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"LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-15

Like A Thief In The Night




Luke 17:24 'For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.'



LUKE 17:24-31



This scripture and the parallel scripture in Matthew 24:27 make it very clear that the second return of Jesus will be no secret to anyone. In Matthew's account, it is especially clear that this statement about the lightning was made so that we wouldn't be deceived by false Christs. Just as lightning is visible to everyone, so the second return of Jesus will be witnessed by the whole world. That's the reason we don't have to be fearful about missing His second coming and anxiously follow every report that Christ has come.

These verses completely destroy the claims of the Bahai religion and others who claim that Jesus has secretly come back the second time.

Just as Jesus had warned His disciples not to be deceived by false Christs because His second coming would be visible to everyone, He also explains that until the very day of His coming, the world will continue on its present course. People will not discern the signs of His coming just as the people during Noah's day didn't realize their impending judgment. This corresponds exactly with Jesus' prophecies about His coming being like the appearance of a thief in the night. Jesus is emphasizing that the unbelievers will not recognize that He is coming until it is too late. He is stressing that His coming will take the world by surprise.

The Lord is pointing out the urgent need to be ready for His return. In the same way that a thief comes when people are the least prepared, so our Lord will return in a time when people are not looking for Him. There will be a condition of apathy in the latter days that will tend to lull even the faithful to sleep if they don't take heed to His words. He urges us to be watchful so we will be prepared.


"PRAISING OUR GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-15

HOW OFTEN DO YOU THANK GOD FOR ALL YOUR BLESSINGS?  DO YOU EVER SACRIFICE YOUR TIME FOR HIM AND JUST SIT WITH HIM AND LIFT UP YOUR HANDS AND SING PRAISES TO HIM?  HE DESERVES BOTH THE THANKS AND THE PRAISE, YOU KNOW.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN HEBREWS 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  SOMETIMES I JUST SING TO HIM AND ALTHOUGH I KNOW I SOUND TERRIBLE TO MYSELF, I THINK HE LIKES IT AND, IF FOR NO OTHER REASON, I DO IT BECAUSE HIS WORD SAYS TO DO IT AND HE WANTS OUR OBEDIENCE.



 



ONE OTHER QUESTION IS, DO YOU EVER THANK HIM WHEN HE SAYS NO TO ONE OF YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS?  WE ALL SHOULD DO THIS JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO WHEN HE SAYS YES TO ONE.  HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST FOR US AND WE SHOULD TRUST HIM ENOUGH TO ACCEPT ANYTHING THAT HE SAYS.  OH I KNOW WE ALL WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ALWAYS DO THAT BUT DO WE?  I KNOW I HAVE QUESTIONED HIM BEFORE AND HAD TO ASK HIM TO FORGIVE ME FOR IT.  ACTUALLY IT TELLS US THIS IN 1ST THESSALONIANS 5:19 WHERE IT SAYS "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  DO YOU SEE THAT..."IN EVERYTHING".  AND, DON'T FORGET THAT THIS IS HIS WILL.  AS I SAID BEFORE, HE WANTS OUR OBEDIENCE.

 

MAKE SOME TIME FOR HIM AND LET HIM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT HIM.  I KNOW HE KNOWS EVERYTHING BUT THAT SHOULDN'T STOP US FROM TELLING HIM ANYWAY.  WE, AS PARENTS, KNOW THAT OUR CHILDREN LOVE US AND ARE THANKFUL FOR THE THINGS WE DO FOR THEM BUT DOESN'T IT FEEL GOOD TO HEAR THEM SAY THANKS.  I KNOW IT DOES ME.  HE LOVES US A LOT MORE THAN WE COULD EVER LOVE OUR CHILDREN AND HE JUST WANTS US TO LOVE HIM BACK.  I CERTAINLY AM GOING TO SHOW THAT TO HIM, HOW ABOUT YOU? 

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"BEING USABLE...ARE YOU READY?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-14

I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THAT THEY WISHED GOD WOULD GIVE THEM MORE TO DO FOR HIS KINGDOM.  MY QUESTION TO THEM IS, ARE YOU USABLE?  IF WE WANT TO BE USED, WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED.  DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME JESUS MINISTERED IN JERUSALEM WHERE THE MULTITUDE BELIEVED ON HIM WHEN THEY SAW THE MIRACLES HE HAD PERFORMED?  WOULDN'T YOU THINK THAT THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD TIME TO GET THE PEOPLE TO GO OUT AND START SPREADING HIS GOSPEL.  JESUS DIDN'T THINK SO.  SEE WHAT IT SAYS IN JOHN 2:23-25 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.  HE DIDN'T WANT THE PEOPLE PROCLAIMING HIS GOSPEL IN THEIR OWN ABILITY.  THEY WERE NOT READY.




WE MUST ALL STRIVE EVERY DAY TO BE READY TO BE USED BY JESUS.  WE MUST STUDY HIS WORD AND LEARN OF HIM AS HE COMMANDS IN MATTHEW 11:29.  TALK TO HIM EVERY DAY AND LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAS TO SAY.  WE MUST BE READY TO BE USED THE WAY HE WANTS US TO BE USED.  HE WILL NEVER GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE.  

 

SO, GET READY AND GET EXCITED,  GREAT THINGS ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN WANTING TO DO MORE, JUST MAKE SURE YOU ARE USABLE.  HE WILL USE YOU IN A GREAT WAY.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"GIVE THANKS DAILY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-14

Give Thanks Daily




Luke 17:18 'There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.'



LUKE 17:11-18



Relatively few people who receive the goodness of the Lord return to give Him thanks for what He has done. That does not keep the Lord from doing what is right for us. He healed all ten of these lepers according to their request - not just the one who was thankful. However, there was only one out of the ten that was made 'whole.'

The Lord desires that we prosper in spirit, soul, and body. He wants us to be whole - not just healed. Part of the reason God meets our physical needs is to prove to us His willingness and ability to meet our emotional and spiritual needs. The Lord is concerned about our temporal needs (Mt. 6:30), but He is even more concerned about our eternal needs. All of these lepers needed physical healing and the Lord was moved with compassion and met their need.

He was also desiring to meet their spiritual needs, but only one out of the ten came back for that.

Being unthankful is always a sign that self is exalting itself above God. A selfless person can be content with very little. A self-centered person cannot be satisfied. Thankfulness is a sign of humility and cultivating a life of thankfulness will help keep 'self' in its proper place.

Thankfulness to the Lord for what He is and what He has done is a very important part of the Christian life. One of the many benefits of thanksgiving and praise is that they keep us from being 'self' oriented.

Giving thanks is a totally unselfish action and is a key to relationship with the Father that makes us 'whole' and not just 'healed.'


I KNOW I WRITE A LOT ABOUT HEALING BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT.  IT IS THERE FOR ALL OF US BUT SOME OF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THE WHOLE BIBLE.  ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SOME THAT SAY YOU DO, I WONDER.  I SAY I WONDER BECAUSE OF WHAT PAUL SAYS IN ROMANS 5:11, "And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."  THE WORD "ATONEMENT" USED HERE, ACCORDING TO STRONG'S CONCORDANCE, MEANS "EXCHANGE".  


 

WE EXCHANGED OUR SINS FOR HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.  (2ND CORINTHIANS 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)



 

WE EXCHANGED OUR SICKNESS FOR HIS HEALTH. (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.)

 

WE EXCHANGE OUR SORROW FOR HIS JOY. (ISAIAH 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.)

 

WHY DON'T EVERYONE THAT SAYS THEY BELIEVE THE WHOLE BIBLE, BELIEVE ALL OF THIS?

 

IF I SAID TO YOU, "YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN", YOU WOULD PROBABLY TAKE OFFENCE TO THAT.  NOW, IF I ASKED YOU HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, YOU WOULD TELL ME THAT THE BIBLE SAYS IT AND JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS. THIS IS GREAT BUT THAT IS NOT ALL HE DID.  HE TOOK THOSE STRIPES ON HIS BODY SO YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE SICK.  IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS, HE TOOK THOSE STRIPES IN VAIN. YOU BELIEVE ONLY HALF OF WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR YOU.


 

NOW GETTING BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUESTION OF WHY I TALK SO MUCH ABOUT HEALING.  FIRST, IT IS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU AND BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT JESUS WOULD WANT ME TO DO. THE OTHER REASON IS THAT I AM PRAYING THAT ONE DAY YOU WILL GET SO TIRE OF BEING SICK THAT YOU WILL FINALLY GET INTO GOD'S WORD AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF THAT ALL OF THIS IS TRUE AND YOU ARE HEALED. YOU WILL FINALLY REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TRUSTING THE DOCTOR'S WORDS RATHER THAN THE WORD OF JESUS. YOU WILL REALIZE HOW WRONG THIS IS AND YOU WILL FINALLY RECEIVE YOUR HEALING. UNTIL THAT TIME THOUGH, KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOCTOR SAYS AND KEEP TAKING YOUR MEDICINES. I BELIEVE GOD PUT DOCTORS HERE TO KEEP US ALIVE UNTIL WE HAVE FAITH ENOUGH TO BELIEVE HIS WORD. YOU WILL KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME.

 

JUST THINK ABOUT THIS, IF YOU CAN BELIEVE YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, WHY NOT BELIEVE YOU ARE HEALED?  JESUS DID IT ALL AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE IT.  WON'T YOU BELIEVE IT TODAY?

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"FOCUS ON THE THINGS ABOVE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-13

Focus On The Things Above




John 11:44 'And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.'




Symbolically, Lazarus is like many Christians. The Bible speaks of us passing from death unto new life when we get born again. But it is also true that in the physical and emotional realm, we bring our 'graveclothes' from our old life with us (i.e. habits, attitudes, etc.), and we need to be 'loosed' to fully enjoy our new life.

Our emotions and attitudes follow what we think. When we focus our attention on our problems, they are magnified out of proportion. When we neglect our problems and think on God's provision, the answer is magnified and the problem shrinks. Whatever we think upon is going to dominate us. If we think on depressing things, we'll be depressed. If we think on uplifting things, we'll be uplifted. If we think, 'by His stripes, we are healed', we'll be healed. If we think on sickness, we'll be sick.

Godly contentment isn't dependent upon circumstances. That is totally opposite of the way most people think today. No one really desires depression but very few feel any responsibility or authority to maintain positive emotions in the face of negative circumstances. They think emotions follow circumstances. That's not true. Emotions follow the way we think, and we can chose to think on things that are lovely, true, of good report, and so forth regardless of our circumstances. As we think, is how we respond emotionally.

Focus your attention on the invisible truths of the spiritual realm that are eternal, instead of the visible things of this physical world that will pass away.


"ENJOYING THE WORD OF GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-12
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE VERSE IN THE BIBLE?  MOST PEOPLE DO BUT ARE THERE A LOT OF VERSES YOU CAN REMEMBER?  I AM GOING TO LIST A FEW BELOW AND SEE IF YOU HAVE HEARD THESE BEFORE.



See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.


Rejoice evermore.


Pray without ceasing.


In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Quench not the Spirit.


Despise not prophesyings.


Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


Abstain from all appearance of evil.


And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.


IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, YOU PROBABLY COULD HAVE FINISHED EVERY ONE OF THESE GIVEN THE FIRST FEW WORDS. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT THESE ARE ALL LISTED IN ONE CHAPTER, IN ORDER.  LOOK AT 1ST THESSALONIANS 5:15-23.  AS MANY TIMES AS I HAVE READ 1ST THESSALONIANS, I NEVER NOTICED THIS.


I WROTE ALL OF THIS TO TRY TO EXPLAIN HOW INTERESTING THE WORD OF GOD IS.  EVERY TIME I STUDY IT, I FIND SOMETHING NEW OR HOLY SPIRIT POINTS OUT SOMETHING NEW FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND.  GET INTO THE WORD TODAY AND REALLY STUDY. THIS IS THE WAY THE LORD TALKS TO US.  HE IS WAITING FOR YOU.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"GROANING IN THE SPIRIT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-12

Groaning In The Spirit




John 11:33 'When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.'





The Greek word that is translated 'groaned' expresses that Jesus was deeply moved, but not necessarily with sorrow. It was more a groan of anger at Satan who had caused all the grief Jesus was seeing around Him. Jesus came to 'destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil' (Heb. 2:14), and He was grieved to see the   pain   that His enemy had inflicted on those He loved.


This is the type of groaning that the Holy Spirit does for us. It is not just the Holy Spirit sympathizing with us, but it is the Holy Spirit doing battle for us when we don't know how to pray. In this   case , it was the Holy Spirit doing battle through Jesus against death and the doubt of those present, that would have kept Lazarus in the grave.


Everyone who has the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit has or will have this happen to them. This groaning of the Holy Spirit is not just grief but a groan of anger and   resistance against Satan's devices in our lives. Many times Christians don't discern this because they think it is just them grieved with their situation. But this is the Holy Spirit desiring to get into intercession with us against our problems.


Although the groaning is unutterable, you can discern it, and many times people react with audible groans or other outward acts. This has led to religious doctrines and traditions that are unscriptural and offensive to many people. There is nothing wrong with us reacting to the inner working of the Holy Spirit as long as we don't confuse our reactions with the Holy Spirit's actions. This intercession cannot be uttered. Any counterfeits that religion may have produced only serve to illustrate that there has to be a genuine. The genuine groaning in the Spirit is priceless.



"LET JESUS TALK TO YOU TODAY" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-11

DO YOU THINK IT IS STRANGE WHEN I SAY THAT JESUS TOLD ME THIS MORNING THAT HE REALLY LOVES YOU OR THAT HE SAID HE WANTS YOU HEALED OR TO PROSPER?  DO YOU THINK I SAY THIS BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO THINK THAT I AM REALLY RELIGIOUS?  IF YOU HAVE THOUGHT THAT, THAT IS OK.  WHEN I HAVE HEARD PREACHERS IN THE PAST SAY THINGS LIKE THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THE SAME THING.  IT WAS NOT UNTIL I FULLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT THEY WERE SAYING THAT I CHANGED MY TUNE.  I DON'T HEAR AN AUDIBLE VOICE WHEN I SAY THINGS LIKE THAT.  HE SPEAKS TO ME IN HIS WORD. THE GOOD THING ABOUT THAT IS THAT HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR YOU IF YOU WILL JUST LET HIM.  I AM NOT SAYING THAT HE DOES NOT SPEAK TO PEOPLE IN AN AUDIBLE VOICE BECAUSE HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO.  OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND LET HIM SPEAK TO YOU TODAY.



ANOTHER WAY HE SPEAKS TO ME IS THROUGH GIVING ME IDEAS ON THINGS I HAVE PRAYED ABOUT THAT I KNOW` IS FROM HIM BECAUSE I KNOW I AM NOT THAT SMART TO COME UP WITH THE IDEAS AND ANSWERS THAT I GET.  THE PROBLEMS I HAVE HAD IN THE PAST WERE WHEN HE GAVE ME AN ANSWER THAT I DID NOT WANT TO HEAR, I QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT IT.  I FINALLY DID REPENT AND DID WHAT HE SAID AND, NATURALLY, THINGS WORKED OUT FAR GREATER THAN I COULD HAVE EXPECTED.  IN MY YEARS WITH HIM, I NOW HAVE LEARNED THAT HE KNOWS BEST.  FIGURE THAT???  

 

ALL THOSE THINGS I MENTION ABOVE THAT HE HAS TOLD ME, HE REALLY DID TELL ME THOSE THINGS AGAIN THIS MORNING.  I CAN GIVE YOU CHAPTERS AND VERSES BUT IT IS MORE FUN IF YOU LOOK THEM UP YOURSELVES AND LET HIM TELL YOU PERSONALLY.  HE LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU.  HE HAS SO MUCH FOR YOU AND WANTS TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT.  WANT YOU LISTEN TO HIM? HOWEVER, DON'T BE LIKE I WAS AND WHEN HE TELLS YOU SOMETHING, JUST BELIEVE IT AND TRUST HIM. HE REALLY DOES KNOW BEST. 

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"LIVE FOREVER IN HIM" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-08-11

Live Forever In HiM




John 11:26 'And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?'





Some people have interpreted this as saying that it is possible to never die. Therefore, there are people today who are believing that they will live physically until the second coming of Jesus, even if that is thousands of years away. Although it is understandable how someone could interpret this verse in that manner, it is very doubtful that this is what Jesus truly meant.


First, a doctrine as profound as this would certainly be well documented in other scriptures. Other scriptures may sometimes be quoted as supporting this claim but they would not lead a person to this conclusion by themselves.


There would already have to be a prejudice in favor of this stand within a person to lead him to interpret these scriptures in this light. That is not a sound method of Bible   interpretation . Also, there is not a single scriptural example of anyone who obtained this. That should make anyone   suspect   of this teaching. Enoch or Elijah might be cited as examples, but they were translated so that they didn't die. They are not still in their physical bodies on this earth.


There have been periods in church   history   where certain truths were suppressed, such as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or healing, and then revived through a move of God. But there was always a remnant of the church that continually experienced these blessings of God. That cannot be shown to be true with this belief that a believer can remain on the earth in his physical body until Jesus comes. Therefore, this passage of scripture concerning never dying is generally accepted as referring to our eternal life that we receive at salvation. The promise of never dying spiritually is made many times in scripture and it is promised to every believer.



 
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