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"SPIRITUAL WARFARE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-20
"SPIRITUAL WARFARE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
MATTHEW 2:16, "Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men."

MATTHEW 2:16-23


Satan was the real motivator of Herod's actions. Ever since the Lord first prophesied that a man would bruise his head, Satan has been seeking out this "seed" of the woman (Gen. 3:15).

It appears that Satan is able to perceive when the Lord is making a major move in the earth. In the days of Moses, Satan moved Pharaoh to kill all the male children of the Israelite slaves, and here he motivates Herod to kill all the male children in Bethlehem. No doubt he was seeking to eliminate this "seed" who was going to bruise his head.

Once again, we see children being slaughtered today. This time it's through abortion. Our youth are also being attacked in unprecedented ways. Is it possible that Satan thinks this is the generation that is to bring in the second return of the Lord? Is he, in desperation, trying to stay off his doom by destroying this generation?

We need to have enough spiritual perception to recognize that just as in the days of Moses and Jesus, this slaughter of the innocent children today is an indication of an even more important struggle in the spiritual realm. We might be the generation that sees the Lord come back. Praise the Lord!

"IS YOUR HEART OBEDIENT TO GOD'S COMMAND?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

AREN'T YOU GLAD THAT JESUS CHOSE PAUL TO PREACH HIS GOSPEL TO THE US, THE GENTILES, AND WAS OBEDIENT TO DO IT?  IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THE 12 DISCIPLES ARE WRITING AND TEACHING THE JEWS, BUT PAUL, IN HIS 13 BOOKS, IS WRITING TO THE GENTILES.  THIS WAS A GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT AMONG THEM WITH JUST A HANDSHAKE.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THIS WHEN WE ARE STUDYING THE BIBLE OR IT COULD GET A LITTLE CONFUSING, LOOK WHAT PAUL IS SAYING IN GALATIANS 2:9 "And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars (OF THE CHURCH), perceived the grace that was given unto me (BY JESUS), they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we (PAUL AND BARNABAS) should go unto the heathen (GENTILES), and they (JAMES, PETER, JOHN AND THE DISCIPLES) unto the circumcision (THE JEWS)."  THE PARENTHESES ARE MINE.





JESUS APPEARED TO ANANIAS IN A VISION AND TOLD HIM TO GO TO PAUL AND LAY HANDS ON HIM SO HE WOULD BE ABLE TO SEE. HE WAS BLINDED WHEN JESUS APPEARED TO HIM ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS AND TOLD HIM HE WOULD PREACH TO THE GENTILES. PAUL HAD BEEN SO AGAINST JESUS AND THE TEACHING OF THE DISCIPLES AND EVEN HAD PAPERS FROM THE CHIEF PRIEST TO KILL OR THROW INTO PRISON THOSE WHO WERE WORSHIPING JESUS.  IF YOU WERE A JEW AND KNEW ABOUT PAUL'S ACTIVITY, WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN OBEDIENT LIKE ANANIAS WAS?   I HOPE I WOULD HAVE BEEN.  SEE WHAT JESUS TOLD HIM TO DO IN ACTS 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way : for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.  GOD KNEW THE HEARTS OF PAUL AND ANANIAS AND KNEW THEY WOULD BE OBEDIENT.



MY QUESTION IS, IS YOUR HEART OBEDIENT TO GOD'S COMMAND? REMEMBER, HE WILL NOT MAKE YOU DO ANYTHING BUT WANTS A WILLING HEART FULL OF LOVE FOR HIM.  I PRAY THAT WE ALL WILL BE THAT KIND OF PERSON AND THAT GOD WILL USE US IN A MIGHTY WAY.  I AM READY, EVEN AT MY AGE, ARE YOU?


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"WE CAN RELY ON HOLY SPIRIT" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-19
"WE CAN RELY ON HOLY SPIRIT" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

IN STUDYING THE NEW TESTAMENT, HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WHAT THE DISCIPLES REALLY KNEW ABOUT JESUS?    LET'S THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE. WE KNOW THEY KNEW HE WAS THE CHRIST (MESSIAH) BECAUSE OF WHAT PETER TOLD JESUS.  PETER WAS SORT OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE TWELVE AND WHEN JESUS ASK THEM WHO DID MEN SAY THAT HE WAS, THE TWELVE STARTED TELLING JESUS WHO PEOPLE THOUGHT HE WAS LIKE.  SOME SAID JOHN THE BAPTIST, SOME ELIAS, AND OTHERS, ONE OF THE PROPHETS. WHEN JESUS ASK, WHOM DO YOU SAY THAT I AM? PETER SPOKE UP AND SAID IN MATTHEW 16:16 "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."









DO YOU THINK THEY KNEW ABOUT HIM GOING TO BE CRUCIFIED? THEY DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE.  DON'T YOU THINK THAT IF THEY HAD KNOWN, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WAITING AT THE TOMB FOR HIM TO COME OUT ON THAT THIRD DAY?  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN LUKE 18:31-34 "Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken."  AFTER HIM TELLING THEM ALL WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, THEY STILL DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.



HERE IS THE POINT I AM TRYING TO MAKE IN ALL THIS.  ALTHOUGH IT SAYS THIS SAYING WAS HID FROM THEM, IT IS NOT HID FROM US CHRISTIANS.  WE HAVE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH THEY DIDN'T HAVE BECAUSE, AT THAT TIME, HE HAD NOT BEEN SENT TO THEM.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN JOHN 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance , whatsoever I have said unto you. IF WE COULD JUST FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT WE HAVE IN HOLY SPIRIT, OUR LIVES WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER. RELY ON HOLY SPIRIT. PAUL SAID "for it is the power of God unto salvation".  THIS IS FOR ALL OF US WHO BELIEVE, SO BELIEVE AND RECEIVE. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.







"HEROD'S FOLLY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-19
"HEROD'S FOLLY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Mt. 2:13, "...for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."

MATTHEW 2:13-15


Herod had ruled over Judaea for nearly forty three years at the time of these events. He had the title of King conferred on him by the Roman senate at the recommendation of Antony and Octavius. His accomplishments included the building of the temple in Jerusalem which was one of the most magnificent structures in the world. Most people would have thought that Herod had it "made".

However, history reveals that Herod was extremely paranoid. He actually killed his wife and one of his sons because he feared they would take the kingdom from him. All his power and fame couldn't buy him the peace that the angels proclaimed (Lk. 2:8-14). His paranoia led him to kill the innocent children in Bethlehem. His insecurity was evident. He had everything and yet he had nothing.

In contrast, the King that Herod was trying to dispose of came humbly, not exalting Himself. He gained the acclaim of others by serving them, not oppressing them. The scepter of Jesus was righteousness; not tyranny. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice; Himself, because of His great love for people.

Today, Herod's only claim to fame is that he was the man who tried in vain to kill the King of Kings. Remember, it is worth nothing if you gain the whole world and lose your own soul (Mt. 16:26). Make today count for God.

"PEACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-18
"PEACE BETWEEN GOD AND MAN" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

I'LL BET THAT IF YOU ASK A HUNDRED PEOPLE TO EXPLAIN TO YOU WHAT PROPITIATION MEANS, NOT MANY WILL KNOW THE ANSWER. DO YOU?  I DIDN'T KNOW UNTIL I LOOKED IT UP.  I KNEW IT WAS IN CONNECTION WITH JESUS GOING TO THE CROSS AND THAT HE IS THE PROPITIATION FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD, BECAUSE THE BIBLE TELL US THAT, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE WORD MEANT.




WELL, HERE IT IS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE LIKE ME. PROPITIATION - 1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person. 2. In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men. JESUS REALLY DID APPEASE THE WRATH BETWEEN GOD AND MAN.




AS IT SAYS IN LUKE 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  IT IS NOT TALKING HERE ABOUT PEACE BEING AMONG MEN ON EARTH BECAUSE JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 10:34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."  THE PEACE THAT JESUS BROUGHT WAS BETWEEN GOD AND MAN.  BECAUSE OF JESUS WE CAN NOW GO BOLDLY TO THE THROWN OF GOD AND TALK DIRECTLY TO HIM.  BEFORE THIS WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT BECAUSE OF OUR SINS, BUT JESUS TOOK THOSE SINS AWAY.  NOW GOD SEES US AS JESUS IS, SINLESS. (1 JOHN 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.) 



 

SO, IF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR PEACE BETWEEN YOU AND SOMEONE YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH JUST REMEMBER THIS.  IT IS UP TO YOU TO HAVE THAT PEACE. JESUS TELLS US IN JOHN 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."  WE HAVE THE PEACE OF JESUS AND WE CAN ACCEPT IT OR REJECT IT.  WITH HIS PEACE, YOUR HEART WILL BE AT PEACE AND NOT AFRAID.  IT IS ALL UP TO US.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"BELIEVE THE WORD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-18
"BELIEVE THE WORD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Matthew 2:1, "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem."

MATTHEW 2:1-12


How could this be? The greatest event in the history of God's dealings with mankind was taking place and the leaders of God's people didn't even know about it. Foreigners who were unfamiliar with the covenants of God perceived what God was doing more than His own chosen people! (Eph. 2:12)

The apparent answer to this is that these Persian wise men were more in tune to the prophecies of scripture than the Jews were. Daniel had been promoted to be the head of all the wise men of Babylon (Dan. 2:48). While in Babylon, Daniel had come through the lions' den victoriously and had no doubt gained the reputation as the greatest wise man of all (Dan. 6).

It was during this time that Daniel wrote the prophecy of Dan. 9:24-27, which pinpointed the time of the Messiah's birth. This no doubt provided the inspiration for these wise men. The star simply served as a sign that the prophesied event had come and directed them towards where the king was born.

The Jews had these same prophecies. They just weren't waiting in anticipation for the birth of the Messiah. The Word of God only profits us if we believe it (Heb. 4:2). Let's not make the same mistake. Mix the truths that you know from God's Word with faith.

"A POEM TO JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-17
"A POEM TO JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

I WROTE A POEM OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO CALLED "TODAY". I SHARED IT THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO AND SOMEONE WANTED TO SEE IT AGAIN SO I DECIDED TO SHARE IT THIS MORNING.  I THINK IT IS CALLED A PROSE SINCE IT DOES NOT RHYME.  

WELL, I WAS STUDYING ABOUT LOVE AND CAME UPON THE VERSE WHERE IT SAYS GOD IS LOVE (1ST JOHN 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.)   I DECIDED TO CHANGE SOME OF THE WORDS AND DIRECT IT TOWARD JESUS SINCE HE IS GOD THE SON.  I HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY IT.


"TODAY JESUS, I LOVE YOU, AS WHEN YESTERDAY WAS TODAY, AND WHEN THE TODAY'S OF TOMORROW COME AND GO, I WILL LOVE YOU STILL.  YOU TOUCHED MY HEART TODAY AND I FELT LOVE.  MY YESTERDAYS WERE FILLED WITH LOVE BECAUSE OF YOU.  BUT NOW, TODAY IS HERE, NOT A PASSING MEMORY THAT BRINGS WARMTH TO MY HEART.  THOUGH THEY ARE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF YOU THAT I WOULD NOT BE WITHOUT, NOW MY THOUGHTS ARE ON THE MEMORIES WE WILL MAKE IN THE COMING TODAY'S OF TOMORROW.  AND SINCE TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE, A BEGINNING WITH NO END, AS MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THIS DAY JESUS, TODAY, I LOVE YOU."




ANOTHER REASON I AM POSTING THIS IS TO ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS.  I FOUND THAT IT HAD MY MIND SO SET ON THE LOVE OF JESUS THAT I STARTED WRITING SOME TO GOD AND HOLY SPIRIT AND MORE TO JESUS.  WHEN YOU TRY IT, YOU WILL SEE HOW FULL OF LOVE IT MAKES YOUR HEART FEEL.  I HOPE YOU WILL TRY IT. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"GOD'S CHOICE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-17
"GOD'S CHOICE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 2:37, "And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day."

LUKE 2:36-40


Let's suppose that Anna was fourteen years old when she married. She would have been 105 years old. Yet she was still fasting and praying night and day! Satan tries to convince us that God won't use us. He may cite things like age or lack of abilities, or failures that we've had. But just like Anna, there are many scriptural examples of the Lord using those who would be considered unusable by worldly standards.

Moses was eighty years old before he began to fulfill God's plan for his life and he worked right up until he was 120 years old. Abraham was in his nineties before he had the son that God had promised him.

Gideon was another one who looked unusable. He was hiding from the Midianites when an angel of God appeared and told him he was a mighty man of valor (Judg. 6:11-12). He couldn't believe it at first and had to have the Lord confirm it three times.

Truly, ...God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty... (1 Cor. 1:27-28).

If you feel foolish or weak, then you qualify. Let the Lord use you today.

"STUDYING VS JUST READING YOUR BIBLE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

I DON'T REALLY LIKE BRINGING THIS UP BECAUSE I GET A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF MINE.  WELL, I WILL TELL YOU, YOU ARE MY BUSINESS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU AND WANT THE BEST FOR YOU.  IS THAT SO TERRIBLY WRONG?  WE ALL NEED A WAKE-UP CALL NOW AND THEN SO CONSIDER THIS YOUR WAKE-UP CALL.  


 

HAVE YOU STUDIED YOUR BIBLE TODAY?  HOW ABOUT THIS WEEK? DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN THE LAST TIME YOU DID STUDY YOUR BIBLE?  I DON'T MEAN JUST READING A VERSE OR CHAPTER OR TWO, I MEAN REALLY STUDYING.  THE ONLY REASON I AM SAYING THESE THINGS IS TO GET YOU TO THINKING AND THE FACT THAT WE ALL NEED TO STUDY GOD'S WORD.


THE REASON I AM BRING THIS UP IS THAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT I USED TO DO.   AT FIRST I WOULD READ THE BIBLE OFF AND ON AND THEN, SINCE I WAS A TRAVELING SALESMAN, I GOT THE BIBLE ON TAPE AND STARTED LISTENING TO IT.  I FOUND IT MOST ENJOYABLE AND I WAS LEARNING SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY.  SINCE I HAVE RETIRED AND HAVE A LOT MORE TIME TO REALLY STUDY, I AM ENJOYING IT MUCH MORE AND LEARNING A LOT MORE.  I WISH I HAD KNOWN BACK THEN HOW MUCH FUN IT IS, I CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE MADE MORE TIME FOR IT.


ANOTHER THING I WAS DOING BACK THEN WAS ORDERING TEACHING TAPES FROM ANDREW WOMMACK MINISTRIES.  I WAS LISTENING TO THOSE TAPES INSTEAD OF LISTENING TO THE BIBLE TAPES.  DON'T GET ME WRONG, I HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM ANDREW WOMMACK MINISTRIES AND WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ANDREW IS THAT HE BACKS UP EVERYTHING HE TEACHES WITH GOD'S WORD.  I EVEN TOOK HIS ONLINE CHARIS BIBLE COLLEGE COURSES.  THAT IS WHEN I LEARNED, FROM HIM, THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO STUDY THE BIBLE FOR MYSELF AND NOT COUNT ON SOMEONE ELSE TELLING ME WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.  


NOW I LISTEN TO HIS TEACHINGS BUT GO TO THE BIBLE TO CHECK THINGS OUT AND STUDY ABOUT IT.  IT REALLY MAKES GOD'S WORD COME ALIVE.



THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR BIBLE.  I KNOW THAT SOME CHURCHES HAVE PRAYER BOOKS AND IT IS GOOD TO READ THEM BUT NOT IN PLACE OF YOUR BIBLE.  GOD SPEAKS TO US THROUGH THE BIBLE AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT HE WANTS FOR YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND STUDY IT.  THERE ARE GREAT THINGS IN THERE AND LIKE I HAVE SAID BEFORE IT IS OUR OWNER'S MANUEL FOR LIFE.  IT EVEN HAS MANY WONDERFUL PROMISES IN IT.  SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY TO YOU PERSONALLY.  YOU WILL BE SURPRISED HOW GREAT IT IS AND HOW IT WILL HELP YOU WITH ALL YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES. HE IS ALWAYS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU SO WHY NOT TALK TO HIM WHEN YOU HAVE PROBLEMS.  ASK HIM FOR GUIDANCE AND HE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO.  JUST TRUST HIM.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"REVELATION KNOWLEDGE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-01-16
"REVELATION KNOWLEDGE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 2:26, "And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ."

LUKE 2:25-35


Simeon didn't receive this knowledge through the normal method of learning. This knowledge was revealed to him directly from the Holy Spirit. This revelation knowledge which comes only from God is distinctly different than knowledge acquired through study. Man's knowledge is based on observation. It cannot give perfect instruction about the future. God's knowledge can. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit we can know things to come (Jn. 16:13).

When dealing with God, revelation knowledge is essential. The Lord's ways are not always our ways (Isa. 55:8). A fear of trusting the intuitive knowledge that God gives us will cause us to miss many blessings of God.

If he hadn't received it and anticipated its fulfillment, what a blessing he would have missed! He would not have been led into the temple at exactly the right moment to see the salvation of the Lord.

We need to ask for and expect to receive revelation knowledge from the Lord. God desires to impart it more than we desire to receive it. Great blessings await those who will not depend solely on their own understanding (Prov. 3:5).

 
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