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Another Spirit Acts 2.1-13

I want to be in whatever place and condition God needs me to be in for His coming. I don’t want to miss His Spirit or the refreshment renewal of His Spirit in my life. I know that many things can go wrong without the awareness of the Holy Spirit; therefore, I want to be attentive to the Lord’s Holy Spirit. 

Consequently, then, I want also to be moveable in His Holy Spirit. I realize that the Spirit filled Christian is willing to be moved; moved in what ever direction the Lord is directing to.

I want the inner presence of God’s Spirit. The outer presence is just as important; however, when God comes to the outer presence of a man, He ‘the Holy Spirit’ always desires to deeper that relationship and experience by moving to the inner heart and soul of a the Christian. 

This inner presence of God’s Spirit takes the cold and idle believer, which may be no believer at all, and warms him or her to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the world.  This is very moving and missional.   Missional is missionary; which is what God calls us to. And, I want to be compelled to that call or experience. I know I can be compelled to the call and experience; but compelled only because the inner presence of the Lord’s Spirit  has come home inside the man I am.

Saved Before Trouble  … Revelation 7

I want to avoid the great distress of the Tribulation. This passage seems to say that great distress is about to be unleashed upon the world, but not before God has sealed and established those faithful and true to Him. This is the place of my preferment. I do not want to allow sin of any kind to keep me out of this salvation and readiness in Jesus before the rapture.  Furthermore, I do not want to count on the time of salvation while in the greater time of the great Tribulation. I want the blessing of the Lord while I live in the world.  If 144,000 is the first fruits called out and sealed before the day of Tribulation, I want to be inclusive in that number as the second fruits of God’s Salvation provided by the Lamb of God ‘Jesus Christ.’ Whatever the case, I want to be sealed in God before the terrible days of the Tribulation. 

I would be disappointed and terrified if I missed the rapture. John reports a second group of people from the entire world. This has to be those who came to Christ during the Tribulation and joined in the heavenly Church. I am happy that some will be saved, but how hard it will to be saved in those days.

Could it be that both groups are of the same group?  If so, the sealed believers are the same expanded group who are now the church in heaven. This would mean that we all may go  through some greater days of distress. Each of us have the time in life now to choose to live for Christ and to receive the salvation of God in Christ. Rejection, in this view, would mean that there are no second chances; that we must get right on with the Lord even now.

Vs Nine refers to ‘white robes’ and ‘palm branches.’  This would seem to say that purity and praise is the heavenly norm of the believer in heaven.  I think it would be also necessary to live lives of purity and lives praises God yet while we live in this world. I do not want to doubt that God can purify the heart in this world. Anything less is the effort of one who has not repented; one who doubts the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. 

I want the salvation  of the Lord to be the only way my personal salvation is obtained through; that being only because has made His Son both Lord and Christ over my life.

Whatever the time frame of Christ’ coming you or I think we are in, one thing becomes clear… we must have a holy heart toward God as well as an attendant of the Church of Jesus Christ. You or I cannot expect to be with the Lord if we won’t be in His Church now.  The Church of us Christ in the present world becomes the Militant Church of Jesus Christ in heaven. Do you want or desire to attend the Church of Jesus Christ should be the concern of our heart. 

The question is (Revelation 6.17), who can stand on the day of the wrath of the Lamb of God?  Chapter seven informs us that ‘the Redeemed can stand on that great day of the Lord.’  We have the present time to settle this personal aspect of our lives.  Today is the time of redemption.  Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so…. I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed…praise the Lord.   

Getting Past These Things… Luke 24.13-35

We do not want to be unhappy in our walk with Jesus; however, at times we may become unhappy; or even mad. We often don’t like the way God works or what He is doing or permitting.  It must be that, during these times, we don’t have a full grasp or understanding of Jesus. We probably have lost vision and feeling. These loses are usually what causes us to wander away and loose the faith.  Christ’s alive ‘resurrection’ becomes so distant, and even silent to us in these times.  We may even end up totally void and lost of Christ for eternally.  It’s an unhappy road and consequence, and the longer we linger in this way, the more unlikely we have of regeneration; the work God does in our lives at salvation.

But God is not slow  2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

As the passage of Luke 24:13-35 unwinds, Jesus appears to two such disciples who have wandered from Him. He comes near them,  listens and counsels with them and sits at a meal with them. This is God extending Himself to His followers; followers who have wandered. 

John 3:16  says,
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The end result is that Jesus comes to rescue us from ourselves, our ways and our lost meaningless life. We have gone our own way… but God quickly sends the Savior to the world.  The Old Testament prophet Isaiah puts this so well … Notice…
Isaiah 53.6… WE all,  like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

You and I must invite Jesus Christ to, not only join us in our walk, but at our tables too.  The Lord will not force His place at our tables, but it is necessary that He is at His place at our tables; which is the place of Father as the head of the house hold.

Permittance of Christ at the head of our household ‘our tables’ is the path to wide open eyes  to see Him; which is what very few actually obtain.   Once seen, after a period of doubt of the Lord and His absence in our lives, we become sensitive to the burning He has put in us all along. At this point, we have the obligation of love and obedience to Him. In the passage of Luke 24.13-35, the two unhappy disciples became ignited by Jesus. They saw Him as He opened their eyes to things. They rose up and went back to the place where they should be; back to ministry and fellowship.  This is the place where you and I, as every Christian, must be.  Joy takes over where there was sadness.   Even the disappointing times in life don’t hinder the joyful love and obedience found only in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Wanna see Him… ? 
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Re: Happy EASTER
« Last post by Rev. Richard on April 04, 2018, 19:57:42 »
Happy Easter also!
at 82 still minister in a nursing,rehab center.  been blessed over the years. pastored a church,ministered in chicago street missions,filled empty pulpits,was sunday school supt at moody church,and nursing/rehab centers.  still at 82 minister at a nursing home.
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Happy EASTER
« Last post by Bishop Harry on April 01, 2018, 19:26:58 »

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! God Bless.  I have seen during my time in the hospital this week God's hand on peoples lives and know that he sure has had his hand on me as the surgery went well and inspite of some infection and a low grade fever things are looking up.  When I am released from the hospital I will be on serious restriction and not allowed to leave my home for 10 days as the doctor stated my body and the germs at home are familiar with each other but germs out in public might not be so kind and further infection will result.  While I laughed I agreed to his terms or I would be in the hospital until April 13 until the wound starts to heal properly. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! God Bless.

Coming New King… John 12.12-19

I want no hesitation in accepting Jesus as the only One who comes and makes His home in me.  It is easy to say ‘Jesus is Lord’, but quite another to act as if ‘Jesus is Lord’ truly in my practical life. If I confess Him, how do I Live Him?  When Jesus appeared in the world, He was the most powerful Man coming near men. His appearance was not only powerful and proving; it penetrated the hearts of sincere followers. Many followed for a time, but many also left for their interests in the world. Those Jesus’ is powerful indeed; He does not force His power upon my heart. However, the powerful sacrifice and love over flows my heart and soul to the point of willfully surrendering to Him. Why would I resist such a powerful love; especially because His love is the full expression and Person of God in my world?

As Jesus’ appearance moves close to me, all that I have or possess must melt in His presence. Whatever I am doing, let me leave so that I may attain to Him. The crowd said “Hosanna” which means salvation and declaration from and of Jesus in my life. I would not wish to be wayward, as some theologies, about the very Person of God being Jesus Christ; the Two are of the same essence. Jesus is Lord. “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” must be my complete surrender and will of the Lord in my life, that I would cross any mountain or valley to get to Him.  Failure can have no room. I must see Jesus as Lord God. I want to see as much as the healed blind man (John 9).  And if Jesus comes, and He is, I desire that He set up, not only His Kingship in my heart and life, but His Kingdom life too. I want to live that which He is within me.

Therefore, the Jesus within comes into the city of my heart in the same manner as He came into the city of Jerusalem.  Many saw the signs and claims of Jesus in those short three or four years. Many saw the dead man ‘Lazarus’ come alive when Jesus called Him.  They were so convinced, they spread the event as a streaming evangelist. Others came with Jesus from Galilee as He neared the descent. Still many, in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, left to witness Jesus. Still, the common Jews in Jerusalem came out to witness along side the others.
Last, not least, the inner circle of Jesus’ disciples and the family of Lazarus; whom He recently raised to life. The crowds of people praised Jesus as He descended into the city of Jerusalem. His mission was on donkey; meaning a mission to bring me peace in the midst of peril, peace in the path I  walk and peace according to the promises of God for the world and myself.

With all this, I invite this King Jesus into the chambers of my heart; practically to any area of my life. This King is redemptive.  Come King Jesus!!!   
Star Village Square (General Discussion) / Re: Hello Everyone
« Last post by Chaplain Elizabeth on March 16, 2018, 17:26:50 »
It's wonderful to hear from you, sir!  May God continue to bless you just as you bless those you minister to.
Kept in the Time of Trouble … John 18.1-11   

Jesus took His disciples into the garden where His enemies’ would soon appear with the intent of arresting Him. The Lord didn’t want anything to happen to the disciples, so, knowing the critical outcome, Jesus stood before His enemies to avoid any harm coming to those His Father had given Him.  Jesus’ control of His enemies did not alter the plan of His Father. Jesus controlled the enemies for the sole purpose of protecting the disciples. It was Jesus’ supreme sacrifice which He would accomplish only after He had revealed and ministered for over three years. Most assuredly, this would suggest that, in our own Christian lives, we can  only master God’s plan for us in the world until we have prayed and given of ourselves to the world. Jesus acted to save others, but He did not act to save Himself. He did this by going before His enemies and drawing their attention toward Him, and Him alone. Even when Peter attempted to keep Jesus from being arrested, did Peter strike Malchus. Even then, Jesus acted to heal the enemy and remind Peter of His Father’s mission.  God’s plan, not only in Jesus’ life, but ours too, must be completely accomplished.
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