND JESUS TOLD HER SO, "THY FAITH HATH MADE THEE WHOLE".




SO USE YOUR FAITH.  READ YOUR BIBLE AND LISTEN TO WHAT YOU ARE READING.  WHAT YOU NEED IS ALL THERE TO BUILD YOUR FAITH AND HOW WILL YOU BUILD IT IF YOU DON'T READ YOUR BIBLE.  PAUL INCLUDES THIS SCRIPTURE IN HIS TEACHING ON FAITH AND IT SURE SAYS A LOT.  HEBREWS 12:1-2 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."  



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.







"CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON ALL THAT IS GOOD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Mark 14:38 "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak."



Temptation is linked directly to what we think upon (Heb. 11:15). Temptation has to be entered into. We can avoid temptation by avoiding thoughts that generate temptation (Prov. 23:7). Since it is impossible to not think, we cannot just try to reject the negative thoughts in this world, but we must choose to think on the positive truths of God. This is where prayer comes in.

In prayer, we have our minds stayed upon God and therefore, are not receptive to thoughts that conceive temptation. Temptation or sin must be conceived (Jas. 1:14-15). In the physical realm, the easiest way to avoid an unwanted birth is to avoid conception, so it is in the spiritual world.

It is easier to avoid being tempted by being in constant communion with God, than it is to overcome temptation once it has been conceived.

Paul admonishes the Philippian believers to reflect and meditate upon eight positive principles of thinking that will lead to a victorious Christian life (Phil. 4:8). These are things that are "true," that is: honorable, truthful and upright. Things that are "honest," that is: honorable, truthful, genuine, not characterized by deception or fraud. Things that are "just," that is: in accordance with what is right, or right conduct; any circumstance, fact or deed that is right. Things that are "pure," free from defilement or impurity.

Things that are "lovely," pleasing, agreeable, inspiring love or affection. A "good report," that is: a saying or report that is positive and constructive rather than negative and destructive. "Virtue," which is moral excellence, righteousness and goodness. "Praise," or what is praiseworthy; expressing one's esteem of a person and his virtues. We need to focus on the good in every area of our lives. Recognizing God's hand in even the smallest things will bring peace and keep our hearts and minds following hard after the Lord.

"ARE YOU LIKE SHREK, THE SHEEP?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-11-09
"ARE YOU LIKE SHREK, THE SHEEP?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

THIS MORNING, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A STORY I FOUND ON "GODVINE", A CHRISTIAN WEB SITE.  IT IS A TRUE STORY ABOUT SHREK, A SHEEP, AND IF YOU WANT TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY YOU CAN GO TO THAT WEB SITE.  I COULDN'T FIND THE NAME OF THE PERSON WHO PUT THIS LITTLE STORY TOGETHER BUT IT IS GREAT AND I THANK WHOEVER IT WAS.  NOW FOR THE STORY.





Shrek, the sheep, became famous a little while back for hiding out in caves, by himself, for six years. Because of his isolation, his fleece was never shorn. It grew and grew; and by the time he was finally shaved, the amount of fleece that fell away from his body weighed sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing under ten pounds; sometimes it's more, but never by much.




For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece... all because he was away from his shepherd. This is reminiscent of John 10:1-5 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and we Christians are His sheep. If you think about it, Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus but has wandered. If we avoid Jesus' constant refining of our soul, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this worlda weight we don’t have to bear.



Jesus can easily lift the burdens we bear, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our "fleece," that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from Him, our Good Shepherd.



Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 where he says “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 


HAVE YOU WANDERED FROM JESUS AND NEEDED TO RETURN AND GET  YOUR "FLEECE" DEALT WITH.  HE IS WAITING FOR YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.  IT IS UP TO YOU.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"HAVE YOU THE FAITH TO DO MIRACLES?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGH ABOUT WHY JESUS DID SO MANY MIRACLES?  HIS STATEMENT IN JOHN 4:48 GIVES US A CLUE WHEN HE SAYS "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."  I AM ASSUMING THAT "signs and wonders" ARE MIRACLES AS HE HAD JUST FINISHED CHANGING WATER INTO WINE AT THE WEDDING IN CANA.  WHILE HE WAS THERE, A NOBLEMAN ASK HIM TO COME TO CAPERNAUM AND HEAL HIS SON.  JESUS KNEW THE MANS FAITH AND SAID "Go thy way; thy son liveth".  THE MAN HAD FAITH TO BELIEVE JESUS AND JUST WENT HOME, KNOWING HIS SON WAS HEALED. THAT IS THE FAITH JESUS WANTS ALL OF US TO HAVE.





WITH WHAT JESUS SAID ABOUT MIRACLES, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY HIS DISCIPLES ASKED HIM TO TEACH THEM TO PRAY INSTEAD OF HOW TO DO MIRACLES?  THAT IS WHAT IT SAYS IN LUKE 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  HE WAS THE GREATEST MIRACLE WORKER AND PREACHER WHO EVER LIVED BUT I BELIEVE THE DISCIPLES KNEW JESUS' PRAYER LIFE WAS EVEN GREATER THAN ANYTHING ELSE AND IT GAVE HIM THE POWER TO DO WHAT HE DID.  HE GOES ON TO TEACH THEM WHAT WE CALL "THE LORD'S PRAYER".


I BELIEVE WE NEED TO USE PRAYER AND MIRACLES IN OUR MINISTRY.  JESUS TELLS US IN JOHN 14:12 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."  THE GREATER THINGS ARE WHAT HE TALKS ABOUT IN MATTHEW 10:8 WHERE HE SAYS "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give."  PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WANTING TO KNOW WHY WE DON'T HAVE REVIVAL ANY MORE.  I GUARANTEE YOU THAT IF WE START GOING OUT AND RAISING THE DEAD, WE WILL HAVE ALL THE REVIVAL WE CAN HANDLE. 


GET INTO GOD'S WORD AND STUDY TO BUILD YOUR FAITH TO THE POINT THAT YOU WILL HAVE NO DOUBTS AS TO YOUR BEING ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS.  PAUL TELLS US IN ROMANS 10:17 THAT "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  JESUS TOLD US TO DO IT SO NOW IT IS UP TO US.  I AM READY, ARE YOU?



GOD BLESS YOU ALL. 


"HIS FATHOMLESS PAIN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-11-08
"HIS FATHOMLESS PAIN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 22:44 "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."

LUKE 22:43-44


It is interesting that Luke is the only one of the gospel writers to mention that Jesus' sweat was as great drops of blood. This is probably because Luke was a physician (Col. 4:14), and therefore, this had special significance to him.

There have been documented cases of people actually sweating drops of blood under extreme emotional pressure. This might explain why Luke is the only writer to mention the angel strengthening Jesus. Just as when Jesus encountered Satan during His forty days of fasting and temptation in the wilderness and the angels ministered unto Him (Mk. 1:13), so here, He needed supernatural strength to endure His sufferings.

The use of the words "as it were" might also mean that the sweat of Jesus was only comparable to blood in consistency or size, but it certainly underscores the effect Jesus' agony had on His physical body.

Jesus' sufferings for us were more than just physical. In the garden, before He suffered physically, He suffered emotionally, almost to the point of death. As Luke records, an angel had to come and give Him strength or the emotional struggle alone would have killed Him.

All that Jesus did was motivated solely by love. It was for the joy that was set before Him that He endured going to the cross. He didn't do what He did to save us out of pity or a sense of obligation as our Creator. He did it because He loves us.

"WHERE IS YOUR BIBLE?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-11-07
"WHERE IS YOUR BIBLE?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

IF YOU HAVE EVER WONDERED WHY I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO GET EVERYONE TO READ THEIR BIBLE, IT IS BECAUSE IT IS GOD'S WORD AND IT GIVES US HIS PROMISES AND HOW TO LIVE OUR LIVES.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER READ THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE, YOU SHOULD.  IT WILL GIVE YOU AN INSIGHT ON HOW HARD PEOPLE WORKED AND WHAT THEY HAD TO SACRIFICE TO GET IT TO US.  IT IS VERY INTERESTING AND SHOCKING AT THE SAME TIME.




WE HAVE IT SO EASY HERE IN AMERICA WHERE WE CAN READ OUR BIBLES WITHOUT HAVING TO HIDE IN FEAR THAT WE WILL BE CAUGHT AND PUT TO DEATH.  THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD.  THESE PEOPLE ARE SO HUNGRY FOR GOD'S WORD THAT THEY RISK IT ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS.  BEWARE, IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING SOON, IT MIGHT COME TO THIS FOR US.  WE CAN READ OUR BIBLES NOW WITHOUT FEARING FOR OUR LIVES AND SOME DON'T EVEN READ OR KNOW WHERE THEIR BIBLE IS.  JUST THINK WHAT AMERICA WOULD BE LIKE IF ALL US CHRISTIANS BANNED TOGETHER AND LOVED JESUS THE WAY THESE PEOPLE DO.  


I WOULD CHALLENGE YOU TO GOOGLE "THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE" AND READ IT.  I DON'T THINK YOU WILL TAKE IT SO LIGHTLY ANYMORE.  A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE DIED SO WE CAN SIT AND READ GOD'S WORD IN PEACE. THIS IS WHAT THE BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT...LOVE.  THOSE PEOPLE HAD TO REALLY LOVE GOD AND, IN PART, LOVE US, TOO TO GIVE US A BIBLE WE CAN READ IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE.  OPEN YOUR BIBLE TODAY AND SEE WHAT JESUS  HAS TO SAY TO YOU.  YOU JUST MIGHT BE SURPRISED.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"HE IS OUR "ABBA" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-11-07
"HE IS OUR "ABBA" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Mark 14:36 "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt."



Although God was referred to as our Father in the Old Testament, Jesus' frequent use of this title brought a whole new understanding of our relationship with God. Jesus referred to God as His Father, and He spoke of God as being our Father as well. This infuriated the religious Jews of Jesus' day who considered it blasphemy to call God their Father, because they understood that to mean they were equal with God.

We are instructed to call God our Father, revealing the kind, gentle, loving nature of our God. The term "Abba" is an affectionate term that a young child calls his father, which corresponds to our term "daddy." It is a term used to express intimacy and affectionate fondness. It removes the idea of God as a strict judge and carries the image of Him as a loving Father who cares, understands, and is our best friend. "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God" (1 Jn. 3:1).

We are sons of God by adoption. Jesus was the Son of God by nature. As Jesus said to the Jews, ye are of your Father the devil (Jn. 8:44; Eph. 2:3).

However, Jesus purchased us and made us adopted sons of God.

We are not just heirs, we are joint-heirs with Christ. To think that we share equally with the one who has inherited everything God is, and has, is beyond comprehension.

"DID YOU KNOW JESUS DIED FOR ALL SIN?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

I HAVE BEEN ASKED WHY I SAID SIN IS NOT AN ISSUE ANYMORE.  I DIDN'T MEAN IT THAT WAY.  SIN IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE AND DOES MATTER BECAUSE THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.  "ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."



WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO IS THAT JESUS DIED FOR ALL SIN, NOT FOR JUST THE CHRISTIANS, BUT FOR EVERYONE'S SIN AND EVERY SIN THAT WILL EVER BE COMMITTED.  "1ST JOHN 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."  HE IS SPEAKING TO CHRISTIANS WHEN HE SAYS "NOT FOR OURS ONLY".



ALTHOUGH JESUS DIED FOR ALL SIN, EVEN THE ONES WE HAVE NOT YET COMMITTED, WE STILL NEED TO CONFESS THOSE SINS.  THE BIBLE SAYS "If we confess our sins, he is faithful to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."   WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THE FORGIVENESS THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN WILL APPLY TO THE SINS WE COMMIT AND SATAN WILL HAVE NO ACCESS INTO OUR LIVES BECAUSE OF THAT SIN.  THE BIBLE SAYS TO ASK, SO ASK.


I HAVE ALSO BEEN ASKED HOW I CAN SAY THAT HE DIED FOR SINS WE HAVE YET TO COMMIT.  WELL, WE HAD BETTER HOPE THAT IT IS TRUE BECAUSE JESUS DIED ONCE AND IS NOT GOING TO DIE EVERY TIME WE COMMIT A SIN.  HE DIED ONCE FOR ALL SIN.  "Hebrews 10:12-14 But this man (JESUS), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."


JESUS DID IT ALL AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS BELIEVE WHAT HE HAS DONE AND RECEIVE IT AS A FREE GIFT.  SALVATION IS THE MOST PERFECT AND IMPORTANT GIFT ANYONE WILL EVER RECEIVE.  "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."   OUR JOB IS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS GIFT OF SALVATION.   IT IS ALL THERE FOR THEM BUT IF THEY DON'T KNOW, HOW WILL THEY EVER RECEIVE IT.


THIS WEEK, PLEASE TELL SOMEONE ABOUT HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES THEM.  THEY REALLY NEED TO KNOW AND YOU JUST MIGHT ME THE ONLY PERSON IN THIS WORLD THAT CAN REACH THEM FOR JESUS.  DON'T LET AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS PASS YOU BY.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"SEEK THE WILL OF GOD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-11-06
"SEEK THE WILL OF GOD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 22:42 "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

LUKE 22:41-42


Jesus knew it was the Father's will for Him to be made an offering for the sins of the world. This is true because He prophesied His death and resurrection many times before. However, because of His unique relationship with God, Jesus was asking God to accomplish His will some other way, but at the same time affirming His commitment to do His Father's will and not His own.

He was not at a loss to know God's will and therefore, left this time of prayer trusting that whatever the Father deemed best for Him would happen.

He knew, when He began praying what the Father's will was and He knew at the close of His prayer, that God's will could not be accomplished any other way.

For us to pray, "Lord, if it be thy will" in response to a promise that God has given us is nothing but unbelief and is not even remotely related to what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. One of the foundational principles of answered prayer is that we must believe that we receive when we pray (Mk. 11:24). There is no way that we can fulfill that condition if we don't know God's will in that situation. Praying, "if it be thy will" takes us out of the active position of believing and puts us in the passive position of waiting and letting circumstances rule our lives. If we are seeking direction in an area where God's will is not already expressed through His Word, then we should pray James 1:5, and ask for wisdom. Then we can believe that we receive when we pray, and with that knowledge continue our prayer in faith.

We should not be ignorant but understand what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:17).

The only appropriate time to pray, "If it be thy will" is when we are dedicating ourselves to the service of God, regardless of where or what that may be.

 
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