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OVERCOMING TRIBULATION

   I was reading in John 16 vs.33  where Jesus was speaking to those who walked with HIM about the woes which everyone in life faces. HE tells them to be of good cheer ; that HE has overcome the world. Thank GOD!!!

   There is nothing new under the SON. Today brings each of us our own unique tribulation. In the natural and the spiritual forces both seen and unseen are set up to help or hinder us depending upon our choices. Revelation 21 vs.7 tells us that those of us who overcome the world inherit all things and we become Sons Of GOD!!! What a GREAT promise!!!

      How do we overcome this world ? Simply by becoming like JESUS!!!  Asking GOD to dwell within us we can share in the same characteristics of CHRIST!!!  When we ask the Holy Spirit to reside within us we are still human , however  , GOD is able to use this human vessel to do HIS works through us . With GOD working through us we become new creatures!!! With a daily practice of allowing GOD to dwell in us and work through us we can overcome this world as well.

   JESUS did not say that HE was going to overcome this world. HE stated that HE already had done so. JESUS at that time had the characteristics which we need to overcome the world. HE was human with GOD dwelling within HIM!!! To overcome this world and it’s tribulations we need to strive to be like CHRIST!!! Every morning I urge you to pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you that day!!!  Overcome!!!

   Mid-July in Kissimmee. here lies evidence of possible storms in our lives daily. I think that I will go check the clouds and see if I can see JESUS. I can certainly hear HIM coming. It is a lot like the sound of Silence!!!!!!! Mark

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THE JUDGMENT OF GOD

 I was reading in Matthew 22 1-14 where Jesus likened a wedding feast to the Kingdom Of Heaven. The king in question had invited the nobility of the land to his son’s wedding. On the first invite those who were invited did not seem fit to come. Some of them beat and murdered the slaves which he had sent to give out invites the second time around. The king responded in-kind. He sent his troops out and they eliminated those who had taken his invite lightly and had murdered his messengers.

        A third time the king sent out invites to the banquet. His slaves were told to invite all who they could find who were willing to attend, good or bad.The wedding hall was full when the king came in to greet his guest, however , he noticed that one of the guest was not wearing a wedding garment. It was customary in those days to honor the host of a wedding by being properly clothed. He ordered the man thrown into darkness.

     The king’s examination of those whom he had invited to the banquet represents judgment!!! In Revelation 3 17-18  I read where Jesus is telling nobility [the church ]  to “get over themselves” and to purchase from HIM white raiment so they can be properly clothed before GOD!!! Ever since Adam took out his sewing kit for the fig leaves mankind has needed a manner in which they could stand before GOD properly clothed. Sin has us wearing the wrong outfit to the feast . Thank GOD for JESUS!!!  I can see the history of the Children Of GOD in this parable!!!

    I ain’t much for ” dressing-up”. Seems to be more about vanity than practicality , however ,  I have my wedding garment purchased for the feast!!! Good News seems to begat Good News !!! I didn’t have to pay even one denarius!!!!!!! Mark

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This time of year as EASTER approaches one must reflect about what really happened years ago outside of Jeruselem.  As Mary went to the grave to return to her calling she did so without fear. Fear is the complete absense of Faith and she simply had no fear. She had been givin a spirit of Faith having known Love. As she was to find, our true Faith removes the stones which block us from our objectives in our lives and Faith frees us to enter into our callings. Know as Easter comes upon us here in Kissimmee and all around the world that HE has already removed the stones which kept us in our graves and HE has givin us a freedom to move in HIS will!!! Mark

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