Monday, August 22, 2016

Do you have a porn prob (so sorry 'bout that).. or do you even call it that.. a real problem?

Admit it and quit it--the cyber-weirdness and cyber-flirting. You weren't designed for that. So many tell me porn is so natural and good. It ain't. It's UNwholesome--doesn't make whole at all. Heals zero. Helps zero. It's probably all airbrushed what you see and seek. Stop it--it's fake. Repent of that--change by God's power. It's not good for you at all, but let me say this. Sex and of itself ain't bad. Duh!  

What it points to is a natural God given desire that Mr. Lu-Cifer wants to negatively exploit. Hey SEX.. is not bad. Fornication and adultery are sins. God says flee youthful lusts. 

Want to tell this nation.. SEX is better the way God intended it. It's been proven by poll after poll that sex with those caught up in porn is far less satisfying. Want the West to know that sex is more than just a mere physical activity--it can be so blessed in the context of marriage between one man and one woman. God thought of it. Marry a growing Christian of God's choice for you if you are called to one day be married. Hey, I have three sons, so listen. I've tried this and like it. Be encouraged. 

God doesn't want to take something away from you. He has something good for you and He has a timing too.   

Do you call yourself a Christian? 

Do you want to be like a vessel of wood, clay, gold or of silver and used for things of honor. Or will you be a cheaper type, or a uber-cracked pot, used for things of dishonor? We each choose. 

Again, you may thinking or askin', "Well, can't all types of vessels can be used of God--they indeed can't they be." 

The answer is, yes, but you really don't want to be used as a vessel for dishonor. No you don't. No one does. 

God can use a vessel of clay, wood, silver or gold so to speak, but guess what.. He won't use one that's dirty. Why? Well, cuz this just doesn't represent who He really is to a lost and strayin' sideways kinda world. 

God loves you, but He is just and way-holy as well. Have you been out of hope lately? 

We you messed up and need a second chance? We have a living hope--Jesus is the one door in. The Bible says...

"Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope and expectation [anticipating the time when I will restore My favor on her]. And she will sing there and respond as in the days of her youth as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." Hosea 2:15 amp 

We can repent and believe--there is hope for our nation. Do you know Him ..I don't mean merely know of Him.. but really know Him yet? He creates, and no worries if you've blown it bad.. He also recreates. 

It's interesting to me that Paul uses this type of vessel illustration in Romans 9:21-23, although with a different emphasis:

What does God in the Bible ask? "Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory…"

In that context, the Apostle Paul is emphasizing God's sovereign right to do as He pleases with His own creation. Sure, as a good potter, He can do whatever He wants to with His clay, and the clay has no right really to challenge the good potter. 

But remember.. in 2 Timothy 2:20-21, Paul's emphasis is on our responsibility to cleanse ourselves from the defilement of sin.

We don't have time for filthy porn.. anywhere or in any form. How can we be a good witness for Jesus with that super lame habit? 
Listen, there is no contraceptive big enough to fit over your soul. You were destined for impact.. with purity and power for a higher purpose. Who needs all the weird soul-ties to pull em down? God can forgive and He can use you for His glory. It's a mission for and to glorify the Fisher, and for fishin' the way He did it on earth.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24
Let's live clean, real candid with Christ.. bringin' it all out into the light where He can fix stuff with us. Let's all-out seek Him daily..earnestly. 
To the degree that we long for the next world where Jesus is, we become able to combat the hypnotizing dirty influences of this world ..and to help others through His Word come clean.
Do you have to be used of God? Do you want to live as an effective witness for Jesus Christ? The Christian life is meant to be lived in the presence of Christ and in the company of others, not alone. Clean and clear with power for making a difference. It's for a world changing and edifying kinda purpose!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Have ya had some trials, testings, challenges, or plain ole temptations lately? How are you doing this week?

What are the keys to resisting temptation? Not bad to pre-think about in advance.
Nelson’s Bible Dictionary defines temptation as “an enticement or invitation to sin, with the implied promise of greater good to be derived from following the way of disobedience.” Resisting temptation begins with knowing that Satan is the supreme “tempter” (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5) who has been tempting mankind since our Creator placed His first two children in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3; 1 John 3:8). Ultimately, however, we know that Satan’s power over Christians has been effectively destroyed as the war has already been won through our Savior’s death and resurrection which conquered the power of sin and death forever. Nonetheless, Satan still prowls the earth looking to drive a wedge between God and His children, and his temptations are unfortunately a daily part of our lives (1 Peter 5:8). Yet with the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s Word to help us, we will find ourselves effectively resisting temptations.
The apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Indeed, every one of us faces temptations of some kind; even Jesus was not immune as He was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Hebrews 4:15). Although Satan may be the dark force ultimately behind the tempting, it is our fallen and corrupted human nature that allows these temptations to take root and causes us to act on them, thereby “giving birth to sin” (James 1:15). But it is the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to free ourselves from the sin and temptations we struggle with in our daily lives. Thus, if we have the Spirit of Christ residing in our hearts, we already have what it takes to resist the flaming arrows the devil sends our way. As Paul told the Galatians, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).
The Word of God has always been our best defense against Satan’s temptations, and the better we know His Word, the easier it will be to claim victory over our daily struggles. The psalmist tells us, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). When Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, the first thing He did was to quote Scripture (Matthew 4:4–10), which eventually caused the devil to leave Him. Indeed, Christians need to be diligent in studying God’s Word. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalm 119:97–98).
In addition to God’s Word, prayer can help us to resist temptation. The night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He told Peter to pray “so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38). Also, in the “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus taught us to pray that we would not be led into temptation (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4). Yet, when we do fall into temptation, we know that “God is faithful; He will not let us be tempted beyond what [we] can bear,” and that He will provide us with a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a promise from God, and like Abraham, Christians should be “fully persuaded” that God has the power to do what He has promised (Romans 4:21).
Another way to help us resist temptation is to remember what Jesus Christ did for us. Even though He never committed a sin, He willingly endured the torture of the cross for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Every sin we’ve ever committed, or will commit, played a part in nailing our Savior to the cross. How we respond to Satan’s worldly allurements is a great indicator as to just how much the love of Jesus Christ occupies our hearts.
Now, even though Christians already have the tools necessary for victory, we need to use our common sense and not place ourselves in situations that prey upon, or stimulate, our weaknesses. We are already bombarded every day with images and messages that tantalize our sinful lusts. We don’t need to make it more difficult than it already is. Even though Christ’s Spirit resides in our hearts, our flesh can be very weak at times (Matthew 26:41). When we know something is or can be sinful, Paul warns us to “flee from it.” Remember, the “tempter” is also the master of rationalization, and there is no limit to the arguments the devil can offer us to justify our sinful behavior.
Armed with God’s Spirit and the truth of His Word, we are well equipped to overcome Satan’s assaults (Ephesians 6). No matter what trials and temptations come our way, God’s Word and Spirit are infinitely more powerful than any of Satan’s schemes. When we walk with the Spirit we can look at temptations as opportunities for us to show God that He is indeed the Master of our lives.
Listen... up, learn big, guard your heart and lips.  Deny your worldly or fleshly nature, resist Mr. Lu-Cifer (you know, one of those fallen angel dudes cuz you probably won't be confronted by Satan Himself). Prayerfully pre-think--it’s just too easy to stumble in deed, or say too much and hurt someone.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord. Ps. 19:14 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today I was asked about Bible learning.

Some schools and seminaries I really like, and others not so much. But how did I respond to this question (my short answer to..):  “I would like a degree in biblical studies. Why must I pay for this. The disciples did not. Jesus Christ gave this to them for free. Any place that makes people pay just to learn God’s word in the Bible.. I feel this is wrong.”
Good question, Bill (not his real name). 
You and I can agree in prayer that God will teach you more. Yes, that he will teach you about his word, life and ministry. I pray God will bless you in this effort of prayerfully studying. 
Jesus told us that His sheep hear his voice, so Jesus by His Spirit can be our teacher today as well. No charge. Degree teachers who must pay for those formal learning and degrees will charge you for your degrees if that’s what you want that. I had a great time in some Bible Colleges, but a few were dead and lead by dead teachers with teachers that seemed religious and dead too.
But.. God is the same. Jesus is the same and his mouth still works. He can teach us born again believers every day as we apply His word.. as we take time away from it all to pray, to listen, to follow and to learn from him.  

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 11:28-29

“I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come. 14He will glorify Me by taking from what is Mine and disclosing it to you.” ~ Jesus, John 16:13
Amen, looking forward to that day and praying that we can make the most of our time here until we are there with our Lord.  
Amen, the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” (Isaiah 25: 8-9)
I just got back from a walk–it was kind of a prayer walk with my dog on a leash. What is prayer walking? Is it biblical to go on a prayer walk? I praise the Lord that He hears us when we call out to Him, no matter where we are.
Prayer walking is the practice of praying on location, a type of intercessory prayer that involves walking to or near a particular place while praying. Some people believe that being close to a location allows them to “pray nearer to pray clearer.” Prayer walks are taken by individuals, groups, and even whole churches. They can be as short as a block or as long as many miles. The idea is to use the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—to increase the intercessor’s understanding of prayer needs.
For example, if you walk through your neighborhood looking for things to pray about, you might come across a yard that is extremely untidy and rundown. This might prompt you to pray for the health, both physical and spiritual, of the residents inside. Some groups prayer walk around schools, prompting prayer for the teachers and students inside, for their safety and peace, and for the schemes of the devil in their school to be thwarted. Some people feel they can concentrate and direct their prayers more effectively by walking near the people and places they are praying for.
Prayer walking is a relatively new phenomenon, the origin of which is not clear. There is no biblical model for prayer walking, although since walking was the major mode of transportation in Bible times, clearly people must have walked and prayed at the same time. However, there is no direct command that prayer walking is something we should be doing. To believe that prayers offered in any setting, or while in any position, are more effective than those offered at another time or in another manner is not scriptural. In addition, while we may feel we need to be close to a location or situation to pray more clearly, our heavenly Father, who is everywhere at all times, knows exactly what needs are present and will respond to them in His own perfect will and timing. The fact that He allows us to be part of His plans through our prayers is for our benefit, not His.
We are commanded to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and since walking is something we do daily, surely part of praying without ceasing is praying while walking. God hears all prayers offered by those who abide in Christ (John 15:7), regardless of time, place, or position. At the same time, there certainly is no command against prayer walking, and anything that prompts us to pray is worthy of consideration. Blog