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1/12/2017 8:43 AM
Minister of Christ Jesus
(Ty Alexander)
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Can you sin by using assisted pregnancy or artificial insemination?

To understand what could be wrong,
see Sex and Marriage - The Plain Truth
  10/11/2016 9:38 PM

Wonderful Yom Kippur! (Day Of Atonement)
Remember and honor God's atonement for our sins by His blood and
New Covenant in Christ Jesus/HaMashiach Yahushua. Confess and
ask God's forgiveness for your sins today, in general and specifically.
Being specific is best. God said if we confess our sins He will forgive
(1 John 1:9), so don't keep them private thinking it doesn't matter.
It matters to God. Remember, too, it is only through the New
Covenant of Grace in Jesus/Yahushua that our sins are guaranteed to
be wiped away by a simple acknowledgment of faith, so confess your
belief in Christ/HaMashiach to someone. There is no more need to go
through high priests or make animal sacrifices like the Jews must
do under the Law of Moses.

Devotionals and Insights 10/3/2016 12:15 PM

Blow your shofars and give shouts on this holiday!
Rosh Hashanah means "Head Of The Year" but God defined this
holiday as the Day Of Trumpets or Shouting from the Hebrew
Teruah meaning to make a loud noise or shout, typically with a
shofar or trumpet (Leviticus 23:23-25; Numbers 29:1).

Shofar blasts are used to establish and affirm, like the soundings
made to announce a new king (1 Kings 1:39). With these things in mind,
Yom Teruah is not meant to just be a new year, but actually the
Head of a New Age - to establish Jesus Christ's reign as King of Kings
and Lord of Lords. So give trumpet blasts with shouts of Hurrah
for God's Kingdom and our Lord as King Eternal.

Hallelujah Adonai Yahushua! Hallelujah Lord Jesus!

"With trumpets and the sound of the shofar shout
for joy before the King, Adonai!" (Psalm 98:6 CJB)

Devotionals and Insights 8/8/2016 2:36 PM

Respect the Lord's servants. Leave behind strife and anger.
Arguing is not the Lord's way (2 Timothy 2:14, Titus 2:1-9,3:9-10; James 5:9; 1 Peter 3:8-12).
There is too much fighting in the church and brethren
go so far as to call each other devils and the like. But anyone who
comes in the Name of Jesus Christ should be respected. Do not
call each other devils or claim others are of the enemy. You risk
blaspheming the Holy Spirit, a sin God does not forgive, even
though Christ's blood atones all sin (Matthew 12:24-32; Mark 3:22-30;
Luke 11:15,12:10; 1 John 1:7)

How do you know someone is not acting and speaking by the Spirit?
You may simply not understand things, just as the Jews did not
understand Jesus or His servants. There is much the church
disagrees on, but we must exercise discipline and respect for
each other. Do not assume you or the church knows everything
correctly, but be willing to give up erroneous viewpoints and
examine things very, very closely (1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).

  7/22/2016 4:25 PM

Excess of pride brought our nations low. More rebuilding through
pride will not bring prosperity. Campaigns that showcase making
our nations strong again and rebuilding national pride have
missed why they've come to this point.

They've turned their backs on God and what is right. God makes
nations great, but He will bring them down if they do not come to
what is right after straying. The United States, especially, has been
given wake-up calls through 9-11 and financial upheavals, yet
instead of humbly seeking to make things right with God, nations
continue to stand proud in their own logic, strength and promises -
they simply continue oblivious to what will guarantee permanent
healing and prosperity. The only way back to blessing and promise
is through God.
May it be in Christ Jesus. Amen.

  6/27/2016 12:39 PM

The wrong kind of pride is destroying our future

When facts supporting the immorality of abortion were given,
someone sarcastically commented on the hundreds upon hundreds
of adoptions being made to save those unwanted babies. There were
millions upon millions of abortions performed since the United States
legalized it, averaging over 1.3 million a year since 1973. After all,
how could so many babies be adopted?

That isn't the point. It's society's lack of accountability, self-control,
and morals that are creating so many unwanted babies in the first
The immorality of murder is justified in the name of personal
freedom. Loose sexual morals and lust promoted by popular culture,
and the absence of self-control, proper education and discipline of
our children are promoting promiscuity that is creating all these
unwanted babies.

So when serious moral consequences of abortion are given, criticism
on what to do with all the babies is given instead of the realization
that the causes of this problem are society's exchange of the moral
for the immoral. Pride in thinking that nothing wrong was done is
blinding society. It does not want to see its wrongs and
that lack of accountability will destroy our nations.
  6/24/2016 11:38 AM

Manipulating or inserting DNA to modify or create organisms is
wrong. Men should not be doing what is God's exclusive privilege.

Gene therapy, however, is okay because it does not create an
unnatural organism. It can be viewed as medicine.

Creating unnatural organisms, though, is sin (Leviticus 19:19).
Devotionals and Insights 6/10/2016 12:42 PM

Allegiance to division always hinders
Political parties, denominations, social castes, sects, and
factions don't serve the greater good when they work blindly to
rigidly follow their group's agendas. It undermines government
and leadership and creates strife and endless arguing. Progress
is swiftest when the gears of government and society do not
constantly work against one another.

I've seen members of political parties plan to oppose leaders
even before the leader is elected into power. I've seen them
refuse to do their jobs correctly because they simply want to
oppose the leader in power. I've seen voters continue to support
their political group's lines even when a candidate is obviously
inappropriate for the job. How does this make for good
government and leadership?

Leaders and citizens alike need to view things on a larger scale
to achieve what is best for all. We need a God-centric view so we
understand and act on issues without prejudice. Leave divisions
behind. Leave sore feelings made by disagreements behind.
Leave biased judgment based on loyalty to a group behind.

Instead, judge righteous and understand God's will for the situation.
Even God's chosen can go astray if they do not understand what
He wants (Numbers 15:44-45; Acts 9:1-3;21:4-14).
  3/25/2016 7:53 PM

Pascha, not Easter
A blessed Good Friday to everyone. Remember God's sacrifice to
atone for our sin's and bring a new age for the Jews and mankind.

Remember, too, the word Easter is a misnomer and inappropriate to
use for Christ's day of resurrection. The word comes from the name
of pagan spring deities and festivals. Instead, refer to Christ's
resurrection day as Pascha, which is what most of the
non-Westernized church calls the holiday. Pascha is Greek for
Passover and comes from the Hebrew for Passover - Pesach/
Pesah/Pesakh. Pascha is the correct name for the holiday because
Christ was our Passover Lamb and sacrificed during Passover
(1 Corinthians 5:7).
Devotionals and Insights 3/22/2016 12:05 PM

Purim is approaching and people are preparing to celebrate
God's deliverance in times of peril. Some also speak of faith to
overcome threats of every incarnation of "Amalek" or forces trying
to destroy God's People. However, the Jews and Church alike don't
realize how deeply ingrained those incarnations of Amalek have
infiltrated their midst as false beliefs and teachings. Those threats
are just as dangerous as those of Haman against the Jews in
Babylon, which Purim goes with. They have been destroying God's
People for millennia, so when Purim begins tomorrow at sundown,
pray for the Lord's People to come out of those threats and bring
them into the purity and righteousness God desires of His People -
Jew and Christian alike.


  3/17/2016 1:15 AM

Remember St. Patrick's Day is not about Irish patriotism or partying.
Pubs used to close on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland.

God saved and blessed Ireland through Christ and Saint Patrick. And the Irish flag
symbolizes lasting peace (white) between the green Catholics and orange Protestants.
Let there be unity because there is truly only one Church under God.

Níl Lá Fhéile Pádraig tírghrá na hÉirean ach craic. Dhún tithe tábhairne inniu.
Cuimhnigh ar chuir Dia a bheannacht ar Éirean le Críost agus Pádraig.
  3/16/2016 4:10 PM

Righteous government is not run by petty politics.

The President did his job by nominating a capable and qualified

Supreme Court Justice, yet Senate Republicans are refusing to

even review Merrick Garland's nomination. He is well regarded

by both Democrats and Republicans alike, yet politicians

blocking the nomination suggest it should be held off because

it is an election year. They have no truly legitimate reasons to

block the nomination like this and are serving to make

government a mockery. Righteous leaders will do their jobs

without putting personal opinions or alliances in the way.

  3/8/2016 9:10 AM

Living merely by creed will destroy faith, not increase it.
The church often puts her doctrine above God
when it should be the other way around.

"New Life - Eternal Life gives a youthful resiliency.
Think of My parable of the wine-skins. Those who merely worship
Me as a creed are like unto old wine-skins. They cannot accept
new truth, new life. It would destroy, not increase their faith.

Those who have My Gift of Eternal, youth-giving Life have the
ever-expanding, revitalizing, joy-quality of that Life [from the
rebirth of having My Spirit sealed in them]. The new wine poured
so freely into new bottles. That bracing wine sustains the many
who receive it." (God At Eventide, March 8)

  3/1/2016 9:45 AM

Submit To Lawful Authority
The Apple Corporation is refusing to cooperate with law enforcement
to unlock a suspected terrorist's cell phone as well as devices in
other cases. They claim it will set precedent that will affect their
customers' privacy. However, there is no problem with unlocking
the devices. Law enforcement already unlocks and looks through
criminals' computers and other devices, and if you are a criminal
suspect then your rights to privacy should be expected to be taken
away. Apple is not being told to compromise all their customers'
security or privacy by cooperating with law enforcement. In fact,
it is sin for them to refuse lawful authority when they have no valid
grounds to resist (Romans 13:1-5). God put government and authority
over us for the better good and we have an obligation to respect
that, so if there are no issues of Godly authority or commands
being violated then a righteous company or organization should
submit to reasonable requests from authority.
Devotionals and Insights 2/29/2016 5:06 PM

Righteous leaders should not do their jobs with
bias for their opinions or allegiances.

Why are political leaders saying they will not even review the
president's Supreme Court nomination for a replacement when it
is his job to nominate a justice and it is their job to review it?

A righteous government is not run by politics,
but by impartial logic and wisdom.

  2/17/2016 11:28 AM

The church is cursed for preaching the wrong things.
Everyone who comes with a gospel that is not the True Gospel is
cursed (Galatians 1:8-9). The Catholic Church, Mormon Church and
others who worship Mary, angels, and the saints, and preach
incorrect salvation in Christ or God are cursed to be blinded. That is
why they're given "reinforcement" to their beliefs, like miracles
associated with the Virgin Mary. However, God did not send many of
those apparitions of Mary and the way the church tests things is
flawed. The enemy has real spiritual powers, too. They were once
God's angels and can work signs and wonders that are not from God
(2 Thessalonians 2:9), so test all spirits correctly (1 John 4:1) and remember
that angels or saints sent by God do not allow themselves to be
worshipped (Acts 10:26; Revelation 22:9).

The True Gospel is based on the fulfillment of covenant.
The New Covenant, like all of God's conditional covenants, has terms
to fulfill and keep - confess your belief in Jesus to another person
and never deny that belief to anyone (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10).
Faith alone is not enough to be saved into God's Kingdom through
Christ for you must be born again of God's Spirit, which happens
when we make our confession of faith in Jesus to another person
(John 3:5-7; Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10). Salvation by baptism or
other acts is not the True Gospel.

Devotionals and Insights 2/14/2016 4:48 PM

God never wanted Saint Valentine or Valentine's Day
to be associated with romantic love or lovers.
That connection is actually of the enemy, like the pushing of
"Christmas" spirit and Easter celebration without God or Christ
in them. It sets our focus on the wrong things.

There were many saints named Valentine and history records
at least three of them being martyred on February 14th, however,
the significance of their deaths on the same day has nothing to do
with romantic or worldly love. There is significance to the meaning
of the number 214 or 2-14, though. It refers to the final promised
 return of Christ at the end of this age1, so if anything should be
done on the 14th of February, it should be a remembrance
of Jesus' promises that the saints died for.

1 The Meaning of Numbers at 3rdCompass.org:
  2/10/2016 11:11 AM

Jumping to conclusions can be very dangerous.
In a famous battle between Russia and the UK in the Crimea
(Ukraine 1854), many needless casualties resulted when Lord Raglan's
command to "advance rapidly" was mistaken to mean "attack
immediately" by lower commanders. Raglan meant their troops to
proceed swiftly with a plan to attack the Russians in a valley that
would bring them behind the enemy, but the commander in charge
of the cavalry thought the order was to make a direct frontal
attack immediately. The attack was a disaster.

What this has to do with the church is, people often jump to the
wrong conclusions with guidance from God, from Scripture or
otherwise, and then "attack" with it. We have to view God's
guidance as a whole and in context, as well as wait for His
complete plan and command to be given before we run with guidance. But because the church often draws the wrong
conclusions from one or two pieces of information, she has
built a church that is divided and is teaching in error.

  2/3/2016 2:11 PM

Faith does not operate alone.
Consider these Words: "Only believe. The walls of Jericho fell down.
Was it axes or human implements that brought them down?
Rather the Songs of Praise of the people and My Thought carried
out in action... Your faith and My power -- the only two essentials.
Nothing else is needed..." (God Calling, February 3)

If you read this too quickly, then you would conclude all you have
to do is believe or have faith and great obstacles will fall before you.
However, examine what we are to have faith in -
God's Thought and God's Power.

Faith does not operate by itself. It was actually God's Thought
"carried out in action" that was a big part of why Jericho fell.

That is not simply God acting, which is His Power, but the people's
action of His Thought. Israel followed God's commands exactly to
make Jericho fall, so it's our obedience to God's Commands
(His Thought) that brought the outcome He wanted.

So read "nothing else is needed" with wisdom. Remember that faith
without action is dead (James 2:17), that obedience to God's commands
is what He considers true love for Him (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3), and that
we are expected to include the whole of God's Word, the entire view
of things, and to keep context correct when we try to understand
what He says.

Devotionals and Insights 1/20/2016 11:48 AM

Division in the church is not of the Lord.
If you know that, then why continue to maintain denominational divisions?
Leave that behind. There is one God and one People of God,
for we are one in Christ; no longer should we be Jew and
Christian apart (Ephesians 2:11-22,3:6; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Peter 2:9-10).
And likewise, there is only one Church with Christ as the Head.
Leave division behind.
Devotionals and Insights 1/13/2016 2:33 PM

A common misused myth of the church:
"God is not the author of confusion"
(1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV).
It should be translated, "God is not a God of disorder" (NIV),
which goes with the proper context of the Scripture there - of keeping
order in the church. The verse does not mean God never
gives or makes confusing or misleading things,
which many people have referenced it for.

God does create and speak in very confusing ways. His host
includes lying spirits who He sends for various reasons
(1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Chronicles 18:18-22). His whole creation was made
very confusingly to test faith in man, to see if we trust Him or
what we see with our eyes. Note how He made the universe
and our world to appear ancient. And what appears to be
"evolution" without God and its evidence in fossil records and
DNA is not as straightforward as the world thinks.
God hid the details very well. I wrote about the science of these
things in my first book, 3rd Compass.

God hides the truth to test us. He hides many other things for
other reasons. God's Spoken Guidance, Scripture, and many of
His parables and prophecies are deliberately confusing. Jesus'
disciples were even confused by things He said. God obscures
things because it is His Will, it tests us, and some people are
cursed to be blind to the truth (Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:15; Mark 4:12;
John 9:39; Acts 28:27; Romans 11:7-10; Galatians 1:8-9)
. Other times, the full
truth is hidden so that people who consider themselves wise
and prudent are proved wrong. Having pride in our own
thinking is bad, while leaning on and completely trusting what
the Lord says is true is very important. We must not think or
act with gut reactions, but look deeper to understand the world,
God and His Kingdom as they truly are.

  1/8/2016 11:55 AM

Disciplining children appropriately can include physical punishment.
Withholding corporal punishment is not God's way.
The world is full of excessive ungodly love that focuses more
on being kind than long term well-being.

The Lord said, "Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and
beatings purge the inmost being" (Proverbs 20:30) and "He who
withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him
disciplines him diligently" (Proverbs 13:24), so truly loving our
children is not to be lax in giving appropriately forceful
discipline. That includes physical punishment.
What is the rod of Proverbs 13:24 used for after all?

Spanking is not abuse, but we must never hit out of anger.
We must always be in control or our kids will only see
unreasonable, out of control rage, which is counterproductive.
If possible, let children choose a spanking over a longer but
less physical punishment. God disciplines and punishes us
similarly (Hebrews 12:4-11, Proverbs 13:24; Jeremiah 46:28; 1 Chronicles 21:11-12).
Doing that to our children doesn't mean we are unforgiving
parents. So long as the discipline is not abusive and we hold
no unforgiveness, forceful discipline means we love our children
enough to guide them firmly so they make the right choices in
the future and turn away from sin without being tempted by it.
That is a major reason why fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10).
  1/4/2016 12:36 PM

Promoting belief in prosperity or triumph without God is dangerous

It spreads darkness and blinds people to the truth when
enthusiasm omits Who is truly behind all things. So don�t cry,
"Believe!" or "Believe in yourself!" or "Believe it's destiny!"
without acknowledging God controls all. He is in everyone's life
and provides for all whether they believe in Him or not.

"He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends
rain on the righteous and the unrighteous"
(Matthew 5:45).

God gives material blessings to everyone as He sees fit and for
His purposes, but the blessings of His Kingdom, both
material/temporal and eternal, can only be given to those who
are in it. See how you fit in and whether or not you are truly in
His Kingdom through Christ, so you can gain all the blessings
of God�s promises for His People.

  1/2/2016 11:18 AM

Christ is the Head of the Church, then why

does it rush about without His approval?

Asking God if you should do something and feeling like it must

be done immediately is not the same as letting Him lead you or

your ministry. Feelings and other things can be manipulated by

the enemy and no answer from God is not the same as His approval.

Wait for His solid confirmation to go and do. There is no rushing

in the Kingdom of Heaven, so why be anxious to do His work?

Jesus did not do that or teach it. There are times when He

wants us to do right away, but most of the time we are to wait

for God�s guidance to come in entirety so we do not jump to

conclusions and error. Learn how to let God interpret and meet

with the Lord to get His judgments on things. Make Him truly

Head of the Church and your lives.

  12/25/2015 12:39 PM

A wonderful, blessed and joyous Christmas to everyone!
Nollaig iontach beannaithe agus l�n d'�thas!

The peace of Christ's coming be on you all. Amen.
Devotionals and Insights 12/22/2015 11:28 AM

Darkness Masquerades As Light
Stop mixing up and supporting man-made traditions with those
of God. Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and many other
holidays once meant to honor things of God, quickly became tainted
with ideas and traditions that turn focus away from God and Christ.

What may seem like harmless magic and celebration has made
people forget God, so leave the make-believe Santa Clauses,
fairies, and other ideas that omit God. Modern notions of joy
and spirit in Christmas/Easter/etc. without Christ only serve to
make us lean on temporary joys. Truth will be much more
valuable to people in the long run than having temporary fun
in make-believe magic.

God supplies much more real world "magic" than we can
possibly imagine, so stop teaching people to put faith in
make-believe instead of God. Keep the make-believe just that
by saying what is really true and what is not. Pretending that
fairytales are true for our children will only have them focus on
temporary joys and keep bad traditions alive.

  12/18/2015 2:41 PM

Too late for America to stem gun violence and death?

IrishCentral.com posted an article about how Americans could
prevent the violence and death we're seeing in law enforcement.
We are too eager to draw guns and use deadly force instead of
first trying to de-escalate a situation. I believe this attitude
comes from American culture's widespread acceptance and
glorifying of violence. Popular entertainment is full of it.

I know law enforcement here is trained to use negotiation and
de-escalation, but I don't believe officers are trained well
enough or are using it as much as they should. It comes from
giving in to fear and gut reactions instead of using more logic
and compassionate responses.

But I wonder if it's too late for our society because using
violence is so saturated in this culture. When the general public
is quick to draw guns, then should law enforcement keep theirs
holstered? I think, yes. They should be expected to set higher
examples and if you're Christian it's all the more important,
because the Lord does not want us to retaliate with violence
(Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29; Romans 12:19). We are also to depend wholly
on the Lord for protection, so we should not fear threats of any kind.
Depending on physical measures, like guns and weapons, for
your safety instead of God will always fail. We all need to learn
how to gain blessings of protection from the Lord.
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:2)

Reference: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Could-Scottish-and-Irish-law-enforcement-help-American-police-tackle-gun-deaths.html
Devotionals and Insights 12/15/2015 11:59 AM

Christian radio and music is diminishing God.
When worship music is constantly played without your full
attention to giving God your time and praise, it detracts from
His glory and ceases to be worship and meaningful.
Save worship music for worship time and
make it acceptable and pleasing to the Lord.
Don't let your offerings and sacrifices become unacceptable
to God by not having your heart in it (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5).

What is worship music? It is meant to set our focus on God,
bring His Presence, express our feelings and praise, and exalt Him.
We should be singing to God in worship, not just singing about Him.
Isn't He literally with us? So turn off the worship music for the right
times and use more general Christian songs if you want to listen regularly.

Devotionals and Insights 12/14/2015 8:25 PM

Aimless preaching and sharing of God's Word does more harm
for furthering His Kingdom than help it, especially if the
meaning and purpose of His Word is skewed or used incorrectly.
We are to preach the Gospel to all peoples and nations, but it is
not to be aimless and unguided by God. Social media is too full
of this scattered preaching. God has His timing for things and
knows what He wants shared, when, and how. Timing is
important. Individual approaches are important.
God knows
what is best for the circumstances and your place in His
Kingdom, so don't preach aimlessly to everyone. Most people
you want to evangelize will just tune out. Instead, wait on
guidance from God for all your ministry activities, like posting
on social media. It is His Kingdom and Church, after all, and we
all need to let Him run it as He sees fit. May you all be blessed
in learning how to do that through Christ Jesus. Amen.
Devotionals and Insights 12/10/2015 12:14 PM

Two Big Myths Perpetuated By The Church
About Spiritual Warfare

1. Bad spirits cannot read your mind - UNTRUE. People with
bad spirits can converse with them all in their minds. Multiple
personality disorders are actually people cursed with demons.
We only have one true soul-self. Mind reading can also be an
ability of spirits, so any spirit (good or bad) with that ability
around you could read your mind. The enemy can simply
whisper into your mind. It's a ploy of the enemy to make you
think all your thoughts are your own. That's a reason why we
need to filter all thoughts by the standards of Christ and God's Will.

2. Evil spirits only come from Satan - UNTRUE. God sent
wicked spirits to people for different reasons, such as lying
spirits so they could work an end in the Lord's plans
(Judges 9:23; 1 Samuel 16:14-15,18:10,19:9; 1 Kings 22:19-23; 2 Chronicles 18:18-22).
Satan did not attack Job simply because he could. In fact, he
could not, because Job was protected by righteousness in
following God's commandments. God sent Satan to Job for his
testing and refinement, and He continues to do it today for our
own betterment and testing. God created all spirits, and He can
use anything and anyone to get something done, so don't
assume God isn't behind bad events. Seek and know God's Will
in everything so you do not go against it.

Devotionals and Insights 12/7/2015 10:03 AM

Cancer and chronic illness are everywhere. They're especially
apparent in the church where we should be blessed as a
People of God. Why?

The Lord said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6).
He speaks about how they do not understand sin or its consequences
correctly. Sin is breaking God's laws and commands, not man's laws or
whatever man may think are God's laws (1 John 3:4; Romans 3:20; Romans 7:7).
And curses are simply  judgment for sin - any negative consequence,
like serious illness, loss of property/wealth, accidents, etc.,
so it's certainly possible for people of God to be both blessed and cursed,
even when we have eternal salvation in Christ.

Come out of false beliefs and understand what God says is sin today.
Then leave it behind so more bad things do not happen to you
or your family (our sin can affect our children and vice versa;
Exodus 20:5; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9; Jeremiah 2:9,32:18).

That's why Jesus told the man He healed,
"Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you" (John 5:14).

Curses will come back even though God may grant healing.
It's because if we keep sinning, we can be accused of sin again.

Devotionals and Insights 12/6/2015 12:12 PM

Jew and Christian, bound to be one in Christ -
Hanukkah should not just be a remembrance of rededicating
God's temple in Jerusalem. It needs to be linked to God's
dedication of new temples in the Body of Christ Jesus -
through Him and all who are saved in Him. Jesus' coming and
our spiritual rebirth through Him with God's Spirit in us are
miracles as real as the one remembered in Hanukkah.

The Lord said of His People, "I will heal them; I will guide them
and restore comfort to Israel's mourners" (Isaiah 57:18), and so
His promise came as Jesus said, "I will destroy this temple
made with hands, and in three days I will build another
made without hands." (Mark 14:48; John 2:19)

Jesus' death and resurrection marked the new age of dedicating
God's temple within His People through salvation in Jesus.
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
Who is in you, Whom you received from God after your
confession of faith in Christ Jesus? ...the temple of God is holy
and that is what you are."
(1 Corinthians 3:17,6:19, Romans 10:10, 1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38)

Remember this, Jew and Christian alike, for we are one in Christ
(Ephesians 2:11-16)
  12/6/2015 12:09 PM

The more we know of the truth of God and spiritual things,
the more the Lord reveals to us and the harder the tests of
faith become. Hold fast to your faith in the Lord in Christ Jesus
no matter what may come. Likewise, the more we deny God,
the more blind we become to the true nature of things.

God taps everyone on the shoulder with small signs and wonders in our lives. Don't dismiss them as mere coincidence or accident. There is meaning in it. Look further and open the door to more in the purpose of your life and the universe.

  4/19/2015 12:26 PM

It's not just about making friends with God's wealth.

Its hidden meaning supports how God wants us to tithe today and that
the church truly does rob Him as He prophesied in Malachi 3:8-9 for our time.

See the details and become a righteous steward of God's money in
"Properly Handling God's Tithe & Our Taxes"

Devotionals and Insights 12/20/2014 9:39 PM

Israel, you remember the miracle of Hanukkah to re-dedicate
God's temple, but the miracle of your Messiah's birth to
dedicate imperishable temples in every believer was lost
behind your covered eyes.
Open them now and review the Scriptures
to see how Christ Jesus fulfilled them.

"Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great
number of people and animals in it. And I Myself will be a
Wall Of Fire around it and I will be its Glory within.
Come! Come! ...for I have scattered you to the four winds
of heaven," declares the Lord. (Zechariah 2:4-6)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the
Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you received from God
after your confession of faith in Christ Jesus?
(1 Corinthians 6:19, Romans 10:10, 1 John 4:15; Acts 2:38)

Come, Israel. Come, Jews. Come, All.
Build New Jerusalem...

Devotionals and Insights 1/7/2014 12:18 PM

Someone asked Mother Teresa what she said in prayer.
She replied, "I listen." Then he asked, "What does God say?"
She answered, "He listens."

Silence of the mind is an important key to listening to
God, for how can you see clearly off bubbling water?
Let the water's surface calm and smooth first,
then God's voice may come through undistorted.

"Cultivate silence. 'God speaks in silences.' A silence,
a soft wind. Each can be a message to convey My meaning
to the heart, though by no voice, or even a word...
Do not be too ready to do, just be. I said, 'Be ye therefore
perfect' not 'do' perfect things. Try and grasp this.
Individual efforts avail nothing. It is the work of the Universal
Spirit - My Spirit, that counts. Dwell in thought on this,
more and more, saints have taken a lifetime to grasp it."

(God Calling, January 7)

  1/1/2014 12:06 PM

"The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come -
the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness. Backward, over the
past year, is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and
disappointment. Dwell not on the past - only on the present.
Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it, to
make from it in after days the warming fire-rays. So store only
the blessings from Me, the Light of the World...

Bury every fear... all thought of unkindness and bitterness,
all your dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure,
your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom,
your despondency, and let us leave them all, buried, and go
forward to a new and risen life. Remember that you must not
see as the world sees.
I hold the year in My Hands -
in trust for you. But I shall guide you one day at a time..."

Past failures and troubles are but stepping stones to walk on.
Your gaze is meant to stay ahead and up, not behind or down,
so continue your stepping forward and up with trust and hope.

(God Calling, January 1)

Devotionals and Insights 12/25/2013 8:02 PM

Natale Domini - Christmas Day
The very first Christmas Day over 2000 years ago brought the
King of all things to us in earthly form, as a mere babe and
one of the lowliest of peoples. Yet Jesus Christ was praised,
worshipped and given kingly gifts. And so God continues to ask
we give Him gifts just as on that first day, "truly the gifts of the wisest."

Gold - your money, the tithe is still God's sacred portion,
Frankincense - the adoration of a consecrated life,
and Myrrh - your sharing in His sorrows and those of the world.

(God Calling, December 24, 25;
Jesus Christ King of All: Matthew 11:27, Luke 10:22, John 13:3,
1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 1:20-22, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:2
God's sacred portion: Deuteronomy 26:13)

  12/23/2013 2:11 PM

"Fear no evil because I have conquered it. It has power to hurt
only those who do not place themselves under My Protection...
In not only the big, but the little things of life,
be sure of My conquering Power."

Practise this trusting assurance in God, but remember that
complete protection can only come if we walk sinless. Any sin in
our lives gives the enemy right to accuse and hurt us and our
family. When hard tribulations come, do not think that God has
abandoned you. Walk in the knowledge that God is also Judge
and disciplines His children. He brings both the good and bad,
so strive also to know what your sins are and correct them.
We must walk righteous and sinless
to gain all the Protection God promises.

(God Calling, December 22;
Our family suffers in our sin: Exodus 20:5, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9, Jeremiah 32:18;
The enemy accuses: Revelation 12:10;
God disciplines us: Hebrews 12:4-11;
God brings both good and bad: 1 Samuel 2: 6-7, Isaiah 45:7, Lamentations 3:38)

  12/20/2013 11:02 AM

Learn to recognize unhealthy fear, because it would prevent you
from reaching for God and holding firm to the hopes He gives.
Even love brings fear if it is not complete and right - love of
things and even people brings fear of losing them. Fear would
flare up the pains of loss and separation, so depend on God to
set your heart and eyes on the right things - either to let
go of love that is not right or to set firm your trust in God
to fulfill your hopes - so that fear would not master you.

"Fight fear as you would a plague. Fight it in My Name, Jesus...
Fear, even the smallest fear is the hacking at the cords of Love
that bind you to Me... in time those cords will wear thin, and
then one disappointment, or shock and they snap... Fight fear.
Depression is a state of fear. Fight that too. Fight. Fight.
Depression is the impression left by fear. Fight and conquer,
and oh! for Love of Me, for the sake of My tender,
never-failing Love of you, fight and love and win."
(God Calling, December 20)

  12/10/2013 12:39 PM

"There may be many times when I reveal nothing, command
nothing, give no guidance. But your path is clear, and
your task, to grow daily more and more into the
knowledge of Me [also is clear]."

It is that growth to God that simple quiet time with Him
everyday will enable you to do. The waiting with God
doesn't just bring comfort and Peace, but also proves
our friendship, love, and understanding.

Faith without action is dead, and so faith without prayer,
even silent wordless prayer, will fade away too.

(God Calling, December 10; James 2:17)

  12/6/2013 11:34 AM

"Lord, give us Power to conquer temptation
as Thou didst in the wilderness.

The very first step towards conquering temptation is to see it
as temptation. To dissociate yourself from it.
Not to think of it
as a something resulting from your tiredness, or illness,
or poverty, or nervestrain, when you feel you might well
excuse yourself for yielding, but first to realize very fully that
when you have heard My voice... and are going to fulfill your
mission to work for Me and to draw souls to Me, you must
expect a mighty onslaught from the evil one, who will
endeavor with all his might to frustrate you, and to
prevent your good work. Expect that.

Then when these little temptations, or big ones, come,
you will recognize them as planned by evil to thwart Me.
Then for very love of Me you will conquer."

Be more than conquerors through Him...

(God Calling, December 6; Romans 8:37)

  11/30/2013 7:06 PM

Where can you go to flee from yourself?

"You can get away from others into the quiet of your own being,
but from yourself, from the sense of your failure, your
weakness, your sins and shortcomings, whither can you flee?

To the Eternal God your refuge. Till in His Immensity
you forget your smallness, meanness, limitations.

Till the relief of safety merges into Joy of appreciation of
your refuge, and you absorb the Divine, and absorbing
gain strength to conquer."

(God Calling, November 30)

  11/28/2013 11:56 AM

With God it is inside then out; Spiritual first, then material

"I have My Purpose, My Loving Purpose, in cutting you away
from other work and interests, for the time. To work from large
interests and a desire for great activities and world movements,
to the inner circle life with Me, is really the wrong way.

That is why so often, when, through all these activities and
interests, a soul finds Me, I have to begin our Friendship by
cutting away the ties that bind it to the outer and wider circle.

When it has gained strength and learned its lesson in the inner
circle it can then widen its life, working this time from within
, taking then to each contact, each friendship, the inner
circle influence... This is the way of the Spirit.

(God Calling, November 28)

  11/25/2013 12:20 PM

Some see their days passing without their hopes coming to
bear for months and years. Sarah, wife of Abraham, laughed
in disbelief when she heard God tell Abraham that she
would have a son in her old age.

She said to herself, "After I am worn out and my
[husband] is old, will I now have this pleasure?"

Then God asked Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say,
'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' Is anything
too hard for the Lord?..." (Genesis 18:11-14).

When God questioned Sarah about laughing, she even
denied doing so before Him. Well, despite her fib God
gave a son to delight her child-like heart and had him
named Isaac, which means "he laughs" in the Hebrew.

God gives great joy and is merciful to those who longsuffer
and rely on Him for all things, even though our faith may
be somewhat lacking. If your hopes and dreams are God's
will then nothing can prevent them from sprouting from
His Seeds of Hope and maturing into the ripened fruits of
His Delivered Promises. Why worry?

  11/21/2013 12:00 PM

"Love colors the way. Love takes the sting out of adversity."

When your mind, heart, and soul are pressed with
inescapable troubles, it is in God that a heart finds
its rest and joy, even in those times.

In God "so trust, so conquer, so joy"...

(God Calling, November 21)

  10/16/2013 11:55 AM

"The beginning of all reform must be in yourselves.
However restricted your circumstances, however little you
may be able to remedy financial affairs, you can always turn
to yourselves, and seeing something not in order there,
seek to right that. As all reform is from within out, you will
always find the outward has improved too. To do this is to
release the imprisoned God - Power within you."

Jesus said, "First clean the inside of the cup and dish,
and then the outside also will be clean." (Matthew 23:26)

To release God within you, you must first have
His Spirit there after being reborn with it
(John 3:5) -
then He can reform you from the inside out.

(God Calling, October 16;
See how to ensure you are reborn: Walking In Righteousness)

  10/13/2013 11:07 AM

"No misspent time over failures and shortcomings.
Count the lessons learnt from them but as rungs in a ladder.
Step up, and then cast away all thought of the
manner of the making of the rung.

Fashioned of joy or sorrow, of failure or success,
of wounds or healing balm, what matter,
My children, so long as it served its purpose?"

(God Calling, October 13)

  10/10/2013 11:44 AM

Someone said "Expectation is the root of all heartache,"
but actually it is "Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
(Proverbs 13:12)

Devotionals and Insights 10/9/2013 12:43 PM

"Keep what is worth keeping
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."
- Dinah M. Craik

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