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 on: Yesterday at 08:54:45 PM 
Started by Anjel Uriel - Last post by indianabob
Hi Anjel,

Dreams are natural for we humans and we should enjoy them.
Some dreams come from what we view during our waking moments.
Just feed the good ones and do not feed the evil.
Bob
= =
Anonymous;

Our Lord pointed out lilies to some folks on a mountain one day and said, “Check those out, people. Do any of those flowers look stressed to you? Do you see circles under their eyes? Are they on their third pot of coffee? Are they fuming in traffic? Cussing their brains out? And yet see how beautiful they are. See how they sway in the breeze. It’s not that they don’t give a crap; it’s that they trust their Maker.”   

Then the people said, “What about it, Jesus?” And Jesus said, “Be that way!

”This is my paraphrase of Matthew 6:28-30. The key verse of the surrounding contest is verse 25:“Therefore I am saying to you, Do not worry about your soul, what you may be eating, or what you may be drinking, nor yet about your body, what you should be putting on. Is not the soul more than nourishment, and the body than apparel?”

  Work. Buy jeans. Buy coffee and bread. Buy eggs and paper towels. Buy cheap shoes—or expensive ones. Buy a nice car; buy a clunker. Live within your means. Make more means, or make less—whatever you feel. Wear makeup; don’t. Eat in, or out. Make sure of one thing:

Hold it all loosely. Feel your hands go limp. There. Relax your knuckles. Feel that? Do it frequently; it is the opposite of grasping. Take a breath. Feel life? That’s God. It’s all you need, really. Now get dressed. Walk, don’t run. Let time dribble. You’re in a field. Consider the lilies.  

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 on: Yesterday at 03:36:54 PM 
Started by Anjel Uriel - Last post by Anjel Uriel
Hello brethren, I just wanted to write that God has been doing something cool with me for a while now since I discovered The Truth. Now for context, I have really wild and vivid dreams. These can vary from very realistic to totally abstract insanity.

One night I’ll be dreaming about going to the mall and speaking with someone and the next night I’m riding on top of a 50 feet long, flying worm while surfing a rainbow. Really weird stuff.

Lately, since I’ve learned The Truth, Christ has been overcoming my lust. I still fall and stumble but God has never forsaken me and has always stayed by my side to pick me up with the strength of His Mighty hand and carry me in His Righteous Arms. Just like a Father takes care of His newborn.

I’ve noticed that I have received temptations to commit immorality in my dreams. However, the cool thing is God is present even when I’m sleeping. I’ll get tempted and one or several of different scenarios will happen.

1: I’ll have someone tempt me and I’ll reply or think “No that’s sin, I won’t do that”.

2: I’ll forget or go with the flow (I’m not normally aware that I’m dreaming) and no matter what I do, I can’t commit the sinful act. Like, literally the structure of the building I’m in will change so no matter what I try I can’t commit the act.

3: I’ll wake up as soon as I’m tempted.

Sometimes the 3 scenarios will mix like I’ll refuse to sin and then wake up.

Honestly, He’s always been present in my sleep even before discovering The Truth but now that He’s dragging me. I just found it cool that God is always there protecting and guiding me even when I’m unconscious. Reminds me of what David wrote in Psalm 139.

“If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there”.
Psalm 139:8.

God Bless you all and hope you’re doing well. Your Brother in Christ, Anjel Uriel.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:39:13 PM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Wendy
Thanks Rhys and Octoberose


Thanks for Bible verse God bless everyone for there prayers
God bless
Wendy

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 on: June 28, 2022, 03:47:35 PM 
Started by Dynamo54 - Last post by Dynamo54


Casey,

I also find that I reread and re-listen to all of Ray’s writings. I am continually amazed at the clarity of scriptures NOW that I thought I understood in the past, and it is because of God using Ray to “foolishly preach” to those that “have an ear”.  I also like to read the transcripts of Ray’s Bible studies (which when I do I can hear Ray’s voice and emphasis from the audio/videos 😀). I get encouragement from those when I am “spiritually down”.

I know I started this thread discussing how I have trouble seeing myself as elect. Not saying I am all the way there yet, but the inputs from all on this thread got me to again looking at what Ray said about this topic. Here is an excerpt from Ray’s 2009 Mobile conference (wish I was aware of BT back then and could have been there!):


                                                 Will you inherit the kingdom of God?

(Notes) Are you sometimes overwhelmed by all the seemingly negative and what seem as almost impossible statements in the Scriptures regarding the requirements for entering God’s Kingdom? How about this statement: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
 
Whoa, I wonder if I’ve done that?’

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Oh I don’t know, can I endure to the end?  How much is that? How much will that involve?

Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.

And remember the warning to the Seven Churches. It is only “…to him that OVERCOMES…” Seven times we are told to overcome. That entrance into the Kingdom is promised, (Rev. 2 & 3).

Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
v. 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
v. 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

Acts 14:22 …that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Maybe some of you think you’re not going through much tribulation and wonder, ‘gosh I wonder if God’s even concerned, He’s not putting me through much tribulation.’

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Do you obey the gospel of God? How do you obey it? A subject for a lecture.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you workers of iniquity.

Matthew 10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after Me, is not worthy of Me.

Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned.

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

This is getting pretty tough, isn’t it?

Revelation 3:16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

Ever been guilty of that? You know to do good, but you don’t do it, that’s a sin. The wages of sin? [Death.]

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Now we even have to figure out who are the heretics among us.

Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.

Had enough? Do you ever read your Bible and say, ‘this is a pretty hard row to hoe.’


Well, there are a lot of scriptures saying, if you don’t do this, if you don’t do it right, if you don’t keep on doing, if you don’t overcome, if you don’t endure, you’re not fit for the kingdom of God.  Except you forsake husband, wife, family (Luke 14:26 ), everything you have and follow Me, you cannot be My disciple… that’s tough.

(Notes)
How many are sometimes bothered by such Scriptures and think that maybe we just won’t make it? We just won’t be acceptable to God?  We fold every time a severe trial comes our way? You want to live godly, but you just can’t conquer some sins and then all these many Scriptures condemn you. Am I talking to anyone in this room?

It’s not a very peaceful or rewarding life living like this with so many uncertainties, is it? Never ever being quite certain as to where you stand with God. We see too many areas where we know we fall short and then we condemn ourselves.  

It’s not very soothing to live a life like that, living in kind of fear and trepidation as to whether or not you are ever going to make it into this kingdom of God.
Maybe when He says “few,” what He really means is hardly any.

Well I want you all to leave this conference with a confidence from God that will enable you to live in peace with himself/herself. A feeling like you learned some stuff, some important stuff and I want you to leave the confidence with, that if God has begun a work in you, He will finish it. To be assured that you will be in the Kingdom of God and receive a reward. God did not call us to a life of uncertainty, doubt and frustration. Ninety-nine percent of those in Christendom ‘know’ for a fact that when they die they are going to heaven, when in reality and according to the Scriptures they know NO SUCH THING. Is your assurance that you will be in the Kingdom of God built on any more solid ground than these?  Even if you fall, God is able to make you stand up.  

So I gave you kind of the negative side. But there is a real positive side, isn’t there? The positive side is this; yes, you can’t fall away... you can’t look back… you can’t refuse to continue on… you can’t refuse to overcome the trials that are put before you. But if God is truly calling you, He won’t let you! That’s the good news. But even if He lets you fall, it will teach you a lesson, that we don’t have the strength to rely on ourselves.  

You know, the longer you live a godly life and you overcome your pulls of the flesh and you try to be more loving and kind and all the things that Jesus is…  If you’re not careful, you get kind of spiritually cocky and think you’re a pretty good person and ‘I’ve got this thing pretty much in tow.’  Just about then, you could fall flat on your face.  That’s why it says, beware when you think you stand lest you fall (1Cor. 10:12).

                
                                                 What Paul has to say about QUALIFYING:

Paul said I bring anything that is sinful or wrong under “subjection” in my body, unless I speak to you on how to do all this stuff and “I myself should be a castaway.”

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

So yes, he was aware of that and he kept that prod on himself, but was he negative about it? Did he said, ‘Boy, I hope I make it. But He put me through some stuff. I don’t know if I’ll make it to the end. I don’t know if I can endure all this stuff God put me through. I got this demon smacking me up side the head (spiritually speaking), every day of my life. I’m in hunger and thirst, nakedness and problems, troubles, threats of robbers and killers and shipwrecked, in the swamp…  I don’t know if I can make it.’ No!

He says, I KNOW there’s a wreath of righteousness waiting for me (2 Timothy 4:08). “I KNOW.”  So what do we learn from that? We can KNOW!

Paul talks about qualifying. It doesn’t use ‘qualifying’ but one time in the King James, it uses the word ‘approved.’
 
2 Tim. 2:15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (KJV)

The Concordant uses the word “qualified,” that’s a little closer to the Greek.

2 Tim. 2:15 Endeavor to present yourself to God qualified, an unashamed worker, correctly cutting the word of truth. (CLV)

1 Corinthians 11:19 …that those also who are qualified may become apparent among you.

James 1:12 happy is the man that is enduring trial: for becoming qualified, he will be obtaining the wreath of life, which the Lord promises those loving Him.

[attendee: do trials and tribulations help you to become qualified?] Why, yeah, but it all has to do with attitude. There are old people who are supposed to be mellow, on their deathbeds who curse God.

You know that poem…
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light
Do not enter softly into that sweet night
Rage, rage against the dying of the light

In other words, don’t let God take your life without putting up a fight.  


                                         THE KEY TO ACCOMPLISHING MISSION IMPOSSIBLE:

Jesus told the disciples, when He talked about the rich man… “Peter said, who then can be saved?”

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Peter said, but what about us… we have forsaken homes, families and livelihoods.

v. 28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Or in another parable, over ten cities or five cities or two cities.

v. 29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

But, we have to ask ourselves, have we forsaken all those things? We have the sure promise, but have we forsaken or are we willing to forsake all those things?
 

….Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.

You have to believe. Jesus Christ said;

Pro 23:7  For as he thinks in his heart, so is he:

So what is it that you think about most of the time? Because that’s what you are.
If you think about materialism, pretty girls or power, fame or fortune then that’s what you are. That’s not what the Bible says is good.

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

There’s kind of the ideal. “Charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.“ Loving people, so that you want to give and share and you want the best for them. Like on one occasion, Paul said, counting those surrounding you as superior to yourself.  And having a good conscience.

I kind of have a custom at the end of every conference session, I tell everybody have a clean conscience. Whatever you do today, tomorrow or until we come back and meet again, don’t let anything pollute or pervert your conscience. You can’t live a good life - a godly life - a faithful life if you have a guilty conscience. It just ain’t worth it.

You know, I used to have my pet sins of youth. You say, ‘I just can’t help it, you know.’  So you commit these sins and then you feel guilty. I got tired of feeling guilty… it ain’t worth it. There’s no sin or pleasure that you can lust after that’s worth a guilty conscience. It just ain’t worth it.

How many times have you done something and you say, ‘I’d give anything to take it back, so I wouldn’t have this heaviness weighing on me that I did this thing. I wish I could take it back.’  Well, you can’t take it back. You can’t unring a bell.  But you can stop ringing the bell, you see.

I get a lot of emails and I really sympathize and empathize with the people. They say, ‘Ray I can’t stop watching pornography.’ Or ‘I married a woman, but I think I’m a homosexual.‘ I get so many pathetic emails like that, ‘what can I do?’ I say, well probably just feel dirty about it, until you get so sick of it that you’d sooner have a clean conscience than satisfy that stupid lust.

…Just get rid of it.

You might say, ‘I tried and I can’t.’ When you get sick and tired of it enough, you will, God will come to your rescue. God will give you victory over your sins, eventually. Just keep begging Him.

(Notes)
2Tim 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Have you fled all your youthful lusts?  Do you follow “righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart?” Are you becoming PERFECT as your heavenly Father is perfect?

Is there ANYTHING that is more important for you to know right now sitting here in this room at this conference? We all want God’s approval.  We all want to hear God say: “WELL DONE.”

Rom 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
v. 18  For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
v. 19  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

How well do you read and study God Word?

2 Timothy 2:15 Study (that means put forth effort, to be prompt, to be earnest, to be diligent, to endeavor to study, to labor) to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Therefore, we should be doing right, not just to avoid wrath or to receive a reward, but rather because doing good to others IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

Read the entire chapter of Matthew 25. You will see what Jesus says, He’s going to separate the sheep from the goats, the called from the chosen and some of you are going to say, ‘wait a minute, when did we ever not visit You in prison or when did we not…’

Matthew 25:45 Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.

And likewise with the good things. The Golden Rule is a great place to start your Christian walk.

Matt 7:12  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:
 
Luke 6:31  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

A conference like this is a great place to start a new beginning. So that you can say next week, next year… when I left that Bible conference in Mobile, I made some changes in my life and I haven’t been the same since. I feel better about what God’s doing in my life now. I don’t have a guilty conscience any more. I’m not perfect, but I try to be. I work hard at doing what’s right. There’s more satisfaction in that than in any sinful pleasure you could ever conceive of.

I am more encouraged lately!

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 on: June 28, 2022, 02:30:04 PM 
Started by Dynamo54 - Last post by casey
Thank you Dynamo54, and to all that have replied. Dynamo54 I to was in the World Wide Church of God for about 30 some years
and then about 15 years in the Church of God International( Garner Ted Armstrong). I am 80 years old and I thought as I got older
things would get easier, no no no, some things get harder, there are times when I fill dumer than a rock, something that really help
me is to read LOF over and over, and it has helped me to come here and see what others are going through.God loves us and he knows
what we need.

                           With God all things are possible.    CASEY

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 on: June 28, 2022, 12:07:50 PM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by octoberose
Praying for you .

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 on: June 28, 2022, 12:47:30 AM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Rhys 🕊
Prayers of comfort for you

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Rhys

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 on: June 27, 2022, 08:41:30 PM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Wendy
Thanks musterseed that is a beautiful saying
Thanks for sharing it.
God bless
Wendy

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 on: June 27, 2022, 12:32:19 PM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by ralph
May Our Lord Jesus give you strength to endure Wendy.

I found this bookmark at a store before I even knew anything about God’s truths.
It reads . I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world. For my God
is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am His.

I had no idea what it meant at the time but I liked the idea of being the daughter of a King,
so I used to walk to work repeating, I am the daughter of a King. I am the daughter of a King.
It made me feel good. I still have that bookmark and now I finally believe it. There is so much
divine grace and mercy in the way God operates. I know He is responsible for everything, even
all the little things. Do not fear because YOU ARE HIS.

Much Love in Christ 💕

That's a beautiful little story!

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 on: June 27, 2022, 10:25:01 AM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Musterseed
May Our Lord Jesus give you strength to endure Wendy.

I found this bookmark at a store before I even knew anything about God’s truths.
It reads . I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world. For my God
is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am His.

I had no idea what it meant at the time but I liked the idea of being the daughter of a King,
so I used to walk to work repeating, I am the daughter of a King. I am the daughter of a King.
It made me feel good. I still have that bookmark and now I finally believe it. There is so much
divine grace and mercy in the way God operates. I know He is responsible for everything, even
all the little things. Do not fear because YOU ARE HIS.

Much Love in Christ 💕

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