Monday, December 29, 2014

The Course of this World

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. -  James 1:13-15

If there is one thing in this game you have begun to learn, it should be this...without disciplining yourself, you are not going to do yourself any good in anything. Calorie counting, watching the kinds of calories, exercising more than once a week, not overeating, etc...are just a few areas we must maintain in the form of discipline or we will find ourselves spinning our wheels in the race to health.

If the truth be known, life is about discipline and true living is about restricting your appetites. Many think restriction is bondage. They equate not having the 'freedom' to do what they want, is slavery or a loss of power. But in reality, true freedom come with discipline. Ask the heroin addict, the crack head, the cocaine fiend, the alcoholic, the smoker, the porn addict...ask them who is more free...the one who has disciplined themselves and restricted themselves from partaking in such excesses or the one who can't break the chains of addiction that now envelopes every fiber of their lives. The scripture doesn't lie! It says in James, that every man is drawn away and enticed of his own lusts. All of us have our own bodily appetites within us that draw us to do evil or obtain something for a sense of momentary satisfaction. Just as much as we 'feel' hunger or pains of thirst, there are other urges and appetites of the flesh. Our carnal nature desires many, power, greed, material things, and such like. As James goes on to say the basic course of this world is fairly simple...lust, sin, and then death.

Look around you, the course of this world is set to a race to fulfill its lusts. We see something and it provokes something within us. James says, when our lusts hath conceived, it brings forth sin. So our lusts/appetites are those inner desires to have or obtain something. At that point, we have a choice, we can either kick the thought out because we know in the 'long run' it will destroy us or we will play with the thought. We will let it lay there and germinate and the next thing we know, like the moment two seeds collide in the womb, it begins to grow. We begin to move ourselves into a mode of obtaining the appetites of our desires. Sin is nothing more than our actions being moved by what was already conceived in our minds.

Now the sad thing is...the end of this course is 'death'. Although sometimes the end result of a lust is literal death, the reality of an unchecked lust is usually felt somewhere down the road. It is the harvest of a seed sown years ago. Many alcoholics are wounded people who used the alcohol to soothe over their deeply embedded anger. The scripture says that 'anger rests in the bosom of a fool' and most people who are 'addicts' have allowed anger, from a very early time in their lives, to rests within them. Which in turn set forth the course of the world which we are discussing in today's blog. Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden or they would surely die. When they disobeyed God, they didn't die a literal death, but their 'death' was a multi-fold death. They were cursed with manifold curses of trials and tribulations of the living within their own mortal bodies. They were expelled from the garden, which means they lost direct communication with the God of their salvation. So many things were lost when they went to fulfill their won lusts and desires. Though they didn't die a literal death, they died a spiritual death. So it is with us, when we refuse to restrict the appetites of our natures, we become wrapped within chains of darkness. Our minds become so obsessed in pursuit of fulfilling our lusts that somewhere down the road, we lose the 'light' of the way.

If all that is in the world is the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, then the world is a manifestation of the fulfillment of these categories in people's lives. In a world lost without any restrictions and living in the idea that freedom is doing whatever feels good and fulfilling the lusts of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life, then what we see around us today is nothing but a result of the 'course of this world'.

Once again, you may be saying, 'What in the world does this have to do with this blog and playing the game?' Well, I would have to say...EVERYTHING! If you will be honest with yourself (and honesty is the only way you can truly move forward). How did you get here? Why are you over weight? Why are you bound to food? Somewhere you followed the course of this world. You gave in to your pain. You justified your hurts. You followed your appetites and now you find yourself walking the tight rope of 'death'. An undisciplined life has not lead to freedom but it has brought you to this place and now the most difficult thing you will ever do is break the chains of bad habits and wrong thinking in your life! There are basically two paths you can follow: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. Right have a pure and true revelation of the lack of discipline. Don't be fooled again, the pain you feel right now is because you thought true freedom came from following your own will.

Today its time to step off the course of this world and follow a new path into the light of true freedom.

The Road not Taken
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth;and having perhaps the better claim because it was grassy and wanted wear;though as for that, the passing there had worn them really about the same,in leaves no feet had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back.Somewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --I took the one less traveled by,and that has made all the difference

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And both that morning equally lay
I shall be telling this with a sigh

Submitted by: Elder Green

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Good Thing

[Psa 84:11 KJV For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.]

After asking myself this question for years "If You don't withhold any good thing from me, why don't I have the things I want?", I decided it was time to look at what the Lord calls a "good thing".

[Mat 7:11 KJV] If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
[Luk 11:13 KJV] If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

In one version of the story its "good things", in another its the Holy Spirit. One person sees the Holy Ghost as a good thing, the other put it directly as the Holy Ghost and both were right.

Lets look at good things...

Provision and tithing
[Deu 26:10-12 KJV And now, behold, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God: And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you. When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;]
In giving we are given to. As we receive freely, give. God owns all things and by giving back to Him in tithing we are supporting the very thing that gives us life. He provides for us and we in turn provide for the ministry, which fulls circles back to providing for us the things necessary for salvation.

The promises of possessing the land and defeating their enemy. 
[Jos 21:43-45 KJV And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.]
Your heart is a land that needs to have the "ites" cast out, the strong holds broken and the enemy defeated in. God has promised not only to give you the victory in your "outside" life, but of that in your heart. Which when you posses your heart, you'll have a peace that passes all understanding.

A wife
[Pro 18:22 KJV Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.]
A wife, all the women rejoice right. Lets remind ourselves that women type out as churches. A wife here for this discussion I believe fits as the church. We are married to Christ. The true church is married to Christ, false churches are unmarried women or harlots.

[Jer 33:14-15 KJV Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.] I know this one seems to go without saying, He died for us. It seems that simple, but time to read the gospels all over again. He lived the cross daily. He walked the walk, talked the talk and died the death we all struggle daily to do. But then He went above that too, He was beaten, whipped, shamed and falsely accused; just to name a few things He did for us. [Jhn 1:46 KJV And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.] Nathanael found out that there was a good thing that came out of Nazareth.

Everything that was made
[Gen 1:25, 31 KJV And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. ... 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.] Everything made by God is good. Yes everything. If it's evil it pushes you toward Him. If it's good, its a blessing from Him that you can praise Him for. All things work together for our good. Darkness shows how good the light is. You need opposites to understand each of them.

Preaching / teaching
[Luk 10:42 KJV But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.] Mary choose to hear what God had to say to her. Going to the house to hear the word of God preached to us is a good thing.

Helping Saints
[Phl 1:6 KJV Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:] Search for Truth classes, dinners with saints, leading by example, taking time out to build up your brother or sister; this is a good work.

[Jas 1:17 KJV Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.]
As I continue to think about the list of what God calls a good thing, my mind goes over these:
Pastors, Elders, saints, every trial, the golden nuggets of revelation you get, those ah ha moments, praise, worship, music, prayer..the TRUTH. So many things that God doesn't withhold from His people. [Psa 34:10 KJV The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.]

[Psa 92:1 KJV [A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.] It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:]

A "good thing" isn't getting things you want, or having no trails, the simple and easy life. A good thing is being told no, having trails and climbing up mountains. He doesn't withhold that which is necessary for you to make it into heaven. He gives you everything you need to make and that's a very good thing.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Creatures of Habit

"The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." ~ Samuel Johnson

I would say right about now, all of us are beginning to feel the weight of our habits. All of us have habits, both good and bad. A habit is a noun which means; a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition. Obtaining and maintaining habits in our lives is, well, just a part of life. Yet, once again, a habit is one of those two edged swords that can make you or break you. A habit can be one of your greatest servants or one of your worst task masters. "Nothing is stronger than habit." (Ovid) As Samuel Johnson said in the quote above, the smallest of repeated behaviors we do can and will eventually turn into a way of life. Though seemingly minuscule in its beginnings, the behavior grows into a stronghold that is not easily broken. Once a habit is entrenched within our psyche's, our life is framed by those things we habitually do. The famous author, Stephen Covey said, "Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character." The fact of the matter is our habits are a reflection of who we are and the thoughts we have held dear to our souls. When we do something, for the most part, it is not some spontaneous effort or idea, but the way we do react is nothing more than a composite of our habits. As creatures of habits, we can only act according to the those patterns we have consistently adhered to from our youth into adulthood.

Yes, we are but a walking harvest of our habits! Think of the myriad of behaviors we do on a daily basis. How did you first begin this behavior? Why did you begin to do this behavior? Those behaviors just didn't happen. As Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Somewhere long ago, in response to a situation in life, we began to will ourselves to act in a certain way, and now those acts are entrenched themselves into our way of living. "Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables." (Spanish Proverb) You see, we first make our habits, then in the end our habits make us. Its not that we consciously wish to have bad habits but they sneak up on us, until we become their slaves.

Lets get one thing clear. Most of the time, when habits are discussed, its always discussed within the context of being a bad thing. Habits are a necessary way of getting things done in life. Habits make us predictable and allow a certain stability to operate in our lives. But habits are not neutral, and can only take on the persona we give them within the context of our life's daily routines. Vincent Lombardi said, "Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

Let me give you a personal for instance of a habit in my life. For years, I was an advocate of eating healthier, and taking supplements to help with our health, but there was a thing I avoided at all costs when it came to health. This thing is called EXERCISE! Though every time I read books and articles about healthy living, the word, exercise, was a key component to bringing healing to the body. I always had an excuse to why I couldn't exercise. One day, at about the age of 37, I was laying sick in bed. I realized just eating a decent diet and taking supplements, obviously wasn't enough. So began a journey to change a bad exercising to exercising. From being repulsed and finding every reason in the book to not exercise to changing my life into a habit of routinely exercising was not an easy task. I have always told people they can't just stop a bad habit by doing nothing. There must be a good habit ready to replace a bad habit or at least a desire to acquire a new habit to take the place of the bad one. Desiderius Erasmus said, "A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit." Deep down, I truly disliked how I felt about myself and where I was going. I did not like my bad habit of non-exercise. (Who really likes their bad habits?) So, I stepped into the odyssey of overcoming the bad with the good. I bought a treadmill! But guess what? Purchasing a treadmill did not break my bad habit of no exercise! Soon my inspired purchase was a very nice coat rack rather than a bad habit buster I had bought it do for me! Yep, that's right, the treadmill didn't do a thing for me... except drain my wallet of a monthly payment. Oh yeah...and every time I walked past my high tech coat rack, I could swear it laughed and taunted me with snide remarks!

Let me just lay it on the line here! The only way to overcome a bad habit is to replace the bad habit with something good, and this takes EFFORT and WORK. I try to tell people if they can do the good for at least three consecutive weeks, then you have a great possibility of breaking the chains of the bad habit. You can pull down the strongholds that keep you from obtaining the desires of your heart. It was a bumpy road to victory for me, but here I sit, writing this article (eight marathons later) trying to inspire you to believe it can be accomplished, IF you put your mind to it! It took me awhile to finally die to live, but when I did die out to my lazy ways, and began exercise on a consistent basis, something great happened. I realized how great I felt. I realized it wasn't as difficult as my imaginations had made exercise out to be. I came to many realizations concerning the power of habits and their control over our lives. I won't lie to you, do I struggle from time to time with my exercise...sure, but it doesn't take me long to remind myself of all the good it does for me and how I feel when I conquer the myriad of voices that call me back to my cave of apathy.

An ancient proverb says, "Good habits are formed from resisting temptation." You must begin to resist the temptation to stay in the bed of ease LONG ENOUGH to run into through the finish line of successful doing! Quit thinking you can't break the bad habit and step into the power of today! TODAY is the day of salvation! Today is the day you begin to break that bad habit one chain link at a time!

Submitted by: Elder David Green

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seeking the Seeker

[Isa 55:6 KJV Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:]

  1. to seek, require, desire, exact, request
  2. to resort to, seek, seek with care, enquire, require
The Lord doesn't hide from His people, He allows them to find Him, but it has a contingency. [Deu 4:29 KJV But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.]
Those "if's" in the bible have a lot of things hanging on them; promises of both blessing and cursing.

The promises that come from seeking God to name a few are; finding Him, receiving understanding, strength, healing,  rejoicing, life, protection, deliverance, good things, and to be made whole.

[1Ch 16:10-11 KJV Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.]
[Psa 34:10 KJV The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.]
[Pro 28:5 KJV Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.]

We as His creation were given the ability to choose God or our own ways. From the beginning God has warned us not to go after our ways, which is a type of Egypt. [Isa 31:1 KJV Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!] [Psa 27:4 KJV One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.]

It sounds simple, to seek the Lord. But seeking is an action that requires work. If the Lord was at the top of the hill, seeking Him would be to climb the hill until you reached Him.
[Hos 10:12 KJV Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.] It's not stopping until you get a hold of Him. Even when it seems like the Lord isn't there or rejecting even. [Gen 32:26 KJV And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.] the fact that Jacob wouldn't quit caused God to touch him and change his life forever.

God loves it when we will not let go, give up and are thirsty for Him.[Jhn 4:4 KJV And he must needs go through Samaria.] This women at the well has been remembered for thousands of years because she was thirsty. During those hidden moments in her life, she sought Him. And in turn, Jesus seeks the seeker. King David was another seeker that the Lord sought out. [Act 13:22 KJV And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.] Think for a moment, God is seeking me when I am seeking Him.

[Jhn 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.] That hour is here, get into the word, get into worship and seek the Lord Jesus, you'll never regret it.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Friday, October 3, 2014

But God!

Elder Mike Bobbitt preached “But God”
Psa 3:1-8 KJV 1 (A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
The story of Absalom’s betrayal to David and his fleeing from him is found in 2 Sam 15 and 16. Elder Bobbitt began his preaching with this Psalm and story to show how circumstances can look very bad for a child of God. Even from within your own family (Mat 10:36) or the house of God, enemies can rise up against you. However the “But God” factor is in your life through the promises of God’s word and David knew this. As you read over the account of Absalom, note how he worked behind the scenes to “rob” his own father of the kingdom by influencing the people. Then you’ll see when David flees with a small accompaniment supporting him; while his kingdom turned against him. As if things couldn’t get worse, Shimei comes out with curses at David, blaming him incorrectly for the kingdom being rent from Saul. (As it was Saul who disobeyed God and God is the one that rent it from him). David responds with the light of Truth within him and Psalm 3 broken down into parts, you can see how David and us alike, looked at this situation.
Ps 3:1-2, many and increasing are my troubles and enemies. 3-4 My confidence is in God despite what it looks like. 5-6 God’s protection is greater and I can rest in this. 7-8 God will and has always caused the enemy to be speechless through His delivering power.
Jos 1:8 KJV This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Elder Bobbitt continued on reading some of the 43 “But God” scriptures in the bible and adding today’s situations in like manner. I lost my job, but God. People are spreading lies about me, but God. Sickness is trying to overcome me, but God. Family and friends have forsaken me, but God. All this evil has come against me, but God.
Ending with Josephs story, the promises in the bible are our “but God” to hold onto. So tap into the Holy Ghost power and overcome. Gen 50:20 KJV 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Below are the 43 scriptures that state, “but God”. 

Submitted by Tina Marie

Gen 20:3 KJV 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
Gen 31:7 KJV 7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
Gen 45:8 KJV 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 48:21 KJV 21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
Gen 50:20 KJV 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Exo 13:18 KJV 18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Exo 21:13 KJV 13 And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.
Jdg 15:19 KJV 19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
1Sa 23:14 KJV 14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
1Ch 28:3 KJV 3 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
Psa 49:15 KJV 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Psa 64:7 KJV 7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
Psa 68:21 KJV 21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
Psa 73:26 KJV 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
Psa 75:7 KJV 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Pro 21:12 KJV 12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
Isa 17:13 KJV 13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Jon 4:7 KJV 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
Mar 2:7 KJV 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
Luk 5:21 KJV 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Luk 12:20 KJV 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luk 16:15 KJV 15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Act 7:9 KJV 9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Act 10:28 KJV 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Act 13:30 KJV 30 But God raised him from the dead:
Rom 5:8 KJV 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 6:17 KJV 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
1Co 1:27 KJV 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 2:10 KJV 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1Co 3:6-7 KJV 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
1Co 6:13 KJV 13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
1Co 7:15 KJV 15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
1Co 10:13 KJV 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1Co 12:24 KJV 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 15:38 KJV 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
Gal 3:18, 20 KJV 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. ... 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal 6:14 KJV 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Eph 2:4 KJV 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Phl 2:27 KJV 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
1Th 2:4 KJV 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
1Th 4:8 KJV 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Importance of Doctrine

The word "doctrine" comes from the Greek word didachē, which means "instruction" or "teaching". Doctrines shouldn't be made from "opinion" or " personal interpretation".

[Mat 7:28 KJV]  And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

The word of God is something that goes against most opinions. The Spirit is contrary to the flesh, most of the time, God's word goes against what you think or feel, natural senses "flesh". I say most of the time because as you grow to become more like Christ, judging things according to the word becomes your character.
[Gal 5:17 KJV] For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

The word of God will interpret itself, so that God's true will is shown. From Genesis to Revelation, the bible will "witness" that the true will has been shown.The Doctrines of baptism, one God, holiness, faith, order, communion, the enemy, salvation, sanctification and the law etc. All of these should be established by more than one scripture. It should be found throughout the whole bible, yes the Old Testament (school master and shadow) into the New Testament revelation (doctrine or object of the shadow).
[Deu 19:15 KJV] One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
[Isa 28:9-10 KJV]  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
[Heb 10:1 KJV]  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

[2Ti 2:15 KJV] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Rightly dividing the word of truth: The Old Testament ends at the book of Acts. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are NT writers, OT life and will.
[Heb 9:16-17 KJV] For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.  For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
With that said, salvation isn't in the OT, but belongs to the NT church, only the shadow of the salvation was in the four "gospels".

As you can see, just by knowing this fact of the gospels, you can now understand how taking scriptures out of the proper dividing, can create a doctrine that doesn't save you. That the word of God interrupted the proper place to find the NT plan of salvation preached on the day of Pentecost, by Peter in the book of Acts; after the death of Jesus and the time for the new will or NT to be preached. [Act 2:37-40 KJV] Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

The word of God is a road map to heaven. The importance of doctrine(s) is the same as if you were trying to get to a place you've never been and had a road map to get there. It's up to you to read it and plan out the roads on it to take you from here to there. A map of the state is a great picture, but not helpful for the inner city roads. Reading the bible as a whole is a great "large" view of it, but word studies bring you into the inner working of His will and directions for your life.

Ever ask someone for directions and get the wrong information?

[2Ti 4:2-5 KJV] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Within only a few years those that had heard the truth of God's word, in preaching from the Apostles had left that doctrine, creating a mixture of some truths and other religions, traditions, and lies to create new churches. You can read about them in the NT.  Knowing the bible will enable you to see through these creations to see the truth.
[1Jo 2:19 KJV] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

If you are desiring Truth and a real relationship with Jesus, doctrine means everything.
[Mat 16:11-12 KJV] How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

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Submitted by: Tina Marie

Oil of Gladness

Pastor's bible study:
He took the chapter Heb 1 and broke it down. Some great one God scriptures here. Heb 1:1-14 KJV 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son (His own soul, created in the womb of Mary), whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (God Spoke the world into existence & His word became flesh John 1:1, 14) 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself (Jesus died on the cross) purged our sins, sat down on the right hand (God is a spirit, right hand means “power”) of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Jesus is the name of the Father) 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (God never gave this to any of the Prophets, He reserved it for Himself) 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (There isn’t thrones, Jesus is King of kings) 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (His word manifested in flesh was more than any prophet, apostle or anyone used to the glory of God) 10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
The oil of gladness, why? When God stepped into a body, He brought all His power with Him. Every prophet had to ask God to do anything for His glory. Jesus spoke it. Be thou cleanse, be healed, be made whole, thy sins be forgiven thee, come out of her, arise, come forth. He was so holy that His garments being touched healed people. No one was like that. He is the Christ, the anointing oil.
[Isa 40:18 KJV] 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? Deu 32:4, KJV 4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Have you fallen on the Rock or lightly esteemed Him? Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. ... 31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.
1Co 10:4 KJV 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1Pe 2:8 KJV 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. Mat 21:44 KJV 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Its time to fall on the Rock, He is a mighty and merciful God, and be glad!!!

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Prayer Principle From Mathew 6: 1-13

In Mathew 6 God reveals some principles about praying.

Lets break them down:
Mat 6:1-13 KJV
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
     This is a principle that dives into the "why" are you doing it question. When you do things, from praying, giving, visiting or anything else; do you do it so people can know you did it. Check your heart before you do things, if you don't care if people know or don't know about it, good chance your doing it for the reason of love. But if you want people to know you were involved or see you doing it, then its to glorify yourself & that is the wrong reason. Let love shine through you so God can see it and bless you.

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
     The first part goes with 1-4, prayer is a private conversation with God, even in a public place like church. Yes hearing people pray is great, but it shouldn't be disturbing, but like background music when in public. But in private that conversation should be like your talking to the person sitting right next to you. Which brings us to the next part, think about having a conversation with your best friend, are you going to come before them and say the same thing to them over and over again? How long would that relationship last? Would it grow? God is seeking relationship with His Bride (people). If you come before Him and repeat even the prayer format below, your not getting anything out of it and neither is God.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
    Our Father...stop right there, you singular, are praying. Right, its not about you alone. OUR the body of Christ. Father, the one who is in you, adopted you, raising you, providing for you..father.
Which are in heaven, this is not a earthly father who doesn't know. He owns all and knows all.
Hallowed by that name... Praise Him. Holy, wonderful, mighty, provider, creator of all the universe, an able God, a name above every name..its time to praise Him for who He is!

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
     Thy kingdom come, this is about God's kingdom. Being about your Father's business.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Heaven meet this earthen vessel. Fill it up, running over in my life. Our heart is earth, good ground hopefully. Praying for the love God wants you to have towards Him and his body. His will in your life. The direction He wants you to go today. Giving you an ear to hear the needs of His body and the lost. Things of like nature.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    From understanding to natural needs, its time to ask. Remember there's an "us" here. Praying for the needs of others spiritually and naturally. Another word here to note is daily. Everyday is new, old things are done away with. You need to seek Him daily.  

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
     There's the "us" again. Its all about forgiving and being forgiven. If someone has done you wrong, remember He prayed "Father forgive them for they know not what they do".  He interceded for people who were literally killing Him. Its not only time to confess your faults and ask God to forgive you. But declare your forgiveness on those that have done you wrong and ask God to help, bless, provide etc their needs. Its about healing the wombs we afflict upon the body.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
     And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: think of it from this point, you're going into battle, is it easier knowing where your enemy is or not? If you know who the devil is, than you can plan for the attack. If you don't know your enemy, then you can be taken by him. Open our eyes to see our enemy approaching, but should be fall, deliver us.
     For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. its time to praise Him for what He has done, what He is going to do and why He is going to do it.
     Amen. So shall it be written, so shall it be done. Now walk away knowing that God has heard you and have the faith that praying after this manner brings.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Sunday, September 7, 2014

25th Bear

Pastor's message "25th Bear", the blessing of knowing why we are where and who we are. Reading [Jde 1:11-13 KJV] 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Pastor then goes to John 10: 11-30, of course in verse 30 he brings out a few more one God scriptures from Eph 4. [Eph 4:4-6 KJV] 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
But heading back to the the sheep, the Shepard and the hireling. The hireling flees or turns from Truth to preach a lie, when preaching truth is a difficult thing to do. [Jhn 10:11-14 KJV] 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

 The bringing in of the Gentiles.. [Jhn 10:16 KJV] 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
The importance of hearing His voice..[Jhn 10:26-28 KJV] 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The importance of hearing the voice of God & not taking it for granted. Lets go the the garden, [Gen 3:8 KJV] 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
The voice of God walked with them daily, yet Adam & Eve didn't realize what they had and disobeyed the voice. We need to protect the voice of truth.

Story the 25th bear; 1 out of every 25 bears will attack. Only a head or spine shot will kill a bear fast enough to protect you. Many people have studied bears & because they meet the 24 that are docile, they forget how dangerous a bear can be. Two men studying bears encountered the 25th bear. Upon entering a spot near the river they heard the chattering of the teeth, which means a bear is attacking. And the one shot at the  & despite the shot of the gun, in 1 1/2 seconds the partner was pounced upon and ripped limb from limb. The partner went up into a tree and watched it all. After the bear was done, the partner pulled him out still a live, but dieing later that night. This young man that had experienced this, went back to that same spot to revenge his partner. Upon getting to that same spot, he heard the chatter begin & climbing up the tree quickly, he aimed and killed that bear.
The little "pet" spirit you don't want the preacher to touch is your 15th bear. You protect it. What are you holding on to? Music, entertainment, jealousy, disappointment..what pet? You need to kill it!!!

[1Sa 3:8-9 KJV] 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Hophni & Phinehas thought that they being Levites was enough, they took it for granted & wouldn't be corrected. Samuel was corrected & obeyed. [1Sa 3:18-19 KJV] 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It [is] the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground., the boy grew in the Lord & favor..Samuel heard the voice of God, not Hophni & Phinehas. Samuel's true test, tell Eli what God told him & as a true called Prophet, he did so. The hearing of God's voice means everything!

Examples of the 25th bear from Jude 11, Cain, thinking you can offer what you want & God will accept it. 

[Gen 4:3-7 KJV] 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Balaam, wanting the reward of this world more than the rewards God gives to the obedient.
 [Num 22:20-21, 37-38 KJV] 20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, [and] go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. 21 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. ... 37 And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour? 38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.

Core, thought they could be equal with the ministry without obeying or sanctifying themselves like the ministry, their ideas were proven & the ministry was "too much" authority. 
[Num 16:1-5 KJV] 1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: 5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

Pastor explained that we being sheep hear the voice of God in the preaching. The spirits listed above in Cain, Balaam and Korah are very real today. When a preacher gets up and rebukes, calls a standard back into order, tells you to get rid of things, these are bears that are attacking you. He isn't on a power trip, he is trying to save your soul. He is correcting the sheep because he cares about the sheep. He is keeping the church clean so we can hear the voice of God. Holiness is right, obeying is right, standards are right, one God is right!!!

The fact, the 25th bear is a beast that will kill you if you don't kill it. Anything that stops you from hearing the voice of God, get it on an altar / get rid of it.

Submitted by : Tina Marie