RE:The Positive Power of Courage
(Date Posted:01/16/2009 1:13 PM)
Courage... Got it... Well, that was a nice, trinitarian sermon. I would like to impart some knowledge that the LORD put on my heart today to share with various groups and I must admit it took some courage to dare to share it here and when I did it seemed to vanish so I'm going to try this again. I wouldn't have anyone think that all I preach on is BIBLICAL BIGAMY so I hope this message makes it this time because it is 100% bonafide ONENESS doctrine.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
What many today fail to understand is that it is not our faith that saves us. It is not our grace that saves us either. Our knowledge doesn't give us any advantage until we have what the BIBLE calls KNOWLEDGE of the LORD. All of the faith and all of the grace that we have, that is truly faith and truly grace, is all from the FAITHFUL ONE alone. It is His gift to us. Surely to all are given a measure of faith and to all are given a measure of grace but without the FAITHFUL ONE we would all still have nothing. Now this knowledge is so vitally important that I would even go so far as to say that it is essential to our salvation in the LORD! What we do with this faith and what we do with this grace that GOD has granted us is our own personal choice until it runs out. Now the Word says that Esau also sought repentence with tears and that he could not find it. Esau ran out of grace. There was nothing left in him. He was as good as dead for he found no place of repentance. Without faith or grace repentance is impossible. This scripture is a serious admonition.
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 (Hebrews 12:17)
Well, it can be said that all religions require both faith and grace, considering that without HIS grace we would all be wiped off the face of the earth; but GOD is good and GOD is longsuffering. HE alone is the FAITHFUL ONE because all our faith comes from HIM. HE alone is the true source of all our faith; but oh, how some of us would misplace our faith despite the fact that it all came from GOD! I'm not making this up. It's all in HIS WORD imparted to us that we might not only have faith but also that we might KNOW HIM. HIS GRACE is that BLOOD that He shed which paved the way to HIS THRONE that we might approach it boldly and arrive at repentence even with fear and trembling. HE did this in FAITH that we might live and have life more abundantly. He did this that we might KNOW HIM. Yea, HE is a very merciful GOD!
Although we are all granted both faith and grace that we might boldly approach HIS THRONE not all exercise this option. The works of our faith and the works we do by HIS GRACE are only a means to an end. HE is the Author and Finisher of our faith which HE alone granted us. They are what GOD has given us that we might ARRIVE at a specific place in HIM that we might KNOW HIM. . . That we might taste and see that HE is verily GOD and KNOW that GOD is good. GOD is not just some concept generated by ink and paper in our minds. GOD is REAL! GOD is a Spirit and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth! NO one can arrive at the KNOWLEDGE of GOD without HIS faith or without HIS grace; but the reason we are granted this faith and this grace in the first place is that we might KNOW HIM. One does not just get the HOLY GHOST and sit on their hands! If they have knowledge of the LORD they have a burden. They have a responsibility to the KNOWLEDGE GOD has given them! This KNOWLEDGE is called KNOWLEDGE of the LORD.
Friend, if you are without KNOWLEDGE of the LORD then you simply do not know GOD. You still need to pray on through to the other side. The knowledge that you may think you have is only cerebral. It is superficial... It is like the knowledge one might glean from reading a good work of fiction. You must get past that veil! The truth must be revealed to you in a living experience so that your faith is more than a work of fiction! All the rote memorization in the world cannot save you or anyone. You must EXPERIENCE a genuine, ACT of GOD in you! This is that hope of glory! Only then can you have KNOWLEDGE of GOD. Now Adam did not know Eve until they UNITED. This is that MYSTERY that was first imparted unto us that we might also KNOW GOD in spirit and in truth.
Faith without works is dead; but it is the Father Who doeth the works! Yes, we have faith, but our faith alone will never be enough to save anyone. Many today have this dead religious attitude that they were saved through their own faith as if this were enough to save them. Yes, there is grace but it is that grace that is given to us that we might approach GOD faithfully! Oh, ye of little faith! I weep for you! Remember the father who said unto the FATHER, "Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief!" We must return our little faith to the Source of all FAITH. This is the word that my LORD has given me to share with you THIS DAY and I already know that most of you are just not getting it because you are too busy judging the messenger to discern the message. I will say it anyway: It is much like priming a pump: Only a cup of water is required to prime that pump but once it takes a flow is generated that can move hundreds of thousands of gallons! At some point we must return our faith unto the FAITHFUL ONE. Today so many are misplacing their faith because they simply do not know GOD. So many would so easily forget that GOD is the source of everything that is. There is a reason we were all granted a measure of faith. There is a reason we were all granted a measure of grace. There is no grace for them that are in the grave! The dead know nothing! I see dead people all the time! THINK ABOUT IT! Either they have died to sin and are gone back to JESUS, or they have died in their sin and await the fearful resurrection of shame and everlasting contempt. What is the reason... What is the purpose to this grace whereby we are saved through faith in the FAITHFUL ONE? In a single word:
The goal of the GOSPEL is UNION in JESUS and JESUS is that FAITHFUL ONE. There is no other. Without UNION in JESUS it is impossible to know GOD. My friend, you could memorize the entire BIBLE and not know GOD. Taste and SEE that the LORD is GOOD. Long ago, a man once told others to go their way because, he said, that I had knowledge. Either GOD revealed this to him or the enemy feared that I would impart this knowledge to some and they just might "get it". Yes, I have knowledge! Praise GOD, I have knowledge. I'm not alone. There are others who also have this knowledge. Do you have this knowledge? I so wish and it is my deepest desire that all who read this message gain this knowledge. Adam knew his wife and JESUS is the LORD. This is that MYSTERY concerning Christ and the Church! May GOD reveal it to you and may GOD bless you in the knowledge of FULL BIBLE TRUTH.
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GOD's Moral Law does not change.