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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.

Do you have the Spirit of Gods empowerment over Sin?
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Saturday, 27 March 2021

The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
·       12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one [d]accord in prayer [e]and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.  Here they are now back in Jerusalem the city where Christ was tried and found to be a blasphemer. This is also where the Mt of olives was cleaved in two. And the Robe was split into from top to bottom, showing the Lord was getting ready to start a new Kingdom on earth.
So, they the Disciples and Mary the Mother of the Lord and other believers such as the 70 Apostle are gathered in the upper room a private house where the Lord served communion at Passover. So, we see 120 gathered to wait upon the Lord giving themselves to praying. They were in trouble as sheep among wolves, so were in need of help to silence all cares and fears. They are now faced with great work without the presence of Jesus who really bore most of the burdens. Remember Christ prayed for them, now they are praying to God for His Spirit He promised them.
They remember The Spirit descended upon our Saviour when he was praying, Luke 3:21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened.
When we gather in His name we come in a bend or frame work of receiving from the Lord His quickening and empowerment to be what He created us to be as they continued in prayer. How long we do not know, but until the Lord intervenes and they do not faint and give up. When we are needing relief, we do not care about time, but continue to praise the Lord for what He is doing now. We know his grace and mercy are going to minister to us as we are in one accord in holy Love. No quarreling no discord but united in purpose. 
 Matthias Chosen
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the [f]disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.”
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the [g]wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his [h]entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be [i]desolate,
And let no one live in it’;
And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his [j]office.’21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The sin of Judas was not only shame and ruin, but left a vacancy among the number of Apostles. 12 was the number of Tribes in Israel as they were also the 12 Stars and crowns Of Rev. 12:1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.


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Friday, 19 March 2021

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Jesus Ascends to Heaven
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Here they are in in Galilee asking to go to Jerusalem and they obey, but first they are cheerfully together to be the witnesses of His ascension. Lord are you going to restore again the Kingdom of Israel? They thought for sure God was going to have the last say and was going to rule from here on out Rome. 
1. “Surely thou wilt not at all restore it to the present rulers of Israel, the chief priests and the elders, that put thee to death, and, to compass that design, tamely gave up the kingdom to Caesar, and owned themselves his subjects. What! Shall those that hate and persecute thee and us be trusted with power? This be far from thee.” Or rather,
2. “Surely thou wilt now restore it to the Jewish nation, as far as it will submit to thee as their king.” Now two things were amiss in this question:—They thought Christ would restore the kingdom to Israel, that is, that he would make the nation of the Jews as great and considerable among the nations as it was in the days of David and Solomon, of Asa and Jehoshaphat; that, as Shiloh, he would restore the sceptre to Judah, and the lawgiver; whereas Christ came to set up his own kingdom, and that a kingdom of heaven, not to restore the kingdom to Israel, an earthly kingdom. [1.] How apt even good men are to place the happiness of the church too much, in external pomp and power; as if Israel could not be glorious unless the kingdom were restored to it, nor Christ’s disciples honored unless they were peers of the realm; whereas we are told to expect the cross in this world, and to wait for the kingdom in the other world. How hard it is to get over the prejudices of education. The disciples, having sucked in this notion with their milk that the Messiah was to be a temporal prince, were long before they could be brought to have any idea of his kingdom as spiritual. [3.] How naturally we are biassed in favour of our own people. They thought God would have no kingdom in the world unless it were restored to Israel; whereas the kingdoms of this world were to become his, in whom he would be glorified, whether Israel should sink or swim. [4.] How apt we are to misunderstand scripture—to understand that literally which is spoken figuratively, and to expound scripture by our schemes, whereas we ought to form our schemes by the scriptures. But, when the Spirit shall be poured out from on high, our mistakes will be rectified, as the apostles’ soon after were.
Lord, wilt thou do it at this time? They were really excited for now they were going to be a part of those who rule.  They wanted God to show his majesty as He was doing now. 
But Christ gave an answer to this question, like that which he had a little before given to Peter’s enquiry concerning John, What is that to thee? Acts 1:7; It is not for you to know the times and seasons. He does not contradict their expectation that the kingdom would be restored to Israel, because that mistake would soon be rectified by the pouring out of the Spirit, after which they never had any more thoughts of the temporal kingdom; and also because there is a sense of the expectation which is true, the setting up of the gospel kingdom in the world; and their mistake of the promise shall not make it of no effect; but he checks their enquiry after the time.

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Acts 1 is a history of the narrative of the acts of the apostles as they experience the life of the Lord in their mist. They proved Jesus was alive and lived before them as a representative of God love, mercy and grace. It was with a lot of feeling that they saw Him tried and found to be a blasphemer, for they thought he was going to reign and rule. But he did not instead, allowed Himself to be crucified at the hands of governmental power Rome. He was taken from the cross and buried in a tomb and after three day rose again and appeared to the people for 40 days continuing His ministry. What a story that God was giving to the word for His Son was getting ready to reveal the Holy Spirit that was going to enable the Church to be the Church of the redeemed! They witnessed the death of Judas and the electing of Matthias and now they getting ready to experience the greatest miracle of all times.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which [a]He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many [b]infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit Promised
·       And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 
Here we are seeing Theophilus spoken of and he was dedicated as a pupil who was excellent in wanting Gods best for His life, as he was committed to the LordS will and ways. He was called by Luke, one that excelled in his relationship to God and wanted us to know how important we all are to the Lord. God sent His Son Jesus, so everyone of Hs creation could receive empowerment for service in the Kingdom of Gods battling the forces of this world. The Gospel here is called the former treaties, which He had made perfect, so we can work at being perfected in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. May we never forget we are building upon the solid rock that God began with the Law, now Grace is beginning to show us how to labor for our good, as we study and accept all the Lord has for us today, as we built upon the solid foundation. You and I can’t improve what God has begun, what we have to do is accept what God has provided to us all to achieve our potential.
The Lord taught and did what He taught, so He is our example of how then shall we live? He was empowered by the Holy Spirit and wants His Church to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, so we may continue on bringing good news to our world. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were gifted by the Holy Spirit, before the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all in the upper room. Jesus is getting ready to give the Church the added benefit of His Holly Spirit, as He is getting ready to go up into heaven. The truth is explained here in the 3rd verse to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many [b]infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. Mark says, in 16:19 the Lord being received up into heaven as does Like 24:51. The Lord continued to teach to the last till He was taken up to seat at the right Hand of God to intercede for us all!
Jesus revealed Himself alive, He had proof he was infallible, He walked and talked with them, He ate and drank with them, He showed his hands and feet and His side which was the greatest proof, so all sorrow could be done away with. 40 days is a long time to condescend and show compassion as our High Priest, showing he felt for them and us yet today.
Here He is finishing His work and ready to breath on them to open their eyes to believe and receive the work they were commanded to do, as servants of the Kingdom of Gods. He gave them commandments from the Holy Spirit, which He Himself fulfilled to go and preach the things pertained to the Kingdom of Gods. He gave them a general idea of that Kingdom and the time it should be set up in this world. The nature of the Holy Spirit was the kingdom of Grace being ushered in and glory of Gods covenant of love and justice for all.
Jesus wants to prepare us to receive the Holy Spirit we were designed for, He tells them in secret what they must do. He did not entertain them with politics or the Kingdom of Men, or the philosophy, or the Kingdom of nature, but pure divinity and the Kingdom of Grace. Here He was getting ready to leave them, but wanted them to experience the personal presence of the Holy Spirit that would never leave them.

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