dark days

August 17, 2018

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“For you have had the privilege granted you on behalf of Christ—not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf” (Phil. 1:29, Wey.).

  The Father prepares His sufferers, by means of their sufferings.

  “I believe in perpetual favor with God, but I do not believe in unbroken sunshine here. On the contrary, ‘we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake.’ I say this that you may not think it strange when the collar which you have rightly accepted becomes trying or difficult to you; for surely if it be service it must be so; the servant must be more or less a sufferer.”

  “The Lord grant you to be so assured in heart of His interest in you, that daily you may more and more answer to His pleasure; and not be in any way cast down because you apparently do so little. The fragrance of His name is a crown of glory to the greatest invalid.”

  “‘Unto you is given on the behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake’ (Phil. 1:29). Yea, ‘if we suffer, we shall also reign with him’ (2 Tim. 2:12). The gracious gift of suffering is as distinct and specific a gift as any other of God’s gifts. But this gift transforms the blessed recipient more surely perhaps than all the others into resemblance to Himself, and is for this fellowship, the highest, greatest, noblest of them all.”

  “We naturally shrink from trials and sorrow, but when we find ourselves enjoying the resources that are in our Father, to which our trials have caused us to have recourse, we remember no more the path of affliction which led us thereto.”

  “The child of God is ever in the light, though not always in the sunshine.”

  “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him” (2 Tim. 2:12).

How different a message than what we hear from our popular authors and TV talking heads, that because they are false messengers. It will always be our lot to suffer sometime in some way. Think how oft you pray when in pain versus that shiny day.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

AS HE WILLS

August 7, 2018

  “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter” (John 13:7)

John 13:7 New International Version (NIV)

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

  When our Lord takes us down into an area of processing and trial it seems as though He deliberately takes away our understanding, and we often react as though we had never gone through anything before. One of His reasons for this is that we may receive the full effect and benefit of the training as a child learning to obey his father.

 We should give our consent to our Father when He seeks to lead us through devastating processes. And we need have no fear, for He knows how to apportion our suffering. He exactly matches the suffering to our condition. He measures all things with unfailing accuracy and selects the particular trial suited to our particular need.

 He invariably chooses the lot of each with this in view—an increase of the divine content in our lives. If He chastens us, it is always ‘for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.’ And ‘all things work together for good to them that are called according to his purpose.’ What good? What purpose? This, ‘that we may be conformed to the image of his Son.’

  “Let suffering come from any cause in the universe, if we give it over entirely into the hand of our Father, and sink ourselves into His divine will, with the desire for Him to work His purpose in us, He will make every pain, every tear, every particle of our suffering work in us a death to sin and to the old man, and to all things on earth which will be for our highest development and for His glory.” -G.W.

If we lay claim to the blessing of our Father, we must not fear what may lie in the path of blessing. It is ever through suffering to glory, through the Cross to the Crown.

  “In every circumstance of life be thankful; for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus respecting you” (1 Thess. 5:18, Wey.).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for those that suffer from depression

Pray for Sally H, she is concerned about her husband’s prescription abuse.

Pray for Dan F, that he forgives and comes back to the straight and narrow.

Pray for Harry S, a master carpenter, who is loosing the use of his hands.

Pray Janell, fear rules her life

curses, foiled again

August 2, 2018

This topic “generational curses” has come up in counseling everyday this week. It is crossly exaggerated, and the term is not exactly carried out in it’s true biblical context.

The Bible does not mention “generational curses” it does however mention sins of a family being continued in its lineage for generations, not curses; several places (Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9). God warns that He is “a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”

It sounds unfair for God to punish children for the sins of their fathers. However, there is more to it than that. The effects of sin are naturally passed down from one generation to the next. That is after all what we call the Federal Headship Theory, of how all we in Adam sinned. And how it is the blood that carries this stain. Thus Jesus had to be borne of a virgin, without sin.

When a father has a sinful lifestyle, his children are likely to practice the same sinful lifestyle. Implied in the warning of Exodus 20:5 is the fact that the children will choose to repeat the sins of their fathers. A Jewish Targum specifies that this passage refers to “ungodly fathers” and “rebellious children.” So, it is not unjust for God to punish sin to the third or fourth generation – those generations are committing the same sins their ancestors did and are not saved, Christian people, but idolatrous and not following the Lord.

There is a trend in the church today to try to blame every sin and problem on some sort of generational curse. This is not biblical. God’s warning to visit iniquity on future generations is part of the Old Testament Law. A generational curse was a consequence for a specific nation (Israel) for a specific sin (idolatry). The history books of the Old Testament (especially Judges) contain the record of this divine punishment meted out.

The cure for a generational curse has always been repentance. When Israel turned from idols to serve the living God, the “curse” was broken and God saved them (Judges 3:9, 15; 1 Samuel 12:10-11). Yes, God promised to visit Israel’s sin upon the third and fourth generations, but in the very next verse He promised that He would show “love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments” (Exodus 20:6). In other words, God’s grace lasts a thousand times longer than His wrath.

For the Christian who is worried about a generational curse, the answer is salvation through Jesus Christ. A Christian is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). How can a child of God still be under God’s curse, simple answer, you can’t (Romans 8:1). The cure for sin is repentance from sin and believe in the life-giving promise of faith in Christ, and a life consecrated to the Lord (Romans 12:1-2).

Let me just repeat this so I’m crystal clear. A Christian cannot be cursed, under a curse, plagued by a generational curse, nor can a Christian be possessed of a demon or a bloodline demon (no such thing).

You can be affected by your family’s lifestyle choice. Nature versus Nurture. You might have to unlearn family habits, like violence or lying. But it’s not a curse. You are free in Christ, under a new bloodline, a son of God.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Linda H, hip problems

For Dave I, prostate cancer

For Matthew, going in for tests.

For Marilyn waiting for test results.

when dogs pout

July 20, 2018

This ain’t real sophisticated, uber smart, deep theology or even original but it will help.

Prince had his hit song, “when doves cry”

I have when dogs pout.

This is our American Bulldog, not wanting to go to bed. Stubborn, pouting and not about to give in.

Sound familiar?

You don’t know what God is doing, you’re suffering, in pain or maybe it’s mental anguish; you’ve punished yourself better than anyone else. Finances are a mess, health is shot, marriage on the rocks, kids on drugs, one’s pregnant.

You’ve lost your job, done something stupid. Said something you wish you could take back.

Hey, you’re not alone we’ve all been there in one way or another. There is simply no way you can live long enough and not have some kind of suffering.

Two choices; Pout or Praise; that’s it. One makes it worse, one makes it better. The definition of insanity is doing the same wrong thing over and over and expecting different results.

You know what? Maybe no one is coming, there is no rescue, no pat on the back, no good news, pout or praise.

Believe this, you can prolong the suffering, pout, or get immediate relief, praise. The circumstances in either might not change. But your heart will, your mind will. You can get relief from pain by praising God, you can stop heartache by praising God. You can see a glimmer of hope praising God. Yes, it will probably suck again, but you can have moments of closeness with God, clarity of thought, a change of direction, just by praising God.

How come you ask or why?

Because in that moment of praising God, you stopped being the center of the universe. So stop being an asshat and stop pouting.

It might seem impossible, but just say it out loud. “God, I love you” start saying Hallelujah, just shout, “praise the Lord”. Lift up your head, wipe away the tears and believe God loves you and Jesus suffered more than you ever will. Thank God for your salvation.

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We will pray for you, God bless.

Sola Scriptura

July 19, 2018

  “That I may know him” (Phil. 3:10).

  “The one unchanging factor on this earth is the Word of God. It is upon the written Word, and in the Living Word, that the Christian life is to be established. Yet there are Christians throughout the world who are seeking to get along on the basis of questionable blessings, and fluctuating self-centered experiences.

 How many rest on the initial step of the new birth, ‘Begotten again. . . of incorruptible seed through the word of God’ (1 Peter 1:23), and fail to press on to know ‘Begotten. . . by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. . . unto an inheritance’ (1 Peter 1:3).

  “If our hearts are really true to Him we may be assured He will lead us on in the knowledge of Himself just as fast as we are able to advance. He knows how much we can take in, and He does not fail to minister to us the very food that is suitable to our present need. We may sometimes feel inclined to be impatient with ourselves because we do not make more rapid progress, but we have to learn to trust the Lord with our spiritual schooling.

 If our eyes are upon the Lord Jesus, and we follow with steadfast hearts as He leads us, we shall find that He leads us by the right way and brings us through all the exercises we need in order to form our souls in the appreciation of Himself, and of all those blessed things which are brought to pass in Him. We have to trust Him all the way through, and to learn increasingly to distrust ourselves.

The enemy will encourage you to do anything but carry out the systematic, Spirit-taught study of the Bible. He will give religious experiences, feelings and pious thoughts—all apart from God’s Word. Do not be deceived. The Scriptures are our only sustenance—there are no substitutes. Sola scriptura, the Word of God only.

  “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord” (Hosea 6:3).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Karey, a seeking heart, nearing the vanishing point (salvation). Think about it.

Pray for Thomas L, eye surgery on Friday.

Pray for Jennifer, her diabetes is getting worse. She fears losing her sight.

WALK IN THE SPIRIT

July 17, 2018

  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

A word of caution, the best source of knowledge regarding the Holy Spirit is the bible. Be careful of books that the author claims to have “special” insight into what he or she thinks walking in the spirit means. If you have questions feel free to email me.

  As we walk in the Spirit, worship in the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit, we shall come to know, not the Spirit, but the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus explicitly said, “He (the Comforter) shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you” (John 16:14, 15)

  “What is it to ‘walk in the Spirit’ (Gal. 5:16)? It is to walk in communion with the Father, in dependence upon the Spirit, having the Lord Jesus as my one object. What held the attention of Stephen, ‘full of faith and of the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 6:5)? Two things: the Word of God on earth, and the Christ of God in heaven (Acts 7:55).”

To walk in the Spirit is not self-occupation, nor even occupation with the Spirit. Walking according to the Spirit is occupation with the Lord Jesus. When the believer looks to the Lord Jesus, depends upon Him, draws all he needs from Him—if the Lord Jesus is his all, then the believer walks in the Spirit.

To be Spirit-controlled does not mean the loss of free-agency. A free agent acts as he pleases, and the Spirit-controlled individual pleases to act in accordance with the mind and will of the Spirit.

I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not (in no way) fulfill the lust of the flesh’ (Gal. 5:16). It might be objected, if a Christian were not under the restraint of the law that his life might be careless. The ‘no way’ of our verse forbids such a notion.

  “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom. 8:2)

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Regina, GERD problems

Pray for Frank N, last stages of Alzheimer’s

Pray for Larry R, not a young man, but he doesn’t seem to know anything about maturing.

Grateful praise from Pauline, her cancer is in remission.

Pray for Sharon W, her first issue with back problems

The Guiding Hand

July 1, 2018

Thanks for all the prayers, I’m feeling much better, thank you

  “Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand “ (Ps. 31:14, 15).

  The environment necessary for one’s growth, and the enablement necessary for one’s service, are both in the hands of one’s Creator. “So He fed them according to the integrity of His heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of His hands” (Ps. 78:72). I have to ask, do you delegate the Old Testament to history only and not to application?

What we have all to do is to walk closely and quietly with the Lord Jesus, and the blessing will come when He has established His work. There is a sifting of God as well as a perfect redemption, and He is full of patience. His purpose is glory; His ways are the wilderness. It is not often that we are on the mountaintops of glory. There are some peaceful times in the valley of rest; but most often it is the desert wilderness that we learn the most about ourselves and God.

There are various ways in which as saints we are tried, but through all circumstances God is threading our way, occupying Himself with us, our particular characters, etc., to instruct and develop us. What we want is to realize that our Father loves us so much that He has taken such pains to make us ‘partakers of His holiness’ (Heb. 12:10). We are apt not to believe the activity of His love. Some trouble comes on us; our Father has been watching us individually for weeks, months, years; watching us to bring this trouble which He sees is needed in our lives to cut out or bury deep within us, a change to be closer to Him and less enamored with the world.

We have to learn the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the bright day as well as in the sorrowful day. If He is everything to me in my brightest day there is no fear but He will be my chief joy in the day of sorrow.”

  “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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THE BRAVE SOUL

June 28, 2018

PROMISE ME YOU’LL ALWAYS REMEMBER; YOU’RE BRAVER THAN YOU BELIEVE, AND STRONGER THAN YOU SEEM, AND SMARTER THAT YOU THINK.

I didn’t guess who said this, and I was surprised. My first guess was Anne of Green Gables, but it turns out it was Christopher Robinson encouraging his best friend Winnie the Pooh.

Courage, determination, being brave. There have been some great books on the subject of bravery. And until it’s you that are facing an enemy or great danger, you will never know, or even guess how brave you may or may not be.

You can be scared spitless, but still be brave.

Our devotional page today is for all of you that are brave, especially battling some sort of disease. We had a dear friend visit us today, she has been suffering a cruel and damaging disease that probably won’t kill her, but my god how she suffers.

But the smile, the hugs, the laughter that defines her. She is brave.

So we want to remind you that we pray, and pray mightily for those of our scum like us church family.

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The path to peace

May 16, 2018

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“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Col. 3:15).

  Peace does not, and cannot, exist in the fallen Adamic life; and as long as the old man reigns within, there is going to be turmoil both within and without. The path of the Cross is alone the path of peace.

  The moment came when the Lord Jesus could say, ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you’ (John 14:27). This could only be on the ground of His death, for the man in Adam could never give up his will: to do so would be to give up his very existence. But the death of the Lord Jesus is—judicially, and for faith—the end of that man, and the Christian walking in the Spirit owns him no more.

  The believer can thus, and only thus, have freedom from the tyranny of sin as he reckons (having faith)himself to have died unto sin, and to be alive unto God as one ‘alive from the dead.’ He presents his body a living sacrifice unto God, and proves what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Thus walking, the peace of the Lord Jesus becomes an experiential reality in the heart of the believer. Thank God! we are no longer linked with the fallen Adam, and the Holy Spirit has placed us in union with Christ risen and glorified.

 The more clearly we enter, by faith, into objective truth, or what is true of us in the Lord Jesus, the deeper, more experiential and practical will be the Spirit’s subjective work in us, and the more complete will be the manifestation of the moral effect in our life and character.

  “Both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one” (Heb. 2:11).

It saddens me that our pulpits are deaf and dumb to the teaching of ‘reckoning’ oneself as crucified. We can memorize the verses but it needs to be taught more rightly about the crucified life. That we need to put ourselves on the cross daily and give no power to sin in our lives.

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Pray for Matthew, picked up a parasite from a trip to Costa Rica

Pray for Greg W, threes years of intense IBS, some days like today totally crippling.