Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Prophet Said YES, But God Said NO !



2Sa 7:3 And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.

2Sa 7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

2Sa 7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

2Sa 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

To understand why the Prophet Nathan would have said, " do all that is in your heart", is due to he saw all of King Davids mighty victories, he saw the lord blessed all he touched and so he assumed," Hay David is the man of God, if he feels this is what he should do, certainly the lord would be with him, and bless him". Assumptions, even well meaning ones, they can be wrong.

What better thing than to build a house for the lord, the ark, his presence. Like today things we think may seem good, rational, even have a few bible verses to back it up, but this does not mean we are to do that thing. We must go to prayer, wait on the lord, until we get that word from the throne.

Do not think the Prophet, any true Prophet is anyone’s Yes man, Nathan was the same one who came in and boldly declared King Davids sin of Bathsheba, and being a Murderer. A true prophet, watchman, Christian, must be bold in truth, and honest no matter what it costs.

JFB brings this point out well;

2 Samuel 7:3

Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart — The piety of the design commended it to the prophet’s mind, and he gave his hasty approval and encouragement to the royal plans. The prophets, when following the impulse of their own feelings, or forming conjectural opinions, fell into frequent mistakes.

This was not the only time we read of a Prophet in haste saying something according to their feelings. Feelings are very deceptive, assumptions are bad, haste is not good. We must all learn to have urgency , but to learn to wait on the lord, tarry until the answer comes.

1Sa 16:6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

FYI, this Prophets words just also happen to pertain to David, but he did not yet know it. The Prophet looked on the outward appearance of Davids Brother, tall, handsome, strong, but he was not the one, a little Shepard boy was the one. The lord still calls those things that are not as if they were. We are all guilty of looking at something with our flesh eyes, and saying, this must be the perfect will of the lord, no doubt at all, this has to be it. The lord may have something to say about it, so let us always look to him, so we do not make bad decisions and wrong moves, or speak in haste.

2Ki 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.

This verse is talking about the Prophet Elisha, talk about a mighty prophet, but this thing was hid from him, he wanted the poor women to be left alone as he saw she was in great sorrow, but it was much more than that. The lord did not tell the Prophet the facts. This is the time when we say, OK, no false Prophets, no false predictions, as in the O.T. a true prophet could not have a prophecy fall to the ground, or he was stoned. Thank the lord for N.T. grace, and the different operations of the N.T. Prophets.

In our text another thing stands out loud and clear, it is off topic, but It must be touched on.

2Sa 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

This clearly shows us, the creator of all needs nothing from man. He does not need a fancy building, no huge programs, no mega Church, no small Church, the Christians are the Church, the place you meet, is just a roof, no more, no less. The lord dwells in us, we are His Holy Temple, not a building, not all the big screen , show stopper programs, the lord does not need a new steeple, he only wants, seeks for open hearts, obedient faith, obedience to him and his word. This is the mega Church the lord dwells in, the holy remnant bride scattered all over the world. People, not buildings.

It is very easy to let the flesh do odd things, think odd things, try odd things, that seem 100% in line with the word. I have faced this many, many times in all my years of Ministry. It is nothing new, we all want to do something great for the lord, for others, that is a good desire, the lord is pleased with such thoughts, but that does not mean the lord wants you to do that thing, it may lead you down the wrong road in the long run.

Wait upon the lord, be still and know he is God, but also be diligent to come to the prayer closet, shut in with the lord, if there has ever been a time to do so, it is now. The lord has a direct word for you. You do not need a minister, a mortal go between, no Prophet to intercede for you, no in the N.T. that all changed, all you need is the blood, and you have your full access pass into the holy of holies. Let us today use that all day free pass, and come in and fellowship, seek the lords will, his perfect will, and ask that we be kept still until we know the lord has spoken, when he does, you will not have to second guess it as you do the flesh, it will be confirmed, the inner witness will be in you, the peace will surround you and you will know without a doubt, truly this is the will of the lord.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Heroes In The Bible What They Faced-We All Face-1 Kings Ch 17



1Ki 17:16  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.

1Ki 17:17  And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.

1Ki 17:18  And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

1Ki 17:19  And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.

1Ki 17:20  And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

1Ki 17:21  And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.

1Ki 17:22  And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.

1Ki 17:23  And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.

1Ki 17:24  And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.

Barnes: Vrs 24

1 Kings 17:24
And the woman said to Elijah, now by this I know that thou art a man of God,.... She took him to be one at his first coming to her; she was in a great measure confirmed in it by the miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil; but upon the death of her son, which she was ready to impute to the prophet, she was staggered at it; but now, by his resurrection from the dead, was fully assured of it:

and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth; she had known before that what he said concerning the meal and oil not failing was true; but now she was more and more convinced and assured that the God, whose prophet he was, was the true God, and that the religion he professed was the true religion, and he a true prophet, and that all his prophecies would be exactly fulfilled.

One can read this chapter and think, how could this women, after seeing such a mighty miracle say to the Prophet, "What have I to do with thee, O Man of God'

Those are some very harsh words. They said it to Moses, after the parting of the red sea, after all the signs in Egypt, after all the miracles, “Did you bring us out in this wilderness to die".

Jesus, he did many miracles, he feed 4,000 and 5,000 from a few fish and a couple loafs of bread, the same people, some of them that saw these things, followed Jesus, because their belly’s were full, yelled during his trial, "Crucify him".

In 2 Tim we read that at Paul’s first defense, no man stood with him. Where are the people, his beloved, where did they go, why were they not there?

These are only a couple examples for our text.

In a message I posted a while back called, “How soon we forget". It is like a part two; ‘I put you in remembrance, although you already know these things’, as Peters Epistle reads. I must put you reader in remembrance, how soon we forget.

The love, forgiveness, miracles, loving-kindness, grace, redemption, deliverance of our lord, just to one day many still say, ‘Hosanna and than crucify him’.
How can this be? Our bible teaches us, this has been going on forever. You reader, may stand alone, you may feel all have turned against you. Know this, our lord knows better than anyone, as Meyers devotion said today, I will paste it in and continue.

THE GARDEN OF THE CROSS
"In the place where He was crucified, there was a Garden." -- Joh_19:41.

IT WAS in a Garden that Paradise was lost, and in a Garden it was regained! The sweet flowers of spring waved their incense-cups around the Cross, on which their Creator, to whose thought they owed their beauty, was dying for man's redemption.

Amid all the anguish of this human world, nature pursues her unbroken routine. Spring with its green, summer with its glory, autumn with its gold--these in perennial beauty carry on their unbroken succession through all the days of human sorrow. Sometimes her unchanging order almost drives men to madness. It seems as though she has no sympathy with man in his stern battle for existence! Yet surely it is better so! Our tears and strife and storm are transient, whilst the order of creation will be the basis of that "new heaven and earth" for which we wait. Yes, there were flowers at the foot of the Saviour's Cross, and they have blossomed at the foot of every cross since His!

Where there is a Cross, there will be a garden. Of course, the cross must be properly borne. We must suffer for others, not careful about ourselves. We must take the cup from the hands of the Father, even though it is presented by the hands of a Judas! We must suffer silently. No man or woman, who really suffers deeply for another's salvation, talks about it, save to God.

Suffer for others in your Gethsemane-garden, and when you have been crucified after that fashion, then look for a garden in bloom. Set up a Calvary in your own heart! Let the cross there be a splint from the Cross of your Saviour! Bring thither your self-love, your ambitions, your moods and vagrant, selfish thoughts. Fasten your self-life, vain and proud as it is, to the Cross of Jesus, and let it remain there. Then in the garden of your character will arise a profusion of the rarest and sweetest flowers. If the world shuns your company, if you go lonely and unappreciated through life, yet you may find that the Lord Jesus will walk in the glades of your garden in the cool of the day, as He did in Paradise.

You may feel your in the Garden of Eden after the fall, Paul said, we are, our flesh, but the other Garden of Jesus, sets us free. We all have times of, ‘I can not take anymore, I am done, finished, spent, all I help have hurt me’, you have wounds, you were mistreated, what do you do, Forgive, as Meyers said,” Jesus knew Judas was to betray him, but he loved him, prayed for him. You may have a Judas in your life today; your flesh wants to take that person down. Listen, we all feel this way, let downs, people say I am with you brother, sister, but when the time comes you need a telescope to find them.

People are people, they are like you and me, at times all move in flesh, other times after being forgiven and renewed we say, “Thank-you lord for your touch, never again will I not love all as you did".

A few days later, you blow it. Thank-the lord for his forgiveness, he alone knows the heart, our weakness, our trouble, it matters not that man knows, Jesus knows. I ask you reader, do you need to love and enemy, have you been hurt and find it hard to love, forgive. The bible teaches, “If we do not forgive our brethren, the lord will not forgive us".

Those are serious words; we will not find forgiveness when we need it, if we do not forgive all.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Flee From Partaking The Cup And Table Of Demons


 

"Speaking The Truth In Times Of Universal Deceit Is A Revolutionary Act"
George Orwell

1Co 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have communion with demons.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of demons: ye cannot partake of the table of the Lord, and of the table of demons.

I sparked up E-Sword , Meyers devotion confirmed the word the lord gave me to give you, we will start with Meyers devotion.

WATCHING FOR SOULS
"Christ in you, the hope of glory; Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom."-- Col_1:27-28.
"Watch, and remember, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears."-- Act_20:31.

THE MINISTRY of warning should be a recognized part of the work of the Church and of each individual member. The foghorn warns the ship from the deadly rocks; the red light warns the train of imminent danger; in the days of the plague people were warned from infected areas: how much more should we, who know the wrath of God which abides on those who refuse Christ, raise our voice in warning. We should do it deliberately, earnestly, patiently, and in reliance upon the Spirit of God to make our words, however much they may be resented, the means of arresting the wicked from the error of his ways, and those who are taking their first steps in forbidden paths from pursuing them (Eze_33:7-9).

How wonderful it is that God does not commission angels to carry His warnings and appeals; instead of this, the work that angels might love to do is entrusted to men. It is at our peril that we neglect our opportunities in this direction. If the signalman is placed at a point where many lines of rail cross or diverge, and he sleeps at his post, or neglects his duty, he may be tried for manslaughter; and if we know of people in the immediate circle of our influence who are in danger of ruining their physical, moral, and spiritual well-being, we are bound to raise a warning voice. If we saw, upon the upper reaches of a river, a boat full of people hastening towards the rapids unheeding the danger, surely we might be guilty of being an accessory in their destruction, if we failed to do something to warn them of their peril.

Accompanying our words of warning, there should be the clear reiteration of the Love of God. He does not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live. It is not enough to try and prevent men from taking the wrong path, we must urge and allure them to take the pleasant ways of righteousness and peace. All are included in the love of God. Even sin cannot turn away His love, which is like that described in the parable of the Prodigal Son, or 1Co_13:1-13.

PRAYER
O God, we have left undone many things that we ought to have done. Hands have been reached out for help which we have not given; hearts have turned to us for sympathy which we have not blessed. Forgive us, we pray Thee, and at whatever cost may we follow Christ in His redemptive purpose. AMEN.

Ezek Ch 33 has been given many times in 2015, this is one such word. A warning of many that have fallen away, have turned back to sin, or have fallen to false doctrines, and mystical insights form tables of Demons.
In the text the ASV has communion, the KJV has fellowship
Greek;
G2844

κοινωνός
koinōnos
koy-no-nos'
From G2839; a sharer, that is, associate: - companion, X fellowship, partaker, partner.
G2839

κοινός
koinos
koy-nos'
Probably from G4862; common, that is, (literally) shared by all or several, or (ceremonially) profane: - common, defiled, unclean, unholy.


We see this is not good, it is an UN-holy thing.
The major part of today’s Christians are guilty of just this in many ways.
The video I have posted many times ‘RUN’- by Carter Conlon an excerpt of a sermon the Sunday after 911. In that short we heard that the prosperity doctrine was literally a table of demons, this is no small matter as we are to run from such things. There are much worse tables of demons we are to run from, a gospel that is centered on self, man made doctrine, we have also the MSOG, Elijah’s list, many other false out pouring that are having communion with devils. The Kundalini spirit as John the Baptists TV has on YouTube. This was also posted; I can see I must post these three videos ion this message at the end.
Next let’s look at Psalms Ch 50.


Psa 50:16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, And that thou hast taken my covenant in thy mouth,

Psa 50:17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, And castest my words behind thee?

Psa 50:18 When thou sawest a thief, thou consentedst with him, And hast been partaker with adulterers.

Psa 50:19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, And thy tongue frameth deceit.

Psa 50:20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; Thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

Psa 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself: But I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

Psa 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver:

Psa 50:23 Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me; And to him that ordereth his way aright Will I show the salvation of God.

The text verses at the top and this psalm speak of sacrifice.
Some sacrifice to demons, self, others sacrifice correctly and God pleasing.

The opening verses speak of Christians in Corinth that were going to pagan feasts and Holy Communion. Paul was saying in context, it is ok, ask no questions, but if you are told the food was sacrificed to their pagan gods, demons, they were not to eat. The use of the lesson in conjunction with communion is no small matter

In Ps 50 we read; Psa 50:23 Whoso offereth the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifieth me;......

Pagans never gave a sacrifice of thanksgiving, they would give thanks after they did a ritual, blood sacrifice, human sacrifice, cutting them self, self mutilation as when the Prophet called down fire from heaven and the Prophets of Baal were killed. They cut themselves, yelled, and nothing.
If you are involved with any such things sadly you are communing, with demons. I wonder, does that bother anyone? Great deception is the cause and a lack of sound orthodox bible doctrine.
We are told to be separate from this world, we are told have no fellowship with darkness, but many do, some do not know it, others who are not in deep bible study fall for any new wind of Doctrine that comes out.
We are warned against following new winds of doctrine, yet I have seen so many solid bible Christians that were at one time sound in the faith that have given themselves over to delusion, false doctrine, and doctrines of demons.
I see every day more and more Christians falling away to such doctrines and Un-Holy practices. There has never been a more urgent need in our day and age to stay with what the bible teaches. Jesus said, “His sheep know his voice and a stranger they will not follow”, so why is this happening? Men’s hearts have grown cold to the point they cannot even endure sound doctrine. This is nothing new, but due to endless websites, videos, books, teachings, sermons we are seeing the enemy is in the gate.
This is a matter of choice, you can take the narrow path, or the wide path that most are on and that path ends in hell as its destination.
Free will, the lords love, we are given a choice every day, a little leaven is creep into many modern day Churches. This has spread, as leaven does, into a grand cake of pure evil.
The time for taking our walk causal is over, it is time to arise and let the light shine on a hill for all men to see. Relevant, casual man centered doctrine and services in this Post modern world has watered down the power of the holy bible, anything goes, no standard but self is followed.
Examine your heart beloved, see if you are in the faith, the true faith, the Apostles doctrine, anything else is deception.
It is time to repent of self centered plans and just do them and not taking the first steps.
Is the lord at work in a thing, place, and person? What is the lord about to do; this must be known so we are ministering in the lords will and not our own, this takes knowing what session we are in. Do you know what season we are in? Beloved this is a serious word, I plea with all to examine your heart and do what the lord says to do, and not self. This will keep us from partaking in the tables of demons, we will not have UN-Holy communion.
Think on this today


Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Truth About Fema Camps- What they Don't want you to know!

Note: I have read about this a long time ago. It says in' National Parks', many are bugging out to these parks, I would not advise bugging out to any National park, forest. Run and hide in Jesus, not a national park.

Note 2; I reported that on May 19, 2017, all my websites took a dive from 400-800 reads a day to just a few, I posted the screen shot of this and it has only become worse, why? I assume for being a sound doctrine minister, and covering such things as this video.

The link to see the proof, the stats is at this link,

http://truthandmercyministries.blogspot.com/2017/06/pray-for-this-ministry-it-and-all.html





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

David Wilkerson - Giving God Full Control | Full Sermon

Published on May 29, 2016

David Wilkerson - Giving God Full Control | Full Sermon

God is always looking for a people who will bend to His laws and give Him full control. God will use a vessel who truly trusts Him and are totally dependent on Him. It is in this particular heart that God puts His testimony of Christ’s miracles and power. We are called out to be a testimony to all nations that Jesus Christ is more than Enough!!
http://www.ahavajerusalem.com
About David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson was the Founding Pastor of Times Square Church in New York City. He was called to New York in 1958 to minister to gang members and drug addicts, as told in the best-selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade.

In 1987, David Wilkerson returned to "the crossroads of the world" to establish Times Square Church. As a pastor of the church, he faithfully led this congregation, delivering powerful biblical messages that encourage righteous living and complete reliance on God.

David Wilkerson had a strong burden to encourage and strengthen pastors throughout the world. From 1999 to 2008, he traveled around the globe holding conferences for Christian ministers.

Posted with written permission of Time Square Church
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Sign The Size Of A Dime

Deu 1:6  The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Many times we get comfortable where we are, both lit. and spiritually, the lord will allow us to stay and stay, but he will eventually  say, 'hay you have been in this place long enough, now move on'.

Many have moved on, but in the wrong direction, listen to the word of the lord.

Come back, return, return you're your first love, the cloud is moving and you do not know it, stagnant, filled with doubt, fear, indulgence, the lord says take up your mat and walk.

In Mark we read the lord was always on the move, Mark shows our lord as always on the move, time was short, and so is yours, there are times to stand still and times to move on. It is time to move on and into whatever the lord has called you, to do. Many have rejected the call to take their walk to the next level, to take that walk of faith, some are happy and content, and may be on your way to hell, or the secondary will of God. We must seek his perfect will, the center of his will. In these days it is time for action, time to take your walk to a next level, time to simply walk in faith. Abraham did, and he had no idea where he was going, but he went. What has the lord told you to do? Are you doing it?

The time is up, the day far spent, the night comes soon, when no man can work,  work while it is day, run the race that you may obtain, not just jog and get tiered, or give up, saying, 'well I tried', one closed door does not mean stop, you look for another, it is not confusion, we serve a God of Peace, this inner peace is our witness when something is his will. If your looking for lighting and thunder and some great revelation, you may miss the small still voice. Look for that olive shoot, the size of a dime as Noah was given. The size of a dime, was the fact land was now back, He could have over looked that small dime, but he did not. How many have missed the lord on something, because you over looked the sign that came in the size of a dime. The lord works in mysterious ways, but he works, he goes before you now and is opening doors, but will you know it when it happens, or stay in fear and do nothing?

Think on this

Thursday, July 13, 2017

SPIRITUAL DIABETES-by Dave Daubenmire

"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:
for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full
age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised
to discern both good and evil." --Hebrews 5:13-14

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea
to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and
fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it." --Amos 8:11-14

America is dying from malnutrition. How long can a people survive
eating junk-food?

I turn on the TV or radio and listen to the sugar being fed to the
listeners and I nearly fall into a diabetic coma.

Yesterday as I took a rare trip to the mall I passed by the
Walden´s Book Store and I was shocked to see that the featured
book displayed at the entrance of the store was Joel Osteen´s
"Becoming a Better You," Christian cotton-candy for the masses.

"Wow," I thought out-loud. "A secular bookstore is featuring a
Christian book."

What is wrong with this picture? Self-help Christianity is all the
rage. If we were capable of helping ourselves, if WE were the
answer to our problems, Jesus put on His earth suit for nothing.

I expect this type of "preaching" from Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or a
myriad of "pychobabalists" who dot the world of plasma TV´s. But
it is tragic that the best selling Christian books in America today
happen to be of this ilk. "Self-help Christianity" (Your Best Life
Now, Purpose Driven Life, Becoming a Better You) has replaced
the Bible as the most popular reading among church-going folks.

Instead of meat, church-goers are eating candy. Is it any wonder
our nation is in the condition it is in?

I´m sure the temptation is great for pastors. How can a man watch
Mr. Osteen with his 30,000 member congregation, worldwide
television ministry, and cadre of best selling books and not be
envious? Rick Warren sold millions of "Purpose Driven" books.
Pastors and church leaders adopted the resources as a means of
training their flocks to a more "successful" Christian-life. Like an
infant crying for milk in the middle of the night, Americans are
squealing for food. As harsh as it may sound, and as judgmental
as you may like to think I am, the Truth is, instead of feeding
God´s children milk, and eventually meat, our people-pleasing
pulpiteers have served up a steady diet of sugar-water.

America´s pulpits have caused spiritual diabetes to destroy the
church. If we are to regain our spiritual-health our pastors must
once again preach the Word not a warmed-over plate of "Christian
maple syrup." It is our only hope.

Why is the preaching of the word so important?

The Word restores the authority of God into the lives of people.
Whenever anything is substituted for the Word, God´s authority
over souls is usurped. The Word of God does not need the
dime-store psychology of man to enhance Its power. Can you
think of anything more disrespectful of God than to use anything
besides His Word when feeding his sheep? Do you love me?
FEED MY SHEEP! Stop passing out candy!

The Word reinforces Jesus as the ultimate authority in the church.
The purpose of the advent of Christ was the annihilation of sin. The
appeasement of sin by the modern "cotton candy dispensers" has
caused the Gospel to be compromised and the power to destroy
sin is minimized. The direct result is a taking of the Name of the
Lord in vain. Jesus came to deliver us from evil, not make us
comfortable rubbing shoulders with it. The famine of the Word has
filled the church with false converts.

The Word allows the Holy Spirit to do His work. The Word is
God´s instrument of regeneration. The law is a "schoolmaster that
leads to Christ." "The Words that I say unto you they are Spirit
and they are life. The result of the Word not being preached is
shallow conversions that produce spiritually-lame Christians. It is
God´s Word that will not return void! No one comes to the Father
unless the Spirit draws Him! The Spirit rides on the Word not the
opinions of feeble men.

Preaching of the Word develops the mind of Christ. "Let this mind
be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. America´s pulpits have
become so concerned with being "relevant to the culture" that they
have permitted the leaven of the world to pollute the incorruptible
Word of God. The world has become the "salt of the church." Our
inability to speak the Word, and defend the Word has made the
"Word of God of none effect." We read the gospel according to
Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, and Joyce Meyer and
ignore the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The Word allows the voice of God to be heard on the moral issues
of the day. Is it any wonder that there is so much confusion about
what the Bible teaches regarding homosexuality, marriage, and
abortion? God´s Word is the moral compass for mankind. Remove
the reading, teaching, and preaching of God´s Word and we are
sure to find ourselves shipwrecked. God´s Word is the anchor of
Truth and the rudder that directs the ship. It keeps the nation on
course.

The Word introduces people to their One True source of help.
Failure to preach the Word robs us of the ability to submit to
Divine Authority. Focusing on the "felt needs" of those in the pew
creates a self-centered Christianity. The result of this "happiness-
preaching" is the elevation of the needs of man above the will of
the Lord. Divorce becomes justified if it makes one happy. Biblical
authority will not work if a man sees his happiness as the purpose
of Christ´s death.

The Word brings true repentance and conversion. Sin is soul-
sickness and just like any sickness it requires a cure. However,
failure to preach the Truth of sin prevents the diagnosis of life´s
problems from ever being exposed. Would you seek cancer
treatments if you didn´t know you had cancer? Would you seek a
Savior if you didn´t know you needed one? Today´s "easy-believism"
is convincing folks to trade what they cannot earn to accumulate
what they cannot keep. Those in the church are seeking the same
things as the pagans seek....and they think Jesus will help them get it.

I´ve never seen a Brink´s truck following a hearse.

Here are the long-term symptoms of diabetes.

Heart Disease. (Where your heart is, there shall your treasure be.)
Kidney Disease. (Eliminates the impurities from the body.)
Blindness (Israel´s Watchmen are blind. Isaiah 56:10)
Nerve Damage (The inability to feel and react to stimuli.)
Impotence (The Gospel is the Power....no Gospel, no power.
Romans 1:16)
The battle for the culture will be won in the pews. Judgment must
first begin in the house of God.

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." 2 Timothy 4:2

Reprove and rebuke. Those are harsh words. They infer correction
and judgment.

Paul preached "Christ Crucified." We should do the same.

America has spiritual diabetes. The Word of God is the insulin.

Preach the Word. Anything else is junk food.

© 2008 Dave Daubenmire - All Rights Reserved.

~SOURCE:
http://www.newswithviews.com/Daubenmire/dave98.htm


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