Early Morning Call

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In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:20-27

It was a rare morning.  I had extra time.  Schools had a snow delay so I could have slept in, but last night I asked God to awake me early for prayer. At 5:45am I received my heavenly morning call and so rose to a cold dark morn.  I rolled over groaning.

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Nuggets – The Immortal dies

The Immortal Dies

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:17)

The second verse of “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?” poses and solves a great mystery:

T’is mystery all! the immortal dies!
Who can explain this strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries,
To sound the depths of love divine;
T’is mercy all! Let earth adore!
Let angel minds inquire no more.

Our text reminds us that God is immortal. And yet, “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3) to bring us salvation. If this astounds us (and it should), we can take solace in that we are not alone. “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things . . . which things the angels desire to look into” (1 Peter 1:10-12).

Think of it! The Creator, the Author of life, has died to offer eternal life to His creation, for “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), and the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). He died so that we don’t have to die! This grand plan remains beyond our full grasp, as it always was to the prophets and the angels.

The motive behind His plan is God’s mercy. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us; . . . Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour” (Titus 3:5-6). “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33). JDM

from The Institute for Creation Research

 

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Dim Sum – Tears are a language God understands

ptl2010:

Somebody is needing encouragement today. Is it you?
I prayed for God’s solace and strength for you in your trying time.

Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:

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When I have no words to express how I feel
When I feel that no one understands ,
My tears only can express how I feel ,
And no one can see me inside,
The Healer,  He sees my need.

When I am broken and I cannot even smile,
He sees my heart and He gives strength through each drop
He understands when all I can do is cry
He knows my heart that no one can see
And when my world caves in, He is still here
Because He understands my tears.

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For those tears I died

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Ex 30-32 – Faith in the unseen

Exodus 30-32: Faith in the unseen

by Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/

o-CURTAIN-facebookFaith and doubt live so close together; they are like two sides of the same coin. One day both will become obsolete, on that day when we see the truth of eternity face to face. For now, though, we live in the land of the unseen and we must live by faith.

Prayers go up by faith. In God’s ideal plan the priest burns incense on the altar in front of the veil or curtain that separates him from the Most Holy Place.

“And you shall put (the altar of incense) in front of the veil that is above the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is above the testimony, where I will meet with you. And Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it. Every morning when he dresses the lamps he shall burn it, and when Aaron sets up the lamps at twilight, he shall burn it, a regular incense offering before the Lord throughout your generations.” Exodus 30:6-8

Though he cannot see it, the priest knows that the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant sits just beyond the veil. In faith he offers up the incense to God, whose veiled or unseen presence rests upon the mercy seat. The aroma of the burning incense goes up to heaven as a sweet and pleasing fragrance to God, even as our prayers offered in faith are pleasing to God. As David said, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice” (Psalm 141:2).

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Urdu Blog No. 174 – Conquer your fear

Fear grips everyone no matter how brave you are, especially as not everything is controllable by everyone. Do you know how to conquer your fears? Learn something from this blog in English , written by faithful4him

http://ptl2010.com/2012/01/11/conquer-your-fear/

When you have learnt the secret of conquering your fears, you must share with your loved ones, family and associates. Here is the Urdu version for you to share

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Let us stand up bravely in the Name of The Lord, against every fear we face. We know He will give us the victory in Jesus’ Name.

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Most people think – Christ can’t deliver a man from the Old Adam

That’s exactly what the Devil wants people to believe. To the contrary of popular belief…Christ “can” deliver a man from the Old Adam. Note I said, ” can deliver” a man from the Old Adam. If you don’t believe Christ can do it, He won’t.

Sin is not a problem for the Christ of our Salvation and Sanctification. He died to forgive. He rose to sanctify. He sent His Holy Spirit to deliver men from a still existing Old Adam, even after you’re saved. Frustration is the Old Adam. Aggravation is the Old Adam. Flying off the handle is the Old Adam. Bad habits are the Old Adam. Unrest and inner disturbance that robs men of peace is the Old Adam. Lack of love or having ill will for someone of race, color, or social status are results of the Old Adam. All these things are behavior things that appear in people’s lives even after Salvation.

These characteristics promote the Old Man and not the new man. they reflect and old nature and not a new nature. This behavior is not a light that shines but a darkness that overshadows the name of Christ. The Old Adam is an inner conflict with the outer circumstances of life. Christ wants to deliver men from this bondage.

You can be delivered from the Old Adam and it’s as easy as being forgiven. How? Christ was prophesied to be a sanctifier. A sanctifier does more than forgive or Justify. A Sanctifier burns up the Old Adam.

Ezekiel 36:26-27…A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Christ can rid man of the bondage of produced by the Old Adam. I speak of being “purged” or “purified” with fire. I speak of an act performed by Christ with the make-up of mans character. I speak of deliverance that defies the Devil and the Old Adam. A deliverance that only comes from above. A deliverance that deals with the Old Adam not the act of committing sin.

Jesus overcame the Devil and can purge man from the Old Adam. Don’t let tradition, human opinion, false teaching, or erroneous doctrine tell you otherwise. Jesus wants possession of the “whole” man not just part of him.

If you have problem with the Old Adam and know it, “will you trust Him to deliver you from the problem?”

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

You can be sanctified in this life and delivered from the Old Adam. Christ is not limited to the acts of sin only. Christ can destroy the root of sin. Christ is a baptizer and a sanctifier. Christ can deliver you – and remove the Old Adam completely. No struggle for Christ. It is written. It was promised. Christ doesn’t have to be mauled over by people that are uncertain.

Don’t be deceived into believing half truth. The whole truth is the “full Gospel”. The whole Gospel is enough to deliver man from the Old Adam. Bring honor to Christ by living a life where Christ rules you. Where peace rules you. Where the new nature rules you. Where the light shines and expels darkness. When the Lord puts you across the line, takes away the Old Adam you will at all times:

Philippians 4:5…Let you moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

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Child of the World – the Doctor

“Do you trust me? ” The doctor asks.

Why would he ask such a question?

Perhaps the patient has indicated in word or action that he does not believe the diagnosis or analysis that has been rendered?

” Then why did you come here? ”

” Because, because I have no one to turn to, because I have nowhere to go to  for help” .

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Good People Don’t Go To Heaven

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BIBLE DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Ex 28 – Standing in the doorway

Exodus 28: Standing in the doorway

by Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/

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Yesterday we saw how God carefully designed a home that would be his dwelling place among the people of Israel. He would no longer make sporadic visits, but would live among them. Today we read about the doormen for his sanctuary: the priests. Like any good doorman they have a uniform that sets them apart. Like doormen they open the building to allow the people to enter into God’s presence. But going far beyond the usual responsibilities of a doorman, they take the guilt of the people upon themselves as they make offerings to God to remove the guilt.

“Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: HOLY TO THE LORD. Fasten a blue cord to it to attach it to the turban; it is to be on the front of the turban. It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the guilt involved in the sacred gifts the Israelites consecrate, whatever their gifts may be. It will be on Aaron’s forehead continually so that they will be acceptable to the Lord.” Exodus 28:36-38

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Faith Child – Sharing experience – I just want to praise Him

Join me in worship for His creation and His mercy and grace

Sometimes I just want to praise You, thank You without asking You for a thing

I stand redeemed

Here am I

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