Preaching, for FreeWritten by Joyce C. Lock
For after that in wisdom of God world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Co. 1:21
So, here goes some "Preaching, for Free"
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
That at name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to glory of God Father. Ph. 2:10-11
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Re. 6:4
For word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of heart. He. 4:12
And when he had opened third seal, I heard third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. Re. 6:5
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate one, and love other; or else he will hold to one, and despise other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Lu. 16:13
Giving God Our HeartWritten by Joyce C. Lock
~ Giving God Our Heart ~
As humans, we want to be and hope to be good enough, while falling flat on our face again and again ... and, sometimes, even give up at seemingly impossible. And if someone else doesn't kick us in pants for failing, we most assuredly do it to ourselves.
But, what we may not realize is that our early spiritual growth is often a bit like learning to ride a bicycle. We do get some bumps, knocks, and skins along way ... and God doesn't even care that we fall, as long as we get up and try again. Proverbs 24:16
But, reason we fall has to do with our 'hope' to be good enough, as if it is something that can be earned. Satan uses that against us, to trip us in our journey, so he can gloat, "Failure!" again and again. In such, as accuser of brethren, he makes sure we see ourselves in a fallen state because, as long as we believe God cannot receive us, he can keep us from knowing truth.
Everything God creates is good, and that includes you. So, He is not least bit offended by what humans deem as imperfection. In fact, God cannot look upon sin. So, when He looks upon us, He sees us as He created us to be and He knows, outside of darkness, what true choices of our heart would be. It's us that is often lacking in being able to see beyond darkness, and so darkness is often where we dwell.
Though, what causes real and lasting difference is when we make loving God our choice.
Consider this. Let's say you have a child. Then, Satan comes along and tries to convince you to give that child up for adoption. He might start with something like, "See, they don't really love you, because they didn't answer at your first call." Now, wouldn't that be a bit ridiculous? But then, maybe, next time, you were not pleased with that child's response. Even so, there is no way you would give that child up for adoption. Then, as child grows, tantrums begin. You might want to paddle their behind. But, you wouldn't give them away. And, as they get older, you might even feel like 'pitching them out window'. Though, still, as tempting as it may be, you wouldn't do that or give them away.