Monday, June 15, 2015

An 'Extreme' Dilemma

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it." - Margaret Thatcher

The quote above by Margaret Thatcher is very true. Fulfillment doesn't come when we are lazy, but when we spend the day doing something with purpose. But herein lies an interesting dilemma. It is what I call an 'extreme' dilemma because there is a place where the exact opposite can occur. Using our daily diet and changing to reach the goals we set, many of us will quickly move into a 'new' way of doing things. It is in us to change things and move into doing things anew. Changing everything from the foods we eat to the activities we do. We are grocery shopping and purchasing exercise equipment. ALL of this is GOOD, but in doing this we must be careful to NOT overdue it! It seems there is a certain characteristic in the flesh that has this 'all or nothing' attitude. So we move quickly into a raw food, eat nothing but salad, rabbit mentality diet. We begin to implement exercising plans, dusting off the treadmill and lacing up the old garden sneakers for our walks. The first day or two we raise our fists in a triumphant shout about how easy it all seems only to find ourselves a few days later wondering how long we can maintain this pace and way of life! We are already bored of salads and have quickly learned our 'eighteen year old minds' are not matching up with our forty year old bodies. THIS is the dilemma I am talking about...we move without abandonment to such the extreme end of doing things that we crash and burn before we even get started! The next thing you know the it isn't fun anymore and you are fighting an even greater measure of emotions and feelings than when you first started!

Today I want to remind everyone of a few things. First...SLOW DOWN! This is a life long process of learning and retraining your body. The adage learned in the Aesop fable of 'The Tortoise and the Hare' rings true. "Slow and steady wins the race!" Secondly...this is NOT A DIET! No matter how you look at it, the goal is not to diet for weeks and then go back to your old ways of eating and living an unhealthy lifestyle, but this is an ATTITUDE. It is my hope this principle will impact you for a life time. This a pulling down of strongholds and a transformation into a complete makeover into a new you. Thirdly...look for and get HELP if you need it. Don't be so proud as to think you don't or won't need any help during this life. Look to each other. Encourage each other. Help each other learn and grow. Teach and share new recipes, exercises, "revelations" and ideas you have gained insight into. Then on the other hand, don't be so proud that you can't receive anything from anybody. Have a teachable spirit that is apt to learn. Fourth...KEEP THIS FUN! If you are not having fun in everything you are doing, then I would say you are probably on the extreme side of things. Life is fun. When it becomes so intense you cannot enjoy what you are eating or going out for a walk, then you are too fanatical or at least from my perspective, you have missed the point! Relax and enjoy the trip. Smile and give your face a rest. Finally... don't forget God in all of this! The victory comes, the true victory only comes when God is involved in your decision making. Don't forget the bottom line in this life is to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits! We are the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are remaking this temple into a place of habitation for the Almighty God! How's that for a WOW factor? Don't lose the true reason for this life (diet, work, relationships etc)!

There is an old cliche, "Practice makes perfect!" but my wrestling coach used to say, "Perfect practice makes perfect!" In wrestling practice we would continually be learning new moves and how to hit those moves. Many of the moves, if practiced incorrectly could end up hurting us in a real match. Therefore, however we practiced the move in practice, that is how we would hit the move in a match. Doing the move wrong in practice did not translate into doing it right in a match! We can practice something but if we are practicing it wrong, then it will be done perfectly wrong! But if we take our time and practice it the way it needs to be accomplished, then when the pressure is on, we will do the way we 'perfectly' learned it! "To succeed you must first improve, to improve you must first practice, to practice you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail." - (Wesley Woo) Today...if you find yourself in this extreme dilemma, I want you to step back, take a breath, and relax. Review and renew your pace with an attitude of gratitude. Let the lesson unfold in an aura of learning and fun. Life IS good and God is great...and that is something you can be extreme in!!!

Written by; Elder David Green (for http://bttraining-apostolic.blogspot.com/?m=1)
Edited for the blog by: Tina Marie

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Saved?

Many times I talk to people about God and they tell me they are saved already. I have to question this. Not because of the person so much as because the scriptures don't back up a once saved always saved doctrine.
It does however back up a person on the road to salvation, known as the Kings Highway. Romans 1: 20 states that the natural things of the earth declare the spiritual meanings of the scriptures. Since there's a road toward salvation, then there are roads away from it too. Which also means you can take exists whenever you want to. If you don't stay on the road, you're lost. Not saying you can't get back on the road, but if you've ever been lost, you know how long it can take to get back to the place you need to be to get to where you were trying to go.

[Mat 7:13-15 KJV Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.]

Many are stating this doctrine, so why not believe it?

[Jhn 14:6 KJV Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.] There isn't a plural here. So if the Apostles didn't preach it, and they were the ones given the way to preach the NT church into existence; then wouldn't they have supported it in preaching?

[Mat 10:22 KJV And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.] So if they don't endure to the end, then they are not saved?

[2Ti 4:2-4 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.]
Again if you can turn your ears from the truth, how can you be always saved?

Reading over these scriptures to the church in Rome. This letter is writing to people who had heard the gospel, were baptized in Jesus name, filled with the Holy Ghost and living on the road. Paul writes to them to exhort them how to continue in the faith (on the Kings Highway).
[Rom 1:20-25 KJV For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.]
Here the people he is talking about are those who once believed in God (they knew God) and turned out of the way, making themselves a god (served and worshiped the creature more than the Creator)
And God gave them over to their own lusts.
[2Th 2:10-12 KJV And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.]

Here in the above scriptures we read how they once know God, changed roads and lived after their own lusts. Which God not only allowed but gave them up to it, so that they went from the road of salvation to the way of destruction and damnation. 

What about all the scriptures that say that if you believe in God you'll be saved. Right, believe is a continuing action word, a verb. 

[Luk 8:12 KJV Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.]
[Act 16:31 KJV And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.]
[Rom 10:9 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.]
[Jhn 6:47 KJV Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.]
[Jhn 7:38 KJV He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.]
[Jhn 6:40 KJV And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.]

So when you believe on Jesus, it's a continually thing. If you stop believing on Him, you'll be lost. If you believe on Him, then you'll obey Him. If you stop obeying Him, you've stopped believing on Him. [Luk 6:46 KJV And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?]
[Mat 7:21-24 KJV Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:]

Obeying the gospel (Acts 2:38-40) gets you on the door to salvation, walking in obedience to God keeps you on the road. It's a daily taking up of your cross and believing in Him who hath called you out of darkness into the marvelous light of Truth. 

The Apostle Paul put it perfectly: 
[1Co 9:23-27 KJV And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.]
[2Ti 4:6-8 KJV For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.]


I am not saved yet, but I'm on the right way!

Submitted by: Tina Marie

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Great Commission


        Two of the most powerful commandments were written
and given at the most important time in the history of mankind.

         The time was Pentecost. The first commandment was a prelude in that he commanded His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. The second commandment defined the very purpose of this " Promise" given by the Father. "Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. What happened in between " tarry" and "ye shall" is the Promise, Pentecost, Jubilee, the Holy Ghost. All things prior "waited" for this. All things succeeding this could only be empowered by this. Peter said at the very beginning that "This" is that spoken of in Joel 2:28.
         The defining word in our commission is witnesses. The demographics described to the apostles were current and accurate for them, but for us they have a spiritual meaning. Jerusalem represents the church, the true church of the living God. Judea is our family and friends whom we acquaint often.Samaria represents those whom we encounter in our work and in our daily endeavors. The other half of "both" although, is someplace very different. It is the uttermost part of the earth. It is not a far away land on the other side of the World. It is a place in this earthen vessel. It is a place where we reach way down or way out beyond our comfort zones, a place that takes a real determination to get to. The word witness really means martyr. It is really going to take the uttermost to become the real witnesses we need to be of the truth that is so darkened today. It is going to take an extensive and continual effort to shine more and more.  It isn't going to happen just by circumstance.
       So reach way down so that you can find a way to reach way out, to the uttermost. Find a way to get involved in our greatest purpose, His commission.

Submitted by: Paul Groenewoud Sr