all for one, literally

April 30, 2020

Another phase to often thrown around by pastors and bible teachers is; we are in Adam, or we are like Adam, or Jesus is the second Adam. To the outside world and new believers, they have no idea what we are talking about, thus this and several devotions will cover this concept.

Ok, first, 700 pages distilled to one or two pages ( I hope)

Federal Headship Theory, Adam was the first man, the first person created, we all spring genetically and spiritually from Adam. When he chooses to sin, he was our representative federally (all of us) we present genetically and spiritually in Adam, the first sin was all of mankind’s sin. (that’s the simple version)

  To know what we were in Adam we must discover what Adam was since he is the head of the human race into which we were born. Thus we can understand the nature and condition of the life we inherited from him, the life that continues to indwell us as believers.

  Adam sinned and entered death—separated from God, the source of life. Through him, we were born into sin, death, judgment, and condemnation. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men…” (Rom. 5:12). And death not only came into the world and the race, but it reigned as king. “By one man’s offense death reigned by one … Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation” (Rom. 5:17, 18).

  Let us note three basic aspects of our relationship to that representative man. (1) Our position of sin (Adam-source); (2) our nature of sin (Adam-nature); (3) our personal sins (Adam-practice). To know the facts concerning the position and condition of our old life in Adam is to possess a vital key to spiritual growth. Ignorance or neglect here means certain defeat throughout one’s Christian life.

  Our Position of Sin

  Because of our fallen progenitor, each of us was born into a doomed humanity. As David wrote, “In sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5). In Adam, we were declared to be “dead in trespasses and sins,” because “in Adam all die” (Eph. 2:1; 1 Cor. 15:22). The result of our position in Adam, our source, is that we are dead unto God, and alive unto sin.

  Our Nature of Sin

  Our position of sin resulted in a sinful being or life, and therefore the propensity of that life is sinful. In Adam, we are “by nature the children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3; italics mine). In this condition we are natural, fleshly, carnal, separated from God. “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them…” (1 Cor. 2:14).

  This fallen nature never changes, much less improves. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh” (John 3:6). The Adamic nature is self-centered (the sin of sins), therefore totally against God and that irreparably. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh… Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God… I am carnal [in Adam], sold under sin” (Rom. 8:5, 7, 8; 7:14).

  Our Personal Sins

  The natural product of a sinful nature is sins. The practical result of our congenital condition is stated in Scripture: “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). We grew up to be sinners in practice, and that by choice, hence we were desperately in need of a Savior.

  If by careful study of the above we allow the Holy Spirit to impress us with the awful truth concerning our history in Adam, we will be better able to appreciate the wonderful remedy our Father has provided.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt in prayer

Pray for Maureen who keeps falling down with no apparent reason. (65??)

Pray Olivia and baby Eli’s health.

Our salvation list.

disposable humanity

April 29, 2020

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I know someone is really serious about prayer requests when I get to my main gate and someone is waiting there for me. I live 20 miles out of town and my drive is really steep, some people chicken out because they’re not sure someone lives that far down the road.

Kendall, Caliste Burt’s daughter came by, things are rather grim for her mom. And they can’t operate because of the Covid Virus.

The 3rd brain tumor that is inoperable they wrapped it in order to help contain it and retard its growth. Well, now they know it didn’t work and the tumor has pushed out of the wrapper and a large vein is now running through it. But the wrap is strangling the vein??? So they are going to take a vein out of her arm and run it from her neck to the tumor????

Very unusual, I think I would ask for extra prayer as well in a situation like that.

Also, Jenny P, from Stripper’s for Jesus called, a gentleman’s club owner has called asking her to pick up a girl that he deems not a good return on his investment and asked her to pick up the mutt and put her in her kennel.

Seriously, disposable people, disposable babies, child sex slaves, 13 year old hookers. Young runaway boys caught in gay porn films.

This is why I like jokes and funny stories and cartoons. After a day filled with all this I always need a laugh.

It’s also why Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine, to show that He brings Joy and laughter.

God’s love, the salvation He offers, redeeming our lives. Read your bible, it saves lives, restores sanity, delivers from drugs, ends bad habits, it’s God’s love and the instruction manual for our lives.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM

April 28, 2020

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THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF OUR FAITH

  As a growing believer, it is essential that you have a clear understanding of the most important and extensive stage of your spiritual growth. We refer to your balance of faith, that of counting upon your death to the old life and your growth in the new life.

  It will also be beneficial for you to know just why your head, heart, and hope are far in advance of your actual experience, which seems to follow along years in arrears.

  No doubt it is true that an entirely new and wonderful vista of your Christian life opened up when you realized your identification with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is also true that there were blessed spiritual changes in your daily condition when you began to count upon the fact that you died unto sin in the Lord Jesus, and that you are now alive unto God in Him.

  However, as you study the spiritual growth principles of the Word, and devour “deeper life” books, you find that your head knowledge develops faster than your practical experience. Even as you rejoice in the liberating truths, and in the Lord Jesus as your life, your “old man,” who has an old nature, relentlessly seeks to assert itself and regain control of your life.

  You not only hunger for a practical righteousness fit for your Father’s presence, but you have drastic need for it in your daily walk and relationships. Alas! although you know your position, and you know your Father’s purpose for you, and you have His promises concerning you, there is still too much retrogression and too little progression.

      One often has the doctrine of the end of the old man’s reign within before he really rejoices that he is fully freed from it in the Cross. Then he can heartily thank the Father through the Son. It is a terrible experience to be so disgusted with the old man that we are glad to be set free from that sinful power by the finished work of the Cross.

      I do not believe that anyone has really valued freedom from the law of sin and death until he has felt that corruption in himself. Then he hails with joy the freedom from it. It is then the doctrine of it is truly valued.

      Most of us learn it through experience, by seeing and feeling the precipices to which the flesh carries us. Were it not for the hand that ever holds us, we should have tumbled down! Surely then we are not only glad to be in the Lord Jesus, and free, but we dread the flesh even more than before.

That is a sign of forward progress, death to self, it is a life long journey. Let no one tell you that you can have a ‘deliverance’ experience, or a ‘deeper’ moment when you have been totally set free from the flesh, your mind, your very heart destroying in a moment all forward momentum. Like salvation, it has a now affect, an ongoing affect and a future affect, we are being saved. It is likewise with our sanctification.

We have to have the valleys in our lives to have the mountains, likewise the deserts to have the springs of blessings. And a great barometer of your growth is like Paul we can say no matter what or where I am in the journey, we give thanks.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for folks that are just bound up in fear right now. (stop watching the TV, radio and the news).

Pray for folks that have adopted a victim mentality and now just want the government to take care of them and won’t go back to work.

Pray for those you know that are struggling through this difficult time with no family or close friends. This is a great time to show them that the church cares for them. Drop off some toilet paper and a casserole.

Pray for Caliste Burt, 3rd and 4th brain tumor in her and the hospital cannot ‘open her up’ to see what can be done about the 4th tumor. Number 3 is inoperable. Keep her and the family in prayer.

Remember how we said that when you pray for someone to get saved they often get worse before they get better. Well talk about a melt down.

A dear friend of mine passed today from her battle with cancer, keep the Ybana family in prayer.

FASTING 101

April 27, 2020

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Fasting is not an end unto itself, but a means of focusing our minds and bodies for a spiritual reason. Whenever you fast, do so for a reason that is mentioned or modeled in the Bible. Here are ten primary purposes for fasting mentioned in Scripture:

  1. To strengthen prayer (e.g., see Ezr 8:23)—Numerous incidents in the Old Testament connect fasting to prayer, especially intercessory prayer. Fasting does not change whether God hears our prayers, but it can change our praying. “Fasting is calculated to bring a note of urgency and importunity into our praying, and to give force to our pleading in the court of heaven.”

  2. To seek God’s guidance (e.g., see Jdg 20:26)—As with prayer, fasting to seek God’s guidance isn’t done to change God but to make us more receptive to his guidance.

  3. To express grief (e.g., see 1Sa 31:13)—Expressing grief is one of the primary reasons for fasting .

  4. To seek deliverance or protection (e.g., see 2Ch 20:3–4)—Another common reason for fasting in the Old Testament was to seek deliverance from enemies or circumstances. In Scripture, this type of fast is generally carried out with other believers.

  5. To express repentance and a return to God (e.g., see 1Sa 7:6)—This type of fasting helps us to express grief over our sins and shows our seriousness about returning to the path of godly obedience.

  6. To humble oneself before God (e.g., see 1Ki 21:27–29)—Remember that fasting itself is not humility before God, but should be an expression of humility.

  7. To express concern for the work of God (e.g., see Ne 1:3–4)—As with Nehemiah, fasting can be a tangible sign of our concern over a particular work God is doing.

  8. To minister to the needs of others (e.g., see Isa 58:3–7)—We can use time we’d normally spend eating to fast and minister to others.

  9. To overcome temptation and dedicate yourself to God (e.g., see Mt 4:1–11)—Fasting can help us focus when we are struggling with particular temptations.

  10. To express love and worship for God (e.g., see Lk 2:37)—Fasting can show “what we hunger for most, genuine worship.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

TULIP

April 26, 2020

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TULIP Calvinism Explained in simple basic terms. Not everyone agrees that the TULIP formula originated with Calvin, probably not, but it was developed later by people that followed the same theological viewpoint.

If you are Baptist or a Reformed theology than you probably are going to agree with most of this.

If you are from an Armenian theology (people can backslide and go from saved to unsaved) then you will probably not agree with most if not all of this.

So choose your poison.

I’m in the rare position of being Pentecostal yet, reformed in theology and have many brethren in the same camp.

The five points of Calvinism can be remembered using the acronym TULIP:

T – Stands for Total Depravity

The belief in total depravity takes the view that sinfulness pervades all areas of life and human existence. Through the Fall of Man, humanity is stained by sin in every aspect: heart, emotions, will, mind, and body. This means people cannot independently choose God. They cannot save themselves. God must intervene to save people.

Calvinism insists that God must do all the work, from choosing those who will be saved to sanctifying them throughout their lives until they die and go to heaven. Calvinists cite numerous Scripture verses supporting humanity’s fallen and sinful nature, such as Mark 7:21-23, Romans 6:20, and 1 Corinthians 2:14.

U – Stands for Unconditional Election

This Calvinist view says God chooses who will be saved. Because people are dead in their sins, they are unable to initiate a response to God. In eternity past God elected certain people to be saved. The saved people are called the Elect. God picks them based not on their personal character or merit, but out of his kindness and sovereign will. It also means that election for salvation is not based on God’s foreknowledge of who would come to faith in the future.

Since some are chosen for salvation, others are not. Those not chosen are the damned, destined for an eternity in hell.

L – Stands for Limited Atonement

Limited atonement is the view that Jesus Christ died only for the sins of the Elect, according to John Calvin. Support for this belief comes from verses that say Jesus died for “many,” such as Matthew 20:28 and Hebrews 9:28. This point is one of the more controversial beliefs of Calvinism.

Those who teach “Four Point Calvinism” believe Christ died not for just the Elect but for the entire world. They cite these verses, among others: John 3:16, Acts 2:21,1 Timothy 2:3-4, and 1 John 2:2.

I – Stands for Irresistible Grace

Irresistible grace is the belief that God brings his Elect to salvation through an internal call, which they are powerless to resist. The Holy Spirit supplies grace to them until they repent and are born again.

Calvinists back this doctrine with such verses as Romans 9:16, Philippians 2:12-13, and John 6:28-29.

P – Stands for Perseverance of the Saints

Calvinism teaches that the Elect cannot lose their salvation. Because salvation is the work of God the Father; Jesus Christ, the Savior; and the Holy Spirit, it cannot be thwarted. None whom God has called will be lost, they are eternally secure.

Technically, however, it is God who perseveres, not the saints themselves. Calvin’s doctrine of the perseverance of the saints is in contrast to the theology of Lutheranism and the Roman Catholic Church, which hold that people can lose their salvation.

Calvinists support eternal security with verses such as John 10:27-28, Romans 8:1, 1 Corinthians 10:13, and Philippians 1:6.

The TULIP acronym arranges the five points of Calvinism logically and progressively, with each point contingent on the other. If humans are totally depraved, then they are unable to make an initial response to God. God must call people to salvation through unconditional election. God must also provide the way of salvation by the death of Jesus Christ. He makes salvation secure by the effectual call of the Holy Spirit. He keeps his saved ones secure so they will inherit the eternal life he has promised them.

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Not from the bible per se, but more from AA, (although the prodigal son fits this model as well). You have to hit bottom before you can get better. This seems to be particularly true when you pray for the salvation of someone. Not always, but they seem to either get sick, have a near death experience, wreck everything and everyone in their life before they are ready to surrender to God.

This seems to be the case for Lauren and Lisa. Just keep them in prayer for salvation, along with Nicole, Tara and Anne.

just one little word

April 25, 2020

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John 7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

7 After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the [a]Jews sought to kill Him. 2 Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he himself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.” 5 For even His brothers did not believe in Him.

6 Then Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. 8 You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.” 9 When He had said these things to them, He remained in Galilee.

Look at any version of the bible other than KJV or the NKJV and you will see that they leave one word out. Just one little word, the word ‘YET’ from verse EIGHT.

So you ask; “what difference does that make?”

You leave out that one word and you make Jesus a liar.

How bad is it you ask?

The CSB, (the Christian Study Bible) goes so far as to leave the word out and instead of all the other study bibles just ignoring it, that have to actually make matter worse.

So remember a couple of devotions earlier about the small print, well go back and read that. At the bottom of the page of your bible it will often say; “NU” meaning older manuscripts or other manuscripts. Like the older manuscripts are better, no they are just older and as mentioned before they were actually found in the waste bin ready to burn as scrap.

So back to the other liars at CSB (formerly HCSB, the “H” stands for Holman Publishers) so the study notes say; you might find it interested that Jesus practiced craftiness and subterfuge…..REALLY, THE SON OF GOD LIED AND IT WAS TO MAKE SURE HE DIDN’T GET KILLED EARLIER, LIKE ON THE WRONG DATE.

SERIOUSLY, do you know that if you start on Friday morning and read all day and all night to Sunday night you can read the bible all the way through. Do you know if you read one version a year it would take you close to 30 years to read all the versions of the bible that our out there? I’m sure I’ve probably missed one or two versions, who knows. I do have a huge collection of bibles and other religious books in my library. At one time my personal library at home was over 6000 books.

So when I say I’ve never been more shocked or more disgusted with an explanation by a ‘christian’ publishing company that has to explain them using trash (literally) to make a new bible and then compound the problem with a study note that says hey, Jesus lied, it’s craftiness or subterfuge, but hey It’s Jesus and it only happened once. God lied. NO, you filthy, money grubbing, greedy, not honoring God, publishing company lied.

WHY?

Perhaps the main reason is that they really are not Christian, they don’t honor God and just want to post a profit. And most people have bought the lie that the KJV bible is just to hard to read. And that modern scholarship and ‘better’ documents, like those coming out of the Vatican are better. Yeah, these are the same people that tell you Mary is just as important as Jesus, and you can only be saved by belonging to their church, sounds like a cult doesn’t it (it is).

Ok, so that’s my rant for the week (I think).

Remember KJV for doctrine, or NKJV, everything else just for devotions, just don’t depend on those bibles (the latter) to show you the real picture of Jesus or the fact that salvation is by the blood of Jesus, oh yeah they’ve left that out also.

Ok, I’ve got to stop, I’ll have a stroke.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Questions, comments, prayer requests please send to the email.

And read any version you want, seriously, just read it.

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME

April 24, 2020

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…that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Ge 6:2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

The identity of the “sons of God” is disputed. Some interpret the term as referring to supernatural beings, followers of Satan, who cohabited with human women (the “daughters of men,” cf. Job 1:6; 2:1; Jude 6, 7)WRONG

. A second interpretation is that the “sons of God” were the descendants of Seth and the “daughters of men” were the descendants of Cain; their sin was the intermarriage between the godly and the ungodly (cf. chs. 4; 5).CORRECT

 The Cainites were characterized by cleverness, culture, civilization, selfishness, sensuality and ungodliness (4:16–24). On the other hand, the Sethites were devoted to God (4:25), consecrated to God (4:26), enjoyed fellowship with God (5:22), testified for God (Heb. 11:5), served God (5:29), and received grace from God (v. 8). A third view interprets “sons of God” as pagan kings, often viewed in the ancient Near East as the offspring and representatives of the gods. According to this interpretation, these kings produced large harems and introduced unprecedented decadence. Whatever the nature or agents of the sin, it was sufficient to grieve the Lord so much (v. 6) that He sent the Flood.

It always amazes me how quickly Christians will accept false theology. The bible mentions how there will be those with ‘itching ears’.

 2 Timothy 4:3; For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

If it titillates, excites, it’s ‘new’ or a ‘secret’ revelation, people just seem to gravitate to false teaching. The mark of a fool is that they cannot be corrected. They refuse sound doctrine and false teaching.

We have a well known pastor in this town who makes all sorts of claims about his college, his accomplishments, where he’s done, revivals to thousands. He now grants degrees from his college (that doesn’t exist) but because he has a strong Scottish accent and calls himself ‘Dr.’ he has gotten by with fooling thousands of people. Yet 100% of his sermons that I’ve heard have been 100% wrong. He’s a real likeable guy, good looking and very charismatic (personality wise).

Getting people to leave that church is like pulling teeth. One client I have goes there just because geographically it’s convenient. I keep warning him that he is at risk of being robbed or mislead spiritually, but he won’t hear it.

Remember the old saying; ‘friends don’t let friends drive drunk’?

Well, Christians shouldn’t Christians attend pseudo-spiritual churches.

And now for my most cynical moment of the week; let’s see, we don’t evangelize anymore and now we let our friends and neighbors go to bad churches, but we can’t say anything because ‘religion is private, personal, darn, I can’t come up with a third word starting with a ‘p’ anyway, don’t let folks go to bad churches.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Remember Caliste Burt in your prayers.

Pray for Olivia, health and well being and little baby Eli.

Salvation for Lisa, and safety while she’s living a horrible lifestyle.

For Chip, that he would be more secure in himself and not be a player.

the bible

Romans 1:24; Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Homosexuality is pictured by Paul not as the ultimate sin but as the ultimate distortion of God’s creative genius. When the human family indulges in sexual behavior antithetical to that for which they were biologically, psychologically, and emotionally designed, the “futile” imagination has so “darkened” the foolish heart (v. 21) that it is virtually impossible to view anything as God intended. To these awesome sins of homosexuality and sodomy, Paul applies six terms of evaluation: (1) “uncleanness” (v. 24), (2) “lusts” (v. 24), (3) “dishonor” (v. 24), (4) “vile passions” (v. 26), (5) “against nature” (v. 26), and (6) “shameful” (v. 27). After listing a host of other iniquities, Paul concludes the section with the promise of the certainty of God’s judgment against all such sin. Additional passages demonstrate that homosexuality is a hideous sin which falls under the scope of God’s judgment (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9).

We need to make sure we are not duped by all the media hype and TV shows that would make us think that the homosexual is a normal person and they’ve just been maligned for no good reason. The biblical view is completely different, and if we are bible believing people than we need to maintain our biblical view and not a sinful worldview.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Thanks for all the prayers I’m doing much better.

Remember our salvation list; (which changes based on my memory at the time)

Tara, Lauren, Nicole, Cherry, Anne, Norma Perales and family, Oscar and Cristina, Mona and Bill L.

Remember to pray for Lisa, salvation, mental health, a host of other things.

Remember Caliste Burt, 4th brain tumor found, they are not going to consider surgery until the virus is passed or it becomes necessary.

short but not so sweet

April 22, 2020

DOG BONE

Well this is going to be one of the shortest devotions and one of the most selfish.

1; God loves you and can forgive you of anything

2; I’m in so much pain right now I can barely see, please pray for me and that the doctors will be able to figure out what’s really wrong.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

CONFESSION

April 21, 2020

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“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9). The root word for fellowship and communion is common. Our communion with the Father and the Son, having fellowship one with another, is to have common thoughts, affections, and purposes. It is a oneness of heart and mind. It is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart … and with all thy mind…” (Luke 10:27). As we study His Word in dependence upon His Spirit, we are in communion with His thoughts. As we love the Lord Jesus, we are loving the One whom the Father loves with all His heart.

  Free from self-condemnation, free from a guilty conscience, free in the faithful advocacy of the Lord Jesus, free in the confession of our sins and cleansing from all unrighteousness, we are in the light of His presence to worship Him, commune with Him, and grow in Him. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18). It is the look that justifies, but it is the gaze that sanctifies.

  Having died in Christ to sin, Satan, law, and the world, we are freed and born anew, made new creations in the Lord Jesus. Abiding in Him in the light of the Father, we are at liberty to gaze upon Him in the full love of hearts and minds that are free from the palling darkness of unconfessed sins and a defiled conscience. No nervous, anxious or restless self-effort; just quiet rest in Him, knowing that our “life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3). By the ministry of the Spirit of Christ within, the life of the Lord Jesus is manifested increasingly in our everyday walk.

  Our Father’s purpose for us is that we become conformed to the image (character) of His Son. To that end, all things are being “worked together” (Rom. 8:28, 29). In our position in Christ, our Father has already perfected us, made us complete in Him. In our walk, He by His Spirit is fashioning us after that blessed pattern, “that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor. 4:11).

  “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (I John 2:6). In the first place, the Lord Jesus walked in the light, in fellowship with His Father. “…The Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13). Secondly, He walked in full dependence upon the Holy Spirit. “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness…” (Matt. 4:1). “…Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God…” (Heb. 9:14). Likewise, our life is hid with Christ in God, and we walk in the light of God’s presence during our earthly course. Our dependence is expressed as we “walk in the Spirit,” that we may not “fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). We are to “…worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3, NASB).

  One of the Father’s means of teaching us the Spirit-dependent walk in the light is to let us flounder in the darkness of self. The Lord Jesus also patiently waits to show us that all our sins have been cleansed by His blood. Coupled with our sins is the crushing weight of an evil conscience, which is often endured for years. And He continues to wait for us to acknowledge our position in Him in the light, so that we may rest in what He has already done about our sins. “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience…” (Heb. 10:22, NASB).

  “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb. 9:14). Laboring under a load of unconfessed sins, we are disqualified from fellowship with our Father, as well as from usefulness to others: we are, rather, a burden to all. It is such believers whom He urges to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). The need is ever present, the work is forever done! He has placed us in His Son, having “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). All that is required is that we confidently abide where we have already been placed.

  We are not to abide in our present condition, counting upon help from Him in heaven for our walk and service. Just the opposite! He has shown us our position in order that we may abide in our risen Lord, in the light and presence of the Father. It is from that vantage point that we become involved in the needs of this world. In John 3:13 our Lord Jesus referred to Himself as “he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” He shared heavenly life in a world of need. If He is to do the same and more today through us, we must abide in heaven as we sojourn on earth. Only life lived in the light of glory can overcome the world of darkness.

  In summary, (1) we count ourselves to have died unto sin, and to be alive unto God in the Lord Jesus (Rom. 6:11); (2) we accept our position in the light when we know ourselves to be new creations in our risen Savior (Eph. 2:6), (3) we enjoy His blessed fellowship as we judge ourselves in confession of our sins (1 John 1:7, 9). Then it is that our Lord can work through us in the lives of others, “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18).

      Keep Looking Down

  “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Col. 3.3, NASB

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Salvation list, Anne, Lauren, Tara, Nicole, Cherry, Marinna, Cristina and Oscar.

Thanks for all the prayers for me, after falling 18 feet and landing on a huge pile of cedar, the knee brace is off and all the scratches, cuts, bruises, are all healing. It was a miracle that I was not punctured or stabbed by all the limbs, not to mention the chainsaw that came tumbling down with me. (according to my wife I am still grounded from the chainsaw). fa