ALOHA SAINTS, FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me.    John 3:16

FREEWILL & PAIN,     “WORTH CONSIDERING” 9/25/20     From Ken<><

Today’s Scripture               (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! …Matt. 18:7”
When Offenses Come
Today’s Scripture says offenses and betrayals will come—loss, bad breaks, things we don’t understand. It’s painful enough when it happens, but if you make the mistake of going around feeding the hurt, feeding the offense, you’re giving life to bitterness, resentment, and discouragement. Don’t feed the self-pity or what didn’t work out. Don’t relive the hurts. You can’t feed your history and feed your destiny at the same time. What’s happened to you is over and done. Quit thinking about how you were raised, what you didn’t get, who hurt you, who you lost—that’s history, that’s behind you. You have to starve the doubts, starve the negative comments people have spoken over you, starve the guilt and condemnation. You can’t go into a new season if you’re always looking back at the old. Now do your part and keep feeding your faith, your hopes, your dreams, and you will step up to a new level and see those dreams come to pass.
A Prayer For Today
“Father, thank You that when I face offenses and hurts that I’m surrounded by Your favor. Thank You that the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter and that my best days are still out in front of me. I believe and declare that You always cause me to triumph. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Number one in my heart understanding is that God is never the cause of any kind of pain.  If I have pain of any kind it is because somewhere I have neglected to put in place the armor of God that Jesus bought for me in HIS death and resurrection.  Some where my shield of faith has a hole in it.  James covers this very well in his short letter.  So pain of any kind give me a heads up that I need to make repairs.  I am missing something somewhere in my spiritual growth and sanctification.  In Romans 8, Paul tells me that I am more than a Conqueror in Christ Jesus.   So as I know the Word of God each truth is like a fiber that when woven together with the many other fibers will keep the enemy out and from giving me pain and then telling me that God did it.  We are falsely taught that God can do anything so HE must be responsible for everything.  And in matter of fact, HE is the Creator of all so it sounds reasonable.  However, we forget that God also gave us an eternal soul and freewill to do as we will.  That HE has given us life on this Earth to decide if we want to live with HIM in Light or be the prime directive of our own life and eat of the tree of good and evil for ourselves.  We have the option of learning by faith in peace and joy or learning by experience for ourselves which can be very painful.  There is an immutable cosmic law of God in effect that we reap what we sow.   Rom. 8, If we sow to the flesh, we will reap corruption (death) But if we sow to the Spirit, we will of the Spirit reap GOD’s LIFE.  In America that is no excuse at all.  You can find Bibles all over the place.  So many that some are even being sold as a place to keep stuff safe because the insides of the pages have been cut out leaving a place to keep things safe.  Of course the pages to really keep you safe have been discarded.  Some churches are like that as well.

So upon our graduation from the school of life we will be called upon for show and tell as to what we did with our life.  Our words and actions will be matched up.  What we have told our children to do will be matched with what we have done.   The Good that we know will be matched with the actions of our lives in what we have done.  As I have been teaching Bible for a lot of years now, it really helps keep me on my best to know this.  And of course there is a learning curve of God’s Grace if headed for HIS Light.   But Hebrews 6 shares with us that we can know it all and still decide to go south and find it impossible to find restoration or redemption.  So one of the things God will not do is to make you do something.  He does not use manipulation, threat or bribe.   But the darkness will use it all to keep you in eternal darkness.       I have a book available to help you get an excellent foundation, on line, no charge, just ask for it.

Yours in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy,   Ken<><
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GREAT QUOTES:  “We manufacture atheists with mundane Christianity.” – Robert Wurtz II
“If you ask me if I believe in the eternal security of the believer, I would say I most certainly do. And I also believe in the insecurity of the make-believer.” – J. Vernon McGee
“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”- James Hudson Taylor
“The preacher who neglects to preach to himself has forgotten a very important part of his audience. We must first address our own soul. If we can move that by the words we may utter, we may hope to have some power with the souls of others.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“A man full of hope will be full of action.”-Thomas Brooks
“We are playing church. We are so busy trying to be relevant to the world that we have become just like the world….. AND the world is not impressed.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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