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. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Spirit of Truth blasts presuppositions

The Spirit of Truth Blasts Presuppositions

Here are a couple of presuppositions that if you are not wary, will actually fight the Spirit of Truth. 

-”The popular argument” - ‘Everyone believes this so it must be true’. 
Even a cursory reading of the bible will show you that the more popular the doctrine the more likelihood that it is wrong.  The popular doctrine was to ignore the suffering servant passages when Jesus showed up.  In hindsight, we can see that was totally wrong. 

-”Trust the experts” -  ‘They have P.h.d. After their name, so they have to be right’. 
Paul was a top theologian with the bible practically memorized.  He sat at the feet of Gamaliel and would be a P.h.d. If they were handing them out back then.  Remember Paul, was killing Christians using the bible as his authority.  He then met the Author in Acts 9.

I find it interesting that God used fisherman and a bunch of people that looked drunk on the day of Pentecost to represent His Kingdom - not P.h.d.’s

Let the Spirit of Truth guide you.  Here are some scriptures to ponder on. 

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.