We are God’s Offspring Part 2

We are God’s Offspring
Part 2

Know God and His Word for Yourself!

God is an awesome God! He has made marvelous provisions for us. There is contentment knowing that we as believers are God’s offspring! We are His Church. When you truly realize and grasp the fact that; “GOD that MADE the world and ALL things therein, seeing that HE IS LORD of HEAVEN and earth, DWELLETH NOT in TEMPLES made with hands;
NEITHER is worshiped with men’s hands as though HE needed any thing, seeing HE GIVETH to ALL LIFE & BREATH, and in all things;

And hath MADE of ONE BLOOD ALL NATIONS of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath DETERMINED the TIMES before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

That they should SEEK the LORD, if haply they might feel after HIM and find HIM, though HE BE NOT FAR FROM EVERY ONE OF US:

“FOR IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING; as certain also of your own poets have said; WE ARE HIS OFFSPRING”

Forasmuch then as we are the Offspring of God, We might NOT to think that the GODHEAD is like unto gold, or silver, or stone graven by art or man’s device.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; BUT NOW COMMANDED ALL MEN EVERY WHERE TO REPENT!!! ACTS 17

God’s Holy Spirit

In the past God patiently overlooked the ignorance and foolishness of mankind. There is a plethora of examples within the Old Testament. As we come into the knowledge of God, He holds us accountable for what we know. He expects us to readily REPENT! God is Not like man. He is infinitely superior. GOD IS A SPIRIT! He blesses the living everyday with the breath of life. Christ Jesus is the Head of His Church. God has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us to all TRUTH! “If you love Me, you will obey what I command. And ask the Father, and HE WILL give you another COUNSELOR to be with you forever ~ the SPIRIT of TRUTH. The world cannot accept HIM, because it neither sees HIM nor knows HIM. But you know HIM for HE LIVES WITH YOU and WILL BE IN YOU. I WILL NOT leave you as orphans; I WILL COME TO YOU…” John 14 (NIV)

GOD IS OMNISCIENT! He knows whatever we do, why we do it or do not do it and when. He knows ALL our actions, thoughts & motives… No one can manipulate God! He has given us His precious Holy Spirit that helps us to sin less. Keep in mind that everything belongs to God. He has already Blessed us with every Spiritual Blessing in the Heavenly realms in Christ. He chose us to be Holy and blameless before the foundation of the world. This does not give us an excuse to sin. But should inspire us to become even more cognizant of His Omnipresence. When you do you will begin to relate to God and His Word quite differently. As His offspring He does not bless us because of who we are, He blesses us because of who HE IS!

In order to please GOD you must have FAITH in HIM! “BUT WITHOUT FAITH it IS IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE HIM; for HE THAT COMETH TO GOD MUST BELEIVE THAT HE IS, AND THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM!” HEBREWS 11 He bestows us with both Spiritual and Material Blessings as He sees fit. There truly is Wonder Working Power in the precious Blood of CHRIST JESUS!

As long as His Breath of Life is within Your body, you have an invitation to know Christ Jesus as your Savior and Lord! ” Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of FAITH, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our FAITH without wavering (for HE IS FAITHFUL that PROMISED) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching…” HEBREWS 10 Yes we can delight in worshiping together. We can also make an altar within our hearts for His Holy Spirit dwells within us. Our hearts can be on fire for the Lord as we daily cherish and embrace His Word.

We have personal access to God through Christ Jesus. We are His offspring and inherit the rights and privileges of Salvation… We can trust God in any and every situation. Through Christ Jesus we are made perfect. This means in Him we can become whole. We do not have to embrace the ways and traditions of man over the Word of God. We should pray before, after and during worship. Worship is or should be a marvelous time devoted to giving the Lord the honor, praise and glory due His Name! Truly the Lord is worthy. It is important to consistently spend time with the Lord in His Word. This helps to increase our Faith and also enhances our worship and Praise. Through Christ Jesus we have been set FREE to live everyday for God!

Faith means to believe and rest in what God has done in the past. It means to trust Him for what He will do in the future… We should make a point to yoke up with the Lord! Whenever or wherever we come together to worship God He is supposed to receive the preeminence! As His offspring; we as the “True worshipers must worship God in Spirit and in Truth!”

~ “HAVE FAITH IN GOD!” ~

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Perilous Times and Perilous Men with a “reprobate mind.”.

June 26, 2015 was a historic day indeed. Today we believe the Supreme Court got it wrong in its decision to legalize same sex unions in all 50 states. Everyone has an opinion but God’s word is still true. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” There are certain things God has cursed, and you can’t bless what God has cursed. Nor can you curse what God has blessed!

“God” is love! There is no way to really love someone without God. We (people) are the temple of God, and God will not dwell in an unclean temple, so love cannot proceed from an unclean temple as well.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.”

(2 Timothy 3)

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28)

“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16)

A reprobate mind has finally reached the United States of America Supreme Court. And that’s our “opinion”.

Here’s another opinion about that decision:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/26/opinions/connelly-same-sex-marriage-ruling/index.html

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God Loves A Cheerful Giver

Jesus Christ is the WORD in flesh. He has all power. There is no power principality or anything that is not subject to Him; yet He humbled himself to be the only flawless perfect example for us. He died on the cross for the sins of the world. He then arose from the dead with ALL POWER! His purpose was to make us aware of the importance of developing an intimate personal relationship with God through Him.

When you accept Christ Jesus into your heart, the Comforter; His Holy Spirit will direct you and teach you all things as you grow spiritually. Yet He always gives you the liberty and freedom to choose.

“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER!”

Today there is much discussion as well as questions in regards to giving. How much, when to give and to who should it be given. Should you give to missions, church ministries, or charities? Is the money used to further the Gospel or to just maintain the building and activities? Should it matter to you how the monies are used? Is tithing commanded? Do we tithe our gross or our net?

When we give be it our money, material possessions or time it should be done responsibly. I believe in supporting ministries who focus upon spreading the “Gospel.” This actually equips others to live victoriously. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world them and they that dwell therein.” Psalm 24 We are stewards of whatever God puts or allows in our possession. I also believe when you seek His direction, He will direct you how, when, who and who not to give to.

When I read the scriptures I see how Jesus saw that the needs of His disciples were met. The scripture even says they “lacked nothing.” You often hear; Well, Jesus was poor. Jesus didn’t even have a place to lay His head.” Did you forget when Jesus was a growing child He lived in a home with Joseph and Mary his earthly parents. When He became of age His mission was to further go forth fulfilling the Will of Our Heavenly Father. “He who was rich became poor so we might become rich”. I don’t think He pulled money out of His pocket to pay the little lad for his lunch he used to feed the great multitude. I think it was out of the mouth of a fish that His disciple found money? The point is giving is not just monetary. Money is the system that the world uses to exchange goods or services.

You should not manipulate people to give to God! The Lord does not need anything from us. We all need Him! God wants us to give our lives to HIM. To daily live to please HIM. There is nothing wrong with giving but it should not be under compulsion or out of guilt. When monetary giving is usually the primary focus of the Church it is usually because of something material man wants to do or accomplish. If or when there is a need simply say so and let those who are led to give accordingly. Have FAITH in GOD to supply “ALL your needs”

There is much division over the proper way of giving. There is also an often unspoken bias. I have seen many sides of this within the Church over the years. There are those who lean towards believing you are entitled in somewhat of a hierarchy of privileges based on tithing.

Tithes are often mandated from the clergy and widely encouraged. Chances are you will not be able to really participate unless you pay tithes. You are often considered to be robbing God.

In the Old Testament the priests did not receive an inheritance therefore they were taken care of by the tithe. They did not necessary give a tithe themselves. Does this mean that if tithes are received should a minister not then receive a salary? Biblically speaking the tithe was not always necessarily monetary; it was given from the yield of crops and animals etc…

“Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the reverence of the Lord in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. so that you may learn to revere the Lord God always. But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry the tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his name is so far away, then exchange the tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose. Use the silver to buy whatever you like; cattle sheep….” Deuteronomy 6. The Bible is clear that the tithing is to actually remind us to always put GOD first.

Your giving is personally between You & God!

Were tithes collected when the children of Israel were in Babylonian captivity? To whom was it distributed? It is important in these “Last Days” we are certain of what we are preaching, proclaiming, saying or teaching is Biblical. For we will all have to answer to HIM.

To give or not give tithes as a tenth of your money is a bone of contention for some. Is this because there is an underlying fear that some will not give to the support of the local church ministry if not? Can you distribute your tithes among several ministries? Not everyone involved in the monies always keep this information private. I have seen resentment on both sides. Some who elect to tithe feel slighted when others don’t or entitled because they do? LORD HELP US!

“GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER!”

It is important to spend time with the Lord in His Word!

“Remember this; Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give and not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work..” 2 Corinthians 9.

God is more than able to meet your personal needs as well as the needs of His Church. Let the Lord lead you in your giving.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness and everything will be added unto you”. Matthew 6 If you put God first in you life He will provide whatever you need as well as some of your wants. The scripture says if you ask anything in His Will He will give it to you. You don’t have to beg, steal, manipulate, brow beat or coerce anyone. Don’t be envious of others. If you are not content with your blessings; take it up with God. “To whom much is given much is required.” Just remember persecutions come with blessings.

We often make decisions and don’t consult God. Or we consult Him and don’t listen. When we begin to feel the consequences of those decisions we want a fast relief. The problem is many don’t want to seek Him first! We often want something or want somebody to give us something that may not be in God’s will. This should not be…

Since God is omniscient (all knowing) He knows what we need before we even ask. Had you ever thought perhaps I’m not quite ready for what I’m asking for? Or perhaps my priorities aren’t right, or just maybe the time isn’t quite right? I believe when God puts something in your possession He will give you the wisdom how to handle it as well. So therefore, readily repent when the Lord shows you something. This is how you grow in His Grace.

Money comes and money goes even when you are very responsible. There are many variables that can come in to play beyond ones control. Therefore seek to be a prudent steward of whatever the Lord allows in your possession.

Is God your source? Well what’s the problem? The “love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after, have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Know that there are people who will do anything for money. Money in itself is not bad or evil. You see you can love money and not have any. You can also have a lot of money and not love it! Just to name a few of many in the Bible, remember Abraham, Solomon, Queen of Sheba, Joseph and Job to name a few? I think they had spiritual and material riches? But they also had the right priorities. It is God that gives the power to be rich.

I can never express enough the importance of having an consistent avid personal prayer, worship and bible study time. It will enhance your life tremendously. It will help you be a good steward. It will increase your spiritual discernment. It will also free you when others try to manipulate you to give or do anything out of guilt. When you grow spiritually your desire to give will as well. But you will receive much persecution when you don’t give your time and money when, how, and how much they think you should. This is why it is important to seek direction from the Lord.

Just know that God knows your heart and He will direct you. Be careful who and what you support. It is not necessary for others to understand or see what you do. God knows your heart and your intentions and He really does see everything. It is your obedience to Him that will cause you to reap bountifully.

God truly is a GOOD GOD. He has left no stone unturned to prepare us through His Word instructions for righteous living and giving. When you accept Him as Lord and Savior remember; “He WILL supply all of your needs according to HIS riches in Christ Jesus.” Begin to give as He instructs. Remember again what Paul tells us in Corinthians; “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give: not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord and not man.

Please the Lord and be a cheerful giver whenever you give!

This is what the LORD teaches us that HE requires of each of us as believers;

“O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of Thee, but TO DO JUSTLY, and to LOVE MERCY, and to WALK HUBMBLY WITH THE LORD.” MICAH 6

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