“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“Celebrate Strength Deeply Rooted” 5/22/2017 Written by Ann Friend for “afriendofJESUS2013Blog”

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Celebrate Strength Deeply Rooted


I’m stronger because I had to be, smart because of my mistakes, happier because of the sadness I’ve known, and now wiser because I’ve learned.
~ Unknown Author ~

Blessed is the man that trusted in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
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Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Welcome Lexa and co-hosts, L.G. Keltner @Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @Kidbits Blog, to another week to celebrate the small things.

Hope all is well and you’re keeping the faith. (wink)  Praise The Lord, I was able to post on time.  Wahoo.

This week, I celebrate strength deeply rooted. I love the Oak Tree Poem and today’s scripture.  Both helped me crawl through back-to-back seasons while praying round the clock.

The little things we share, build up, soften the rough edges, give a different perspective, show kindness, a virtual {{hug}} ______________________(fill in the blank), contribute to strength deeply rooted.

There are times, inspiration and encouragement comes when needed most.

It’s through the rough times, those fiery furnace moments, to learn and understand strength deeply rooted.

It’s putting on the full armour of God, praying the Word, having faith and trust in the Lord, to endure the mighty wind that blows.    Thank you, Lord, your loving faithfulness comforts and sustains.

Like unexpected challenges, in life, it’s a process to develop strength deeply rooted.  It’s experience to sustain the mighty wind that blows.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Enjoy your day and your weekend.

Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

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“EVERLASTING LOVE” 5/21/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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 EVERLASTING LOVE

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Most of us don’t go into a relationship thinking it’s simply temporary.  We think long term, from here to eternity, everlasting kind of love. The kind of love that never ends, because your love is special.

But every relationship here on earth is often peppered with self absorption, salted with selfishness, and seasoned with negativity and often times problems.  Those relationships are doomed before they even have a chance.

God doesn’t think like us mere mortals.  He’s God, remember.  He knows all about us and He wants us to be happy.  His love will never end, because of those feelings for us.  It isn’t because of our superior behavior, the amount of money we give to the church or charity, the volunteer hours we’re stacking up in order to feel good about ourselves.  It’s because of God’s perfect love – a love we will never be able to replicate.  Our good deeds are nothing but filthy rags to Him.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if other relationships were like that?  If people would open their hearts and hands to those they cherish the most – To put them first –  To be willing to make sacrifices – to forgive, forget, to love perfectly.  It would even be better if we were that way with our friendships, our co-workers, the waitress who serves you, the teller at the bank.  Think of how things would change if we could only love with the unconditional love God offers us every day.

Our world is only getting worse by the day.  We can sit and complain about it or we can do something to make it change.  What the world needs now, is love, sweet love!

 

 

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“Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers?” 5/20/2017 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Has the Church Become Empty Salt Shakers?

 

                        By Patrick Hawthorne

 

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should become-tasteless, with what will it be salted? It no longer has strength for anything except, having been thrown outside, to be trampled-underfoot by people. (Matthew 5:13 Disciples Literal New Testament).

Jesus had just begun His teaching in what we have come to know as the Beatitudes.  In carrying on the thought of, “Blessed are..,” He interjects – to those who are present for the message – that they are the salt of the earth; that WE are the salt of the earth.  He then tells them that they are lights meant to shine for all to see.

Of late, my thoughts have been toward the Body of Christ and how we have failed in so many ways.  As I read this particular verse, I could not help but think, “Have we become an army of empty salt shakers?”

Yes, we tout our conversions for Christ as some great achievement, but where is the discipleship?  Where are the “Doer’s of the Word and not hearers only?”  We have more biblical knowledge than any generation before us.  Yet, why is this world so dark? Is it because we are hiding our lights under the cover of our churches?  Are we so busy with our inward fighting of each other that we are failing in our good fight of faith?

Believe me, as I am pointing my finger at you I am just as much turning it back on me.  Jesus came to this world, not just to die, but to show us how to live.  He came to this earth to right the wrong brought about in the Garden of Eden.  Jesus came to reestablish heaven on earth so that we could once again walk in the cool of the evening with our Heavenly Father.  He came to restore the authority and the power that was stolen by the father of lies.  He came so that we could show a lost and dying world that there is freedom.

Yet, have we become as a lamp, empty of any oil in which to light a flame; salt which has lost all flavor?  No, I don’t think so.  I think we have merely lost our way but for a moment.  We will once again find our way once we stop talking the talk and begin walking the talk.  Be blessed.

 

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“You Have Been Called Up For Active Duty” 5/19/2017 Written by Rev. B. Keith Haney for “The Light Breaks Through”

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You Have Been Called Up For Active Duty

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When the topic of using our spiritual gifts comes up, this illustration comes to mind.

The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his marvelous violin to Genoa — the city of his birth — but only on condition that the instrument never is played upon. It was an unfortunate situation, for it is a peculiarity of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little wear. As soon as it is discarded, it begins to decay.  The beautiful, mellow-toned violin has become worm-eaten in its beautiful case, valueless except as a relic. The moldering instrument is a reminder that a life withdrawn from all service to others loses its meaning. -Bits & Pieces, June 25, 1992.

But far too often those people resources go under-utilized and sit in our buildings rotting like an unused violin. The apostle Paul wanted the church not to be ignorant about the use and importance of spiritual gifts.  God gave the church these gifts to be used and often used for the advancement of the gospel.

The Common Good

 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

 1 Corinthians 12: 7

The Holy Spirit gives gifts to the church to unite it around a common good of announcing to the world the reign of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  Spiritual gifts are intended never to divide the body or cause in-fighting, or jealousy.  The concept Paul introduces of “the common good”, is a powerful and inspiring phrase, one worth holding on and lifting up often in our congregations. The old Adam has a strong desire to live a selfish, self-centered existence, seeking to use his or her gifts solely for personal gain or boasting. However, the new man recreated in Christ through the washing of regeneration understands that our spiritual gifts are for the enjoyment and advancement of the whole body of Christ and the kingdom. This revelation begs the question then, “How can I use my God-given gifts in, with and among the body of believers?” And not “Do I want to exercise my spiritual gift?”

Paul accentuates the authority of the Spirit in the distribution of the gifts (v. 11).

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Next week we will look at the gifts listed in I Corinthians 12 in more detail, but understand this: the Holy Spirit does not give all Christians the same gift or gifts. Rather he gives them …just as he determines…” (v. 11). I know when I started out in ministry I wanted certain gifts that I thought would make ministry easier and benefit the body of Christ.  Like the gift of evangelism.  But the Spirit did not grant me that wish.  So, while we may pray for particular spiritual gifts, “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1.  The Holy Spirit has the authority to give gifts as he determines.  Gifts that the Holy Spirit feels will benefit the body and meet the needs of the body of Christ.  Whatever gifts you have been given, use them to the glory of God and the common good of the body of Christ.  The body needs you. The mission of God needs you.  Go and be a blessing.

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“What does it mean to have the fear of God?” 5/18/2017 Written by Michael for “Altruistico”

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What does it mean to have the fear of God?

For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy, just, and righteous. Deuteronomy 10:12, 20-21 records, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.

Some redefine the fear of God for believers to “respecting” Him. While respect is definitely included in the concept of fearing God, there is more to it than that. A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin—even in the life of a believer. Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions. The same should be true in our relationship with God. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.

Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.

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“Church Discipline Part 7 More Next Steps” 5/17/2017 Written by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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Church Discipline Part 7 More Next Steps

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Matthew 18:15-18

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

So, where did we leave off last time? Well, we had discussed our sinning brother. We had gone and talked to our sinning brother. Our prayer had been that he would simply acknowledge what had been going on, repent, and move in a different direction. Sadly, he or she has not. In fact, they have simply ignored our Biblically based counsel and chosen to continue openly and rebelliously on their chosen path. Now what?

Does it really matter that much? Yes, it does. We have covered that pretty completely and I hope arrived at the quite Scriptural conclusion that the transgressions of our brothers and sisters do matter, and sometimes have to be addressed. They may be hurting themselves or another person. Even if they are not, harm is certainly done to both Jesus’ work and His church by open, notorious, and unrepented sin among it’s members.

But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. Basically, our brother or sister has ignored us, and we have not won him back, and further action in this matter is needed. Who are the one of two others? Who should that be? Why more people?

So, who should deal with an erring brother? Well, I look and look and don’t find a set pattern for who that should be. Is it the responsibility of the leadership of a church, such as Deacons or Elders? Perhaps. Is it the responsibility for those close to the erring brother or sister? Perhaps. I think it just depends on the nature and character of what is going on to a certain extent.

Let’s say a man or woman is cheating on their spouse, and their circle of friends has become aware of it. That might be the perfect time for those friends to intervene and confront their friend. On the other hand, let us say a person is engaging in malicious and unfounded rumor spreading about the pastor. Perhaps that would be a time for church leadership to step in and say something. Either way, we must always remember the goal here is repentance, a change of behavior, and restoration of the erring person. We are not to approach as if we are the morality police, come to punish the wayward criminal. Personally, I think confronting a situation at the lowest possible level is likely the best way to handle things.

Why two or three more? Well we can see a couple of examples of this thought elsewhere in God’s Word:

Deuteronomy 19:15 A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.

1 Timothy 5:19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

If the issue being discussed is an offense from one believer to another, perhaps the presence of several people can mediate the offense and bring all parties back to fellowship with one another. If readers recall, that is precisely happened at my own house after the big boom there. If that happens, the problem is solved, and all becomes well. Problems cannot always be solved, and in that case the presence of more than one person can serve several purposes. It can prevent the unfair and unfounded accusation of wrongdoing by one person against another. It can also provide corroboration of transgressions if a person simply will not repent and turn from their sin.

Again..and again…and yet again. I will say again that the objective of this entire process is not to punish wrong doing. We are, as I have repeated, not the morality police. God is the judge of our hearts, and our actions and only He is authorized to administer justice to a believer. We always have to maintain the focus on what we are trying to accomplish here: repentance and restoration.

Well, there we have it. Our brother or sister is sinning, and will not admit and repent of their activity. We have talked to them privately and we have talked to them by committee so to speak. If things change, that is wonderful and an answered prayer. But, what if they don’t? What then?

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“The Gift And The Giver” 5/16/2017 Written by Beejai for “THE RIVER WALK”

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March 27 – The Gift And The Giver

                    

When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. (Deuteronomy 8:10)

Read: Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20, Luke 7:36-8:3, Psalm 69:1-18, Proverbs 12:1

Relate: The problem with good times is that we think we deserve them, or that we have done something to deserve them. Some of you might be thinking that is too harsh a statement so let me back up a little bit…

A little boy is looking forward to Christmas. His parents love him very much and he has made his list. Wonder of wonders, they give him everything he’s asked for. Everything! They got him a hatchimal. Not only did he get the Star Wars interactive action figure but also a lego Millennium Falcon to add to his already immense lego collection. For those times that he must be outside, he can not drive around the remote controlled Nerf-N-Strike blaster (because actually holding that Nerf gun is your hand is sooooo yesterday). He has it made. Life is good.

Except he doesn’t clean his room. He has been warned, but somehow it just can’t come clean. he wants to obey his parents… there’s just too many distractions. There are too many great things to play with. Then one day, dad comes in and takes one of those toys away. Dad is so mean. Still, there are plenty of others, except… the next day another one is gone. And another the day after that. Soon, most have disappeared and the poor boy is sitting on his (unmade) bed crying about how unfair and cruel his dad is. Why does he make all these stupid rules. Doesn’t he know how hard it is to keep things clean?

React: Sometimes we sit on our beds, while everything around us is a mess, and complain about the cruelness of God (or life, or circumstances… whatever) The gifts, the blessings God has given us are ours. They are a gift. But they come with a responsibility. Only when we realize that any gifts we have been given are because we are loved by a Father who wants to give us good things. It is because He is loving, not because we are good (or smart, or talented, or… whatever) that we have been blessed.

The blessings of God, like gifts under the tree serve two purposes. 1) They are for the enjoyment of the one receiving the gift. 2) They serve to forge a deeper bond between those exchanging gifts. Too often we live with a sense of entitlement and rather than show gratitude and express love, the same gifts that have been lavished on us with love serve as a wedge between us and our Father. Let it not be.

Respond: 

Dear God,
If the gifts You have given me are keeping me from You, take them away. Your heart is what I want to pursue, not Your hand. Help me to remember that in my times of petulance. Help me not to forget that You give and take away, and let me always say, “Blessed be Your Name.” Help me to have an attitude of appreciation, a heart of gratitude for the good things I have been given. When I have eaten my fill, help me to praise You.
Amen

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Angie Mc Now

Advocating the wellbeing of others since 1987. Mentor to generous and undervalued women.

diiwanna's Blog

For Witticism, Criticism & Exposure....... and some silliness here and there.

Prayers and Promises

Finding Hope in This Crazy World

anansi2050

Deep Thoughts and Ideas

Unashamed of Jesus

Jesus is not a religion but a relationship with God

crookedroadfaith

Walk the road to spiritual growth and enlightenment with a touch of humor

Elihu's Corner

press on to know the lord

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

Passion is key

susanne matthews

Living the Dream

doc2poet

Poetry & Me

I Just Have to Say...

and I'm sayin' it here.

RAINDROPS & ROSES

Raindrops of love land on my heart

Joseyphina's World

Born to Write, On a Mission to Inspire

Me In The Middle

a beginning, a middle, and an end…but not necessarily in that order

Project Prose

Exploration through writing, photography and art

Introvert Playground

A magical land of quiet introspection and peaceful alone time.

A Reading Writer

I write because I read. I read because I write.

Vanessence

Essentially Vanessa

A Joy of Health Nutrition and Beauty

Your Health, Your Lifestyle, Your Choice

Maneé Trautz

Inspired to Write. Writing to Inspire.

inkyfire

ink of love in fire - design is my desire

An Artist's Path

A space for creative seekers.

Church Set Free

Love is the answer - now what's your question?

Random Musings And Wanderlust

Curious thoughts from a vivid imagination, with no rhyme or reason weaving them together.

Words dipped in Happiness

Words which will fall into your Heart, once they reach your Brain

Making Life an Art

Finding the miraculous in the mundane

An Array Of Blogs

Showcasing some of the best blogs the Internet has to offer...and more

Pattern$ oF R@nD0mNEsS

However random it might seem, everything in this world has a pattern

That Weird Brown Girl

Let's get real. Let's get weird.

jamesedwardsharp

Musical Notes For The Sent Ones

Only a Season

A place of grace that never changes, no matter the season of motherhood you're in.

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