This Ground

December 4, 2018

  “Ye have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

  When we rely upon and cater to the old man, that ground produces “the works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:19–21). But as we abide in the risen Lord Jesus, that new ground of our position, His life will be manifested in “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22, 23).

 God’s Word declares that we are ‘dead indeed unto sin,’ but nowhere does it say that we are dead in ourselves. We shall look in vain within to find death there. We have died to sin; not in ourselves, but ‘in Christ,’ and our death with Him is as sure as His death, and since we died with Him it is impossible for His death to be certain and ours uncertain.

 We were crucified with Him because we were in Him (Gal. 2:20). We are raised in Him (Eph. 2:6); we are complete in Him (Col. 2:10); we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Him (Eph. 1:3); the entire work regarding us is not done in us but in the Lord Jesus—the Father has done all in His Son. If you stand on the ground of what the Lord Jesus is (abide), you will find in your growth that all that is true of Him is becoming true of you; but if you remain on the ground of what you are in yourself, you will find that all that is true of the old man is true of you in life and walk.

The purpose of Paul, in Romans Six, is to show how completely the believer is identified with the Lord Jesus when ‘He died unto sin.’ To enter fully into the meaning of that death is to see that He has emancipated us from any further dealings with our old master, sin. The believer is privileged thus to take his position in the risen Lord Jesus, who is now ‘alive unto God.’ From that ground he is henceforth to regard sin.

  “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free” (Gal. 5:1).

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We have a really long prayer list today

Pray Andrea and Todd, finances

Karey P, salvation

Olivia, lyme’s disease, this can be as bad as any cancer

Richard Perales, SR and Jr. salvation

Stan R, stomach cancer

Sherrie, our prodigal girl

Paul C our prodigal guy

Mel L, Parkinson

Charmaine, alcoholism

Randy H, finances

Terry K, sever arthritis

Larry D, dementia

Sally H, burn out, emotionally, mentally, everyway

Jeff H, newly married and found out he has an STD, wife is denying anything

Virginia Mc. Wants to go home to Jesus.

Matt W, severe upper respiratory infection

Whew. Forgive me if I forgot any one.

Stay my soul on Him

November 30, 2018

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“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18). For the last two months, I’ve been really trying to live up to this verse, easy in theory, tougher in reality.

  Relief from pressure may seem merciful, but support in the pressure produces growth and maturity.

There is a greater blessing for us than relief; there is the Father’s support, for it imparts to you an acquaintance with Himself which relief does not. Relief makes one more satisfied with things here. I have known some who could tell you of a long list of mercies, most touching, truly proof of the tenderness of God.

Thank God, we all know something of His tenderness. But then there is a greater blessing, namely, that He does not remove the pressure, but raises you above it, so that, though you are not relieved, you are better off than if you were merely relieved, because you know His heart who supports you in the pressure. You have made a deep acquaintance with your Father, and your heart is more attached to Him.

 It is not getting away from our circumstances, our environment, our associations, that we need, but the need for our Lord Jesus’ likeness where we are. The Father placed us there, permitted the trials for a purpose, and He stands ready to bring us out into a life of liberty, if we will stand with Him in trust and endurance while He works it out.”

Have you asked to be made like your Lord; that it might be ‘not I, but Christ’? Have you longed for the fruit of the Spirit, and have you prayed for patience and love? Then fear not the stormy tempest that is at this moment sweeping through your life. A blessing is in the storm, and there will be a rich blessing in the ‘afterward.’

  “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).

Steady on, stay the course, there are plenty of slogans of that ilk, but they pale to the bible verses God lays in our heart in the darkest hour of the soul.

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Pray for Richard Perales, dad and son, great changes have come into their lives, pray the see the hand of God.

Pray for Karey P, that she sees the need for salvation and that Jesus is the only way.

Pray for Xonia, recovering from a hernia surgery. She’s doing better than anyone expected.

Pray for Steve L, dealing with his mom’s downward spiral.

Pray for all the families we know that have been touched by dementia.

Confession

November 18, 2018

Ok, I’m going to perhaps stir up some controversy with this devotion. But hey that’s ok, remember the devotion about the long list and the short list. The short list is the stuff we will fight and die over, the long list is the bible stuff that a lot depends on your theology.

So, you don’t buy everything in the grocery store, just the items you need or like.

This devotion is like that.

Kingdom principles, which include that Jesus is the Lord of the earth, and the Lord’s prayer is a kingdom prayer. Versus, the theology that the Lord will not be Lord of the earth until his Millennial Reign, the Lord’s pray also fits in that scheme. But the Jews rejected their Messiah and his Kingdom and therefore contrary to a lot of the confess and claim it guys or the “aw shucks” we’ve always done it this way, or the Kingdom is now people.

I’m going against the grain.

When you became a Christian, God, through us accepting His Son, Jesus and all the redemptive work by the Cross. He (God) forgave us all our sins upon our conversion, past, present and future. Therefore, the Saved, Born Again, Evangelical, Bible Believing Christian never have to pray for forgiveness ever again.

To do so is to deny the work of Christ on the Cross, his death and resurrection and the forgiveness for ALL our sins.

So when Christians’ sin, (and we will sin) we don’t ask for forgiveness, we confess our sins and accept the forgiveness that was already given.

Sin, confession, repentance, not sin, ask for forgiveness. Because all was forgiven.

NO, this is not a free pass for the Christian to just sin and go on their merry way.

So, before you reject this traditional, habitual asking of forgiveness, think about this.

Jesus died for all your sins, you asking him to save you, covers all your sins. Asking for forgiveness means you doubt his work upon the cross and your salvation.

Confession means acceptance of forgiveness and the recognition of your Lord, and King, and all He did for you.

So yes, this is a Dispensationalist theology, some may have a problem with that theology. Although I know a great deal of Baptists out there preach the same thing.

But hey, it’s okay, short list versus long list.

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Questions, comments, prayer requests to the email address please.

 Pray for Dave H, needs employment

Pray for Dave I, prostate problems.

Remember Gwen in your prayers, financial problems.

Learning to Lean

November 14, 2018

  “(God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6)

  We are to settle down to live and grow precisely where we have been re-born: in Christ Jesus above.

Do we not often harbor the thought that something yet remains to be done—either by ourselves or by Him—in order to our drawing near? Do we not often thus become occupied with the circumstantials of worship rather than with the Lord Jesus—the substance? Are we not often false to Him in questioning our title to draw near, because we find distance in our own hearts, as if it was the warmth of our affections, instead of the Blood of the Lord Jesus, which brought us near?

Our being perfectly cleansed by the Blood of the Lord Jesus, the Holiest of All is our place before the Father, and it is so simply upon the ground of what His sacrifice has effected. Our dwelling place is in the light, not by reason of our subjective condition, but because the Lord Jesus has made the position ours by the putting away of our sins, and by bringing us to the Father.

The heart must enter into something more than the look behind into those waters of judgment, out of which the Lord Jesus rose, having left our sins, and death, and judgment forever! Such a joy would never carry us through the desert where faith and patience are tried and tested every day. It needs that the heart be carried into the glory of Canaan beyond; in the present sense of peace with the Father, and the consciousness of standing in His present favor—the favor that is better than life.

  “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the Blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil” (Heb. 10:19, 20).

I’m taking this verse out of context; “we wrestle not…..” you get the idea right?

A heart peace, a heart rest, a heart haven, may our hearts be full.

Enter into his rest.

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Pray for Ernst, he is going deaf at 56, the doctor gives him a year left to have any hearing.

Pray for Virginia, this once bright saint, has grown bitter with slowness of death, why hasn’t the Lord taken her home. We could write a book on this topic, suffice it to say she has one more test. This is the last straining out of the dross. I pray she learns quickly and passes into peace first and then the final rest.

break me, mold me

November 13, 2018

  “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Pet. 5:5).

  Humility is the hallmark of the servant resting in, and sent from, the Father’s presence.

  There is a sense in which God’s true servant is always a defeated man. The one who drives on with a sense of his own importance, who is unwilling to appreciate the worthlessness of his own best efforts and is always seeking to justify himself—that one will not be meek, and so will lack the essential enablement by which God’s work must be accomplished. Our brokenness must not be feigned; we must not be content with the mere language and appearance of humility. We, too, must be as conscious of Divine mercy in our being recovered for God’s service as we are of the original mercy which drew us from the dark waters of death.

 Humility is quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or irritated or disappointed. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have my blessed home in the Lord Jesus, where I can go in and shut the door and be with my Father in secret, and be at peace when all outside is trouble.

  “The Father may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.”

  “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6).

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Pray for those that suffer chronic pain

Keep praying for Richard Perales, it seems like the prodigal may be returning

the yielded life

November 10, 2018

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“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous” (Heb. 12:11a).

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].(Amplified version)

  You will be prepared, but never pierced, by the nail-pierced Hand.

  “Sufferings are for chastening (child-training). And chastening is from love, a token of our Father’s care. We live in a world full of trial and suffering. Many of the Lord’s people have complained that their circumstances were too unfavorable for a life of full devotion, of close fellowship with Him, or pressing on to maturity. The duties and difficulties, the cares and troubles of life, render it practically impossible, they say, to live a fully consecrated life.

  “Would God that they might learn the lesson of His Word! Every trial comes from the Father as a call to come away from the world to Him, to trust Him, to believe in His love. In every trial He will give strength and blessing. Let but this truth be accepted, in each trial, small or great; first of all and at once, recognize the Father’s hand in it. Say at once, I welcome it from Him; my first care is to glorify my Father—He will use it all for my good.”

Do not be afraid of the Father’s training school. He both knows His scholars, as to what they are, and He knows for what service they are to be fitted. A jeweler will take more pains over a gem than over a piece of glass; but the one he takes most pains over is longest under discipline and most severely dealt with. Once finished, however, the burnish never tarnishes, the brightness never dims. So with us. If we are placed, at times, as in a furnace, it is not merely for earthly service, but for eternity. May you so appreciate the plans of your Father that you can triumphantly glory in the love that subjects you to such discipline, though the trial itself be sharp and to the flesh hard to bear.

  “Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are exercised by it” (Heb. 12:11b).

Bow the knee

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Keep praying for Richard Perales, his said that since we started praying for him, he’s completely changed, he’s polite, helping around the house, he even apologized to her, which has never happened before.

THE BATTLE

October 24, 2018

  “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works” (Heb. 4:10).

Any time there is effort involved in the matter of resisting sin, we can be sure that we are depending to some extent upon the flesh, instead of resting in the finished work of the Cross.

The question is ‘How are we to meet sin?’ ‘Reckon yourselves dead unto sin.’ The moment that you begin to fight with it—no matter how resolutely you may struggle against it—that moment you begin to experience sin as your master. For it is then that we forsake our true position, which is one of freedom from sin as a master.

Let it be remembered we are to fight ‘the good fight of faith,’ which consists of resting in our position of freedom, and not in obtaining that position. We are to fight not for it, but from it. He alone has obtained it. It is our Father’s free gift. Let us be fully abiding in the One who is Life, and sin when it acts, will find us dead to it.

Calvary is the secret of it all. It is what the Lord Jesus did there that counts, and what He did becomes a growing force in the life of the believer when it is seen, and rested in by faith. This is the starting point from which all godly living must take rise. We shall never know the fact of the Lord Jesus’ victory in our lives until we are prepared to count upon His work on the Cross as the source of our personal freedom from the dominion of sin and the old man within. There is no liberty for us that was not first His. The beginning of spiritual growth is faith in that fact

  “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty with which Christ hath made us free” (Gal. 5:1).

What a blessing to those that learn the battle is over, by faith you are born again and by faith you win over sin by believing in your death. Some will tell you the battle is in the heart, but in truth it is a battle for your mind. Every time you sin, be honest about what you were thinking, when we look away from the Lord, we open the door to look at the temptation.

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Please remember Susan in your prayers, the funeral for her husband is over and in about ten days, (average) the well wishers will be less, the house more empty and the grief process turns to a new stage.

KNOWING HIM

October 19, 2018

  “That. . . the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Christ)” (Eph. 1:17).

  The object of the Christian life is that we may center in the Object of the Father—His Beloved Son.

If we go on with the Father, sweet as is the assurance that we belong to Him, yet the uppermost thought will in the long run be Himself. We shall come back to His Person. We shall in our praises weave with them what the Lord Jesus has done, suffered, and won for us; but the primary thought in our hearts is, not what we have gained, however true, but what He has been for us and what He is for us, yes, what He is in Himself.

There is usually only occupation with the Lord Jesus for the relief of the conscience, and if so, where does it stop? It stops when the relief is gained. But if He is the object of the heart, you will never be satisfied but in fellowship with Him where He is.

I know of no arguments, and I am acquainted with no power, that will move the heart to devotedness except the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Himself and His love. It is possible to read books by the score, and to listen to the most faithful and blessed ministry for years on end, and yet never know the Lord Jesus as a present loving Object in heavenly glory. It is nigh impossible to see and know Him there by faith without a resulting intense desire to be wholly devoted to Him here.

We have a new Person before us as the Object of our faith and affections; and as we drop ourselves and have the Lord Jesus as our Object, He is formed in us. What has been judicially accomplished at the Cross has its fruition by the Spirit in our souls, and it is by that principle that we grow.

  “For it pleased the Father that in Him (Christ) should all fullness dwell” (Col. 1:19).

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Pray for Chris R, 22 years old and charged with vehicular manslaughter. DUI while driving at 9am in the morning. His parents are Christians and Chris was raised in church. At 15 he got involved in drugs and drinking. When his parents prayed; “Lord whatever it takes” they never imagined this.

HUSBANDS AND WIVES

October 16, 2018

Well, this is really part three with some stuff in between. After the topic of tithing, this seems to be the next most volatile sermon I can preach. I’ve never got death threats from this topic, but I do get some interesting comments from husbands and especially the wives. The fact that it’s biblical doesn’t seem to matter to some folks, “I’m still messing with their marriage”.

Submission is valid for all times and cultures because it is fitting in the Lord.

In God’s original creation, the man and woman together were to reflect God’s image which, in part, involves the voluntary submission of the Son to the Father in order to carry out the divine plan of salvation. Though the Son is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father, Jesus submitted Himself to the cross so that Satan’s dominion would be broken. The husband and wife are to relate to one another as the Father and Son relate to each other. The wife, though equal with her husband, submits to him to reflect God’s image and His relation with Christ the Son and our relation to Christ our Savior.

Paul develops this theme in Ephesians 5 where he states that Christian marriage is a picture of Christ and the church. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so wives ought to be to their husbands (Eph. 5:24). Why? Because through Christ and the church, which Paul calls the new man, created in God’s image (Eph. 2:15; 4:24; Col. 3:10), God is recovering what was lost in the fall of the first creation. Christian marriage, as the unit of the church, is to reflect God’s image through the sacrificial love of the husband for his wife and the voluntary submission of the wife to her husband in a context of equality as they exercise dominion over God’s enemy.

One way that an enemy can defeat its foe is to instill discontent and insurrection among the ranks. If you can get the enlisted men complaining about their lot, fighting against the officers, and trying to grab authority, you’ve just about won the war. That’s why Satan first approached Eve, not Adam, and got her to usurp his authority. Today his strategy is the same: to promise greater happiness to wives if they will get out from under their husbands’ authority. Many Christian wives do not realize that we are engaged in combat against the unseen forces of darkness in heavenly places and that Christian marriage is to reflect the relationship between Christ and the church. So they cast off the idea of authority in marriage—and play right into Satan’s hand!

So the principle of the headship of the husband and the submission of the wife is not cultural. In creation God’s order was to create the man first and then to create Eve as his helper. At the fall, the authority of the husband, which the wife had usurped, was specifically decreed (Gen. 3:16). Paul’s analogy of Christ and the church is the basis of his appeal for the proper order in marriage. Thus it is fitting in the Lord for the wife to submit herself to her husband to uphold God’s purpose for creating human beings, namely, to reflect His image and to crush Satan’s dominion. It’s not up for grabs if a culture believes differently.

Beyond the theological reasons, I believe there are other reasons to follow the biblically ordained roles for husbands and wives. God has made us as male and female with distinctive strengths, weaknesses, and needs. When each partner dies to his or her pursuit for self-fulfillment and lives in obedience to God to fulfill the needs of his or her mate, both partners are fulfilled. A godly, loving husband provides protection and support, both financially and emotionally, for his wife, which she lacks if she is independent of him.

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Pray for Richard C, 91 years old, he came to Jesus late in life. (60’s) because of a Gideon bible in his hotel room. Doesn’t go to church (never has) he feels that reading his bible 2 hours a day is more than enough. We finally got him enrolled in a online bible study and I’m hoping as he “chats” online he will feel the need for personal fellowship. Although at his age he’s pretty set in his ways.

Pray for Betty K, she will bury her husband of 56 years this Wednesday, no kids and a very small circle of friends. She also is sporadic in church attendance, I’m hoping we can help fill the void.

Pray for Kyle, a church worship leader that does coke, I don’t even know where to begin with this prayer request. His pastor won’t make him step down because Kyle is semi famous. So pray for the pastor, the church and Kyle.

NIV, for better or worse?

October 14, 2018

The NIV has totally omitted seventeen verses. In it, you no longer read Matthew

17:21; 18:11; 23:14; Mark 7:16; 9:44,46; 11:26; 15:28; Luke 17:36; 23:17; John

5:4; Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29; Romans 16:24; or I John 5:7. These verses deal with doctrines of great importance: the doctrine of the Trinity (I John 5:7); the

doctrine of hell (Mark 9:44,46); the doctrine of salvation (Matthew 18:11; Mark

15:28; Acts 8:37); the doctrine of prayer (Matthew 17:21). Other passages remain in the NIV, but the marginal notes discredit them. These notes reveal that the NIV translators would have preferred to leave out Mark 16:9-20 and John 7:53-8:11.

That’s an additional 24 verses. Why would someone want to remove these passages? Who would want to remove Matthew 18:11 which states, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”? In spite of these and even more disturbing alterations, the advocates of the new versions declare that no doctrines are changed in the new bibles.

Words Omitted

Something else is disappearing from the NIV. There are many biblically significant words that are simply no longer there. By this, I mean that these words are not mentioned even one time in the NIV. Words conspicuously absent from the NIV

include all of the following words enclosed in quotation marks. There is no longer

a “Godhead.” There is no “Jehovah” or “blessed and only potentate.” There is no

“Holy Ghost” and He is not the “Comforter.” God is no longer “immutable” or

“omnipotent” – there goes Handel’s Messiah!

Christ is no longer the “only begotten” or the “first begotten.” We no longer need to worry about “devils” or “Lucifer” or “damnation” or “brimstone” or the “bottomless pit.” Hell, which is mentioned 54 times in the KJV, is mentioned only fourteen times in the NIV and is entirely removed from the Old Testament. But why worry about hell or damnation? In the NIV, there are no “trucebreakers” or “winebibbers.” No one is ever accused of being “carnal,” “slothful,” or “unthankful.” In the NIV, there is no “backbiting,” “vanity,” “lasciviousness,” “fornication,” or “whoredom.” In fact, no one is “effeminate” and there are no “sodomites.” No wonder liberals so readily accept this bible.

It is a good thing that there is not much to be saved from in the NIV, since it is harder to get saved as well. No longer is Christ crucified on “Calvary.” He is not the “testator” who brings us the New Testament or the “daysman” who stands between God and us. He has not sprinkled His blood on the “mercy seat.” He was not placed in the “sepulchre” and His resurrection is no longer established by many “infallible” proofs. It only makes sense then that we are no longer “quickened” and there is no more “propitiation” or “remission” or “regeneration” in the NIV. Did you get that? No “Calvary;” no “propitiation;” no “regeneration.”

So what are our choices, I am not a King James Version only kind of guy, the HCSB

(Holman Christian standard bible) is great, the New American Standard Bible, and the New King James Version suit me fine.

I like the ESV, The New Living Translation, the NIV, but I always check them against the kjv, or NASV. Versions like the good news, CEV, these are all good for reading but are more the ‘flesh’ than the bones of the Word of God. Like reading

‘The Message’, great for story telling but you are eating bubble gum and not meat. I’ve read the beginning of all the ‘versions’ and why we did this and I understand that as a race of humans we are getting more stupid and every thing has to be dumbed down. It has to look like a regular book in order to be easier to read, and I get it.

If you notice probably 95% all bible quotes I use are from the NIV, that’s for its readability. But I’ve said before, check the other versions to get a sense of it all.

It’s really a matter of being spoon fed or cutting your own steak. A version that is harder to read will slow you down and make you think more and it helps with bible memorization because it is quirkier than modern English. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Read whatever helps you read, just understand the difference when it comes to using the bible for theology, doctrine and defense.

There’s reading and there’s fight’n.

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Pray for Roger S, still dealing with depression, help him to remember it may be a life long battle and take his medicine

Pray for Caroline T, the same, plus she fights daily battles with thoughts of suicide.

Praise from Olivia, this is a young lady that doctors said she would never live very long, never get better, spend most of her days bedridden. Well they were wrong on everything, and they said she would never get pregnant, well they were wrong there too. This is a great young adult, pray that she proves the doctor wrong again.