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"GOD RECOGNIZES OUR SACRIFICES" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-28


God Recognizes Our Sacrifices




Mark 12:41-42 'And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.'



MARK 12:41-44



The treasury that is spoken of here is a place located in the Women's Court that was in the temple complex but was not part of the temple itself. Women were not allowed in the temple, so the fact that this widow was casting her offering into the treasury verifies the location of the treasury.

Jesus used this instance to teach His disciples a very important lesson. He did not say these things to this widow personally. God's promises concerning giving give us an assurance that this offering was blessed back to this woman in this life, but the widow did not hear His commendation. There is no indication that this poor widow ever knew that anyone recognized the extent of her sacrifice.

Likewise, there are times when we may feel that no one knows or appreciates our sacrifices. However, just as surely as Jesus saw this woman's giving and knew of the sacrifice involved, God takes note of our smallest deeds and one day, will reward us openly.

The Lord does not judge the size of our gifts by how much we give, but rather by how much we have left over after we give. Men tend to compare themselves with each other but the Lord doesn't judge our giving by what others give. He judges our gifts by what we have to give. The Lord looks at the heart of the giver more than at the gift. The Lord weighs the giver more than the gift.

When we stand before the Lord, all of our works, not only our giving, will be tried to determine what sort - not what size they are.



"GRACE OR FAITH" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-27


GRACE OR FAITH


DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE "FAITH" PEOPLE AND "GRACE" PEOPLE IN SOME CHURCHES.  SOME OF THEM SAY THAT YOU ARE SAVED BY FAITH AND THE OTHER SIDE SAYS YOU ARE SAVED BY GRACE.  THE BAD THING IS THAT THEY ARGUE OVER WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.  MY THOUGHT IS, WHO CARES WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT.  BOTH ARE GOD'S WORD. BELOW ARE TWO SCRIPTURES ON BOTH AND THEN I HAVE ONE THAT SETTLES THE ARGUMENT.




EPHESIANS 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)


ACTS 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.


MARK 2:5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.



IT TAKES BOTH GRACE AND FAITH TO BE SAVED.  JUST THINK, WITHOUT THE GRACE OF JESUS AND WHAT HE DID FOR US, THERE WOULD BE NO HOPE FOR US.  ALSO, IF WE DIDN'T HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE JESUS DID WHAT HE DID, THERE STILL WOULD BE NO HOPE FOR US.  PAUL SETS US STRAIGHT IN EPHESIANS 2:8 WHEN HE SAYS "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."



I BRING ALL OF THIS UP TO SAY THAT WE NEVER SHOULD ARGUE ABOUT THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE WILL ALWAYS SETTLE ALL ARGUMENTS IF YOU WILL JUST GO TO IT AND HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE WHAT IT SAYS IS TRUE.  THIS IS GOD'S WORD AND IT IS FINAL.  STUDY IT AND BE PREPARED. SHOW PEOPLE THAT BY FAITH WE CAN RECEIVE THE GRACE THAT JESUS IS GIVING US.  JUST THINK, IF WE HAD ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER, THERE WOULD BE NO SALVATION.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


"GOD'S MERCY IS A GIFT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-27


God's Mercy Is A Gift




Matthew 23:23 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.'




One of the ways that God's goodness is revealed is by 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 God 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 a gift, as the apostle Paul states, 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY He saved us' (Ti. 3:5).

Paul speaks of the heavenly Father as 'The Father of mercies.' The word father is used many times in scripture as an originator or as a source of something. For example, the devil is called the father of lies (Jn. 8:44), i.e. he is the author and originator of lying. Likewise, our heavenly Father is the author, originator, and source of all mercy. Each time that mankind cried out in faith, God's mercy reached out and met their need.

God is said to be rich in mercy because of His great love wherewith he loved us (Eph. 2:4), and to have a throne called grace whereby we may come and obtain mercy. God wasn't motivated to save us through pity or a sense of obligation as our Creator. He was motivated solely by love. God loves us.



"GOD'S PROMISES" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-26


GOD'S PROMISES


I WRITE A LOT ABOUT GOD'S PROMISES BUT HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED THEM UP FOR YOURSELF TO SEE JUST WHAT THEY SAY? IF YOU HAVEN'T, YOU ARE MISSING OUT ON WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU. LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN 2ND PETER 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  IF WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THESE GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES ARE, HOW CAN WE EXPECT TO ESCAPE THE CORRUPTION.  IT SEEMS THAT GOD'S PROMISES AND OUR FAITH NEED TO BE CLOSELY ENTWINED IF WE HAVE ANY EXPECTATIONS OF RECEIVING ANYTHING.




CONTINUING ON WITH THE THOUGHTS IN VERSES 3 AND 4, LOOK WHAT PETER SAYS ABOUT OUR FAITH IN VERSES 5 AND 6 WHERE IT SAYS "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge. And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity."  WE HAVE TO BE DILIGENT IN LIVING A GODLY LIFE.  DO YOU WANT TO BE FRUITFUL IN YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK, VERSE 8 SAYS "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."  I WILL SUM IT UP IN VERSE 9 THAT SAYS "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."



REMEMBER THAT WE ARE NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST.  (2ND CORINTHIANS 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.)  HE DID IT ALL FOR US AND WE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO ONE THING EXCEPT HAVE THE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT HE DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN AND ACCEPT HIM AS OUR SAVIOR.  LET'S MAKE A PROMISE TO HIM THAT WE WILL START STUDYING HIS WORD. I KNOW THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS ALL OF US TO DO BECAUSE HE TELLS US THIS IN PROVERBS 4:20-22 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




Give Cheerfully, Not Out Of Fear




Matthew 23:23 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.'




Some have taught that Jesus did away with the tithe since it is not a specific part of the New Testament teaching. But in this instance, Jesus made reference to the scribes and Pharisees tithing and implied that they were right in doing so. The New Covenant did not do away with the tithe but it clarified what the motives for tithing should be.

Abram tithed over 430 years before the law was given. Jacob also tithed approximately 300 years before the time of the law. Therefore, tithing was a Biblical principle that didn't begin or end with the law of Moses. However, the law of Moses did include tithing as part of its commandments and attached were stiff penalties for those who failed to comply. It was concerning these punishments for not tithing, that the New Testament differed from the Old Testament. Malachi 3:8-9 says that if a man doesn't tithe, he has robbed God and is cursed with a curse. Therefore, people gave out of the motivation of debt and obligation. Jesus redeemed us from this and all the other curses of the law, so that God will not curse us for not tithing.

The apostle Paul also made it very clear that any type of giving motivated by anything less than God's kind of love is useless. He went on to explain in 2 Corinthians 9:7, that God wants us to give, 'not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.' The type of giving that God loves is cheerful, freewill giving. This does not mean that tithing is contrary to the New Testament. It is the 'fear of punishment' motive, that the Old Testament law attached to tithing, that has been done away with. Giving and tithing are still very much a part of the New Testament doctrine, and if done with the New Testament attitude, are still acceptable to God. Be a giver.



"GOD WANTS US TO BELIEVE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-25


GOD WANTS US TO BELIEVE


DO YOU KNOW WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE SICK AND POOR? I BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DON'T TRUST GOD. I DO KNOW THAT GOD DOESN'T WANT US TO BE EITHER. I ALSO KNOW THAT IT HAS TO BE OUR FAULT. IF PEOPLE WOULD GET INTO GOD'S WORD, HAVE FAITH TO STAND ON HIS PROMISES AND BELIEVE THAT WHAT HE SAYS IS TRUE, THERE WOULD BE A LOT LESS SICK AND POOR PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD.

 



A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT GOD WANTS FOR US IS WHAT HE TELLS US WHEN HE WAS TEACHING US TO PRAY. DO YOU THINK THERE ARE SICK AND POOR PEOPLE IN HEAVEN? JESUS SAID FOR US TO PRAY TO OUR FATHER THAT "THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN". HE WANTS US TO HAVE ON THIS EARTH WHAT HE HAS IN HEAVEN. REVELATION 21:4 TELLS US WHAT IT IS LIKE IN HEAVEN..."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." HOW DOES THAT SOUND?




JESUS HAS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF SICKNESS AND POVERTY. SICKNESS....{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.} POVERTY....{2ND CORINTHIANS 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.} HE HAS DONE IT ALL FOR US.





USE YOUR FAITH TO RECEIVE WHAT IS YOURS. DON'T LET IT ALL GO TO WASTE. HE PAID A BIG PRICE FOR IT AND WE SHOULD HONOR THAT BY RECEIVING IT. ALL HE WANTS US TO DO IS TO DO WHAT HE SAYS IN MATTHEW 21:22 WHICH IS "Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done." IF YOUR "MOUNTAIN" IS SICKNESS OR POVERTY, TELL IT TO GO IN THE NAME OF JESUS. YOU DO HAVE FAITH SO USE IT AND THEN START THANKING HIM FOR WHAT YOU HAVE ASKED FOR. HE SAID IT SHALL BE DONE.


GOD IS A SPIRIT AND ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS IN THE SPIRIT AND IT IS UP TO US TO USE OUR FAITH AND BELIEVE TO BRING THE ANSWERS INTO OUR LIVES. HE HAS DONE HIS PART AND NOW IT IS UP TO US.





GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"HYPOCRISY IS AN ATTITUDE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-25


Hypocrisy Is An Attitude




Matthew 23:12 'And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.'




He who thinks that he will be exalted by acting as a servant, pretending to be humble so that he will receive the promise of God's Word, is sadly mistaken. Hypocrisy is an attitude or motive.

There are two main types of hypocrisy: 1) People don't practice what they preach. 2) People's motives are wrong even though their actions are right.

The second type of hypocrisy is why Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees.

It is more subtle than the first type and is very prevalent today in religion. They were seeking self-glory instead of seeking to glorify God.

Their priorities are wrong, and their focus is on outward displays instead of on the inner condition of their heart. Furthermore, they always persecute the true worshipers of God.

Universally, people dislike blatant hypocrisy; although this subtle type of hypocrisy has been encouraged and even promoted by religion. Religion teaches tithing and giving for selfish motives while 1 Corinthians 13:3 and 2 Corinthians 9:7, make it clear that giving will profit us nothing unless we have the proper motive. The same thing happens when people try to achieve holiness by performing many other religious acts. It is not always the acts that are wrong, but the motives behind the acts. These wrong motives can also make you a hypocrite.

Anyone who rejects salvation because he doesn't like religious hypocrites, should remember that if he doesn't receive Jesus as his Lord, then he will spend eternity with these hypocrites in Hell.



"GIVE AGAPE LOVE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2020-09-24


Give Agape Love




Matthew 23:12 'And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.'



MATTHEW 23:10-12



In Romans 12:10 we are admonished to desire the welfare of others more than our own; to like others better than ourselves. That is an awesome command that is only obtainable through God's supernatural love. If this very simple, yet very profound truth could be understood and applied, then strife would cease (Prov. 13:10). The world would see Christianity as never before, and we would discover the true joy that comes from serving someone besides ourselves.

There is much confusion today on the subject of love because we have only one English word (love) to describe a broad aspect of meanings. For example, if I said, 'I love my wife, I love apple pie, and I love my dog,' obviously I am not talking about love in the same degree or definition.

God's type of love; the highest kind of love, is AGAPE. This is when we seek the welfare or betterment of others even when we don't feel affection. AGAPE love does not come from one's feelings. Jesus displayed this AGAPE kind of love by going to the cross and dying for us even though He didn't feel like dying. Jesus sought the betterment of you and me, regardless of His feelings.

We, too, can AGAPE love our enemies even though we don't have a warm feeling of affection for them. If they are hungry we can feed them; if they are thirsty we can give them a drink. We can choose to seek the betterment and welfare of others regardless of how we feel.

If anyone becomes a servant and humbles himself with the motive of being exalted, then he is not truly fulfilling Jesus' command. Jesus is teaching about a true, servant's heart, that loves others more than itself and will joyfully go without so that someone else may prosper.




DON'T WORRY ABOUT MATERIAL THINGS





I WAS READING MATTHEW 6 AND IN VERSES 25 JESUS SAYS NOT TO THINK ABOUT OUR LIVES OR THE THINGS WE NEED TO SURVIVE.  (MATTHEW 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?)  I WONDERED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE HOW COULD WE NOT THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.  JESUS, HIMSELF, THOUGHT ABOUT PAYING HIS TAXES.  (MATTHEW 17:27 Not withstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.)  WHY WOULD JESUS TELL US TO "TAKE NO THOUGHT" OF THESE THINGS.




THE ANSWER LIES IN WHAT THE WORD "THOUGHT" OR THE GREEK WORD "MERIMNAO", WHICH WAS USED HERE, WHICH MEANS "TO BE ANXIOUS OR CAREFUL".  WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO WORRY OR BE PREOCCUPIED WITH THINKING ABOUT OUR NEEDS.  THE BIBLE SAYS GOD KNOWS OUR NEEDS BEFORE WE EVEN ASK HIM. IF WE DO BECOME PREOCCUPIED WITH ALL THE THINGS WE NEED AND LUST AFTER MATERIAL THINGS, THEN WE CANNOT FULLY GIVE GOD THE TIME HE DESERVES.  THIS IN TURN TAKES AWAY FROM HAVING A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.



JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 6:19-21 TO "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  I WANT MY HEART TO BE IN HEAVEN, HOW ABOUT YOU? JESUS ALSO SAYS IN LUKE 12:31 "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you."  LET'S SEEK HIM, NOT JUST BECAUSE ALL OF THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED, BUT JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM. 



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.





EXTRATERRESTRIALS VS CHRISTIANITY



I HAVE BEEN ASKED, ON MANY OCCASIONS, AND HAVE WRITTEN ON IT BEFORE, IF I THINK THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS EXIST AND IF THEY DO, WHAT EFFECT WILL THAT HAVE ON CHRISTIANITY?  I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS A LOT AND HAVE CONSIDERED BOTH "YES THEY DO" AND "NO THEY DON'T", AND HERE IS WHAT I THINK.  WITH THE BILLIONS OF SOLAR SYSTEMS IN THE UNIVERSE, AND I REALLY MEAN BILLIONS, WITH A "B", AND WITH ALL THE PLANETS GOING AROUND THEIR SUNS, I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF THERE WASN'T SOME FORM OF INTELLIGENT LIFE ON SOME OF THEM.


A LOT OF PREACHERS SAY THAT THE EARTH IS ONLY ABOUT 6.000 YEARS OLD. THEY GET THIS FROM TRACING MANKIND FROM JESUS BACK TO ADAM AND ADDING ON THE YEARS SINCE JESUS.  WELL, I THINK THE EARTH IS MUCH OLDER THAN THAT, ABOUT 4.5 BILLION YEARS, AS A MATTER OF FACT.  WE ALSO KNOW THAT DINOSAURS ROAMED THE EARTH FROM ABOUT 250 TO 75 MILLION YEARS AGO.  THEY HAVE PROVEN THIS BY CARBON DATING THEIR BONES THAT HAVE BEEN DUG UP.  NOW WITH THAT SAID, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR CHRISTIANITY.  I READ AN ARTICLE SOME TIME AGO AND I LIKED WHAT IT SAID AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. IT READS AS FOLLOWS:



The discovery of alien life would have no effect on genuine Christianity. The Bible stands as written, and there is nothing in it that would absolutely contradict the existence of extraterrestrials. If aliens exist, they exist within God's framework for creation. God cannot be hurt by truth, and those who walk by faith love the truth. John 16:13 assures us that the Holy Spirit will guide us to all truth. Nothing that happens in this universe is a surprise to God. If aliens exist, God will let us know what to do with that information when the time comes.


ISAIAH 43:7 SAYS "Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."


IF ANOTHER RACE IS FOUND, BEING MORE ADVANCED OR NOT, IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO HEAR THEIR STORIES ABOUT CREATION, SIN, REDEMPTION AND AN OMNIPOTENT, ALL-SEEING AND ALL POWERFUL GOD.  IF SO, THE BIBLE WOULD HAVE EVEN MORE EXTERNAL VALIDATION AND IF NOT, THEN WE WOULD HAVE ANOTHER MISSION FIELD.  WOULDN'T THAT BE EXCITING.  I AM READY FOR THE CHALLENGE, HOW ABOUT YOU?


I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THOUGHT.  IF EXTRATERRESTRIALS DO EXIST, JUST REMEMBER GOD CREATED THEM JUST AS HE DID US.  WE ALL WERE CREATED FOR HIS GLORY WHETHER ON THIS WORLD OR ANOTHER WORLD.  WE ARE ALL HIS.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




 
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