Saturday, October 22, 2016

How to Be a Mountain Mover

In Mark chapter 11 Jesus tells us how to move mountains. Some believe the mountains are literal others believe they are figurative. According to the Beacon Bible Commentary Jewish rabbi's believed the word mountain refers to a difficult problem or circumstance. Scribes were called mountain movers because they could solve difficult problems. Jesus was a chief Mountain mover because He solved difficult problems. He raised the dead. Opened blind eyes, fed thousands of hungry people with two fish and five loaves of bread. Not only was He a mountain mover but He said we can be mountain movers too! He gave us the ability to solve the difficult problems in our lives. He tells us how to do it in Mark Chapter 11.

Let's read the text:

Mark 11:12-14, Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again." And His disciples heard it. Mark 11: 20- 26, Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses." 

We need faith in God and we need to have a spirit that is willing to forgive others in order to solve the difficult problems in our lives (move mountains).

We need to have faith in God because it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. It's time to confess your wrong doing to your brother or sister, mother  or  father, friend or co-worker and ask for forgiveness. It is time to forgive those who've hurt you. It is time to go move some mountains!

Application Verse:

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much..

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's Time To Be Restored and Refreshed

 “Every time I get ahead, something happens” a friend said. The day she made her last car payment, she had an accident that totaled her car. A neighbor cashed his paycheck, went into a public restroom, and then left his wallet. He went back to the restroom; the wallet was there, but the money was not.

Why do those things happen? I believe scripture gives us the reason. Let’s look at the book of Judges, in chapter 6. This chapter details the antagonistic relationship between the Israelites and the Midianites.

The Midianites were a militant group of people that hated the Israelites. They watched as the Israelites plowed their fields, planted and watered their seeds and nurtured the tender young plants. But when it was harvest time, they stormed in and took the crops.  When they were finished, it looked like a swarm of locusts had devoured the fields. They repeated the same activity with the cattle. 

They watched as the cattle birthed and nursed their young, but after they were weaned, they stormed in and took the cattle. Judges 6:1 says the Lord delivered them (Israelites) into the hands of their enemies because of  idolatry. In other words, God withdrew his protection from the Israelites because of their sin. When he withdrew his protection, the enemy stole their livelihood.

Judges 6:6 says, ........Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.Notice the verse said they cried unto the Lord. Are you tired of the enemy stealing from you every time you things seem to be going well? Cry out to the Lord and he will save you!

The Power of Diligence

“He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich." (Proverbs 10:4)
To earn extra money, a co-worker became a Pampered Chef Consultant. At first, she wasn’t very good at in-home sales.  She was extremely nervous when she spoke in front of groups.  She did not feel comfortable trying to recruit others, so she would skip that portion of her presentation.
After attending one of her events, I said to myself, she’s not going to do this very long; however, I was wrong.  Fifteen years later she became a million dollar seller, a senior executive director, and a top recruiter. She travels all over the country training others!
I spoke with her a few months ago, and during our conversation she said, “I made it! I’ve been to Italy three times and I’m making more than $100,000 a year.” 
Thrilled for her, I asked, “How did you do it?” She explained that she realized if she was going to make it in the business, she needed to overcome fear and become a better presenter. In the evening, she began practicing in front of her family, and they gave her constructive feedback.
“I remember when you were afraid to recruit people,” I said.
She responded, “I know, but now I can recruit your grandmother!”
Diligence is the word to best describe her collective efforts that led her to success.
Webster’s Dictionary says the word diligence means constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind.
My friend diligently sought to overcome the hurdle called fear. She felt the fear, but set her eyes on the prize and now has the life she dreamed about.

Faith and Hard Work

Recently, I heard a pastor say, “People are always trying to use their faith to get a house or a car. You don’t need faith for that", he said, "you need a job.” I could not help but chuckle at the truth of his statement. God said six days man would labor to earn a living and rest on the 7th day. On the day of rest, he is to take time to worship God and spend quality time with his family.

There are many passages in the bible that promise Godly provision. Our provision is based upon our partnership with God. We do our part, and he does his.In 2 Chronicles 1:7-12, God promised to bless Solomon, saying:…. “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered God, “You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth.  Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

God said to Solomon, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”Although God gave Solomon wisdom and riches, he had to work to receive them. God did not pour wisdom upon Solomon.

In Ecclesiastes 2:4, Solomon said he built for himself some things. He said, “I made my works great; I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself.”Solomon used faith and wisdom to build houses and vineyards. He was wise enough to know that although God promised to give him wealth, it wasn’t going to just come to him. He was not sitting around praying for someone to give him houses or vineyards. Nor was he deceitfully planning to swindle others to obtain riches. Remember Jesus said God provides for the birds but the birds get up in the morning to get what God has already provided.

The birds cheerfully go to work singing, humming a little tune of praise and thanksgiving to the God, who has generously provide all things that pertain to life for them. And he has done the same for you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Healing the Wounded Heart

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In his book “The Wounded Heart,” Dr. Dan B. Allender says “The sexually abused person is in a war. The enemy is ultimately the Evil One and the path of loyalty to Satan’s vision: rebellion, autonomy, or in other words sin.”

I believe the same may be said of any type of abuse verbal abuse, physical abuse or neglect. Notice Allender said the reason Satan inspires abuse is to get the victim to sin!

Child abuse and neglect are Satan’s favorite weapons.  Why?  I believe Proverbs 15:15 gives us the answer.  It says “All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.”

Afflicted means to be depressed in mind and circumstances. Although the child grows up and abuse stops, the he or she remains depressed in mind and circumstances, quite often his or her entire life. 

Strong’s Bible Dictionary says “evil” refers to grief, hurt, misery and adversity.  Although abuse stops, the victim will begin to cause his/her own grief, misery and adversity.  His own behavior will cause him/her harm.  Some will use and sell drugs, some will rob, steal and kill, some will physically and sexually abuse others. And some will spend the rest of their suffering from depression.But there is good news the bible tells us not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. When we learn about Satan’s devices we possess the ability to overcome them through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus was born “to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).  Jesus came to destroy the evil works manifested by child abuse and neglect, verbal abuse, drug abuse, rape, molestation, domestic violence and every other evil work Satan brings against you.

I have seen and verified the truth of Isaiah 54:14 the passage says “no weapon or device formed against you shall prosper.” If you submit your life to Jesus Christ the weapons of abuse will not prosper against you. God can heal your broken and wounded heart.  Rise up in the name of Jesus Christ and begin to live “affliction” free. Accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior to be healed and delivered from the wounds of your past.  God loves you and has been with you. Even in your darkest hour he was there and will continue to be there. He says to you today “even to your old age I am he; and even to your gray hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. (Isaiah 46:4) God will deliver you from affliction. All you have to do is ask.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I pray that you will heal my wounded and broken heart. I believe you died on the cross to deliver me from Satan’s power (Acts 26:18). Please heal me and forgive me as I forgive those who’ve sinned against me. I am willing to accept your sacrifice today in order to receive eternal life and to see the goodness of God in the land of the living! Amen.

Memory Passage: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded?

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Dr. Dwight L. Carlson said in his book “Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded” "Traumatic childhood experiences and traumatic events experienced in adulthood may manifest themselves in various ways throughout life; poor school performance, difficulty in trusting others, low self- esteem, hysterical symptoms, psychosomatic illnesses, obnoxious or antisocial behavior, difficulty establishing peer relationships, impulsiveness, violence, overly compliant behavior, eating disorders and the inability to enjoy a healthy intimate relationship that exists between man and woman, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, manic depression, panic attacks."

Carlson said Christians often inflict more harm upon the wounded than helping them. He proves his point with an interesting interpretation of Ephesians 4:11-13. The text reads as follows:  "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;   For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:   Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Noting verse 12  Carlson said “God placed those people in the body for the perfecting of the Saints. Today the word perfecting is translated equipping. But this is misleading in many ways because the word perfecting comes from a Greek word meaning to"mend.”

Think about it, think about the difference between the words mend and equip. As Christians we are called to mend and bind up the broken hearted, those wounded by the traumatic events of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and verbal abuse.  We are called to loose those bound by difficult circumstances whenever we can.

To  demonstrate this point Carlson noted Lazarus and how Jesus raised him from the dead. "In addition to being raised from the dead, the fact Lazarus walked is a miracle because his feet were bound. Lazarus was liberated by human hands (unbind him Jesus said)." Go liberate someone today by loving them and sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!