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PRIORITIES: "Don't trade what is unique to you (your family) for something somebody else will eventually do (your ministry)." ~ Andy Stanley
The difference between a Pharisee & a Christian isn't that one teaches the Law & the other doesn't. It's the MOTIVE behind their obedience.
"If you win an argument with God, you actually lose. If you lose an argument with God, you actually win." ~ Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions. ~ Roderick Davis // No reserves. No retreats. No regrets. ~ William Borden
Famous "Trinities" U may know: Grecian (Zeus/Apollo/Athena); Roman (Jupiter/Mars/Venus); Hindu
We can't "be still & know" (Ps. 46:10) if we have 2 immediately respond 2 every notification beep from our phones & social media. ~ P. Noble
"To put a wall between you & others is to build a wall between you & God." ~ J. Eliff // "A stiff apology is a 2nd insult." ~ G. Chesterton
MENDING A MARRIAGE: When dialogue becomes defensive, couples are not talking TO each other but PAST each other. Listen more than you speak!
Mt 5 - if someone thinks you've wronged THEM, Jesus says YOU go to them. // Mt 18 - If someone has wronged YOU, Jesus says YOU go to them. >
< There is NEVER a time when you can wait for someone to come to you. Jesus gives no opportunity 4 that. It is always YOUR obligation to go.
Unresolved conflict between believers is SIN and must be treated as such; otherwise it will spread through the Body of Christ like a cancer.
Peaceful feelings can be very deceptive. Having "peace" about something is never mentioned in the Bible as a way of determining God’s will.
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"Nineteen centuries have come and gone and today Jesus Christ is still the central figure of the human race and the leader of progress. >
< I am far within the mark to say all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, >
< all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on earth as much as that One Solitary Life." ~ J. Francis
Everything Jesus touched, He transformed. He transformed time when He was born; His birthday totally altered how the world measures time. >
< He moved the river of the ages from its course. We now mark time “Before Christ” (BC) and “In The Year Of Our Lord” (Anno Domini – AD). >
< Even the most arrogant atheist writing a letter to his friend must acknowledge Christ when he dates his letter! // EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!
Jesus' life bracketed by 2 impossibilities: virgin's womb, empty tomb. He came in door marked "No Entrance" & went out one marked "No Exit."
Lk 1:35 "the power of the Highest shall OVERSHADOW (episkiazo) thee" / Shekinah that hid behind a veil in OT, hid beneath human flesh in NT.
CHILDLIKE faith RESTS in God's ways, while CHILDISH faith RESISTS them. One loves the MEAT of the Word; the other clings to a diet of MILK.
ARTICLE: Jesus was a Free Marketer, not an Occupier // religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/06/my-… // "Occupy till I come." There are no excuses for doing nothing!
"New Jerusalem's walls are 212 feet thick & 1500 miles high. The city would reach from Maine to Florida & from Atlantic Ocean to Colorado. >
< If the main avenues were a mile apart and a mile above one another, there would be no less than 8,000,000 avenues. If the city contained >
< rooms each one mile cubed, it would contain 3,375,000,000 rooms. If we started at the time of Adam and spent one hour in each of them, >
< by now we would have visited less than 1/4 of the rooms in New Jerusalem." ~ G.T. Haywood // "And God Himself shall be with them." ~ John
The word “church” is used 110 times in the New Testament. It is instructive to note that 93 of those are clear references to a LOCAL church.
There has never been a spiritual awakening that has not begun in prayer & no such movement has continued once prayer has declined. ~ Pierson
“@joelurshan: OPTIMISM says, 'The cup is half full.' PESSIMISM says, 'The cup is half empty.' FAITH says, 'My cup runneth over!'” / Awesome!
The Church needs to be in the world, but keep the world out of the Church! A boat in the water is good, but water in the boat makes it sink.
You’d have to backslide to reach the low standard of most Christians! We're so SUBNORMAL that if we became NORMAL we'd be ABNORMAL. ~ Havner
One reason the church has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. ~ Charles Spurgeon
In Acts we were AMAZED; now we want to be AMUSED. We began in the upper room AGONIZING; now we're in the supper room ORGANIZING. ~ Ravenhill
"He who buys what he does not need steals from himself." ~ Unknown // "The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more." ~ Hubbard
"We don't need to increase our goods; we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it." ~ Donald Horban
"The safe way to double your money is to fold it and put it in your pocket." ~ Hubbard // "Who covets more is evermore a slave." ~ Herrick
“@mackenziejustin: THINK and THANK come from the same root meaning. Only the thoughtful are thankful. ~ Dr. David Jeremiah”
We must take "sent to try us" the right way. God hasn't been trying my faith to find out its quality. He knew it already; I didn’t. ~ Lewis
Every TEMPTATION is a kind of test, but not every TEST is a temptation. They have different purposes, and they come from different places. >
< Intent of TESTS is POSITIVE, b/c they R from GOD who wants us to SUCCEED. God's purpose in TESTS is 2 show what we WILL DO. >
< Intent of TEMPTATIONS is NEGATIVE, b/c they R from SATAN who wants us to FAIL. God's purpose in temptations is 2 show what we WILL NOT DO.
Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand spent 14 years in prison for preaching the gospel. Although his captors smashed 4 of his vertebrae and >
< cut or burned 18 holes in his body, they could not defeat him. “Alone in my cell, cold, hungry and in rags, I danced for joy every night.”
"I have found truly joyful Christians only in the Bible, in the Underground Church, and in prison." ~ Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured For Christ
We Christians are often half-heartedly on the side of the whole truth. They are wholeheartedly on the side of the lie. ~ Richard Wurmbrand
"We should never stop at winning a soul for Christ. We have done only half the work. Every soul won must become a soul-winner." ~ Wurmbrand
God hsn't promisd skies alwys blue, Flower-strewn pathwys all our life thru, God hsn't promisd sun w/o rain, Joy w/o sorrow, peace w/o pain.
But God has promisd strength 4 th day, Rest 4 th labor, light 4 th way, Grace 4 th trials, help frm above, Unfailing kindness, undying love
"There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, and >
< intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to wean us from the world, send us to the Bible, and drive us to our knees." ~ Ryle
"Doctrine is unavoidable. Ours is never a choice between doctrine & no doctrine, but between sound doctrine & false doctrine." ~ R.C. Sproul
"Doctrine does matter. But one must ever be reminded that to be right on doctrine does not mean one is right with the Lord." ~ John Napier
The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer. ~ John Bunyan
Lying doctrine will soon beget lying practice. A man cannot have an erroneous belief without by-and-by having an erroneous life. ~ Spurgeon
Most of our “felt needs” are idolatrous desires, meant to be killed by the Spirit, not indulged. Such is the way of Christ. ~ David Powlison
“@tylerwalea: Lone rangers who want to lead but refuse to be led: NO THANKS! Ability w/o submission is arrogance. God hates it & we do too.”
"The Bible is alive; it speaks to me. It has feet; it runs after me. It has hands; it lays hold of me!" ~ Martin Luther // see James 1:21-25
"We do not understand and then obey: that is INSTRUCTION. We obey by faith, and then we understand: that is ILLUMINATION." ~ Warren Wiersbe
@bobRichardsonRA I think understanding is "low level" revelation via the mind, while illumination is "high level" revelation via the heart.
"The TRANSCRIPT of your prayers ultimately becomes the SCRIPT for your life. We literally write our future with our prayers." ~ M. Batterson
We need to ADMIT the Bible is God's Word, COMMIT it to our hearts & minds, SUBMIT to it, and TRANSMIT it to the world. ~ William Wilberforce
MEDITATE literally means to murmur to oneself. When we meditate on the Word we talk to ourselves about it in order to apply it to our lives.
MEDITATION: "The outer man is not fit for work very long unless he eats; so it is with the inner man. He must EAT the Word of God." ~ Muller
"Prick him anywhere - his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him." ~ Spurgeon, on John Bunyan nocrossnocrownblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/do-you…
The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible. ~ Moody // The Christian is BRED by the Word, and must be FED by it.
Recorded readings of the Bible prove it can be read through in 71 hours. Average person watches that much television in less than two weeks.
The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word of God is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation. ~ Thomas Watson
"The great cause of neglecting the Scriptures is not want of TIME but want of HEART, some idol taking the place of Christ." ~ Robert Chapman
Nothing is too hard for PRAYER because nothing is too hard for GOD. David never called Goliath a "giant" because he was TINY compared 2 God!
If the 1st century church could get the gospel as far as they got it ON FOOT, how far can the 21st century church get the gospel ONLINE?!
"The writer of Hebrews didn't only say we're in trouble if we REJECT salvation. We're in trouble if we just NEGLECT it." ~ Beverley Woodward
"A Christian knows that death shall be the funeral of all his sorrows & afflictions and the resurrection of all his hopes & joys." ~ Brooks
Death in its substance is removed; only its shadow remains. Nobody is afraid of a shadow; it cannot block a man’s pathway for even a moment.
"There is no combination of evil men, disease, or accident that can kill us if God still has work for us to do. Those who walk with faith >
< die only according to God’s timetable. The immediate cause of death might be any number of things but the ultimate cause is God." ~ Lutzer
Most of us find comfort in being told we are going to go on living; Paul was comforted when he was told he would soon be dying. (Phil. 1:21)
"Death is not the END of the road; it is only a BEND in the road. The road winds only through paths through which Christ Himself has gone. >
< Often we say Christ will meet us on the other side. That is true, of course, but misleading. Let us never forget that He walks with us >
< on this side of the curtain and then guides us through the opening. We will meet Him THERE, because we have met Him HERE." ~ Erwin Lutzer
LIVING = DEATH. DYING = LIFE. On this side we are exiles, there citizens; this side orphans, there children; this side captives, there FREE.
WORSHIP?! "Worship services in many churches today are like a merry-go-round. You drop a token in a collection box; it’s good for a ride. >
< You pick the horse you like best. There's music and lots of motion up & down. The ride is carefully timed and seldom varies in length. >
< Lots of good feelings are generated, and this is the one ride you can be sure will never be the least bit threatening or challenging. >
< But though you spend the whole time feeling as if you're moving forward, you get off afterwards exactly where you got on." ~ MacArthur
Your noninvolvement in worship declares that you have no faith in the worship commands of Scripture. That's why you don’t obey. ~ Willoughby
STEVE WILLOUGHBY: "The way many people worship I think they must be reading Psalm 150 from the WTPY (Worship To Please Yourself) Version: >
< Praise ye the Lord when it is convenient. Praise God in his sanctuary if and when you ever have time to make it to church: praise him >
< on your way to work if you are not too busy listening to a radio talk show. Praise him for his mighty acts, at least those he hasn't >
< disappointed you about: praise him according to his excellent greatness when things are going great. Praise him with the sound of the >
< muted trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp, harp, harp about all the things that have been bugging you. Praise him with the >
< timbrel and dance, but of course that's just a figure of speech or at best it's just for a few hyperactive simpletons: praise him with >
< stringed instruments and organs all you on the worship team, and I will too - if I'm in a good mood. Praise him upon the loud cymbals, >
< just make sure they are not too loud: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals, but just make sure we don't get carried away with it. >
< Let everything that hath breath and energy to spare and nothing better to do praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord - if you feel like it."
“@joelurshan: Jesus had mountaintop experiences. On one, He preached a sermon. On others, He was tempted, transfigured, even crucified.” >
< “@joelurshan: Mountaintops aren't just about feeling good, but about going to high places and taking spiritual authority.” >
< “@joelurshan: Most of what we think are valleys are actually mountaintops.” // Profound thought! Thanks for that. ~ RW
WAITING isn't just something we have to do until we get what we want. It's part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. ~Ortberg
"If I find in myself a desire which this world cannot satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." ~ Lewis
"The very best moment of a Christian's life is his last moment, because that is the moment that is nearest to Heaven." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
"When we sin as Christians, we do not sin as slaves, but as individuals with freedom of choice. We sin because we CHOOSE to sin." ~ Bridges
Stop using terms “victory” & “defeat” to describe life of holiness; the accurate terms are “obedience” & “disobedience” (WE are responsible)
"Confession is verbal humiliation." ~ Richard Sibbes // "Many blush to confess their sins, who never blush to commit them." ~ William Secker
BUNYAN: Sin is the dare of God's justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, the contempt of His love
"Some people get BEATEN in the battle, and other people get BITTER in the battle; but God's people get BETTER in the battle." ~ T.D. Jakes
"I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, fight it as long as I've got a fist, and bite it as long as I've got a tooth. >
< And when I'm old and footless and fistless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory!" ~ Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862 - 1935)
The best evidence that a man loves something more than God is his willingness to sin against God in order to acquire that desire. ~ L.Priolo
"My God, I hate sin not because it damns me but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me." ~ Spurgeon
Sin is human beings saying to God, "Go away and leave me alone." Hell is God finally saying to them, "You may have your wish." ~ C.S. Lewis
The ATTITUDE of obedience is much more vital than the ACT, because if the attitude is right, the act will naturally follow. ~ John MacArthur
Christianity today is not transforming the people – it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society – >
< it is descending to society’s level & congratulating itself that it has scored a victory b/c society is smiling, accepting its surrender.
"Christians accept GOD and everything else makes sense. Atheists deny God and have to accept incredible explanations for everything else. >
< It takes more faith to deny God than to believe in Him." ~ MacArthur / "I tried atheism for awhile, but my faith wasn't strong enough."
AUTHORITY has within it the word AUTHOR, someone who creates & possesses a particular work. God is the AUTHOR-ITY over all of His creation.
"The source of my authority in the pulpit is not my wisdom; nor is it private revelation granted to me beyond the revelation of Scripture. >
< My words have authority only insofar as they are the repetition, correct interpretation & proper application of the words of Scripture. >
< I have authority only as I stand under authority. Our corporate symbol of truth is the sound of your Bibles opening to the text!" ~ Piper
Faith doesn't wait until it understands; in that case it wouldn't be faith. I am shipwrecked on God, stranded on His omnipotence. ~ V.Havner
Salt seasons, purifies, preserves. But let me remind you that salt also irritates. Real Christianity rubs this world the wrong way. ~ Havner
People get so used to the dark they think it is growing brighter. You can't tell it like it is if you don't believe it like it was. ~ Havner
HUDSON TAYLOR: "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply." "There are 3 stages in God's work: Impossible; Difficult; Done."
Gal. 3:28 (RW version) - There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female, _______ nor Canadian: for ye are all ONE in Christ.
Most Bible characters met with failure & survived. In fact, their failure & repentance led to greater love for the God of the second chance.
MY PAST: In Christ through salvation. // MY PRESENT: Like Christ through sanctification. // MY FUTURE: With Christ through glorification.
Christ is PRESENT in all Christians. Christ in PROMINENT in some Christians. But tragically, Christ is PREEMINENT in only a few Christians.
JESUS is not humanity deified. He is not the Godhead humanized. He is God AND man. He is all that God is AND all that God created man to be.
JESUS had no servants, yet they called Him Master; no degrees, yet they called Him Teacher; no medicines, yet they called Him Healer; >
< no army, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world; He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him. >
< He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today! No one else holds the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds; He is Lord of all.
"I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon // "My God shall supply all your need." ~ Paul
IT'S ALL IN JESUS ... riches if U R poor, honor if U R despised, friendship if U R forsaken, help if U R injured, mercy if U have failed, >
< joy if U R miserable, protection if U R in danger, deliverance if U R captive, life if U R mortal, & ALL THINGS if U have nothing at all.
Every man approaching Christ seems to feel the same thing: He is the ideal of that man. To the artist Christ is the One altogether lovely. >
< To the educator, He is the master teacher. To the philosopher, the wisdom of God. To the lonely a brother. To the sorrowful a comforter. >
< To the bereaved, He is the resurrection and the life. To the sinner, He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. My Jesus!
More than 1/4 of the Bible is predictive prophecy; about 1/3 is yet to be fulfilled. Both OT and NT prophesy the return of Jesus Christ. >
< 1800+ OT refs & 17 OT books refer to this theme. Of 260 NT chapters, there are 300+ refs to the Lord’s return, or 1 of every 30 verses. >
< 23 of 27 NT books refer to this great event. // For every prophecy on the FIRST coming of Christ, there are 8 on Christ’s SECOND coming!
In a landmark 1972 case, U.S. Supreme Court ruled religious CONVICTIONS are protected by First Amendment, but religious PREFERENCES are not.
First, Court stated "one cannot hold a belief unless one can DESCRIBE that belief." Second, it required “beliefs must be INDIVIDUALLY held.”
Third, Court declared “beliefs fall into two categories, convictions or PREFERENCES (beliefs one will CHANGE under certain circumstances)."
Fourth, it said “if you require OTHERS to stand with you before you stand, your beliefs, no matter how strongly held, are just preferences."
FInally, U.S. Supreme Court emphatically declared "you have no right to say you have a conviction unless you live it with some CONSISTENCY."
Before we state that something we believe is a CONVICTION, we must be prepared to say that its opposite is a SIN. Even the courts know that!
In a time when the family is under attack, the real danger is IDOLIZING the family. We hear “Family First” and are tempted to say “Amen.” >
< Jesus will have none of this. When family is first, God is second. But families do better when we put them SECOND, behind God. ~ Kenyon
Jesus explicitly rules out "easy believism." To apply His demands only to a "higher class" of Christians blunts the force of His message. >
< It makes room for a cheap faith that may be exercised with no impact on the fleshly life of sin. That is NOT saving faith. ~ J. MacArthur
There was no "easy believism" in Paul's presentation of the Gospel. DECISION must be accompanied by DEVOTION, & SALVATION by SANCTIFICATION.
CONVICTION is a determinative belief, something believed so strongly it affects the way you live. Spiritual growth = increased conviction.
"Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that is 'finding his place in it,' while really it is finding its place in him." ~ C.S. Lewis
16 of 38 parables about money. 1 of 10 verses in NT about money. Bible offers about 500 verses on prayer, less on faith, over 2000 on money.
When God provides more money, we often think, "This is a BLESSING." But it would be just as scriptural to think, "This is a TEST." ~ Alcorn
Will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on EARTH you couldn't KEEP, or one who invested treasures in HEAVEN you couldn't LOSE?
When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it's not because wealth MIGHT be lost - it's because wealth will ALWAYS be lost. >
< Either wealth leaves us while we LIVE, or we leave it when we DIE. Storing up earthly treasures isn't simply WRONG, it's STUPID. ~ Alcorn
If I'm not satisfied with what I HAVE, I won't be satisfied with what I WANT. The richest person doesn't have the MOST, but needs the LEAST.
A man with a discontented heart has the attitude that everything he does for God is too MUCH, and everything God does for him is too LITTLE.
"The Christian is the most contented man IN the world, but he is the least contented WITH the world. He is like a traveler in an inn, >
< perfectly satisfied with the inn and its accommodation, but putting out of all consideration the idea of making it his home." ~ Spurgeon
A Christian is NOT free to do what the Bible forbids, and a person who lovingly points this out to you is NOT a legalist for having done so!
The ceremonial law was a SHADOW of what was to come in Christ. It is in every respect a PROPHECY of the life which only Christ can bring. >
< The Law declares 1 of 7 days HOLY, the Spirit all 7. The Law declares 1 of 12 tribes to be PRIESTS, the Spirit the whole congregation. >
< The law demands 1/10 of His people's possessions, the Spirit translates US to become God’s possession with ALL we have. ~ Pieter Verhoef
"So what is the place of the Law in the life of the Christian? Simply this: We are no longer under the Law to be condemned by it; however >
< we are now 'in-lawed' to it because of our betrothal to Christ! He has written the Law, and love for it, into our hearts!" ~ S. Ferguson
"Love provides the motive for obeying the commands of the law, but the law provides specific direction for exercising love." ~ Jerry Bridges
We are NOT "legalists" when we keep the Law, because we do not look to the Law for life. Rather, the Law shows we have life in our hearts. >
< We keep the Law simply to be obedient to Christ and show Him how much we love Him. OBEDIENCE IS A FAR CRY FROM LEGALISM. ~ C.M. McMahon
We do NOT keep the Law to be saved. Rather, in keeping the Law we show ourselves to ALREADY be saved. We are FREE to keep the Law! ~ McMahon
No man can preach the GOSPEL who does not preach the LAW. Law is the needle, & you cannot draw the thread of gospel through a man's heart >
< unless you first send the needle of law to make way for it. If men do not understand the law, they will not feel that they are sinners. >
< And if they are not consciously sinners, they will never value the sin offering. There is no healing a man till the law has wounded him, >
< no making alive till the law has slain. ~ Spurgeon // The LAW by which God rules us is as dear to Him as the GOSPEL by which He saves us.
“@TFTenney: Think everything has a price? Naboth had a sign on his vineyard: 'Not For Sale!' He paid for that sign. It's called CONVICTION.”
"Our witness, good or bad, is the overflow of our lives." ~ A. Begg // "The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time." ~ C. Henry
A false gospel offers salvation from Hell but not sin, & escape from God’s wrath w/o leaving worldliness. It's an eternally fatal deception!
The first evangelists never assured unconverted people that God loves them. This isn't to say He does not love them in any way whatsoever. >
< But the undeniable fact is, the love of God for man was a total non-factor in the evangelistic preaching recorded in the New Testament. >
< In the book of Acts for example, the greatest manual for evangelism that ever existed, the word “love” is never even used! (Daryl Wingerd)
"Where there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end!" ~ William Booth (end of final speech)
If sinners be damned, let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they perish, let them perish with our arms around their knees. ~ C. Spurgeon
1/2 Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
2/2 Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned? ~ Ravenhill
REFORM is no answer for a culture like ours; REDEMPTION is what is needed. That occurs at an individual, not societal level. ~ J. MacArthur
"Too many Christians are stuffing themselves with gospel blessings while millions of people have never even had a taste." ~ Vance Havner
A double strand runs through the Bible: Jesus is both the WORD of God & the IMAGE of God. The Word became AUDIBLE, the Image became VISIBLE.
"You are a Christian because somebody cared. Now it's your turn." ~ W. Wiersbe / Evangelism is the spontaneous overflow of a grateful heart!
"We are to evangelize not because it is easy, not because we may be successful, but simply because Christ has commanded us." ~ Leighton Ford
< Too often, the advocates of 'relevant evangelism' veer over that slippery slope into becoming advocates of 'irrelevant non-evangelism.' >
We do not fail in evangelism if we faithfully tell the gospel to one who is not converted; we fail only if we do not tell the gospel at all.
"Evangelism is the perpetual task of the whole church, and not merely the peculiar hobby of certain of its members." ~ E. Wilson Carlisle
"Our drive to evangelize and our desire to grow numerically have led us to 'use' worship as a tool to reach the lost. We have gone so far >
< as to turn our worship services (as opposed to evangelistic services) into 'seeker-friendly' meetings, so the world will feel at home >
< when they come to the house of God. We should always be sensitive to the unsaved, but nowhere in Scripture are we told to accommodate >
< the world in what God calls the believer to offer to Him." ~ Ron Owens, in "The Worship Service: A Hindrance or a Highway for Revival"
"Worship is a holy expression before a holy God. To invite nonbelievers into such a holy process is a precarious thing, and to design >
< worship in such a way as to accommodate their secular mindset is not only ineffective evangelism but also severely compromised worship."
WORSHIP VS. EVANGELISM: "The act of purposefully designing worship to accomplish the goal of evangelism is without biblical precedent. >
< We may worship through evangelism, but never are we instructed to evangelize through worship." ~ Bill Izard (last four Tweets)
"It's not that we 'mess up' but that we stay 'messed.' It's not a moment of temptation, but a life of unrestrained indulgence." ~ T.D. Jakes
Young people are indifferent to the church today, not b/c the church has required too much, but b/c it has demanded so little. (Mort Crim)
The theory of the carnal Christian has been invented to accommodate those who have made a decision but who bear no marks of the new birth.
People imagine that dying to self makes one miserable. But it just the opposite. It is the refusal to die to self that makes one miserable.
Entrance fee into the kingdom of heaven is nothing; Annual subscription is everything. // First lesson in Christ's school is self-denial.
When we R right w/ God we R hard on ourselves & easy on others. When we R not right w/ God we R easy on ourselves & hard on others. ~ Newton
"When God's will crosses man's will, somebody has to die." ~ Leitch // "Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him." ~ Luther
Big difference between "Christ was crucified for me" & "I am crucified with Christ." One delivers from sin's PENALTY, one from sin's POWER.
MODESTY: Dress not to be admired or desired. Is your motive to attract attention to yourself or to please Jesus Christ who lives within you?
Experience is dangerous ground on which 2 test truth b/c experiences vary & interpretations of experiences, however genuine, may be wrong. >
< Scripture clearly says, “test the spirits, whether they are of God” (1 Jn 4:1). No human can test spiritual realities w/o the Word of God.
Any part of the BODY can only be explained in reference to the whole. Any part of the BIBLE can only be explained in reference to the whole.
We must worship in spirit and in TRUTH. Worship that is not grounded in the truth of God's Word is but an emotional encounter with oneself.
@LindelAnderson Worship + Theology in a verse: "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in TRUTH." (Ps 145:18)
Imagination is the hotbed where sin is too often hatched. Guard your thoughts, and there will be little fear about your actions. ~ J.C. Ryle
You are what you sing. Shallow theology will produce shallow music, and shallow music will produce shallow theology. ~ Daniel Block // Amen
We must not speak long ABOUT God with our mind before we speak TO God from our heart. Stir a lot of prayer into the stew of your theology!
Worship uninformed by truth invariably leads 2 idolatry or fanaticism. If we don’t know the God we enjoy, we may be enjoying the wrong god!
If theology doesn't lead to worship, it fails. Theology w/o doxology is idolatry. The only theology worth studying is one that can be sung!
So strong was Jesus’ zeal that His friends thought He had abandoned common sense & His enemies charged Him with having a demon (Mk 3:21-22).
"As long as we are content to live without revival, we will." (L Ravenhill) // "The love of tradition is an enemy to revival." (R Roberts)
No religious excitement merits the name REVIVAL if there is no profound sense of sin at its heart. God's Presence makes people aware of sin.
To be broken is the beginning of revival. It is painful, it is humiliating, it is the only way. NOT I, BUT CHRIST - and a ‘C’ is a bent ‘I.’
John Piper - "When I pray for revival I pray first for the most radical thing: The utter devotion and allegiance of your hearts to Christ. >
< That you would love Him so deeply that His coming would be your great hope, death would be gain & life would be for Christ & His kingdom."
"Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late – and how little revival has resulted? >
< I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. >
< To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precepts laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. >
< Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience." ~ A.W. Tozer // Amen to that!
Salvation is not verified by a past act, but by present fruitfulness. (MacArthur) // Where there is no fruit, there may be no root. (Storms)
Just as the apple is not the cause of the apple tree, but the fruit of it, so good works are not the cause of salvation, but the sign of it.
Fruit-bearing is not a matter of being strong, only a matter of being attached to the Vine. Fruit is borne not by TRYING, but by ABIDING.
How can we defend choices that take us right to the EDGE of sin, yet be reluctant 2 make radical choices that put DISTANCE between us & sin?
Your answer reveals your choices & priorities. King David’s answer (Ps. 27:4) reveals why God could say, “This man’s heart beats like mine.”
How would you finish this sentence? “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; ____.” What is the desire of your heart?
Dr. Henry Cloud - When a WISE person is presented with the truth, they adjust themselves to match the truth, and they THANK the messenger. >
< When a FOOLISH person is presented with the truth, they try to adjust the truth to match themselves, & they try to SHOOT the messenger. >
< When an EVIL person is presented with the truth, they threaten destruction against the truth AND the messenger (most dangerous 2 leaders).
We have made it an offense to admonish people about their sin. If only we were as loathe to COMMIT sin as we are to CONFRONT it! ~ N. DeMoss
I cannot trifle with the evil that killed my best Friend. I must be holy 4 His sake. How can I live in sin when He died to save me from it?
"Sin FORSAKEN is the best evidence of sin FORGIVEN." ~ J.C. Ryle // "If you do not die TO sin, you shall die FOR sin." ~ C.H. Spurgeon
The Bible records one instance of a death-bed conversion (a penitent thief) – one that none may despair, and only one that none may presume.
10 men in Bible said "I have sinned" but only 5 repented: David (2 Sam 12), Nehemiah (Neh 1), Job (Job 42), Micah (Mic 7), Prodigal (Luk 15)
A criminal may weep as his sentence is read, not b/c he has come to love righteousness, but b/c his freedom to do unrighteousness is gone. >
< That kind of weeping is not true repentance, and it does not lead to radical obedience. Fearing punishment is not the same as loving God.
Confession by itself is not repentance. Confession moves the lips; repentance moves the heart. Naming an evil is not the same as leaving it.
Because human beings are so fickle, God knew that a CONTRACT would not be enough to keep marriages together, so He made marriage a COVENANT.
CONTRACT says, "I will if YOU WILL." COVENANT says, "I will even if YOU WON'T (or don't, or can't)." A covenant marriage stays together!
And because GOD made a COVENANT with ME, I've made a covenant with HIM! I WILL serve Him even if HE WON'T bless me, heal me or deliver me.
MERCY doesn't give us what we always deserved. GRACE gives us what we never deserved. MERCY says, "I pity you." GRACE says, "I pardon you."
MERCY deals with the results of sin; GRACE deals with the sin itself. One extends relief, the other pardon; one cures, the other cleanses.
GRACE isn't simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon. ~ John Piper
“@joelurshan: Some days, His grace is great; other days, His grace is sufficient; but every day, His grace is amazing.” // Profound thought!
Hell had feared this moment for centuries, for millennia, ever since creation! Out of darkness at 3:00 PM came the cry, “It is finished!” >
< In Greek it is just one word - “TELEO” or “FINISHED!” In this 1 word lies the consummation of OT truth and the germination of NT truth. >
< TELEO / FINISHED! - used by ancient artists & writers to describe their “masterpiece” when it was completed, nothing else could be added >
< TELEO / FINISHED! - used by ancient servants to report, “I have completed my assigned task, I have finished the work I was sent to do" >
< TELEO / FINISHED! - used by ancient Jewish priests to declare, “It’s perfect!” when they found sacrificial lamb faultless & without spot >
< TELEO / FINISHED! - used by ancient merchants to mark “Paid in full” on a bill that was no longer owing because the debt had been paid! >
< This word sent a thrill running through Heaven & a tremor running through Hell – “FINISHED!” // Not "I am finished," but "It is finished!"
GOSSIP needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around. // The biggest liar in the world is "They Say."
It's not wise 2 violate rules until U know how 2 observe them ~ Eliot / Nothing is more poisonous, hurtful or devilish than a rebel ~ Luther
Ps 107:20 (NLT) "He sent his WORD and HEALED them, snatching them from the door of death." // Ex 15:26 (ESV) "I am the LORD, your HEALER."
De 21:18-21 (CEV) A father and mother may have a rebellious son who refuses to obey them … The men of the town will stone that son to death.
Jesus and rabbis told story of a prodigal son, but He changed the ending! In their version the son died; in His, the son was welcomed home!
Jesus’ version was controversial. Tertullian had fears of "renegades" abusing it: “Who will worry about losing what can easily be regained?”
God has some children who have made horrible mistakes - but He welcomes them home, even at the risk of offending obedient sons who will not!
One son LEFT the house and wasted his inheritance; the other son STAYED in the house and wasted his inheritance. There were 2 prodigal sons!
We fear letting people off the hook, we are resentful of UNEARNED LOVE - unless we are the one to whom the Father is running with open arms!
The elder brother needed to return to the Father’s house just as much as his younger brother! He had nothing to lose by a prodigal's return!
One prodigal is REBELLIOUS, the other is RELIGIOUS (he had never enjoyed a party!). What the Father wanted from both sons was RELATIONSHIP!
Jesus' teaching was more about the Father's LOVE than the Prodigal's SIN. The son's sin was HORRIBLE; the Father's love was UNCONDITIONAL.
Lu 15:20-24 (MES) When he was still a long way off his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him & kissed him. // GRACE!
The wages of sin is DEATH – a boy starving in a pigpen. But the gift of God is eternal LIFE – a welcome home party that will blow your mind!
I read one of my favorite books to our church family tonight - "A Tale of Three Kings," by Gene Edwards - unusual service, powerful message!
"It's a story about brokenness, an example 4 any man who would dare lead God's people. The book has been the North Star of my entire life. >
< It has been called a masterpiece of Christian literature (not my words). No one gets credit for having written 'A Tale of Three Kings.' >
< It addresses an issue all Christians have found themselves in. It was written in just two days." ~ Gene Edwards on "A Tale of Three Kings"
[Absalom] stood, eyes blazing. "If I were in responsibility, this is what I would do …" And with these words, the rebellion was ignited. >
< Ignited in all but one, that is. In the man who seemed noblest & purest, this was not the case. Rebellion had been in his heart for years.
Finally [David] paused & spoke aloud to himself. "I have waited, Absalom. I have waited & watched for years. I have asked again and again, >
< 'What is in the heart of this young man?' Now I know. U will do the unthinkable. U will divide the very kingdom of God. All else was talk"
Men who go after Sauls among us often crucify Davids among us. Who, then, can know who is David & who is Saul? God knows. But He won't tell.
"What does this world need: gifted men and women, outwardly empowered? Or individuals who are broken, inwardly transformed?" ~ Gene Edwards
"Many pray for the power of God. More every year. Those prayers sound powerful, sincere, godly, and without ulterior motive. >
< Hidden under such prayer and fervor, however, are ambition, a craving for fame, the desire to be considered a spiritual giant. >
< The person who prays such a prayer may not even know it, but dark motives and desires are in his heart … in YOUR heart." ~ Gene Edwards
"God did not have - but very much wanted to have - men and women who would live in pain. God wanted a broken vessel." A Tale of Three Kings
The passing of time, and the way you react to a leader—be he David or Saul—reveals a great deal about YOU. ~ G. Edwards amazon.com/dp/B0055UIP9S/…
SUBMISSION: Gethsemane is simply that hour when you finally align your will with God's, when you accept and embrace … your crucifixion. >
< Any human daring to follow a divine path will come upon a Gethsemane. Each will tarry there until he realigns his will with divinity … >
< or he will completely miss the divine way of things. Acquiescence to destruction. That is Gethsemane. That is submission. ~ Gene Edwards
Tonight's Tweets are from "A Tale of Three Kings" by Gene Edwards - well worth reading for anyone leading or being led! amazon.com/Tale-Three-Kin…
Preaching is to much avail, but practice far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic. Hosea Ballou
Those who teach by their doctrine must teach by their life, or they pull down with one hand what they build up with the other. Matthew Henry
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked & yet would remain silent. ~ John Calvin
As a man is known by the company he keeps, so it is with a doctrine. (A.W. Pink) // If Error be harmless then Truth must be useless. (Booth)
Some reject doctrinal preaching as unloving and even obsolete. This is tragic, because Bible doctrine brings supernatural power when obeyed.
Paul said, “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Ti 4:3) & no generation fulfils this Scripture better than ours.
Gospel writers tell us crowds were astonished at Jesus’ DOCTRINE – not b/c its STYLE was exceptional but b/c its SUBSTANCE was supernatural.
Doctrine is not Dogma. Dogma = MAN’S STATEMENT of truth, set forth in a creed. Doctrine = GOD’S REVELATION of truth, set forth in Scripture.
DOCTRINE determines: 1) CHARACTER (what we ARE - Ro 6:17-18), 2) BEHAVIOR (what we DO - 1 Ti 6:3-5), 3) DESTINY (where we GO - 1 Ti 4:16) >
< DOCTRINE = "that which is put forth as true, supported by the teacher" / Preaching without Bible doctrine turns sermons into supposition.
Why do we say "STANDARD" of holiness? A standard is defined as: 1) something established by authority as an EXAMPLE, 2) a test of QUALITY, >
< 3) a test for determining the AUTHENTICITY of something INTANGIBLE. / Tangible standards outside indicate INTANGIBLE work of God INSIDE; >
< they ARE an EXTERNAL sign that an AUTHENTIC work of salvation and sanctification has taken place. Basically, they are a "test of QUALITY."
IMPORTANCE OF LIFESTYLE CONVICTIONS: 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8 (NLT) God has called us to live HOLY LIVES, not impure lives. Therefore, … >
< … anyone who refuses to live by these rules is NOT DISOBEYING HUMAN TEACHING but is REJECTING GOD, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Living a holy LIFESTYLE is the “new normal” when you become a child of God. The whole POINT of the Apostolic lifestyle is to STAND OUT. >
< This is not just for a few “deep” Christians, but for ALL Christians! You don’t get “extra points” if you do this – HOLINESS IS THE POINT!
1 Pe 1:15-16 Holiness ("separation") is NONNEGOTIABLE with God. It must affect EVERY PART (“all manner”) of our LIFESTYLE (“conversation”).
Jesus said prophets can only be identified by their FRUIT, which will either cause people to walk according to God's laws OVER TIME, or not.
Rather than making us CONTENT to follow God’s commandments, false prophets speak to the idols in our hearts and make us COVET an easier way.
Jesus’ problem with the Pharisees was NOT that they appeared holy, but that their outer holiness was only a façade to camouflage inner sin.
Paul consistently taught external holiness, but condemned some for “having a FORM of godliness, but denying the POWER thereof” (2 Tim 3:5)
Jesus called Pharisees HYPOCRITES (“godless actors”) but distinguished between righteous principles taught & unrighteous actions committed.
“ALL therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, THAT OBSERVE AND DO; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” (Matt 23:3)
LEGALISM is basing one’s salvation on good works or imposing non-Biblical rules to EARN salvation. Bible strongly condemns it (Ro 3-4, Ga 3)
Right alternative to legalism not ABSENCE of God’s law but LOVE of it! We have RELATIONSHIP b/c of GRACE; RESPONSIBILITIES b/c of GRATITUDE.
The ONLY case where "external standards" could be Pharisaical or legalistic is when there is NO corresponding relationship with God INSIDE.
PHARISEEISM is rarer than some would have us believe. Those separated from the world in "externals" are usually DEEPLY in love with Jesus!
David & Solomon are one of the best examples of “generational transfer” from an older generation’s dream to a younger generation’s vision:
DAVID was a DREAMER who took a group of people that had been ruled by Saul and fashioned them into a HEALTHY kingdom.
SOLOMON was a VISIONARY who took an already healthy kingdom and wisely PERCEIVED how to make it an even more influential kingdom.
DAVID was a man of WAR. He was known for WORSHIP (spiritual EXPERIENCE was the critical element in his day).
SOLOMON was a man of PEACE. He was known for WISDOM (spiritual KNOWLEDGE was the critical element in his day).
DAVID had to battle the house of SAUL (manmade religion) to establish his kingdom.
SOLOMON had to battle ADONIJAH (a rebellious brother not willing to follow the will of his father David) to establish his kingdom.
David’s kingdom didn't achieve its golden age until Solomon took the throne, but there wouldn’t have been a Solomon without a David!
Mk 3:14 "That they should be WITH HIM & that he might send them forth to preach.” / Disciples: Not just ministry TASKS but ministry TOGETHER
Jesus never told us 2 assemble crowds but He did command us 2 make disciples. Relational discipleship = time. But it's worth it! J.Lee Grady
Truth is scarce, but supply is always in excess of demand. (Billings) / Truth stood on one side, Ease on the other; it is often so. (Parker)
DARKNESS isn't threatened by music, preaching, or crowds - only by LIGHT, & light is nothing less than the revelation of Christ. ~ C Brodgen
The nature of Christ's salvation is misrepresented by today's evangelist. He preaches a Saviour from Hell rather than a Saviour from sin. >
< That is why many are deceived, multitudes who wish to escape Hell but have no desire to be delivered from their carnality. ~ Arthur W Pink
Fruit of the Spirit is character of God; Gifts of the Spirit are power of God. Be careful that your character grows in sync with your gifts!
THIRD GENERATION THINKING: 1) Abraham built altars, 2) Isaac inherited altars, 3) Jacob just schemed in order to keep things going. (Tenney)
JOSEPH teaches us that our vision will never come true until we buy into someone else's vision, even if we envision first & envision bigger!
A boy rising at 4:30 to deliver papers is considered a go-getter, but youth rising at 5:30 to pray are considered fanatics. Why? ~ Ravenhill
In some Christians, there is a spirit that wants to give as little as possible to the Lord, and yet get as much as possible from Him. (Nee)
Growing requires a choice between risk & comfort. To be His disciple you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life. (Ortberg)
Plant thought, reap action. Plant action, reap habit. Plant habit, reap character. Plant character, reap nature. Plant nature, reap destiny.
For many Christians, the level of their obedience is sadly determined by the behavior and standards of others around them. ~ Jerry Bridges
HOLINESS has never been the driving force of the majority. But it is mandatory for the one wanting to enter the kingdom. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
Many Christians have CULTURAL HOLINESS, adapting to behavior of Christians around them. But God has called us to be like HIM! ~ J. Bridges
"Mark of great church not seating capacity but sending capacity" Stachura // "Take missions out of Bible & nothing is left but cover" Gunter
"Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is - where life & death, sin & grace, Heaven & Hell converge." R Shannon
"Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time" C Henry / "Go, send or disobey" J Piper / "Church must send or church will end" M Taylor
James Calvert went to cannibals of Fiji Islands. He was told, "You will lose your life among such savages." He said, "I died before I came."
"If 10 men are carrying a log - 9 on little end and 1 at heavy end - which end will you lift on?" William Borden re: need for missionaries
"Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist." Oswald Smith
"If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" D Livingstone
William Booth (founder of Salvation Army): "The chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, >
< Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, & heaven without hell.”
Pentecostals have been dramatically more successful growing churches than those who reject necessity of speaking in tongues. (Vinson Synan)
"Our brain imaging research shows that subjects are not in control of the usual language centers during speaking in tongues.” Andrew Newberg
Ge 7:2, 8:20 - 'Clean Animals' in the Ark were SAVED so they could be SACRIFICED, & that's how God works with us! - Ro 12:1 (Scotty Slaydon)
140 MILLION people will attend church in North America this weekend. That is more than will attend ALL sporting events for the entire year.
“@joelurshan: Make sure 'your vision' isn't just 'your version' all dressed up in spiritual terms.” // Amen!
Ps 90:17 (oldest Psalm, by Moses) "Yea, the work of our hands establish thou it." ("make what we do in TIME of value in ETERNITY") /c.1Pe1:4
The greatest enemy of your FUTURE is your PRESENT; the greatest enemy of your BEST is your GOOD; the greatest enemy of YOURSELF is your SELF
Job 1:22 - "In all this Job sinned not" // Job 2:10 - "In all this did not Job sin WITH HIS LIPS" // In his HEART Job has begun to struggle.
If your enemy is the King's enemy, then your battle is the King's battle; if God's will, then His bill; if God's vision, then His provision
Jesus responded automatically to everything in life with Scripture (i.e. quoting OT); when you're in difficulties, what is inside comes out!
Nothing harms your relationship with God or other people like trying to perpetuate a perception of your perfection. They ALL see through it!
RUTH became great-grandmother of DAVID (Matt. 1:5-6). ORPAH became great-grandmother of GOLIATH (Babylonian Talmud). Your DECISIONS matter!
Ps 65:5-8 (MES) Earth-Tamer, Ocean-Pourer, Mountain-Maker, Hill-Dresser, Muzzler of Storm. Dawn & dusk take turns calling, "Come & worship."
Ps18:25-26/MES Good people taste Your goodness, Whole people taste Your health, True people taste Your truth, Bad ones can't figure You out
VISION: We may fail at many of the things we try to do, but only because we take the risk to dream beyond what others consider reasonable.
Isaac & Ishmael (my miracle & my mistake) in the same house for awhile. But if I don't deal with my mistake, it ultimately mocks my miracle.
A hospital collects the sick under one roof while the church collects sinners. Many outside the hospital are as sick as those inside but ->
<- with illnesses undiagnosed, like sinners outside church. The church isn't a model of perfection. It's simply the only place sin is cured.
5 paragraphs in Philemon = 5 Relationship Principles: 1) affirmation, 2) win-win thinking, 3) forgiveness, 4) commitment, 5) accountability.
WHO SAVED WHO? Did the spies save Rahab or did she save them? She saved them TWICE because she hid them AND became their Messiah's ancestor.
Mk 4:28 "Earth bringeth forth fruit of herself" (NIV = "all by itself") Greek term = "automatically" / Healthy churches can't help but grow!
HONOR: You can respect privately, but you have to honor publicly. Honor is manifested respect. Honor isn't glory; that belongs to God alone.
Every time Bible put in new technology Revival broke out - within 50 years of printing press we saw Reformation. Now, think about INTERNET!
Hebrew word AVODAH translated both "worship" & "work" in the Bible. While we compartmentalize life, Hebrew worldview integrates all of life.
“@RevKenGurley: We are adept at weeping with those that weep. May we become more willing to rejoice with those that rejoice.” // Amen, Sir!
“@MJWms: Ever since Lucifer's rebellion, God's work has been done, His will accomplished ... in the context of contradiction.” // Profound!
ELISHA: "As the Lord liveth before whom I stand" (2 Ki 5:16) // GEHAZI: "As the Lord liveth" (2 Ki 5:20) // Elisha had RELATIONSHIP with God
"Creator of all things visible & invisible." Natural & supernatural not exclusive. Expect divine assistance; don't dismiss human expertise!
CLOTHING isn't intended to direct us to what is beneath, but to direct attention to what is NOT. Modest clothing = COVENANT that honors GOD.
By their obedience OT Israelites ESCAPED persecution, but by their obedience NT Christians EXPERIENCE persecution. Why such a disparity? ->
< Because God was determined that NT saints would understand their home is in another world. (Randy Alcorn, "Money, Possessions & Eternity")
If you try to make too many points, your sermon turns into a bed-of-nails. Lie down on 1000 nails and they won't penetrate the skin. Why? ->
... The pressure of each point is diffused. Too many sermons are a bed-of-nails. But a single point will penetrate the heart like one nail.
Post-moderns want experience before explanation, image before word - "Don't TELL me Jesus can set ME free, SHOW me how He has set YOU free!"
Psalm 42 shows us the central cause of "spiritual depression." It happens when you are LISTENING to yourself instead of TALKING to yourself!
WISDOM: In the gospels Jesus is asked a question 183X, but He answers directly only 3X. He likes to answer a question with another question.
David had no experience fighting giants, but knew Goliath was just an advanced version of what he already faced - so he used the same sling!
1/5 We encounter FOUR KINDS OF PROBLEMS in life, & each require a different response. God has a purpose behind every problem (Rom 8:28-31) …
2/5 TROUBLES - typically consequences of choices made by YOU (Gen 22:41, Psa 31:10, Psa 40:12). Deal with TROUBLES by REPENTING (Psa 18:6).
3/5 TEMPTATIONS - from SATAN to draw us away from God (Mat 26:41, 1 Cor 10:12-13, Jam 1:14). Deal with TEMPTATIONS by RESISTING (Jam 4:7).
4/5 TRESPASSES - hurts caused by sins of OTHERS (Jos 22:20, Eze 15:8, Luk 17:4). Deal with TRESPASSES by RELEASING offenders (Mat 6:14-15).
5/5 TRIALS - permitted by GOD to draw us closer to Him (Rom 5:3, Jam 1:2-3, Jam 1:12). Deal with TRIALS by REJOICING in them (1 Pet 1:7).
Jonah got in a storm b/c HE was out of God’s will, Paul did b/c OTHERS were out of God’s will, & Disciples did b/c they were IN God’s will!
2 Cor 12:9 (LB) I boast about how weak I am; I am a living demonstration of CHRIST'S POWER, instead of showing off MY OWN POWER & abilities.
JACOB was a deceiver, a manipulator & a schemer. He RAN from the messes he made his entire life, until the night that he wrestled with God.
Jacob said “I won't let You go until You bless me!” God said “Okay, I’ll bless you!” He touched Jacob at his greatest point of strength … >
– God touched the thigh that helped him run! Forever after, he would WALK with a limp. Why? So he couldn’t RUN from his weaknesses any more!
Hab 2:3 (LB) These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. >
(con't) If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient. They will not be overdue a single day.
PRAYING ALWAYS: God already cares about the things we pray for. He has simply been waiting for us to care about them enough to talk to Him.
If a CHILD leads the way in commitment to church, 3.5% of families follow. If a woman/MOM leads, 17% follow. If a man/DAD leads, 93% follow.
If you want a "move of God," then YOU move! If you are a Christian, His Spirit is within you - so if YOU are moving, then HE is moving! :-)
There's always a THEREFORE! (Doctrine must be followed by practical obedience.) - Romans 12:1, Galatians 5:1, Ephesians 4:1, Philippians 2:1
"Israel has a secret weapon - no choice!" ~ Golda Meir / "Jewish Holiday Summary: 'They tried to kill us, we won, let's eat.'" ~ Lenny Bruce
Think about this ... When SAUL wanted God's presence he called for a SINGER; but when DAVID wanted God's presence he called for a PREACHER.
Our elders used to say, "Where God guides, He provides." Hmmm ... So that must mean there are times God guides by what He DOESN'T provide.
GUARD YOUR HEART, because as long as you continue to get away WITH it, you will never fully recover FROM it. ~ Andy Stanley (Proverbs 4:23)
"SHEW ME THY GLORY!" (Ex 33:18-20) … Moses' prayer was not answered for 1500 years, until the Mount of Transfiguration (Ma 17:1-3, 2 Co 4:6)
Ps 103:1-5 We don't just bless the Lord for PAST benefits, but for CONTINUING benefits (forgivETH, healETH, redeemETH, crownETH, satisfiETH)
1/3 … When God wanted to create a TREE, He spoke to the EARTH – and that’s why a tree cannot exist apart from the soil of the earth.
2/3 … When God wanted to create a FISH, He spoke to the SEA – and that’s why a fish cannot exist apart from the water of the sea.
3/3 … But when God wanted to create MAN, He spoke to HIMSELF – and that’s why man cannot exist apart from the presence of God!
Luke 17:19 tells us that TEN lepers were CLEANSED but only ONE leper was MADE WHOLE – that was the one who returned to give praise to Jesus!
PHILIPPIANS: Paul has given 20+ years to the Lord's work, but has experienced more accusations & punishments than accolades & perks. (con't)
Paul writes from an ancient equivalent of Death Row, where his circumstances are totally undesirable but his joy is absolutely unmistakable.
HAPPINESS only found 22X in the Bible. HAPPY in Scripture doesn’t mean “delighted, pleased, or glad.” It means “blessed or favored by God.”
However, the Bible uses words JOY, JOYFUL or REJOICE over 160X, & teaches that JOY comes from CHRIST inside, not from CIRCUMSTANCES outside.
10 Plagues = battle between Pharaoh & Jehovah. Much more than a show of God's power; each plague was a judgment upon a pagan Egyptian deity!
Ex 8:1 Pharaoh knew if the Israelites ever got out from under his control they would never willingly return, so he offered FOUR COMPROMISES:
1) Stay in Egypt (Ex 8:25); 2) Stay close to Egypt (Ex 8:28); 3) Leave w/o your family (Ex 10:11); 4) Leave w/o your possessions (Ex 10:24).
In Greek, the words for BELIEVE and OBEY are often used interchangeably, because the early Christians would NEVER do one without the other.
(cont) This is exactly why many salvation verses include the word “believETH” which means “a continuing or progressing state of believing.”
(cont) Many try 2 BELIEVE gospel w/o OBEYING gospel. BELIEVE = “accept as true” (mental assent) OBEY = "carry out orders” (RESULT of belief)
REPENT is a command! BE BAPTIZED is a command! And if you OBEY those commands, THEN "ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!" (Ac 2:38)
@OneStopBlog 3 parts of GOSPEL defined by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 // 3 parts of APPLICATION of the Gospel defined by Peter in Acts 2:38
@OneStopBlog To OBEY Gospel is to APPLY Gospel // EUAGGELION (GOSPEL) = sacrifice given in thanks for good tidings (no response = no Gospel)
@Lukepaa No timeline on receiving HG b/c it is God's part, but Bible puts timeline on baptism - same day, same hour, immediately, i.e. ASAP!
@Lukepaa We have PRECEDENT in Bible - Ac 10:44 the HG fell on them, Ac 10:48 and he COMMANDED them to be baptized (obedience STILL required)
There is a difference between God's PROCESS and God's PROMISE. If we do not trust God in the PROCESS, then we are not worthy of the PROMISE.
God told Abraham, "I SWEAR I'm going to bless you!" (Heb. 6:13-14) Why? Because sometimes, it's going to LOOK like He is doing the OPPOSITE!
God let Satan tear down the hedge of BLESSING He had put around Job. But then Satan found ANOTHER hedge that JOB had built, unshakable FAITH
The most common Bible COMMAND is some variation of “Fear not!” // The most common Bible PROMISE is some variation of “I will be with you!"
He 13:5 For he hath said, I will NEVER, I will NEVER, I will NEVER (in Greek language 3 negatives precede verb) leave thee nor forsake thee.
TYPE A: Martha neglected Jesus even as she worked for Him. Why was Martha hurrying? Because Mary wasn't! No wonder Lazarus died prematurely.
The Bible doesn't say “resist temptation,” it says “resist the devil" (Ja 4:7). Resisting a thought doesn’t work; it actually reinforces it!
IGNORING temptation far more effective than fighting it! Principle of REPLACEMENT = overcome evil with good. Keep your mind stayed on JESUS!
Luke 10 - Jesus told about a man who went DOWN to Jericho and fell among THIEVES (don't know whether they were robbers or just bad friends).
They stripped him of his garments (Is 61:3, 61:10), wounded him (Is 1:6, Jo 10:10), & left him HALF DEAD (Ep 2:1-3). Looked alive but dying!
A PRIEST passed by on the other side (represented MORAL LAW). He didn't even stop to look, because the law had no mercy! (He 10:28, Ja 2:10)
A LEVITE came and looked, then passed by (represented CEREMONIAL LAW). Sacrifices only covered sin, couldn't deal with root! (He 10:4, 7:19)
But a SAMARITAN had compassion and helped the man. The Jews often mocked Jesus with this insult (Jo 4:9, 8:48). JESUS IS THE GOOD SAMARITAN!
If Jesus is Good Samaritan & wounded man is world, then where is the church? We are the INNKEEPER, taking care of people Jesus brings to us!
Samaritan gave innkeeper 2 PENCE (2 days wage) when He left. (2 Pe 3:8 / 1 day = 1000 years) Jesus went away for "2 days" but left us POWER!
Lu 10:35 - "When I come again, I will repay thee." / Jo 14:3 - "If I go & prepare a place for you, I will come again" / JESUS WILL REPAY US!
“@terryshock: Apostolic is more than look & belief. When we consistently experience ALL of Acts we'll be Apostolic. Few verses won't do it.”
God may allow others 2 B wealthy yet supply your needs on a daily basis b/c He wants something far better for you – total dependence on Him.
God may let others be honored while keeping U hidden in obscurity - because He wants U to produce fruit that can only be grown in the shade.
God may let others get the credit for things you have accomplished - and all this will make your reward ten times as great when Jesus comes.
When U are truly delighted by God's peculiar jealous guardianship over your life, U will have found the vestibule of heaven in Jesus Christ.
EVERY CHURCH needs to help FUND the Great Commission! God hasn't blessed us to increase our standard of LIVING, but our standard of GIVING!
21% of UPCI churches in North America give ZERO to Foreign Missions; another 22% give <$1000/year. That means 43% give less than $1000/year.
93% of our churches give 45% of our Foreign Missions offering. Just 7% of our churches give 55% of that offering. NO, they are not all BIG.
Mal 3:16 (MES) A book was opened in God's presence & minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the God-fearers written down / WOW
Jesus came as SON to deal with SIN; when sin is finished Sonship is finished (1 Cor 15:24). It's a temporary role, not a permanent "person"!
Pride is the original sin; it is the enemy of everything spiritual. FACT: Pride prevents worship. FACT: Worship kills pride. (S. Willoughby)
You've never seen a couch in a throne room; there are no 2-seater thrones. Only one at a time can sit on a throne - GOD or YOU. (Willoughby)
David's greatest displays of worship took place AFTER he became king. You will never B 2 important or 2 positioned 2 praise! (S. Willoughby)
"I've looked for a verse that says 'Let every extrovert praise the Lord, the rest of you can be shy.' But I can't find it!" Steve Willoughby
We’ve created a subtle form of spiritual codependency in church, letting LEADERS take responsibility for what should be OUR responsibility!
My kids learned 2 feed themselves as toddlers. If U say "I'm not being fed" it's YOUR fault. It isn't your pastor's job to study YOUR Bible!
Listening to sermons is second-hand knowledge; it can never replace first-hand study. It’s not enough to HEAR truth; you have to OWN truth.
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. / With God, you always get SOMETHING. With God, it is impossible to end up with NOTHING.
2 Kings 2:10 [Elijah] said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee.
"If thou see me when I am taken," lit."if we see eye to eye when I go" // You can't receive a mantle if you're not in sync with your elders!
In the OT (Ge. 2:6-7), MIST on dust + BREATH in dust = Living Soul. In the NT (Jo. 3:5) it still takes WATER + SPIRIT to birth new creation!
1 Co 9:24 - "So run that ye may obtain [the prize]." Not running FAST, but running 2 LAST. Have the GRACE 2 PACE yourself for the long haul.
Lam 2:14 MES - Your prophets courted U w/ sweet talk. They didn't face U w/ your sin so U could repent. Their sermons were wishful thinking.
We focus on HOLINESS BY SUBTRACTION (eliminating things from our lives). Could it be that God is more concerned about HOLINESS BY ADDITION?
@Chris_Hunter This doesn't at all minimize EXTERNAL holiness, it just puts it in a proper perspective - as an outgrowth of INTERNAL holiness
@Chris_Hunter Many see holiness as list of what THEY CAN'T DO (subtraction), but God sees it as list of what HE WANTS TO DO in us (addition)
@Chris_Hunter 2 Peter 1:1-11 is a good example of this - He says, "you already have the power you need" (v.3), "now ADD to your faith" (v.5)
"Last Sunday's new hymn sounded like a sentimental love ballad one would expect to hear crooned in a saloon." 1863 letter re: "Just As I Am"
"Sunday's hymn was particularly unnerving, the tune un-singable & the harmonies distorted." 1890 letter re: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
In Bible times elders "sat at the gate." They spent YEARS talking 2 each other, building relationship; THAT is where their wisdom came from!
Over 1/4 of the 27 NT books either sent by Paul TO Timothy or by Paul AND Timothy. Genuine ministry is not about entourages but about TEAMS.
POVERTY is eating so well U have 2 go on a diet, having so many clothes U "haven't a thing to wear," having many acquaintances & no friends.
GOODNESS isn't absence of badness! U can do nothing wrong & still do nothing right. Are U known for what you're AGAINST or what you're FOR?
I have a dream of a church where EVERY service is a life-changing encounter with the living God. I have a 'dream church' today! (Thanks MLK)
Judges 12:6 - During time of civil war, the Gileadites killed their Ephraimite brethren because they couldn't say "Shibboleth" the same way.
(con't) "Shibboleth" = "Harvest" // Not every church is going to say (or do) "harvest" the same way, but let's not kill one another over it!
Gen 3:22 (MES) - Tree of Knowledge of Good FROM Evil might have been OK; this was Tree of Knowledge of Good AND Evil ("ranging from G to E")
Temptation STARTS wherever you choose to put on the BRAKES, so you need to STOP far enough back from SIN that temptation is still RESISTIBLE
LUSTS are never satisfied; they always GROW when exercised. If we yield we don't satisfy appetite, we just make it easier 2 yield next time!
GREED: an assumption that it's all for my consumption ("If anything comes TO me, it's FOR me") That phony philosophy is rampant in churches!
We ask: "Is it RIGHT or is it WRONG?" But we can rationalize that almost anything is "right" for us. The best question to ask: "Is it WISE?"
PRAYER OF AN IMMATURE CHRISTIAN: "I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough of God to explore my soul or disturb my sleep,
(con't) but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I want ecstasy, not transformation; the warmth of the womb,
(con't) not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. Yes, I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please." (Wilbur Rees)
Grace & EFFORT are not opposites; grace & EARNING are opposites! Working FOR your salvation = heresy; working OUT your salvation = maturity!
Heb. 5:13-14 "Every one that useth MILK is unskilful in the word: for he is a babe. But strong MEAT belongeth to them that are of full age."
MILK is a passive food, given to the child by the mother (the church). MEAT is an active food, hunted down & prepared by oneself for eating.
MILK is a basic or "comfort food" ("Somebody meet my needs!"). MEAT is an energy or "strength food" ("What can I do to help in my church?").
MILK is a pre-digested food (i.e. God spoke to Aaron through Moses). MEAT must be digested, so it takes greater “effort” by the individual.
MILK builds up the bones (underlying framework of spiritual life). MEAT builds up the muscles (essential activity of one's spiritual life).
MILK is truth of what Jesus did for me (salvation - Gospels & Acts). MEAT is truth of what Jesus is doing in me (sanctification - Epistles).
Nothing has to die to produce MILK, but something has to die to produce MEAT. A carnal Christian hasn't yet died to their own immature ways!
WHY DID JESUS CURSE THE FIG TREE? To answer that, answer this: What did Adam & Eve clothe themselves in, right after they sinned? (Gen. 3:7)
Jewish Literature says the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil was a FIG TREE - "the fig leaf which brought remorse to the world” (Midrash)
As Jesus walks into Jerusalem on the way to His crucifixion, He curses the SAME KIND OF TREE that caused mankind's slide into sin! (Mark 11)
The FIRST ADAM ate the fruit of the tree and brought death, but the SECOND ADAM could not find any figs to eat. He did not partake of sin!
Heb 4:15 - In all points tempted as we are YET WITHOUT SIN / 1 Cor 15:45 - First Adam made a living soul; last Adam made a quickening spirit
Jesus cursed the ROOT CAUSE of mankind's sin problem, leaving it withered & dead … for when the GOD-MAN speaks, the curse itself is cursed!!
Praying the Scriptures INVITES us to pray and INITIATES our prayer. It unlocks INTIMACY and breaks the INERTIA we sometimes feel in prayer.
Praying the Scriptures ILLUSTRATES how to pray and INSPIRES us as we pray. It ILLUMINATES our hearts and INSTRUCTS us in the wording to use.
Praying the Scriptures lends IMAGERY & INTENSITY to praying. It brings INTERCESSION & IMMORTALITY to our prayers. Have you prayed the WORD?!
Many treat the Psalms' exhortations like they are worship SUGGESTIONS or OPTIONS, to obey only if they fit one's personality or culture.
"My confidence is GOD-confidence, not SELF-confidence. Since He is determined to use someone, it might as well be me!" (Steve Willoughby)
STEVE WILLOUGHBY: "I spent 40 years telling God 'I can't.' He had to drag me into just about everything I did. He told me one time, (con't)
… 'I'm not asking U to gallop! If U would simply walk in the right direction and Me not have to drag U, it would be a big improvement.'” :-)
"When are you going to quit limiting your ministry with your words & start letting ME decide the boundary of what is possible?" (Willoughby)
The key EMOTION of worship is love. The key ATTITUDE of worship is surrender. The key ACT of worship is obedience. (Steve Willoughby)
WORSHIP IS ABOUT LOVE. Love isn't love without expression. No blessing without sacrifice; the church cost God a crucifixion. (S. Willoughby)
WORSHIP IS ABOUT LORDSHIP. It’s about who’s in charge. Worship requires three responses - physical, emotional, and material. (S. Willoughby)
There was a holy repulsion in the NT church, the last thing we think we need; we always try to attract. The NT church grew by repelling! ~VH
If NT church had overlooked sin while Satan sneaked into every phase of her life as we've done today, Christianity would've died in infancy.
The lambs today are so mixed with every other species that what was once a sheepfold has become a zoo. Pastors are 2 feed sheep, not wolves!
The NT church had a healthy, holy intolerance. We are paying an awful price today for our sweet tolerance of sin within the church. (Havner)
1 Cor 3:11-12 Other foundation can no man lay … if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ...
GOLD, SILVER, PRECIOUS STONES: ETERNAL INVESTMENTS. (1) Are much more costly, (2) Are found at a much deeper level, (3) Refined by the fire.
WOOD, HAY, STUBBLE: TEMPORAL INVESTMENTS. (1) Can be purchased much cheaper, (2) Can be found on the surface, (3) Will not survive the fire.
1 Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be manifest - it shall be revealed by fire. // "All roads lead to the judgment seat of Christ" (K. Green)
MISSIONS: "Not called!" did you say? "Not heard the call," you should say. Put your ear to the Bible, & hear him bid you go! (William Booth)
S.O.A.P. SCRIPTURE - read it! OBSERVATION - what does it SAY to me? APPLICATION - what do I need to DO about it? PRAYER - pray about it!
"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deut. 33:27) I appreciate this promise especially when I fly!
GLORIOUS HOPE: 1 Th 4:13 MES "Don't carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word."
(cont) 1 Th 4:17-18 MES "Then the rest of us will be caught up - walking on air! And there will be one huge family reunion with the Master."
2 Tim. 4:3 (The Message) "There will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food."
Hebrews 12:16 (The Message) "Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God's lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite."
Ex 17:11-12 "When Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed … Aaron & Hur stayed up his hands" // U holding up or weighing down your pastor?
1 Sa 13:22-23 "In the day of battle there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people … but with Saul and Jonathan …"
(con't) Eph. 6:17-18 "And take the sword of the Spirit … PRAYING ALWAYS" // Are your LEADERS the only ones carrying spiritual WEAPONS today?
John 8:56-58 (MES) JESUS: "Abraham with jubilant faith looked down the corridors of history and saw my day coming. He saw it and cheered."
The Jews said "You're not even fifty years old & Abraham saw you?" "Believe me" said Jesus "I AM WHO I AM long before Abraham was anything."
Rev4:8/MES They chanted night & day, never taking a break: Holy, holy, holy Is God our Master, Sovereign-Strong, the WAS, the IS, the COMING
Soulwinner's Reward (1 Th 2:19 NLT): "What will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is YOU!"
No prayer, no power. Little prayer, little power. More prayer, more power. Much prayer, much power. Prevailing prayer, prevailing power!
DIRECTION, not INTENTION, determines DESTINATION. You will never DRIFT in a good direction; you will have to DISCIPLINE yourself to go there
Prayer is not something that you DO. Prayer is something that you ARE. Prayer flows automatically out of living sacrifices. (S. Willoughby)
Prayer is simply the verbal expressions of the meditations of your heart. So, NOT praying is the result of a dead sacrifice. (S. Willoughby)
God replaced DEAD sacrifices because they had limited value. They were too EASY to forget. You gave, then just walked away. (S. Willoughby)
A LIVING sacrifice is different. It requires DAILY maintenance & DAILY conversation. YOU'RE DECAYING IF YOU'RE NOT PRAYING. (S. Willoughby)
Blog by Matthew Paul Turner, "The Great Evangelical Endangered Species" jesusneedsnewpr.net/the-great-evan… Quote: "Cool comes & goes. Conviction remains."
I asked Jesus in, and thought He'd hang a few pictures. He started knocking out walls. "I wanted a nice cottage!" "No, I’m making a palace.”
Matt 19:6 - The Pharisees want to know when it is PERMISSIBLE to leave a marriage - Jesus answers that He doesn't even think it is POSSIBLE!
(cont) ONE FLESH isn't the GOAL of marriage; it is the RESULT of marriage. You can't "UN-ONE" what God has MADE ONE. Marriage is 2 B 4 LIFE!
(cont) DISCIPLES: "If those are the terms of marriage we're stuck. Why get married?" JESUS: "Not everyone is mature enough." (Mt 19:10 MES)
We sing "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder I'll Be There" - Rom. 16 lists people who said "When The Roll Is Called DOWN HERE I'll Be There!"
Col 4:10-14 - One man who PRAYED (Epaphras), One man who STRAYED (Demas), Four men who STAYED (Aristarchus, John Mark, Jesus Justus, Luke) …
… Aristarchus stayed in spite of TROUBLE, John Mark in spite of OFFENSE, Jesus Justus in spite of OBSCURITY, and Luke in spite of WEARINESS
Eph 4:26 - The danger of allowing the sun to set on unresolved ANGER is that, if the sun sets too many times, U forget what you're angry at!
What makes FRIENDSHIP great is what makes it dangerous. I'm repelled by rejection & attracted by acceptance, so I drop my guard w/ friends.
When I feel ACCEPTANCE, I am most open to INFLUENCE. But not all my friends are going the same direction - I must choose influencers wisely!
THE DIFFERENCE I got up early one morning, And rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish, That I didn’t take time to pray.
Problems kept tumbling about me, And heavier came each task; “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered: “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty, But the day toiled on, gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn’t show me, He said: “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence, I used all my keys at the lock; God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning, And paused before entering the day; I had so much to accomplish, That I had to take time to pray.
"@melanishock: He wakeneth morning by morning ... my ear 2 hear as the learned. Is 50:4 God teaches early morning classes. Don't skip them."
RT @melanishock: "Have you spent time with God this morning? Not yet, you say? Well, He's not on Twitter ...”
COMPROMISE: COM or CO = "together with" / PROMISE = "a declaration on which expectation is based" / WATCH WHO YOU CHOOSE FOR "CO-PROMISERS"!
Matt. 16:18 - Gates of ancient cities functioned as place of official decrees. Church can stop "decrees" of hell through prevailing prayer!
Matt. 16:19 - Our binding & loosing accomplishes on earth what is already willed in Heaven; we don’t MAKE it happen, we RELEASE it to happen
BINDING is not limited to our concept of something being tied up; it is more accurately understood by our concept of a “BINDING CONTRACT.”
Satan has blatant disregard for the Bible, the "CONTRACT" governing my life - but I can INSIST in prayer that he be BOUND to its provisions!
You are not just a helpless bystander! You are anointed & appointed by Heaven to INTERCEDE every time Satan sneaks across his boundary line!
God's will is ALWAYS done in Heaven, but SELDOM on earth. So we INTERCEDE: "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done ON EARTH as it is in HEAVEN."
John Bunyan (Puritan preacher) said, “We can do more than pray AFTER we have prayed, but we can not do more than pray UNTIL we have prayed.”
Ep 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; & that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.
Ep 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Good works accomplish NOTHING before salvation ("NOT OF WORKS") - but good works are the point of EVERYTHING afterwards ("UNTO GOOD WORKS")!
We teach baptism by immersion b/c word “baptism” = “to immerse.” We teach biblical standards of holiness b/c word “holy” = “to be separate.”
Senior demon Screwtape to trainee Wormwood: "Old error in new dress is ever error nonetheless." (from "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis)
POWER UP! Two major NT Greek words describe spiritual "power"… (1) DUNAMIS = power to do things BEYOND your natural ability ("DOING" power);
(2) EXOUSIA = power NOT to do things your flesh ALREADY has the ability to do ("RESTRAINING" power), also the power to restrain Satan's work
CROSS is the ultimate example of EXOUSIA power (see John 10:18) - thankful for Jesus' DUNAMIS, even more for EXOUSIA that kept him on cross!
Flesh can already live unholy! To live HOLY we need DUNAMIS ("DOING power") but even more EXOUSIA ("RESTRAINING power") - 1 Cor. 6:12, 11:10
1 Cor. 11:10 ("EXOUSIA" on her head") - submitted woman has "RESTRAINING POWER" on her head - pictures her AUTHORITY in the Spirit in prayer
In Scripture, MEN are generally commanded to ACT HOLY; his "standards" provide much of the OFFENSIVE power of the church (i.e. DUNAMIS)
In Scripture, WOMEN are generally commanded to APPEAR HOLY; her "standards" provide much of the DEFENSIVE power of the church (i.e. EXOUSIA)
EVER NOTICE? If men ACT holy, women have less of a battle with temptation. If women APPEAR holy, men have less of a battle with temptation.
@apostolic2thebo INTERNAL ("action") standards are actually more difficult to live than EXTERNAL ("appearance") standards, in my experience.
@apostolic2thebo Apostolic MEN should stand out as much by their ACTIONS as Apostolic WOMEN stand out by their APPEARANCE. Very challenging!
"I'll become even more undignified, & humiliated in my own eyes" (2 Sam 6:22 NIV) Michal knew Palace Protocol; David knew Passionate Praise!
HUMILITY, humor, humiliation - all from same root. Nothing expands our capacity for humility like embarrassment. Learn to laugh at yourself!
You may have to die to your dream so God can resurrect it in glorified form! (Ge. 37:20 - "and we shall see what will become of his dreams")
DR. PHIL: "Did your ears just hear what your mouth just said?!" KING SOLOMON: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." (Prov. 18:21)
The longer I live, the more I thank God for the DISAPPOINTMENTS in my life. Some of my WORST moments now serve as some of my BEST altars!
ANGER MANAGEMENT: Anger is always the SECOND emotion we feel. Find the SOURCE emotion & deal with the ROOT of your anger, not just SYMPTOMS.
ATT: WORRIERS! Most of our emotional problems are merely symptoms of ONE deep-rooted spiritual problem - a lack of TRUST in a sovereign God!
The bigger the opportunity the longer it takes - we think BIG w/o thinking LONG. "In due season we SHALL reap, IF we faint not." (Gal. 6:9)
God gave the "Ten Commandments" AFTER He set His people free. You don't need law when you are a SLAVE, you only need law when you are FREE.
God's rules are not a CONDITION of relationship, they are a CONFIRMATION of relationship. Rules w/o RELATIONSHIP always result in REBELLION.
Whose dog is in your fence? Was it yours once in the fence? NO! It was yours when you BOUGHT it. It's in a fence because it BELONGS to you!
The "10 Commandments" should be called the "10 Commitments" - we keep THEM because we love HIM. Rules R not to "get in" but b/c we "are in."
We each have our "Exodus story" - we were in bondage but God delivered us! And we've made our lifestyle changes out of GRATITUDE, not GUILT!
You cannot be FRUITFUL if you are not already SEED-FULL. (T.D. Jakes) … "Now the parable is this: The SEED is the WORD of God." (Luke 8:11)
RAPTURE: Bible simply talks about “caught up,” but "Rapture" became the unofficial title because it denotes a sense of JOY rather than FEAR.
(con't) Rapture won't be like a kidnapping! The sense of the word is like a child being suddenly swept into the arms of her laughing father.
(con't) It's a Holy Expectation … that in the next tick of the clock the Lord Jesus could descend from Heaven with a shout and call us Home!
(con't) 1 Thess 4:16 "The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a SHOUT" … What's Jesus going to shout? Maybe He will shout "Enough!"
(con't) Re 21:4 "God shall wipe away all tears … no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain" MARANATHA!
DON'T JUST STAND THERE, PRAY SOMETHING! The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with (Ja 5:16 MES)
2 kinds of ATHEISTS … INTELLECTUAL atheist BELIEVES that there is no God, PRACTICAL atheist BEHAVES like there is no God (many "Christians")
A spiritual stronghold is a MINDSET that causes us to accept as unchangeable situations we know are contrary to the will of God (Ed Silvoso)
1/4 - Jude 1:11 - Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of CAIN & ran after the error of BALAAM & perished in the gainsaying of CORE.
2/4 - WAY OF CAIN: "I would rather kill my brother and leave those who gave me birth, than have to submit and bring my sacrifice God's way."
3/4 - ERROR OF BALAAM: "I've listened to critics of God's people long enough that I'm willing to join forces with them against my heritage."
4/4 - GAINSAYING OF CORE: "I don't think my elders have any more spiritual authority than I do, so I have no problem speaking against them."
The Pharisees ADDED to the Word of God; the Sadducees TOOK AWAY from the Word of God. And BOTH extremes still exist within the church today.
(con't) There has been well-deserved outcry about “Pharisees” in the church, but when we encounter "Sadducees" those same voices are silent!
BOLDNESS = behavior born out of belief. Ac 4:13 "When they saw the boldness of Peter & John they marvelled" Does YOUR boldness amaze anyone?
Temple veil = shadow / Jesus’ side = substance. When one ripped, it ripped the other. Not torn so God could get out, but so we could get in!
Aerodynamics doesn't eliminate law of gravity, it overcomes it. Grace doesn't eliminate law of sin, it overcomes it. Grace is that powerful!
“Run John, run” the Law commands; But gives me neither legs nor hands. Far grander news the Gospel brings; It bids me fly & gives me wings!
Last Tweet from John Bunyan, imprisoned by British monarchy in 1660. Turned 2 writing while in jail, now famous for "The Pilgrim’s Progress"
Pr 6:22 - When thou goest, [the Word] shall lead thee: when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee: & when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
206 bones in my skeleton supporting me, but really it’s God who is holding me up with His everlasting arms – for this, I give Him praise!
600 muscles in my body allowing me to move, but really it’s in Him that I live and move and have my being – for this, I give Him praise!
2 million optic nerve cells in my eyes that let me see, but really it’s God who gave me my spiritual sight – for this, I give Him praise!
Heart pumps 10,000 litres of blood daily in 60,000 miles of blood vessels, but really His blood gives me life – for this, I give Him praise!
3lb brain w/100 billion neurons in nervous system giving info each sec, but really I only need to know JESUS – for this, I give Him praise!
Human blood will not keep forever, but Jesus' blood has never lost its power! Heaven has never had a blood drive in 2000 years. (Acts 20:28)
Jer. 23:7-8 (MES): "The time's coming when no one will say 'God who brought the Israelites OUT' but 'God who brought the Israelites BACK.'"
(con't) The time is coming when your backsliding will be forgotten, & your RESTORATION miracle will be greater than your SALVATION miracle!
In one miraculous night called Passover, God gave the Israelites "back pay" from the Egyptians for 430 years of slavery (Exodus 12:35-36,41)
U can make a difference! "The core membership of the Azusa Street Mission was never much more than 50-60 individuals." (Charismatic Century)
Your TESTIMONY is the most persuasive form of witnessing - it's unique, it's personal, you are the authority on it, and people relate to it.
Matt 6:21 - Since your HEART follows your MONEY, you can use your money to change your heart. Just invest in God's Kingdom instead of yours!
Be a PERCENTAGE giver (tithe), a PRIORITY giver (God first), a PROGRESSIVE giver (increase over time), & a SPONTANEOUS giver (let God lead).
GIVING is a lid on my lifestyle; I fund HIS kingdom before MINE. God blesses not to increase my standard of LIVING but my standard of GIVING
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools." - O Mandino / "There are only two days on my calendar: This day and That Day." - M Luther
God says, “Let’s have a giving contest – U give to Me & I’ll give to U, & we’ll see who wins. Prove Me! Put Me to the test!” (see Mal. 3:10)
John 7:38 - "out of your BELLY" - not "stomach" but "WOMB" - if you have the Holy Ghost, you have a spiritual WOMB to birth the supernatural
Joshua 1:3 - every place your foot shall "TREAD UPON" I have given you - Hebrew "DARAK" - not just "walk on" but "fight for" - FIGHT FOR IT!
DON'T DELAY BAPTISM: Acts 2:41 – same day; 16:33 – same hour; 9:18 – immediately; 10:48 – commanded 2 B baptized; 22:16 – why tarriest thou?
Baptism is an announcement of COVENANT, not just by U but by GOD! Not just U saying “I belong to Jesus” but JESUS saying “You belong to Me!"
Every Christian in your Bible was baptized in Jesus' name & spoke w/ tongues when they received the Holy Ghost. It was the EXPECTED pattern!
@OneStopBlog for.mu.la "a fixed METHOD for doing something" - Bible baptismal "formula" isn't incantation but IMMERSION into a NAME (Ro 6:3)
Book of Acts is the HINGE of the New Testament - it tells us what the church DID with what Jesus SAID. There would be no Epistles w/o Acts!
David had a “premature anointing” that was often difficult to navigate - he was anointed for a position that he hadn’t come into yet! You 2?
Satan fought David's ANOINTING because he was next in line for the throne - he wanted to mess him up before he could step into his AUTHORITY
SIN: Taken away - Joh 1:29, Forgotten - Heb 10:17, Washed - Isa 1:18, Blotted out - Isa 43:25, Pardoned - Isa 55:7, Cast into sea - Mic 7:19
We won't move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by combustion within it of lives ignited by God's Spirit. (V. Havner)
If you're a Christian, U are not a citizen of this world trying 2 get 2 heaven; U are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world
Have you talked 2 Jesus lately? "The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there." - Vance Havner
We are majoring as never before on being broad-minded. That we have become so broad as to become pitifully shallow never seems to disturb us
Some experts in tolerance can be amazingly intolerant of those who don't share their broad-mindedness, but that doesn't disturb them either.
CARNALITY: You don't have 2 sin 2 be carnal. People who are carnal are simply those who make all their decisions based on their five senses.
WAIT for God's timing in your life! Many things that will be a blessing to you later on can be a curse to you now, if you get them too soon.
The point of salvation isn't that WE "accept Jesus as Savior" - that's not Biblical. The point is that HE accepts us when we obey the gospel
MEDIA has power to redefine “normal” - conveying not only what is ACCEPTED, but what is EXPECTED - thus becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy!
“More than Israel kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath kept Israel.” We see God’s commandments as RESTRICTIVE, but they are actually PROTECTIVE.
Couples don’t fall out of LOVE, they fall out of FORGIVENESS! Behind every case of marital dissatisfaction lies an issue that is unforgiven.
Satan’s most successful lie is also his oldest, that God's Word is optional or subject 2 interpretation by humans (Ge 3:1 “hath God said?”)
Romans = being saved; Corinthians = living saved; Galatians = thinking saved. But U can't be, live or think saved until you go through ACTS!
God develops the Fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing U to go thru circumstances where you’re tempted to express the opposite trait!
Salvation is the most "elastic" word in the Bible. I WAS saved (Justified), I AM BEING saved (Sanctified), and I WILL BE saved (Glorified)
Justification SAVED me from sin's PENALTY. Sanctification SAVES me from sin's POWER. Glorification WILL SAVE me from sin's PRESENCE!
1 Th 5:3 "as travail upon a woman with child" … signs of times like labor pains - as deliverance gets close they get more frequent & intense).
1 Th 5:3 "when they shall say, Peace and safety" … World has cried "peace!" for years, but only since 9/11 have they cried "peace & safety!"
Jesus prayed this, can U? Jn12:27-28 (MES) I am storm-tossed, and what am I going to say? Get me out of this? No, put your glory on display!
1Jn 2:16 - lust o/t flesh (tempted 2 feel - hedonism), lust o/t eyes (tempted 2 have - materialism), pride of life (tempted 2 be - humanism)
You either live by priorities or pressures. Either U decide what is important or U let other people tell U what is important. (Rick Warren)
When God gives a command there is power resident in it to fulfill it: Let there be light!! Let my people go!! Let him that is athirst come!!
Most common Bible command is a variation of “Fear not!” Most common Bible promise is a variation of “I will be with you!” If God be 4 me …!
Immature Christians say “I HAVE TO?" Maturing Christians say “I WANT TO.” Mature Christians say “I GET TO!” It’s a privilege to please God!
In the incarnation, God took on a human nature that He never had … so that in salvation, I could take on a divine nature that I never had!
Two impossibilities bookend His life - virgin's womb & empty tomb. Jesus came in a door marked "No Entrance" & left by one marked "No Exit."
Church can be like football - a few people on the field badly in need of rest & thousands of people in the stands badly in need of exercise.
Eph. 1:6 … Talk about self-esteem! I am "accepted in the Beloved" and draw my worth from HIM, so I don't need to be "accepted by the crowd."
Eph. 3:8 (MES) "Here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ."
Gen 1:12 "God saw that it was good" - Gen 50:20 "ye thought evil but God meant it unto good" - God doesn't CREATE evil but He does REDEEM it
Jn 5:2-3 To the midst of the impotent came the Omnipotent; 2 the sheep market came the Lamb of God; 2 a stagnant pool came the Living Water!
Jesus went 2 the cross so we WOULDN'T have 2 go there PHYSICALLY. But He also went 2 the cross so we COULD go there SPIRITUALLY. I die daily
Man IS a Spirit, HAS a soul & LIVES in a body. Body gives WORLD consciousness, Soul gives SELF consciousness, Spirit gives GOD consciousness
Ps 34:3 O magnify the Lord ... The more U magnify PEOPLE or THINGS the more faults U find, the more U magnify GOD the more perfection U find
1 Tim 3:2 (MES) There R preconditions: A leader must be well-thought-of, committed 2 his wife, cool and collected, accessible, & hospitable.
If U won't let God speak 2 U thru His Word then He has no choice but to speak 2 U thru your circumstances - because U can't circumvent them!
A lamb took the sin of a man so the man could take the life of the lamb. The lamb died in the man's name; the man lived in the lamb's name.
2 Tim 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble … even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. "I may feel bound but the Word of God is not bound!"
Today, there is a CROSS standing where the Emperor used to sit on his throne in the Roman Colosseum. Incredible! http://twitpic.com/5ui3ou
Phil 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. There were Apostolics serving God right under Nero's nose!
Acts 16:25 - "Hey Silas, I just remembered something." "Yeah, what?" "We can't get OUT, but if we'll pray and sing praises God can get IN."
Last 4 words in Acts ("no man forbidding him") are 1 word in Greek, AKOLUTOS. It means "UNSTOPPABLE," indicating the church was unstoppable!
We never achieve God's will by breaking His laws, violating His principles or ignoring His wisdom. His direction begins with our submission
In shadow of HURT, forgiveness seems a decision 2 reward my enemy. In shadow of CROSS, it is merely a gift from 1 undeserving soul 2 another
Eph 4:26 "Be ye angry" For some people that's a Life Verse! But read on ... "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath" Empty out anger daily!
Day David lost all at Ziklag was same day Saul died on Mount Gilboa. His worst day was really his best day, just didn't know it! (TF Tenney)
Judges 2:7-11 … 1ST GEN. = knew the Lord; 2ND GEN. = knew people who knew the Lord; 3RD GEN. = knew not the Lord … which generation are YOU?
WORSHIP: The only part of church services that God gets anything out of. Ever thought of that? He doesn't learn anything from our preaching!
It isn't resolution of circumstances but evolution of character that God is after. Most Uncomfortable Situations = Most Comforting Psalms.
SEASONS: Sometimes learning to follow is better than learning to lead, and learning to handle failure better than learning to handle success
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death! Go after a dream that is destined to fail without Divine intervention.
Christianity is not life AFTER death; it is life INSTEAD of death. Eternal life is in you from the very moment you experience the new birth.
SUB-MISSION: Your mission "under" someone else's mission. You can't submit when you agree (that's just agreement!) - only when you disagree.
We need a Postage Stamp Anointing! That is the ability to stick to the message until you reach your destination. (adapted from Dutch Sheets)
DISAPPOINTMENT: DIS reverses. Dis-ability. Dis-like. Disappointment = appointment that is postponed. HOPE doesn't disappoint! (Rom 5:5 NKJV)
Phil. 3:18-19 (MES) There are many out there taking other paths ... All they want is easy street ... But easy street is a dead-end street.
PATIENCE: Waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. (Rom 8:24, MES)
Tolerance says, "You must approve of what I do." Love says, "I must do something harder; I will love you even if your behaviour offends me."
Tolerance says, "You must let me to have my way." Love says, "I must do something harder; I ask you to do right, because it's best for you."
Tolerance says, "You must agree with me." Love says, "I must do something harder; I will tell you the truth, because it will set you free."
Legitimate illegitimate sin = attempting to meet a legitimate need in an illegitimate way; a quick fix instead of God's plan /Mark Batterson
BOREDOM is the seedbed of sin; we sin because we have nothing better to do, literally! If you're busy serving God you'll be too busy to sin.
It's NOT an "opportunity" if U have to compromise your integrity - w/o integrity U can't fulfill your destiny b/c integrity IS your destiny!
Why is it we wait to do wrong until no one is watching but wait to do right until someone is watching? Our sinful nature at work either way!
The fear of man bringeth a snare (Pro 29:25) Who have U let subconsciously control your life that U would never consciously give control to?
DECIDE. Decidere ="to cut off." Homo-cide. Sui-cide. Decisions demand DEATH, dying to 1000 options, choosing 1. Decisions separate: DE-CIDE!
The sick need a physician but the well want out of bed! If we preach about sickness but never about health the recovered never get stronger.
You get addicted to painkillers when you keep taking them after the pain is gone. Ever think the church might be addicted to encouragement?
Right now God says "enough" and we still cry out "more" - but when we get to Heaven we will say "enough!" and God will still cry out "more!"
I can't succeed in what I do & fail in who I am. Looking significant not the same as being significant. Noses r prominent; lungs r priority.
WORSHIP first appears when Abraham takes wood, fire and a KNIFE. Anybody can build a fire - but worship without sacrifice is just a cookout!
SERVANTHOOD: How do you know you have a servant's heart? When people treat you like a servant and you don't get irritated by it you're there
SACRIFICE: You can't. Because you'll be rewarded in Heaven! Giving up the temporary for the permanent isn't a sacrifice, it's an investment.
How could God allow an eternity in Hell? That's how long and how much you would have to suffer to pay for your own sins if you reject Jesus!
Rev. 1:4, 8 (The Message) - "The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About To Arrive" - talking Rapture or Deliverance, that'll preach!
1 Chron. 21:8-9 (The Message) - "Then David prayed ... God answered by speaking to Gad, David's pastor" - did YOU get your "word" on Sunday?
"The greatest missionary is the BIBLE in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner." ~ William Townsend
You can't make a missionary of one who does nothing at home. He that will not serve the church at home, cannot lead a church anywhere else.
Great Commission not option to be considered but command to be obeyed. // Qualification for missions not love for souls but love for Christ!
Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. // Every Christian who is not called to go is called to send other Christians to go.
Millions haven't heard of Jesus. We ought not to ask, “Can I prove that I OUGHT to go?’ but “Can I prove that I OUGHT NOT to go?” ~ Spurgeon
The question is not, ‘Will THEY be saved if we don't send them the gospel?’ but ‘Are WE saved if we don't send them the gospel?’ ~ Spurgeon
"There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient." ~ John Piper
"If there was ever any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white hot heat, it is concerning missions. >
< If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world." ~ Spurgeon
"I have but 1 candle of life to burn & I would rather burn it out in a land filled w/ darkness than in a land flooded w/ light" ~ J Falconer
People say, "I want a heart 4 missions." I say, "Jesus tells you how. Put your money in missions & your heart will follow." ~ Randy Alcorn
"People talk of the sacrifice I have made spending much of my life in Africa. AWAY WITH THE WORD SACRIFICE! Say rather it is a privilege. >
< Foregoing the common conveniences of this life is nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us in Heaven. >
< I HAVE NEVER MADE A SACRIFICE." ~ David Livingstone // When he died while kneeling in prayer, Britain wanted to give him proper burial. >
< African tribe finally relented, but cut out his heart first and sent this note: "You can have his body, but his heart belongs in Africa."
"If God would grant to us VISION the word ‘sacrifice’ would disappear from our lips; we would hate the things that now seem so dear to us; >
< our lives would suddenly be too short; we would despise time-robbing distractions & charge Hell with all our energies in Christ's name." >
< ~ Nate Saint (diary entry just before he was killed by Auca Indians in Ecuador; subject of movie "End of the Spear") twitpic.com/6x34a2
Many in the church talk of the SECOND coming and never consider that half the world has never heard of the FIRST coming. ~ Oswald J. Smith
The measure of a church is not how many it SEATS but how many it SENDS. // Best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.
A church that says NO to missions is not just saying NO to men & leaving them in their sins. It is also saying NO to God's greatest concern!
Direct quote from one of our new believers at CCC: "What I thought was strength was simply weakness without trial." That's profound thinking
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (1) for Doctrine - what to believe, (2) for Reproof - how NOT to behave, ...
... (3) for Correction - what NOT to believe, (4) for Instruction in Righteousness - how to behave (2 Tim 3:16) Preaching must do 1 of the 4
FASCINATING FACT: It takes 90 gallons of water to baptize an average-sized Christian, and only 9 drops of rain to keep him home from church.
BIRTH: Mom brought U 2 church. WEDDING: Spouse brought U 2 church. FUNERAL: Friends bring U 2 church. // Why not come on your own sometime?!
Many church goers are like a hitchhiker's thumb: "You buy the car, pay for repairs and insurance, fill it with gas, & I'll ride with you. >
< But if things don't suit me, I'll bail out. And if you have an accident, I'll probably sue. This thumb is always out for a better ride."
You don't have to go to church to be a Christian. You don't have to go home to be married either. But your relationship surely works better!
Seen on a Bible Cover: "WARNING: Prolonged use of Holy Scripture may result in maturity, wisdom, character, holiness, and eternal life." :-)
PEOPLE: "Some people are very much like old wheelbarrows; half full of dirt, useful only when pushed, and very easily upset." - Vance Havner
APPETITE: "He that looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart." ~ C.S. Lewis
“Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Porcia Nelson (next 5 Tweets - sorry, but too good not to share) - enjoyed my 1st week on Twitter!
Ch.1 – I walk down the street. Deep hole in sidewalk. I fall in. I’m lost, I'm helpless. It isn’t my fault. Takes forever to find a way out.
Ch.2 – I walk down the same street. Deep hole in sidewalk. Pretend not to see. Fall in again. Not my fault. Still takes long time 2 get out.
Ch.3 – I walk down the same street. Deep hole in sidewalk. I see it, but still fall in. It’s a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
Ch.4 – I walk down the same street. Deep hole in sidewalk. I walk around it.
Ch.5 – I walk down another street.
STEVE WILLOUGHBY: "Satan, you don't scare me. Because you are not the Lord of me. You have no authority in my life except by permission. >
< You can't kill, hurt or destroy the eternal part of me. I belong to Jesus. He is my redeemer, my rescuer, my restorer and my savior. >
< He is my Lord by choice. I choose Him. I reject everything about you. Jesus has all power and dominion, and you never get the final say."
STEVE WILLOUGHBY: "As for this Jesus? I trust Him. I love Him. I love His will, His ways & His truth. I love His doctrine & His holiness. >
< Jesus, You are the God of power & strength, the God of 'suddenly.' You are the God of extraction & escape, the God of rescue & return. >
< I am confident in Your love. I will not fear because perfect love casts out all fear. To You be dominion & honor & glory forever. Amen."