Saturday, September 9, 2017

Confusion Among Us

"Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him."
Hebrews 9:28 Amp

"For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thess 5:9

We ARE NOT saved yet.  We are being saved and we are appointed to salvation if we have entrusted ourselves to Him.

No doubt, confusion arises when we continually use the phrases such as, "I was saved when I was a kid," or "before I was saved," or "many were saved at camp last week." Those who are now labelled as "saved" may not understand that they are BEING saved, likely on a daily basis, as they sin in some way, become afraid, anxious, stressed out and pressured into doubting by the world only to finally realize that He is enough and obtain peace and encouragement.

We are being saved until He appears to bring us to our appointed full salvation.  I firmly believe that the confusing use of the term "saved" as if it is a complete present state is part of a burden of misunderstanding that leads those who are born again into a reflexive self-effort state of mind, such as, "How can I be saved if I'm acting like this?  I'd better make a prayer list and pray more, read His Word longer every day and make myself draw closer to Him so I can fix this."

Wouldn't it be more correct and less confusing to say "born again" when speaking of those who made the decision for Christ?

For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God.
1 Cor. 1:18

For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing:
2 Cor. 2:15







Friday, June 2, 2017

No Longer Believing

Friends and relatives that were "believers" don't appear to be believing lately.

Christians, younger ones especially, are siding with the One World Government Leftist religion.  One of the great tenets of this religion is the concept of Climate Change.  The temperatures are warming and we must do something about it, pay higher taxes, give up liberty and make specific, (religious), sacrifices to leave the world a better place for our children.

Have we become so significant, (arrogant), that our activity can change the weather?
Have we become so omniscient, (even more arrogant), that we can predict the weather beyond a few weeks?
Is the Lord of Creation no longer sufficient to take care of His own stuff?
Does He really need our help because He can't handle it by Himself?

What happened to believing?
What happened to His all sufficiency - is He not God?

..."Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved."

Know that this verse always works.
See that the world is against God.

The Left knows The Prince of Peace as their competition as they try to bend you away from entrusting yourself into His keeping and they would have you give matters into their hands.

"Don't let the world squeeze you into its own mold."



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cursing

He clothed himself also with cursing as with a garment, and it seeped into his inward [life] like water, and like oil into his bones.
Psalm 109:18


I read this verse and something about it makes me feel some fearful apprehension.  Cursing is so common.  It has crept into every part of our society.  Not only that, it is quite contagious.  Whether cursing comes out of our mouths or swims around in our thoughts, it certainly isn't something anyone should want seeping into our bones.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Planting Doubt

"Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.  And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid.  So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not."  Mark 9:17, 18

The next comment from Jesus was this:  "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you?  How long shall I bear with you?  Bring him to Me."  Then, after answering a question on his son's condition, the father says, "But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us."

Apparently, the disciples' unbelief in the face of insurmountable odds planted a strong seed of doubt in a non-disciple.  However, when the Lord entered the situation He corrected it immediately. Of course the truly good, unlimited Master of the Universe had compassion and could help and He said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

The result was the praying of a truly great prayer in scripture:  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

This is a clear illustration of how our weakness of doubt clouds the concept of His all sufficiency for those who are watching us in their lost condition, as well as our own brethren who observe our behavior.  They see us living under our circumstances instead of projecting our confidence in His all sufficiency.  As the lost onlookers and our brethren start thinking, "IF this Jesus can do anything..." - or worse, the Lord Himself can just as well say to us, "O faithless generation..."

A perceptive but lost man recently made the comment, "I believe in Jesus but not in His followers."  You have to concede that his thinking is valid and he has probably seen too much unbelief in the words and actions of followers of Jesus.  We should pray that the Lord will enter the situation and convince this man of his desperate need to believe and that his heart would respond, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
















Saturday, December 24, 2016

Statement of Position - Holding The Master Key

"And Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us.  For there is nothing to prevent the Lord from saving by many or by few."
1 Samuel 14:6

Jonathan revealed that he had chosen to trust in God's power and all sufficiency.  There is no doubt where he stood when he said the above underlined sentence.  No doubt, with faith like that, we'll see him in heaven.  That sentence is one of the more important records of faith connected to the Lord Jesus offering Himself on the cross, as only One, to save billions.

We were discovering the blog of someone who has been through great difficulty.  Not knowing at first what she really believes, we saw the statement below and immediately knew there was an unshakable faith wrought from believing in Him and seeing His power.


That's the safe shelter, the strong tower that we can all run into and be safe in every large or small circumstance.

Thank the Lord for the faith that He gives us and ask Him to increase it.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Slavery Is Alive and Well

Healthcare?  An official doctor has a chemical combo to reduce and manage your symptoms.  It will "improve your quality of life."
Planning for the future?  Someone else out there has plan that works well enough for most.
Education?  An army of trained educators know best about teaching your child in the ways of the environment, the origins of the universe and tolerance of cultural decay.
Religion?  There are plenty of institutionally prepared experts to choose from who can handle your spiritual matters.  God is too busy, (limited), to handle all of us and our minute details, so he has people; lots of people.

A generation hires out the future to those who take our money to think for us.  Believing in a truly unlimited God is too much of a stretch.  The next generation observes and become slaves as they trust in institutions, man's thinking, and an approach to God that is derived from someone who doesn't even know what faith is.  The word "faith" is a popular but powerless word.

Faith, the leaning on God, fully relying on Him, confidently trusting His all-sufficiency, His limitless ability, love, grace, mercy and power:  That is freedom.  As we farm out the parts of our lives that God's power is available to address to someone else, particularly the spiritual, we become sure slaves.

"See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah)."  Col. 2:8



Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Clear Gospel, (Freedom from Fear)

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 AMPC

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ [give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping] and you will be saved
Acts 16:31 AMPC

This isn't a 12 step program
There is no cost
No approval required by anyone before you trust in Him
There's no gauntlet to run
No hoops to jump through first

Are you afraid that it's too simple?

Take in and do every word in the above verses and you will be rocked by the greatest Power that you will ever know.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Ties That Bind

We might all have certain items on the shelf of our heart that are sitting there to be more fully understood and used at a later time.

I witnessed a process where sin came in, and the sin used doubt like a wrecking ball, overtaking and becoming completely hopeless.  Then, the depth of the truth of liberty in the Gospel of Our Salvation was simply believed in and life changing freedom immediately resulted.

Still, there were those who were blind to what had just happened and some were those in charge of "handling" the incident.  After all, it happened to young people who were born again.  As the situation handlers struggled with the young people's previous behavior, they saw the depth of sin but could not see the stunning power of God that had just changed lives in front of them. They had been able to preach about God's power but could not comprehend that the same power that creates a new nature in one born again is the same power that delivers a heart that knows Jesus Christ as Savior but doubts His all sufficiency, and is consequently stuck in a cycle of sin.

The process turned a little ugly as certain rules were set up, certain expectations were raised and certain demands were required.  Scriptural logic was used to batter the soul of the dear ones who, by this time, were already free.  I kept thinking, "There's something wrong here," but didn't know how to define it.  Besides that, the scriptural logic was flawless.

[As a side note, those of the world love to observe these ones who claim Christ as Savior but sin grievously.  They point a finger and laugh because these dear ones aren't perfect after all.  The world sees it as an excuse to continue in their own life of godlessness while proclaiming personal self-righteousness.]

I had been able to conclude that the "something wrong here" was related to the leadership lacking understanding of the process of The Gospel but could not define what happened.  Then, in a Bible study, someone made a comment that caused me to reach for that shelf to finish the missing definition.

It was the story of the demon possessed man and the herd of swine.  A brother pointed out that he was bound in three ways:
(1) Bound by sin,
(2) bound by demons, (both of those resulting in the most terrible inner condition possible),
and then,
(3) bound in chains, (man's reaction).

Finally, there it was.  Number 3!  Our own brethren, reacting in a way that didn't regard the Gospel of our freedom, were tending to do the same with those who had sinned in our midst.  Binding with rules, expectations, demands, and Old Testament law.

(1) Sin binds.
The Lord Jesus releases from sin, but
(2) doubting His all sufficiency binds spiritually
and then we, as brethren who are not of this world, react like men of the world and
(3) bind with the chains of requirements.  That is, requirements to prove that *I am enough, not that HE is enough.

*Yes, dear one, you said it is forever three key words of The Gospel.






Thursday, April 14, 2016

Trust ME

God's message to the world, unmistakably woven throughout His Word, neglected as a general human rule:
"Trust ME."

Trust in the Lord with all your heart...
It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord...
...how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God.
...He knows those who trust and take refuge in Him.
What time I am afraid I will trust in You.
Pray...without doubt.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is firmly fixed, trusting in the Lord.
For surely I will deliver you...because you have put your trust in Me...

We are at peace if we treasure and earnestly remember these words.
We are rich if we collect all of those sayings and so many more just like them in our hearts while we read through His entire Book. 

All of these nebulous titles that we frequently speak of but don't really know how to explain:  "The Gospel," "The Glory of God," "His power."  These all have their meaning, and our understanding of them is complete, when we take Him at His word and trust Him.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Old People

"Old people" who have learned to be content in any state of existence because of their confident trust in Jesus Christ their Lord are described right here:

The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. 
Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
[They are living memorialsto show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises.
Psalm 92:12-15 Amplified (Classic)

It's likely that you know a handful of people fitting this description.

It's God's intention for you to be the same way.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Power

In seeing God's power we better comprehend His glory.  Without this comprehension, how can we confidently trust in Him?

Pay attention to those times of deliverance in your life that you think are only remarkable to you.  His power was manifesting itself on your behalf.  Watch His powerful deliverance of others around you as they choose to trust Him.  See His obvious power to overcome the impossible in us.

Earnestly remember how He has delivered you in so many ways since your youth.

Then, as a believer, you can say:

"The Lord God is my Strength,
my personal bravery,
and my invincible army;
He makes my feet like hinds' feet
and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk]
and make spiritual progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]."

Habakkuk 3:19 (Amp Classic)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Deliverance Through the Faith of Others?

"Then they came, bringing to Him a paralyzed man, who was being carried by four men.  When they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Jesus; and when they had dug out an opening, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying.  When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralyzed man, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Mark 2:4 (Amp)

We need to pray with active faith for deliverance for our brethren:
Deliverance from spiritual bondage,
disease,
wasting fear,
servants of the evil one,
physical disorders and the mental disorders that they cause.

When Jesus saw the active faith of the four men springing from confidence in Him, He delivered the paralyzed man.

Pray with confidence for your brethren AND your friends who are not born again.




Saturday, January 16, 2016

Integrity Defined

Occasionally you might hear something like this; "The Lord is holding up His end of the deal, how about you?"  Instead of feeling undue pressure and misplaced shame, the confident reply could be, "I am walking in my integrity."

Bold, isn't it?  Maybe not what the person asking the question is looking for in an answer.

What is integrity?  Unless we are having a proud moment, the first thought might be that we don't have much - if any - integrity.  That could be true if we are using the world's definition or even the definition that our brethren might hold over our heads.

The Final Authority defines it this way, (more clearly, I believe, when read in the Amplified Version):
"Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; 
I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide."
Psalm 26:1

Sure, "holding up our end" is not always easy. We make it harder because we might value self imposed busyness or buy into the pressure of living up to the misguided expectations of others. Those two influences pressure us to take our integrity into our own hands.

Trust Him and don't waver.  That's His expectation.  That is integrity.

As always, His way with us is simplicity and freedom.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Choices

"Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord?  Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose."
Psalm 25:12 Amp.

This verse shows liberty regarding our choices, as ones who love God.  It also shows that the Lord will teach us in that way that we choose.

So many project negativity on God in that He will most likely have to painfully redirect us from our choices when most often He very positively uses those decisions that we make to gently teach us and reveal even more of His careful love and awesome glory.

I've seen a boy and girl choose each other at a young age.  Despite substantial condemnation of their choice the Lord taught them in that way that they chose.  The two of them are now beautifully one and the Lord's love, power and glory have been generously displayed.

Have confidence in Him, knowing that the way you chose is an opportunity for Him to teach His everlasting ways.  Freedom to choose is a gift and an open opportunity.

Why?  Because He is enough.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Thankful Heart

It occurred to me that our thankfulness to God is an expression of our seeing of the unseen.

He faithfully takes us by the right hand and leads us through the impossibilities.  He reveals His delivering power over the obstacles that are impossible for us to overcome.  We see this activity and our confidence is boosted, doubt flows away and our hearts react with thankfulness.

So take courage.  Your thankfulness is a deep expression of faith in Him.  It is worship and it is an expression to others of His glory.  You are part of His kingdom of priests as you tell of your thankfulness to others. 


Thursday, November 26, 2015

All You Have to Do Is Wake Up

"God provides.  He's like, 'I'm going to do everything for you, all you have to do is wake up every morning and be who you are.'"
(Kentucky Singer Jordan Smith on God's faithful dealings with him.)

This isn't a statement of slackness.
It's a statement of faith.

Not everyone is able to do what they love every day.  We find ourselves having to do something in order to eat and have shelter over our heads.  Either way, do we trust Him like Jordan?  That trust is essential.

He made you who you are and put you where you are.  Whatever work there is to do to put food on the table, whatever assignment is your necessity, the instructions are the same.  As we trust in Him, God says, "All you have to do is wake up every morning."

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Simple Food Guide

"The longer something is in man's hands, the more failure we see."
J. Redekop

This statement is certainly true for man's handling of God's pure truth.
However, it is just as valid for man's handling and "improving" the food that we eat.

GMO food is somehow better?
Processing food and adding to it makes it more nutritious?
Refining is an improvement?

Please, don't go along with the failure.

Monday, October 26, 2015

High Yield Seeds

The foundation of belief* in Jesus Christ, confidence and complete trust in Him and the sure faith that makes it possible for His power to work in our lives isn’t just a truth in Romans and part of a couple of other books. It is seeded throughout scripture in its entirety. 

Seeing, understanding and accepting the power of this solid foundation compels the one who believes to properly use scripture, view things in the true reality of the unseen, understand the difficulties of those roundabout, and have compassion on those who are born again but still spiritually bound.

* Give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself entirely into His keeping.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A View of a Point

As in a play or a movie, there are always actors that play a distasteful role. When the production is over however, that role was a necessary part of the story and those actors stand as respected players of the part without which the story would not be complete.

I am to unconditionally love my brethren in Christ that play that distasteful role.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Epicness

We go to weddings and most of us feel the thrill of the epic event.  It's emotional and reminds some of us of the Lord Jesus who pursued us until we trusted in Him.  We became His and gained everlasting freedom.

After it all dies down, everyone goes home and life begins its mundane and normal patterns.
But that is where the epicness really is.  Moving through the mundane and normal with trust and confidence in Him, overcoming the world one small step at a time.

Who is he that overcomes the world but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

His quiet deliverance through the daily grind is the supporting canvas that will display God's glory and lasting power in our lives.  Those small insignificant moves that seem pointless, the existence through the tiring moments that don't produce tangible benefit.  Knowing that He is enough for everything from the dramatic to the dull.






Monday, August 24, 2015

Father Wounds Healed

Kate Hudson is a celebrity who is known to have father wounds from her biological dad.   He didn't turn out to be someone she could trust.

Recently, when she had an outing in the wild with Bear Grylls, Kate summed up her experience with Bear near the end of the recorded episode.  She directly targeted what has been missing in her life:
"When you have someone you can trust, it's everything," she said as she broke down emotionally.

There is Someone we can trust and He is everything.  His arms are wide open for you to believe and run into them.  You might be born again.  Are you still struggling with inner difficulties, not trusting in Him to be everything - really everything?

Thoughts come in that you have to be in charge of your own righteousness.  "I have to do better, others are telling me so."  You are convinced that your own "right hand" must deliver you.  Apparently, that isn't happening.

That is not your job.

Sadly, our own right hand can only work self harm, (as it also burdens those around us).
Give up on yourself and be free.  Only Jesus Christ is enough to deliver.  Truly trust Him, His love, goodness and power.  Be richly rewarded.  See how He is all sufficient to heal father wounds and anything else that enslaves us.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Baggage

A local radio show host spoke of his close relationship to his father in law.  While explaining their ability to communicate so freely and get along so well, he made reference to the fact that the father in law's relationship to him was perhaps closer than some of his own children, "because of baggage."

Hmmm.  Doesn't that highlight the need for a parent to be Christ-like, gracious, loving, understanding and compassionate to the children?  We sacrifice those attributes too often so we can be firm, preventative and corrective.  Behavior is emphasized over faith.  We have a better chance of getting it right when we become a grandparent.

When the Lord personally addressed one of His followers about something didn't He usually highlight a lack of faith?

A dear friend alienated one of his daughters and damaged his relationship with the other by his reaction to what was wrong with their character when they were younger.  Now that he is a grandparent, he was able to pour out his heart in letters to both daughters and much of the baggage has been left behind.

The Bible doesn't address a solution specifically for baggage issues that were created by parents.
But, it does.
Just like absolutely everything else we have to trust that He is enough.









Sunday, July 12, 2015

Understanding Samson

Samson was such a bad man.
(Judges 16:1)

Samson prayed with understanding brought about by faith.
(Judges 15:18)

Samson appears in the faith chapter.
(Hebrews 11:32)

We are stunned that he appears in the faith chapter with all the other great men of God.
(...no scripture to support this bewilderment)

We busy ourselves looking for behavior.
God sees faith.

"You [set yourselves up to] judge according to the flesh (by what you see).  [You condemn by external, human standards.]  I do not [set Myself up to] judge or condemn or sentence anyone.
John 8:15 Amp.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quiz




Multiple choice:

Abraham ___________________ and He counted it to him for righteousness.

   (a) prayed to God
   (b) obeyed God
   (c) carefully followed rules that he knew would please God
   (d) believed God

Extra credit reading:

"Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people;"
Psalm 62:8 Amp