You need to believe EVERYTHING! REPENT

It is so sad to see people who correctly believe that divorce and remarriage is adultery (Matthew 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18), but then turn around and deny most other teachings of Jesus. The vast majority of these people only believe that divorce and remarriage is adultery, not because they believe the words of Jesus, but because they are trying to “get back” at a spouse that divorced them or that will not reconcile with them. They use the Lord’s teaching as a battering ram to try to bully their spouse’s into reconciliation. Such is NOT the teaching of Christ (1 Corinthians 7:15).

Just because you believe Jesus on one single issue does not make you a Christian! You need to believe EVERYTHING that Jesus taught, not just the areas that you have an agenda in! It is tragic to see how many people that are correct on the issue of marriage, divorce, and remarriage who do not believe in loving your enemies, do not believe in holiness, do not believe in any other plain teaching of our Lord! This should not be, saints! If you are going to be saved you must believe on the Lord Jesus (John 3:16; Mark 1:15). That means that you accept what He taught and obey it (Hebrews 5:9). It does not mean that you can pick and choose what you will believe. You are not holy if you believe Jesus on one issue and deny Him on the rest. You are just a sinner that is right on one issue. REPENT!

Revelation 2:20 Isaiah 3:12 1 Peter 3:4

Revelation 2:20
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Do you notice how one of the problems was in them allowing “that woman Jezebel” to teach? My friends, one of the grave errors today is women usurping the authority of the men in the church and trying to be teachers and leaders of men (1 Corinthians 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-14). Godly women do not need to be self-called and self-ordained to positions the Lord said are for men. Godly women have “a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

Isaiah 3:12
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Considering internal problems of the ministry (for men and women in ministry).

Considering internal problems of the ministry.
by Tim W on Friday, September 21, 2012

In the ministry of street evangelism comes many problems. There are external problems like finding a place where you set up your ministry and taking the time to test the waters to see if that is where the Lord will use you there. Many times there are internal problems like who can I minister with and how can I pour myself into that person so that they are edified in the ministry too. When you minister with other men you develop a working relationship with them and their attributes become evident for all to see. Since we are called to walk the strait and narrow path while we serve the Lord, it behooves us to observe those other men’s lives and discern whether or not you are able to walk with them. Scripture commands us to use discernment in everything we do and this one area is foremost in the ministry because what your team members do and how they live their lives reflects on you and your ministry as well. There are some things we must absorb like personal peculiarities and temperaments. There are other things we must take a stand on and refuse to accept unless it is addressed in their lives such as immoral and bad habits. In the course of some 18 or so years of ministry I have learned to deal with these traits and I have determined that some things I must overlook and other things I cannot overlook.

A couple of places in scripture there remains lists of people who practice certain things that we as believers in Jesus must not overlook. The works of the flesh found in Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (and 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 come to mind). Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

These attributes cannot be ignored at all. We cannot compromise nor can we walk with men who compromise in these areas else we fall by the wayside ourselves. If a man has a problem overcoming any of these sins in his life then we must not walk with that man until he repents and forsakes his sins completely.

1st Corinthians 5:1-13 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. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 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, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 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. 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. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Yes we are to operate as ambassadors for Christ and yes we are to conduct ourselves in such a way that brings pleasure to our Great King. We are all going to give an account of ourselves to the Lord Jesus when we see him and even our idle words we will have to give an answer for on that dreadful day.

Jesus Can Identify With Your Pain

Jesus Can Identify With Your Pain

Leviticus 2:4

4‘And if you bring as an offering a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

Private pains, deep hurts, shameful addictions. You may think that nobody understands what you are going through, but God does. He can identify with all your pains and is able to help you. (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15)

In the Old Testament, the grain offering brought to God speaks of Jesus’ life on earth. The fine flour, which the grain offering is made with, is flour that has been pounded, ground, beaten and sifted through to get it consistently even and fine. Therefore, it typifies the humanity and sufferings of Jesus.

One of the ways the Jewish women prepared the grain offering was to bake it. The baking done in the depths of the oven speaks of the “hidden” sufferings that Jesus went though. I believe that Jesus faced sufferings that we cannot fully understand. Even as a young boy, He must have gone through sufferings that prepared Him to die for all humanity at the cross. And during His ministry years, it must have grieved Him when time and time again, He found unbelief not just in the people around Him, but even in His disciples.

Jesus also suffered at the hands of men — slanderers who misunderstood Him. Once, the Pharisees insinuated that He was born out of wedlock because His mother was with child before she married Joseph. (John 8:39, 41) That scandalous remark, probably not the first, must have hurt Him.

Consider also the temptations He faced. There were not only three. God’s Word says that He was tempted for 40 days! (Luke 4:2) Not all the temptations were recorded. Those 40 days must have tried Him sorely.

What do all these mean?

My friend, Jesus went through all those temptations and sufferings for you, yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) There is no temptation or suffering that you are going through that He cannot identify with. So come to His throne of grace today and receive His superabounding grace to face and overcome those trials in your life!

Transformed!

Transformed!

For reading & meditation – Psalm 32:1-11
“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (v. 1)

We come now to speak of all those who have been broken, or are on the verge of being broken, by the memory of some deeply grievous sin. I am not thinking so much of those who have committed sin and have not come to Christ for forgiveness, but of tho
se who, though they have been forgiven by God, are unable to forgive themselves. A man came to me recently at the end of a meeting at which I had spoken, and told me the details of a particularly horrendous sin in which he had been involved. He said, “I know God has forgiven me, but the memory of what I have done is constantly with me. It is quietly driving me insane.” This brought to mind a story I heard many years ago of a father who taught his son to drive a nail into a board every time he did something wrong, and then to pull out the nail after he had confessed the wrong and had been forgiven. Every time this happened, the boy would say triumphantly, “Hurray! The nails are gone!” “Yes,” his father would say, “but always remember that the marks made by the nails are still in the wood.” The message I want you to get hold of and build into your life is this: the Carpenter of Nazareth can not only pull out the nails, but can also varnish and beautify the wood so that the marks become, not a contradiction, but a contribution.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, You who once were known as a carpenter’s son, take the stains and blemishes of my past and work through them so that they contribute, rather than contradict. For Your own dear Name’s sake. Amen.

For Further Study
1 John 1; Ps. 103:3; Acts 5:31; Eph. 1:7
1. How can we know full forgiveness?
2. Why not ask for it today?

There Will Be No Delay

There Will Be No Delay

21 The word of the Lord came to me: 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’? 23 Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. 24 For t
here will be no more false visions or flattering divinations among the people of Israel. 25 But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

26 The word of the Lord came to me: 27 “Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’

28 “Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

LOOK AT GODS HEART

When we reject and stray from God….does he disown us? Does he give up on us? Does he have love in his heart for us? When we were lost in our sins…Jesus died for us…gave up his life for us….HE LOVED US. Jesus is our example……in standing…HE forgives, forgives, and forgives again. The story of the prodigal Son….so what did the Father do…….waited..and longed for his son to return f
…from his rebellion/sin. His heart was full of love.

LOOK AT GODS HEART

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn and love other Gods….” (Hosea 3:1)

Hosea loved God, obeyed God and was willing to suffer….to save his marriage. He was willing to wait while his wife was a caught up partying and lost in sin…….He surely had a brokenheart. Gomer loved her back to God. Gomer went thru the excruciating pain…but he never gave up…because Gods love was in him…and He knew God doesnt give up….and Gomer received his wife back and eventually she was restored to God himself. God loves us when we are gone wayward and God calls us to love like He loves us.

THE HEADING OF THE THIRD CHAPTER IN THE MESSAGE BIBLE IS CALLED: “In Time They Will Come Back” In the New International Bible the heading reads: “Hosea’s Reconciliation With His Wife”

It takes patience, perseverance…a determination to not give up…to believe this is Gods will, Gods heart. Again….God has raised up sooo many ministries as such: It only takes One to Save a Marriage!

Believe, Wait and keep your heart good and right with God. Be alert for the enemy…..HE DONT LIKE THIS TYPE OF WALK….because it truly shows God himself. Love and forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Bible says: Be imitators of God. (Eph. 5:1)

If you have never read the book of Hosea in the bible….read it….it will encourage you…..and show you…your on the right path. The path of Gods heart~