Feb 222018
 

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17-18).

When we think of being filled with the Spirit-
– we often relate it to an emotional experience or a feeling of euphoria.

But in reality, the word, “filled,” could be translated, “controlled.”
It is a word that speaks of what happens when the wind fills the sails of a boat and guides it along.

So God is saying that-
– we are to let His Spirit fill us and control our lives.

The Spirit filled life is the Christ controlled life!

Another interesting thing about this word is that in the original language-
– it is in a tense that speaks of something that should be done continually.

So you could translate this sentence:
“Be constantly filled with the Spirit.”

This is not a one-time event.

Instead, it is something that takes place over and over again-
– just as we repeatedly fill the gas tanks in our cars to keep them running.

You may have emotional experiences.
You may not have emotional experiences.

But that has very little to do with the reality of being filled with and controlled by the Spirit.

One other thing about this phrase from Ephesians 5:18 is that-
– it’s a command,
– not a suggestion.

The Scripture is not saying, “If it works with your schedule, if you don’t mind, would you please consider maybe letting the Holy Spirit fill and control you?”

Rather, God is saying that He commands us.
He orders us, to be filled with the Spirit!

(PA)

Feb 212018
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Dead-end street!

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Jan 262018
 

“And try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

One of the greatest pains in life is attempting the impossible:
Pleasing other people!

Just think of the effort and angst we extend every day trying to get others to like or approve or affirm us.

Don’t be fooled!
People-pleasing is a dead-end street!

Whether the people you crave recognition from is your boss, your parent, your friend, or someone from your past-when you position them as judge and jury over your life, you’re putting yourself in bondage.

Jesus came to set you free from this painful pattern of living.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Two choices that helped me turn the corner on this issue are:

Choice #1
I minimize my focus on what others think of me.
Paul faced the temptation to people-please.

Notice his response to people comparing his and Apollos’ ministries in 1 Corinthians 4:3:
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court.
In fact, I do not even judge myself.”

He minimized the weight he placed on others’ opinions.
“It’s a very small thing,” he said.

Choice #2
I maximize my focus on what God thinks of me.
I’ve had to come to the place in my life where my consuming passion is to focus on God’s evaluation.

Let me suggest four ways to do this:

Spend quality and quantity time with the Lord.
More time with Him will help you know and desire to do what pleases Him most.

Don’t be controlled or manipulated by emotional blackmail.
Some people hold a dynamite stick in one hand and a match in the other and threaten to control you by intimidation.
Just walk away.

Limit enslaving friendships.
People who base relationships on performance, not acceptance, are never satisfied.
Limit their influence and the time you spend with them.

Get alone with the Lord on a daily basis.
And ask, “Lord, are you pleased with my life?

God is the only one who has all the facts-
– sees all the motives and
– knows why your boss is never satisfied or
– why your dad won’t accept you as you are.

Let it go and focus on pleasing Him alone!
Only God’s assessment of your life will matter!!

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Many people miss this!

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Jan 172018
 

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10).

Parents!
What is the greatest proof of your children’s love for you?

Is it when they say they love you?
That’s great.

But it’s not proof.
Really, it’s when they obey you…willingly.

Many people miss this!
They say they love God, maybe even go to church regularly.
But there is little evidence of real love for God in their lives.

A recent poll showed that 80% of Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
That same poll reflected that more than 70% felt every individual has to decide right or wrong for himself.

That is-
– saying one thing
– and doing another.

Jesus said:
“If you love Me-
– you will keep My commandments!”

The proof of our love is-
– our willingness to obey God and His commands.

Doesn’t it make you feel great when your child willingly obeys you?

Why don’t you give God the same joy?

Obey Him because it’s your desire to do so.
Love Him like you want to be loved by your own child.

(Pa)

Nov 142017
 

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” Psalm 37:7.

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited?
And still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?

Perhaps you have not waited in the right way!

“With patience wait!” Romans 8:25.

Patience takes away
worry!
His promise is equal to His presence!
He knows your need better than you do!!
His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.

Patience takes away your weeping!
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe”. John 6:29.
And when you believe, you may then know that all is well.

“weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.

Patience takes away all want!
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than-
– your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening!
Instead of having the delaying time, a time of letting go,
– know that God is getting a larger supply ready and must get you ready too.

Patience takes away all wobbling!
“Make me stand upon my standing” Daniel 8:18.
God’s foundations are steady.

When His patience is within-
– we are steady while we wait.​​

Patience gives worship!
A praiseful patience paves the way for a joyful worship.

“Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Col.1:11,12. 

“Let patience have its perfect work-
– that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4.

(PA)