Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our Relationship with God - Part 5

Let's read verse 6 now:  "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth  as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

How important is it for us to abide in Christ?  If we don't, it says that every branch that does not abide in Him is cast forth and withers up and is burned in a fire.  I won't dwell on the fire right now, the importance of it all is that we abide in Christ and bear much fruit, but we must realize that without Him we can do nothing, so the most important part is abiding in Him.

Verse 7.  "If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you."
A lot of people have taken the part out of context which says you can ask what you will and it shall be done unto you.  So what is the meaning of these words, well, lets look at the next verse and it is explained.

Verse 8  "Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be My disciples."

What glorifies the Father?  That we bear much fruit and then we will be His disciples.
What can we ask for?  We can ask for more fruit to bear, that glorifies God.
And then if we are His disciples we will bear much fruit and glorify our Father in Heaven.  I can't wait for more fruit and for spending time with Him, it is so rewarding.  Grandma Joan

Our Relationship with God - Part 4

Let's read Verse 4 now: "Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abides in the vine: no more can you, except you abide in Me."

How much effort does it take for the branch to bear fruit?  None, so can we make ourselves bear fruit?  In Verse 4, it says, we can only bear fruit if we abide in the vine.  The only thing that takes effort is 'abiding'.  We have a free choice if we want to abide in the vine and bear fruit to His glory or if we want to be a withered branch and bear sickly fruit that no one wants to pick.  This would be caused by not abiding day by day in Christ the Vine.

Let's look at verse 5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in Me and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing."

How important is it that we abide in Christ?  If we abide in Him, we will bring forth much fruit:  How much can we bring forth without Him?  Without Him we can do nothing.  How simple is that?  So far I see the secret is ABIDING IN HIM MOMENT BY MOMENT, DAY BY DAY.  We will bring forth lots of fruit.

Let's read Galatians 5:22,23 again to refresh our minds as to what fruit is.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law."

I have discovered that when I  stay connected to the Vine, Christ, I have much love, joy, peace and my patience is getting better, I am more gentle with others, and I have learned that it doesn't all come at once.  We must be patient and wait on God to fill us with His Spirit which includes all these fruit.  The thing that thrills me the most is how much love God has place in my heart for nearly everybody that I come in contact with.  Even some who have never spoken to me before, I can still love them.  The best part of it all is that I really do have an abundance of love in my heart for all those that I thought I could never love.  It is so wonderful.  Please be a fruit bearing branch and bring glory to God with your fruit.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Relationship with God - Part 3

Today we are going to concentrate on Verse 3.  "Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you."

God's word is powerful and when He tells us we are clean through His word, we know this is a truth we all need and that is, 'to be clean'.  What does it mean to be clean?  The dictionary tells us the following:  Free from moral impurity, free from defilement, free from guilt, sanctified and holy.  I like the last one, 'free from guilt, sanctified and holy'.  I believe that is what the Bible definition is.

How do we get free from guilt, sanctified and holy?  Verse 3 tells us,"now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you>"  That's pretty simple, isn't it.  Spend time in God's word and accepting His promptings and counsel and before you know it, you will be bearing much fruit to God's glory.  All those things you wanted to be; will be a part of your character as you linger in His word, absorbing it day by day.  You also will be abiding in Him through His word.  It is such a simple thing to do, I was overwhelmed with the simplicity of it all.  Not through yet, we have some more verses to consider.  I pray that you are praying for strength and wisdom to grasp how simple it is to have a relationship with Christ and God.  So simple, but I have some more good news to add to this.
Grandma Joan

Monday, November 13, 2017

Our Relationship with God - cont. Part 2

Yesterday I shared John 15:1-8 and a little 'hint' that God is the husbandman and Christ is the vine.

Verse 2. "Every branch in me that bears not fruit He takes away and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit."

What is the fruit that God wants us to bear through Christ the vine?  Galatians 5:22,23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

These are the fruit that will be borne on every branch that is connected to the vine in Christ.  If we are abiding in Him we will develop the character traits of Jesus the vine of which we are attached.  This truth is pretty simple but because it is so simple, we skim right through it and don't apply it to our lives as we need to.

We need to abide in Him every minute of every day, so that He can purge our branch or us and cause us to bring forth more fruit as each day goes by.  My prayer for myself is:  "Lord Jesus, You are the vine and I am a branch and I want to bear fruit to Your glory all through this day, please keep me abiding continually in You and allow Your Spirit to cause me to bear more fruit to Your glory.  Thank you Jesus for blessing me with more of Your character traits."  Then you can continue to pray for those that you hope to influence by the new fruit that you are bearing.  Tomorrow is another part of John 15.  I hope God is impressing these truths upon your hearts and minds.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Back again! "Our relationship with God"

I am so sorry that I have been under the weather, it seems like it's just one thing and another, this time it was my lungs and so short of breath even at small exertions.  I hope you will all check back in again, I have something special to share with you that I think will give you peace in your heart and mind like nothing I have ever learned before.  God is so good!!!  I just have to share what He is doing in my life and can do in yours.   You will have to check in every day as I am going to do it in pieces and because I am still weak and expecting God to help me, I will do short studies to make it easy for you to grasp and easier for me to spend time with you.

"Our relationship with God".  or "Our relationship with Christ"  Whichever you prefer to call it.

In John 15, the subject is "abiding" which means, enduring, lasting, everlasting, eternal, unending, permanent, and steadfast.  They all mean the same thing, don't they?  Now let's read the first few verses in John 15.

John 15:1-8  "I am the vine and My Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine;  no more can you except you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches:  He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.  If a man abides not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned.  If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  Herein is My Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples."

If you can read these verses over a few times, then tomorrow we will start at verse one and explain these verses one by one.  Read them very carefully and try to think what God or Christ is saying to you.  Hint: God the Father is the husbandman and Christ is the vine.  This is soooo good you will really appreciate how simple it really is.  Grandma Joan.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Faith is taking God at His word.

Faith is the only condition upon which justification can be obtained, and faith includes not only belief but trust.

1 Timothy 2:4  "Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

2 Peter 3:9  "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

Revelation 3:20  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

We need to trust God's promises as quoted above and realize that He wants all to be saved and He is patiently knocking on the door of your heart begging you to let Him come in and dine with you and show you just how much He loves you and wants you to be saved, He doesn't want any to perish but all to repent of their sins and be saved.  Faith is trusting His promises to save you and 'He will save to the uttermost all that come to God through Jesus Christ.'  Hebrews 7:25.  Grandma Joan

Monday, November 6, 2017

Born Again

When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life...The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God.  Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God...Its mystery exceeds human knowledge; yet he who passes from death to life realizes that it is a divine reality.

How, then are we to be saved?  'As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,' so the Son of Man has been lifted up, and everyone who has been deceived and bitten by the serpent may look and live.
'Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.'  John 1:29.  The light shinning from the cross reveals the love of God.  His love is drawing us to Himself.  If we do not resist this drawing, we shall be led to the foot of the cross in repentance for the sins that have crucified the Savior.  Then the Spirit of God through faith produces a new life in the soul.

'One thing you lack,' said Jesus.  'If thou will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.'  Christ read the ruler's heart.  Only one thing he lacked, but that was a vital principle.  He needed the love of God in the soul.  This lack, unless supplied, would prove fatal to him; his whole nature would become corrupted.  By indulgence, selfishness would strengthen.  That he might receive the love of God, his supreme love of self must be surrendered.

The new birth is a rare experience in this age of the world.  This is the reason why there are so many perplexities in the churches.  Many, so many, who assume the name of Christ are unsanctified and unholy  They have been baptized, but they were buried alive.  Self did not rise to newness of life in Christ.

The born-again experience necessitates a complete surrender, a dying to self, before a new creature can be born by the power of God.  We had no choice in the first birth, but the new birth must be by our choice.

Joshua 24:15  "Choose you this day whom you will serve...."  Grandma Joan

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I've brought this word up quite a few times, but this time it's the real meaning of surrender.  Let's take it to heart!

There are some who are seeking, always seeking, for the goodly pearl.  But the do not make an entire surrender of their wrong habits.  They do not ie to self that Christ may live in them.  Therefore they do not find the precious pearl.

Implicit belief in Christ's word is true humility, true self-surrender.

When the soul surrenders itself to Christ, a new power takes possession of the new heart.  A change is wrought which man can never accomplish for himself.  It is a supernatural work, bringing a supernatural element into human nature.  The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it but His own.  A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan.
The only defense against evil is the indwelling of Christ in the heart through faith in His righteousness.  Unless we become vitally connected with God, we can never resist the unhallowed effects of self-love, self-indulgence, an temptation to sin.  We may leave off many bad habits, for the time we may part company with Satan; but without a vital connection with God, through the surrender of ourselves to Him moment by moment, we shall be over come.  Surrender and death to self equal the same thing.

This is victory over sin, written in simple language for me and I hope that you get it too.  Ask God to help you with understanding any of these posts that seen cloudy to you, He knows your heart and will assist you in your understanding and give you the victories that your need.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Death to Self

This is a major event in our life, so read carefully!!

When self is crucified and Christ is formed within, the hope of glory, we shall reveal, in thought, word, and deed, the reality of our belief in the truth.

Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His word.  Trials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him.  Self is crucified.

Romans 6:6  "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."

2 Corinthians 4:10-12  "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus; sake, that the live also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  So then death works in us, but life in you."  (speaking of death to self)

Surrender of self to die in Christ, sounds easy, but some of us who are older have a lifetime of ingrained habits and thoughts that are not easy to give up, but if we truly love the Lord with all our hearts and want to please Him and be ready to live with Him forever, it is important that we learn this lesson and persevere in our surrender to Him and as Paul tells us, 'He dies daily', so it is a daily matter and a daily surrender.  May God help all of us to put this death to self in our daily routine.  Grandma Joan

Friday, October 27, 2017


Dictionary Definition - 'to give, convey, or grant from or as if from  store.'

Christ imparts His righteousness to those who consent to let Him take away their sins.  We are indebted to Christ for the grace (His character) which makes us complete in Him.

The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted.  The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.

In sanctification Christ's character is imparted (or conveyed to the believer and becomes a part of his person).  Thus his personality is changed.

This is so real for me, as soon as I surrendered up my sin or shortcomings, Christ changed me into a lovable, loving Christian, this doesn't mean I'm perfect or anything like it but He is changing me day by day into what He will be able to take into His kingdom when He comes.  It's not a one time thing and we are made whole, it happens over the length of our lifetime and I am anxious to see what He will do next for me.  It is a wonderful experience to go from a gossip, critical, faultfinding individual into someone whom most people love, I'm still working on the others.  Have won a few but there is still more.  I just flat love people now, it's amazing even to me.  I just praise the Lord for His forgiveness, and making me as if I had never done those things.  If satan brings them to your mind after God has changed your heart, just tell him you have been forgiven and resist the thoughts.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Webster's dictionary defines 'impute' as 'to credit to a person or a cause.'

Among the great mass of professed Christians, the grievous character of the transgression of the law of God is not understood.  They do not realize that salvation can be obtained only through the blood of Christ, through His imputed righteousness, but this alone will avail to make fallen man what he should be, and exalt him to become a member of the Royal Family of heaven.

In justification, Christ's character is imputed (credited to the believer's account).  Thus his standing before God is changed.

I think this is explained pretty plain, don't you?  I am sure you want your standing before God to be 'just as if you had never sinned'.  I can't think of anything better than that, can you?  Grandma Joan

Monday, October 23, 2017


Sanctification is nothing less than a daily dying to self, and daily conformity to the will of God.  Paul's sanctification was a constant conflict with self.  Said he, 'I die daily'.  His will and his desires every day conflicted with duty and the will of God.  Instead of following inclination, he did the will of God, however unpleasant and crucifying to his nature.

Sanctification means habitual communion with God.

We should consider the words of the apostle Paul in which he appeals to his brethren, by the mercies of God, to present their bodies, 'a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.'  Romans 12:1.  This is true sanctification. It is not merely a theory, an emotion, or a form of words, but a living, active principle, entering into the everyday life.

'Learn of Me', says Jesus; 'for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest.' Matthew 11:29.  We are to enter the school of Christ, to learn from Him meekness and lowliness.  Redemption is that process by which the soul is trained for heaven.  This training means a knowledge of Christ.  It means emancipation from ideas, habits, and practices that have been gained in the school of the prince of darkness.  The soul must be delivered from all that is opposed to loyalty to God.

Sanctification is the work of a lifetime.  We are to spend our entire life from the time we are justified by Christ's blood till the time we rest in the grave or if we live until Christ comes, living for Him and the only way we can do that is to surrender our lives to Him and let Him live out His life in us.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, October 21, 2017


If you give yourself to Him and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous.  Christ's character stands in the place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.

While the sinner cannot save himself, he still has something to do to secure salvation.  'Him that cometh to Me, says Christ, 'I will in no wise cast out.'  But we must come to Him; and when we repent of our sins, we must believe that He accepts and pardons us.  Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is ours.  Jesus died for us because we were helpless to do this.  In Him is our hope, our justification, our righteousness.

The only way which the sinner can attain to righteousness is through faith.  By faith, he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and God 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.

Pray for faith to trust your Saviour that He died for you so that you could accept His righteousness for your sinful life.  Otherwise, you will have to die for your own sins.  Isn't our God wonderful to send His Son down to this wicked world to make atonement for us.  He took our death on the cross if we accept His sacrifice to cover our sins.  What an expensive sacrifice for God to give up His Son to save us.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, October 19, 2017


The character is revealed, not by occasional good deeds and occasional misdeeds, but by the tendency of the habitual words and acts.

Actions make habits, and habits, character.

Thus actions repeated form habits, habits form character, and by the character, our destiny for time and for eternity is decided.

Now we know how to form good spiritual habits.  Time daily spent with God in His word and also in Prayer are good habits to form and will last throughout eternity providing we make Him a priority.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Human, Divine, Sinless

As the graft receives life when united to the vine, so the sinner partakes of the divine nature when connected to Christ.

Man was formed in the likeness of God.  His nature was in harmony with the will of God.

"If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.'  John 14:23.  The spell of a stronger, a perfect mind will be over us for we have a living connection with the source of all-enduring strength.  In our divine life, we shall be brought into captivity to Jesus Christ.  We shall no longer live the common life of selfishness, but Christ will live in us.

The term 'human nature' can apply to either the sinless (before sin) nature or the 'born-again' nature.  It can also apply to the 'sinful-nature' according to the context in which it is used.

Don't you want to receive a nature in harmony with the will of God.  I do.  Read John 14:23 again and see what you have been promised.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Human Nature of Man

Human, Natural, Sinful

When man transgressed the Divine law, his nature became evil, and he was in harmony, and not at variance, with Satan.  There exists naturally no enmity (hatred) between sinful man and the originator of sin.  Both became evil through apostasy.

The Bible destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus.  The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a Comforter.  By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature.

Should Adam and Eve once yield to temptation, their nature would become so depraved that in themselves they would have no power, and no disposition to resist Satan.

While Adam was created sinless, in the likeness of God, Seth, like Cain, inherited the fallen nature of his parents.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, --it could not justify man because in his sinful nature he could not keep the law.

Because the Bible destroys the natural, earthly nature, let's study its pages and allow the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to come in and transform us.  Grandma Joan


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Will Power

What is Will Power?

As you confess before men and women your confidence in the Lord, additional strength is imparted to you.  Determine to praise Him.  With firm determination comes increased willpower.

There is nothing harder for those who possess a strong will than to give up their own way and submit to the judgment of others.

Perseverance, determination, steadfastness reveal willpower and are a blessing when used for the right purpose.

Let's use Perseverance, determination, steadfastness as a blessing for ourselves and others.  Grandma Joan.

Also taken from 'His robe or mine'.

Power of the Will

Without freedom of choice, man's obedience would not have been voluntary, but forced.  There could have been no development of character.

Many are inquiring, 'How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?....What you need to understand is the true force of the will.  This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice.

The will is the governing power in the nature of man, bringing all the other faculties under its sway.  The will is not the taste or the inclination, but it is the deciding power which works in the children of men unto obedience to God or unto disobedience.

We need to be made willing to be made willing.  A favorite quote of mine from Steps to Christ.  I don't recall the page.  Grandma Joan

PS.  Taken from 'His Robe or Mine' p. 146

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Beholding the Lamb of God

Beholding the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, he finds the peace of Christ, for pardon is written against his name, and he accepts the word of God, 'ye are complete in Him.  Colossians 2:10  How hard is it for humanity, long accustomed to cherish doubt, to grasp this great truth.  But what peace it brings to the soul, what vital life!  In looking to ourselves for righteousness by which to find acceptance with God, we look to the wrong place, 'for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23.We are to look to Jesus, for 'we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory o the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory' 2 Corinthians 3:18.  You are to find your completeness by beholding the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.

Are you encouraged by these Bible thoughts, I truly am and I thank God that we can be saved by Beholding the Lamb of God through the study of His word and prayer and letting Him soften our hearts to be filled with love for all people cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly as the song says.  Grandma Joan.

PS  I have been breaking bones and just broke a rib yesterday on top of vertebrae that I've been

 trying to heal.  If it's in your heart to pray for me I would really appreciate it.  The pain is terrible!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I'm still here------

Have been having some severe health problems.  I want to blog but my body doesn't agree with my wants.  I am going to try to leave some thoughts each day to help each of us on our journey to the kingdom.  They won't be long but be short and helpful so bear with me.  I'm in terrible pain with broken vertebrae and sometimes ribs, but the vertebrae are the worst, it radiates clear across my back so if anyone would like to pray for me I would really appreciate it.

Our first work is with the heart!

As the leaven, when mingled with the meal, works from within outward, so it is by the renewing of the heart that the grace of God works to transform the life.  No mere external change is sufficient to bring us into harmony with God.  There are many who try to reform by correcting this or that bad habit, and they hope in this way to become Christians, but they are beginning in the wrong place.  Our first work is with the heart.

This has really helped me in my journey and I hope it helps you.  It's so important to have our hearts purified from all sin.  Grandma Joan

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."

"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
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