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For I am not Ashamed of the Gospel of God

Romans 1:15-16   So, for my part, I am ready to announce the gospel to you also who are in Rome.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one who believes, both to Jew first and to Greek.

Acts 28:30-31 And he remained two whole years in his own rented dwelling and welcomed all those who came to him, Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness, unhindered.

When it comes to the gospel I thank the Lord for Romans 1:15-16 and Acts 28:30-31 amongst others.  The Apostle Paul’s testimony was that he was not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation.  What an awesome verse!  But then sometimes there still remains a certain amount of shame to speak of Lord to others?!? Our experience does not seem to match that of Paul.  Well, don’t be discouraged.  Paul used to be a top persecutor and opposer to the church.  If God can transform Paul then he certainly can do the same in us!  Secondly the book of Acts concludes with a great word, UNHINDERED.    He was proclaiming, teaching with all boldness unhindered.  That meant the Lord had a free way on earth through him to do whatever he wanted.  What a pattern!  Pray that the Lord could have a way in you unhindered.  With no barriers between you and him.  Praise the Lord!

 

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Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

Acts 6:1-4   And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrews occurred, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily dispensing.

And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not fitting for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.

But brothers, look for seven well-attested men from among you, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need.

But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word.

 

I’ve been impressed with the importance of prayer in relation to so many things.  And here in Acts chapter 6 we see what the early disciples had practiced.  They were first a praying people.  They just didn’t go out and do things randomly without praying first.  Second they were given to the ministry of the word!  How awesome!  But these two go together.  They are inseparable.  Don’t divorce yourself from prayer!  How many people are bold to speak many things in the name of God.  But how much prayer is there before God?  This is the real test.  This is a principle in the bible.  Another sidebar is that they were not alone they were a group.  There is something to be said for praying with others in twos or threes or more.  When we pray together there is more firepower (Matthew 18:19-20).  Their prayer afforded them the divine strength and power needed for the ministry of the word.  So their speaking had impact and surely was the Lord’s speaking.  They were truly the Lord’s continuation on the earth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beware of Unforgiven Offenses

Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also;

15 But if you do not forgive men their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came and said to Him, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?

22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy times seven.

Mark 11:25  And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in the heavens may also forgive you your offenses.

26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your offenses.

 

Beware of unforgiven offenses.  For whatever we do not forgive men our heavenly Father will not forgive us our own offenses.  This is serious!  We have been forgiven and justified by God already for our sins.  But if we hold onto offenses from others withholding forgiveness from them then we are in trouble.  May the Lord grant us his rich mercy in this matter.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Christian Virtues

 

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Giving thanks at all times for all things

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks at all times for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians  5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

2 Timothy 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

It’s never a small thing to give thanks.  The word of God is all-inclusive it shows us to give thanks at all times for all things.  Wow!  And all things mean, all things.  Doing this will save us from becoming bitter, from complaining, and will soften our heart towards the Lord.  What a safeguard!  On the negative side in Paul’s epistle to Timothy he prophesied to him concerning the degradation or decline of the church, and one of the manifestations of this decline is unthankfulness.  Eph. 5:20 and Col. 3:17 tells us to give thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  “In the name” implies the organic union that we as believers have with the Lord.  This means that we can’t do this in ourselves but only in the Lord.  Furthermore according to 1 Thess. 5:18 it is the will of God for us to give thanks!  God’s will!  The context of those verses is that we always rejoice, unceasingly pray and in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  When we live a rejoicing, praying, thanking life in Christ,  this is the will of God.  May the Lord have mercy on us to be full of thanks.

 

 

 

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Love and Shepherding

John 21:15 Then when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.

16 He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Shepherd My sheep.

17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me? Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You. Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.

 

Peter had experienced a failure while following the Lord.  He was so confident and bold in himself that he told the Lord that he would die for him.  But the Lord responded by saying will you lay down your life for me?  “Truly, truly, I say to you, A rooster shall by no means crow until you deny Me three times” (John 13:38).  The Lord knew Peter would deny him not just once or even twice but three times!  What a failure to Peter!  He must have been devastated.  But the Lord came to him after his resurrection to come and not only restore his love to him but also his shepherding of others.  He asked him do you love me three times then he mentions shepherding his sheep.  If you love the Lord you will shepherd others.  This is the Lords desire.  Actually our taking care of others must come out of our love for the Lord.

 

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Your faith has healed you


Matthew 9:18  As He was speaking these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshipped Him, saying, My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live.

19 And Jesus rose and followed him, and so did His disciples.

20 And behold, a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years approached from behind and touched the fringe of His garment,

21 For she said within herself, If only I touch His garment, I will be healed.

22 And Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, Take courage, daughter; your faith has healed you. And the woman was healed from that hour.

23 And when Jesus came to the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion,

24 He said, Depart, for the girl has not died but is sleeping. And they laughed scornfully at Him.

25 But when the crowd had been put out, He entered and took hold of her hand, and the girl rose up.

26 And this report went out into all that land.

 

Here is a woman who had been suffering for twelves years who heard about the Lord Jesus Christ.  But what touches me about this woman is that she not only heard something objective about the Lord but she believed if she touched him she would be healed.  This is a true believer.  She heard the facts, yes.  But she sought the Lord out in the midst of a huge crowd just to touch the fringe of his garment!  Wow.  She was seeking to touch him.  And the Lord’s response is quite lovely.  He turns and says to her ” your faith has healed you” .  “Your faith”.  He didn’t say I have healed you.  Nor did he say “the faith has healed you”, but “your faith” has healed you.  After we’ve heard the facts, seek the Lord, have some time with him, the faith become “our faith”.  My faith, your faith.  We all need to have a personal touch with the Lord everyday.  Some personal contact with him through the word and prayer. Thank you Lord!

 

 

 

 

 

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Regenerated With The Incorruptible Seed

1 Peter 1:23  Having been regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God.

1 John 3:9 Everyone who has been begotten of God does not practice sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.

 

1 Peter says that we have been regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible seed.  We were regenerated the moment we believed into Christ at the time of our conversion through the living and abiding word of God.  At such time we were “regenerated” (John 3:3, 5).  That is we were born again, with another life.  And that life is the eternal life of God!  What a mystery it is that human beings can be regenerated!  And it is by this incorruptible seed that we have been regenerated.  What is this seed?  This seed is the eternal life of God, the divine life.  1 John 3:9 says that we who have been begotten of God have his seed abiding within us.  And this seed is the divine, eternal life because we have been begotten of God!  We have the divine seed within us!

 

 

 

 

 

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