Saturday's Blog!!! 
God's love is the answer for all things! God showed His love though Jesus and His sacrifice and blood on the cross and it is this love that gives us security! 
Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It gives us first eternal security in Christ. It is a salvation love and the love that brings our eternal spirit to rest forever.
It is a mental and emotional love meaning we can "feel' that love and know that love which brings emotional security too.
God is Love and this love is so big, so deep, so wide that we can never stop growing and knowing this Great Love for us! When you feel insecure, anxious or lost stop and dwell on His love. Put on God's love daily for it is this great love that brings peace, joy and security! 
Posted By: Howard King6/1/2024 11:14:46 AM

Saturday's Blog
Saturdays blog is always a topical and sometimes like today my opinion day! 
My thoughts today are on the protesting on today's college campuses. It is unbelievable to me that the leaders of the colleges have not put a stop to it. It is shocking how bad the behavior has gotten and how much we put up with.
2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
While the ones protesting are against Israel, they are in turn supporting an Islamic state. A state that supports terrorist and bombed Israel and took hostages.  
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Now I believe that we have opened the door for terrorist and more importantly the Muslim world to see what can happened if "they" wanted to ruin our Christian state what little is left anyway. One of the ways to ruin a country is not by bombing them but using the tools in which that government has used for that democracy. 
1Co 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
"FREEDOM OF SPEECH" is GREAT but can be MISUSED!!! This is what the protestors are counting on and so is the Muslim world! The protest that are going on are more than just wanting to stop Israel but for the taking over the Christian world, some just don't know it yet while others do know it and it is Satan using his deceitful yet subtle ways to inch more and more into the takeover of this world! 
James 1:16 Do not err, (be deceived) my beloved brethren. 
I only hope that the leaders of our country and these colleges would wake up and STOP them soon!!! Let us be a nation of common sense and not abusing the freedoms we have in the name of liberty to promote ungodly, perverted and anti-Christ behavior! 
Posted By: Howard King5/25/2024 11:13:01 AM

Rom 15:14 "And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." 
As most of you know I do a lot of counseling and I only do biblical counseling. Biblical Christian counseling and discipleship is all things at once but in short, I start with data which means to get to know the person and then the understanding if one is saved in other words evangelizing them if necessary. Most that come to me are saved but struggling and usually it is a marriage issue.
Then I move on after taking data and history to teaching them about sin and repentance as well as who they are in Christ and walking by faith. That they are loved and forgiven and how to forgive others and be reconciled and while this sounds short, it is long process and takes a while to go through. But by this time usually the issues have gone away, but if not, we finally may move onto the issues if needed. Counseling can be tough but if persevered it can be the most life changing thing you can go through. 
Sadly, many pastors and saints know a lot about the bible and can quote verses and speak sound doctrine BUT they don't see themselves honestly, as they really are and usually are defensive. Even saying this I will have comments that they are judged by no man but by God only, which is true, but they don't realize how they are hurting others also as well as their witness. 
Just because you have the right to be yourself does not mean that being yourself is a good thing it just means you are being independent of others and God. 
Biblical Christian Counseling is a way to grow in grace, faith and to be mature in Christ faster and learn to deal with issues in life.  
Posted By: Howard King5/18/2024 11:39:03 AM

I have shared the first 4 R's with before. They are Repent, Renew, Rest and Reconcile but now here is another and the last one, Reach!
We are to reach out to one another. We told over and over to Love one another.
Rom 13:8 "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
We are told to receive or accept one another.
Rom 15:7 "Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God."
We are told be kind and forgive one another.
Eph 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
And many more things we should do for one another. So, reach out and don't be a Lone Ranger Christian we all need one another. 
(Look up all one another verses in the bible you may be amazed how many there really are.) 
Posted By: Howard King5/11/2024 12:23:55 PM

Last week I wrote on "extending" forgiveness which we need to do every time with every offence with every person. Today I want to discuss "Seeking" forgiveness. While extending means to forgive others seeking means to seek or "go to" and ask for forgiveness. Now remember that we are already forgiven by Christ and reconciled to God, so this is NOT reconciling with God, but reconciliation deals with human relationships.
We are to  
Rom 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
In other words, we should try to get along as much as we can with others and sometimes that requires us to seek forgiveness for our sin and offences. 
A good way of looking at this is in Matthew where it says to stop the religious ceremonial alter call and run and seek forgiveness.  
Mat 5:21 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison."
Now Matthew is written to Israel and under law so if we don't forgive, we are still forgiven in Christ and if we don't seek forgiveness, we are STILL forgiven but our conscience will be affected. We can become bitter and prideful as so many believers are. In Matthew we should try to see what the greater meaning of this can be under grace and that is to seek forgiveness from others and don't get caught up in the religious stuff. It is really the heart for others as much as it is for us. 
Robin and I seek forgiveness from each other constantly. I offend her so many times by my harshness in speech or my playful teasing which she doesn't always appreciate or just by being a guy at times, ...I think you know what I mean! 
Saying the 3 hardest words can go along ways..."I WAS WRONG", "would you forgive me"!!!
Now remember an offence does not have to be some great thing it can be small things that offends the other in some way. Life is lived in the small things not the big ones. 
Paul gives us an example here in 2 Cor. and while I am taking it out of context a little when he says at the end of this verse in which he had done nothing wrong but still says "forgive me this wrong"! 
2Co 12:13 "For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong." 
This is how we should operate with one another. Extend forgiveness and Seek forgiveness. Even when we think it may not be that bad or even sin, it still may have offended. Be willing to say "I WAS WRONG WILL YOU FORGIVE ME" for Christ as well as for relationships sake! 
Posted By: Howard King5/4/2024 11:50:23 AM

When I speak here of reconciliation, I am talking between people not God and us. We have already been reconciled to God through Christ by faith. We are told to live peaceably with all men, if possible. 
Rom 12:18 "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." 
We are told to extend forgiveness to all men. Extending is the first part of reconciliation and it is our responsibility to do this when we have been offended. Now extending forgiveness is for our sake as much as it is for others. It is being obedient to God and a letting go of the offence toward us and putting it all in God's control. It is being free from the bondage it brings when holding someone guilty. 
Eph 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
It does not mean we will forget nor are we approving of the offence but simply not holding them guilty as we are not God who is the judge. It means we are free to love them even if loving them is not being around them. It doesn't mean you have to be best friends either and separation maybe needed in some cases.
Col 3:13 "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
Here are some steps to extending forgiveness to someone.
1. Name the person and offence. Be as specific as you can. If you don't know the person's name then identify him in some way, ...the man with the blue shirt or the man who cut me off driving and cussed me out........
2. Name and claim your fleshly reaction such as feeling rejected, then angry and hating them. Perhaps you said somethings you shouldn't have or a gesture or some other behavior. This is all sin on your part and requires you to see as well as admit it and deal with it also.
3. Thank God for forgiving you of your sins!
4. and because I am forgiven "I CHOOSE to forgive, name person and their offence of.... (name the person and the offences)
5. Renew your mind with who you are in Christ! And walk after the Spirit and by faith!
This can take a while and there may be a time period before your emotions come down. Just because your emotions come down though does NOT mean you have forgiven them. You need to actually "choose" to go to God and forgive them for HE is GOD and the Judge not you. We all can choose to forgive, and it is not up to God to make you forgive as I here so many people say, "God will have to do it because I can't" That is just an excuse to hang onto out of bitterness and is also sin by trying to play God!
So, forgive all and live in freedom and faith!
Next week I will deal with the 2nd part of reconciliation. 
Posted By: Howard King4/27/2024 11:44:32 AM

The author of Hebrews gives us some great thigs that really go across all dispensations. The idea of resting in Christ is so vital to our emotional state of mind. 
Heb 4:9 "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."
As I have talked about Repentance which means a change of mind. From self-centeredness and unsaved to being saved and faith in Christ. Then to Renewing our mind with who we are in Christ. Putting on Christ and our New identity daily.
Now to Resting in that position. Resting is the fruit of our renewed mind. It is a mental and emotional peace that we have by receiving. Receiving is a position we need to learn because our natural thing to do is to work harder and strive to be accepted. Anxiety is greater than ever today, and we want to fix it so bad but really what is needed is slowing down and "resting in the Lord"! He has done the work needed and He has made the way for salvation and peace. Peace is the feeling we get when we simply rest in Him!
So, when you are feeling hurried, worried and anxious slow down, stop and Rest in Christ love and be comforted and content in Jesus!
Posted By: Howard King4/20/2024 11:30:06 AM

One of Satan's greatest tools is the subtilty of twisting and deceiving our thinking and words! For instance, in the Garden of Eden he deceived Eve into thinking she could be just like God by just eating a piece of fruit! Think about that for second. A PIECE OF FRUIT CHANGED MANKIND FOREVER!!! Now we know it wasn't the fruit itself but being disobedient to God's instructions. She listened too and made someone else her god besides God. Yet the sad thing is that we continue to be unfaithful, in trying to do it on our own when God has provided everything already!
Like the understanding of forgiveness. Jesus died for our sins, yet we still beg for forgiveness. By asking over and over means we do not believe that He has already died for our sins. Now Jesus paid the price for ALL sins already and faith means receiving what we already have not trying to get something we don't have! 
Eph 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
How many sins? 
Col 2:13 "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"
Col 3:13 "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
How many sins had you committed before you were born? 0!!!!! So, which sins did He die for, ALL? How many sins did you confess before you were born? 0!!!! You see it is not based on your confession but FAITH!
Did he die for ALL OR NOT! Are YOU FORGIVEN OF ALL OR NOT!!! YES!!! ALL!!! 
Stop begging and start living by faith and THANKING OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! 
Posted By: Howard King4/13/2024 11:35:30 AM

I think the greatest thing we can know about ourselves is who we are! What is our identity? Our identity is who we are and give us meaning which gives us purpose in life!
The believer is....
1. Saved in Christ-Eph 2:8, Rom 10:13,16
2. The believer is a child/son of God- Rom 8:14,16
3. Adopted-Rom8:15 
4. Heir to God-Rom 8:17
5. Joint Heir with Christ- Rom 8:17
6. A New Creature-2 Cor 5:17
7. that is Reconciled to God through Christ
8. An ambassador-2 Cor 5:20
9. Saints in Christ- Eph 1:1
10. Saints who are blessed with all heavenly blessings in Christ-Eph 1:3
11. Saints who are Holy -Eph 1:4, 4:24
12. Saints who are blameless-Eph 1:4
13. Saints who are Justified in Christ-Rom 5:1
14. Saints who are Righteous in Christ-Rom 5:19, Eph 4:24
15. Saints who are deeply loved-Rom 5:8, Rom 8:35-39
16. Saints who are totally accepted-Rom 15:7
17. Saints who are completely forgiven-Eph 4:32, Col2:13, 3:13
18. A Temple of God-1Cor 3:17
19. A Saint whose home is in Heaven-Phil 3:20
20. A Saint that has been Redeemed-Eph1:7
21 A Saint that is God field to work through- 1 Cor 3:9
22. A Saint that is God's building to Build upon-1 Cor 3:9 
Now this is just some that I could think of but there are more things. Remember you are valuable, important and belong to Christ now. You don't need to fear nor be insecure anymore! Rest and slow down and just be comforted in the Love of Christ! 
Posted By: Howard King4/6/2024 11:43:24 AM

Unfortunately, many saints are lazy! I have people say they don't want to look at themselves and analyze themselves. If you don't do this then you are simply living by your feelings or by your flesh. You might say "this feels like God or religious or worship", but it may not be of God at all! 
Paul uses this simple way of saying to renew your mind and to think by faith. To think and have a change of mind.
Eph 4:22 "That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
Col 3:5 "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: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
To put off old sinful fleshly thinking and PUT ON Godly righteous and correct thinking! Like taking off dirty cloths after working all day. You take off the dirty clothes and wash yourself than put on clean clothes. Don't just take off and stand their naked because just as the elements of the world will attack you so will the spiritual elements attack you. Meaning the physical elements like sun, heat and cold will hurt your body so will the mental and spiritual forces attack your mind! So PUT ON BUT don't put on over dirty clothes you will stink after a while, meaning deal with the sinful old thoughts also and then PUT ON faithful thinking.
Some say we have stinkin-thinkin and that is true so don't be lazy and analyze your thoughts just as the bible says to take EVERY thought captive!!! 
2Co 10:5 "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;"  
Posted By: Howard King3/30/2024 12:00:21 PM

Believers have a thinking problem not a Spirit problem!!!
I teach the 5 R's! If you do these 5 R's daily, you will be "doing" what you should be doing for Living a Victorious life in Christ. 
1. Repent which means a change of mind! I have already shared this in last few blogs.
2. Renew which is the one I am talking about today, 
Rom 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God".
Renewing the mind is what we do on a daily basis. We tend to exchange the truth for a lie or in other words we tend to believe what is ungodly in some form. We want to exchange God's truth for what we may believe is true in our mind!
Rom 1:25 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. 
We have already been transformed Spiritually but our Soul which contains our mind, will and emotions must deal with everyday life. We must renew our mind and choose truth through our will and our feelings will follow.
This can be tough, but every Saint needs to do this. Every believer deals with this daily. We need to take every thought captive and exchange that thought into God's truth until it becomes a habit... 
2Co 10:3 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's". 
...Until Christ is formed in us! 
Gal 4:19 "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,"
Read, study and then renew your mind over and over with who God says you are! You are a child of God who is deeply loved, totally accepted and completely forgiven In Christ!!!!
Tell yourself the truth constantly and think about what you are thinking about then think as God has told you to think!!! 
Posted By: Howard King3/16/2024 12:17:44 PM

The hardest thing to do in life is to live with someone you don't like! Marriage can be tough in the best of circumstances but when your spouse is unwilling to change, listen or get help it can be most difficult. When they won't love or have a intrest in you or they are just so self-centered that everything revolves around them.
What do you Do?
They need prayer and they need Christ, even if they are a believer. Many dear saints are self-absorbed so praying for them is important. 
They need to be loved and really the old saying of showing them is better than telling them might be a way of showing that love. Now that does not mean you can't talk with them about the situation, but we shouldn't whine and cry about it constantly. 
In fact, we need to know who we are in Christ and renew our minds even more! We might say to ourselves "I don't "NEED" them to be complete and whole, because I am whole and complete in Christ alone therefore, I can love them as Christ loved me"!!! While wanting a better marriage and a Christ centered marriage would be the ideal sometimes, we need to settle for what we have and by doing that we bring glory to Christ! Being patient, loving and persevering can actually be the greatest thing we can do in our marriage and bring glory to God!
Walking by Faith and in Christ makes all the difference in the world, it takes us from being the victim to the Victor!!! 
Posted By: Howard King3/9/2024 11:26:28 AM

The author of Hebrews says in Hebrews 4:2 that there are several gospels in the bible.
Heb 4:2 "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".
The nation of Israel had a gospel meaning which means "good news" and by the gospel given to them they could be saved. They were saved by faith just like we are today but were required to do works to prove out that faith.   
But Now in the dispensation of grace we are saved by faith alone! And the gospel given to us is found in,  
1Co 15:1 "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures":
Eph 1:13 "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,"
You see we simply hear, believe and trust in the gospel to us today and then we are sealed with the Holy Spirit! There are no works to be done in fact the opposite is true. We are to do NO works for our salvation because we are to believe and trust in Christ works on the cross alone.
Now that does not mean that we won't do "good works" AFTER we are saved, it just means there are NO works to prove we are saved! 
Don't confuse Israel's works-based salvation with our grace only salvation for today. Both are by faith, but Israel's was a performance-based salvation and ours is not. John 3:16 is still under law and being born again is for Israel to repent and do "good works" but we are regenerated, sealed and complete in Christ! 
Have you put your trust in the gospel for today? If so, give God the Glory and be thankful and rest daily in Christ's great works on the cross! 
Posted By: Howard King3/2/2024 10:50:36 AM

A Change of Mind!
There is an old saying that women constantly change their minds, which is a good saying for all of us. The bible talks constantly about the subject of changing our mind from sin to righteousness or from wrong to right. We are told constantly to have a change of mind and to put off and put on! The reason most people don't get it is because it is wrapped up in a word that has been perverted, misused and misunderstood, that word is "repent".
Repent means to "have a change of mind". It does not say "just" to turn from sin" as so many would like it to mean. They want you to stop sinning and there is nothing wrong with that, but the problem is in the definition of "stop sinning"!
Their definition of stop sinning is to stop stealing or stop lying but the bible's definition is to come to Christ by faith!!! From flesh and self-centeredness to faith and trust in Jesus Christ. There are a lot of people in prison who are still stealing even though they are behind bars.
After we have had that "change of mind" and come to be saved in Christ the bible goes on to speak of forgiveness. We are completely forgiven of ALL SIN!! PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE!!!
Dwell on these verses and will see.
Eph 4:32 "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you".
Col 2:13 "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;"
Col 3:13 "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye".
Think about how you're living and if you need to have a "change of mind" then do it by Faith! And know that you are as a believer completely forgiven in Christ! 
Posted By: Howard King2/24/2024 10:27:54 AM

We all get rejected in life. Even Jesus was rejected and still is rejected by the world and Israel, but how he and we deal with it is the key. Here is a little story from the bible about rejection.  
Gen 25:29 "And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright."
Esau was rejected by his brother, mom and even his dad. He was taken advantage of, cheated and manipulated out of his birthright and blessing.
Gen 27:35 "And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me"?
We often think of being rejected and a person feeling sorry for themselves and then we try to help them. Often civil rights and nations fight over this so-called rejection. By the way I am not saying that in some cases they have not been rejected, but often the self-pity mode will kick in and even stay for years.
But with that being said we see the real human nature kick in at some point also. Esau says in  
Gen 27:41 "And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob".
He hated Jacob and he would kill him!!!!! YES, we may feel self-pity, rejected and sad for a while but at some point, we get angry, and we will take vengeance! 
The key is to know our identity and renew our minds. That no matter what man may do to me My Lord Loves me and accepts me! Then extend forgiveness just as we have been forgiven. That does not excuse nor approve what the offender has done but you are releasing them into God's hands and walking with a clear conscience without bitterness. You are no longer in bondage to the rejection that griped you.
By the way by not walking in our identity and not forgiving we will become bitter. Bitter means to first be hurt then angry. Let's read,
Heb 12:15 "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears".
Missing the grace of God is missing everything! For God is grace and He is Love! Roots are under the ground that is the hurt, rejection, and pain you feel and may not be seen, but those roots grow and pop out of the ground into weeds. The weeds are anger, vengeance and bitterness toward others. Defile means to poison, and we can poison our spouse, kids and even friends and church with bitterness. Notice Esau again and he cried and whines about his rejection but NEVER REPENTED TO GOD! 
We need to understand that our sin toward God is no less than the person who rejected us and if a perfect Lord can forgive us after we have sinned against Him can we who are human not forgive another human who sins against us. Whose sin is greater theirs or ours's??? 
Posted By: Howard King2/17/2024 8:29:39 AM

God asked Adam,  
Gen 3:11 "And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat".
And Adam blamed God AND Eve while Eve blamed the serpent which is Satan! NO ONE took responsibility for their own actions!
This is called the "blame game"! Putting the responsibility on someone or something else so we won't be punished or rejected. When that happens nothing is accomplished, fixed or healed, NOTHING! Protecting ourselves at all costs, while pride grows! We are then not open, honest, transparent or vulnerable to Christ!!! 
It is easy to play the blame game but taking responsibility even if your part is small compared to others is important. Just call it what it is, SIN and then move on after all hasn't Christ already paid for it? 
Posted By: 2/10/2024 11:32:09 AM

As I have shared before sin started in the beginning and sin is trying to be God or our own god and independent of God. 
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. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
We all start as sinners and we all lust for love and acceptance, as well as control and power. We think we are right and so we are prideful and above God and so along with sin we have these emotions that follow or precede sin. 
There are 3 "feelings" that go with all sin.
When Adam and Eve realized they were naked they suddenly felt shame. Shame comes after sin and when we are focused on ourselves.
When they hid themselves, they felt guilty and so the feeling of guilt follows all sin. Guilt also comes after sin which also feeds shame.
When Adam was afraid, he hid from God and so fear came upon them. Fear can come before or after sin. I can fear what might happen before it actually occurs. It is the most talked about in the bible and runs from Genesis to Revelation. Fear can strike at any moment on everyone. Fear of rejection which deals with people and relationship. Fear of failure which deals with our performance meaning what we do. And fear of punishment from God and others. Fear is actually being faith less or putting faith in ourselves. We may be working hard to overcome something or someone, so we fear and work harder.
So, the 3 emotions that we all feel throughout our day is shame, guilt and fear. Don't deny feeling them but just admit and renew you mind and tell yourself the truth that you are deeply loved, totally accepted and completely forgiven in Christ! 
Posted By: 2/3/2024 12:02:21 PM

God is God and I am not!
The problem with all of us in this world started in Genesis 3 and that is the fact that we want to be God! We want to do what we want to do without regard to God's ways. We want to live independent of Him, and this is called sin, and it affects every one of us.
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. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden."
First, we are born into this independent way called sin and then after coming to Christ and our flesh can still behave in the same way. We sin because we choose to still be our own god and do whatever we want.
If we read verse 6, we see sin is 3 ways, good for food, pleasant to the eyes and to make one wise. 1 John explains it this way.
1John 2:16 "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."
Lust and pride mean to covet, and it is self-serving. It is something that is self-centered, ungodly and unrighteous. It can be in doing anything even a good thing, because it is an inward self-centered heart and mind. Sin means to "miss the mark" which means to miss GOD! We miss the righteousness of God and His standards, and made His standards known through the law but even more so through Jesus Christ our Lord!  
Stop and think about your motives in life and why you do things is it for yourself or does it bring God the Glory! We may want to control others or circumstances because we fear people or consequences. We may fear rejection, failure or punishment so we try to control in these areas. We are prideful and always right yet fear being wrong. We talk to much or to little and always have to have the last word. We can do so many things that really is self-motivated and not Christ motivated. It is not loving God or others but is elf centered and seeking acceptance, attention or affection.
Stop and be honest with yourself and analyze your motives then go to God and just be real with Him and thank Him for forgiving you of your sin already!  
Posted By: Howard King1/30/2024 11:57:53 AM

Satan, a subtle deceiver!!!
Satan is a subtle deceiver meaning he manipulates in ways that sometimes seems right or non-meaningful! See how he begins the conversation with Eve with a question!
Gen 3:1"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"
He engages her by asking "hath God said". This allows her to think he is nice and wants to talk and as most women want, a relationship with her. This is how many men manipulate women but also cults are started, as it seems logical and relational.
Satan knows the answer but puts a little twist to the truth. This is also the way truth, scripture and doctrine begin to be changed from the real meaning. Calvinist, LDS or any other cult will use just enough truth but will twist it's meaning to form another doctrine.
Eve even changed the scripture as she was answering the question, she says it can't be touched but God never said that either!!! God said don't "eat of it" she added do not touch!
Gen 2:16" And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
This is how we can get into trouble, by not doing what God says and also adding to what He says! This is controlling, manipulative and acting independent of God.
We also must be careful not to listen to error as much as possible. The greatest problem with churches and preachers today is the tendency to teach LAW! They like grace but teach law! They misinterpret scripture from grace to fit into law or the other way around and this too is a ploy of Satan!
Pay ATTENTION and be AWAKE AND AWARE of who is speaking and to what they believe. The teaching they are teaching may be a good one on the surface, but they are speaking through the veil of deceit! As an example, the LDS are nice people who speak of God and Christ, but it is a false religion and cult and a completely different Jesus! This can happen in other churches as well.
Don't be deceived by the kindness or charismatic personalities of preachers but check out their doctrine first. What do they believe as an over thinking for their ministry!
As always IN GRACE!
Posted By: Howard King1/29/2024 12:07:10 PM

Saturdays Blog!
This year I think I will make Saturdays devotional more of a topical type.
Today I was thinking of the 5 R's. If you will remember the 5 R's everyday you will be doing well in life. These 5R's are what we are to do every day in some way!
1. Repent- now repent means to have a change of mind. It means to walk by faith in Christ Jesus and not to walk by our flesh. It means as we go through life, we need to take a "honest appraisal" of ourselves. When we sin, we need to say to ourselves "ok I need to have a change of mind and walk by faith and put my heart and mind in who I am in Him
2. Renew our minds- Renewing is the other side of the coin of repentance. It means to continue to know my identity that is who I am in Christ and to walk by faith. We read and study the Word so that we can renew our minds during and throughout the day. Telling our selves, the truth and rejoicing in our Lord.
3. Rest- rest is a byproduct of renewing the mind. It means to be at peace in what is true about us. It means to not strive in life but to be at rest and peace in the finish work at the cross of Christ!
4. Reconciliation- we are already reconciled to God through Christ when we are saved but now, we are to be reconciled with people. This is where the first 3 Rs unfold and manifest in our daily walk. We are always to extend forgiveness to everyone, but we may also need to seek forgiveness if we sin toward others. Forgiving others does not mean we accept or agree with the offender, but we are being obedient to God who is the only judge and being free from the offender also.
5. Reach- We are told over and over how we are to be with one another. We are to "reach" out and love, accept and forgive one another. We are to serve, teach and correct one another as well as reach out to the lost and share the gospel of grace with them. We are to reach without striving in our own flesh.
So, there you have the 5 Rs in short and by keeping them in mind you will walk by the spirit, live in freedom and reach others for Christ!
Posted By: Howard King1/29/2024 12:01:40 PM

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