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February 28, 2015

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Yesterday’s devotion’s that I posted left me feeling a little incomplete. Like there should have been a bit more, I knew it was part of something a little bigger and I am working on a part II, but let me post an addendum to yesterday’s devotion.

 

 

I have literally seen pastors go to jail for beating a man with a bible, saying that he was demon possessed and the “holy spirit” told them to physically apply the word of God to him, he landed in the hospital with a concussion and some nasty bruising. Turns out during the trial the man was schizophrenic and had been off his medication. Two pastors went to jail.

 

 

Another pastor had a woman disrobe so he could “see” if the mark of satan” was on her, he’s in jail.

 

 

How about pastors holding a man’s head under water in the baptismal tank, they are in jail, (holy ghost water boarding?).

 

 

Look at this month’s CBD catalog, (Christian Books Distributers) I’ve read every book listed in there on spiritual warfare and demonology, not one them is completely biblically accurate. Remember it’s a business and they have to sell books, and authors have to sell books, new and sensational sells better than biblically accurate and true. Having published over 40 different books myself (all text books for colleges and universities, editors put a lot of pressure on writers).

 

 

The best book on spiritual warfare is the bible itself, but the passages on the subject need to be taken in context of the greater portion of the passage and not isolated.

We have personally witnessed a “deliverance” service conducted by a well-known evangelist. Many bizarre things happened at the service. Many of the demons had names, such as the demon of lust, gluttony, worry, gossip, and criticism. One demon was even named after a particular food. (again not biblical).

 

 

The point of yesterday’s devotion was to show the power that Christ has, and the mandate He had in His walk upon earth to show that He had the power to combat demons. It was a historic illustration of His power on earth as the Son of God and not necessarily a prescription that we are to follow without understanding the true nature of what was being done.

Which brings us to the idea of “binding” and “loosing” in the context of scripture.

 

 

Because the words are used in the perfect tense in Greek the idea is what is bound in heaven is bound on earth, what is loosed in heaven is loose on earth. This carries the idea that in knowing the will of God we can only do what has already been done in heaven by God himself. This silly nonsense today of teaching us to bind anything and everything from houses, to mission trips, to neighborhoods is not scripturally accurate. What is bound is already bound by God, what is loosed is already loosed by God. The modern books on this subject are nothing more than tantamount to turning the deliverance movement and it’s accomplices into spiritually bullies and folks uttering complete unscriptural nonsense.

 

 

 

It’s not enough for these folks to have all the riches and blessings of Jesus, they have to put on a show that they have more faith and more blessings than the ordinary Christian. What unmitigated spiritual bullcrap.

 

 

 

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER.

 

 

The riches and fullness and blessings of God are found in us understanding the wealth of the greatest sacrifice made in history, our sinfulness and His great forgiveness. Bask in that, feast on that, dwell on that. The power given unto us is to be found in being thankful and humble. Most deliverance folks are anything but that, strutting peacocks, trying to convince the Christian masses that they are not living up to power they were intended to have, (sounds like we are back in the Garden of Eden).

 

 

WE CANNOT BIND OR LOOSE ANYTHING THAT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN DONE SO IN HEAVEN.

 

 

 

In fact, the contemporary idea of binding and loosing has more in common with the methods related to the casting and removal of spells found in the occult than with anything related to biblical Christianity. Therefore, we as believers must be extremely careful when we adopt practices that are not mandated by the Scriptures.

 

 

 

The next time you see a book on spiritual warfare, or bind and loosing or controlling demons, you are more likely to be buying a book of occult practices and not a scriptural narrative that God gave us in the bible.

 

 

I can hear the argument already, “but Jesus said unless you bind the strongman….” Blah blah blah. Again taken out of context.

 

 

 

 The misinterpretation of this passage in Matthew form the primary basis for the popular “binding” teaching and practice. First, we will consider Matthew 12:29, in which Jesus said, “How can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property unless he first binds the strong man?” Christ made this statement as an illustration in His refutation of the Pharisees’ assertion that Jesus “casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons” (12:24). The Pharisees refused to admit, as many of the people were beginning to suggest, that Jesus was truly the Son of David (12:23), the promised Messiah of God. Therefore, they attributed His power to an alliance with Beelzebul, their only other supernatural alternative in the universe. Christ’s response affirmed His sovereignty over Satan. The illustration pointed out that one would have to control the strong man before his house could be robbed. The logic of Christ’s argument is that Christ was not in league with Satan but was casting out demons by the virtue of His inherent divine power.

 

Ok, that’s part II

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

it’s not halloween

February 27, 2015

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Demon-related material occurs on eleven occasions in the first three Gospels. It is helpful to notice the following breakdown of this material (parallel passages in parentheses). Three general statements about casting out demons: (1) Matthew 4:24: “… they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them” (cf. Mark 3:11; Luke 6:18); (2) Matthew 8:16: “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill” (cf. Mark 1:29–34; Luke 4:38–41); (3) Luke 7:21: “At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He granted sight to many who were blind.”

 

 

 

Eight specific incidents are also described: (1) Mark 1:23–28 (cf. Luke 4:33–37); (2) Matthew 8:28–34 (cf. Mark 5:1–20; Luke 8:26–40); (3) Matthew 15:21–28 (cf. Mark 7:24–30); (4) Matthew 17:14–21 (cf. Luke 8:2); (5) Mark 9:14–29 (cf. Luke 9:37–43); (6) Matthew 12:22 (cf. Luke 11:14); (7) Luke 13:10–17; (8) Matthew. 9:32–34. Two passages cover the disciples and the demonic: (1) Matthew 10:1–16 (cf. Mark 3:13–19; Luke 9:1); and (2) Mark 6:7, 13. One incident of teaching was related to the Pharisees’ accusation that Christ’s power came from Beelzebub (Matt. 12:43–45; cf. Mark 3:22–30; Luke 11:14–26).

 

 

 

In the first section, we see three general statements relating to Jesus’ casting out of demons. In the first incident, many people were bringing the sick and demon possessed to Jesus, and He was healing them and casting out “many demons” (Mark 1:34). The purpose for these events was to demonstrate that Jesus was the Son of God, as some of the demons were testifying (Luke 4:41). This point is consistent with the purpose of the first three Gospels: to demonstrate that Jesus was the Messiah because He had power and authority over the demonic realm.

 

 

 

One reason why this fact is significant goes back to the first prophecy about the Messiah in the Bible, found in Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.” The Messiah would gain victory over Satan, it is always amazing to me how much the New Testament covers Christ in His powerful rule over the demonic world.

 

 

 

One of the most significant observations we can make is that not a single one of these cases reveals someone who came to Jesus in order to be delivered of a demon! Each person was brought by someone else, except for the Gadarene. And in that instance he did not come to Jesus to be delivered, but “he ran up and bowed down,” indicating worship, and asked, “What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” Then he begged Jesus not to torment him. This man clearly was not coming for deliverance. If anything can be inferred from these examples, it is that demon-possessed people do not seek deliverance.

 

 

 

A second observation regards terminology. Never is it said that Jesus or the disciples exorcised a demon. The English exorcism is a transliteration from the Greek exorkizo, which is always used of the magical, ritualistic attempts of unbelievers to remove demons. In the biblical accounts, Jesus and the disciples only “cast out” (ekballo) demons—a vital distinction in methodology. The practices of modern deliverence practitioners, whether extremist or more moderate, have more in common with the exorcists of Jesus’ day than with the disciples.

 

 

 

Hardly the picture we see today of the modern deliverance ministry. As someone who has been involved in ministry with people that have had demonic issues, you don’t want to be afraid, but you better know what you are doing and following the path prescribed by the present day deliverance teachers will only cause you harm and danger to both you and the person seeking help.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for Ronnie that is dealing with menopause and totally surprised at 33 years of age.

 

Pray for Veronica that just got divorced and went a little wild and is now having to repent and pay for it.

 

Dereck, who has been rescued from a cult and lost all his possessions and family over coming to the truth.

 

And Andrew, who just joined SAA (sex addicts anonymous) who was wonderfully blessed that his wife is choosing to stay and battle this problem together.

unfortunate one

February 26, 2015

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TRAINING CHILDREN

  1. God requires parents to train their children in a God-centered way.

Deut. 6:6-7. these commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

  1. The father is primarily responsible for child training. (that’s not a misprint, why do you think satan does all he can to rip apart families.)

Eph. 6:4. Fathers , do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

  1. The chief goal must be to train children in the fear of the Lord.

Eph 6:4.

  1. Do not exasperate them, be unfair to them, or abuse them.

Col. 3:21. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

  1. The father must manage his family well and see that his children obey and respect him.

1 Tim. 3:4. He must manage his own family will and see that his children obey him with proper respect.

  1. Love requires faithful discipline.

Prov. 13:24. He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

Prov. 22:15. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

Prov. 23:13-14. Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Prov. 29:15. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to itself disgraces his mother.

Prov. 29:17. Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

  1. Follow God’s pattern, for he lovingly disciplines us, for our good.

Heb. 12:5-11.

  1. The Lord condemned Eli for being an indulgent parent.

1 Sam. 3:1-18.

1 Sam. 3:13. I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about: his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them.

  1. Train a child in the say he should go.

Prov. 22:6. Train a child in the way he should go, and when his is old he will turn from it.

  1. Unless the Lord build the house. . .

Ps. 127:1-2. Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.

  1. Children are a heritage from the Lord.

Ps. 127:3. Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.

Let me tell you a secret, you can have twins, two kids years apart, read all the parenting books that there are, your only goal is to train them right, and then let them go. They have to make all the mistakes you made, they have to skin their knees, break their hearts (and yours). And no matter how rebellious you can never stop praying for them.

I have two kids, one is a blessing from God and the other is Satan’s spawn. I love them both, pray for them both, but my prayers for them are completely different. For the one I pray for wisdom the other I pray for godliness. Can you guess which kid gets what prayer? My wife and I have quit crying over the choices our one child makes, we no longer wait for phone calls, or even a knock on the door. As the old country song says; “some broken hearts never mend”. They do, but they stay kind of lumpy and beat irregular.

It’s not about parenting mistakes, we would do it all the same way, exactly the same way again. That’s why I make big deal over God being sovereign, I don’t have to understand, or even like what life serves up. It can be a big plate of steaming crap, and if that’s today’s meal you just learn to swallow and still trust and believe.

Let no root of bitterness ever find a place in your heart, your headed in the wrong direction if you get to where you have to forgive God.  Sovereign and in control, it’s like a blind man driving a car, it’s all about confidence.

Trust and obey for there’s no better way to stay happy.

God bless all the parents who have stopped waiting for the phone to ring, God is still at work, as long as your child draws breath there is still hope, and hope springs eternal to the non-bitter saint.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

tears

February 25, 2015

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Since the sovereign God has every atom in the universe precisely timed and controlled for the carrying out of His perfect will, it should not be difficult for us to understand why He is so meticulous in His development of us as His instruments. “Being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will (Eph. 1:11).

 

 

You are one of God’s rough diamonds, and He is going to have to cut you so that you may really shine for Him. It takes a diamond to cut a diamond. You are to be ground and cut, and hurt by other diamonds, by other Christians, by spiritual Christians.

 

 

God sends us such trials as are exactly fitted for us. Our Heavenly Father knows what will best serve us. He serves us by trials and by comforts. Let us remember that our trials are few—our evil ways are many; our worthiness nothing—our comforts great. When God tries us let us consider how we have been trying Him. By grace we will not murmur, but humble ourselves under His mighty hand, and He will exalt us in due time.”

 

 

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you” (1 Pet. 4:12)

 

 

To bear up under trials, we must trust in the sovereign goodness of God in every situation.

  1. God is sovereign over all, even over the evil things people do.

  2. God is good in everything He does.

  3. We must trust the sovereign goodness of God in the midst of our trials.

  4. We must learn to live under the authority of God.

No matter how bad your day, God is in control, “though there be weeping in the night, joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5)

 

God has counted every tear in your life, they are measured as surely as the seas know their boundaries. (GW)

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

walk the walk

February 24, 2015

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Russell Kelso Carter (1849-1928) was a star athlete of a military academy and an excellent student academically, who went on to be a successful teacher and coach. He then spent several years as an ordained Methodist minister, after which he went to medical school. He spent the last of his professional years as a doctor of medicine. Carter was also a musician and songwriter. In 1886, he co-edited Songs of Perfect Love with John Sweney (1837-1899), who wrote the music for such beloved songs as Beulah Land and Fill Me Now. This hymnbook included Carter’s most famous hymn, Standing on the Promises.

 

 

Although Carter was a professed Christian most of his life, it wasn’t until a crisis with his natural heart that he began to understand the reality and power of Bible promises. At age 30, his health was in critical condition and the physicians could do no more for him. Carter turned to God for help and healing.

He knelt and made a promise that healing or no, his life was finally and forever, fully consecrated to the service of the Lord. It was from that moment that the written Word of God became alive to Carter. He began to stand upon the promises of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, and start living a wholesome and sound life, no matter how he felt. Over the course of the next several months his strength returned, and his heart was completely healed! Carter lived another healthy 49 years.

 

The hymn Carter had written several years before his healing miracle became more than words and music to him. Standing on the Promises became an integral part of his life.

 

 

Standing On the Promises

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by loves strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirits sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

 

One of my favorite gospel songs, the highlight of the story to me is Kelso wouldn’t believe God for healing until he was serious about living the walk and talking the talk. To many play fast and loose with their profession of faith and take to lightly the Bible’s admonition to clean up our lives and allow the Holy Spirit to live through us with holiness unto the Lord.

Thus we miss many blessings and many promises are unfulfilled in our lives.

To someone reading this today, this may be the last call, turn your life around, and take seriously your commitment to Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:29-3121st Century King James Version (KJ21)

29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

you hurt we all hurt

February 23, 2015

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We may be discouraged by our personal circumstances, or even in our own churches and denominations. Nevertheless, there can be no doubt that Christ’s “little flock” centered in Jerusalem has now spread into every part of the world. Even in the face of perennial persecution from without and corruption from within, the church is still the kingdom that Christ is building, with himself as the cornerstone.

 

 

 

“Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1 Corinthians 4: 6b-7

 

 

 

For all we have comes from the Father, there is a steadfastness in realizing everything we have and everything we need is given to us by Him; and if we are without something He sustains us.

 

 

There is nothing more nurturing than His Word, the bible and as the Apostle Paul points out, Christ is to be all to us and His Church is to be a reflection of His love, grace and mercy. Does the church fail, yes at times it does, but is you and I in our flawed humanity that fails to reflect Christ adequately.  Not Christ, nor the true Church, like we must forgive one another and sometimes we need to pray for our churches to be the image of Christ, as God intended.

 

 

 

If you are dismayed or disappointed by the church you are attending my I recommend instead of church hopping, (which becomes a disease) stay and try to make things right, pray more for your church, become more active instead of less active. If it’s pastor that is offensive pray to God that things change, God is more interested than you know in that person representing Him in that pulpit, and will move mightily in that person’s life if you pray.

 

 

Well I could turn this subject into a book, so let me stop there.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

terminal

February 22, 2015

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To the young Pastor; hope this helps.

You are counseling someone that is a very ill person.  His life is threatened; in fact, he may not have long to live.  Cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure or some other critical illness is destroying his body.  He feels alone.  Who else has known pain like this?

 

 

Successively, though not necessarily chronologically, he feels denial (“This cannot be happening to me”), anger (“Why me, Lord?”), depression (“There’s and acceptance (“May God’s will be done”). These feelings are not experienced once and then forgotten, but return again and again. They are not abnormal feelings, but are somehow characteristic of those facing the “valley of the shadow.”

What do you say to such a person? How do you respond? A critical illness seems so unique to the sufferer as to resist understanding by another who can’t really know what it’s like. The feeling of being alone in the midst of a trial is very common, here are some hopefully practical ideas to help you with someone in this situation.

  1. Listen! Listen with empathy to the feelings that are shared. Encourage the person to talk.  You may want to probe gently for feelings, some of which lie close to the surface while others may be more deeply submerged.

  1. Pass no judgment on the feelings that are shared, even though they be expressed in anger, self-pity, or bitterness. Just let the caller know that you are hearing him. Don’t appear to be arrogant by saying that you understand the depth of his feelings.  You can’t possibly understand! But, you may tell him that you care.  This can be put into words and also conveyed by the tone of your voice, your gentleness, and your capacity for feeling and identifying. “Think too of all who suffer as if you shared their pain” (Hebrews 13:3, Phillips).

This is no time for you to introduce your own experience of pain and suffering; keep the focus on the inquirer. Good listeners don’t try to match someone’s stories, it’s not time to see who can up with the most points.

  1. Do not try to be a Pollyanna, even a spiritual one. Avoid clichés and platitudes.  Don’t tell the caller to “keep a stiff upper lip,” or to be an example in suffering.

Do not offer false hopes about healing, or tell the individual that all illness is of the devil and if he had sufficient faith he could be healed. God may or may not heal him. These are matters for the Sovereign will.  What we can be sure of is that God will spiritually heal those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.

  1. Don’t discourage any reference he may make about death. This may be a healthy conditioning of the mind for that which is inevitable.  Any references about death can prepare the way for you, as a counselor, to ask if there might be any unfinished business to attend to.  This is why we witness: to help prepare persons for eternity.

You may ask the inquirer, “If you were to die tonight and find yourself at the gates of heaven confronted with the question, ‘On what grounds do you seek admission to God’s heaven?’ what would you say?”

  1. The commitment to Christ should prepare the way to question if he has any other unfinished business, such as relationships (family, friends), financial matters (a will, perhaps), handling of details in regard to the process of dying, death itself, funeral arrangements, disposal of the body, etc. Encourage the inquirer to take care of all these matters, seeking either pastoral or professional advice in the process.

  1. Suggest to the inquirer that he find out if his community has a hospice agency. These agencies specialize in providing reinforcement to the patient whose disease is considered terminal by health care professionals, and to their families.  He may want to contact the local Hospice, Inc., and ask them to describe their services.

  1. Pray for the inquirer that he might have courage and strength to be victorious in pain, committing himself to Him who bore our griefs and our sorrows.

I remember very early in my ministry going to visit an older pastor who was dying a most horrible death, I was outside his room praying that I would bless him, instead I left there blessed by him. I realized (luckily and early) in ministry to not count myself as important in the equation of the eternal questions and fears of those who stand on the portals of eternity.

God bless and I hope this helps.  From scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

NO HOARDING

February 21, 2015

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NO HOARDING

As practiced every day, learning the discipline of prayer and devotion it is incumbent upon you to leave the place of prayer determined to share the good of your quiet time with somebody during the day. This may be done in a variety of ways: through conversation with God’s people, through personal evangelism, through writing, blogging and so on. Not to use what the Lord has given you is merely to acquire knowledge that puffs up (1 Cor. 8:1). As was seen in the wilderness, the Israelites who hoarded the manna found that it bred worms (Exod. 16:20).

 

 

 

When God blesses you daily like the manna you must give away that blessing every day, if the vessel doesn’t become empty how can God fill you fresh and anew each day.

 

 

 

The complaint that some Christians experience of being stagnant or dull is what we could call the “Prepper Christian” like the modern survivalist/prepper of today you are hoarding what God gave you like it can be stored up and saved for the big bang, the emergency crisis that might happen on day soon. Fearing some spiritual holocaust you miserly keep every good and precious thing that you’ve gleaned from your personal spiritual journey to “have it ready” for the big crisis.

 

 

 

Surprise, you’re really just a dry husk of a Christian, there is no spiritual hoarding, there is only being poured out each day like water from a glass. Spiritual evaporation is what happens to those who choose not to share their blessings.

 

 

 

 Paul’s call for continuance in the Word must be matched, with obedience to the Word of God. Paul stresses that “the Holy Scriptures … are able to make [us] wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (v. 15). Scripture only affects the life when it is coupled with the obedience of faith. The writer to the Hebrews speaks of those who never entered fully into the covenant blessing of God because the Word was not “mixed with faith” (Heb. 4:2). There is no substitute for faith-obedience and good works done for the Glory of God.

 

 

 

Share your blessings, be bold, to those that are timid and shy start with passing out small bibles or buy little God bless you notes and leave them with every tip at your restaurant. Pray for boldness, share your faith with people you don’t know, it’s sometimes easier than trying to witness to people you do know.

 

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Not the end of the world

February 20, 2015

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God Has Motives in Disciplining or Chastening:

  1. He wants to lead us to repentance. “Yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us” (2 Corinthians 7:9, NIV)

  2. He wants to restore us to fellowship. “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” (1 John 1:3, KJV).

  3. He wants to make us more faithful. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2, NIV).

  1. He wants to keep us humble. “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9, NIV).

  2. He wants to teach us spiritual discernment. “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31, 32, NIV).

  3. He wants to prepare us for more effective service. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58, KJV).

 

THE FLIP SIDE

  1. Encouragement, sounds strange but be glad that the Lord has His disciplining hand upon you. By chastening or disciplining, God is not discarding His child or disowning him, but rather:

  2. He is confirming His love for you. (“Whom He loveth, He chasteneth.”)

  3. He is confirming His relationship to you. “If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons” (Hebrews 12:8, NIV).

  4. He wants you to respond in obedience and faithfulness to Him. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word: (Psalm 119:67, NIV).

  5. Open up to the Lord in the manner of the Psalmist: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24, NIV).

Why do you feel that you are being chastened or disciplined?

Do you feel that there is some disobedience or sin in your life that God is dealing with?

  1. In no way minimize the sin or disobedience the you are ready to admit. This is the basis on which you can ask yourself if you are truly ready to repent, confess, and be restored to fellowship.

  1. Encourage yourself to start and continue a daily devotional experience with God through reading His Word and praying.

  1. Seek God’s direction in discovering His purpose for your life. From chastening, one goes on to obedience and blessing which lead to opportunities to live for and serve Christ.

  2. Find a good church where you can find a biblically oriented fellowship. Christian friends help to make us stronger!

  3. Pray and believe for complete restoration and renewal.

It’s not the end of the world when you are mature enough or convicted enough that you want to, need to change your life. Those first steps of change are difficult, and many fearing to fail again stay bound in harmful patterns that disrupt fellowship with God and lead to self-destruction. But because God loves you and you belong to Him, He will seek you out and bring about a change in your life. How painful that moment is depends on how stubborn and proud you are.

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Pray for Marvin that is battling pancreatic cancer

Betty who has struggled with her weight for so long and wanting to be encouraged to stop binging.

Sara, who is 14, and just found out she has a STD and is afraid to talk to her parents about both her sexuality but also about the pressure she is under to have sex.

And for Bobby, she seriously depressed and acting out, she wants to start counseling again and start taking her medication on a regular basis.

Thank you for all of you who pray for these requests and let us know about your commitment to praying, God bless.

And thank you all that keep sending such kind words of encouragement and prayer.

Eternal Glory

February 19, 2015

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Multitudes have suffered and died, and multitudes continue to suffer, without knowing the reason why. The Bible says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is God’s promise that He will place a limit upon the severity of the trial and that He will give us sufficient strength to bear up under it.

 

 

 

We may suffer long, we may suffer hard, but we are promised not to be crushed. While in the military I had many friends that had been P.O.W.’s in Vietnam, many of them were Christians, the stories they told of the horrors of what was done to them paled to the glories of the God they saw each and every day. I’ve had two friends that were P.O.W.’s with the Japanese, again the things that God did to keep them and bless them was truly amazing.

 

 

 

We are to be comforted with the assurance that our Lord has a good and wise purpose to be served through our afflictions. Exactly what His purpose is in sending trials into our lives we may not know at this present time. Nor do I know if God will ever reveal His purpose to us in this life. The Lord said, “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter” (John 13:7). I do not want these words of our Lord to be lost on me as they were lost on Peter. One day we will understand that which for the present is hidden from us. We can afford to wait. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then, face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

 

 

 

I want to encourage especially those who suffer with whatever form of mental illness you wrestle with. Take your medication, go to counseling, accept love from others, realize the grace that can be given in hope of that glad day when we are with our Savior and we will be whole.

 

 

 

Psalm 119:75 “I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness has afflicted me”. Here we have a clear testimony, given by divine inspiration, that God in righteousness sent affliction into David’s life and experience. You are right we don’t have to like it, but believing in a Sovereign, Righteous and Just God, may be our only anchor to sanity.

 

 

 

David testified that affliction was a learning experience for him. He wrote, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” (v. 71). Suffering is a required course in God’s school, and it should be a great learning place for every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our trial has been for me an enriching experience. It has taught me some valuable lessons.

It’s a tough school, graduation can seem a long way off, but believing that this affliction brings us closer to God is one of the most important lessons we can learn and learning it early keeps us from the wicked root of bitterness.

 

 

 

David testified how his affliction benefited him spiritually. “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word” (v. 67). One of the proverbs reminds us that “whom the Lord loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3:12). The New Testament adds witness to this fact with the words, “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6).

 

 

 

Every afflicted Christian should bow to the absolute sovereignty of God and surrender to Him the right to do what He chooses to do, whenever He chooses to do it, in any way He chooses to do it, for any purpose He wants to accomplish, and to use any person He chooses.

 

 

 

He Maketh No Mistake

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad I know
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way.

Though night be dark and it may seem
That day will never break,
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.

There’s so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight’s far too dim;
But come what may, I’ll surely trust
And leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He’ll make;
Through all the way, though dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

 

Poem by A. M. Overton

 

 

God bless the suffering, they see a side of God many will never see, and they will be touched in a way some will never experience.

 

 

 

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