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"THE WORD BECAME FLESH" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-18
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY JESUS HAD TO BECOME A MAN TO SAVE  US? BELOW IS PART OF A TEACHING BY ANDREW WOMMACK THAT EXPLAINS, IN A BRIEF WAY, WHY.  5HE HAS THIS TEACHING AVAILABLE IN CD AND DVD FORMATS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.  IT IS CALLED "THE WORD BECAME FLESH" AND I THINK IT IS ONE OF THE BEST HE HAS EVER TAUGHT.  YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO ANDREW WOMMACK MINISTRIES IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.  IT IS FREE TO LISTEN TO AND IF YOU GO TO HIS WEB SITE AND GO TO AUDIO TEACHINGS, YOU WILL FIND IT.  IN FACT YOU CAN LISTEN TO ALL OF HIS TEACHINGS FOR FREE ON HIS WEB SITE. NOW FOR THIS BRIEF TEACHING HERE.




Why did Jesus have to come to earth as a man to save us?  And if it was necessary for Him to come, why did God wait 4,000 years to send Him? These are important questions, and the Bible does a great job in answering them. It's just that many of us haven't taken the time to look.


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. 


This might be putting a new wrinkle in your brain, but when God gave authority and dominion to man, He took His power, His right to rule the earth, and gave it to physical human beings. God literally placed restrictions on Himself through His own words. He would have had to break His word to start  operating on the earth independently of man. Most people struggle to believe this because they don't let the Bible get in the way of what they believe. But this explains why it took so long for God to send Jesus. Before, He could just speak things and it would happen instantaneously. After giving man His authority, God had to get them to speak His Word. It took Him 4,000 years to find people who would yield enough to Him to prophesy everything about the Messiah. In a sense, He was borrowing man's authority to speak Jesus into existence!


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.



Here is what I believe happened: The angel basically told Mary that all of the words spoken over 4,000 years through hundreds of people were going to be conceived in her. First Peter 1:23 reads, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."


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!




I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS, I KNOW I DID.  GO TO HIS WEB SITE AND LISTEN TO THE COMPLETE TEACHING, I KNOW IT WILL BLESS YOU.  




GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"WE MUST RECEIVE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-18

We Must Receive


July 18th




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?'



LUKE 13:10-17



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.


"AVOID STRIFE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-17

Avoid Strife


July 17th




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.'



LUKE 12:56-59



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!


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.


 



FIRST OF ALL, OUR PRAYERS HAVE TO LINE UP WITH GOD'S WORD.  HE IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST HIS WORD.  MARK 11:24 TELLS US WHAT WE HAVE TO DO WHEN IT SAYS "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  MATTHEW 21:22 SAYS JUST ABOUT THE SAME THING WHEN IT SAYS "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."  DO YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR ANSWER WHEN YOU PRAY OR DO YOU PRAY FOR THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN?  MARK 11:25 GOES ON TO SAY "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses."  DO YOU HAVE FORGIVENESS IN YOUR HEART WHEN YOU PRAY OR ARE YOU HOLDING A GRUDGE AGAINST SOMEONE.

 

SO, IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE RECEIVED AND YOU HAVE FORGIVEN THOSE YOU HELD A GRUDGE AGAINST, WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO? 1ST THESSALONIANS 5:18 TELLS US "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  THANK HIM FOR WHAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED AND DON'T KEEP PRAYING FOR IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. IF YOU ARE THEN YOU DID NOT BELIEVE YOU RECEIVED IT.  I KNOW IT IS HARD TO DO WHEN YOU DON'T SEE IT MANIFESTED IN YOUR LIFE BUT YOU DO HAVE IT.  IF YOU DIDN'T, JESUS WOULD NOT HAVE TOLD YOU.  IT IS IN THE SPIRIT REALM AND YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR FAITH AS A BRIDGE TO GET IT INTO THE NATURAL REALM.  YOU HAVE TO RENEW YOUR MIND TO THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT.  OUR OLD CARNAL MINDS HAS TO BE CHANGED. LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN ROMANS 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

IF YOUR FAITH IS WEAK, GET IN THE GOD'S WORD AND BUILD IT UP AND MAKE IT STRONG.  ROMANS 10:17 SAYS "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."  STUDY AND LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT JESUS.  HE EVEN TELLS US TO LEARN OF HIM IN MATTHEW 11:29 WHERE HE SAYS "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."  WE CAN HAVE A GREAT PRAYER LIFE IF WE WILL JUST DO WHAT JESUS TELLS US TO DO.  I AM GOING TO DO IT, HOW ABOUT YOU? 


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"NO EXCUSES" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-16

No Excuses


July 16th




Luke 12:48 'But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.'



LUKE 12:45-48



This verse is one of the clearest references in scripture about varying degrees of God's judgment according to the knowledge of the person who committed the sin. The whole chapter of Leviticus 4 is written to deal with sins committed in ignorance. Jesus said in John 9:41, 'If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.'

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 case entitled him to a second chance. If he would have continued to blaspheme after he saw the truth, he would surely have paid the price. This is not to say that a person who doesn't have a completerevelation of God's will is innocent regardless of his actions.

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.


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.  










 

WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE SAY THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FULFILL THEIR LIVES, THESE NEXT TWO VERSES MIGHT HELP TO WIN THEM OVER FOR JESUS. THIS IS STILL JOHN WRITING. (REVELATION 21:6-7 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.)  TO HEAR THAT JESUS WILL FREELY GIVE THE WATER OF LIFE AND THAT THEY WILL BE GOD'S SONS/DAUGHTERS, IT MIGHT GET THEIR ATTENTION.  IF I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO GIVE ME PROMISE, I WOULD JUMP AT THIS AND MAYBE THEY WILL ALSO.  I WILL TRY ANYTHING TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL TO UNBELIEVERS.  AS CHRISTIANS, I BELIEVE IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THIS. 

 

PLEASE TELL SOMEONE ABOUT HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES THEM AND WHAT THEY ARE MISSING OUT ON BY NOT HAVING HIM AS THEIR SAVIOR.  YOU WILL BE BLESSED AND JUST MIGHT GET SOMEONE BORN AGAIN.


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.









"GOD'S LOVE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-15
I LOVE WRITING ABOUT THE LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US.  WE SAY IT ALL THE TIME, "GOD, I LOVE YOU", BUT DO YOU SHOW IT?  IF YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND THIS NEXT SCRIPTURE, YOU WOULD SHOW IT MORE.  SO, DO YOU KNOW JUST HOW MUCH HE LOVES YOU?  HE ACTUALLY LOVES YOU AS MUCH AS HE LOVES JESUS.  THAT IS WHAT JESUS TELLS US WHEN HE IS TALKING TO GOD IN JOHN 17:22-23 AS HE SAYS, "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."  THAT SHOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO REJOICE.  IT MAKES ME CRY WITH TEARS OF JOY EVERY TIME I READ IT.




HAVE YOU TOLD HIM TODAY THAT YOU LOVE HIM?  WE SHOULD BE TELLING HIM ALL THE TIME FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US.  DOESN'T IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD WHEN SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY YOUR CHILDREN, TELLS YOU THAT THEY LOVE YOU?  WELL, I WOULD THINK IT MAKES GOD, JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT FEEL GOOD WHEN THEY HEAR IT FROM US.


IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH WE MESS UP, THEY STILL LOVE US.  BECAUSE OF JESUS, GOD DOES NOT SEE OUR SIN. THIS IS WHY WE CAN GO DIRECTLY TO HIM WITH OUR PROBLEMS AS LONG AS WE ASK IN THE NAME OF JESUS.  THE BIBLE SAYS THAT AS JESUS IS, SO ARE WE, IN THIS WORLD (1ST JOHN 4:17) AND NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT LOVE FROM US.  PAUL SAYS THIS IN ROMANS 8:38-39 "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."



WHEN YOU ARE FEELING DOWN, JUST REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED AND IT WILL TAKE ALL THE CARES OF THIS WORLD AWAY.  I LIKE WHAT ANDREW WOMMACK ONCE SAID, "GOD LOVES US SO MUCH THAT I'LL BET HE HAS PICTURES OF US ON HIS REFRIGERATOR".  

 


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.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"STEWARS OF GOD'S GRACE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-15

Stewards Of God's Grace


July 15th




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?'



LUKE 12:42



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.'


CHRISTINE STORM


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.

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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.

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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.

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'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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About The Editing Writer


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.

"THE GOODNESS OF GOD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-07-14

The Goodness Of God


July 14th




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.'



LUKE 12:4-5



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!


 
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