Friday, June 23, 2017

Victorious thought life

There is a battle for our minds.

Sinful thoughts are like birds flying overhead.  We cannot stop birds from flying overhead, but it is our fault if we let them nest in our hair (Martin Luther said something like that).

The Lord wants His people to be PROACTIVE in their thought lives. 

Here are a few verses to meditate upon. 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:8 (KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:11 (KJV)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)

Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
Deuteronomy 15:9 (KJV)

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Psalms 10:4 (KJV)

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Isaiah 55:7 (KJV)

Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
Isaiah 59:7 (KJV)

O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
Jeremiah 4:14 (KJV)

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Matthew 15:19 (KJV)

Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
Acts 4:25 (KJV)

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:21 (KJV)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I go to church - I am good

In our daily ministry on the Gulf Coast we ask people about their relationship with Jesus. A common answer is “I go to church - I am good”.

There are some weird beliefs by many of these people that “go to church”.

They believe:

*Jesus isn’t the only way to the Father but their are many ways to God.
*the bible is full of errors, contradictions and or fairy tales and is unreliable.
*they can sin all they want because they said a prayer one time.

There seems to be a huge disparity between what is taught in the pulpit and what the people that "go to church" believe.

Maybe the church should start handing out tests and giving grades at the end of the sermons. Because it isn't sinking down into the ears of the recipients.

Time to roll up our sleeves and work the field. Sowing, watering, and getting our hands dirty. Get involved in people's lives. Love on them. Ask them questions like Jesus did. A monologue 30 minutes each week isn't working.


Unnecessary warfare - Don't do it!

If God has given you a commission, the devil will try his dead level best to distract you.  If you get distracted by the distraction (LOL)  i call it unnecessary warfare.  This is warfare the Lord hasn’t called you to get engaged in, but you do it outside of HIs perfect will. 

In the prophetic, i think of ‘use it or lose it’, or better, “Use it correctly and God will give you more.  Abuse it and He will commission someone else.” (not probably the best way of putting it, but i hope you get the idea).

Ponder on why these people were not to engage with people while they were on mission. 

Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
2 Kings 4:29 (KJV)

Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
Luke 10:4 (KJV)

They were to stay on mission.

And probably one of the best examples is in 1 Kings 13  One prophet is on a mission from God, he is misled/distracted BY ANOTHER PROPHET and is killed by a lion as a result of his disobedience. 

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.  And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:  For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord , saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.  So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth–el.  Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth–el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth–el: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.  And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.  And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,  And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.  Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.  And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:  For it was said to me by the word of the Lord , Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.
1 Kings 13:7‭-‬17 KJV

(you can read the rest on your own…)
So, be sure to be faithful to God above all.  Or…. you can see what happens in scripture.