Thursday, July 25, 2019

Where Satan Lives: Do You Provide Part of His Residence






Many people do not consider that they provide a place for Satan to live. However, some of us take him with us almost daily.

When we have bad thoughts, act harshly to our family or friends or simply ignore the Holy Spirit's directives we give Satan a place to reside.

Mark 4


Most church attenders are familiar with Mark chapter 4. Jesus tells a parable of the sower. He uses a familiar farm event to teach about a believer's responsibility of telling others about God's word.
Sometimes the seed is devoured by the birds (v 4).

Later, Jesus explains that the birds are Satan. It is he who comes and steals the seed from the hearts of a potential believer.

Later in the chapter, vv 30-34, Jesus gives another parable. This one is about a mustard seed. Although the seed is small, the crop that it produces is large.

 Jesus says in v 30, "The Kingdom of God is like. . ." the mustard seed that is tiny; however, when it reaches full potential, the Kingdom will grow into a large place.

Look in v 32! Living in the Kingdom of God, i.e. the mustard plant, is whom? Had you thought about Satan living in God's kingdom. He even builds his home there.

Satan wants nothing more than to destroy God's Kingdom. His total goal is to eat up the seed sown. He's good at this.

Who Is the Church


Who is the church has a simple answer--YOU. No doubt who the
church is because the Word of God tells us the church is "His body" (Ephesians 1:23).

However, when you think of "church" you picture your church building in your mind. Your church building has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.

  • it isn't a part of God's Kingdom
  • it didn't exist whenever the Bible was written
  • church buildings didn't exist until after 200 AD
  • God will not call your church building out of the world

Therefore, if Satan lives in the Kingdom of God, he makes his home in you.

Where Does the Church Live

The church (you) lives at the crossroad of a Holy God and a broken world.

Your job, then, consists of supplying solutions to fix a broken world. The purpose of the church has never changed. The place where the church lived has never been in a different neighborhood.

Look at the church at Corinth for example. It lived at the same intersection as your church today.


The Corinthian Church


The church at Corinth had every gift the Holy Spirit could give. So, too, does your church. Your church (you) has every spiritual gift that you will allow the Holy Spirit to give you. Together with other believers, the church possesses all the Spiritual gifts.

However, some believers do not accept that Spiritual gifts exist; therefore, they block the power of the Spirit to work for some of the church. For example many churches would be totally shocked if a member began to speak in tongues.

There's a church in Louisville where refugees from Africa and Mexico meet with English speaking people. The sermon is preached, and two translators are speaking to two parts of the congregation. You bet this church knows what speaking in tongues means.

Even if your church doesn't use the gift of speaking in tongues, you can use them in your prayer language to God. Paul writes in Romans 8:26, "We don't know how to pray." There are times when I'm asked to pray for someone, and I don't know exactly how.

That's one example of when I use tongues to God in my prayer language. The Holy Spirit takes the intents of my heart to God in an understandable language.

Broken people can be fixed by praying in tongues. Broken homes can be repaired by praying in tongues. God knows the intent of your heart, and if the intent of your heart is taken in a prayer language that you don't understand, God knows and answers!


It Isn't Rocket Science


Where the church lives isn't difficult to ascertain. Just go where a believer goes. That's where the church lives.

Remember, Satan builds his home there, too. You have the power of the Holy Spirit to sweep your house clean. Get rid of him, but he will come back at the moment you may least expect.

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Blessings,


Howard


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Your Spiritual Life and Ministry Has No Place for Doubts





Do you ever wonder why some ministries and churches seem to waddle along with baby steps. Is it possible that the ministries' spiritual life has doubts?

Some doubt their calling. While others doubt that God will work in their ministry.

God never calls you to something that you can't do. Also, he will provide the needs of your ministry.

Can we find examples of ministries that doubt in scripture? I think we can.

Children of Israel

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In Numbers chapter 14, the people arrive at the border of the Promised Land. Their ministry, called by the Lord, was to enter and take possession of the land.

However, they received word from 10 of their fellow tribesmen that they could not overcome the enemy. The people doubted God, and felt that their little ones and wives would die as the men attempted to take the land.

Think about all the miracles they had seen. Let's look at a few:

  • redeemed them from captivity in Egypt
  • parted the Red Sea
  • fed and gave them water in a wilderness
  • led them by his glory by day and night

These were a few of the things they had experienced. Theirs wasn't a doubt that God could do it. Theirs was a doubt of will he do it when their lives were on the line.

Because they listened to the wrong word being preached, that entire generation didn't enter the Promised Land.

The reason I know they were redeemed, God wouldn't let them return to Egypt as the people decided to do (Numbers 14:4).

Are There Others

How about the prophet Elijah? After Jezebel threatens to kill him, Elijah runs away and hides in a cave.

God finds him hiding there and asks, "Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Elijah felt that only he was left to minister for the Lord. He doubted that God could provide for the Word, for ministry and for his, Elijah's, personal safety.

Once again, Elijah never doubted that God could protect him. He merely doubted that he would.

You also find that initially, Gideon and Barack both doubted. However, they did go on into ministry and follow the Lord.

Anyone Else

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Many theologians have discussed the lack of faith of Peter when he began to sink. Do you find it easier to criticize another who tries to do the right thing than to do it yourself?

At least Peter got out of the boat. No one ever mentions the other 11 who sat on the sidelines and whispered, do they?

Peter had some faith. They didn't have any. Jesus put a tag on Peter. He did say that he had a little faith.

To those sitting in the pews or boat, as the case might be, that requires no faith. Anyone can do that. It takes faith to get out of the boat.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

What do Daniel and Resurrection Sunday Have in Common





Biblical engraving of protagonist Daniel in the lions' den (1873) royalty-free stock photo


No way can the prophet Daniel and Resurrection Sunday appear in the same common thread. What could the resurrection of Jesus possible have in common with Daniel.

The Book of Daniel

Even if the book wasn't in our Bible, the book of Daniel would make an excellent world history book. Daniel gives the reader the history of the world in twelve chapters.

It is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible. Daniel lived over 600 years before Christ, and yet he accurately predicts history until the present day. If that is so, his prediction of future history can be expected to come true as well.


From Daniel chapter 2, we get the history of:
  • Babylonian Empire
  • Medo-Persian Empire
  • Greece and Alexander the Great
  • Roman Empire
Daniel even records the wars between the Seleucid and the Ptolemy countries. He predicts these events years before the wars take place.

Another Prediction by Daniel




Daniel writes in chapter 9 that from the issuing of a decree until Messiah the Prince would be cut off would by 483 years. Many have tried to show this time frame in history.

A smart Britisher, Sir Robert Andersen, in his book, The Coming Prince, shows it very clearly. Mr. Andersen was an astronomer. So, by calculating the moon phases from the time the decree was issued, his schedule of Daniel's time ended on Palm Sunday, five days before Messiah the Prince was crucified.

Totally Amazing!

Jesus' Last Week

When he rides into Jerusalem on Sunday of AD 30, the crowd wanted Jesus to rid them of the oppression of the foreigners, the Romans. The crowd kept saying, "Save now. Save now."

However, to the amazement of all, Jesus had no intentions of liberating the Jews from the Romans. His purpose was to liberate all of mankind from the power of sin and death.

To demonstrate the fickleness of human kind, some of the same ones who were praising Jesus on Sunday were part of a crowd on Friday morning yelling, "Crucify him. . .Crucify him." Since he wasn't going to save them from Roman oppression, apparently they lost faith in this man who claims to be the Messiah.

The last week of Jesus' earthly live saw him suffer things that was reserved for the most heinous of criminals.

He was beaten until he wasn't recognizable and near death. He was spat upon, rejected, mocked and abused.

Even his closest friends, those with whom he had spent the last three years, left him. All, of course, except for John, the beloved.

Then as if he hadn't suffered enough, Jesus was nailed to a cross, a cruel death the Romans used for capital punishment.

Yes, a man who deserved no punishment, who had not committed a single crime, took my place and received my punishment. However, on the darkest day in history, the same history that Daniel wrote about, religion killed the Light of the World.

Resurrection Sunday

Cyprus, Heritage, Tomb Of Kings


As with all men who have died, Jesus was lain in a tomb. As Daniel the prophet said, "The Messiah the prince would be cut off."

Yet early on Sunday morning, a young lady arrived at the tomb where Jesus' body had been placed on Friday. Most likely, this young woman wasn't thinking about him being missing. It is possible that she knew nothing about resurrection. Her only concern that day was, "Who could she find to roll the stone back uphill."

When she arrived and to her amazement, the stone had been removed. She looked inside, and nothing was there. The tomb was empty.

Timing being everything, Mary meets a man whom she believes to be the gardener. She wants to know where they have taken the body. Soon, however, she recognizes this person as Jesus not the gardener as she supposed.

Jesus asks her to go tell the disciples that he is alive. Because of the status of women in that culture, do you find it amazing that the first great evangelist was a woman. That's right! She came preaching, "He's alive. . .He's alive!"

Daniel was right. The prince would be cut off. However, his death and resurrection provided means for the last part of Daniel's chapter 2--a kingdom not built with hands that eventually will become the only kingdom in the world.

Yes, the tomb was empty. Because of this empty tomb, you and I can join this everlasting kingdom. A kingdom not made with hands, but a kingdom that cost God a huge price.


A Great Day in History

I believe Resurrection Sunday to be a great day in history. Without the resurrection, life has no purpose or meaning. Our faith is in vain, and there is nothing after death.

You are welcome to share your opinion about this by leaving your comments below.

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Friday, March 29, 2019

The Abundant Life: Sweet Fellowship


No doubt, whenever you think about the abundant life, you probably think about wealth, health and comfort. Yes, I would agree that the above characteristics are great; however, was that what Jesus referred to whenever he made the statement in John 10:10?

What Makes for Abundant Life


In John 10 Jesus talks about His being the good shepherd. If you follow His teachings here, you can find several ideas leading to the abundant life. (See my article about the Good Shepherd relating to abundant life ==>Go Here).

Out of Hell

One thing that you might consider as your abundant life would be getting out of hell and into heaven.
No doubt a gift of this kind causes abundant life. Also, it is a super gift and a supreme lifetime.

Not to diminish the beauty of being included with God in heaven, but there are so many things that causes you to live in abundance right here on earth. That's the abundant life Jesus wants you to experience.

Sweet Fellowship

One such part of the abundant life come from fellowship with Jesus. In the Psalm of David, 55:14 you find, "We who had sweet fellowship together, who walked to the house of God in company."

 To experience a personal relationship with the one who formed the universe and you, must rank high in the category of abundant living. Whenever Jesus walks hand in hand with you, no matter what goes on in your life, abundant life abounds.

I believe the time I have been closer to Jesus was the few days I spend last year lying in a hospital bed. He and I talked more than we had in many days.

I don't recommend that you find him this way, However, I would like for you to realize that he abides with you constantly. Open conversation can take place whenever you like.

Rest in Him


Another part of the abundant life comes whenever you learn to rest in him. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Learning to rest with Jesus establishes your ministry. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus works through your giftedness and personality to perform the ministry he has called you to do.

You never grow tired of doing the ministry he has called you to do. You may grow weary of doing some task that has been assigned you at church.

Whenever you learn from the Holy Spirit your gift, then from Jesus your ministry, it isn't work. It is REST. (Get my free study on rest ==>here).

I'm retired, but I do more ministry than ever. I'm also 75 years old, and I love every minute of my spiritual life with Jesus.


Get the Abundant Life

Yes, the abundant life is available to you right now. It isn't hard to find, and you don't have to work for it.

Living hand in hand with Jesus brings you the pleasures of abundant living. He'll teach you to live in heaven here on earth. You don't have to die to go there!

Nothing is important except the things you do with him. He wants control of all your, business, career, personal, family and spiritual lives.

That's living the abundant life as you rest complete in him.

I'm here to help. If you have questions or comments, leave them below. I'll get back really soon.

Blessings,

Howard

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Employ It


Do You Know Your Spiritual Gift


1 Peter 4:10 advises, "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace."

Each (in other words all believers) has been given a spiritual gift. When you signed up as a believer, you were baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

You weren't water baptized but baptized by the Spirit into "one body" Jesus Christ's universal church. Your spiritual baptism and regeneration occurred at the same time.

It is possible you have been using your gift without realizing you had one. However, you do have a spiritual gift(s).

Holy Spirit


In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, you learn of the Holy Trinity's involvement in your spiritual gift. Verse 4 reminds you that your gift is given by the Spirit, "variety of gifts but one Spirit."

It is the Holy Spirit that lives in you. He knows exactly which gift will fit your personality, passions and desires.

Jesus Your Lord


Then verse 5 gives information as to where your ministry comes. Jesus provides your ministry. "Variety of ministries but one Lord."

Each believer is called into a ministry for the common good of the Body of Christ. Jesus, as your Lord, knows which ministry suits you best. He puts you into ministry to serve him as a good steward and servant.

God the Father


Then finally, it is God who gives the results. "Variety of  effects but one God." You and I can in no way cause our ministries to get the perfect results that God has planned for our ministry.

Whenever you can get self out of the way, God can provide big-time results for your ministry.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Go and Make Disciples


In Matthew 28:18-20 we read, And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (ESV).

Some Questions


A few questions comes to mind as I look at this passage. Why does he begin by telling the disciples that he has been given all authority both in heaven and on earth?

I think a logical explanation would be that Jesus is giving the disciples present and us later the power to continue his kingdom by making disciples. Making disciples is key to Jesus' kingdom.

How else can his kingdom on earth survive and grow if the followers of Jesus do not make disciples? Of course it goes without saying, if you make disciples and expand the earthly kingdom, you expand the heavenly kingdom as well.

Going, Baptising, Teaching


Another question that arises for me is this, why did he choose the verbs he uses in this passage? Why go, baptise and teach?

The three Greek verbs that Jesus uses are similar to our present participle verbs, the "ing" ending of our verbs. Jesus is saying, As you are going about your daily life, be baptizing disciples. Then after you are baptizing disciples, begin teaching them the things that I have commended you.

He taught us several great commandments. We learn these from the four gospels of our New Testament. However, the disciple that he loved most according to scripture gives us two commandments that Jesus gave for us to follow.

A New Commandment


The Apostle, John, Jesus' most beloved disciple, sums Jesus commandments for us in 1 John 3:23. Hear John writes, And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ and love as he (Jesus) has commanded us. (ESV)

Two commandments given by God, 1. Believe in Jesus, and 2. love others as Jesus gave commandment.

Seems simple enough on the surface, doesn't it? Believing in Jesus is easy for us believers. What about how he commanded us to love?

In John 13:34, Jesus says, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (ESV).

Different to Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself


O.K. Another question. How is this new commandment different from the old love commandment that says to love thy neighbor as thy self?

I guess we have to ask ourselves yet another question? How did Jesus love us? Jesus gave up everything. He didn't merely love us as he loved himself. First he gave up any thought of a career on earth.

Jesus Gave Up His Entire Life


He gave up getting married and knowing the pleasures of a woman and of being a father on earth.

Then the ultimate sacrifice, he gave up his life so that you and I could be rid of the Adamic Nature or the old self, Romans 6:6. And he poured out his blood, his very life so that our acts of sin would be covered forever.

How Can You Love As He Did


That's how you are to love others. What do you give up to show your love to your family, your spouse, your church and your neighbor?

Might I suggest that whenever you use the gifts and talents God gives you for others, you are giving your very life's blood--pouring it right into others so they too can see the abundance of the kingdom.

Use Your Gifts and Personality


I believe that Jesus wants to work through your gifts and your personality to help others become better in his kingdom. As you do, you follow his commandment to love others as he loved you.

Might I also suggest. If you keep the two commandments that Jesus gives you, you cannot break any of the Ten Commandments.

Jesus lived his life by these two commandments. He is the only person who ever walked this planet who never broke even one of the Ten Commandments.

Hope you learned a bit from this teaching. I'm here to help, so if you have questions or comments, let me know.

No Matter What the Circumstances, Jesus Is Lord!








Sunday, July 2, 2017

Powerless and Unable to Cope



I think you would agree that there are major benefits to be able to control your habits. If you can admit that you have difficulty controlling your tendencies to drink, do drugs or gamble, then you are at the beginning of a new you. That’s the very first step to finding the real person you were designed to be, admitting you lack a bit of control over some of your habits.

Habits will take you places you don’t want to go, keep you longer than you care to stay and cause you to do things you never dreamed that you would do.

You’ve decided that you aren’t controlling chemicals, but rather they are controlling you. What can you do about it? There are good rehab programs available, but there’s usually two things required: one, time and two, money. Many people struggling with addictions, hurts, habits or mistakes, simply can’t take off thirty days or months without pay. Many families can’t help their children who are addicted to chemicals because they don’t have insurance or the money. Rehab facilities are expensive.

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