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This very moment He wants to lead us out deeper into the waters of surrender and consecration. But is there some secret meaning or perhaps some hidden reservation that might not apply literally to us in these promises? Many people are also afraid of that word a€?perfect.a€? They are fearful that God will ask them to do something that they are not willing to do. Once we have settled the score with that old man of the flesh who seeks to rule over us (Romans 6:6), all the other victories will come in their course. The will is our only natural reserve weapon, and absolutely everything depends on the right action of this resource. It is not your feelings, your emotions, that make you a child of God, but the doing of Goda€™s will. They tell me it is because of Sabbath work, or doubts about the Bible, or opposition of relatives. Thousands are in the church and are perfectly miserable because something in their life has been fighting the will of God for years.
Because sinful propensities are deeply embedded in the very nature of every baby born into the world. As a result of his Himalayan pilgrimage, this sadhu professed to hold the secret for making gold. Only when the mind has been regenerated through the process of conversion can the individual subjugate the lower, physical powers and bring them under the effective control of the Holy Spirit.
Whereupon I invited him to walk down the street a block or two where a new temple was being constructed. Well-disciplined people can force themselves to act correctly on the outside, even when the inward desires are at war with the outward conduct.
They appear so submissive and law-abiding as they creep along in front of the uniformed traffic patrol lady. Some people are obedient without being willing, and their fruit is soon exposed as artificial.
Therefore, it is a dangerous, judgmental attitude to deprecate the apparent caring concern that a fellow Christian has for keeping the commandments.
The secret is trusting instead of trying, and time will only make a young sinner into an old sinner.
John declares, a€?this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faitha€? (1 John 5:4).
Suppose the farmer walks along his garden path and looks down at the soil beneath his feet. Then the gentle rains slowly moistened the ground, and the warming rays of the sun began to exercise their particular magic on the tiny seeds.
As they consume the succulent young cabbage a truly remarkable thing happens within their bodies. The entire being is made captive to the Spirit of God, and we are able to think His thoughts after Him.
He said, a€?I am crucified with Christa€? and a€?I die daily.a€? This constant subjection of the will is not achieved by any decision or effort that we can manufacture from within ourselves. Self makes the Christian path seem dark and fearsome, but when self is surrendered and crucified the narrow road is filled with joy unspeakable. He wrote, a€?They lavish gold out of the bag a€¦ and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. The truth is that the egocentric nature of every baby, child, and adult causes each to want their own way.
There are still victories to be won, there are sins to be put away, and there is a drawing together that needs to be accomplished by the Holy Spirit.
We are tempted to believe so because of the almost fanatical element of certainty in every verse and line. He never coerces the will or pressures us into any actions to which we have not given consent. There is a certain shallow, short-lived pleasure in sin that dances over the emotions and seeks to capture the mind through the sensory pathway of the flesh. The ultimate sin in the eyes of God, the final factor that will cause a soul to be lost, is to deliberately say no to the will of God. Perhaps you had a headache or arthritis pain when you woke up this morning, but does that change the fact that God loves you?
And when it happens, most people are not willing to admit the true cause behind the raging conflict.
What I am trying to say is this: To be a true Christian requires surrender above everything else. The old self-nature hardened itself and resisted every impulse to turn away from rebellion and sin.
In the weakness of the flesh we find ourselves bound in mind and body by the superior strength of our spiritual enemy.
Ia€™ve watched the wretched penitents prostrating in the hot dust, painfully measuring their length, mile after mile, as they inch toward some sacred river rendezvous.
Yet, I have never met a single Hindu seeker who has found any assurance or peace of minda€”not even among the Brahmin brotherhood of the highest caste. We are brought into this life with inherent weaknesses that predispose us toward disobedience. We have desperately tried to blot out scenes of unfaithfulness from our minds, but every such effort has ended in utter defeat. He would fill a large caldron with water and then stir the contents vigorously while uttering his sacred incantations. Only in this way may the very intents of the heart be sanctified and brought into harmony with Christ. Only after many months of classroom camaraderie did I feel clear in asking my teacher about one puzzling feature of his ancestral religion.
I had watched the builders placing the obscenities by the front entrance door, so the teacher could not deny they were there. Yet those drivers are usually seething with internal anger and rebellion because of missing an appointment.
If his works indeed are based upon principles of self-effort and do-it-yourself salvation, the truth will be exposed soon enough. Finally, we must admit that we are not as strong as our adversary, and as we surrender our dependence upon human strength and effort, God provides the glorious gift of victory. By submitting to that higher power which reaches down from above, the soul is able to bring every thought into captivity to Christ.
Aloud he wonders whether the minerals in that dirt could ever be transformed into vegetables. They began to germinate and grow, and under those favorable influences from above, the root system began to draw the actual mineral elements into the leaves of the cabbage. The vegetable leaves are assimilated into the organs of digestion, and in very short order the vegetable has literally been turned into animal.
That is another sphere and could never happen in this world.a€? But I submit to you that this kind of transformation is not only possible, but it has actually happened to everyone who has accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.
They have a religion that seems to do nothing for them but to make them weary and disgruntled. I have often imagined that our great enemy has a computer list of self-related indulgences that he constantly holds out to the fallen human race. But that objective recognition is entirely distinct from the basic self-centeredness of the fallen human race. This nature must be crucified, and under the mastery of the new spiritual nature, the affections are set upon Jesus. So we can totally disabuse our minds of being forced into any life choices that are not free and sovereign. In every case there must be a decision of the will to forfeit those temporary physical a€?pleasures of sin for a season.a€? Until that choice is made and acted upon, there can be no real victory over sin in the life.
Under deep conviction you wrestled and agonized against the powers of the flesh, but to no avail. Your battle was with self, and when you became willing, God gave you the victory over that carnal enemy.
We resolutely struggle to extricate ourselves from the bondage, but the harder we try the deeper we sink into the mire. There they will dip under the filthy water, look up at the blazing sun, and praya€”then repeat the process again, and again, and again.
But in the process of stirring he also slyly slipped some gold nuggets into the water without being detected. But once again he professed surprise and stated categorically that he had never seen anything like it before. The renewed mind holds the answer to both the inside and outside factors that lead to transgression.
Self is behind that angry battle, and the stubborn will has simply not yielded to the idea of obedience.


It teaches us that two mistakes can be made concerning those who keep Goda€™s law carefully. But if he has a genuine love relationship with Christ that constrains him to be meticulous in obedience, then he deserves commendation instead of criticism.
By some mysterious process still not fully comprehended by science, the iron, phosphorus, and magnesium were incorporated into the plant and transformed into the vegetable form of the cabbage.
Again and again, the process is described as a surrendering of the will and a giving up of our own way. Only the Holy Spirit can create the desire to escape from the domination of a sin-loving nature. There are no more secrets from God, no longer anything to hide or to be ashamed of, no more defeatism as a way of life. Those who have not submitted to be crucified with Christ still carry their religion like a heavy burden. When you unreservedly surrender that spoiled, greedy, indulgent self to be put to death, you may reckon yourself dead to the sins which self promotes. Each category has been honed and adapted to exploit the particular weakness of the self-nature that Satan recognizes so easily in every member of Adama€™s family. God can love us in spite of our genetic weaknesses and indulged carnal appetites, but the closer we come to Jesus, the less charmed we should be by our own perverse ways. 48: a€?Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Each moment should find us moving up in our experience with a deeper, sweeter faith than we had the moment before.
We are not what we feel, or what we might do or say in a single impulsive moment of our life. At last, when we are totally exhausted from the effort, a well-meaning friend comes by and says, a€?I know what the problem is. Jesus, born with the same fallen nature, is the only One who never gave way to those weaknesses.
Perhaps we can over a period of time, but pretenders are able to deceive most of us for a good while. We might wrongly assume they are legalists because they look so seriously upon the slightest disobedience, or we might wrongly assume they are true Christians just because they show zeal for conforming to the law.
And as we begin to act against the sin in our life, God provides the power to actually break with the sin. Only He can bring us to the point of being willing to give up every indulgence of that corrupt, fallen nature. Joyfully we put aside the ornaments of self and the world to allow more capacity for the loving character of Christ to be revealed. They remind me of the Hindu processions I observed, again and again, on the crowded streets of India.
Trying to live a Christian life without dying to self is just as miserable as struggling to carry a pagan god. Perhaps some of the most appealing subtitles in his list would include self-righteousness, self-dependence, self-seeking, self-pleasing, self-will, self-defense, and self-glory. In fact, as we enter into the converted life through the Holy Spirit, the confidence we placed in the flesh will be wholly shifted to the Savior. After explaining the stirring and the prayers to be repeated, the priest took his 500 rupees and started to leave. Almost anyone with minimum acting skills can force conformity to the rules (especially if they think someone is watching) but almost no one can force himself to be sweet about it. Eventually the nature behind the good works begins to appear, and the charade is seen for what it really is. It merely yielded to the higher power that reached down from above, and the miraculous change was effected. In fact, when self has not been given up to the death of the cross, it comes between you and the Savior, becoming a real god.
No other chapter of the Bible is so lavishly excessive in giving assurance to a struggling Christian.
We can try till our dying breath, and we will never be able to alter the unconverted disposition by dint of determination. Occasionally they stopped to rest, and it was an obvious relief to put down their god momentarily to relieve themselves of the burden.
The constant strain of trying to subdue that self-god by human effort can wear out the most determined saint.
I am convinced that there are only two possible reasons for a person holding back and failing to gain the victory over sin.
Even ministers preach sermons around their interpretation of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. Either he is not willing to give up the enjoyment of the sin or else he does not believe that God will give him deliverance from it.
Not even crippling disease, financial failure, desertion of friends, death of dear ones, or injustices of life.
Are these perversions of the biblical admonitions to a€?crucify selfa€? and a€?deny selfa€??
Let us now look at these two great mental blocks that have stolen the victory from so many of Goda€™s people.
I had this wonderful sermon today on resurrection but I am changing it due to something in this morninga€™s paper.
Our daughter who is also in the Army was in special training for 3 A? months and Oma and I took care of Alan at our home. At the local daycare, Alan met his friend Noah and they played together for the duration of this time.
Donations can be sent to any PNC bank location in Pennsylvania directed to the Noah Staley Trust Fund.
This cancer is so rare that only about 100 people in the US have ever been diagnosed with this.
I am asking all of my readers, please pray to our Lord for his healing, that his parents get the much needed monies, and that everyonea€™s faith shall increase as they see the Glory of God do a miracle. Help me boldly claim my full capacity for your use.a€? ------------- Donna Givlera€”quoting Katie Brazelton of Saddleback Church in her devotional book titled a€?Praying for Purpose, for Womena€?. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.a€?1 Corinthians Chapter 15, vs.
42: Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. 27: For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy one to rot in the grave. 2: The leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there was a resurrection of the dead. 11: I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or the other I will experience the resurrection from the dead.
It proved that he was God and that He had power even over His own death and Satana€™s dominion. God can resurrect our lives, our dreams, and our visions if we ask him to or if it is His will for us. If we have a dream or vision and we lose sight of it we can gain our sight back if we ask Him in prayer.
She continued her life style and left her son with babysitters while she partied and enjoyed life (she thought). One day, depressed of how her life was going, she drove past our church and stopped in on a whim.
We sponsored her that Christmas and had much joy running around buying her son Jared presents.
Over the next two years we connected a couple more times and gave her encouragement when we seen her. Last year we gave her a gift card for a restaurant so that she and Jared could have a nice meal out together. She now has a good full time job with benefits, her son is doing fantastic in school, and she is looking exceptionally healthy and emotionally stable now. For she took the courage in her slow death of life and laid all her hope at the foot of the cross. My wife and I thank God that he let us participate, even if it was very little, in her re-birth. Shortly after the dream, we were visiting YWAM in Lebanon and they were showing us their prayer tent that they use in Lancaster and Cape Cod.
This was with the hope that someone would step up to the plate and donate a space to erect it. However, recently the pastors of the Gathering Place (a project to help people with Aids) asked us to help bring CAP some clothes this winter. Just open your mouth and ask.a€?A a€?Even though your promise may be postdated, remember whose signature is on the checka€? Pastor Pop-Pop 11-8--09. What started out as something to just help pastor my children, has turned into something that may be helping lots of people. According to Yahoo my host, I have an average of 50 hits a week on the Pastor Pop Pop site. This weekend at a prayer tent at a local flea market, I seen a leg grow that was shorter than the other one. Every week from now on there will be two tabs to the right of the Home Page that will be new.
We will address both today and you may click on the Tab in future weeks to experience the Altar Call again.
A Christian artist once said that when she was in another country and away from her Church, she would sit and pray alone and have communion by herself to remind her of her faith.
That inspired my wife and me to do it occasionally by ourselves and with some of our Amish friends.


It can be about your body, mind, soul, family, friends, healing needed, finances, challenges, or anything that you wish. Turn away from your former self, study in the Word (the Bible) and find yourself a good Christian Church that will support you and help you grow in your faith. The Son being Jesus Christ who died on the cross at Calvary and shed his blood for our sins.
I believe that since I now accept Him as my Lord and Savior that I have been washed clean of my sins and guilt by his blood.
Jesus, I love you.a€? A If you prayed this simple prayer, you are saved and re-born in Him. We are going to drown!a€? He replied, a€?You of little faith, why are you afraid?a€? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support, a shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard against stumbling, a help against falling. Although I own and study from many various different Bible translations, I personally normally use the NAB version. Occasionally I like to read some of the a€?missing books of the Biblea€? sometimes called the Apocrypha. They include the books of the books of Baruch, Judith, both Maccabees, Sirach, Tobit and the book of Wisdom. If youa€™re Amish (I do have some Amish readers), you may find these books in an earlier version of the King James printing. Any way, I was reading the book of Sirach and through some of the verses it was put on my heart that I treated this person somewhat wrongly and it could have been done through ambition or pride of mine. I immediately broke down and confessed this sin to Jesus and asked for Goda€™s forgiveness. However, I will declare that the Lord has closed a door but he will surely open a new and better one.
I choose to believe this truth and not the news media and evil spirits who would much rather us to believe that this bad economy, unemployment, and world affairs will defeat us.
He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. The Scriptures say, a€?People do not live by bread alone.a€™a€? Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 12: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. It is good for us to know the Scriptures and write some down to pray and declare a€?in Jesusa€™ namea€™ when we are being attacked. When you are in the battles of life, say a verse or two out loud and declare it over your life in Jesusa€™ name. Tell Satan to, a€?Get out of my life, body, mind, and soul and leave me alone in Jesusa€™ namea€? And use the arrows against him. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
I will thank the Lord because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Dona€™t let my enemies gloat, saying, a€?We have defeated him!a€? Dona€™t let them rejoice at my downfall.Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Protect my life from my enemiesa€™ threats.But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. Pray and think on this thing called freedom, which we take for granted but is being eroded away.
37-40: Then He said to him (a Pharisee), a€?Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
21: The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life righteousness, and faithful love. Many relatives were coming to our home to partake in the golden turkey and all the other foods and treats my wife prepared. So I will not be spending Thanksgiving having dinner around a table with my family like you are going to. If people like you would not patronize this store on holidays and make sure that you have all your stuff the day before, it would be unlikely that they would stay open. It also made me think about all the other stores that are open on these days and the countless others that have to work those days and cannot have an enjoyable time like some of the rest of us.
And dona€™t forget to thank them for being there if you just cannot bear not to go to the store for that a€?emergencya€? item. 37-38: On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, a€?Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!
For the Scriptures declare, a€?Rivers of living water will flow from his hearta€™.a€?Matthew Chapter 11, vs. On one day before his memorial service when we were all there at his home, his daughter went out in the backyard by her self.
She was walking around in the back yard and my other brother and I decided to go out and comfort her. She said that she looked up in the sky (it was blue and full of clouds that day) and, a€?I saw a very large white hand that seemed to reach down to mea€?.
She stated that she felt it was her daddya€™s hand and because of this she felt better knowing that he was still watching over her. We may go through many troubles and trials in our lives but God will always be with us and never forsake us. 12-13: If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go and search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation. When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. Coming to his senses he thought, a€?How many of my fathera€™s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger. I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, a€?Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. While he was a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was filled with compassion. Loads of cars and cameras were set up by the Audubon society to just catch a glimpse of it. You may have had parents or grandparents that were religious and went to church and prayed. Perhaps you have done something you consider really bad and believe God just doesna€™t love you anymore. Through his Son, if you confess your sins and ask for his forgiveness, you will be washed clean again. One that will help you feel better, enriches your soul, shower you with His Word, and nurture your faith so it grows in the path of Christ. I wish to thank all my readers for visiting my web site this year and I hope that it helped in some way. She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means a€?God is with usa€™).Micah Chapter 5, vs.
2: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah . God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.John Chapter 20, vs. 30-31: The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.Luke Chapter 2, vs.
9-12: Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lorda€™s glory surrounded them. The Savior a€“ yes, the Messiah, the Lord a€“ has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! The names have been changed and the name of their Church deleted to help keep their identities secret. It was at this Church that we also got baptized together and rededicated our lives to Christ. I desire a man after your own heart and if that is not Mark then remove him.a€? I also said, a€?But Lord, divorce is not your desire, I believe in you. Mark has too much pride to come down to the altar, but I know if you can make a Donkey talk, you can call him out!a€? (Read Numbers Chapter 22, vs. God has something to say.a€? Now the Pastor did not know Mark and did not know what I had prayed before we came here, only God knew. I now read the Bible to them every day, monitor their TV, take them to Church, and lay hands on them and speak blessings into their lives.



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