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The Israelites Eat the Passover (illustration ...

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                                I was reading in  1 Corinthians 5 1- 8 where Paul is writing to the Church in Corinth about getting rid of a sin which was  retarding their spiritual growth. Verses 7 and 8 state ” Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump , as you really are unleavened. For CHRIST , our Passover lamb ,  has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival , not with the old leaven , the leaven of malice and evil , but the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” Thank you JESUS!!!

           What GOD is asking us to understand and celebrate is that we are cleansed of the sour and rotting influences of our past lives . The LAMB was sacrificed and we are a new creation made ” unleavened ” by the Power of the Holy Spirit!!! Glory to GOD!!!

    Leaven is a metaphor for sin. The leaven in our lives represents the sin in which we live . Getting rid of all of the leaven in our homes and our lives for one week  merely underscores a willingness on our part to walk sin-free ; Holy. Thank GOD for JESUS!!! We are indeed new creations , cleansed by the sacrifice of a living GOD!!! GOD is Good!!!

    Headed to the well!!!  I am prepared and have ample time for my bread to rise!!!

    I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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THE PROPHET SAMUEL. The Fresco Painting. Circa...

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   I was I was reading in 1 Corinthians 14 1 – 33  where  the Holy Spirit Gift of Prophecy was greater than the Holy Spirit Gift of Tongues. I myself agree with the Apostle Paul on this matter. When we put forth Prophesy what we are doing is helping those around us most in need. We understand what is needed and we speak to that need. To speak in Tongues and no-one understand is indeed just like speaking to the air!!! Without a man or woman Gifted with the Gift of Interpretation ,Tongues serve mostly to  Edify those who speak in them . Tongues help the unbeliever believe yet do very little to aid those of us who are ” well seasoned” Christians. As we grow in Christ JESUS we need to develop an expectation which requires more!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

     I wish that all of those who call themselves believers would start to  Speak those things that are not as though they were . We could change the landscape of the entire populace worldwide.  I was speaking to a young man the other night on this matter and explained Life with the Holy Spirt Gift of Prophecy like this ; if we go out in New York City and visualize a fig tree ,speak that fig tree into existence and then start walking toward it , then we can get to the tree and start eating figs. The Holy Spirit has Gifted us with Power!!! We need to walk in that Power!!! Glory!!!

   I Prophecy that that my Love for you continues to grow!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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   I was reading in 1 John 4 1-3  where we are to “test’ the spirits around us due to the fact that many false Prophets have gone out into the world. John goes on to write how we can know that the spirit is from and of GOD. Thank you JESUS!!!

 The discerning of Spirits is a Gift from the Holy Spirit. It enables us to distinguish Good from Evil. It makes you aware!!! As a person grows in his or her relationship with GOD a kind and gentile Spirit of Discernment is developed through the Love of all things pure , however ,  the Spirit of Discernment given by the Holy Spirit to those GOD chooses removes any doubt of Good or Evil in our presence. It is a Gift that guards and protects us in our Christian walk. Using this Gift in the Power of the Holy Spirit enables us to walk boldly through life , even should we find ourselves  surrounded by darkness in our callings. Glory to GOD!!!

     Remember , both Good and Evil Spirits operate according to the condition of our souls. As believers we need to awake each and every morning and call upon GOD to dwell within us with HIS Holy Spirit. When we are in constant contact with GOD we find ourselves under HIS Favor and more likely to receive HIS Gifts!!!  Prayer works!!! Amen!!!

    I am so thankful that Spring is in the air!!!

   I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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holy ghost fire tongues

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  I was reading in  1 Corinthians 12 8-11 where one of the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit is the Gift of Tongues. It seems as though most of the people who I deal with on a daily basis have been given this particular manner in which to witness to the unbeliever. They are able to edify ,[charge-up] , themselves whenever possible.  I know from my own personal experiences that when we use a spiritual gift we benefit greatly by the closeness which we feel with our Lord and Savior!!! Glory

           Scriptures mention speaking in tongues Thirty-Five [35] times for a reason . In my humble opinion Tongues is the universal language spoken in Heaven. Regardless of which Spiritual Gifts we have been given , in Heaven we will all speak in Tongues. Thank you JESUS!!!

     Imagine sitting in a room worshiping JESUS and down comes Tongues of Fire which fall on everyone and enables them to speak with GOD. I certainly would have Loved to have been in that group!!! I am Blessed and Highly Favored beyond measure with my walk with our Lord , however , I still would have Loved to have been in that group!!! GOD is Good!!!

       “The Tongues of Angels” ; I am Blessed to know so many Angels!!!

     I Love you!!!!!!! Mark

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Christmas gifts

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   I was reading in 1 Corinthians 1o :13 where we have been given the power to overcome temptation!!! What a beautiful gift GOD has given us!!! Glory!!!

    As Christmas fast approaches I am reminded of  just how many times in life I have become aware of how many gifts which GOD has given me continuously all year , every year.  To celebrate the birth of CHRIST JESUS is special to me , however ,over  the last couple of decades my celebrating JESUS has become a consuming fire all of the time!!! Thank you JESUS!!!

     I can not imagine any gift that a human gives me could come close to what GOD has given me!!! I am glad that our economy is lifted this time of year , however , I see a lot of people with pain and doubt in their eyes this season. Instead of focusing on GOD they appear to be stuck on self. This will never bring Joy to a person . JESUS does not have the answer , HE is the Answer!!!!!!! Accept the Love that HE will extend to you and enjoy your holiday. GOD is bigger than your problems!!! Any of them!!! Thank GOD!!!

    AAAHHHH The gift to overcome temptations. Thank You JESUS!!!

   Headed to the well!!!  Going to unwrap another of GOD’S  gifts!!!

   I love you !!!!!!! Mark

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