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Come let us Grow Together: Our Entire Walk with God through this Lifetime

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding in things pertaining to God.

God’s will for our lives is for us to live in peace. Peace of mind. The place of contentment and rest in the hope we have both now and in the world to come. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Rm 12:18) “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Heb 12:14) “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk 21:19)

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Let’s talk about patience. In the context of the scripture given here in Luke the Word of God is referring to the end of days. However, it applies to each of our daily walks as well. Not from that particular scripture taken in it’s context, but in conjunction with all the scriptures that speak of patience. It all comes down to our patience not only in God’s time but also for God’s purpose. And we are given precious promises such as knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rm 8:28) Whether it be unjustly held in captivity such as Joseph who made the proclamation “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”, (Gen 50:20) or whether it be for a just reason that one is in their situation due to bad choices such as King David who had a just man killed in battle to steal his wife away from him and so lost his first son of Bathsheba. “And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.” (2 Sam 12:13-15)

Our entire walk with God through this lifetime is a walk of hope while also suffering afflictions and that of patience. “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (James 5:10-11) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:2-7)

Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. When our flesh is in struggles with the cares of this life and deceitfulness of lusts and riches of this life we are to count this all joy because happy is the man that endures for this man is laid up a crown of life. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12) “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” (James 1:3) “In your patience possess ye your souls.” (Lk 21:19) “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Heb 12:2-3)

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal 5:17) This is how you end up in a contrast of opposing thoughts when trying to follow after the Spirit. There is a war here. Yet you can find peace, love, and joy in the Holy Ghost while patiently enduring “stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (2 Cor 11:23-28)

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” (1 Thess 1:5-7) LOOK AT THE CONTRAST!!! Having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” (Col 1:9-12)

WITH JOYFULNESS, Strengthened with ALL MIGHT, according to HIS GLORIOUS POWER… leading unto ALL PATIENCE and LONGSUFFERING……. YET WITH JOYFULNESS!! YET THIS CAN BE DONE WITH ALL JOYFULNESS!!!! LET THE MERRY HEART SING AND REJOICE FOR WHEN YOU ARE WEAK THEN ARE YOU STRONG!!!! AND THOUGH LED AS SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US!! REMEMBERING IN PATIENCE POSSESS YE YOUR SOULS!!! WITH ALL JOYFULNESS EVEN AS CHRIST SUFFERED YET IN ALL PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING WITH JOYFULNESS HE BORE OUR SINS DESPISING THE SHAME YET LOOKING AHEAD AT THE JOY.

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Understanding Sanctification and the Process thereof

Sanctification comes 1) by the truth 2) by the body of Christ 3) by the blood of Christ 4) by the washing of water 5) by the Spirit of Christ.

John 17:17
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Hebrews 10:10
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Hebrews 10:19-20
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Ephesians 5:25-26
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Hebrews 10:22
22 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.

Romans 15:15-16
15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:9
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

In order for you to partake of this sanctification process given to us by God you must believe and obey the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the preaching of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Romans 16:25-26
25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

It is through the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection that we have access to the born again process of God. Which consists of being born of water and of the Spirit.

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

John 3:5
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Luke 24:46-47
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

The sanctification process of God, as well as being born again of water and of the Spirit as Jesus instructed Nicodemus, and the preaching of repentance and remission of sins beginning at Jerusalem in Jesus’ name all find there fulfillment in the Apostle Peter’s words:

Acts 2:38-39
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Acts 2:38 is the fulfilling of the New Testament Covenant of God:

Hebrews 10:16-18
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Hebrews 10:14
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

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Appearances can be Deceiving

Matthew 23:25-28
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

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The modern day Pharisees are the Christians that claim the name of Jesus Christ yet within they are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Claiming they are followers of Jesus Christ and refusing to repent of their sins, refusing to turn away from their sins, and refusing to deny themselves the partaking of the world. Their priests, teachers, and leaders make a pretense on the outside of wearing special robes, attire, and other clothing that set them apart yet within they are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Theses blind modern day Christian Pharisees have chosen to lead their flock of blind Christian Pharisees into the ditch. Full of ungodliness and worldly lusts they cling to this world and refuse to partake of the sufferings of Christ and to cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.Beward of False Doctrine

2 Peter 2:1-3
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

These false prophets and false teachers have brought in damnable heresies in regards to the teaching of the Godhead and how to be born again and truly many are following their path of ruin and loss while they speak evil of the truth. Through their extortion they deceive you with their false doctrines and teachings of men and make merchandise of you. Living off the gospel while they themselves are teaching you deceit, error, and with their merchandise they cost you your souls as you follow their path of ruin and that of the loss of your soul.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

These false apostles, prophets, and teachers of men that are making merchandise of you are following after their master for it is no marvel that “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” These ministers who have by appearances transformed themselves into ministers of righteousness who were not called to preach this gospel of Jesus Christ and even many who were called chose rather to make merchandise of you so that they could live a life of being looked up too, praised by you, and live deliciously off of you whose end shall be according to their works.

There are many false doctrinal teachings in Christendom. Do you suppose that none of these so called ministers are not as their father satan who has transformed himself into an angel of light? Do you suppose that all these ministers are truly ministers of righteousness? Then who are those that we are warned of throughout scripture that are leading their followers to a devil’s hell? Who are these that are making merchandise of you? Who are these that are teaching doctrines of devils? Who are these that are teaching false doctrines, false traditions, and teachings of men? Appearances can be deceiving but by their fruits you will know them. That is if you know the truth yourself so that you can see that their fruit is corrupt, venomous, and the ways of death. Using portions of scriptures to deceive you while refusing to teach the full truth of the doctrine of which they speak. Blind teachers leading the blind unless it be that you yourself will ask the Lord for an honest and good heart that having heard the Word you keep it, and while studying the Word God opens your understanding to it, because you have hungered for righteousness and turned away from sin while repenting. Otherwise you will remain blind to the truth of the Godhead and that of how to truly be born again.

2 Timothy 4:1-4
1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Many so called Christians have cried out to be deceived. No longer desiring to endure sound doctrine, but rather have deliberately chosen to find themselves teachers, who having itching ears desiring for them to be scratched by you, lie to you and deceive you with their false doctrines because that is what you are paying them for. Turning your ears away from the truth to follow after cunning fables and false traditions of men. Is this you? It’s time to repent of your sins and earnestly seek the Lord Jesus Christ and find out if this is you and ask Him to guide you to the truth that you might be saved.

Acts 20:28-31
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

The Apostle Paul who himself lived with people that were trying to pervert the Christian faith of whom he rebuked throughout his teachings knew that after his death that grievous wolves would enter in not sparing the flock. Even of their own selves there would arise false apostles, false prophets, and false teachers of men speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after themselves so that they could make merchandise of you, be high and lifted up by you with praises of how great of teachers they are and how close they are to God, while you yourself have been deceived unwillingly or willingly by these wolves in sheep’s clothing who have came to devour the flock of God whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Timothy 3:1-9
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

We are told here by the Apostle Paul that in the last days dangerous times will come. Then he expounds upon this generation of people and their lifestyle while also describing that so called godly men will lead away captive silly or foolish women who are full of sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. The reason was given, they are led away with divers lusts and full of sins. These are men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof from such turn away.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Appearances can be Deceiving!

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

These are followers of the anti-christ because “they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” So “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Revelation 13:1-3
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

This is a description of the endtime world governmental system upon the earth in the time of the anti-christ’s reign. Describing to us that it is satan or the dragon that gives the anti-christ “his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 13:11-18
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

However, hope is given even in this worst of times!

Revelation 18:4-8
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Even so the Lord is calling you to “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” This is because God is referring to MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. This false Church is the mother of harlots thus she has daughters that have come out of her. Are you in one of these harlot churches who has compromised the truth? Are you in the mother church? If so it’s time to “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

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Learn of me

As a continuation from the first part “The Key to the Shackles of Anxiety and Depression.” The main things we learned in that teaching was, How to obtain faith so that we would be able to stand against the Wiles of the Devil, that the Devil is an oppressor of the mind, and that he is a LIAR. We also have learned to put our trust in the Lord Jesus, how to begin to start fighting Anxiety and Depression by surrendering ourselves to Jesus Christ and putting on the whole armour of God. Also Worshiping him from the bottom of our hearts that we may gain His strength and not the strength of we ourselves. We also learned that if we have fear, it does not mean we don’t love our Lord and Savior. It means that we have not perfected our Love to Him.

Finally, we have Learned two crucial things to add to our understanding. The first is that it is a sacrifice of praise many times to worship the Lord. That means, that your body does not want to do it, or your mind does not feel like doing it, or both are going on at the same time. We know from the Bible that Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. For this I’d like to give an account of a man that was a prisoner of his mind and tormented day and night by the devil and many other various demons that took lodge in his body.

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Mark 5:1-16
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

This is a crucial thing to understand. Though this man was possessed of the Devil and tormented Day and Night, the devils could not stop him from running to the Lord Jesus Christ and offering up worship to Him. Though many mentally ill people today are not possessed, they are all oppressed by their thoughts directly being influenced by Satan. The access portal that Satan is using is our fears and lack of understanding of the Bible to cause us torment. Through these worries Satan then causes us to become confused, feelings of being disoriented, because there seems to be no answer to our problems, which produces more fear. This vicious cycle is what eventually overwhelms our minds and makes us feel like we are going crazy.

These feeling of going crazy can become so intense, that one will begin to cut at themselves or to feel as if they need to tear their own skin off of their own flesh as illustrated above by this man in the tombs who cut himself with stones.
(Continuing)

7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

In this verse, it is important to understand that this was the devils in him that asked the question to Jesus. This was not the man asking this question. Jesus came to this world for a Light unto men. He came to save man and not to destroy.

8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand😉 and were choked in the sea.

Again it is important to see that even though this man had two thousand devils taking abode in him, they were not able to even slow this man down when he saw Jesus coming.

14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

The second crucial thing to understand from the first lesson is that it is through our sufferings, that we are strengthened and established. To God be the Glory. For this I will remind you of what Peter told us and make some notes.

I Peter 5:6-11
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Notice that he tells us in due time. See God has a time for everything.

Isaiah tells us in chapter 40:31
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The key here is patience.

(Continuing from I Peter 5)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It’s Important here to note that verse nine tells us that the same afflictions have been overcome by other Christian brethren in the world.

Affliction: to cause pain or suffering to.

10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Praise God!! This suffering is what perfects us. Through our sufferings, we learn to better Love our Redeemer that is soon to come.

Here is an illustration of this love spoken by Jesus to his disciple Simon.

Luke 7:40-43
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

The lesson learned here was that the one who was forgiven the most, developed the most love. The person who is suffering and falling, then praying and repenting, then pressing on, learns to better love the Lord, than the one who has little problems in life.

Paul give us the perfect example of handling suffering in Philippians 3:8

8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

Conformable: compliant; obedient; submissive

So at this time I’d Like to further open our understanding of how we should behave and conduct ourselves knowing the important lessons given to us in the previous first lesson. Starting with what gave birth to this second teaching.

Matthew 11:28-29
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Learn of Me

The key things to note here is: He will, not that He may or might, give you rest. But that He will give you rest. The condition however is after you take his yoke upon you, you must learn of Him. He gives you only two attributes of himself here.

Meek: quiet, gentle, and submissive.

Lowly: low in status or importance.
That means he isn’t puffed up, Better than you, or To good to be around you.

The Goal of Learning of Jesus is to mold yourself to follow after His footsteps that he laid out before us in the New Testament.

Since we have been addressing Fear and Depression, that is the Learning points we will discuss at this time.

So to begin to answer how to overcome this with the help of God, lets start with what I found to be:

Step 1 Gird up your mind

I Peter 1:13-16
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Gird: encircle or secure with a belt or band.
That means secure your mind and let not your wrongful thoughts consume you, by not allowing yourself to have those thoughts any longer.

How then do we do such a difficult task with all these fears still running rampant in our lives?

Remember the first lesson. Worship the Lord for strength. Remember to get your shield of Faith out. And now we will continue to sharpen your Sword (The Word of God.) So that you will be able to replace your thought process with scriptures, thus girding up the loins of your mind.

Step 2 Be Not of a Doubtful Mind

Luke 12:27-32
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

This is telling us that the wisest man that ever was, King Solomon and the kingdom he ruled over, was not even clothed like one of the lilies in the field.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Here we are told that if God takes that kind of time with a lily that is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more will he array you? Then we are reminded that being of a worrisome or doubtful mind, that we are of little faith.

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

Here we are told specifically, to be not of a doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Here we see that if we pursue the Kingdom of God, He will take care of us and the things we need will be added unto us. Then we are reminded to Fear not, and then reminded of the Promise of God, The Heavenly Kingdom we all are striving for.

So now we know to worship the Lord, to put our trust in Him, To gird up the loins of our mind, and not to be of a doubtful mind.

Step 3 Isaiah 54:4; two things not to allow yourself to do that generates fear.

54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded;

This is very important.

Shame: 1. a feeling of humiliation or distress caused by awareness of wrong or foolish behavior. 2. A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace

Confounded: 1. bewildered; confused; perplexed. 2. To make (something bad) worse: Do not confound the problem by losing your temper.

Notice that the instruction was Fear not, then explained what not to do. That is because both of these feelings, shame and being confounded, bring forth fear.

Step 4 Just Believe

Another Crucial Step, since all of this new found knowledge seems unobtainable.

What to pray for and seek for, to help get the job done of bringing your mind under subjection to Almighty God.

You will to need to pray and seek for Desire, Determination, Discipline, Courage, and Faith.

Let’s expound here some

Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.

Determination: 1. the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.
2. the information ascertained; solution. 3. a fixed purpose or intention.

Discipline: behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control. This would be applying what you have now learned.

Courage: 1 the ability to do something that frightens one. 2 strength in the face of pain or grief. Courage is very important. It will help you get up and move on when mistakes are made. It is the driving force that will bring you through fear.

Faith: 1. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. 2. complete trust or confidence in God and the Word of God.

Step 5 Lean not on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-7
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Here we learn that if we trust in ourselves, we will not find the way. But, if we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, He shall direct our paths.

Psalms 119:104 says,
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

David is referring to the precepts of the Lord to get understanding of his way. He then describes it as a lamp unto his feet, and a light unto his path.

Psalms 40:4
4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Step 6 Labour for the Kingdom

Proverbs 16:2-3
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

This is a very important step because not only are you being productive for the furthering of the Kingdom of God, but also we Learn that our thoughts will be established.

So, How do you labour for the kingdom?

Sing songs and praise to the Lord. Pray for those that are in need.
Pray for Salvation. Pray for others that Salvation will find them.
Pray that you will be sent unto them. Witness to your neighbors of Jesus.
Pray that the Lord will guide you and give you the words to speak.
Commit yourself to Church. Put God first in everything of your life.
Study to show thyself worthy. Ask the Lord what you can do for the Kingdom.

In the book of Matthew it says,

Matthew 9:35-38
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Step 7 Eliminate Self Guilt

This is achieved by forgiving yourself when you make a mistake.

“Don’t tell yourself things like”,
Well I should have tried harder. I should’ve done better. It’s all my fault.
I don’t deserve forgiveness. I’m not worthy. I’m a loser.
Everyone else can do it. What good am I.

The bible tells us that Jesus came to set the captives free.

Luke 4:17-19
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus tells us, ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:31-36
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

In Psalms 100:1-5 it tells us His Truth endureth to all generations.
1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalms 103:17-18 it says,
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

In II Corinthians 12:9-10 Apostle Paul tells us concerning what Jesus told him.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

This is the whole reason Jesus died on the cross for us. So that we could live life more abundantly, choosing Life rather than Death.

John 10:7-14
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

None of us are worthy.

Isaiah 64:6 says,
6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

However our righteousness does not come from our works, but it does come from…

Philippians 3:8-9
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Step 8 Be Angry, but sin not

Though not easy to do sometimes. It is completely possible.

Ephesians 4:17-32
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Lasciviousness: feeling or showing an overt or offensive sexual desire.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Take a special note of verses 26-27.
Getting Angry is ok but give no place to the devil.

Proverbs 14:17
17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:

Proverbs 16:32
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Proverbs 29:22-23
22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Colossians 3:2-17
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Mortify: subdue (physical urges) by self-denial or discipline.
Idolatry: worship of idols

Colossians 3:8-17
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Forbearing: patient and restrained

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Admonishing: 1. To counsel (another) against something to be avoided; caution.
2. To remind of something forgotten or disregarded, as an obligation or a responsibility.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Step 9 Stop Judging and Condemning yourself and others

Judge: 1. a person qualified to pass a critical judgment 2. to pass legal judgment on; pass sentence on (a person) 3. to form a judgment or opinion of; decide upon critically

Condemn: 1. to judge or pronounce to be unfit for use or service. 2. to give grounds or reason for convicting. 3. To express strong disapproval of

Luke 6:35-37
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

I Corinthians 4:2-5
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Step 10 Apply Mercy/Forgiveness to everyone, ASAP. Instantly is the Goal

Isaiah 30:18-21
18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Matthew 5:44-45
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matthew 6:14-15
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

As with any Learning Experience, it takes time to apply all that you have learned.
Do your Best!!! That is all you can do!!!

Luke 11:9-13 says
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Matthew 5:2-16
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Praise God!!! Holy, Righteous, and True!!!

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The Key to the shackles of Anxiety and Depression

I John 4:15-18
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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Philippians 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Moderation: Not violent or subject to extremes; gentleness; temperate.
Virtue: Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness
Worship: An expression of Honor and Love to God.

Let’s break this down.
Depression: characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of pleasure, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness.

We see here that depression is extreme sadness and hopelessness.
Sadness: State of being Sad.
Sad: Affected or characterized by sorrow or unhappiness. A feeling of the “blues”
Antonym of sad, or the blues, is happiness, and joy.
Joy: Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

So we now see that by definition of depression that you have a feeling of hopelessness.
And we see from Hebrews that Faith is hope.

So then How do we get faith?

Romans 10:13-10
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I John 4:13
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

II Corinthians 5:5-10
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Another thing that the Bible tells us is in Galations 3:6

Galations 3:6
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

So now we see that by faith of God’s spoken Word that it also counts toward obtaining righteousness.

Now lets look at Anxiety.

Anxiety: A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation, often to a degree that normal physical and psychological functioning is disrupted.

Synonyms: worry, care, concern

Luke 12:22-32
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
(Cubit: An ancient unit of linear measure, originally equal to the length of the forearm from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow, or about 17 to 22 inches.)
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

In the book of Matthew when Jesus is speaking of the end of time (which we believe we are living in today) he said…..

Matthew 24:6
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Also in the book of Matthew He tells us how to get rest for our souls.

Matthew 11:28-29
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Laden: 1. Weighed down with a load; heavy. 2. Oppressed; burdened

Burden: 1. Something that is emotionally difficult to bear.
2. A source of great worry or stress; weight

Worry: To feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled.

Troubled: To cause emotional strain or anxiety to; worry or distress.

What we know will happen when we worship:

Nehemiah 8:10
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Not your joy. But His joy is our strength.

Psalms 95:6
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Psalms 100:1-5
1: A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

II Samuel 6:14
14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might;

So we know that by following these examples and concentrating on the 6 things in verse 8 of Phillipians, when we worship the Lord, remembering to Pray in supplication (while being humble) and thanksgiving (a form of praise), we Will Obtain Peace. And we have now received Joy from the Lord in our worship to Him.

Phillipians 4:8
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Peace is contentment. And by faith and love in Jesus we have gained Godliness.

I Timothy 6:6-10
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment (clothing) let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

So now we have obtained peace, joy, godliness with contentment…..

I John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

So Now by our worship we have also gained Love.

All of this has been achieved by Loving Jesus and Worshipping him in spirt and truth.

John 4:23-24
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Hebrews 13:15-17
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

What we know about the Devil.

He is a LIAR.

John 8:44
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

I Peter 5:6-11
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Satan oppresses us with our thoughts.

But we have power over Satan.

James 4:7
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

To resist the Devil you need to put on the whole Armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We also know that the Battle has already been Won!!!!!!

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

WE also Can now see that the false message of prosperity, by sowing a seed of faith so that you can gain earthly possessions, that is on television and in many churches that misuse the scriptures are not what God intended.

Luke 12:33-34
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Life without Parole

We have a judgement system on Earth concerning punishment for crimes, but God’s ways are above our ways. God sent forth his only begotten Son that we might have life and that more abundantly.

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Life without Parole

Isaiah 55:6-9
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Luke 19:10
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 10:10-11
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Matthew 16:24-27
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

However, to receive this eternal life that Jesus is speaking of you must deny your fleshly desires and take up your cross daily and follow after Jesus Christ. You must be willing to give up your life for Jesus Christ and you will find eternal life. Listen and hear. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?Even if you gained happiness, riches, power, and great health in this life what does it profit you if you lose your own soul to Life without Parole after you die in this life? Where you will be sentenced according to your works and cast into hellfire where you will never be set free, but for the time of the great white throne judgment where you then will be cast into the lake of fire burning with brimstone for eternity. Life without Parole in this lifetime will seem like the best thing there could be as long as you have Jesus Christ in it once you have entered into this Life without Parole where their worm dies not and the fire is not quenched. There is no such thing as purgatory, and this is not symbolism, nor is it just a spiritual place that really doesn’t exist, but it is eternal judgment for the wicked.

Life without Parole!!!

Mark 9:42-49
42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Revelation 20:11-15
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Life without Parole!!! You will be judged according to your works and you willbe salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Cast into the Lake of Fire

Hebrews 10:28-31
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

This is not pretend land, this is not fairy tale land, this is you treading “under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace”. Of how much sorer punishment do you suppose you are worth than those who were condemned to death who died without mercy by two or three witnesses under the law of Moses? “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

One chance to get it right!!

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Hebrews 9:24-28
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Romans 2:8-9
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

It “is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. You could die at any given time in your life. You are not promised your next breath. Once you die the judgment comes. If you are NOT SAVED then you will be sentenced with Life without Parole where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth!!

James 4:14
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Matthew 24:45-51
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Life without Parole!!!

Matthew 7:22-27
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

James 1:22-25
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Oh but that person was so kind. So loving. That is by your own standard of measurement and your own judgment!! But what does God say in His word? Life without Parole for those who did not obey.

We were all born in sin inherited from Adam and unless we are born again of water and of the Spirit you will find yourselves for ever damned in the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone.

Life without Parole!!!

No mercy. No pardons. No escape. Life without Parole!! Whether a thousand years from now you still will have Life without Parole!! Whether it be a million years from now you will still have Life without Parole!! Billions of years from now you will still have Life without Parole!! Trillions of years from now you will still have Life without Parole!! In infinity from now you will still have Life without Parole!!

The only way to escape this judgment of Life without Parole is in this lifetime is to be born again of water and of the Spirit as Jesus has told us while continuing to live a life perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

John 3_5 and Acts2_38 equals salvation

John 3:1-7
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

This born again process that God has given to us through his Son Jesus Christ must be obeyed by following what the Apostle Peter with the other Apostles present tells us that every one must do in order to be saved.

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Acts 2:38-39
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Jesus tells us that we are to obey the Apostle’s words!!

John 17:20
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

The Apostles continue to tell us to be baptized in Jesus name!! How many times do they need to tell us before we believe them?

Acts 8:14-16
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Acts 10:44-48
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 19:1-6
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Acts 22:16
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Romans 6:3-7
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Colossians 2:11-15
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Colossians 3:17
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

This includes water baptism in Jesus name for the remission of sins!!

1 Corinthians 1:14-16
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Ephesians 5:25-27
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Hebrews 10:16-23
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 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.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Titus 3:4-5
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

1 Peter 3:21-22
21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

The Apostle Peter is the very one who told us what we needed to do to be saved.

Acts 2:38-39
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Even Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and without sin. So it wasn’t for an outward show of an inward change as Jesus Christ was perfect. It was as Jesus Christ said, to fulfill all righteousness. Since all of us after Adam sinned in the garden of Eden were born in sin we all need to obey what Jesus and the Apostles said to do. Jesus was without sin, but we were not. If you want to make Heaven your home and escape Life without Parole you need to born again!!

Colossians 3:17
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

This would include the baptism as we have been clearly instructed!!

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Come let us Grow Together: Get familiar with the Letter not a Verse of the Letter

Come let us Grow Together is a weekly series that deals with the many topical categories that exist within the Word of God. The purpose of this series is to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in things pertaining to God.

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When I speak of the Letter, I am speaking of Epistles written to the Churches or to the various people they were written to. I am not referring to the Mosaic Law.

Romans 6_14

The many mistakes made by people concerning the Word of God is directly tied to not applying how the Word of God is set up for one to learn doctrine.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (Isa 28:9-10 KJV)

For one to gain doctrinal understanding and knowledge, one must do so by looking from book to book, epistle to epistle, and from verse to verse. Gaining this understanding line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.

Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. (Psa 119:104, 4, 15 KJV)

Many doctrines and personal belief systems that people cling to are based upon selecting certain verses of scriptures and applying only those scriptures. And not only so, many times these scriptures ignore what was spoken elsewhere in the same letter (epistle). For example:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Rm 10:9, 13 KJV)

But what about what the Apostle Paul wrote just four chapters earlier concerning baptism? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (Rm 6:3-5 KJV)

Does this mean we can disregard what the Apostle wrote earlier in his letter? Not to mention what is written elsewhere in other books concerning these topics.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim 3:16 KJV)

It’s time to Get familiar with the Letter not a Verse of the Letter!!

But what about, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling?” (Phil 2:12c KJV) Again, It’s time to Get familiar with the Letter not a Verse of the Letter!! What did it say elsewhere in this letter?

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. (Phil 1:3-7 KJV)

Here we learn about the people he is speaking to when he said, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. He commends them for their “fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.” He even speaks that he has them, “in the defence and confirmation of the gospel”. So these people were keeping the Word that he taught to them.

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Phil 1:9-11 KJV)

So when the Apostle Paul spoke to the Philippians to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” he was speaking to people that had already proved that they were following his precepts. Furthermore only part of the scripture is quoted when we here people say “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. What does the whole verse say?

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil 2:12 (KJV)

You can tell obedient people to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling because they have already proven themselves obedient.

Let us therefore Get familiar with the Letter not a Verse of the Letter and learn sound doctrine.

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