feb 28, 2013 fred is dead

February 28, 2013

SOME OF YOU MAY BE TO YOUNG TO REMEMBER A SONG THAT WAS SUNG BY CURTIS MAYFIELD CALLED “FRED IS DEAD” IF YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THAT SONG GOOGLE IT AND YOU CAN SEE A SNAP SHOT ABOUT AN INTERESTING PERIOD IN OUR MUSIC WORLD. FUNKADELIC BABY.

WELL THIS ISN’T REALLY ABOUT THE SONG FRED IS DEAD, IT’S ABOUT TWO THINGS A MAN NAMED FRED AND SECOND ARE YOU AVAILABLE TO GOD TO BE USED.

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS I GET FROM PEOPLE IS WHY HAVE I HAD ALL THESE FAR OUT EXPERIENCES, THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE, I ALWAYS ANSWER THE PHONE AND I ALWAYS SAY YES.

PASTOR WILL COME AND (WHATEVER) YES; WILL YOU RESCUE,(YES); WILL YOU DRIVE TO SUCH AND SUCH AND SEE SUCH AND SUCH (YES) SO IF YOU ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO BE USED FOR WHOMEVER, WHERE EVER, WHENEVER THEN GUESS WHAT? GOD WILL CALL YOU.

SO BACK TO FRED, ITS SUNDAY NIGHT CHURCH HAS JUST ENDED AND THE PHONE RINGS; THERE’S A MAN ON THE PHONE AND HE SAYS; “PASTOR, I HAVE A SHOTGUN IN MY WIFE’S MOUTH AND IF YOU DON’T MEET AT SUCH AND SUCH A PLACE I’LL BLOW HER BRAINS OUT.” I SAID; I’LL BE RIGHT THERE.

AND SO I MEET FRED, 6’3 BIG GUY, WEARING BIB OVERALLS IN A 71 PLYMOUTH STATION WAGON AND THERE IS HIS WIFE WITH A DOUBLE BARREL SHOT GUN IN HER MOUTH AND DUCT TAPE WRAPPED AROUND HER HEAD, SHE BEEN BEAT, BITTEN, OLD BRUISES NEW BRUISES. AND FRED SAYS “I NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO A MENTAL HOSPITAL WILL YOU DO IT?” “SURE” IS MY REPLY; “YOU KNOW I HAVE TO CALL THE POLICE AND ALL THAT RIGHT?” FRED JUST SMILES AND SAYS NO POLICE JUST YOU AND ME OR BOOM.”

I LOOK AT HIS WIFE AND SHE SHAKES HER HEAD YES. SO I TELL FRED THAT HE NEEDS TO GET IN MY CAR AND WE WILL STOP AT A PHONE BOOTH AND CALL THE POLICE FROM THERE. HE GETS OUT AND GETS IN MY CAR. SO WE ARE DRIVING TO THE MENTAL HOSPITAL AND FRED STATES HE HAS SOME DEMANDS FOR HIS COOPERATING. FIRST NO ELECTRIC SHOCK, AND SECOND NO STRAIGHT JACKETS. FOR SOME REASON THAT STRUCK ME AS FUNNY AND I LAUGHED; “SO YOU’VE DONE THIS BEFORE RIGHT?” HIS RESPONSE “NOT QUITE LIKE THIS WAY” HE LAUGHS WILDLY.

THEN HE COMES UP WITH HIS THIRD DEMAND, “WILL YOU STAY THE NIGHT WITH ME TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T SHOCK ME?” FOR WHAT EVER REASON I SAY “SURE NO PROBLEM.” ITS NOT EVERY NIGHT I CALL MY WIFE FROM A STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL SAY I’M SPENDING THE NIGHT IN THE PSYCH WARD AND STAYING WITH A GUY I DON’T KNOW AND NEVER SEEN, AND YOUR WIFE THINKS THIS IS SO NORMAL SHE ASKS IF I’LL BE HOME IN TIME FOR BREAKFAST.

SO FRED IS COMMITTED AND WE SHARE A ROOM AND WE BOTH SLEPT LIKE BABIES. IN THE MORNING A DOCTOR WHO IS FRIEND OF MINE WAKES ME AND I TELL HIM THE WHOLE STORY, HE TELLS ME I SHOULD HAVE MY HEAD EXAMINED AS WELL WHILE I’M THERE; BUT HE AGREES NO ELECTRIC SHOCK AND AS LONG AS FRED BEHAVES NO RUBBER ROOM AND NO STRAIGHT JACKET.

4 DAYS LATER I PAY FRED A VISIT IN THE DAY ROOM AND ITS TIME FOR HIS MEDICINE, I WATCH HIM TAKE HIS PILLS AND AFTER THE ORDERLY LEAVES HE SPITS OUT HIS PILLS AND GOES OVER TO A COFFEE POT LABELED “STAFF COFFEE” AND DUMPS HIS PILLS . HE COMES BACK AND GIVES ME A BIG HUG AND SAYS; “I ONLY TAKE THE PILLS EVERY OTHER TIME OR I GET TO COTTON HEADED.” OK I KNOW THAT’S TWISTED BUT I CAN’T BUT HELP LAUGHING AND REALLY LIKE THIS GUY. ( AND I NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO ANYONE ABOUT THE PILLS, SORRY I KNOW TWISTED BUT HEY I STILL THINK ITS FUNNY).

6 WEEKS LATER FRED IS RELEASED AND HE SHOWS UP AT CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING, NO SHOES, STILL IN BIB OVERALLS AND NO SHIRT, NOW I HAVE TO CONFESS THAT THIS CHURCH I WAS PASTORING WAS AN UPPITY SELF RIGHTEOUS BUNCH OF SNOTS AND I PROBABLY SPENT MORE TIME ARGUING WITH THEM THAN ANYTHING ELSE. ( IT WAS THE KIND OF CHURCH MOST PASTORS LEFT THE MINISTRY OVER, I LASTED 6 YEARS, I DON’T KNOW IF THAT’S GOOD OR BAD)>

SO SUNDAY MORING FRED COMES DOWN TO THE FRONT OF THIS LARGE WHITE BREAD CHURCH AND SITS DOWN ON THE FRONT ROW PICKS UP A HYMNAL AND STARTS SINGING AMAZING GRACE, PROBLEM IS WE WEREN’T SINGING AT THE TIME. SO I GET DOWN FROM THE PLATFORM AND ASK HIM TO COME UP AND SIT DOWN ON THE PLATFORM AND DO ONLY WHAT I TELL HIM TO DO. MEEK AS A LAMB HE COMES WITH ME AND SITS DOWN AND BEHAVES. INTERESTINGLY MY SERMON WAS ABOUT THE MAN POSSESSED BY A LEGION OF DEMONS; AND I KEPT WONDERING WHAT FRED WAS GOING TO DO DURING THE WHOLE SERMON.

WELL OF COURSE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMPLAINED ABOUT FRED AND ME KEEPING HIM WITH ME AND FRED IS JUST LISTENING TO ALL THESE PEOPLE SAY THINGS ABOUT HIM AND THEN ABOUT ME AND HE GOES OVER AND PICKS UP THE MICROPHONE AND ANNOUNCES THAT GOD SENT HIM THERE TO BE MY GUARDIAN ANGEL, AND BODY GUARD BECAUSE I NEED HIS PROTECTION.

OK, DIVINE MESSENGER, ANGEL, BODY GUARD SENT BY GOD, I TELL MY DEACONS HEY YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH DIVINE APPOINTMENT FRED IS STAYING. (OK THE EVIL PART OF ME SAID THAT JUST TO MESS WITH THEM) SO FRED STAYED.

I CALLED THE POLICE AND THEY NEVER FOUND HIS CAR, HIS WIFE OR ANY TRACE OF HER. FRED FOLLOWED ME EVERY WHERE, SLEPT IN MY CAR, SHOVELED SNOW, MOPPED FLOORS AND FOLLOWED MY LIKE A SHADOW. SHOWED UP FOR EVERY SERVICE. ONE SUNDAY NIGHT WITH HIS HANDS RAISED IN WORSHIP (AND DURING A SONG) HE VOICE SEEMED TO FLOAT OUT ABOVE EVERYONE ELSE, PURE AND CLEAR, PEOPLE STOPPED SINGING AND WATCH FRED BEGIN TO KIND OF DANCE IN THE SPIRIT, EYES CLOSED HUGE TEARS COURSING DOWN HIS CHEEK. IT WAS SUBLIME.

I GAVE AN ALTAR CALL AND SOME REAL DIE HARDS CAME DOWN TO ALTAR FOR THE FIRST TIME. FRED CAME UP TO ME AND HUG ME GAVE ME A HUGE SLOPPY KISS ON THE FOREHEAD AND THEN HE PICKED MY UP IN A BIG BEAR HUG AND TOLD ME HIS WORK WAS DONE.

SO HERE’S TO FRED, I NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN, AND UNLIKE THE SONG I HOPE HE’S NOT DEAD AND HE’S SOME  OTHER PASTOR’S BODY GUARD.

FRED’S NOT DEAD HE ALIVE SOMEWHERE THAT’S MY PRAYER, SO HERE’S TO FRED THE CRAZY GUARDIAN ANGEL.  

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. 43 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. 45 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”  Luke 8:42-48

Three things about this woman and our walk with the Lord

1.    Her problem you have to remember back in this period of time women did not have all the rights and liberties a man had, and second because the woman had an “issue of blood” she was considered in the same class as a leper, unclean and was socially cut off from society for 12 years.

Sometimes our problem makes us social misfits, we may feel like second class citizens ourselves because we are plagued with mental health issues or deformities or we had an abortion, or venereal disease. But we are not likely to share with others about our problem. So we feel alone and unable to even worship or talk to others.

 

2 Her personality, it’s okay to be shy, quiet, introverted, you still need to be able to worship and share with other believers about your problems, the areas that control you, instead of those things controlling you. But our personality holds us back. Maybe you are loud and noisy, bold and extraverted but you can be hurt just as easily. We need to remember that God created not only our looks but our personality was designed by him as well. We need to learn to celebrate everything about ourselves. For some that concept is both foreign and seemingly impossible. Yet we can’t let who we really are stop us from fellowship and communing with both God and fellowship with others.

 3.Her pain; pain cripples, it robs, it destroys; pain can make someone over protective, they don’t want to be hurt again. So they erect barriers around themselves, a person can even alter their identity trying to fool everyone that they are alright, not a victim, or easy target. You have to admire this woman because in spite of her problem, conquering her shy personality, overcoming the pain, she reached out in faith and touched Jesus.

 

Will you as you read this dare to overcome all obstacles and believe it is possible to still touch Jesus. A simple prayer will work; just tell Him you believe He is real, and alive and resurrected in full power and glory, that as you reach out in faith to Him; He will respond and honor the smallest amount of faith and He can bring healing and health and bring you back into fellowship not only with Him but with all your brothers and sisters in the family of God as well..

 

Reach out and touch Him

BACK IN THE DAY WHEN I WAS A SEXUAL ADDICTION COUNSELOR I HAD A PATIENT ASK ME IF I THOUGHT THAT HIS FAILURES TO ABSTAIN FROM ACTING OUT WERE CAUSED BY NATURAL SIN, (I.E. THIS CORRUPT BAG OF FLESH WE LIVE IN) OR WAS IT A SATANIC EVENT.

HAVING A LOT OF LAWYER FRIENDS I GAVE THE ANSWER THAT A LAWYER WOULD GIVE; “DEPENDS”.

IF YOU FIND YOURSELF “PLANNING” TO ACT OUT IT’S A NATURAL ACT (YOUR SINFUL FLESH) PLANNING MEANS DO I HAVE THE TIME, OPPORTUNITY, THE MONEY, LOCATION AND OBTAINING WHATEVER THE ADDICTION IS. WHETHER ITS PORN, A HOOKER, WHATEVER.

THE SECOND MARKER; IS THE ACRONYM H.A.L.T  HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY, OR TIRED. IF ANY OR ALL OF THESE CONDITIONS EXISTS THEN IT CAN BE ALL YOU; BUT NOW YOUR OPEN OR VULNERABLE TO SPIRITUAL TEMPTATION AS WELL.

HAVING KNOWN HIM FOR YEARS AND KNOWING WHAT HIS FAVORITE SEX FANTASY WAS, I TOLD HIM TO BE CAREFUL ON THIS BUSINESS TRIP HE WAS PREPARING FOR. HE HAD PURPOSELY MADE AN APPOINTMENT THE DAY BEFORE HIS TRIP FOR SOME EXTRA SPIRITUAL HELP.

I TOLD HIM TO WATCH OUT FOR HIS FAVORITE FANTASY BECAUSE THIS TIME I FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. I REMEMBER TELLING HIM REMEMBER JOSEPH IN THE BIBLE WHEN PHARAOH’S WIFE TRIED TO SEDUCE. FLEE; JUST GET AWAY FROM IT.

TWO NIGHTS LATER I GET THIS FRANTIC PHONE CALL. “YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS.” HE SAYS, “SHE’S RIGHT OUTSIDE MY HOTEL DOOR, SHE FOLLOWED MY UP FROM THE DINING ROOM. “WHO’S OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR,” I ASK? “THE WOMEN OF MY FANTASIES, SHE’S EVERYTHING I’VE TOLD YOU ABOUT, THE HOT, SMOKIN’ BODY DRESSED IN A RED DRESS THAT LOOKS LIKE IT’S BEEN PAINTED ON; THE 6” INCH STILETTO HEELS THAT LOOK LIKE GOLD UNICORN HORN; AND THE STOCKINGS, DARK WITH THE LINE RUNNING UP THE BACK. SHE CAME OVER AND PUT ONE LEG ON THE CHAIR SO I COULD SEE SHE WAS WEARING A GARTER BELT; ITS HER”

(OK FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT NEED TO TAKE A BREAK, COLD SHOWER WE PAUSE FOR A COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION)

“BOB, REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT CARNAL DESIRES AND SIN AND DEVIL COMING AFTER YOU, THIS IS THE DEVIL INCARNATE, IF YOU FALL THIS TIME YOU ARE NEVER COMING BACK.”

I HEARD THE PHONE HIT THE FLOOR AS BOB DROPPED TO HIS KNEES AND BEGIN TO PRAY; “LORD I’VE FALLEN SO MANY TIMES, I’VE GIVEN IN SO MANY TIMES BUT LORD I HAVEN’T ACTED OUT IN 190 DAYS, I BELIEVE YOU CAN DELIVER ME FROM THIS TEMPTATION PLEASE LORD DON’T LET ME GIVE IN, OH JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, HALLELUJAH, I WORSHIP YOU, LET YOU HOLY SPIRIT ENERGIZE MY FAITH, OH JESUS PLEASE DEAR LORD.”

AND THEN NOTHING, NOT A PEEP, I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING I YELLING INTO THE PHONE, “BOB, BOB PICKUP THE PHONE, SWEET JESUS HELP HIM, BOB YOU MORON PICK UP THE PHONE.”

“DR. J. I’M ALRIGHT SHE’S GONE, I DON’T SEE HER, HOLY JESUS I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS HAS HAPPENED HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING, I MEAN SHE WAS LIKE A DREAM, BUT I’M OK I KNOW I’M NOT GOING TO ACT OUT OR FANTASIZE ABOUT THIS I WANT TO BE VICTORIOUS, I’M NOT LOSING MY 190 DAYS, I DON’T WANT TO START OVER, I WANT TO BE VICTORIOUS.”

“BOB YOU ARE VICTORIOUS , HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE GONE OVER SIMPLE FAITH AND STANDING ON THE PROMISES, YOU ALREADY HAVE THE VICTORY JUST BELIEVE, LIVE IT BOB JUST LIVE IT.”

WELL LONG STORY SHORT, BOB MADE HOME FROM WASHINGTON DC WITH GIVING IN, NEVER SAW THE WOMAN AGAIN AND HAS BEEN SEXUALLY SOBER FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND IS A GREAT HELP TO ME AS A SPONSOR, HELPING OTHER MEN LIVE A VICTORIOUS FIGHT AGAINST SEXUAL ADDICTION.

SO BE CAREFUL ABOUT SPEAKING OUT YOUR SECRET SINS, THE DEVIL CAN’T READ YOUR MIND BUT HE IS AN EXPERT ON HUMAN NATURE AND HIS DEMONIC HORDE ARE SPYING FOR HIM EVERY WHERE. SO LET YOUR SPEECH BE PURE AS WELL AS YOUR MIND.

VICTORY IN JESUS MY FRIENDS VICTORY IN JESUS.

GOD BLESS   

February 25: The Fear

John 9:13–34

We often don’t realize that we’re guilty of fearing others. At the time, it can feel definite and look legitimate. Fearing others can also take the form of a meticulous house, staying late at the office, or passing anxious, sleepless nights. When we hold someone else’s opinions higher than God’s, we suddenly find our world shaky and imbalanced.

Jesus’ healing of the blind man reveals that the fear of people is not a modern concept. The Pharisees had a stranglehold on Jewish life: “for the Jews had already decided that if anyone should confess him to be Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue” (John 9:22). The blind man’s parents were victims of their mission, but they were willing victims. Even within the ruling ranks, though, opinions were divided, but the fear of people still ruled (John 9:16). John reports elsewhere that “many of the rulers believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess it.… For they loved the praise of men more than praise from God” (John 12:42–43).

The blind man is the antithesis of all this. Perhaps, marginalized at birth, the opinions of others didn’t hold as much weight for him. Under interrogation, he is bold, quick-witted, and over-the-top incredulous. He is enraged that the Pharisees do not accept the basic facts of the story: “I told you already and you did not listen! Why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become his disciples also, do you?” (John 9:27). While he has yet to confess in Jesus, he knows what he has experienced—he was blind, and now he sees. And as far as he can tell, only one sent by God could perform such a miracle.

Fearing people involves holding their opinions higher than God’s. At its heart, though, it’s an inflated opinion of our own selves—self-protection or self-esteem. But the blind man was willing to proclaim the truth about the Son of Man who healed him—physically, and then spiritually. He was willing to give up everything.

 

feb 24, 2013 clean scum

February 24, 2013

WELL WE ARE BACK TO WHAT I CALL OUR PARENT VERSE, THE CORNERSTONE VERSE OF OUR CHURCH. 

 

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:11

I KEEP GETTING EMAILS FROM NORMAL CHRISTIANS WHO DON’T LIKE THE NAME OF THE CHURCH AND THINK THE FOCUSE IS WRONG, SINCE I’M NOT NORMAL AND MOST OF THE PEOPLE I WANT TO BE PASTOR FOR DON’T THINK THEY ARE NORMAL WE ARE TALKING TO THOSE WHO STRUGGLE

WE ARE NOT GLORIFYING OUR PAST LIFE, OR OUR MONUMENTAL FAILURES (EVEN IF THE ARE OFTEN REPEATED) WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT TRUE CHRISTIANS STRUGGLE AND ARE EMBARRASSED TO TALK ABOUT THEIR SIN AND PRETEND THAN THEY STILL DON’T SIN.

WHAT IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE IS UNDERSTANDING THIS IS THE ONE TIME YOU CAN’T TRUST YOUR EMOTIONS, FEELINGS OR EVEN YOUR MEMORY. THIS IS A CASE OF STANDING INSPITE OF ALL THE EVIDENCE, OF ALL THE EVENTS, FEELINGS STIRINGS, MEMORIES OF ONE THING.

IF YOU ASKED JESUS CHRIST TO BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR AND ARE TRUSTING HIM 100% FOR SALVATION; THEN YOU HAVE TO ALSO TRUST 100% THAT THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO ALSO IMPROVE YOUR STANDING WITH GOD.

HE NOT ONLY SAVED YOU HE WASHED YOU CLEANSED YOU OF ALL GUILT. FOR ANYTHING YOU’VE EVER DONE. ITS GONE WIPED AWAY WHEN GOD LOOKS AT THE BELIEVER ALL HE SEES IS HIS SON. WHOM HE LOVES AND APPROVES OF 100%.

SO GO BUY A PICTURE OF JESUS, SEVERAL PICTURES KEEP ONE IN YOUR WALLET, ONE IN EACH ROOM. ONE IN THE CAR. GET A BUSINESS CARD MADE WITH HIS PICTURE AND WHEN ANY ONE ASKS WHO YOU ARE JUST TELL THEM “I’M JESUS”

NOW THAT MIGHT GET YOU LOCKED UP IN THE LOONEY BIN, BUT YOU GET MY POINT; (I HOPE) ALL GOD SEES IS HIS SON. KEEP SAYING THAT, OVER AND OVER UNTIL YOU KNOW IT NOT FEEL IT, IT’S A FACT PURE AND SIMPLE SO AS WE KEEP SAYING “WE WERE ONCE SCUM. BUT NOW WE ARE SQUEAKY CLEAN,

OK THIS MIGHT DATE ME A LITTLE BIT, BUT I’M A BIG FAN OF JOHNNY CASH AND EVEN THOUGH HE WAS ONE OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE  PEOPLE IN HISTORY HE ALWAYS WALKED OUT ON STAGE AND THE FIRST WORDS OUT OF HIS MOUTH WERE ALWAYS;
HELLO, I’M JOHNNY CASH.

 

SO EVERY MORING WHEN YOU WAKE UP SAY; HELLO I’M JESUS, BECAUSE THAT WHAT GOD SEES AND THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO BECOME LIKE, ITS YOUR ONLY GOAL FOR THE TODAY AND EVERYDAY.

HI JESUS GLAD TO MEET YOU,

 

I’M IN SEMINARY, A BRETHREN SEMINARY IN THE HEART OF AMISH COUNTRY AND I GET MY FIRST CHURCH TO WORK AT.

MY VERY FIRST DAY ON THE JOB THE CHURCH SECRETARY TELLS ME THAT ONE OF OUR VERY IMPORTANT CHURCH BOARD MEMBERS IS IN THE HOSPITAL AND I NEED TO VISIT HIM AND REALLY GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT WITH HIM.

SO I GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND ASK WHAT ROOM HE’S IN AND THEY TELL ME ROOM 223, I WRITE IT DOWN TO MAKE SURE I DON’T GO TO THE WRONG ROOM. 

SO I GET TO ROOM 223 AND THERE ARE TWO BEDS, ONE IS EMPTY AND IN THE OTHER BED THERE IS  A MAN IS LYING THERE ON HIS SIDE. 

OK, I’M NEW TO THIS AND THEY REALLY DON’T TEACH YOU A LOT IN SEMINARY ABOUT HOSPITAL ETIQUETTE, SO I’M THINKING THE SECRETARY SAID THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT BOARD MEMBER AND I’M THE NEW PASTOR, ITS A VERY BIG AND IMPORTANT CHURCH, SO WHAT DO I DO?

SO I FIGURE IN FOR A PENNY IN FOR A POUND, SO I PUT MY HAND ON HIS SHOULDER AND START TO PRAY OUT LOUD. I’M PRAYING FOR HEALING,, I’M PRAYING FOR WELLNESS, BLESSING, MULTIPLE BLESSING, ANOINTING, SIGNS FROM GOD, FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT. (REMEMBER AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE I’M A RELIGIOUS MIDGET)

WELL NOTHING HAPPENS AND THE GUY NEVER ROLLS OVER AND I’M WONDERING IF I SHOULD WIND UP AND GO AGAIN, WHEN I HEAR A LITTLE COUGH BEHIND ME AND I TURN AND SEE THIS LITTLE NURSE BEHIND. HER EYES ARE AS BIG AS SAUCERS, AND SHE CLUTCHING THE FRAME OF THE DOOR.

I ASK IF SHE’S OK AND SHE JUST NODS, I STEP TOWARD HER AND SHE GOES; “PASTOR THAT MAN IS DEAD, HE JUST DIED A FEW MINUTES AGO.”

I ASKED HER HOW LONG SHE HAD BEEN THERE AND SHE SAID; “I SAW YOU WALK IN AND I WAS COMING IN TO TELL YOU THAT HE HAD PASSED.”

WHY DIDN’T YOU STOP ME  I ASK?

AND HER RESPONSE WAS SO FUNNY, SHE SAYS, “SIR THE WAY YOU WERE PRAYING I JUST KNEW HE WAS GOING TO GET UP AND START DANCING.”

WELL NEEDLESS TO SAY HE DIDN’T COME BACK TO LIFE, SO I DRIVE BACK TO CHURCH AND TELL THE SECRETARY WHAT HAPPENED AND SHE WAS JUST LAUGHING HER HEAD OFF. ( YOU HAVE REMEMBER CELL PHONES HAVEN’T BEEN INVENTED YET)

I MEAN SHE IS POUNDING THE DESK, TEARS COMING DOWN HER FACE. AND SHE GASPS OUT, “I WAS HOPING I COULD CATCH YOU BEFORE YOU LEFT BUT HIS WIFE CALLED AND SAID HE HAD COME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL.”

SO I GET AN “A” FOR TRYING

NEXT SUNDAY IN WALKS MR. SMITH DOING HIS BEST ZOMBIE IMITATION AND SAYING, ” I’M ALIVE, I’M ALIVE,” AS HE COMES DOWN THE AISLE OF THE CHURCH. 

WELL YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES SO NOW WHEN I GO TO HOSPITAL I ASK THE FLOOR NURSE WHICH ROOM AND WHICH BED. 

SO GOD DOES HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR, IT HELPS TO NEVER LOSE IT. 

ONE OF THESE DAYS I WILL HAVE TO TELL THE STORY OF THE NURSING HOME VISIT AND THE SUPPOSITORY. 

HAVE A LAUGH ITS GOOD FOR YOU

 

MANY YEARS AGO I ASKED A CONGREGATION TO CLOSE THEIR EYES AND THEN RAISE THERE HANDS IF THEY THOUGHT THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO CHRIST WAS A FAILURE. I WAS SHOCKED SEE SO MANY HANDS GET RAISED.

HOW COULD THIS BE, I KNEW THE PASTOR AND HE WAS A SOUND, BIBLICAL TEACHING PASTOR. AFTER THE SERVICE I SHARED THE RESULTS OF THIS NON SCIENTIFIC SURVEY. HIS ONLY CLUE WAS THAT HAD “INHERITED” THIS CONGREGATION, THEY CAME WITH THE CHURCH AND AS A NEW PASTOR HE WASN’T SURE WHAT THE REAL SITUATION OF THIS CONGREGATION REALLY WAS.

I WAS BEING INTERVIEWED AT THE TIME BY DR. JAMES KENNEDY TO COME TO CORAL RIDGE AND BE ON HIS MINISTRY TEAM; HE ASKED ME IF I EVER READ HIS BOOK; “EVANGELISM EXPLOSION” (ANOTHER GREAT BOOK I RECOMMEND) I TOLD HIM I HAD STUDIED IT BOTH AT BIBLE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY, HE SAID; ASK EVERYBODY SEPARATELY AND PRIVATELY THE ‘DIAGNOSTIC QUESTION’

SO THE PASTOR AND I DECIDED THAT WE WOULD START WITH THOSE WHO RAISED THERE HANDS THAT HELD SOME SORT OF POSITION AT THE CHURCH EVEN IF IT MEANT THEY WERE A JANITOR.

THE RESULTS WERE STAGGERING, HERE IS THE DIAGNOSTIC QUESTION; “IF YOU WERE TO DIE TONIGHT AND STAND IN FRONT OF JESUS CHRIST AND HE ASKED YOU ‘WHY SHOULD I LET YOU IN TO MY HEAVEN WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?”

I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THE CORRECT ANSWER I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU ALL THE WRONG ANSWERS; KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS WAS A FUNDAMENTAL, EVANGELICAL, HOLINESS KIND OF CHURCH.

THE MOST COMMON ANSWER WAS, “I TRY TO DO GOOD, KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND BE KIND TO EVERYONE” (WRONG ANSWER) BUT THIS WAS GIVEN BY 75% OF THOSE THAT HAD RAISED THEIR HANDS.

NEXT COMMON ANSWER,(FROM MEN) “I’VE NEVER CHEATED ON MY WIFE, WE GO TO CHURCH, AND I DON’T CHEAT ON MY TAXES, OH, YEAH AND I’VE NEVER HIT MY WIFE EITHER.” (WRONG ANSWER)

MOST COMMON ANSWER FROM MARRIED WOMEN; “I’M FAITHFUL TO MY HUSBAND, I READ MY BIBLE AND I TRY TO BE AND NICE TO EVERYONE, AND I KEEP THE GOLDEN RULE (WRONG ANSWER)

NEXT MOST COMMON, “I READ MY BIBLE, AND PRAY, COME TO CHURCH, TITHE, TAKE COMMUNION AND I ALWAYS TRY TO HELP EVERYONE I MEET” (WRONG ANSWER)

THE NEXT SUNDAY MY SERMON WAS ON “WHY DID YOU MAKE JESUS YOUR LORD, AGAIN A PRIVATE SESSION WITH THOSE THAT ORIGINALLY RAISED THEIR HANDS.

MOST COMMON ANSWER FROM WOMEN; “WELL THE PASTOR GAVE AN ALTAR CALL AND SAID IF I WANTED GOD TO SAVE MY FAMILY, MY CHILDREN FROM HELL I NEEDED TO COME DOWN TO ALTAR AND GET SAVED (WRONG REASON)

MOST COMMON ANSWER FROM MEN; “I STRUGGLE WITH YOU KNOW TEMPTATIONS AND ONE NIGHT THE PASTOR GAVE AN ALTAR CALL AND SAID TO COME DOWN AND ACCEPT JESUS AND CONQUEROR IMPURE THOUGHTS.” (WRONG REASON)

THE MOST COMMON TO EITHER SEX WAS THIS RESPONSE AND I LATER FOUND OUT IN THIS PARTICULAR DENOMINATION THAT THEY FIGURED 77% OF MOST OF THEIR FLOCK CAME DOWN TO THE ALTAR AFTER THIS PARTICULAR KIND OF SERMON, AND THE FOLLOWING ALTAR CALL, “IF YOU WANT TO NOT BE LEFT BEHIND, WHEN THE RAPTURE HAPPENS AND GO THROUGH THE TRIBULATION, TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST ETC. COME ON DOWN.” (DEFINITELY THE WRONG REASON)

NO WONDER SO MANY OF THESE PEOPLE FELT LIKE THEY WERE HAVING MORE PROBLEMS THAN OTHERS. THEY WERE NICE, FRIENDLY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE BUT HAD NOT HAD A GENUINE ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS AS THE ONLY WAY TO BE FORGIVEN OF SINS, AND THAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THEIR LIFE WAS THEY NEVER KNEW THAT SIN SEPARATED THEM FROM GOD, AND JESUS WAS NOT A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR, OR A BANKER, OR LOTTERY TICKET, OR A SUGAR DADDY, OR AN ESCAPE CLAUSE FROM CALAMITY, THEY HAD NEVER BEEN INTRODUCE TO ONE FACT, ALL HAVE SINNED AND MISSED THE MARK AND WERE DESTINED TO HELL, AND FACT #2, JESUS WOULD FORGIVE THEM IF THEY WOULD ADMIT THEY COULDN’T GET INTO HEAVE WITH OUT ACCEPTING THE FACT THERE WASN’T ONE THING THEY COULD DO TO BE BETTER OR WORTHY AND THAT ONLY CHRIST WAS WORTHY AND ABLE AND WILLING TO FORGIVE ALL THEIR SINS AND THE ONLY REASON THEY COULD GET INTO HEAVEN.

I’M GLAD TO REPORT THAT WE MET WITH EACH PERSON THAT GAVE AN INCORRECT ANSWER AND INTRODUCED THEM TO THE LIVING SON OF GOD AND EACH AND EVERYONE UNDERSTOOD AND STARTED A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST AS LORD, AND SAVIOR AND THAT THEIR SINS WERE FORGIVEN AND THAT THEY COULD NOW ANSWER THAT DIAGNOSTIC QUESTION, WHY SHOULD I LET YOU INTO MY HEAVEN, “BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME LORD AND FORGAVE ME ALL MY SINS AND WASHED ME CLEAN WITH TOTAL FORGIVENESS AND ONLY BY YOUR GRACE AND I’M SAVED.

 

SO ARE YOU REALLY A CHRISTIAN?  

IN THE VERY FIRST DEVOTION I EXPLAINED WHY I WAS NAMING THE CHURCH “SCUM LIKE US” FOR THOSE THAT FELT LIKE THEY WERE WATCHING ALL THE OTHERS BUT NOT BEING A PART OF THE CHURCH, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WAS HAPPY AND FITTING IN, HAD JOY AND THEY DIDN’T. OTHERS WERE TALKING ABOUT BEING VICTORIOUS AND CONQUERORS AND RUNNING THE RACE AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND ALL THIS OTHER STUFF.

AND YOU FELT LIKE A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE, MAYBE JUST MAYBE YOU’VE NEVER MET THE REAL JESUS, JUST THE CHURCH.

THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AND THERE IS A POWER TO BE HAD BY MEETING JESUS REAL AND UP CLOSE AND NOT PLAYING CHURCH IF YOU THINK THIS MIGHT BE YOU EMAIL ME AT SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM AND LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO SOMEONE WONDERFUL.

 HHHMMMMMMMMMMM, MAYBE THE 80/20 RULE ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN CHURCH APPLIES, AH, I’M JUST MESSING WITH YOU

I DIG LISTS, AND STATISTICS, I WILL FORGET SOMEONE’S NAME AND YET NOT FORGET A STATISTIC, WEIRD RIGHT. SO HERE’S A LIST I’M BUILDING AND WE WILL PROBABLY COME BACK AND ADD STUFF TO IT AS I THINK ABOUT IT.

LIES BY THE DEVIL (MOSTLY ALL TOLD IN CHURCH)

1.     MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THERE’S A DEVIL, HECK THEY FIND IT EASIER TO BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL THAN THEY DO IN GOD, BUT HERE’S ONE OF SATAN’S CHIEF LIES; “ITS NOT ABOUT WHETHER I EXIST OR NOT ITS THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND.

2.     BIG LIE TOLD IN CHURCH; “YOU ARE STILL SICK BECAUSE OF SECRET SIN” REALLY THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SECRET SIN, BECAUSE GOD KNOWS ALL.

3.     READY FOR THIS ONE “IF YOU ONLY HAD MORE FAITH YOU WOULD GET HEALED, BLESSED, ETC” AGAIN THE BIBLE SAYS TO EACH MAN IS GIVEN A MEASURE OF FAITH, YOU HAVE THE FAITH BELIEVE THE FACTS

4.     SAD BUT TRUE LIE, WE HAD A YOUNG CHRISTIAN FAMILY WHO HAD A BABY BORN WITH CANCER AND IT DIED AND SOME IDIOT USED BY SATAN TOLD THIS YOUNG FAMILY; “YOUR CHURCH DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BELIEVE IN THE HEALING THIS BABY NEEDED” THEY NEVER ATTENDED ANOTHER CHURCH IN THEIR LIFE AND EVENTUALLY THE MARRIAGE ENDED IN DIVORCE AND THE MAN WAS LATER MURDERED.

5.     OK HERE’S ONE THAT REALLY BUGS ME AND ITS REALLY MAKING THE ROUNDS OUT THERE IN CHRISTENDOM. “IF YOU ARE TRULY SAVED, AND JESUS IS BOTH LORD OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SAVIOR, YOU WILL NEVER SIN AGAIN, AND IF YOU DO ITS BECAUSE HE IS JUST YOUR SAVIOR AND NOT YOUR LORD, YOU HAVEN’T REALLY SURRENDERED COMPLETELY TO HIM.” OK THAT’S A PUNCH IN NOSE LIE, REALLY, ALL THAT TEACHES IS GUILT, CONFUSION AND STUPIDITY, IT’S CALLED “LORDSHIP THEOLOGY” AND IT IS FROM HELL. I COULD WRITE ABOUT A HUNDRED PAGES WITH SCRIPTURE TO DEBUNK THAT BUT THIS IS JUST A LIST.

6.     HERE’S A GREAT LIE, “IF YOU ARE REALLY CLOSE TO GOD AND YOU ARE PRAYING, OR WORSHIPING AND YOU ARE DOING IT JUST RIGHT THEN YOU WILL SEE FLAKES OF GOLD ON YOUR SKIN BECAUSE IT’S THE SHEKINAH GLORY OF GOD.” SERIOUSLY SHOW ME IN THE BIBLE WHERE THAT ONE IS, LIAR LIAR

7.     AND HERE IS MY FAVORITE LIE OF ALL; “I KNOW YOU CAN’T FIND THAT IN THE SCRIPTURE, BUT GOD IS DOING A NEW THING, AND YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THIS EXPERIENCE BECAUSE GOD IS DOING SOMETHING NEW AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME (YA READY FOR THIS) THEN YOU ARE WORD BOUND, YOU ARE LIMITING GOD BY BEING BOUND BY THE WORD AND NOT OPEN TO THE NEW THING HE IS DOING. ( ANOTHER PUNCH IN THE NOSE)

 

IF I COULD SAY ONE THING, TO ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO BELIEVE A LIE IT WOULD BE THIS;  THE BOOK OF ACTS 17:11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.

NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING A PREACHER TELLS YOU UNLESS YOU CAN FIND IT THE BIBLE AND IT SAYS IT REALLY CLEAR AND YOU DON’T NEED ‘SPECIAL’ INSIGHT TO FIGURE IT OUT. 

 

I GOT IN TROUBLE AT BIBLE COLLEGE ONCE (ACTUALLY SEVERAL TIMES) BUT THIS ONE FITS OUR LIST; I WAS RUNNING THE COLLEGE BIBLE BOOK STORE AND AS A JOKE I PUT UP AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A BOOK THAT PEOPLE COULD PRE-ORDER AND ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS SIGN UP FOR IT THE BOOK WAS (NOW REMEMBER IT’S A FAKE BOOK) ‘HOW TO WRENCH (TWIST) THE SCRIPTURE OUT OF CONTEXT FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL GAIN.’ I HAD 29 PEOPLE IN BIBLE COLLEGE SIGN UP FOR THE BOOK. THE DEAN OF THEOLOGY HEARD ABOUT AND CAME DOWN TO ASK ME IF I WAS NUTS. I TOLD HIM IT WAS A JOKE AND WHAT HE REALLY NEEDED TO DO WAS CALL IN THOSE 29 STUDENTS AND ‘PUNCH THEM IN THE NOSE’ ( YOU HAVE TO READ THE LAST DEVOTION TO GET THAT)

 

SO WATCH OUT FOR THOSE LIES IN CHURCH, HHMMMMMMMMMM MAYBE MY NEXT LIST WILL BE ALL THE PREACHERS ON RADIO AND TELEVISION THAT ARE LIARS, WOW, THAT WILL BE A LONG LIST.

 

HEY SHOUT OUT TO US AT SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM

 

KNOCK SOMEBODY OUT

BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

WE INTERRUPT THIS REGULARLY SCHEDULE BROADCAST FOR THIS EMERGENCY BROADCAST. 

REMEMBER THAT SOUND ON THE RADIO, ANNOYING ISN’T IT, WELL THIS IS AN EMERGENCY DEVOTIONAL.

(WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC VIOLENCE, VERY FRANK TALK ABOUT WITCHCRAFT AND CAN EASILY BE FOUND TO BE OFFENSIVE IN GENERAL)

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL ON SCUMLIKEUSCHURCH@GMAIL.COM THAT WAS SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC THAT I FELT IT MUST BE COVERED HERE RIGHT NOW.

FIRST LET ME SAY THIS, REMEMBER A FEW DEVOTIONALS BACK WHEN I MENTIONED THE SHORT LIST VERSES THE LONG LIST AND THAT ONE WAS WORTH FIGHTING OVER, WELL I JUST ADDED ONE MORE ITEM TO THE SHORT LIST AND SERIOUSLY I WILL FIGHT OVER THIS ONE.

NOW YOU NEED TO KNOW A LITTLE EXTRA ABOUT ME SO I CAN PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO YOU, I’VE BEEN SHOT ONCE, STABBED TWICE AND LITERALLY SCALPED WITH A CROWBAR. I’VE BEEN IN 3 CONFRONTATIONS THAT COULD HAVE ENDED IN MY DEATH BESIDES THE ONES MENTIONED ABOVE.

SO MY POINT, I THINK VIOLENCE HAS A VALID POINT TO CONVINCING SOMEONE I’M SERIOUS. I KNOW ALL YOU SUGAR CONE CHRISTIANS ARE FROTHING AT THE MOUTH AND TALKING ABOUT LOVE AND HARMONY BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAS ME ALL WORKED UP.

BACK TO THE EMAIL, SO BASICALLY IT GOES LIKE THIS, “PASTOR, I WAS JUST AT A BIBLE STUDY AND WAS TOLD THAT I WAS POSSESSED BY AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT AND THAT IT NEEDED TO BE DEALT WITH AND THEY PRAYED IT OUT OF ME.”

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEE, (RAGE, IF YOU HAVE DYSLEXIA)

THIS IS A CHRISTIAN PERSON BEING TOLD BY A CHRISTIAN LEADER THAT CHRISTIANS CAN BE POSSESSED.

FIRST LET ME START WITH THIS BIBLE VERSE AND ITS ONE YOU LIKELY WON’T BE THINKING OF STARTING WITH. THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS; “WE ARE TO MARK THOSE WHO DISTORT THE TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE.” THE WORD “MARK” IN GREEK LITERALLY MEANS TO PUNCH OR STRIKE SOMEONE IN THE FACE SO THAT THEY ARE BRUISED AND PEOPLE CAN SEE IT AND KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

WAY TO GO APOSTLE PAUL, YOUR SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE, IF I RAN INTO A CHRISTIAN LEADER, PASTOR, ETC AND HEARD THIS KIND OF THING COMING OUT OF THEIR MOUTH, I WOULD WARN THEM TO STOP VERY STRONGLY WARN THEM TO STOP.

I ONCE HAD A HUSBAND WHO WAS BEATING HIS BLIND WIFE, I WENT TO HIS HOUSE AND WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR I PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE, AND THEN SAID TO HIM, “YOU DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING, DID YOU, WELL NEITHER DOES SHE.” THEY HAVE NOW BEEN MARRIED 55 YEARS AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANOTHER ACT OF VIOLENCE, AND HE COMES TO CHURCH ON A REGULAR BASIS. SO MAYBE A PUNCH IN THE NOSE REALLY WORKS.

WELL LETS PRETEND I’M REALLY SPIRITUAL AND REAL MATURE AND HANDLE IT LIKE A REGULAR, NORMAL PASTOR (YOU CAN’T HEAR THIS BUT I’M LAUGHING MY A$$ OFF RIGHT NOW, ME NORMAL, STOP IT YOUR KILLING ME.)

SO BIBLE VERSES TO HELP

 2 Corinthians 1:22-23

New English Translation (NET)

22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment

 

Ephesians 1:13

New English Translation (NET)

13 And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,

 

Ephesians 4:30

New English Translation (NET)

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A CHRISTIAN TO BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, SEALED FOR CHRIST, MARKED FOR CHRIST, AND TO BE POSSESSED BY ANY OTHER EVIL OR DEMONIC SPIRIT.

WE ARE ONLY CAPABLE AS A VESSEL DEDICATED TO GOD TO BE ENTERED INTO BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, NONE OTHER SPIRIT THAT IS EVIL CAN ENTER INTO US. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THIS NUT JOBS SAYS, THEY WILL TYPICALLY USE THE FOLLOWING TWISTED LOGIC; “WELL YOU MUST HAVE USED A OUIJAS BOARD BEFORE YOU GOT SAVED AND THAT’S’ HOW IT GOT IN, OR YOU READ HOROSCOPES, OR SAW A MEDIUM OR MESSED WITH BLACK MAGIC; AND WHEN YOU GOT SAVED THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS OTHER SPIRIT AND THAT’S WHY YOU ARE HAVING THESE PROBLEMS.”

REALLY, ANOTHER CONFESSION, (OH DEAR) I WAS IN A BLACK SATANIC CULT, DRANK URINE, HAD HOLY WAFERS OF COMMUNION SPREAD WITH MENSTRUAL BLOOD, DID ALL THE WEIRD SEX, MAGIC BULLSH!T. AND I CAN TELL YOU WHEN I GOT SAVED, BORN AGAIN, BLOOD WASHED, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THERE WAS NO PROBLEM WITH BEING 100% FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE LIVING IN ME BESIDES THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND THE STUPID PART OF ME THAT TRIPS ME UP MORE THAN I LIKE.

SO WATCH OUT,, SPEAK SUCH LIES IN FRONT OF ME AND I MAY NOT BE VERY PASTORAL.  

SORRY IF YOUR OFFENDED BY MY CARNAL ANGER AND TALK OF VIOLENCE, BUT REALLY IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE LYING, DEGRADING, CHURCH LEADERS I WILL CALL YOU OUT TO FACE THE MUSIC.

AND THOSE OF YOU WHO’D WOULD LIKE TO PRAYER FOR ME (I’M SERIOUS) PLEASE DO SO, AS I TRULY KNOW THAT VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER, BUT DON’T TELL THAT TO THE CHURCH LEADER THAT IS SINFULLY WRONG AND IN ERROR OF THIS HIDEOUS LIE, LET HIM WORRY A BIT WHEN HE MEETS ME.

 

19 feb 2013

February 19, 2013

PART 3 THE LIFE OF ASA

2 CHRONICLES 15:2

The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

I HATE TO KEEP SAYING WOW ALTHOUGH THE TIME BUT WOW! THIS IS AS STRAIGHT FORWARD AS IT GETS, IF WE SEEK GOD HE WILL LET US FIND HIM BUT IF WE IGNORE HIM HE WILL FORSAKE US.

NOW GRANTED THIS IS THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE PERMANENT, ABIDING PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THE WAY WE DO NOW. BUT AS A PRINCIPLE IT’S STILL A GOOD ONE.

A.W. TOZER WROTE SEVERAL GREAT BOOKS AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM, BUT MY FAVORITE OF MINE IS “THE PURSUIT OF GOD”

GOD WANTS US TO ACTIVELY SEEK HIM, TO PURSUE HIM WE CANNOT SIMPLY STAND AROUND AND SAY “HEY GOD WHY DON’T YOU BLESS ME,” HE CALLS ON US TO SEEK HIM AND IF WE DO WE WILL FIND HIM.

FEEL ESTRANGED FROM GOD, ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY POUTING, SPOILED BY ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE AND TAKING CREDIT FOR IT. INDEPENDENCE AND SELF RELIANCE ARE GOOD QUALITIES BUT NOT IF THEY INSTILL PRIDE AND A SELF CONFIDENCE THAT KEEPS US FROM SEEKING GOD.

ANOTHER BIG PROBLEM ARE WE SO BLESSED WITH WHAT WE HAVE WE FORGET GOD?

BEFORE YOU SAY NOT ME, ASK YOURSELF ABOUT THE FERVENCY OF YOUR PRAYER LIFE, YOUR ACTIVE PURSUIT OF GOD. ARE YOU RUNNING THE RACE SET BEFORE YOU OR ARE YOU PARKED ON A BUS BENCH TAKING A TIME OUT?

MOST OF YOU PERHAPS HAVE HEARD OF THE PHRASE “EASY BELIEVISM” OR CALLED “CHEAP GRACE” WHAT ABOUT LAZY CHRISTIANITY, OR HAVE WE BECOME GLUTTONS OF GRACE. DO WE NEED A CRISIS OR A CALAMITY TO RUN TO GOD.

OUCH, DIDN’T SEE THIS DEVOTION GOING THIS WAY, THIS IS ALMOST PAINFUL, I KNOW I HEAR IT ALL THE TIME “OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER” OR “I AM JUST SO BLESSED” BUT DO YOU HAVE A HUNGER FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD,

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (PS 42:1)

JUST THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYING TO YOU RIGHT NOW