FAITHS OBJECT

November 16, 2018

  “He (the Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27).

  Neither the Lord Jesus nor the Holy Spirit ever thought of willing or praying outside the will of God the Father. Neither will we, while we walk in the Spirit, and abide in the Lord Jesus.

Faith is not a power that one possesses, by which he can move the arm of God and work miracles. ‘Faith accepts quiet guidance; only unbelief demands a miracle.’ There is nothing in true faith that the flesh can glory in. The power is God’s. It is the Father who works and does it according to His own wisdom and will. Faith is simply absolute confidence in the Father which gives the certainty that He will fulfill His Word.

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Faith must be based upon certainty. There must be the definite knowledge of and confidence in the Father’s purpose and will. Without that there can be no true faith. For faith is not a force that we can exercise or a striving to believe that something shall be, thinking that if we believe hard enough it will come to pass.

  “Let us not be discouraged if the transformation we long for does not take place immediately. Let us feel the need and lay it to heart. Let us stand in faith, and we shall never be put to shame. Cleaving to the Lord Jesus and His Word with purpose of heart can never be in vain. The hour will surely come when out of our hearts, too, will flow rivers of living water.”

  “Whatever sends us to the Lord Jesus—be it grief, disappointment or burden—is to that degree a blessing. No price is too great to pay in gaining this fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

  “That ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9).

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Pray for Brandi, she is having bouts of vertigo

Remember Richard Perales Sr. found out today he has diabetes. It really shook him up.

the door to your heart

November 15, 2018

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Ernie Isley, of the Isley brothers hall of fame musicians has a great song called; ‘diamond in the rough’. And there’s one line in that song I want to use to start us off for our daily devotion. ‘There’s only broken glass around my heart’s door.’

Have you been wounded by someone? Of course you have, you can’t live long on this planet without someone either with malice and cruel intent or just stupidity saying or doing something to hurt you.

I wish all churches had a Sunday School Class for adults based on the AA curriculum. Then we might be better at taking inventory of ourselves and practicing acceptance and forgiveness. Seems like the church doesn’t always do a good job of teaching us to understand. We are well schooled at understanding that God forgave us. But we have a hard time practicing forgiving those that have made us victims of cruelty and abuse.

And even when we have gone to the altar of prayer, we can have a hard time with the painful memories that have left deep scars in our hearts and minds.

One practical truth that seems to be overlooked or actually miss-taught is that forgiveness is contingent on relationship, you know the old phrase, ‘forgive and forget’. Nothing could be more untrue, forgiveness between ourselves and our human relations is not based on relationships, but completely on the truthfulness of our genuine forgiveness of that person.

And sometimes because of the painful memories we have to go back in our hearts and say we forgive them again ( in our heart not over and over to them). But let me stress this, you can forgive someone and completely lose the relationship, and that forgiveness is complete, genuine and done. So stop stressing or believing that forgiveness is based on having the relationship restored. That only works between God and ourselves.

Which brings to mind something I said in a previous devotion, think before you act, because cannot a man heap coals into his lap and not be burned. Proverbs 6:27, (totally out of context here)once the act is done it’s done.

I had a man come to me one time and he confessed that over the weekend he had slept with a hooker and then felt guilty and went home and slept with his wife. Then he found out he may have contracted a venereal disease. His question was since he asked God to forgive him, how could God let him pass a venereal disease on to his wife.

Simple answer, you murder someone and then confess and ask forgiveness, is God going to bring that dead person back to life, not even. This man was furious at my answer and said that God wasn’t being fair. I don’t know what god he was talking about but not the one from the bible..

So our prayer today is that God would sweep the glass from around our heart and let’s forgive those that need to be forgiven and have an open loving heart towards God and toward those that need to be forgiven. But don’t think you have to have a relationship with those that are toxic or continue to abuse and cause harm. Forgive and then move on and away.

Be safe as well as blessed.

God bless.

Pray for Karey, a seeker, lots of questions, hopefully the ones that will lead her to Christ.

Pray for Paul C, still has slipped his leash, a true prodigal. We pray he comes to his senses.

Pray for Carey A, will have both knees replaced next Monday

Pray for John W, pray he finds the Lord.

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.

a new heart

November 11, 2018

  “That our God may make you worthy of His call, and by His power fully satisfy your every desire for goodness” (2 Thess. 1:11a, Williams translation.).

  If we are born into the Lord Jesus by sheer grace, surely He can manifest Himself in us on the same principle.

  It is this quiet expectation and confidence, resting on the Word of the Lord Jesus that in Him there is an abiding place prepared, which is so sadly wanting among Christians. The idea many have of grace is that their conversion and pardon are God’s work, but that now, in gratitude to Him, it is their work to live as Christians. There is always the thought of work (law) that has to be done, and even though they pray for help, still the work is theirs. They fail continually, and become helpless; and the despondency only increases the helplessness.

 Abiding in the Lord Jesus is not a work that we have to do as the condition for enjoying His salvation, but a consenting to let Him do all for us and in us, and through us. It is a work He does for us—the fruit and power of His redeeming love. Our part is simply to yield, to trust, to abide, and to wait for what He has engaged to perform. As it was the Lord Jesus who drew us, when He said ‘Come,’ so it is the Lord Jesus who keeps us when He says ‘Abide.’

The heart is constantly looking to God to give a testimony about itself; but the Father is giving a testimony concerning His Son, and not about what we are; if He were to give a testimony about us, it must be about our sin and unbelief of heart. But no; and it is of great importance in this day of infidelity to see that if the Father gives a testimony, it is about His Son, and what He is to the sinner. If you believe that, you will have peace.

  “And complete every activity of your faith, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus might be glorified in you” (2 Thess. 1:11b, Williams Translation.).

That we would all learn to rest, and abide in the Lord.

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Well had a great surprise today, Richard Perales, whom we’ve all been praying for, attended an event today with his mother and father, first time in years. And there was no drama. Who knows, maybe we will see him in church soon.

Pray for Cristina, she is being tempted to be unfaithful to her marriage vows. Pray that she stays strong.

Pray for Denise H. she is having severe migraines.

AH HAH!

November 9, 2018

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“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit (with Him)” (1 Cor. 6:17).

1 Corinthians 6:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

  We are one spirit with the Lord Jesus by the one and only Holy Spirit.

  “I can always know when the Holy Spirit is leading me, because He ever occupies me with the Lord Jesus. True, He may have to call attention to my own condition, but if He does, He turns me to the Lord Jesus, not merely to convict me, but to relieve me.

Spiritual growth is the Holy Spirit engraving the Lord Jesus on a man’s heart, putting Him into his thoughts, his words, and his ways, just as the Law was engraved upon stones. It is not that there is no failure. A man who is seeking to make money does not always succeed; but everybody knows what his object is. Just so, the Lord Jesus Christ is the object of the believer’s life.

 The believer is not to clamor for the solution of perplexities or for intellectual mastery of divine mysteries. What knowledge he has in this realm is his because the Holy Spirit has declared it to him; and for the Spirit’s declaration he must wait.

 None of us is ever beyond the work of the Spirit in us. What amazes me the most is that after 42 years of pastoring and counseling, each day I’m blessed by some new nugget, a kernel, a different facet to the Word of God. It truly is new every day.

And all those “ah hah” moments, brought to you by The Holy Spirit.

  “He (the Holy Spirit) shall glorify Me” (John 16:14).

Remember Richard Perales, that he comes to saving knowledge, hopefully before the bottom falls out.

Pray for Barbara D, for strength and encouragement during her very long battle with cancer.

Pray for Danny F, it’s time to come home.

Pray for all the prodigals’ and give hope to the parents.

  “Everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness” (Heb. 5:13).

  The Reformation, for all of its rise from Rome, to this day has never really gotten off the ground.

 Almost all the theology of the various ‘creeds of Christendom’ dates back to the Reformation, which went triumphantly to the end of Romans Five, and, so far as theological development or presentation of the truth was concerned, stopped there.

 The contrast between denominations is painful in the extreme between the uniform language of the New Testament about Christians as thus called to worship in liberty and joy and nearness to the Father, and all those stuffy churches whose formality of liturgies both ancient and modern; and this because the results of redemption soon became merged and hidden in Jewish forms, and the law was recalled to the place of the Holy Spirit, and man in the flesh intruded wholesale into realms which belong only to those solemnly accredited as God’s Church, the Body of Christ.

 The liturgies of ritualism merely fall back upon the feelings of man, with a slight tincture of Gospel and a large infusion of law. There may be sublime language and glowing ideas, chiefly borrowed from the Old Testament; but in substance they are utterly beneath spiritual or even intelligent Christian use.

The more formal the worship is, the more ceremony and pomp, the more costumes and mumbling of creeds, the more gilded the cross, the robes and rings. The more you can be sure Jesus has left the building.

I’d like to insert a joke here, “do you know why Episcopalians aren’t allowed to belong to a chess club?????? because they can’t tell the difference between a king and a queen.”

If the Word of God is not held as relevant, inspired, inerrant, and infallible, then that church really serves no place in God’s divine scheme. (I’ve poked enough fun at Pentecostals that I feel it only fair to acknowledge the clown show or the pomp and circumstance club that pays homage to humanity only. Their creed now reads, diversity, inclusion and universalism. Please stop by and purchase a pew and a brick with your name on it for the church roll and you will be given the keys to heaven. (really?)

I find it very interesting that the formal mainline denominations have added a contemporary service that imitates a Pentecostal/Charismatic flavor, yet salvation is still just a membership. They’ve learned all the vocabulary, so now you have to talk to them just like you were talking to any cult member.

  “The only thing that God ever acknowledged in religion and ritualism was Jewish. It all had to do with the flesh. That is repudiated in the Cross; all is crucified: your life is now ‘hid with Christ in God’ (Col. 3:3).”

  “But solid food belongeth to them that are of full age” (Heb. 5:14).

We have a special prayer request, pray for Richard Perales, unsaved, bitter, a half a day from going to jail, rebellious, angry, unforgiving. He is breaking his mother’s heart.

GETTING SPANKED?!

November 7, 2018

GETTING SPANKED?!

I put a question mark there in case you are trying to figure out what is happening to you and an exclamation point in case you know what’s happening to you.

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

  Our Father chastens us “for our own profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness” (Heb. 12:10). We are not chastened because we deserve it, but because we need it. And there is no wrath in His child-training.

Many have the wrong idea of that word ‘chastening.’ We think, perhaps, that it represents God as having a big stick in His hand and knocking us about all the time. You have only to make a mistake and down comes the big stick! That, of course, is a totally wrong conception of the Father, and is not at all what the word means. The word ‘chastening’ simply means child-training, which has to do with sonship. Sonship in our Father’s mind is to have people who are reliable and responsible, who know in their own hearts what is right and what is wrong, and do not have to be constantly told and admonished.

We should always look at our difficulties in the light of this training. It often seems that the life of a Christian is more difficult than any other life, and more troubles come to us than to anyone else. Whether we recognize it or not, these difficulties and troubles which come to us are to train us for something and to develop in us the spirit of sonship; that is, to develop spiritual intelligence and spiritual ability in us.”

One of the main purposes of all the Father’s dealings with us is to bring us into a greater knowledge of His Son. We never know anything about greatness unless we have a great need to know it. Therefore we are brought into situations where we must know something much greater than we already know. This is why our Father brings His children into difficult circumstances—that they may learn how great their Lord Jesus is.

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

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Pray for Ronnie R, his grandson 11 has developed serious heart problems

Pray for Robbey H, 50, and having heart complications, also pray for his salvation.

Pray for Terri I, married twice, she is dipping her toe back into the dating pool

Pray for Sherri, our church bad girl, three steps forward, 5 back. Pray she stops before it’s to late.

LEFT OF BANG

November 5, 2018

Some will get this, some won’t.

 

Your car is not a holster (Pat Rogers)

 

Your bible is not a Weapon, the Word of God is.

 

So what do the two quotes have in common?

 

Quite a bit, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard, “I ran back to my car to get my gun.” Thus, your car is not a holster, if it’s not on you, it’s supposed to be in a safe. If it’s not on you, the 2 second rule means your dead, or someone else is.

 

Your bible is not a weapon, it’s just a book, the words ‘Holy Bible’ don’t really mean anything. The original manuscripts were inspired and inerrant. We believe in the fact the that bible is an accurate rendition of those originals (98% scientifically verified,100% by faith).

But it’s just a book. As it says itself, it is living, sharper than any two-edged sword. If it’s in you. When temptation comes, when you need to give a right answer, it’s what’s inside you. If you have to run and get it, well it’s probably to late. Just like the gun. 2 seconds, have gone by and you fell, gave in, gave up, fornicated, masturbated, lusted, looted, stolen, coveted, sinned. It’s all over but the confession. Left of Bang. (great book by the way).

 

Bible memorization, after salvation, learning to pray, it’s the next most important thing you can do in your Christian life. Bang, you failed.

 

Harsh, maybe, over exaggeration, probably not. The bible says we are to ‘eat the word’ digest it, consume it, hide it in our hearts. Because just like any other weapon if it isn’t on/in you it’s to far away.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Get up, get over it, get going. We all get another chance if we survived the first encounter.

Pray, read, memorize, repeat.

the objective Christian

November 3, 2018

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A Peanuts cartoon depicted a conversation between Linus and Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown was confused and disillusioned by his failing beliefs when Linus comforted him with these timely words: “It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you are sincere.” I also recently heard a religious leader on television state that if the bones of Christ were to be discovered in Palestine today, this would not alter his Christian faith; his faith was not bound by objective truths.

Surveys are becoming emphatically more clear that the majority of our culture believes that truth is relative. It has been clear for some time now that our world is going through a major cultural shift. The illustrations stated above are all too common in today’s postmodern society. We have moved from a world of absolutes, objectivity, and dogmatism to one of relativism, subjectivism, and tolerance. The greatest commandment in this postmodern society is this, thou shalt tolerate one another. Springing forth from this relativistic epistemology, tolerance has become preeminent. As one writer has put it, “Tolerance has become so important that no exception is tolerated.” A person may have his or her religion, and may believe it, but he or she has no right to try to persuade another of his or her belief. Why? Because what you are saying is that your belief is superior to their belief. This is the supreme act of intolerance, the primary postmodern taboo.

Typical postmodernist men when they cry for “tolerance.” They are not asking people to simply tolerate and get along with the opposing belief. The fact is that they are asking people to compromise their beliefs. They are asking me to concede that my neighbor’s beliefs are just as true as mine, to forfeit my notion of objectivity, and to surrender my view of exclusivism. The result would accomplish nothing less than to render a death blow to my belief in the Scriptures. What they are implying when they push their definition of “tolerance” is that people should never stand up for their beliefs, if standing up for them means stating that their beliefs are the only true beliefs—that they are exclusive. They are not asking people to tolerate the homosexual, but to change their belief that homosexuality is wrong for everyone. But, again, this is not asking someone to be tolerant; it is asking someone to compromise his or her beliefs and convert to the postmodern faith. This is something that the Christian cannot do.

By tolerance, the postmodern means that we compromise the objectivity of God’s Word. By tolerance, the postmodern cries for us to stop reaching out to others with the Gospel. By tolerance, the postmodern demands that we approve of their lifestyles. By tolerance, the postmodern is essentially asking us to give up our faith. This we cannot do.

The first step in understanding and reaching out to the postmodern non-Christian is for us all to be able to understand and compellingly argue that it is not tolerance that they want, but compromise.

In chapter four of his epistle to the Ephesians, Paul begins to tell his readers how they are to live the Christian life. Speaking on the importance of unity, Paul states, “Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1-3, emphasis added). Here Paul tells us that one of the primary ways the Church preserves unity is by showing tolerance. The participle “avnecomenoi” here has the meaning “to endure, bear with, to put up with.” The King James often translates it, “to suffer with.” This word is used by Christ when He cries over Israel, “how long shall I put up with you” (Matt 17:17, emphasis added). It almost always carries a negative connotation. In 2 Maccabees 9:12, it is used of an unbearable stench; the smell was said to be intolerable. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul is telling the Church that it will sometimes be necessary to tolerate the “stench” of one another. This presupposes something negative about the ones we are to tolerate. Someone may have a repulsive personality—Paul tells us to endure them! Another has a bad temper—bear with them! Someone differs with you in some non-essential doctrine—tolerate them! Let’s face it, when we all get to heaven we will all find out that we were wrong about a few things. Some more than others, but we will all have some surprises.

We’ve mentioned this before, “the short list” and the “long list” they are the basics we cannot compromise on, that the scripture is inerrant, inspired and infallible, salvation only as a propitiatory act (divine substitute) that all of mankind is fallen and sinful, that God is full of grace and mercy, yet, will punish sin. Christ is eternal, yet born of a virgin, fully God, yet fully man, crucified, died, buried, resurrected, ascended into heaven. Salvation only through him.

After that list we begin the longer list, we may or may not agree but as brothers and sisters in Christ we will respect our folks in the body of Christ (the church).

As Christians we emphatically affirm the existence of objective truths. It is one of the bedrocks of Christianity. It is because of the objective truth of the atonement that you and I can have access to God. It is because of the objective truth that God created us that we exist. There is no room for relativity in these matters. It is our job to defend many of these objective truths at all costs.

  “But to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean” (Romans 14:14b). Therefore, if someone thought that it was a sin to eat ham, but did it anyway, this was a sin to him. Not because God would be angry that the person ate what was unclean, but because he consciously believed it was wrong and therefore rebelled against his conscience and God. Not only this, but Paul goes on to state that whatever is done without full conviction that it is right is sin (v. 23).

So we have to have respect amongst the church brethren regarding “the long list”

Love the Brethren, be humble, kind to one another, if we put this into practice maybe more people would like to visit our church and stay.

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Pray for Anne K, she just had her baby, which was a miracle, the baby and mom are fine. Dear old dad is doing a long tour out to sea, leaves in 3 days.

Pray for Todd, fire fighter East Texas, will fighting a fire, got covered in fire ants. Taken to the ER, 120 ant bites. If you’ve never been bitten by a fire ant, it means you haven’t been to Texas.

THROUGH HIS EYES

November 2, 2018

  “You. . . hath He reconciled” (Col. 1:21).

  Our Father’s Cross was personal, we almost never call it what it was, a cross of love; we were there in the Son. Our Father’s heart-love is personal; we are hidden there in the Son. That’s why we wear a cross, or have a picture of it, not for the brutality of it but the love of it.

Have you ever thought of the Father dealing with you not as to what you are in yourself, but as to ‘where’ He has positioned you in His Son? Have you ever thought that it is the affections of the Father’s heart which flow down to us where we are, seeing us in the Son, not in our poor wretched selves? What we are in the old man is not the thing that is seen, but what we are, and where we are, in the Son; and what there is in the living affections of the Father, who has raised us up together with His Son, and has given us all heavenly blessings in Him.

Nothing can make up for a lack of personal acquaintance with the Lord Jesus. Intimacy with Himself is certainly the secret of true devotedness. Occupation with Him, the heart readily detects, and rejects the voice of the stranger, and cannot but own the Lord’s claims to be paramount. Nothing so thoroughly tests the state of our hearts, as whether or not we have intimacy with the Lord Jesus Himself.

A great deal of our time is spent in learning that there is nothing here to meet the requirements of our new affections. There is a wandering in the wilderness in a solitary way, and yet no city is found to dwell in. But our Father allows this in order that His children may find that their desires can only be satisfied by and in Him. We must learn that their desires can only be satisfied by and in Him. We must learn that we are not of this world.

  “To present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in His sight” (Col. 1:22).

If only we would all learn this lesson quickly, like the song says; “all for Jesus”.

If you could only travel with a shoebox, what would be in it?

If you only had $3 dollars a day, how would you spend it?

Look at a daily calendar and mark the moments, minutes or hours that you gave to God.

Not to cause guilt, but to show the need, more of Jesus, more of His word, more moments in prayer.

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Pray for revival first for our self, than for our spouse, then the family, then your neighbors. Then the list of all that God has laid on your heart.

Pray for your own personal worship time, your alone time when you sing to the Lord, or shout out a praise, a thanks.

Pray for you to witness to at least one person a day, just by saying God Bless you.

I started a new thing today, when I walk across a parking lot I make eye contact with someone, put on a big smile, put out my hand to shake and I say; “I’m a friend of Jesus, have you ever met him?”

The results were startling, both to me and to the other person, but what a great conversation we had.