What Is Your Light Source

December 11, 2018


Coming over the hill one morning on the way to work, I looked out and saw the lights of Burleson and beyond, a norm in Texas. As I saw the sprawl, my mind pondered what would it be lie if a bomb was dropped and obliterated al that I saw. How many of the people represented by those lights would be in Hell and how many in Heaven? How many of those in Heaven never said anything to those who were in Hell and how many of them in Hell had heard but put salvation off or laughed at the idea? How many of those in Hell had been good church goers who had ritual without reality?

At 0530, it is quite dark on a December morning and those lights seemed very bright though because of distance between them there were some dark patches. It was not like looking at one huge spotlight. There were also various colors. That reminds me of the Church, the saints, not the buildings. We are dispersed in the darkness and we are of many colors and though there may be a large amount of us in an area, especially the South, there are still patches of darkness among us and huge areas of darkness outside of our current reach that need to be exposed to the Light, Jesus Christ.

Sadly, during this season we are often more concerned about our decorative lights that burn out and can be very costly than about the Light that was given to us at the highest cost and will never burn out. Our light needs to reach into the darkness of men now before they enter the darkness where no light will ever reach. May God tender our hearts for those who are in the Light and to make sure that the light we have comes from the right source lest our light be darkness disguised. Maranatha

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Unify To See The Power of God

December 11, 2018


“I have never yet known the Spirit of God work where the Lord’s people are divided.” – D. L. Moody

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

Indeed! 81 churches in a town of 30k and we wonder why only a third of the town goes to church. When they see the churches of like faith merge working as “one in the Spirit and one in the Lord” fulfilling Jesus’ prayer that we would be one as He and the Father are one people will respond to God working not man’s program and philosophies.

Pastors should reach out to churches of like faith seeking mergers for the good of the Body putting aside their own pride and plans.

If we believe we are going to the same Heaven we ought to be able to sit in the same pew together putting aside our fleshly issues if we are truly His.

In these last days it is time to repent of our custom consumer Christianity. It is time to stop living in the past and keeping the doors of a church open because of its age or past glories. Come out of the mausoleum and live the abundant life leaving behind the redundant life. Stop wasting God’s gifts maintaining a building while His people, the true temple, need a vision for the future. 20/20 vision of the past means nothing if you cannot turn it around to see the truth of the present.

May God close the dead churches. May He reconcile the ones caused by splits. For those who refuse reconciliation may they close quickly so as not to continue the disease of carnal separation. May He close the fad churches before people get hurt once the fad fades. May He close the mouths of false prophets and remove those who serve only for the money fleecing the people of God.

May His Spirit flood this and every town in America with a revival greater than we have ever seen bringing unity to His people and salvation to those who do not know Him. Amen! Maranatha!

 

Tricky Traditions

December 9, 2018


Mat 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Traditions can be tricky things. If traditions are truth, treasure them, but if traditions are just tradition, trash them. Too often traditions are clutter that get in the way of truth or worship. Worship in Spirit and truth as Jesus wants requires not heavy rites or traditions just as a child running to kiss his father or mother need nothing to prepare for it but the heart’s love. We are His children who need to run to Him always to give and receive a kiss.

Green Christmas

December 9, 2018


I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
Without all the snow and slop and ice.
Where my day will be merry
Without having a coronary
From shoveling snow that never stops.

I’m dreaming of a green Christimas
Where it is not 40 below
I don’t need a mountain of snow
or a jolly Ho, Ho, Ho
To worship Jesus Christ the King.


Have Yourself A Mary Little Christmas!
Luke 10:38-42
I. By forgetting the flurry!
A. Jesus just wants to be received. Vs. 38
B. Martha was distracted. Vs 40
C. Martha was irritable and critical. Vs. 40
II. By focusing on first things!
A. The things troubling us will pass. Vs. 39, 41
B. Our Time with Christ is needful and eternal. 39,42
Ask yourself seven questions
1 Do we love the risen Christ as much as the infant Christ? Do we show as much devotion the rest of the year?
2. Does He get any gifts or is it just a greed party in His name?
3. Do we help the lonely? Suicide highest at Christmas.
4. Are parents a failure if they cannot provide gifts?
5. Are we mainly emotional or spiritual?
6. Are presents premier even to adults?
7. When its is over are we spiritually enthused and recharged or emotionally exhausted and overcharged?
Conclusion: If we truly want to wish Jesus a Happy Birthday then let us give Him gifts of our heart, our, time, our ears, and our lives. Trees and trinkets do not interest Him. Won’t you have a Mary Christmas and find the needful things that will stay with you all year, all decade, and all eternity

Silence The Accuser

December 8, 2018


Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. KJV

That has been his MO since he turned from God. Indeed, he must have accused God before the angels and the third that fell with him fell for it. He accused God before Adam and Eve. Sadly, they fell for it. That he now accuses us before God should be no surprise and sadly we often give him great material to present, but praise be to His name we are forgiven in Christ so the accuser is silenced before God. However, he loves to accuse us to ourselves and to often we fall for it. That opens us up to sin or to be in despair. If God can silence our accuser by the blood of the Lamb and the power of His Christ then we should do the same so that he has no influence on us until that day when he is silenced forever!! When the accuser reminds you of your past and failings remind him of his future and the victory of Christ which is yours by faith and grace! Alleluia! Maranatha!!
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Truth Or Tradition

December 8, 2018


John 16:12-15

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. KJV

The Disciples/Apostles after three years of intensive study still had much to learn as they did not totally grasp what they had learned. That sounds crazy since they had the absolute best teacher they could ever get. Shows how dense humans are.

So after Pentecost they would receive a teacher of the same caliber, the Holy Spirit, who would guide them into ALL truth. Yet, after two thousand years we are not seeing the power or unity that we should see if we were truly listening to the Holy Spirit instead of the doctrines of men. There is not a sect that is free from this problem. Some are in major heresy and others have missed the boat in many areas and some less, but there is not sect that does not tolerate some error.

Old traditions and dogmas die hard, but many would vaporize in an instant if we truly asked Jesus for the answer and allowed the Spirit to show us the error of our ways and how we negate the Word of God for the doctrines of men. Many of these are comfortable and even pleasurable so why would we question or dump them? In Heaven’s name we would do so because we desire Him and His truth more than our comfortable rituals and doctrines. things how indeed can the Spirit teach us heavenly or more spiritual things? non-essential bucket. Even if it means we have mixed with the pagans like the Jews in the OT who may have started out in some errors in the idea of a seeker temple sort of thing to try and win them over or dialogue on common threads instead of coming out and being separate we just chalk it up to nonessential. In the end, they polluted the temple and even denied the God who bought them. Many have done this and many are close to it.

IF we really allowed the Holy Spirit to guide us there would not be so many sects and opinions for we have One Lord, one faith, one baptism and supposed to be in one accord and speak the same thing. We are not to be of Paul. Cephas or any of the other names we go by be it denominational or non/intradenominational names. The word Christian would be something and we would not quibble over earthly things for if we cannot discern earthly things how indeed can the Spirit teach us heavenly or more spiritual things?

Old traditions and dogmas die hard, but many would vaporize in an instant if we truly asked Jesus for the answer and allowed the Spirit to show us the error of our ways and how we negate the Word of God for the doctrines of men. Many of these are comfortable and even pleasurable so why would we question or dump them? In Heaven’s name we would do so because we desire Him and His truth more than our comfortable rituals and doctrines.

Be honest, who do you love more, Christ or your group and its doctrines and practices. Let the Holy Spirit answer that for you and you may be surprised that your group garners far more love and respect than the Lord.

One of the things that happens in every revival, and it has been documented is that Christians changed the way they dressed and yet that issue would be considered a non-essential issue and one would be a legalist to even bring it up. Seems like it is important to God since it shows up in every revival. God even made one woman looking to be filled with the Spirit to throw away a rhinestone hair pin before she got her desire. Seems a bit picky to you, doesn’t it? Maybe He is, but it is His will, not ours, right?

It would be a long list to discuss every issue and no matter how long I might make it I would most likely miss some things. Why not start asking the Lord to show you where you or your group has gone astray? There will be no revival without such discussions from everyone who names the name of Christ. Maranatha!!!

A Prophet Before Birth

December 7, 2018


Jewish Actress Natasha Leggero: Great Thing About Judaism is “Abortions are Cool”
Obviously she has not read the Law and the Prophets.

Jer 1:4 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying:
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.

If He knew Jeremiah before He created him in the womb He knows every child conceived before conception. Several times G-D said He would punish the shedding of innocent blood and there is no blood more innocent than that of an infant in the womb.

One day all the aborted children will stand as witnesses against those who performed the abortions and those who had them unless they repent and come to Christ for forgiveness and salvation. There is forgiveness and healing available.

Race and Marriage

December 6, 2018


I read an article on interracial marriage and since race has been a big issue in recent days I figured I would say just a bit on this,

First of all, race as we use the term is really an evolutionary term and should not even be considered or used by believers. There are no races. There is but one race on a physical level and that is the human race. The human race has a variety of skin tones and has developed many sociological groups, but it is still one race. We do well to drop the notion of race from our concepts and work from a one race perspective.

Even our color assignments are in error as science has now shown we are all a shade of brown, There are no red and yellow, black and white that are precious in His sight, We are all brown and God is down with all of us as He loved all of us to send Christ.
Indeed, as people of faith, we know only eight people got off the Ark so we are all cousins. Some of us are just closer than others because of Babel and personal preferences.

On a spiritual level, there are two races. Those who by birth are offspring of Adam and those who by second birth are offspring of the second Adam, Jesus Christ. All men are my temporal brothers through Creation, but some are my eternal brothers through Christ.

That said, the only interracial marriage is between those only of Adam and those of the Second Adam. Skin tone variations or geographical points of origin are irrelevant. What counts is parentage and family ties.

A child of God is not to marry outside of their race. Our Father knows the heartbreak that an unequal yoke can bring and would spare us all of that. Warning, there are those who claim to be in the family are not. Be sure you ask Father to bless the marriage and approve of your choice lest your choice be the wrong one.

Indeed, just as widows were told they were to free to marry, but “only in the Lord” that is an injunction for all who are in the family of God. Do not practice evangelistic dating or hope for a conversion after you are married. You will be greatly disappointed and your life less than abundant, even miserable. I know we all know someone who is an exception, but the percentage rate off modicum success is very small. Not even a gambler would take those odds in Vegas.
However, if you were born into the family of God after you married then stay and pray for the conversion of your spouse. Read 1 Corinthians 7 to understand this exception.
Therefore, while I can bless a marriage between two Christians regardless of skin tone or origin I cannot encourage an interracial marriage between Christian and Non-Christian.

It is also best to marry within your branch of the family as those differences can cause much friction and strife especially when children come along. Having been in many doctrinal discussions and seeing how intersect marriages fair, I can say that with some authority. Be wise and look for your spiritual well-being not just your emotions or eye candy.  Maranatha!

Beware of Seducing Spirits

December 5, 2018


1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
We are obviously in the latter times. There is a great apostasy as people and churches depart from the faith even allowing an atheist to pastor. Pastors and theologians deny the inspiration of the Word, the deity of Christ, the Resurrection and teach liberation theology aka Communism. Iniquity abounds and the love of many has grown cold. I believe this age of apostasy started in the 1880s.

Seducing spirits are everywhere. Some lead to immorality and other destructive lifestyles and some appear as angels of life leading people into strange religions or cults claiming to be Christian having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.

Doctrines of devils also abound again some openly anti-God and others mimicking God but twisting His Word. Using His name to justify evil such as the Christian swingers, anti-Semites and folks like Westboro Baptist Church.

Many false prophets deceive the people because they themselves are deceived and shall be in the group of Matt 7:21-25. Others know they are using Christ for finances or to seduce silly women and have no guilt because their conscience is seared and they speak lies in hypocrisy without guilt.

Forbidding to marry has been used in various groups throughout the years. Some forbade all members to marry and died out. Others only forbade their leadership and dedicated servants, which lead to despicable evil being done under the guise of holiness.

Every creature means every creature. Abstaining from food for religious reasons is also a doctrine of devils. We are no longer under the Law so there is no restriction of what we eat. We need not worry if our burger had been part of a pagan sacrifice. If it is sold in the stores we have no need to be concerned about it. We may abstain for the conscience of another, but not for ours. We can abstain from various things for health reasons, but if we make that abstention a means of holiness or salvation then we have greatly erred and need to repent.

Be careful of who you listen to and what you believe. It is dangerous out there. Study the Word and seek Him to avoid seducing spirit and their devilish doctrines.