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Thursday 23rd August 2018 mikehill4jesus “Can you prove that Jesus is real?”

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Witnessing for Jesus
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
True Disciples of Jesus have both Him, and his Father, living in them today. It has always been like that! His loving disciples are living proof that He is alive today. That is why they are hated so much, yet always respond with love and true teaching that may help their persecutors.

Anyone can simply quote what the Holy Bible says about the Lord Jesus. Only a Christian, John 14:23, can show proof of His existence!

The Doctrine, Jesus the Saviour

True and False Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” 23 Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

The be a true Disciple, the Lord Jesus must know you! [See John 14:23-24 at the top of this webpage]

That means you must have fulfilled the demands of His Perfect Gospel and have him and his father come and make their home with you!

You will never love and obey Him, if you don’t know who he is!

Many Lost Souls seek to enter Heaven through the religion called Christianity. But fail as they fall in love with their Church and it’s Leaders!

This webpage is to help you learn who the Lord Jesus is, that you may choose to love Him and learn what His Gospel requires of you!

The narrow and wide gates
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

You will not find the small gate and narrow road to Heaven if you don’t learn who the Lord Jesus is!

Watch my short video about who is Jesus
(It’s an early video using a £10 webcam)

Who is this Saviour, Jesus?

What Five Apostle’s said…

In the Holy Bible five Apostles each give us their portraits of the Lord Jesus Christ who called them to live with him and learn from him as he carried out his Fathers wishes here on earth all those years ago.

Matthew gives us a portrait of Jesus as The Kingly Messiah.

Jesus is called “king” eight times: 2:2, 21:5; 25:34, 40; 27:11, 29, 37, 42.

Called “Son of David” nine times: 1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9, 15; 22:42.

Recurring word, “fulfilled,” indicates that the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in him.

Mark gives us a portrait of Jesus as The Wonder Worker.

The miracle worker and tireless servant of God and man. Demonstrates his divinity and compassion by his mighty works of mercy and help, 6:2. “That he even does miracles!”

Luke gives us a portrait of Jesus as The Friend of Sinners and Outcasts.

Coming to seek and save the lost, 19:10.

See stories of.
The good Samaritan, 10:30-37.
The lost sheep, 15:4-7.
The prodigal son, 15:11-32.
The Pharisee and the tax collector, 18:10-14.
Zacchaeus, 19:2-10.
The penitent thief, 23:39-43.

John gives us twenty one different portraits of Jesus.

Each chapter of the gospel of John contains a portrayal of some special aspect of the character or work of Jesus.
Son of God, 1:1-14.
Son of Man, 2:1-10.
Divine Teacher, 3:2-21.
Soul-Winner, 4:7-29.
Great Physician, 5:1-9.
Bread of Life, 6:32-58.
Water of Life, 7:37.
Defender of the Weak, 8:3-11.
Light of the World, 9:1-39.
Good Shepherd, 10:1-16.
Prince of Life, 11:1-44.
King, 12:12-15.
Servant, 13:1-10.
Consoler, 14:1-3.
True Vine, 15:1-16.
Giver of the Holy Spirit, 16:1-15.
Great Intercessor, 17:1-26.
Model Sufferer, 18:1-11.
Uplifted Saviour, 19:16-19.
Conqueror of Death, 20:1-31.
Restorer of the Penitent, 21:1-17.

John, knew Jesus was Alive.

Jesus, the Lord of Judgement.
In Revelation, we read of the Lord Jesus appearing to John the apostle [may not be the same John who wrote his Gospel] while in exile in Patmos and giving him a book of judgement, that is, as the method and government of God. It reveals the consummation of the world’s history, and gives a panorama of God’s final dealings with the earth. It opens with a distinct and three-fold blessing pronounced a blessing first, upon those who read, secondly, upon those who hear, thirdly, upon those who keep the things that are written therein. The church has no right to neglect her Master’s last message.

Jesus, the Lord of All.
God is revealed as supreme in the government of the universe, the Spirit as the light and activity of that government, and Jesus as the faithful Witness, and as ruling the kings of the earth.

The outlook of Revelation is larger than the Church of Christ. It deals, not with the relation of God as father to the company of saved in the church, but to His larger relation as King and Governor of the whole earth.

There has been a great deal of cloudy thinking and teaching on these subjects. Many seem to imagine that the Church and the Kingdom of God is the same thing. The fact is that the Kingdom of God is infinitely larger than the Church, and includes that whole realm over which God is King, and in which that Kingship will finally be established.

Today the true Church recognises and submits to that Kingship. The time will come when all nations shall recognise and submit. The true Church is an instrument to that end. Yet she is a complete entity within herself, having her specific vocation in future ages.

Jesus, Warns about the Danger of Being Lukewarm.
Revelation 1:17-18 “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Let His words to the Church of Laodicea be a warning to us, not to cheapen His grace and patience. May our response to His appearances, exhortations, warnings, teachings, commands and promises be right. For as Right People, right with Him and right with each other, we will be united by the true Holy Spirit with confidence in His power and Christ’s reward to all whom overcome sin. Do not be lukewarm but let His words to the Church of Laodicea be a warning to us, not to cheapen His grace and patience.

May our response to His appearances, exhortations, warnings, teachings, commands and promises be right. For as Right People, right with Him and right with each other, we will be united by the true Holy Spirit with confidence in His power and Christ’s reward to all whom overcome.

Jesus, Both Lord and Victor.
Though the teaching in Revelation has not been perfectly understood, especially by this writer, its great principles are evident. It shows the final overthrow of evil and the setting up of the eternal kingdom of God. It moreover teaches us that that overthrow and that setting up will be realised through the Lord Jesus, the anointed King. Whom the Holy Bible and experience proves, beyond all reasonable doubt, is alive and in control.

Jesus, a Perfect Lord.
In His letters to the seven Churches, we see four distinct matters: Christ’s titles, commendation, complaint, counsel. These were not always given in this exact order, for in some cases either commendation or complaint is omitted.

Jesus, A Powerful Light.
A most important principle to be perpetually borne in mind by those who would fulfil the highest function within the body of Christ [not religious Church] is that the world waits for light. The body’s only capacity for shedding light is that it should live in the day, which the face of Christ creates for it. No group and no individual member of the body, can fling across the darkness one ray or gleam of light save as that group or that person lives in the sunshine created by the shining of His face.

That light was eclipsed in the darkness of Calvary’s Cross, but from behind the dense cloud, it broke again to shine upon all those who receive life by the way of that Cross, and through them to flash upon the night of the world.

Jesus, An Honest Lord.
Let us hear today all He has to say. What He says to us shall be the truth, and we will know it. If He has praise for us, that shall be our main reward. If He speaks words of complaint, heeding them, let us find our way to true and deep repentance. Let us listen principally for His words of counsel, and hearing them without reserve let us yield to Him our quick obedience. If He gives us His word; His promise, this we know, that what He wills is best, so to His chastisements we render ourselves that we may find His great reward.

Paul New Jesus Was Alive

Who is the Lord?
Paul tells us that to him the title “Lord” was extremely important. In the New Testament the title is used 581 times. Paul uses it 253 times. It is used 5911 times by the Old Testament writers. When Paul referred to the facts of the Gospel history he speaks in Acts 20:35 of what the “Lord” Jesus said and in 1 Cor 11:23 did and in 1 Thes 2:15; 5:9, 10 suffered. In 1 Thes 2:19 it is our “Lord” Jesus who is coming, etc. In prayer also the title is given 1 Thes 3:11; Eph 1:3. The sinner is invited to believe on the “Lord” Jesus Acts 16:31; 20:21. In addition, the converted are to look to the “Lord” Jesus for deliverance Rom 7:24, 25. Moreover, in the few exceptional cases in which the personal Name stands alone a reason is always discernible in the immediate context.

The title “Lord”, as given to the Saviour, in its full significance rests upon the resurrection Acts 2:36; Romans 10:9; 14:9, and is realised only in the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 12:3.

Jesus, a Living Lord.
The word resurrection occurs 40 times. The Holy Bible in both the Old and the New Testament is full of examples where the Lord Jesus had a relationship with some of God’s created people. Not once did any Spiritual Leader speak of the Lord Jesus as if he was a religious theory, a superstitious God of legend, up there somewhere to be cried out to or praised. Indeed, the Lord himself commanded that anyone wanting salvation had to have this living relationship. Acts 1:3a; Mark 16:9; Matthew 28:9; Luke 24:15; Luke 24:36; 1 Corinthians 15:5; John 20:19; John 20:26; John 21:1; 1 Corinthians 15:6; Matthew 28:17; 1 Corinthians 15:7; Luke 24:50; Acts 9:5-6; Acts 26:14-18; Acts 18:9-10; Acts 22:17-21; Acts 23:11; Acts 26:19-23.

Jesus, a Lord of Action.
The apostle Paul knew that Jesus was alive, for when he was hard pressed the Lord Jesus would personally intervene in his life Acts 23:11. If Jesus is not alive and able to show himself to us, then this verse is a lie.

Like us who are already saved, Paul was a sinner saved by grace Acts 9:3-6; 26:13-18. He was heading towards Damascus in pursuit of ardent Disciples of Christ, with the intent of doing them great harm. At this time, despite his great theological scriptural knowledge, he did not know the Lord Jesus Christ was alive. Suddenly Jesus appeared to him, and asked him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

This statement form the Lord clearly reinforces the truth that he was living with those whom Paul was seeking to persecute. Moreover, you cannot persecute a dead man!

From being an enemy of the Lord Jesus, Paul became his servant. The Lord Jesus sent him to, and promised to rescue him from both Jews and Gentiles. To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness from sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith only in Jesus; a living Jesus.

Several times Paul was to see a living Lord Jesus Acts 18:10; 22:18; 23:11.

When studying Acts 23 it is vitally important to note that the Lord Jesus did not appear to the sectarian Jews or the Romans. I wonder why that was. Acts 23:12 will give you a clue.

Jesus, a Lord of Divine Power.
Paul was given great spiritual powers in order to do awesome works and miracles. Paul, who knew the Lord Jesus was alive, went around doing good and playing his part in spreading Christ’s Gospel from Jerusalem to as far as Rome.

Miracles were part of the Jewish and Christian way of life, 1 Chronicles 16:12; Nehemiah 9:17; Job 5:9; Job 9:10; Psalm 77:11; Psalm 77:14; Psalm 78:12; Psalm 105:5; Psalm 106:7; Psalm 106:22; Matthew 7:22; Matthew 11:20; Matthew 11:21; Matthew 11:23; Matthew 13:58; Matthew 24:24; Mark 6:2; Mark 6:5; Mark 13:22; Luke 10:13; Luke 19:37; John 7:3; John 10:25; John 10:32; John 10:38; John 14:11; John 15:24; Acts 2:22; Acts 8:13; Acts 19:11; Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 12:29; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Hebrews 2:4. It was never the actual miracles performed that Jesus’ opponents complained of, it was where, when, or why he did them.

Hated Like His Lord.
As with his Lord and Saviour, Paul’s ministry was assailed with persecutions of all kinds, physical, mental, emotional and social Acts 9:29; 13:50; 14:5, 19; 16:22; 18:12; 21:36; 22:22; 23:10; 1 Cor 4:12; 2 Cor 4:9; 11:24; 2 Tim 2:9; 3:11.

The Devil and True Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
Satan is the master of all evil and the prince of the power of the air. You will see in 1 Thes 1:1 that he was far more concerned about the movements of three humble men, Paul, Silas, and Timothy, than about the doings of Nero or Tiberius. They were three ardent disciples who could be used by the Lord Jesus Christ to shine His light into the sinful darkness of the Gentile world. These despised heralds of mercy were Satan’s most dreaded foes for they preached that Name that makes hell tremble. They declared the righteousness against which satanic hate always vents itself with its utmost power. With malicious glance the archenemy watched their daily path, and with cunning hand attempted to hinder them at all points.

BUT, God allowed them to overcome Satan and ALL who follow him.

Isaiah

Isaiah’s Messianic Prophecies. This prophet looked across the centuries and saw the coming Messiah. Of all the great Hebrew prophets, Isaiah has given us the most complete picture of the history, mission, titles, and characteristics of Jesus.

History of Jesus.
Birth, 7:14.
Family, 11:1.
Anointing, 11:2.

Mission of Jesus.
Illuminator, 9:2.
Judge, 11:3.
Reprover, 11:4.
Lawgiver, 42:7.
Liberator, 42:7.
Burden-Bearer, 53:5.
Suffering Saviour, 53:5.
Sin-bearer, 53:6.
Intercessor, 53:12.

Titles of Jesus.
Immanuel, 7:14.
Mighty God, 9:6.
Everlasting Father, 9:6.
Prince of Peace, 9:6.
Righteous King, 32:1.
Divine Servant, 42:1.
Arm of the Lord, 53:1.
Anointed Preacher, 61:1.
Mighty Saviour, 63:1.

Characteristics of Jesus.
Radiance, 9:2; 42:6.
Wisdom, 11:2.
Spiritual Discernment, 11:3.
Justice, 11:4.
Righteousness, 11:5.
Silence, 42:2; 53:7.
Gentleness, 42:3.
Perseverance, 42:4.
Vicarious Suffering, 52:14; 53:10.
Compassion, 53:4.
Meekness, 53:7.
Sinlessness, 53:9.
Saving Power, 53:11.
Greatness, 53:12.

Note! My mikehill4jesus Audio Podcast about this Blog (11.33)

I have been taught by my Lord Jesus since 1948 and used by Him since 1977. There are Links below that give you more teaching and testimony about this. Please study what I share and feel free to ask me any positive questions you may have about what I have taught.

May the Perfect Lord Jesus bless your learning through the Power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Mike Hill
Birmingham
England

If you look at my Testimony, it will tell you a lot that may give you a clue.
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2018

How I have been helped by another Christian

My Family Tree

JESUS WILL RETURN, SO ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SEEK MY HELP. I WILL NEVER ABUSE YOUR REQUEST.

mikehill4jesus@yahoo.co.uk

Additional Helpful Learning

True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God

  1. A) The Doctrine of Right Discipleswho love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

  1. B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

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The Lord Jesus Christ is always with His Disciple

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 mikehill4jesus “The Lord Jesus Christ is always with His Disciple”

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Witnessing for Jesus
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
True Disciples of Jesus have both Him, and his Father, living in them today. It has always been like that! His loving disciples are living proof that He is alive today. That is why they are hated so much, yet always respond with love and true teaching that may help their persecutors.


No matter what the Disciple of Jesus endures, it is always in the company of a living God.

Acts 7:54-60 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
The stoning of Stephen

[St. Stephen, (died 36 ce, Jerusalem; feast day December 26), Christian deacon in Jerusalem and the first Christian martyr, whose apology before the Sanhedrin (Acts of the Apostles 7) points to a distinct strand of belief in early Christianity. … He lived in Jerusalem and had become a Christian.]

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul [Who was later to become an Apostle, a Witness, of Jesus.]

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Stephen:

  • was a true Disciple of his Lord Jesus (John 14:23)

  • spoke the truth about Jesus and those whom hated Him

  • he was full of the Holy Spirit, his killers were not

  • he was able to see spiritual things. He saw into heaven, even saw his Lord and Saviour. He even told those near him, even though he was about to be killed

  • he saw the evil anger of many as they rushed to kill him

  • he never lost his love and faith in his Lord and Saviour, but stood firm until his death

  • he knew he was chosen to help others come to know, love and obey, Jesus

  • he recognised they were doing evil out of their ignorance to the truth about God

  • he desired that Jesus would show mercy towards those who were stoning him

Those we call “Christless Christians” would not have acted as Stephen did. Why, because they would not, have not, the Holy Spirit of God (John 14:24)

Note! My mikehill4jesus Audio Podcast about this Blog (31.31


I have been taught by my Lord Jesus since 1948 and used by Him since 1977. There are Links below that give you more teaching and testimony about this. Please study what I share and feel free to ask me any positive questions you may have about what I have taught.

May the Perfect Lord Jesus bless your learning through the Power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Mike Hill
Birmingham
England


If you look at my Testimony, it will tell you a lot that may give you a clue.
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2018

How I have been helped by another Christian

My Family Tree

JESUS WILL RETURN, SO ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SEEK MY HELP. I WILL NEVER ABUSE YOUR REQUEST.

mikehill4jesus@yahoo.co.uk

Additional Helpful Learning

True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God

A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

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So little publicity about what Jesus is doing now

Tuesday 21st August 2018 mikehill4jesus “So little publicity about what Jesus is doing now”

http://www.disciples-of-jesus.com
Witnessing for Jesus
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.
My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
True Disciples of Jesus have both Him, and his Father, living in them today.
His loving disciples are living proof that He is alive today.
That is why they are hated so much, yet respond with love and true teaching.


Where is all the publicity about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he is doing today.

When you study the Holy Bible, you see that it is all about the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit living and acting through Disciples according to the will of God. It is claimed that there are 2.2 billion Christians in the world! So why do we not see any publicity proclaiming what the Lord is doing today?

So many people are quoting the Holy Bible and Church in their promotional material. Nothing, that I have seen, about what the Lord Jesus is actually doing today.

Is He doing nothing?

My Podcast (30.03) about this Blog


THIS IS TESTIMONY REGARDING WHAT JESUS DID IN EPHESUS 2000 YEARS AGO.

Acts 19 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Paul in Ephesus

19 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when [Or after] you believed?’

They answered, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’

3 So Paul asked, ‘Then what baptism did you receive?’

‘John’s baptism,’ they replied.

4 Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.’ 5 On hearing this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.

8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to those who were ill, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, ‘In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.’ 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, ‘Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?’ 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honour. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practised sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

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Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

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John 21:25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Jesus said in John 10:37 ‘Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.’ Link this with what Jesus describes as a true Christian. John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. SEE, the Christian must be able to prove that Jesus and his Father lives with them.

IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST DOING ANYTHING WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?


I have been taught by my Lord Jesus since 1948 and used by Him since 1977. There are Links below that give you more teaching and testimony about this. Please study what I share and feel free to ask me any positive questions you may have about what I have taught.

May the Perfect Lord Jesus bless your learning through the Power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Mike Hill
Birmingham
England


If you look at my Testimony, it will tell you a lot that may give you a clue.
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2018

How I have been helped by another Christian

My Family Tree

JESUS WILL RETURN, SO ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SEEK MY HELP. I WILL NEVER ABUSE YOUR REQUEST.

mikehill4jesus@yahoo.co.uk

Additional Helpful Learning

True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God

A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

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My New mikehill4jesus Thought for Today

Monday 20th August 2018 mikehill4jesus “My New Thought for Today”

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Witnessing for Jesus
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.
My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
True Disciples of Jesus have both Him, and his Father, living in them today.
His loving disciples are living proof that He is alive today.
That is why they are hated so much, yet respond with love and true teaching.


The Apostle Paul was writing to a young Apostle.
1 Timothy 4:16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

In my New Daily “Thought for Today” I will be giving short motivational thoughts with relevant Internet Links for further study. Each thought will be related to the Lord Jesus and what it means to be “His Disciple”. Each “Though for Today” will be in the form of a Blog and a Podcast.

At the heart of anything truly “Christian” is the Holy Spirit of God and the loving obedience of the Disciple of Jesus. A Christian dedicated to “Life-long Learning” about the truth, not, Man’s Religion.

And the “TRUTH” comes from the Teachings of Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit using His Holy Bible.

So it’s no good me teaching you about John 14:23, if I can’t show from my learning and life, that what Jesus describes has happened to me.

I have been taught by my Lord Jesus since 1948 and used by Him since 1977. There are Links below that give you more teaching and testimony about this. Please study what I share and feel free to ask me any positive questions you may have about what I have taught.

May the Perfect Lord Jesus bless your learning through the Power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Mike Hill
Birmingham
England

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True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God

A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

Thought for the Day Blog Link

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The Holy Spirit and Christian Conduct

My Blog 12th August 2018 mikehill4jesus “The Holy Spirit and Christian Conduct”

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Preparing for Jesus’ Return: When he returns, will you be a true Christian or will you be a Christless Christian?

John 14:23-24 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) 23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Notice that Jesus said, “my teaching” not the Bibles teaching. His, Jesus’, teaching is given through the Holy Spirit who also gave us the Biblical teaching. However, those described in John 14:24 corrupted the Biblical teaching. In fact, it’s believed that the original Bible has disappeared and subsequent Bibles have some changes from the Bibles they replaced. Some early Denominations actually had Bibles that the people could not read. I was in a Missionary Training Classroom and stated that “John 14:23 was my experience” and the Leader who was teaching us inferred to the other students that I was mad. Many who claim to be Christian Teachers, do not obey those of the Lord Jesus given through the Holy Spirit of God.

Without the Holy Spirit of God a teacher cannot teach that which he does not understand! Jesus taught in, John 14:25 ‘All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’

Tozer said: Not everything good that God says about people in the Bible is for everybody, but only for His true servants, who must receive this. All things may be objectively true but are not subjective true. Faith and obedience are necessary to work this transformation. All promises for the blessing of people are only for those people described in John 14:23. For those people in John 14:24, the promises of blessings from God do not apply. When the Holy Spirit uses me to offer my Spiritual and Worldly Gifts to a person, in Churchianity or not, they are to be listened too and obeyed. When I am shunned, ignored, or disobeyed, they must pay the penalty.

It’s not about me being a Lord, far from it, I am a servant of Jesus Christ and am sent to educate not eradicate people.

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

The Leaders of Churchianity, John 14:24, or those in John 14:23, who decide to backslide and teach in a way that stops people from being able to be educated by the Holy Spirit. It is these whom must face the greater punishment from God, in the person of The Lord Jesus Christ.

The early Apostle, James said this to Members of the Spiritual Body of Christ who desired to be Teachers.

James 3:1
Taming the tongue
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Time and again I witness false teachings by the Christian Teachers. Now I am not talking about those in the earlier stages of their witnessing for Jesus. We all have to learn. BUT! Time and again I witness that these Teachers have been led by Leaders who do not know the meaning of what they teach. How can they be Leaders if they do not know, understand and obey the basic doctrines in the Holy Bible.

Here is one Doctrine that is often not taught or obeyed.

What the Holy Bible supported by the Holy Spirit teaches on Christian Conduct

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What the Holy Bible and thus the Holy Spirit of God teaches on the subject.

Believing God.
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

Fearing God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the king.

loving God.
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Following God.
Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Obeying God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.

Luke 1:6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.

Rejoicing in God.
Psalms 33:1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

Habakkuk 3:18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.

Believing in Christ.
John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Loving Christ.
John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Ephesians 6:24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Following the example of Christ.
John 13:15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Obeying Christ.
John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

John 15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command.

Living.

To Christ.
Romans 14:8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Godly in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Unto righteousness.
Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Soberly, righteously, and godly.
Titus 2:12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,

Walking.

Worthy of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Worthy of the Lord.
Colossians 1:10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

In the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

After the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

In newness of life.
Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Worthy of our vocation.
Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

As children of light.
Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Rejoicing in Christ.
John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.

1 Corinthians 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Ephesians 5:2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Hebrews 13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers.

Striving for the faith.
Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel

Jude 1:3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.

Putting away all sin.
1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast–as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Abstaining from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Avoid every kind of evil.

Perfecting holiness.
Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

2 Timothy 3:17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Hating defilement.
Jude 1:23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.

Following after that which is good.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Overcoming the world.
1 John 5:4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Adorning the gospel.
Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel

Titus 2:10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Saviour attractive.

Showing a good example.
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Abounding in the work of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

2 Corinthians 8:7 But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us –see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

Shunning the wicked.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

Controlling the body.
1 Corinthians 9:27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Colossians 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Subduing the temper.
Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Submitting to injuries.
Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

Forgiving injuries.
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Romans 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Living peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Visiting the afflicted.
Matthew 25:36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Doing as we would be done by.
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Sympathising with others.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

Honouring others.
Psalms 15:4 who despises a vile man but honours those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts,

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.

Fulfilling domestic duties.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honour your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise– 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6 Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

1 Peter 3:1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Submitting to Authorities.
Romans 13:1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour.

Being liberal to others.
Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: `It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Being contented.
Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Blessedness of maintaining.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. 11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

Psalms 50:23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honours me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.”

Matthew 5:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

John 15:10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

The Christian Teacher must have faith in the Lord Jesus and a level of obedience to His teachings. Any candidate for any Christian Ministry but be tested and only chosen if the Holy Spirit testifies to their suitability. SADLY, this testing is corrupted by many Christian Leaders, thus appointing Christless Christians without the Power of the Holy Spirit. Unless this is corrected, they will be chastised and rebuked by the Lord Jesus who is yoked to His Spiritual Ministers given to lead in His Spiritual Body.

Ephesians 4:11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

The people in Churchianity, Christianity with Church replacing Christ will do everything in their power, individually and collectively, to fight against the Holy Spirit who empowers these Jesus appointed Ministers.

NO COMPROMISE WILL BE TOLERATED BY GOD AND JESUS WILL SHOW THIS WHEN HE RETURNS TO THIS WORLD WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY. THESE SPIRITUAL MINISTERS WILL SACRIFICE THEIR LIVES TO HELP YOU BELIEVE AND OBEY. ALLOW THEM TO DO THEIR WORK IN YOUR CHRISTIAN ORGANISATIONS!

That which is called the Christian Church shunned me! Yet here I am today, witnessing for Jesus. How can that be? If you look at my Testimony, it will tell you a lot that may give you a clue.
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2018

How I have been helped by another Christian

My webpage about the toughest mission field is any place where unsaved people call Jesus, Lord.

My Family Tree

PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WHO PRACTICE CHURCHIANITY NEED TO REPENT BEFORE THE LORD ARRIVES!

Use these links for further information and study.

The Doctrine of Church That shows if your CHURCH is true or false.

The Doctrine of Christians – What is a Christian?

JESUS WILL RETURN, SO ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SEEK MY HELP. I WILL NEVER ABUSE YOUR REQUEST.

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True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God

Additional Helpful Learning

  1. A) The Doctrine of Right Discipleswho love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

  1. B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

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Why it is hard to save those who hate Jesus

My Podcast 5th August 2018 (44:12) mikehill4jesus “Why it is hard to save those who hate Jesus.”

A. W. Tozer said in Preparing for Jesus’ Return:

“Christianity is not what somebody said in Rome or Constantinople or London or New York. Christianity is what the Holy Spirit said it is in His book.”

A message sent to me from the late Rev. Ken Newton and his wife Jean, of Wholeness Ministries International, in October 5th 1992.

May God continue to bless you in all He has called you to do. God has been clearly speaking of the need to mobilise the Churches for Spiritual Warfare. We look forward to your reply.

Every blessing in Christ Jesus.

That message from Ken & Jean was sent to me 26 years ago! Yet today, 5th August 2018, there are still many thousands of people here in Birmingham, England, who need help from the Powerful Lord Jesus and the Churches are impotent to help. To help me and to help them whom God wants to help! No mater what the Holy Spirit of God does, hearts remain in darkness. Especially the hearts of Church Leaders.

The narrow and wide gates. Jesus talks about the two roads offered to you in life and how you have to choose one or the other. Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’

So why does the Lord Jesus clearly state that only a few find the small gate at the end of narrow road? Clearly he tells us that they do not want to leave the broad road that leads to the wide gate that leads to destruction! They are rushing into Hell, when God offers them a way into Heaven. Not only that, they shun the Lovers of Christ who witness through their lives for Him.

Who are those Saved from Hell?
They are those Saints who walk alone in the company of God and each other, John 14:23. Unlike those described in John 14:24, they have their love and obedience for Jesus rewarded by God.

Jesus, speaking to some Jewish Leaders (Seven woes on the teachers of the law and the Pharisees)
Matthew 23:13 ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.’

How can those on the Narrow Road, John 14:23, help those on the Broad Road, John 14:24, when the church leaders on the Broad Road block them?


Charles Finney explained it far better than I ever could, for he was a skilled Lawyer who could put forward an argument. I could have a go, but why when he has already done so.

Articles in THE INDEPENDENT of NEW YORK

HOW TO WIN SOULS

BY PRESIDENT CHARLES G. FINNEY.

THE INDEPENDENT.

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2, 1871

[John 14:23-24 New International Version – UK (NIVUK) 23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.]

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16

I beg leave in this article to suggest to my younger brethren in the ministry some thoughts on the philosophy of so preaching the Gospel as to secure the salvation of souls. They are the result of much study, much prayer for Divine teaching, and a practical experience of many years.

I understand the admonition at the head of this article to relate to the matter, order, and manner of preaching.

The problem is, how shall we win souls wholly to Christ? Certainly we must win them away from themselves.

1. They are free moral agents, of course–rational, accountable.

2. They are in rebellion against God, wholly alienated, intensely prejudiced, and committed against him.

3. They are committed to self-gratification as the end of their being.

4. This committed state is moral depravity, the fountain of sin within them, from which flow by a natural law all their sinful ways. This committed voluntary state is their “wicked heart.” This it is that needs a radical change.

5. God is infinitely benevolent, and unconverted sinners are supremely selfish; so that they are radically opposed to God. Their committal to the gratification of their appetites and propensities is known in Bible language as the “carnal mind”, or, as in the margin, “the minding of the flesh,” which is enmity against God.

6. This enmity is voluntary, and must be overcome, if at all, by the Word of God, made effectual by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

7. The Gospel is adapted to this end, and when wisely presented we may confidently expect the effectual co-operation of the Holy Spirit. This is implied in our commission, “Go and disciple all nations, and lo! I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”

8. If we are unwise, illogical, unphilosophical, and out of all natural order, in presenting the Gospel, we have no warrant for expecting Divine co-operation.

9. In winning souls, as in everything else, God works through and in accordance with natural laws. Hence, if we would win souls, we must wisely adapt means to this end. We must present those truths and in that order adapted to the natural laws of mind, of thought and mental action. A false mental philosophy will greatly mislead us, and we shall often be found ignorantly working against the agency of the Holy Spirit.

10. Sinners must be convicted of their enmity. They do not know God, and consequently are often ignorant of the opposition of their hearts to Him. “By the law is the knowledge of sin,” because by the law the sinner gets his first true idea of God. By the law he first learns that God is perfectly benevolent, and infinitely opposed to all selfishness. This law, then, should be arrayed in all its majesty against the selfishness and enmity of the sinner.

11. This law carries irresistible conviction of its righteousness, and no moral agent can doubt it.

12. All men know that they have sinned, but all are not convicted of the guilt and ill desert of sin. The many are careless and do not feel the burden of sin, the horrors and terrors of remorse, and have not a sense of condemnation and of being lost.

13. But without this they cannot understand or appreciate the Gospel method of salvation. One cannot intelligently and heartily ask or accept a pardon until he sees and feels the fact and justice of his condemnation.

14. It is absurd to suppose that a careless, unconvicted sinner can intelligently and thankfully accept the Gospel offer of pardon until he accepts the righteousness of God in his condemnation. Conversion to Christ is an intelligent change. Hence the conviction of ill desert must precede the acceptance of mercy; for without this conviction the soul does not understand its need of mercy. Of course, the offer is rejected. The Gospel is no glad tidings to the careless, unconvicted sinner.

15. The spirituality of the law should be unsparingly applied to the conscience until the sinner’s self-righteousness is annihilated, and he stands speechless and self-condemned before a holy God.

16. In some men this conviction is already ripe, and the preacher may at once present Christ, with the hope of his being accepted; but at ordinary times such cases are exceptional. The great mass of sinners are careless, unconvicted, and to assume their conviction and preparedness to receive Christ, and, hence, to urge sinners immediately to accept him, is to begin at the wrong end of our work–to render our teaching unintelligible. And such a course will be found to have been a mistaken one, whatever present appearances and professions may indicate. The sinner may obtain a hope under such teaching; but, unless the Holy Spirit supplies something which the preacher has failed to do, it will be found to be a false one. All the essential links of truth must be supplied.

17. When the law has done its work, annihilated self-righteousness, and shut the sinner up to the acceptance of mercy, he should be made to understand the delicacy and danger of dispensing with the execution of the penalty when the precept of law has been violated.

18. Right here the sinner should be made to understand that from the benevolence of God he cannot justly infer that God can consistently forgive him. For unless public justice can be satisfied the law of universal benevolence forbids the forgiveness of sin. If public justice is not regarded in the exercise of mercy, the good of the public is sacrificed to that of the individual. God will never do this.

19. This teaching will shut the sinner up to look for some offering to public justice.

20. Now give him the atonement as a revealed fact, and shut him up to Christ as his own sin offering. Press the revealed fact that God has accepted the death of Christ as a substitute for the sinner’s death, and that this is to be received upon the testimony of God.

21. Being already crushed into contrition by the convicting power of the law, the revelation of the love of God manifested in the death of Christ, will naturally beget great self-loathing, and that godly sorrow that needeth not to be repented of. Under this showing the sinner can never forgive himself. God is holy and glorious; and he a sinner, saved by sovereign grace. This teaching may be more or less formal as the souls you address are more or less thoughtful, intelligent, and careful to understand.

22. It was not by accident that the dispensation of law preceded the dispensation of grace; but it is in the natural order of things, in accordance with established mental laws, and evermore the law must prepare the way for the Gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the church with spurious converts. Time will make this plain.

23. The truth should be preached to the persons present, and so personally applied as to compel everyone to feel that you mean him or her. As has been often said of a certain preacher: “He does not preach, but explains what other people preach, and seems to be talking directly to me.”

24. This course will rivet attention, and cause your hearers to lose sight of the length of your sermon. They will tire if they feel no personal interest in what you say. To secure their individual interest in what you are saying is an indispensable condition of their being converted. And, while their individual interest is thus awakened, and held fast to your subject, they will seldom complain of the length of your sermon. In nearly all cases, if the people complain of the length of our sermons, it is because we fail to interest them personally in what we say.

25. If we fail to interest them personally, it is either because we do not address them personally, or because we lack unction and earnestness, or because we lack clearness and force, or certainly because we lack something that we ought to possess. To make them feel that we and that God means them is indispensable.

26. Do not think that earnest piety alone can make you successful in winning souls. This is only one condition of success. There must be common sense, there must be spiritual wisdom in adapting means to the end. Matter and manner and order and time and place all need to be wisely adjusted to the end we have in view.

27. God may sometimes convert souls by men who are not spiritually minded, when they possess that natural sagacity which enables them to adapt means to that end; but the Bible warrants us in affirming that these are exceptional cases. Without this sagacity and adaptation of means to this end a spiritual mind will fail to win souls to Christ.

28. Souls need instruction in accordance with the measure of their intelligence. A few simple truths, when wisely applied and illuminated by the Holy Ghost, will convert children to Christ. I say wisely applied, for they too are sinners, and need the application of the law, as a schoolmaster, to bring them to Christ, that they may be justified by faith. It will sooner or later appear that supposed conversions to Christ are spurious where the preparatory law work has been omitted, and Christ has not been embraced as a Saviour from sin and condemnation.

29. Sinners of education and culture, who are, after all, unconvicted and skeptical in their hearts, need a vastly more extended and thorough application of truth. Professional men need the Gospel net to be thrown quite around them, with no break through which they can escape; and, when thus dealt with, they are all the more sure to be converted in proportion to their real intelligence. I have found that a course of lectures addressed to lawyers, and adapted to their habits of thought and reasoning, is most sure to convert them.

30. To be successful in winning souls, we need to be observing–to study individual character, to press the facts of experience, observation, and revelation upon the consciences of all classes.

31. Be sure to explain the terms you use. Before I was converted, I failed to hear the terms repentance, faith, regeneration, and conversion intelligibly explained. Repentance was described as a feeling. Faith was represented as an intellectual act or state, and not as a voluntary act of trust. Regeneration was represented as some physical change in the nature, produced by the direct power of the Holy Ghost, instead of a voluntary change of the ultimate preference of the soul, produced by the spiritual illumination of the Holy Ghost. Even conversion was represented as being the work of the Holy Ghost in such a sense as to cover up the fact that it is the sinner’s own act, under the persuasions of the Holy Ghost.

32. Urge the fact that repentance involves the voluntary and actual renunciation of all sin; that it is a radical change of mind toward God.

33. Also the fact that saving faith is heart trust in Christ; that it works by love, it purifies the heart, and overcomes the world; that no faith is saving that has not these attributes.

34. The sinner is required to put forth certain mental acts. What these are he needs to understand. Error in mental philosophy but embarrasses, and may fatally deceive the inquiring soul. Sinners are often put upon a wrong track. They are put upon a strain to feel instead of putting forth the required acts of will. Before my conversion I never received from man any intelligible idea of the mental acts that God required of me.

35. The deceitfulness of sin renders the inquiring soul exceedingly exposed to delusion; therefore it behooves teachers to beat about every bush, and to search out every nook and corner where a soul can find a false refuge. Be so thorough and discriminating as to render it as nearly impossible as the nature of the case will admit that the inquirer should entertain a false hope.

36. Do not fear to be thorough. Do not through false pity put on a plaster where the probe is needed. Do not fear that you shall discourage the convicted sinner, and turn him back, by searching him out to the bottom. If the Holy Spirit is dealing with him, the more you search and probe the more impossible it will be for the soul to turn back or rest in sin.

37. If you would save the soul, do not spare a right hand, or right eye, or any darling idol; but see to it that every form of sin is given up. Insist upon full confession of wrong, to all that have a right to confession. Insist upon full restitution, so far as is possible, to all injured parties. Do not fall short of the express teachings of Christ on this subject. Whoever the sinner may be, let him distinctly understand that unless he forsakes all that he has he cannot be the disciple of Christ. Insist upon entire and universal consecration of all the powers of body and mind, and of all the property, possessions, character, and influence to God. Insist upon the total abandonment to God of all ownership of self, or anything else, as a condition of being accepted.

38. Understand yourself, and, if possible, make the sinner understand that nothing short of this is involved in true faith or true repentance, and that true consecration involves them all.

39. Keep constantly before the sinner’s mind that it is the personal Christ with whom he is dealing, that God in Christ is seeking his reconciliation to himself, and that the condition of his reconciliation is that he gives up his will and his whole being to God–that he leave not a hoof behind.

40. Assure him that “God has given to him eternal life, and this life is in his son”; that “Christ is made unto him wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”; and that from first to last he is to find his whole salvation in Christ.

41. When satisfied that the soul intelligently receives all this doctrine, and the Christ herein revealed, then remember that he must persevere unto the end, as the further condition of his salvation. Here you have before you the great work of preventing the soul from backsliding, of securing its permanent sanctification and sealing for eternal glory.

42. Does not the very common backsliding in heart of converts indicate some grave defect in the teachings of the pulpit on this subject?

What does it mean that so many hopeful converts, within a few months of their apparent conversion, lose their first love, lose all their fervency in religion, neglect their duty, and live on in name Christians, but in spirit and life worldlings?

43. A truly successful preacher must not only win souls to Christ, but must keep them won. He must not only secure their conversion, but their permanent sanctification.

44. Nothing in the Bible is more expressly promised in this life than permanent sanctification. 1 Thes., v, 23, 24: “The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” This is unquestionably a prayer of the apostle for permanent sanctification in this life, with an express promise that he who has called us will do it.

45. We learn from the Scriptures that “after we believe” we are or may be sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, and that this sealing is the earnest of our salvation. Eph., i, 13,14: “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 the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” His sealing this earnest of our inheritance is that which renders our salvation sure. Hence, in Eph., iv, 30, the apostle says: “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” And in II Cor., 1, 21st and 22nd verses, the apostle says: “Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God, who hath also sealed us and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” Thus we are established in Christ and anointed by the Spirit, and also sealed by the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. And this, remember, is a blessing that we receive after that we believe, as Paul has informed us in his Epistle to the Ephesians, above quoted. Now, it is of the last importance that converts should be taught not to rest short of this permanent sanctification, this sealing, this being established in Christ by the special anointing of the Holy Ghost.

46. Now, brethren, unless we know what this means by our own experience, and lead converts to this experience, we fail most lamentably and essentially in our teaching. We leave out the very cream and fullness of the Gospel.

47. It should be understood that while this experience is rare amongst ministers it will be discredited by the churches, and it will be next to impossible for an isolated preacher of this doctrine to overcome the unbelief of his church. They will feel doubtful about it, because so few preach it or believe in it; and will account for their pastor’s insisting upon it by saying that his experience is owing to his peculiar temperament, and thus they will fail to receive this anointing because of their unbelief. Under such circumstances it is all the more necessary to insist much upon the importance and privilege of permanent sanctification.

48. Sin consists in carnal-mindedness, in “obeying the desires of the flesh and of the mind.” Permanent sanctification consists in entire and permanent consecration to God. It implies the refusal to obey the desire of the flesh or of the mind. The baptism or sealing of the Holy Spirit subdues the power of the desires and strengthens and confirms the will in resisting the impulse of desire, and in abiding permanently in a state of making the whole being an offering to God.

49. If we are silent upon this subject, the natural inference will be that we do not believe in it, and, of course, that we know nothing about it in experience. This will inevitably be a stumbling-block to the church.

50. Since this is undeniably an important doctrine, and plainly taught in the Gospel, and is, indeed, the marrow and fatness of the Gospel, to fail in teaching this is to rob the church of its richest inheritance.

51. The testimony of the church, and to a great extent of the ministry, on the subject has been lamentably defective. This legacy has been withheld from the church, and is it any wonder that she so disgracefully backslides? The testimony of the comparatively few, here and there, that insist upon this doctrine is almost nullified by the counter testimony or culpable silence of the great mass of Christ’s witnesses.

52. My dear brethren, my convictions are so ripe and my feelings so deep upon this subject that I must not conceal from you my fears that lack of personal experience, in many cases, is the reason of this great defect in preaching the Gospel. I do not say this to reproach you; it is not in my heart to do so. It is not wonderful that many of you, at least, have not this experience. Your religious training has been defective. You have been led to take a different view of this subject. Various causes have operated to prejudice you against this blessed doctrine of the glorious Gospel. You have not intellectually believed it; and, of course, have not received Christ in his fullness into your hearts. Perhaps this doctrine to you has been a stumbling-block and a rock of offense; but I pray you let not prejudice prevail, but venture upon Christ by a present acceptance of him as your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, and see if he will not do for you exceeding abundantly, above all that you asked or thought.

53. No man, saint or sinner, should be left by us to rest or be quiet in the indulgence of any sin. No one should be allowed to entertain the hope of Heaven, if we can prevent it, who lives in the indulgence of known sin in any form. Our constant demand and persuasion should be, “Be ye holy, for God is holy.” “Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” Let us remember the manner in which Christ concludes his memorable Sermon on the Mount. After spreading out those awfully searching truths before his hearers, and demanding that they should be perfect, as their Father in Heaven was perfect, he concludes by assuring them that no one could be saved who did not receive and obey his teachings. Instead of attempting to please our people in their sins, we should continually endeavor to hunt and persuade them out of their sins. Brethren, let us do it, as we would not have our skirts defiled with their blood. If we pursue this course, and constantly preach with unction and power, and abide in the fullness of the doctrine of Christ, we may joyfully expect to save ourselves and them that hear us.


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A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

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29th July 2018 mikehill4jesus “What is it like to walk alone?”

John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. [the Christians who know who Jesus is24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. [those involved in Churchianity who don’t know who Jesus isThese words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’

The narrow and wide gates. Jesus talks about the two roads offered to you in life and how you have to choose one or the other. Matthew 7:13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

So why does the Lord Jesus clearly state that only a few find the small gate at the end of narrow road? Clearly he tells us that they do not want to leave the broad road that leads to the wide gate that leads to destruction! They are rushing into Hell, when God offers them a way into Heaven. Not only that, they shun the Lovers of Christ who witness through their lives for Him.

Who are those Saved from Hell?
They are those Saints who walk alone in the company of God and each other,  John 14:23. Unlike those described in John 14:24, they have their love and obedience for Jesus rewarded by God.


An extract from A. W. Tozer “Preparing for Jesus’ Return

Martyrdom of Believers
Jesus said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matt. 24:9). I need not remind anyone of the persecutions throughout the world, since the day when Hitler rose and turned his hatred against the Jews down to this present hour. The news media tells us what is happening all around the world and how Christians are suffering and even martyred. Persecution is one technique of totalitarianism both in the church and in the state. The closer we get to the return of Jesus, the more persecution will increase and focus on believers around the world.

Moral Decline in the Church
Nobody would question the fact that our city streets are unsafe, and no matter where you go, there is always some threat of violence. The times are getting increasingly wicked, and we now live in the generation of locked doors. When I was a youngster, there was no such thing as locking our doors. Today there is no such thing as an unlocked door.

The iniquity I am referring to here is more than just the world; it has everything to do with the Church. In this generation, we are facing a backslidden Church. I am talking about individuals in the Church, and I want to press two very important questions.

The first question is, How would you describe your passion for the person of Christ? The Scriptures teach that one of the evidences of the last days is this: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). So, how ardent is your love for the Lord Jesus Christ?

The second question is simply, What has your Christianity cost you? We have become a bunch of well-groomed showpiece Christians behind glass. Our Christianity has cost us nothing. David, that mighty man of God, said, “Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing” (2 Sam. 24:24).

Since last week, what has your Christian faith cost you? The man of God says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Heb. 10:25). Many, I am sad to say, are forsaking the assembly of believers.

We come to church when it is convenient. We serve the Lord at our convenience. The center of our entire life is “convenience.” This was not so with the Early Church fathers or with the martyrs down through the years, or with the great Reformers and revivalists. Their Christianity cost them dearly. We who are benefiting from the high cost they paid do not appreciate the cost and have trampled underfoot the preciousness of their sacrifice.

What has our faith cost us? Are we offering to God a bloodless sacrifice like Cain, who offered to God that which cost him not one ounce of blood or sweat or tears? Evangelical American Christians allow missionaries to do all the suffering today. We let them leave their homes and go into the jungles and pagan cities around the world. We let them stay away years at a stretch and sleep in thatched roof huts in dangerous neighbourhoods.

On the other hand, we who stay behind have big bank accounts, drive expensive cars and somehow believe that thus were the prophets that came before us. What we need to do is fall on our knees and search our hearts; I believe we will be shocked at what we find. As for me, I want my Christianity to cost me something right down to the last gasp. I do not want an easy road or a convenient ministry or something that costs me nothing.

I want to sing along with A. B. Simpson (1843–1919), who wrote a wonderful missionary hymn called “The Regions Beyond”:

To the hardest the places He calls me to go, Not thinking of comfort or ease;
The world may pronounce me a dreamer, a fool, Enough if the Master I please.

Signs abound that the evangelical Church, especially in America, is falling away. Today’s evangelical Church is being inundated with activities galore. Not even the apostle Paul had as many irons in the fire as many Christians do today. I believe we ought to be working right up to the very end; but many of our activities are simply done for activity’s sake. Our activities are not tied in to the Blessed Hope, and they in no way prepare us for the return of Jesus Christ. Our activities are to please ourselves and court the acceptance of the world.

We also need to watch out for the modern moral code. This has infiltrated the Church in this generation as never before. I see a frightening similarity between the world and the Church today along the lines of morality. The average Christian today accepts the world’s standard to live by. Yet, our standard is the Bible, and only the Bible prepares us and enables us to live daily in light of the Blessed Hope.

We must get on our knees before our open Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to break our hearts and create a passion for Christ as we’ve never had before. We must ask for a passion of such a nature that the things of this world will begin to diminish in their attraction for us. A passion for Christ will enable us to rise above our culture and look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the Blessed Hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a Blessed Hope enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.

As Bible-believing Christians, it is imperative that we stay fully alert to the times in which we live. Our enemy is a master deceiver and a con artist of the highest order, diverting our attention from the Blessed Hope with the problems we face every day. Understanding Bible prophecy will create a passion for holy living. To know the Blessed Hope is to live in full expectation of Christ’s imminent return. All signs today point to this being the season of the Blessed Hope. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Come Then, Lord Jesus
Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)
The church has waited long Her absent Lord to see;
And still in loneliness she waits, A friendless stranger she.

How long, O Lord our God, Holy and true and good,

Wilt thou not judge thy suffering church Her sighs and tears and blood?

We long to hear thy voice, To see thee face to face,
To share thy crown and glory then As now we share thy grace.

Come, Lord, and wipe away The curse, the sin, the stain,
And make this blighted world of ours
Thine own fair world again.


This is the Lord Jesus speaking about those who live the life that is Churchianity, John 14:24, not Christianity, John 14:23.
Matthew 7:21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” 23 Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”


My Audio in both my Blog and my podcast What is it like to walk alone?

If you look at my Testimony, it will tell you a lot that may give you a clue.
Living with God and Defeating the Devil 1948 to 2018

How I have been helped by another Christian

My webpage about the toughest mission field is any place where unsaved people call Jesus, Lord.

My Family Tree

PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WHO PRACTICE CHURCHIANITY NEED TO REPENT BEFORE THE LORD ARRIVES!


Use these links for further information and study.

The Doctrine of Church That shows if your CHURCH is true or false.

The Doctrine of Christians – What is a Christian?

JESUS WILL RETURN, SO ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO SEEK MY HELP. I WILL NEVER ABUSE YOUR REQUEST.

mikehill4jesus@yahoo.co.uk


True Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is NOT blind!

True Joy comes from having your Name written in Heaven

True Christians are Ambassadors of God


Additional Helpful Learning

A) The Doctrine of Right Disciples who love and obey Jesus

A terrific song about a Spiritually Reborn Person John 14:23

B) The Doctrine of Wrong Disciples John 14:24 who hate and disobey Jesus

What is being born-again of the Holy Spirit of God?

Thought for the Day Blog Link

Thought for the Day Index Link

Thought for the Day Podcast Link

The Soul Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ

A terrific film about John’s Gospel – The Story of Jesus’ life here on Earth

A terrific film about the Acts of the Apostles – When they started to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus and what He did.

 

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