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WALKING WITH JESUS
Abiding in Christ

Contents                                                    
Introduction                                                        
Abiding in Christ                    Ch.1           
Is Not Easy to Do                  Ch.2           
Incredible Love of Jesus         Ch.3           
True Friendship                     Ch.4           
Faith That Counts                  Ch.5           
Perseverance, Persistence       Ch.6           
Walk With the Same Jesus      Ch.7           
Summary                              Ch.8                                            
 POEMS
No Hope Without Christ         #1111                           
No Turning Back                    #842                             
Nothing You Or I Can Do       #269          
Only One Road To God!         #1086                  
The Path of Light                    #1113                                     
Close To Me                           #1006                                     
Walking in Love                       #957                             
Walking With God                  #268                    
          The Truth About Salvation              

WALKING WITH JESUS
Written and compiled by: HIS SERVANT
Connie Kramer

Scripture verses taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Yellow bold italics is Jesus’ Words.
John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]

Written and Compiled by:
His servant, Connie Kramer
Revised from original 10-2015

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AND IS NEVER TO BE COPYRIGHTED.
This book is free and not to be sold.

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TO EDIFY THE CHURCH, AND TO HONOR AND GLORIFY GOD

I always try to make understanding God’s Word as easy as I possibly can for all. God will truly bless your efforts as you strive to learn more about Him. All praise and glory be to the
One and Only, Almighty God!

Walking with Jesus
Introduction

    

If we want to live a life that is pleasing to God, we must walk on the narrow road with Jesus. Walking with Him means imitating Him, living as He desires, walking in His footsteps. It means we must “abide in Him.” We must have faith to trust Him to lead us, to show us how to walk and where to walk.

What does Jesus really want from us? He wants us to walk in His ways and in His light, reflecting His love by loving others enough to share Him with them. It is only by being really close to Jesus that we can begin to see His Face and feel His awesome Presence.

All TRUE Christians really want and seek His strength to walk with Jesus and to be like Him. Psalms 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. (KJV) . . . Seeking God's grace and help is the only way of achieving true happiness, and yearning for His strength is the only true source of protection. 

Why do we need His strength? Because walking in His ways is not easy. The world constantly tempts us away from God's love, God's will and God's ways. To walk with Him means we must obey Him as His disciples in this evil world. All disciples are believers, but NOT all believers are disciples! A TRUE disciple walks with Jesus and obeys Him. Walking with Jesus means we must tell others of Him. It is our duty, our obligation to bring others on the journey. To witness for Jesus is NOT an option!

If we walk with Him, He will help us when we fall, help us overcome our weaknesses and guide us onto right paths. He will equip us to do the job He has given us. And when we willingly do our job, it gives our lives meaning, and we learn the real meaning of love. We must reach out to those around us, so they too can walk with Jesus. My hope and prayer is that you will learn how to hear God speak to you through His Word. Walking with Jesus is a tremendous blessing! He will NEVER leave you, NEVER forsake you, ever! (Heb.13:5). Through thick and thin, through good times and bad, He will always be right there beside you. No blessing is greater than this to me.

Walking With Jesus
Chapter 1 . . . Abiding In Christ

    

To live a fulfilled Christian life, we must walk with Jesus, but many times we become frustrated in the process. One reason may be that we do not understand Jesus' use of the word 'abide' in John 15. Jesus uses it in such a natural way, but the English translations of 'abiding', 'remaining' or 'living in' do not help us see and understand the true meaning of Jesus' words. There is no life, no experience, no peace and no joy greater than that which comes from abiding in Christ!
    
Grape vines have thick trunks from which the attached, producing branches are attached. Our Lord Jesus uses the way these branches are attached (abiding) in the trunk of the vine to illustrate how TRUE children of God are to live our Christian lives. Branches abiding in the vine is symbolic of the attaching, connecting and dependence on the vine; the end result, production of fruit. John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV)

Walking with Jesus should be considered as our journey to eternity. It can be a most exciting journey, IF we let it.
SO . . . How do we start this journey?
 We must desire to know Jesus and just WHO He really is. He is the Son of God, resurrected from the dead and very much alive and well. 
The more we know about Jesus, the more we will understand just how bad our sin really is in God's Eyes. It is then that we grieve over any sin and want no more of it. It is through this knowledge that we ask Jesus for forgiveness.
Matthew 5:3-4 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (KJV) . . . Mourn for sin!

As we walk, we continue on God's planned path for us, by obeying His commands. Once we are on that narrow path, we must stay there. Walking with Jesus or ‘abiding in Christ’ is a conscious awareness and complete dependence on His awesome Presence wherever we go. Each new day is a continued journey with Jesus. Our personal relationship with Him and our experiencing His majestic nearness becomes our most special blessing.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (KJV) . . . Words so simple, yet so rich in its teaching, gives us the best and most complete illustration of the meaning of our Lord's command, and the union to which He invites us. The connection between the Vine and the branch is an active and existing one. No external, temporary union is sufficient. NO work of man can achieve it. Our union with the Lord is NO work of human wisdom or human will, but an act of God. It is a close and total life-union that is completed between the Son of God and the sinner. “God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts.” (Gal.4:6).

The exact same Spirit which dwelt and still dwells within the Son of God, becomes the spiritual life of the believer. It is in this spiritual unity of that ONE Spirit that produces a fellowship with the same life that is in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit makes us ONE with Him. This teaches us the full measure of the union. So close is the union between the Vine and the branch, that we see that we as branches are nothing without the Vine. Without the Vine (Jesus) the branch (us) can do nothing. We live in Him and with each moment, we must depend on Him alone.
    
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (KJV) . . . A word of warning: ye shall ask what ye will does NOT mean wealth, perfect health, worldly possessions, etc. If it is not in God’s will, you do NOT want it! I truly believe that Jesus means anything that results in honoring and glorifying God . . . THAT we can ask for and it shall be done for us.
     
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV) . . . When a vine bears “much fruit,” God is glorified. In nature, daily He sends sunshine and rain to make the crops grow, and constantly He nurtures each tiny plant and prepares it to blossom. It is the same way with the branches attached to the Vine! It is a time of glory for the Lord when the fruit we produce is brought to Him. He is there for us, to help us make it all happen! The farming comparison shows how God is glorified when people come into a right relationship with Him and begin to “bear much fruit” in their lives. It is for the fruit we produce, that the Father has made us one with Jesus. The "fruit" is the result of our union with Christ. Our fruit is produced not just by Christ’s power acting upon us, but as it truly is, as the fruit of the Vine.
    
Jesus is the True Vine; bearing me, sustaining me, supplying me, strengthening me and using me to make me bring forth much fruit.  I am simply a branch, connected to Jesus, the True Vine, abiding in Him, resting in Him, serving Him, and desiring that through me He may show forth the riches of His grace.
    
The thought of what the Vine is to the branch, and what Jesus is to the believer, gives us new meaning to the words, “Abide in me!” It’s as if He says, “I belong to you. I am joined to you.  All the nourishment and strength of the Vine are yours. Once you are in Me, you can be sure that all I have is yours. It is my honor to have you for a fruitful branch. I ask only that you abide in Me. You are weak, but I am strong; you are poor, but I am rich. Abide in me. Submit yourself completely to my teaching and rule. Trust my love, my grace, my Promises. Believe that I am completely yours. I am the Vine, you are the branch. Abide in me.” Abiding means accepting my humble position, and God’s approval to be kept there. When I surrender to Jesus, it is my hope that He holds tight to this feeble branch. Lord Jesus, I will gratefully abide in Thee, I do abide in Thee, in the might of Thy power, precious Saviour.

Walking With Jesus
Chapter 2 . . . Is NOT Easy To Do

    

We want Jesus to be with us, BUT, do we really want to be with Him. Far too often, we set our sight on things of the world, and we are tempted to leave that narrow path and go where the crowd is. Why not? They seem to be having a ball!
   
Matthew 22:1-5 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: (KJV) . . . In the Jewish culture, two invitations were sent when banquets were given. The first asked the guests to attend; the second stated when all was ready. But, in the above story the King invited His guests three times, and each time the invitation was rejected. God wants us to join Him at His banquet, which will last for eternity. That’s why He sends  invitations again and again. Have you accepted His invitation to you? The Lord wants us to seriously consider the invitation of eternal life.
    
God’s provision for perishing souls is very clear in the Gospel, and here it is represented by a royal feast made by a King, on the marriage of His Son. The reason why sinners do not come to Christ and salvation by Him, is not because they cannot, but because they will not.
    
Anyone who makes light of Christ, and/or of the great salvation made possible by Him alone, is condemning their own souls to an eternal Hell (John 3:18,36; 8:24; Rev.20:15). People are SO careless, thinking only of today! Multitudes shall perish for ever because of mere carelessness, even though they show no direct disgust or hatred, but are simply careless about their souls. Our souls shall live forever, believe this my friend! Please consider eternity!

Business and worldly profit often hinder many in a close relationship with the Saviour. ALL people must be diligent in their walk with Jesus. Whatever we have of the world in our hands, we must be careful to keep it OUT of our hearts, and not allow it to come between Christ Jesus and us.

The offer of Christ and salvation came first to the Jews (Rom.1:16; 2:9-10), but when they refused it, it was then offered to the Gentiles. God’s plan of Salvation (the Gospel), is to gather souls to Christ; all the children of God, red, yellow, black or white, scattered abroad (John 10:16: 11:52).

Those that walk unworthy of Christ, forfeit all the happiness they arrogantly claimed. Many (multitudes) are called to the wedding feast (salvation, eternal life in Heaven), but so few  take the invitation seriously! For one reason or another, they reject the invitation, even though God sends it out over and over again! Personally, I believe God has given us this brief life on Earth, to decide where we will spend eternity: Heaven? Or Hell? It is OUR choice! Let us examine ourselves to see IF we are in the faith (2 Cor.13:5), and earnestly seek to be approved by the King.

Listen Carefully

Matthew 15:16-20 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. (KJV) . . . People work hard to keep their outward appearance looking good, but what is in our hearts is MUCH more important to God than what we look like on the outside! The true person is what they are, way down deep inside (where others cannot see). It is this part of us that matters to god. What you are, what you say, what you do, it all starts in your heart! When people become Christians, born again into God’s family, He makes them different on the inside! We will still have our same outward appearance, but the inside has changed! God will continue the process of change inside, but we have to be willing to submit to His control, and to walk in the light with Jesus. God wants us to have good, right thoughts and motives, and not give in to our old ways.
Stay Focused! It Is Worth It!

Mark 10:28-31 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. 29  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, 30  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. 31  But many that are first shall be last; and the last first. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ disciples, then and now, would often if not always be required to make a sacrifice of some kind. Jesus assures us that anyone who gives up something valuable for His sake, will be repaid a hundred times over in this life (not necessarily in the same form). Someone may be rejected by his family for accepting Jesus, but they will gain a larger family of believers! But, with these rewards, we will experience persecution because the world hates God and especially JESUS! Jesus emphasized persecution to make sure that we do not follow Him ONLY for rewards! My friend, we SHALL suffer persecution of some kind if you stand firm with Jesus! But dear one, remember some other words of Jesus.
Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV) . . . I claim this Promise often! Claim it as YOURS!
Jesus clearly tells His disciples about the difficulty of the salvation of those who have an abundance of things of this world. Anyone who eagerly seeks the wealth of this world will never rightly value Christ Jesus and His amazing grace. A big trial of our faithfulness, is when love to Jesus calls us to give up love to friend and/or family. We gain Heaven by Christ, but we must expect to suffer for Him in some way.  We must be content and guard against the love of riches. We must be willing to part with it all, IF it ever comes to that, to have a consistent walk with Jesus.  Also see: (Mat.19:16-30; Luke 18:18-30).
When we become Christians, many times we continue to think and act the same as we did before. This will not work! We soon find that our flesh (the old man), is hostile to the Spirit and God’s Law ((Rom.8:7; Gal.5:17). We get confused and discouraged. We start to think that maybe we are not God’s children at all. We come to the place in life like Paul did. 
Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (KJV)
Romans 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Romans 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)

We soon find that Jesus, who saved us, is the only One who can live a Christian life. Jesus must live His life IN us! We like Paul, must discover the KEY to living the Christian life!
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (KJV) . . . Is there really NO condemnation to those who are IN CHRIST JESUS? Not according to God the father! Not ever! Believe it my friend!

Ezekiel 36:26-27 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
them. (KJV)
Jeremiah 31:33-b  - - - - - - - - - - - I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (KJV)
We must live a life of the Spirit of Christ in us. We are controlled by what we put our mind on, and there are only two places on where to put our mind: #1. on the things of the flesh, or #2. the things of the Spirit. Where is your mind this day? Are you walking with Jesus in the life of the Spirit of Christ?

Walking With Jesus
Chapter 2 . . . Incredible Love of Jesus

Mark 8:1-9 In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, 2  I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat: 3  And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. 4  And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness? 5  And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven. 6  And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. 7  And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them. 8  So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets. 9  And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away. (KJV)

In this Passage, Jesus clearly teaches about abiding in Him: trusting Him, having faith in Him, depending on Him.  The disciples were with Jesus on that day. The saw the crowd in the wilderness, so intent on hearing Jesus’ Words. His teachings were/are life changing! The people went without food, they camped out overnight so they would not miss a thing. Jesus’ Words captivated their attention! Jesus was thinking about their physical needs. He had to have been worn out from earnestly teaching God’s Word to the people for three days!

Everything that Jesus did, He did out of love! He considered and felt their needs. The disciples did not talk about their needs, still Jesus’ answer, set Him apart from the disciples, then and now. Jesus responded to their needs. The disciples responded to their resources. It is God’s will to love one another, yet the disciples limited their ministry by what they thought they could do with what they had. Jesus put His love into action, while the disciples thought, "There’s no way these few loaves will feed this many people!"
    
2 Cor. 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (KJV) . . . Love shaped Jesus' faith, NOT sight. He knew that His Father's love would be extended to these people. LOVE is our command from Jesus.
    
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV) . . . The TWO commands of Jesus covers the entire Old Testament! Our command from our Lord Jesus is LOVE!!! Love is the command above all commands because it summarizes all the other commands. We are NOT under the Ten Commandments. We are under the grace of God! Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV)

Scriptures Teaching Us Love

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (KJV)
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (KJV)
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (KJV) . . . NOT easy!
Romans 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. [9] For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not 11 covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [10] Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (KJV)
Galatians 5:16-23 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. [18] But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. [19] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, [20] Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, [21] Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (KJV)
James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: (KJV) (Mat.7:12)
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (KJV)
1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: [9] Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (KJV)
1 John 2:9-11 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. [10] He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. [11] But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (KJV)
1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (KJV)
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (KJV)  
1 John 4:11-12 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. [12] No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (KJV)
1 John 4:20-5:2 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? [21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
    [5:1] Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. [2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. (KJV)

Walking with Jesus is NOT easy! But, it is the only way to reach Heaven’s gate. The incredible love of Jesus must be considered by us. We must allow the Holy Word of God to penetrate our hearts and souls. We must allow it to sink in and make us know that we must be more like Jesus IF we are to walk with Him in this life. God (Jesus) is LOVE! If we walk with Jesus, we too must be love! We must trust and obey Almighty God or we are NOT walking with Jesus, we are walking in darkness with the devil and the majority of the people in this world (Mat.7:13-14). 

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Chapter 4 . . . True Friendship

    

John 15:15-16 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.   16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (KJV) . . . Do you long for a deep, close and personal friendship? Have you ever really considered the 'friends' you have in this life? Do they stand with you in thick and thin? Or do they turn tail and run when you need them most? Are you able to trust them with your secrets? Are they trustworthy in all things? If your supposed friends do not measure up to these things, I would like to share my own personal, Best Friend with you. He will fulfill your greatest needs! He is trustworthy in ALL things! He will never leave you, no matter what! He will fill that awful, desperate void in your soul! Jesus can do all this for you, and more! When you open your heart's door to Him (Rev.3:20), the terrible void is GONE, filled with His awesome and magnificent Presence! When you walk with Jesus, His Presence NEVER leaves you, ever (Heb.13:5). His brilliant Light shines on your path, and He helps you to stay on that narrow path to Heaven (Mat.7:13-14). Jesus' true Friendship cannot possibly be compared to any earthly friend.
    
One of the first things we learn in becoming more intimate with Jesus is His teaching us about friendship. The closer we draw ourselves to Him and the more we read and study His Word and allow it to penetrate our hearts and souls, the more we will feel His abiding Presence each day. We know that we can depend on His strength to get us through the dark valleys that we all will encounter at times.

I have had a non-stop headache for years. I have been to every kind of doctor. I refuse to take the drugs that 99.9% of doctors prescribe, because the side effects are worse than the headaches. My primary doctor and the surgeon who did some serious surgery on my head seem to think the headaches go back to those surgeries. All I know is, if I did not have the constant Presence of Jesus with me, I could not endure the pain at times. Just knowing He is there, just feeling His awesome Presence, gets me through some horrible days. Thank You Jesus. I will gladly continue my walk with you! Your benefits are awesome! I do not believe that God heals every disease or pain (2 Cor.12:9-10). I believe that through my weakness, God makes me strong.

The headaches are still with me. The surgeon told me that he thinks I will go to my grave with them. I agree with Him. But, Since February 2008, Jesus has NEVER once left me alone with my problem, and I know He will continue. His grace has been sufficient, just as He promised!  I claimed that promise years ago, and I intend to keep it close to me!
2 Cor. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV) . . . He does NOT lie! Isn’t that wonderful?

Remember, Jesus accepts you for who you are. Jesus wants to spend time with you. We should fall at Jesus' Feet in humility realizing this amazing fact. When we really desire a close, personal relationship with Jesus, we must consider that this majestic Jesus (GOD) loves us! He wants to be our Friend! But, IF you want a friend, YOU must be a friend. We must love Him in return. And we must love His people too. Some times that is hard to do! Some people just are not very lovable. BUT, Jesus loves them, so we must love them too.

Scriptures Teaching About Friendship
    
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (KJV) . . . The Lord is our Best Friend!
    
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (KJV) . . . To have a friend, you must first be a friend!
    
Eccl. 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. [10] For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (KJV) . . . A true friend is always there to help you. If you fall, he will help you up! Friends help each other by encouragement, OR friendly reproof. Friends are warmth to your heart on a cold day. Friends love Christ, and join with you in singing His praises. But, without friends, if you fall, no one will be there to lift you up. Jesus is the Best Friend you could ever have!
   
 John 15:13-14 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. [14] Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (KJV) . . . I don’t think any of us realize just how much Jesus loves us, or just how great His friendship really is!

Unity in Christ

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . No matter who you are, no matter your race or color, no matter if you are a man or a woman, once you believe God and accept His Son as Saviour, you are ONE in Christ! You are joined to Him, you walk with Him.
   
 Ephes. 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (KJV) . . . We ALL walked in darkness before we accepted Jesus. TRUE believers now walk as children of the light!

TRUE Christians: http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
    
1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (KJV) . . . John carried out his obligation to tell others about Jesus. Are you doing likewise? It is NOT an option!
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV) . . . Are you walking in the light of Jesus, with Jesus?

1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (KJV) . . . IF we say that we abide in Christ, we must walk as He walked!
    
1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (KJV) . . . IF we love our brothers and sisters, we abide (live) in the light of Jesus!

Walking With Jesus
Chapter 5 . . . Faith that Counts

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV) . . . I love this verse! HATH = has! We have eternal life NOW! 

John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (KJV) . . . These are some tremendous Scripture verses! In today’s world, we do not SEE Jesus literally with our eyes. I like to consider this as “seeing” the Son with our heart, when we believe God and accept Jesus as Saviour. All who put their faith in Christ will one day be resurrected from physical death to eternal life with God when Christ comes again (1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thes. 4:16).
    
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (KJV) . . . This goes hand in hand with John 5:24 above, repeating the tremendous message, that we HAVE eternal life, NOW! Once saved always saved!
   
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (KJV) . . . Jesus has the power to restore, impart and maintain life, and His Spirit resides in all TRUE believers (John 1:4; 5:21). The temporary separation of body and soul (death) is here regarded as not even being interrupted. Everlasting life shall be conveyed by Jesus at the Rapture to all His people. (1 Thes.4:13-18)
    
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. (KJV) . . . By looking to Jesus, and walking with Him daily, Who is the Light to this old dark world, we are freed from the darkness of ignorance, error and sin. We learn that to obey God our Saviour is everlasting life. But to reject Him and refuse to obey and walk with Him, brings condemnation to all who despise Him or neglect Him.
    
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: [2] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (KJV) . . . Our faith declares us not guilty in the courts of Heaven and gives us access to His throne of grace! It is because of our faith that we desire to walk with Jesus.
    
Ephes. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (KJV) . . . God’s grace, our faith gives us the GIFT of eternal life in Heaven! It’s FREE!
    
Ephes. 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (KJV) . . . Our faith gives us access to Almighty God!
    
Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (KJV) . . . We must not be lazy, but active, lively and obedient followers as we walk with Jesus in our life here on Earth.
    
1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV) . . . We are kept by the power of God because of our faith!
    
1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (KJV) . . . The end result of our faith is eternal life in Heaven. Our walk with Christ gets us there!
     
1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. (KJV) . . . IF you believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), you are born of God! Walking with Him gives tremendous daily blessings, plus eternal life in Heaven!
    
1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (KJV) . . . IF you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, you have overcome the world and its evil! The victory that overcomes the world is faith, simply believing and trusting God! It is by believing God that we are made one with Jesus the Son of God, (united with Him, abiding in Him). It is then that we participate in His victory over the world, and have dwelling IN us, One (Holy Spirit) greater than he (the devil) who is in the world (1 John 4:4). Only a born again Christian (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8) overcomes the world, and is gifted with this victorious faith.
    
Rev. 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (KJV) . . . The tree of life is in Heaven!
    
Rev. 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. . . . The second death is Hell!
   
 Rev. 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (KJV) . . . I think the hidden manna and the white stones are most likely gifts to heirs of eternal life.
   
 Rev. 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (KJV)  . . . Those who remain faithful until the end and continue to please God by walking with Jesus, will rule over Christ’s enemies and reign with Him as He judges evil (Psalm 2:8-9; Isa.30:14; Jer.19:11; 1 Cor. 6:2-3; Rev. 12:5; 19:15; 20:3-4). 
    
Rev. 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (KJV) . . . White clothing means to be set apart for God and made pure by Christ’s righteousness (1 Cor.1:30). Jesus promises future honor and eternal life to all those who stand firm in their faith by walking with Him in this life on Earth. The names of all born again believers are registered in the book of life (Rev.20:15). This book symbolizes God’s knowledge of who belongs to Him and who does not belong to Him.
   
Rev. 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (KJV) . . .  New Jerusalem is the future dwelling place of God’s people (Rev. 21:2). We will be citizens in God’s future kingdom. Everything will be pure, secure and beautiful.

 Rev. 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (KJV) . . . The highest place is within reach of the lowest human; IF they will just believe God and accept His One and Only Plan of salvation. Two thrones are here mentioned: (1.) His Father's, upon which Jesus now sits, and has sat since His ascension, after His victory over death, sin, the world. God and God alone can sit on that throne. (2.) The throne which shall be especially His as the once humbled and then glorified Son of man, to be set up over the whole Earth at His Coming again. I believe that it is in this throne that the victorious saints shall share (1 Cor.6:2).
    
Rev. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (KJV) . . . Saints shall be joint heirs with Christ (Rom.8:17). Do you SEE all the many benefits of walking with Jesus? IF you want these blessings for yourself in eternity, you must walk with Jesus today!
   
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV) . . . IF you believe God, and have accepted His Son, you HAVE eternal life! (John 5:24; 6:47). WALK WITH HIM!
    
Rev. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (KJV) . . . To walk with Jesus, we must obey His commands and keep our faith, abiding and enduring to the end.

Walking With Jesus . . . Chapter 6
Perseverance, Persistence, Don’t Give Up

   

The Christian life is never promised to be easy in the Word of God. Paul reminds us over and over again that we must have a purpose and a plan because times will be difficult and Satan will attack. But we never persevere without the promise of the prize of eternal life; a Promise God will keep.
    
1 Cor. 9:24-27 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. [25] And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. [26] I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: [27] But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (KJV) . . . We must run our race to receive the prize, a crown that will last forever. We must keep the goal in mind. We must deny ourselves anything that is basically harmful to our reaching the goal. We must bring our body under complete control, for we do not want to be unaccepted by the Lord. Walking with Jesus is the only way we can have any hope of eternal life in Heaven with our Saviour (Tit.1:2).
    
Galatians 6:7-10 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. [8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. [9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (KJV) . . . We must not become weary in doing good. We must not get discouraged and give up. We must do good to everyone, do unto them as you would want them to do to you (Mat.7:12). We must sow to please the Holy Spirit if we are to have hope of reaping eternal life (Tit.1:2). Walking with Jesus in this world is the only way to achieve the blessings of Heaven.

Ephes. 6:10-20 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; [15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; [19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, [20] For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (KJV) . . . We must put on the full armor of God that He graciously provides for us. We must always consider prayer a very powerful tool in our lives. We must submit ourselves to God and stand firm against the devil’s schemes (Jam.4:7). Walking with Jesus is not an option, it is a must if you want to live in Heaven someday.
    
Philip. 3:12-14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . We must strive for and look forward to the day when we will be all God wants us to be. We must forget the past, for we cannot change anything back there. We, as born again Christians (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8), have been forgiven for past sins. We must look forward to what is ahead for us, pressing onward to the prize of eternal life in Heaven, for which God has called us. When we walk with Jesus, we can see more clearly what the Lord expects of us. We must trust and obey Him. We must tell others of Him as He has commanded us: “Go ye therefore” (Mat.28:19-20). Walking with Jesus gives us power to do this.
    
2 Tim. 2:1-13 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. [2] And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. [3] Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. [4] No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. [5] And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. [6] The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. [7] Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. [8] Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel: [9] Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. [10] Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. [11] It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: [12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: [13] If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. (KJV) . . . We must be strong in the grace of Jesus, even when we feel our strength or faith falter. We must teach the Gospel of Christ to others so that they in return can teach it to others (I Tim.6:12). We must endure hardship like a soldier, and we must not get entangled in worldly affairs. We must obey the Lord, just as an athlete must obey rules in order to win. We must work hard, like a farmer who tends his crops for the harvest. We must remember that if we endure (suffer) we will live with Christ and reign with Him (Rom.8:17).  The special privilege of the elect, will be to reign with Him (1 Cor.6:2). Reigning is more than just salvation (Rom.5:17; Rev. 3:21; 5:10; 20:4-5). IF we deny Him, He also will deny us. We must do the opposite, "confess with thy mouth" and "believe in thine heart" (Rom.10:9-10). We do NOT want Jesus to deny us! (Mat.10:33). That would be a catastrophe! That would put us in Hell! We must remember that He always remains faithful to us and always carries out His Promises. He cannot lie! (Tit.1:2).
   
 Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (KJV) . . . Hang in there!
    
2 Thes. 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. (KJV) . . . While we should NOT stretch out a hand of relief to the idle and lazy, we should never forget those who are indeed really poor and in need, for they are the genuine representatives of the poor Jesus, who would never pass by one who really needed help. My friend, there is a false doctrine today about Jesus being rich when he was on Earth. That is a LIE! A damnable heresy! (2 Pet.2:1).  Do NOT believe it. Jesus was a poor Man while on Earth, a Servant (Mat.8:20; Lk.2:7; 9:58; 2 Cor.8:9; Phil.2:6-8).
    
Philip. 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Jesus has the power to save us (John 10:28-30), and He has the power to keep us! Be persistent in your work of love for Him.
    
1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (KJV) . . . Anything that we do for the Lord will NOT go unnoticed by Him! Don’t give up thinking He has forgotten you. He has NOT forgotten you!
     
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (KJV) . . . Do not get tired of doing good. Anything you do for the Lord will be rewarded.
    
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (KJV) . . . They hated Jesus, why would you think they wouldn’t hate you for walking with Him?
   
 Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. [12] Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  (KJV) . . . Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount seems to be contradictory. But God’s way of living nearly always contradicts the world’s way. If we want to live for God we must be ready to say and do what is opposite of the world. We must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others mistreat. When we deny ourselves to serve others, we will one day receive blessings God has in store for us.
  

Blessed” means so much more than happiness. It involves the fortunate and enviable state of those who are in God’s Kingdom. The Beatitudes do NOT promise happiness, pleasure or earthly prosperity. Blessed means to experience hope and joy, apart from outward

circumstances. To have this inward hope and joy, we must walk with Jesus no matter what it costs us.
    
Jesus said to rejoice when we are persecuted. Is that easy to do? No way! Persecution can be good because (1.) it takes our eyes off earthly rewards, (2.) it strips away superficial belief, and (3.) strengthens and increases the faith of those who endure. God’s greatest prophets were persecuted (Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel). IF we suffer persecution in any way, it is proof that we have been faithful to Jesus, and in the future God will reward the faithful by receiving them into His eternal kingdom where there will never be any more persecution of any kind.
    
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (KJV) . . . Jesus told us His followers would be persecuted by those who hated what He stands for. In our world today, wickedness seems to be winning out! It puts me in mind of the following verse:
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)

WHAT did God do about it?

Genesis 6:12-13 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. [13] And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (KJV) . . . God sent the Flood! Many people do NOT believe the Flood actually took place. I disagree. I KNOW in my heart that it did take place. I believe the Word of God! On Judgment Day, the Truth will be known to ALL who reject God’s Holy Word.

We are living in desperate times, but in the midst of persecutions, we can have hope, knowing that salvation is ours! Trials sift TRUE Christians from hypocrites. There shall be times when you are pressured to give up and turn your back on Jesus, DO NOT DO IT. Remember the tremendous benefits of standing firm, and continue your walk with Jesus. When you hear about Christians suffering for their faith, pray for them.

The following Old Testament Scriptures will comfort, encourage and strengthen us when persecution and problems beset us in our walk with Jesus.

Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (KJV)  

Psalm 91:14-16 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (KJV)

Psalm 145:18-20 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20  The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. (KJV)

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (KJV)  

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (KJV)  

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (KJV)

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. (KJV)  

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (KJV)  

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. (KJV)  

Walking With Jesus . . . Chapter 7
Walking With the Same Jesus We Received

    

Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (KJV)  . . . Receiving Christ as Lord is the just the beginning of life with Christ. We must continue to walk with Him, being rooted, grounded, built up and strengthened in the faith (Eph. 3:16-17). Jesus wants to guide and help us with our daily problems. We live for Christ by (1.) entrusting our life to Him by submitting our will to Him (Rom.12:1-2); (2.) really wanting to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings (Col. 3:16); and (3.) recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power is in us (John 14:16; Acts 1:8; Gal.5:22-23).
    
Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? (KJV) . . . We do NOT receive God’s Spirit by obeying Jewish laws. We begin our Christian lives in the power of the Spirit, and we must also grow by the Spirit’s power. Trying to keep the Ten Commandments is a huge step backward. We are under grace, NOT Law!
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (KJV) . . . We grow spiritually because of God’s work in us by His Spirit, NOT by following any Laws. We can NEVER be made perfect by Law or flesh. Our righteousness comes from Christ (1 Cor.1:30).
We received the Lord and His great salvation as GIFTS of His amazing grace.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (KJV) . . . Such a beautiful word: unspeakable = indescribable, indefinable, marvelous, remarkable. 
    
Eph. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (KJV) . . . Salvation is a GIFT from God!  We must walk with Jesus knowing the GIFT of eternal life came from God’s grace, and NOTHING that we do.
 
John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (KJV) . . . We must never think that salvation is something we can produce or earn. Our heavenly Father has a heart of grace and compassion to give all that is needed to those of us who are willing to ask and receive. "Grace and truth” continues from: John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (KJV)
 
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (KJV) . . . God has already given us the Best that He had, Jesus, His Son. WHY would He with hold anything good from us?   
   
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (KJV) . . . We began our walk with Jesus by grace, and we must continue by grace. We began by the Spirit, and we must continue by the Spirit. We are to walk with Jesus the same way that we received Him. Any changes would be unacceptable, ineffective and impossible. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual life. Without the work of the Holy Spirit we cannot possibly see our need for new life (John 14:17). All spiritual renewal begins and ends with God. He reveals Truth to us, lives within us, and then enables us to respond to that Truth.
    
It is good for us to consider how Jesus was/is the complete focus of the beginning of our walk with Him. When we receive Him and His forgiveness, we understand that He would provide ALL that was needed for our salvation. We agree with the Word of God that there was/is NO other hope than Jesus. Jesus tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No  one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6) . . . The Bible tells us: “For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We know and understand that we could supply NOTHING ourselves. We were spiritually dead, we had absolutely NO righteousness at all. We were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph.2:1). . . . “All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isa.64:6). We were convicted of our own spiritual bankruptcy. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mat.5:3). Jesus was and IS our far-reaching focal point, and our only hope of ever reaching the promised inheritance of Heaven (John 14:2-3;1 Pet.1:4) and our eternal citizenship there.

How do we walk with Him today? We need Jesus just as much today to live our Christian life, as we needed Him when we were born again into it (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8). For spiritual growth, victory and fruitfulness, He is the One we must focus upon. We must keep our eyes on Jesus! We must not be like Peter, who took his eyes off Jesus and down he went! (Mat.14:22-33). “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him” (Col.2:6). We must be rooted in Him. Our faith must continue to reach out to Him for endurance and strength, just as the branches are firmly attached to the vine, or the roots of a tree reach deep into the soil. We need to be built up in Him, having our lives growing and maturing by His work in us. We need to be well anchored in the faith, allowing Him to secure us through the study of His Word. Only then will our lives be overflowing in appreciation, grateful that "Christ is all and in all" (Col.3:11). We really do need the Lord Jesus, the SAME Jesus, as much now for walking the Christian life, as we needed Him at the beginning when we were born again into it.

Walking With Jesus
Is NOT something We Accomplish

    

When we become a Christian, other than calling on God in our humble weakness, we did absolutely NOTHING to have our sins forgiven. In our spiritual poverty (Mat.5:3), God did it all and gave us a new life in Jesus. Our ongoing walk with Jesus needs to follow the same pattern: in our weakness, we must call on the Holy Spirit, God’s power for our life. The Bible tells us that when Jesus died on the cross, our old life died with Him (Rom.6:5-11). We are now "in Christ" (Rom.16:7; 1 Cor.1:30; 2 Cor.5:17) and our new life flows from Him and Him alone.
    
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (KJV) . . . Our Christian life began when we died to our old life.

 
Wrong Fuel . . . NO Progress!
   

If we try to walk in our own strength, it will eventually lead to frustration and failure. We CANNOT do what we decide we want to do. We CANNOT do anything on our own power. But with Jesus, we can do all things (Phip.4:13). Just like a vehicle that is made to run on gas cannot get anywhere if you fill it with diesel. In fact, if you put diesel in a gas engine, you cause great damage to your vehicle.
   
In your new life in Jesus, the Holy Spirit’s power is the only fuel that can move us forward. If we insist on using our old fuel of self-reliance, we will not get very far until we come to a dead stop.
    
Galatians 5:16-17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [17] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (KJV) . . . In our new life, in our walk with Jesus, we must live by and walk in the Spirit or we are doomed.

Obeying God Provides Resources
   

Walking with Jesus and living in the Spirit means we must be eager and earnest in trusting God’s Holy Spirit, asking Him to do in us what we CANNOT do for our self. God desire for us in our life is to obey Him, desiring HIS will over ours. This is a CHOICE we must make! IF we decide to be obedient to God, His ample supply of resources is available for us 24/7!
  
If we have a quick temper or a backbiting tongue, we need to remember that our old life is now dead and buried. Our old life died on the cross with Jesus. All our own efforts to deal with our temper or our tongue or whatever will fail, because our new life can ONLY be lived through Jesus and the power of His Spirit!
    
We have a free will to make choices. How will we deal with the problem? If we are wise, we will spend much time in prayer, asking for wisdom to go the route of the Spirit’s guidance. God has an endless supply of enabling power to deal with any problem.

Walking With Jesus
Chapter 8 . . . Summary

   

Failure in the Christian life is all too often, and this includes the most Godly saints. I know exactly what the apostle Paul felt when he spoke of his failure in living the Christian life.
    
Romans 7:14-15 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. [15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (KJV) . . .  I don’t understand what I do. I don't do what I know is right and would like to do, instead I do what I hate and know is wrong.
    
Romans 7:18-19 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. [19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (KJV) . . .  I don't do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. And for me, when I do, I feel lousy!
    
WHAT is the answer? We MUST allow the Holy Spirit more power in our lives! We must not quench Him (1 Thes. 4:19) but allow Him to work freely in our walk with Jesus. IF we do things ourselves, with our wisdom and power, we shall FAIL!
    
Philip. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . Wisdom is to surrender to God!
    
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (KJV) . . . The peace that Christ gives is to guide us in decisions we make. It is to this peace that God has called us together in the one body. Thank Him!

Live In The Spirit
    

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (KJV) . . . The most important thing in our walk with Jesus is faith. We must really understand this. True faith must be joined with true godliness. A righteous walk with Jesus will always be based on trusting the righteousness of Christ. Saving Faith: http://www.godcannotlie.org/saving_faith.htm
We must have faith, and we must have righteousness in our life (1 Cor.1:30), for this is the only way we can mature in Christ, by building ON Him. Our foundation must stand firm in the day of the storm that is certain to come (1 Cor.3:10-15).
    
It is not a question of my sufficiency, my strength or my anything. It is completely a matter of HIS sufficiency. We, as lowly branches are simply a channel through which flows Jesus’ fruit-producing nourishment and strength, which result in the production of any fruit that we produce. Branches do not produce, they simply bear the fruit! It is the Vine which produces, producing through the branch, by the branch being attached to the Vine. No branch can produce its own fruit. So many professing “Christians” speak of their own self-glorifying experiences, which reveals they are satisfied and content with themselves rather than with Christ. It is of great importance for us to know that Christ is our "all and in all" (Col.3:11), not only when we stand before God when we are perfected (1 Pet.5:10; 1 John 4:17-18), but also in our present life, bringing glory to the Father.
    
In every branch, HIS Word is literally verified: “From me is thy fruit found” (Hos.14:8). Because of this, every branch should say, “Not I, but Christ.” Our walk with Jesus should produce fruit, Christ’s fruit. Saints are “filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ to the praise and glory of God” (Phil. 1:11). If there be any love, it is “the love of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:14); if there be any joy, it is Christ’s joy (John 15:11); if there be any peace, it is His peace, gladly given to us (John 14:27); if there be any meekness and gentleness it is “the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Cor.10:1). This is something that should be completely realized by us. “Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20): “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13).
    
Only when we admit these things, giving Christ Jesus ALL the credit for ALL things, can all dependency upon self and all glorying in self  be cast away from us, and only then will Christ become our all in all.
    
My prayer for you this day is that you seriously consider the fact of eternity. If you don’t have Jesus in your life, do it NOW!

NO HOPE WITHOUT CHRIST

Without Christ, people walk in darkness,
With nary a hope, that God will bless.
The wicked walk, in darkness so deep,
Fumbling, stumbling, as slowly they creep.

Without Christ, people’s lives are as night,
Ne’er consid’ring, that Christ is the Light!
Tho’ His Light shines, they just cannot see,
Madly they rush, towards Hell’s agony.

Tho’ it be noon, as the blind they grope,
Their way does not prosper, they have no hope.
So slippery is their dark, gloomy path,
Speeding along, to God’s Holy wrath.

They know not, nor do they understand,
They hurry away, from God’s helping Hand.
Without Christ, they know not righteousness,
Instead they walk, dreaded paths of darkness.

For those who walk as the blind, grief awaits,
Without Christ, they will ne’er see Heav’n’s gate.
They walk the broad road, to agony,
Ne’er to see the bliss of Heav’n’s beauty.

Ev’n tho’ you walk in darkness this day,
There is a bright path, a much better way.
With Christ Jesus, you can have blessed hope,
He’ll lighten your path, so you need not grope.

With Christ Jesus, you can be God’s friend,
He’ll give peace and comfort, to the end.
You will access Heav’n, assuredly,
To live in bliss and splendor, eternally.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer   June 23, 2006  # 1111
Pro.4:19; Rom.13:12; Mic.3:6; Jn.1:5; 3:19; Mat.7:13-14; Deut.28:29; Ps.35:6; Rev.20:10; Pro.2:13; Zep.1:17; Jn.14:1-6; 3:3-8, 15-18, 36; 5:24; 8:24; 1 Jn.5:4-5.

NO TURNING BACK

When I turned to Christ that fateful day,
I made Him a promise, I would stay.
Many times I feel helpless, and lose track,
But I’ll stand firm; there’s no turning back.

I made a commitment, totally,
To my loving Saviour, who died for me.
Tho’ I may stumble, He takes my hand,
There’s no turning back, by Him I’ll stand.

There’s no turning back; I have no fear,
For my awesome Friend, is always near.
No matter what trouble comes my way,
I’ll stand by His side; both night and day.

I won’t turn back, for earthly pleasures,
For I look forward to heav’nly treasures.
There’s no turning back; Christ holds the key,
To life in Heav’n with Him, eternally.

No turning back; what e’er comes my way,
For I am headed, for a better day.
There’s no turning back; my mansion awaits,
I’m passing thru’, headed for Heav’n’s gate.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Nov.7, 2001  #842

NOTHING YOU OR I CAN DO

I know there is nothing, I can do,
To earn salvation, by my virtue.
It is a gift, by the grace of God,
Thru’ faith in Jesus, the world abroad.

There is nothing I can do, I know,
My best would place me in Hell below.
Only Christ alone, holds Heaven’s key,
Just He can give life, eternally.

Without Jesus, we’re God’s enemy,
Dark Hell would be our final decree.
There is nothing, we could ever do,
All our works, God would curse, or beshrew.

Nothing that we do, or say, or try,
Can ever in God’s eyes, justify.
Just Christ’s precious Blood can reconcile,
All our efforts, will only defile.

Jesus did it all, for us back then,
On the Cross, He paid for the sins of men.
There is nothing, you or I can do,
Just accept by faith, His love so true.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Oct.10, 1996  # 269
(Ep.2:8-9; Jn.3:15-18; Ro.5:9-10; 1 P.1:18-19;
Jam.4:4; Phil.3:18; Col.1:21)
Eph. 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) Salvation is A GIFT!

ONLY ONE ROAD TO GOD!

In this life, there is only one road,
A narrow one, leading to God’s abode.
All other roads, lead to that broad highway,
Traveling them, you are Satan’s prey.

All sin and come short, of God’s glory,
Wages of that sin is death, not victory.
God can’t look on sin of any kind,
We must turn to Him, leave sin behind!

All who sin, deserve its penalty,
The fires of hell, with no serenity.
But, --- God gives a “Gift” to me and you,
Eternal life thru’ Christ, who did rescue.

God showed great love, sending His Son to die,
Christ loved us so, He was crucified.
He paid our sin debt, we could not pay,
By His Sacrifice, love He did portray.

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,
By shedding His Blood, so very precious.
Silver and gold, our salvation can’t buy,
Heav’n can’t be ours, if Christ’s work we deny.

Heav’n can be ours, if we walk the right road,
Hand in hand with Christ, He’ll help bear our load.
His great light will shine, making things bright,
All darkness will flee, for He is the Light!

Jesus is the Truth, the Life and the Way,
And the only Road that leads, to Heav’n’s array.
Christ is the narrow Road millions reject,
But just He alone, your soul can protect.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer 9-29-2005   # 1086
1 Peter 1:18-19; John 3:15-19; 5:24; 8:24; 14:6; Acts 4:12

The Path of Light

On the path of light, with You I’ll walk,
So You can assist, when Satan stalks.
I’ve not a chance, against Satan’s darts,
If You and I Lord, are far apart.

On the path of light, with You I’ll stay,
For I need Your Presence, ev’ry day.
Without You Lord, I would surely fall,
But with You Lord, I can do it all.

I’ll stay with You, on that lighted path,
‘Tis how I avoid, the Father’s wrath.
Darkness and evil, from me will flee,
For You dear Jesus, take care of me.

Staying with You, on the path of light,
Removes my worries, doubts and my fright.
Such a comfort, to have You so near,
Your perfect love, casts out all my fear.

On the path with You, lighted so well,
Eliminates all terror of Hell.
I will with Your help, on that path walk,
And fellowship with You, as we talk.

Keep me please, Lord, on that narrow path,
For I want none of, the Father’s wrath.
In Heaven with You, I want to dwell,
And just You Lord, the Father’s wrath can quell.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer  Sept.18.2006  # 1113
1 John 1:1-6; 4:18; Ephes. 6:10-17; Phil.4:13,19; Gal.5:16, 25;

CLOSE TO ME

I can hear Him say: Walk close to Me,
For to life’s problems, I hold the key.
I can help you, your burdens to bear,
I love you dearly, and I do care.

When life’s paths, get foreboding and dark,
Walk in My light, and to Me do hark.
Walk close to Me, I can hear Him say,
For I can make it, a brighter day.

Walk close to Me, Jesus gently states,
Life’s snarls, I can help eliminate.
Chaos that baffles you, I’ll help clear,
My child, I’ll assist, I’m always near.

Walk close to Me, my Master declares,
For no one else, with Me can compare.
I’ll give you wisdom, I’ll give you pow’r,
For I’m with you always, ev’ry hour.

Walk close to Me, my Friend speaks low,
For I will guide you, where e’er you go.
I’ll be with you, ev’ry step of the way,
Loving and caring for you, each day.

Walk close to Me, ‘tis my Shepherd’s voice,
And each time I hear, I simply rejoice.
When I stray, He brings me back to the fold,
His rebuke to me, is worth more than gold.

Walk close to Me, my Saviour does say,
As I get closer to Heav’n each day.
Only Christ Jesus holds Heav’n’s one key,
And just He can give, life eternally.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Mar.26,2004  # 1006

WALKING IN LOVE

To walk in love, is to do acts of kindness,
Be kind to another, for them you do bless.
Let us walk in love, let Jesus lead the way,
Imitate our Lord, and brighten someone’s day!

A word of comfort or encouragement,
Is a tried and true kindness, Heaven sent.
Let the light of Jesus, on your path shine,
Let us walk, in His great love divine.

If we walk in His love, we will be kind,
Caring for others, will be on our mind.
When we see their sorrow, pain or sadness,
We walk in love, when we show kindness.

When easing another’s heartache, you forget your own,
Blessings surround you, when kindness is shown.
No act of kindness, is ever a waste,
For being kind is, God’s grace that you taste.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Sept.10, 2003  # 957

Walking with Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!

WALKING WITH GOD

Walking with God, one step at a time,
Keeps us out of this world’s, filth and grime.
We must speak truth; no sin on our lips,
Only His Holy Spirit equips.

Walking with God, we must always trust,
Also to obey; this is a must.
Believe what He states, for He does care,
He’ll watch out for you, no matter where.

Enoch, Noah, and Josiah too,
Walked with God; just to name a few.
Each one of us, need to be like these,
We don’t want to be God’s enemies.

Fear the Lord! be afraid ‘fore His Name,
Love and revere Him, each day the same.
Walking with God is divine fellowship,
Daily, consistent; a constant trip.

Walking with God, don’t wander away,
No matter what, with Him, you should stay.
Always with Him, in love, do abide,
He’s there to lead, direct, and to guide.

Thru’ long tedious days, you feel alone,
You stumble and fall, and how you do groan.
Why did He leave? when you need Him so?
YOU left! NOT HE! He wants you to know.

He will never leave, never forsake,
This great promise, He will not retake.
Walking with God, He’ll stay by your side,
The choice is yours; wander, or abide!
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By:  Connie Kramer  Oct.8,1996  # 268
(Jer.6:16; Gen.5:24; 6:8-9; Mal.2:4-6; Rev.3:4;
2 K.23:3; Mic.4:5; Heb.13:5)

The TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION

How does a person get to Heaven? Some teach that if the good things you do outweigh the bad, God will let you in. That is FALSE! If you believe that, you are headed for Hell (John 3:16, 36; 8:24; 14:6).

There is only ONE Way to Heaven according to the Bible. That is faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ. You could NEVER do enough good deeds in 100 life times to permit you access to Heaven. You could NEVER buy your way to Heaven with all the money in the world. You can NEVER perform enough rituals or sacraments no matter what church you belong to. Faith in Christ is the only way.
     
The Bible tells us we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom.3:23. Since God allows nothing bad or evil to enter Heaven (Rev.21:8, 22:15), no unsaved sinner is permitted. We must first believe God, and trust and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross. Only then will the Father credit our account with the righteousness of His Son (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.3:22, 25-26). Only our faith can make us right in God’s eyes, just as Abraham’s faith made him right in God’s eyes all those many years ago (Rom. 3:25-26; 4:3,5-6, 9,22; Gal.3:6).
     
We have NO righteousness of our own (Isa.64:6), any righteousness we possess must come through faith in Christ (Philip. 3:9; Rom.5:1-2).
     
If you think you can EARN your way to Heaven, if you think you can establish your own righteousness, you are SO wrong! IF you could earn your way to Heaven, then our precious Jesus died for nothing!
     
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (KJV) . . . If we could be saved by keeping the law, or doing good, then there was no need for Christ to die.
      
God is pure and holy. We are vile sinners, and actually we are His enemies (Rom.5:10). God cannot even look at sin. We must be made “right” in His eyes to have fellowship with Him. Only acceptance of Jesus justifies us, gives us access to the Father and makes us His friends (Rom.5:1-10). There is NO other way! Many say that Way is too narrow (Mat.7:13-14). But friend, that Way is wide enough for the whole world if they choose to walk it!
     
Many who seek God are confused about what He wants them to do. False teachers give many answers to this question. But salvation really is simple. Pleasing God does not come from any work we do, but from whom we believe. You must believe Jesus is who He claims to be. We must, like Peter believe He is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mat.16:16).

John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? [29] Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) . . . The only “work” God desires of us is BELIEF! Simply BELIEVE God!
      
Salvation is a Gift (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8-9)! It is absolutely FREE to “whosoever. John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (KJV) . . . Only Jesus has the KEY to Heaven! IF we believe in Him, we have everlasting life in Heaven. Believe God! (1 John 5:10-12).  Walk with Jesus, and Heaven is yours!

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