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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"JESUS FREED US FROM SIN" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-05

Jesus Freed Us From Sin




Luke 23:18 'And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:'





What happened to Barabbas is a picture of what happens when a person is born again. Barabbas was guilty; Jesus was innocent. Yet Jesus suffered the death that Barabbas should have experienced, and Barabbas went free.

Likewise, we were all guilty (Rom. 3:23) and condemned to death (Rom. 6:23), yet Jesus suffered our punishment so that we may go free (2 Cor. 5:21). Just as Barabbas didn't ask for this substitution, so 'God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Rom. 5:8).

Barabbas was freed, but he had to choose whether or not to accept this new start and remain free, or go back to his old ways and come under the judgment of Rome again. Likewise, we have all been freed through the substitutionary death of Jesus, but we have to choose whether to accept our freedom by putting faith in Jesus or to reject it, by denying Him.

Our death to sin and resurrection to life with Christ, is already a reality in our spirits but will only become a physical reality when we know and believe it. In the same way that Jesus died unto sin once, and death no longer has dominion over Him, the person who recognizes their death with Christ unto sin, will not allow sin to rule over him anymore. Any Christian who is struggling with sin has not recognized that they are dead unto sin.


"CAN YOU HEAL THE SICK?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-05

A WHILE BACK I WAS HAVING A PROBLEM WITH HEALING.  LET ME EXPLAIN.  I WOULD PRAY FOR GOD TO HEAL SOMEONE AND THEY WOULDN'T GET HEALED ALTHOUGH THE BIBLE SAYS HE ANSWERS EVERY PRAYER.  JESUS SAYS IN MATTHEW 7:7 TO "Ask, and it shall be given you".  HE DOESN'T SAY THAT IT MIGHT BE GIVEN TO YOU.








 






NOW LET'S LOOK AT WHAT MY PROBLEM WAS.  FIRST OF ALL, I WAS ASKING JESUS TO HEAL THE PERSON WHEN HE PLAINLY SAID IN MATTHEW 10:8 FOR US TO "Heal the sick", NOT THAT HE WAS GOING TO DO IT.  NOW I KNOW WE CAN'T HEAL ANYONE ON OUR OWN BUT IF WE HAVE FAITH TO BELIEVE HIS WORD AND ASK IN LINE WITH HIS WORD IN HIS NAME, WE CAN DO IT.  IF WE COULDN'T, HE WOULD NOT HAVE TOLD US TO DO IT.  IN 1ST JOHN 5:14 IT SAYS "if we ask anything according to his will".  DO YOU SEE MY PROBLEM?  I WAS NOT ASKING IN HIS WILL BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IT IS HIS WILL FOR ALL OF US TO BE HEALED AND FOR US TO DO IT.




LET ME LEAVE YOU WITH THIS.  DO YOU THINK THAT YOU CAN HEAL SOMEONE?  IF YOU SAID NO OR THAT YOU ARE NOT SURE, THEN IT WON'T WORK FOR YOU.  YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH THAT YOU CAN DO THESE THINGS.  NOW IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS, JUST LOOK WHAT JESUS SAYS ABOUT YOU IN JOHN 14:12 WHERE HE SAYS "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."  THAT IS SAYING QUITE A LOT KNOWING WHAT HE DID.  HE SAYS YOU CAN EVEN RAISE THE DEAD.  WE DO HAVE THE POWER TO DO ALL OF THESE THINGS IF WE WOULD JUST BELIEVE HIM.  THAT IS OUR PROBLEM AND IT IS ABOUT TIME WE GET REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT HE IS TELLING US TO DO AND DO IT.  WE CAN'T JUST PLAY AT BEING A CHRISTIAN ANY MORE.




ONE OTHER THING AND I ALWAYS REMIND EVERYONE OF THIS WHEN I WRITE ON HEALING. YOU FIRST HAVE TO KNOW THAT THE PERSON YOU ARE TRYING TO HEAL HAS FAITH THAT JESUS WILL DO IT FOR HIM OR HER.  IF THEY DON'T BELIEVE THEN IT WON'T WORK.  ALSO, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE HEALED.  YOU THINK THIS IS FUNNY BUT I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE WHO LOVED THE ATTENTION WHEN THEY WERE SICK.  ALL WE CAN DO WITH THESE PEOPLE IS TO PRAY FOR THEM.  



SO, IF YOU HAVE PRAYED FOR SOMEONE TO BE HEALED AND YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT HEALING RIGHT AWAY, DON'T GIVE UP.  YOU HAVE DONE YOUR PART AND THE REST IS UP TO JESUS.  HE WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE HEALED WHEN YOU PRAY.  AGAIN, I KNOW IT IS HIM THAT IS DOING THE HEALING BUT IF HE SAYS FOR US TO DO IT, THEN I KNOW HE WILL DO HIS PART.




GOD BLESS YOU ALL.







"PILATE CONDEMNS JESUS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-04

Pilate Condemns Jesus




Matthew 27:24 'When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.'





This washing of the hands was not only a symbolic custom of the day that showed innocence, but was also a ritual prescribed in the Jewish law (Dt. 21:6-7; Ps. 26:6).

Matthew is the only writer to record Pilate washing his hands of guilt, just as he was the only writer to record Pilate's wife coming to him with the details of the dream she had about Jesus. Secular accounts record her name as Claudia. She is the only one who spoke for, instead of against Jesus' life during the trial.

This dream, no doubt came from God, since Claudia would have had to dreamt it before she knew of Jesus being brought to Pilate. Not only did the Lord bare witness in Pilate's heart to the innocence of Jesus, but He also gave Pilate's wife a very clear message through this dream. Pilate was not innocent in this matter. Together, these instances underscore that Pilate did not innocently condemn Jesus to death. Pilate will be trying to wash the blood of Jesus off his hands throughout eternity.

Just as God was faithful to show even Pilate the truth in this situation, we can be assured that every person who has ever rejected Jesus has done it in spite of the conviction of the Holy Spirit in his heart (Rom. 1:18-20).


"BRING SOMEONE TO JESUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-04

HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THINKING YOU WON'T REMEMBER WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHAT MUST THEY DO TO BE SAVED?  THAT QUESTION GIVES A LOT OF CHRISTIANS TROUBLE AS THEY HAVEN'T, TO DATE, LEAD ANYONE TO JESUS.  WE MUST BE PREPARED BECAUSE WE WOULD NOT WANT SOMEONE TO BE LOST BECAUSE OF US. PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE TO, BUT BE READY.









ASK HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP YOU.  HE WILL TEACH YOU AND HELP YOU TO REMEMBER WHAT TO DO.  SEE WHAT JESUS SAYS IN JOHN 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."




IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHETHER SOMEONE IS BORN AGAIN OR NOT, ASK THEM.  TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF TO SEEK OUT THESE PEOPLE.  DON'T WAIT FOR THEM TO COME TO YOU.  ROMANS 10:14 SAYS "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" YOU SAY YOU ARE NOT A PREACHER?  I THINK WE ALL ARE.  THE DICTIONARY DEFINES "PREACHER" AS "One that inculcates any thing with earnestness."  I WAS NOT SURE WHAT "INCULCATES" MEANT SO I LOOKED IT UP AND IT MEANS "To impress, to teach and to urge". WE CAN ALL DO THAT.  THIS IS WHAT JESUS HAS CALLED US TO DO.  THERE ARE SO MANY THAT ARE LOST AND WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  I AM READY....ARE YOU?




GOD BLESS YOU ALL.






DO YOU FEAR DEATH?  IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN YOU SHOULDN'T.  DEATH IS HOW GOD GETS YOU DRESSED FOR HEAVEN.  WE CAN'T GO IN THESE CORRUPTED BODIES SO GOD GIVES US NEW ONES. 


 


WHEN WE CLOSE OUR EYES FOR THE LAST TIME HERE ON EARTH, WE WILL OPEN OUR NEW ONES IN HEAVEN.  ARE YOU PACKED AND READY TO GO.  THE BIBLE SAYS IN: 

 

1ST CORINTHIANS 9 "But as it is written , Eye hath not seen , nor ear heard , neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

 

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT YET HAVE YOUR TICKET (BEING BORN AGAIN), THEY ARE FREE.  ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.  HE PAID FOR YOUR TICKET ALREADY.  IT WILL BE THE BEST TICKET YOU COULD EVER HAVE.  DON'T LEAVE THIS EARTH WITHOUT REALLY KNOWING JESUS AND ACCEPTING HIM AS YOUR SAVIOR.  HE LOVES YOU.  HE EVEN DIED FOR YOU AND TOOK YOUR PUNISHMENT IN HELL FOR YOUR SINS SO YOU COULD BE WITH HIM FOR ALL ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.  NOW THAT IS SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT. 

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

"ONE IN SPIRIT" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-03

One In Spirit




Matthew 27:18 'For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.'





Many problems arise from envy. James said, 'For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work' (Jas. 3:16). Envy and strife go hand in hand and open the door to the devil to do anything he desires, in our life. Some people would never give place to the devil through confessing the wrong things, yet through envy, they give the enemy freedom to do his worst. God's kind of love is not envious or jealous because it doesn't seek it's own, but seeks the welfare of others. Envy is an indication of self-centeredness.

The Apostle Paul had some opponents who were just like many people who sow strife today. They are against everything and critical of the way those in authority handle things. They make big statements about what they would do if they were in authority, but it's all talk. They haven't proven themselves successful in managing even the smallest things, yet they want to be put in charge of big things, just based on their talk. This is not the system of advancement that Jesus advocates (Mt. 25:21; Lk. 16:11-12; 19:17).

The Lord has united every born-again Christian by baptizing us all into the body of Christ. This is already a reality. Like it or not, want it or not, every Christian is completely one in spirit with every other Christian.

Failure to function as one, in our relationships with other believers means someone is not flowing in the Spirit. Our flesh is the part of us that gets in strife with other believers. As we operate in the Spirit more and more, we will come more and more into unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.



Religious Pride Brings Dissension




Mark 15:10 'For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.'





The Jews were God's chosen people and therefore, God's representatives on earth. Yet, they lied and condemned an innocent man to death. Pilate could see that their real motivation for wanting Jesus dead was envy. They were doing all their religious works to be seen of men, and were upset that Jesus was getting more recognition than they were. If these Jews would have thought about what type of witness they were giving, even they would have known that their actions were not inspired by God.

We should remember that we are God's witnesses on earth, or as Paul said, 'We are epistles... known and read of all men' (2 Cor. 3:2). Judging our actions in the light of, 'What kind of witness will this give to others?' will help us discern whether or not we are being led of God.

The chief priests had deceived themselves and other religious people into believing that they were condemning Jesus for godly reasons, but even an ungodly ruler like Pilate could see through their lies. Religious bondage blinds people to the truth even more than sin does.

These rulers wanted to retain their power and authority, so they fought against the power and authority of Jesus. This is still the same today. Men use doctrinal issues to disguise the real issue. The truth is that, 'Only by pride cometh contention' (Prov. 13:10). People who love to have the preeminence (3 Jn. 9) are usually the instigators of persecution.


"REALLY STUDYING THE WORD" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-02

I WROTE ABOUT THIS SOME TIME BACK BUT SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS SAYING BECAUSE EVIDENTLY THE BIBLE THEY WERE USING DIDN'T PUT WORDS IN ITALICS OR USE PARENTHESES .  I PRIMARILY USE THE KING JAMES VERSION THAT DOES THIS SO I THOUGHT I WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN IT BETTER.  I HOPE THIS HELPS BECAUSE, I BELIEVE, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED WORDS THAT ARE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN YOUR BIBLE?  THESE WORDS ARE NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BUT ARE PUT IN BY THE TRANSLATORS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SENTENCE SOUND RIGHT AND HELP US TO UNDERSTAND IT BETTER..

 


THIS IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW FOR TWO REASONS.  SOMETIMES IT CHANGES THE MEANING OF THE VERSE COMPLETELY.  FOR INSTANCE, IN JOHN 12:32, JESUS SAYS "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all (men) unto me."  THE WORD "MEN" IS IN PARENTHESES MEANING IT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS.  I BELIEVE, AND THIS IS JUST WHAT I THINK, THAT WHAT JESUS WAS DRAWING UNTO HIMSELF WAS ALL "SIN", WHICH HE DID BY TAKING ALL THE SINS OF THE WHOLE WORLD ON HIMSELF.  (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.)  IF YOU LOOK IN THE VERSE BEFORE, JOHN 12:31, IT SAYS "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."  JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT THE JUDGEMENT AND SIN IS WHAT WAS BEING JUDGED.  ALL MEN ARE NOT DRAWN UNTO HIM AND I WISH THEY WERE AS IT WOULD MAKE GETTING EVERYONE BORN AGAIN SO MUCH EASIER.  AGAIN, THIS IS JUST WHAT I BELIEVE.  

 

LET'S LOOK AT ANOTHER PASSAGE IN EXODUS AND AGAIN IN JOHN AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.  YOU SAW WHAT THE TRANSLATORS DID IN JOHN 12:32.  IN EXODUS 3:14 IT SAYS "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you."  NOW LOOK AT JOHN 18:6 WHERE IT SAYS "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am (he), they went backward, and fell to the ground."  THE WORD "HE" WAS INSERTED AND REALLY DIDN'T NEED TO BE.  HE IS "I AM", THE SAME "I AM" THAT TOLD MOSES WHAT TO TELL HIS PEOPLE.  NO WONDER EVERYONE FELL TO THE GROUND.  THEY COULD NOT STAND UP UNDER THE POWER OF GOD.


 


SO, WHEN YOU SEE A WORD OR PHRASE IN ITALICS OR PARENTHESES IN THE BIBLE, READ IT WITHOUT THE WORD OR PHRASE AND SEE IF THAT IS REALLY WHAT IT MEANS.  I JUST THOUGHT THIS WAS INTERESTING AND THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT ALSO.  DON'T JUST READ THE BIBLE, STUDY IT.  IT HAS SO MUCH TO TELL US.

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-01

WHO IS SAVED?  BEING AS GOOD AS YOU CAN BE AND GOING TO CHURCH EVERY TIME THE DOORS ARE OPEN WILL NOT DO IT.  JUST BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS WERE CHRISTIANS AND EVEN MADE YOU GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL EVERY SUNDAY WILL NOT DO IT.  YOU CAN ONLY BE SAVED IF YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR.



 

EVEN THAT SWEET LITTLE OLD GRANDMOTHER WHO NEVER HURT ANYONE IN HER WHOLE LIFE IS LOST AND GOING TO HELL IF SHE HAS NOT RECEIVED JESUS AS HER SAVIOR.  BEING BORN AGAIN IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAVED.  JESUS, HIMSELF, SAID THAT MANY WILL SEEK TO ENTER SALVATION AND WON'T BE ABLE TO.  THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR THIS BUT NOT BECAUSE GOD REFUSES SALVATION TO ANYONE. 

 

LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW SCRIPTURES ON SALVATION.  TITUS 2:11 SAYS "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men" 2ND PETER 3:9 SAYS "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  AND JOHN 6:44 SAYS "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."

 

THERE IS AN EFFORT INVOLVED IN GETTING SAVED BUT IT IS NOT TO EARN IT BECAUSE SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT AS IT SAYS IN ROMANS 5:15 "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many." 

 

THE EFFORT IS TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH AS IT SAYS IN AND 1ST TIMOTHY 6:12 SAYS "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. FAITH IN JESUS IS WHAT SAVES US AND SATAN IS TRYING TO DESTROY OUR FAITH AND DECEIVE US.  RECEIVING SALVATION IS NOT RECEIVING IT IN OUR MINDS BUT RECEIVING IT WITH OUR HEARTS AND BELIEVING THAT JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS, WAS BURIED AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  IT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU WILL EVER GET AND IT KEEPS ON GIVING FOR ETERNITY. 


 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"PILATE VIOLATES THE TRUTH" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-12-01

Pilate Violates The Truth




Matthew 27:17 'Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, 'Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ''?





Although Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, he looked for some diplomatic way to release Jesus that would not cause him to lose popularity with the Jewish leaders. This is why he sent Jesus to Herod. He hoped that Herod would pass judgment on Jesus and save him the trouble.

When that scheme failed, Pilate drew on an old custom of releasing a prisoner to the people at the feast. He gave them a choice between Jesus, who he knew was innocent, and Barabbas, who was a murderer. Pilate thought that the crowd would certainly choose Jesus. However, through the insistence of the chief priests and scribes, the people chose Barabbas to be released.

Pilate was now out of ideas as to how to let Jesus go, and still save face with the Jews, so he condemned Jesus to death. Pilate violated what he knew to be true in his heart because of a fear of men (Prov. 29:25) and what he thought they might do to him. Without the chief priests' cooperation, he ran the risk of unrest among the Jews, and possible punishment by Caesar for failing to govern well.

As it turned out, Pilate was deposed anyway, just a few years later by Tiberius Caesar, and died in exile in Gaul in A.D. 41. At the most, Pilate gained a five-year extension of his troubled rule, and damned his soul in the process. What a person compromises to keep, he'll lose. Sin is never worth the price.


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