Friday, July 29

NEW, Mini-Series Weekday 19-20 of 20

*Giving a boost to our day and life, with this 10-minute Weekday Blog*
Our 2nd Blog Mini-Series, each Weekday in JULY!

Thank you for joining us as we
continue this JOURNEY
...
digging in to the 2nd - 
3rd CHAPTERS of Keith's book,
Keep the FAITH…Keep Your VISION”!

If you will read this book in its entirety, then you will be equipped to begin walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ came and died to provide for us, in order that we may work *with* Him, be *fulfilled* in our work, lead a *successful life*, and...
      

Days #19 and #20 of 20-day Blog mini-series #2
Chapter THREE, "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth"
    
"Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth"
            Paul, knowing full well that obtaining success in God's eyes requires that we are to be like-minded with Christ, wrote to the Christians in Rome, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2) Our natural minds are most assuredly not reliable witnesses of the truth of God's Word, because The Word of God is foolishness to our minds. The only way out of this is through the renewing of our minds. Then, and only then, we "may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." But, before our minds can be renewed, we must receive the gift of The Holy Spirit!  Receiving Him is absolutely essential for the renewing of the mind. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. " (2 Timothy 1:7)
            God has given us The Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind - The Person of The Holy Spirit - and our part is to receive Him, and not quench Him (from 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Even so, there are many who teach against receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost, saying that the gift was for a time that is in the past, not for today, or saying some other nonsense. James, the Apostle and half brother of Jesus, wrote, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17) The gift of The Holy Ghost is most certainly a perfect gift from The Father of lights. Since, with God there "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning", meaning God is not fickle, whimsical, or unreliable, then He most certainly offers the gift of The Holy Ghost to each one of us today, just like He offered the gift to each and every person who lived since He arrived on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). So, I ask again, have you received the gift of The Holy Spirit? For we need His witness to the truth as we continue on to the next chapter, to the exciting discussion regarding the great mystery of godliness (as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16). Selah.

Question to ponder:

What can you do to prepare to conduct your relationships God's way?   _________________________________________

Keith's "Comments from the Author":

          "Recently I was talking to a friend whose wife had left him some time ago. As we talked, I noticed his heart was heavy. I asked him if there was anything he would like to share with me concerning his obvious struggle with the situation he was dealing with. He immediately replied, 'I feel so alone. Why doesn't God send me someone to make me happy, and to take the sadness away?' Though my answer was not what he was wanting to hear at that moment, I am confident that what I was able to share with him helped him to get on the pathway to obtaining the fulfillment he was so desperately craving. What I said went something like this...  

          'God is jealous where our finding fulfillment in Him is concerned.  For that reason, God would never equip a person with what only He has intended to be The Source to provide to us.  We must go to God!  In other words, just like we can't squeeze water from rocks, we can't find fulfillment from people.  In fact, when we set unreal expectations of people, looking to our mate, friend, or other personal relationship for what we can ONLY get by going to God, we are setting those relationships up for failure!  The ever-increasing rate of divorce, correctional custody, and suicide is evidence that we lack understanding of that very truth!  If we want to have a successful life in marriage, courtship, and relationships, we must place our faith in God, The Author of marriage, courtship, and relationships.  If we place our faith in another person or relationship apart from God, we build ourselves, and others, up for failure - an unstable, unfulfilling, dishonest relationship awaits.  We build ourselves and others up for success when we pursue and conduct courtship and other relationships *by The Book*.'  

         In short, we must discipline ourselves to read God's Word daily, to ask and listen for The Person of The Holy Spirit to explain to us what it means, and to renew our mind's old way of thinking, about relationships or anything else, by replacing it with God's way of thinking.  Then, and only then, we can be on our way to unveiling the secret to a successful life, a relationship with God as your Source for sure fulfillment, wholeness, joy, peace, and much much more!  The moral of the story is ...

    ... you do n-o-t want to meet the 'prepared', unprepared.
    ... you do n-o-t want to be a deficit in a relationship, rather than an asset.
    ... you w-a-n-t to prepare yourself to conduct your relationships according to God's design for them to work.
    ... you w-a-n-t 'The Designer of Holy Matrimony and Godly Friendships' to lead your pursuit of the great mystery of godliness (next in the book).
    ... you simply w-a-n-t to follow the process God wired to work so you ...
    ... #KeepTheFAITH  #KeepYourVISION  #FinishTriumphant! Selah."  



And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 
(Romans 12:2)



*We look forward to coming together again soon, to read "Between The Lines" of The written Word of God, The Scriptures! Stay tuned for our next blog series discussing the great mystery of godliness. And remember: INVITE your friends to ...
    ... "KEEP Pressin' IN";
    ... "KEEP The FAITH";
    ... "KEEP Your VISION"; and
    ... "FINISH TRIUMPHANT" in pursuing "The Secret to a Successful Life", too!

Thank you and God bless you for sharing with us how these messages have blessed and strengthened you!*

________________________________


Find this blog mini-series message, and more on the topic, in our book Keep the FAITH Keep Your VISION based on crucial, real-life matters for each of us. To ask questions, make a special donation, request a large quantity of books, or to share a testimony or prayer request with us, please click for e-mail, or write a letter and mail it to the address shown on our website, and as provided below.
We pray God bless you greatly as you have greatly blessed us and the entire Toward The Mark, Inc. Family!
Your friends & servants in Christ,
Keep PRESSIN' IN!



To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith 35+ years ago to focus full-time on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.  The complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. are made possible thanks to the faithful prayer and financial contributions of the TTM Support Family.  We'd like to invite you to join our family, and welcome you to become a special part of our regular sponsorship team TODAY!

We INVITE You ... to follow and share these resources that are also available, for helping build your faith in God, His Will, and His Ways: 

      

      

      

      

      

      
Keep PRESSIN' IN!


This blog mini-series, along with the rest of our inventory of Bible-based resources, is made possible by the support of our faithful monthly partners. Would you consider helping us expand our outreach capabilities by becoming a monthly financial partner? Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools, available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, for getting to know the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us as we "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible contribution securely by PayPal.
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps, and we thank you for it!

Mail tax-deductible contributions by check to the order of:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!


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NEW, Mini-Series Weekday 17-18 of 20

*Giving a boost to our day and life, with this 10-minute Weekday Blog*
Our 2nd Blog Mini-Series, each Weekday in JULY!

Thank you for joining us as we
continue this JOURNEY
...
digging in to the 2nd - 
3rd CHAPTERS of Keith's book,
Keep the FAITH…Keep Your VISION”!

If you will read this book in its entirety, then you will be equipped to begin walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ came and died to provide for us, in order that we may work *with* Him, be *fulfilled* in our work, lead a *successful life*, and...
      

Days #17 and #18 of 20-day Blog mini-series #2
Chapter THREE, "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth"
    
"Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth"
            Have you received the gift of The Holy Spirit of truth? Now, please do not confuse the gift of The Holy Spirit with the diversities of spiritual gifts The Holy Spirit brings, such as, word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy, speaking in tongues, and so on (see 1 Corinthians 12). These are manifestations of The Person of The Holy Spirit. The gift of The Holy Ghost precedes all of those. But we must ask The Heavenly Father to give us the gift of The Holy Spirit, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Heavenly Father give The Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" (Luke 11:13)
            Moreover, if you have not asked for the gift, then you have not received Him; and if that is the case, then you cannot "know the things that are freely given to us of God" because your natural mind "receives not the things of The Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Unless we learn the things that are freely given to us of God through The Spirit, we cannot fulfill the purpose for which God created us.

Question to ponder:

Is it possible to be fulfilled in life without The Person of The Holy Spirit being involved?   _________________________________________

Keith's "Comments from the Author":

          "This I have learned: In order to walk in fulfillment, we have to understand that God is The Consummate Family Man. The reason that you are here, and the reason that I am here, is to walk with God, and to work with Him, to fulfill His plan and purpose for all of His Creation. To take what God has given us, when the Scriptures say, ‘God created us for His good pleasure,’ what does that mean? In short, it means that God created us to work with Him 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. He created us to not only work *with* Him but, just as importantly if not more importantly, to rest and trust *in* Him and to *dwell* in Him continually.  Without The Person of The Holy Spirit, this cannot happen.

          Think about that for a moment. The ‘good pleasure’ that God receives from us is not in our fulfilling things f-o-r Him; it’s to be *with* Him constantly – God IN us and us IN Him. I struggled to understand this, early on in my Christian walk. I wondered, ‘How is it that God actually receives pleasure and joy from *spending time* with me?’ This is exactly the point God wants to get across to each of us. And He wants us to understand it so much that He sent His One and Only Son to fulfill His desire and passion to be able to be *with* us continually, *in oneness* with Him. This means that, even though we live on earth, we can, simultaneously, live *in God*, and it is Christ Jesus Who has made it possible for us to be in this world, yet have a dwelling place in God at the same time.  Equally as important is the part that The Holy Spirit plays in making the way for us to partake of *all* that Christ has done for us.  

          Fulfillment is when we use the gifts and the talents that we enjoy the most in our lives, and we use them, together, *with* God. To relay to those around us who don’t know that reality, that GOD IS WAITING with open arms to lead them, too, into fulfillment, is fulfillment as well. When I accomplished things in my business career, using the skills and talents God had wired in me, satisfaction was always temporary and sometimes even painfully so. Where I was channeling my abilities is what needed adjusting, by God. When I asked Him for and received His adjusting, that is when fulfillment came, and it was a lasting feeling like I had never imagined, and continues still, without end. I consulted Him as ‘Chief Operator’ in my life, as well as ‘Manufacturer’ of me and my life. And He continually fills me up, to full and overflowing. What are you waiting for? There's no better time than n-o-w. Selah."  


And we have such trust through Christ toward God.  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  
(2 Corinthians 3:4-9)


*See you tomorrow, and please make sure to invite your friends who are lost or who just need encouragement too! God bless you!*

________________________________


Find this blog mini-series message, and more on the topic, in our book Keep the FAITH Keep Your VISION based on crucial, real-life matters for each of us. To ask questions, make a special donation, request a large quantity of books, or to share a testimony or prayer request with us, please click for e-mail, or write a letter and mail it to the address shown on our website, and as provided below.
We pray God bless you greatly as you have greatly blessed us and the entire Toward The Mark, Inc. Family!
Your friends & servants in Christ,
Keep PRESSIN' IN!



To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith 35+ years ago to focus full-time on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.  The complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. are made possible thanks to the faithful prayer and financial contributions of the TTM Support Family.  We'd like to invite you to join our family, and welcome you to become a special part of our regular sponsorship team TODAY!

We INVITE You ... to follow and share these resources that are also available, for helping build your faith in God, His Will, and His Ways: 

      

      

      

      

      

      
Keep PRESSIN' IN!


This blog mini-series, along with the rest of our inventory of Bible-based resources, is made possible by the support of our faithful monthly partners. Would you consider helping us expand our outreach capabilities by becoming a monthly financial partner? Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools, available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, for getting to know the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us as we "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible contribution securely by PayPal.
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps, and we thank you for it!

Mail tax-deductible contributions by check to the order of:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!


Toward the Mark, Inc. © 2016 | Privacy Policy and Terms of Use apply | (757)251-2440 TowardTheMark.com | Resources@TowardTheMark.com