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Have You Passed From Death to Life?

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HUH? What does that mean?

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the incredible lack of love for one another among God’s children.About how people who have declared themselves to be a servant yet exhibit no love,no mercy,no compassion.

Takers instead of Givers.

People who are only concerned about self yet in some twisted way believe they have found favor with a Holy God.

Deceived people.

People who clamor for the attention of the masses yet fail to see the broken in their own midst.

People who bristle at correction rather than repent so that God may open their eyes and hearts.

Now,this isn’t some random rant over a one time event.

I really wish it were.

No, this is about the fulfillment of Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:12 when He stated: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”

Many people in the church today believe Jesus was referring to the lost when He made this declaration.To those who had refused to heed the call to repent and be born again.

Unfortunately, He was not referring to the lost and unsaved among us.

He was speaking to you. And me.

The church.The born again.The believer.

There is no need for the lost to grow cold. The lost are already cold and indifferent

But we,the church of the living God,are becoming more and more like them.

Soon the world will not be able to tell the two camps apart,and that is just as Satan wishes it to be.

How tragic. How utterly sad.

How prophetically true.

The beloved Apostle John spoke one day about loving the brethren,or his fellow laborers in Christ.In his message he drew a very clear distinction between those who knew Christ and those who did not.

This particular passage of God’s word will reveal the nature of our own hearts in an instant.

14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

1 John 3:14-18 (NKJV)

Because we love one another John says, we know that we have passed from death unto life.The old man is dead and a New Man is risen within us.

When we see a need and do not extend the arm of love and mercy to a brother or sister,how can we say that the love of God abides within us?

Our own deeds will betray us as our hearts are laid open before the Lord.

When we love in deed and in truth,we know that we have been reborn of the Spirit of God.

Love is a verb my friends.

Think upon these things.

Ron

My Rock..My Shelter..My Help in the Time of Trouble

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Who is the Lord?

Do we know His limitless attributes?

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Psalm 61:2-4

1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Ps 46:1

He and He alone is my comfort. He is from everlasting to everlasting and there is no end to His might.

In Christ alone will I place my trust. Those who claim His name but have not His love I will not trust.

Love does.

Love seeks out the hurting

Love offers mercy and compassion

Love embraces when words will not come

Thank you Lord, for your Faithfulness is without end.

Ron

Any Other Gospel is a FALSE Gospel

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The church is filled with doctrine today.

Denominational doctrine

Seminary doctrine

Church doctrine

Made up doctrine

Man centered doctrine

What is so amazing is that all of the above believe they have the true, or correct doctrine

Fact is…..none of them are right. There is only ONE true gospel, and it is contained within the pages of God’s word.

Denominations…Churches…Seminaries…Men themselves…

Have perverted the simplicity of the Gospel of God in order to create their own “belief system”.

So the great question that must be asked is this: is this acceptable to God?

For the answer to the question let’s look into the Word of God;

Galatians 1:6-9 (NKJV)
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

The answer is clear. So clear in fact that Paul stated that even an angel from heaven should be accursed if found to be preaching any other gospel than the gospel of Christ.

Serious? You bet it is.

Beloved, it pays to know what you’re listening to. Is it in agreement with the Word of God? Is it different then what is written?

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The New King James Version. 2 Ti 2:15

Ron