…Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 The Message
The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men. He is tenderhearted and of quick sympathy, and His unfailing attitude toward all moral beings is open, frank, and friendly. By this nature He is inclined to bestow blessedness and he takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people. . . .
The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of Heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us. A W Tozer
For The Lord God is a sun and shield,
The Lord gives grace and glory,
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:11 NASB
GOD As He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram, Author
Great blog post from Pastor Mike
Originally posted on Pastor Mike Says:
Wouldn’t you like the freedom just to be accepted as you are, without having to put on airs and without pressure to be someone you aren’t?
God accepts you as you are. The devil wants to steal self-confidence from you. He tries to make you “feel” that you don’t “measure up” in one way or another. Thank God that we are “measured” by His standards, and not the worlds!
|The opinion you have of yourself affects all your relationships—with God and other people. Many times people can’t keep good friendships because they don’t even like themselves—so why should anyone else!
You can keep striving to make things better in your life by your “good works”. Many people depend on their “good works” to outweigh their “bad works”, and thereby make it into heaven when the time comes.
But God says our “works” will not earn us anything. It is by acceptance through faith of God’s Son Jesus Christ and what He has done for us. We are saved by grace through faith. Salvation is a FREE gift to us because of God’s love for us—we just need to receive it!
2 Cor. 5:21 says that Jesus actually became sin on the cross for you and I, so that through Him we might become the righteousness of God. You need to believe God when He tells you this! He will NEVER lie to you. But the devil will lie, steal and deceive you. Don’t allow the devil to pull you down to his level. He is the master at deception. It’s your choice whom you believe!
We don’t succeed by works—but we do have to be obedient to do what God says. There IS a difference! The Bible says that we reap what we sow. If we sow God’s Word into our hearts then we will reap the blessings—salvation, deliverance, peace, healing, redemption, and prosperity—many blessings. If we sow what the devil and world tells us—then we will reap those things—condemnation, guilt, shame, confusion, insecurity—many curses.
The small 6″ x 2.5″ folded flyer that I found in Mrs. Baugh’s Bible is so filled with inspiring biblical answers. There are a total of 11 sections in this tiny flyer. This posting will focus on Part 11 – Advice to Christians.
john v, 39
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me..
Ephesians VI, 11
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
1 Thessalonians V, 16-17
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing
Galatians V, 22-23
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Hebrews V, 12-14
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
I Corinthians XVI, 2
On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.
Colossians III, 17
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
1 Timothy II, 15
Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
1 Peter IV, 8-11
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
II Peter I
Acts XX, 32
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Revelation II, 10
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelations XXII: 14,18,19
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add[b] to him the plagues that are written in this book;
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book[b] of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
* All scriptures are NKJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV)
The small 6″ x 2.5″ folded flyer that I found in Mrs. Baugh’s Bible is so filled with inspiring biblical answers. There are a total of 11 sections in this tiny flyer. This posting will focus on Part 10.
The conversion of three thousand.
acts viii 26-40
The Ethiopian eunuch.
acts ix 1-30
Saul of Tarsus.
acts xvi 14-15
acts xvii 11-34
Who is our mediator?
1 timothy ii 5-6
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
Romans VIII, 26-28
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
James V 16-20
16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
We no longer live under the laws of Moses but under Christ.
Why is there need for a new covenant?
Hebrews viii 7-13
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds[a] I will remember no more.”[b]
13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Do you live under this new covenant? If not, I hope that you will take time to study & learn about this new covenant of Grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.
All scripture in this blog are NKJV.
The small 6″ x 2.5″ folded flyer that I found in Mrs. Baugh’s Bible is so filled with inspiring biblical answers. There are a total of 11 sections in this tiny flyer. This posting will focus on Part 9.
Jeremiah VI, 16
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (KJV)
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. (NKJV)
Is it plain?
A highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray (NKJV)
If not in the perfect way receive more perfect instruction.
Acts XVIII, 26
So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (NKJV)
During the months of April and May 2012, I began a new section entitled “Treasures” on my Faithfulnibbles blog. The purpose of this section was to share this wonderful old Bible that once belonged to Mrs. M. Baugh. I recall this sweet little woman and her love for the Lord. In my earlier entries from early 2012 you can find more about this Bible.
However, the well used, worn, Bible is filled with various pieces of ‘treasure’ that Mrs. Baugh had saved through the years. When I began my writings last year my intention had been to share these treasures with you. Today, I will pick up where I left off in May 2012. I hope that you will go back and read the prior postings and that you will enjoy the new ones as they appear in the days ahead.