Thursday, April 23, 2015

Forsake not

The devil likes to minimize the things we do for God as though they are meaningless, routine and small. The Lord told us that by lack of knowledge My people perish. Many scriptures talk about doing what seems like nothing special, the normal every day or putting a little effort in God’s business; brings forth great results. Look at the boy that gave God 3 loaves and 2 fishes, God feed over 5000 people by that small effort of giving to God.  Small because the amount was meant to feed one person, the boy. But as a “good servant” to God, when we do things, we do them as unto the Lord. He then can multiply our labors, gifts and faith to produce results that can blow your as well as others minds. All the glory then goes to Him and if He be lifted up, than He will draw man out of hell and unto Him.
[Luk 19:17 KJV And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.]

The title of this blog is “Forsake not”. The reason I choose that title is because that’s what the goal of the devil is, for you to think it’s meaningless and forsake the things that matter to God. In doing that you bind yourself up and are not able to be used of God to the measure He would use you.

Let’s take a look at some of these scriptures and bring them into today’s everyday use.

[Deu 12:19 KJV Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.] The Levite today would be the ministry; Pastors, Elders and Preachers. Those that minister the word of God to you. When is the last time you thanked them? Taken them out for dinner, bought a gas card, gift card or washed their car? What about praying for them? That should be top on your prayers every day. By taking care of or “forsake not” them, you ensure your soul.

[Pro 1:8 KJV My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:] The Father is God and the Mother is the church. God gives instructions to the ministry and they in turn set those in the way of standards, protocol, the rules or “laws” of the churches behavior. God placed you in that body for a reason. Don’t judge the Laws of another Mother, for each house has what it needs to make it.

[Neh 10:39 KJV For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God.] What does the physical church look like? What does the spiritual church look like? Is the grass over grown or the pews left with trash? Are you picking up after yourself or leaving it for someone else to do? What about the spiritual church; is there talk about God during times of gatherings & fun? Do you only pray with people at church? When’s the last time you had people over for dinner & encouraged them in God words? What about bringing a case of water in for the choir? Or fasting for someone. What does the “house” of God need and then don’t forsake it.

[Heb 10:25 KJV Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.] Be faithful to church, church functions and gatherings. But also assemble in unity. When the ministry calls for a fast, fast. When it calls for a work day, work it. When it calls to pray, pray. When the preacher is walking your log, amen the preacher. Assemble: to bring together or gather into one place, company, body, or whole. We are fitly framed together, to work together as one whole body. Don’t be a cut off toe, the body is affected when you forsake the assembling together.

Forsake not God. He is the prize, the mark, the reason and reward. He should be the Love of your life. Don’t forsake Him for idols, sin or anything else you can put before Him. Be in atonement (at one with) Him. You made a covenant when you were baptized in His name. Remind yourself daily that everything you do “great” or “small”, do it unto the Lord. And the thing is [1Sa 12:22 KJV For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.]

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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 life you have 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 comes 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 continues 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 sets forth the course of the world of 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 own 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'.

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 or other things? 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, 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 traveller, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
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,

And both that morning equally lay
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.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference

Submitted by: Elder David Green