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.

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.

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.

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.

FROM THE BEGINNING

November 6, 2018

faith-origin“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thess. 2:13).

  To be Christ-centered, we must be Spirit-dependent.

It is basically the belief of the truth; it is not belief of the fruits. The Holy Spirit cannot present to me the fruit He has produced in me, as the object of my faith. He speaks to me of my faults, of my sins, but not of the good works that may be in me. He produces them in me, but He hides them from me; for if we think of them, it is but a more subtle self-righteousness. It is like the manna which, being kept, produced worms. All is spoilt—it is no more faith in action. The Holy Spirit must always present to me the Lord Jesus Christ, that I may grow and have peace.

  “An understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is basic to Christian growth. Spirituality is Christ-likeness, and Christ-likeness is the fruit of the Spirit. Spiritual power is not the miraculous or the spectacular, but rather the consistent manifestation of the characteristics of the Lord Jesus in the believer’s life. All this is the work of the Spirit, of whom the Lord Jesus said, ‘He shall glorify Me’ (John 16:14).

  “What are the ingredients of spirituality? First, a spirit of dependence, whatever may be the state of faith and the blessings we may have realized. Secondly, an entire confidence in the goodness of the Father; for He is love. Thirdly, the Lord Jesus as the constant object of the affections of the heart, for the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart is to fill it with contemplation of and fellowship with the Lord Jesus in glory.”

  “Changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).

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Pray for Connie’s daughter, she’s 17 and in a bike accident broke her hands, her wrists and her arms. It will be 3 months before they know if she will get back the use of her hands.

Pray for Don K, Vietnam Vet, he’s in hospice, has maybe a week left, pray that sometime in this week he will be lucid enough to say goodbye to his wife and kids.

Remember Steve H, and his family in prayer

the school of law

November 4, 2018

Paul tells us sin is no longer our master “because you are not under the law, but under grace” (Ro 6:14). The truth that we’re no longer saved by the law, however, does not mean it is irrelevant to the Christian life. The reality is that the law is still needed, not least because it reveals much about Jesus. Here’s how:

  ➤ The holiness of the law points to Christ’s holiness—The Law created a people who were “holy,” set apart or unique in a way that is similar to the character of God. As the Law commands, “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (Lev 11:44). God’s Law is a reflection of God’s holiness that prefigures the holiness of Christ. Peter later quotes this passage in reminding us that we are to be holy in all that we do because Jesus is holy (see 1Pe 1:15–16).

 ➤ The ceremonial law points to the cross of Christ—The part of the Law that we often call “ceremonial” (e.g., regulations for feasts, festivals, sacrifices) expressed rules that applied directly to Israel’s circumstances and allowed them to atone for their sins. The ceremonial laws symbolize and foreshadow by means of temporary outward ceremonies the nature of Christ’s redemptive work. Because Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial law, we no longer have to offer sacrifices in the temple.

 ➤ The moral law points to the righteousness of Christ—The moral laws set forth the permanent standard for human righteousness and show what human beings who serve God are expected to do.” Not only does the moral law show us the standard, but it shows us what we must do to please Jesus.

  We are kidding ourselves if we think of ourselves as having an intimate relationship with Christ, if we refuse to see our religious hypocrisy, our refusal to rest, our persistent coveting, our belittling of our parents, and our twisting the truth as an ongoing offense to him. Can you see that the way God intends for us to enjoy communion with him is by keeping his commands?

As the Apostle Paul says, “the law is like a school teacher” it is necessary until we discover ‘grace’ and the salvation Christ affords apart from the law.

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Pray for Kennie, 8 years old and tipped a 3 wheel atv over on himself in the garage. So he’s in the hospital and Child Services have shown up. This is a family of ranchers with 6 kids. And 30 years in our church. There’s never been any bad reports. Wait till they find out the kid’s a crack shot with both a rifle and shotgun and helps skin his dad’s dear this year.

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.