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RESETTING Your Christianity

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“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT)

At my job I work with hundreds of pieces of equipment that are run by PLC’s (Programmable Logic Controllers). They are the minds of these machines. Every once in awhile I have to RESET these PLC’s in order to clear out faults, errors, and unwanted information that is stored. What happens if I don’t clear it out is that the machines begin to operate incorrectly. They are hampered in their operation because of all the clutter.

It is the same in our Christianity. Admit it, when you drive by a place or hear a certain person’s name mentioned, unwanted thoughts enter your head. You begin to dwell on their faults and how you were hurt by them. You begin to conjure up imaginary conversations and how you will get the last word the next time you bump into them.

I can’t tell you what to do, but I will share with you what I have been putting into practice. It’s not easy, but I have to stop my wayward thoughts in their tracks and I start concentrating on Jesus and pray, “Please RESET me Lord!” I then turn the situation around and pray, “Bless them Lord and turn their ship in Your direction!”

What I am suggesting may seem to be in direct conflict with what you feel in every bone in your body, but we have the confidence that it is in direct obedience to what the Word of God commands us. Luke 6:28 tells us, “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” If we do, Romans 2:6 assures us, “God will repay each person according to what they have done.”

If you begin to practice this RESET process, two things will happen as time goes by. First, you will experience the peace that Jesus has your hurts in His hands rather than you. Second, the more and more you RESET, the easier it gets.

Whether you are a newborn Christian or whether you have been a Christian most of your life, RESETTING your Christianity is the only way to live a victorious life. I believe the reason there are so many miserable Christians around is that they refuse to have their RESET buttons pushed.

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Groaning For Heaven

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How is your world going? Do you do everything you can to hold onto this life? Do you dread getting older knowing that as each day goes by you are getting closer and closer to your funeral service? Are you fearful of death? Or do you have a longing, a yearning, a deep groaning inside that you can’t wait for the afterlife? My friend, if you find yourself being able to identify with the first group of questions, I suggest that you re-examine your relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ.

I love the way the Apostle Paul expresses it:

“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” (Philippians 1:21-24 NLT)

Paul further puts it into perspective with the following:

“What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved.” (Romans 8:18-24 NLT)

How about you? Do you find yourself being able to fully relate to the following song:

I’m not Home Yet.M4A

The following MP3 is a teaching from Dr. David Jeremiah that is the best I ever heard that describes that groaning that I have deep inside my spirit:

Heaven Won’t Be Boring.MP3

If you do not have that groaning, I beg of you to fully commit your life to the LORD Jesus Christ. I do not need to remind you that while we are here for the short time on this earth, it is full of shortcomings and lack of total fulfillment, no matter who we are. No one, once plunged into it, wants to spend an eternity in misery and loneliness. But you can look forward to an eternity that is exciting beyond your wildest dreams, if only you take that step and let Jesus wash your sins away and be the LORD of your life and eternity!

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Delusion of Being Owed

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Satan used delusion in the Garden of Eden to make Adam and Eve believe it was owed to them to eat of the forbidden fruit. Satan used delusion when he tempted Jesus unsuccessfully. Today he continues to use delusion through the misuse of the promises in the Word of God to make Christians think they are owed something while on this earth.

I was having lunch with a friend of mine studying for his doctorate in Theology and we were discussing his chagrin for the Prosperity Gospel when he turned to me and said, “The day we act like God owes us something, is the day we are turning our backs on grace.”

I couldn’t help but think about the simplicity of what God teaches us in His Word. We are saved by His undeserved grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). We become the King’s servants, and are not to act like His spoiled brats (2 Corinthians 6:4). We are to live a life of humility regarding others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We are to exude thankfulness in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We are to enter our Lord’s presence without fear, but with confidence blended with awe (Hebrews 4:16). We are to lay our petitions down at His feet with assurance of being heard, but never with a tone of demand (1 John 5:14). We are to accept His will, despite the fact it may defer from ours, and we are to do it with total acceptance and are to praise Him for the strength He supplies (Ephesians 1:9-10). All of this with a total recognition that He is LORD, not us, and that His ways are much higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Does the Lord perform miracles, healings, and bestow unbelievable blessings on us? Yes, He most certainly does, but only in light of what Jesus accomplished for us and for the glory of His name. Our focus is not to be on our needs, nor is it to be on our prosperity, but our focus is to be on our service to the Lord. Proverbs 3:6 reminds us that we owe the Lord acknowledgement in all our ways and in the process He shall direct our paths in serving Him. Our home is in Heaven and that is where our treasures are to be according to Matthew 6:19-20.

The following verses are the cement that holds this article together:

Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.” So it is God who decides to show mercy. (Romans 9:14-16 NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT)

These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (Isaiah 66:2)

“When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, does his master say, ‘Come in and eat with me’?  No, he says, ‘Prepare my meal, put on your apron, and serve me while I eat. Then you can eat later.’  And does the master thank the servant for doing what he was told to do? Of course not.  In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’” (Luke 17:7-10 NLT)

And the Lord said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV)

Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. (John 15:20 NLT)

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. (Matthew 16:24-25 NLT)

Job said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord !” (Job 1:21 NLT)

So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? (Hebrews 2:3 NLT)

In summary, it all comes down to attitude. I humbly serve a good good father who loves to bestow lavish gifts upon me and protect me. But once I step over the line and think I am owed this, I am no longer dependent upon his grace and mercy–> I begin to walk in the danger zone!

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No More Death?

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My favorite TV show of all time is Twilight Zone. There is a very simple reason for this. I do not enjoy just being mindlessly entertained. I want to use my brain especially when I am challenged to think outside the box.

I went onto YouTube the other day and was watching one of the episodes. It was entitled “One Night At Mercy”. It made me think, “What if there was no more death in the world we presently live in?” Outside of the obvious answer of overpopulation, really think about it. Yes, it is heart wrenching to lose someone you love. But move on to the negative ramifications. If death is removed and sorrow, tears, and pain remain, there will be a horrible price to pay. Just imagine being trapped in a burning building, unable to die. The pain would be unbearable. Here is the episode:

Now let’s move on to a biblical perspective of “No More Death”. The first thing we have to look at is the tree of life which we are introduced to in the very first chapters of the Bible and capped off in the very last chapters of the Bible. I have put together a PDF study of the tree of life:

Tree of Life.PDF

The following sequence of Bible verses tells the simple story of how death entered our world, of how redemption came about, and how death will become no more:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17 KJV)

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:4 KJV)

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 NKJV)

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24 KJV)

So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died. (Genesis 5:5 NKJV)

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14 NLT)

And now He has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. (2 Timothy 1:10 NLT)

After that the end will come, when He will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until He humbles all His enemies beneath His feet. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under His authority.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-25, 27 NLT)

Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14-15 NLT)

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4 KJV)

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7 NKJV)

So my friends, until Jesus comes, this world will experience death, sorrow, crying and pain. But we have nothing to fear on this earth:

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28 NLT)

No one looks forward to the pain they may suffer in the process of dying, but as a Christian we are never to fear death itself because Jesus conquered it for us. We are encouraged by the fact that not a tear or drop of blood goes unnoticed by our Creator and Redeemer:

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (Psalms 56:8 NLT)

But the Lord said (to Cain), “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground! (Genesis 4:10 NLT)

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Romans 8:28 Proper Understanding

One of the most misused verses of the Bible, especially by the exploiters of the Gospel, is the following:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

Romans 8:28 is not about personal blessing and pleasure. It is about the coordinated effort of those who are called according to God’s purpose. Notice how it does not say, “For your good.” But what it does clearly imply is, “For the good according to His purpose.” What is His purpose or master plan? We need not go any further than the Great Commission which is the propagation of the Gospel throughout the world. This hopefully leads to us fulfilling the motto, “To win the lost at any cost.”

Romans 8:28 is also not a blanket statement for one to claim so no bad will come upon them as a believer. All that one has to do is read the book Foxe’s Book of Martyrs or study history about the persecution of Christians from the conception of the Church until this very hour we live in.

Paul, the same writer of Romans 8:28, wrote this:
“Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness— besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.” (II Corinthians 11:23-28 NKJV)

Paul further re-enforces this in the following:
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (II Corinthians 4:8-11 NKJV)

But Paul does not leave us hanging. He let’s us know what the secret is:
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)

No one in their right mind would say that the things that happened to Paul were always good or pleasant for him on the personal level in the physical realm. But as far as they were for the advancement of the Kingdom of God, they most definitely were good. This does not mean that good on the personal level cannot be reaped as a by-product. When God works all things together for good and He is glorified, His people will always reap spiritual blessings from it and this can carry over into the tangible realm with good things spilling forth!

Now let’s move on to the real meaning of Romans 8:28 and see how it can be best illustrated of what the word good in this context means. It can be best illustrated by the following poem:

The Factory
by Annie Johnson Flint

In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,
There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack—
Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,
Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;
Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,
Pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk;
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In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,
Lifting, pushing, driving—but they do their work.
From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,
All things move together for the purpose planned;
And behind the working is a mind controlling,
And a force directing, and a guiding hand.
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So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;
Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;
Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward;
But they work together, and they work for good,
All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,
All the contradictions, hard to understand.
And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,
Stops and starts and guides them—is our Father’s hand.

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Pursue Love

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This website not only blesses the multitude of readers from across the globe that visit it daily, it blesses me tremendously also. It stores a lot of my gems that I have gleaned from over 40 years of being a committed Christian. Most of the written materials on this website are mine, but once in a while I come across something that no matter how hard I try I can’t say it any better. Such is the case of the following except that I have attached about the pursuit of love:

‘Pursue Love’ by Pastor David Jeremiah. He calls all Christians to pursue love because it is a command, not a feeling.

Pursue Love MP3

As you can hear in the MP3, there is a rapid fire comparison of what agape love is in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5. Because of the meat of the Word we are handed, I had to listen to it over and over again. I had to write down the scripture references where he points out that we are not to take a passive role, as so many churches and bible teachers lead us to believe. Instead, we are commanded to take an active role and to pursue love along with the rest of the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit only enables us. It is our responsibility to carry it out.

AGAPE LOVE AND THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AS THE HOLY SPIRIT ENABLES:

Love(agape) suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love(agape), joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23a NKJV)

OUR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE LAID OUT PURE AND SIMPLE IN COMMANDS TO OBEY BY TAKING ACTION:

LOVE(AGAPE)- Pursue love. (I Corinthians 14:1a NKJV)

JOY- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)

PEACE- Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)

LONGSUFFERING- Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. (I Thessalonians 5:14 NKJV)

KINDNESS- And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV)

GOODNESS- For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10 NKJV)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Titus 3:8 NKJV)

FAITHFULNESS- Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (I Corinthians 4:2 NKJV)

GENTLENESS- To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. (Titus 3:2 NKJV)
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient. (II Timothy 2:24 NKJV)

SELF CONTROL- But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. (I Corinthians 9:27 NKJV)
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. (II Peter 1:5-7 NKJV)

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