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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bump View Post
    I accepted Jesus in 1989 and was babitized. Since that day old habits just fell off and I began a new life. Before that day I was nearly divorced, couldnt see my children, smoked and drank daily and didnt give a ---- about anything except myself. Almost immediately Kaye and I got back together after 7 months of separation, started attending a little church and began to start a new life. Now we are about to celebrate our 35th anniversary and have never been happier. Its a good life in comparison to my old one. That was 22 years ago and almost daily I thank him. It works for me and my family and we have some of the best friends on earth. I'm not one to debate anything but I know he lives.



    It takes guts to start a thread like this Ray. You are what a real man of God is.
    I accepted Christ in 1972, before then, I dreaded going home and having words with wife. Christ turned my life around and now my wife and I are close to being married 47 years, some hiccups in first seven, but they do not get any better than now. She is my friend and supports me when I need it. Thanks Ray again.
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    As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
    Proverbs 27:17

    Threads like these are good reminder to keep each other "sharp".
    Thanks for posting this Ray!
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    ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ : st. Jerome

    it wasn't until i was in my twenties that i found out what this really meant. so now im still an idiot just not an ignorant one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustyboy View Post
    ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ : st. Jerome

    it wasn't until i was in my twenties that i found out what this really meant. so now im still an idiot just not an ignorant one.
    All I got to say is I just hope there's a boat load of Grace when my time comes. I been reading "Ragamuffin Gospel" for little over a week now. Really enjoying that.
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    Second chances don't stop at two.....

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    Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    2Chronicles 7:14 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.

    The only way, by which God can be reconciled to a sinful people, is, by their humbleness before Him and humiliation to the actual reformation and amendment of their lives; that is ever the proper fruit of repentance, to forsake our sins and become better for the future, more pious and devout towards God, more sober and chaste with regard to ourselves, more humble before God, seeking His face and turning from our wicked ways and idolatry.
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    “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).

    The word defile here suggests “freeing through repudiation.” Daniel was saying, in other words, “Any compromise of my standards will rob me of my freedom!” So Daniel committed to eat only beans and drink only water for ten days. When he told the prince of the eunuchs this, the prince answered, “You’re going to cost me my life! You’ll look sickly at the end of ten days. Your cheeks will be sunken—and the king will surely notice! Here—eat just a little meat. You need the protein. Drink the wine to build up your blood. Eat some of these sweets to give you energy!”

    I believe Daniel and the three Hebrew men had something more in mind than avoiding anything ceremonially unclean. They had been taken captive along with thousands of their countrymen. What they saw when they first arrived in Babylon must have shocked them beyond belief. It was a society so loose, immoral and full of cursing, these four men’s spiritual sensibilities were assailed.

    So the four made a commitment. They told each other, “We dare not compromise. We dare not adopt these moral standards. We will be separate, and we will be disciplined in our walk of faith!”

    I ask you: When you’re in a crisis, do you cry out, “Lord, where are you when I need you? Aren’t you committed to my deliverance?”

    But what if the Lord should say to you,
    “Where are you when I need a voice? I need voices in these sinful times, pure vessels through whom I can speak.
    You say you want me to come to your crisis—yet you remain a part of the wicked, worldly system.
    Tell me—are you committed to my purposes?” - David Wilkerson
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    1Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
    1Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
    1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
    1Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

    As the offices of certain persons are known by the garb or livery they wear, so are transgressors: where we see the world's livery we see the world's servants; they fashion or habit themselves according to their lusts, and we can know that they have a worldly mind by their conformity to worldly fashions, worldly events, worldly amusements and worldly lifestyles.

    The Christian is to be as different from what he was himself before conversion as he is from his fellow-men. He is to be governed by new laws, to aim at new objects, and to mould his life in accordance with new principles. Before conversion, he was

    (a.) supremely selfish;

    (b.) he lived for personal gratification;

    (c.) he gave free indulgence to his appetites and passions, restrained only by a respect for the decencies of life, and by a reference to his own health, property, or reputation, without regard to the will of God;

    (d.) he conformed himself to the customs and opinions around him, rather than to the requirements of his Maker;

    (e.) he lived to enhance the power, wealth, position, or reputation of his or herself, his supreme object being wealth, fame, the gathering of material things; or

    (f.) in many cases, gave indulgence to every passion which they wished to gratify, regardless of reputation, health, property, or salvation. Now they are to be governed by a different rule, and their own former standard of morals and of opinions is no longer their guide, but the will of God.

    According to the former lusts in your ignorance. When you were ignorant of the requirements of the gospel, and gave yourselves up to the unrestrained indulgence of your passions.

    God approves or disapproves of men according to their moral character by His standards.
    God's judgment will be according to a man's work, and a man's work or conduct will be according to the moral state of his mind. No favoritism can prevail in the day of judgment; nothing will pass there but holiness of heart and life. A righteousness imputed, and not possessed and practiced, will not avail where God judges according to every man's work. It would be well if those sinners and spurious believers who fancy themselves safe and complete in the righteousness of Christ, while impure and unholy in themselves, would think of this testimony of the apostle.

    2Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.



    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    The world that now is-THIS present state of things, is as much opposed to the spirit of genuine Christianity as the world then was. Pride, luxury, vanity, extravagance in dress, and riotous living, prevail now, as they did then, and are as unworthy of a Christian's pursuit as they are injurious to his soul, and hateful in the sight of God.

    And be not conformed, etc. The word rendered conformed properly means, to put on the form, fashion, or appearance of another. It refers to anything pertaining to the habit, manner, dress, style of living, etc., of others.

    Christians should not conform to the maxims, habits, feelings, etc., of a wicked, luxurious, and idolatrous age, but should be conformed solely to the precepts and laws of the gospel; or the same principle may be extended to every age, and the direction may be, that Christians should not conform to the prevailing habits, style, and manners of the world--the people who know not God. They are to be governed by the laws of the Bible; to fashion their lives after the example of Christ; and to form themselves by principles different from those which prevail in the world. In the application of this rule there is much difficulty. Many may think that they are not conformed to the world. They indulge in many things which they do not think to be conformity to the world. The design of this passage is doubtless to produce a spirit that should not find pleasure in the pomp and vanity of the world; and which will regard all vain amusements and gaieties with disgust, and lead the mind to find pleasure in the better things of God.

    Be not conformed to this world. "Be not fashioned according to this world". The humble follower of Christ dares not form, shape, or fashion (which is the exact sense of the Greek) himself after the foolish and vain customs, styles and forms of the worldly. - Matthew Henry

    In thus wholly dedicating themselves to the service of the Lord, Christians must go entirely against the course of this evil world, and incur the censure, ridicule, or enmity of ungodly men, which will greatly interfere with their worldly interests. They ought not therefore to seek happiness from the world, or conform to the maxims, customs, and fashions of mankind in general.
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    Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
    Psalms 97:10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:

    To hate evil; consists in a careful abstinence from sin, from a true dislike and hatred of it.
    Pride; which he mentions first, as that which is most hateful to God, and most opposite to true wisdom and to the fear of God.

    Show your love to the Lord
    by hating and forsaking all sin and, Abstain from all appearance of evil. - 1Thessalonians 5:22

    What you are to do: "Love the Lord." Reciprocally, personally, supremely, habitually, progressively.

    What you must do: "Hate evil." Evil working, evil writing, evil speaking, evil thinking; renounce evil, master it, supplant it.

    Renounce the worldly pomps, vanities, idolatry, lust, and fashions of the secular world.

    1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    1Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
    1Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
    1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
    1Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in FEAR:
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    "Abuse not therefore the patience and long-suffering of God, by abandoning yourselves to a course of ungodliness and worldliness; presume not to go on boldly in the same way of sinners, nor to sit down securely in an unconverted impenitent state, as he who said ...Matthew 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;

    My Lord delayeth his coming, lest he come and surprise you;"
    for,
    The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,
    2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

    Here we may observe,

    The certainty of the day of the Lord: though it is now above 2000 years since this epistle was written, and the day has not yet come, it assuredly will come. God has appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in righteousness, and he will keep his appointment. It is appointed to men once to die, and after this the judgment,
    Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

    "Settle it therefore in your hearts that the day of the Lord will certainly come, and you shall certainly be called to give an account of all things done in the body, whether good or evil; and let your exact walking before God, and your frequent judging yourselves, evidence your firm belief of a future judgment, when many live as if they were never to give any account at all."

    Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish
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    Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
    Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    Let's look at the definition of amuse.

    Definition of : amuse as by Merriam-Websters 11th Collegiate Dictionary
    1 : to divert the attention of so as to deceive
    : to occupy the attention of
    :ABSORB
    : DISTRACT, BEWILDER

    2 a : to entertain or occupy in a light, playful, or pleasant manner
    b : to appeal to the sense of humor of .
    synonyms: divert, entertain, recreate
    Related words: absorb, distract, engross; animate, beguile, charm, enchant, fascinate, wile;

    Who is it that deceives?

    Who is it that distracts?

    Who is it that beguiles?

    Who's wiles are we warned to be on caution against?


    answer...The Devil!! Satan, Lucifer, the fallen one, the father of lies, the prince of the "worldly", the false prophet, the false preacher, the smooth talker, prosperity preachers.

    Are we bearing good fruit by partaking in the sins of society and infidels and the sporting events of the "worldly" infidels. How can a "true" Christian be so bound by television, internet, sports, fashions, vanities and pomp of the present world. The idolatry of sports and t.v. where most of the athletes and actors/actresses are on drugs and/or steroids and are homosexuals/lesbians. Not to mention scenes of naked or half naked women on Monday night football. Violence, vulgar language, horror, murder, nudity, acts of fornication and adultery on "family time" television....

    How is this helping you to get ready for Heaven?

    What you are saying to your small children and teenagers, and husband/wife, is,
    “I choose the “world” over God and Heaven.”

    How can anyone claim to be a Christian, let alone a “true” Christian, when they have to
    have these things to amuse them?

    1Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

    Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    1Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

    2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

    Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

    Lamentations 2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

    Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    1Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

    It is in vain that you who frequent these idol festivals, profess the religion of Christ, and passion in the holy spiritual communion with God; you can not have that fellowship with Christ, while you are partakers of the table of demons.

    2Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

    Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


    People evidently don’t believe 1Corinthians 10:21…well if you don’t believe 1Corinthians 10:21, I would suggest reading the following scriptures and let them weigh on your mind and be very prayerful about its meaning. You eternal destination depends on your faith/belief in the truth of God’s Word.
    Hebrews 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
    Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

    2Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
    Greek for the word part is - meris, { mer-ece'} ; a portion, i.e. province, share or (abstractly) participation:--part (X -akers).

    What part does a believer have with a stadium full of infidels, a gambling table or any worldly event full of infidels? You slander the name of Christ and crucify Him over again with this idolatry.

    2Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

    Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
    Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    1Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
    1Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
    1Peter 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
    1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
    1Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

    Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.


    Lord let us pray that we will not be decieved any longer as to the assumption that a person can live in and go along with the sins and idolatry of the world and society and still enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Lord, help us this day to repent, turn from our iniquity and purify ourselves as You are pure.....lest we perish.
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    The Devil’s Best Lie…
    1Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
    1Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
    1Corinthians 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
    1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
    1Corinthians 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
    1Corinthians 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
    1Corinthians 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
    1Corinthians 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
    1Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
    1Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
    1Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
    1Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.


    "All" were baptized, "All" were fed, "All" did drink, but although God had done so much for them "All" without exception, many fell in the wilderness because of their sins....they returned to their sin and /or took up new sins, they let a little leaven in here and there......
    [ Numbers 26:65 For the LORD had said of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.];

    A startling warning to Christians on the journey to the Promise Land.

    (v5) - for they were overthrown in the wilderness. And yet "All" these persons were under the cloud- "All" passed through the sea- "All" were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea- "All" ate the same spiritual meat- "All" drank the same spiritual drink, "All" were saved, for they were made partakers of the spiritual Rock, CHRIST.
    Nothing can be a more settled proof than this, that people, who have every outward ordinance, go to church, profess Christianity, and are made partakers of the grace of our Lord Jesus, may so abuse their privileges and grieve the Spirit of God as to fall from their state of grace, and perish forever.
    Let those who continually assert that this is impossible, beware for fear that they themselves, IF they are in a state of grace, should become, through their overabundance of security, proofs in point of the possibility of falling from grace and being cast into hell, though they began in the Spirit. Just as all the Israelites began in the Spirit and grace of God but by the end of their journey through the wilderness to the Promise Land, the majority had "fell" and were overthrown by God because of their returning to and/or continuance in sin.
    Remember who said, Ye shall not surely die; and remember the mischiefs produced by a belief of his doctrine. This is Satan's main most cunningly made or contrived lie, to cause us not to fear God's warnings.
    Numbers 14:16 Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.
    Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

    It was no decree of God that prevented them, it was no want of necessary strength to enable them, it was through no deficiency of Divine counsel to instruct them; all these they had in abundance: but they chose to sin, and would not believe. Unbelief produced disobedience, and disobedience produced hardness of heart and blindness of mind; and all
    these drew down the judgments of God, and wrath came upon them to the uttermost.
    Unbelief is not only a great sin of itself, but one great cause of all other sins. It may be truly called the mother of sin, as the devil is the Father: for it was that, which by Satan’s instigation brought forth sin at first into the world; and it is by Satan’s lies and instigation that he still maintains and keeps sin in the lives of people. When the old serpent
    assaulted our first parents, the first attack he made was upon their faith; and when that was once shaken, he soon overcame them.
    We want to believe God’s promises but not His warnings. We want to be under His grace, but not under His command. We want to receive His blessings but not have to adhere to His law and rules.

    Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
    Hebrews 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
    Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

    James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
    James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
    James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
    James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
    James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
    James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
    James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
    James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
    James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
    James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
    Romans 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.


    If He, in his infinite justice and holiness, could not tolerate sin in the people whom he foreknew, whom he had so long loved, cherished, miraculously preserved and blessed; take heed lest he also spare not you. Be convinced that the same righteous principle in him will cause him to act towards you as he has acted towards them, if you sin after the
    similarity of their transgression. They did not believe what God said, they did not believe His warnings, they happily took of His manna but would not adhere to His rules and commands. To this same end, will our over security and over confidence in our ways, soon lead us.
    If God proceeded with so much severity against his ancient and chosen people, the Jews, we Gentiles may in reason expect as great severity, if we do not take heed to ourselves, and to our standing. Let us take heed not to fall, by thinking it is impossible to fall.

    Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
    Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.


    A broken and a contrite heart, i.e. a heart deeply afflicted and grieved for sin, humbled under the sense of God's displeasure, and earnestly seeking and willing to accept of reconciliation with God upon any terms. This is opposed to that hard or stony heart,
    This will call to the reader's remembrance Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” The breaking to shivers, and beating out, are metaphorical expressions: so are the hammer and the rock. What the large hammer struck on a rock by a powerful hand would do, so does the word of the Lord when struck on the sinner's heart by the power of the Holy Spirit. The broken heart and the contrite spirit, are two essential characteristics of true repentance.

    Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
    Luke 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
    Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;


    Preaching to all the people the necessity of repentance, of forsaking their sins, and reforming their lives.
    And preached the baptism of repentance. He preached, as well as baptized.
    Only those who repented were fit subjects of baptism. Hence it was called the "baptism of repentance."
    Repentance signifies, not only sorrow for sin, but to reach a firm decision to sin no more.

    For remission of sins. This indicates the object of repentance and baptism.
    Those who repented and were baptized were pardoned.
    Both repentance and baptism are needful for forgiveness of sin.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    2Chronicles 7:14 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.


    The only way, by which God can be reconciled to a sinful people, is, the actual reformation and amendment of their lives; that is ever the proper fruit of repentance, to forsake our sins and become better for the future, more pious and devout towards God, more sober and chaste with regard to ourselves. Without this, sorrow and tears will have no avail to save our own souls, or to preserve our generation from destruction.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
    Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

    Sin cannot be pardoned before man repents of it. In the order of the work of grace, repentance must always precede pardon. Of course, no man can have evidence that his sin is pardoned until he repents.

    You claim to live by faith…faith is believing what God says…His promises and His warnings, His strengthening words and His breaking words. Salvation is not the believing of the security of going to heaven because you repeated something that some false preacher told you to and you just believe in God….”the devils believe, and tremble” James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

    We are to repent; to mourn over our sins, and to forsake them. God demands that we should at once surrender our self to Him by genuine repentance; by confession that God is right, and that we are wrong; and by a firm purpose to live a life of holiness, separate from the world.

    Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
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    Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

    2Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

    Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
    Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

    2Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
    2Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

    2Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
    2Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    2Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

    Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
    Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
    Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

    Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
    Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
    Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
    Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
    Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
    Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
    Revelation 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
    Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
    Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
    Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

    Revelation 20:9 ...and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.


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    Jesus has many lovers of His crown, but very few bearers of His Cross. - C. H. Spurgeon

    Most want Jesus as their Savior, but are not willing to have Him as their Lord.

    We praise a Christ to whom we will not pray! We have become a praising people, but not a praying people. For many of God's people the prayer closet is a relic of the past. "Why ask God for what He has already promised? Just get hold of the promises and simply command deliverances!"
    We no longer want Christ as much as we want what He can do for us.
    We want an escape from pain and suffering.
    We want our troubles to vanish. And we are so caught up in our escape from pain, we lose the true meaning of the Cross.
    We refuse crosses and losses - no Gethsemane for us! No nights of agony! We don't even know this suffering, bleeding, resurrected Christ!
    We want His healing power.
    We want His promises of prosperity.
    We want His protection.
    We want more of this earth's goods.
    We want His happiness.
    But we really don't want Him alone! - D. Wilkerson

    1Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
    1Timothy6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
    1Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
    1Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
    1Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
    1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
    1Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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    Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

    Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

    Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    2Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


    Just CHRIST.

    Paul counted it all as dung, that he may win CHRIST.....

    Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

    Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

    1Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.


    Tribulation is the consequence of living contrary to the world.

    Read the Book of Job.....

    Job had a really bad rock-bottom experience. Here is a righteous man of God, so down that he longed for death. He was so crushed by grief and sorrow, he lost his will to live. All his children were killed by a tornado that caused the roof to cave in on them. He lost his wealth, his influence, and his good name. His friends, such as they were, forsook him and sat in judgment as his accusers. Those he had helped turned against him. Those he loved no longer responded to his needs. Rather than help him, his wife accused him of bringing all the trouble upon himself. Not one person really cared.

    Looking into the future, all Job could see was pain, tears, loneliness, and emptiness. There was not one silver lining in all the dark clouds hanging over him. Besides all the battles with being alone in his struggles, a physical infirmity fell upon him. He developed cancerous sores from head to toe. Spiritually, physically, financially -- in every way -- Job was down.

    The loneliness Job experienced must have been horrifying. And the despair hung on so long, with no relief in sight, that Job started to get bitter. He despised the day of his birth, as if to say, "God, You brought me into the world -- for this? Was I born to live in turmoil, pain, and trouble?" He questioned why God seemed to ignore him, leaving him to suffer alone.

    Oh, yes, Job had a few good days when it looked as if the trouble was all over. He would look ahead and think, "I'm coming out of it. I see a light at the end of the tunnel. A few more days or weeks, and everything will be just fine."

    But the days rolled by, and, instead of his burden lifting, it got heavier. Just when he thought the battle was over, IT WORSENED. Plans went awry. Things that he hoped would happen -- didn't. The much-longed-for victory did not materialize.

    And yet some turn away from Him because they don't get material blessings, health, or because people don't like them when they stand for the Truth....

    Jesus Christ said...

    Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

    Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.


    remember this......

    Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

    Sin is the worst enemy both to God and man. Our spiritual warfare is both honorable and necessary; for we are only defending ourselves against that which would destroy us, if it should get the victory over us; we fight for ourselves, for our lives, and therefore ought to be patient and resolute.
    Every Christian is enlisted under Christ's banner, to strive against sin, against sinful doctrines, sinful practices, and sinful habits and customs, both in himself and in others.

    "You have not yet been called, in your Christian struggles, to the highest kind of sufferings and sacrifices. Great as your trials may seem to have been, yet your faith has not yet been put to the severest test. And since this is so, you ought not to yield in the conflict with evil, but manfully resist it.
    The apostle is appealing to the example of the Savior, and urging Christians to persevere amidst their trials by looking to him. Nothing would be more natural, in this connection, than to refer to that dark night when, in the severest conflict with temptation which He ever encountered, He so signally showed his own firmness of purpose, and the effects of resistance on his own bleeding body, and his signal victory, in the garden of Gethsemane." -Albert Barnes

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    "Vanity of mind" is the waste of the rational powers on worthless objects, of which idolatry is one of the more glaring instances. The root of it is departure from the knowledge of the true God.

    Leviticus 19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the LORD your God.

    Psalms 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

    Psalms 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.

    Psalms 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

    Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

    Ezekiel 14:6 .......Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

    Ezekiel 20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

    Ezekiel 20:18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:

    Ezekiel 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.

    Ezekiel 23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

    Ezekiel 23:39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

    Ezekiel 23:49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

    Ezekiel 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

    Habakkuk 2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?

    Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

    1Corinthians 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

    2Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    Numbers 16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

    Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

    1John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

    James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

    1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    1John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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    James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    James 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
    James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

    Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

    2Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
    2Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    2Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

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    Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

    Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

    Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

    Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ;


    Into such profligate and brutal sensualities as these the heathen world are sunk; But you have not so learned Christ, as if his religion were a mere system of speculation, that might leave you practically attached to such abominable vices.

    The outward conduct, resulting from this corrupt nature, must be cast off at once as a filthy garment; and the inward desires must be denied, crucified, and mortified, till wholly abolished.

    ( Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    )

    The Ephesians had also been taught according ‘to the truth in Jesus,” that they must be continually renewed more and more in the inward judgment, temper, and affections of their souls, by the power of divine grace, into the humble, spiritual, holy, and loving mind of Christ; that so they might “put on the new man;” and that their habitual conduct might be conformed to his example, and evince that they were newly-created after the image of God, “in righteousness and true holiness,” or the holiness of truth; even that holiness which springs from a real belief of “the truth as it is in Jesus” .

    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


    These important and essential practical lessons they had been taught by the apostle, and by Christ himself, if indeed they were true Christians: and in connection with the means, motives, and assistance afforded them, they would effectually lead them to a conduct entirely different from that of their Gentile neighbors.—The corrupt conversation, including doubtless the bad habits of the heathen, is distinguished from “the old man,” or the depraved nature whence all these evils spring. The root would still remain after the converts had “put off, concerning the former conversation, the old man;” and this would render watchfulness and diligence needful to the end, till “the body of sin was abolished.” If “the old man” means no more than bad habits, as many explain it, how does it come to pass that these bad habits have always been so general, not to say universal; while good habits have been exceedingly rare, if any instances can be adduced, which never yet have been in a satisfactory manner? We never read of bad habits in any degree among holy angels; nor would they have been heard of among men, if they had not apostatized from God, and become “dead in sin,” and “by nature children of wrath.”—The state of the unconverted Gentile is indeed here particularly adverted to; yet it is most certain that the nature of the unregenerate is similar, even in those who profess to be Christians.

    The apostle acquaints us to what the truth as it is in Jesus, that is, the doctrine of the gospel, does direct us to, enjoin and require of us; namely, to put off the old man, that is, our former heathen conversation, and manner of life.

    Our apostle acquaints the converted Ephesians and us, that the saving knowledge of Christ, instructs us better than to practice such licentiousness and wickedness as the unconverted Gentiles wallow in. But ye have not so learned Christ; that is, the gospel of Christ.

    Nothing curbs sin, nothing cures sin, in a licentious sinner, like the doctrine of Christ revealed in the gospel; no moral precepts from the school of the heathens, which some so much magnify and applaud, can compare with this, which lays open the root of this accursed disease, and leads us to the remedy which the wisdom of God has appointed for it's cure, even the blood of his own Son. Then blessed be God for revealed truth!

    That holiness is not only the reforming of the mind; and not only of the mind, but of the spirit of the mind: by which we must understand the highest and most refined faculties of the mind, that part which is most free from the dregs of sin, and which comes up nearest to God, as the spirit of the mind and understanding does.

    Verily, not our minds only, but even the spirit of our minds, need renewing, because corruption is got into the highest powers and superior faculties of the soul, and because we must serve God with all our mind; and if so, with the spirit of our mind; and blessed be God that regenerating and renewing grace is a universal principle, as sin was.

    As a child of God, you are called to holiness by the Gospel, the other worldly people around you have no such calling; walk not as they walk.

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    Amos 3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

    God never threatens in vain: his wrath is infinitely more terrible than all other evils, and they who have a true apprehension of it cannot but faithfully warn sinners to escape from it in the only way which God has provided.

    Who will not fear? what wise man, who that is solicitous for his own good and safety, or that has any affections for the good of others, will do less than reverence and fear, and prevent the wrath of the almighty GOD, by a speedy repentance?

    As the denouncing of the divine judgments ought to terrify you like the roaring of a lion, so the prophets that are God’s messengers must obey those commands and instructions he gives them, with whatever perils the discharge of their duty may be attended.

    As when "the lion roars", none can help but "fear," so when GOD communicates His awful message, the prophet cannot but prophesy.

    Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

    Jesus will be a Saviour to none to whom he is not a Prince. We must submit ourselves to his ruling power, as well as commit ourselves to his saving mercy. For it is in vain to expect salvation by him, if we do not yield subjection to him.

    Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
    Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
    Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
    "The white man made us many promises,more than I can remember,but they never kept but one.They promised to take our land,and they took it".
    - Chief Red Cloud--Dakota Sioux

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