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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Romans 13
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 11 January 2019

We are going to see three lessons in this chapter; 1. Subjection to authority. 2. Justice and love of brethren. 3. Sobriety and godliness in ourselves.
 
Romans 13 New King James Version (NKJV)
1.  Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. How do we conduct ourselves with those who have authority over us, regardless of how unruly they may get. The reason is God is going to take care of the unruly power of Governments. We are subject to them even as ministers or denominational leaders including the Pope. Every soul,  everyone born, is subjected to God and it is God we serve even in a land controlled by ungodliness, or a household controlled by godless parents. We cannot curse kings or queens or God. We show by our obedience honor for the office. Even Jesus said to pay tribute to Rome and what is God paying tribute to. This is very difficult and impossible unless one is totally dedicated to Gods goodwill and peace. To cooperate with authority gives one the ability to have a voice for good when the authority is against Godly principles. Not demanding but encouraging like Joseph was able to do with his King Potiphar. Or Daniel with the King who threw him in the lion’s den. Those in authority have power for they are in control. It is an inward honor and outward expression of reverence and respect for the office. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. We have seen this all down throughout history for people that are rulers have an obligation also and when they do not accept goodwill and peace for those under them, everyone suffers. People in authority have power to dictate what they want not what is good, this make it difficult then for the Christ like Spirit to give one the peace regardless of the circumstance we find ourselves in. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? What a fact all rulers are not doing good works, but evil works and it is seen around the world by the evil in many governments. Let’s not be afraid but understand that God is the one that give peace even in the storms of life. Our faith is not in government but in God and He gives us the ability do Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. Good is an attitude and behavior that comes for ones abiding in the vine; Jesus. This allows one to be in prison and still able to rejoice for the peace of God is within ones spirit and soul. Being involved in prison and jail ministry ones sees the effects of how important one’s attitude and behavior is to the officers and one another for happiness and orderliness. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.It is God that reigns and to abuse His power causes us to suffer the consequences, so civil power is governed by the Lord. Who govens those who govern is very important for we are all suppose to be under the authority of Gods will. This is a Military word and there is a diversity of gifts, trust and service, so we can resist what God established in the beginning of time. We have a hard time fulfilling the law and miss out on many blessing. We are to behave in a way that is a blessing for rulers are ministers of God. They are lords, servants to God. They now right from wrong yet we see more leader doing what is totally. Wrong and hurting its people. It is so hard to see rulers wanting justice for Justice is what is showing lawlessness through out our world. They are responsible for peace to preevent war. They are to execute justice for all and put offenders to shame. We are men not beast, we are like the horse or  mule needing a bit in our mouth in order that we are under control by the master 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 
Yes, we are going to get angry with what goes on many times, but when it is out of order that is when we are going to get hurt or hurt some one else. We all have a conscience that is God given in our soul that tells us when we have done wrong and gets us then to repent and say, I’m sorry and do not do it again. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. It seems that life requires to pay for what we get. Government in order to function needs people to become responsible in paying taxes to make sure that everyone’s needs are meet. This is not happening for people feel like you owe me. This attitude has come to the place we have homeless people like never before and there is not enough taxes to support non workers. Yes, we are going to have the poor with us always. Matthew 26:11
For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. There is always a need to help others that can’t seem to help themselves. It is so easy for us to rob God of how we are created, many have a right to have help in life for they are born not having the ability to make a living and our Government wants to help them but we also have many who do not want to work for they want to play with someone else’s money. Lord help us to understand the power of love so no one suffers in this dayh and age.
 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. We all have responsibility and obligations to achieve our potential and God created us with hands and a body to make sure we are able to survive in such a way, that all our needs are meet and we all owe one another the effort to make life a blessing so what is due we make sure we pay. Our Taxes seem to be the most important for money is needed to have any order or the ability to maintain a degree of comfort. It is strange that our Government many times make it easy to cheat on our taxes and we have to make sure we are not giving grudgingly for that give way to cheat as much as possible for we have a right. 
Yes. we are all aware of customs and our custom cannot take the place of Government. For customs are related to traditions and many times they run contrary to the Governments. Are Customs and traditions have to give away to Governments if we are going to live together in harmony.
Fear to whom fear not with amazement but to privilege of being human. That type of fear is what makes the Church the Church for we are all created for goodwill and peace and when we have the proper fear of one another we all get along for we know each other power of diversity. The wealthy are as important as the poor in the Kingdom of God. For the fear of man is given up to the fear of the Lord in order that we can be wise.
Honor to who honor is very hard in the natural for we think we are as great as anyone else and it makes us angry when we realize that is a lie. We need one another. And need to work at becoming free of bitterness which destroys any society. 

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Romans 12
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 04 January 2019

As we look at Romans 12 we are seeing Paul not giving us his opinion but Gods for Religion is man made and Christianity is Gods plan as we accept His Divine plane of good will and peace to all. We are a part of the Kingdom of God not the kingdom of Satan’s for he is out to destroy everything that is the truth. We have a duty to press on in the truth of His words and can’t do right without abiding in the vine Jesus. We need to understand the foundation of how to receive faith that God gave us all the size of a mustard seed, so it can grow as it is rooted in the Lord way, truth and life so it produces good will and fruit regardless of the Circumstance.
There is a great deal of duty that God prescribes in order for us to grow in grace and mercy. Every race we run requires getting in shape in order to complete the task before us every day. It is excepting practical doctrinal truths so we can be justified by faith which Paul discussed in the previous chapters. We do not get to do what we want or see what we want, we get to have our eyes fixed on the goals of one day seeing the Lord as He is; loving good and kind as He has prepared the way to heaven for us as we rest or abide in Him.
So we have three duties, 1. We have a duty to listen to God hear His voice. 2 It is a personal walk or personal duty. 3. We have a duty to our brothers, people created by God.
It is God grace that teaches us to live godly, soberly and righteously and deny all that which is contrary. We are going to see in this chapter the understanding what godliness, sobriety and righteousness are all intermixed.
Romans 12

 

Living Sacrifices to God

12 I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]reasonable service. Paul is wanting us to make sure we understand the mercies of God requires us to take control of our bodies five senses, which are carnal, ears are for hearing, eyes for seeing danger, mouth for eating food to grow, nose for making sure we smell our food and stay away from fowl food. The we have skin that keeps us from all bactrial that inflicts us, causing us to feel bad and unhealthy. Then we all have a soul, conscience that give us the feeling of all is well for we make mistakes and when we repent our consciences are alive and will. We see today anything goes and it is seen by the chaos around the world. Then we all have an imagination that seem to be out of control for we are seeing nothing as impossible, man can do anything. But is it right and benefiting all. Look at our reasons for doing what we do, is many time destroying what us humanin and proper, as our memory so easily forgets what happen in the past and rather than become better we are getting bitter towards one another.  So our affection is geared to pleasing self and we can’t please self or others. Lord help us to see how easy it is living in sin to not have control for the simple reason we are not aware of the Spirit of God with in us all that has five areas that affect us. 1. Faith-who is in in Man-Satan or God. 2. Hope is given to all but who do we hope in God self or Satan. 3. Worship is shown by who you are guided by and listen to, God or Satan? 4. Reverence is what give us pride of ownership or causes us to be ashamed and we do not care what we do or say until we repent and are forgiven. 5. Prayer is something we can’t get along without. For God wants to answer our prayers so we can be what He created us to be.

Are you seeing the power that you were created with as you present your body as a living sacrifice to God will? Its as God empowers us, that we are able to achieve our potential He created us with, and everyone has abilities and talents that either are a blessing to mankind or are a curse to mankind. Lord help us to realize we are not able to be good without a spiritual bend in life. To be holy is a choice and if it is not chosen there is no holiness, purity, or good mental health. This I hope is reasonable to understand for without becoming like God we are unholy as filthy rags. 

I say and please do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. It is so easy to be conformed to the way of the world, for we are taught to do our thing, which leads to no one being happy. Lord help us to see others are affected by what we say and do, for we are all living together in a world that needs order. It is proven when people are together anything can be accomplished. Today the technology is improving so fast it is taking over our kids and they are mesmerized by how easy it is to maneuver from one pic to other and never get bored. When it is taken away the child has a tantrum and we are seeing adults having tantrums that show disorder and dysfunctional behavior and attitude around the world for they can’t seem to discipline. This is caused for the simple reason we have forgotten to discipline ourselves in the mind and given ourselves to the things of the world. God wants us to prove Him and see that He is able to give us the ability to manage what we have to where it does not control us, but we are able to control whatever our hands have been given to do.

Gods, Holy Spirit when we accept His mercy and grace is sufficient to give us the ability to overcome our anger and it is used as a force to fight off evils hold on our attitude, or behavior. 

Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. Paul was speaking from the understanding given to Him at Salvation. For He witnessed God grace given to him to stop what he was doing and begin to listen to the voice of God. Gods voice is being heard today as it has never been heard, for He seems to be screaming, come unto me all you that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. As we are seeing starvation, runaway inflation, indebtedness’, crime’ drugs, sexual acting out, dysfunctionalism like never before. For people think they are ok doing whatever they want as if they were on a drunk, or high on drugs. Lord help us to sober up and see imagination that is vivid showing reality that is Godly and purifying to all

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Thank the Lord we can understand the importance of the body when it is in good working order to ward off imperfection and impurities of this world we are involved with every day. Every one of us in the family of God have been chosen by God to be a apart of His body so man can take the head ship of the marriage, for it is God that gives us a job in His family. Just like our eyes to not argue with our ears; they take commands from the mind. We are in Christ and His mind is what propels us to do His will and not our will. We are all individuals in the Church wanting Gods way to be done. We do not clash with one another, but work together for the good of one another. We stand in relation to one another doing good to one another, encouraging one another for we are on the same field in our big world.  We need to comfort one another more today than any time in my life.Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; It is amazing how everyone created by God, that becomes saved has gifts and talents that differ from one another, not to be abused but developed to be of use. We are never put on the shelf, but to be used by Gods might powerful hand according to our faith. Grace is given by God as we accept who we are in Him. It is grace that God gave to all to become His children, but do all follow the Lord? We are going to see 7 gifts as distinct offices God uses for the glory of the Church’s benefit. Prophesying is a gift given according to our faith. That faith is one who has studied and knows the inside working of the Holy Spirit telling of things that are going to come to pass. People need to be warned concerning sin and its duty to bring punishment. We are on a highway that is narrow and few going our direction and few that find it. Preacher are doing all they can to point people in the right direction. Today if you follow maps on the computer you can see the fasted route to anywhere. The Bible was written thousands of years ago and still has the map to get to heaven, but it has to be used.  We as preachers can only preach what we know as the way, truth and life from Gods word. It is not based on mans understanding or knowledge but upon the wisdom of wise counsel that works and will come to pass as one grows in God grace by faith. Lord help me to believe what I preach in order to see results of people changing, becoming more like the Lord. We can’t force faith upon anyone else, faith is personal and needs to be focused on the Lord  so our 

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ON EARTH PEACE AND GOODWILL
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 21 December 2018

“On Earth Peace and Goodwill to Men”!
Daily Devotion: Just Another Night in Bethlehem - By Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
 
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things! -Joel 2:21
 
On the first Christmas Eve, there were no brightly colored lights on anyone's homes. There were no stockings that had been hung with care or any visions of sugarplums dancing in children's heads. It was just another night in Bethlehem. The census had gone out-that command by Caesar that everyone was to be taxed. But history was about to change in Bethlehem.
 
All of Israel was living in a very frightening time historically. They lived under the tyrant King Herod who would execute people at will. In addition, the Jews were living in occupied territory. The Romans had taken control of their country. They were no longer free to do what they wanted and live as they wanted. They wondered if Rome would ever leave. Would the violent rule ever cease? Would their world ever change?
 
Then suddenly angels appeared to the shepherds and told them not to be afraid; the Messiah had been born.
 
There is a lot to be afraid of in our unstable, volatile world today. It seems that at every turn, we hear about another horrific tragedy happening in our world. It can cause us to be terrified.
 
Then there are the personal fears: What if I lose my health? What if I lose a member of my family? What if this happens? What if that happens? A lot of things run through our minds. 
 
Here is the message of the first Christmas-and the message for us this Christmas: Don't be afraid. . . . I bring you good tidings of great joy.
 
Ray Stedman wrote, "The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy."
 
Does that describe you? Fear is what Christmas came to remove-and now we can have joy in its place.
Last Sunday we look at what the wise men “Gentiles” saw a star the Kingdom of God that governs our world by religion, economic and government now here to-day we see what the shepherds  “Jews” saw and heard Luke 2 8-14 On Earth Peace and Goodwill!
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And [c]behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [d]manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”
And on earth peace, goodwill[e] toward men!”

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