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What's On Your Mind? - devotional

Philippians  2:5-11  
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Thoughts on Baptism

Thoughts On Baptism

Water baptism is not required for salvation but is a picture of the baptism that happens in our heart when Jesus enters in.  The Bible says we are dead to God without the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour.  When Jesus comes into our heart upon belief,  He is the living water that cleanseth us from all sin.  Baptism is not required for salvation but is required as a way to confess Christ before all men. It is a picture that they have arose to a new life in Christ from the dead spiritually and made alive to God.  It is a picture of what happens inside of you on the acceptance of Christ.  Jesus died for our sins and then He arose after 3 days.  Before we were saved it was as though we were dead. God calls it dead in our sins. Jesus was dead in the grave.  We were "quickened" made alive, at the acceptance of Christ and our blind eyes were opened to the things of God.  Just as Jesus arose from the dead.  We became a new creature in Christ,  our sins were forgiven and washed by the shed blood of Christ.  the Bible say " The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sins."  He said, "It is finished" at the cross.  That means, the work required to save you and I, was already done.  No other work on our part is required for us to be saved.  If not,  then His job was not finished and that part of God's word would not be true.   God does want us to be Baptized, but as an act of obedience and a testimony of what Christ did in your heart, it is to be done openly, as to say to the world,  I'm baptized today in the likeness of Jesus' death and I arise to a New Life, in the likeness of the resurrection of Christ.  It should be your first step of obedience, a willingness to humble yourself and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as a living testament into the family God.  

Jesus took our place upon the cross and literally took upon himself the sins of the whole world, but the blood is only applied to those who genuinely believe upon Christ and what He did upon the cross and his resurrection.  They must believe and accept him as Saviour and Lord of their lives. Admit that they need His forgiveness and desire a relationship with Him as their Father in heaven. Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. 

Susan Nikitenko
January 14, 2017

  Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:


Fit For The Masters Use

2Timothy 2:14-26  
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
\ And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; s
 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 
 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Romans 8:38-38

Romans 8:38-38
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Hearts Commandment

Deuteronomy 6:12 
Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 


Loving - God's Correction Is Love

 Hebrews 12:6 
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,
 and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.


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2Timothy 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.


1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves therefore 
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; 
for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV