Before It Is Too Late! - By Daymond Duck - https://www.raptureready.com/2023/08/05/before-it-is-too-late-by-daymond-duck/
On July 24, 2023, it was reported that Marshall, Minn. Pastor John Tramm wrote a letter to Minn. Gov. Tim Walz that was signed by 20 Minn. Pastors and hand-delivered to Gov. Walz by Pastor Tramm and Pastor Eric Anderson.
The letter urged Gov. Walz to “Repent, change your ways before it is too late.”
It was prompted by three bills that Gov. Walz signed:
Tramm said he is praying for Gov. Walz, and he urged other pastors and Christians to stand up and speak out.
Is it possible for people to run out of time to repent and be saved?
It is a debatable subject.
We know that a multitude too great to be counted will hear the gospel, repent, and be saved during the Tribulation Period, but:
Not everyone agrees, but I believe that those that have heard the gospel but refused to believe it, accept Jesus, and repent of their sins, are running out of time to get saved before they are struck with strong delusion (like the blinding of the Jews or the hardening of Pharoah’s heart).
The Bible clearly teaches that people need to be ready to go on a moment’s notice because:
So, make your salvation sure now, reach your loved ones now, etc., and you won’t have to be concerned about it being too late later.
Here are some recent events that may relate to the end of the age Bible prophecy.
One, concerning natural disasters: on July 28, 2023, it was reported that two-thirds of the U.S. (almost 200 million people) is experiencing an extreme heat wave.
In many places, the heat index ranges between 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
(Note: The temperature in Pheonix, AZ has exceeded 110 degrees for 30 consecutive days, and the heat index has been higher.)
(Note: On July 28, 2023, UN Sec. Gen. Guterres said, “The era of global warming has ended; the era of global boiling has arrived.” He added that “July 2023 is set to be the hottest month ever recorded in human history.” He wants “dramatic action” to combat it, but that appears to be a push to empower the UN, the WHO, the WEF, and other globalist organizations to control the world.)
Two, concerning an economic collapse: due primarily to high taxes and a high cost of living, California’s population has declined three years in a row.
Businesses and jobs are leaving the state, and it is losing hundreds of millions of dollars of income from tax revenues every year.
Three, concerning the right to buy and sell: in June 2023, UK Brexit Leader Nigel Farage was de-banked, meaning the bank where he was banking (Coutts) canceled his accounts.
Farage believed his accounts were canceled for “political” reasons, and he believed it was wrong for banks to have the ability to control people’s access to their own money.
At first, officials where Farage banked denied that they de-banked him for political reasons, but he filed for and received a report that showed that he was, in fact, de-banked because of his politics, and two of the bank’s top officials were forced to resign.
On July 27, it was reported that Farage said, “Banks should not be and must never become political organizations.”
It sounds to me like Farage was saying he doesn’t believe politically correct bank officials should be allowed to deny people the right to buy and sell because their views are not politically correct.
Students of Bible prophecy can see that this is headed toward the Mark of the Beast.
Here is a similar story, but this one happened in the U.S.
On July 26, 2023, it was reported that Dr. Joseph Mercola’s business (Mercola Market), some of his employees, and some of his employees’ relatives were de-banked for an unspecified reason that the bank refuses to reveal.
Mercola wonders why the bank would de-bank some of his employees and their relatives if it is not political.
The CEO of Mercola’s business said, “It’s just hard to believe that your family, your wife, your kids can’t have a bank account because of the opinions of your employer, and they’ve never done anything wrong.”
Have you got that? JPMorgan Chase Bank not only de-banked the CEO of Mercola’s business, but they also went after his wife and kids, who have nothing to do with the operation of the business.
As we approach the end of the age, isn’t it interesting that two different, very large banks in two different nations (the UK and U.S.) de-banked customers at close to the same time?
Four, concerning a global pandemic: on July 30, 2023, it was reported that the Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently said the CDC will likely announce in early Sept. that citizens should take an annual vaccination for Covid-19.
Many studies now confirm that the jab has caused heart damage in some patients, so requiring people (including children) to be jabbed every year could be problematic.
Five, concerning Joe Biden’s crime, lies and deceit in Washington, the media, etc.: on July 30, 2023, Zero Hedge reported that an investigative journalist that uses the name KanekoaTheGreat on Twitter said:
Here is a link to the article:
Here is a link to another article by Townhall:
This is just part of the report, and if these things are true, honest people must wonder how the DOJ, CIA, FBI, and others can cover all of this up if they are not corrupt.
(Note: It has reached the point that a few Republican members of Congress have called for the FBI to be defunded or shut down altogether.)
(Note: On July 26, 2023, the district judge that was presiding over Hunter’s sweetheart plea deal with the DOJ threw it out, and some pundits believe panic is beginning to grip Washington, DC. One pundit suggested that the DOJ, FBI, CIA, and others may be going after Trump like they are because they fear what he will do to them if he gets back in power.)
(Note: On July 31, 2023, one of Hunter Biden’s most trusted business partners told the House Oversight Committee that is investigating the Biden corruption that Joe Biden is the “Big Guy” that is mentioned in several texts and e-mails. In the past, it was reported that the “Big Guy’s cut of Hunter’s take was 10%.)
(Note: On July 31, 2023, highly respected law professor, Jonathan Turley, said, “I think this is shaping up to be one of the greatest corruption scandals in the history of Washington, and that is saying a lot.”)
Six, concerning a global population reduction: on July 31, 2023, Dr. Robert Malone, internationally recognized scientist and mRNA researcher, said he has reluctantly concluded that the COVID-19 jabs were a CIA operation to depopulate the world.
(My opinion: This will not sit well with those that want to force everyone to get a global ID and be jabbed. And there is little doubt in my mind that Dr. Malone will soon be accused of spreading misinformation.)
FYI: God does not send anyone to Hell (all of us are born with a sin nature and destined to go to Hell because we sin), but God has provided a way (Jesus) for everyone to go to Heaven (and He is the only way to get there; John 14:6).
Finally, are you Rapture Ready?
If you want to be rapture ready and go to heaven, you must be born again (John 3:3). God loves you, and if you have not done so, sincerely admit that you are a sinner; believe that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who died for the sins of the world, was buried, and raised from the dead; ask Him to forgive your sins, cleanse you, come into your heart and be your Saviour; then tell someone that you have done this.
We’re In a War… And It’s Battlefield Is Waged In Hearts And Minds – By Hal Lindsey - https://harbingersdaily.com/were-in-a-war-and-its-battlefield-is-waged-in-hearts-and-minds/
War! It’s one of those words that carries a built-in emotional wallop. It can raise feelings of patriotic pride and of dark dread at the same time. Other than terrorist attacks, America has been spared from fighting on its own soil for a long time. But if you look back at World War II, you see that even on the home front — a place of seeming peace — lives changed dramatically.
Car manufacturing plants were converted into plants for making the machines of war. New cars could wait. But to keep Ol’ Bessie running, you might want some new tires. Sorry. The war needed rubber, so tires became impossible to buy for most citizens. Food was rationed. Millions planted “victory gardens.” Lots of restaurants removed meat from their menus entirely.
Change and sacrifice are two of the main hallmarks of a winning war effort.
If you read the Bible, you already know that we are in the midst of a war right now — a spiritual war. If you watch or read the news — or if you get out of the house — you know that that war has risen to a fever pitch.
Like it or not, we live in a war zone. Bombs of deceit, violence, and rage explode all around us. This spiritual war is not hypothetical, and it is not a metaphor. It is a real war with real casualties and real collateral damage. But a spiritual war is not to be fought with guns, fists, or missiles. In John 18:36 [NKJV], Jesus said to Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight.”
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
The battlefields of this war are the hearts and minds of human beings everywhere, including our own. Battles rage around us and in us. We need to cast down those things within ourselves that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. Make every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Don’t be surprised when the war brings hardship. 2 Timothy 2:3 says, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” War is not easy. 1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”
In the midst of the battles, even with painful wounds and sacrifice, the joy of the Lord can be your strength. Stay close to Him. Enjoy sweet fellowship with Him. Sometimes that will include what Philippians 3:10 calls, “the fellowship of His sufferings.” No one wants to suffer, but suffering in fellowship with Him is sweeter than the grandest party with anyone else.
So far in this country, our sacrifices have mostly been financial — typically that has meant giving to the cause of Christ. Compared to the suffering of many Christians around the world, that’s small. And when we give well, it is highly effective for the cause of Christ and therefore of peace for the world.
Will the war become more severe? Until the rapture takes place, the general trend will be toward a world of increasing chaos and persecution. In John 16:33, Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation.” Then He added this glorious statement. “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
In other words, He has already won the war, and that means we have, too. So, be of good cheer!
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7 Trends Which Indicate That Economic Disaster Is Approaching Very Rapidly - by Michael Snyder - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/7-trends-which-indicate-that-economic-disaster-is-approaching-very-rapidly/
The economic meltdown that is coming should not be a surprise to anyone. Throughout U.S. history, there have always been signs that a major downturn was coming, and that is precisely what we are witnessing right now. Tax revenues are way down, demand for trucking services is way down, demand for cardboard boxes is way down, the money supply is shrinking at the fastest pace in modern history, and the Conference Board’s index of leading economic indicators has already declined for 15 months in a row. At this point, anyone that cannot see what is coming has got to be willingly blind. The following are 7 trends which indicate that economic disaster is approaching very rapidly…
#1 When economic activity slows down, less tax revenue comes in. Right now, federal government and state government tax revenues are declining precipitously…
US state and local governments just experienced the worst decline in income tax revenues ever recorded.
This was the second steepest year-over-year percentage decline in history, with only the GFC having a worse outcome.
Note that Federal tax receipts are also dropped again, now at recessionary levels and approaching -10% on a YoY basis.
#2 When the economy slows down, trucking companies see less demand for their services. So it is deeply alarming that truck freight volume and spending absolutely plummeted during the second quarter…
Truck freight volume and spending in the second quarter of 2023 declined by the highest levels since the early days of the pandemic, the latest U.S. Bank Freight Payment Index revealed. Spending by shippers dropped 10.9% compared to the second quarter of 2022 while shipment volume dropped 9%, according to a statement from the Minneapolis-based bank.
#3 Employment is supposed to be the “bright spot” for the economy, but the latest employment report shows that the U.S. actually lost 585,000 full-time jobs last month…
Well, one look at this month’s adjustment and it’s literally a shocker: you will not hear anyone from the Biden admin or associated economist cheerleaders mention this, but the BLS reported that in July the number of full-time jobs plunged by 585,000 to 134.274 million, the biggest monthly drop since record covid crash of 14.7 million jobs!
#4 U.S. employers have already announced more job cuts this year than they did in all of 2022, and the hits just keep on coming…
CVS Health said Monday it is cutting approximately 5,000 jobs to focus more on healthcare services for its customers.
The move, which is supposed to help the company save money, will affect workers primarily in corporate jobs, the Wall Street Journal reported.
#5 Thanks to rapidly rising interest rates, monthly costs for new homebuyers are almost 20 percent higher than they were a year ago. This is absolutely crushing the housing market…
The monthly cost for a potential homebuyer has surged nearly 20% compared with a year ago as prices remain elevated, according to new data.
During the four-week period ending July 30, the monthly mortgage payment for the typical U.S. homebuyer sat at $2,605, 19% higher than the same period a year earlier, according to Redfin.
#6 The fact that delinquency rates for commercial real estate mortgages are skyrocketing is yet another sign that we are in the early stages of the worst commercial real estate crisis in all of U.S. history…
The delinquency rate of commercial real estate mortgages on office properties that had been securitized into Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) spiked to 5.0% by loan balance in July, up from a delinquency rate of 2.8% in April, having now spiked by 2.2 percentage points in three months, by far the biggest three-month spike in the data going back to 2000, and by 3.4 percentage points so far this year, by far the biggest seven-month spike, according to Trepp, which tracks and analyzes CMBS.
#7 The share of the U.S. population that cannot even afford “a $400 emergency expense” just continues to go up…
“The share of U.S. adults who said they would cover a $400 emergency expense with cash or equivalents dropped by 2 percentage points from the previous quarter to 46%, highlighting how cash-strapped many Americans are despite the recent decrease in headline inflation,” according to the survey developed by Bloomberg and conducted by intelligence company Morning Consult.
But Joe Biden and his defenders continue to insist that everything is just fine.
In fact, Joy Behar is quite certain that “the economy is booming” right now…
Leftist Joy Behar — who reportedly earns $7 million annually as a co-host on “The View” — said on Friday’s program that “the economy is booming” and “people are having an easier time putting bread on the table” in a passionate defense of President Joe Biden.
For those that are making millions of dollars a year, I am sure that everything must seem great.
But for the rest of us, things are tough.
Meanwhile, our banks continue to experience really weird “technical glitches”. For example, in recent days many Wells Fargo customers have been greatly upset about money disappearing from their accounts…
On X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, users complained about their disappearing funds. One bank customer said they saw the news about the problem right as they noticed their deposits weren’t in their account.
“Right before this popped up in the news I saw that my deposits weren’t in my account,” their tweet read. “I was trying to pay bills and none would go through. This is so unacceptable.”
The company responded in a statement to CNN that a “limited amount” of their customers are experiencing the disappearing deposits. They said most of them were “resolved” and that they would fix the problem soon.
This is another example which shows why it is wise to never keep all of your eggs in one basket.
Our financial institutions are far more vulnerable than most people realize, and the cyberattacks that we have seen so far are just a small preview of what is coming.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t understand any of the things that I have discussed in this article.
Most Americans are simply trusting that our leaders have everything under control, and so they will be bitterly, bitterly disappointed when they finally realize the truth.
Take My Life, Lord - By Nathele Graham - email@example.com
It’s no secret that I love hymns. Since I was a child, I loved singing hymns. When I was a child, I didn’t really think about the words, but they were written on my heart. As I grew, the hymns I learned at a young age took on a deeper meaning. One of my favorites was written by Frances Havergal in 1873. It’s called Take My Life and Let It Be.
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in endless praise.
Each and every person who has ever lived has been given a valuable gift from God. Life. No matter how short or long a person’s life is, it is valuable. Unfortunately, too often, we forget who the giver of life is and choose to ignore Him. Scripture is quite clear in telling us that God created everything, including humans. The first chapter in Genesis explains that God created all things, but the Apostle John makes it even clearer.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).
Jesus is God and the Creator of all that is. How can we withhold our life from Him? More than just intellectually knowing that there is a God, we need to wholeheartedly give our life to Him. After all, He gave His life for us. Life is made up of moments, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years, etc. How we use that time is very important. We can use our gift of life to live in opposition to God, or we can choose to allow Him to use each moment of our life for His glory. God has a purpose for you, and you will always feel on edge until you let Him reveal that purpose to you. The prophet Jeremiah was called by God, but he made every excuse he could in order to not allow God to use him. God’s words to him are important, and He has the same words to us.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest from out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”(Jeremiah 1:5).
Not everyone is ordained to be a prophet, or a preacher, or a songwriter, but God has a purpose for each of us. Jeremiah made excuses because he felt inadequate, but God told him why he didn’t need to fear.
“Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 1:8).
Give each moment of your life to God and stop being afraid.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Think of the evil we see all around us. You can be sure that kidnappers, murderers, and those who riot and cause pain and loss in others are not moving at the impulse of God’s love. They are being influenced by the god of this world. Satan hates people simply because God loves us. What do you think would happen if every person who claims to be a Christian would use their hands for His glory instead of hurting others? What if we went where He led us rather than walking into sin? Instead of watching wickedness on television or the internet, what if Christians would start reading Scripture? What if, instead of listening to songs that glorify sin, Christians listened to songs that glorify God?
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
If you call yourself a Christian, study that verse; you’re called by His name.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
One of my regrets in life is that I’m not a great singer. Fortunately, God doesn’t require us to have perfect pitch in order to praise Him.
“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Psalm 95:1-2).
What is a joyful noise that God likes to hear? Our praises of His glory. Praising Him for what He has done. We have life, and there is beauty all around if we just open our eyes to see it. The birds don’t care if they live in the wide-open spaces or in a city. They sing. They nest in trees, whether that tree is in a forest, a city park, or on a concrete sidewalk. We can sing His praises wherever we live. His praises don’t necessarily need to be in song. If we use our lips to spread the Gospel or encourage someone who is struggling, then we’ve used our voice to praise God. We’ve shown His love. Do you use your voice to share His love, or do you use His name as a cuss word? It’s difficult to praise God and spew filthy language at the same time.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
The word “communications” comes from the Greek “logos,” which means speech. The Apostle Paul tells us not to let corrupt talk come from our lips but to use words to share God’s love to all who hear.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
I have to admit that I don’t have a lot of silver or gold. There are many people who have been investing in precious minerals, but I’m not one. I don’t even have much paper money or a large bank account. God wants us to use whatever we have for His glory. If you have riches, then you shouldn’t be stingy. There are many people in need. Use what you have to glorify God. The Apostles weren’t rich, but they had a treasure entrusted to them. They were to spread the Gospel. One day Peter and John were in the Temple when they were approached by a man who was lame. The man asked for money.
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).
We all have gifts from God. I must confess that I would love to have the gift of healing. Whatever your gift, use it for God’s glory. He may have entrusted you with riches; use them for His glory. Give your life to God and let Him use you as He sees fit.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Submission to God isn’t always easy. He may ask you to step out of your comfort zone in order to serve Him. Scripture is filled with accounts of people who submitted to Him and accomplished great things for His glory. I think of Queen Esther, of Jeremiah, of Daniel, and so many others. The greatest example of submission was given by our Lord, Jesus Christ. He stepped out of Heaven and into this fallen world in order to be our only way of salvation. He set aside the glory He had with the Father and humbly submitted to being human in order to be our Kinsman Redeemer. Did He want to be beaten, spit upon, mocked, whipped, and crucified? No, He didn’t. His body felt the pain. Still, He submitted to God the Father. On the night He was betrayed by a friend and arrested, He knew what was to come. What was His example to us? Prayer and submission.
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:41-42).
Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice of love. Because Jesus submitted His will, He went to the cross. He died, was buried, but then came the resurrection. He conquered death for us. Not death of these human bodies in which we live, but faith in Him brings eternal life with God. We have the opportunity to submit our fears to Him and share the Gospel with others. Don’t let fear silence you.
“And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3: 13-16).
The word “conversation” here means a way of life. If God is sitting on the throne of your heart and you are submitting to the King, then you will be living a life that others may mock, but you will not be ashamed of their accusations. You will be living in submission to Christ, and your will will be lost in His.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Love. There is no greater love than God’s pure and perfect love for us. How can we repay His love for us? As hard as I try, I fail in loving others as I should. I want God to sit on the throne of my heart. I want to allow Him to use me to show His love to others. When I come across a person who irritates me to the point that I’m thinking very unchristian thoughts, that’s when I need to take a step back and remember that person is a sinner in need of hearing the Gospel. I’m a sinner saved by grace, and for that, I’m very thankful.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the git of God: not by works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
There are many people all around us who haven’t found grace and forgiveness from God. That’s why I need to allow God’s love to flow through me.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I will turn my will over to You. I pray that You will help me to submit my will to Your will. Please give me boldness to share Your Gospel with others. Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.
God bless you all,
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Daily Jot: Because He first loved us - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
In 1860, Anna B. Warner wrote the song “Jesus Loves Me.” Many of us grew up with this song in Sunday School because it tells us as children that “Jesus loves me. This I know, for the Bible tells me so.” There are five verses. As kids, we probably didn’t sing all five, but the last verse goes like this: “Jesus loves me! He will stay Close beside me all the way; Thou hast bled and died for me, I will henceforth live for Thee.” Also, in the 1800’s, Hymnist Fanny Crosby wrote a similarly-themed hymn “Because He first loved me,” saying, “I love my blessed Savior because He first loved me.” These songs have a far deeper meaning that goes back to the time of Moses teaching the Israelites about God’s love and how to experience it.
In Deuteronomy 7:12, Moses says, “And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the love that he swore to your father’s.” The traditional Jewish interpretation of this verse is, “because you will listen…” as in, “and it shall be that your heel is ready to take a step, you will listen to your heart.” This is the step of faith, as you walk with God, you will come to know that love—and love Him in return. Listening and responding, is the point. If the people listen to God’s word and are obedient to it, then the blessings of God will be abundant. The more we walk with the LORD God, and hear His ways, the closer we will be drawn to Him.
Moses reminded them how the LORD had kept them all the years in the wilderness, and did this so that they would look to Him for their needs. And now the Promised Land laid before them, and the LORD would continue to care for them as He had in the desert. The blessedness came from walking by faith, Moses warned the people not to forget the LORD by ignoring His commandments. If they forgot their deliverance and turned away trusting in their own ingenuity, God promised they would soon perish from the land. Moses reminded the people of God’s forgiveness, exhorting them to “circumcise” their hearts–that is to remove their hard heartedness. Open hearts toward the love of God compels us to love Him in return.
The book of Deuteronomy mentions the word love over twenty times, mostly dealing with God’s love for us as His people. Let us recall Christ telling the lawyer in Matthew 22:37 what is the most important commandment: “to love the LORD your God, with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Jesus is reaffirming the Jewish Shema, commanding us to also love the Lord God in response to His love. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.” Let us learn to walk with God, with Christ, learning His ways and His love for us that we might Love the LORD our God with all our heart, our mind and strength. By this, we might also love our neighbor as ourself, showing the light of Christ to all.
Daily Devotion: An End to Sin’s Control - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. —Romans 8:4
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/an-end-to-sins-control-2/ - Listen
Do you ever find yourself doing the thing you don’t want to do or thinking the thought you don’t want to think?
The apostle Paul described a similar struggle in Romans 7. Yet there’s not a single mention of the Holy Spirit in this chapter. In Romans 8, however, Paul made at least twenty references to the Holy Spirit. In chapter 7 we see Paul trying to live the Christian life in his own strength. But by chapter 8, he realizes that help is available.
There is someone who will enable us to live the life God has called us to live, and that is the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote, “God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit” (Romans 8:3–4 NLT).
If you’re a spiritual person, then you’ll naturally want to do spiritual things. For instance, some people get up in the morning and make spending time with God a priority. While they’re driving, they might listen to a Christian radio station, worship music, or a Bible study podcast. They attend church regularly and are even involved in a small group.
As a result, they’re getting stronger spiritually.
In contrast, there are some who neglect Bible study and prayer. They listen to talk radio while they’re in their car. They’ll go to church, but only occasionally. And they’re not involved in a small group.
Is it any wonder, then, why some people do better spiritually than others?
The best way to stop going backward in your walk with Christ is to keep moving forward. This is not a works-based righteousness. Rather, it’s a working righteousness. And the way to do it is with the help of the Holy Spirit.
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