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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Sinfulness Of Sin And It's Blessed Remedy.

The Sinfulness Of Sin And Its Blessed Remedy
By J. C. Ryle

"...Sin is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4).

A right knowledge of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity. Without it such doctrines as justification, conversion, sanctification, are "words and names" which convey no meaning to the mind. The first thing, therefore, that God does when He makes anyone a new creature in Christ, is to send light into his heart and show him that he is a guilty sinner. The material creation in Genesis began with "light," and so also does the spiritual creation. God "hath shined in our hearts" (2 Cor. 4:6) by the work of the Holy Ghost, and then spiritual life begins.

Dim or indistinct views of sin are the origin of most of the errors, heresies, and false doctrines of the present day. If a man does not realize the dangerous nature of his soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect remedies. I believe that one of the chief needs of the contemporary church has been, and is, clearer, fuller teaching about sin.

The Definition of Sin

We are all, of course, familiar with the terms "sin" and "sinners." We talk frequently of "sin" being in the world, and of men committing "sins." But what do we mean by these terms and phrases? Do we really know? I fear there is much mental confusion and haziness on this point. Let me try, as briefly as possible, to supply an answer.

"Sin," speaking generally, is "the fault and corruption of the nature of every man that is naturally engendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always against the spirit; and, therefore, in every person born into the world, it deserveth God’s wrath and damnation."

Sin, in short, is that vast moral disease which affects the whole human race, of every rank and class and name and nation and people and tongue; a disease from which there never was but one born of woman that was free. Need I say that One was Christ Jesus the Lord?

I say, furthermore, that "a sin," to speak more particularly, consists in doing, saying, thinking or imagining anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God. "Sin," in short, as the Scripture saith, "is the transgression of the law" (1 John 3:4). The slightest outward or inward departure from absolute mathematical parallelism with God’s revealed will and character constitutes a sin, and at once makes us guilty in God’s sight.

Of course, I need not tell any one who reads his Bible with attention, that a man may break God’s law in heart and thought, when there is no overt and visible act of wickedness. Our Lord has settled that point beyond dispute in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21-28). Even a poet of our own has truly said, "A man may smile and smile, and be a villain."

Again, I need not tell a careful student of the New Testament that there are sins of omission as well as commission, and that we sin, as our Prayer Book justly reminds us, by "leaving undone the things we ought to do," as really as by "doing the things we ought not to do." The solemn words of our Master in the Gospel of Matthew place this point also beyond dispute. It is there written: "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire…for I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink" (Matt. 25:41-42).

I do think it necessary in these times to remind my readers that a man may commit sin and yet be ignorant of it, and fancy himself innocent when he is guilty. I fail to see any scriptural warrant for the modern assertion that "sin is not sin to us until we discern it and are conscious of it." On the contrary, in the fourth and fifth chapters of that unduly neglected book, Leviticus, and in the fifteenth of Numbers, I find Israel distinctly taught that there were sins of ignorance which rendered people unclean, and needed atonement (Num. 15:25-29; Lev. 4:1-35; 5:14-19). And I find our Lord expressly teaching that the servant, which knew not his lord’s will and did it not, was not excused on account of his ignorance, but was beaten or punished (Luke 12:47-48). We shall do well to remember that when we make our own miserably imperfect knowledge and consciousness the measure of our sinfulness, we are on very dangerous ground. A deeper study of Leviticus might do us much good.

The Origin and Source of Sin

I fear the views of many professing Christians on this point are sadly defective and unsound. I dare not pass it by. Let us, then, have it fixed down in our minds that the sinfulness of man does not begin from without but from within. It is not the result of bad training in early years. It is not picked up from bad companions and bad examples, as some weak Christians are too fond of saying. No! It is a family disease which we all inherit from our first parents, Adam and Eve, and with which we are born! Created "in the image of God," innocent and righteous at first, our parents fell from original righteousness and became sinful and corrupt. And from that day to this, all men and women are born in the image of fallen Adam and Eve, and inherit a heart and nature inclined to evil. "By one man sin entered into the world..." (Rom. 5:12). "That which is born of the flesh is flesh..." (John 3:6). We are"by nature children of wrath..." (Eph. 2:3). "The carnal mind is enmity against God..." (Rom. 8:7). "Out of the heart of men (naturally as out of a fountain), proceed evil thoughts, adulteries..." (Mark 7:21) and the like.

The fairest babe that has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family, is not, as his mother perhaps fondly calls him, a little "angel" or a little "innocent," but a little "sinner." Alas! As that boy or girl lies smiling and crowing in its cradle that little creature carries in its heart the seeds of every kind of wickedness! Only watch it carefully, as it grows in stature and its mind develops and you will soon detect in it an incessant tendency to that which is bad, and a backwardness to do that which is good. You will see in it the buds and germs of deceit, evil temper, selfishness, self-will, obstinacy, greediness, envy, jealousy, passion – which, if indulged and let alone, will shoot up with painful rapidity!

Who taught the child these things? Where did he learn them? The Bible alone can answer these questions! The first cause of all sin lies in the natural corruption of the child’s own heart.

The Extent of Sin

The only safe ground is that which is laid for us in Scripture. "Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart" (Gen. 6:5) is by nature "only evil continually." "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9). Sin is a disease which pervades and runs through every part of our moral constitution and every faculty of our minds. The understanding, the affections, the reasoning powers, the will, are all more or less infected. Even the conscience is so blinded that it cannot be depended on as a sure guide, and is as likely to lead men wrong as right, unless it is enlightened by the Holy Ghost. In short, "from the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness" about us (Isa. 1:6). The disease may be veiled under a thin covering of courtesy, politeness, good manners and outward decorum; but it lies deep down in the constitution!

I admit fully that man has many grand and noble faculties left about him, and that in arts and sciences and literature he shows immense capacity. But the fact still remains that in spiritual things he is utterly "dead" and has no natural knowledge, or love, or fear of God. His best things are so interwoven and intermingled with corruption that the contrast only brings out into sharper relief the truth and extent of the fall. That one and the same creature should be in some things so high and in others so low; so great and yet so little; so noble and yet so base; so grand in his conception and execution of material things, and yet so groveling and debased in his affections; a slave to abominable vices like those described in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans – all this is a sore puzzle to those who sneer at "God’s Word" and scoff at us as Bible believers. But it is a knot that we can untie, with the Bible in our hands.

Let us remember, besides this, that every part of the world bears testimony to the fact that sin is the universal disease of all mankind. Search the globe from east to west, and from pole to pole; search every nation of every climate in the four quarters of the earth; search every rank and class in our own country, from the highest to the lowest and under every circumstance and condition, the report will be always the same. The remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, completely separate from Europe, Asia, Africa and America, beyond the reach alike of Oriental luxury and Western arts and literature, islands inhabited by people ignorant of books and money; uncontaminated by the vices of modern civilization – these very islands have always been found, when first discovered, the abode of the vilest forms of lust, cruelty, deceit and superstition. If the inhabitants have known nothing else, they have always known how to sin! Everywhere the human heart is naturally "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9).

For my part, I know no stronger proof of the inspiration of Genesis and the Mosaic account of the origin of man than the power, extent and universality of sin.

The Guilt, Offensiveness and Vileness of Sin in the Sight of God

My words shall be few. I say "few" advisedly. I do not think, in the nature of things, that mortal man can at all realize the exceeding sinfulness of sin in the sight of that holy and perfect One with whom we have to do. On the one hand, God is that eternal Being who charged His angels with folly (Job 4:18) and in whose sight the very "heavens are not clean" (Job 15:15). He is One who reads thoughts and motives as well as actions, and requires "truth in the inward parts" (Psa. 51:6).

We, on the other hand – poor blind creatures, here today and gone tomorrow, born in sin, surrounded by sinners, living in a constant atmosphere of weakness, infirmity and imperfection – can form none but the most inadequate conceptions of the hideousness of sin. We have no line to fathom it, and no measure by which to gauge it. The deaf man cannot distinguish between a penny whistle and a cathedral organ. The very animals whose smell is most offensive to us have no idea that they are offensive, and are not offensive to one another.

And man, fallen man, I believe, can have no just idea what a vile thing sin is in the sight of that God whose handiwork is absolutely perfect – perfect whether we look through telescope or microscope; perfect in the formation of a mighty planet like Jupiter, with its satellites, keeping time to a second as it rolls round the sun; perfect in the formation of the smallest insect that crawls over a foot of ground. But let us nevertheless settle it firmly in our minds that sin is the abominable thing that God hates (Jer. 44:4); that God is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, and cannot look upon that which is evil (Hab. 1:13); that the least transgression of God’s law makes us guilty of all (Jas. 2:10); that the soul that sins shall die (Ezek. 18:4); that the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23); that God will judge the secrets of men (Rom. 2:16); that there is a worm that never dies and a fire that is not quenched (Mark 9:44); that the wicked shall be turned into hell (Psa. 9:17) and shall go away into everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46); and that nothing that defiles shall in any wise enter heaven (Rev. 21:27).

These are indeed tremendous words, when we consider that they are written in the Book of a most merciful God!

No proof of the fulness of sin, after all, is so overwhelming and unanswerable as the Cross and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole doctrine of His substitution and atonement. Terribly black must that guilt be for which nothing but the blood of the Son of God could make satisfaction. Heavy must that weight of human sin be which made Jesus groan and sweat "as it were great drops of blood" in agony at Gethsemane (Luke 22:44), and cry at Golgotha, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matt. 27:46).

Nothing, I am convinced, will astonish us so much, when we awake in the resurrection day, as the view we will have of sin, and the retrospect we will take of our own countless shortcomings and defects. Never till the hour when Christ comes the second time shall we fully realize the "sinfulness of sin." Well might George Whitefield say, "The anthem of heaven will be, What hath God wrought!"

Sin’s Deceitfulness

One point only remains to be considered on the subject of sin, which I dare not pass over. That point is its deceitfulness. It is a point of most serious importance, and I venture to think it does not receive the attention which it deserves. You may see this deceitfulness in the astonishing proneness of men to regard sin as less sinful and dangerous than it is in the sight of God; and in their readiness to extenuate it, make excuses for it, and minimize its guilt. "It is but a little one! God is merciful! God is not extreme to mark what is done amiss! We mean well! One cannot be so particular! Where is the mighty harm? We only do as others!"

Who is not familiar with this kind of language? You may see it in the long string of smooth words and phrases which men have coined in order to designate things which God calls downright wicked and ruinous to the soul. What do such expressions as "fast," "mirthful," "wild," "unsteady," "thoughtless," "loose" mean? They show that men try to cheat themselves into the belief that sin is not quite so sinful as God says it is, and that they are not so bad as they really are.

You may see it in the tendency even of believers to indulge their children in questionable practices, and to blind their own eyes to the inevitable result of the love of money, of tampering with temptation, and sanctioning a low standard of family religion. I fear we do not sufficiently realize the extreme subtlety of our soul’s disease. We are too apt to forget that temptation to sin will rarely present itself to us in its true colors, saying, "I am your deadly enemy, and I want to ruin you forever in hell." Oh, no! Sin comes to us, like Judas, with a kiss; and like Joab, with an outstretched hand and flattering words.

The forbidden fruit seemed good and desirable to Eve; yet it cast her out of Eden. The walking idly on his palace roof seemed harmless enough to David; yet it ended in adultery and murder. Sin rarely seems sin at first beginnings. Let us then watch and pray, lest we fall into temptation. We may give wickedness smooth names, but we cannot alter its nature and character in the sight of God. Let us remember Paul’s words: "Exhort one another daily…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Heb. 3:13). It is a wise prayer in our Litany, "From the deceits of the world, the flesh, and the devil, good Lord, deliver us!"

A Humble and Contrite Heart

And now, let me briefly mention two thoughts which appear to me to rise with irresistible force out of the subject.

On the one hand, I ask my readers to observe what deep reasons we all have for humiliation and self-abasement. Let us sit down before the picture of sin displayed to us in the Bible and consider what guilty, vile, corrupt creatures we all are in the sight of God. What need we all have of that entire change of heart called regeneration, new birth or conversion! What a mass of infirmity and imperfection cleaves to the very best of us at our very best! What a solemn thought it is that without holiness no man shall see the Lord! (Heb. 12:14). What cause we have to cry with the tax-collector, every night in our lives, when we think of our sins of omission as well as commission, "God be merciful to me a sinner"! (Luke 18:13).

I am persuaded the more light we have, the more we see our own sinfulness; the nearer we get to heaven, the more we are clothed with humility. In every age of the church you will find it true, if you will study biographies, that the most eminent saints have always been the humblest men.

The Glorious Gospel of Grace

On the other hand, I ask my readers to observe how deeply thankful we ought to be for the glorious Gospel of the grace of God. There is a remedy revealed for man’s need, as wide and broad and deep as man’s disease! We need not be afraid to look at sin and study its nature, origin, power, extent and vileness, if we only look at the same time at the Almighty medicine provided for us in the salvation that is in Jesus Christ. Though sin has abounded, grace has much more abounded. Yes, in the everlasting covenant of redemption, to which Father, Son and Holy Spirit are parties; in the Mediator of that covenant, Jesus Christ the righteous, perfect God and perfect Man in one Person; in the work that He did by dying for our sins and rising again for our justification; in the offices that He fills as our Priest, Substitute, Physician, Shepherd and Advocate; in the precious blood He shed which can cleanse from all sin; in the everlasting righteousness that He brought in; in the perpetual intercession that He carries on as our Representative at God’s right hand; in His power to save to the uttermost the chief of sinners, His willingness to receive and pardon the vilest, His readiness to bear with the weakest; in the grace of the Holy Spirit which He plants in the hearts of all His people, renewing, sanctifying and causing old things to pass away and all things to become new; in all this (and oh, what a brief sketch it is!) – in all this, I say, there is a full, perfect and complete medicine for the hideous disease of sin! Awful and tremendous as the right view of sin undoubtedly is, no one need faint and despair if he will take a right view of Jesus Christ at the same time. No wonder that old Flavel ends many a chapter of his admirable The Fountain of Life Opened Up with the touching words: "Blessed be God, for Jesus Christ!"

The God Who Hates Sin By J.A. White from

The God Who Hates Sin
By J. A. White

If I love children, I must hate abortion. This analogy may seem needlessly provocative, but I assure you it is completely appropriate in regards to the topic at hand. The inherent logic is simple and, in my opinion, self-evident: If I love and care for the well-being, safety, and overall nurture of children, then the logical outflow is that I must abhor the mutilation and murder of children. Likewise, since God is the pinnacle of perfection, holy in all His attributes, zealously devoted to His own honor, and in love with all that is good (that which conforms to His very nature), He must hate that which is in opposition to His nature and holy name. Although the earnest seeker of teaching on the holy wrath of God may search in vain in the milieu of today’s Christian culture, he need only turn to the Scriptures to find strikingly clear affirmations of God’s righteous wrath toward sin.

Christ’s words to Nicodemus found in John 3:16 are iconic, though rarely are His words, spoken twenty verses later, uttered or expounded upon: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36). Ironically, the verse that many Christians and even non-Christians have memorized and display on various items of merchandise as a signpost of God’s love is, contextually, the foundation for a verse that clearly teaches that God experiences holy wrath toward the reprobate. Paul boldly declares that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth" (Rom. 1:18). In the book of Exodus, we see the anger of God kindled against the gross idolatry of the Israelites: "And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you’" (Ex. 32:9-10). To the naysayer that objects to the idea of God being angry, wrathful, or capable of hate, the Scriptures themselves rise up and denounce him. God hates sin. It is because of sin that God is "a God who feels indignation [righteous anger] every day" (Psa. 7:11). In light of the many Scriptures that attest to the reality of God’s righteous anger, Arthur Pink, in The Attributes of God, states:

"Yes, many there are who turn away from a vision of God’s wrath as though they were called to look upon some blotch in the Divine character or some blot upon the Divine government. But what saith the Scriptures? As we turn to them we find that God has made no attempt to conceal the facts concerning His wrath. He is not ashamed to make it known that vengeance and fury belong to Him. …A study of the concordance will show that there are more references in Scripture to the anger, fury, and wrath of God, than there are to His love and tenderness. Because God is holy, He hates all sin; and because He hates all sin, His anger burns against the sinner (Psa. 7:11)."

Such weighty truth demands that we acknowledge the perfection of God’s wrath as an attribute equal, and not subordinate, to His holiness. Furthermore, this divine manifestation of justice against sin should cause the true Christian to weep with joy, sing with thanksgiving, serve with compassion, and preach with fiery zeal. It is against the backdrop of the dreadful reality of God’s righteous anger that we savor the words of Paul: "Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God" (Rom. 5:9). It is imperative at this point that the reader’s eyes, heart, and affection be turned toward the wrath-bearer:

"My Father, enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips, supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’ There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on Thy Son, made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me; There the word of Thy justice smote the man, Thy fellow; There Thy infinite attributes were magnified, and infinite atonement was made; There infinite punishment was due, and infinite punishment was endured…. O Father, who spared not Thine only Son that Thou mightest spare me, all this transfer Thy love designed and accomplished; help me to adore Thee by lips and life" (Bennett, The Valley of Vision).

Taken from The Gospel Of Our Grandfathers: Preserving The Good News For Future Generations by J.A. White. Copyright © 2013 by J.A. White. Published by CrossBooks (LifeWay). Used by permission of the author.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

My Bio by Dave Candel

Saved at an early age in my own Mom's Sunday School class, I first heard and accepted the Savior's call. Growing up in a Church building with other Christians every Sunday at least, In Sunday Services proved challenging. My older Brother Douglas and older sibling Barbara were in their teens when I got saved. They had made the decision roughly before me though and in addition they were excellent role models to follow. My younger sibling Lydia (now Ph.D in Education, Dr. Patrick) was very influential in my growth as a Christian saved as well as my older siblings. We all attended Church and local Public Schools and before Junior High specially Youth Program at Church by twelve years of age. Water Baptism occurred at about that age for myself. Later at fourteen The Baptism in the Holy Spirit was gained at Green Lane, Park in the midst of Youth Camp at The Prayer Altar Room on my knees. Let God fight all our battles on our knees. Suffering verbal abuse for doing the right thing was taught to myself by High School peers with peace inside from Jesus Christ yet with roughness exteriorly from enemies of the cross but endeavering to do the right things nonetheless. I learned submission to God through the things I suffered through. Reading Scripture I obtained a sense of being more than conqueror overcoming though looking to Christ as that Lamb led to the slaughter. I bought Christian Tracts and walked up and down just about every block in town witnessing testifying, handing out tracts and Gospel portions. Voraciously I read my Bible as Mom and Dad and our family read together also. Discussions at home were profitable with God's help. During my early twenties I attempted a read through the entire Bible more than twice a year.. And a lot of C.S. Lewis books and successfully I began bringing others to Church. In college and later in my late twenties through forties I was taught Bible School Courses in various Bible Schools and Colleges unto fruitful living in Christ, and repentance in and of my following of Christ. Now I'm 57, and I'm waiting for God's Choice from the flock as far as a spouse and help meet. My desire is have His desire in living and delight in Him with all of my heart! To God be the glory and the praise!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

By The Grace Of God We Be Born Again From God With His Promise Of Newness Of Life!

Oh He Gave Me A Brand New Life. A Promise Of A New Newness of Life is In Salvation In The Blessed Christ. originally written April 15, 2008 12:25 AM updated February 5, 2015 with dynamic help from Pastor Catapano's Sermons and my Mother's spiritual influence.

Have you ever wanted to start this life we call human existence all over again? To begin again in a consuming fire of God's love?! To admit the effect in horribleness your sins have had are like taken up residence and you have taken at least once notice, of their terrible toll in horrible maniacal fashion of them hurting you for they explode and leave you robbed of all you have had and you want them (each sin's effect,) to cease, and end died as in funeral cut off if God permit! Behold the Love of God for you in the midst of all this! Christ Died at the Cross in your place for the very sins you commit. Then from that with His help you can start a Second Birth, a sort of mystical (beyond the surface of things) ethical and spiritual cleansing (katharzo Greek for catharthis) to relish to hunt the devil down when in sight of Christ's Victory in great outer outcome results righteously so you relinquish your will to a makeover by God, a spiritual takeover conversion, a surrender of your life when in which you change; that it is God's Spirit leading us to the cross of Calvary and its Altar upon which you decide for God's way. You deny yourself and lay that which is you on the cross up on Christ's back and The Holy Spirit leading us as to take up our cross in Christ and our cross of our own flesh fault and pain. With God's help then we will to follow a living sacrifice in us, a crucified within, a Risen Life of Christ's in His Life, meaning His Death, Burial, and Resurrection, the Glorified's New Self replaced in the Holy Spirit as in the Scriptures placed within. For it's our will to glorify Christ in God in all we say and do. Jesus Christ can then dwell in our hearts by faith born again from us with a holy glow about us and deeper conversion does live inside us coming to Him the Spirit leading us as in Matthew 11:28, "Come unto Me, all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." "Come learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls." "For My yoke is easy and My burden light." His Presence becomes so real sheltered at this place. Jesus Christ now sits in Heaven next to the Father's Throne as well as exalted high and lifted there and in our hearts and is revealing the Father God to whomever He wills. Jesus said, "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” Luke 10:22.

God in His Thrice Diverse Trinity forms is One, revealing His personality to us in our hearts and our personalities enlightened with the Father and the Son with the Spirit perpetually interceding. The Holy Spirit is convicting us of sin and sinful influences and God's righteousness and His judgment and to the world also bring conviction from His Spirit is showing Jesus Christ in fullness revealed too, Jesus having gone to the Father, and the Holy Spirit having come down. Are we listening to God The Father's Voice? Do we hear with hearing ears what the Spirit is saying to the Churches? The Trinity as the three in one are with us. We can call upon God at all times at any time and specially call upon His Name every time we're needy. Jesus lived, died, was buried, and rose again, and is glorified IS as told in the scriptures. He makes the difference in our lives, even weeping on our knees praying and victorious if claimed in the time assigned of struggle (for life is a struggle in overcoming IN Jesus) (we showing up at each turn) Christ is the difference in coming through in Him for those bound for heartache and defeat. Thus Father God gives us Straight A's when we come to Him truly because He sees Jesus's perfection in the cross and Resurrection as we lay hold. We must not only have a love for the facts of the Gospel we must relish them, says Pastor Iannuccilli. Is our heart with the Gospel? And the God of it? Importance is being saved from sin the principle and the sins whether of omission or commission we do: God takes them away as far as the east is from the west and promises a newness of life, a Promise of forever, (Chronos Greek->) time of a Providence of continuance of a reflection of God's Throne in our mirrored lives living faithful to Christ as Lord an experience in heavenly places spiritually of Him our Source and all in all that we obtain fortuitously Redemption in the cross and then character to reflect even character from His, coming to Him in Heavenlies determined for Eternal minded living. Kairos is another word in Greek for time used in Ephesians for time in Providence moments benefited from God. Hence, "redeem the time," "for the days are evil." The Lord surveys us in His watchful cares. He knows our need. He provides. So then take a verse and take the next one at the Cross of Christ.

And it's by His finished product of Christ's image in us the integrity of His character perfected and/or transformation possessed of making us into Christ's image completely that comes about through faith in God through Christ's Death and Resurrection, and Glorification, Ascension, a faithful Divine Exaltation believed by you and lived and obeyed enduring keeping a hold on His Word according to HOLY Writ even the Propitiation of God's wrath's end in satisfaction and in and through the Blood in which we get hupernikao (Romans 8:37 super conquerors to be victorious in God's grace and love) to live triumphantly in Him over sin(s) and through the Righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ, Imputed Imparted Salvation Granted!! Justified! Saved! Determined to live in Jesus Christ praying as He might have at His baptism with John The Baptist present to make it righteous in His righteousness with a mark from Him we belong to Him.

Following The Lord in Water Baptism is an obedient expression. It's not required though for Salvation. Obeying Him though, By doing it God will see you mean it. What God Did and does for you will be instantly in your mind as you obey Him. The joy of the Lord is ours in forgiveness of our sins following God and His Son's way so that I mean I can dance and want to break out into song singing and shout for joy (Isaiah 54:1,2) really leave all behind truly given up to Him, deny myself, take up my cross and follow Him: live like Jesus is absolutely in control here and that He would want to minister to me by His love and He does and I firmly believe He will so I live edified strengthened in His Spirit of love, power, and a disciplined mind II Timothy 1:7.

First in coming and receiving Christ God says to us, "You're Mine." "You belong to Me, you're My Child." Then He says, "I love you, you're Beloved." Thirdly He says, "I am Well Pleased with you." He focuses on Jesus and sees the finish product and all as we learn to submit to Him and one another as we spiritually journey. These teachings were from Pastor Rich's dynamic sermons and Lydia who is my Spiritual believed Mother.

That being said we can be led of the Spirit to be tested (Luke 4), being that we're justified before God through the Blood and can become a sacrificial giver in lifestyle without towers (ego and to do so) in the center of God's will, believing obeying the Son (Romans 5:1; John 3:36,) and free (Acts 2:38;) from dead alive to God and dead to sin and sin's influence, alive to God (Ephesians 2:1-5,) and established in righteousness (I Cor. 15:58,) at the Altar of His choosing (the cross) in cloudless rarified air in Jesus Christ the Savior His will to gain for myself (Romans 2,3,4,5,6,12)! Isaiah 40 asks, "Who can understand God?" He transcends all of our thoughts. He goes beyond all of our comprehension. Jesus was much more than a great moral teacher or philosopher. He's God. As C.S. Lewis says, "He's either Liar, Lunatic, or Lord!" To us to obey God copiously through Christ is to ask for His pardon in Salvation that will fill my soul with love, joy, rightness, and peace He giving strength by His Doing Sacrificial Atonement even newness of life in me. He ministering to our countenances and spirits daily one can be transformed even transported into Heavenly attire of Christ's Robe of Righteousness soaring into Father's Throne clothed in Jesus Christ and seated with Christ next to Father God on His Throne and right with God justified daily renewed transported into His Likeness Pardoned and into God's perfect Plan A for our lives all before Christ comes back again Ephesians 1,2,3. Our faith coming forth as pure as worth gold absolutely pure to God is our life in Christ precious.

Grace is how the method this occurs by meaning very significantly, "by God's doing," happens in sanctifying. Experiencing Glorified bodies in Heaven is our goal Phillipians 3:21; Ephesians 2:6-9. I mean the Heaven of the Bible. Experiencing a consuming hope in Him transforming us then into somebody of worth and value inestimably and by newness (of life) in Christ from faith to faith or glory to glory being born again we're living unto a lively hope and we're living in faith in God our Source at peace with Him in a standing justified of God Himself I Peter 1:1ff. A coming out the cocoon a glorious monarch butterfly instead of a cocooned up meal worm as in John 3:3,5 is us spiritually. Joyfully we have Born again life then that is with new hearts, new spirits, and new minds we glorify God to honor Him Ezekiel 36:26; Matthew 5:16. The scriptures say, "the soul that sins shall die," and not the son or daughter for the Parent's fault Ezekiel 18. God's love in redemption is for the thousandth generation to those that love Him. Jesus Christ Who was given a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world is our personal Savior and Lord individually. This thought is found throughout very large areas of the New Testament. Reconciled to God we're real in living even honest, without hypocrite, (mask) nor OK Corral (business as usual) in abundance of Jesus' wealth in spiritual blessings Ephesians 1:3. In life in forgiveness of all our sins we live a fullness of God's will to Zoe or in God's kind of living (biblically abundant) (like a person, son, or daughter loving God and even enjoying step by step walking with God.)

The Holy Spirit can give conviction to repent of sins and to bear fruit in keeping with repentance throughout the entirety of a Christian's life if needed. The Holy Spirit gently tugs at us leading us to confess momentary sins whether unintentional or abruptly intentional ones and leave them at the cross. We can do nothing by ourselves we believe but only abiding in Christ and led of The Holy Spirit lasts. We're sinners so saved by faith through grace that we're momentarily set apart for common use by God in what we do not grieving so those works God ordained for each of us personally to do we accomplish (Eph. 2:7,8,9,10) even with a better mood, enhanced better right attitude and a Partaking of God's Nature in each and every one of them sparked unto Holy living as we live through Christ with zeal. Power in witnessing with all His might from Him occurs and by continual repenting in daily living we glorify Him without individual credit and unto every good work fruitful for the Body of Christ's team humbly. We believe in a Holiness without which no man shall see God Hebrews 12,13. Salvation must have a name, commitment and repentance to it. There's a time for rewards later personally. Jesus replaces your life with His living through you by the Spirit Galatians 2:19,21;3:1-3. We who no longer live, yet we died, (giving Christ the power of the nails we offer Him) yet we live, yet it's Christ living His life through us Galatians 2:20, we're living by faith in the son of Man, son of God, Jesus Christ. God loves you in sending Christ to die for you while you were still a sinner John 3:16; Romans 5:8. Thus this is the extant of God's love from Eternity past to Eternity future. Imagine how great His love really is in being accepted in the Beloved Local Family Flock and Family Universal in Him and so Adopted and/or Regenerated then on to obedience to God according to the scriptures in the New Testament in lifestyle, a part and parcel of God's Family and Body of believers in unity like 2 Corinthians 1:10; 3:1; and 9:8 say, unto every good work circumspect (not a speck) being Holy and being whole, fully allowing God into every circumstance. No rules nor regulations nor godly of a form but no power but instead LIFE abundant with Christ learning submission Acts 15. From sorry and emptiness to glad and fullness and joyful in living where Jesus puts us we submit to Him Philippians 4:1-19. Rivers of Living Waters flow out of us.

No sex outside marriage though we believe in, I Corinthians 6:1,9,10,18-20; Acts 15. Ideally thinking of the ideal spouse spiritually we by faith can accomplish obedience. We interpret God's Sovereign Word to mean what He says about His institution of marriage and design for family Ephesians 4,5. We can be sensual sexual creatures but instead intercept missiles that were meant for evil God turns into good. As far as it depends on us let us overturn evil with good on every occasion that it turns into someone's good and not just our own. God is FOR us Romans 8:29-39. Love one another from the heart. We're like that teacher in the Father's heart for God is instructing and for us and in being FOR the salvation of the lost. In that much we are too. We can overcome this world's pernicious thoughts and become God's Minutemen ready to accomplish His will at an available moments notice in the battle on our knees for men's souls. (Read Samuel Chadwick's books which are two. Embrace sinners with God's love in a real loving fashion.) Real spirit of prayer is given to us to intercede for others as is the prayer for other's in their dust in Psalm 103 to come to saved fruition in the will of God the Father by you and I in simple-hearted interest for the Father performing salvation Who knows our frame that we are dust (this scripture from Sister Marge Hill, greatly beloved Sunday School Teacher.) Compassion God has for us is the Blessed Christian's Diamond's Homing Pidgeon's in ministering, from a filling reception of the receive of lovingkindness and gentleness from our Lord Jesus Christ's ministry from God to us. It is real reality empathy and this is lived on our knees serving ministering to God first. From coals chunks of carbon we can become diamonds of God's love!! A piece of coal becomes a precious jewel through time and pressure. It is a picture from real life of suffering and/or turbulent times coming through to show us who God says we are! As a current K-Love song by Dave Crowder Band called How He Loves: "His love is like radiant diamonds. Great are Your affections toward me." Real Life is what Jesus came to give us life enhanced. As far as what's after Salvation nothing is left up to chance. We're held tight in the Father's hand. The Bible says, in Isaiah 54 The Sovereign God has everlasting loving kindness in chesed Covenant loving kind compassion from Him for us. He walked between the broken animal parts with Abraham Covenanting with Him watching Him do this. God did this Genesis 15. Compassion is a feeling along with us the actual pain we go through saying, "I'm there for you." Loving kindness is chesed, a Hebrew word for Blood Covenant with God in the manifestation with which He TREATS us. See the story of lame Mephibosheth. In His good will He ministers to us first having loved us first I John 4:16. Isaiah 54 further says, "God's Covenant of peace is not shaken." Has God stirred your heart in any way? Does it make you very excitedly want to be hidden with Christ in God?

In the previous Chapter Verse Six it says, "All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned everyone to his own way (there is no one good not one,) and the Lord has laid on Him (Jesus Christ) the iniquity (the sins) of us all." Isaiah 53:6 and Romans 3:10. Jesus took the rap for the sins or the dessert we all deserve. He took upon Himself the punishment, the penalty for each of us of the consequences or end of the effects of our sins have here even the entirety of everyone's hell in God's poured wrath, all of these sins deserved and He exchanged for Himself in our place for those debts because in His Death to sin, becoming sin, and right living He changed us. Resurrected God gave His approval. James 2:10 says when we fail in obeying just one law we failed them all. There is no room for pride in our accomplishments only when we're born again giving thanks to HIM at each moment. When He was rejected of men, crucified, buried, Resurrected Glorified Jesus Christ God was saying "just enough" about His son's Death to satisfy Himself, His Resurrection, His Righteousness, Holiness, Justice, His hate for sin, His good Daddy indignation at evil when He's about to give someone justice or mercy full and free or His reveal of disdain for evil in future, (during Great Trib. Rev. 19).

Turning to God, we (Greek Metanoia, a change a changing of our mind, toward sin re: hate for it) have been saved, a great Salvation it is, that is, laying up treasure in Heaven have a Heaven to gain even a personal relationship, a Pearl of Great Price, a treasure in a field, not made up of a religion of man, with God a relationship instead. But sacredly through our Savior, Jesus Christ and through Him to God from on the Cross, and Empty Tomb so we turn back to God justified. Mercy in and from Jesus Christ makes a real difference in the life we live. Our sins were judged on the cross and now He has the devil's keys, the victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave. This is the truth of the Gospel. I have known God from a child but respond currently as well with fellowship in believing at the Cross to call upon Christ's Name as He hears the penitent sinner too in any day.

Because through Jesus Christ mercifully He knows everybody's need individually intimately in and with such care and perfectly placed perfection from an on fire love from His heart through the cross I find Him He searching for moi and know Him supernaturally He finding me and with no need for fame and arrogance from myself because with His help He revealing Himself personally to moi is that He in His Redemption stretches (and is not created by me,) but does extend Covenant kindness to me and buys me from the past. He redeems me for His Eternal Purpose is to shine brightly the brightest light in the room and in that acknowledging of what He did at Calvary for my Salvation is exalted, lifted up, honoring Him. We determine our purpose is to glorify God and Jesus Christ that men may glorify the Father God having observed and perceived that our works were done through and in Finished Work of God that they're wrought shining brightly in God as a result of Salvation Matthew 5:16; John 3:21 He gives back to me newness of life because it was for me He accomplished salvation and I confidently know this God, myself Hidden with Christ in God, He, Lord and Master and Savior to all as I admit confessing that I'm a sinner saved by grace and the Blood covers me the stain of it all, my past with its sin and consequence with robbing destruction from its shame and for that I get a new heart and new mind, and new spirit and when I die my legacy will live on (continue) yet I will see Him and He me and have Heaven for certain too for God has said that what it's about is belonging to Him, being saved, owning up to belonging to Him, in obedient submission to Him in humble daily confident assurance with God person to person which it is by faith and committment and follow through all through grace (God's undeserved favor, or unmerited,) unto Eternal Life.

This faith is first God's Sovereign will enveloped and determined by me honored following in His Son's way, the one way to God, Jesus, now path to Home to me Who in our hearts He comes to dwell. He's good about keeping His promises true to His Word, Nature, Character yet so we should along with the promises persevere in Jesus living in Him abiding, and stand certain (fully assured) in Christ having done all, to stand and surrendering to Him with white hot fiery love steady, faithful, and obeying. Christ is The Promise. We need more men of heat than degree said Leonard Ravenhill.

We were wrong but God, BUT GOD had mercy on us and He's also Just, Holy, Good, and Righteous Kind in His character which makes Him indescribable, uncontainable, unshakeable, right Ephesians 2:1-9. Standing firm then in all His will with His words planted within especially His Seed of His Word or Finished Work we receive from Him ministry moment by moment and live in Jesus whole and complete being that God used a double edged sword to correct or comfort us in any situation Col.2:9. Love one another for love fulfills the whole law I Cor. 13. Love does no harm to his or her neighbor. God is faithful. God is good as good is a word meaning wholeness and beneficience as a good Father or Daddy and Mother would give benefits, value judgment, protection, shield, and provision in a wise fashion to their children. Jesus said, "If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more does your Heaveny Father know how to given good gifts to them that ask Him?" Ask for the Holy Spirit. Ask for hunger for God like the Psalmist. We surrender our wills even our entire lives to God when we become born again, nothing held back. You can then will have His Power for living and behold around you the environment the good situation in Zion the power of God to do right now. Yet in this commitment I respect His Power in this life to potentially cast myself into fire of hell as we do not want Him to turn over to me and say we're evil after this life, then first works after salvation say obey Him, obey Him even to the nth degree if you have to in faith deeper in the love of Yeshua Hommashiach Messiah (Jesus) yet so only He can see it ultimately and intimately and mercifully, legally by His Standards justify our walk in mercy in Him to defend (vindicate.) Knowing the terror of the Lord we pursuade men. We don't need to stand up and say how great I is for coming to Jesus but humbly let God justify in every circumstance. Therefore we know He's the Rock Sword Shield and Fortress in Holiness he being bigger than our minds He holds our hand and we count the cost to follow Jesus moment by moment to reverence or obey the Holy Baby Jesus more in bigness. It is by our faith in Him and His-through The Work Finished in the Cross, by the Holy Spirit, the Finished Work He provided-is Done so in awe of Heaven in the afterlife for you and me it (our Eternal Inheritance) is by Him held for you and I. It's a kept provision by HIMSELF by grace (not by us) so we can begin to invest magnanimously in the Heavenly Kingdom of God with abandonment having endurance to His end and to the end.

All God's promises have fulfillments and He doesn't miss a one. Let God be true, every man a liar scripture includes. We can have a quick spark start to the Kingdom of God continually in this abundant life in Christ even, "the Kingdom's love, joy, and peace increase with every step in our Jesus walk," says Pastor Rich. "Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust do corrupt and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also," Jesus said. His mercy full and free at the Cross was just enough to save us and more than enough to keep us as we put our faith and trust in Him His Promises expectantly gained persevering to gain Christ within in all circumstance for Him to do it all in us (save) that is be alive to God dead to sin in the complete center of the will of God as we obey the Spirit determined to the nth degree. By faith we live through Him positively. We determined commit to think we are dead to sin. The greater reality is we are. Righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit are the essence of the Kingdom of God. He intercedes from Heaven for us in newness of living to be victorious and endure to the end so persevering for me in prayers of intercession from Heaven gives me a shot in the arm at pumped up faith at odds against me in this life even like Murphy's law would put us in a pit so that We being successful to follow He is using every circumstance turning them together out and around (for we enter those prayers) for good as is He permanently dwelling within me powerfully by grace and His mercy tasks even works in me mightily as I believe/walk in the Spirit and succeed to become strong in The Lord and very brave like Joshua was told to be. There is no shame in following Jesus, my dear Sister Marge and Alvin Hill have preached and taught and shown by their lives and have done among us! And Pastor Rich and Pastor Anthony have lived! And yes Gene and Judy Holley and the DiLullo's - Al and Millie as well! My godly parents deserve a rave mention also.

"And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of OUR LORD Jesus Christ be with you. Amen." Romans 16:20. Satan will be crushed under Jesus, not always us. We just need not to wander in his territory. Pastor Rich preaches that when we pray in the Disciple's Prayer, "Lead me not into temptation," it means, "God take me away anywhere else!" Life's an adventure. It's a trust in God in our faithful God! In His faithful powerful Presence our Promising God puts us into perseverance to endure even hardness like a good soldier and that puts us into action for us (that being our part to put legs or feet to our prayers in faith as well) to be moving toward wisdom and the prudent knowledge of the fear of The Lord because He is Holy and knowing He is Holy brings understanding that I must be Holy too because He is true to His Perfect Character and I must be holy, and consecrate all to Him when I realize this. Setting apart Jesus Christ as the Truth in a Person personified we do this and so we abide in Him and His Word in us and it's His will. Be you Holy for I am Holy, the scripture says. His Word tells of Perfect Character of God in His ways unchangeable that He Is perfectly steadfast. God is a good Person. He is Good through and through and Righteous and Holy in Himself yet hates sin perfectly and as sin's insidious nature is revealed, sinfulness is opposed by His Finished Work the antecedent of the insidiousness of it are crushed temporarily and so but with infinite love brings to bear mercy and grace. God will judge sin, all of it but if your forgiven, saved, there is no more remembrance. According to the Bema Seat which is the Judgement of believers we're just to build gold brick, silver brick, and with precious stones. God will judge us on our motives. We all want to judged by our actions not motives but people want and need actions that evidence the correct godly motives I Cor. 3; Hebrews 4:12.

All knowing and all powerful and everywhere at once present He is our Maker, Creator and now Redeemer in Fellowship with the Father and His Son. How great Thou art! God. He honors His Word above His Name. God uses our daily Bread of the Word of God reading and listening to His Word and Voice to sanctify us for Heaven. Jesus is our sustaining rejuvenating Bread of Life. God we believe wills to offer revival to us in America as He has around the world and as He would allow in us as we intercede and pray that He relents of judgment even absolute abundant exuding of mercy instead over the land so as to His Promises being ever so given to intimating His merciful Presence generously and with extended everlasting lovingkindness tenderly in compassion (He follows along our pain with you,) so that we can taste and see that the Lord is good and convicting us. So then we can be standing tall though still too in Salvation at peace with God steady and firmly steadfast and certain in relationship seeing His salvation (responding too) in signs and wonders God performs confirming the Word preached/taught and we consecrate committed to Himself (more) so for us to obey Him more and we in Him moving around in His Presence everywhere delighting in Him and as His creation in coming back to Him in second Birth and in confident knowing we are pleasing to Him over what Christ

Like the Israelites in the Wilderness one doesn't need a reformed life by which we have a mere turning over a new leaf or like a lifting up from our bootstraps would be to 'fix' it (on our own) but spiritually in the wilderness going in circles for lack and plenty, bitter complaint followed by refreshing in experience and yet no one teams from that significant experience but Joshua and Caleb as successful of Israel.

All Old Testament law was given as a detriment to a further loss of life but also as encouragement to us mankind in faithful living we look back while they looked ahead to Christ. It was in order to prevent more extreme violence from retaliation and revenge from one another the Law was given. In addition to the Torah becoming embedded in our Government Law today the Law was originally given to show that we're sinners in the New Covenant. The New Covenant fulfillment is Christ and is love Agapeon. But by falling short of the Ten Commandments you're being shown you're a sinner who has heartache and/or needs spiritually perhaps realizing you're sinfulness is staring you in the face and by not being perfect as far as this world is concerned and by hearing what the Spirit is saying too, you attended to that, you are nevertheless wrong before Him in the mirror and hopeless as to Eternal sight of Heaven a sinner transgressed, a wretch and not obedient in nature at all at the tablet of your heart at least in one point at the Tablet of The Ten Commandments either side, either toward blaspheming God's worshipful honor, or man's interpretation of man in his miserable mistreatment of man, (the other tablet) and you thus acknowledge and are confessing then to have missed the mark a sinful man or woman in keeping them and yet still perhaps subsequently turning to repentance. All sin is against God whether it harms or hurts someone else or is known to be against God outright.

Exhortations: Do not harden your hearts. Take the challenge to encourage and provoke one another to love and good works. Agree with God whatever He says for His Throne is established in Righteousness and Justice with Lovingkindness and Truth. Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. God cleanses us once but the effect is over time greater enhanced. So give your life and heart to Jesus Christ Savior to continually cleanse you and make you someone new improved and better. Make Him Lord too for Sanctification of will. Confession is agreeing with God, that what He says is right, true. God will call you out on something (in a most gentle way and in private if you can handle repentance from the Holy Spirit in that way,) and correct you or comfort you as He feels you need it. Also no good thing will He withhold from you. If it's strictly truly good for you He gives it but remember He's a doting Dad and yet a sin filled world we have to overcome. Good Stewards be.

Live at the Altars of God in Church at peace with God justified by faith. Justification is God's part. Sanctification is His part as well as we allow Him. Regeneration is His seed being placed within. He will show His tender yet mighty works through us and on us, and in us. His Son's Blood completely avails to all who call upon Him through which Jesus Christ visible through you can be your evidence of your being saved He being your Lord and Master and Savior and that your rest from your own works which are a part of your own life needy are exposed and so you coming to Him gain His rest in the strength of might God provides in the Blood instead. You can finish strong. Pastor Catapano preaches that, meaning, "That inner strength from God is for power and endurance and to resist," (temptation or sin and sorrow of this world for self or sinfulness which even borders on self-hate.) The love you have must be for God first and with all your strength, heart, soul, and mind, then recognizing your destiny you must love others as you love yourself. This is healthy self-love not any illusion of grandeur. One must love sacrificially as Christ has loved you. This is so you can finish life moment by moment strong and in His strength. This has to happen in the Spirit. You need to have the inner power of the strength of the Holy Spirit to live right in His might and good strong. This means you must be born again. Seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit always.

Imagine or try to imagine how enormous and great in all dimensions God's love is for you in His inheritance by you you obtain in the saints which is His Inheritance to godliness and shown revealed to you will be by you having an eye open to the riches of His grace in His calling and unto the granting of His glory. Be filled full of the Holy Spirit and glory. You aim at the mark of the prize of the upward calling of God in Jesus Christ when you're saved or you'll aim at nothing my Pastor Rich Catapano says. Just agree again with God that you're a sinner before God's eyes in specific details and attitudes and actions known to you from introspection by you but you know He sees them and He will bury your sins in the sea of forgetfulness then (where no one can dig them up, but God tramples them,) as you confess them grace from God saves you. God takes you at your word (about your surrendered faith in Him) and combines it with the fact of Jesus's promise in His Covenant in the written Word attended to to raise you up Resurrected in Him, with Him a new person with a new heart, lifestyle, and new spirit in Him and makes you born again in newness of life, gaining A forever contiguous life abundant as and subsequently to as one who endures to the end. You don't need to rehash your past again nor retaliate on others nor entertain problems but let Him reverse them all while you nest intimate at Christ's feet having a heart near to God in Christ Jesus. God is not far but near.

With God's great salvation yours at God's Throne at the Mercyseat you listening intently to His Voice because God looks down on in over the Ark of God's Presence in Heaven over you God's own mercy seat and with grace which is getting something of what you don't deserve forgiving you. Imagine the God of the Universe looks down upon you with Grace! His mercies never come to an end! Just by faith believing that God is right, just, Holy, good, you succeed in life through the Son of God simply in you plainly revealed inside you a Covenant Gospel made evident from Father God. Just that He has to have wrath against sin and evil and that His Son's Death is just enough to please that wrath and as such, in other words His Indignant reparations against sin are happening against the violent wicked spiritually in their conscience as He is demonstrating Himself in Jesus Christ convictions of His Righteousness His judgment from Heaven and The Atonement "just" in the end unto mercy in forgiveness of your and their sins by penal substitution. Those not accepting Christ have been condemned already having not believed the word of the Son John 3:18. The Cross being an act of God not just a symbol but it's real was just enough to save, propitiate or satisfy Himself and indeed save you to the uttermost all by grace in the Holy Spirit. It's God's reality that overcomes total the glitz of this world's fleeting bloom of flower from the sun. Like the grass withers so our lives are but a vapor. The cross of Calvary then was more than enough in every way to triumph over all things. It (the Cross) was more than enough in everything He is winning. Every Victory Jesus being Victor within from God's Authority gives you is a triumph God gives you to take to the bank of Heaven. Follow Jesus powerfully in the Spirit by way of planning ahead spiritually. Read your Bible. Find within it the Living Word, Jesus, The Person of God whose Finished Work paid in full your guilt. At the cross every man stands on equal ground. Daily then rely on the outpouring freely of the Holy Spirit upon you to be a witness. "In Ephesians one and three God has given layer and layer of blessing to be an artesian well to make you grow in Jesus Christ and everything you need is in Him," says Pastor Rich Catapano. "Pray for this on bended knee," he says. Witness whenever the Spirit moves you and the opportunity is there from God.

You become a vigilant Christian (not like a precarious one whose tower falls,) but like Joshua a witnessing spiritual leader strong and courageous and steady of unfading quiet spirit of beauty instantaneously like one putting aside the things of the old nature in setting yourself apart for God. For when you get saved God separates you from your sinful nature and what you have done in sin in the flesh from before from who you now are being then, spiritually born again renewed seeing The Lord High and Lifted up in His Holiness, with His train fills the Temple, loved unconditionally by Him now so you quit sinning in large measure at the beginning of hearing the Spirit at His conviction repenting, exalting Christ. Dying to sin and self and humbling yourself under His mighty hand you behold Him and the blood of Jesus everywhere possessing your vessel in sanctified humility fleeing immorality and seeking His face. If you genuinely come to Christ to God one hundred eighty degrees from where you were, you will never have to go back to your former way of life again. You can say goodbye chow to your life in the past with reference to sin. Just jump the pond (of sin) leaving anger or malice too praising God putting Jesus Christ your Savior on as a garment from sin Savior first and Lord.

You're opening your heart to behold Him anywhere everywhere walking in the Spirit to maturity into His arms in Christ's hands snatched up from flames of pit. By faith look into His eyes of piercing love and acceptance justified. Like a brand plucked from the fire Shank says in his book, Elect in The Son, we are. It's an about face from sin enacted pungently from Him originally and the removing by you of all sin's influences (asking for help to overcome rightly the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and boastful, pride of life,) to an 'against the grain' life then on, under Christ your Rabbi Master then so you leave sinful ways. And like salmon swim upstream to spawn the Saved life so you're denying yourself (anything not fitting the mold of Christ's image,) taking up your cross and following Christ, within this wonderful adventurous journey life in God, losing your life most humbly to find it in God's Kingdom of grace in humble bondslave lifestyle leaving selfishness and sin behind and rather in service ministering to The Lord first adoring only Him with a singlemindness to abiding in Him and is manifest in keeping with repentance as God grows you into the mature person you were meant to be increasing in the grace & knowledge of Christ & God and in the exposed light and truth made real spoken in love so live the abundant life. Seek God's face then not His hand. You can also seek His Hand upon you and as you pray looking to Jesus. Seek Who He Is and Worship Him! We desperately need God for spiritual food and even without it we still need Him for resources but for daily manna thankfully for He is our Source of all in all and unto utmost desire we serve. The motive is from His. He gives and gives more grace.

In Who He is and Who you are in Him, called, chosen, and motivated a darling in Israel of God, beloved, promised promises to become all God wants you to be in a renewed mind in the promises of Heaven so you put on the New Self which is renewed in knowledge after the Holiness and Righteousness of the truth The Creator God Himself. Then set apart for common use you can be identified in Him in all ways near, you stand at the mirror, which is God's Word the Bible, and within it behold the perfect principles of liberty for living freely in the Living Word, Jesus, God Incarnate, complete, near, and continually looking at Him trusting blessed in our doing ready to change in transformation from faith to faith established in His Righteousness momentarily monitored by Him Col.2:9. We learn what it means to be a bondslave of Christ ministering unto the LORD and transformed and changed into His image. We learn to warn every man and teach to present every man in Christ perfect complete. The Word in Ephesians Three attended to is that Christ comes in to dwell by faith and staying and not move away making us transformed. It is a stronger word than to tent or tabernacle. Like Joshua you can remain in the Tent. "You can stand in your generation," says Pastor Rich, "like Daniel or Nehemiah, Martin Luther, Whitefield, Edwards, or Finney." This is grace wherein we stand. Sola Fida. Sola Gratia. Sola Scriptura.

Tell someone and keep telling about the salvation, what you have done in accepting Christ's work on the cross as your own atonement from sin and to witness of that act if you prayed for Christ to come in to save you for now is the day of salvation & share your experience of salvation so then you will be solidified and in a root system grounded in God rooted and built up in love and in established hearts on Christ your firm foundation. You in righteousness of Christ are helped over time and more and more sanctified as the Day approaches as you endure. As God becomes greater than you've made Him out to be before, Amazing God and Wonderful that you can't box Him in you at all you will begin to submit to Him and His pleasure to please Him without and within so you show love for God genuinely by showing evidence of God's mercy to you and grace by His doing and drawing of you wooing you to Him and your obedience to the Spirit in a love walk. Thrilled to be in God's Presence and His heart inside moment by moment and praise Who He is and of obedience to Christ's words and Him doing justly, to be loving mercy, and walking humbly with your God become who you are. Desires change. Passions become persuaded to be given up for God's Ways. Redirects in life happen. His love can't be comprehended wholly but can be fathomed in time ministered to you momentarily through the Son. Significantly and meaningfully piecemeal personally Jesus the conduit of the said love makes you wholly feeling being loved in every detail of life. Then through it all you'll say, "I've learned to worship God and trust in Jesus and I've learned to trust in God, overcoming through His love and grace."

Jesus said through the Apostle Paul, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus," for they leave the law of sin and death behind even the sinful left completely & they go and sin no more in desires God is intervening in constantly. "I am come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." Romans 8:1; John 10:9,10 People outside the faith are condemned already by their own consciences John 3:18. They literally suppress knowledge of God to continue to practice sin (thinking life comes to an end eventually so eat, drink, and be merry is there mantra so when they die they believe it all ends and now they can "party like its 1999".) Pastor Catapano says, "Do we know with one heart we can't live without God? Whatever it takes, would to God revival broke out, wouldn't it be great?" Follow God and Depend on Leaning on God with good men so you learn how to have a relationship with God.

"Wide is the gate that leads to destruction and many go in thereat but narrow is the gate that leads to life and few there be that find it!" Strive to enter in at that narrow gate. I have known the Lord since the age of four and have never looked back. I am blessed! He gave me a brand new life and put a new man in my shoes. Yes there is a heaven and hell and God is good in Essence but you can be sure to shun the hell and gain the other if you're in the right road in Christ concentrating focus daily on following God's will through the Oil of Christ's Anointing of the Holy Spirit having made peace with God this way of Christ's Blood. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" Newness of life is now your living. Sanctified Leaders should be the first to engage the battle from in it. Joshua was such a servant leader. Moses said Joshua came in and out before the people doing the practical things to help them and Moses the most he could do before becoming head leader. Like the King David running from Saul and gathering outcasts at Ziglag to engage fighting the Amalekites who ran off with their wives and possessions, David encouraged and strengthened Himself too in the Lord to win in life there too. If we can lower our towers enough continually God can have His plans through us is the lesson here. And even though one hundred of David's men who were too tired out cold to go up to battle to take back spoil and over all the wives and spoil taken (like his daughter in the Movie "Taken" of Leeum Niesen) so it was all recovered by the three hundred other men God used and chose to win the battle with.

Now as partaker of His Divine Nature you a believer do right from a relationship to God and not from yourself. And justified by Christ's Blood you're good like no other fuller can whiten clothes because you are right with Him as His help is helps and in most things now expressed you're joyfully following after the Holy Spirit because of humbly being sustained by Him in right standing with God by His Blood and this is rightness from God's will being followed in fellowship and position which is plainly visible and justly merciful from the deposit of the Holy Ghost to you. The Holy Ghost is sealing your salvation by the Spirit in a transformed changed life and you're making your calling and election sure so that no condemnation now I dread and in this character of love it will cost you to follow Christ but you ignore the pain and serve so your good works and character follow you to Heaven even to become second nature to you and what you undertake and want to accomplish in Him spontaneous delighting in Him trying to thrill your Father and His Standard (His will as laid forth in the Word of God,) He performing it through you every waxing waking and sleeping moment through a window in His Word and is seen smiling Showing Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are perfect towards Him Romans 3:19,21;5:1; II Peter 1:1-6ff. Isaiah 26 says, "I (God) will perform and accomplish for you with you showing up." God wants us men and women after His heart Psalm 51, 119. Eph. 2:10 says,"you are His workmanship, (Greek word poema like the word, poem) and were ordained beforehand unto good works." Stand still firmly and let's see the salvation of The Lord. Put your singers first who know the Voice of many waters (revelation 1) first sing to praise The Lord! For the battle is the Lords 2 Chronicles 20:15,21. Live your life in Him with He in you replacing you (Galatians 2:20,) for His sake becoming Christ's servant/slave. For we were bought at a Price therefore glorify God with your body which is God's 1 Corinthians 6:20;3:16,23, and the cross shows we must serve God first and then humanity humbly. Life is not always by a cross from on it viewed or crucified living observed and mortified but a crucified living with an outward expression out of the Holy Spirit within which is flowing out incessant life abundant and in overflow to be enjoyed. The Holy Spirit is given without measure. God's working in me God's working in you both to will and to do both to will and to do of His good pleasure! Phil. 2:13. The World's methodology is not right cause and effect but preaching the straight Jesus message and the cross is and does produce fruit. Do evangelize for, "This Gospel (Jesus lived, Died, was Buried, Rose Again, glorified) shall be preached." You, preach.

Let me introduce myself: I'm Dave Candel from Franklin Square, N.Y. I'm a sinner by nature but saved Blood-washed born again Holy Ghost filled Child of God, with a New Nature who believes in His Bride (Jesus's) through His love the Gift of Righteousness found in God's Son, take a stand for a new standard, Christ's Holiness and righteousness & make no apologies nor excuses for it. There is no shame in exalting Christ Jesus or the Christian life. I attend church Services at an Assemblies Of God church: Bethel Assembly Of God Church from Franklin Square. I've accepted Christ as my personal Savior Master and Lord. I was four. Being that little and being all God wants me to be is a part of my calling from God I'm pursuing and attaining in God to be a minister to others and to minister to The Lord God though through Christ first. As a minister of reconciliation along with colaborers being as a layman I'm loving being single and agapetotes freed up love from God to 'laleo' (Greek word for to gossip or chirp) the Gospel to my family and church family. Preach too on occasion. As well I'm a Gideon who distributes Bibles to many needy locations, and people, and am a substitute High School Teacher in the past, and have had a Bachelor of Science's Degree in Chemistry with some Graduate School from Old Westbury College having worked eleven years in that field of endeavor as well. I, like my Pastor Rich call that my junk box being counted as nothing or dung that "I might know Him." The fellowship of His sufferings, the joys of His Resurrections, which are privelege and blessing this world knows little of is in precious anointing from God's unconditional love and is totally awesome. I rejoice in The Lord evermore. I witness with all of Jesus' joy to My Jesus My comfort, and shelter and shield for He as my Rock, holds me, my high tower and fortress and has become my forever sacrifice to Eternity and also my scapegoat to have taken my sins away! Posted by DAVID CANDEL

Hi! I'm Dave Candel a born again Christian.