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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Victorious over temptation (wed teaching)

Victorious in the hour of temptation Basilea Schlink

In a person’s life satan has a goal to keep us from salvation. When we come to salvation, the strategy of the devil changes, now his goal is to make us ineffective for God in this world. Temptation is his weapon, but we can turn that around and be victorious. The path to that victory will not look like we would expect it, but there is a way to victory.
James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God ; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
(Psalms 138:6-8) For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
(James 4:6-7) But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

God calls you to humble yourself before Him, that is, to submit yourself in body, soul, and mind, to His authority. That means that your actions, your words, your thoughts, and most importantly your heart attitude are to all be in subjection to God's will. Knowing God's will means knowing His Word since He has revealed His will to His people through His written Word. The first and greatest step, therefore, in submitting yourself to God is knowing His Word. Although He does not give you specific instruction for every circumstance or situation in your life, God reveals His will for how He wants you to live your life in a general sense. By knowing the element of God's will for your actions, words, and thoughts as He has revealed it in His Word, the momentum created in your life carries you into and through the specific circumstances that are not revealed.

Submission is defined by the world today as an act or attitude that is stifling, repressive, and oppressive. According to his character, the enemy has taken the truth and convinced the world and, unfortunately, many believers that it means the opposite. To submit yourself to God frees you from the influence of sin and its author. It opens to you the full extent and purpose of the power God has placed within you through His Holy Spirit.

4 Keys to being victorious over temptation.

1: I am willing to suffer. Suffering brings glory.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Ephesians 3:13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-8In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

2: I can wait for God’s timing, His help will never come too late
The tempter always offers IMMEDIATE assistance in the transformation of our depressing situation. but when we say, “I can wait for God’s timing, His help never comes too late.” we defeat the enemy with trust.
Help me to be willing to remain “in need” and to trust You.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Isaiah 8:17And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
18Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.

3: My Father will take care of me. No one takes care of me like my Father.
When we are filled with longing/desire for something the enemy finds it easy to entrap us, but the enemy will flee when we are prepared to commit the desire to the Lord, our lives will be saying “My Father takes care of me, no one provides for me as well and at such a perfect moment as My Father ”
1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

4: Be willing to fight. Be prepared to let loving God, cost you wounds and tears.
Only he who fights will overcome. Temptations will come, but a crown of victory awaits those who fight by faith and trust in God.
Revelation insight into Matthew Chapter 11:11,12
11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”
Keep reading from Matt. 11
Discuss what it doesn’t mean.
The violent with their ‘self-life.’ Merciless with my ‘self’ and merciful to others.
“Love is not blind, it sees more not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.” A Jewish teacher named Julius Gordon.

Col. 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
Philippians 2:29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.

Hebrews 12: 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. 7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, So that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. 14Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

Hosea 14:1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
One of satan’s tricks is to commit forgery. When we fail, stumble, or fall satan sends a letter pretending to be God, telling us that he has had enough and cannot forgive and heal anymore–wrong. Confess the fault to God and a trusted friend, get up and move on.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Romans Bible study 16 Romans 5:1,2

Romans Study #16
Romans 5:1,2
Hope (Part 2)

1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. NASB

1-2By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. Message

If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them, then they shall justify the righteous and condemn the wicked (Deuteronomy 25:1). Here it is obvious that the question is not one of moral improvement. The judges are not to make the righteous man better. They are to vindicate his position as satisfactory to the law.
We need the voice which says, not merely, you may go; you are let off your penalty; but, you may come; you are welcomed into My presence and fellowship. We shall see later how important this difference is in the practical problems of our full salvation. But one thing is evident at first sight, namely, that this is implied in the very word Justification. For Justification, in common speech, never means pardon. It means winning, or granting, a position of acceptance. You are justified in taking this course of action, does not mean, you were wrong, yet you are forgiven. It means, you were right, and in the court of my opinion you have proved it. In religion accordingly our Justification means not merely a grant of pardon, but a verdict in favor of Our standing as satisfactory before the Judge.

Faith, in actual common use, tends to mean a practical confidence.

reliance, reposed on a trustworthy object, and exercised more or less in the dark

But the action to this end was on their part sublimely simple. It was reliance on the
the Promiser. Taking Him at His word.

We have seen a moment ago that one meaning most certainly cannot be borne by the word by. It cannot mean on account of, as if Faith were a valuable consideration which entitled us to Justification. The surrendering rebel is not amnestied because of the valuable consideration of his surrender, but because of the grace of the sovereign or state which amnesties. On the other hand, his surrender is the necessary means to the amnesty becoming actually his: It is his only proper attitude (in a supposed case of unlawful rebellion) towards the offended power. That power cannot, in the nature of things, make peace with a subject who is in a wrong attitude towards it. It wishes him well, or it would not provide amnesty. But it cannot make peace with him while he declines the provision. Surrender is accordingly not the price paid for peace, but it is nevertheless the open hand necessary to appropriate the gift of it.

In a fair measure this illustrates our word by in the matter of Justification by Faith. Faith, reliance, is, from one side, just the sinful man's coming in to accept the sacred amnesty of God in Christ, taking at His Word his benignant King. It is the rebel's putting himself into right relations with his offended Lord in this great matter of forgiveness and acceptance .... It is not a virtue, not a merit, but a proper means.

A word about peace. The runner up entry in a contest to draw a picture illustrating the word, “peace,” was a picture of a quiet meadow on a sunny day.
The winning entry was a tree in a field in the midst of a powerful dark cloud, hard rain, storm, but in the midst of the picture, perched on a branch (a branch too small and too far out) was a tiny bird, head tucked down, sleeping!
That is a picture of God’s peace, not a peace based on outer surroundings, a peace based on knowing that God is control and as Larry said on Sunday, a knowledge that “your problems” are His problems.”

Had to do a “hope” part 2 because I heard or read a neat story that makes “hope” more clear.The wives of the POW’s from the Vietnam war were waiting and hoping for 6 years, the hope began to fade, when one day a letter from the government arrived.
“Your husband has been located and will be on this ship
in the San Diego harbor on this date.”
Suddenly their “hope” sky-rocketed because
they had a letter from the government with an assurance that their “hope” would one day be sight. Our hope should sky rocket, we have a “letter” from God, guaranteeing the outcome, promising His love. Proclaiming freedom, and power and joy available to us.

lord lord did we not...

my reply to another bloggers question how to NOT hear the dreaded saying of Jesus..
I never knew you

Oh God deliver us from the subtle deception that Your gift is "my" gift. Deliver us from choosing an expedient program, over humbly waiting on You. Forgive us for leaving our first love, our bridal love, for You and becoming adulterers with the gifts You give. Purify the sons of Levi, with the flame of Your love and Your two-edged sword judge, reveal and heal the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Give us hearts that choose the discipline and judgment today, while it is still light, In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

oldest lesson on earth

Isn't it great when God has to RE-teach you the oldest lesson on earth!!!

Coming back from my run yelling at Him and having Him trip me up (it happened
I'm just reporting it to you) He made something very clear to me and brought
the lovely gift of conviction

He showed me that in my interactions with my wife and kids and others i was eating
from and making them eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and I NEEDED TO STOP IT and begin eating from the tree of life and give them the tree of life


then and only then would i truly be leaving room for Him to work and Him to get glory
Done and Done.
A quote from Chuck Smith If I am disappointed with myself, that only shows that I was trusting in my flesh.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You are the problem

Revelation chapter 2 the letter to the church in Ephesus
was brought to life this morning by Basilea Schlink a now
decesaed nun from West Germany
If you can't receive from a nun, who knows Jesus better than
you, you are the problem.
That was my lesson this morning, what my wife or kids do
DOES NOT MATTER, if i respond with anything less than the love
of Christ, I am the problem
and the root of the problem is somewhere along the line
"you have left your first love' bridal love intimate love

if you are receiving and giving this kind of love from God
you are and will be truly unshakable in your love and life

So my criticism of others was they were refusing to see the
they were the problem and instead were blaming their problems
on others
and then God used this teaching to convict me of that exact same
thing and with His conviction comes love and grace to change

here is the link if you dare!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

reverse culture thinking

We do not fall away because of our weakness but because of our strength.

Reggie Kelly
His website

Saturday, October 2, 2010

wed night and Romans study 14

oh Lord help me to be hard on myself and gentle with others.

this is a wed night study that i did, that ended up with a theme of "travailing"

Col. 2:23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Galatians 4:19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you–

Ephesians 3:10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.

What are you saved from?

Hard questions:

Michael Savage was on my radio the other night and he said, he can believe in a God who is omni-present, but not one who is omnipotent, and he gave the example of the girls raped and burned to death in Conn...”So that was God’s will for those girls??” , he yelled at the caller.

From a friends email, speaking of her brother, “He believes in God and Jesus but believes that God loves us so would never send anyone to hell and how could God ever send a murder that repented to heaven but a good guy to hell. Those kind of questions. Or like What about the Jews and what about the Muslims. Plus not 100% sold out that the Bible is to be taken literally or that it is Gods word. As long as we are all "good" people and try to love each other we make it in.

One aspect of praying for the lost.
Ezekiel 28:14
"You were the anointed cherub who covers,And I placed you there You were on the holy mountain of God;You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

2nd Corin. 4:3,4 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

The parable of the ten virgins: Matthew 25
Why is He telling it? Foolish and prudent or wise.

God didn’t save
Naboth Zechariah killed between porch and altar
Luke 11:51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.'
2nd Chronicles24:18 They abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
19Yet He sent prophets to them to bring them back to the LORD; though they testified against them, they would not listen.
Joash Murders Son of Jehoiada
20Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, "Thus God has said, 'Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD and do not prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He has also forsaken you.'"
21So they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the LORD.
11 of the apostles and Paul

and this is Romans study # 14 getting very close to the "good stuff" of Romans 5-8
and then the amazing truth of grace and election in Romans 9-11.

Romans Bible Study # 15
Romans 4:18-25

18In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.
19Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb;
20yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
21and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.
23Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him,
24but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead,
25He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. NASB

God himself said to him, You're going to have a big family, Abraham
19-25Abraham didn't focus on his own impotence and say, It's hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child. Nor did he survey Sarah's decades of infertility and give up. He didn't tiptoe around God's promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That's why it is said, Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right. But it's not just Abraham; it's also us The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God. MSG

18 Staring the impossible in the face, Abraham chose to look beyond the impossible to the God who “brings life from the dead.” This is ‘hope against hope.” Beyond possibility, beyond visibility to the unseen God.
19 Abraham was not a delusional optimist, he knew exactly what the situation was before him. Genesis 17:17 says, Abraham fell flat on his face. And then he laughed, thinking, Can a hundred-year-old man father a son? And can Sarah, at ninety years, have a baby? Often the New Testament is kind to Old Testament saints, this verse overlooks the very understandable, honest appraisal of the situation and focuses on the next step in Abraham’s walk, his belief. Faith takes us beyond the visible world.

20 “grew strong in faith giving glory to God” Abraham’s belief going beyond all that he could see or hope for in this life. “Faith grips reason by the throat and strangles the beast.” Barth
“Faith takes us beyond this world and puts us in touch with the divine. When we choose to believe the words that God speaks, we “grow” the divine life in us. Where there is no faith, God is deprived of His honour; He ceases to be accounted among us wise and just and faithful and rue and merciful. Where there is no faith, god retains neither His divinity nor His majesty. Therefore, everything hangs upon our faith.” Barth God’s word to us will often be laughable, but He will then bring the thing to birth and name it “laughter,” like He did with Abraham.

21 “being fully assured”, this is a description of “real faith.” Faith like a rock that you can stand on, a chair that you can sit in. There was no hope (in this life) that what God had said would come to pass. This is the “poverty in spirit” that leads to real faith. There is no way “we” can bring this to pass, it is all on You God, to fulfill Your word and I believe you will. That is faith.

22 “Wherefore” speaks of the fact that Abraham was building his life on and around this “unseen truth.” Faith is not just one element in his character, it is the cornerstone upon which his life is built.

23 The righteousness that gets credited by faith is a truth that transcends time. The event happened in history, but the truth behind the event, goes on and on. Only when an event is ‘divine’ in origin can it be said to be done for our sake, thousands of years later. God is outside of time and this transaction with man that He is enabling applies to all of humanity that do as Abraham did.

24 Truth is powerful. Jesus was raised from the dead, because of the truth of God’s word. Jesus knew He was to die and He knew that on the 3rd day, He would be resurrected. Do you see it? That event was life out of death, and this pre-cursor event is Abraham believing that life can come from his dead body and Sarah’s dead womb. Believing that God can do what He says, is faith.

25 Faith is the only way we can connect to God. Only faith can see that Jesus on the cross is paying for my sins, and only faith can “see” that His resurrection results in my being placed in a secure position of right standing with God, able to receive the incredible gift of His Spirit and power to enable me to walk the Christian way.

HOPE - Psalm 39:7, Psalm 130:7, Joel 3:16, Romans 15:13, Col. 1:5, 1 Thes.5:8 The helmet of the hope of salvation protects our minds, because it fights against the doubt that Satan is trying to constantly have us to entertain. “Did God really say?” is his deceptively evil sentence.
1 Tim. 1:1, Titus 1:2, 1Peter 1:3,