DIVINE HEALING

January 6, 2019

Resurrection-Doubting-Thomas

I just want to be up front about where I stand on divine healing. I believe that God can and does offer us divine healing. I think the best book written on the subject is by Andrew Murray. You can find this book free online.

I will also say I don’t understand why it happens one time and not another, only that it is the providence of God. I don’t believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit disappeared just because we got the bible as some teach. The idea that “that which is perfect” is a reference to the bible.

And as long as 1 Corinthians 1:7 is in the bible then all the gifts are still here.

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)

I have seen first hand divine healing that was immediately proven by a doctor. A man was being rolled into surgery for lung cancer, as they wheeled him into surgery, he cried out that he felt warm all over and for the first and only time started speaking in tongues. His doctor was a Christian man who didn’t believe in spiritual gifts but was so curious he had the man x-rayed again and there was no cancer. I know this story to be true as I was there when it happened.

And yet I know a dear old Pentecostal lady that is suffering greatly at this moment, who has had numerous healings in her life. But now she is suffering greatly and there has been no healing.

Then one more example, my best friend had a huge mass on his spine, the doctors looking at the x-ray told him it was cancer and they didn’t believe they could operate. I laid hands on him and prayed for healing. His doctor a skeptical Hindu, wanted to humiliate me and ordered x-rays to prove me wrong. The x-rays came back and no mass. Several more x-rays and still no mass. The pain was gone and he was released from the hospital.

Friends, God still heals, I do not know why it happens the way it does. China right now is experiencing an out pouring of the Holy Spirit and missionaries are saying it’s like the Book of Acts is happening all over. Hundreds being saved daily and great miracles with it.

God heals in many different ways.

God first revealed Himself as the Healer of His people in a strange little Old Testament incident described in Exodus 15. After four hundred years of bondage, the Israelites had just been delivered from Egypt by the mighty hand of God. They had seen plagues devastate the greatest civilization on the face of the earth. They’d had the exhilarating experience of passing through the Red Sea on a dry path while the waters stood firm as walls on either side. They had watched Pharaoh’s elite corps of horsemen and chariots drown—the enemies who had terrorized them all their lives had been defeated. In this dramatic way God gave us a picture of the first step we experience today as He begins our emotional healing: freedom from the bondage of our past.

GOD OFFERS HEALING FRONT THE PAST

When the Israelites saw that their bondage in Egypt was over and their former masters were powerless to enslave them again, they no longer had any reason to fear their former masters or obey them.

Much like those Israelites, when we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are freed from bondage to our old master, Satan. This liberation should also deliver us from the influence of the past on our emotions as well. But while this can happen right away, for most of us, it is a more gradual process. The first part of Exodus 15 is a song of praise to the Lord for His great victory over the Israelites’ enemies. The people were on an emotional high. Then began their journey toward the Promised Land.

As the book of Exodus tells us, “Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying ‘What are we to drink?” (Exod. 15:22-24).

Three days in the desert without water, then the disappointment of undrinkable water, and God’s people soon forgot His power and care for them. They could have said, “Look what God has already done for us! After all that, He’ll surely find a way to provide water for us. We’ll keep on trusting Him.” But they didn’t.

Instead the Israelites grumbled, a habit that persisted all through their journey. The text says they grumbled against Moses, but in reality, they were grumbling against the God who was leading them in the pillar of cloud and fire that moved before them. They were babies in their walk with their God. Fortunately, He understood that and was very patient with them. Despite their complaining attitude He responded to their spokesman’s plea: “Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet” (Exod. 15:25).

Such a simple solution. So easy for God to do. And then: “The LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exod. 15:26-27).

In the original language, God said, “I am Yahweh-Rapha, the Lord who heals you.” Rapha means “to mend, to cure, to repair, to make whole.”

God gave this promise to the ancient nation of Israel, but it includes a principle that still applies to us today:

Emotional and spiritual health are by-products of obedience.

Health is related to obedience both spiritually, physically, and emotionally. If we obey the commands against sexual immorality, we will not be infected by the sexually transmitted diseases that are rampant in our modern world. Meanwhile, our self-worth will not suffer from being used, cast off, and rejected.

If we obey the command to not covet, we will have a healthy attitude toward both relationships and possessions. We will be grateful for all that God has given us, whether much or little, and be immune to discontent, which works like acid in our emotions.

If we obey the commands against stealing, we will have healthy self-respect, a good name, and no criminal record.

If we honor our parents instead of rebelling against them, we will protect our family relationships.

There are innumerable healthy benefits to having a clear conscience. And God challenged His people to test Him and experience Him in a tangible way—He specifically said He would bless them with health if they obeyed His commands. But there’s more to the incident at Marah for us to learn . . .

THE POWER OF THE CROSS

The instrument God used to heal the bitter waters was a piece of wood. Why not salt, the substance Elisha used hundreds of years later? Why not just a spoken word? Instead God directed Moses to throw a piece of wood into the water because that piece of wood pointed to another—the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is the only way the bitter waters of our lives can be healed. In other words:

The cross is God’s remedy for emotional pain.

God’s Additional Instruments of Healing

Hundreds of years before Christ’s birth, the prophet Isaiah, who was prophesying about the work of the Messiah, said, “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:4-6).

Isaiah said that Jesus would be taken up, carried, pierced, crushed, and wounded for our infirmities, our sorrows (emotions), our transgressions, our iniquities, our punishment.

Why did He do it? To bring us peace and healing: As

God, Our Healer

Isaiah said, “By His wounds we are healed.” Some people teach that this means physical healing is guaranteed by Christ’s atonement. But Peter interpreted this passage differently. He wrote, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Pet. 2:24-25).

Peter applies Isaiah’s words to our salvation. God knew that we have to be healed spiritually for there to be emotional healing. The cross of Jesus Christ, where He bore our sins and took our punishment, made it possible for us to be reconciled to our God. It enabled us to come back to Him, cleansed and forgiven. His sacrifice for us brings us peace. That’s spiritual and emotional healing, isn’t it?

Maybe you’re thinking, What about physical healing?

Remember that all healing is from God, whether it’s through rest, sunshine, a healthy diet, the God-given skill of physicians or surgeons, or the miracles of prayer.

And as far as our emotions are concerned, God uses, in addition to the cross of Jesus Christ, at least four “instruments” to heal us: His Word, the power that comes from praising Him, the encouragement of His people, and the gift of a godly self-image. Let’s look at each of these components of spiritual healing.

GOD’S WORD BRINGS HEALING TO THE PRESENT

The healing power of God’s Word is shown in, among other passages, Psalm 107, a song of praise to the Lord for His unfailing love for His people. He demonstrated this love by His deliverance when they called upon Him in their need: “Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his Word and healed them” (Ps. 107:17-20).

Here we have people who were suffering affliction and physical, emotional, and spiritual sickness as a consequence of persistent rebellion against the Lord. Yet when they cried out to Him, He “sent forth His word and healed them.”

How does God use His Word to heal?

Jesus demonstrated this godly gift beautifully when He was here on earth. He healed every possible affliction that humanity suffers, and He did so to demonstrate that He was the only One who could heal us from the root cause of all our troubles—sin.

Let’s take a look at one specific incident. Luke 7 describes a Roman centurion whose servant had fallen ill and was near death. The centurion had heard about Jesus, and he had sent some elders of the Jews to ask Him for help.

Jesus responded to the request for healing by making His way toward the centurion’s home, but before He could get there, another message from the centurion was brought to Him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it” (Luke 7:6-8).

Jesus listened to this statement in amazement and told the crowd that He had never seen that kind of faith among the Jews. When the messengers returned to the centurion’s house, they found that the servant had been healed.

This Roman warrior understood authority, and he knew Jesus had the authority to heal from a distance. Jesus could send forth His Word and heal, and that’s just what He did.

But does He do it today? And if He does, how? What relation does the Word have to healing our emotions? To answer these questions, we need to look at the ways God uses His Word to heal us: our praise of Him.

THE HEALING POWER OF PRAISE

One of the instructions we’ve received from the Lord says, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). This is God’s Word. But how can it heal?

Suppose you are filled with anxiety, fear, discouragement, or grief. Your future is uncertain. You have no job. There is terminal illness in your family. Your children have turned away from the Lord and are estranged from you. You are in deep grief because of the loss of someone you love.

In the midst of your troubles, this word is sent from God to heal you: “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

You see, God is the only unchanging constant in our lives. When all else is gone—health, family, friends, money, position—God remains. “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Isn’t that something to rejoice about? Not only is God present with us, but His Word also tells us that He loves us and nothing can separate us from that great unconditional love.

Another word from the Lord says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

How can we apply this in a practical way? How about praying something like this:

“Lord, I feel terrible. I’m fearful, worried, lonely, rejected, grieving. [You put in your own words.] But Your Word assures me that nothing here on earth, whether past, present, or future, can break my relationship with You through Jesus Christ.

“Since I’m going to live forever, my time on earth is a very small dot on the pages of eternity. I can rejoice in You because You will never abandon me. You will never stop loving me. You hear my prayers when I cry to You just as You did for Your people long ago.

“You have given me Your Word, and I choose to obey it. I rejoice in You. I praise You. I thank You for who You are and for what You have done for me.”

Pray this prayer consistently, and I can practically guarantee there will eventually be a change in your emotions. But God knows we need help, both divine and human. And He provides that help.

GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN US

When we trusted Jesus Christ, He forgave our sins and called us to a new life of obedience to Him. He didn’t say, “Now that I’ve forgiven you, clean up your act. Do your best. Try harder. You’ll be able to change yourself.” How hopeless that would be!

The wonderful fact is that He knew we couldn’t change or heal ourselves in our own strength. He gave us Someone to help us. He gave us His Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts. He is the One who gives us new birth, makes us a new creation, and places us into the body of Christ. He is the One who makes us able to understand and apply Scripture (see 1 Cor. 2:12-13).

Romans 8 teaches us that the Spirit sets us free from slavery to sin. He is our new Master. He leads us in God’s ways. He gives us assurance that we are God’s children and can come into His presence with freedom and intimacy. He helps our weaknesses. He interprets our prayers, and He intercedes for us. Our part is to yield to His control, have our minds and hearts set on what He desires. Our part is to keep in step with His leading and trust Him to give us the ability to live to please God. He is the One who will work in our innermost being to give us the character of Jesus Christ, which is God’s ultimate purpose for saving us and adopting us into His family. The family of God, other believers, is God’s provision of the human help and companionship we need.

GOD’S FAMILY HELPS US HEAL

While I want to mention Christian friendship here as an instrument of God’s healing, we’ll postpone until chapter 18 an in-depth discussion. For now, it’s sufficient to say that friends and support groups are keys to emotional healing; they are effective because we humans were created to need each other.

The Bible tells us that God loves and accepts us, yet we need the tangible demonstration of love and acceptance from people we can see, hear, and touch. If one part of the Christian body suffers, every other part suffers with it. So if you are in difficulty, don’t be a loner. Reach out to Christian friends, support groups, or counselors, and allow them to help you. Give them the privilege and opportunity to pray for you.

A GODLY SELF-IMAGE ENCOURAGES EMOTIONAL HEALTH

God also uses another powerful tool to keep us emotionally healthy. When we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, God gives us a new self-image in Christ. This healthy view of ourselves is only possible when we stop believing what our emotions tell us and start believing what God says about us.

For example, our emotions may tell us: “I don’t think anyone has ever really loved me, so something in me must be unlovable. I feel like a loser. I don’t feel that I’m a good Christian. I don’t feel God’s love.”

In contrast, if we have a relationship with God because we have trusted Jesus Christ, this is what He wants us to hear: “I love you. You are now My child. I know all about you—past, present, and future—and I accept you. You are united with Christ. You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. I will never abandon you, either in time or eternity.”

Faced with those opposing kinds of self-talk, who are you going to believe, your feelings or God’s Word? Not only must we believe God’s evaluation of us, but we need to reject what our own faulty experiences and emotions tell us. As we consistently reject the negative impressions that we have believed for years and accept our new status as those whom God loves as He loves His own Son, our self-images will change.

Self-image doesn’t change because we focus on pleasing ourselves, saying, “I’m doing something good for myself,” and following all the other suggestions that feed self-centeredness. It changes because we choose with our wills to believe God and accept His love for us.

Yes, God can heal our emotions. He is our Healer. He wants to heal us. He wants to free us from the crushing emotional obstacles that hinder our growth to maturity. The wonderful fact is that He has the power to heal, and He has provided everything necessary for our healing:

The cross of Christ,

His Word,

Rejoicing and praise,

The Holy Spirit,

His body, the church, and

A new self-image in Christ.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Caliste Burt, brain surgery is coming up soon.

Pray for Bill Warneke, chronic pain and depression

Remember Olivia, that she carries this miracle baby to full term.

WHAT RINGS YOUR BELL?

November 28, 2018

growth marks

What rings your bell?

I used to do church growth seminars.

The one thing I tell pastors is don’t jump on the band wagon and do what mega church next door is doing.

Don’t imitate another pastor’s style, whether it be how he preaches or what he wears (really).

And just because the person in your church that gives the most money, that doesn’t give them any rights to dictate anything.

I had a pastor that came to me because the largest giver in church didn’t like the way he would preach a sermon. So he gave him tapes of his favorite preacher and told him to preach like that guy did.

I told him to either burn the tapes or ask the guy to leave. Good news the guy repented and became a follower not a bulldozer.

I’ve mentioned this before, but the most important part of church is the sermon, not the music leader, or singing off the wall. It’s the pastor’s prayer life.

If as a pastor, you are where you need to be in praying and bible study and faithful in your pastoral duties. It is God who determines what type of church you will have. Be satisfied with that.

I’ve conducted exit interviews for various churches and I will tell you one thing..

You can’t please everyone. So be yourself.

Second most important thing I can tell you as a pastor, don’t sacrifice your family for the church.

Well that’s my rant for today, been awhile so I feel entitled.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for your pastor, before you criticize.

Confession

November 18, 2018

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

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

This devotion is like that.

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

I’m going against the grain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Pray for Dave H, needs employment

Pray for Dave I, prostate problems.

Remember Gwen in your prayers, financial problems.

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.

EUTYCHUS

October 30, 2018

Luke relates the peculiar tale of a young man who fell asleep during Paul’s sermon and tumbled three stories to his death. Fortunately, the anecdote has a cheerful ending as God used Paul to restore Eutychus back to life.

 While many preachers have likely used the story as a warning against falling asleep during their sermons, there is probably another explanation for the accident. Eutychus was a common slave name, so it’s possible the young man came to hear Paul after a long day of work. That would account for the apostle “talking until midnight” (Ac 20:7).

 Although he came to feed his soul by hearing the Word of God proclaimed, Eutychus’s body could not overcome his exhaustion. He serves as a reminder that our spiritual formation can be impeded by a lack of rest.

 Obviously it can suggest to us that we need rest to function at a capacity that allows us to serve the Lord. But the story also points to how we can be a blessing to others: by giving the gift of rest.

   Many of us have offered to help a fellow believer with other spiritual disciplines, such as prayer or Bible study. Yet how many of us have offered to help our neighbor get some much-needed sleep?

 For example, parents of newborns and infants are constantly in need of sleep and rest. We could offer to come by their home and watch their kids for a few hours on the weekend, giving them time to nap or simply enjoy some peace and quiet.

 Similarly, caretakers of invalid family members have work that keeps them in a constant state of busyness. By offering to spend time each week caring for their loved one while they rest, we can help carry their burden.

 Many of us could also open our homes, especially on the weekends, to college students who need a quiet place away from the noise and distraction of campus life and roommates.

Do you like to cook, offer a meal to a busy single working mom. Mow the pastor’s lawn.

To many kids are over tired, between school, homework, karate classes, swimming classed, scouting or 4H, hobbies. When do the kids get a rest? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen moms conked out, dead to the world asleep in the church parking lot, picking their kids up from daycare or choir practice.

 To whom in your congregation or neighborhood can you give the gift of rest? Imagine the impact you could have by helping the “Eutychus” in your life.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for Jimmie C, 34, and they just discovered a brain tumor, will decide tomorrow about surgery.

 

Remember Randi, she is taking her citizenship test on Thursday.

 

Pray for Lisa, trying to get her husband to come to marriage counseling, she’s tired that she’s doing “all the lifting.”

 

Pray for Connie, her son is having legal problems.

 

Pray for Veronica, ever since her divorce she has been “the wild child” everyone thought it was just a phase, but she is neglecting her kids, ruining her health and her first scare with the law.

SO SWEET

October 29, 2018

One of the most beautiful words in the human vocabulary is forgiveness. How much pain and unhappy consequences could be avoided if we all learned the meaning of this word. The King David shared some of the emotion he personally experienced after he asked God to “wash away my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:2, NIV). “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit” (Psalm 32:1,2, NIV). In one bold stroke, forgiveness obliterates the past and permits us to enter the land of new beginnings.

God’s forgiveness is not just a casual statement; it is the complete blotting out of all the dirt and degradation of our past, present, and future. The only reason our sins can be forgiven is that, on the Cross, Jesus Christ paid their full penalty. (But) only as we bow at the foot of the Cross, in contrition, confession, and repentance, can we find forgiveness.

 The Basis for Forgiveness: 1. Reconciliation. When God forgives, there is an immediate and complete change in relationship. Instead of hostility, there is love and acceptance. Instead of enmity, there is friendship. “God . . .reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19, NIV).

  1. Purification. The very essence of forgiveness is being restored to our original standing before God. “Purge me. . .and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7, KJV). (See also 1 John 1:9, Romans 4:7.) Another aspect of purification is that God forgets our sin when He forgives it. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12, NIV). (See also Psalm 103:12; Isaiah 38:17.)

  2. Remittance. Forgiveness results in God’s dropping the charges against us. He will not enforce judgment because of our sins. Jesus said to the woman taken in adultery,” . . . Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11, KJV). (See also Romans 8:1.) What a great privilege the counselor has in sharing the joy of God’s forgiveness!

  3. It doesn’t matter what you have done, God’s love is so amazing that He will forgive anything you’ve done. You can’t claim to be worse than anyone else. the very fact that you want to have God’s forgiveness is His way of showing all you have to do is ask.

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IMAGE BEARER

October 25, 2018

  “Now we have received. . . the Spirit who is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God “(1 Cor. 2:12).

  The Holy Spirit ministers the truth of the Word via the mind, that we may share the One who is Truth via the heart.

  “If you do not know the Bible as the very Word of God, all is lost! Where have you learned anything from the Lord distinctly, but where every counter influence was inadmissible—in the sacred enclosure of His own Word and Presence, where nothing to qualify what He says can exist?”

  “I must not only be an expounder of the truth, but an exponent of it. There should be the sense, I have learned that word for myself. It is not just being able to describe it, or to put it in correct dispensational order; but having that word for myself from the Spirit.”

 

The mistake with many saints in the present day is that they think because they can describe a truth, that therefore they have learned it. When a truth is really accepted, the conscience demands that there should be accordance with it. And in a phrase I haven’t used in quite some time; “there’s the rub.” All across America there are bibles in almost all the homes, some homes have many bibles. In certain churches most people bring their bible to church. But so many who call Jesus, Lord, are ignorant of even the basic tenets of the bible.

Heart truth, yesterday we talked about spiritual brain power, I’m not contradicting myself it’s just part of the equation. You can read it, memorize it, but does it rule your life? Will it make you stop what you are doing, or thinking? It’s called the Living Word because it must live in me, active and activating.

 

The Scriptures tell me what the Father gives me, but they do not give it to me. The Spirit applies the Word to me in its divine meaning, and then I possess what Scripture tells me is mine through God’s grace. For instance, the Word tells me that if I behold the Lord’s glory I shall be transformed. It doesn’t transform me, however clearly I may see what it states. It communicates to me a very great thing, but it is the Spirit who makes it experiential to me.

  “Changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. “ (2 Cor. 3.18).

Are you changing? Do you see yourself become more Christlike, an image bearer of Jesus?

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Larry R, just divorced wife number 5, and it’s never his fault. If you were to look up bitter in the dictionary it would have his picture.

Pray for Olivia, that she will carry to full term.

Pray for Jimmy H, I could write 5 volumes on this guy’s walk with the Lord. But his health is dealing him a real blow, this 6’7” giant, needs to start asking for help.

Pray for Steve and his family, blessings all around

MOMENT BY MOMENT

October 20, 2018

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

 

  We receive life by reliance upon the Savior; we grow in that life by reliance upon the Spirit.

 

  “Many think that because of faith they are cleared of everything before God through the Cross, and therefore by faith they are clear of everything in themselves. But that is the error of ‘holiness by faith.’ The objective (position) is that we are clear before the Father; the subjective (condition) is that we are cleared from ourselves by the growth ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

 

As you by faith in the positional facts realize that you are in the Father’s presence. You know His presence because you know that your position in the Christian life is a life of faith in the facts, nothing else, a life based upon what the Word of God tells us. Not your feelings, not a message in tongues, just the facts.

 

We are, naturally, suspicious of any offer to make us happy in God. Because our moral sense, our natural conscience, tells us of our having lost all right even to His ordinary blessings. But in the Word of our Father, faith reads our abundant title to be near to Him and happy with Him, though natural conscience and our sense of the fitness of things would have it otherwise. Faith feeds where the moral sensibilities of the natural mind would count it presuming even to tread.

 

 The moment we walk by sight we are outside of faith. The Father would never have us outside of faith; hence, even in answering faith, He so answers it that we need it again the next moment, even while we are enjoying the results of it. The Christian life is indeed moment by moment, faith by faith.

  “Faith is. . . the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

God bless from scumlikesuschurch@gmail.com

 

Pray for those struggling with cancer, Joe, Marybeth, Susan, Dave…

Pray for those struggling with depression

Pray for Susan, who just lost her husband in fatal car crash the funeral is tomorrow (Saturday)

Husbands and Wives part four. Don’t worry about the titles, I mis-numbered where we are, so some will think this is part 3. (we are almost done, hang it there).

It’s interesting that while Titus 2:4 mentions a wife’s loving her husband in the context of submission, neither Ephesians nor 1 Peter (nor Colossians) mention a wife’s love. Instead Ephesians (5:33) and 1 Peter (3:2, 6) both mention respect in connection with submission. Respect is a crucial element of biblical submission.

But what often happens is that a couple starts marriage with high expectations. They’re in love and they think that love will conquer all their problems. But not too far into the marriage, the honeymoon wears off and there are disappointments as expectations are not met. Often this takes place unconsciously, since many of the expectations are not consciously identified. The husband, who may not be as relationally tuned in as his wife, deals with his marital disappointments by burying himself in his job.

The disappointed wife tries to remodel her husband by nagging him about his shortcomings and about not meeting her emotional needs. He’s clueless about how to meet her needs, but he’s pretty confident in his job, so he pours himself into work. When he makes feeble attempts to lead spiritually or relationally at home, she resists his efforts, because she doesn’t respect his relational skills or his spiritual leadership. The end result is emotional distance, relational hurts, and sometimes the disintegration of the marriage.

If, instead of that downward cycle, a wife will work at showing her husband respect, acceptance, and appreciation for anything she can possibly affirm, and she responds to his attempts at leadership, it will lead to greater unity and intimacy in the marriage. Wives, make note of this: Men react to nagging either by flight or by fight. A nice husband will run for cover; a more belligerent husband will fight back. But neither leads to greater marital intimacy. But 1 Peter 3:1-4 says that even a disobedient husband may be won by a wife’s gentle and quiet spirit.

Part of submitting to your husband involves looking for things that please him and doing them. But some of you may be thinking, “If I do that, how will my needs be met?” Or, “I’d meet more of his desires and needs if he weren’t so selfish and would meet more of my needs!” But marriage is not a 50-50 deal (even though that’s what every book and two bit counselor says). Each partner needs to give 100 percent in the way God has ordained and leave their partner’s response up to the Lord. When that happens, God often changes the partner and the needs of the one who stepped out first in obedience to God are met.

Many years ago a wife on the verge of divorce came to me, along with two of our deacons’ wives, who were counseling her to leave him (needless to say, we had several training sessions with deacons and their wives on giving biblical counseling). Her husband, who professed to be a Christian, left early each morning for a long commute to work and returned late in the evening, after stopping off to have a couple of beers at a bar. He would eat dinner, watch some TV, and hit the sack. Except for providing for them, he was completely disengaged from the family. She had to do it all and she was extremely frustrated and constantly let him know about it.

I explained 1 Peter 3 and advised that rather than criticizing and nagging her husband for his lack of involvement, she should thank him for his hard work and for anything else that she honestly could affirm. I told her to make her home a refuge for him so that there was nowhere else that he would rather be. She took my advice and stopped nagging him. Instead, she cheerfully greeted him when he got home, telling him how much she appreciated his hard work. She focused on meeting his needs. He started coming home earlier, eating dinner with the family, and even leading them in family devotions. When I left that church, with tears streaming down her cheeks she thanked me for holding to God’s Word that day. She said, “I wouldn’t have my family together today if you had compromised what God’s Word says.”

So the practice of submission involves an attitude of respect and a response to the husband’s leadership.

If there is one word about what destroys a marriage, it’s “selfishness”. And it is rampant in the church. I don’t get it, because the ‘servant’ mentality that teaches all we are to be should kill selfishness. I have to confess that I was shocked that our deacons’ wives would offer this kind of counseling. I had both the deacons’ step down for one year. To examine their leadership in the home and sent them out of the church to another biblical counselor to work on their marriages.

Counseling almost ender their marriages, because each wife was a ‘liberated’ Christian woman. There is no such thing. Yet, it is one of the biggest obstacles to a healthy, loving marriage. Husbands need respect, women need security. Husbands that don’t come home after work or golf all weekend, simply don’t want to be their wives. It’s vicious circle.

To all believers, lead a biblical life and you will find peace and harmony in all you do. Don’t compromise biblical principals and God will bless you in ways you can’t imagine. And best of all, when the storms of life hit you there will be no doubt about your relation to God. Give God the respect He deserves, and you will have peace of mind and joy.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Susan and her 3 children. Her husband was killed today on the way to work. His pickup truck was hit so hard by another truck, that his truck split in two. The cab and the pickup bed were 45 feet apart. His body burst like a balloon. His dog left only a shadow on the dashboard. If they family didn’t say he traveled with his dog, no one would have even known. The driver that hit him is dead as well and we still don’t know what happened, heart attack, fell asleep, we don’t know.

Life is like a mist; one puff of air and we are gone.

Live every day for the Lord.

HEY, STUD

October 9, 2018

A bishop who had just had a cup of tea with a parishioner commented, “I’m glad to see in what a comfortable way you are living.” The churchgoer replied, “Oh, bishop, if you want to know how we really live, you need to come when you’re not here.” (Reader’s Digest [3/84], p. 16)

Unfortunately, a lot of Christians live that way, keeping up a good front to impress others with their spirituality. But if you knew how they really live, you’d find that they are faking it. They don’t live as authentic Christians. We all value authenticity, especially when it comes to our faith. But how can we know if our faith is genuine? What are the marks of authentic Christianity?

Many of the Colossian Christians had been unsettled by some false teachers who had arisen in their midst. They were telling these relatively new believers that they needed to observe designated holy days, avoid certain foods, and keep certain rules in order to be spiritual. They implied that the gospel which Epaphras had taught the Colossians was not complete or accurate. They needed to add the insights and rules of the false teachers to be genuine believers.

Paul wrote to the church to assure them that the gospel they previously received through Epaphras was the genuine item. It proved its authenticity by the fruit that it had produced in them and was producing in others everywhere it went. In so doing, Paul emphasized, as he often did, three virtues that are essentials of authentic Christianity: faith in Jesus Christ, love for other believers, and the hope of heaven. Also, in Paul’s opening comments, he reflects the authentic Christian virtues of thankfulness and prayer. Putting it together, we learn that …

Authentic Christians are marked by thankfulness and prayer, faith in Christ, love for the saints, and the hope of heaven.

It’s obvious that the Colossians were very different after they heard and believed the gospel which Epaphras preached. If people have not changed, we can assume that either the true gospel was not preached or that it was not believed. Belief in the true gospel results in the changes that Paul himself embodied and that he mentions here.

In many Pentecostal churches you will find more women in the congregation than men. My church therefore is an anomaly, we have more men than women (55%). It’s not a huge difference but it is different.

What always interests me is how my men test me to see if I’m genuine. When our church went interdenominational, we received even more men. I think we have more than our fair share of cops, FBI, a secret something and a homeland security. Maybe one attracts the other. With my military and government background it’s maybe not so surprising.

And since I hunt, reload, and shoot often we get a lot of shooters in church. So our men’s prayer Saturday is usually prayer, breakfast and then shooting. We trade knives, stories and once a quarter we have a saints and sinner dinner. We encourage the guys to invite someone that has never been to church. We grill steaks, have a little bourbon (one glass limit) and a cigar and then bible study, we call it “the holy smokes bible study”.

We have guys that won’t come to church but they will come to bible study and the dinners.

What interests me the most is how they watch the Christian men like a hawk, just waiting for them to slip up. I tell them we do have a few rules always in play, you can’t take the Lord’s name in vain, no dope, don’t show up drunk or high, no jokes about sex, no wife bashing, and you don’t have to hold hands when you pray. That last one draws a big sigh of relief.

I tell them anything I say in front of them I would say in the pulpit.

They are looking for a very real, genuine walk, and they want to see forgiveness in action. We do confess our sins to each other, either to the group or you’ll see some guys on one of the hiking trails or on the gun range having a serious come to Jesus conversation.

The one side effect I never saw coming was the wives saying thank you. My response is always “it’s not the goal of the church to neuter your husband” you can be a man and a good Christian.

Well that’s it for now, God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Ronnie S, life has been very hard for him and he needs a financial miracle.