DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM A 76 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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"REALLY STUDYING THE WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-18
"REALLY STUDYING THE WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN
I WROTE ABOUT THIS SOME TIME BACK BUT SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS SAYING BECAUSE EVIDENTLY THE BIBLE THEY WERE USING DIDN'T PUT WORDS IN ITALICS OR USE PARENTHESES .  I PRIMARILY USE THE KING JAMES VERSION THAT DOES THIS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN IT BETTER.  I HOPE THIS HELPS BECAUSE, I BELIEVE, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WORDS THAT ARE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN YOUR BIBLE?  THESE WORDS ARE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BUT ARE PUT IN BY THE TRANSLATORS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SENTENCE SOUND RIGHT AND HELP US TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER..


THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW FOR TWO REASONS.  SOMETIMES IT CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE VERSE COMPLETELY.  FOR INSTANCE, IN JOHN 12:32, JESUS SAYS "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me."  THE WORD "MEN" IS IN PARENTHESES MEANING IT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS.  I BELIEVE, AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I THINK, THAT WHAT JESUS WAS DRAWING UNTO HIMSELF WAS ALL "SIN", WHICH HE DID BY TAKING ALL THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD ON HIMSELF.  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.  IF YOU LOOK IN THE VERSE BEFORE, JOHN 12:31, WHICH SAYS "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."  JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT THE JUDGEMENT AND SIN IS WHAT WAS BEING JUDGED.  ALL MEN ARE NOT DRAWN UNTO HIM AND I WISH THEY WERE AS IT WOULD MAKE GETTING EVERYONE BORN AGAIN SO MUCH EASIER.  AGAIN, THIS IS JUST WHAT I BELIEVE.  



LET'S LOOK AT ANOTHER PASSAGE IN EXODUS AND ONE IN JOHN AND AGAIN YOU CAN SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.  YOU CAN SEE WHAT THE TRANSLATORS DID IN JOHN.   IN EXODUS 3:14 IT SAYS "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."  NOW LOOK AT JOHN 18:6 WHERE IT SAYS "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am (he), they went backward, and fell to the ground."  THE WORD "HE" WAS INSERTED AND REALLY DIDN'T NEED TO BE.  HE IS "I AM", THE SAME "I AM" THAT TOLD MOSES WHAT TO TELL HIS PEOPLE.  NO WONDER EVERYONE FELL TO THE GROUND.  THEY COULD NOT STAND UP UNDER THE POWER OF GOD.


SO, WHEN YOU SEE A WORD OR PHRASE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN THE BIBLE, READ IT WITHOUT THE WORD OR PHRASE AND SEE IF THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT MEANS.  I JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS INTERESTING AND THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT ALSO.  DON'T JUST READ THE BIBLE, STUDY IT.  IT HAS SO MUCH TO TELL US.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"BELIEVE THE WORD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-18
"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.

"THE TWELVE COMMANDMENTS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-17
"THE TWELVE COMMANDMENTS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN

DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN CAIN KILLED ABLE, HE DIDN'T KNOW THAT HE HAD SINNED?  IN FACT, NO ONE KNEW THEY WERE SINNING BEFORE THE LAW, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. GOD GAVE THE LAW TO SHOW PEOPLE JUST HOW BAD THEY WERE.  WE SEE THIS IN ROMANS 7:7 WHERE IT SAYS "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." THE LAW SHOWED PEOPLE WHAT SIN WAS AND THAT THEY NEEDED TO CHANGE.









ALTHOUGH PEOPLE WERE SINNING BEFORE THE LAW, THEIR SINS WERE NOT 
CHARGED TO THEM.  ROMANS 5:13 TELLS US THIS WHEN IT SAYS "For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law."  ISN'T IT STRANGE THAT WHEN WE ARE TOLD WE CAN'T DO SOMETHING, WE WANT TO DO IT THAT MUCH MORE.  THIS IS OUR CARNAL NATURE.  ROMANS 7:8 SHOWS US THIS "But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead."  I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT "CONCUPISCENCE" MEANT SO I LOOKED IT UP AND IT MEANS "sexual desire; lust."


DO YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, YOUR SINS ARE NOT BEING CHARGED TO YOU?  WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW BUT UNDER GRACE.  WE SHOULD STILL OBEY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BUT NOT BECAUSE IT IS THE LAW BUT BECAUSE WE LOVE JESUS AND WANT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.  PSALM 103:12 TELLS US HOW FAR JESUS REMOVED OUR SINS FROM US WHEN IT SAYS "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."


LET'S NOT FORGET THE OTHER TWO COMMANDMENTS WHICH ARE FOUND IN MARK 12:29-31 AND READS "And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."  DO YOU KNOW WHO JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT WHEN HE SAID NEIGHBOR?  I THINK THE BEST EXPLANATION COULD BE TAKEN FROM WHERE JESUS TOLD THE STORY ABOUT THE GOOD SAMARITAN THAT HELP THE JEWISH MAN WHO WAS LEFT FOR DEAD ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.  TWO JEWS PASSED HIM BY AND ONE WAS EVEN A LEVITE PRIEST, BUT A SAMARITAN MAN WHO, ACCORDING TO THE JEWS WAS AN UNCLEAN LOW PERSON, STOPPED AND HELPED HIM.  I BELIEVE THE LORD IS TELLING US THAT EVERYONE IS OUR NEIGHBOR, EVEN OUR ENEMIES.  YOU CAN READ THE STORY IN LUKE 10:30-37.  DO YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR?  THAT IS NOT A CHOICE WE HAVE TO MAKE. IT IS A COMMANDMENT FROM JESUS AND AS FOR ME, I LOVE YOU ALL.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.







"GOD'S CHOICE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-17
"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.

"DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE YOU ARE HEALED?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN









DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD?  THIS YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IF YOU ARE REALLY BORN AGAIN.  DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT HE TOOK AWAY ALL YOUR SINS?  YOU DO IF YOU ARE TRULY BORN AGAIN.  NOW, DO YOU HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE GOD'S WORD WHEN IT SAYS "BY HIS STRIPES YOU WERE HEALED?  THIS IS GOD'S WORD THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.  DO YOU BELIEVE IT?  MOST BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS WILL BELIEVE THE FIRST TWO BUT HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THE THIRD ALTHOUGH GOD'S WORD SAYS IT.  I WONDER WHY THAT IS.  THEY LET THEIR BODIES AND THE DOCTORS DETERMINE HOW THEY ARE.  I KNOW IT TAKES A LOT OF FAITH TO BELIEVE YOU ARE HEALED WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS YOU ARE DYING.  DOCTOR OR JESUS, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE?  PLEASE DON'T GET ME WRONG, I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO STOP GOING TO THE DOCTOR OR STOP TAKING  YOUR MEDICATION.  IF IT WASN'T FOR THE DOCTORS AND THE MEDICATION, THERE WOULDN'T BE A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL ALIVE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET SAVED.  












WE ALL HAVE BEEN GIVEN FAITH AND, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE SAME AMOUNT OF FAITH. ROMANS 12:3 SAYS "God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."  IT DOESN'T SAY JUST FAITH OR SOME FAITH, IT SAYS "THE" MEASURE OF FAITH.  WE ALL GOT THE SAME AMOUNT.


ALTHOUGH WE ALL HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SAME AMOUNT OF FAITH, NOT ALL OF US USE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. SO, IT IS ALRIGHT TO SPEAK OF GROWING IN FAITH AND HAVING GREAT FAITH OR LITTLE FAITH BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT THIS IS SPEAKING OF HOW MUCH FAITH WE USE, NOT HOW MUCH WE WERE GIVEN.  I LIKE THE VERSE HEBREWS 11:1 WHERE IT SAYS "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  FAITH HAS SUBSTANCE AND IS REAL AND WILL BRING INTO EXISTENCE THE THINGS WE ARE HOPING FOR.  USE YOUR FAITH AND BUILD IT UP.  THE BIBLE SAYS "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."   YOUR BIBLE IS THE KEY TO INCREASING YOUR FAITH AND THE BIBLE ALSO SAYS IN ROMANS 14:23 "for whatsoever is not of faith is sin."  


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"REVELATION KNOWLEDGE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-16
"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).

"WHERE ARE SATAN'S ANGELS NOW?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-15
"WHERE ARE SATAN'S ANGELS NOW?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN





I HAVE MENTIONED ANGELS A LOT IN MY MESSAGES BUT MOST OF IT HAS BEEN ABOUT GOD'S ANGLES.  THIS MORNING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SATAN'S ANGELS.  IT IS COMMONLY THOUGHT THAT SATAN TOOK A THIRD OF THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN WITH HIM WHEN HE WAS CAST OUT.  I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THIS BUT I WILL SHOW YOU WHERE THIS COMES FROM AND TRY TO SHOW YOU WHERE THESE ANGELS ARE NOW ACCORDING TO GOD'S WORD.










ISAIAH 14:12 (KING JAMES VERSION) SAYS "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"  THIS IS WHAT THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION OF THE BIBLE SAYS IN THE SAME SCRIPTURE "How you have fallen from heaven,  morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!"  YOU SEE HOW THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION REFERS TO SATAN AS A STAR. THIS BECOMES SIGNIFICANT WHEN READING THE OTHER SCRIPTURES ABOUT HIM.


NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT REVELATION 12:9 WHICH SAYS "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."  THIS IS WHERE WE SEE THAT HIS ANGELS WERE CAST OUT WITH HIM.  SINCE ISAIAH REFERRED TO SATAN AS A STAR, HIS ANGELS ARE GOING TO BE REFERRED TO AS STARS ALSO.  LOOK AT WHAT REVELATION 12:4 SAYS "And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born." NOW YOU CAN SEE THE CONNECTION.


IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH I MENTIONED SEEING WHERE THOSE ANGELS ARE NOW.  JUDE 1:6 SAYS "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."  I GUESS THEIR FIRST ESTATE IS TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN AND FROM THIS IT LOOKS LIKE GOD WAS NOT VERY PLEASED WITH THEM BECAUSE HE PUT THEM IN CHAINS WAITING FOR JUDGEMENT DAY.  2ND PETER 2:4 SAYS ABOUT THE SAME THING "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment."  IT SAYS GOD DELIVERED (PAST TENSE) THEM INTO CHAINS.  IT LOOKS LIKE THOSE ANGELS ARE ALL TAKEN CARE OF.  HOWEVER, THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT SATAN'S DEMONS AND UNCLEAN SPIRITS AND THESE ARE WHAT WE HAVE TO CONTEND WITH TODAY.  SATAN'S DEMONS WERE ALSO OPERATING DURING JESUS' MINISTRY.  HOWEVER, SATAN IS NOT LIKE GOD, HE CAN BE IN ONLY ONE PLACE AT A TIME SO IT HAS TO BE HIS DEMONS BOTHERING US.  I AM NOT SURE THAT ANY OF US ARE WORTHY OF SATAN'S PERSONAL ATTENTION.  I WISH I WAS THAT STRONG IN TEACHING ABOUT JESUS AND I PRAY THAT ONE DAY I WILL BE.  


THE WAY I LOOK AT IT, IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER HOW MANY ANGELS HE TOOK OR WHERE THEY ARE NOW,  THEY ARE NOT MORE POWERFUL THAN THEIR CREATOR. ANYWAY, GOD GIVES US A WAY OUT OF ALL THE SITUATIONS SATAN CAN PUT US IN.  WE JUST HAVE TO HAVE FAITH AND TRUST THAT HIS WORD IS TRUE AND HIS PROMISES WILL COME TO PASS.  WE CAN'T ASK FOR ANYTHING BETTER THAN THAT SO WATCH YOURSELF AND KNOW GOD'S WORD SO YOU WON'T BE DECEIVED.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"GOD LOOKS FOR AVAILABILITY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2018-01-15
"GOD LOOKS FOR AVAILABILITY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK
Luke 2:24, "And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

LUKE 2:21-24


The Old Testament passage being quoted is from Lev. 12:6-8. There the Lord commanded a lamb and a young pigeon or a turtledove as the prescribed sacrifice. If the woman was unable to offer a lamb, then two young pigeons or two turtledoves were acceptable. Mary would not have offered the lesser offering if it had been in her power to provide the lamb.

This reveals that Joseph and Mary were not well off financially, yet the Lord chose them to be the earthly parents of His only begotten Son.

The Lord doesn't choose the way man chooses. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7).

Mary and Joseph were chosen when they were without: without fame, without position, without money. God entrusted the most precious gift He had to a couple who would surely have been overlooked if men had been conducting the search.

God isn't looking for ability, but rather availability. D. L. Moody once heard a preacher say, "The world has never seen what God can do with one man who is totally yielded to Him." In response, D. L. said, "By the grace of God, I'll be that man." This uneducated man went on to shake three continents for God.

God will choose you too, if you'll make yourself available to Him (1 Cor. 1:26-28).

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