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Eyesalve: Grace to Serve

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Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” Hebrews 12:28

 

Some teach grace as just a means of salvation. No doubt that it is by grace we are saved. But it don’t stop there, in fact salvation is just the beginning of the work of grace in our life. We need grace to serve God, we need grace to do it with reverence and godly fear.

Eyesalve: Stay Busy Running

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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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,” Hebrews 12:1

 

There are two forms of doing that is set forth in this verse. We can feel the weight and do the sin that so easily besets us, or we can run (do) the race that is set before us. If we stay busy running the race we won’t have to carry the weight of sin nor have time for sin.

Eyesalve: Grace to Obtain

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For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16

 

By grace we are saved. By grace we get help in the time of need. Grace is not for salvation alone, grace is needed to continue to obtain mercy, live for God and have victory over sin.

Eyesalve: Live Sensibly

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When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.” Titus 3:12

 

When you decide to do something sensible and practical, do you always feel like you have to qualify it by saying, “the Lord is leading me to do this?” If there was a man who lived a life that was led of the Lord, it was the apostle Paul. Yet Paul made a decision, and the way it sounds, he made it through the use of common sense. Don’t over spiritualize your walk. Honor God with good sensible living. After all, doesn’t wisdom come from the Lord?

Eyesalve: The Angels Bore Me Up

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For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 12They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12

This is a testimony from 11/18/2017

The nine day gun deer hunting season opened this last Saturday. I went out hunting about 40 miles from my house. I had to go by myself because my son Justin could not go. It was a miserable morning because it rained and snowed for about two hours. That made the tree that my stand was in nice and wet. Around 11am I decided to get down from my stand. I put my back pack on and slung my rifle over my shoulder and climbed down on some branches on my tree to a 12 foot ladder I had leaning against the tree. Before I left I wanted to cut a few branches out of the way from another tree to open up a shooting lane. After leaning my rifle against a tree and cutting several branches, I climbed back up in my stand to see if I had all the branches removed. When I climbed back down my foot slipped on a wet branch and I fell from my stand which was about 15 feet in the air. I fell in the direction of my ladder but when my foot hit it, it just fell to the side. My fall seemed to get delayed for an instant, but then I fell the rest of the way to the ground. I landed feet first in some water and muck. As I got up I looked and the contents from my backpack were laying all around. After I took my backpack off, I saw that it was ripped from top to bottom. Then I realized the protective hand of God over me. I fell sideways and could have landed on my head and broke my neck, but the backpack got caught on a branch which turned my body to fall feet first. All I ended up with is a sprained ankle, a small cut on my chin, and a little pain in my side. The more I thought about this the more I know the Lord charged His angels to bear me up. Hallelujah, thank you Lord.

Eyesalve: Prophesying Lies

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Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.” Jeremiah 14:13

 

We have those prophets today, just like the prophets of old, who tell the church everything is fine. You don’t have to be concerned with any trouble coming your way. They say there is nothing but good times ahead and all God wants to do is pour riches on you. God has an answer for these false prophets of our day. “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart” (Jeremiah 14:14). Saint’s don’t fall for those lies.

Eyesalve: Just Like Martha Did

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But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Luke 10:40

 

The problem with Martha may not be so much that she was serving, but that she was cumbered with it, meaning she was distracted by it. The true heart of a servant is they serve others as if they were serving Christ. Otherwise what happens, a person starts to complain, just like Martha did.

Eyesalve: On Purpose

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But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22

 

The Greek word that “servant” was translated from means to enslave. Some other versions of the Bible use the word slave instead of servant which would be a more accurate translation. Anyway, sure a lot talk about the evils of slavery. No one should ever own another man. In spite of that, we believers are slaves to God. I can’t help ask, what is so bad about being a slave? Christians are one on purpose.