Sunday, September 17, 2017

We Have A Living Savior -31-

We have a living Savior.  He is not in Joseph's tomb; He is risen from the dead and has ascended on high as a Substitute and Surety for every believing soul.  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).  The sinner is justified through the merits of Jesus, and this is God's acknowledgement  of the perfection of the ransom paid for man.  That Christ was obedient even unto the death of the cross is a pledge of the repenting sinner's acceptance with the Father.  Then shall we permit ourselves to have a vascillating experience of doubting and believing, believing and doubting?  Jesus is the pledge of our acceptance with God.  We stand in favor before God, not because of any merit in ourselves, but because of our faith in 'the Lord our righteousness."

Jesus stands in the holy of holies, now to appear in the presence of God for us.  There He ceases not to present His people moment by moment, complete in Himself. But because we are thus represented before the Father, we are not to imagine that we are to presume upon His mercy and become careless, indifferent, and self-indulgent.  Christ is not the minister of sin.  We are complete in Him, accepted in the Beloved, only as we abide in Him by faith.

Perfection through our own good works we can never attain.  The soul who sees Jesus by faith, repudiates his own righteousness.  He sees himself as incomplete, his repentance insufficient, his strongest faith but feebleness, his most costly sacrifice as meager, and he sinks in humility at the foot of the cross.  But a voice speaks to him from the oracles of God's Word.  In amazement he hears the message, 'Ye are complete in Him.'  Now all is at rest in his soul.  No longer must he strive to find some worthiness in himself, some meritorious deed by which to gain the favor of God."

Jesus is busy trying to impress all of us with His love for us.  He is pleading with His Father to accept His sacrifice for us when we repent of our sins and want to live His life and abide with Him day by day.  What a wonderful Savior we have who was willing to give us His life on the cross to save us. Grandma Joan

Friday, September 15, 2017

What Is Justification By Faith -30-

"As the repentant sinner, contrite before God, discerns Christ's atonement in his behalf and accepts this atonement as his only hope in this life and the future life, his sins are pardoned.  This is justification by faith.  Every believing soul is to conform his will entirely to God's will and keep in a state of repentance and contrition, exercising faith in the atoning merits of the Redeemer and advancing from strength to strength from glory to glory.

Pardon and justification are one and the same thing.  Through faith, the believer passes from the position of a rebel, a child of sin and Satan; to the position of a royal subject of Christ Jesus, not because of any inherent goodness, but because Christ receives him as His child by adoption.  The sinner receives the forgiveness of his sins, because these sins are borne by his Substitute and Surety.  The Lord speaks to his heavenly Father, saying: 'This is My child, I reprieve him from the condemnation of death, giving him My life insurance policy--eternal life--because I have taken his place and have suffered for his sins.  He is even My beloved son.'  Thus man, pardoned, and clothed with the beautiful garments of Christ's righteousness, stands faultless before God.

The sinner may err but he is not cast off without mercy.  His only hope, however, is repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the Father's prerogative to forgive our transgressions and sins, because Christ has taken upon Himself our guilt and reprieved us, imputing to us His own righteousness.  His sacrifice satisfies fully the demands of justice.

Justification is the opposite of condemnation.  God's boundless mercy is exercised toward those who are wholly undeserving.  He forgives transgressions and sins for the sake of Jesus, who has become the propitiation for out sins.  Through faith in Christ, the guilty transgressor is brought into favor with God and into the strong hope of life eternal.

This little study is amazing and is our hope from a sinful life to a life eternally with Jesus who paid for our salvation with His life.  Do you love Him?  I love Him but probably not like I should, I want to love Him so much that I wouldn't think of doing anything to harm my salvation.  You can pray for me and I will certainly pray for you.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Faith The Condition of Promise -28-

"Without the grace of Christ, the sinner is in a hopeless condition; nothing can be done for him; but through divine grace, supernatural power is imparted to the man and works in mind and heart and character.  It is through the impartation of the grace of Christ that sin is discerned in its hateful nature and finally driven from the soul temple.  It is through grace that we are brought into fellowship with Christ, to be associated with Him in the work of salvation.  Faith is the condition upon which God has see fit to promise pardon to sinners; not that there is any virtue in faith whereby salvation is merited, but because faith can lay hold of the merits of Christ, the remedy provided for sin.  Faith can present Christ's perfect obedience instead of the sinner's transgression and defection.  When the sinner believes that Christ is his personal Savior, then according to His unfailing promises, God pardons his sin and justifies him freely.  The repentant soul realizes that his justification comes because Christ, as his Substitute and Surety, has died for him, is his atonement and righteousness.

"Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.  But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness'  (Romans 4:3-5).  Righteousness is obedience to the law.  The law demands righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of rendering it.  The only way in which he can attain to righteousness is through faith.  By faith he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lord places the obedience of His Son to the sinner's account.  Christ's righteousness is accepted in place of man's failure, and God receives, pardons, justifies, the repentant, believing soul, treats him as though he were righteous, and loves him as He loves His Son.  This is how faith is accounted righteousness; and the pardoned soul goes on from grace to grace, from light to a greater light.  He can say with rejoicing, 'not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life' (Titus 3:5-7).

Again it is written, 'But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God' (John 1:12,13).  Jesus said, 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God' (John 3:3).  Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,  he cannot enter into the kingdom of God' (verse5).

Christ looks at the spirit, and when He sees us carrying our burden with faith, His perfect holiness atones for our short comings. When we do our best, He becomes our righteousness.  It takes every ray of light that God sends to us to make us the light of the world."

I want to be a light to the world, don't you?  It's such good news that when we surrender our all He does the righteousness in us and our character and life completely changes for our good and for the good of those we share this precious message with.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Doctrine Full Of Deception -27-

"Self-righteousness is the danger of this age; it separates the soul from Christ.  Those who trust in their own righteousness cannot understand how salvation comes from Christ.  They call sin righteous-ness and righteousness sin.  They have no appreciation of the evil of transgression, no understanding of the terror of the law; for they do not respect God's moral standard of righteousness, men have erected a standard of their own by which to measure character.  They see through a glass darkly and present false ideas of sanctification to the people, thus encouraging egotism, pride, and self-righteousness.  The doctrine of sanctification advocated by many is full of deception because it is flattering to the heart; but the kindest thing that can be preached to the sinner is the truth of the binding claims of the law of God.  Faith and Works must go hand in hand; for faith without works is dead, being alone.

The prophet declares a truth by which we may test all doctrine.  He says, 'To the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.' (Isaiah 8:20.  Although error abounds in the world, there is no reason why men and women need to remain in deception.  The truth is plain and when it is contrasted with error, its character may be discerned.  All the subjects of God's grace may understand what is required of them.  By faith, we may conform our lives to the standard of righteousness, because we can appropriate to ourselves the righteousness of Christ.

In the Word of God, the honest seeker for truth will find the rule for genuine sanctification.  The Apostle says: 'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit....For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannaot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.'  (Romans 8:1-9).  F&W 96 & 97

God bless every seeker of truth, and may you find the real truth, not a deceptive truth, as you study God's Word.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Talk Faith, Live Faith and Act Faith -26-

"Now, Friends,  you have educated yourselves so much in doubts and questionings that you have to educate your souls in the line of faith.  You have to talk faith, you have to live faith, you have to act faith, that you may have an increase of faith.  Exercising that living faith, you will grow to strong men and women in Christ Jesus.

You can be just what Christ said His disciples should be--'the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14).  You should diffuse that light, hope, and faith to others.  You are not to go groaning your way onward in His service, as though He were a hard taskmaster, laying upon you burdens that you cannot carry. This is not the case.  He wants you to be filled with joy, to be filled with the blessing of God, to know the length and breadth and height and depth of the love of God, which passes knowledge.  When His name is mentioned He wants it to strike the keynote, and there will be a response in your hearts.  Then you can offer up thanksgiving and glory and honor and praise to Him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb.

You should learn to sing that song here; and when you are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, you will know just where to strike the song of triumph with heavenly angels and with the redeemed saints.  We shall make heaven's arches ring with praise and glory.  Now, let the arches ring here.  Let this place waken praise in your hearts.  While you are upon this ground look at the lofty trees, the green velvet carpet, and let praise awaken in your hearts.  Praise God that we are privileged to be in this world, as beautiful as it is.  We are going to a better place.  This earth is going to be purified, melted over, and made without sin.

Have we not everything to make us heavenly minded?  Have we not everything to bring us up from this earthliness and sensuality, this cheap and nonsensical talk this jesting and joking, this false reporting, babbling, and evil surmising? Put it all away!  It is a disgrace to the church!  Ut enfeebles and weakens the church.

Let our conversation be holy.  As God is holy in His sphere, let us be holy in ours.  Let us rejoice in the precious Savior, who has died to redeem us, and reflect glory back to God.  Let us join with
heaven in our praises here and unite with the songs of the heavenly angels in the city of our God."
F & W 78 & 79
I hope and pray that this will be your desire and hope.  Grandma Joan


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Believe it Because God says it -25-

"Believe it because it is the truth, because God says it, and lay hold upon the meritorious blood of a crucified and risen Savior.  He is your only hope.  He is your righteousness, your substitute, your surety, your all in all.  When you realize that, you can bring to Him only an offering of praise.  But when you are not willing to come to Christ and acknowledge that He does it all, when you feel that you must first take a few steps, and come so far and then God will meet you; that is just exactly like Cain's offering.  He did not know Jesus , and he did not know that the blood of Jesus could cleanse his sins and make his offering acceptable to God.

The Bible is to be your standard, the living oracles of Jehovah are to be your guide.  You are to dig for the truth as for hidden treasures.  You are to find where the treasure is, and then you are to plow every inch of the field to get the jewels.  You are to work the mines of truth for new gems, for new diamonds, and you will find them.

God help us to be Bible students.  Until you can see the reason for it yourself and a 'thus saith the Lord' in the Scriptures, don't trust any living man to interpret the Bible for you.  And you can see this, you know it for yourself, and know it to be the truth of God.  You will say, 'I have read it, I have seen it, and my own heart takes hold upon it, and it is the truth, God has spoken to me from His Word.'  Now this is what we are to be--individual Christians.  We need to have an individual, personal experience.  We need to be converted, as did the Jews.  If you see a little light, you are not to stand back and say, 'I will wait until my brethren have seen it.  'If you do, you will go out in darkness.

God help us to have a knowledge of the truth, and if you have seen the truth of God, press right to the light and put up the bars behind you.  Make not flesh your arm; but have a living experience for yourselves, and then your countenance will shine with the glory of God.  You have walked with Him, and He has upheld you.  You have wrestled with Him and pleaded with Him, and He has let His light shine upon you."

I don't think I can add a thing to this study.  Take hold of God's truth and let no one deter you.  It is a matter of eternal life or eternal death.  Grandma Joan

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Overcomers Portion -24-

"Did not our Savior have something to overcome?  Did not He keep up the battle with the prince of darkness until He was a victor on every point?  Then He left the work in the hands of His followers.  We have something to do.  Have we not the overcomers portion, to work out and gain the victory?  Have we not to follow on step by step to know the Lord until we shall know His goings forth are prepared as the morning?  Their light will shine forth until we come to the brighter light.  You will grasp it and go on and gather brighter light from the oracles of God as you supplicate the God of heaven.

Jacob was ensnared.  He defrauded his brother of his birthright.  As he wrestled with Christ, his sins came up before him.  And the angel wrestled with Christ, his sins came up before him.  And the angel wrestled with him and said, 'Let Me go,' and Jacob said, 'I will not let Thee god, except Thou bless me' (Genesis 32:26).

Will you do that?  Will you wrestle with God at this time until you know that He reveals Himself to you?  There are sins that afflict your souls; your sins grieve you.  Will you say; 'Now, Lord, I must have pardon written opposite my name,' and wrestle and plead with God, laying hold upon the righteousness of Christ, 'He must save; I believe in Him; I take Him at His word, 'Now, friends, what shall we do?'

Jacob obtained the victory, and his name was changed that day.  It was when he prevailed with God.  I am  so thankful that God has made a way that we may have full and free salvation.  We need not look at the shadows that Satan casts on our path.  He would eclipse heaven and Jesus and the light and power of heaven to us, and we keep talking of the power of Satan.  but we need not talk of that.  Isaiah presents it this way: 'unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace' (Isaiah 9:6).  Does not that say that I and My Father are one?

God help us, friends, to wake up and stir ourselves now to do as much as the paralytic did to do as much as the impotent man did and as much as the one with the palsied arm did.  They did just as they were told.  God help us to believe on the Son of God and that He can save us to the utmost, and we shall have everlasting life.

Talk of Christ's love, talk of His power, praise Him.  If you have a voice to say anything, talk of God, talk of heaven, talk of eternal life. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"  (Romans 10:10).  F&W 75 & 76

I want to share something spiritual with you.  You can never, never reason out God's mind, or why He does what He does, or says what He does.  You can't reason out the plan of Salvation.  You can't reason out 'Christ in you the hope of glory', it is all impossible for us to reason out all that God does and says with our meager minds compared to His all-knowing mind.  If you try you will only become discouraged.  If you accept His promises because He made them then you will have peace of mind and be content in your beliefs, as long as they are in accordance with the Bible.  I pray that you will have the wisdom and understanding as you read these posts.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Crucial Point -23-

"Satan is the author of death.  What did Christ do after He brought Satan under the dominion of death?  The very last words of Christ while expiring on the cross were, 'It is finished'  (John 1930).
The devil saw that he had overdone himself.  Christ by dying accomplished the death of Satan and brought immortality to light.

And after Christ came up from the Resurrection, what did He do?  He grasped His power and held His scepter.  He opened the graves and brought up the multitude of captives, testifying to everyone in our world and in creation that He had the power over death and that He rescued the captives of death.

Not all that believed in Jesus were brought to life at that time.  It was only a specimen of what would be, that we may know that death and the grave are not to hold the captives because Christ took them to heaven.  And when He comes again with power and great glory, He will open the graves.  The prison house will be opened, and the dead will come forth again to a glorious immortality.

Here are the trophies which Christ took up with Him and presented to the universe of heaven and the worlds that God has created.  Any affection that ever they had for Lucifer, who was the covering cherub, is now destroyed.  God gave him a chance to work out his character.  If He had not done this, there might have been those who felt the accusation he brought against God that He didn't give him a fair chance was justified.

The Prince of Life and the prince of darkness were in conflict.  The Prince of Life prevailed, but at an infinite cost.  His triumph is our salvation.  He is our Substitute and Surety, and what He says to him that overcometh tells whether man has anything to do or not.  How?  'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne'  (Revelation 3:21)."  F&W 74

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

You Cannot Save Yourself - 22-

Have you ever thought that through your efforts you will be saved?  It it a common belief that we have to do something to be saved.  It's true we do have to do something and that something is the hardest thing in the world to do. Surrendering your all to God is your part in your salvation.  That's all.  Read the following paragraphs and see if this is true.

Now you may cling to your righteousness, and you may think that you have tried to do everything right, and that, after all, you will be saved in doing this.  You cannot see that Christ does it all.  'I must repent first,' some say.  'I must go so far on my own without Christ, and then Christ meets me and accepts me.'

You cannot have a thought without Christ.  You cannot have an inclination to come to Him unless He sets in motion influences and impresses His Spirit upon the human mind.  And if there is a man on the face of the earth who has any inclination toward God, it is because of the many influences that are set to work to bear upon his mind and heart.  Those influences call for the allegiance to God and an appreciation of the great work that God has done for him.

Then don't let us ever say that we can repent of ourselves, and then Christ will pardon.  No, indeed.  It is the favor of God that leads us by His power to repentance.  Therefore, it is all of Jesus Christ, everything of Him, and you want to just give back glory to God.  Why dont you have the quickening influence of the Spirit of God when the love of Jesus and His salvation are presented to you? It is because you do not see that Christ is first and last and best, and the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the very Author and Finisher of our faith.  You don't realize this, and therefore you remain in your sins.  Why is this?  It is because Satan is here wrestling and battling for the souls of men.  He casts his hellish shadow right athwart our pathway, and all that you can see is the enemy and his power.

Look away from his power to the One that is mighty to save to the utmost.  Why doesn't your faith plow through the shadow to where Christ is?  He has led captivity captive and given gifts unto men. He will teach you that Satan claims every soul that does not join with Him as his property."  F&W 73

Pray over this problem and let Christ convince you that He does everything after we have surrendered our all to Him.  I know its true because Ive experienced it.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Are We Saved In Indolence? -21-

We want the faith that Christ's righteousness provides for our salvation.  I want to have that faith, don't you?  I'm sure you do or you wouldn't be reading these posts.  I am thankful that you are reading them and I pray for you that you will accept Christ's righteousness which is His power to save us from our sin, not in our sin.  Are we saved in indolence.  Let's find out.


"Will man be saved in indolence?  Can he be saved in doing nothing? Never, never!  He must be a colaborer with Jesus Christ.  He cannot save himself.  'We are laborers together with God' 1 Corinthians 3:9.  And how is it?  All heaven is laboring to elevate the human race from the degradation of sin.  All heaven is open to the inhabitants of earth.  The angels of God are sent to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation.  'It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure'  (Philippians 2:13)."

"And it is that faith which works that you want.  How does it work?  It works by love. What love? The love flashing from the cross of Calvary.  It is set up midway between earth and heaven, and salvation is gained by looking at this cross.  The Father has accepted it, and the angelic host have come to that cross, and God Himself has bowed in acceptance of the sacrifice.  It answers the demand of Heaven, and man can be saved through Jesus Christ, if we only have faith in Him.  Man is reconciled to God and God to man, through the full and perfect and entire sacrifice."

"Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other', (Psalm 85:10).
When we see a ray of light we want to lay hold upon it.  The devil is working against this all the time.  It is the faith that works by love that is witnessed by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.  It is the love that He has had for my soul.  Christ has died for me.  He has purchased me at an infinite cost, and He has atoned for everything that is offensive to Him.  I must be a laborer with Him.  I must take His yoke upon myself.  I must wear the yoke of Christ.  I must lift His burdens.  I must teach others how to be lifted from the sinful state that I was in and to grasp by living faith the righteousness that is in Christ Jesus.  That is the only way that the sinner can be saved."

There are many ways you can be a laborer together with Christ.  First ad foremost, you can live a pure life for others to take note of and they may ask about it.  You can give a piece of literature to help them.  You can share a meal, you can give clothing, you can give of your time in helping others.
You can share on the internet like I am doing.  There are so many ways to share Christ with others.  One thing I do besides this is God has given me a love for just about everyone and I love them sincerely and they know it.  I am still working on that but  God is so good as to help me through my timidness.  This really works.  Hope you have caught a glimpse of what you can do for Jesus as He has done so much for us and loves us so much, He wants us to be with Him forever.  Grandma Joan

Monday, September 4, 2017

Christ Our Righteousness -20-

"What is it to believe?  It is to fully accept that Jesus Christ died as our sacrifice; that He became the curse for us, took our sins upon Himself, and imputed unto us His own righteousness.  Therefore we claim this righteousness of Christ, we believe it, and it is our righteousness.  He is our Savior.  He saves us because He said He would.  Are we going to go into all the explanations as to how he can save us?  Do we have the goodness in ourselves that will make us better and cleanse us from the spots and stains of sin, enabling us then to come to God?  We simply cannot do it."

Don't you know that when the young man came to Christ and asked Him what he should do that he might have life, Christ told him to keep the commandments?  Said he, "I have done it."  Now the Lord wanted to bring this lesson home to him.  "What lack I yet?  I am perfectly whole"  (Matthew 19:20.  He did not see that there was a thing the matter with him or why he should not have eternal life.  "I have done it," he said.  Now Christ touches the plague spot of his heart.  He says, "Come, follow Me, and ye shall have life."

What did he do?  He turned away very sorrowful, for he had great possessions."

"Now he had not kept the commandments at all.  He should have accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and taken hold of His righteousness.  Then, as he had the righteousness of Christ, he could keep the law of God.  The young ruler could not trample that law under his feet.  He must respect it; he must love it.  Then Christ would bring divine power to combine with man's efforts."

"Christ took upon Himself humanity for us.  He clothed His divinity, and divinity and humanity were combined.  He showed that the law which Satan declared could not be kept, could be kept.  Christ took humanity to stand here in our world, to show that Satan had lied.  He took humanity upon Himself to demonstrate that with divinity and humanity combined, man could keept the law of Jehovah.  Separate humanity from divinity, and you can try to work out your own righteousness from now till Christ comes, and it will be nothing but a failure."

"By living faith, by earnest prayer to God, and depending upon Jesus' merits, we are clothed with His righteousness we are saved.  "Oh, yes," some say, "we are saved in doing nothing.  In fact, I am saved.  I need not keep the law of God.  I am saved by the righteousness of Jesus Christ."  Christ came to our world to bring all men back to allegiance to God.  To take the position that you can break God's law, for Christ has done it all, is a position of death, for you are so verily a transgressor as anyone."

"Then what is it?  It is to hear and to see that with the righteousness of Christ which you hold by faith, righteousness supplied by His efforts and His divine power, you can keep the commandments of God."

I hope this is clear enough to understand, if not pray over it and ask God to direct your thoughts and give you the wisdom to understand it.  A miracle will happen in your life that will amaze you. It happened to me.  I started praying and asking for help in my Christian walk and was impressed to surrender my all to Him and allow Him to work in me to 'will and to do of His good pleasure' and I think a few weeks passed as I prayed this prayer.  One day I was just thinking about all this and all of a sudden I realized that some things I use to do and say, were no longer there.  Actually, I was amazed and so thankful that God was working in my life.  I like to let Him control my life day by day and see what happens.  Please give your all to Him and see what He will do for you.  Grandma Joan

PS  Taken from 'Faith and Works p. 70 & 71.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Impotent Man & The Brazen Serpent -18 -

The Impotent Man

There was an impotent man, and as Christ talked with him, he told the pitiful story of how, just as soon as he would go down into the water to be healed, somebody else would step in before him.  Christ asked him, 'wilt thou be made whole?'  John 5:6.  What a question!  That was what he was there for, but Christ wanted to call forth the expression of desire in that man's heart to be made whole.  And when Christ bade him to rise, take up his bed and walk, he did just as Christ told him to do.  He did not say, 'Why I have been here thirty years and have not taken a step during that time'  He did not stop to argue, but did just as he was bidden.  He took up his bed and walked out and was healed from that time." F&W 68.

"This is the faith that we need.  But if you stop to explain everything and reason out every point, you will die in your sins, because you will never be satisfied."  F&W 68

The Brazen Serpent

"Here is another case Christ presented before Nicodemus--the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness--and declared, 'Even so must the Son of man be lifted up'  John 3:14.  And if He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Him, 'that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life' (verse 15)  Now just look at that brazen serpent.  The children of Israel had not realized that God had been keeping them by His angels sent to be their help and their protection.  The people had not been destroyed by the serpents in their long travels through the wilderness.  They had been an ungrateful people."  F&W 69.

We are an ungrateful people too.  "We do not realize a thousand dangers that our heavenly Father has kept us from.  We do not realize the great blessing that He has bestowed upon us in giving us food and raiment, in preserving our lives by sending the guardian angels to watch over us.  Every day we should be thankful for this.  We ought to have gratitude stirring in our hearts and come to God with a gratitude offering every day.  We ought to gather around the family altar every day and praise Him for His watch care over us.  The children of Israel had lost sight that God was protecting them from the venomous beasts.  But when He withdrew His hand their sting was upon them."  F&W 69

"What then?  Christ Himself told Moses to set up a pole and make a brazen serpent and put it upon that pole and to raise it in the sight of the Israelites, that everyone who looked upon it might live.  They had no great work to do.  They were to look because God said it should be."  F&W 69

"Now, suppose that they had stopped to reason it out and said, 'it cannot be that by looking at that brazen serpent we will be healed!  There is no life in it!'  But the look of faith did heal them just as God and told them it would.  Those who looked lived.  Those who stopped to argue and explain it died."

"What are we to do?  Look and live.  'And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up'  (John 3:14).  The reason?  That those who behold Him 'should not perish, but have everlasting life' (John 3:16)."  F&W70

"What kind of faith is that?  Is it to believe simply or is it a faith of admission?  There are many who have that kind of faith.  You believe that Jesus was the Son of God;  but do you have a personal faith in regard to your own salvation?  Do you believe that Jesus is your Savior?  that He died on Calvary's cross to redeem you?  that He has offered you the gift of everlasting life if you believe on Him?"  F&W 70

How do you answer these questions?  I pray that you will believe that Jesus is your Savior and that He died on Calvary's cross for you that He is offering you the gift of everlasting life if you believe on Him.  It's so important in this day when everything is in turmoil, that we have the faith to take us through to be with Him forever.  Let's make that our goal.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Faith Of The Paralytic -17 -

This is a great story of faith.  I have often wished that I could have that kind of faith to just get up and walk.  Perhaps I do and don't know it.  It seems such a miracle and yet I remember when my legs were paralyzed and couldn't move them and this one morning I was talking to God about my condition and I told him I would like to be well but if it wasn't his will, it was OK with me and I noticed that the pain was gone in my back and I sat up and then I stood up and fell back on the couch which I had been laying in traction on for 11 days.  My husband walked in about then and I had him check the swelling on my spine and it was gone.  With him standing there, I walked and was so amazed at what God had done.  I was totally well.  That was probably 30 years ago.  I have a deteriorating hip now and can barely walk if I'm careful.  I would love to feel His touch again, I would be so grateful.  If you wouldn't mind, I would really appreciate your prayers to be relieved of the pain I'm in, in my back and hip.  I believe God has a plan for me to fulfill and I want to be able to do it.  Thank you.  Now for the paralytic story.

"The paralytic had not used his limbs for many years.  There he was on a mat.  The priests, the rulers, and the scribes examined his case and pronounced it hopeless.  They told him that by his own sin he had brought himself into this condition, and that there was a man called Jesus who was doing mighty works.  He was healing the sick, and He had even raised the dead.  "But how can I go to Him?" he said. "We will carry you to Jesus," his friends replied, "right into His presence; we have heard He has come to such a place."

"And so they took the hopeless man and bore him to where they knew Jesus was.  But the multitude surrounded the building so closely where Jesus was that there was no chance for them not so much as to come in at the door.  What were they going to do?  The paralytic  suggested that they open the roof and take off the tiling and let him down through the roof."

"And so he manifested his earnest faith.  They did it, and he was brought right before Jesus, where He could look at him.  And Jesus as He looked at him, pitied him, and He said, 'Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.'  What a relief came to his mind!  What hope filled his heart!"

"Then the feelings arose in the hearts of the Pharisees, 'Who has this power to forgive sins?  It is God alone that has this power."

"Then Jesus said to them, "That ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgiv sins,  (He said unto the sick of the palsy,)  I say unto thee, Arise, and takae up thy couch and go into thy house'  Luke 5:24.  What, take up his bed with his palsied arms!  What, get upon his feet with his palsied limbs!  What did he do?  He did just as he was bidden.  He did what the Lord told him to do.  The power of the will was set to move his palsied limbs and arms, and they responded, when they had not responded for a long time.  This manifestation showed before the people that there was One in their midst that could not only forgive sins but that could heal the sick."

"But the mighty evidence given to the Pharisees did not convert them.  Men can so encase themselves in unbelief, doubt, and infidelity that the raising of the dead would not convict them.  Because of their unbelief they would be in the same unbelieving position, unconvicted, unconverted.  but all those who have a heart to receive the truth and ears to hear, glorify God.  They exclaim, 'We have never see it on this wise before!"  F&W 67 & 68

Lets have a heart to receive the truth and ears to hear it and glorify God.  Also lets have the faith of the paralytic and believe what God says in His word and not let doubt creep in.  I know its hard and I am with the rest of you but we must have it if we want to be with Jesus forever.  Grandma Joan

Friday, September 1, 2017

Reasoning it Out -16-

I have tried to reason out Righteousness by Faith, Justification, Sanctification an it is impossible.  It is all accepted by faith in God, we do not have the power of mind to reason out the things of God, we must accept the promises by faith in Him and nothing of ourselves.  This is hard for us humans to comprehend, so the best thing for us to do is pray for the faith of Jesus and we will be satisfied.

John 3:8  "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

"No more can you explain the things of God upon the human heart.  You cannot explain this faith that lays hold upon the merits of the blood of a crucified and risen Savior to bring Christ's righteousness into your life.  Clothed with the righteousness of Christ and not your own righteousness, you will not depend upon what you can do or what you will do.  Don't you know you cannot o anything without Christ?  "Without Me,' he says, 'you can do nothing."  John 15:5.  F&W 65

We cannot judge God's word and decide whats truth and what isn't or take someone else's word over God's word.

Isaiah 8:20  "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."

"If ever a people needed light, it is those who are living in the very closing days of this earth's history.  We want to know what saith the Scripture.  We want to come to the living oracles of God.  We want that living faith which grasps the arm of infinite power, and we want to rely with all our being upon Jesus Christ, our righteousness.  And we may do it.  Yes, we do it profitably to our own soul's interest."  F&W 66

"You may be united to the Living Vine.  Every member of your whole being may be united to that Vine, and the sap and nourishment that come from the Vine will nourish the branch that is in the Vine, until you are one with Christ as He was one with the Father. Thus His blessings will be imparted to you. But friends, we have not had faith.  We have dishonored God by unbelief long enough."  F&W 67.

I am sure that a lot of this is new to you, but I have given you many texts through out the lessons so you can study this all out yourself and prove from the scripture that we may be attached to the Living Vine and live a godly life in Christ.  Keep reading these studies.  They are so good.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Simplicity of Being Saved -15-

I have heard it said that, 'it is easier to be saved then to be lost', and I believe they are right, whoever 'they' are.  The reason being that we do not have the power to do anything right without Christ, so if we allow Him to work in us 'to will and to do of His good pleasure'  wouldn't it just be easier to let Him do the saving and we just cooperate with Him.  That seems sensible to me.

"How is it that man will repent?  Is it anything of himself?  No; because the natural heart is at enmity with God.  Romans 3:7.  Then how can the natural heart stir itself up to repentance when it has no power to do so?  What is it that brings man to repentance?  It is Jesus Christ.  How does He bring man to repentance?  There are a thousand ways that He may do this." F&W 64

"The God of heaven is working upon human minds all the time.  An invitation is given in the Word of God, and it is not only given there, but it is given by all those who believe on Jesus Christ and are revealing Christ in their characters.  They may not preach a discourse; they may not come directly to a person and speak to him in regard to his condition of impenitence, yet such a one sees when brought into connection with any of the disciples of Jesus Christ that there is something there that he does not have.  The Pharisees saw that there was something in the disciples that they could not interpret. They saw something wonderful and were settled in their minds that the disciples had been listening to Jesus and they had learned their lessons from Him." F&W 64 & 65.

"There are impressions that are going forth al the time.  There is an atmosphere that surrounds the human soul and that atmosphere is a heavenly atmosphere or a hellish atmosphere.  There are two distinct lines.  Either we are on Christ's side of the question or on the enemy's side.  And if we  are continually drawing rays of divine light from glory, angels of God are around about us and there is an atmosphere that surrounds the human soul.  Our very attitude, our very words, witness influence.  "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'  And let him who thirsts come.  Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely.'" Revelation 22:17.  F&W 65.

"Now that we are branches of the Living Vine we will be nourished by the sap that flows from the Vine.  It flows all the time to every branch, and every branch will bear fruit to the glory of God. "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32.  F&W 65.

Can you see that it might be easier to be saved than to be lost?  When you study your Bible you can cross reference your texts and come up with lots of encouraging texts to give you faith and hope in Christ.  I pray that you have been blessed.  Grandma Joan


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What Must I Do To Be Saved? -14-

"If there is nothing more in all the Scriptures which point out definitely the way to heaven, we have it here in these words.  They tell us what conversion is.   They tell us what we must do in order to be saved.  And, my friends, I want to tell you that this strikes directly at the root of the surface work in the religious world.  It strikes directly against the idea that you can become a child of God without any particular change.  There is a decided change wrought in us if the truth of God has found a place in our hearts, for it has a sanctifying power upon life and upon character.  When we see the fruits of righteousness in those who claim to have advanced truth, as we claim to have it then there will b a course of action which testifies that we have learned of Christ."  F&W 63 See the following verses:

John 3:1-16  "There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God:  for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.'  Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'  Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?'  Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.  So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.'  Nicodemus answered and said to Him, 'How can these things be?  Jesus answered and said to him, 'Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?  Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.  If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.'  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

"When Christ the hope of Israel, was hung upon the cross and was lifted up as He told Nicodemus He would be, the disciples' hope died with Jesus.  They could not explain the matter.  They could not understand all that Christ had told them about it beforehand."  F&W 63

But after the Resurrection, their hopes and faith were resurrected, and they went forth proclaiming Christ and Him crucified.  They told how by wicked hands the Lord of life and glory had been taken and crucified, but He had risen from the dead.  And thus with great boldness, they spoke the words of life at which the people were much astonished."F&W 63

"The Pharisees and those who heard the disciples boldly proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah interpreted it that they had been with Jesus and learned of Him.  They talked just as Jesus talked.  This settled it in their minds that they had learned of Jesus.  How has it been with His disciples in all ages of the world?  Why they have learned of Jesus; they have been in His school; they have been His students and have learned the lessons of Christ in regard to the living connection that the soul has with God. That living faith is essential for our salvation that we should lay hold upon the merits of the blood of the crucified and risen Savior, on Christ, our righteousness."  F&W 64

"There seems to be a cloudy atmosphere that has gathered about the soul of man and that has shut in the mind.  It is next to impossible to break through this atmosphere of doubt and unbelief.  It is next to impossible to arouse his vital interests so that he may understand what he must do to be saved."  F&W 64

To me, this has been a great lesson.  I hope that all of you who read these lessons will look and live, and by looking at the cross where our Savior hung in agony, will turn your lives over to Him and be saved by His grace that He through His death has supplied for all.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Truth and Righteousness - 13 -

Matthew 5:16  "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Notice it doesn't say that they may see your good works, and glorify you but to glorify your Father in heaven.  Our works are not to bring glory to us, all credit and glory go to God, always.

"Truth and righteousness must be presented with the love of God as it was manifested in Jesus.  What purity will then be seen!  What a cleansing of every moral defilement will be shown to be necessary!  Then when this is done, the stubbornness of the will which has kept so many away from the light, as they behold the preciousness of the Redeemer, His mercy, and pity, will all be melted away from their souls."  F&W 60

Some questions to ask ourselves: "Will there be one who will retain their stubbornness?  Will there be one who will cling to his self-righteousness?  Will there be one who will not catch sight of the preciousness of Christ?  Is there a heart that will not be subdued by the love of Jesus?  Will any retain one particle of self-esteem?  Why is it that our hearts have been so insensible to the love of God? Why have we had so hard a judgment of our heavenly Father?  We need to come still closer to God." F&W 60

"Then we have talked of the darkness that the evil one has cast upon us, and we have bemoaned our condition: and in so doing, we have only spread the shadow over other souls, and that which has injured us was an injury to them.  As we have uttered our words of unbelief, others have been enshrouded in darkness and doubt."  F&W 60

"We cannot afford to do this work.  We thus put our kind heavenly Father in a false light.  All this must change.  We must gather up the rays of divine truth and let our light shine upon the darkened pathway of others.  Heaven's light shines for those who will follow Christ, the light of the world.  He says: 'He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
F&W 60

"We need to drink deeper and deeper of the fountain of life.  I hope that not a soul will be satisfied without making thorough work for eternity, and from this time on may it be seen, both by precept and example, that you are representatives of Christ.  You may have a living testimony to bear: 'Hear what the Lord has done for my soul.'  The Lord is ready to impart still greater blessings."  F&W 61

This study has hit me square in the head, I'm serious.  I've sort of been down and depressed because of pain and being handicapped and not able to get out much and I don't want to spread a shadow over anyone else's life, so have something to repent of, more than that too.  What about you?  Did this help you in any way.  I sure hope so.  I never want to cast any false interpretation upon what kind of character God has.  I am so sorry.  May God bless you with truth and the strength to follow the light. Grandma Joan


Monday, August 28, 2017

How To Tell If God Is Leading - 12 -

Isaiah 8:20  "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."  F&W 55

This is how you tell if the doctrine you are hearing is truth or error.  A very simple way to check up on what you are hearing or what you are reading or what is being acted out in front of you.  If it is not according to the word of God, it is because there is no light in them.

"If it stirs up the enmity of the human heart when the Lord, the great Jehovah, is mentioned, you may know the person has no connection with God.....Now when Christ shall call forth the dead, it depends wholly upon your course of action whether you have a resurrection to life eternal or a resurrection to damnation.  Thus they get these truths all mixed with error, and they cannot tell what is truth; and if asked to sit down and search the Scriptures with you to see what saith the Lord.  I never knew a case but the answer was that they had no need to search the Scriptures, for the Lord told them what to do."
F&W55

"The voice of God is speaking to us through His Word, and there are many voices that we will hear but Christ has said we should beware of them who will say, 'Here is Christ or there is Christ.' Then how shall we know that they have not the truth unless we bring everything to the Scriptures?  Christ has warned us to beware of false prophets who will come to us in His name, saying that they are Christ.  Now if you should take the position that it is not important for you to understand the Scriptures for yourselves, you will be in danger of being led away with their doctrines. Christ has said that there will be a company who in the day of retributive judgment will say, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?' But Christ will say, 'Depart from Me, ye that work iniquity'.  Matthew 7:22,23 F&W 55

"The time is coming when Satan will work miracles right in your sight, claiming that he is Christ; and if your feet are not firmly established upon the truth of God, then you will be led away from your foundation.  The only safety for you is to search for the truth as for hidden treasures.  Dig for the truth as you would for treasures in the earth, and present the word of God, the Bible, before your heavenly Father, and say, 'Enlighten me; teach me what is truth."  F&W 56

"And when His Holy Spirit shall come into your hearts, to impress the truth into your souls, you will not let go easily.  You have gained such an experience in searching the Scriptures that every point is established.  And it is important that you continually search the Scriptures.  You should store the mind with the Word of God; for you may be separated and placed where you will not have the privilege of meeting with the children of God.  Then you will want the treasures of God's Word hidden in your hearts, and when opposition comes around you, you will need to bring everything to the Scriptures." F&W 57

This is what I gained from this study.  There are many voices out there and many strange doctrines that are false, but we don't have to fear because we can test everything 'to the law and to the testimony and if they don't speak according to this Word, there is no light in them.  Also if we search the Scriptures daily and try to memorize as much as we are capable we will know what we believe and be able to stand up for God and His Word.  Very enlightening.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Counterfeit Sanctification-11 -

"Counterfeit sanctification has its origin in will-worship rather in submission to the will of God.  The error is fast flooding the world.  This error is fast flooding the world, and as God's witnesses, we shall be called to bear a decided testimony against it.  It is one of the veriest delusions of the last days and will prove a temptation to all who believe the present truth.  Those who have not their faith firmly established upon the Word of God will be misled.  And the saddest part of it all is that so few who are deceived by this error ever find their way to the light again."  F&W51

"The Bible is the standard by which to test the claims of all who profess sanctification.  Jesus prayed that His disciples might be sanctified through the truth, and He says, 'Thy Word is the truth, John 17:17.
while the Psalmist says, 'Thy law is the truth', Psalm 119:142.  All whom God is leading will manifest a high regard for the Scriptures in which His voice is heard.  The Bible will be to them 'Profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works', 2 Timothy 3:16.  'Ye shall know them by their fruits"  Matthew 7:16."  F&W 51

"We need no other evidence in order to judge of men's sanctification; if they are fearful lest they shall not obey the whole will of God, if they are listening diligently to His voice, trusting His wisdom, and making His Word the man of their counsel, then, while they make no boasts of superior goodness, we may be sure that they are seeking to attain to perfection of Christian character.  But if the claimants of holiness even intimate that they are no longer required to search the Scriptures, we need not hesitate to pronounce their sanctification spurious.  They are leaning to their own understanding instead of conforming to the will of God."  F&W  51,52

1 John 2:4  "He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."

"Spurious sanctification leads directly away from the Bible.  Religion is reduced to a fable.  Feelings and impressions are made the criterion.  While they profess to be sinless and boast of their righteousness, the claimants of sanctification teach that men are at liberty to transgress the law of God and that those who obey its precepts have fallen from grace.  A presentation of its claims arouses their opposition and excites anger and contempt.  Thus their character is shown, for 'the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7.  F&W 53

I want to comment on 'will worship' which is mentioned in the first paragraph.  I often wondered what was meant by 'will worship' and I think I finally understand it.  Instead of worshiping God and doing His will, we do our own will and worship our will.  Does that sound right?  That's what I get out of it.

"The true follower of Christ will make no boastful claims to holiness.  It is by the law of God that the sinner is convicted.  He sees his own sinfulness in contrast with the perfect righteousness which it enjoins, and this leads him to humility and repentance.  He becomes reconciled to God through the blood of Christ, and as he continues to walk with Him he will be gaining a clearer sense of the holiness of God's character and the far-reaching nature of His requirements.  He will see more clearly his own defects and will feel the need of continual repentance and faith in the blood of Christ." F&W
53,54
Here's how we succeed!

"He who bears with him a continual sense of the presence of Christ cannot indulge self-confidence or self-righteousness.  None of the prophets or apostles made proud boasts of holiness.  The nearer they came to perfection of character, the less worthy and righteous they viewed themselves." F&W 54

I read another quote somewhere, I believe it was in 'Christ's Object Lessons' that we can tell when we are drawing close to Jesus because the nearer to Him we become, the worse we look to ourselves.  Thats because we become humble and teachable in His presence.  Let us all draw near to Him and let Him teach us His path that He wants us to walk in.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Faith & Works - 10 -

Hebrews 11:6  "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."

"There are many in the Christian world who claim that all that is necessary to salvation is to have faith; works are nothing, faith is the only essential.  But God's Word tells us that faith without works is dead, being alone.  Many refuse to obey God's commandments, yet they make a great deal of faith.  But faith must have a foundation." F&W 47

"God's promises are all made upon conditions.  If we do His will, if we walk in truth, then we may ask what we will, and it shall be done unto us.  While we earnestly endeavor to be obedient.  God will hear our petitions, but He will not bless us in disobedience.  If we choose to disobey His commandments, we may cry, 'Faith, faith, only have faith,' and the response will come back from the sure Word of God, 'Faith without works is dead'  James 2:20.  Such faith will only be as sounding brass and as a tinkling cymbal.  In order to have the benefits of God's grace, we must do our part; we must faithfully work and bring forth fruits meet for repentance." F&W 47

We are not to sit around and do nothing.  Our work is to do the things that lie in front of us, even the little things.  If Christ is living in us we will know what He has for us to do.  In order for Him to live within us we must confess our sins daily if you don't know what they are, ask Him to show you and after we confess them we are to repent of them in sorrow that we have hurt the One who can save us.  He will live within us and direct our paths every day if we choose to let Him.  We must surrender our lives to Him, everything we are, every thing we do and even our thoughts. It is not an easy thing to do because we are set in our worldly ways it is hard to give them up, our temper, our pride anything that dishonors God.  He cannot live in a temple that harbors sin and our bodies are His temple.  He has promised to forgive us when we confess them and repent of them.  Keep striving to do this so that He can abide in you and direct your lives to His paths and you will have happiness just knowing that you are letting Him live within you.

"Faith and works will keep us evenly balanced and make us successful in the work of perfecting Christian character.  Jesus says, 'Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.'  Speaking of temporal food, the apostle said, 'For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat'.  The same rule applies to our spiritual nourishment; if any would have the bread of eternal life, let him make efforts to obtain it."  F&W 49

"There is no excuse for sin or for indolence.  Jesus has led the way, and He wishes us to follow in His steps.  He has suffered, He has sacrificed as none of us can, that He might bring salvation within our reach.  We need not be discouraged.  Jesus came to our world to bring divine power to man, that through His grace, we might be transformed into His likeness."  F&W 49,50

When it is in the heart to obey God, when efforts are put forth to this end, Jesus accepts this disposition and effort as man's best service, and He makes up for the deficiency with His own divine merit  But He will not accept those who claim to have faith in Him and yet are disloyal to His Father's commandment.  We hear a great deal about faith, but we need to hear a great deal more about works  Many are deceiving their own souls by living an easy-going, accommodating, crossless religion."  F&W 50

Matthew 16:24  "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."

Denying self could be a heavy cross that we must take up to follow Jesus.  While there are other crosses, the heaviest will probably be the one of denying self, selfish pride.

Micah 6:8  "He has shown you O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."  Grandma Joan




If There Ever Was A Time - 9 -

If there ever was a time in history that we need faith and enlightenment, it is now.  Times are not looking very good for the world and even our wonderful America.  We need to be thinking about our spiritual destiny and what happens to us.  We already studied about two classes of people and their destiny, which class do we want to be in.  Please, please study it out for yourselves and take the time to draw close to your maker and repent of your past and spend time in prayer so you will be in the right class of people when Christ returns to take all of us home.  Please be ready!!

"Those who are watching unto prayer and are searching the Scriptures daily with an earnest desire to know and do the will of God will not be led astray by any of the deceptions of Satan. They alone will discern the pretext which cunning men adopt to beguile and ensnare.  So much time and attention are bestowed upon the world, upon dress and eating and drinking, that no time is left for prayer and the study of the Scriptures."  F&W 45

"We want the truth on every point, and we must search for it as for hid treasures.  Dishes of fables are presented to us on every hand, and men choose to believe error rather than truth because the acceptance of the truth involves a cross.  Self must be denied; self must be crucified.  Therefore Satan presents to them an easier way by making void the law of God.  When God lets man have his own way, it is the darkest hour of his life.....But Satan has his agents who are too proud to repent and who are constantly at work to tear down the cause of Jehovah and trample it under their feet.  What a day of sorrow and despair when these meet their work with all its burden of results!  Christ died for them that they might have life.  He opened before them the way whereby they might, through His merits, keep the law of God.  Christ says, 'I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.' Revelation 3:8.  How hard men work to close that door; but they are not able, John's testimony is, 'And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament' Revelation 11:19.  Beneath the mercy seat, within the ark, were the two tables of stone, containing the law of Jehovah.  God's faithful ones saw the light shone forth to them from the law, to be given to the world.  And now Satan's intense activity is to close that door of light; but Jesus says that no man can shut it Men will turn from the light denounce it and despise it, but it still shines forth in clear, distinct rays to cheer and bless all who will see it."  F&W 45,46

I am sure that everyone who is studying these lessons wants to be on Christ's side, I know I do and I know that times might be tough for us but the reward is greater than any of us can imagine, so let's hang on to truth and share with as many as will listen and help them prepare for heaven too.  A lot of people think we are going to sit on a cloud and play a harp but Christ has told us that He went back to heaven and is preparing mansions for us and it describes all this in Revelation.  Look it up and read it, it is something you will not want to miss out on.  Grandma Joan


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Just Two Classes - 8 -

It's really important that we understand scripture, for the salvation of our own souls.  Please follow these texts in Matthew carefully and pay close attention to the two classes.

Matthew 25:34-46  "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'  Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink?  And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
the King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine even the least of them you did it to Me.'
    Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you give me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.'  Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'  Then He will answer them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.'  These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." F&W

Is that two classes of people and right straight from the scriptures?  Read it over several times and let it sink in.  I am sure that some of you already knew that scripture but sure someone reading never thought of it this way.  Jesus died on the cross for all the sins of the world, but there are always rebellious ones that have their own way of thinking and are listening to the wrong voice to follow their own inclinations, but the Scriptures are true and we need to follow them closely.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Another Deception

Are you ready to learn what another deception is?  I am sharing these to make sure you are aware of what you are believing.  It is a matter of life and death and I know there are those who do not believe this but I am telling you so you will know.  You must know the truth to be saved!  I have the love of Jesus in my heart like never before and I love people and I would never lead you astray and cause you to lose heaven.  Heaven is in my heart and I hope it will be in your heart if it isn't already, which I hope with all my heart it is.

"One of Satan's most successful deceptions is to lead men to claim to be sanctified, while at the same time they are living in disobedience to God's commandments.  These are described by Jesus as those who will say, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?'  Yes, those who claim to be sanctified have a great deal to say about being saved by the blood of Jesus, but their sanctification is not through the truth as it is in Jesus.  While claiming to believe in Him, and apparently doing wonderful works in His name, they ignore His Father's law and serve as agents of the great adversary of souls to carry forward the work which he began in Eden, that of making plausible excuses for not obeying God implicitly.  Their work is leading men to dishonor God by ignoring His law will one day be unfolded before them with its true results."  F&W

"The conditions of eternal life are made so plain in God's Word that none need err unless they choose error rather than truth because their unsanctified souls love the darkness rather than the light."

I know this is really hard for some of you but please don't close your mind to truth, I can't explain how sorry you will be some day.  It breaks my heart to have anyone turn away from Bible truth.

Luke 18:18 & Matthew 19:16 & Mark 10:17  "'Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'
But Jesus laid the burden back upon the lawyer, 'What is written in the law? How readest thou? and he said 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and mind, and thy neighbor as thyself."  Christ answered and said, 'this do and thou shalt live.  Luke 10:25-28.  These words meet the individual cases of all.  Are we willing to comply with the conditions?  Will we obey God and keep His commandments?  Will we be doers of the word and not hearers only?  God's law is immutable and unchangeable as His character.  Whatever men may say or do to make it void does not change its claims or release them from their obligation to obey."  F&W

Psalm 119:18  David prayed, "Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law".
And verse 126  still a prayer of David, "It is time for Thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void Thy law".

"None who have had the light of truth will enter the city of God as commandment breakers.  His law lies at the foundation of His government in earth and in heaven.  If they have knowingly trampled upon and despised His law on earth, they will not be taken to heaven to do the same work there; there is no change of character when Christ comes."  F&W

Revelation22:14  "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

I hope this has been a true blessing to each of you and you will dig into your Bible and discover more truths to go along with these.  You will find many if you really search. Revelation is an eye opener.
Please do your own study of the texts that I have shared and do some cross references, I don't mind if you check up on me, it's great!  Grandma Joan


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Christ Is Our Righteousness

How many believe this?  This is a wonderful study and I'm sure you will benefit from it, just hang in there.

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

"God requires that we confess our sins and humble our hearts before Him; but at the same time, we should have confidence in Him as a tender Father, who will not forsake those who put their trust in Him.  Many of us walk by sight and not by faith.  We believe the things that are seen but do not appreciate the precious promises given us in God's Word, and yet we cannot dishonor God more decidedly than by showing that we distrust what He says and question whether the Lord is in earnest with us or is deceiving us."  F&W

"God does not give us up because of our sins.  We may make mistakes and grieve His Spirit, but when we repent and come to Him with contrite hearts, He will not turn us away.  There are hindrances to be removed.  Wrong feelings have been cherished, and there have been pride, self-sufficiency, impatience, and murmurings.  All these separate us from God.  Sins must be confessed; there must be a deeper work of grace in the heart."  F&W

We must learn in the school of Christ.  Nothing but His righteousness can entitle us to one of the blessings of the covenant of grace.  We have long desired and tried to obtain these blessings but have not received them because we have cherished the idea that we could do something to make ourselves worthy of them.  We have not looked away from ourselves, believing that Jesus is a living Savior.  We must not think that our own grace and merits will save us; the grace of Christ is our only hope of salvation.  Through His prophet, the Lord promises, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon"Isaiah 55:7.  We must believe the naked promise, and not accept feeling for faith.  When we trust God fully, when we rely upon the merits of Jesus as a sin-pardoning  Savior, we shall receive all the help that we can desire."  F&W

Just like the paragraph above says, we must trust him.  We must walk by faith and not by sight.  I understand it is hard to believe in things that we cannot see, but we need to pray for trust and faith to believe.  All of our sins separate us from God, we must confess them if we hope to have a close relationship with Him, We must draw close to God and He will draw close to us.  We must lean on Christ as our only hope of salvation.  

"We look to self, as though we had power to save ourselves; but Jesus died for us because we are helpless to do this.  In Him is our hope, our justification, our righteousness....At this very time He is carrying on His work in our behalf, inviting us to come to Him in our helplessness and be saved.  We dishonor Him by our unbelief."  F&W

When Moses was leading the Israelites in the wilderness, God allowed poisonous serpents to sting them because of their rebellion.  He told Moses to make a serpent on a pole and tell them to 'look and live', many of them didn't believe God and suffered and died because of their unbelief.  

John 3:14,15  "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness," even so was "the Son of man . . was lifted up:  that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life"  If you are conscious  of your sins, do not devote all your powers to mourning over them, but look and live.  Jesus is our only Savior; and although millions who need to be healed will reject His offered mercy, not one who trusts in His merits will be left to perish.  While we realize our helpless condition without Christ, we must not be discouraged; we must rely upon a crucified and risen Savior. Poor, sin-sick, discouraged soul, look and live.  Jesus has pledged His word; He will save all who come unto Him."

"There are conscientious souls that trust partly to God and partly to themselves.  They do not look to God, to be kept by His power, but depend upon watchfulness against temptation and the performance of certain duties for acceptance with Him.  There are no victories in this kind of faith.  Such persons toil to no purpose; their souls are in continual bondage, and they find no rest until their burdens are laid at the feet of Jesus."  F&W

"There is need of constant watchfulness and of earnest, loving devotion, but these will come naturally when the soul is kept by the power of God through faith.   We can do nothing, absolutely nothing, to commend ourselves to divine favor.  We must not trust at all to ourselves or to our good works; but when as erring, sinful beings we come to Christ, we may find rest in His love.  God will accept every- one that comes to Him trusting wholly in the merits of a crucified Savior.  Love springs up in the heart.  There may not be ecstasy of feeling, but there is an abiding peaceful trust.  Every burden is light; for the yoke which Christ imposes is easy.  Duty becomes a delight, and sacrifice a pleasure.  The path that before seemed shrouded in darkness becomes bright with beams from the Sun of Righteousness.  This is walking in the light as Christ in iin the light."  F&W

This is beautiful, I cannot add or subtract anything from it.  All I can say is cast your burdens on Jesus and let Him carry them for you, all your sins, confess them and He will forgive and life will not be a burden any longer. Grandma Joan





Monday, August 21, 2017

Poison

Did you know that you can be poisoned spiritually?  Yes, you can.  By adopting strange doctrines that are not Biblical and there are a lot of them we will touch on at least one today, maybe more.

One of them is that there is the belief that the death of Christ brought in grace to replace the law of God.  The precious blood that Christ shed establishes the law of God, not do away with it.  I didn't really know that some believe this but they do.  I have heard people say that 'I am saved', regardless of what kind of life they live they believe that they will be saved.  Here is a verse to verify this.  His mercy and truth go hand in hand.

Psalm 85:10  "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other."

"Jesus, our Substitute, consented to bear for man the penalty of the law transgressed.  He clothed His divinity with humanity and thus became the Son of man, a Savior, and Redeemer.  The very fact of the death of God's dear Son to redeem man shows the immutability of the divine law.  How easily, from the transgressor's standpoint, could God have abolished His law, thus providing a way whereby men could be saved and Christ remain in heaven!  The doctrine which teaches freedom, through grace, to break the law is a fatal delusion.  Every transgressor of God's law is a sinner, and none can be sanctified while living in known sin."  F&W

"The condescension and agony of God's  dear Son were not endured to purchase for man liberty to transgress the Father's law and yet sit down with Christ in His throne.  It was that through His merits and the exercise of repentance and faith the most guilty sinner might receive pardon and obtain strength to live a life of obedience.  The sinner is not saved in his sins, but from his sins."  F&W

"What is sin?  1John 3:4  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

  "When the commandment came home to Saul's conscience sin revived, and he died.  He saw himself condemned by the law of God.  The sinner cannot be convinced of his guilt unless he understands what constitutes sin.  It is impossible for an individual  to experience Bible sanctification while he holds that if he believes in Christ is immaterial whether he obeys God's law or disobeys it." Romans 7:7.  F&W

In Revelation God's word declares that the professed commandment keeper whose life contradicts his faith is blind, wretched, poor, and naked.  Revelation 3:17.

"Many are led to think that they are on the road to heaven because they profess to believe in Christ, while they reject the law of God.  But they will find at last that they were on the way to perdition instead of heaven.  Spiritual poison is sugarcoated with the doctrine of sanctification and administered to the people.  Thousands eagerly swallow it, feeling that if they are only honest in their belief they will be safe.  But sincerity will not convert error to truth.  A man may swallow poison, thinking it is food; but his sincerity will not save him from the effects of the dose."  F&W

God has given us His word as our guide.

John 5:39  "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me."

John 17:17  "Sanctify them through Thy truth:  Thy word is truth."

Acts 26:9 Paul says:  "I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth."

His belief did not make his course right, did it?  When he received the gospel of Jesus Christ, it made him a new creation.  He was transformed.  He was not daunted by opposition or suffering.  Men may make all kinds of excuses for not keeping God's law but no excuse for the rejection of God's law will be accepted in the day of judgment.  We must very soon meet the Great Law Giver over His broken law.  What will we say in that day?  We will miss out on heaven and I don't want to be classed in that position, do you?  I hope not.  

These lessons are to help us in our life's journey, not discourage us.  Please follow me day by day in them and you will see that it is not a hard thing to follow the truth as it is in Jesus Christ.  I want you to be blessed and that is my goal.  Everything will be Biblical and has been so stay with me.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, August 20, 2017

True Sanctification

This subject has always been in my heart and mind but not in my actions.  I want to help those who have been where I have been to understand the phrase, 'True Sanctification'.  It is a very misunderstood subject by many, and I hope that this will help us understand what exactly it means and how we may obtain it.

"Sanctification is obtained only in obedience to the will of God.  Many who are willfully trampling upon the law of Jehovah claim holiness of heart and sanctification of life.  But they have not a saving knowledge of God or of His law.  They are standing in the ranks of the great rebel.  He is at war with the law of God, which is the foundation of the divine government in heaven and the earth.  These men are doing the same work as their master has done in seeking to make of none effect of God's holy law.    No commandment-breaker can be permitted to enter heaven; for he who was once a pure and exalted covering cherub was thrust out for rebelling against the government of God."  F&W

1 John 2:1-7   "My little children these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;  And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.  And hereby we do know that we know him if we keep his commandments.  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 he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

This kind of spells it out pretty plain, doesn't it?  We are prompted not to sin, but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ who is our intercessor to stand in our place with the Father.
Jesus paid the price for our sins and not ours only but everyone in the world if they would repent of their sins and let Him live out His life in them.  We also learned that when we say we know Him and don't keep His commandments, He says we are liars and the truth is not in us.  We know that we are in Him when we walk as He walked.

When we repent of our sins and surrender our all to Christ, we are considered dead to sin, and Christ is invited to dwell in our hearts and abide there.  If He is abiding in our hearts by faith, and we know by faith that His death on the cross paid for our sins, then we should know how very much that He loves us and if we know that He loves us and is abiding in our hearts we should know that we will not sin because He didn't sin and how much it will hurt Him if we do sin.  I want to learn to love Him as He loves me.  It may not be possible, but He can give me as much love for others that He wants me to have and I'll pray for that.  

By daily abiding with Him and living for Him, we can be sanctified day by day and be truly sanctified  when He comes for us in the clouds of heaven.  That is my goal, is it yours?  Grandma Joan

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Can We Earn Our Salvation?

All my life I have tried to please God by working for Him in one way or another.  That is why I started this blog, that is why I have held all kinds of offices in the church because I believed that I was earning my salvation by the things I was doing 'for Him'.  I have learned in just the last month or so that I cannot earn anything with God.  All the time I didn't know that I was misrepresenting the truth as it is in Jesus.  I am 86 years old now and if any of you are younger than that please listen up, older folks too.  It's never too late to learn.  The older you get the harder it is to comprehend these great truths, it takes much longer.  It is utterly useless to try and earn eternal life.  I have been in a fog of bewilderment and didn't know it.

"We need the divine love of God which is represented by gold tried in the fire; we need the white raiment of Christ's pure character; we need the heavenly eye salve that we might discern with astonishment the utter worthlessness of creature merit to earn the wages of eternal life."  F&W

Listen to this explanation:  "The Lord Jesus imparts all the powers, all the grace, all the penitence, all the inclination, all the pardon of sins, in presenting His righteousness for us to grasp by living faith--which is also the gift of God. .....Standing in the presence of their Creator and looking upon the unsurpassed glory which enshrouds His person, we are looking upon the Lamb of God given from the foundation of the world to a life of humiliation, to be rejected of sinful men, to be despised, to be crucified.  Who can measure the infinity of the sacrifice!"  F&W

Not me, I cannot even begin to imagine what Christ went through for me.  Lord, in my hand no price I bring, simply to Your cross, I cling.

"When we learn that we cannot earn righteousness by our own merit of works, and we look with firm and entire reliance upon Jesus Christ as our only hope, there will not be so much of self and so little of Jesus....We need to see by faith the righteousness of Christ as our only hope for time and for eternity."  F&W

"The soul temple is to be sacred, holy, pure, and undefiled.  There must be a copartnership in which all the power is of God and all the glory belongs to God.  The responsibility rests with us.  We must receive in thoughts and in feelings, to give in expression.  The law of the human and the divine action makes the receiver a laborer together with God.  It brings man where he can, united with divinity, work the works of God.  Humanity touches humanity.  Divine power and the human agency combined will be a complete success, for Christ's righteousness accomplishes everything." F&W

Did you get that?  If we accept Christ's righteousness as our righteousness, we can work the works of God.  But the responsibility lies with us to surrender to Christ and accept His righteousness as our righteousness 'for it is God who is working in you to will and to do of His good pleasure' Philippians 2:13.

"The reason so many fail to be successful laborers is that they act as though God depended on them, and they are to suggest to God what He chooses to do with them, in the place of their depending on God.  They lay aside supernatural power and fail to do the supernatural work."  F&W

Ephesians 2:8  "By grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God"
"Here is truth that will unfold the subject to your mind if you do not close it to the rays of light.  Eternal life is an infinite gift. This places it outside the possibility of you earning it because it is infinite.  It must necessarily be a gift.  As a gift, it must be received by faith, and gratitude and praise be offered to God.  Solid faith will not lead anyone  away into fanaticism or into acting the slothful servant.  It is the bewitching power of Satan that leads men to look to themselves in the place of looking to Jesus."  F&W

What I have learned from this lesson is that I can do nothing to earn my salvation.  I must trust in the merits of Christ's sacrifice for me for my salvation.  This is a tough lesson to comprehend, but please read it over and over if you have to.  It is all scriptural as you will see as the lessons go on.  It is not made up.  I am still learning because I want to make sure I have it down pat for my own salvation as well as yours.  You will have to use your reasoning powers and don't let your doubts creep in.  Please study these lessons and get them down in your heart and mind.  It will make you free in Christ and you will happy and joyful that you came across them.  Love to share with you and hope you are being blessed.  Grandma Joan

Friday, August 18, 2017

Belief and Unbelief

"How much do we believe from the heart?  The unbelief which is cherished in the soul has a bewitching power.  The seeds of doubt that they have been sowing will produce their harvest but they must continue to dig up every root of unbelief.  When these poisonous plants are pulled up, they cease to grow for want of nourishment in word and action.  The soul must have the precious plants of faith and love put in the soil of the heart and enthroned there." F&W

"Can we not understand that the most costly thing in this world is sin?  It is at the expense of purity of conscience, at the cost of losing the favor of God and separating the soul from Him, and at last losing heaven.  The sin of grieving the Holy Spirit of God and walking contrary to Him has cost many a one the loss of his soul."  F&W

Can you imagine what it will be like to lose the favor of God and separating our souls from Him and losing out on heaven?  I don't want to imagine it, it will be a sorrow that we cannot explain and filled with horror.  To think that we let this world be first in our life, when right now we can change all of this and look forward to seeing Him and rejoicing.

"By rebellion and apostasy man forfeited the favor of God; not his rights, for he could have no value except as it was invested in God's dear Son.  This point must be understood.  He forfeited those privileges which God in His mercy presented him as a free gift, a treasure in trust to be used to advance His cause and His glory, to benefit the beings He had made.  The moment the workmanship of God refused obedience to the laws of God's kingdom, that moment he became disloyal to the government of God and he made himself entirely unworthy of all the blessings wherewith God had favored him.  This was the position of the human race after man divorced himself from God by transgression.  Then he was no longer entitled to a breath of air, a ray of sunshine, or a particle of food.  And the reason why man was not annihilated was because God so loved him that He made the gift of His dear Son that He should suffer the penalty of man's transgression.  Christ proposed to become man's surety and substitute, that man, through matchless grace, should have another trial--a second probation--having the experience of Adam and Eve as a warning not to transgress God's law as they did." F&W

Think about this verse. "All things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee."  1 Chronicles 29:14.  God gives us everything we have, yes, we work for it but Who gives us the strength to work and sometimes it's taken away in a flash.  We do need to be thankful, and not be afraid to give what is already God's, back to Him in thanksgiving.  He will bless your endeavor.  Let's return to God our lives and be thankful for all His gifts that He gives to us daily and in return give Him glory and honor and gifts to further His work of saving souls for His kingdom.  Grandma Joan



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two classes of Christians

The lessons I am going to present are probably new to most of you but all in the Scriptures and will probably cause you to wonder for a little while but stick with me, you will find all the worries about your beliefs can be over, all your stresses, whether you will be saved will be over but it is  going to take several lessons for you to comprehend it. It has taken me several weeks to get the real meaning to some phrases I've heard most of my life, but it is there so hang in with me and enjoy the freedom you will find in Christ.  I've been studying these lessons out for weeks and I will present them as I feel that I can as I feel secure in my learning.  Please bear with me, you will not be disappointed.  Some thoughts are taken from the little book, 'Faith and Works'.  I have been totally blessed by studying this and pray that you too will be blessed by my sharing some of the thoughts.  I will put them in quotes and put 'F&W after the quote.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  Paul the apostle speaking, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? ....And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."

When we come to Christ sincerely wanting to follow Him, that is when we are washed, sanctified, and justified in His name and by His Spirit.  Sometimes we have led what we call it, a wicked life and do not feel like we can come to Him and be forgiven but when He washes us in baptism and sanctifies us by His blood on Calvary, and justifies us in His name and by His Spirit we are forgiven.  We have been washed clean from all sin.  Come to Jesus just as you are.  We must trust Him that He does this.

"The first class of Christians perverts the doctrine of justification by faith and neglect to comply with the conditions laid down in the Word of God - "If you love Me, keep My commandments" John 14:15. The second class there is fully as great an error on the part of those who claim to believe and obey the commandments of God but who place themselves in opposition to the precious rays of light--new to them--reflected from the cross of Calvary.  The first class do not see the wondrous things in the law of God for all who are doers of His Word.  The others cavil over trivialities and neglect the weightier matters, mercy and the love of God." F&W

1John 1:12  "Your sins are forgiven for His name's sake".  We must believe Him that He does forgive us even though we know we don't deserve it, He deserves it because He died for you.

John 1:12  "As many as received Him to them gave He the power to become the sons of God."

In this lesson, I want to learn the lesson of coming to God sincerely and surrender my life to Him completely and when we do that we must believe what He says in forgiving us.  We must learn to trust Him completely.  This is so hard to do, but the verse James 4:7 says; 'Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee...' if the devil flees, then God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Then we can freely love God and trust every word that He says to us.  So this lesson is one of trusting in God and believing that we are forgiven when we repent of our past sins.  You are free to trust Him, completely free.  Stay close to Him in the attitude of prayer so you can call on Him for any and all emergencies.  Grandma Joan