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Understanding the Difference between God’s Omni-Presence and His Manifest Presence

Understanding the Difference between God’s

Omni-Presence and His Manifest Presence

In Jerimiah 23 it describes God’s Omni-Presence. Verse 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. God is everywhere and sees everybody and everything!

John 14 describes who God will manifest himself to by His Holy spirit. Verse 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

In 2Ch 5 we see what happens when His presence manifests to humanity Verse 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.

God desires to manifest himself to us as his sons and daughters but he places conditions upon his manifest presence. One of the major differences between the Omni-Presence and His Manifest Presence is that there is no condition placed upon his Omni-Presence. The Manifest Presence; however, has conditions to it as we read in John 14.

In 1 Corinthians 12:8-11 we see the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit. These are ways that God shows his love to us by allowing His presence to manifest and as a result many times he does so through his gifts. These are moments God encourages us to covet earnestly for and wants us to seek him for.

I believe there is a danger in seeking for God’s manifest presence if our hearts and lives are not right with him. While His presence cannot be earned with religious works; however, it can open us up to deception if we have rebellion in our hearts toward the ways of God. According to scripture lying signs and wonders are real and those who do not love truth are the most susceptible to them.

I believe the church should seek God for his Manifest Presence but also believe we should allow the Holy Spirit to sanctify us from any attitude that displeases the Lord. Pursuing the following Four H’s in character traits is what ushers in the true presence of God into our lives.

Honesty 2Cor 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Humility Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Hunger Mt 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Holiness Ps 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

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Generational Gaps

Generational Gaps

Psalms 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

There are a number of generations on the scene today and the divide between the different generations are greater than ever before in history. This is not the heart of God and he clearly states in his word his desire for the previous generation to hand the baton of the gospel and his ways to the next generations. Here are some of the generations alive in America today.

  • The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old)
  • Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old)
  • Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old)
  • Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)
  • Post-Millennials: Born 1997-Present (0-21 years old)

The difference between the Silent Generation and the Millennials is almost mind boggling as far as their varying world views on morals, debt, politics, religeon, and many other things. Scripture is not silent on this subject. The Apostle Paul as he prophetically looked down through history describes the moral demise that takes place in the endtime generations.

2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

As scripture describes the endtime generations it does not limit this demise to the world but verse 5 clearly identifies the powerless church as part of the problem. The enemy of our souls has a strategy to undermine the influence of one generation to the next to try to destroy the plan of God to maintain moral integrity through impartation from one generation to the next.

I want to leave you with some good news. God still has a plan to raise up a godly remnant seed in the latter days that he will pour his Spirit upon as described in Joel and the book of Acts! However that plan involves impartation from one generation to the next! From godly parents to their children. From spiritual fathers and mothers to their spiritual seed. For more info on this listen to our recent broadcasts on Entitlement, The Restless Generation, and Developing your Child’s Moral Compass.


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Position Yourself for Breakthroughs in 2019!

A Word for January, 2019

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

In praying about this upcoming year the Lord put 2-words in my spirit

1. Re-prioritize

2. Breakthrough

In praying about these 2-words I felt like 2019 was a “season of breakthrough” for many but felt like for some that it was conditional upon being able to “Re-prioritize”. The re-prioritizing had to do with removing some things and/or readjusting the level of importance that other things may have had in our lives.

I believe the Lord would have us look at the things that occupy our time like….

Entertainment, Technology, Pursuit of wealth, Business or Work, Unhealthy relationships, Socializing, Food

In comparison with things that edify the spirit man like….
Seeking God’s face, meditating on the Word, Fellowship of the Saints, Ministering to the Lord, Praying in the Holy Spirit, and Intercession

Jesus said in Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. I believe that our investment into the latter list will be releasing the season of breakthrough that God has for you!

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Pray for our upcoming trip to Africa! July 22-August 4


Pray for our upcoming trip to Africa!

July 22-August 4

Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi

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Things to Pray For

  1. Pray for safe, timely travels

On the airplane and while traveling in the nations.

  1. Pray for protection

From unclean food, water, decease, and all plans of the enemy.

  1. Pray for effective ministry

Divine appointments and the leading of the Holy Spirit

  1. Pray for the Anointing power of God

To preach the gospel, save the lost, heal the sick, and minister deliverance.

  1. Pray for the Unity of the Spirit

To work together as a team with the different ministries and our Interpreters

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How to Humble Yourself

How to Humble Yourself

Strongs: to bow the knee, mild, gentle, modesty, subject, needy, lowly, poor

Dictionary: Marked by meekness and modesty in attitude or behavior, unpretentious, non-assertive,

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Lu 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Mt 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Pr 29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

1. Recognize your need for help

Mt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Mr 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Re 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing…..

2. Resist evil and submit to that which is good

Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Ex 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

3. Renounce the hidden things of dishonesty

2Co 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Mt 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

4. Accept where God places you

Pr 25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

Ro 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

5. Afflict your soul with fasting

Ps 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Ezr 8:21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Closing: Humility is something you wear (an Attitude of the mind)

1Pe 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.

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Celebrating the Life of a true “Man of God”

Daniel D Rodes went home to be with the Lord Jan. 6, 2018 at the age of 79. He was a man of integrity whose leadership gifting left an indelible impression on my life and ministry. He was one of my mentors and imparted much into my life and ministry. I will always appreciate the “Ancient Paths” of righteousness set forth both through doctrine and manner of life by my brother and look forward to a reunion in eternity some day! The message called “Characteristics of a Man of God” is my tribute to the legacy of Daniel D Rodes.

Characteristics of the Man of God

Opening: 1 Tim 6:7-11

Da 6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

1. A Man of Prayer (Daniel)

Da 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. 11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

2. A Man committed to the Kingdom of Heaven (Apostle Paul)

Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

1Ti 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

3. A Man of Righteousness (Noah)

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

2Pe 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

4. A Man of Courage (Joshua)

Jos 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

5. A Man of Resolve (Nehemiah)

1Co 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

6. A Man of Humility (Moses)

1Pe 5:6 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.

7. A Man of Generosity (Cornelious)

Ac 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

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May God cause his face to shine upon you in 2018!

May God cause his face to shine upon you in 2018!

Maintaining your Spiritual Hunger

According to the verses below our spiritual hunger level is of utmost importance. Our lack of spiritual hunger brings a woe unto us and it should be of great concern when we no longer yearn for the things of God!

Lu 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Lu 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

Mt 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled

1. What is a hunger for spiritual things of God?

According to the Psalmist, a desire for God is what caused him to “rise early” to seek the Lord. In other words, we will know what our spiritual hunger level is like by what we make a priority in our lives!

Ps 63:1 David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

Ps 143:6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

2. Benefits of having a hunger for God

Even though the promises of God are “yea and amen” they are not unconditional! Some of the greatest promises (including the Holy Spirit infilling and outpouring) are conditional upon our level of spiritual desire. There are laws against how much we may desire the things of the world and the flesh but there is no limit to our godly desires!

Ps 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

3. Hunger is a gift of God that comes by a work of the Spirit

How do we activate a greater level of hunger in our spiritual lives? Even though hunger is a choice, it’s also difficult to just drum it up. If you find yourself lacking in spiritual desires begin to seek the Lord. You may have to repent of the lack of spiritual desires. Just as fasting in the natural will cause your flesh to hunger we can also refrain from being full of the distractions of the world so God can restore spiritual hunger.

Hunger for God and a disciplined spiritual life goes hand in hand! If your spiritual life is undisciplined you will struggle with a lack of spiritual desire. So hunger is a choice and it comes to the disciplined person but it’s also a work of the spirit within us. Let’s team up and cooperate with the great Holy Ghost and let hunger for the things of God be restored!

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jer 24:7 And I will give them an 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.

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Closing: Influenced by Association

Hanging around hungry people will make you hungry. Let your desire for the things of God produce a spiritual desire in those around you!

Pr 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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India 2017!

Pray for us as we take a ministry team to India from Nov 26 to Dec 7th.

We are planning on two Pastor’s Conferences, village outreaches, and a well drilling.

You can now follow Beacon of Truth Ministries on Instagram!

Updates on India will be posted during the trip. 

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Sights of India

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Things to Teach Your Children

Things to Teach Your Children

The father’s call to be a watchman: Eze 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.

The father’s call to be a spiritual leader: Ge 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

The mother’s call to be a “Keeper of the home” Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The mother’s call to “Guide the home”1Ti 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Our Heavenly Father’s example as a Father to us, He: chastens his children, disciples his children, equips his children, affirms his children

Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

1. Teach your Children Obedience

Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Tit 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

2Th 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2. Teach your Children to deny ungodliness

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

3. Teach your Children to have a mind to suffer

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

4. Teach your Children Expectation

(What is expected of them and what they can expect from God!)

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

De 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

1Th 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

2Th 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

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God’s will

How can I know God’s will for my Life?

Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Col 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

1. Remain true to the spiritual interpretation of the Word of God

Ps 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

2. Pray for God to open and close doors

1Co 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

Ac 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

3. Pray for your desires to be pure

Ps 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

Pr 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

4. Seek council from the wise

Pr 12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

Pr 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

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The Manifestations of Pride

The Manifestations of Pride

The latter part of 1Pe 5:5 tells us ….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:

Two of the most misunderstood words in the bible are found in verse 5. The first word is Grace and the second word is Humility. Grace is not a license to sin nor is it God overlooking our shortcomings. I believe the Lord is wanting to release a greater measure of Grace upon his people! Grace is the power of God’s Spirit bringing us into the fullness of what he has for us. Even though Grace is a free gift and available to all, there are certain conditions to receiving grace. Grace is only available to “The Humble”. Humility is misunderstood by many and for many religious people humility is demonstrated by certain religious expressions that are self demeaning and appear to give God “all the glory”. Much of this is false humility which is a form of pride because it is done to win the approval of man. Humility and Pride are simply right and wrong attitudes of the heart

Pr 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride is hard to to identify in oneself because it is many times covered by false humility and acts of religion. The best way to examine yourself is to look for the symptoms or manifestations of pride. Pride is a root sin and can only be dealt with by tracing the fruit back to the root and laying an ax to the root through true repentance and sorrow over our wrong attitudes. Following are 10 symptoms of pride that may manifest if someone has pride in their lives.

 1. The proud are easily offended

Pr 13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Mt 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 2. The proud are rebellious

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Isa 1:20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 3. The proud must be in control

Ro 9:20 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? 

4. The proud are focused on self

2Ti 3:1 This know also, in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves..

 5. The proud are contentious

Pr 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Pr 28:25 He thats of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

6. The proud are critical and faultfinding

Mt 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Ga 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

7. The proud are concerned about their reputation

Mt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

Mt 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Ec 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

8. The proud are lacking in dependency on the Lord

Ps 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Mt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

9. The proud are lacking in gratitude

Ro 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.

10. The proud rarely admit to being wrong

1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Pride and humility are an attitude of the soul

Lu 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


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The Word of God tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God”. Faith in Jesus is how we become partakers of the New Covenant. Faith backed with faithfulness qualifies us for the promises of God in his word. Faith can be increased by hearing the Word of God. Below are some scriptures on what faith will do for you!

  1. Faith for salvation

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  1. Faith to receive the Holy Spirit

Ga 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

  1. Righteous and Justified by Faith

Ro 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

  1. Faith that produces good works

Jas 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

  1. Faith for healing

Mt 9:22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

  1. Faith to move mountains

Mt 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

  1. Faith for daily needs

Lu 12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

  1. The keeping power of Faith

1Pe 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

  1. Faith to inherit promises

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

  1. Faith worketh by love

Ga 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

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The Danger of Boredom

The Danger of Boredom

The sin that caused the the judgement of the Lord to come upon Sodom is often assumed to be the sin of immorality. According to Genesis that is true however, when examining the following scripture in Ezekiel we see the doorway to sin is “Abundance of Idleness” or boredom. Being bored is not necessarily sin but will open the door to the lure of sin.

Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

 Ec 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

1. Boredom: Is an open doorway to temptation

Ga 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

2Th 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

2. Boredom: Is a sign of a lack of spiritualality

Ps 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Ac 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

3. Boredom: Is a sign of Selfishness

2Ti 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Php 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

4. Boredom: Comes from not putting your heart into something

Ec 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;

Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

5. Boredom: Increases when unhealthy addictions demand attention

1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Closing: Overcoming Boredom

When we are “bored” it’s often a sign of not being “happy” with what we have.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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