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smeacham

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My First Introduction
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:08:34 AM »

Greetings, my brothers and sisters.  I am Steve Meacham, a fellow servant of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I have been silently studying the material on this web site for two years or more now, so in a sense, I feel I know many of you already.  I'll keep my intro as short as I can, because if you're like me, it's one of hundreds of messages you'll read on this site today.

I'm from Kansas City, and live there now.  I've lived in at least five states and two countries, though.  My parents and home were irreligious and I was one of the early home-computer nerds.  Jesus began calling me in 1984, while I was still in High School.   I was baptized as a Methodist back then, then again some years later as a Pentecostal, and again some years later by the Boston Church of Christ.  These are but a few of Mystery Babylon the Great's harlot daughters that I've become well acquainted with these last 25 years.

I'd like to know if I'm alone or not in the following experience...

I had believed myself to be converted and "saved" (past tense) for many years.  I was a leader in more than one church and did the things that Christians do.  But, once God opened my eyes and ears, beginning with Ray's writings and ending in the Scriptures, I realized that I was lost.  I lacked little in Bible knowledge, but I understood few of God's Spiritual Truths.  The few that I had learned had always gotten me in trouble in my churches :(

I began relearning everything.  All that knowledge I'd accumulated finally made real sense, once I applied it correctly.  THEN, A MOST UNEXPECTED THING HAPPENED, though it should not have been unexpected.  A week ago, I was Spiritually converted.  I know this because suddenly my programming changed.  The law of sin and death, which I hadn't even REALLY accepted was ruling within me, was replaced by the Law of the Spirit!  There is an unmistakable change within me, a change of passions and desires, of a most profound nature.  It was like pressure building up, and then bursting through at last.

That's my story in a nutshell.  Much more to be said about the Jehovah's Witnesses and Universalists that God is sending my way, but not here.

Steve
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gmik

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 12:35:14 AM »

Greetings Steve. Good first introduction by the way.  To me it looks as tho You left your 1st love and have been brought into the fold!!! Welcome!
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Beloved

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 12:53:09 AM »

Welcome Steve

Glad to have you post in the forum, so you have spent 2 yrs watching...well you should be able to join in the conersations and fit in like a comfrotable pair of shoes.

When you are under the law of the Spirit you are free indeed, one's programming can not help but be changed.

We all look forward to hearing from you, I do not know if there are any active forum members who are in you area but perhaps one will speak up.

beloved
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aqrinc

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2009, 01:13:34 AM »


Welcome Steve,

Yes, Yes and Yes. But now i am found and my Lord has caught me.
I look forward to reading your posts and conversing with you online.

george. ;D
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cjwood

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 01:31:39 AM »

hello steve,
welcome into the Living room, after waiting quietly out in the hallway. i enjoyed reading your intro post. i also can relate to what you said about now being spiritually converted. i too have found that carnal passions that were once so easy to do, now have been put off by the Spirit within me. i find myself one minute thinking about carnal things which i could do, but the next minute i find that the fleshly thought has been replaced by and inner voice reminding me that i am a joint-heir with Christ and He is my brother example. then i remember what ray has opened up from the scriptures about "overcoming". yes, it is a daily struggle which we all face as long as we are in these fleshly tent bodies, but one day...

i also look forward to reading more posts from you.

love in Him,
claudia
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Marlene

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2009, 01:38:56 AM »

Welcome Steve, Yes, we all have much in common. Knowing there is no Hell, had to be the thing that won my heart truly to him. It was if for the first time I really knew him. All the things of the world just seem to fade after we really know him and are filled with him. I am still learning new things every day. Looking forward to your post . Having that bondage of religion is truly awesome.

In His Love,
Marlene
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smeacham

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009, 02:29:54 AM »

Thank you so much for your kindly reception.

I am blessed with my wife, who will not listen to Ray directly, but is very receptive to the Truth when I present it to her in Scripture.  Other than her, and now this forum, I've got nobody here on earth to share these thoughts with as an equal.

In fact, I think she's gotten to some of these things before I did!  She's naturally more childlike when it comes to the Scripture, whereas I'm probably more like Ray - very tenacious and analytical.
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mharrell08

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009, 09:27:33 AM »

Welcome to the forum Steve and look forward to hearing from you soon.  :)



Marques
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cherokee

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009, 09:42:03 AM »

Hey and welcome Steve, from the hills of Ky.

Suzie
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iris

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009, 12:42:08 PM »

Welcome to the forum, I look forward to hearing more from you.


Iris
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Kat

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2009, 12:43:16 PM »


Hi Steve,

Glad that you joined us  :)
Well now that you have broken the ice you should be able to jump right in.  It is truely a blessing to have this forum with like minded people from all over the world.  

Here are a few links to things we have available here at the forum that you might like.

The forum rules, it will help you see how this forum is moderated.
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,3.0.html
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,4558.0.html
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,3614.0.html

Forum Indexes & lots of Info.
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/board,14.0.html

Ray's Videos
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,8227.0.html

Ray's Audios  
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,2641.0.html

Ray's 2008 Audios
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/topic,8256.0.html

Transcripts of Ray's Audios
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/board,12.0.html

Who Am I? (members pics and personal stuff)
http://forums.bible-truths.com/index.php/board,16.0.html

mercy, peace and love
Kat

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jg

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Re: My First Introduction
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2009, 01:18:39 PM »

Hi and welcome! 

Thank God that He's working in us to do His will!  That is one of my favorite scriptural truths at this point in my walk. I am where I'm suposed to be, right now, and I will do what I'm suposed to do because He is leading me. He knows my steps, every single one, and He even knows how many I'll take while I'm here.  How can we not rest in that?  When I started to grasp that, my desires also started to change.  He is so worthy of our worship, and now, deep inside me, spilling out and over into my physical thoughts, is the desire to please God,, to do things that are "eternal" instead of physical.  He has also so graceously put that same desire in my wife. Those very words,  "To do eternal things" came out of her mouth yesterday morning while we were talking about serving God.   We have a long way to go, both of us, but as you mentioned, desires change. That to me, was the beginning of the process of growing spiritualy...

I just wanted to share that we both understand what you are saying and experiencing.  It just gets better!




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