Progressive Sanctification

God’s purpose is that each Christian should press onward in the life of holiness aiming at final perfection, like a runner in a race. God has made provision for each Christian to be a “perfect” runner.  In running a race, it is half the battle to make a good start.  And in the Christian race, it gives a tremendous impetus to the believer if he starts and continues with a clear, steady faith in Christ for full deliverance from sin.  What is the greatest hindrance to a Christian starting and continuing in this glorious race?  Surely it is indwelling sin.  But praise God, as we shall show, we may be set gloriously free from this indwelling, entangling hindrance, we may be made perfectly whole and clean within and filled with the blessed Holy Spirit. This is “Perfection the True.”  Thus we can, through grace, fulfill the command, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1, 2) – Brockett

The unchristian world that walks by sight and not by faith and knows not the dignity of the Christian nor what the Christians are entitled to.  The Christian is favored by heaven and will be an inhabitant of that place where the unchristian as well as the antichristian person cannot go.  The unchristian and the antichristian alike will see Jesus with His frowns, the terror of His majesty and vengeance but the true Christian will see His smiles, the glory of His majesty, His beauty.  The impure will be terrified by His purity.  Those who hope to live with Him must strive to be more pure.  “It is the hope of hypocrites, and not the sons of God that makes an allowance for the gratification of impure desires and lusts.” – Matthew Henry

The work of the Holy Spirit in the progressive sanctification of the newborn soul is indirect: in opening the heart to receive the truth, the instrument of purification; in giving vigor to the spiritual life; in strengthening the will to resist temptation, and in diminishing the power of evil habits. It is repressive of depravity rather than totally destructive. 

The entire eradication of the propensity to sin is by the direct and instantaneous act of the Holy Spirit responsive to a special act of faith in Christ claiming the full heritage of the believer. It is in reference to this distinctive act of the Sanctifier that it is noted by an eminent expositor “that in the New Testament we never read expressly and unmistakably of sanctification as a gradual process.” This is said in view of the almost universal use of the aorist tense of the verbs to sanctify and to cleanse. – Dr. Daniel Steele

An excerpt from my soon to be released book “Jesus the Christ made a statement,” Pastor Ward

Wake up

The Bible tells us in the last days “good will be called evil, and evil considered good”. I believe it is easy for everyone to realize after this election that we are in the last days. About the only good thing I can think of to say about satan and the Communist Democrats is that they are patient. We didn’t get to this point where America is teetering on total Destruction overnight. It has come about by slowly chipping away pieces of our constitution, it has come about by tearing out one page at a time of the Bible, like football one inch at a time until now they are at the goal line. The only truthful comment Joe Biden has ever made was , “there are dark days ahead for America”, and before you start blaming the Communist Democrats for the dismantling of our great nation let me say there is plenty of blame to go around. I’m especially disheartened and ashamed by Christians who voted Democrat you above all should have known better. Democrat have not tried to hide their evil and demonic agenda and yet you voted for them I personally believe when you stand before God you will answer for this. And for the rest of you ignorant Americans who care nothing for your country and you lazy bums who couldn’t even get off the couch to go vote you are just as guilty and in the near future are going to have to suffer but sadly so will the rest of us. It’s the children and the grandchildren my heart weeps for they will never know the liberty and the freedom that we have enjoyed In Our Lifetime. We had it all America and you gave it away shame shame shame on you. And do you really believe that God is going to step in and save us from this evil I don’t. We have pulled down statues of Christ and remove the Ten Commandments out of our federal buildings we have slaughtered millions of innocent babies we have embraced evil and denied God, I could be wrong but I think judgment is coming.

Pray America like you have never prayed before that the Democrats are not able to steal this election

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Bummer Lamb

THE BUMMER LAMB

💜Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind. These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does? He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first? That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. It’s not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one. So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.~ Psalm 23

Pray for America

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I pray to God that my United States of America remains a Representative Republic wherein we retain our rights as addressed in the Declaration of Independence. And that it remains a land under God’s hand and NOT one of Democratic Socialism!!!

2nd Chronicles 7:14

This is the day…

This is the day that the LORD has made.

Where I sit at the moment the skies are overcast and the sun seems to have risen recently even though it is not clearly visible.

About 1,930 years ago, on the first day of the week, it may have been a clear and cloudless sky but for the followers of Jesus of Nazareth it was a very gloomy day.  The One whom they had believed to be the promised Messiah had been seized, killed, and entombed.  All hope was gone.  Only doom and gloom lay before them.  Then the women came with a strange, very strange, story.  The Son is Risen!  Glory be to God; He is risen!

The folded napkin in the tomb says, “I’m not finished, I will be back.”

On the cross, Jesus had said, “It is finished,” not “I’m finished.”  It was a statement of victory, not defeat.

The Son has risen and it is a beautiful day, a good day to rejoice in the Lord, Jesus the Christ (Messiah).  Grey skies or blue, it is a beautiful day today because Messiah Jesus lives and the napkin is still folded.

Maranatha!

Resurrection Sunday 12 April

Christ Followers are suggesting that on Easter, if we are still on quarantine, and it looks like we will be, that everyone go outside at sunrise and lift your hands toward heaven in celebration of the risen savior. Whether this becomes a national event or not- I’m in! This would rock our nation if we all together cried out to God in praise to his son! Good time to humble ourselves and repent- me included! Jesus is our hope and he will return one day! 🙏
I’m IN!!!!

Christ Followers are suggesting that on Easter, if we are still on quarantine, and it looks very much like we will be, that everyone go outside at sunrise and lift your hands toward heaven in celebration of the risen savior. Whether this becomes a national event or not- I’m in! This would rock our nation if we all together cried out to God in praise to his son! Good time to humble ourselves and repent- me included! Jesus is our hope and he will return one day! 🙏

2nd Chronicles 7:14 “If my people…” I’m IN!!!!