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Good Morning Brothers and Sisters.
Kindly keep my girlfriend and her father in your prayers and thoughts. Attached below is her mail to me.
Jody Knecht Reeves May 26 at 11:00pm Report
Chrissy, I don't want to post the details on fb for all to see but my Dad has cancer all over and the chemo is taking a toll on him He can't make it to my sons 8th grade graduation and he is in a deep depression his name is Roland Knecht thanks and love ya too.
Thank you very much and God Bless.
Hearing the word but not doing it is very dangerous. Hearing but not doing prepares one to enter into self-deception, because not doing means operating against convictions. One thing the word does is tell us about ourselves. So the illustration of looking into a reflective glass and then walking away and forgetting what we are. But the contrast is the one who looks into the law of liberty. He goes and acts upon the law of liberty. He experiences change because he is proactive for change. He is seeking a better land and he is out, on the way, on the journey.
After learning the fundamentals of God's truth, one must repent. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9, NIV). There are no exceptions. God wants everyone to repent.
An accurate understanding of the gospel of Jesus the Messiah helps us comprehend God's plan for us and why we must repent. That understanding of the future God has in store for us helps us see why we need to surrender to God and transform our lives with His help.
But how can one gain this understanding? Paul's answer: "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? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?" (Romans 10:14-15).
Paul says we must be taught by those who are truly sent by God, His faithful servants who do not teach lawlessness, who are faithful to God's Word, who teach obedience to God and that repentance is to cease from sin and quit transgressing God's laws (1 John 3:4).
Let's consider the difference between called and chosen. "But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).
Here we see that people are called (invited) by the preaching of the gospel (the good news of the Kingdom of God). They receive the knowledge that they need to repent of their sins.
Those who respond positively to that calling, that invitation, are chosen for salvation. How? By believing the truth and by being sanctified (set apart) by receiving the Holy Spirit.
God chooses a person to receive eternal life only when he learns and accepts the truth, repents and is baptized. But how can he distinguish truth from error?
The truth, Jesus explained, is what God reveals through His Word, the Bible (John 17:17). To become acceptable to God, all must recognize and accept God's Word as the main source of truth. Our Creator "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
The book of Hebrews describes this body of believers as "the general assembly and church of the firstborn" (Hebrews 12:23). Paul describes it as "the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15).
Jesus warned that "narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:14).
Lawlessness, the key ingredient in the counterfeit righteousness of these fraudulent gospels, is a natural expression of what we call human nature.
Paul wrote that "the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God" (Romans 8:7-8, NIV). Our natural inclination isn't to obey God, but to resist Him and His way of life. As a result, alternatives to the true message of Christ have been devised to accommodate the natural human unwillingness to live by God's commandments.
Thank you for the invite May The Lord Bless You Always And Keep You In His Wings The Lord Jesus Chirst Son Of The Only Liveing God.Amen
Ps..Do Any Of You Keep The Sabbath 7TH Day Holy ?
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