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How to be a successful preacher?
(James 1:21 KJV) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." (1 Tim 4:16 KJV) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."Take heed to thyself, and to the doctrine, continue in them, for in doing this, thou shalt save thyself and them that hear thee."Two things are here enjoined: 1st, Take heed to thyself; 2d, Take heed to the doctrine, and continue in them. The end will be salvation, both of thyself, and of them that hear thee. If then you would be useful in saving sinners as well as to save yourself, here your course is plainly marked out.
1. Take heed to yourself, and learn this truth, that without me ye can do nothing--Christ, the great teacher of the world, never preached the Gospel till he was full of the Holy Ghost--his apostles were forbidden to leave Jerusalem and preach the Gospel till they had received the Holy Spirit of promise, endued with power from on high.Even deacons, who were to attend solely to the temporalities of the Church, must be full of the Holy Ghost, as a qualification of their office. The Lord will have no servants in his Church without this qualification. Unless t we have the Spirit, how can we minister it to others. We may lecture as a philosopher, as Socrates lectured to his hearers, and with as little success; we may declaim as Demosthenes or Cicero, and agitate the crowds, but can never penetrate the heart of the sinner, so as to convert him to the Lord; we may make proselytes, but not Christians.The new covenant is not written on tables of stone, as was the old, but on fleshly tables of the heart. The Jews' religion was outward, that of Christians is inward. On this the salvation of yourself, as well as others, depends.
2. Take heed to thyself. All preachers, especially those favored with a liberal education like yourself, are apt to feel more self-confident and independent than others. They can deliver a wordy, and even a sensible discourse, without the quickening Spirit; but such discourses are without fruit. A preacher still must be armed with Gospel weapons, or no Goliah will fall before him.
(1 Tim 4:12 KJV) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.By thus conducting yourself, you will gain the favor and respect of all, and thus be the means of saving them. Instead of despising your youth, they will highly esteem and revere it. In vain you labor to preach successfully to people who despise you. They may admire and applaud your talents, but in heart despise you.
In order to avoid being despised, and consequently useless, be an example:1. In word or speech. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, so as to make it more palatable and purifying. Though you may preach as an angel in the pulpit, yet when in private circles you indulge in vain talk, as innuendal self-praise, or in detracting from others, or in speaking evil of any man, or in jesting and sportive speech, or on any topics not calculated to administer grace to the hearers, you lose your influence and become contemptible.
2. Be an example in conversation, or behavior, as the word in the original literally signifies, Let, then, your behavior, your walk, be as becometh the Gospel.I have seen even in preachers in their common walk a nondescript something, so disgusting that my eyes have turned away with contempt. They walked as if the ground was unworthy of their tread. I have seen them lightly skipping up the stairs of the pulpit--then adjusting their collar and bosom, combing their hair in dandy style--then rising in the vain confidence of respect, and reading their hymn and text with an affected air, and tone of sanctity, visible to all but themselves. Such conduct forestalls any good effect of their preaching.
3. Be an example in charity, or love, not in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth, by administering of your goods to the poor and needy. Let your charity condescend to men of low estate, and treat them with respect, even the poor African slave. The salvation of their souls is equal to that of the kings of the earth. In death--in heaven, the distinction is lost forever.
4. Be an example in spirit. Always cherish a meek, gentle, and quiet spirit--an humble, loving, heavenly, and praying spirit. Such a spirit will almost silence the tongue of slander, or cause its poisoned darts to fall harmless at his feet.
5. Be an example in faith; prove to all by your works, your zeal, and labors of love, that you heartily believe what you profess and teach to others. To teach the truth in a dull phlegmatic manner and style, is to lessen the force of truth, and pour contempt upon its glory. People will think the preacher does not believe what he preaches, and are rather confirmed in their infidelity. But the truth preached in the spirit of faith will have a different effect on the hearers. It kills and makes alive. That preacher, whose heart is glued to earth is throwing water on fire, is dragging heaven-bound souls down to bondage, and is making death more deathly.
6. Be an example in purity--purity of heart and life. Avoid impurity in word and action, as well as in thought. Keep your garments unspotted from the world. In all things show thyself a pattern in every good work.
The second advice given by Paul to Timothy is, "Take heed to the doctrine." The words are emphatic--the doctrine, not the doctrine of Moses--not the doctrine of uninspired men--but the doctrine of Christ and his inspired apostles. It is the Word, the Gospel, the faith of Jesus Christ. Preach the Word, the whole Word, and nothing but the Word; keep nothing back, and dare not transcend it, or add to it.Preach the Word, the Word that reveals the fallen condition of the world--that they are all under the reign of sin and death--all led captive by the devil at his will, to everlasting punishment--that they are unable to break the grasp of their enemies, or to deliver themselves, being without strength--that if they die in their sins, where God is they can never come--that they must be born again, and made new creatures, or never see Heaven. Try to arouse them from their deathly sleep and show them their danger. This they must see and fear before they will inquire after the good old way, and seek salvation. Point the poor trembling sinner to Jesus, sent in love by the Father, to be the Saviour of the world--that he is able and willing to save to the uttermost all that come to God by him. Preach his universal and kind invitations--his kind assurance that he will cast out none that cometh to him--urge them to faith, repentance and obedience; and let them know, Now is the accepted time, and now is the day of salvation. Urge them to accede to the terms of salvation immediately, by the horrors of hell, by the joys of heaven, by the mercies of God, by the coming of the Lord Jesus to judgment, and by our gathering together unto him to hear our eternal doom from his lips.
These are themes that will inspire you with holy zeal, and well calculated to waken the sleeping sinner. . Preach the word in the language of the Spirit, and your labor will not be in vain in the Lord. Preach the way of salvation, irrespective of man's opinion--preach the word.
Go immediately, my son, to that poor weeping sinner, and show him the way of salvation, lest he despair and die.Tell him he must repent and convert to God--that be must obey the Gospel, and come to Jesus for salvation.May the Lord go with you, and enable you to be an able minister of the New Testament, not of the letter which killeth, but of the Spirit, that giveth life!
Mark xvi: 16, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned."John iii: 16, "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him might not perish, but have everlasting life.""Contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints." Paul preached the faith he once destroyed--he preached obedience of the faith among all nations. Many of the priests were obedient to the faith--and Gal. iii: 23, 25; Eph. ii: 8, "By grace are ye saved through tes pisteos, the faith." The Gospel still will never become an effectual means to salvation, until it is believed.
"Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. God hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained, whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead."How did God give faith to all men? The answer is, by raising Jesus from the dead. By this act of raising his Son from the dead, he was declared and witnessed to be the Son of God with power. When we receive the testimony of God, we believe; and God is acknowledged as the author and giver of our faith. A person testifies to me a fact--I believe him. Now who was the giver of that faith I possess? Surely the person who testified the fact to me. By the prophecies, miracles, death and resurrection of Jesus, contained in the Word, men are brought to believe. "These are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name"--John xx.
Tell them to Believe from the testimony of the bare Word of God. Heb. xi, defines faith to be "The evidence of things not seen," and proves his position by many examples. Verse 3, "Through faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God." We did not see the worlds framed, yet we believe the fact. This faith is founded on the testimony of Moses, and is seen and heard. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Verse 7. By faith, Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house. He saw and heard the testimony, that a flood would shortly deluge the world, and believed it; he did, not yet see the flood, but was preparing an ark for the salvation of himself and family. Had he acted on the principle that he could not believe till he saw, he with his family would have been drowned with the world of the ungodly. Verse 8. By faith, Abraham when he was called to go out into a place, which he should after receive for an inheritance; and he went out not knowing whither he went. He saw and heard the testimony and believed there was such a land, yet he had never seen it. The sinner must have the Spirit's immediate and direct operation on the heart before he could believe. Gal. iii. If so, faith must precede the reception of the Spirit. "This spake he of the spirit, which they that believe on him should receive."--"And whom (the spirit) the world can not receive." We do give too much power to the sinner, and detract from the glory of God in our salvation. I Man is a fallen being; God has not lost his right to demand, though we have lost our power to obey. Therefore he has a right to demand of us faith, though we have lost our ability to give it. Remember, said I, the Scriptures are given to fallen man. He requires of us what he knows we can perform, and not what he knows we can not do.And why waste your time by attempting to ALSO TRY TO prove anything to them?We ALL should address men in the truth of God as then being all fully capable of believing the Gospel we preach, without turning aside from the way to prove a truism, that men are capable of believing it.The apostles they simply presented the testimony to the truth they delivered, and urged the acceptance of it immediately upon all who heard it.PREACH, USE the WORD. The Spirit speaks in his Word, and gives in it the testimony that it is true. We receive the testimony--or we believe, thus, "God gives or offers faith to all men, in that he has raised his Son from the dead." The Spirit has in the Word, revealed the depraved, lost and dangerous state of the world, exposed to wrath and everlasting death. He believes and is alarmed; and in distress cries out, what shall I do to be saved?Now it is plain that he would not be thus alarmed, and would not thus inquire, if he did not believe himself a sinner, and exposed to hell. What shall I do? He is not Divinely told to do nothing; but is instructed to repent and be converted, and to be baptized that his sins may be blotted out. Repentance is not barely distress on account of sin and danger; this he has already as the convicted pentecostian Jews had; he must also reform, convert or turn from sin and turn to God with all his heart and be baptized; and then he shall receive the forgiveness of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. He must cease to do evil and learn to do well. All men, every where are commanded to repent. Why? Because God "has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness;" and "Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish." Here is presented one motive to engage the sinner to reform. Another motive is, that if he reforms and turns to God, "he shall receive the forgiveness of his sins, and refreshing seasons from the presence of the Lord," or the Holy Spirit. "Turn ye at my reproof, behold I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you"--Prov. i. Till they convert or turn to the Lord, there is no promise of forgiveness--no promise of the Spirit, nor of refreshing seasons from the presence of the Lord--no promise that Jesus will be sent again to them for salvation in the last day. When the sinner believes these things, with all the kind invitations, and assurances of acceptance given by the Spirit in his Word, he reforms, he converts, and turns to the Lord with all his heart, determined to spend his days in the Lord's service. The doctrine that sinners can and should repent, reform, convert or turn, was never once objected to by sinners in the days of Christ and his apostles, as things that they could not perform. Nor would they have been reckoned impossible for sinners to perform, but for the system above mentioned. Jesus once upbraided certain cities, highly favored, because they repented not; if this was a work beyond their power, he would not have thus upbraided them. He further said, if the Sodomites had had the same privileges as those cities had, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Their great depravity would not have prevented their repentance. If men can not repent and turn to the Lord, would they have been commanded to do it, on pain of damnation? None can repent for, or in the room of the sinner, he himself must repent or perish--he must turn or die without the Spirit, without hope.
Preach the Word with all humility of mind, yet with the boldness of a firm believer.
A young preacher having preached a flaming discourse, and having descended from the pulpit, was immediately told by a prominent member of the church, that he had preached a great sermon. The young preacher replied, that the devil had just before whispered the same thing in his ear. Take heed, my son, lest such improper talk may puff you up.(Acts 20:19 KJV) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:(Gal 6:1 KJV) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.(Eph 4:2 KJV) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;(Col 3:12 KJV) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;(1 Tim 6:11 KJV) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.(2 Tim 2:25 KJV) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;(Titus 3:2 KJV) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.(James 3:13 KJV) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.(1 Pet 3:15 KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:(1 Pet 5:5 KJV) Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble."(Col 3:12 KJV) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;(Psa 138:6 KJV) Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.(1 Pet 1:23 KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.(Psa 1:1 KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.(1 John 2:15 KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.Note you cannot even love the things in the world according to God's word.(2 Cor 6:17 KJV) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.(2 Cor 7:1 KJV) Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.In spite of that the fact now that Bible says so clearly and even so many times now too I have to say that I am continually amazed how many professing Christian want to still be as close as possible to the world, to be as much as possible like the world, to have as many things as possible of the world without going to Hell, and I have no doubt at all that Satan himself is drawing them to this direction to make them more like him.You don't have to look, smell, feel like the world to reach them for Christ, and anyway you do not reach them, the Word and the Spirit do that, not you!Now are you too ashamed to be quoting Bible verses , even on your Internet pages, that you have become so worldly?(Mark 8:38 KJV) Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.(Mat 10:32 KJV) Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.(Acts 4:4 KJV) Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.Face it the Apostles quoted the word, preached the word, they studied it too. and that was how they were able to lead do many to Christ next too. the Apostles did not quote the books, sayings of other men, they quoted the Word.(Acts 4:29 KJV) And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,(Acts 4:31 KJV) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.(Acts 6:2 KJV) Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.(Acts 6:7 KJV) And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.(Acts 8:4 KJV) Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.(Acts 8:14 KJV) Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:(Acts 8:25 KJV) And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans. 26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.Philip did not use the fours spirtual laws to lead this man to Christ, rather he used the word of God andhe preached about Jesus to him.(Acts 10:36 KJV) The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)(Acts 10:37 KJV) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:Many people were baptized in the Holy Spirit as well by hearing the word of God.(Acts 10:43 KJV) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. 44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.(Acts 11:16 KJV) Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.(Acts 11:1 KJV) And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.(Acts 12:24 KJV) But the word of God grew and multiplied.(Acts 13:7 KJV) Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.(Acts 13:44 KJV) And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.(Acts 13:46 KJV) Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.(Acts 13:49 KJV) And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.(Acts 14:3 KJV) Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.(Acts 14:25 KJV) And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:(Acts 15:7 KJV) And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.(Acts 15:35 KJV) Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.(Acts 15:36 KJV) And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do.(Acts 16:32 KJV) And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.(Acts 17:11 KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.(Acts 18:11 KJV) And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.(Acts 19:10 KJV) And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.(Acts 19:20 KJV) So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.(Acts 20:32 KJV) And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.(Rom 10:8 KJV) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;(Rom 10:17 KJV) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(2 Th 3:14 KJV) And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.(1 Pet 1:25 KJV) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.God holds his Word above all other words, men's especially!(2 Cor 2:17 KJV) For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.(2 Cor 4:2 KJV) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.(2 Cor 5:19 KJV) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.(2 Cor 6:7 KJV) By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,(Eph 1:13 KJV) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,(Eph 5:26 KJV) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,(Eph 6:17 KJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:(Phil 1:14 KJV) And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.(Phil 2:16 KJV) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.(Col 1:5 KJV) For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;(Col 3:16 KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord....the word of God and not the books, the tapes, the videos..(1 Th 1:5 KJV) For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.(1 Th 1:6 KJV) And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:(1 Th 1:8 KJV) For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.(1 Th 2:13 KJV) For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.(2 Th 2:15 KJV) Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.(2 Th 2:17 KJV) Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.(2 Th 3:1 KJV) Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:(1 Tim 4:5 KJV) For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.(1 Tim 4:12 KJV) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.(1 Tim 5:17 KJV) Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.(2 Tim 2:9 KJV) Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.(2 Tim 2:15 KJV) Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.(2 Tim 4:2 KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.(Titus 1:3 KJV) But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;(Titus 1:9 KJV) Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.(Titus 2:5 KJV) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.(Heb 4:2 KJV) For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.(Heb 4:12 KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.(Heb 6:5 KJV) And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.(Heb 13:7 KJV) Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.(James 1:18 KJV) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.(James 1:21 KJV) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.(James 1:22 KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.(James 1:23 KJV) For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:(1 Pet 2:2 KJV) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:(1 Pet 2:8 KJV) And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.(1 Pet 3:1 KJV) Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;(2 Pet 1:19 KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:(1 John 1:1 KJV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;(1 John 1:10 KJV) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.(1 John 2:5 KJV) But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.(1 John 2:14 KJV) I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.(1 John 5:7 KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.(Rev 1:2 KJV) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.(Rev 1:9 KJV) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Rev 3:8 KJV) I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.(Rev 3:10 KJV) Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.(Rev 6:9 KJV) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:(Rev 19:13 KJV) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.(Rev 20:4 KJV) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.(Psa 119:89 KJV) For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.As you can note I do also practice what I preach, I preach the Word itself mostly, I do not try to prove it, according to the word I do also ask all persons to repent, believers, unbelievers, Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers, Premiers, all common folks as well.(Acts 17:30 KJV) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.(Heb 9:27 KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:Jesus himself said, "My food…is to do the will of him who sent me…I seek not to please myself but him who sent me" (John 4:34,5:30)
I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." Psalm 16:2(Mat 6:24 KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?(Luke 11:17 KJV) Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.(James 1:8 KJV) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.(James 4:8 KJV) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.Some persons are being tempted now, today and they do too often still say "Oh if I could win a big lottery, to get loads MORE of money then I would even be able to do more for God too". We all seem to wish we had more money. Oh if only I had a better income each month then I would worry a lot less, I also would start saving, or I could start paying the bills, or I would start reducing my debt and I will be free from all these hindering worries. Yet too many persons in reality do next find that when their wish comes true and they do get a little more income that still all the good, positive changes they had you expected to happen just aren’t present! This is even true of the majority of the big lottery winners. They still have your worries but they even do next want more. Their main problem wasn’t primarily at all that they did not have more have money – the problem is still what is inside them, with themselves and what they still next do with the money when they do have it! They not all do not use this money to glorify, to firstly serve God too. And it is still their sinful, unspiritual self on the inside that affects now all of their own proposed solutions to their problem that needs still always firstly to be dealt with and it is generally is not."Really now what good is it even if God heals you now and keeps you alive for an extra twenty years if you do still walk in sins and disobedience for those twenty years? What good is any of the external blessing now without God’s peace and joy in your heart? What’s the point of even receiving a promotion and making a lot of money if your big, fancy house is not a true home, but rather is still a boxing ring of fussing and fighting. Not much point to it."Many a man with a nice Home from the outside invited me inside his home. A lot of money was spent making the appearance of the home admirable. I have often been shocked next by what I have next seen on the inside of most such nice looking homes on the outside. Inside there was mostly even poverty, barrenness, uncleanness, adultery, incest, drug abuse, physical abuse, pornography, tax evasions, cheating, lying, stealing, hypocrisy.(Mat 23:25 KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.Many persons are really daily wrongfully troubled because they are not doing God's will, THEY ARE WRONGFULLY PROUD, and because they have not achieved, fulfilled the goals they themselves and rather the devil has personally still set for them.(James 4:1 KJV) From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise.
Oh, the beauty of God's creation is beyond description.
As I watched there, I felt the Lord's presence with me.He asked me, "Do you love Me?"I answered,"Of course, God! You are my Lord and Savior!"Then He asked,"If you were physically handicapped, would you still love Me?"I was perplexed. I looked down at my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn't be able to do,the things that I took for granted.
And I answered, "It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You."Then the Lord said,"If you were blind would you still love My creation?"How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought about all the blind people in the world and how many of them still love God and His creation. So I answered, "It's hard to think of it, but I would still love You."The Lord then asked me,"If you were deaf, would you still listen to My word?"How could I listen to anything being deaf? Then I understood. Listening to God's Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts. I answered, "It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word."The Lord then asked,"If you were mute, would you still praise My name?"How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me, God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never mattered what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks. So I answered, "Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your name."And the Lord asked,"Do you really love Me?"With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly,"Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!" I thought I answered well, but God asked,"Then why do you sin?"I answered, "Because I am only human. I am not perfect.""Then why in times of peace do you stray the furthest? Why only in times of trouble do you pray the earnest?"No answer. Only tears.The Lord continued:"Why only sing at fellowships and why seek me only in times of worship? Why ask for things so selfishly?Why so unfaithfully?"Tears continued to roll down my cheeks."Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My name?"I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give."You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown my blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all. Do you truly love Me?"I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? When in my heart heart I had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, "Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be your child."The Lord answered, "That is my grace, my child."I asked, "Then why do You continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?" The Lord answered,"Because you are My creation. You are My child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout for joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever."Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done? I asked God, "How much do you love me?" The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed at the feet of Christ, my Savior.And for the first time, I truly prayed." Author UnknownThe devil also works even during the night, yes in your sleep, If you don’t really sleep well, if you toss and turn, are troubled, God's mandatory advice is start now praising God and keep the devils away. Otherwise, worry, anxieties, stress, impure thoughts will creep in and your physical and spiritual health will also deteriorate. And you say it will not happen to you? it even happened to God's beloved King David.(2 Sam 11:2 KJV) And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.Some people still wrongfully think they are wise than God. You are either for God or against him. You are a mission field or a missionary. King David WRONGFULLY had also stayed home to rest, to do his own thing, instead of going out to serve God. And what happened to King David next should be a warning of something to watch out for in our lives: It can be very dangerous for you personally not to go where God sends you, or for you not to do what He God has called you to do. This is absolutely true for everyone, every single Christian not just those in full-time ministry.(1 Pet 5:8 KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.The inside of all men and women, children is what God has to deal with firstly.(John 4:23 KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.(Psa 19:14 KJV) Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.(Prov 10:22 KJV) The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.(Psa 127:2 KJV) It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.(Psa 51:8 KJV) Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.(Isa 49:1 KJV) Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. 5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim. 13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. 18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. 19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? 22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. 24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.As you read these above verses you can also see how they have also applied to me. About 20 years ago God spoke these verses to me, I did not just read and claim them, God gave them to me.. when I was despised, a nobody too, God spoke to me and unbelievable to me then too he God said that I next would bring the Gospel. God's truths even to Prime Ministers, Leaders of the governments and it has happened to now. Like my predecessor Apostle Paul who also was chosen unexpectedly to serve God, to do his will so was I. God's preachers are personally both called by God and equipped by God for his work too.(Heb 13:8 KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."God still is a powerful God.
He first displayed His power in creating the universe.
He displayed His power in causing man to speak in a multitude of languages.
He executed His horrific power in sending the great Flood upon the world.
He struck Sodom and Gommorrah with His destructive power.
He sent Moses to the Egyptians and brought them to submission with His powerful displays
He gave the Israelites on their journey through the desert many examples of His providing, protecting, and punishing power. Also doing the same in the many years they were in the promised land. Working through judges, kings, and prophets.
He demonstrated His miraculous power while on Earth two thousand years ago as Jesus Christ walked the Earth and healed the blind, the lame and the sick.
He unveiled His redemptive power with His death and resurrection.
He sent His power to work in the lives of the people in the early church with the blessing of the Holy Spirit.
He foretells of His awesome power that will be witnessed in the Day of the Lord."(2 Cor 4:7 KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;10 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. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.(John 15:5 KJV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6 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. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love."The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise’ (Psalm 51:17).(Eph 3:14 KJV) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.(Rev 19:10 KJV) And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.Yea, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; for they rest from their labours, and their words do follow them," xiv. 13. "He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor may heat: For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes," Rev. vii. 15-17. "Blessed are they that do the commandments of God," &c. Rev. xxii. 14. -- xxi. 2. -- xxii. 5. "Having therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit; perfecting holiness in the fear of God," 2 Cor. vii. 1."His praise continually be in my mouth.""Give God the praise." "Offer the sacrifice of praise." "My lips shall praise thee." "I will yet praise thee more and more." "Praise Him in the assembly." "All thy works shall praise thee." "The earth was full of His praise." "I will sing praises unto your name."
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