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Friday
Apr012011

Keeping God Away From Areas of My Life

Tennis anyone?

This picture is a reminder of how crazy it is to play with God. Why does anyone think keeping God away from areas of our lives where He could really transform us is of any value?  Much like volleying a tennis ball on the wings of a plane, it just doesn't make sense. In my experience as a believer in Yeshua/Jesus, I have found Christians who say they are followers of Christ, but demonstrate little to no fruit of Him in their lives.  Some of the biggest offenders of this are Christian leaders who teach others about Christ, but either are narcissistic or passive aggressive in their behavior toward others. What part of this verse doesn't make sense to us?

Mark 8

 34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

 

What part of denying my narcissism isn't covered by this verse?  What part of my selfish, self serving nature is not covered by this verse?  Why would Jesus say such a thing anyway?  Doesn't He know I like to be me, and in my world, I am the center of attention, and I always get my way.

Yes, I guess that's why He said it.  He knows what is in all of us, and its not about serving, it's about getting our way and to be served.  That is the nature of mankind, "get what I want and get out" without anything costing me a thing. Well, this is how the world we live in operates, it will not change until Jesus Christ comes back to rule this world.  However, in the meantime, the world may not change, but you can.  You can surrender your life to Christ, and allow Him access to the areas of your life that are self serving, and narcissistic. 

narcissism: excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.• Psychology extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admirationas characterizing a personality type.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P7mwNI6QMY&feature=related

Thursday
Mar312011

Who Can You Really Trust? 

 

As believers we all have our favorite preachers.  If you have been reading this blog for the past week you will notice that I have used a lot of web links to David Wilkerson.  Yes, I like David, because as a preacher he is not persuaded by money, denomination, powerful people, nor is he trying to sell his latest book.  I am personally tired of all the personal words Christians say they get from God. All I can say is most of it is a spiritual scam.  You may disagree, but here is a clip you need to watch before you read on. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN8y5o272zo&feature=related

Personally I have known believers who have gone crazy over preachers, or prophets who give prophecies that are not in line with the Spirit of God.  Does God still speak to us today? Yes, He does, but knowing His voice is a part of knowing Him. His Word is His voice, a revelation to us about who He is, what He has done, and what He plans to do.    

The example of Benny Hinn is not new. In Jeremiah's day he was facing the same kind of leadership, pastors who have no clue who God is, preaching things not based upon the truth of God's word. Leaders who lead people to an unknown spiritual destination, and prophets who give prophecies based upon a concept of manipulation rather than the instruction of God's Word.  

Jeremiah 2:8

 8The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal
and went after things that do not profit.

Don't be fooled by leaders who don't formulate their ministry around the truth of God's Word. There are many theologies that are preached today, even in good churches that are not following the dictates of God's word.  More on this next week, until then, keep it honest and truthful........k

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP8LALb1ktQ

Wednesday
Mar302011

World Without End Begins With His Return

Last fall in South Africa there was a gathering of the global church to discuss world evangelization. Here is a description from the website of the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism.

Over 4,000 leaders from 198 countries were together in Cape Town, South Africa, to confront the critical issues of our time as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization.

 

I am sure that most of the presentations given had to do with the strategy of meeting the physical needs of people in places of the world who live from day to day without the necessities of life. Who would argue with this?  Of course we feed the poor, clothe the naked, give drink to those who thirst.  As a result of our showing compassion and love, our hope is that people will respond to the message that God loves them, and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. However, as I interviewed a participant who went to Cape Town about the event, he was glowing with reports of how social justice was being lived out throughout the world, and Christians were leading the way. Now, don't get me wrong, I think these kind of reports shows that God is at work through His Church.  What I was stunned by was the lack of preaching on the return of Jesus Christ. 

We live in a day when the news from around the world is living out the prophetic words of scripture, and the gathering of the worlds leading Christians never focus on it, not even once?   I don't want to be critical but let's be honest and truthful.  The blessed hope of the Church, global and otherwise, is the return of Jesus Christ. The conditions in our world read like Matthew 24, and we don't notice?  How can we be a prophetic voice in our world without giving people the hope of His return?  We are closer today than ever to a one world government with one global financial system.  We are experiencing more devastating earthquakes in varying places in our world, and yet we are silent about these signs?  Then there is the issue of deception in the church, as the new evangelical voices of the emergent church are leading people away from Christ, not toward Him. All these signs and more are in our faces everyday. So how is it that when we gather 4,000 global Christians together to inspire them about evangelism, we say nothing about these signs as forewarnings of His return? How can that be? 

This is not a critique on what was said in Cape Town, it is an observation of what was missed. Most Christians don't want to engage in prophetic discussion, they don't care, and it doesn't matter to them. However the news headlines continue to remind us that we are living like those in Noah's day before the flood, unaware of the pending disaster about to come upon us.  

Here is a link that I think keeps it honest and truthful!  Until next time.....K

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNZvfiKrJHo&feature=related

Tuesday
Mar292011

Characteristics of A World at End

"See that no one leads you astray"  the very first words Jesus tells His disciples as he begins His remarks in Matthew 24 about the last days of this world. Jesus tells us that the world will experience wars, famines, earthquakes, persecution, Christians will be hated, false prophets, lawlessness will prevail, and the love of people will grow cold.  Now that's a list! 

People have been telling me that their pastors won't comment on these kinds of things, because the end times are too controversial, too volatile, too upsetting to the congregation. Hummmmmm, yet Jesus thought it important to place these predictions in His book, helping us to get ready for what is going to happen. 

Here is a glimpse of what Jesus said will happen to our earth from Revelation 8:

7The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.

 
8The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.  9A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

 
10The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.  11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it had been made bitter.

Frightful, yes if we aren't right with God. 

Hey pastors wake up! You have a job to do, and it's not easy to do what what you have been called to do.  However, you are called to teach, comfort, warn, and preach the truth the way the Bible teaches it.  Stop being Dr Phil in the pulpit and give your congregation what it needs, not more of you, but more of Him.  

The overriding characteristic of the end of this world as we know it is "deception."  That is what Jesus taught. 

Listen Church, deception doesn't come afar, but from within. YOU are the target of the new Christian voices and your young people are the most vulnerable to these new voices. 

Here is one case in point.  Did you know that the cross is a distraction to God....if this wasn't so tragic, it's laughable.  Until next time, keep it honest and truthful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SOUfsX2fbk

 


  

 

Monday
Mar282011

How Prepared Are We?

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable about ten virgins waiting for their bridegroom to come. Now what are we taking about here? How is it that there are ten women, waiting for one bridegroom?  Doesn't anyone think this is a bit excessive, or even immoral?  However, it's a parable, a story with a lesson tied to it.  This 25th chapter of Matthew is talking about the Kingdom of God, and these ten virgins are waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Of the ten virgins, five were foolish and five were wise, and today you and I are in one of those camps. There are many lamps of religion, the mechanisms by which light or truth is seen, however it's the oil that makes the light work. Since Jesus was addressing His people, the Jews, I often wonder if He was referring to them as the five foolish virgins. Yes, they had the structure of the lamp of religion, but failed to find Him as the oil of the lamp.  

It occurred to me recently, that a person can have all the trappings, the structure of an outward relationship with God, but be like the foolish virgins because they really don't know Him.  Jesus said this in Matthew 7:

 21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  22On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  23And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Many have the structure of the lamp today, they go to church, and say they are Christians, but their hearts have no interest in surrendering to Him as Lord of their lives.  As we watch the world around us shake with earthquakes, and war, we are reminded these are the signs of His soon return.  Are you ready?  David Wilkerson has been preaching a message for 50 years warning it is time to get ready and get right with God. He speaks about a word we rarely hear preached today, "repentance" a turning away from sin, or a lifestyle unbecoming of a follower of Jesus. Being prepared, starts with a heart that repents, because repentance is how we fill our lamps with the oil of His Grace. 

David Wilkerson is not for the faint of heart, but his message is needed in today's church.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eruJ4GmAho&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

Ask yourself, be honest, am I ready?  Have I surrendered my life to God?  Is my lamp full or empty today? 

 

Until next time....keep it honest and truthful......K

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