All In!

We are amazed as we visit a different church most Sundays. The themes and sermons build on each other. What is great is when we keep talking about a sermon or remember points about it weeks afterwards. And the sermon we heard on February 25, 2017 was one such message. We discovered a church close to us when we were staying in Davis Bayou Gulf Seashore National Park in Ocean Springs, Mississippi (link goes to our Travel Blog about our time there).

Sometimes, I can just sense the sermon is one where I want to take detailed notes. And that I did! So here are my notes and feeble attempt to recreate this wonderful sermon that speaks clearly to us! I will have a post soon about our new physical health journey that plays into this sermon – which might be why it speaks so loudly to us.

All In (sermon series)
(Sermon theme) ”We overestimate how good things are between us and God”

The Pastor started by sharing how he overestimated his ability to participate in an exercise class last winter. He and his wife decided to join the Y and “get into shape.” He read about a spinning class, you know, you “just ride” a stationary bicycle. That can’t be too hard, can it, he asked? If you know what he was talking about, you know he was in for a rude awakening. He and his wife signed up for the classes – but they were told they needed to take the beginners class first to learn how it goes. He joked with his wife, “really? Learn how to ride a stationary bike?” But they complied.

At first, the instructor seemed so kind and sweet….then she turned into a drill sergeant! After a time of being run ragged, he glanced at his wife, who was also also sweating profusely, then he looked at his watch. He was going to say, “let’s sneak out.” What a shock to see only 5 minutes had passed and the class was 45 minutes long! Needless to say, they had to finish it because they would have had to pull their bikes out in front of the class, then EVERYONE would know they were quitters. He just had to endure the pain! His point was how we all tend to overestimate our abilities. Not just physical, but spiritual as well.  That usually means we then have to go though a period of testing, just like he did. And there will more than likely be pain! Was he “all in” for the exercise class? He thought he was – but once in it, he realized he wasn’t ready for it. 

Much like what the disciples went through, in particular, Peter. Peter was always ready to jump into whatever task was at hand. But was he “all in” as a disciple?  He thought he was. Peter experienced a defining moment, like we all do – we either experience a spiritual break through or a break down. We either move forward or backwards.

Our text was Luke 22:31-34, 54-62, and is noted below.

First, note that Jesus is NOW calling him Simon, whereas when HE first called him, he renamed him Peter and said “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” So this tells us that Simon Peter had “regressed” or is about to fail his first test. Jesus tried to warn Peter he wasn’t ready, or wasn’t really “all in” as Peter thought.

Luke 22:31-34 ”Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”  Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Does Peter sound a bit optimistic about his stand for the Lord? Previously, the disciples had been arguing who was going to be the greatest (back up to Luke 22:24). We don’t really know who was the instigator, but some scholars think it was Peter because of being named the Rock and how he always speaking without thinking – and then says, “LORD I AM READY TO GO WITH YOU BOTH TO PRISON AND TO DEATH.” We know how this turns out, but, first let’s notice the Lord reminded him of times past, how he did take care of them:

Luke 22:35-37 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Then the TEST, Peter now tested:

Luke 22:54-62 Then they seized him (the Lord) and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Now let’s look back at Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.” The pastor then demonstrated how this was done back in the day, when you go back to the original Greek word for sift – It is actually to “beat” the wheat! 

I decided to look up this process as it is so important to understand what is actually happening. This is actually a common theme in a number of Bible Studies and other sermons, but this was the first time we had it so clearly, and maybe painfully, taught us! Anyway, I loved the visual he created for us. He actually had a fistful of wheat and began to “beat” it on the ground. Here is a picture and some further explanation. According to an article, sifting wheat back in the day is a two step process:  The first is manual threshing, and the second is winnowing (which he also demonstrated).

Threshing: The first step in the process of sifting wheat is to loosen the chaff from the edible grain, which is called threshing. The old fashioned way to do this is to spread the wheat onto a floor made from stone, concrete, or tamped earth.

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Picture borrowed from another blog that also teaches on this subject:  click here to go to Voices Against the Grain

Winnowing: The next step is called winnowing, where the loosened chaff is removed from the grain. The old fashioned way of doing this was to throw the grain in the air, the lighter chaff would be blown off by even a decent breeze. The heavier grains would fall back to the ground below where they were thrown. The wheat gets sifted, so the hard outer shell can be broken through and removed. You want the actual wheat to remain and nothing extra.  As you can imagine, that’s the same process a person has to go through. God breaks down the outer shell of a person, so the real seed of life can remain.

WOW, no wonder our trials hurt so much….

Back to the sermon

Before Peter can be the leader, the Lord still needs to do a work in him before he can fulfill his destiny. The Lord had to see Peter humbled before he was ready to be built up as the leader of the new church. So when you build a house, you have to ask, how deep do you want your footers? If you live in a trailer or manufactured home, they are put on cinderblocks. And we know they can blow away in a severe storm….but skyscrapers have deep, deep, deep footers. We were asked, “how deep are the footers in your life? Are they big enough for the floor plans God has for your life?”

Back to V 31. Satan is a tool for Jesus. To sift wheat, remember it is shaken and beaten violently. Then the grain is thrown into the air, the lighter chaff (or those on cinderblock footers) are blown away with a breeze! Satan asked permission to shake us, and to beat us until our grain falls off the stalk. That’s what Satan wants. Ouch, and Jesus said go for it! Much like Job. God knew Job was faithful and would survive, but Job didn’t know it! So in our painful moments, we want to give up!

Two results of shifting: detaches grain of wheat from the stalk. Then it prepares the grain of wheat into something “useful.” (IMPORTANT teaching point)

Strong winds blow chaff away but heavy grain falls straight to the ground!

V32-Jesus in essence said, “I have prayed for you, when you turn back, you will strengthen your brothers!” After the threshing and winnowing, the grain becomes energy for us, just as Peter now has the energy to be an encourager! Just like the wheat is a source of energy.

From John 21:15, after the Lord is resurrected, “…Peter do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord, you know I love you!” “Jesus said, ‘feed my sheep.’”  Three times he asked him. Because he has been sifted, He can now feed His sheep. God can’t use you fully until God has broken you and turned you into something “useful!”

Was satan’s purpose accomplished or was Jesus’s purpose when you went through a similar defining moment?

Are we just detached or can we now see how God can use us after our trials?
Do you need to be restored? Or redeemed? (time for the alter call.)

There is a purpose in the pain.

Are we living in a way we can encourage the brothers and sisters in our faith?

Sometimes we question whether we are really living for the Lord. If we are following Him or asking Him to join us. Many times in our doubting, the Lord clearly shows us how He is using us. And one way is to be encouragers as we travel about. Our first sermon when we arrived in Florida for our winter travels was just that perfect sermon to help us prepare for what was lying ahead in our travels. (Oh where are my notes? It was so powerful and needs to be memorialized like this one.) We know we fall short, but we do hope and pray, we are ALL IN for the duration of what the Lord has for us!

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

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13 thoughts on “All In!

  1. Your Sermons Debbie contradict Scripture as confirmed below, it grieves me to hear teaching that claims that God or Jesus deliberately afflicts us as His Children, did you plan evil for your Children? God is Love and Love can do no evil, all good things come from God not bad, He protects our Souls and He does not crush our spirits. We are to read the Scriptures and not just believe what we hear or think ourselves.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression,you will not be burned up the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.

    Satan controls this World which brings to us sickness, death, suffering and heartbreak and he has the right because of the fall to put us to the test as he did Jesus , Abraham, Job, Peter etc. Those in their Carnal flesh can hurt us too and we also reap the evil we sow which is God’s Discipline but Wow what a welcome home when we repent just like the Prodigal Son did, God will also Chastise us through The Body of Christ if we Sin.

    But we do not continue to Sin when we are Born Again and Perfected in Love as confirmed below and there are more Scriptures that also confirm this Truth, which means we come close to God and the Devil flees.

    Being Born again means we have God’s seed , His nature and the Mind of Christ, we know the good that God has for us and we know His Loving heart and thoughts. (1Corinthian2:9-16)

    1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on Sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 6-7 ) Whosoever abideth in Him Sinneth not: whosoever Sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him. Little Children let no man deceive you: he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous, even as He is Righteous.

    1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the Truth everyone who Sins is a slave to Sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.

    Christian Love – Anne.

    • I’m sorry for my delay in responding. We had limited access to the internet, so I am just getting back to this site. We agree!!! I think you misunderstand and maybe I should edit this a bit. But just as the Lord allowed satan to harm Job’s family and eventually, Job’s own body and health – He is there with us!
      God is our wonderful and PERFECT Father, never bringing harm to us, but allows it! As Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
      We all have troubles, but in our Lord, we go to Him for Peace, Comfort, Love and Strength to get through the troubles. The point of the sermon was that satan (and this was today’s sermon) is the thief, here to destroy us: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” If we are not in the Word, in Prayer and in Fellowship, satan has free reign with us – and Peter that day, turned his back on the Lord and see the consequence? Peter wept bitterly when he realized what he had done. But in a subsequent sermon (we attend a different church nearly every week), it was pointed out in Luke 22:61 “And the Lord TURNED AND LOOKED at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.'” (My caps to emphasize how loving our Lord is. He’s just been beaten and slapped around – yet He was aware of what was going on in Peter’s life. He could have yelled at Peter – SEE I TOLD YOU! But no, it was a look of love and compassion and that drew Peter to repentance and look how strong in the Lord he became!!!
      So there is purpose in the pain! Just like all the painful experiences we have in this life – just makes us stronger for the next time! When I had to watch my dad slowly die over 8 months due to undiagnosed cancer (the doc’s couldn’t explain what was happening to him because the cancer tests came back negative – because they had filled him with antibiotics), these scriptures are my favorite: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.
      Hopefully, this clears it up!!!

  2. So you believe Debbie that what I endured as a Child, see link below, was God’s will to make me strong and that He planned for me to have an Abortion when I was not yet 15 and to be raped by the Doctor who tricked me into having the Abortion and for my other 6 Children to die and also for my first husband to bash me repeatedly and to torture me having been badly abused himself as a child. Did God also want me to be deceived as a young Teenager that I came from an Ape and to be told that He didn’t exist, so I would become a hurting and confused Atheist for almost 30 years, messing up my life with total disregard for the consequences of the wrong I did, after all being Happy Clappy was what it was all about.

    Shall I continue Debbie, there is more but you can be assured that God does not willingly allow evil or plan evil to happen to us, He is Love and all good things come from Him not bad, please read my latest Post.

    Childhood – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/the-early-years-a-little-lost-girl/

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

  3. God is good always, and he loves us dearly. God does not inflict evil on us, ever. He is Holy.

    But God does give us times of testing and times of discipline,where He refines us and teaches us. Discipline simply means to teach, it is the same root word as disciple. Peter was discipled, brought low, so as to better understand the nature of himself. Peter denied Christ 3 times and yet Jesus also asks him, “Peter do you love me”, three times. Peter is not bad, he is not being rejected, he is being taught something because he is greatly loved. Upon this rock I shall build my church…

    God does not cause bad things to happen to us, but He does use them for good, He hands us beauty for our ashes, he collects our tears in a bottle,and He builds upon the sorrows we have endured.

    • I don’t agree with you insanitybytes22 and nor does the Scripture, the way God molds and shapes us is by giving us opportunists to choose to walk in The Fruit of The Spirit not by willingly Afflicting us as we see confirmed in the Scripture below. He does not plan hardship or hard testing for us just as we wouldn’t for those we Love.

      We are disciplined when we reap the evil we sow as the Prodigal Son did but Wow what a welcome home when we Repent. We will also be Chastised by The Body of Christ if we Sin without repentance but we are never Afflicted willingly by God’s hand.

      Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.

      Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression,you will not be burned up the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

      Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.

      It would benefit you insanitybytes22 to read my last Post for more Scripture that confirms what I shared here.

      Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

      • Dear Anne, I am sorry to hear of your great suffering in early years. I am always grieved to hear accounts such as these; they are a reminder of the ubiquitous and devastating nature of this dark world in which we are but strangers and pilgrims.

        It is important to remember that while God is in control, Satan is still tempting and inciting people around the world to sin. Sin has long-lasting consequences and affects more than any single person. My father abused drugs for years and I had no clue. When it was all brought into the open, the devastation was awful; his redemption was even more profound. His sin had negative consequences for all of us for many many years. Ultimately, God restored the broken years, but he has had to live with many consequences.

        The scripture reveals that God indeed does test us:
        “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”
        ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:3‬

        The Bible overflows with examples of both the testing and the discipline of the righteous. While it may seem dreadful to us, if we submit to God in our testing, we will come forth as gold. Abraham, Joseph, the Israelites, Daniel… all were tested by God. As a parent, I will tell you that there are times I too test my kids to see if their character is as strong as it ought to be. It’s a huge benefit for both of us. Painful, but critically important.

        Furthermore, we know God disciplines us as sons, for the Hebrew writer says:
        “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”
        ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:5-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ (I recommend reading the full context…)

        James also writes:
        “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance…”

        God doesn’t allow these trials to hit us out of spite or malice; He always has a plan in mind. Think of Joseph (Gen 50.19-20)!

        We are being shaped into something more precious so we can reflect His glory more brightly. God loves us with an everlasting love. These trials we endure produce a rock-solid character and an unshakeable hope. They help us to be supportive to the abused, the neglected, and the broken. How can we be compassionate if we have no perspective? They are also persistent reminders that our ultimate pleasure is not here in this world; it’s there with Him, where He dwells.

        Just some things to think about. My very dear Anne, you are loved by an all-wise and everlasting Father and I hope my comments have not discouraged you in anyway. It is my aim to edify you in a spirit of mutual Christian love. We are all seeking to know the Lord and understand our place in His grand design. I believe my friend Debbie is trying to impart that we need to be a little less overconfident in ourselves and place our full confidence in a God who does not fail as we do. I myself grow more cognizant each day of my hidden heart troubles! The Lord loves the humble.

        God be with you, dear sister.

  4. Elihu have you ever asked God for His Wisdom and Empowering by The Holy Spirit and if so do you believe you have received them or do you keep asking for them. It is not my wisdom that I Trust in it’s Gods and I doubt doubt that I have received it, to do so He tells us we are unstable.

    Jesus is our only Spiritual Teacher and will lead us into all Truth not a Man or a Woman, although they can share His Truth it does not come from them and will be confirmed in Scripture by which we are to Test their spirit.

    Have you put your Carnal Flesh to death Elihu and are you Aiming to be Perfected in Love as God asks us to do or are you already Perfected? and if so you no longer Sin and so you can judge all things and know God’s Truth completely, not just bits and pieces.

    Do you take Pride in your Ministry like Paul did?

    I repeat the Scriptures not a Man confirms that God does not willingly Afflict us or cause us to grieve. He knew that Abraham would obey Him and had prepared a Sacrifice, He did not make him Sacrifice his son and He knows our hearts too.

    Hard Testing is done by Satan not God, His discipline is we reap what we sow as the Prodigal Son did, have you read how much he suffered when he came back home and asked forgiveness, did you read how his father made him suffer for the wrong he had done?

    Please read my Last Post Elihu if you want to continue resolving our differences as God asks us to do, it gives much more detail than what I have shared here and you need to also read how we are kept from the fire by God not put in it!

    Blessings – Anne.

    • I take no “pride” in my ministry, Anne. I ask for God to grant me wisdom daily and continue to be humbled in my daily study to discover how far I have yet to go. I want God to be honored, not I myself, which is why I blog under a nom de plume rather than my own given name.

      I believe the Holy Spirit dwells within me and guides me into all truth, but my friend, you must remember that we are being transformed and this is a continuous process. We are not perfected until we reach eternity.

      I have a question for you: do you believe the New Testament (all 27 books) are inspired by God or do you believe them to be the teaching of men?

      I am engaged in a personal study at the moment in which I read a portion of the scriptures each day (I’m currently in Exodus) to focus on what God reveals about himself through the Scriptures. In Exodus, he sends plagues on the Egyptians, he tests the Israelites to see if they will obey (and yes, the word test is used). God both tests and disciplines. In Psalms, after David’s disobedience, God told David via the prophet that his child from Bathsheba was going to die, and the baby did. It was a discipline for sin. Was it out of malice? No! God is a loving God. When my kids are defiant they get punished. I do not enjoy doling out discipline, but I do it because I desire their ultimate good. I want them to be self-controlled and respectful; I want them to make good choices, but they can only do that through discipline and testing… and it’s painful. This concept is sprinkled throughout both the old and the new testaments of God’s Word. If you do not believe the New Testament books are inspired, then we probably ought to discuss that before hurling scripture back and forth.

      As to the Prodigal Son, it was a parable with a purpose. That purpose was to show the great love and forgiveness of God our Father. The story ends without a sequel. You are right, he suffered the consequence of sin, but that is what God has put in motion even for us as Christians. If we say we have no sin, we lie and the truth is not in us (1 John).

      I would like you to answer my question about the New Testament though, because I am aware of many who claim the letters of the apostles are not “scripture.”

      • Thank you again my dear brother in Christ! We both agree in the importance of the daily study of God’s Word, the Holy Bible and have been watching each other in our reading plans for some time! God has used you many times to exhort and to encourage me in my walk with the Lord! What a wonderful dad you are and your family is blessed to have your leadership!

      • I believe Elihu all Scripture is inspired by God except what has been changed by False Teachers and Cults but as we Trust in Jesus our only Spiritual Teacher to lead us into all Truth, He will show us when it has been changed and Translation error too. Sad that a lot who Blog don’t read the Scripture in Posts and Comments.

        There is a difference Elihu between Godly Pride and Worldly Pride as confirmed below.
        What Worldly pride is…

        Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

        1 John 2:15- 17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the Pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

        What Godly Pride is …
        Galatians 6: 4 Each one should understand their own actions. Then they can take Pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to others.

        2 Corinthians 8:24 show these men the proof of your Love and the reason for our Pride in you, so that the Churches can see it.

        2 Corinthians 5:11-12 Because we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. It is plain to God what we are, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are giving you an opportunity to take Pride in us not trying to commend ourselves again to you , so that you have an answer for those who take Pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

        Romans 11:13b I take Pride in my Ministry.

        As a Christian Elihu I also take Godly Pride in my Ministry to those who are in darkness and rejoice with those who are not as I’m sure many of those who Love God and others do too.

        We know Elihu that we are to work out our Salvation and Mature in Christ Jesus as we Aim to be Perfected in Love in this life not just after we die putting our Carnal flesh to death and having been Perfected in Love we do not go on Sinning we walk as Jesus did on this earth. Paul tells us he would receive the Crown of Righteousness 2Timothy 4:7-8 and that others were Perfected in the Church too.

        Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore Perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is Perfect.

        Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto Perfection; not laying again the foundation of Repentance from dead works and of Faith toward God,

        Philippians 3:14-16 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be Perfect, be thus minded and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, where to we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

        2Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be Perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

        1 John 4:16-19 And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him.erein is our Love made Perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in Love but Perfect Love casteth out fear because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made Perfect in Love. We Love Him, because He first Loved us.

        1 John 2:4-6 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His Commandments, is a liar, and the Truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the Love of God Perfected hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith hebideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

        2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be Perfect, be of good comfort, be of one Mind, live in Peace and the God of Love and Peace shall be with you.

        So many disregard the Scriptures Elihu that tell us we do not and cannot Sin when we are Born Again and are Perfected in Love. Having the mind of Christ means we also do not choose to Sin.

        1 John 3:9 No one who is Born of God will continue to Sin, because God’s seed remains in him he cannot go on Sinning, because he has been Born of God.

        1 John 5:18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God Sins but He who was Born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

        John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who Sins is a slave to Sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed

        Romans 6:6- 7 For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of Sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to Sin because anyone who has died has been freed from Sin.

        Romans 6:22-23 But now being made free from Sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto Holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of Sin is death but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        1John 3 – No one who lives in Him keeps on Sinning. No one who continues to Sin has either seen Him or known Him. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is Right is Righteous, just as He is Righteous.

        Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto Sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        Romans 6 : 1 -2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in Sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to Sin live any longer therein?

        1 John 2:28-29 And now little Children abide in Him that when He shall appear we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If ye know that He is Righteous ye know that every one that doeth Righteousness is Born of Him.

        Romans 6:18-20 Being then made free from Sin ye became the Servants of Righteousness.
        We put our flesh to death Elihu by the Spirit……

        Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation but it is not to the Sinful Nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the Sinful Nature, you will die but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body you will live because those who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of God.

        Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

        Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts if we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

        2 Corinthians 7: 1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit perfecting Holiness in the fear of God.

        Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

        Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

        Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified and made white and tried but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand but the wise shall understand.

        God knew David’s Baby was going to die Elihu as He knows all things, he was sick and suffering, God did not kill him as punishment, He also does not condone Abortion, every Child that is conceived has the breath of life and a right to live. God also tells us Children are not punished for the Sins of their Parents and as for Disciplining Children, abuse brings more abuse which is why violence in the young has greatly increased and so have their suicides. The Rod of Correction is not a stick it is The Holy Spirit.

        We remember too we are under a New Covenant in Christ Jesus and we are not judged under the Law although we still keep the Law in Him.

        Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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