CALLOUSED KNEES

July 21, 2018

  “He shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and fit for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21).

  “Prepared unto every good work”—especially prayer.

  “It does not follow that because a thing is the will of God, He will necessarily lead you to pray for it. He may have other burdens for you. We must get our prayers from God, and pray to know them. There is no way around becoming a prayer warrior or intercessor, than calloused knees.

 Our Father is not in a hurry. He cannot do things with us until we are trained and ready for them. (or as I am fond of saying; God doesn’t do anything for us, until he does something to us) We may be certain He has further service, further burdens of faith and prayer to give us when we are ready for them.

In the true ‘prayer of faith’ the intercessor must spend time with the Father to appropriate the promises of His Word, and must permit himself to be taught by the Holy Spirit, whether the promises can be applied to this particular case. He remains in the presence of God, till He, by His Spirit, awakens the faith that in this particular matter the prayer has been heard.

In praying there are two alternatives set before us. The one, prayer as a means by which we get from heaven what we need. The other, prayer as infinite grace of God, lifting us up into His fellowship and love, and then when He has brought us to Himself, bestowing upon us the blessing we need. In the former case, the gifts that I can receive through prayer are the chief things. In the latter, God and His love, and fellowship with Him, and the surrender of the supplicant to His glory and His will is the supreme objective.

  “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2).

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Pray for Peggy G, breast cancer

Bob L, eye surgery went great

Robert P, throat surgery coming up.

Lane and Betty, 7 years of dating, (not counting the 4 years of crushing)(I hope that still means what I think it means) are getting married tomorrow.

clear the decks

July 15, 2018

We get several awards in heaven, I need to keep that in mind it will make a great devotion. However; there are things we need to do in order to live a godly life that reaps great rewards. Chiefly, keeping our bodies under control and not acting out. The secret is mind control, only the bible calls it “taking every thought captive”.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we are to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Here are 6 ways to take your thoughts captive:

 

Accept responsibility for your thoughts. You have the ability to exercise control over your thoughts. God warned Cain to focus his mind on the right things, but Cain chose to think about the wrong things – anger and jealousy – which led to his murderous actions. Are you willing to admit that you can, with God’s help, regain control of your thoughts – and think enabling thoughts instead of disabling ones?

Your mind – not just your behavior – must change. God calls us to change sinful behavior that does not honor Him. Instead of focusing on your outward behavior, work on disciplining your mind – from which the behaviors stem. Allow God to transform you by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2).

 

Think through your problems rather than just react to them. When you experience difficult challenges, you can react to them and think yourself into despair every time. Or you can look forward to the next opportunity and ask yourself what you learned from this failure. Is your first thought I’ll never do anything right? You don’t have to get trapped by disabling thoughts. You are capable of getting out of your shame, despair, hopelessness, and anger – by taking control of your thoughts.

 

Take your disabling thoughts captive through confession. Paul urges us to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (Rom. 12:21). Confront your disabling thoughts. Turn them over to God and become who He sees you can be. It will take work to take your thoughts captive each time they pop into your mind. But it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

Choose to focus your thoughts on the right things. We are to think about those things that are “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable” (Phil. 4:8). When we think about those things, God promises to give us His peace. What a contrast that is to the thoughts of millions of people today. Don’t look to a movie, TV show, or how-to formula to accomplish this for you. It takes personal discipline and commitment.

 

It is possible. It is not easy to retrain your thoughts or to respond in new Christ-like ways. Take heart: as God empowers you to focus your mind on the right things, it will become easier. You can develop a new frame of reference, based on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.

It is possible to live a life aware of our thoughts and taking them captive! God gave us the Holy Spirit to empower us.

Start following these steps today to gain power over your mind and thoughts.

 

It’s not mission impossible, but it does take practice. While sinners we practiced sinning (and some of us were pretty good it) now as Believers we need to practice living right.

 

So tonight, we are praying we will start practicing or sharpening our skill set, what ever you want to call it.

Just do it.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Okay, 2 weeks late, but better than never, our biggest bible giveaway. A $100, leather, large print, KJV, Thompson Chain Reference Bible. This is a classic study bible. Tons of notes, every topic covered. No shipping costs, no hidden fees, not even postage.

 

So here’s the bible quiz question that isn’t answered so easily. And be careful about google, it usually gives the wrong answer here. In the first return of the Jews back to their homeland( from Babylon, how many did return. (this was under King Cyrus) and no round numbers. And you need to check three different books of the bible to get the right answer. It might be better to use a calculator than a commentary.

THE PATH

July 11, 2018

  “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened unto you” (1 Peter 4:12).

  The joy of sowing is exceeded only by the joy of harvesting; and yet both sowing and reaping are a matter of death.

  “If we follow and note the history and ways of any true servant of the Lord, we shall see, that on the one side they, like Moses on the Mount, or Paul in Arabia, are entranced with the brightness and most marvelous display of divine glory; yet on man’s side, those who know most of the divine ways, suffer most because of the indifference of those who have professed to be the Lord’s people.

  “It is nowhere admitted in Scripture that a servant can be merely the herald of the light of God’s grace; that is, that he should only have the joyful side of service. For every real servant, be he evangelist, teacher, or anything else, there must be the side of suffering, burden, and humiliation.”

  “We must bear in mind that, while it is the Father’s purpose, in His dealings with Job, to vindicate His own estimate of His servant; it is, at the same time, shown us how He educates or disciplines that servant so as to render him worthy of that estimate.”

  “In every trial, however gloomy, there are gleams of light and relief; but full deliverance is often delayed by our anxiety to obtain it. God Himself, and not the deliverance, is to be the satisfaction of His servant; consequently the deliverance is often postponed until we are without prospect or expectation of it; and then it may be accorded in a manner so transcendently beyond our conception, that we must see and understand the love and interest which surrounded us during the whole period of our trial.”

  “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:3)

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the object

July 10, 2018

  “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:11).

  It goes without saying that Christianity is a vertical relationship with the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually” (Heb. 13:15).

Somebody the other day asked me about my motivation for this devotional sight. My answer I think is simple; 1. To show that we can have a continuing hunger for the things of God, and 2. To always seek to grow. It is this cycle that keeps us in a perpetual pattern of desire for a daily connection to the Holy Spirit. That our days no matter how busy here on earth, we will carve out time for God. That fruitful prayer leads to daily prayers and always having our motivations constantly checked by the Holy Spirit.

 Grace is the Father’s favor to man according to His own heart, and for His own glory. If the need of man were the sole measure of His grace, then man only would be thought of, the work of the Lord Jesus would be simply for man, and the power of God expended merely in rescuing man and securing his relief. Man would be the object and end of it all, and not God.

When I have rest in the Lord Jesus, then I begin to find all my joy and strength in Him, and I occupy myself with Him. This is the foundation of true devotedness.

When the advantages of grace do not call forth praise to the Father, when He is not prominently before the soul, as the source of everything possessed, then the gifts take the place of the Giver in the heart, and must soon lose their vigor and value like flowers cut away from their roots.

  “The great question is, not whether I see a certain thing, and how it stands in relation to me, but do I see it as my Father sees it, and as it stands in relation to Him?”

  “Unto him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:21).

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WEIRD

July 7, 2018

So, it’s summer, (1986) I’m an evangelist, we are doing the home school thing and we are on the road preaching across America. Some churches are churches we’ve been to before or pastored, others are new to us and also cross denominational. Assembly of God, Nazarene, Church of God, Church of Christ, Lutheran and Four Square and a bunch of some crazy churches called Charismatic something or other.

Dinner on the ground, tent preaching, brush arbors, white churches, black churches, inner city or out in a hay field. A great time and a real blessing.

Last church on the list and then back home. Small west Texas town, very small church. We’ve been told the pastor is on vacation and we can stay in the parsonage (preacher’s home, owned by the church). We are supposed to preach a short revival series; Sunday morning, Sunday night, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

So we preach a real barn burner on Sunday morning, lunch in the fellowship hall and a short prayer time. We are given the key to the parsonage and told to make ourselves at home.

We unlock the door and step inside……

No furniture, no appliances, nothing but an empty house. The preacher isn’t on vacation, he’s skipped town.

Now this was before most people had cell phones. I have to walk down to the corner drugstore and use the payphone to call a deacon. Twenty minutes later all five of them are there with their wives. Some are angry, some of the wives are crying. They call the bank president and he comes over. Monday, he’s going to check the church accounts.

It’s 5pm and Sunday night service is at 6:30pm, they’re all standing there in shock. Do we preach or pack it in. I say preach. I ask one favor, tell the congregation after the sermon not before.

Whoops, the deacons decide to open the service by telling everyone what’s happened.

Well I tried to preach heaven down and hell out. I should have just ordered pizza. Service ends with a whimper. Deacons come up and ask if we can fill in until they find another preacher. I didn’t even have to think about it. “I’m sorry but I have other obligations.”

As we are driving home, my wife says “thank you” for not staying. We figure whatever is going on, wrong or right, either the church was really screwed up or the pastor was or both.

That was 32 years ago, and today totally by accident I had lunch with that preacher. One side of the story, he says it wasn’t him, that the church should have had “Ichabod” written over the door. God was gone. Out of curiosity I called a friend of mine in that little town. The church is indeed gone, a daycare and a pizza hut is now on that spot.

Churches with no spirit in them, it’s probably more common than I want to admit.

Pizza any one?

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Pray for Ryan, throat cancer

Joe r, shoulder surgery

Don H, hip surgery on next Friday.

Susie K, praying for the adoption agency to work things out.

Katie R, first stages of dementia

And Ross, a brand new believer in Jesus, gave his heart to the Lord while listening to some old preacher on a cassette tape he got in a garage sale.

showers of blessings

July 5, 2018

Well happy fourth of July,

 

We were blessed today with almost 2 inches of rain, which ended our very long drought. The extra cost of water and feed for animals now gets a break with new grass, wheat and water back in the creeks and stock ponds.

So the question is; how much rain is there in your spiritual life, or are you a dry creek bed?

Bible reading, praying, fellowship, worship, singing, praising God, all brings blessings and fullness into our life.

One of things that helps is the bible electronically, play that in the car instead of the radio. Or a good gospel radio channel, like BBN, which is what I think the best Christian Radio program in the world. Sound theology, good gospel music (meaning real Christian music) that honors God. Free bible classes, streaming through the internet if there isn’t a station nearby.

If you are a regular reader of this devotional you know I almost never give this much attention and approval to something unless I fully endorse it. Well I do.

Get blest, get renewed, be a blessing.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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

curses foiled again

June 29, 2018

Don’t believe this lie

Two lies you don’t want to believe and again this may be foreign theology for some but that’s why we are covering it because it’s bad theology.

 

Lie number one; bloodline curses.

 

Lie number two; nation curses, or nationality curses.

There are actually spiritual idiots out there that as the apostle Paul says are preaching for the sound of their own voices, and to tickle the ears of the foolish or vain.

One favorite preacher/teacher now long time departed Donald Barnhouse who  preached a great sermon about Jack Ass preachers, with long ears with bells on them, love to hear themselves talk, or as he said listen to their own ‘braying’.

 

The two lies are similar versions of the same lie and can sneak into your life and cause you much needless suffering.

 

First the bloodline curse, this is the lie that you are prone to sin, a particular sin because of your parents, especially if you look like one of them or have learned negative traits that are similar to theirs.

 

So If your father was a rageaholic ( I know spell check is going nuts) then it make sense that you are also cursed to be a rageaholic. (rage + addicted to rage), it’s a learned behavior pattern, not a curse of bloodline. Sounds simple but unlearn the negative behavior; don’t blame it on a curse, or that demons can taunt you and hound you because it’s a family curse, you need deliverance, no such thing.

 

Reason number uno, and primary reason why its not true, is when you accepted Christ as your savior His bloodline became your bloodline and even if the curse was true it was broken by His resurrection and the fact that His sacrifice (blood) was acceptable as final payment to God.

 

The nationality curse, i.e. I’m Irish so I’m supposed to fight and drink, demons encourage it, they haunt me, tempt me, prompt me because the Irish are cursed, prone to depression, etc. very similar to the bloodline curse but it’s still hooey.

 

Never blame your actions on something external, never blame your actions on something like your race, nationality etc. yes some nationalities are more prone to alcoholism then others but that’s genetic not a curse.

 

The problem with curses, (even though Lon Chaney in the wolfman is probably my favorite movie) they have one purpose and that is to make you feel helpless or not in control, more hooey, you and you alone will stand before almighty God and give account for all your actions and motivations, and believe me there is no scripture to support a bloodline curse, (except that of being related to Adam and the sin of all mankind).

 

The other problem there is always some high and mighty super Christian snob, goody goody know it all that thinks they have super powers and have a deliverance ministry, more hooey, only you and your relation to Christ can deliver yourself. You don’t have to ‘take authority’ over anything, just believe in the work of God through his Son and bang, instant deliverance (speaking of deliverance and movie themes, absolutely hated the movie, I wouldn’t going canoeing or camping for years).

 

So don’t believe the lie, there is no demonic ties to your behavior, which as a bonus I going to throw in a free lie, if you are a Christian you cannot be cursed because you touched a crystal, or touched a Ouija board at a garage sale, etc. because we are blood bought, purchased and sealed, kept by God; so stop struggling so much and relax in Christ and the work he did for you.

 

God Bless,

 

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I didn’t forget the bible give away, hopefully tomorrow. blessings

only one way

June 23, 2018

  “If [since] ye, then, be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1).

  The Christian cannot thrive but in his environment, “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).

  “Let us rightly divide the Word of truth. To go back to the Psalms for proper Christian experience is to lose the savor of grace and to breathe legalism; it is to climb down from heaven to earth. If the Psalms are really understood, they yield a harvest of blessing to the soul; but they point to the blessed hope of the Savior.

  “If we confound the Jewish spirit of the Psalms with the Epistles, and take it as the expression of our feelings, we falsify Christianity. No doubt I shall find lovely confidence in the Lord in respect of His government of this world, the comfort of forgiveness, the happy confidence of integrity of heart, and remarkable prophecies of Christ; but where shall I find heavenly hopes, or my union with the glorified Lord Jesus, or even the out-flowings of divine grace, as manifested in His person on earth, or the blessed affection which flows from hearts acquainted with these?

  “Where is the blessed Spirit of adoption? Every saint knows the touching expression of piety which the Psalms furnish to us; but no intelligent believer can turn from the writings of John and Paul to the Psalms without finding himself in an altogether different atmosphere.”

  “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).

Looking to the author and finisher of our faith.

Pray for my wife Sharon, she was found passed out at work this morning by her co workers. Spent the day in the ER with no definitive answers.

His strength

June 9, 2018

  “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10).

 once we see and accept our Father’s purpose for our lives to the extent that it becomes our will also, the time and details of His process cease to matter. “Thy will be done” (Lk. 11:2).

  “It is the knowledge of the Lord Jesus that matures the soul. Our Father chooses His opportunities to teach us these things, and when He has accomplished this work the special communications of His wisdom and love no longer continue, for He desires we should walk by faith, according to what we know we possess in the Lord Jesus. Hence our path is in company with a Christ much better known, and in much closer communion with Him.

  “After receiving the instruction, we have to return to the ordinary activity of a life of responsibility, and to those relationships with our brethren in which love is developed and exercised, as it is put to the proof, either in the assembly or in individual relationships.”

  “Patience is the secret of it all. We want to hurry God sometimes, but we never can. We find this at times in the desire for restoring a soul—a right thing to want, but God must first go to the bottom.

  “Patience requires thorough confidence in God. He is working His own purposes meanwhile, but I must follow Him, not go before Him. If I am ‘strengthened. . . unto all patience,’ I shall be long-suffering toward others.”

  “Strengthened. . . according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering” (Col. 1:11).

Pray for Becky, kidney stones

Pray for Lois, she asks us to pray for her grandkids, that they would come to know the Lord.

Pray for revival for whatever nation you live in, that the tide of perversity would stop, at least for a season.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

the fevered brow

June 5, 2018

  “There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).

  Until the believer realizes that his life is safely hid with Christ in God, he will never get free from the harassment of the enemy. “When He giveth quietness, who then can make trouble?” (Job 34:29).

  If the Lord Jesus is not positively before the soul, it is enough: the enemy’s work is done!

  There is a world of difference between the nagging, corroding condemnations of the devil, and the clear convictions of the Holy Spirit. The enemy speaks in generalities, seeking to smear us by a vague sense of failure, uncleanness, confusion, heaviness of spirit. The answer to that is there is ‘now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.’

  The Holy Spirit speaks specifically, and His convicting, although rebuking us, is sweet and clean and true and acceptable. He points out some exact and immediate action by which we have temporarily given in to sin. Satan points downward to despair, but the Spirit points upward to cleansing.

The Holy Spirit’s work always makes us quiet and clear and deliberate. Our Master’s touch still has the same power and effect as when He touched the hand of Peter’s wife’s mother; the fever leaves, and wholeness is ours.

  “In nothing terrified by your adversaries” (Phil. 1:28).

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Pray for Ray Moore, a host of illnesses, in both body and mind.

Pray for Mandy, easily tempted, often strays, always comes back kind of broken.

Pray for Sam,, she is 13, in court, and an attitude, pray this is the wake up call.