Preaching: Truth Divorced From Life

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.—James 1:22

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less….

No man is better for knowing that God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth. The devil knows that, and so did Ahab and Judas Iscariot. No man is better for knowing that God so loved the world of men that He gave His only begotten Son to die for their redemption. In hell there are millions who know that. Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action….

Any man with fair pulpit gifts can get on with the average congregation if he just “feeds” them and lets them alone. Give them plenty of objective truth and never hint that they are wrong and should be set right, and they will be content.

On the other hand, the man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one. May God raise up many such prophets. The church needs them badly. Of God and Men, 25-28.

“Lord, I want to be one of those bold prophets, faithfully declaring Your word, no matter the consequences. Enable me, by Your Spirit, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Embrace Being Still

Beloved Princess,

I long to be closer to you. I’m never too busy for you, My beloved. If you will turn off the things around you that drown Me out of your daily life, you will begin to hear Me in your spirit. When you don’t know where to go, you will hear Me give you divine direction. When you are in need of a friend, you will hear Me whisper, “I am here.” When you need comfort, you will hear Me call to you, “Come to Me.” Don’t let your agenda distract you from time with Me. Quiet your spirit. Know that I am your heavenly Father and you are My precious daughter, and I love when you crave time to be still with Me.

Love,
Your King & The Voice Of Heaven

Today’s Treasure of Truth
When you are still, I am closest to you. Draw close to me and I will draw close to you.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him.
Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

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Embrace Your Weaknesses

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I imagine actually hugging my weakness

Currently, sex addiction, not wanting to admit fault, not fully repenting, low self esteem…

I have to rebuild?

No. I remember trusting the Lord enough to be vulnerable!

Yes, but I feel the pain of others snide remarks, when/where I was bubble wrapped, remember?!

Yes and I accept my faults (I do confess my faults… For none forgive my faults but Thee…prayer B.C., Muslim. Just now, I know of more how true that prayer actually is)

Who can discern his error? Psalm 19:12

Who can see all of their own faults?

Do not let willfull sin rule over me

For then I will be blameless

Acquitted of great transgression.

Psalm 19, the above

It is like now those words live!

I am currently living them!

I have done as David did, committed Audultery, willingly too!

My mind so twisted up, up was down & I will no longer allow that!

I will no longer choose that path, inshallah, in Yeshua’s name I pray!

I was worried I was in ‘My David’s, being called Daughter of Life.

I even prayed about it ahead of time!

For that is one sin I begged not to commit.

Audultery was one sin I feared greatly & so I experienced it, in a way …

In other words, no other way would’ve convinced me it was ok at the time!

Now? I would literally choose a near death (physical resuscitation) experience over the hell the Lord freed me from.

It’s like I had to stay in the flames!

I had to stay around evil.

Until a weakness shown through, that brought me back to shame, to embarrassment.

And I won’t fully recover from it until I confess…I lost hope!

I am ashamed I lost hope!

That I lost You!

For You are My Hope!

I despaired.

In Christ, turning to Christ, hanging on despite my confusion, despite my doubt, I believed!

I am ashamed I doubted You.

Despite no hope, despite complete & utter darkness (again)…

For at first I just laid there, in my dejection.

Then I noticed that!

And I began to reach! I began to move!

It was rough, I was bound tight!

I continued to move my fingers anyway.

Then I could stretch out a whole arm, then my entire body crawled, with all of it’s injuries!

I crawled to the Lord, My Savior.

For I believed, in Him I would find my way again, despite how badly, how far off course I was.

So I got to Him so fast, because of my Faith!

For I was so blind.

Yet through it all…

I believed You would save me.

I was mortified at the timing, I expected to be saved, much earlier!

I experienced doubt because of it.

Because i was not rescued like I was accustomed to!

I knew the fault lay in myself.

Now I see how I could have endured that pain, of abandonment, a lot longer!

I am ashamed it did not.

That I was that easily compromised.

May I endure till the end of time.

It would have been preferable to halt, cease functioning, waiting on You.

To Be Still & Wait on Elohim.

Even though thou art in pain, intense pain.

I failed my crucifixion!

Could I have saved others in my pain?

Maybe, definitely myself!

It was pain in an unexpected area

One I believed I had immunity, a natural bubble wrap against!

Pride has definitely left me.

Self righteous no longer

May I remain true

In Yeshua’s holy name, I pray 😢 :’-( , amen

May you be blessed in Yeshua’s holy name, amen.

(While typing this, I really considered not posting it after all, I still wanted to hide!

Therefore, it may not make ‘sense’ to any of you, yet full disclosure (unless He says otherwise) has always been my plumbline.

Just in Christ, I have found a word, that explains it.

Honesty as pure & painful as I can stretch it, keeps me on the straight path!

Keeps me sober, keeps me in the Lord’s favor.

I am a Daughter of His heart then.

I believe He will teach …

(Oh! I am learning ‘new’ levels of confession! (Honesty)

For I was doubting such a high level of disclosure, about myself!

For me to question that was out of character, yet I needed it!

I needed a revaluation of things I have believed or done so long, that I have forgotten why!

Ty Yeshua, for reaching out to me in the darkness/the flames, the furnace.

I was ashamed I got a little burnt.

My Faith faltered.

I am ever so grateful it restarted!

Full disclosure via J2225.

For I did ask! Have been asking.

Answer received.

Ty Yeshua! 😘 Love You! ☺️🤗😁

The Holy Spirit At Work

Kefa Sempangi was pastor of the large Redeemed Church of Uganda. Easter Sunday 1973 was his first serious brush with death at the hands of Idi Amin’s goons.

After an all-day worship service he went exhausted to the vestry to change clothes—too exhausted to notice the five strangers (government secret police goons) following him into the room:

They stood between me and the door, pointing their rifles at my face.

For a long moment no one said anything. Then the tallest man, obviously the leader, spoke. “We are going to kill you,” he said. “If you have something to say, say it before you die.” He spoke quietly but his face was twisted with hatred.

I could only stare at him. For a sickening moment I felt the full weight of his rage. We had never met before but his deepest desire was to tear me to pieces.

My mouth felt heavy and my limbs began to shake. Everything left my control. They will not need to kill me, I thought to myself. I am just going to fall over dead and I will never see my family again.

From far away I heard a voice, and I was astonished to realize that it was my own. “I do not need to plead my own cause,” I heard myself saying. “I am a dead man already. My life is dead and hidden in Christ. It is your lives that are in danger; you are dead in your sins. I will pray to God that after you have killed me, He will spare you from eternal destruction.”

The tall one took a step towards me and then stopped. In an instant, his face was changed. His hatred had turned to curiosity. He lowered his gun and motioned to the others to do the same. They stared at him in amazement but they took their guns from my face.

Then the tall one spoke again. “Will you pray for us now?” he asked. I thought my ears were playing a trick. I looked at him and then at the others. My mind was completely paralyzed.

“Father in heaven,” I prayed, “You who have forgiven men in the past, forgive these men also. Do not let them perish in their sins but bring them into yourself.”

RESPONSE: Realizing I am dead in Christ brings boldness to proclaim truth even in fearful situations.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust You in times of fear and challenge and allow Your Spirit to take control of every situation.

1. F. Kefa Sempangi, A Distant Grief, Glendale, CA: G/L Publications, 1979, pp.119-120.

The Cost of Bitterness

The Cost of Bitterness
 
“I tell you, [forgive] not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:22
 
Just as we must act on Scripture’s instruction to forgive, we should also consider the great cost of failing to do so. Withholding forgiveness brings on bitterness, which Neal T. Anderson says is like “battery acid in the soul.” It leads to anger, resentment, depression, health problems, isolation, struggles with addictions, and more. It continues to haunt the person until he or she comes to terms with it. People who hang on to bitterness cause more pain to themselves than to the targets of their wrath.
 
A second cost is equally distressing. Jesus told a parable of an unmerciful servant who, after his master forgave him a large debt, demanded payment of a small debt from another servant. The master had the first servant thrown into jail and tortured. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you,” Jesus said, “unless you forgive your brother from your heart” (Matthew 18:35).
 
For couples who want to follow God’s way for marriage and who hope for His best in their relationship, forgiveness is not just a suggestion. It is a spiritual commandment!
 
Just between us…
 
Why is failing to forgive more damaging to us than to the one who wronged us?
Are either of us bitter about something today? Why?
What steps of forgiveness can we take together?
How can we avoid bitterness in the future?
Dear Lord, You have spoken plainly about the consequences of withholding forgiveness. Help us to hear You and obey. May we please You and bless each other with our quickness to forgive at all times. Amen.
 
From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.
<a re-post from my Facebook profile 2015>

When The Journey Is Too Much

The Journey Is Too Much

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Elijah had just achieved a great triumph on Mount Carmel. Now he was thoroughly drained in body and soul. The devil, who delights in attacking us when we are vulnerable, took full advantage of the situation through Jezebel’s threat to kill Elijah. Exhausted and discouraged, Elijah sat down and prayed for it all to end. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4).

God heard Elijah’s prayer and sent His tender answer through an angel: “The journey is too much for you” (v. 7). After sleeping, Elijah found that a meal had been prepared for him. He ate and drank and received new hope and strength to continue.

When your energy is totally depleted because of extra commitments, when you’ve been sick and have nothing left to give, when obstacles seem to thwart your every move—these are the moments when Satan will gather his forces for a fresh assault on your spirit. But if you respond by turning to the Lord in prayer, He will show you a way out of hopelessness and discouragement (see Ephesians 6:10–11). When we send our burdens to heaven and rest in His Spirit, we can always count on Him to lighten the load.

Before you say good night…

Are you discouraged with life because you’re simply too tired?

Do you, and your kids, turn to the Lord in all moments of distress?

When has God responded to you as He did to Elijah?

We praise Your powerful name, Lord! You are the One who makes a way where there is no way. Forgive us for limiting Your power and Your love—which have no limits at all. We offer you our lives afresh this night. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Yeshua is Our Rest https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Sabbath.html

He Owns It All

He Owns It All

“Everything under heaven belongs to me.” Job 41:11

When I (JCD) was a four-year-old boy, my grandmother gave me a one-dollar bill. I thought I was fabulously rich. Two days later, my mother asked me if I was going to give God His “tithe” on the money. That was a new idea for me. I dutifully placed a dime in the offering plate that Sunday and learned a valuable lesson. It was the beginning of a lifelong policy of giving God a portion of every dollar I’ve ever earned.

Do you do the same? Have you taught your children about tithing? Do they see you give regularly? It’s not that we owe 10 percent of our income to God, and the other 90 percent belongs to us. He owns the 90 percent, too, and what we do with those resources is a spiritual decision. The book of Malachi (3:8–9) tells us that a person who doesn’t tithe is actually robbing God!

Tithing can be likened to exercise that stretches and strengthens our generosity. It doesn’t represent the limit to our giving, but rather, a starting point that helps us grow. Paul said, “See that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7). Let’s steward God’s resources in ways that are wise and pleasing to Him.

Before you say good night…

Do your children truly understand that God owns everything?

Are you tithing? Could you give more? How about your kids?

How can you best teach them to give back to the Lord?

Forgive us, Jesus, for living at times as if our money is our own and not a gift from You. We need to grow in these things, just as in every other area of our lives. Thank You for Your patience with us and for daily walking at our side. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

When You go to church give your 10%!

Whether you like the church or not!

Some churches are not using the money in the way they should (to help save folk and help provide for the needs of the congregation (beyond just administrative needs).

GIVE ANYWAY!

For you ARE NOT giving the money to them, you are giving it to Elohim and concentrate on that EACH TIME you give! and i will guarantee you that if the funds are being misused, Elohim will take care of it in His own way and in His own time…

When you give regularly, with this kind of trust towards Elohim, you will see doors/opportunities open for you like never before!

For i was at a church i didn’t like, anymore…yet i was still going there, and i continued to pay my tithes, every month. I didn’t have money for offerings, etc and sometimes food was scarce sometimes at the end of the month…but the Lord had a sister from the church come by and help me out, and some how, some way the food i bought LASTED LONGER!

Indeed a miracle, it was like the lady and the jars of oil! (from the bible-great story by the way).

GIVE to the church you go to, not to that International Feed the children or the local Animal Shelter!

One can still give to these places, its just THEY ARE SECONDARY to the place you go every week.

Even if its less than that (or more) GIVE to THAT church before you give elsewhere.

Money is tight for many people…find a penny? Give that.

One time i had $5 only and i debated long about to give it or buy food, i gave it and literally found $5 in the street when i left the building! <me finding $ is EXTREMELY rare! Except for the occasional change <which i am gonna have to start collecting>

You can also give to Romans 8:12 Mother Ministry at: https://www.givesendgo.com/romens812

THANK YOU for supporting those who work for Christ! 😀

C.S. Lewis Daily

September 30, 2017

Today’s Reading

On doubt

As far as you (and I) are concerned I have no doubt that the fear you mention is simply a temptation of the devil, an effort to keep us away from God by despair. It is often the devil working through some defect in our health, and in extreme cases it needs a medical as well as a spiritual cure. So don’t listen to these fears and doubts any more than you would to any obviously impure or uncharitable thoughts. . . . Of course, like other evil temptations, they will not be silenced at once. You will think you have got rid of them and then they will come back again—and again. But, with all our temptations of all sorts, we must just endure this. Keep on, do your duty, say your prayers, make your communions, and take no notice of the tempter. He goes away in the end. Remember I John iii, 20 “If (=though) our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart.”

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III
Compiled in Words to Live By

The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.