THE PROMISES OF GOD

September 20, 2018

One of the questions I am often asked is; “are all the promises in the bible for me?”

They are surprised when I say NO.

Not every promise in the bible is for you. Some are only for the Jews, Some are for non believers, some are for the New Testament Church, some are for the 7 years of tribulation, some are for the 1000 year reign of Christ.

So you have to take the promises in context of the chapter and book.

So the old saying; “every promise in the book is mine” isn’t really correct.

So here’s a list from the first five books of the bible, ask yourself who they are for. It might surprise you.

GENESIS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD

God made man in his image, in his likeness, and gave him dominion over the earth and all its creatures (1:26-28).

God blessed the descendants of Abraham, and all peoples on earth have been blessed through them (12:2-3; 18:18).

When we believe the Lord, he credits it to us as righteousness (15:6).

God established his covenant with Abraham and greatly increased his numbers, so that he became a father of many nations (17:2, 5).

Nothing is too hard for the Lord (18:14).

God chose Abraham, “so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him” (18:19).

The Judge of all the earth will always do right (18:25).

God promised to bless Abraham and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Through his offspring, all nations on earth would be blessed, because he obeyed God (22:17-18).

EXODUS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD

The Lord is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (3:6).

The Lord took the Israelites as his own people, became their God, and brought them out from under the yoke of the Egyptians (6:7).

The Lord raised up Pharaoh to show him his power and to cause his name to be proclaimed in all the earth (9:16).

The Lord is faithful to his covenant promises and delivers his people through his powerful right hand (14-15).

“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (15:11).

God brought his people in and planted them on the mountain of his inheritance (15:17).

The Lord is our Banner (17:15).

God promised that if his people would obey him fully and keep his covenant, than out of all nations they would be his treasured possession. Although the whole earth is his, they would be for him a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (19:5-6).

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (33:14).

The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, is slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin (34:6-7).

LEVITICUS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD

Among those who approach God he will show himself holy, and in the sight of all the people God will be honored (10:3).

“I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy” (11:44).

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (17:11).

“Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord” (18:5).

“Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy” (20:7-8).

“You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to by my own” (20:26).

“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high” (26:12-13).

NUMBERS AND THE PROMISES OF GOD

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (6:24-26).

“The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you’” (11:23).

The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion (14:17).

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God” (15:41).

“God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (23:19).

DEUTERONOMY AND THE PROMISES OF GOD

“The Lord your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as many as the stars in the sky. May the Lord, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!” (1:10-11).

“The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place” (1:30-31).

“The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything” (2:7).

“Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you” (3:22).

“O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do?” (3:24).

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (4:7).

“If . . . you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul” (4:29).

“For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath” (4:31).

The Lord is God; besides him there is no other (4:35, 39).

The Lord is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands (7:9).

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him” (18:17-18).

“The Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory” (20:4).

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever” (29:29).

That’s just the first five books of the bible, so what kind of list did you come up with?

Hopefully you’ll press on and work on the whole list, although there is a disagreement of how many promises there are, some say over 5000, some say only 3000. Either way you have a lot of work cut out for you to identify them all.

It will take a life time of work.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Larry R, going through a rough divorce

Pray for Valerie, the same (different person

Pray for Maureen and shingles.

Pray for those that are depressed. Reach out to someone today.

MAKE AMERICA SPIRITUAL AGAIN

September 3, 2018

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Let me tell you this: The America that I knew as a boy is gone. I say that with a broken heart. The people of God in this country have sold their spiritual birthright in order to be tolerant and lazy. We have been taken captive by a foreign entity and carried away into a strange land. Up is down and down is up. Morality is attacked and our youth in church and out are persuaded that anything goes. And, I must confess to you that America has been taken captive by the world, the flesh, and the devil, multiculturalism and tolerance and diversity blathering.

God has blessed America. God gave us abundance, but the abundance has turned to greed. God gave us freedom, but the freedom has turned to license. This nation was dedicated by our founding fathers to Almighty God; and now, there are powerful forces in America that are endeavoring to make it illegal for us to make mention of His name in public places, for boys and girls to carry Bibles to school or to wear Christian emblems on their clothing. America has been taken captive. Did you know that America is the most sinful nation on Earth? Now, you say, “Wait a minute. What about the pagan nations?” They have not been given what we’ve been given. We have sinned against light.

Did you know that the United States of America is doing more to corrupt other nations than any other nation? We are exporting pornography around the world. People are watching American movies and American filth around the world; and, as Christians, we have been unfaithful to God. All of this has happened, as we’re going to see in our study, today, on our watch. And, all of the problems, the debauchery, in the world today is a monument to the failure of the Church. I’ve already read the newspaper this morning, but it’s like yesterday’s newspaper, and the newspapers of the past year: crime, abortion, divorce, violence, suicide, drug addiction, alcoholism, unwed teen pregnancy, lust, pornography, fornication, adultery, sodomy—that is America, so-called God-blessed America.

It’s no wonder our enemies call us the Great Satan. Look how we are acting. The sad truth is you can’t tell the American pagans from the Christian Sloths.

Our need in America today is for a recovery, because we’ve been taken captive, and for revival to get back to where we ought to be, and then to rebuild, because we have lost our moral foundations.

How ironic that our president is making America great again in every way but spiritually. That’s ok, he is a political leader a Spiritual Leader. I think it very interesting that Billy Graham has passed away, he was called the Pastor to the Presidents. And there is no one I can name that I would trust to fill that position.

America needs a spiritual recovery, a revival. Those that are truly bible believers need to get on their knees and pray. Then they need to get on their feet and share what God has done for them. The door hasn’t closed yet, we might be oppressed as Christians, but we are not shackled, nor have we lost the right to speak the truth. Is there a risk for some people to do so, yes, there is.

But Christianity has always grown stronger when oppressed.

There needs to be a weeding out of sheep from the goats, and the fake spiritual leaders need to be challenged and thrown out.

The problems we are facing are not because of illegal aliens, or the Muslim scourge, it’s the lazy, to fat, easy believism and carnal, worldly Christians that are the problem. We are the church that no longer has Christ as our first love.

So my prayer today is we pray for pastors to either get in touch with God or step down from their pulpits and become car salesmen and that people would yearn to hear the truth about the bible as still relevant and that fact that sin is still sin.

Will you join me in praying for America? I hope you become as burdened as I am.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

MAKE AMERICA SPIRITUAL AGAIN, FOLLOWING AFTER THE GOD OF THE BIBLE.

TESTIFY

August 27, 2018

USEFUL

 

That’s the first word that pops into my head each day when I sit down and write a devotional. Can it be applied, does it make sense, is it useful. Grammar, spelling and punctuation be damned. (which you already know Mrs. K.)

I’ve been a Christian for 44 years, a pastor for over 40 years, a psychologist for 30, military service, marriage, family, prison chaplain, sex therapist, knife collector, gun collector, hunter, bow hunting, black powder hunting, pistol, rifle. I’ve been a gun instructor, combat instructor, urban warfare, jungle warfare training and trainee, martial arts and a huge Constitutionalist, politically active, street preacher. But always Christ first.

What draws to keep at this though is the aching heart of every person, believer or non-believer. That and watching my country U.S.A. change before my very eyes. And seeing Christianity being watered down, degraded, attacked, ridiculed and its believers fighting battles as great as any crusade.

Martyrdom,

A list generated by Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians, shows the Middle East accounts for a majority of countries ranked in the top 10 for extreme persecution of Christians. In order, the countries are as follows:

  1. North Korea

  1. Somalia

  1. Afghanistan

  1. Pakistan

  1. Sudan

  1. Syria

  1. Iraq

  1. Iran

  1. Yemen

  1. Eritrea

Egypt ranks No. 21. According to the Christian advocacy group, one in 12 Christians today experiences high, very high or extreme persecution for their faith. Nearly 215 million Christians face high persecution, with 100 million of those living in Asia.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, estimates that between the years 2005 and 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred — an average of 90,000 Christians each year.

It’s harder to be a Christian in public even in America.

What amazes me is Christians when push comes to shove will deny Jesus or water down their religion, faith or experience in order to save embarrassment. I guess they forget the bible says, “if you deny me I will deny you “

Matthew 10:33 English Standard Version (ESV)

33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

So the one thing I want you to do as a Christian is perfect your elevator pitch. Your testimony, in 30 seconds be able to tell how you came into a relationship with Christ and how it changed your life.

The next time someone asks what you do for a living give them your testimony and then say “oh, as hobby, I work at ……………” or in other words, Christ is first in my life and I work to live, not live to work, but I do live for Christ.

Email me and let me know how that goes.

When is the last time you said, “thank you Jesus” in public, you may be surprised what happens.

Practice being a happy Christian, your life will change and so will everyone around you

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

the reward

August 26, 2018

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Who deserves it, or does it even matter

I was talking to a seminary professor the other day and he told me that over the Christmas break he had taken a walking tour of Scotland to enjoy hiking and especially to visit some very old churches that have stood for hundreds of years.

At one of these churches it was Sunday and it was the last Sunday for this pastor who was retiring at 94 years of age and had spent 50 years as the pastor of this tiny church, hidden in rugged terrain that people had to walked to.

He said the pastor’s sermon was a homiletic master piece, it was deep, moving and a gem. He wondered how the Lord could keep such a master of preaching hidden like a rare gem from the world and how blessed this congregation was to have been guided by such a great shepherd.

He said that as he flew back to America a question began to form in his mind over who would be the most blessed, the pastor of a small struggling flock, that rarely had money, never knew fame, no books no tv shows, but a faithful pastor; or the mega pastor that touched millions and was there a difference in the eyes of God. Would the reward be different?

I asked him if had reached a conclusion and he said he had (with the foreknowledge that he was not God and this was just his humble opinion). He said that had; he believed that the faithful pastor to a small flock, faithful to the word and the work would receive a larger, better reward, because of the struggle and fight just to keep the doors open and no open earthly reward now.

Ok, it’s just one man’s opinion but I agree with him.

And the reason I’m bringing it up is I have a very good friend who is in that same exact position. 35 years at the same church, highly educated, gifted as a speaker, and faithful to the word and the craft of preaching good honest sermons with no baloney or filler at all.

And this month he will receive no salary because the church can’t afford to pay him for an entire month. He doesn’t know that I know this and what I want from all of you is to pray for him because I’ve never seen him so discouraged before.

So please keep this servant of God in prayer that like the children of God in the wilderness that he and his family will be divinely kept, that rust, and moth and corruption will not find root in any part of his life, that the car won’t break down, and no one will get sick and things will just work out; and if just one new face could show up on Sunday.

Because he has been faithful to God, and to the word.

This ain’t a chain letter so if you don’t pray nothing bad will happen to you (ha)

God bless and peace out.

Pray for Paul K, this faithful pastor. Storms have hit his family and the struggle he’s in right now if perhaps one of the toughest places he’s ever been in.

Pray for Paul C, this is the lost lamb, pray he wonders back into the fold, because this particular shepherd can’t find him.

Pray for David P, alcoholism, which he thought was a thing of the past has got him again.

Pray for Don L, close friend, pray for strength, guidance and the knowledge he is never forgotten.

the longest journey

August 18, 2018

Danger Will Robinson, danger, danger.

 

You know what is truly rare, a true Christian counselor.

 

When someone bills themselves as a Christian counselor ask them what their school degrees are in. 99% will say a masters in social work.

These are not Christian counselors. They are maybe Christians, and definitely not Biblical counselors. Now ask what church they attend, if it’s not evangelical they are not Biblical counselors. Now ask them if they’ve been divorced, if they have, don’t go to them for marriage counseling.

If you need counseling, and it’s not psychiatric, (mental disorder that can only be fixed with a prescription) then call some of the churches and see if they have a pastor that is schooled in pastoral counseling. Look in google for “pastoral counselors”.

The reason I make a big deal about this is Christian are to live their lives according to the bible, period. Not psychology, not sociology, there is no mixing of biblical principles with psychological principles. Stay the heck away from hypnosis, or someone who is “holistic” or someone that says they have a natural herbal remedy that God revealed to them, including oils, candles or anyone that tells you to stick anything in any orifice.

If you have a diagnosed mental illness see a psychiatrist that is a Christian and stick to your medicine.

If your depressed, take your medicine.

If your addicted, see a doctor and stick to your group and your sponsor.

If your Pentecostal or charismatic, and been told you’ve been healed, don’t go off your meds. See your doctor first.

If your diabetic, the above is true.

Do I believe in divine healing, strangely enough, yes I do. But I also believe in using some common sense and not putting myself or others at risk.

The boundaries of the mind are vast and still uncharted. Spiritual illness is as real as any other sickness. It may take a team of doctors, pastors, counselors, sponsors, prayer and ministers to help you to wellness.

I ask all of our readers to pray especially today for our brothers and sisters that struggle with depression, mental illness and spiritual anguish, guilt and shame.

There is relief, there is healing, it is a journey. And there are relapses, there are new “do overs”. Time to begin again.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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

WALK THE WALK

August 16, 2018

This is one of those hot buttons on which there is a great deal of disagreement and what is given here by no means touches all the bases.

Summary: The Bible nowhere specifically forbids or denounces masturbation. It does, of course, denounce all forms of sexual impurity and fantasies that would involve adulterous relationships whether actual or mental. The problem with masturbation is that it not only can become habit forming and addictive, but men and women often engage in pornography and adulterous fantasies in order to reach a climax. Further, the difference in sex drive in a couple is often not the real problem or issue. It is rather a breakdown in the relationship and in an understanding of the role of sex in marriage as that which not only gives pleasure but expresses love, unity, and commitment to each other. Masturbation expresses the opposite unless done with the other partner. The husband may experience orgasm with his wife without actual intercourse. If away from his wife and he is experiencing strong sexual desire and he can have an orgasm by thinking about his wife, etc. then that could be appropriate.

More Detail: As mentioned, the Bible does not directly address the issue of masturbation or deliberate self-stimulation of the sexual organ to the point of orgasm. It does warn against all forms of self-indulgence, adultery of the mind, and fornication. One of the problems involved is that though God created sex for enjoyment and pleasure, it is to be confined to the marriage relationship because it is also designed to express love (not just sexual love), unity, and total commitment. Masturbation is an act of self-gratification rather than a part of giving gratification and pleasure to one’s partner. Here are a few of the dangers of masturbation that some have listed:

  1. Psychic effects. Masturbation has a tendency to isolate its captives psychologically and socially. In masturbation, the person is focused on self-alone even though he or she usually is fantasizing about someone else at the same time.

  1. Emotional deprivation. It is impossible for the one who is practicing this habit to experience the full extent of sex emotions. Therefore, in short-circuiting the emotions one can easily be removed from the world of reality.

  1. Damaged sensibility. The habit of masturbation has a tendency in numbing the mechanism of the sexual organs if practiced excessively. This lessens the sensibility and thus detracts from normal sexual relations of married life.

  1. Self-gratification. The emotional background of self-gratification is not the least bit healthy and usually militates against the home, wife and family because it is focused only on self.

  1. Control of the mind. Along with the act of masturbation comes the fantasy of the mind. When practiced often, a pattern or cycle seems to become established within the individual’s mind. Thus, perversion has a tendency to control the mind and this in turn initiates the act. The real danger lies in the guilt that increases as the individual dwells in this world of fantasy.

Much more could be said, but this will give you a few things to think about. There are plenty of theologians and pastors, etc., that I am sure would disagree with my comments on this, but here are some things for consideration.

The bible verse always quoted by those strongly opposed to any form of masturbation is always “you will not spill your seed upon the ground.” (genesis 38:6-10)wildly paraphrased. But you get the idea. Of course the topic in Genesis was not masturbation.

There are some biblical principles that can be applied to the issue of masturbation. Ephesians 5:3 declares, “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.” It is hard to see how masturbating can pass that particular test. The Bible teaches us, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). If you cannot give God glory for something, you should not do it. If a person is not fully convinced that an activity is pleasing to God, then it is a sin: “Everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). Further, we need to remember that our bodies have been redeemed and belong to God. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). This great truth should have a real bearing on what we do with our bodies. In light of these principles, the conclusion that masturbation is a sin is biblical. Clearly, masturbation is not glorifying to God; it does not avoid the appearance of immorality, nor does it pass the test of God’s having ownership over our bodies.

I’ve heard a great many respected preachers fall on both sides of the fence on this topic. The first principle to me is the issue of control, walking in the flesh (bible code for being carnal or selfish) or walking in the spirit (self control and spiritually minded).

One word I will say, if you consider it sinful it is a forgivable sin and does not and will not damn your soul. If you do think it is sinful then ask for forgiveness and move on.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matt. 17:5).

 

  Seeing the blackness of my heart provides the perfect backdrop for the bright and shining glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is my life. I am to be as well pleased with Him, and Him alone, as is my Father.

  “The learning of what I am and of what I have been in Adam, is truly humbling; but it need not be distressing if I see that all those conditions which have been present with me have just been the occasion for my Father to bring to light what is in His heart concerning me. When I see this, those very conditions magnify before my soul the greatness of His salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The weakness that is in myself, and the many things which I have to deplore in my past, or perhaps even in my present, make me thankful to know that my Father has brought in the Spirit of Christ within me, and has secured in Him all his own thoughts of blessing towards me for accepting His Son..

There is what is perfect and absolutely for God’s satisfaction and delight in the Lord Jesus, and it remains unaffected by what I find in myself. Nay! every self-discovery makes His perfection more a necessity to my heart. What I learn and experience in myself makes me rejoice to believe on Another in whom every promise of God is Yea and Amen.

The secret of being like the Lord Jesus is, that we are to count ourselves dead to the old and alive in the new. We are to give up our self-efforts after likeness to Him; we are to distrust our own strength as much as we distrust our own weakness and our own sin; and instead of striving to live like the Lord Jesus, let Him live through us, as He greatly desires to do.

How often do I have to have this conversation with myself? As often as I can think about it. As Brother Lawrence said in his little book; “Practicing the Presence of Christ”, the habit to be developed is to make yourself think about Christ as often as possible. Now I’m not nuts about “junk of Jesus” but as simply as carrying a little bible with you to touch as well as read or wearing a cross or a ring. A chime on your phone to ring softly every hour to make you conscience that God sees all and is watching over you.

  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Barbara D, her cancer is back, doctor says it’s the slowest form of cancer there is.

Pray for Paul, depression

Pray for Susan H, depression

Pray for Roger L, his wife of 20 years just walked in the door today and said “I’m divorcing you”.

free at last hallelujah

August 13, 2018

  “For if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law” (Gal. 3:21).

  Paul devoted two full chapters to establish our freedom from the fallen Adam. Romans Six sets forth our freedom from the dominion of Adamic sin; Romans Seven explains our freedom from Adamic law.

  Whereas our liberty was won on the Cross, it is worked out in our daily life and experience by the Holy Spirit. On the Cross, by the Spirit, in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  “If ministers and teachers of God’s Word would set saints free and establish them in the Gospel, let their preaching and teaching be based upon the sixth and seventh of Romans, the central theme of which is our union with the Lord Jesus in death and burial; and our resurrection and ascension with Him into newness of life; where not the law, but grace, reigneth; where not the letter but the Spirit, moveth the heart and life of the believer. Satan will fight most fiercely against such teaching, but no other will establish the Lord’s people.”

  “If God has declared that we died, we did die. If God has declared us discharged from the law, we are discharged and are hereby God’s free children, ‘new creatures,’ ‘created after God in righteousness and true holiness.’

 Our longing for conformity to the image of God’s Son shall be confirmed and fulfilled by the Holy Spirit who hath been given unto us. No man can believe he has a right to walk freely and fully in the Spirit until he believes himself to be free from the law.

 Law cannot give eternal life, nor have, therefore, any control over it.

  “But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that wherein we were held” (Rom. 7:6, ASV.).

drought

July 26, 2018

It isn’t hard to acknowledge the results of lack of water and the impact of drought on grass, trees, plants, flowers, animals and crops especially in Texas August heat.  There’s not enough water to sustain the root systems. It’s just harder to realize this is not unlike what happens to our souls when they are neglected and become mal nourished.

Our souls need maintenance, attentiveness, care and space to breathe. They need restoration, to be refreshed and nourished – especially in the midst of caring for the souls of others or in the midst of draining relational conflict.  They need rest and quiet to be restored.

Fast lane living, busyness, never stopping, never resting, working 24/7, not taking time to attend to what is happening to us internally and even unintentional neglect creates the perfect environment for “spiritual drought”. Spiritual drought, soul clutter and soul desperation all are screams for help. The hectic press of life, becoming dangerously tired with no rest, no attention, no break and following the world’s view that you burn it out no matter what the cost, never stopping, never creating space for God or for your soul to rest, regroup, recharge and be nourished exacts a cost. It exacts a cost on your soul.

The one thing we need in life is engagement, human to human contact, interaction, communication, feeling wanted, needed, loved and thought of. We can go about obtaining these through godly means or allow our warped carnal nature to lead the way.

Obviously, one leads to spiritual fulness and well being and the other leads to a barren wasteland of bad decisions and a spiritual cancer or drought.

Like the ultimate need for the body to have water and air so must we have relationships. Number one on your checklist is what kind of relationships do you have and where do they lead you.

It’s the literal pro/con list. Make the right relations with the right outcomes and there is harmony, the opposite is a recipe for disaster.

And no matter how far down the wrong path you’ve gotten yourself, you can always turn around and head back. I won’t lie, the way back from a wrecked life is tough. But it can be done. Find a good church or support group. Or reach out to us here at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Blessings.

Pray for Robin M, a child of the 70’s she is a great example of someone that is fighting her way back to sanity. But she needs Jesus as well.

Bonnie R, throat problems

Karl B, never got over a lost love, permanently depressed. 9th day sober.