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Archive for the month “July, 2017”

THE GOSPEL FOCUS

Thursday 07-28-2017 Galatians 1:10-  QT

10 Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.

11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Could it be that we are expanding the idea of the Gospel beyond Jesus and making the gospel embrace personal preferences beyond Jesus being our central focus of fellowship?

Jesus, what do I do when Your expectations of my personal relationship with You run amuck with what others think? 

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. (Romans 12)

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GOSPEL – REVELATION vs OPINION

Thursday 07-27-2017 Galatians 1 8-  QT

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed!

Father, if I understand gospel, it simply means the good news concerning Jesus.  His story, His grace, His life, His attitude, His character, His plan, His goals, His thoughts, His EVERYTHING, and if my life is not governed by Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Son the living God then I am exemplifying a gospel other than the ONE You have in Your Written Word.

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2)

FREEDOM OF GRACE vs LAW OF GRACE

Wednesday 07-26-2017 Galatians 1 6-  QT

I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by [the] grace [of Christ] for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Father, are you telling me that there are people who are attempting, for one reason or another, to change the FREEDOM OF GRACE IN CHRIST into the LAW OF GRACE IN CHRIST?

Are people, really, saying that performance gets grace rather than Jesus gives grace, why that’s just a sneaky way to teach Christ didn’t need to shed His blood; we just need to perform better.

FROM AGE TO AGE AND BEYOND

Tuesday 07-25-2017 Galatians 1 4-  QT

who did give himself for our sins, that he might deliver us out of the present evil age, according to the will of God even our Father,

to whom [is] the glory to the ages of the ages. Amen.

Jesus, thank You for your setting me free not just from sin but from the need to partner with the wickedness this world promotes. 

Father, thank You for supporting Jesus and I in this freedom that allows me to call you my Father.  I will, along with all the others, sing Your Praise, throughout our lives on earth and beyond.  FROM AGE TO AGE WE WILL SING YOUR PRAISES.  

EXPECTATION NOT COMPETITION

Thursday 07-20-2017 Chapter 13:11-12   QT

11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones greet you.
Terry____________ be excited to hear from each other concerning your intimate walk with Me.  Stop acting as though you’re in competition for My approval and since of significance.  Embrace one another as members of My Church, for you’re all saints because of Me.  Encourage and build each other up.

AUTHORITY TO BUILD MY CHURCH

Wednesday 07-19-2017 Chapter 13:10-   QT

10 I am writing this while I am away, so that when I come I may not have to be severe in virtue of the authority that the Lord has given me to build up and not to tear down.

Terry, ______________ are you involved in building up of My Church?  Open your heart to others in My Church that you also will be built up – don’t think My authority begins and ends with you.  Where ever My Church gathers all members are responsible for building up.  Always be open to Me as I share Myself through My Church members.

False Evidence Appearing Real

Tuesday 07-18-2017 Chapter 13:6-   QT

I hope you will discover that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do evil, not that we may appear to have passed the test but that you may do what is right, even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong. What we pray for is your improvement.

Terry, _____________ it may look at times that I have failed you or that My promises are not true.  You do not see My Whole Plan.  Do not make the mistake of trying to bring My Truth into alignment with your limited understanding but rather cause your thinking to align with My Truth.

If you want to improve then act on My Truth rather than scrutinize every possible angle; I reveal to you, not for your approval, but for your partnership.

LISTEN AND BY FAITH DO

Sunday 07-16-2017 Chapter 13:1-3   QT

This third time I am coming to you. “On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.” I warned those who sinned earlier and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not be lenient, since you are looking for proof of Christ speaking in me.

Terry, ________________ how many times do I need to tell you something for it to be true?  How many warnings are needed for you to change your response to what I am warning you about?

Listen to your excuses for doubting and procrastinating:

  1. I’m not sure it is Spirit or my spirit
  2. You know who doesn’t think I’m listening to You
  3. I’ll disappoint You know who
  4. There is nothing wicked or evil in what I’m doing
  5. I enjoy doing it
  6. Others are doing it
  7. I’m too tired
  8. I need a break
  9. No one will ever know
  10. It’s not my responsibility (they won’t listen to me anyway)

How stern do you want me to be, to get you to obey (change)?

MY LIFE, YOUR CHOICE

Monday 07-17-2017 Chapter 13:3-   QT

3He is not weak toward you but powerful in you. For indeed he was crucified out of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. So also we are weak in him, but toward you we shall live with him by the power of God.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, of course, you fail the test.

(Terry) _____________, there is no doubt that you are weak, your fear, your pride, your intensity to prove yourself right, your procrastination and your desire to appease others demonstrate your need to live by the power of My Life rather than yours.

Answer, has My Spirit born witness with your spirit that I am NOW Living in you and you are Living in Me?  If so then you CAN AND ARE EXPECTED, BY ME, TO LIVE BY THE POWER OF MY LIFE.

JESUS DECIDES WITHOUT CONSULTING

Tuesday 07-04-2017 2 Corinthians11 7-11 QT
7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? 8 I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; 9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

Terry, could it be that I got the cart before the horse. I left the presence of Father, came to earth, lived under the same pressures you do, faced rejection, endured false accusations which ended in My crucifixion.
I know I did all this for you without consulting you, I didn’t even ask your permission. That’s probably why you cannot trust Me?

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