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"ARE YOU SURE OF YOUR SALVATION" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-15
ARE YOU SURE OF YOUR SALVATION?  

 

I CAN'T GET OVER HEARING PEOPLE WHO SAY, WHEN I ASK THEM IF THEY ARE SURE THEY ARE BORN AGAIN, THEY SAY "I HOPE SO".  DON'T YOU THINK WITH SOMETHING THIS IMPORTANT, THEY WOULD BE SURE?  

 


ARE YOU REALLY BORN AGAIN?  DID YOU RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR OR DID YOU GO DOWN TO THE ALTER IN CHURCH FOR ANOTHER REASON.  I AM SERIOUS.  IN MY GROWING UP YEARS, I HEARD BOYS JOKE ABOUT THEM GOING DOWN TO THE ALTER JUST BECAUSE OTHER KIDS WERE DOING IT.  THAT IS NOT BEING BORN AGAIN.  I AM AFRAID A LOT MORE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY MEN, ARE LIKE THIS.  IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE KIDS AND WAS NOT SERIOUS ABOUT RECEIVING JESUS, LET ME TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HELL.  IF YOU THINK THAT IS A LITTLE HARSH.  JUST WAIT UNTIL YOU DIE,  YOU WILL FIND OUT WHAT HARSH REALLY IS.

 

BEING BORN AGAIN IS NOTHING TO JOKE AROUND WITH.  IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN, YOU HAD BETTER FIND OUT.  IN JOHN 3:5, JESUS IS TALKING TO NICODEMUS, A RULER OF THE JEWS, AND SAID, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."  THIS WAS JESUS TALKING.  YOU HAVE A NATURAL BIRTH, WHICH WAS FROM YOUR MOTHER, AND A SPIRITUAL BIRTH WHICH IS ACCEPTING JESUS.

 

THE DICTIONARY SAYS TO BE BORN AGAIN IS TO BE REGENERATED AND RENEWED TO RECEIVE SPIRITUAL LIFE.  YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF IF YOU ARE TRULY REGENERATED AND RENEWED, NOT JUST PLAYING AROUND.  THE BIBLE SAYS IN JEREMIAH 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  HAVE YOU REALLY FOUND HIM?

 

I HOPE I HAVE HIT A NERVE OF SOME OF YOU THAT ARE NOT SURE, OR HAVE ANY DOUBTS, AS TO YOUR SALVATION.  THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS SO DON'T DELAY.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU HAD BETTER FIND OUT AS TOMORROW MIGHT BE TOO LATE.  IF I CAN HELP IN ANY WAY, I AM ALWAYS RIGHT HERE.  JUST MESSAGE ME. 


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"OUR SUCCESS IS IN GOD" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-15

Our Success Is In God




Matthew 26:33 'Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.'





Just like Peter, we are often more confident of ourselves than God is. Many Christians are devastated when they fail in some area that they thought they had long since grown past. We need to realize that as long as we are in this mortal body, we cannot fall asleep at our battle station against the works of the flesh. If we do, our flesh is just as capable of sin as anyone else's. If we fall, it should concern us but not surprise us. We should simply realize with Paul, that 'in my flesh dwelleth no good thing,' get back into the spirit through confession and forgiveness, and go on with Jesus.

The Lord has never had anyone who was qualified working for Him. Peter wasn't qualified, and even at our best, neither are we. If we realize that we are nothing and have nothing, then we are prime candidates to be used by God.

Peter went on to become probably the best known of the twelve apostles. The Lord used him mightily. But He didn't want him, or us, to forget that it was Christ in Peter and not Peter himself who was great.

This also illustrates the extent of our Father's love and forgiveness. If God not only forgave Peter for his sin, but also reinstated and advanced him, then surely we have not pushed God's grace beyond its limit. Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more.

God doesn't see us as a failure - just a learner. God can redeem the worst 'failure' and work it together for good (Rom 8:28). We need to think like God.


"SHARING JESUS WITH EVERYONE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-14
SHARING JESUS WITH EVERYONE

 

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT JESUS IN PUBLIC, ISN'T IT STRANGE HOW PEOPLE REACT?  I CAN REMEMBER WHEN I WAS TRAVELING, I WOULD STOP IN A GROCERY STORE AND WHEN SOMEONE WOULD ASK ME "HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY?"  I WOULD SAY "I AM HEALED IN THE NAME OF JESUS" OR "JESUS IS BLESSING ME EVERY DAY".  EVERYTHING WOULD GET VERY QUIET.

 

SINCE I WAS A SALESMAN, I HAD OVER A HUNDRED CUSTOMERS THAT I CALLED ON EVERY MONTH AND SOME TWICE A MONTH.  I NEVER HELD BACK WHEN IT CAME TO TALKING ABOUT JESUS AND EVERYONE KNEW THAT I WAS A CHRISTIAN.  AFTER GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER, WHEN THEY WERE SICK THEY WOULD ASK IF I WOULD PRAY FOR THEM.  I AM SURE SOME OF THEM THOUGHT I WOULD SAY, "SURE I WILL" AND THEN FORGET ALL ABOUT IT WHEN I LEFT.  NO, I WOULD PRAY FOR THEM RIGHT THERE IN THEIR SHOP OR STORE.  THE REALLY WONDERFUL THING ABOUT IT IS, SOME OF THEM HAD FAITH TO BELIEVE AND WERE HEALED.  AFTER THAT, WHENEVER THEY WOULD BE FEELING BAD OR ONE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE SICK, THEY WOULD ASK ME TO PRAY FOR THEM, AND I DID.  THE THING WE HAVE TO WATCH IS TO BE PERSISTENT BUT NOT PUSHY. WHEN WE FORCE OUR BELIEFS ON SOME PEOPLE, IT JUST DRIVES THEM FARTHER AWAY. JUST DON'T COMPROMISE.

 

ANOTHER THING THAT WAS A LITTLE FUNNY IS THAT WHEN I WOULD WALK INTO A SHOP OR STORE AND SOMEONE WOULD BE TELLING AN OFF-COLORED JOKE, THEY WOULD STOP AND APOLOGIZE TO ME IF I HAD HEARD ANYTHING BAD.  AT LEAST THERE WAS NO DOUBT AS TO WHERE I STOOD WITH JESUS. .

 

NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG, I AM NOT TELLING YOU THIS TO MAKE YOU THINK I AM SOME KIND OF A SUPER CHRISTIAN.  THERE IS NOTHING SUPER ABOUT ME.  I JUST LOVE JESUS AND I WANT TO TELL EVERYONE ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR US.  YOU CAN DO THIS ALSO.

 

I AM SURE A LOT OF BAD THINGS WERE SAID ABOUT ME BUT I REALLY DON'T CARE.  IT IS GOOD TO BE PERSECUTED FOR JESUS' SAKE SO I CAN REJOICE BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 5:12 "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."  WHEN PAUL (THEN SAUL) WAS PERSECUTING ALL THE JEWS, JESUS ASK HIM WHY HE WAS PERSECUTING HIM.  WHEN PEOPLE ARE SAYING BAD THINGS ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING, DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY, THEY JUST DON'T LIKE JESUS.  NO MATTER HOW BAD IT HURTS YOU OR HOW BAD IT MAKES YOU FEEL OR HOW BAD IT HURTS YOUR BUSINESS, JESUS WILL MAKE IT RIGHT.  HE ALWAYS DID FOR ME AND HE WILL FOR YOU.

 

SO KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND MENTION JESUS EVERYWHERE YOU GO.  IF PEOPLE CAN TALK ABOUT THEIR GODS OUT IN PUBLIC, WHY SHOULDN'T WE.  OUR GOD IS STILL ALIVE AND THEIRS ARE DEAD.  I LOVE TO ASK THEM WHICH THEY THINK IS MORE POWERFUL, OUR LIVING GOD OR THEIR STATUE.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"LOVE COMES FIRST" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-14

Love Comes First




John 13:35 'By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.'





Jesus didn't say that all men would know we are His disciples by our doctrine, our rituals, our hatred for sin, or even by the way we express our love for God. He said very clearly, that the one characteristic that would cause the world to identify us as His followers, is our love, one for another.

This same night, the Lord prayed to His Father using this same thought saying, 'That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me' (Jn. 17:21). The only way that Christ's body will be one as the Father and Jesus are One, is through God's kind of love.

Unity of believers, that can only come through a genuine God-kind of love, is the greatest tool for evangelism that the church has or will ever have, according to Jesus. The early church didn't have the massive organizational structures that we see today or the ability to travel anywhere in the world in just a matter of hours. They certainly did not come close to spending as much money, in proportion to us, to spread the gospel. And yet, the pagans of Thessalonica said of Paul and his companions, 'These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also' (Acts 17:6). They had evangelized the known world in less than thirty years.

Before we can ever fulfill the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20, there must be a revival of love in the church, where doctrine and ritual take a 'back seat' to love for one another.


WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT HALLOWEEN?

 


I WROTE ABOUT THIS A LITTLE LATE LAST YEAR BUT I TRY TO WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT HALLOWEEN EVERY YEAR TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THE LORD THINKS ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS ASSOCIATED WITH IT.  I THOUGHT I WOULD GET A MESSAGE OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE HISTORY TO SHOW HOW HALLOWEEN CAME TO BE.  IT ORIGINATED WITH "THE CELTIC FESTIVAL OF SAMHAIN" WHERE THEY WOULD BUILD BONFIRES AND WEAR COSTUMES TO WARD OFF GHOSTS.  IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY, THE POPE DESIGNATED NOVEMBER 1ST AS A TIME TO HONOR ALL SAINTS.  SOON "ALL SAINTS DAY" BEGIN TO INCORPORATE SOME OF THE SAMHAIN TRADITIONS.  THE EVENING BEFORE WAS KNOWN AS "ALL HALLOWS EVE".  


 


IT WAS ALSO A TIME ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN DEATH.  THE CELTS BELIEVED THAT ON THAT NIGHT THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN THE WORLDS OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD BECAME BLURRED AND THE GHOSTS OF THE DEAD WOULD RETURN TO THE EARTH.  I AM LISTING BELOW SOME OF THE THINGS ASSOCIATED WITH HALLOWEEN, WITH SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, SO YOU CAN GO TO YOUR BIBLE AND READ ALL ABOUT EACH ONE.  

 

GHOSTS

LEVITICUS 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

 

WITCHES

EXODUS 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

 

VAMPIRES

LEVITICUS 7:26-27 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings. Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

 

WIZARDS

DEUTERONOMY 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  THIS ONE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS.

 

NOW THE BIG QUESTION IS, SHOULD A CHRISTIAN CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN?  I WILL GIVE YOU TWO TRAINS OF THOUGHT ON THIS AND YOU CAN PRAY ABOUT IT AND HOPEFULLY WILL OBEY THE LORD IN WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU.  AS A CHRISTIAN WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE OCCULT, WITCHCRAFT, DEMONISM OR THINGS LIKE THAT.  IF WE DO, I BELIEVE WE ARE CONTRADICTING GOD'S WORD.  IF YOUR HALLOWEEN IS CENTERED AROUND THESE THINGS, I WOULD SAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

 

ON THE OTHER HAND, IS IT WRONG TO DRESS YOUR CHILDREN IN SOME CUTE COSTUME, NOTHING DEMONIC, AND LET THEM GO DOOR TO DOOR SAYING "TRICK OR TREAT?"  YOU WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU FEEL THE LORD IS TELLING YOU TO DO.

 


I WAS NEVER COMFORTABLE WITH CELEBRATING IT BECAUSE EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS ABOUT THESE THINGS.  DRESSING ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN UP IN SOMETHING THAT REPRESENTS SOMETHING THAT THE BIBLE SPEAKS UNKINDLY TOWARD REALLY BOTHERED ME.  WE USED TO HAVE "PRAISE THE LORD" PARTIES ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AT THE CHURCH WHERE WE WOULD SOMETIMES BRING COVERED DISHES AND PLAY GAMES WITH THE CHILDREN BUT NO COSTUMES.  WE WOULD SING PRAISES TO JESUS AND JUST HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME.  THIS IS JUST AN IDEA IF SOMEONE IS LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL HALLOWEEN PARTY.  ALL THE KIDS WOULD GO HOME WITH A BAG OF CANDY AND WE KNEW OUR CANDY WAS SAFE.  WITH THE NUTS OUT THERE THESE DAYS, WHY TAKE A CHANGE ON THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN.

 

THIS IS SOMETHING I FELT THE LORD WANTED ME TO WRITE ABOUT AGAIN AND I HOPE IT HELP SOME OF YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE IN'S AND OUT'S OF HALLOWEEN.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"A NEW REVELATION OF LOVE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-13

A New Revelation Of Love




John 13:34 'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.'





Jesus previously stated that all the law and the prophets were dependent on loving God first, and then loving your neighbor as yourself. These truths were already in the law but people missed them. So, this commandment was not new in the sense that it had never been given before, but it was brought to the forefront and given new meaning through the example of Jesus. Jesus not only loved His neighbor as Himself, He loved us more than Himself.

John, the apostle who wrote this gospel, later wrote about the new commandment of love. No doubt, he received his inspiration from this teaching of Jesus. John wrote, 'Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth' (1 Jn. 2:7-8). He then goes on to speak of loving one another.

This commandment, or the revelation that God gave to man through His Word, wasn't new, but was never clearly seen by men because of the darkness that separated them from God. In the light of Jesus' life, the darkness was removed and the old commandment of love became new through the example of Jesus in a way that mere words could never express.


"WE ARE COMPLETE, ONLY IN HIM" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-12

We Are Complete, Only In Him




Matthew 26:28 'For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'


MATTHEW 26:27-29



The principle of the Old Covenant was 'do' and you shall live. The principle of the New Covenant is 'it is done,' and includes redemption, reconciliation, righteousness, and sanctification. The work is finished! We are complete in Him!

If the Old Covenant had no defects, there would have been no attempt to institute another (Heb. 8:7). In the Old Covenant, men found themselves unable to abide in its agreement, for it was based upon a man's performance.

The new agreement, however, is based totally upon God's grace. Under the Old Covenant, men approached God through a priest, while under the New Covenant, we have direct access to the Father through Jesus Christ. Under the Old Covenant, a man's sin led to his death while under the New Covenant, God is merciful to our unrighteousness. Under the Old Covenant, man could not be cleansed of a consciousness of sin while under the New Covenant, our sins and iniquities are remembered no more, and our guilty consciences are cleansed.

Prior to salvation we are incomplete and there is a constant striving in every person to satisfy their hunger. Through the new birth we are complete in Christ and our hunger now should only be for more revelation of what we already have in Christ.

In the same way that Jesus had the fullness of God in Him, we also have the fullness of Christ in us. That makes us complete or perfect in Him, that is speaking of our spiritual man. Our born-again spirit is identical in righteousness, authority, and power to Christ's spirit, because our born-again spirit is the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). It has been sent into our hearts crying 'Abba Father' (Gal. 4:6).


"OUR GOD IS ALIVE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-12

OUR GOD IS ALIVE







AREN'T YOU GLAD WE HAVE A LIVING GOD?  JUST THINK, ALL THE OTHER RELIGIONS HAVE DEAD GODS AND CAN'T CLAIM THEIR GODS ARE ALIVE.  WITH JESUS, THE ROMANS EVEN GAVE PROOF TO THE WORLD THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  THEY STATIONED A WATCH AT THE TOMB TO MAKE SURE NO ONE STOLE HIS BODY BUT WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THAT TOMB, LOOK WHAT THE SOLDIERS DID.  THIS IS FOUND IN MATTHEW 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake , and became as dead men.



MATTHEW 28:11-15 TELLS THE STORY OF THE PROOF ABOUT JESUS AND I WILL PUT IT HERE, "Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.



WHAT I GET OUT OF THIS IS THE FACT THAT THE CHIEF PRIESTS MUST HAVE ALL BELIEVED WHAT THE WATCH HAD TOLD THEM.  WHY ELSE WOULD THEY MAKE UP A STORY.  MY THOUGHT IS THAT IF THEY HAD NOT BELIEVED THE WATCH, ALL OF THEM WOULD HAVE BEEN PUT TO DEATH.  THIS SHOULD BE PROOF FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE THAT JESUS IS ALIVE.



THE SAD THING IS THAT THEY CONVINCED MOST OF THE JEWS BACK THEN THAT JESUS DID NOT RISE FROM THE DEAD AND THEY ARE STILL DECEIVING THEM TODAY.  I HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THE JEWS.  I KNOW GOD SAYS TO PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM, AND WE SHOULD, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO PRAY FOR THE JEWS THAT THEIR EYES WILL BE OPEN TO THE TRUTH.  THEY ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE AND WE NEED TO CHOOSE TO LOVE THEM.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.







"BEING A NEW CREATURE IN JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-11

BEING A NEW CREATURE IN JESUS



DID YOU KNOW THAT BEFORE JESUS WAS BORN, WE WERE NOT INCLUDED IN GOD'S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM?  IT WAS FOR THE JEWS ONLY AND WE WERE ALL LOST, BEING GENTILES.  HOWEVER, WE ARE IN A NEW COVENANT OF GRACE THROUGH JESUS.  JEWS AND GENTILES WERE RECONCILED THROUGH HIM BUT IT IS A NECESSITY FOR BOTH TO RECEIVE HIM AS THEIR SAVIOR.  

 

I USUALLY USE THE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE IN MY MORNING MESSAGES BUT IN READING EPHESIANS 2:11-18 IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, I REALLY LIKED IT AND DECIDED TO USE IT HERE.  I QUOTE IT BELOW.

 

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

 


JESUS DIDN'T MAKE US JEWS AND DIDN'T MAKE THE JEWS INTO GENTILES BUT HE MADE US ALL NEW CREATURES. 2ND CORINTHIANS 5:17 TELLS US THIS, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."  WE ARE NOW ALL ONE IN JESUS FOR THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN.  WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR JEWISH BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THE ONES THAT HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS BUT ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVEN'T. THEY ARE HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE AND THE BIBLE EVEN SAYS IN PSALMS 122:6 TO "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. PLEASE KEEP THEM LIFTED UP IN YOUR PRAYERS.


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"LET GOD MINISTER TO YOU" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-10-11

Let God Minister To You




John 13:8 'Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.'



JOHN 13:5-8



Peter's refusal to let Jesus wash his feet came from a knowledge that he was totally unworthy to have the sinless Son of God serve him as a common servant would. Peter was correct in his assessment of his relative worth, but what he missed was that God doesn't minister to us because of our worth but because of His love.

Even though Peter's attitude looked holy and humble, he was actually resisting God's will and committing an act of pride. Pride is not only exalting yourself above what is proper, but also, it can be debasing yourself below what is proper. Pride is simply self-centeredness or being self-willed instead of God-centered and submitted to God's will. Peter should have been humble enough to know that Jesus knew what He was doing and he should have submitted himself to God's will.

Likewise today, some people refuse to let God bless them, thinking they are unworthy of His favor. While it is true that our actions don't warrant God's goodness, a truly humble person will receive the Lord's blessings as an expression of His love and grace toward them. Misguided humility is every bit as damaging as exaggerated pride.

Peter wanted to serve Jesus, but did not want to be served by Jesus. Jesus was telling Peter that unless he received His ministry to him, Peter would be unfit to serve Him. We cannot cleanse ourselves or others. We are totally dependent on the work of God's grace in our lives. Then and only then, are we equipped to minister to others. Before we can be the blessing that we desire to be to God or to others, we have to let God be the blessing to us that He desires to be.


 
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