By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-20
God Likes Us
Mark 5:19, 'Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.'
One of the ways God's goodness is revealed is through His mercy. We may describe mercy as 'the readiness of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures.' Many times, mercy is called compassion or lovingkindness. It is expressed toward the sinner because of the misery that sin has brought upon him.
God's mercy to the believer is revealed by His taking away the misery of sin's consequences through the New Covenant of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mercy is not something merited or earned, but as the Apostle Paul states, 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us.'
Our Heavenly Father is the author, originator, and source of all mercy.
'Mercy is condescending love, reaching out to meet a need without considering the merit of the person who receives the aid' (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words [EDBW]).
'Even when we were spiritually dead because of our sins, God's forbearance was working on our behalf. He was tolerant, patient and kind towards us. God abounded in excessive proportion with good will, compassion, and desire to help us. His disposition was kind, compassionate, and forgiving in His treatment of us. He wanted in abundant supply to alleviate our distress and bring relief from our sins. He did this by giving us life in place of death. It was with Christ that this salvation was secured. By grace, kindness, and favor we are saved. All of this was the result of God's extremely large degree of love wherewith He loved us, always seeking the welfare and betterment of us. God likes us.
By Wayne Sanelli, 2019-04-19
Just as pastures that preach in Churches street preachers preach on the streets. Some are effective and some are not as good at it as others are. I’ve seen them out there and admire their stance to spread the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ. They are sometimes assaulted and they work in many parts of different Countries/Cities. There is a loss of freedom of speech because of all the various things that have been propelled since 911. Of course there are many other reasons and laws that pertain to them. I’ve seen/reviewed countless videos of such and seen the levels of rejection and hatred for spreading the gospel. Street preachers are realizing that freedoms are being taken away and one needs to consult with the best of them to ask them what they experience and how they deal with it. They are disciples of Jesus Christ regardless as they are trying to bring the gospel to people. To get a better idea of what they go through one needs to ask them and review their video's. The bible brings great blessings and changes to countless lives. There is lawlessness in today’s societies across the world like never before because people have abandoned the bible, God’s laws.
Recently a preacher in Great Britain was arrested for preaching the gospel. This preacher was arrested and driven far away and released later. Street preachers sometimes work with lawyers and police as well. Not all. But freedoms are being threatened. So I am posting the videos related to this event and may elaborated more in-depth later. Unfortunately I hear bad things about Great Britain and how they are been effected by these bad events/changes. They say Europe is going through similar problems to. We know the West has experienced similar problems of evils as well. The evil day is here Christ spoke of.
In the meanwhile Jesus Christ (Yeshua) is REAL. He is the Christ of the bible. He and the father are one. He is REAL and not myth. Please pray for street preachers and I would hope that in these difficult times they don't loss hope as their reward will be GREAT one day. God sends them out as sheep among-st wolves as Jesus Christ himself said.
Freedoms of speech are no doubt being undermined in these end times/end days. Even journalists/reporters are attacked and killed. Just recently Lyra McKee, a 29-year-old journalist and author, was shot and killed during rioting. The answer is the gospel (BIBLE). Laws are been passed that go more and more against the word of God. We were told this would be the case. There would be a great falling away and people would have itchy ears is what the bible reveals. Morals are going out the window and one just needs to read the newspapers or watch the news on the television to see the evils manifesting around the world in different Countries let alone the terrorism and war threats we hear about is devastating to say the least.
Please listen to this audio sermon by Joshua Daniels HERE
Want to see street preachers on the streets then go HERE.
There is more updates on this : British Police Finally Admit Driving Street Preacher Out of London Neighbourhood to Silence Him. Read the article HERE
Talk about Morals going out the windows here is the latest news just in
Death toll climbs in Sri Lanka after blasts at 3 churches, 3 hotels
Bomb blasts hit several high-end hotels and churches across Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, killing at least 138 people and injuring 560. Story HERE.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-19
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-19
Worship Is Warfare
Mark 5:6, 'But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him.'
MATTHEW 8:28-34; MARK 5:1-17; LUKE 8:27-39
The word 'worshipped' is taken from the Greek word 'proskuneo' which means 'to prostrate oneself in homage to; do reverence to; adore.' The fact that this tormented man ran to Jesus, and not away from Him, indicates that even 'demon-possessed' people have a free will and Satan cannot control an individual without his consent.
Many battles have been fought over whether or not a Christian can be demon possessed. The Greek word for 'possessed' literally means 'to be demonized.' The Bible makes no clear distinction between degrees of demon activity (such as oppressed, depressed, possessed, etc.), but simply refers to people as being 'demonized.' All Christians are fighting against spiritual powers. If we don't put on the whole armor of God, Satan can certainly affect us or even control us.
The best way to administer deliverance is through God's Word. As a person receives the Word, it will set him free and also help guard against this situation when the demon tries to come back in with seven other spirits. In severe cases of being demonized, the individual clearly needs the help of a believer, and that's the reason why Jesus equipped all believers with authority over evil spirits.
Anointed praise and worship will also drive off evil spirits. One thing reserved for God alone is worship, and the devil has always sought that. If he can't be the one to receive worship, then he seeks to turn others away from giving true worship to the most High God. Praise and worship to the Lord is such a powerful tool against Satan. He can't stand to see God worshipped. Worship God today in spirit and in truth. The Father seeks those who will worship Him this way. He's waiting for you.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-18
Mark 4:41, 'And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?'
When God created this physical world and all of its inhabitants, He gave mankind authority to rule and subdue His creation. Although God still owned the universe and all that was in it, He gave control of the earth to man.
When man sinned, he began to use this power against God's wishes. God did not ordain all the terrible things that have happened throughout history, and yet He did not take back man's right to dominate the earth. Instead, He became a man and took back that authority to Himself by conquest. After Jesus' resurrection, He said in Matthew 28:18, '...All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,' and then He gave the great commission to His disciples, thereby conferring that authority upon them, also. Jesus becoming flesh was absolutely essential for gaining all power (or authority) in heaven and in earth. Jesus was a 'God-man.' As stated in 1 Timothy 3:16, He was God manifested in the flesh, which is a great mystery.
Jesus came in the power and authority of His Father to point men to the Father God. Jesus existed before His advent on this earth in the form of God and was equal with God; yet, He humbled Himself and became a servant while here on earth. He did not come to promote Himself but to give Himself as the way unto the Father.
This is radically different from the way so called 'great men' present themselves. The Roman Caesar of Jesus' day proclaimed that he was God and demanded worship. Lesser leaders ruled by exalting themselves over the people they governed. But, Jesus showed us that 'whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many' (Mt. 20:26-28).
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-18
I KNOW WITH THE WAY THIS ECONOMY HAS BEEN, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE HURTING. HOUSES BEING FORECLOSED ON, CARS BEING REPOSSESSED AND CREDITORS HOUNDING PEOPLE EVERY DAY FOR THEIR MONEY. WELL I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THAT A FEW TIMES IN MY 80 YEARS AND I CAN TELL YOU IT IS NOT FUN. THAT IS WHY I DECIDED TO WRITING ON THIS AGAIN IN HOPES IT WILL HELP SOMEONE, YOUNG OR OLD.
I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE THIS MOSTLY TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION OUT THERE. BE A GOOD STEWARD OF YOUR MONEY. FIRST OF ALL TITHE. TEN PERCENT OF THE MONEY YOU MAKE IS THE LORDS. I CANNOT FIND ANY COMMANDMENT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT TELLS US TO TITHE BUT TITHING IS A BIBLICAL PRINCIPAL WHICH GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO WHEN GOD GAVE ABRAHAM HIS GREAT VICTORY OVER THE KING OF ELAM. HE WAS MET BY A PRIEST BY THE NAME OF MELCHIZEDEK AND ABRAHAM GAVE HIM A TENTH OF ALL THE SPOIL HE HAD TAKEN FROM THE OPPOSING ARMIES. THIS IS TOLD IN GENESIS BUT ALSO PAUL MENTIONS IT IN HEBREWS 7:1-2 WHICH SAYS "For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually."
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-17
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-17
Peace In The Midst Of The Storm
Mark 4:37-38, 'And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master carest thou not that we perish?'
MATTHEW 12:46-50; 8:23-27; MARK 3:31-35; 4:35-41; LUKE 8:19-26
Considering the fact that the boat was filled with water, it is amazing that the disciples had to awaken Jesus. This was not a large ship with cabins below deck but rather a small, open boat and Jesus was, no doubt, 'soaked to the bone.' This reflects Jesus' humanity and how tired He must have been. It also shows that Jesus must have been in a very deep sleep. Medical science has discovered that the deeper we sleep, the more rest our bodies get. This is a clue as to how Jesus could maintain the grueling pace He kept, along only with an occasional all-night prayer time. He was receiving the maximum benefit from His sleep.
Jesus did not say 'Let us go out into the midst of the sea and drown in a storm.' He was going to the other side. This shows that the disciples still didn't understand Jesus' authority. They were committed to Him as their Messiah, but they hadn't yet realized that Jesus was Lord even over the physical elements. Many Christians still do this today. They receive the spiritual benefits of salvation but have not reaped the physical benefits of health and prosperity, which are also part of our salvation.
Whichever we focus upon - the storm, or the Lord in the midst of our storm - will determine how we manage the storms we face in life. He is not asleep concerning the things you face in this life, He's right there in your 'ship,' resting, because He knows you'll both get to the 'other side.' His peace is yours. Believe His Word. Rest in His love.
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-16
By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-04-16
Joint Heirs With Christ
Matthew 12:50, 'For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.'
We are not just heirs, we are joint-heirs with Christ. It would be wonderful to inherit any amount of God's glory and power. But, the idea that we share equally with the one who has inherited everything God is and has is beyond comprehension. This is an awesome blessing, but it also places a tremendous responsibility on us.
In the same way in which a check made out to two people cannot be cashed without the endorsement of both parties, so our joint-heirship with Jesus cannot be taken advantage of without our cooperation. Unaware of this, many Christians are just trusting that the Lord will produce the benefits of salvation for them. They are acutely aware that they can do nothing without Him, but don't realize that He will do nothing without us (Eph. 3:20).
The idea that God will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, PERIOD, is not true. He has power, but it is the use of His ability combined with the power that works in us. 'No power working in us' means no power of God will come through us. The exceeding greatness of His power that is to us-ward who believe is power that is not external, but is internal, within the believer. It is working according to the faith that we exercise in the indwelling Savior. It was this principle that Paul was stating when he declared, 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.'
The way we place our endorsement on the check is to believe what God promised in His Word and act on it as if it were true. IT IS! Jesus has already signed His name to every promise in the Word. We aren't waiting for Him. He is waiting for us.