DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

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"THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-23
 

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE 

 

WHAT IS TRUTH?  THE DICTIONARY SAYS "Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be."  WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT TRUTH?  WE KNOW THAT IT COMES FROM JESUS.  (JOHN 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and   truth came by Jesus Christ .)  WE KNOW THAT IT WILL SET YOU FREE.  (JOHN 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the   truth shall make you free .)  WE KNOW THAT IT IS A SPIRIT.  (JOHN 15:26 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.)  WE KNOW THAT JESUS IS THE TRUTH.  (JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him,   I am the way , the truth , and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.)   AND WE KNOW THAT THE WORD IS TRUTH.  (JOHN 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth:   thy word is truth .)



NOW, LET'S SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAY TRUTH IS NOT?  FOR ONE, THE DEVIL IS NOT TRUTH.  IN JOHN 8:44, WHEN JESUS WAS TALKING WITH THE JEWS WHO WERE QUESTIONING HIM ON WHO HE WAS, HE TOLD THEM THAT "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do . He was a murderer from the beginning, and   abode not in the truth , because there is no truth in him. When he  speaketh  a lie, he  speaketh  of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."  AND IT SEEMS THAT THE OPPOSITE OF TRUTH IS A LIE AND THAT THE DEVIL IS A LIAR, WHICH WE ALL KNOW.


I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT ANYTHING IS TO  CHECK   IT OUT IN GOD'S WORD.  IF IT LINES UP WITH THE WORD, WE KNOW IT IS TRUTH.  ALL THE TRUTHS ABOUT SALVATION, HEALING AND EVERYTHING ELSE YOU COULD POSSIBLY NEED TO KNOW TO LIVE A PRODUCTIVE AND HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS LIFE IS IN THERE.  LIKE I HAVE SAID BEFORE, IT IS OUR INSTRUCTION BOOK ON LIFE FROM GOD, HIMSELF.  NEED HEALING? (1ST PETER 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.)  NEED TO PROSPER?  (3RD JOHN 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou  mayest  prosper and be in health, even as thy soul  prospereth. )  HAVE STRESS?  (1ST PETER 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he  careth  for you.)  WANT YOUR NEEDS MET?  ( PHILIPPIANS  4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.)  IT IS ALL IN THERE AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS READ IT AND BELIEVE IT AND HAVE FAITH TO ACCEPT IT.  I AM ACCEPTING ALL OF THIS, HOW ABOUT YOU? 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"IT'S NOT WHAT YOU DO" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-23

It's Not What You Do




Matthew 20:8 'So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.'



MATTHEW 20:1-16



This parable begins with Jesus' statement that the kingdom of heaven is likened to a man who is a householder (owner of an estate). He went out early in the morning to hire workers to work in his vineyard for the day. An agreed upon price was set at a penny, the normal wage paid daily for a laborer. Later, around 9 a.m., the landowner encouraged others, standing idle in the marketplace, to work in the vineyard, not for a set wage but for 'whatsoever is right.' The landowner employed more laborers at noon, at 3 p.m. and even some at 5 p.m. when there was only one hour left to work.

According to Jewish law, wages must be paid each evening before the sun sets. When it came time for the steward to pay the laborers, he began with those working the shortest amount of time and paid each man a penny (a full day's wage). Those working the entire day murmured, for they supposed they would have received more. They agreed, however, to work for a penny, the stipulated wage agreed upon.

The context of this parable supports the teaching that it is impossible to earn the generosity of the Master. This is a lesson on grace. Regardless of whether or not our performance is better than someone else's, we all need God's grace because we have all come short of God's standard. The landowner gave freely, making all equal. Jesus is saying that the benefits of the kingdom are the same for all who have become subject to its King, regardless of what they have done. Therefore, those who are last (or least) in the sense that they have not served the Lord as long or as well as others, will truly become 'first' when they share equally of the Lord's goodness with those who 'have borne the burden and heat of the day' (Mt. 20:12).









ARE YOU JOYFUL AND IF NOT, WHY?  THERE IS SO MUCH SAID ABOUT JOY IN THE BIBLE.  IN GALATIANS 5:22-23 IT SAYS THAT JOY IS ONE OF THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance."  IF YOU HAVE BEEN BORN AGAIN THEN YOU HAVE HOLY SPIRIT LIVING INSIDE OF YOU.  JOY CAME TO US THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT SO WE KNOW WE HAVE IT.  HOWEVER, WE HAVE TO MAKE AN EFFORT IN BEING JOYFUL. WE CAN GET U P EVERY MORNING AND CHOOSE TO BE JOYFUL OR MISERABLE.  LIFE IS WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE OF IT AND WHEN WE CHOOSE TO MAKE IT WITH JESUS, THEN WE BENEFIT AND ALL THE PEOPLE AROUND US BENEFITS BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE JESUS IN US.













JESUS TOLD US TO ABIDE IN HIM AND HE WOULD ABIDE IN US THAT OUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL.  I WILL PUT IT HERE FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.

 

(JOHN 15:7-11   If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.    Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.    As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.   These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. )  

 

IF WE ARE NOT JOYFUL, MAYBE WE ARE NOT ABIDING IN HIM AND WE REALLY SHOULD.  DO YOU THINK HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW BAD IT WAS GOING TO BE GOING TO THE CROSS?  WE KNOW THAT HE KNEW BECAUSE OF WHAT HE SAID IN TALKING TO GOD, "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."  IT WAS HIS CHOICE TO DO THIS AND HE WAS JOYFUL IN DOING IT.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN HEBREWS 12:2 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.  THAT IS TRUE LOVE AS HE, KNOWING WHAT IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE, DID IT WITH JOY AS HE ALSO KNEW WHAT IS WAS GOING TO DO FOR US.  



I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS.  NEHEMIAH   WAS TALKING TO THE PEOPLE TO ENCOURAGE THEM AND I BELIEVE THIS VERSE IS JUST AS VALID FOR US TODAY AS IT WAS FOR THEM BACK THEN.  LET'S MAKE EVERY DAY A HOLY DAY UNTO THE LORD. NEHEMIAH   8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and  send    portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  WITH GOD'S HELP, WE ALL CAN DO THIS.  I AM GOING TO CHOOSE TO BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD BECAUSE I WANT AND NEED HIS STRENGTH.  HOW ABOUT YOU? 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"RECEIVE THE GIFT OF SALVATION" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-22

Receive The Gift Of Salvation




Mark 10:21 'Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.'



MARK 10:21-27



Notice that the scripture makes special mention of Jesus loving this rich young ruler. This is stated after this young man said he had kept all of God's commands, which was not the truth. Jesus was showing him that he had broken the very first commandment that states, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me' (Ex. 20:3), and also the tenth commandment that says, 'Thou shalt not covet...' (Ex. 20:17). Jesus' tough answer of 'sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor' was not intended to hurt this young man. It was said from a heart of love and intended for his own good. This man's money had become his god and it had to be dethroned before Jesus could become Lord.

The one thing this young man lacked was faith in Jesus as his Savior. This young ruler was trusting in his goodness and not in the salvation that Jesus offered as a gift. Millions of people are making the same mistake today. They trust in themselves instead of God.

Jesus only came to save sinners. Unless an individual acknowledges that he is a sinner, he cannot be saved. Because the whole world is guilty before God, He has provided one way of salvation for everyone. In the same way that everyone is guilty, everyone also has been justified freely by God's grace.

That does not mean everyone is saved. Everyone has had the sacrificial offering of Jesus made for their sins by grace but grace alone doesn't save.

We have to put faith in what God has provided for us by grace. Although the price has been paid for the sins of the whole world, only those who receive it by faith will benefit from the salvation that Jesus offers.


THE DICTIONARY DEFINES "JUSTIFIED" AS "To demonstrate or prove to be just, right, or valid...To declare free of blame; absolve...To free (a human) of the guilt and penalty attached to grievous sin."  I GUESS YOU COULD BE JUSTIFIED IN MANY WAYS BUT HOW DOES THE BIBLE SAY YOU ARE JUSTIFIED?    






FIRST, IT SAYS WE ARE NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW, THE LAW BEING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE LAWS FOR THE JEWS TO FOLLOW.  (EXODUS 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.)  NO ONE EXCEPT JESUS COULD, OR EVER WILL, BE ABLE TO KEEP ALL THE LAW AND LOOK WHAT JAMES SAYS.  (JAMES 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.)   IF YOU ARE TRYING TO GET TO HEAVEN ON YOUR GOOD WORKS, IT IS JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.   



SO, HOW ARE WE JUSTIFIED?  HOW ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS?  THAT IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.  (GALATIANS 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.)  FAITH IN JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY.  HE EVEN SAID THIS HIMSELF IN JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  



IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU HAVE BEEN GOING TO CHURCH ALL YOUR LIFE, HELPING THE POOR AND YOU HAVE DONE EVERY GOOD DEED YOU CAN THINK OF, IF YOU HAVE NOT ACCEPTED JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR, YOU ARE LOST.  YOU MIGHT ASK HOW CAN GOD LET THIS HAPPEN?  GOD DIDN'T LET IT HAPPEN...YOU DID.  IF THIS IS YOU, GOD GAVE YOU A CHOICE.  I OFTEN WONDER HOW MUCH MORE PEOPLE WANT FROM GOD?  HE, THE CREATOR OF ALL, CAME TO THIS EARTH AS A BABY, SUFFERED ALL THE REJECTION IN HIS MINISTRY AND THEN WENT TO THE CROSS TO DIE FOR US SO WE WOULDN'T HAVE TO FACE THE WRATH THAT IS TO COME.  I THINK THAT IS ENOUGH, DON'T YOU?    



THE REALLY NEAT THINGS ABOUT SALVATION IS THAT AS MUCH AS JESUS SUFFERED ALL THOSE YEARS, IT ONLY TAKES US A FEW MINUTES TO ACCEPT HIM.  DOESN'T SEEM LIKE WE HAVE TO DO ENOUGH, DOES IT?  OUR DOING COMES AFTER WE ACCEPT HIM.  WE NEED TO TELL PEOPLE WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR US.  THIS IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO.  WON'T YOU TELL SOMEONE TODAY?   



JUSTIFIED, TO ME, MEANS JUST AS IF I HAD NEVER SINNED. THAT IS THE WAY GOD LOOKS AT US.  HE SEES US THROUGH JESUS AND TO HIM, WE ARE PURE.  NOW WE NEED TO STRIVE TO BE AS PURE AS WE CAN.  JUST USE YOUR FAITH AND BELIEVE ALL THE THINGS HE WANTS US TO HAVE.  IF NOTHING ELSE, DO IT TO PLEASE GOD.  REMEMBER HEBREWS :116 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  I WANT TO PLEASE HIM....HOW ABOUT YOU?   



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"TRUST IN JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-21

Trust In Jesus As Your Savior




Matthew 19:16 'And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?'



MATTHEW 19:12-20



On the surface, it appears that this rich young ruler was 'right on' in the way he approached Jesus and sought salvation. He ran, kneeled down to Jesus, and openly professed Him as a Good Master. What could be wrong with that?

First, he acknowledged Jesus as good but not as God. This is a pivotal point.

Every major religion of the world acknowledges that Jesus lived and will even admit that He definitely was a good man, but they won't recognize Him as God. If Jesus was only a good man, He couldn't save anybody. Jesus didn't just come to show us the way to God. He was the way, the only way unto the Father.

No man could come unto the Father, but by Him (Jn. 14:6). Jesus had made this point publicly many times before. This is the reason that Jesus responded to this young man's question the way He did. Jesus was saying, 'God is the only one who is good. You must accept me as God or not at all.' Jesus was either who He claimed to be or He was the biggest fraud that ever lived. He has to be one or the other. He cannot be both.

Second, he asked what he could do to produce salvation. He trusted in himself and believed he could accomplish whatever good work Jesus might request. This is completely opposed to the plan of salvation that Jesus came to bring.

Jesus obtained salvation for us through His substitution and He offers it to us as a free gift. All we must do is believe and receive. This rich young ruler wasn't looking for a Savior. He was trying to be his own savior. This is the reason Jesus referred him back to the commandments. He either needed to keep all of the law perfectly or he needed a Savior. Jesus desired to turn this man from trusting in himself by showing him God's perfect standard, which no one could keep, so that then he would trust in a Savior.


"GRACE, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-20

WHAT IS GRACE?  THE DICTIONARY DEFINES IT AS "Mercy and clemency".  I LIKE THE DEFINITION "THE UNMERITED FAVOR OF GOD". THAT IS REALLY WHAT WE HAVE THROUGH SALVATION.  BY GRACE ARE WE SAVED THROUGH FAITH.  WE DID NOT DESERVE IT AND THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD DO TO GET IT.  I HAVE HEARD SOMEONE SAY THEY DESERVED IT BECAUSE OF THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  GIVE ME A BREAK.  THE BIBLE TELL US WHAT OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS IN ISAIAH 64:6 WHERE IT SAYS "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."  NO ONE CAN BE RIGHTEOUS ENOUGH TO BE SAVED AND THAT IS WHY WE NEED A SAVIOR.










IF YOU THINK YOUR LIVING RIGHT AND BEING A GOOD PERSON IS GOING TO GET YOU TO HEAVEN, YOU HAVE ANOTHER THOUGHT COMING.  IF YOUR PRECIOUS LITTLE OLD GRANDMOTHER HAS NOT ACCEPT JESUS AS HER SAVIOR, I AM SORRY TO TELL YOU THAT SHE WILL GO TO HELL.  THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO THE FATHER AND THAT IS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND IF SHE IS STILL ALIVE AND YOU LOVE HER AND SHE HAS NOT ACCEPTED HIM, IT IS ABOUT TIME YOU GO AND TALK WITH HER.  SHE JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.



ON THE OTHER HAND, LET'S SAY THAT HITLER, BEFORE HE DIED, TRULY REPENTED AND ASK JESUS TO BE HIS SAVIOR AND TRULY BELIEVE HE DIED FOR HIM, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN, YOU WILL SEE HIM IN HEAVEN.  THAT MIGHT BE HARD FOR SOME TO BELIEVE BUT IT IS TRUE.  SIN HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF.  JESUS DIED FOR ALL SIN.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN 1ST JOHN 2:2.  JOHN IS TALKING TO BELIEVERS AND SAID THIS ABOUT JESUS..."And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."   NOW THIS IS GRACE.  IF THERE WAS ONE MAN THAT I BELIEVE DESERVED TO GO TO HELL, IT WAS HITLER AND MAYBE HE IS THERE.  HOWEVER, IF HE RECEIVED JESUS AS HIS SAVIOR, HE IS IN HEAVEN.



I WRITE THIS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY SOME THAT GOD COULDN'T EVER FORGIVE THEM BECAUSE THEY HAD DONE TOO MANY BAD THINGS.  IF ANY OF YOU ARE READING THIS ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU.  JESUS LOVES YOU AND HAS ALREADY DIED FOR ALL YOUR SINS BUT YOU MUST CONFESS YOUR SINS AND ASK HIM TO BE YOUR SAVIOR.  HE HAS ALREADY DONE IT FOR YOU SO WHY DON'T YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND TALK TO HIM.  HE WILL HEAR YOU IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS AND ARE SINCERE.  IT IS UP TO YOU. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.








"MARRIAGE IS A COVENANT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-20

Marriage Is A Covenant




Matthew 19:9 'And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.'



MATTHEW 19:7-9



Although adultery denotes one who has unlawful intercourse with the spouse of another, in its much broader term, it means to violate or pollute. Israel violated or polluted their covenant with God. Jeremiah says, 'She (Judah) defiled the land, and committed adultery' (Jer. 3:9).

Adultery in relation to marriage also reflects a violation of the covenant of companionship. Sex outside of marriage is adultery because it violates or pollutes the covenant of marriage by introducing another party and bringing that relationship into the marriage. 'They two shall be one flesh' (Eph. 5:31).

Divorce also adulterates or pollutes marriage because it disrupts or denies the divorced parties the right to be faithful to their covenant of companionship. Any time one divorces his mate (except for fornication) and marries another, he is guilty of adultery. He has polluted and destroyed a relationship intended by God to be permanent and pure.

Why the 'except for fornication' clause? Jesus is not saying that if fornication is involved, we must divorce, but rather, when fornication is involved, that is the only time when the person getting the divorce is not guilty of adultery. That is because the partner who had an extra-marital relationship has already polluted the marriage vow. In God's original design for marriage He intended marriage to be sacred, precious, pure, and permanent. The marriage covenant represents a final, irrevocable commitment where the man and the woman renounce the right to live for themselves and become 'heirs together of the grace of life' (1 Pet. 3:7).


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