~ Jackie: Freed from the bondage of Roman Catholicism ~

I wanted to share a comment from the comment section of a post I had shared called Roman Catholicism vs. Biblical Teaching. I share this with the love of God’s truth-how Jackie felt is the path I was starting to take…BUT GOD! I, too, believed I was a Christian while practicing and trying to do everything the religion (not The Good Lord) required of me and said I needed to do.

My prayer is that if anyone reads this that practices this religion that they will see we do have a Way out-His name is Jesus-He has done AND finished everything we need to be saved-GUARANTEED! There is NOTHING you can do to save yourself  ❤  There is nothing your “church” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “Mary” can do for you ❤ There is nothing your “communion” can do for you ❤

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❤ REST IN JESUS ❤

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( https://bornagain732.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/roman-catholicism-vs-biblical-teaching/?c=3952#comment-3952 )  :

Jackie says:

It’s true…as a former Catholic, I always considered myself a Christian…even when I was living a very sinful life (You don’t know what you don’t know). Catholics believe they are part of the one true church…started by Jesus. They believe if they follow the Catholic Church teachings, that’s the best they can hope for. They will never be good enough so they have to go to mass, receive communion, go to confession, keep the Holy day’s, keep the sabbath (but they changed that to Sunday so they really aren’t keeping anything…just more of their man-made traditions), and follow the 10 Commandments (they don’t even know and haven’t been taught about the other 600+ laws in the Old Testament!) so they can hope for Purgatory…where they will then “pay” for their sins in order to be worthy to go to heaven (someday). The problem is they aren’t aware that to break 1 law is to break them all…no one sin is greater or worse than another. ALL sin deserves God’s wrath and punishment. That is why it had to be the spotless lamb…the Son of God…He’s the only one who can take away the sin of the world. They have been deceived. If I hadn’t walked away from the Catholic Church years ago I probably wouldn’t ever have gotten to the point where I cried out to God and He granted me salvation! If I had kept going through the motions, trying to be good enough, I’d still be there. I got tired of trying and decided: you only live once; I might as well enjoy it. What a sinful twist my life took…but for the grace of God. I was in such darkness before He saved me!

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❤ PLEASE~ PLEASE~ PLEASE SEEK GOD~ NOT A RELIGIOUS SYSTEM ~FOR HIS CONCRETE TRUTH FOR ALL OF US ❤

~ A breakdown of 2 Corinthians 7:1~

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2 Corinthians 7:1

Having therefore these promises
That God will walk in his temple, and dwell in his churches, be their God, and they his people, that he will receive them, and be their Father, and they his sons and daughters; which promises they had not in hope, as Old Testament saints had the promises of the Messiah and his kingdom, and as New Testament saints have of the resurrection, the new heavens and new earth, and of appearing with Christ in glory; but in hand, in actual possession; for God was really become their God and Father, and they were his people and children; they had had communion with him, and were received, protected, and preserved by him; which promises and blessings of grace, and which are absolute and unconditional, the apostle makes use of to engage them to purity and holiness; and is a clear proof, that the doctrine of an absolute and unconditional covenant of grace has no tendency to licentiousness, but the contrary: and that his following exhortation might be attended to, and cheerfully received, he uses a very affectionate appellation,

dearly beloved;
so they were of God, being his people, his sons and daughters, adopted, justified, called, and chosen by him; and so they were by the apostle and his fellow ministers, who, as he says in a following verse, were in their hearts to die and live with them; some copies read brethren, and so the Ethiopic version. The exhortation he urges them to, and, that it might be the better received, joins himself with them in it, is,

let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit:
by “the filthiness of the flesh” is meant external pollution, defilement by outward actions, actions committed in the body, whereby the man is defiled; such as all impure words, filthiness, and foolish talking, all rotten and corrupt communication, which defile a man’s own body; as the tongue, a little member, when so used does, and corrupts the good manners of others; all filthy actions, as idolatry, adultery, fornication, incest, sodomy, murder, drunkenness, revellings and everything that makes up a filthy conversation, which is to be hated, abhorred, and abstained from by the saints: by “filthiness of the spirit” is meant internal pollution, defilement by the internal acts of the mind, such as evil thoughts, lusts, pride, malice, envy, covetousness, and the like: such a distinction of (Pwgh tamwj) , “the filthiness of the body”, and (vpnh tamwj) , “the filthiness of the soul”, is to be met with among the Jews; who say F18, that when a man has taken care to avoid the former, it is fit he should take care of the latter; they also call the evil imagination, or corruption of nature, “the filth of the body” F19. Now when the apostle says, “let us cleanse ourselves”, this does not suppose that men have a power to cleanse themselves from the pollution of their nature, or the defilement of their actions; for this is God’s work alone, as appears from his promises to cleanse his people from their sins; from the end of Christ’s shedding his blood, and the efficacy of it; from the sanctifying influences of the Spirit; and from the prayers of the saints to God, to create in them clean hearts, to wash them thoroughly from their iniquity, and cleanse them from their sin: besides, the apostle is not here speaking either of the justification of these persons, in which sense they were already cleansed, and that thoroughly, from all their sins and iniquities; nor of the inward work of sanctification, in respect of which they were sprinkled with clean water, and were washed in the layer of regeneration; but what the apostle respects is the exercise of both internal and external religion, which lies in purity of heart and conversation, the one not being acceptable to God without the other; he is speaking of, and exhorting to the same thing, as in the latter part of the preceding chapter; and suggests, that it becomes those who have received such gracious promises to be separate from sin and sinners, to abstain from all appearance of sin, and to have no fellowship with sinners; to lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of haughtiness, and, under a sense of either external or internal pollution, to have recourse to the fountain opened; to deal by faith with the blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin, of heart, lip, and life; and which is the only effectual method a believer can make use of, to cleanse himself from sin; namely, by washing his garments, and making them white in the blood of the Lamb:

perfecting holiness in the fear of God;
by “holiness” is not meant the work of sanctification upon the heart, for that is wholly the work of the Spirit of God, and not of man; he begins it, carries it on, and perfects it of himself; but holiness of life and conversation is here designed, which in conversion the people of God are called unto, and which highly becomes them: and this they are to be “perfecting”; not that a believer is able to live a life of holiness, without sin being in him, or committed by him; this is in, possible and impracticable in the present life; but the sense of the word (epitelountev) is, that he is to be carrying on a course of righteousness and holiness to the end; to the end of his life, he is to persevere as in faith, so in holiness; as he is to go on believing in Christ, so he is to go on to live soberly, righteously, and godly, to the end of his days; which requires divine power to preserve him from sin, and keep him from falling; and the grace of God, the strength of Christ, and the assistance of the Spirit, to enable him to perform acts of holiness, and the several duties of religion, and to continue in well doing: all which is to be done, “in the fear of God”; not in a servile slavish fear, a fear of hell and damnation, but in a filial fear, a reverential affection for God, an humble trust in him, and dependence on him, for grace and strength; it is that fear which has God for its author, is a blessing of the new covenant, is implanted in regeneration, and is increased by discoveries of pardoning grace; and it has God for its object, not his wrath and vindictive justice, but his goodness, grace, and mercy. This shows from what principle, and upon what views believers act in a course of righteousness and holiness; not from the fear of hell, nor from the fear of men, or with a view to gain their applause, but as in the sight of God, from a reverential affection to him, a child like fear of him, and with a view to his glory.


 

~ The God of Jacob is our refuge~our strength ~ Amen

Psalm 46  ❤

46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 

 

 

“The LORD takes pleasure in HIS people…”

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*SHARED COMMENTARY*

This short psalm is a calling-out for praise to the Lord.  Notice that this psalm begins and ends with the same phrase, “Praise ye the LORD.”  In the first three verses of this chapter, the people of God are called upon to praise and rejoice in the Lord.  Verse 4 gives the reason, “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.”

While the whole world belongs to the Lord, and He is the creator of all men.  The Lord does not take pleasure in all men.  He takes pleasure in ‘His people.’  In this portion, His people are the Israelites, His earthly people.  Who are His people today?  John 1:12 tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  His people are those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. They are the children of God.

The one Hebrew word which is translated ‘taketh pleasure’ is ‘ratsah.’  To get a good idea of the meaning of this word, let’s see how that same word is translated in other places in the Old Testament.

In Leviticus 22:27, it is translated ‘accepted.’

In Leviticus 26:34, it is translated ‘enjoy.’

In 1 Samuel 29:4, it is translated ‘reconcile.’

In 1 Chronicles 28:4, it is translated ‘liked.’

In 1 Chronicles 29:3, it is translated ‘set my affection.’

In Psalm 62:4, it is translated ‘delight.’

What an overwhelming thought to realize that we who belong to the Lord are accepted by Him, He enjoys us, He has reconciled us to Himself, He likes us, He has set His affection on us, and He finds His delight in us.  This has nothing to do with our own merit and worth…we have none.  But the Lord has determined to love us and take pleasure in us.

“He will beautify the meek with salvation.”  To those who have been humbled, and felt their need of salvation; the Lord is gracious to freely give them salvation. They are meek and probably rejected by the world.  Yet He puts a beauty upon them of the most excellent kind. He saves them by sanctifying them, and so they wear the beauty of holiness, and the beauty of a joy which springs out of full salvation. He makes his people to become meek, and then makes the meek to become beautiful. How can we consider these divine truths and refrain ourselves from praising and rejoicing in our Lord?  I say we cannot!  As we know more of Him and His delight in us, our hearts leap and cause us to praise Him.

King David wrote in Psalm 35:27, “Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”  (211.4)