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"HAVE YOU ACCEPTED GOD'S MERCY?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-16

HAVE YOU ACCEPTED GOD'S MERCY?




AS YOU KNOW I AM ALWAYS LOOKING UP WORDS IN THE DICTIONARY AND I HAVE ONE MORE FOR YOU TODAY...."MERCY". I FOUND THIS DEFINITION IN THE 1828 WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY. IT IS LONG BUT I AM GOING TO QUOTE IT HERE. "That benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant. In this sense, there is perhaps no word in our language precisely synonymous with mercy. That which comes nearest to it is grace. It implies benevolence, tenderness, mildness, pity or compassion, and clemency, but exercised only towards offenders. Mercy is a distinguishing attribute of Jesus. ONLY BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY ARE WE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH.

 

ALSO, TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITION IT IN THE FREE ONLINE DICTIONARY. "Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency. A disposition to be kind and forgiving:" THE GREATEST FORGIVENESS COMES THROUGH JESUS BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY.

 

EPHESIANS 2:4-5 TELLS US A LOT ABOUT THE MERCY OF GOD WHERE IT SAYS "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)".

 

MERCY....FAITH....GRACE....ALL CONNECTED. WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH BECAUSE OF GOD'S MERCY. WE ARE SO BLESSED AND TO REALIZE THAT THIS IS ALL FREE IS "TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE NEWS". HOWEVER, IT IS TRUE. IT IS A GIFT AND ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ACCEPT IT. IF YOU HAVEN'T RECEIVED YOUR GIFT, IT IS WAITING FOR YOU. IT WILL BE THE BEST GIFT YOU WILL EVER RECEIVE. AND, IF YOU "CHRISTIANS" HAVE ANY DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE SAVED OR NOT, PLEASE TALK TO JESUS AND MAKE SURE. YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANY CHANCES.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-16

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.'



MATTHEW 12:46-50



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.


Lately So much music is coming thru me!


By Jude Moran, 2021-04-15
Lately So much music is coming thru me!

Like many songwriters, I sit down daily to write.  Lately, the Holy Spirit is moving my pen faster than I can write the words.  Seems I've been writing a new song every single day, if not more.   

Much of my inspiration comes from old Gospel Hymnals, as I read and sing some of them a particular phrase will grab my attention and I'll write it down.  Often I can find a passage in the bible that supports the line and lends meaning to the words.   That will get me started with the spark of the Lord and I just follow his lead because he is leading the band. 

Adela & I traveled and performed in all sorts of venues, churches, farmers' markets, and more.   If we can get a crowd at 2 am in a punk bar in Brooklyn to start singing "Amen, Amen" along with Hank Williams, "I Saw the Light", we can bring the Holy Spirit anywhere.   Jesus went among the sinners to show them that he is the light and the way.  We follow that example, he is our guiding light. 

As Covid allows us to get back to live performance, our hearts are filled with joy and hope.   Having the Grace of the Lord guiding us in our music is the most amazing thing.   

As the music flows through us,  and as we bring people together, and the Holy Spirit descends upon us all, let us be blessed for the ability to do this 

"HIS CHOSEN TREASURE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-15

His Chosen Treasures




Matthew 13:44, 'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.'



MATTHEW 13:44-50



The interpretation of this parable is this: the field is the world, the man buying the treasure is God, the treasure is the true believers in Christ. The price that was paid was the very life of Jesus on the cross. Jesus saw, through His foreknowledge, a remnant of people who would receive Him as Lord, and 'for the joy that was set before him,' He endured the cross (Heb. 12:2) and purchased us unto Himself with His own blood (Acts 20:28). He purchased the whole world, but not everyone will receive what He did. Therefore, the Church is hidden (scattered among the world) today.

Father God had the plan of salvation worked out before He even created the world. Most of us would not have created the world and mankind if we had known the heartache and terrible sacrifice this act would cost. But God is not man. In His judgment (which is the correct judgment) the prize was worth the cost.

God knows in advance those who will accept His offer of salvation. The Scriptures teach that we (believers) were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). That's how infinite God's ability is. We were chosen in Christ before the world began. We are holy and without blame because God sees us through Christ. It was predetermined that we would be God's children. We have been accepted by God. The Father would no more reject us than He would reject Jesus, because we are accepted by the Father through Christ. We are redeemed and forgiven. We are truly blessed!


"ARE YOU IN GOD'S WILL?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-15

ARE YOU IN GOD'S WILL?


HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE? STRANGE QUESTION? A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY IT IS THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT RIGHT FROM WRONG.  WELL, THAT IS ALL GOOD BUT HOW DOES GOD WANT YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE? NOW THAT IS A DIFFERENT QUESTION. THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW THIS IS BY READING THE BIBLE. YES, I AM BACK TO READING THE BIBLE. WELL, IT IS IMPORTANT....IT IS GOD'S WORD AND IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN EVER KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR OUR LIVES.



I DON'T CARE HOW YOU WERE BROUGHT UP AND HOW GOOD YOU HAVE BEEN ALL YOUR LIFE, IF YOU DON'T KNOW GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE LOST. I DON'T MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO HELL AS LONG AS YOU ARE BORN AGAIN, YOU JUST DON'T KNOW IN WHAT DIRECTION GOD WANTS YOU TO GO. SEE WHAT IT SAYS IN MATTHEW 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. YOU HAVE GOT TO KNOW HIS WILL.

 

YOU MIGHT SAY YOU LISTEN TO THIS TEACHER, OR TO THIS EVANGELIST, OR TO THIS PREACHER BUT WHAT IF THEY ARE WRONG? DO YOU EVER GO TO YOUR BIBLE AND CHECK OUT THE THINGS THEY ARE TEACHING AND DOES IT LINE UP WITH THE WORD OF GOD? IF IT DOESN'T AND YOU ARE JUST TAKING THEIR WORD FOR IT, YOU BOTH ARE IN TROUBLE. JOHN 17:17 SAYS "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth". THIS IS IN JESUS' PRAYER FOR HIS DISCIPLES AND FOR US. "SANCTIFY US THROUGH HIS WORD", THAT IS WHAT IT IS SAYING.

 

NOW IT IS UP TO US. FIRST WE HAVE GOT TO WANT TO KNOW HIS WORD, BECAUSE THAT IS HIS WILL, AND NOT JUST PLAY AROUND BUT REALLY WANT IT. IN JEREMIAH 29:13 IT SAYS "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." GOD WILL KNOW IF YOU ARE JUST PLAYING AROUND. HE WANTS SOMEONE HE CAN USE AND DEPEND ON. WON'T YOU BE ONE OF THEM?

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"THE NAME OF JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-14

THE NAME OF JESUS






JESUS.....DO YOU REALIZE WHAT POWER IS IN THAT NAME? SEE WHAT IT SAYS IN PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. USE THAT POWER IN YOUR LIVES.

 

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GET AS OLD AS I AM YOU TEND NOT TO BE TOO STEADY ON YOUR FEET. I FELL IN THE BATHROOM A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND FELL AGAINST THE DOOR. MY KIDS HAD TO CUT THE DOOR OFF TO GET ME OUT AND THEN HAD TO DRAG ME TO MY CHAIR. SURE, I AM SORE BUT THANKS TO JESUS, WHO PROTECTED ME, I DID NOT BREAK ANYTHING. I JUST KEPT REPEATING "IN THE NAME OF JESUS" AND HE TOOK AWAY THE PAIN AND HELPED ME GET THROUGH IT ALL. HE KNOWS WHAT WE NEED BEFORE WE EVEN ASK SO I JUST KEPT SAYING HIS NAME. THAT IS POWER. HE WANTS US TO USE IT.....WILL YOU?


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.






"KING OF HEARTS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-14

King Of Hearts




Mark 4:30, 'And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?'



MARK 4:30-34



The word 'kingdom' means 'the realm over which a king rules.' When applied to God, it could refer to all creation, since 'his kingdom ruleth over all' (Ps. 103:19), but the kingdom more often applies to His rule in and through those who are submitted to Him. 'The Kingdom of God' more specifically refers to Christ living and ruling in our hearts. So praying 'thy kingdom come' is praying for the expansion and influence of God's rule in the hearts of men everywhere and, ultimately, the establishment of His physical Kingdom here on earth at His second coming (Rev. 11:15; 20:4).

Throughout Jesus' earthly ministry, the Jews kept looking for Jesus to establish a physical kingdom here on the earth and deliver them from the oppression of the Romans. Although, during the Millenium, the Kingdom of God will physically rule over the nations of the earth, Jesus' Kingdom is spiritually established by His Word and not by carnal weapons (2 Cor. 10:3-5). Jesus said, 'The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation . . .behold, the kingdom of God is within you.' (Lk. 17:20-21) Paul says we are already in the Kingdom of God (Col. 1:13). The Kingdom of God is therefore Christ's 'invisible Church,' His body. The Kingdom began during His earthly ministry and is still ruling the hearts of men today.

The new birth ushers us into the Kingdom of God which is infinitely greater in wonder and benefits than our finite minds can comprehend. To the degree that we do begin to understand how God's Kingdom works and apply our lives to it, we can experience heaven here on earth. Pray for a release into the physical of what is already present in your spiritual being.


"HONORING OUT RISEN LORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-13

HONORING OUR RISEN LORD



I HOPE ALL OF YOU HAD A WONDERFUL EASTER SEASON. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT OVER YET AND SHOULD NEVER BE OVER. IT IS GREAT TO GET TOGETHER WITH FAMILY ON THOSE SPECIAL DAYS BUT IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE OUR RISEN LORD. WE ALWAYS ENJOY THOSE HOLIDAYS BUT WHEN THEY ARE OVER, WE TEND TO FORGET WHAT WE JUST HAD. WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT EASTER MEANS TO US ALL YEAR LONG. WE ARE THE ONLY RELIGION THAT CAN SAY THAT OUR GOD IS ALIVE. THE BEST THING IS THAT HE IS NOT WAY OFF IN THE SWEET BY AND BY BUT HE LIVES INSIDE US. WHEN WE PRAY, WE DON'T HAVE TO LOOK UP TO HEAVEN, WE JUST HAVE TO LOOK DOWN TOWARD OUR HEARTS. THAT IS WHERE HE IS.


 

IF WE COULD REALLY GET IT DOWN IN OUR SOULS THAT THE SAME SPIRIT THAT RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD LIVES INSIDE US, WE WOULD BE A FORCE THAT THE DEVIL COULDN'T HANDLE. WE CAN TRULY SAY THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO DO BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE FAITH TO REALLY BELIEVE IT. JESUS EVEN TELLS US THIS IN MARK 10:27 WHEN HE SAYS " With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible ". IN MATTHEW 17:20, HE ALSO TELLS US THAT "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." WE HAVE TO BELIEVE.



SO IF NOTHING ELSE IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US, LET'S AT LEAST HONOR OUR RISEN LORD BY USING HIS POWER AND LIVE THE WAY HE WANTS US TO LIVE, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS AND WITH THE LOVE FOR OTHERS THAT HE COMMANDS US TO HAVE. WE ALL SHOULD DO THIS BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID FOR US AND WE NEED TO DO IT ALL YEAR LONG, NOT JUST AT EASTER.




GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"TARES AMONG THE WHEAT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-13

Tares Among The Wheat




Matthew 13:25, 'But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.'



MATTHEW 13:24-30



Satan has secretly infiltrated the Church with some of his followers for the purpose of hindering the influence of the Church. This has been a more effective strategy than direct opposition.

These tares that are spoken of refer to the Old World variety of darnel, which is poisonous. Virtually all grains are almost indistinguishable from tares when they send up the first blade from the ground. By the time the tares become distinguishable, they are so well rooted that, if growing in close proximity to a productive grain, uprooting the tares would also mean uprooting the productive grain. Therefore, verse 30 admonishes us to let both grow together until the harvest. The grains of the tares are long and black in contrast to the wheat, and are easily recognizable at harvest time. Many will profess Christianity, but 'by their fruits ye shall know them.'

There will be those who are deceived and unaware that they are not born again, who will remain among the Church. Jesus warns us against trying to root them out especially since it is not always possible to discern other people's hearts. In an effort to destroy these tares, we might offend one of Christ's 'little ones' and cause his or her profession of faith to waver.

It is important, though, for our own personal benefit that we be aware that the children of the Wicked One are placed among the true believers. Our best defense is to preach the Word of God without watering it down. False brethren will not endure sound doctrine. They leave when the Word, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, begins to expose the thoughts and intents of the heart. Stick to the Word!


"TRUE GREAT LOVE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-04-12

TRUE GREAT LOVE


I BELIEVE JESUS SHOWED US ALL THIS GREAT LOVE WHEN HE WENT TO THE CROSS 2000 YEARS AGO BUT I HAD ANOTHER THOUGHT ON THIS. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY GOD CREATED MAN? KNOWING "ALL THINGS" AND TO CREATE A PEOPLE THAT WOULD DO WHAT WE HAVE DONE, WHAT WAS HE THINKING?
 

THIS IS THE WAY I WAS LOOKING AT IT AND I KNOW IT IS A MYSTERY BUT WE JUST HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD, JESUS, AND HOLY SPIRIT DID. GOD SACRIFICED HIS ONLY SON JESUS, WHO WAS ALSO GOD, THAT HE LOVED BEFORE THE WORLD WAS EVEN CREATED. HE KNEW WHAT HE WOULD HAVE TO DO BEFORE WE WERE EVEN CREATED. HIS PLAN OF SALVATION WAS ALL WORKED OUT IN JESUS. (JOHN 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.)




 

I WILL GIVE YOU WHAT I THINK AND THIS IS JUST ME. GOD KNEW WHAT ALL WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND, SINCE HE "IS LOVE", WANTED A PEOPLE HE COULD LOVE AND WOULD LOVE HIM BACK. I KNOW HE COULD HAVE MADE EVERYONE LOVE HIM BUT I BELIEVE HE WANTED SOMEONE THAT WOULD LOVE HIM "ON THEIR OWN" AND WOULD CHOOSE TO LOVE HIM. I BELIEVE THAT IS ONE REASON HE GAVE US A FREE WILL, KNOWING ALL THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

 

FOR JESUS, WHOM THE BIBLE SAYS WAS ALSO GOD, TO GO THROUGH ALL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING BY BECOMING A MAN AND GOING TO THE CROSS, THIS SHOWS JUST HOW MUCH HE LOVES US. TELL SOMEONE OF THAT LOVE TODAY. THAT IS THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO HONOR HIM AND TO SHOW HIM HOW MUCH WE LOVE HIM.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


 
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