The Real Hunger Games

January 31, 2014

When we create the time and space for God’s Spirit to break through occasionally something rises up—a yearning toward God, an increase in seeking wanting more.

It’s a good thing to hunger and yearn after God.

It is always possible to know God better than we do. Paul prays for the Ephesian church that God “may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Eph 1:17). We need to press on. Having a quiet time is an essential way to do that.

When I question myself about knowing God I honestly have to ask if I have pondered that thought lately or was in only in the fresh bloom of new salvation.

“I want to know Him better”

Hopefully you all ask that more frequently than I do.

We ask God for many things.

Even when I have an encounter with God and actively and consciously pursue him, knowledge of him can elude me. Then most of us stumble and we seek an experience rather than a relationship. We do that between ourselves and our loved ones, how could we not do the same with God?

Here’s praying we humbly seek to know Him better.

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Prayer requests today were so many that can’t all be listed but they are shared and prayed for. Always have hope.

 

Christian Boogers

January 30, 2014

I don’t know anyone who has never picked their nose, go on admit it. And once in a while you get that booger that just won’t go away. It just sticks there, can’t shake it, and can’t seem to rub it off, it just won’t go away. 

It’s just like sin…..

I don’t know who said this first, but it’s been a saying that I have heard for over 40 years. “Sin will take you faster, and farther down the slide to hell quicker than you ever imagined.”

Another version is; “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.” 

Sin never delivers what it promises; Heb 11:25

Sin, When Given Occasion, Will Always Progress Into Further Evil – Psalm 1:1.

When sin allures us: We often don’t consider the bondage it causes!  Prov. 3:29-35

1.     Choosing Sin Will Cost You:

1.     Your soul – Rom. 6:23; Lk. 12:20-21 (4-5); Matt. 16:26.

2.     God’s fellowship – 2 John 9.

3.     Peace of mind, peace w/ man & w/ God -cf. Phil. 4:6-7 (alienation, Col. 1:21).

4.     Your dignity & honor – Eph. 5:12.

5.     Heaven – Rev. 21:7-8, 27.

We have another choice; Instead, Pay The Price Of Discipleship – Lk. 14:26-33 (Devotion, sacrifice, separation & holiness).

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or maybe i should say boogerslikeus

 

 

 

caught

January 29, 2014

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who remain, will be snatched away at the same time together with them in the clouds for a meeting with the Lord in the air, and thus we will be together with the Lord always. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

 

First, the Lord himself shall descend. This is qualified by three attendant circumstances each introduced with the same preposition in the original: a command, an archangel’s voice, and a trumpet blast. Second, the dead in Christ shall rise first. The word rise denotes the resurrection of the body, and not “rising” into the air. Likewise first, means that this resurrection occurs before the Rapture. Verse 17 indicates the third item in order; “then” means the next thing in order after their resurrection. We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. It is important to note that the whole church, including those who have died prior to this event, as well as those who are still alive, is caught up together. There is no advantage either way. It is from the word caught up (Gr harpazō) in the Latin translation we get our word “rapture.” The word in the original means “snatch,” or “seize,” and denotes a sudden violent taking away. The word pictures being “swept off” into the air as by a tornado. The result of this sweeping away, of course, is that we meet the Lord. Paul points out that these words are to be used by the Thessalonians to comfort one another concerning the welfare of their loved ones who have passed on. They will be reunited at His Coming!

The comfort of knowing He is coming back for us.

Keep Chris’s day in your prayers, pray for John and his battle with cancer, Paul for his grief of the loss of his wife, Richard and the beginning of dementia, and for me and the arthritis pain in my neck.

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Christ has such power that he reigns over even those who are averse to his authority and refuse to obey him. Psalm 2:9 implies that the beauty and glory of the kingdom David speaks of here are obvious when people willingly run to Christ in the day of his power and show themselves as his obedient subjects. But the greater number of people will rise up against this king with a violence that spurns all restraint. So the psalmist states here that this king will prove himself superior to all such opposition. John Calvin.

If not one single person in the world worshipped God he would still be The Almighty, Always Holy, The Great I Am.

Since the character and nature of God never changes it is important for every story you hear or read about to be judged as rather it is scriptural. I find it very disturbing that people are so quick to report miracles and fantastic stories as though they are anxious to prove God is better than He really is. They almost are never first hand, or if they are they just plain don’t match what the Word of God says.

Nowhere is this truer than in the realm of Spiritual Warfare. Let me give you one example, laying on hands to cast out demons. There is no scriptural support of laying on hands to cast out demons. Jesus never did, nor the Apostle Paul. Laying on of hands is for a blessing.

Doesn’t matter what author, tv Christian talking head does, if it is not found in scripture, don’t do it.

The old saying ‘practice what you preach’ should be scratched from our vocabulary and we need to come up with a new one, or the old one; “show me chapter and verse”.

If you can’t match an experience to Scripture it is a false practice, and or false teaching.

The Word, read it like you own it. (I’m still working on a catch phrase)

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no free pass

January 27, 2014

The Scripture says there is a certain class of people who “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Now, I will give you the Scripture; it is a good deal better to just give the Scripture for these things, and then if you do not like it you can quarrel with Scripture, and not with me. Let no man say that I have been saying who is going to heaven and who is not; I will let the Scripture speak for itself: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” 1 Cor. 6:9.

There is a great lesson here, don’t argue with people who disagree with you about the truths of the bible. Know your bible well enough to give them a scripture to look at and then just like fishing, catch and release. Let the Holy Spirit deal with them.

If you can find a used copy of “The Open Bible” I heartily recommend it. I say used as they can be ridiculously expensive, or a Thompson Chain reference Bible. Both are great bibles to learn your way through the great topics of the bible. Armed with just one of either of these bibles you can pretty much answer any question ever asked.

Trust the Word of God to do its work in people.

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If we are to grow spiritually, we must be able to discern how we avoid God. One o pattern of avoidance is the “just a minute” syndrome. When I sit down to read Scripture, my eye will catch a magazine article that I want to read. I put down my Bible, telling myself I’ll get back to the Scriptures in just a couple of minutes. But somehow I never do. Another pattern is the “I’m too busy” syndrome. Initially, my excuse is that there is too much to do today, and I’ll get to it tomorrow. But “tomorrow” turns out to be a couple of weeks.

A.W. Tozer observed that “contemporary Christians have been caught in the spurious logic that those who have found him need no longer seek him.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The paradox of the Christian faith is that those who know him are those who seek him. Tozer writes, “Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.

You must have a plan, read any book on warfare, the art of war, chess strategy, Clausewitz on war, all great battles have a plan. Yes you can adopt someone else’s plan, but it really helps if you come up with one of your own.

I will make one promise to you, and this is bullet proof, the deeper you go into to God, the more of a spiritual hunger and thirst you will develop. Some people complain they don’t have the drive, or the ‘want to’ this is one area where only by developing the discipline will you get the reward.

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Pray for Ethan who feels like he has lost his way.

 

end defiance

January 25, 2014

Worldliness manifests itself through pride and defiance of God. This is the very sin that brought Satan down, and it is the root of all sin (Isa. 14:13–14). Babylon typified this sin in the ancient world. Isaiah 47 gives a clear picture of how the Babylonians exalted themselves as the queen of the kingdoms (vv. 5, 7). In their arrogance, they believed they could provide financial and military security for their people (vv. 8–9). This pride also produced an alternate religious system, (vv. 9, 12–15) somewhat like the contemporary religions of today that are not really new, just a rehash of something old, but given a new spin, usually promoted by someone wildly popular but clueless.

Any government that thinks it can protect you and make you secure is promoting a lie. All our gifts are spiritual, including finances and security. God is both our rock, our fortress and our every blessing.

When governments leave God out of their plan that nation will fall. The people become slaves by being dependent on the government to provide everything. You know your country is in trouble when spiritual dialogue is curtailed.

I know this saying gets tossed around a lot but it’s still true, Freedom isn’t free, someone paid for it.

God gave us the most freedom of all.

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It has been a matter of over-emphasis on the Body, hence a neglect of the Head.

The Scripture insists upon growing correctly in order to gather correctly. Church services that emphasize worship over the Word, will always create an unbalanced church and an immature believer.

The key to identification and growth—the Cross for the old man.

Evan Hopkins’ The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, Maxwell’s Born Crucified and Huegells Bone of His Bone, Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life are a few great books I recommend everyone who wants to grow aright read.

 Believers have discovered that they need not try to conquer, or change, or eradicate the “old man,” but that it may be freely exchanged for the “new man,” the “not I, but Christ” life. They are finding that spiritual growth is not a matter of work, keeping the law, etc., but that it is a rest of faith in the finished work of the Cross—a reckoning upon that which God has already accomplished in Christ on their behalf.

The “how” of this growth is not that of struggle but of counting upon their crucifixion and ascension with Christ, beholding Him in the Word as their Life, and walking in dependence upon the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:6; 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:16).

Just as we count on our salvation by faith, we need to practice the same walk of faith in counting or reckoning our crucifixion. The struggle is over if for each temptation we counter it we our being dead to sin and alive to Christ.

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the new truth

January 23, 2014

Every born-again believer can certainly thank God for Martin Luther (1483–1546), the obscure monk whom He laid His hand on nearly 500 years ago. It was through Brother Martin that our Father brought to light again the life-giving truth of justification by faith alone. “As it is written, the just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17).

But now the church seems stuck, teaching about spiritual rebirth; but nothing about truth about Growing, resulting in ritualism, legalism, lack of assurance, plus a large element of the Charismatic, as well as Liberalism. In general, the Reformation-oriented Reformed (Covenant) Churches, with birth truth but little or no growth truth, also reflect this imbalance in the unscriptural application of “the law as the rule of life” for the believer.

That the old Adamic man was crucified on the Cross,not seeing the end of our history in Adam through our identification with Christ in His death on the Cross; thus freeing us from the power of sin, the grip of the law, and the old Adam creation, and setting us at liberty on resurrection and ascension ground above, in Christ Jesus.

We have been crucified with Christ, the old man is dead. There is no more ‘white dog’ or ‘black dog’ myth. Our sole practice today is to realize we are new creations.

The greatest truth needed taught today are the truths of identification and growth.

More to follow tomorrow.

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Pillsbury

January 22, 2014

Bread is so vital a commodity that it should leave its mark on language and in symbolism. From earliest times the word ‘bread’ was used for food in general (Gn. 3:19 and Pr. 6:8, where Heb. has ‘bread’). Since it was the staple article of diet, it was called ‘staff’ of bread (Lv. 26:26), which is probably the origin of our phrase ‘staff of life’. Those who were responsible for bread were important officials, as in Egypt (Gn. 40:1), and in Assyria a chief baker is honored with a special name that being “the baker” as an honorarium.  Bread was early used in sacred meals (Gn. 14:18), and loaves were included in certain offerings (Lv. 21:6, etc.). Above all, it had a special place in the sanctuary as the ‘bread of the Presence’. The manna was later referred to as ‘heavenly bread’ (see Ps. 105:40). Our Lord referred to himself as the ‘bread of God’ and as the ‘bread of life’ (Jn. 6:33, 35), and he chose the bread of the Passover to be the symbolic memorial of his broken body.

Type in the word ‘manna’ or bread into Google and you could spend the rest of your life just reading about bread or ministries who have the term “manna” in their title.

We don’t make money we make ‘bread’, don’t even get me started on dough. It just keeps going on. One of the greatest ‘soft rock’ bands with more top Billboard hits, you got it; “Bread”, with one of the best albums named ‘Manna’.

I have to stop there or I’ll just start doing bread puns.

The bread of Life, one of the oldest devotionals, “Our Daily Bread”.

Break bread with someone you love in the community of God.

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