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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.

8 WAYS GOD WANTS TO FIX OUR DISCOURAGEMENTS
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 29 January 2021

8 ways to fix your discouragements
It seems like discouragement is one of the areas in our lives that causes a lot of frustration, for we are surrounded by lies that we can’t control, for the simple reason we take our eyes of the Lord and only think of who we can blame. There is only one person in my life that is making choice that blesses us our curse us. I need to cast my gaze upon Him for He cares for all His creation. John 3:13 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believeth on Him would have everlasting life. That is you and me who believe.
1. Look forward to 2021 it is a new year. The Message in 2 Corinthians gives us a picture of looking forward 7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. Thats to prevent anyone from confusing Gods incomparable power with us. As it is, theres not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that were not much to look at. Weve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but were not demoralized; were not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; weve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasnt left our side; weve been thrown down, but we havent broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to ustrial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in ushe lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus sake, which makes Jesus life all the more evident in us. While were going through the worst, youre getting in on the best!
We have to make sure we are in training to look forward to the next situation and circumstance we are facing knowing God is in charge of our future.
2. Never give up, you on trial in this big garden called earth note 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 So were not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. Theres far more here than meets the eye.
We have never been faced with such a paralyzing Pandemic in our lives as Coronaviruses has affect our total world preventing us for assembling ourselves in the house of the Lord. Yet we are doing all we can to comfort and pray for one another to be healed in body, soul and spirt sop we do not. give up. We can’t, but God can, as we let Him rule and reign in every area of our lives.
 
3. Stay in the Game 2 Corinthians 4:18 The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we cant see now will last forever.
Thank the Lord we are living in His created world and need to understand we live according to His rules and need to stay in the game and not quit and start playing in Satan’s court. Satan’s here to keep us off guard so we need to resist his plans and seek Gods plan for our lives,  that we can be a blessing to all we meet by practicing His commands and rules. 
4. Look in- What make’s you angry and disappointed needs to be analyzed and only you know? What do you do to get rid of the anger that boils up and destroys your ability to be in control. Ephesians 4: 26  says Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angrybut dont use your anger as fuel for revenge. And dont stay angry. Dont go to bed angry. Dont give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
Anger is the greatest tool God has given us to protect our selves from evil doings for it allows us to be in control of it without maiming and killing one another’s physical and spiritual will being. When love is controlled by God’s empowerment we are able to be angry and sin not, for we are abiding in the loving arms of the Lord and He knows how to protect and provide all we need to be peaceful in controlling of the situation. Love covers a multitude of sins. That is the reason we ae able to love the person who is angry, for God gives us the ability to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to not give our anger away, it is yours to keep yourself safe and secure.
5. Look around- Isolation is real and it prevents us from being transparent, we can’t see the expression and the smile of agreement or disapproval. We are not supposed to gather together in large gathering and to wear mask. Look around we look like bandits.   
Let’s look at Hebrews 10:25 in The Message So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
Are you seeing imagination time vividness equals reality as the truth? You’re watching the news what do you see everything out of order and you get mad and wonder the reason why? Or are you able to see the lies and evil that has over taken us and see the lawlessness but pray that people will see the way, truth and life that is found as they become sensitive to the word of God. The people that are forced to go underground and being blessed in communistic countries and people force to believe anything can’t be free in our world. Lord help us to see the need for gathering together as a Church so we can have positive relationship that are build for up lifting one another in Prayer as we Fellowship together for the purpose to pray and instruct one another on the playing field of life activities!
6. Look Out- Satan is going to decisive you- Mark 6:31-34 The Message 30-31 The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, Come off by yourselves; lets take a break and get a little rest. For there was constant coming and going. They didnt even have time to eat. 32-34 So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves. Someone saw them going and the word got around. From the surrounding towns people went out on foot, running, and got there ahead of them. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.
This is the reason we are in a game good vs. evil, right over wrong every day of or lives. God does not rest and we can afford to rest In wrong but abiding in the vine Jesus, so we can produce good fruit all the time.


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John 15:18-25
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 22 January 2021

·  VERSES 18-25 These are my notes from Matthew Henry's Commentary

Here Christ discourses concerning hatred, which is the character and genius of the devils kingdom, as love is of the kingdom of Christ. Observe here,

I. Who they are in whom this hatred is foundthe world, the children of this world, as distinguished from the children of God; those who are in the interests of the god of this world, whose image they bear, and whose power they are subject to; all those, whether Jews or Gentiles, who would not come into the church of Christ, which he audibly called, and visibly separates from this evil world. The calling of these the world intimates, 1. Their number; there were a world of people that opposed Christ and Christianity. Lord, how were they increased that troubled the Son of David! I fear, if we should put it to the vote between Christ and Satan, Satan would out-poll us quite. 2. Their confederacy and combination; these numerous hosts are embodied, and are as one, Ps. 83:5. Jews and Gentiles, that could agree in nothing else, agreed to persecute Christs minister. 3. Their spirit and disposition; they are men of the world (Ps. 17:13, 14), wholly devoted to this world and the things of it, and never thinking of another world. The people of God, though they are taught to hate the sins of sinners, yet not their persons, but to love and do good to all men. A malicious, spiteful, envious spirit, is not the spirit of Christ, but of the world.

II. Who are they against whom this hatred is levelled-against the disciples of Christ, against Christ himself, and against the Father.

1. The world hates the disciples of Christ: The world hateth you (John 15:19); and he speaks of it as that which they must expect and count upon, John 15:18; as 1 John 3:13.

(1.) Observe how this comes in here. [1.] Christ had expressed the great kindness he had for them as friends; but, lest they should be puffed up with this, there was given them, as there was to Paul, a thorn in the flesh, that is, as it is explained there, reproaches and persecutions for Christs sake, 2 Cor. 12:7, 10. [2.] He had appointed them their work, but tells them what hardships they should meet with in it, that it might not be a surprise to them, and that they might prepare accordingly. [3.] He had charged them to love one another, and need enough they had to love one another, for the world would hate them; to be kind to one another, for they would have a great deal of unkindness and ill-will from those that were without. Keep peace among yourselves, and this will fortify you against the worlds quarrels with you. Those that are in the midst of enemies are concerned to hold together.

(2.) Observe what is here included.

[1.] The worlds enmity against the followers of Christ: it hateth them. Note, Whom Christ blesseth the world curseth. The favourites and heirs of heaven have never been the darlings of this world, since the old enmity was put between the seed of the woman and of the serpent. Why did Cain hate Abel, but because his works were righteousEsau hated Jacob because of the blessing; Josephs brethren hated himbecause his father loved him; Saul hated David because the Lord was with himAhab hated Micaiahbecause of his prophecies; such are the causeless causes of the worlds hatred.

[2.] The fruits of that enmity, two of which we have here, John 15:20First, They will persecute you, because they hate you, for hatred is a restless passion. It is the common lot of those who will live godly in Christ Jesus to suffer persecution2 Tim. 3:12. Christ foresaw what ill usage his ambassadors would meet with in the world, and yet, for the sake of those few that by their ministry were to be called out of the world, he sent them forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Secondly, Another fruit of their enmity is implied, that they would reject their doctrine. When Christ says, If they have kept my sayings, they will keep yours, he means, They will keep yours, and regard yours, no more than they have regarded and kept mine. Note, The preachers of the gospel cannot but take the despising of their message to be the greatest injury that can be done to themselves; as it was a great affront to Jeremiah to say, Let us not give heed to any of his wordsJer. 18:18.

[3.] The causes of that enmity. The world will hate them,

First, Because they do not belong to it (John 15:19): If you were of the world, of its spirit, and in its interests, if you were carnal and worldly, the world would love you as its own; but, because you are called out of the world, it hates you, and ever will. Note, 1. We are not to wonder if those that are devoted to the world are caressed by it as its friends; most men bless the covetousPs. 10:3; 49:18. 2. Nor are we to wonder if those that are delivered from the world are maligned by it as its enemies; when Israel is rescued out of Egypt, the Egyptians will pursue them. Observe, The reason why Christs disciples are not of the world is not because they have by their own wisdom and virtue distinguished themselves from the world, but because Christ hath chosen them out of it, to set them apart for himself; and this is the reason why the world hates them; for, (1.) The glory which by virtue of this choice they are designed for sets them above the world, and so makes them the objects of its envy. The saints shall judge the world, and the upright have dominion, and therefore they are hated. (2.) The grace which by virtue of this choice they are endued with sets them against the world; they swim against the stream of the world, and are not conformed to it; they witness against it, and are not conformed to it. This would support them under all the calamities which the worlds hatred would bring upon them, that they were hated because they were the choice and the chosen ones of the Lord Jesus, and were not of the world. Now, [1.] This was no just cause for the worlds hatred of them. If we do any thing to make ourselves hateful, we have reason to lament it; but, if men hate us for that for which they should love and value us, we have reason to pity them, but no reason to perplex ourselves. Nay, [2.] This was just cause for their own joy. He that is hated because he is rich and prospers cares not who has the vexation of it, while he has the satisfaction of it.

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John15:9-17
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 15 January 2021

·       VERSES 9-17
Christ, who is love itself, is here discoursing concerning love, a fourfold love.
I. Concerning the Fathers love to him; and concerning this he here tells us, 1. That the Father did love him (John 15:9): As the Father hath loved me. He loved him as MediatorThis is my beloved Son. He was the Son of his love. He loved him, and gave all things into his hand; and yet so loved the world as to deliver him up for us all. When Christ was entering upon his sufferings he comforted himself with this, that his Father loved him. Those whom God loves as a Father may despise the hatred of all the world. 2. That he abode in his Fathers loveJohn 15:10. He continually loved his Father, and was beloved of him. Even when he was made sin and a curse for us, and it pleased the Lord to bruise him, yet he abode in his Fathers love. See Ps. 89:3333 Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not [a]utterly take from him,
Nor [b]allow My faithfulness to fail.
Because he continued to love his Father, he went cheerfully through his sufferings, and therefore his Father continued to love him. 3. That therefore he abode in his Fathers love because he kept his Fathers law: I have kept my Fathers commandments, as Mediator, and so abide in his love. Hereby he showed that he continued to love his Father, that he went on, and went through, with his undertaking, and therefore the Father continued to love him. His soul delighted in him, because he did not fail, nor was discouragedIsa. 42:1-4. We having broken the law of creation, and thereby thrown ourselves out of the love of God; Christ satisfied for us by obeying the law of redemption, and so he abode in his love, and restored us to it.
II. Concerning his own love to his disciples. Though he leaves them, he loves them. And observe here,
1. The pattern of this love: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. A strange expression of the condescending grace of Christ! As the Father loved him, who was most worthy, he loved them, who were most unworthy. The Father loved him as his Son, and he loves them as his children. The Father gave all things into his hand; so, with himself, he freely giveth us all things. The Father loved him as Mediator, as head of the church, and the great trustee of divine grace and favour, which he had not for himself only, but for the benefit of those for whom he was entrusted; and, says he, I have been a faithful trustee. As the Father has committed his love to me, so I transmit it to you. Therefore the Father was well pleased with him, that he might be well pleased with us in him; and loved him, that in him, as beloved, he might make us acceptedEph. 1:6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
 
2. The proofs and products of this love, which are four:
(1.) Christ loved his disciples, for he laid down his life for them (John 15:13): Greater proof of love hath no man to show than this, to lay down his life for his friend. And this is the love wherewith Christ hath loved us, he is our antipsychosbail for us, body for body, life for life, though he knew our insolvency, and foresaw how much the engagement would cost him. Observe here, [1.] The extent of the love of the children of men to one another. The highest proof of it is laying down ones life for a friend, to save his life, and perhaps there have been some such heroic achievements of love, more than plucking out ones own eyesGal. 4:15. If all that a man has he will give for his life, he that gives this for his friend gives all, and can give no more; this may sometimes be our duty, 1 John 3:16. Paul was ambitious of the honour (Phil. 2:17); and for a good man some will even dare to dieRom. 5:7. It is love in the highest degree, which is strong as death. [2.] The excellency of the love of Christ beyond all other love. He has not only equaled, but exceeded, the most illustrious lovers. Others have laid down their lives, content that they should be taken from them; but Christ gave up his, was not merely passive, but made it his own act and deed. The life which others have laid down has been but of equal value with the life for which it was laid down, and perhaps less valuable; but Christ is infinitely more worth than ten thousand of us. Others have thus laid down their lives for their friends, but Christ laid down his for us when we were enemiesRom. 5:8, 10But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
 Those hearts must be harder than iron or stone which are not softened by such incomparable sweetness of divine love.Calvin.
(2.) Christ loved his disciples, for he took them into a covenant of friendship with himself, John 15:14, 15If you approve yourselves by your obedience my disciples indeed, you are my friends, and shall be treated as friends. Note, The followers of Christ are the friends of Christ, and he is graciously pleased to call and account them so. Those that do the duty of his servants are admitted and advanced to the dignity of his friends. David had one servant in his court, and Solomon one in his, that was in a particular manner the kings friend (2 Sam. 15:37; 1 Kgs. 4:5); but this honour have all Christs servants. We may in some particular instance befriend a stranger; but we espouse all the interests of a friend, and concern ourselves in all his cares: thus Christ takes believers to be his friends. He visits them and converses with them as his friends, bears with them and makes the best of them, is afflicted in their afflictions, and takes pleasure in their prosperity; he pleads for them in heaven and takes care of all their interests there. Have friends but one soul? He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit1 Cor. 6:17. Though they often show themselves unfriendly, he is a friend that loves at all times. Observe how endearingly this is expressed here. [1.] He will not call them servants, though they call him Master and Lord. Those that would be like Christ in humility must not take a pride in insisting upon all occasions on their authority and superiority, but remember that their servants are their fellow-servants. But, [2.] He will call them his friends; he will not only love them, but will let them know it; for in his tongue is the law of kindness. After his resurrection he seems to speak with more affectionate tenderness of and to his disciples than before. Go to my brethrenJohn 20:17Children, have you any meatJohn 21:5. But observe, though Christ called them his friends, they called themselves his servants: Peter, a servant of Christ (1 Pet. 1:1), and so James, Jas. 1:1The more honour Christ puts upon us, the more honour we should study to do him; the higher in his eyes, the lower in our own.
(3.) Christ loved his disciples, for he was very free in communicating his mind to them (John 15:15): Henceforth you shall not be kept so much in the dark as you have been, like servants that are only told their present work; but, when the Spirit is poured out, you shall know your Masters designs as friends. All things that I have heard of my Father I have declared unto you. As to the secret will of God, there are many things which we must be content not to know; but, as to the revealed will of God, Jesus Christ has faithfully handed to us what he received of the Father, John 1:18; Matt. 11:27. The great things relating to mans redemption Christ declared to his disciples, that they might declare them to others; they were the men of his counsel, Matt. 13:11.
(4.) Christ loved his disciples, for he chose and ordained them to be the prime instruments of his glory and honour in the world (John 15:16): I have chosen you, and ordained you, His love to them appeared,
[1.] In their election, their election to their apostleship (John 6:70): I have chosen you twelve. It did not begin on their side: You have not chosen me, but I first chose you. Why were they admitted to such an intimacy with him, employed in such an embassy for him, and endued with such power from on high? It was not owing to their wisdom and goodness in choosing him for their Master, but to his favour and grace in choosing them for his disciples. It is fit that Christ should have the choosing of his own ministers; still he does it by his providence and Spirit. Though ministers make that holy calling their own choice, Christs choice is prior to theirs and directs and determines it. Of all that are chosen to grace and glory it may be said, They have not chosen Christ, but he had chosen them, Deut. 7:7, 8. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of [a]bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.


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