DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

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"BE SURE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-08


BE SURE YOU KNOW THE TRUTH 





I WAS READING 1ST TIMOTHY AND IN CHAPTER 4 IT IS TALKING ABOUT APOSTASY, THE ABANDONMENT OF ONE'S RELIGIOUS FAITH. WHEN PAUL WROTE THIS LETTER TO TIMOTHY HE WAS WARNING ABOUT THE "DOCTRINES OF DEVILS" THAT WOULD APPEAR AT THE END TIME.




THERE ARE A LOT OF DOCTRINES TAKEN FROM SCRIPTURE THAT ARE NOT WELL PUBLICIZED BUT PAUL PICKED TWO THAT ARE WELL KNOWN AND ARE STILL PRACTICED TODAY, THE FORBIDDING TO MARRY AND THE COMMAND TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS. (1ST TIMOTHY 4:1-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.) THIS LETTER FROM PAUL WAS INSPIRED BY GOD AND THERE IS NO MISTAKE ABOUT APOSTASY BEING A SIGN OF THE END TIME.




WHAT WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR ARE MORE OF THESE "DOCTRINES OF DEVILS". IF THIS WAS HAPPENING 2,000 YEARS AGO AND THAT WAS A SIGN OF THE END TIME, JUST THINK HOW MUCH CLOSER WE ARE TODAY TO THE LORD'S COMING. WE HAVE TO STAY STRONG AND CONTINUE KNOWING WHAT GOD'S WORD SAYS. JESUS WARNS ABOUT BEING DECEIVED IN MATTHEW 24:24 WHEN HE SAYS "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." WE HAD BETTER BE SURE WE KNOW WHAT HIS WORD SAYS SO WE WON'T BE DECEIVED. HAVE YOU READ GOD'S WORD TODAY? HOW ABOUT THIS WEEK? THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE WILL KNOW THE TRUTH. PLEASE DON'T BE DECEIVED.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.




"SALVATION: A RELATIONSHIP" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-08

Salvation: A Relationship




Mark 6:54, 'And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,'



MARK 6:53-56



The word 'know' can mean many things from as little as 'to perceive with the senses or the mind' to a much deeper meaning of 'a thorough experience with.'

This knowing, then, is not just intellectual, but a personal, intimate understanding. Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Eternal life is having an intimate, personal relationship with God the Father and Jesus the Son. This intimacy with God is what salvation is all about. Forgiveness of our sins is not the point of salvation. This intimacy with the Father is. Of course, Jesus did die to purchase forgiveness for our sins because unforgiven sins block us from intimacy with God. Sin was an obstacle that stood between God and us. It had to be dealt, with and it was. But anyone who views salvation as only forgiveness of sins and stops there is missing out on eternal life.

Salvation was intended to be presented as the way to come back into harmony with God. Instead, it has often been presented as the way to escape the problems of this life and later the judgment of hell. It is possible to get born again with that kind of thinking, but more often than not, people who get saved through that type of ministry view the Lord as someone to help them through times of crisis and not someone to know in an intimate way. Jesus died for us out of love (Jn. 3:16) - a love that longed to have intimate communion with man.

Most non-believers are so occupied with their 'hell on earth' that they don't really think or care about their eternal future. They are fed up with religion. They are looking for something that will fill the emptiness inside. Only an intimate relationship (eternal life) with our Father can do that. We need to tell them.


"PARADISE OR ABRAHAM'S BOSOM" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-07

PARADISE OR ABRAHAM'S BOSOM


 

WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE CROSS, THE THIEF SAID TO HIM "LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THY KINGDOM" (LUKE 23:42). IN THE NEXT VERSE JESUS SAID, "TODAY SHALT THOU BE WITH ME IN PARADISE". HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WHERE THIS "PARADISE" WAS?





THIS PARADISE THAT JESUS SPOKE ABOUT MUST HAVE BEEN THE SAME PLACE CALLED "ABRAHAM'S BOSOM" THAT IS MENTIONED IN LUKE 16:22 ABOUT THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS. EPHESIANS 4:9 ALONG WITH ACTS 2:25-31 MAKES IT CLEAR THAT JESUS DESCENDED INTO THE LOWER PARTS OF THE EARTH AFTER HE DIED. PAUL SPEAKS OF A MAN BEING CAUGHT UP INTO "PARADISE" WHICH HE USES INTERCHANGEABLY WITH THE TERM "THE THIRD HEAVEN" (2ND CORINTHIANS 12:2). IN REVELATIONS 2:7 IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT PARADISE BEING HEAVEN AND IN EPHESIANS 4:8-10 IT SAYS HE LED THE GODLY CAPTIVES OUT. SO, JESUS MUST HAVE MOVED PARADISE TO HEAVEN WITH HIM.




I WAS ASKED WHEN WE DIE DO WE GO DIRECTLY TO HEAVEN? THE WAY I READ IT, ACCORDING TO PAUL IN PHILIPPIANS 1:21-23 WE DO. I WILL QUOTE IT HEAR "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:" PAUL WROTE THIS WHEN HE WAS IMPRISONED IN HIS OWN PLACE BEING CHAINED DAILY TO A ROMAN SOLDIER WHILE WAITING FOR HIS TRIAL. HE DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO BE PUT TO DEATH BUT HE KNEW THAT TO DIE MEANT HE WOULD BE WITH JESUS. IN 2ND CORINTHIANS 5:8 PAUL SAYS THAT TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD.




SO, I THINK WE WILL BE WITH JESUS WHEN WE CLOSE OUR EYES FOR THE LAST TIME HERE ON THIS EARTH. WE WILL ONLY DIE ONCE THOUGH BUT THE LOST WILL DIE TWICE. REVELATION 2:8 TELLS OF THE SECOND DEATH AND WHO WILL HAVE THEIR PART IN IT. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE LOST THAT THEIR EYES WILL BE OPENED TO THE TRUTH BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



Sensitivity To The Right Things




Mark 6:52, 'For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.'



MARK 6:45-52; JOHN 6:15-21



Most of the time, we think of a person with a hard heart as being someone who is in terrible rebellion to God. While it is true that a rebellious person does have a hardened heart, in this instance, the Word is referring to the disciples' hearts being hardened. They were, 'sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered' at Jesus walking on the water.

The word 'hardened' as used here, means 'to make calloused, unyielding or cold in spirit, or insensitive to.' The disciples were not God haters, but rather they had become so sensitive to the natural world and its limitations that they were overwhelmed to see Jesus supersede these laws. Therefore, they had a hardened heart.

If they had kept in mind the miracle they had just seen Jesus perform (the feeding of the five thousand), then they wouldn't have been amazed to see Jesus walking on the water toward them. After all, He had constrained them to get into the ship and was therefore responsible for them. He was just a short distance away from them, and was in the same storm himself, so they knew He was aware of their situation. They should have been expecting Jesus to come and save them, even if He had to walk on the water to do it.

Many of us are more sensitive to fear and doubt than we are to the truths of God's Word. This is because we have thought more on things that minister fear and doubt. We can take these laws about hardening our hearts and use them in a positive way. We can actually harden our hearts to doubt by considering only God's Word. It is a possible and obtainable goal to become just as sensitive to God and faith as we have been to Satan and doubt. Meditate on God's Word today.


"PETER'S AND PAUL'S TEACHINGS BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-06


PETER'S AND PAUL'S TEACHINGS






DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN JESUS WAS TEACHING WITH HIS DISCIPLES, THEY WERE TEACHING STRICTLY TO THE JEWS? IT WAS PAUL THAT WAS SENT TO PREACH TO THE GENTILES. HE WAS THE ONE THAT WAS GIVEN THE "GOSPEL" OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE DISCIPLES DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THIS AS IT SAYS IN LUKE 18:33-34 "And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things."




PETER EVEN SAYS THAT THE THINGS PAUL WAS TEACHING WERE HARD TO UNDERSTAND EVEN AFTER JESUS HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. LOOK WHAT HE SAYS IN 2ND PETER 3:15-16 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. PAUL HAD REBUKED PETER FOR BEING A HYPOCRITE IN GALATIANS 2:11-14. HE BROKE THE JEWISH TRADITION BY EATING WITH THE GENTILES BUT WHEN THE JEWS, SENT FROM JAMES, ARRIVED, HE SEPARATED HIMSELF FOR FEAR OF WHAT THESE JEWS MIGHT THINK. EVEN AFTER PAUL REBUKED HIM OPENLY, PETER STILL CALLED HIM "OUR BELOVED BROTHER". THIS STATEMENT SHOWS THAT THEY HAD ACCEPTED PAUL'S TEACHINGS.




THEY WERE SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS RIGHT UP TILL THEIR DEATHS. TRADITION SAYS THAT BOTH PAUL AND PETER WERE KILLED BY EMPEROR NERO, PAUL BEING BEHEADED AND PETER ASKED TO BE CRUCIFIED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE HE DIDN'T THINK HIMSELF WORTHY TO DIE THE SAME WAY AS JESUS DID.




THESE WERE TWO GREAT MEN AND TO STUDY THEIR WRITINGS, ESPECIALLY PAUL'S, WILL GIVE US KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT JESUS WANTS US TO DO. BOTH THEIR WRITINGS, AND THE REST OF THE SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE, ARE GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD LIKE IT SAYS IN 2ND TIMOTHY 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". STUDY YOUR BIBLE TODAY AND BE BLESSED.


GOD BLESS YOU ALL




"ENTER DOUBT, EXIT FAITH" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-06

Enter Doubt, Exit Faith




Matthew 14:30, 'But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.'



MATTHEW 14:30-31



The reason Peter began to sink was because of his fear. In verse 31 Jesus used the word 'doubt' in reference to Peter's fear. Fear is simply negative faith or faith in reverse. Where did this fear come from? Second Timothy 1:7 says, 'For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.' It didn't come from God. This fear was able to come upon Peter because he took his attention off of Jesus and put it on his situation.

Fear or doubt cannot 'just overcome' us. We have to let it in. If Peter had kept his attention on Jesus, the author and finisher of his faith (Heb. 12:2), he wouldn't have feared. In the same way that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), fear comes by hearing or seeing something contrary to God's Word. We would not be tempted with fear or doubt if we didn't consider things that Satan uses to minister fear and doubt. The wind and waves didn't really have anything to do with Peter walking on the water.

He couldn't have walked on the water apart from Jesus even if it had been calm. The circumstances simply took Peter's attention off of his Master and led him back into carnal thinking. Likewise, Satan tries to distract us with thinking about our problems.

Peter's faith didn't fail him all at once, as can be seen by the fact that he only 'began' to sink. If there had been no faith present, he would have sunk all at once and not gradually. This illustrates that the entrance of fear and the exit of faith do not happen instantly. There are always signs that this is happening. If we will turn our attention back to Jesus, as Peter did, He will save us from drowning. No problem is too big for God. We should cast our care about the problem over on God and just keep our eyes on Jesus, the Word.


"THE LOVE WE ARE TO SHARE" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-05

THE LOVE WE ARE TO SHARE




I WAS THINKING THIS MORNING ABOUT HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES US AND LOOKED UP SOME OF THOSE SCRIPTURES AND THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE THEM WITH YOU ALL. GOD'S WORD HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT LOVE.  READ AND ENJOY THEM.




MATTHEW 5:43 "Thou shalt love thy neighbour."


MATTHEW 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies."


MATTHEW 22:37 "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."


JOHN 15:9 "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love."


ROMANS 12:9 "Let love be without dissimulation."


ROMANS 12:10 "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love."


GALATIANS 5:6 "faith which worketh by love."


EPHESIANS 5:2 "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us."


COLOSSIANS 2:2 "being knit together in love."


COLOSSIANS 3:18 "Husbands, love your wives."


1ST JOHN 3:18 "let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."


1ST JOHN 4:8 "God is love."




WE, AS CHRISTIANS, HAVE A JOB TO DO AND WE CAN'T DO IT IF WE ARE CAUGHT UP IN WORLDLY THINGS. WE ARE IN THIS WORLD BUT SHOULDN'T BE A PART OF IT. WE HAVE TO SHOW THE LOVE OF JESUS IN OUR LIVES SO OTHERS CAN SEE IT. THE LOVE WE SHOW A PERSON JUST MIGHT BE THE ONLY LOVE THEY WILL EVER HAVE IN THEIR LIVES. WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE SEARCHING FOR AND IF THEY DON'T SEE IT IN US, THEY MAY NEVER SEE IT.  I LOVE ALL OF YOU WITH GOD'S KIND OF LOVE.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"WORD POWER" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-05

Word Power




Matthew 14:29, 'And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.'




This one word 'come' was spoken by the one who made all things (Jn. 1:3) and it had just as much power in it as the words that were spoken at creation. This is where the power came from for Peter to walk on the water. Likewise, any word spoken to us by God carries in itself the anointing and power it takes to fulfill that word, if we will release it by believing it and acting on it.

We need to not only know God's power, but the greatness of God's power, and then the exceeding greatness of God's power. This exceeding greatness of God's power is towards us. That means that it is for us and our benefit. Some people get glimpses of God's power, but very few have the revelation that it is for us and at our disposal. It doesn't do us any good to believe that God has power if we don't believe that it will work for us. This great power of God is effectual only for those who believe. We must believe to receive, or if we doubt, we do without.

Despite all the criticism that might be leveled at Peter in this instance, he did walk on the water. There were eleven other disciples in the boat and although they clearly saw Jesus and Peter walking on the water, they still did not participate. One of the important steps in receiving a miracle from God is to leave the security of your natural resources (get out of your boat) and put yourself in the position where there has to be a miracle from God to hold you up. God is no respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11). Any of the disciples could have walked on the water, if they would have asked and gotten out of the boat.


"PRAYING THE WORD OF GOD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-04


PRAYING THE WORD OF GOD




HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT JUST PRAYING THE WORD? I FIND IT TO BE A REAL BLESSING TO DO. I MENTIONED THIS ONCE BEFORE AND SUGGESTED THAT YOU GO THROUGH THE BIBLE AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN PRAYER USING SCRIPTURE. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW READING MY MESSAGES, I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.




ROMANS 12:1

HEAVENLY FATHER, ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, I PRESENT MY BODY A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE IN THY SIGHT.




EPHESIANS 6:14-17

NOW, FATHER, I GIRD MY LOINS ABOUT WITH TRUTH, I PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, I SHOD MY FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE. ABOVE ALL, I TAKE THE SHIELD OF FAITH WHEREWITH I SHALL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED. AND, I TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD. NOW, HEAVENLY FATHER, I PRAISE YOU AND I THANK YOU FOR THE ARMOR YOU HAVE PROVIDED FOR ME TO DRESS IN THIS DAY. I AM COMPLETELY COVERED NOW, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD.





ISAIAH 58:8

AND, ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS MY REAR GUARD.





MATTHEW 16:18

UPON JESUS I HAVE BUILT MY LIFE, MY HOME, AND MY MARRIAGE, AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.




PSALM 23:1

YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT.




PHILIPPIANS 4:19 & PHILIPPIANS 4:13

FOR YOU HAVE SUPPLIED ALL MY NEEDS ACCORDING TO YOUR RICHES IN GLORY AND

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.



 

2ND CORINTHIANS 10:5

I CAST DOWN ALL IMAGINATIONS AND BRING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY EVIL THOUGHT.



 

1ST PETER 5:7

AND I CAST ALL MY CARES UPON YOU, FOR YOU CARE FOR ME.




PSALM 103:3

I PRAISE YOU AND THANK YOU THAT I WALK IN DIVINE HEALTH. FOR YOU ARE MY GOD WHO HEALS ALL MY DISEASES.




ISAIAH 53:5 @ 1ST PETER 2:24

AND BY YOUR STRIPES, JESUS, I AM HEALED.




3RD JOHN 1:2

I JUST PRAISE AND THANK YOU FOR MY PROSPERITY AND GOOD HEALTH, EVEN AS MY SOUL PROSPERS.




NEHEMIAH 8:10

FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH.




JEREMIAH 1:12

FATHER, I HAVE PRAYED ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD, AND YOU HAVE SAID YOU WOULD WATCH OVER YOUR WORD TO PERFORM IT.



FATHER, JUST RISE UP AND LIVE BIG WITHIN ME TODAY, FOR I AM YOURS, IN THE NAME OF JESUS I PRAY, AMEN.

 

I HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"ABOUT HUMILITY" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2021-05-04

About Humility




John 6:15, 'When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.'




Jesus 'was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin' (Heb. 4:15). The temptation for Jesus to submit to the crowd and exalt Himself must have been there but He didn't respond to it. He came to do the Father's will and not His own will (Jn. 6:38). He immediately withdrew from everyone and spent all night in prayer with His Father. Prolonged prayer is an antidote for the temptation of pride and will work a God-type of humility in your life.

In Galatians 2:20, Paul is preaching a death to self, but it is very important to notice how this death took place. Paul said he was dead through what Jesus did. He experienced this death by simply reckoning what had already happened through Christ to be so (Rom. 6:11).

There are people today who have taken the 'dying to self' doctrine to an extreme and, instead of being free of self, they are totally self-centered. They constantly think of self. It may be in all negative terms, but it is still self-centered. A truly humble person is one who is Christ-centered. Dying to self is not a hatred for self but rather a love of Christ more than self.

There are false religions that preach a denial of self. We need to be not just dead to self, but alive to God. A focus on the denial of self without the enthronement of Christ leads to legalism. True humility is not a debasing of self, or a hatred of self, or our accomplishments. It is simply an awareness that all that we have and are is a gift of God. Therefore, only a person who acknowledges God can operate in true humility.


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