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11-17-17 FaithLine Devotion THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLINESS…

My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus: “Make every effort to LIVE IN PEACE with everyone and to BE HOLYWITHOUT HOLINESS NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD. See to it that no one FALLS SHORT of the grace of God and that NO BITTER ROOT GROWS UP to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb. 12:14-15)

There are some things that will happen in our lives to assure us that we are living holy lives;

  • We will be at PEACE with everyone, no matter how we are treated.
  • We will have complete CONFIDENCE in the grace of God not falling short of any of its qualities.
  • We will not have BITTERNESS which is anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; or resentment. You see, as long as we are in this world we are subject to unfair treatment and the natural reaction is bitterness but that IS NOT OF GOD because it causes defilement. So, if you find yourself-caught in bitterness, make restitution, go and ask forgiveness so there may be holiness

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.”(Heb. 12:28-29)

Our God is a consuming fire because there is so much wickedness and ungodliness in this world that must be purged out by fire:

“By the same word the present heavens and earth ARE RESERVED FOR FIRE, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought TO LIVE HOLY AND GODLY LIVES.” (2 Pet. 3:7, 11)

WHEN GOD COMPLETES HIS WORK, EVERY CHRISTIAN WILL BE HOLY AND PURE!!!

FaithLine, the bible says: “…BE HOLYWITHOUT HOLINESS NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD.”

-Bill Stockham

THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLINESS…

“Make every effort to LIVE IN PEACE with everyone and to BE HOLY; WITHOUT HOLINESS NO ONE WILL SEE THE LORD. See to it that no one FALLS SHORT of the grace of God and that NO BITTER ROOT GROWS UP to cause trouble and defile many. (Heb. 12:14-15)

There are some things that will happen in our lives to assure us that we are living holy lives;

  • We will be at PEACE with everyone, no matter how we are treated.
  • We will have complete CONFIDENCE in the grace of God not falling short of any of its qualities.
  • We will not have BITTERNESS which is anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; or resentment. You see, as long as we are in this world we are subject to unfair treatment and the natural reaction is bitterness but that IS NOT OF GOD because it causes defilement. So, if you find yourself-caught in bitterness, make restitution, go and ask forgiveness so there may be holiness

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE.” (Heb. 12:28-29)

Our God is a consuming fire because there is so much wickedness and ungodliness in this world that must be purged out by fire:

“By the same word the present heavens and earth ARE RESERVED FOR FIRE, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought TO LIVE HOLY AND GODLY LIVES.” (2 Pet. 3:7, 11)

WHEN GOD COMPLETES HIS WORK, EVERY CHRISTIAN WILL BE HOLY AND PURE!!!

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

 

11-16-17 Loved One’s Devotion WHAT IS OUR MINDSET…

My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “If then you have been raised with Christ, SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, not on things that are on earth. For YOU HAVE DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.” (Col. 3:1-4)

A mindset is defined as a set of assumptions, methods, or notations, these are not necessarily the “things that are above”! The fact is if we are in Christ, the old man has died, and our new man is hidden with Christ in God!

“…let us make ourselves pure from everything that pollutes our bodies and spirits.LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLYWe want to honor God.” (2 Corin. 7:1)

The goal for us from Jesus is that we would live holy lives, in fact that we would be completely holy

OUR NEW MINDSET; LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLY

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of GOD…” !!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

 

11-16-17 FaithLine Devotion WHAT IS OUR MINDSET…

My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus:  “If then you have been raised with Christ, SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, not on things that are on earth. For YOU HAVE DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.” (Col. 3:1-4)

A mindset is defined as a set of assumptions, methods, or notations, these are not necessarily the “things that are above”! The fact is if we are in Christ, the old man has died, and our new man is hidden with Christ in God!

“So, put to death anything that belongs to your earthly nature. Get rid of your sexual sins and unclean acts. DON’T LET YOUR FEELINGS GET OUT OF CONTROL. Remove from your life all evil longings. STOP ALWAYS WANTING MORE AND MORE. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods.” (Col. 3:5)

We must cast aside our earthly nature and live a sanctified life, washed in the blood of the Lamb…

“…let us make ourselves pure from everything that pollutes our bodies and spirits.LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLYWe want to honor God.” (2 Corin. 7:1)

The goal for us from Jesus is that we would live holy lives, in fact that we would be completely holy

OUR NEW MINDSET; LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLY

FaithLine, the bible says: “…YOU HAVE DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God…”

-Bill Stockham

WHAT IS OUR MINDSET…

“If then you have been raised with Christ, SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, not on things that are on earth. For YOU HAVE DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.” (Col. 3:1-4)

A mindset is defined as a set of assumptions, methods, or notations, these are not necessarily the “things that are above”! The fact is if we are in Christ, the old man has died, and our new man is hidden with Christ in God!

“So, put to death anything that belongs to your earthly nature. Get rid of your sexual sins and unclean acts. DON’T LET YOUR FEELINGS GET OUT OF CONTROL. Remove from your life all evil longings. STOP ALWAYS WANTING MORE AND MORE. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods.” (Col. 3:5)

We must cast aside our earthly nature and live a sanctified life, washed in the blood of the Lamb…

“…let us make ourselves pure from everything that pollutes our bodies and spirits. LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLY. We want to honor God.” (2 Corin. 7:1)

The goal for us from Jesus is that we would live holy lives, in fact that we would be completely holy…

OUR NEW MINDSET; LET US BE COMPLETELY HOLY

-Bill Stockham

11-15-17 Loved One’s Devotion THINKING DIFFERENTLY…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS ALIVING SACRIFICEholy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.“ (Rom. 12:1)

Every day we need to do this: present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, why? Because, when we go out into this world we are exposed to spiritual contamination!

“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your WAY OF THINKING BE COMPLETELY CHANGED. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

We are not of this world our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) so, we must change our way of thinking about things: “Let THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5 KJV)

ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (1 Corin. 2:16)

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] …Let your WAY OF THINKING BE COMPLETELY CHANGED…” !!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

1-15-17 FaithLine Devotion THINKING DIFFERENTLY…

My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICEholy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.“ (Rom. 12:1)

Every day we need to do this: present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, why? Because, when we go out into this world we are exposed to spiritual contamination!

“…since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2)

We must daily get rid of anything that would keep us from doing God’s will and run with our eyes fixed on Jesus!

“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your WAY OF THINKING BE COMPLETELY CHANGED. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

We are not of this world our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) so, we must change our way of thinking about things: “Let THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5 KJV)

ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST… (1 Corin. 2:16)

FaithLine, the bible says: “ …let us RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”

-Bill Stockham

THINKING DIFFERENTLY…

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Rom. 12:1)

Every day we need to do this: present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, why? Because, when we go out into this world we are exposed to spiritual contamination!

“…since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us RUN WITH PERSEVERANCE THE RACE MARKED OUT FOR US, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2)

We must daily get rid of anything that would keep us from doing God’s will and run with our eyes fixed on Jesus!

“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your WAY OF THINKING BE COMPLETELY CHANGED. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

We are not of this world our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20) so, we must change our way of thinking about things: “Let THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5 KJV)

ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST(1 Corin. 2:16)

-Bill Stockham

 

 

 

11-14-17 Loved One’s Devotion MEDITATING ON THE MASTER…

[My awesome, loving and wonderful Grandchildren, and Annika and Kaleigh, whom I love and pray for every day: “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. MAY MY MEDITATION BE PLEASING TO HIM, as I rejoice in the LORD.” (Psa. 104:33-34)

I will praise you Lord as YHWH (a Tetragrammaton and contains no vowels); this was the name that God was first revealed by. This name now is commonly used as Yahweh is best known from the famous “I AM” interaction with Moses (Exodus 3) and references the fact that God HAS ALWAYS EXISTED and WILL ALWAYS EXIST. The significance of the name Yahweh is that it is confirming God’s existence but most importantly His presence. Yahweh Elohim is the Creator, and as our God, a God in covenant with us, and this not now only, but as long as we live, and while we have our being.” Because we have our being from God, and depend upon him for the continual support of our lives, as long as we live we must continue to praise God; and when we have no life, no being, on earth, we hope to have a BETTER LIFE and BETTER BEING in a BETTER WORLD and there to be doing this work in a BETTER MANNER and in BETTER COMPANY!

THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS!

Notice: [We must understand that the bible says:] MAY MY MEDITATION BE PLEASING TO HIM, as I rejoice in the LORD…” !!!] That’s for you: Stephanie, Ethan, Camden, Olivia, Aidan, Landon, Kinsley, Annika and Kaleigh

11-14-17 FaithLine Devotion MEDITATING ON THE MASTER…

My dear brothers and sisters, dedicating your lives to singing for Jesus: “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. MAY MY MEDITATION BE PLEASING TO HIM, as I rejoice in the LORD.” (Psa. 104:33-34)

I will praise you Lord as YHWH (a Tetragrammaton and contains no vowels); this was the name that God was first revealed by. This name now is commonly used as Yahweh is best known from the famous “I AM” interaction with Moses (Exodus 3) and references the fact that God HAS ALWAYS EXISTED and WILL ALWAYS EXIST. The significance of the name Yahweh is that it is confirming God’s existence but most importantly His presence. Yahweh Elohim is the Creator, and as our God, a God in covenant with us, and this not now only, but as long as we live, and while we have our being.” Because we have our being from God, and depend upon him for the continual support of our lives, as long as we live we must continue to praise God; and when we have no life, no being, on earth, we hope to have a BETTER LIFE and BETTER BEING in a BETTER WORLD and there to be doing this work in a BETTER MANNER and in BETTER COMPANY!

“…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM.” (Heb. 11:6)

Our Abba Father loves us so much that He REWARDS us for thoroughly seeking to know Him better!

THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS!

FaithLine, the bible says: “…HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM.”

-Bill Stockham