A Call For Prayer

June 13, 2013


Ex 17:8-16

8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi:
16 For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.  KJV

When I left for college in 1978, I had a dear lady named Edith Henderson who prayed for me and when she died I felt the loss.   I am in desperate need of a battalion or more of such women to pray for me.  At 60 years old, I do not know if I have 10 or 20 years left to stand on the battlefield.  I want to end my life on that field and in victory, not defeat.  I do not wish to be a garrison trooper but rather on the front lines in the heat of the battle.  I do not want to desert or go AWOL.  I may need R&R from time to time, but I do not want to long for it or tarry longer than is needful.  If I am wounded, I want to heal quickly and return to the front.  I have no desire to be removed from active duty and made a reservist.

I have fallen on the field before and took too long to recuperate.  I got lax, lazy and cold.  I want to be on fire burning like a 12 alarm fire but under control like a welder’s torch that can cut through the hardest hearts and destroy the strongholds in my life and in others.   I want to see souls saved for His glory and the saints edified and energized for the work of the ministry.  I am sick of mediocre mechanical ministry.  I want to see revival in my heart, the Church, the nation and the world!  Like Wesley, I want to be so on fire that people cannot help but come and watch me burn and then by the power of God catch the flame for their own souls.

I want all that the Father will give me including discernment and wisdom that I might rightly serve Him and His Bride.  I want to be a master of the armor.  I know that I am nothing in myself and in my flesh dwells no good thing.  It will not be by might or power, but by His Spirit if I am to conquer in His name and enlarge His kingdom.

I also know that no mighty movement of God has happened without much prayer and that many men became mighty men of God because of the prayers of godly women, especially older women.  When the men go bad in a nation it is hard, but there is hope if there are godly women to pray the men back to righteousness.  When the women go bad then there is no hope.  The nation is doomed to judgment because there is no one to intercede.  Thus, understanding the power of holy women I come to plead for your prayers.   I need a multitude of godly older women to be like Aaron and Hur to lift me up and my hands that I and the Joshuas might prevail against the enemy that seeks to have us devoured.

I ask for the older women for they are seasoned in prayer and I need prayers answered.   I will not turn down the prayers of younger women or men, but I strongly covet the Mrs. Hendersons.  My dear older ladies this would be a great opportunity to mentor some younger ladies in prevailing prayers that have substance and not just hype or flippancy.

I ask that you beseech the Lord to fulfill all in me that He would have me be and do, not what I want or you want, but what He wants.  I submit to that kind of prayer with some fear and trepidation for I have no idea what that will entail.  I know my weaknesses to a degree, but I am sure that I will needed honed much more than I can imagine and honing is ofttimes not easy and a tempered sword goes through fire and hammering.  Thus I ask with some inner trembling, but trust that I will praise Him in the congregation for the end results of His work.  I do not want to just sit around, suck air, eat groceries and die a waste of His space.

Will you please answer my call for prayer?   I need you to overcome my blind spots and timidity to be all that He can make me to be.  You need not reply.  If I end up with thousands the enemy may use it to being me to a place of pride and that would be the defeat of the mission.  So, if I do not know exactly how many take up the call it is fine.  I trust at least one will accept the challenge for indeed it is that for I can only imagine how much God will have to work on me in answer to your prayers.   I am sure I will see and feel the difference in my life that your prayers will make.

Thanks to all who take up the challenge and even for those who read this and offer up a short prayer for me.

To arms for His glory!

Bro.  Ron

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Bad Boy Brethren

June 12, 2013


1 Cor 5:1-5

1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. KJV

           When your sin is so bad that not even the other sinners want to hang out with you then you have really gone over the edge.  There was every imaginable sin committed in Corinth, but still this was one thing no one did, not even the vilest of the Gentiles.  Whether it was his actual mother or his step-mother some will debate, but either way it was an unheard of sin among the sinners.  Even today if you really want to insult someone you accuse them of practicing maternal fornication. 

          These folks were Christians.  We are not told if they were already practicing this sin before they were saved or after, but they freely moved among the church folks and activities.  No one called them on it. They were perhaps tolerated under the flag of grace or love.  This is what is prevalent today.  We do not want to judge and we are under grace so we do not practice church discipline or shun those who are not walking circumspectly.  We let preachers get away with abuse and heresy without saying anything because of a false concept or grace, love and judgment.  This is why we are in such disrepute among the unbelieving culture.  We should openly rebuke, shun and if possible remove such folks from public ministry.  Since we tolerate it the world believes we condone it and share the labels and slurs they pour upon the church.

            Notice in verse five that Paul turned them over to satan if need be to take their life while their soul is still saved.  That is a great verse for eternal security, but it should be a sobering one for both the Church and the backsliding or rebellious child of God.  He can take us home early in disgrace or shame if we have no desire to get right with Him to be a faithful witness of our salvation in our lifestyle. 

            If some were weak, sickly and dead because they did not practice the Lord’s Supper with correct respect for its purpose how much more so would this couple and the others listed in verses 9-13 be in danger of an early departure from this life?  We need to develop a more healthy fear of God than what we have.  We have gotten into a form of sloppy agape even among Baptists.  Thank God that we are saved by faith through grace and are eternally secure, but there is a possibility that we could show up in the throne room much earlier than we should have and be saved by fire. 

           We will get better at understanding and practicing exclusion as we practice the previous points.  Doing so will bring us to the next phase of spiritual growth.

A Time To Shun

June 12, 2013


1 Cor 5:9-13

 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. KJV

            A sinner is a sinner and you expect one to act like one and the only way you can witness to them is to interact with them so eating with them is not a real problem.  When I was in college I worked as a dockworker for a trucking company and lunch with the elect was not very profitable so I started sitting with guys I knew were not Christians so that maybe I could witness to them and win one.  Never won any, but the guy who said grace for everyone out loud did not help.  He only annoyed and angered the men making my task harder.  We cannot escape interacting with unbelievers unless we can leave the earth.  So make the most of the interaction for Christ. 

           However, when it comes to men that claim to be a Christian it is a different story.  The Amish and the Mennonites call it shunning.  Since they are openly living in sin and bringing a reproach to themselves and the Church as well as giving the enemies of Christ reason to blaspheme we are not to fellowship with them.  Breaking bread as a part of fellowship was a part of the 1st Century Church and even today when Baptists meet they eat. 

           We should not associate with them as to do so would indicate to the unbelieving that we condone or even sanction their activities and we and the church will be labeled hypocrites or actors.  We all have some sins that easily beset us and often they are not something that is open to the public.  We need to deal with those as well and be humble when dealing with those in open sin recognizing that we are not perfect.  Yet, we need to be firm in reproving them and if necessary strongly rebuke them. 

            A heretic is to be avoided after the first or second admonition.  Since heresy involves doctrinal error and an unnecessary divisiveness we can apply the same concept to an unruly brother/sister who will not heed us.  If he repents, then we are to forgive. If not, we are to shun.  The hope is that he will become ashamed and miss the fellowship of the saints and Church bringing him to repentance.  If not, worse than shunning may happen to him.

Come Out Or Partake

June 12, 2013


Rev 18:1-5

1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.  KJV

             Is it important to come out from among the unbelievers or the world? In 2 Cor 6:14-18, it was a prerequisite for God to treat us as sons and daughters.  In this passage we are in danger of partaking of the sins of the ones we associate with and can receive the same plagues. 

            While we are allowed to dine with an unbeliever, we must be careful where we do that.  Think of it. What if some Jews were friends with the Philistines and attended the banquet when Samson brought down the house?  They would be just as dead as the sinners.   Attend a party at someone’s house and the police break in because the host has crack smoking and prostitution going on in the garage or another part of the house.  You were just there for a meal and end up in jail.  Make sure the party or meal is at Luby’s or somewhere that there is a fair chance of no illegal activity going on. 

           We need to be careful who we associate with and it can be difficult at times.  Many times we just do not know what a person may be doing or what they have done, but if you are going to bring them on staff you better at least do a background check.  Safety of yourself and your members should be paramount.


2 Cor 6:14-18

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. KJV

           Separation is a dirty word even among many Baptists.  It is also hard to determine where to draw lines from time to time, but lines must be drawn.  I have done a sermon on drawing lines and little boxes.  It is tough for some of us to not glad hand and accept as brethren everyone who calls themselves a Christian.  Few of us are normally into excluding people.  I am a joiner and love friends.  I wish that every group that claims to be under Christ’s umbrella was truly there, but sadly it is not so. 

            That makes life tricky as discerning between upfront unbelievers and tares is tough.  The upfront are easy because they tell you they want nothing to do with Christ or are not sure or whatever.  The tares are tough as it is reasonable to assume that there are some in every church.  They look good and talk the talk.  In that case, we have to ask God for discernment and love them and hope that through that love and the preaching they hear that at some point they will become real wheat.  It has happened often that someone was a pastor, deacon, teacher or musician get saved having been in their capacity for many years.

             In Church, we have to allow the Spirit to discern and work with the person as we cannot see the soul. Later, I will speak to brethren who are less than well-behaved. Outside of our local Church, we have to look not only at lifestyle because many cults lead a clean lifestyle and from the outside look like people we can fellowship with as brethren.  We have to go past the appearance and judge righteous judgment as Christ enjoined us in John’s epistle.

           Doctrine, doctrine, doctrine is very important.  We can tolerate doctrinal differences in the culture as we live in a free society.  Yet, as seekers of the truth we need to split hairs from time to time or at least splitting hairs in the view of other people.  While we can tolerate many things we have to take care that our tolerance is not misunderstood as condoning the teaching.

          We often hear that as long as it is not a salvation issue or as some say a non-essential doctrine we are told we should just love and seek unity.  Frankly, I do not see that in Scripture.  Hymaneaus and Philetus were only off kilter in one doctrine; the timing of the resurrection of the dead. It was a big deal and may have been a secondary issue caused by their blasphemy or the primary cause of it, but either way Paul turned them over to satan to be buffeted and if they did not repent to be killed by the devil, like he did the couple living in the sin of incest in Corinth.

         How many things did Jesus correct in the teachings of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?  Some were salvation related in that they were rejecting Christ as Messiah based upon their exegesis or more often eiegesis of the Scriptures.  Others like the traditions of washings or how they handled the Sabbath day journey were not directly related to salvation, but they were errors.  He corrected them on all points.

          The Holy Spirit came to lead us into ALL truth, not just some truths or just the non-essential, but all truth.  So, is the mode of baptism a salvation issue?  No, a person can be saved by faith in Christ and in their ignorance as a new babe in Christ be led to have a rite called baptism that uses affusion/pouring or aspersion/sprinkling.  Did they lose their salvation?  No.  Were they correctly baptized?  No.  If they come to our church should we encourage them to baptized by immersion? Definitely.

        This where the ecumenical movement becomes a real problem.  They hook up with everyone.  Amos asks how we can walk together unless we be agreed.  You cannot.  It only creates confusion and delusion by trying to mix a myriad of doctrines together.  Would you admit a person who claims to be a mathematician into your school if he believed that two and two are five or that you can multiply by zero?  No, because he is wrong.  I cannot be a member of a group of saved people who baptize babies or sprinkle or pour because they are wrong.  Can I love them as a person? Yes.  I just cannot plow in the same field with them.  It may be a sincere belief and error, but error is to be corrected, not overlooked or ignored in the name of anything.  Love, grace and truth are a trinity as you cannot truly have any of those if they are not all present.  Truth without love or grace is not truth.  Love or grace with truth is not love or grace. Thus we must strive to know the truth in all arenas.  It is a bit of a tightrope at times, but we need to walk that tightrope well or what we think is a safety net under us will really be a snare.

       We would have no problem saying that we cannot be yoked with someone who drastically departs from the Word of God on the deity of Christ, the purpose of the Cross or denies the resurrection.  We would rebuke them soundly and pray for their salvation.  We must be very careful in other doctrinal areas as well.  If they are saved, part peaceably and each plow their field, but to plow together would only create undue tension and confuse both the new converts and the unbelievers.

        I saved the obvious for last.  We all know we should not marry an unbeliever or form a joint business venture with one.  We all know that, but so many Christians will marry an unbeliever thinking they will win them and that almost always goes badly.  Some even say that God told them to marry and we know that is not true as He would not overrule what is in this passage for one person.   Business partnerships end up with the believer broke or even in jail because the partner does something illegal or runs off with the money.  It is obvious, but we fail so often to do the obvious.

Who Do You Edify?

June 11, 2013


1 Cor 14:1-12

14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?

7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?

9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. KJV

When God provides the gift be sure you value it and make sure you have really have the gift you think you have before you go off to use something and get discouraged.  Make sure somewhere people affirm the gift in you.  Ask a pastor you respect to give you the opportunity to exercise the gift so he can give you a fair evaluation especially if you think you have the gift of evangelism or want to be a missionary.  Do that kind of work in your local church and if people who love you share and say that you may wish to rethink or pray again about your gifts then do so.

The story is told of a young man who got up to preach in his home church and did a very bad job at it worse than just first time nerves and such.  An old deacon asked him afterward how he knew he was called to preach.  The young man said “I looked up in the sky and two clouds formed a P and a C and I took that as meaning preach Christ.”  The old man said, “Son, in your case it meant plant corn.”

Harsh, but better than the young man running from church to church getting discouraged and maybe quitting church completely.  Many men have sought to exercise gifts they did not have or jump out somewhere before they are ready.  That is partly way so many preachers quite the ministry each month.  Some were never gifted and others were in too big of a hurry to get their own pulpit.  They needed more mentoring or growth time and it so it did not go well and then they quit.  Be careful.

Pastors, do not be quick to throw someone into a position because you need a hole filled.  Do you want a spirited person filling a position or a spirit filled person in a position to serve?  Be kind, but truthful.  If the person does not have the gift they do have the gift.  How many people have been told they have had a wonderful singing voice by family and friends because no one wanted to break it to them that they are tone deaf and fingernails scraping a chalkboard has a more appealing sound.  So they get themselves signed up for a talent show and are humiliated and maybe scarred for life.  There is no love in giving people false hope.

Do not just look for talent.  Look at the attitude.  Note the passage warns about doing things that just edify you in church.  You are there to edify the church.  If the person has a lot of swagger when they minister they may be exercising a gift in the flesh and need to sit down until they get their heart right and spirit filled or the devil will use that pride to defeat and possibly destroy both the person and the church.  That is not fusion.  That is confusion and delusion.  Watch closely for it.

There is far too much hoopla over tongues today and even if there were genuine manifestations of that gift it would still be very easy to see that it is abused and elevated from the least of the gifts to a place of a mandatory evidence of salvation.  We know that not all had that gift any more than everyone had any of the gifts.  They were dispersed as the Spirit deemed them necessary and no one is just an eye, mouth, hand or foot and the Body of Christ also has a need of more than just one thing to survive.

There has been too much infusion of New Age mysticism, emotionalism and other isms that have taken the balance out of the Body much like an ear infection.  People have itching ears and listen to practically anything and they have no sense of balance and are tossed about by every sleight of man’s hand and wind of doctrine.  Their malleus, incus and stapes are either fused or broken so that they cannot hear the Lord clearly. He is muffled, but someone error is amplified.

Gentlemen, you must seek the prophetic gift if you are going to pastor, evangelize, teach or do mission work.  Now, more than ever we need solid expositors of the Word.  There are far too many motivation speakers and charlatans teaching heresy and hoo-ha.  We must dispense solid doctrine to overcome the epidemic of error.  It will not be entertaining.  You may never build a mega-church, but you will be faithful to the text and to the Lord.  He will add to your local Body as He deems of both numbers and gifts.  He will infuse and set the fuse and cause the fusion you and your Body needs if you allow the Spirit and the Word to do their work.


Rom 12:1-13:1

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

This is not an unfamiliar passage. Many of you may have expounded on this passage from your pulpit.  Yet, sometimes we miss much in the familiar.   Look at what a living sacrifice does?  We often emphasize about what a dead sacrifice does not do or care about and speak to being dead to this world, but alive unto God.  We say that God has better purposes for our lives if we will sacrifice our goals and desires for His.

However, look how that fusion of God and a living sacrifice explodes into service for the gifts are all about service.  No gift was given just to admire or even for our benefit.  They are given to a dead man walking to benefit the Body and win the unbelieving soul to Christ.  Such a fusion has to lead to fission or something is totally wrong.

Anyone that has to be constantly called to serve and exercise their gift may not have one as they may not be saved.  A newborn may have some issues because they are a newborn, but a supposedly mature Christian should really have more trouble saying no in a limiting way because he/she is already very active and wants to participate in every opportunity rather than having an excuse not serve every time the call is given or he/she is approached specifically because someone sensed they had the gift needed for some place of service.  A person who feels no inner pang to serve may not be saved.  If they think they have no gifts they may need education, but if they have no desire to find what God gifted them to do it may because He has not because they are not in the Body.

I probably irritate people because I constantly exhort them to find their gifts.  I know that every saved person has at least one gift and maybe more and they will never be happy or fulfilled until they start using it.  Often, a person may be called to serve in something they are not especially gifted in.  Paul told Timothy to the work of an evangelist though it does not appear to be his gift.  Maybe there were none available with the gift so Timothy was to serve as one until one with that gift was supplied by the Lord to that body at Ephesus.

I have had to do wood putty ministry often.  I was asked to fill in or I volunteered to fill in a ministry where there was a need.  Those times did help me figure out what my gift/gifts were and what they were not.  Sometimes, like the jail ministry, it was supposed to be for a short time and then it turned into I was the one to do it not just until someone else was found.  Sometimes, I started out only thinking I helping out or observing as part of my role as an Associate Pastor only to become the main speaker and the others became the support personnel.

As best as best I have been able to do I have served in whatever ministry presented itself.  I surrendered to preach thinking that meant the pastorate and though I have had a few titles with pastor in them I have served in far more capacities than a traditional pastoral role.  Since I seldom meet people’s requirements for a pastoral position had I not been flexible I would have not served near as much as I have been blessed to do.

God can do much with a person willing to serve regardless of title or even the approval of men.  I have often been victim of the Goldilocks Syndrome.  I have been too hot, too cold, too young, too old, etc. etc. and seldom just right for pulpit committees or other reviewing parties.  Yet, in the grace of God, I have had quite a life doing what I sometimes call guerrilla warfare because I come in and do what ministry I can and then move on to the next place or objective.  Would I have rather found a church early in my life and still be there celebrating my thirty-fifth anniversary as their pastor? Absolutely!  Would I have missed out on a lot of learning experiences and opportunities had I gotten my way?  Absolutely!!!  While I have been often disappointed and tried to quit the fire always came back to burn within me and I did whatever I could do. The key is to serve.  Allow God to create the fusion and fission within you and whatever comes of that explosion and release of energy rejoice in it and serve!

Are You Flowing?

June 11, 2013


John 7:37-39

37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) KJV

The world is dying of thirst and seeking to quench the thirst in all the wrongs ways.  In various ways they are killing themselves with cyanide and Kool-Aid as real as that in Jonestown.  Many have just given up and are dying of the thirst.

They need a strong flowing river to drink from and Christ said that we who believe on Him would have that river flowing out of us. Nuclear fission causes destruction, but when the Word and the Spirit fuse within us it create a river that flows out of us.  It is not an Artesian well for that well must be drilled by man before it flows profusely.  The river of living water bursts the dams of our flesh, fears, doubts and insecurities because its source is God.  So why is the world still so thirsty?  It is because we have not been allowing the fusion of the Living Word and Written Word to create the fission that will create the pressure in our souls that will bring about breaking down of the flesh to allow the bursting forth of that river to quench their thirst.  May that change today!

 

 

Where’sThe Fire?

June 11, 2013


Ps 39:3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, KJV

David in his meditations developed a fire in his heart and he did not even have the Spirit indwelling Him as we do.  That fire caused by the infusion of the Word and the profusion of the Psalmist’s praise made his tongue speak. I am sure it along with the Spirit was what caused the explosion of his Psalms and his zeal for the house of the Lord.

Jer 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.  KJV

Even in persecution, when it seems that the best thing would be is to keep quiet and not give testimony to God; the Word being infused into the heart creates that nuclear fission that cannot allow the mouth to be silent.  It has to break forth for the body cannot contain it forever.  Oh, my Brothers!  May God make us consistently explode into service in a way that make the effects of the bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima look like the effects of a match on a redwood!

 


Acts 6:2-4

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. KJV

If you are going to properly infuse yourself and be the minister of the Word as you are called to do you will have to learn to delegate, delegate, and delegate!   God did not call you to be a CEO, CFO or CIO.  You are called to pastor.  So many men are bound up in the earthly mundane functions of church that they do not have the needed time to give themselves to the duties of verse four.

I understand that good men are hard to find and in many a small church nonexistent.  I basically had two men who ran everything and a third that usually just agreed with whatever the other two said.  I stayed out of the mundane as much as possible.  Yes, I attended the meetings to ensure they did not decide to something untoward, but as long as they did not do anything illegal or immoral I did not worry about it.  Moses delegated according the wise advice of his father-in-law, Jethro, and we should follow that principle as much as we can.   It is very hard to hear the Lord speak when you are preoccupied with how you are going to get the fellowship hall decorated for the Father’s Day banquet or which company should take out the garbage.  Be informed, but let others perform and have a chance to conform to the servant or minister they are called to be.  A person involved and invested is less likely to leave then a person has only shown up and rested or nested.