RECEIVING FROM MINISTERS

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1Co_3:5  Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

In this world, there are people God has placed in your life, to be a blessing to you. They are people by whom you believe. God teaches us about himself and reveals himself to us by people and we believe God by these ministers.

One may intercede and pray at the prayer mountain but if you never appreciate that God works through people. His Grace can be revealed because of the people that have gone ahead of you in the Gospel.

It is like a Father that advises his son to always trust God in all his life. The Son will believe the father because he can measure the success upon his father’s life versus the wisdom he is giving

Heb 13:7  Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all.

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Charles Finney

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The True Nature Of God

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Recently the Lord woke me up at 3:30 a.m. with the words, “I have raised you up to change people’s opinion of Me. That will change their lives, and then they will change the world.” Wow! That pretty much sums it up.

If people knew how good God is, they would love Him and live for Him. That in turn would solve all the problems of the world. But God has been so slandered that most people don’t know Him as the good God He really is.

Jesus forgave a woman whom the Law condemned to death (John 8:1-11). Jesus ate and fellowshipped with publicans and sinners, which the legalistic Jews of His day wouldn’t do (Matt. 9:11). Jesus touched the untouchable (Matt. 8:3) and loved the unlovable (Luke 8:2). He showed us grace and mercy, which the Old Testament Law didn’t do.

A wrong understanding of the purpose of the Old Testament Law leads to a misunderstanding of the nature of God. Most people believe God gave the Law to show us what we needed to do to obtain relationship with Him. But the Law was never intended to bring us into relationship with our heavenly Father. It was intended to show us our sin and our need for God. It was given to show us how unholy we were so we would despair of trying to earn salvation and just receive it as a gift by faith. It was to turn us from self-righteousness to a faith-righteousness that could only come through a Savior (Rom. 10:3-4). Continue reading