Christians Don’t Worry, Have Anxiety or Stay Depressed Because…

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Luke 12:13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. NKJV

Wow What a life!

Do you live a life free from worry, anxiety, fear and impatience?

Paul tells us we can experience this freedom of mind and commands us not to worry.

Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJV

Is this the experience of your life? Are you able to cast all your cares upon Christ?

Are you free of anxiety and worry? Or do you get overly concerned about some areas of life at times?

Worry, anxiety, depression or stress, these all come from our flesh More

Prayer – Get Everything You Want

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Sadly in our different churches around the world we have some minor differences in our understanding of the scriptures. Praise God one day in heaven we will all believe the same Amen? So please forgive me if I share a perspective that is unfamiliar or different. Submit to your elders here and read the word as much as you can yourself.

Today I want to share with you from God’s word that you may know more about the great sovereign God who is creator or all and our Lord.
I want you to know not only more about God but know God more. We get to know God especially in prayer.

What are the types of prayer or ways we speak to God? Who knows a verse that lays these out for us? 1 Tim 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, NKJV

Prayers of Supplication
How would you like to get everything you want, everything you ask for?
We are told we can. So why don’t we ask for more or receive what we ask for? Let’s see what scripture says to these questions because as obvious and important as they are to us they were to those in the times of scripture.

1st lets remember that God is sovereign and works all things according to the counsel of His predestined will. So we may ask right off why even pray then if God will do what He wants and has predestined it all.
But actually this gives us all the more liberty in prayer for we know we will not be able to do wrong. We will not twist the arm of God to do other than His will therefore we can come to Him as a child who does not always know best what he wants or what to do, comes to a loving Father. But the child brings his problems to his father. My toy is broken. The father has many options to resolve this. So God may have many ways to answer us.

Many today do not understand how God can be sovereign and control all things and yet we make choices with our will and decisions. But we know both are true. God controls all things and that is why He can protect us and bring to us every good gift He wants us to have.
But some think this is by magic or apart from our working that God would do something. Most of the time God does his work through us. If we are not praying He is not working. If we are not preaching He is not saving anyone. God’s Spirit must open our eyes to believe the gospel and He must give us faith and a new birth. But He does this through the preaching and prayers of others.

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Giving to Get in the New Covenant – Is Seed Giving Biblical? or Tithing?

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 Is Tithing in the New Covenant – Do We Give to Get?

 Often we see believers in the transition time during the life of Christ or shortly after during the years of the writing of the NT scriptures still upholding OT Jewish practices. Often this was just so as to attempt to avoid offending the Jews who the apostles sought to minister to, as in the case of the circumcision of Timothy in Acts 16:3. As Acts 15 tells us there is no need for Gentile believers to be circumcised or keep the OT civil or ceremonial laws.

The moral law as summarized in the 10 commandments of course we all still hold to as a rule for our life and faith. But the feast days, new moons, sacrifices, worship style and civil government laws are now obsolete since they foreshadowed the Messiah who has come and the promise to Abraham has continued to expand beyond the nation of Israel to all nations.  Obviously we are to obey the civil laws of whatever country we now live in so we can’t all be under Israel’s civil laws. They were for the nation of Israel while it existed as a nation and picture of the true elect and heaven to come. Now that the old shadow or type has ended and the fullness of the final Sacrifice has come and been offered it would be to deny Christ to offer sacrifices on an altar for sin or continue to practice the types. Now God desires our sacrifice to be that of an obedient life. Heb 9, Eph 2:15 Col 2:15, 16, 20-23

Rom 12:1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. NAS

Why did Israel have all the civil and ceremonial laws?

Gal 3:19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; NKJV

Gal 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. NAS

Gal 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. NAS

So these are the ceremonial laws that have been abolished since there is no more Jew or Gentile we are all one body in Christ, the feasts, special sabbaths, Passover, sacrifices for sin, feast of firstfruits of harvest and feast of end of harvest, etc.

Therefore the laws for not having tattoos or not shaving the hair on the side of the head etc. no longer bind us. The NT makes it clear how we are to live. Jesus taught and lived in accord with the 10 Commandments and taught us to do so. He made them clearer and in a sense stricter. Jews made laws allowing divorce but Jesus taught that was not the intent originally and if any gets a divorce for anything other than adultery it is wrong. He taught not to murder also meant not to be angry and act harshly to a brother. And with other illustrations he clarified the moral law or 10 commands and how we are to live now. But those laws that were for Israel while it was a nation and picture of the truth to come are done away after Christ. Christ did not keep the civil law of stoning the woman caught in adultery but certainly commanded her not to do it again. He taught the moral law but not the national and ceremonial laws. He kept the Sabbath and taught how it was to be kept properly.
Tithing is also a part of that old system. In fact if you want to tithe as Israel did it is more than 10%. You also have other tithes. Read more. There was also the 3rd year tithe of 10% that went into the storehouse for the Levites and Widows orphans and strangers who came to Israel and hadn’t prepared along with the feasts. There were firstfruit offerings on top of tithes. Neh 12:44  And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

There was no provision for a tithe on wages or income from trade, like blacksmith or pottery maker, or even agricultural increase outside Palestine. Tithing was only on agricultural increase inside Israel and not on labor and services or other goods.
But there are no Levites to give a tithe to now and that is who the tithe was for and given to. So you would have to make up a new idea of who to give the tithe to anyway. And we have no NT instruction on who to give tithes to now which we would have if it continued. The NT tells us to More

Predestination Quick References

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Predestination

Dan 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him,”What have You done?” NKJV
Is 46:10-11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (KJV)

Lam 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? (KJV)

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: (KJV)
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (KJV)
Not a change of plan because He didn’t know if Adam would sin. Not a second plan because His 1st plan for man to live forever was stopped by men. This was His eternal purpose. He does all things according to His own will! He does all that He pleases; not some of it, not that He could do it, but chooses not to. He does it!
The Jehovah of the Bible Predestinated all things that come to pass.

Job 23:13-14 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. 14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. (KJV)

Prov 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. (KJV)
Jer 10:23LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Prov 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
Pro_20:24 A man’s steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?
Psa_37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Php_2:13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Ps 105:25 He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. (KJV)

Prov 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. (KJV)

1 Sam 16:14-15 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. NAS
1 Sam 18:10-12 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand. 11 And Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice. 12 Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was with him but had departed from Saul.

Is 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? (KJV)

1 Sam 2:25But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.NAS
1 Sam 2:25 Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the LORD desired to kill them. NKJV
1 Sam 16:14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD terrorized him. 15 Saul’s servants then said to him, “Behold now, an evil spirit from God is terrorizing you. NAS
1 Sam 18:10 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, …

Psa 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Deut 2:30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. (KJV)

Num 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? 20 Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.

God predestines man to act and yet holds him responsible
Gen 50:20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, NKJV

Prov 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD. NKJV

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:8 They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. NKJV

Acts 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. (KJV)
Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: (KJV)
Lu 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
Even though God Predestined it to be done by Judas, yet man is still held accountable for his own selfish desires because he does not feel forced to do it. God moves man’s will in a way that He does not force a man to go against his will. We do not expeience predestination therefore can not excuse our actions or blame God because of it. God does as He pleases and though we may not understand, He is just in all He does.

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Who believes? Only those ordained to!
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (KJV)
2Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, (KJV)
John 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

Mar 4:11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that “they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

Is 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. (KJV)
John 12:40 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. (KJV)
Heb 12:17 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. (KJV)
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

These don’t sound like free will because the Lord causes and gives man ability to believe and obey
Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Deu 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. ESV
Eze 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
Eze 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. ESV
Eze 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. 37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.

John 3:27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
John 5:21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will .
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV)
John 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (KJV)
Mat_13:11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
Luk 8:10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

2Thes 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (KJV)

Matt 19:25-26 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

1Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (KJV)
The whole gospel plan that is preached was predestined before the world began. It was not an after thought due to Adam or anyone’s sin. The whole glorious gospel of redeeming love was ordained before the world. God knows the end from the beginning, there is nothing hid from Him because He has brought it to pass just as He wanted. It can not be that God looks into the future to see what one does then makes things happen because His new action would still change the future and someone else’s actions as a result. It is clear He causes what occurs. This is the Jehovah of the Bible. Is this the God you Worship?

The whole passage is great look at how god goes back and forth. You are dead, no have him pray for you and you will live, etc. Its all in the plan of God. He was never dead. But the figure of speech is, look you could be in jeopardy of death for what you are about to do.
And God kept him from it not his won will.
But yes he went along with it. So it is always both. God works through our will. So God determines it, then we decide it. Its god plan not some accident of man’s determining.

Gen 20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.”
4 Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people?
5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her.
7 Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

Rom 8:29-30 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, (KJV)

What is so amazing is the play on words. The people did not seek God, they can’t, they are blind in sin. So how did they find if they did not seek. God did it. God gave them the ability. Who did it? I have shown Myself to those who did not ask.
Rom 10:20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

John 2:23-24 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men. So for a man to believe in Jesus is not all it takes; He must be one predestined and chosen by the Father, whose name is already written in the book of life. It is all of God and all praise and glory goes to Him for His marvellous work of designing the plan and having mercy on some. Due to adam’s fall all men deserved hell. He did not have to save any. He chose them for his own purpose and gave them faith to believe; that all might see the greatest of all love in saving ones who didn’t deserve it, by His own son’s sacrifice.

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (KJV)
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (KJV)

Deut 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. NKJV

Dt 29:4 Your eyes have seen all that the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials and to all his land. With your own eyes you saw those great trials, those miraculous signs and great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.

Ps 139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You,When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. NKJV

Can you reconcile the fact that everyone generally agrees that in heaven there will be no sin. Now does this mean that in our glory we have been deprived of this “freewill”? I don’t think so. Is man’s will free in heaven? And yet he cannot sin. So here fallen man, though his will is free it is limited so that until God changes his nature He is selfish and unwilling to seek God.

The kind of “freedom” this person is claiming to exist just does not exist. In heaven, no one will possess the freewill to sin. If we don’t have this sort of freewill in heaven, why should anyone claim we have it now on earth? Is this “freewill” the Arminian claims we possess now somehow stripped from us in Heaven, where we have been perfected, or is it more plausible we never possessed this Arminian concept of “freewill” in the first place?
John 17:2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
NKJV

Called and Chosen to Salvation by God – References

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Called and Chosen References

Rom 3:10 “There is none righteous, no, not one;  11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.  12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”  NKJV

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Rom 6: 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. NKJV

That is you were unable to do righteousness, you had no righteous acts, because you were a slave and could only sin.

Believing in Jesus and repenting would be doing good. None can do this. None will do this. None! No one seeks God because they are blinded by sin, spiritually dead in sin and separated from God. Only God can change that and reach out to a person by 1st covering them with the blood and righteousness of Christ. Until God gives them a new birth and frees their will which is bound in sin and by their sin nature, so they become free to believe spiritual things and repent. They have a will and make real choices but only to sin, their sin bound will can not know God or choose God.  They are selfish and won’t change.

Jer 13:23 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.  NKJV
Sinful man is so separated from God that he is compared to dead bones that cannot help themselves or believe. But God 1st has to give them new life, THEN they know He is Lord. Breath in them is Spirit.

Ezek 37:4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”‘”  NKJV

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.

She wouldn’t respond unless the Spirit gave her the ability, free her will from bondage to her sin nature.

The only way one can begin to see or begin to enter the kingdom is they have to be born again 1st. Then they can see and understand spiritual things.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
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Enter does not mean go to heaven, it means enter the kingdom, be converted. Born again 1st by the grace of God, it is a gift, not something man gets to decide.

It isn’t given to everyone.
Matt 13:11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. NKJV

What could be clearer? One cannot know or believe that Jesus is the savior unless God 1st gives them the ability that flesh and blood does not have.
Matt 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

John 10:26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.”

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. NKJV

Note is does not say you are not My people because you did not believe, but the other way around. In fact: More

Covenant of Works – Clarifying the Uses of Covenant in Scripture

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A clear distinction needs to be made when speaking of the terms covenants and law.  There is so much confusion and improper teaching on these terms and the associated subjects. Especially rampant today is the dispensational heresy with all its variants that confuses the covenants.

The same is true for the word law, Israel, and Jew. When these come up in scripture we need to first make sure that the hearer or reader knows what aspect of the law we are referring to, or that scripture is speaking about, or the nation of Israel on earth or the House of Israel as the elect of all nation and all ages, the Jew as one outwardly or one inwardly, the visible church and covenant or the invisible. These all must be understood as we read the scripture and made distinct as we speak.

For example, in scripture we see there are two main covenants, works and grace. But to simply say old and new or law and promise in referring to them is confusing.  Since the Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic and Davidic are all old covenants but they were all administrations of the Covenant of Grace. And that which is referred to as the new covenant is also the covenant of grace in its more clear and fulfilled administration after the true atonement which the old covenant of grace sacrifices typified.

The original covenant was the covenant of works, which was with Adam, as the representative head for all people, to be tested and procure eternal life or to curse all mankind by the fall and bring judgment of death and hell.

This covenant of Works was made with all people through Adam. He broke the conditions of it, the punishment is past on to all of us, and the covenant is ended. Every one else has ever since been under the curse and punishment of the covenant of works. But no one else could ever earn salvation or eternal life by perfectly keeping a law or doing any works. No one else has a neutral will and sinless nature that Adam had; all people since have a will that is bound to our sin nature, or limited by the sin nature.

Humans don’t have completely free will either. We cannot fly because our nature is not that of a bird or swim like a fish. Our will is limited by our nature. With the fallen sin-nature we cannot do true good, as God tells us in Rom. 3:10-12, man cannot even seek God, he is separated from God by his sin. So there is no possibility that anyone could fulfill a covenant of works and merit salvation. The only hope for man is if God first chooses to give a person a new nature that can have faith and a will that seeks and pleases God and can understand spiritual things.

So from Adam on the only covenant that offers salvation to mankind has been the covenant of grace. Yet we are under judgment from Adam’s fall until that is removed by Christ on our behalf and we are put into the invisible covenant of Grace.

The Jews were never offered The Covenant of  Works as a means of salvation, though More

Amazing Words – I Would Have Given You More – 2Sam 12:7

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2 Sam 12:7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! NKJV

It is such an encouragement to me that God says He would have given him more.

Should we not then feel free to ask God for more things to glorify Him?

To me this part of David’s life is the second saddest part of scripture and I just break down crying, stopping and starting again as I struggle to read through this passage, hurting over all of my past sins where I have tried to cover it, thinking God wouldn’t see or care. How foolish and shameful to me and despicable to God and the Angels who look on.

And Can you imagine how Joab must have felt when he found out why David had him kill Uriah and the other soldiers as a result? Joab would have discovered he was made to be a party to the murder of several men in a foolish failed attempt to cover someone else’s sin. And David suffered knowing that he caused all this and the death of a child and brought disgrace to God for the nation and shame before the people who would learn that he did this after having to take Bathsheba to wife.

And in the midst of this horrible dreadful rebuke God says: He would have given him more if he asked.

David could have asked for More

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