By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-18
The Lord knew that He would have to redeem man before He even created him. In fact, He had a plan to redeem mankind from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8).
But after Adam and Eve sinned, God couldn't just "pour out His glory" and save them. It wasn't that simple. In order for God to execute His plan of salvation, He had to have a man who would cooperate with Him. Why? Because He had given authority on earth to mankind:
THE BIBLE TELLS US THIS IN Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. AND Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
In the same way that God once had the authority to speak things into existence, man now had to speak Jesus into existence!
Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son." If you study that out, you'll find that it means at the appropriate moment. Jesus could not have come onto the scene until then; all the prophetic utterances hadn't yet been spoken.
For example, it had to be prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin. That was critical because Jesus would not be just a good man. He was God manifest in the flesh. He was a God-man.
Luke 1:34-35 says,Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
The Greek word for "seed" in that scripture is spora. It is akin to the word sperma, which is talking about the seed of a man. The virgin birth of Jesus was completely natural in every respect except one: It was not from the seed of a man; the seed was the Word of God. The Word became flesh! All that had been prophesied about Jesus became the spora, or the seed.
Whether it's literal or symbolic, I believe that God placed a spiritual womb on the inside of us. We have to take His supernatural words and meditate on them until they conceive something, until they are in our hearts. Then we can speak those words into existence. God's plan will manifest on the earth to the degree that we yield and speak His words from our hearts. This is what Jesus was talking about in Mark 11:22-23:
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
God's Word is alive (Heb. 4:12)! His Word is life and health unto all of your flesh (Prov. 4:20-22). He sent His Word to heal and deliver you from destruction (Ps. 107:20) and more. For those who will place His words in their hearts, they will see manifest what they believe and speak. It's awesome!
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-18
We Must Receive
Luke 13:16 'And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?'
This sickness was the work of Satan - not the work of God. Jesus said it had bound her - not blessed her - for eighteen years. The teaching that says that sickness is actually a blessing in disguise, because the Lord is working His plan in one's life, is not found in scripture. As Acts 10:38 says, Jesus 'went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil,' not 'oppressed of God.'
There are 17 times in the Gospels when Jesus healed all of the sick that were present. There are 47 other times when He healed one or two people at a time.
Nowhere do we find Jesus refusing to heal anyone. Jesus said that He could do nothing of Himself, but only what He saw the Father do. His actions are proof enough that it is always God's will to heal!
Jesus provided for physical healing as well as forgiveness of sins. The very word 'save' (Gk.-'sozo') is translated 'made whole' in reference to physical healing in Matthew 9:22, Mark 5:34, and Luke 8:48. James 5:15 says 'the prayer of faith shall save (Gk.-'sozo') the sick.' Many scriptures mention the healing of our bodies in conjunction with the forgiveness of our sins.
Healing is a part of our salvation, just as much as the forgiveness of our sins.
It is God's will that no one should perish, but many do because of their unbelief. Likewise, it is God's will that we all be healed, but not all are healed because of failure to believe. It is a mistake to assume that whatever God wills will automatically come to pass. We play a part in receiving from God. Believe His Word today.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-17
Luke 12:58 'When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.'
Jesus had just spoken about relationships before He gave this parable of delivering ourselves from the judge. The warning is clear that we should do everything within our power to avoid strife (Rom. 12:18). However, the consequences of failing to settle the differences are more than just physical prison or punishment.
Strife can produce spiritual and emotional prisons. James 3:16 says, 'where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.' Depressions, fears, loneliness, bitterness, sicknesses, financial problems, and many other things can become prisons from which we will not be delivered until we reconcile.
The dictionary states that to reconcile means 'to re-establish friendship between; to settle or resolve, as a dispute' (American Heritage). The key to reconciliation is effectively dealing with the enmity, ill will, hatred, or hostility that has caused the dispute. There are several approaches to reconciliation that may be applied. For instance, If we've offended someone by an unkind word that we've spoken, we can apologize. If we owe money to someone, we can pay the debt. If we've done something to someone we can make the necessary restitution. But in every case, reconciliation lies in dealing effectively with the root cause of the enmity.
The enmity between man and God was sin. God took the initiative to remove this barrier through the means and agency of Jesus Christ, thus leaving Him and man as friends once again. Thank God for His great love!
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-17
HOW IS YOUR PRAYER LIFE THESE DAYS? I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE BUT WE SOMETIMES FORGET THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT OUR PRAYERS. I KNOW JESUS TELLS US IN MATTHEW 7:7 TO "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." ALL OF OUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED IF WE JUST ASK ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT SO CUT AND DRY AS THIS VERSE MAKES IT OUT TO BE. THE VERSE IS TRUE BECAUSE JESUS SAID IT BUT IT IS NOT A BLANK CHECK TO JUST GET WHATEVER YOU WANT AS SOME PEOPLE THINK. THERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-16
Luke 12:48 'But he that knew not, and did
This verse is one of the clearest references in scripture about varying degrees of God's judgment according to the knowledge of the
Also, Romans 5:13 says, 'sin is not imputed when there is no law.'
Paul said, in 1 Timothy 1:13, that he obtained mercy because he had sinned 'ignorantly in unbelief.' The sin he was speaking of was blasphemy, which Jesus taught was unforgivable if done against the Holy Ghost. Therefore, we see that ignorance in Paul's
Leviticus 5:17 makes it clear that an individual is still guilty even if he sins through ignorance. Romans 1:18-20 reveals that there is an intuitive knowledge of God within every person to the degree that they even understand the Godhead. This same chapter goes on to explain that people have rejected and changed this truth, but that God did give it and they are without excuse.
No one will be able to stand before God on judgment day and say, 'God is not fair.' He has given every person who has ever lived, regardless of how remote or isolated they may have been, the opportunity to know Him.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-16
THIS WEEKEND I SIGNED UP FOR A FREE ONLINE COURSE ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION TAUGHT BY JACOB BECK OF THE DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE IT BECAUSE REVELATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN HARD FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND SO I THOUGHT I COULD LEARN SOMETHING. THIS GOT ME THINKING ABOUT REVELATION SO I DECIDED TO START READING IT AGAIN. IN READING IT, I CAME ACROSS A VERY INTERESTING FEW VERSES IN CHAPTER 21 AND IF YOU REALLY WANT TO FEEL GOOD, JUST READ IT. VERSES 3 AND 4 READS AS FOLLOWS, "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE HOW WONDERFUL THIS WILL BE. INFORMATION LIKE THIS IS WHAT UNSAVED PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-15
IF YOU REALLY LOVE HIM, INSTEAD OF JUST TELLING HIM, SHOW HIM. YOU CAN DO THIS BY KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS. THAT IS WHAT JESUS SAYS IN JOHN 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments." THIS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO AND IT WILL SHOW HIM THAT WE LOVE HIM.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-15
Stewards Of God's Grace
Luke 12:42 'And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?'
A steward is a person who has been entrusted with administering someone else's wealth or affairs. The possessions a steward controls are not his own and he does not have the freedom to do with them as he wishes. He is supposed to carry out the desires of the one who made him steward.
A banker is a steward. He has been entrusted with other people's money. He is free to invest that money wisely in a way that will benefit his depositors and stockholders, but would be sent to jail if he took all that money and simply consumed it upon himself. A steward is accountable (Lk. 16:2) to someone else for the use of that person's money. The money does not belong to him even though it is in his possession.
This parable, and other scriptures (1 Cor. 4:1; Ti. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), describes every believer as a steward of God's grace. The wealth, talents, and abilities we possess, as well as the revelation of God's love that we've been given, are not our own to do with as we please. We have received these things from God and are therefore accountable to Him for the use or misuse of these gifts. Keeping this in mind is essential for fulfilling our obligation to God as stewards of His 'manifold grace.'
Billboard Charting Artist Christine Storm Released The Project 'I Hear You' And The Devastating Story Behind The Song
By Devine Jamz Gospel Network - General Manager (Brenda), 2019-07-14
An accomplished artist from Nevada, Storm sends us healing vibes with the new single 'I hear You,' taken from her spiritual album "7." This meditative music provokes deeper thinking, inspires prayer, and encourages appreciation for the struggle.
What Storm has lived through makes her musical testimony so sweet like honey. Sure, she's performed around the world, and she's achieved a Billboard-charting single, but she's also a human who's been affected deeply by something. And she wants to share how confident conversations with God unleashed inside of her a certain strength to keep on keeping on, even when life's storms just wouldn't let up.
This blog is about the why 'I hear You' is so important to Christine Storm, and even more, why it's important for music lovers to go stream the song now & later.
Did you know? Many Christians believe suffering is a normality in this world.
Like many of us, Christine Storm has experienced emotional pain and adversity which caused her to call on God's grace & mercy. She's suffered losses in both her personal, and professional life, but due to her faith and integrity, she hasn’t let any of those serve as setbacks.
The minute I decided to start believing in Christ, the testing began. It was like God was saying “let’s see if there is any faith to go with your belief.” In a four year span I was blacklisted from my career for not sleeping with an agent. I was ousted from my family. My biggest fan - my Mother, died...."
What would you do if your biggest fan - your mother, died? Would you continue on in the hopes to make her smile from above? Would you allow yourself to wither in emotion. With more troubles towering like burying a best friend, Storm could've stewed in feelings of uselessness, but she didn't succumb. She instead overcame with proclamation of firm faith. That small, big decision to faith, ushered Storm onto the path of devotion, surely rewarding her lessons learned.
While on the floor in total turmoil one very dark night, I looked up and yelled, “I love you anyway, is that what you want to hear?” It was! Suddenly the gloom and tears lifted, and I truly felt God! Not long after that and trying to walk the walk a little better every day, God started blessing me: first my best friend & Husband John, then more inspiration than I could possibly manage!
As a Christian, or rather any being, overcoming loss offers great experience for the next phases of life. Storm released 'I hear You' as praise to God's acknowledgement of us when we pray purposefully.
I've lost opportunities and people in my life as well. In retrospect, I know I lost those particulars because God was making room for greater achievement in my life. At the time, I didn't want consider my actions being the cause of any of my losses. But today, with a closer connection to God, I can see where I went wrong in certain scenarios. Now, I take charge of the life I was blessed with. Now, I take seriously the connection I have with the creator. That's exactly what Storm shared with 'I hear You,' the fantastic feeling one gets when calling on the Lord.
'I hear You' is closely comparable to 'Keep Your Head Up' by Rico Dawson; both are contemporary Christian songs that inspire strong faith in difficult times. In today's hungry society, it's important to share positivity and optimism about life and the journey of.
'I hear You' is incredibly important to stream, because it encourages firm faith during challenging times. Storm's creative expression paired with the song's live instrumentation help illustrate the present moment you experience with our God during prayer. Song invites us to dance in celebration of God's undeniable recognition of us as His own.
These lingering lyrics are in the first 18 seconds: I started talking to God, and He started talking back / And then I heard Him say, I'll make up for all you lack....
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Taylor Valery is a Freelance Writer and Music Reviewer with Devine Jamz Gospel Network. Valery is also a member of IAPWE – International Association of Professional Writers & Editors. He created HomageCollage to help celebrate the wins of affective artists.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-14
The Goodness Of God
Luke 12:5 'But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.'
Second Timothy 1:7 says, 'God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.' First John 4:18 says, 'There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.' These scriptures may look like they are contradictions to Jesus' statement here; however, they are not.
There are two kinds of fear. The American Heritage Dictionary defines fear as 'a feeling of alarm or disquiet caused by the expectation of danger, pain, disaster, or the like; terror; dread; apprehension.' It also defines fear as 'extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.'
It is this reverence or awe that God's Word teaches saints to have towards God. Hebrews 12:28 says that there is a godly fear with which we are supposed to serve God and thereby implies that there is an ungodly fear that is not acceptable in serving God.
Satan has always used this ungodly dread or terror to torment godly people. Those who have been born again should have no dread or terror of God unless they are planning to renounce their faith in Jesus as their Savior. We have a covenant that guarantees us acceptance with God (Eph. 1:6), as long as we hold fast to our profession of faith in the atoning blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For an unbeliever, the fear of the Lord is a great deterrent from sin. However, for those of us who have received the grace of God, it is His goodness that causes us to fear him and depart from sin. His goodness is awesome!