For the Obedience of Faith!
So many pastors and church's teach a baptism of water as a sign of obedience of faith, which would also indicate if not done then that is a disobedience of faith. Most would say that it is not a salvation difference but a obedient thing to do.
But I would say that it is more of disobedient thing to be water baptized then it is a obedient thing to do. Let me illustrate by saying that if God says to do something under law and you did NOT do it then that would be disobedient, right. And the same could be said if God said to do something under grace and you did not do it then that too would be disobedient, right!
So for example if you would NOT eat certain foods today because of wanting to be under law and following the dietary commands given to Israel then you would be disobedient to God under grace because the Word says we may eat freely of everything.
(ps.just so you know if you don't like something you do not have to eat it.)
Now if the Word of God say that to be obedient under grace means to follow Paul's doctrine which was given to him BY JESUS, then in order to be obedient we should follow Paul's instructions right.
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 
Paul is still preaching Christ but under a New thing! A New creature is formed! A New doctrine given! A New set of things to follow and that is without law but love! Righteous Love which always gives God the Glory and Christ the Praise! A New program UNDER THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY!!! 
The revelation of the Mystery is for today and it was NOT KNOWN before but is known today. It is what we are to follow and Paul says it is for the OBEDIENCE OF FAITH!
Paul preaches the cross and that we are saved by trusting in Christ works alone, not by water baptism or works of obedience unto some ordinance! but by FAITH ALONE!
Don't trust in any natural source for your salvation or sanctification in your day to day living but rather renew your mind with what is true in your spirit and in Christ alone! 
Posted By: Howard King9/26/2020 10:01:50 AM

So often in life we struggle and the tendency for most of us is to run. We want to be alone and try to figure everything out on our own, I know I am like that. We want some space and sometimes that is good to slow down and just gather our thoughts and rest.  But so often that becomes a habit that is not resting but running.
I have men say to me that my wife always runs to people/counselors instead of figuring it out by themselves. Now while some people do over depend on people for help instead of God, most do of us do not! And to add most of the men who say that never figure it out on their own and end up staying the same their whole lives.
Most of us try to protect our selves to the point that we are independent of the body and sadly of God! Most of us think that we have the answers and that we are the only ones who can figure things out. 
In fact we sometimes we can blame others for the pain and hurt that we are in and then run from the ones that care for us the most. Lets see what Paul said in Rom 15:30  Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Paul ask the saints to STRIVE TOGETHER with HIM! To pray together for him. Now he was not there at the time but he is saying and if he was there he would be with them and for them to pray for him. Sometimes asking for help is hard but necessary. Sometimes JUST praying is needed! Sometimes sharing truth and hope and listening is needed but none of that will happened if we run.
This is what the body is for. We should run "TO" the Body not from it. The Body of Christ serves and minsters to others in their time of need. Paul the great Apostle and the man who spent time with Jesus and had revelation after revelation revealed to him still needed the Body. He still needed prayer and just like him we too need to be
Posted By: Howard King9/19/2020 11:11:54 AM

God Cares!
As I have told you often that not all scripture is written "to" us, but ALL scripture is "for" us. Meaning Paul's epistles are written for the church today and Peters are written to that "little flock" of Israel. BUT again there is a lot of wisdom and principles we can gain from Peters letter.
Here in 1 Peter we see a great principle that works in every dispensation and that is to NOT fear and cast ALL our care, worries, anxieties on God! Because GOD GARES ABOUT YOU!!!
1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 
Now in order to truly have peace from casting your cares on Him we MUST first be truly humble. So many say they cast their cares upon God but they do that out of self centered fear not FAITH!!!
You see if man just cry's out to God without faith, man is still independent of God. Man is still sitting on the throne of his own life instead of allowing God to sit on that thrown.  
Israel cried out often when circumstances got bad but they never submitted full heartedly to God and this what many people do today.
Don't cry out only when you want relief but go to God daily and share with Him your feelings, cares and anxieties! He is always listening and caring. He loves you dear Saint so let Him comfort you with His love. The circumstances may not change but your heart and attitude will! 
Posted By: Howard King9/12/2020 10:27:18 AM

In these uncertain times of unrest in the world we often get caught up in the fears of the unknown. We wonder will this pandemic ever be over with or who is going to die next. Am I going to get it and die or even the fear of the so called raciest war going on in cities. This civil unrest and to add to it all, a year to vote for a new president. The political fight for president as well as the fight for the sense of moral rights is on the line. So much is going on, but we are called and told to
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Paul encourages and tells us to remember that we have RISEN WITH CHRIST! And to SEEK those things which are above and to SET OUR AFFECTION which is hour very deepest heart and passion on Christ!
He tells us we have died to this world and that our LIFE IS IN CHRIST! He tells us that CHRIST IS OUR LIFE meaning that we have no life without Christ and in order to have life we must go through Christ!
He then tells us to PUT-OFF our sin and fears. He tells us to put -off our old way and to PUT-ON and think in a NEW way. That New way is Spiritual, Heavenly and found only in Christ! We are a NEW MAN and that NEW MAN is the IMAGE OF CHRIST! It is the image of Christ because that NEW MAN IS CHRIST!!!!
So say to your self "I AM A NEW MAN IN CHRIST" and "I WILL NOT FEAR" this present world or anyone in it! 
Posted By: Howard King9/5/2020 8:00:57 AM

Paul's Prayers!
Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
Paul was vulnerable and asked for prayer. So often I see 2 different kinds of people in the church today. Those that struggle and "ALWAYS" want prayer and those that never ask for prayer.
Both can be self centered and not interdependent on the Body! Interdependent means that we work with each other in equal value and together. We depend on each other and do not take from one another for self centered reasons.
Sadly most Christians fall into this category of stealing from one another. Stealing meaning selfish and everything revolving around them.
Talking when they should be listening. Talking constantly about themselves and their problems, work or family!
We want to pray for each other and be transparent, vulnerable and trusting in each other.
Pray for one another and prayer for our leaders in church as well as government. Pray for your family and friends as well as the lost neighbor that lives next to you.
Pray for Robin as she gets another eye surgery this week. Pray that we would rest in love and not fear. Pray for us to minister to more and as many that come to us in boldness and love. 
AND please know that I am constantly praying for you! Praying that you grow in His grace. Praying that you walk in faith and grow in His love for you. Praying that you understand the riches we have in Christ and this great fellowship of the mystery in Christ! I pray that you would read His word daily and be renewed in your heart and mind and have the peace of God daily and therefore not striving and anxious but resting in Him. 
Till He comes,
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
1Th 1:2  We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2Ti 1:3   I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
Posted By: Howard King8/29/2020 9:11:22 AM

Since this a blog and not a devotional on Saturdays I will write "My thoughts" on a few things!
While I rarely venture into politics I have decided to say a few words. While most people seem to vote based on the person who is running for office who in my opinion nether are all that great as is so often in those that run for office. Both are just men who have their weakness and strengths. Both are flawed humans who do not always act in the best interest of God or man.
But let me just encourage you saints to vote based upon Godly principles and scripture. Now on one side of the coin the democratic party tends to lean toward a human, social conscience and on the other side the Republicans are said to be more industry and business oriented. This is how the 2 parties have been described and separated per say. The democrats tend to be much more liberal while the republican side more conservative. 
Both are good for a government balance as long as they stay to Godly principles and righteous laws. BUT SADLY, while ALL men on both sides are flawed and fall to sin, only one "party" stands for Biblical Godly and Righteous principles in their policies and beliefs.
The republicans stand against legalized abortion, homosexuality and same sex marriage. The democrats tend to stand for abortion, homosexuality and same sex marriage. The republicans are generally against such things as legalizing recreational drugs and things that tear down the very character and fabric of men. The democrats lean toward a more socialist society, which is more commonly know as communist while the other stands for a free democracy and the freedom to work as one sees fit.
Now let me just say that the democrats tend to help and desire to feed the poor, hurting and down trodden the republicans not as much. This is one reason I said both are good "IF" they stand for Godly biblical principles. The bible says to feed and clothe the poor and starving people who need help. And their those Yes even in America today that need that help and they are not to be forgotten. We are to help the foreigner and those that come from other parts of the world at least up to a point, while not giving away the farm.
The republicans as a party value more conservative views while the democrats stand for more liberal views. We see the 2 differences in what they approve of and accept when they make laws for all of us.
Don't vote for those who are nice or good looking or just seem to be giving the people what they want all the time because what they want may not be "good" for them.
The bible says in Romans 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
God gave them up because the people wanted and lusted for something other than God. Giving into the demands of "some" can destroy a nation and  give Satan victory over many.
Don't just vote because you like one over the other. Or because one is good looking or nice. Sometimes when things have gone bad, the battle is harder to change and a real battle is on just to change the tide!
Just like a parent who allows the child to do whatever they want and then try's to reel them and to do what's right, it will become a real battle. Much easier to keep a gentle firm hold on and loosen a little then drag back to something that they never had to begin with. 
Posted By: Howard King8/22/2020 7:50:03 AM

Do you have to be "right" all the time?
Arguments in relationships often come from the idea that someone needs to be "right"! And someone needs to be punished for something wrong and take the blame and that someone is the other person. We have this inner need to be "RIGHT"! If we are "RIGHT" then we feel good about ourselves. We feel "RIGHTEOUS", and therefore "God like"! We are above, smarter or holier then the other person. We feel proud to be right and powerful with self worth!
In Geneses 3 we see that is the problem with mankind always wanting to be our own god and replace "THE GOD"! But lets see what the true, real "GOD" did. He could have said "I AM the RIGHT ONE"! "I AM GOD"! BUT He didn't do that He gave up His "right" and died on the cross!!!! 
Phil. 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Jesus gave up His reputation meaning His "right" to act and be God!!! He humbled himself to the point of death! He was a servant instead of acting as God even though He was God!!! 
I tell people all the time when they ask me "don't I have rights"....and I say YES you have the "right" to be mad! You have the "right" to take vengeance and make people pay for their wrong! You have the freedom to do whatever you want and still be forgiven, loved and accepted by God through Jesus Christ! "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT" BUT.
BUT IS IT THE "RIGHTEOUS" AND "BEST" THING TO DO!!!! Do you need to do that in order to feel good about yourself! Do you need to do that in order to be approved by your standard! Do need to be RIGHT!!! 
Jesus is paid the price for ALL sin and He was the perfect and complete sacrifice to appease God's standard for sin and therefore reconcile you to Him. God has justified and forgiven you!!!! So the question could be "WHO ARE YOU"? Who are you to  not forgive and accept others? Who are You to punish others and having the need to be "RIGHT"! Right and wrong is by God's standard and HE is the judge and HE has already decided to forgive you!!! 
GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS!!!! BE HUMBLE!!! AND STOP trying to be "RIGHT" all the time and do more of what it says in Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Not only will you be doing "the right " thing but you will actually be set free yourself! It takes energy and work to "BE GOD"! 
as always in His grace and love, 

Posted By: Howard King8/15/2020 11:47:40 AM

Yes I know that the world seems horrible and turned upside down! I know that along with many social issues and rumors of war and all kinds of insecurity with the stock market and everything else that their is a world wide pandemic!!! 
I know that many of us are fearful and scared and out of that comes lack of control and bitterness.
Like a dog that has been beaten and scared and backed into a corner finally he says enough and starts biting and fighting to survive.
But the answer to all that torment is found in God's love!!
1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 
...18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.   
You see the problem is within us, it is not just the world around us. The problem is called sin manifesting itself through fear and self protecting ourselves.... and living out in panic, anxiety and control!!! You can not control others fears, only your own!
What do we do with this Love that God's first has already shown through Jesus and now LIVES IN US!
We pray, receiving and resting in His love for us!!!
1. cast all your problems upon Him. Share with Him your fears and concerns!!!
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
2. Knowing that God is the comforter find comfort, rest and peace in Him! 
2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
3. Again share with God and after sharing and receiving faithfully, Be thankful and rejoice in Him! Think on things above in Christ! Think about the honest, pure and lovely LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!
Phl 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
4. Walk by Faith!!! Doing this over and over and over.....
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 
It does NO good to walk by the flesh trying to fix the fix that Jesus already fixed!! You will have more torment and look like every other NON- believer in the world!!!! AND don't do that!! 
Communication is a key to any healthy relationship and it is the same with God!! ADD FAITH to that relationship and you will have that PEACE you desire!!!! 
Posted By: Howard King8/8/2020 10:04:18 AM

Have you ever noticed how children seem to know everything. They tell you how to do this and how to do that. They learn to tie their shoes and now want to teach everyone how to tie shoes. They speak when they should listen and throw fits when they don't get their way!
Sadly we adults often act the same way. I have seen many grace believers who come to know the freedom they have through the Pauline dispensational and mystery message yet still have not applied it to their own lives and want to correct every one EVERY TIME!!! While telling people the fellowship of the mystery is good just like teaching those who do not know how to tie their shoes is good, telling those who know how to tie their shoes is seeking attention and controlling like a child!!!
We need to remember who we are speaking too and who is the audience before us. We need to learn to appeal to authority and seek permission to speak. Even if the person does not hold a particular authority role over us we still need to respectfully appeal to them after all it is to their conscience, will and person to whom we are speaking too. Don't be a know it all,... all the time and remember to be MATURE!
Grow up in other words before speaking!!!
Posted By: Howard King8/1/2020 11:50:22 AM

It takes times to heal!
2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 
While time itself will not heal wounds, and it always takes time. Physical wounds will heal in time IF the right medical procedures are done. BUT if the wrong medical or medicine is applied it may make it worse and even kill us. 
So we need to do the same thing with emotional wounds. We need to apply God's Love and Word by faith daily! We need to take each thought captive... NOTICE I said EACH thought  and bring into line with righteous loving freedom in Christ!
We need to understand that by applying faith into every detail of our thoughts is the only way to heal and then it will still take time!  Applying God's love and truth will comfort us but we must put on its soothing comfort daily and in each thought. We must see that we are so often anxious or depressed and seeking acceptance, approval and appreciation at every corner and from every person. We fear rejection and lust for love even though we may know we are going to be rejected by certain people. We make God small and man BIG and seek the opinion of others over the opinion of God!
God loves you and wants to heal what ever pain, hurt or wound you have but it will take time and only if you apply HIS PRESCRIPTION! 
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Posted By: Howard King7/25/2020 1:02:18 PM

My blog today is about common sense as it pertains to this corona virus. Now I know that many people do not believe the reports nor trust the news media and government and I get that. But we also must use some common sense. Not everything coming out of the news or government is a lie. 
In Genesis 3 Satan uses a little truth with a lot of manipulation. He salt and peppers it with just enough truth and says God does not what you to eat of the tree which is true but then he twist it enough to say "...ye shall be like gods...". Tempting Eve and touching the pride bone. 
That little pride bone is what is a the heart of those who will not mask up or social distance and want to party or meet in church. Desiring to fellowship is good but we must exercise Godly discernment not fleshly religious piety!
There is a virus, and it is killing people, so whether it is one million or 1,000 why take the chance and why act like "a god" just do what they ask, mask up and social distance. God is not in buildings nor should the desire to fellowship be above "common sense". Christ is in you and you can minister to your family at home. Your family needs you and you need them, so just Think of yourself as the pioneers did as they had no church nor neighbors and only had THE WORD!!!
Take this time to read the Word with your family and emphasis the Word  not fellowship. Emphasis God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well know right doctrine. Many church's do not teach the bible but rather a denominational bent toward their thinking. Read the bible and take a stand AT HOME! 
Posted By: Howard King7/18/2020 10:10:21 AM

Resting in Todays World!
I read in the news that the actor Robert De Niro may be having a bad year and may only make 7.5 million this year and he is complaining and only wants to pay his ex-wife 50k instead of 100k per month for her credit cards... plus pay her a million + per year no matter what. These type of people have no clue of what the everyday person goes through. 
Hebrews 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
... 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
It can be hard to find rest meaning peace and contentment in todays world. But if you think about it that goes for anytime in history. Sometimes I think that we think we have it bad when in times past for many it was much worse. 
In biblical times the fear of death by starvation, pestilence or disease was ever present. Death by your enemy and being taken captive and made a slave. The Hitler's, Stalin's and communist countries of this world were around and you could be killed for just believing in Christ or anything else that was against the governments beliefs. 
Farmers and ranchers of the old west had to fight against the odds also as well as many more things in different parts of the world. 
All of these people had to scared and afraid too, Yet so many kept the Faith! We too need to keep the faith and rest in His love for us. No Matter what the problem, situation or circumstances you find yourself in...and we ALL have different ones at different times in our lives we still need to rest in Christ. 
We need to rest and in the "GOSPLE" that is for us today. NOT the gospel to Israel under Law but under Grace! The cross work of Christ is sufficient! The life of Christ is sufficient!
Posted By: Howard King7/11/2020 10:58:11 AM

 I wanted to send you all a quick update just in case you are wondering why I have not sent out any devotions or blog as of late. We have moved down the road we are still in the middle of this move and renovating both homes until we sell the one we left. Hopefully the sell on that one goes well. 
Please be praying for us to rest mentally and emotionally in Christ as well as physically!
Our new address is:
1451 E County Down dr.
Chandler, Az. 85249
I hope to be back on track come next Monday the 13th even though there is still SO MUCH TO DO, HA!!!
Please keep praying for us to get adjusted to our new home as well as sell the other ALL while resting in the Lord!!!
As always praying for you all and thank you for your patience.
Keep walking by faith, and allowing His love to refresh you!
in grace,
Posted By: Howard King7/8/2020 11:24:23 AM

A blog is a personal opinion and advice type of note. It is to reflect the persons views and thoughts. 
So today I want to share a little of that instead of a devotional.
Todays times are hard, but nothing compared to what many have went through. And certainly not what the future brings during the tribulation period.
It is easy in my opinion to jump on the band wagon of protest against authority and say that their is a systemic injustice going on today. It is easy to say that "black lives matters" (and they do along with every other person also) and to join this way of thinking because it seems right and it seems like a way to speak out for injustice and equality.
BUT let me put my 2 cents in here and just say that I WILL NOT JOIN IN! We need to have a true character and take a stand against this unrighteous behavior. We need to not buy into this form of evil which is being fed by Satan and his agents. We need to make a STAND for GODLINESS and RIGHTEOUNESS and AUTHORTY!!!!
While I have not seen all the videos in completeness and neither have most of you or any one else, but what I have seen is mostly people who do not want to cooperate with police and authority and in turn die during the struggle. What I have seen is a complete farce when it comes to justice and the policemen are the ones who are now getting injustice.
Is it injustice when the police arrest someone for not obeying the law and then they fight, scream and spit on them. Is it injustice when the police are shot at day after day and when they fight back they are now the criminal! Is it injustice to contain someone on drugs and then they die because their heart is ready to explode from drugs and fighting! Is it injustice to follow the law and then have the law breakers yell racial slurs at them! Is it injustice when they break into buildings and stores and kill others! COME ON MAN!!!!
Don't just buy into everything you see on T.V and see the incredible deceit that Satan is feeding to these people in the name of JUSTICE AND EQUALITY!!!!! 
The breaking down of society comes through ungodliness and we are seeing that daily! If authority is taken out, then you will see even more lawlessness and injustice come!
Posted By: Howard King6/27/2020 11:50:39 AM

Dark, Down and Depressed!
At times during these seemingly turbulent times we may feel like giving up. We may all feel like we are either in a dark or down and depressed state sometimes. At times we all may think or feel like it isn't worth it and want to give up if we are honest with ourselves. Some more than others and many think and feel this way all the time.
Paul felt this way at times too. Here in 2 Tim 4:14  Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: 15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. 16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
He was a prisoner, beaten and left alone. No one to really physically comfort him. No one to verbally talk to or hear him out. But Paul's response teaches us what to think and do.
When you feel alone and down, do as Paul did and cry out to God. Talk with Him and share your thoughts and feelings. BUT also allow God's grace to minister to you. Always remember what sacrifice Christ made for you. Remember to receive and allow God's Love to comfort your heart and mind. Receive, Renew and Rest, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. 
2 Timothy is Paul's last book and he knew that he was going to be killed for his beliefs. He knew he was at the end of this earthly life. Fear would have been the emotion that most men would have. But Paul allowed the Spirit to give him rest and peace. Nothing can be greater or scarier than that. Knowing that you are going to be executed and that you are innocent. He was willing to die for his faith and stand. 
Paul did not run from the facts but he did put his hope, faith and heart on the most important thing which he could not see. He put his hope and faith in our heavenly, spiritual, blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
AND even through it all he still gave! He still preached! Because he knew the answers and outcome he could still love others! He was a saved, secure and spiritual man and alive in Christ.
Make this your mindset today and LIVE!
Posted By: Howard King6/20/2020 9:30:33 AM

When troubles are BIG and God is seems small!
Sometimes it seems that our troubles are so big! It seems that the world is going to hell in a hand basket as the old saying goes and guess what, it is!!! The worlds destiny is hell! The worlds views are not God's views nor do they care to be. The worlds views are sinful, selfish and self centered. "I want more and more and more...."!!!
We, the saints in Christ are to be Christ centered and give. We want to give the message of hope of eternal life. We want to give love but only righteous love that is through Christ. We want to give, give, give!!!
BUT first we must receive from God that very life, love and liberty that only comes through Christ! We need to walk by the Spirit by faith.
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ... 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Since we LIVE IN the Spirit, We should walk by the Spirit. That means to receive from God mentally what is already true Spiritually. To renew and rest in what is already true in your spirit. That means to LIVE IN what is already LIVING IN your Spirit. Now that Spirit works through you as the Word works in your mind. This is why we need to know what the Word of God says and discern and meditate on it! The Spirit works with the word and not against it. The Spirit works indirectly through the Word.
We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we get saved and the Spirit puts us in Christ so then we are filled with the spirit, Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Being filled is the same as being saved and therefore we LIVE IN the Spirit and the Spirit in us. so if we LIVE IN, FILLED UP and WALK BY THE SPIRIT then we will see the fruit of that!  To walk by the Spirit means to be controlled and dominated by it. Anything that takes are minds off the Spirit and His Word pollutes are minds and they are not sharp for us to give our best. This why we should not drink as it weakens our minds and we no longer can function Spiritually but rather begin to function by the flesh. Now it is not a sin to drink but it a sin to walk by the flesh and not be sober to give to others. This is why Paul says here to not be drunk and walk by something that pollutes your mind but rather be saved, sober and serve!
....19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
To speak, sing and make melody in your hearts means to have JOY and PEACE! It means to be content in Christ and to praise God!  So JOY is something you have when you walk by the Spirit. 
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
THANKFUL and grateful is what you have when you are walking by the Spirit! Grateful for having Life and being loved. Thankful for being forgiven of ALL your sins! A thankful heart is a humble heart!
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
AND finally walking by the Spirit brings a voluntary, willingness to submit to others. To be willing to give up your rights for the betterment of another. We should be willing to be wiling to put ourselves "under" another. Notice I said "willing" to do this. If you feel forced to do it then it is not submission but rather a law and your flesh will rebell. This is why it must be by the persons will and their choosing not by force.
So WALK by the SPIRIT and be JOYFUL, THANKFUL AND SUBMITTING to one another and not be conformed to this present evil world! 

Posted By: Howard King6/13/2020 10:35:35 AM

Blame Game!
Since this is "MY" Blog and I share "MY" thoughts and "MY" opinion's,  I also hope to share some understanding of scripture that can be used to see what is going on in the world today! 
The last 2 weeks have been filled with protest and violence. Many are saying that they are protesting and fighting for justice and equality but I say to you that their is much more going on then that.  
We see the BLAME GAME going on. These people are full of UN-godliness and rebellion. They feel rejected by many and to add to this self centered sin filled lifestyle we see the corona virus adding to their already darkened minds. They BLAME every one else for their suffering and take NO responsibility for their own sin! 
As scripture says they "are acting as if they are god's"! Gen 3:5   For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Satan speaking here)
They demand change for their own self centered, hard heart. They are looking and serving their own self filled sinful belly to fill,... and their own sin filled flesh to be comforted. They are lost, dead and self centered!  They call "good bad" and "bad good"!!! 
READ this Lev 27:10  He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: ....
Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Let us not forget the police were called to arrest a man who was breaking the law by passing counterfeit money. It does not matter at that point if he was guilty or not or if he did it on purpose or not, it was counterfeit. He then resisted arrest when he was put in the car and began to go against the authority. It has been said that he may have been on some drugs and therefore he was not of his right mind. Lets not forget that the man did not comply with the authority and was restrained in the way that the police are taught to restrain someone who does not listen and fights back. Out of the 4 police men 2 were of minority also , as well as  every person put in that circumstance says they can't breath! 
So were does the true blame and responsibility fall on. Blaming others will NEVER fix the problem IF there really is a problem for many problems can be fixed by simply NOT breaking thee law to begin with! 
My point is to say that what is going on is NOT about justice or Godliness but it is a anti-authority, anti-righteous and
anti-Godliness! It is about rebellion to authority and self centered as well as Satan and Sin motivated! 
Posted By: Howard King6/6/2020 1:33:28 PM

This week a young man died while being in police custody in Minnesota! Notice I said a young man, not a young black man which he was. I say that to say that true equality in the best way is not describing the victim as black or white but rather as a man! And that is what he was a MAN! A man who deserves justice regardless of color.
Now the man was handcuffed and being taken into custody for forgery and while it does not seem to show that he was  resisting arrest by the phone footage we do not know the whole situation as of yet.
BUT regardless of that it would seem as by the pictures shown that he was detained by a foot on the back of his neck for way to long regardless.
I say all that to just give a picture for those who may not have seen the news on T.V. With that said I am not going to go into any more details as I don't know all the details and I will leave that up to the authorities and courts to decide.
BUT let me say this, the one thing I know for sure is that when we do vengeance then that is sin and wrong! There has been protest after protest in different cities around the U.S. and violence has taken place and even others hurt and killed. The Word of God is clear on this,
Rom 12:19  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 
While the actions of a few maybe wrong it certainly does not give permission to go and hurt others. ALL that does is create and back up what the authorities are afraid of to begin with. That when they go out to do their job and inforce the law and to protect that they MAY have to use force!
Vengeance is God's domain and we are to forgive, and stand in righteousness!  As I have told you over and over SIN begets Rejection and more Rejection begets SIN! Trying to be God, Play God and be Independent of God is SIN, and in this case many are hurt and defiled. Bitterness is never the answer, but rather extend forgiveness and then work in a PEACEFUL PROTEST to change the law and HEARTS OF MAN!! 
Posted By: Howard King5/30/2020 12:52:27 PM

2 Tim 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 
Martyrs are those who give their life for a cause! I don't think we need to be as those who died but rather those who dedicate our lives to a cause. I have read some of the stories from the book the "voice of the Martyrs" over the years. It is about those who sacrificed their lives for Christ behind the communist curtain after the war! Now many were sent to prison for their faith and many killed because of sharing the gospel of Christ to others. So many families broken up just over their faith alone, it shows us what a great faith and testimony so many have had in horrible circumstances.
As I began to think about the mystery that Paul writes about I think about how that message has been tainted with works and performance oriented teaching from pastors who do not understand the grace message. It is lost in ordinances and works and the striving to reach more. It is  corrupted with "doing" instead of "being" in Christ. They are even more anxious, fearful and depressed than ever before. They fall back into traditions, customs and law verses the "simple" message of faith by grace in Christ. They need to have more music and lights and put on a big show as if it is some Broadway production! They want more people, more money, more power to say look what we have built... that they have lost the very thing that is important, CHRIST!  
So we must be Mystery Martyrs! We need to be martyrs for the gospel of grace! We must stand and give our lives for this grace message, this Mystery Gospel that Paul shared with us. This grace and love that God has given us without works, performance or self righteousness!  So don't stop believing, sharing or don't be afraid that your church, pastor and friends will look at you weird if you teach the total forgiveness by faith and grace message. OR If you tell them that the ordinances and laws are not for us today and that they are free in Christ to live life through Him. 
Keep the faith as Paul did and BE A MYSTERY MARTYR TODAY! 
Posted By: Howard King5/23/2020 12:30:19 PM

So many church's believe and still do certain ordinances. Most orthodox church's will do 7 or so and in protestant church's they will do at least 2 ordinances, water baptism and communion. Some of the most ridiculous things that go on in church's especially in the orthodox church's is the idea of transubstantiation, were the bread actually turns into Christ Body and the wine really is Christ blood!
Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Now first of all this is not true, just ask every drunk priest! But it is not true because the words "this is" is used as a "representation of ", meaning it used as a example of what Jesus is saying. BUT even more so and as I always tell you lets show it scripturally!
Gen 9:4  But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Lev 17:10  And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
Act 15:20  But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
   ... 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Now the drinking of blood would be in direct violation of the Law before Christ crucifixion and the instructions given to the Body of Christ after Christ rose and had gone to heaven. Would Jesus sin, "I THINK NOT"!! So this proves that Jesus did not mean literally that the bread and wine turned into His flesh or blood.
But for us today what is even more important is that ALL ordinances have been done away with, lets read  Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
   ... 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
You see we have the living Lord Jesus Christ in Us! We can not get any closer to Him than being "IN HIM"...nor do we need to remind ourselves with ceremonial observance of some ordinance but we only need to truly worship, praise and receive by faith His great sacrifice for our sins and His life that dwells with us! Our communion is a literal, Spiritual Union in Him and with each other! 
Don't get caught up in useless ordinances of denominations and church's for they are only a shadow of Christ, You have the real, living and glorified Christ within you! 

Posted By: Howard King5/16/2020 12:31:41 PM

When we are little we want to be able to run and jump into our Daddy's lap. We want to be held and loved and know everything is secure and Ok. Believe it or not this is were children gain confidence and security for life.
Many of us did not have a dad that did that and unfortunately this begins a lifetime of insecurities. I know my dad was not good at this and I was not either.
Being able to know without a doubt that it is ok to come to a eternal, powerful Father  is what grace is all about. We can have that confidence because of Christ. God sees us in Christ and loves us the same as He does His own Son.
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1. God put us in Christ and then because Jesus is wisdom, righteous and sanctified we too are seen that way by God!
2. God accepts us because we are in His beloved Son.
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
We then can have confidence through Christ that our "Abba", "Daddy", Father loves us and we can run to Him. We can have boldness that no matter what we say or have done He still loves and accepts us. We can share our hearts and our fears and yes even our sins. The GREAT things about our sins is that 1. He already knows them and 2. Has ALREADY forgiven them and 3. Only sees Christ His Son.
So run in confidence to your Father when you sin and not hide for He wants to spend time with His children.
He wants to hold, hug and help you! YOU ARE SECURE IN HIM!! 
Posted By: Howard King5/9/2020 12:03:53 PM

Paul's Prison Epistles!
If you truly want to grow spiritually and have that victorious Christian Life than study Paul's Prison Epistles! These epistles are what is the doctrine and norm for today's church. Meaning the bible is laid out for us in a certain way and after Romans- Galatians then the complete canon of the bible is finished. If you study Acts and the lay out of these books and how they go together you will find that to be so and then how God has put these books in the order for us today!
After Paul writes Romans, 1-2 Cor. and then Galatians he has established the Doctrinal Dispensational differences from Israel Law and their works program. The dispensational changes are that we are saved, justified and reconciled to God by grace through Faith! Now after that he then goes on to say in 1 Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 
Now we see that tongues and signs were needed in that early church ministry to qualify and bring clarity too it,... but are not needed nor in practice today. The prison epistles gives us those changes and  what are the doctrinal issues for today! No longer are the gifts of signs and wonders, miracles and healings.... but rather the doctrinal issue of faith alone and by the ministry and works of the Body working together to minister to one another.
WE ARE  Ambassador's and Prisoner's for Christ!
Eph 6:20  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Eph 3:1  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Eph 4:1   I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
So these prison epistles are so important to your growth and edification. 
Ephesians  -Christ and The Body of Christ  
Philippians -Christ and The Mind of Christ
Colossians -Christ and The Head of the Body   
These books give us the doctrine for the body, mind and head of this church called the Body of Christ for today!
AND SO this is the doctrine and what is important for today!
Eph 4:3  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
... 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 
Don't get caught up in knowing what your spiritual gifts are, but rather get caught up in knowing who Christ is in you and who you are in Him!
Posted By: Howard King5/2/2020 12:38:52 PM

Are you a reprobate?
Are you in "THE FAITH"?
Paul says to "examine yourselves" and ask the question "are you in the faith"? SO ARE YOU, "In the faith" and a emphasis is on "IN" and it means are you saved! In other words does your lifestyle prove you out or are you a reprobate? A reprobate means someone who has failed the test! Someone who's life and heart does not match Christ in them! Read what Paul says here.
2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 
Grace "Religion" says I can do what ever I want and I am still saved. But you see while there is "some" truth to that, it is not complete truth,.... it does not mean to sin because you "have" grace but rather "IF" you sin there is grace! The mind and heart still tell us "to whom" we are serving! Either we serve OURSELVES or GOD! Is it unto CHRIST or MYSELF!
Paul is saying "are you a reprobate"? This means "One who does not pass the test of one being in Christ" or are you "just a religious" person! I see so called believers who do drugs, drink in excess and go to bars and live in fornication! I hear and see their foul mouths and perverted thinking as well as being broke because they gamble at the casinos or on anything else they can gamble on! They live and approve of a homosexual lifestyle YET they say they are "in the faith"! 
Gal 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
...10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 
Paul goes on to tell the Corinthian's that he tells them these things to EDIFY them! To build them up "IN THE FAITH"! To encourage them for their own well being. He says this as I also say "not for their destruction" but for their good!
He tells them to "BE PERFECT", "BE OF GOOD COMFORT" and to "BE OF ONE MIND"!!!
HIS MIND, HIS COMFORT, HIS LIFE IS PERFECT!!!!! AND the only way to do this is to be satisfied, complete and content in GOD'S LOVE AND PEACE!
Don't be a reprobate, test and ask yourself "am I in "the faith" and if so then then live a life that is "IN CHRIST"  and that is  approved by God!  
Posted By: Howard King4/25/2020 12:48:49 PM

God's way and One another!
When we talk about God's design we often talk about God's Grace and it sounds positive toward us and it is. YET, in order to receive that grace and eternal life we must first see that we are sinners, and that sounds negative. I believe the reason most people do not come to Christ is because they don't want to admit and because they are prideful they think they are "good" people!
So yes, God allows things to happened that seem negative to the human race. He allows suffering, sickness and death so that we may come to Him! That we would reach out to Him and cry out "I NEED YOU LORD"! While the majority of people won't do this and will look for other things to comfort them, it will not "SAVE" them!
During this time of coronavirus and staying at home requirements it is a great time to again see the negative as a positive. To see how sickness can create fear in man and in turn drive Him to Christ! While God does not want us to live in fear, it is fear that drives man toward Him. He wants us to come, live and depend on Him! His desire that ALL men may be saved.
1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 
In this same process we turn toward each other and hopefully spend more time with one another. We begin to make the family first instead of our work or pleasures. We begin to see what is truly important instead of shallow and unimportant. This is God's way of showing us Himself and love for one another. While church and being in fellowship is important it is not God! Christ is in you and you are a part of a "LIVING BODY" the "BODY OF CHRIST"! Not a building or religion or even a shallow service with one another but a internal, eternal living Lord! 
Turn your thinking in faith in Christ and toward God and spend time with Him and one another! 
Act 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Posted By: Howard King4/18/2020 11:45:07 AM

Resurrection day should be a daily thinking for the believer!
I tend not to make big deals out of holidays, or certain days. I tend to think that everyday is a "resurrection day" and I hope you do too. You see while Christ died and rose again on certain day and that day has significance that is for sure we must not lose the understanding what he died for. He died for ALL man kind, not just a few or the elect as Calvinist say!
1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Rom 5:6  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Who are ungodly sinners? ALL of us! WHO did Jesus die for, ALL men!  BUT it is not that He died "just" for ALL men OH NO! He died for SIN! 
Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 
You see the tendency of man is to think that Jesus died for us "only" per say but He died for "SIN"! Rather I should say He died as sin to take sin...
2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 
So it is for SIN and WHO has SIN, ALL of us! We are NOT called sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners! Without Christ we are dead in our SIN singular, and we commit sins plural! Sin is independent of God! Trying to be God without God. Spiritually dead and without Spiritual life in us! God is Spirit and can only be worshiped by Spirit!
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 
So you see resurrection day is not a "one time event" for the believer, but a LIFE in Christ and lived out through a daily spiritual lifestyle!
But we are not saved by Christ death but rather we are saved by HIS LIFE!!!!
Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  
AND that life is eternal!
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 
AND by eternal that means daily not once a year but every day, day in and day out forever! 
AND that comes by FAITH!
Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe
So in conclusion Christ died for ALL sin, so that ALL men may have the opportunity to believe by Faith and have
ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST! Don't just celebrate once a year but give Him THANKS DAILY DEAR SAINT! 
Posted By: Howard King4/11/2020 12:32:39 PM

Beleive it or not, your choice!
We all have choices in life, regardless of our circumstances. In John 12 28 Jesus says Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
AND THEN 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Jesus says that He  will draw ALL MEN!!! TO Himself! In other words ALL men will have a choice! ALL men will be given a chance to come to Him! ALL men shall have the opportunity to trust in Him by Faith! ALL MEN! 
YET in this same chapter we see what stops MOST MEN from NOT trusting in Jesus! 
... 37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
You see because they did not believe and confess Jesus as their Messiah, God turned them over to their hard heart! AND the reason they did NOT confess Him was because they "LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THE PRAISE OF GOD"!!!!
Men pleasing will kill you if you are not careful! Don't seek the acceptance and approval or the affirmation and attention of man, but walk and know that the only opinion that really matters is God's!  
Christ desires all men to come to Him, 1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Remember these words from our apostle Paul, Gal 1:10  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 
Serve Christ, as HE HAS SERVED YOU! 
Posted By: Howard King4/4/2020 1:49:29 PM

If you have not changed your WILL you are of the same mind STILL!
Often times I hear people say that they have repented and or they are reconciled with such and such. But they keep doing the same thing without any regard to God or others,... or they "still" hate that person or don't want to be around that person. They still do not see their heart and blame the other person. They still are self focused and not Godly focused.
You see they have not changed there will, therefore are of the same mind still! They have not truly repented or reconciled they are just going by their feelings. They are saying "for now" it is ok...instead of truly, sincerely and genuinely turning to God and walking by faith. It is just like Israel had done over and over and over and.......... You get the point. It is just religion and piousness! Nothing has changed inwardly, even if their feelings or the circumstances have.
This will result in the same hard heart, unfaithfulness toward God and distance in relations until the person either truly repents or relationships are destroyed! Always remember that what is going on in the inside will come out eventually. 
1Co 14:25  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest;
You can only hide the secrets of your heart for so long before they manifest, meaning show! I like the last part of that verse it says by being convicted of the sin and secrets of your heart you then will 
....and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 
Having a change of mind takes a change of will, so check your heart and do not keep secrets from yourself, others or God any more!
And just so know God already knows them!!!
Posted By: Howard King3/28/2020 1:05:27 PM

The Shepherd!
In the book of Psalms we see Jesus as 3 distinct shepherds! In Psalm 22 he is the "GOOD" Shepherd as He lays down His life!
John 10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
In Psalm 23 He the "GREAT" Shepherd! 
Hebrews 13:20   Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
And in Psalm 24 He is that "CHIEF" Shepherd!
1 Peter 5:4   And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
He is Israel's Redeemer in the book of Psalms 1-44 and in Psalm 22 we see the CROSS of Christ is portrayed! Then in Psalm 23 we see the Great Shepherd over the CONGREGATION of Israel! And finally we see the Chief Shepherd as the COMING Messiah! 
The Redeemer
The Deliverer
The King
All shown in the book of Psalms! What a Great Book and is going to be such a Great comfort to those Tribulation Saints!
We on the other hand have already been redeemed, delivered and live with our King in the Heavenly places! 
Philippians 3:20  For our conversation (citizenship, place) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: ... 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Don't forget that while you read and study the book of Psalms, that you already have received a far greater position, power and place in Christ now! "Rightly Divide" and claim what is yours today!
Have a great weekend in Christ! 
Posted By: Howard King3/21/2020 9:34:46 AM

Trib Saints!
Sometimes I am accused of not reading or believing in the whole bible when speaking on dispensational "rightly dividing" the bible. BUT that is completely not true and in fact I study the whole bible so that I understand it by not confusing God's will in all things.
When you understand the mystery that Paul writes about, you understand the prophecy that was spoken to Israel. One of those great things in prophecy is the book of Job and how it will minister to those Tribulation saints. In James which is written for those tribulation saints says in  James 5:11  Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
Those Jewish believers will know and understand the book and life of Job. James is saying to that Jew to read and remember what Job went through. Job is a type of Israel that was under the influence of Satan's demonic control and influence... YET, Job persevered and stayed faithful! While Job was rich and had great influence in his land, He lost it all but God eventually turns that captivity from Satan to God and He was blessed with twice as much. 
Job 42:10  And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Just like Job, Israel will have the same in those "Ages to Come"!
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
Psa 14:7  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.
Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. 
Just Like Job and Israel, we too need to persevere and stay faithful! 
Posted By: Howard King3/14/2020 12:20:46 PM

It is so great to live in a country that allows us to be free. The liberties that we have are unbelievable! This is one reason why people from other countries come here. The freedom to work, speak and practice our faith without fear of a religious government shutting us down and putting us in prison.
Unfortunately nations can become just like Paul says in Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  
AND ... 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
AND Gal 5:13  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
We see this happening more and more in our great nation were the freedoms that have been given to us are being taken advantage of by sinful, immoral and Godless people. 
Let us remember that Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death;...  
As children of the living God through Christ we have a choice and no longer have to continue in sin.
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
We are no longer in bondage to sin rather we have a choice now to walk by the Spirit and truth and reap life or to walk after the flesh and sin which brings death! Don't use the freedom that you have in Christ to go down a path of self destruction and death!
Choose LIFE Dear Saints, it is better for you! 
Posted By: Howard King3/7/2020 8:57:40 AM

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