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PRESSING INTO FEARFUL PLACES
by Carter Conlon

The book of Second Kings speaks of a time when the Syrian army surrounded Samaria in the northern part of Israel and cut off the city’s food supply. This resulted in an intense famine in the land, bringing people to a point of such desperation that they resorted to cannibalism.

Have you ever noticed that when things go wrong, people tend to blame God and His people? That is exactly what happened in this case. The king of Israel became infuriated at the prophet Elisha, threatening to take off his head because of the unspeakable hardship that had come upon the city. By the time the king appeared before Elisha, he was so weak that he had to lean on the messenger who was with him.

The word of God then came to them through Elisha: “Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria” (2 Kings 7:1). In other words, within twenty-four hours, provision would be available at such a cheap price that everybody would be able to afford it. There would be a supply beyond their wildest imagination! Yet, what was the servant’s response to this incredible news? “Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof” (2 Kings 7:2).

What a tragedy! Can you think of a more pitiful spiritual condition than seeing the provision of God right before your eyes but not being able to partake of it? That is exactly what unbelief does. It locks us out of the incredible provision of God.

Imagine, for example, that you were given a free ticket to one of the finest restaurants in town. You have the privilege of going in and ordering anything on the menu that you would like. The food is delicious beyond belief and will surely satisfy your deepest hunger. So you go down to the restaurant and stand on the street corner, peering through the window. You see all the people eating inside, and indeed the food looks good. But you are still on the other side of the window.

Somehow it is a strange affliction of humanity that we just cannot bring ourselves to go into unfamiliar places. Instead, we begin to think of all the reasons why we cannot go in and claim what was freely put into our hands. Will I be embarrassed when it becomes obvious that I have never been in a place like this before? What if I get inside and nobody serves me? What if I find out my ticket is not valid? How will I pay? And so we remain on the outside, looking in.

OUTSIDE OF THE PROMISED LAND
Sadly, that is how many people approach the Scriptures. They see what God says in His Word, they can quote His promises, they can sing about His faithfulness—but the question is, do they truly believe what He spoke? Oftentimes a deep, embedded fear remains in their heart, so they come up with a myriad reasons as to why they cannot claim the inheritance of God.

We find a similar response in the book of Numbers when Moses commissioned twelve men to spy out the Promised Land. “And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs…And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel…and brought back word unto them…and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there” (Numbers 13:23–28).

The spies came back and essentially said, “What God said is true. We saw the provision, and indeed it is a land that flows with milk and honey!” However, not only did they see this incredible provision, they also saw the walled cities, the weaponry, the sons of the giants. As a result, ten of the spies focused on all the reasons why this Promised Land could not be theirs.

Now I want you to draw a parallel to the way we read the Word of God. You and I are always faced with a choice. We can see God’s provision and say, “Yes, it is there. It is true, and it is mine. I am going in to get my full inheritance!” Or we can stand there and say, “I see it; God’s promises are clear. But my parents told me I was useless. My teacher said I would never amount to anything. I don’t have much of an education. God, You know I am facing the giants. I see Your promises, but can’t I just admire them from afar? Surely You understand how limited my strength is and how big the obstacles are. Are You really offended if I choose to stay on the street and just look in the window?”

IT HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR
Years ago, I received a complimentary dinner for four to one of the finest restaurants in the city. I saved it and took my father and mother there for their fiftieth anniversary. The maitre d’ sat us in one of the best booths, and we were presented with a menu offering an extensive array of dishes, listed at incredible prices.

When it came time to order, the poor waiter almost choked when my father said, “I would like a hamburger patty, mashed potatoes and gravy, and no vegetables.” My father was a miner, so he was accustomed to eating that way and was somewhat fearful of change. I remember how flustered he got when the waiter broke the news to him that they didn’t serve hamburger patties there.

How many of us do the very same thing, despite the fact that the Lord has set an incredible “menu” before us? “I’ll have a hamburger patty, please,” we say, when God says we can be an evangelist. God offers us the privilege of daily partaking of His very own life; of being led to places that are beyond the familiar; of experiencing something that is deeper than anything we have ever known. It is all available as part of our inheritance in Christ.

Jesus once told His disciples, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you” (John 16:12–15).

Jesus was saying, “The Holy Spirit is going to come to you; He will take what is Mine and show it to you because it is yours!” We now know that Jesus was referring to all that was purchased on the cross of Calvary. In other words, “I am giving you a ticket to everything that I have bought for you on the cross. I am giving you entrance into the victory that I won; every promise in the Bible is yours. The freedom, the vision, the healing, the supernatural empowerment of God to do the impossible—it is all yours!” However, although this is freely available to us as the children of God, we still must press in to lay hold of it.

LAYING HOLD OF GOD’S PROVISION
Continuing from our opening text in Second Kings, we see that the day did come when God made provision available, thus fulfilling the word He had spoken through the prophet Elisha. How exactly did He do it?

It all began with four lepers sitting outside the city gate finally coming to the conclusion, “Well, there’s no point in staying here! We are going to starve. We might as well go into the camp of the Syrians” (see 2 Kings 7:3–4). As the four of them headed down toward the enemy’s camp, the Lord made their footsteps sound like an approaching army, striking such fear into the Syrian army that they immediately fled. When the lepers arrived at the camp, they could barely believe what they saw—food everywhere, campfires still burning, horses still tied to their posts. Everything their hearts desired was right there before them!

Moved with compassion, the lepers gave word to the city’s gatekeepers about their discovery, and provision was eventually unlocked to the entire city. “And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him” (2 Kings 7:16–17). The king’s servant, the one who hesitated and refused to believe the word of the Lord, was run over and trampled to death. May that never become the story of any of the King’s servants today!

On the other hand, we see that a group of people pressed through to this promise of provision—just as multitudes have done over the years. Think about all who have pressed in and found the power of God—the weak who have been made strong; those who couldn’t put two words together who went on to become great preachers of the gospel; those who were once despairing and ended up bringing hope to others!

Even the early church, as frail and feeble as you and I, walked into the camp of Jesus’ victory and found incredible provision. Those 120 disciples must have been aware that stepping out of that Upper Room could have meant death for some of them. Nevertheless, they were willing to press in to that fearful place. They knew that something had been purchased for them on the cross, and they were determined to get it. The words that Jesus had spoken to them must have come back to their mind—that the Comforter was going to come to them, take the victory that Christ won, and show it to them because it was theirs for the asking.

I can picture these men and women rising up to possess what was theirs, as if they were walking straight into the Promised Land. They went in to lay hold of the resources of God that they needed—boldness, love, a willingness to lay down their lives, if necessary, for the sake of His glory. And when they came out of that Upper Room, the disciples were clothed in righteousness and the power of God. They had new minds, courage in place of fear, vision where they once saw only their own frailty. As they stepped out into the public sphere, the 120, gripped by the power of God, overthrew the whole known world of their time. Even Peter, who had previously denied Jesus out of fear, preached a sermon that moved at least three thousand people to give their lives to Christ. This early church had clearly taken possession of their inheritance of the incredible provision of God!

GET UP AND GO IN
The good news that I have for you today is: Nothing has changed! The provision of God is still available; the Promised Land in Christ is still ours. The strength and ability of God to take us into His life is still there. The only thing that we have to face is fear—the fear of change, the fear of rejection, the fear of God calling us to an arena that we are not familiar with. But that is what faith is all about. Faith does not take us to where we are comfortable or can manage in our own strength. No! Faith takes us to places where only faith can sustain us.

You and I must have a willingness to press in to these fearful places. Perhaps the fearful place for you means getting out of a cocoon of security or out of a relationship that you know is wrong. It may simply begin by getting out of where you shouldn’t be so that you can get to where you should be. Whatever the case, we must get to the point in our lives where we say, “Enough staring in the window, I am going in the door. I don’t care what people think. I have a paid ticket to the provision of God, so I am going in. I am going to sit at the finest table, and I am going to order everything on the menu!”

That is who we are in Christ, and we must not settle for less in this hour! This generation deserves to have a glorious Church; this generation deserves to have a witness and a testimony—a people who have pressed in to fearful places and laid hold of the strength of God in Jesus Christ. It is time we rise up and say, “I am not settling for mediocrity when God has called me to glorify the Name of Jesus Christ on the earth. I am not going to let the devil destroy my family when God said that if I believe, not only I but my household would be saved; that if I fear the Lord and walk in His commandments, my seed would be mighty on the earth. I am not settling for less than my inheritance. I am going to press in by faith and prayer, knowing that everything in this Bible is mine!”

As you make the choice to press in to these fearful places, people’s futures will be changed. There will be people at the throne of God who will put their arms around your neck and say, “Thank you for standing up in the workplace. I would not have known Christ if you hadn’t. Thank you for coming to me in my poverty. Thank you for being a visible demonstration of God to me!”

So get up and go in—that was the message of Elisha, and that is the word of the Lord to you today. Get up and go in, for there is a miraculous life available to all who are willing to claim it. Hallelujah!

Carter Conlon
©2013 Times Square Church

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First let’s begin with the proper definition:

doc·trine

 /ˈdɒktrɪn/ Show Spelled[dok-trin]–noun
1.
a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government .
2.
something that is taught; teachings collectively: religious doctrine.
3.
a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject: .
According to my count the word doctrine is used over 40 times in the Bible.It can mean fair speech, teaching,speech,talk,report,utterance. Therefore over all we see or can come to the conclusion that it is a speaking forth of a teaching.
Now Jesus taught doctrine:Matt. 7:28,22:33/ Mark 1:27, 4:2, 11:18,12:38,Luke 4:32/ John 7:16,17,19
In verse 16 of John 7 Jesus said His doctrine ( instruction) was not His own but from the Father. Hence doctrine was birthed of God.
The Apostles taught doctrine: Acts 2:42,5:28.13:12,17:19, / Romans 6:17, 16:17/ I Cor.14:6,26 – So we see the Apostles ( who were men by the way) taught, instructed, spoke doctrine.

Doctrine can be good : They referred to it as “sound doctrine” – that word meaning whole,safe,wholesome.I Tim.1:10,4:6,13,16/ 5:17/ 6:3 II Tim.3:16, 4:2,3 / Titus 1:9
Doctrine can be bad :II Tim.4:3/ II John 1:10 / Rev.2:14,15,/ I Tim.4:1, Heb.13:9 – So we can see that some doctrines, teachings, ideas are not in line with God’s Word and some have a demonic influence behind them. (II John 1:10)
Whats my point? Doctrine is not a bad word that needs to be expunged from our vocabulary as Believers. Doctrines are foundational in beliefs as Christians. I get so amused at some of the psuedo, enlightened,self scholars,( especially on FB) who espouse their “doctrine” of no doctrine. Yes if they are teaching it, speaking it, whatever they are speaking forth a doctrine. Ironic isn’t it?
I’m sorry but we need doctrine in the Body of Christ. Granted some of what has been taught is wrong – why because man is involved.Here is a revelation for you – no one- no one has it all right. We all are growing, learning, moving from precept to precept. The key is to find a good, sound, place that teaches the founding truths ( doctrines), the fundamental, foundational truths of God’s Word without apology or compromise.
So please- quit attacking the idea of Doctrine. Your wrong! Guess what – being saved by the blood of Jesus is a doctrine in the Christian faith.( Sorry to burst your psuedo enlightenment bubble)

2 John 1:9-11 (AMP)
9 Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed or give him any encouragement.
11 For he who wishes him success [who encourages him, wishing him Godspeed] is a partaker in his evil doings.
Galatians 1:8-9 (AMP)
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to and different from that which we preached to you, let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!
9 As we said before, so I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel different from or contrary to that which you received [from us], let him be accursed (anathema, devoted to destruction, doomed to eternal punishment)!
In Revelation God went so far as to say he hated ( detested ) the doctrine of the Nicolatians – interpreted it means He was not pleased.
Revelation 2:6 (AMP)
6 Yet you have this [in your favor and to your credit]: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans [what they are doing as corrupters of the people], which I Myself also detest.

Revelation 2:14-15 (AMP)
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice].
15 You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate.

Revelation 2:20-23 (AMP)
20 But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray my servants and beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols.
21 I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] and refuses to do so.
22 Take note: I will throw her on a bed [of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to pressing distress and severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers and repent of their doings.
23 And I will strike her children (her proper followers) dead [thoroughly exterminating them]. And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize and understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves.

God my friend does NOT TOLERATE false doctrine,teaching,instruction. Take heed to who and what you listen to.Let him that hath ears to hear – let him hear.

So my friend be not afraid of the word doctrine —– it is not a dirty word. One of the problems today is people going around spouting unsound doctrine and ideas that DO NOT line up the Truth of God’s Word.
So let us strive to have sound doctrine in our lives!

Golden Nuggets Of Truth from My Facebook Page part 2 by Len Paxton

Len And Angie In Medora, ND

1 Cor. 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

God doesn’t work from what might have been; He works from what is. There is hope for all today because of Calvary.

Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Our heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask and if God will provide for the birds and flowers, He will certainly take care of us. [ Matthew 6:8,25-33] . God is saying to us:” When you come into My presence, focus your attention on fellowship with Me– on getting to know Me. Don’t let your focus be on material things. I know what your needs are. Seek Me first.”

I personally believe that the church has been purposely “dumbed down” to the point it has become Theologically illiterate in order to prepare it to receive esoteric experiences and value those experiences above the Word of God.

Physical and spiritual adultery are both sin. Physical adultery; we all know what that is. Spiritual adultery is anytime a believer looks to anything for their justification, sanctification, victory, peace, etc.. other than Christ and Him Crucified………. Rom. 7:1-4

The law can never change our hearts. While it can and most certainly does, define sin; the law is powerless to give us victory over sin or make us stop sinning. It took the substitutionary death of Christ on the Cross to both pay the penalty for sin and to break the power that sin had over man. When we identify with Him in this; we can walk in a life of perpetual victory over the sin nature as well as acts of sin.

Todays esoteric prophets (so called) who are basing their walk with God on experiences and extra biblical “revelation” rather than on the Word, the Cross, and the Blood of Jesus; are conditioning the church for the greatest deception in recorded history.

For my dollar, far to many churches have replaced Holy Living classes with “dream interpretation” classes and all other type of foolishness. Angelic visitation has sadly stolen the focus from soul winning and true preaching of the Cross of Christ.

The key to all victory for a Christian is to put their faith in what Jesus did at the Cross and then, leave it there. Do not transfer your faith to any formula, ritual, law, rule, or anything else; Keep your faith solidly anchored in the Cross of Calvary and the work that Jesus there did.

Righteousness, Justification, Sanctification, etc.. is all “In Christ Jesus”. None of it is in “our own right”. It must be imputed to us on the basis of our faith in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross.

One of the ways that believers are shamed into not questioning the false doctrine in the Church today is they are told “don’t cause division, or touch not the Lords anointed”. Listen, in 2010 do not check your brains at the door. Anything that repudiates the Cross; RUN FROM IT.

As I have said; Real Bible unity must be based on truth (The Bible) not on experiences or even on love. I can love people involved with false doctrine but there can be no unity. I am sick of the false unity message that refuses accountability to Scripture.

I have often said ” I don’t care what the Bible teaches, but whatever it does teach is what I want.” The Bible must be my criteria and not my experiences.

The greatest revelation that some of us ever got was that ” God is smarter than I am”

Unbelief rejects God’s plan, God’s way, namely; The Message of The Cross, and puts something else in the place of the Cross.

Most of what the church today is offering up to the Lord is the “Strange Fire” of Nadab and Abihu, which speaks of greed, lust, and false authority. Rather than Holy Fire from the Brazen Altar which speaks of sacrifice.. CALVARY…

Lets make a break from the cultural religion of America. I refuse to use Christ for my own advantage. Let us follow the Christ of Calvary and not our own home spun ideas about who He is.

I do not care if a Church has 50,000 people in it; that doesn’t mean that God is there. If there is no conviction of sin; if there is no repentance; if there are no changed lives; If the message is “self” GOD IS NOT IN IT…..

The Bible is the most exciting, relavent, up to date, informative, inspirational, book ever written. It is God’s Holy Word. Don’t have time to read it ? One day you won’t.

“Having therefore been justified by faith, peace we are having with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 Kenneth Wuest Expanded Translation.

In so many churches today the cross is not mentioned. The blood is avoided because we don’t want to offend visitors. And worship is often a canned performance that involves plenty of rhythm and orchestration but little or no substance. We can produce noise,but often there is no heart … and certainly no tears.

It is so easy for self-proclaimed prophets to make up weird crazy doctrines and get thousands of followers, because in many churches there is a great lack of Christian discipleship based on the word of God. The focus on Jesus and his teaching and discipleship has been replaced with “feel-good teachings” that totally lacks the important teachings about repentance, sin, hell,grace and holiness.

BELIEVE GOD. Do not allow your eyes and ears to be filled with fear concerning 2010. We have a God who is able to keep us and even to promote us during hard times. Don’t let your hearts be troubled. We, as the body of Jesus, have faith, hope, and love to share with a world that is suffering and hurting. Be strong and expect great things to happen.

Adversity in God’s own way, can be a powerful friend and teacher. We can learn much wisdom in the trials of adverse circumstances. Were God to completly remove adversity from us; He would consign us to a fools fate.

the famine is of Christian charity and public spirit. Men wish to grow rich upon the miseries of their country, and there is no limit to their extortions. All seem holding back what they have in the hope that a starving army will raise the price of bread and meat still higher. Brig. Gen. Elisha Franklin Paxton

In the books Christians buy today you will find little mention of brokenness. We are not interested in a life that might require suffering, patience, purging or the discipline of the Lord. We want our blessings … and we want them now! So we look for the Christian brand of spiritualized self-help that is quick and painless.

the Christian can cause the sin nature to come roaring back to life in them when they commit an act of sin and then try to get victory over it by their own efforts. You will be defeated every time you do that. Keep your faith in the finished work of Christ upon the Cross and realize that, in the mind of God, you were …crucified with Him. You were buried with Him, and you were raised to newness of life in Christ.

Fear, among many other things, is deeply rooted in our sinful nature. The Holy Spirit has to go through so many layers of our carnality. Just keep your faith in what Jesus did for you at the Cross and the Holy Spirit will bring about your sanctification and conform you into the image of Christ. Look only to Christ Cru…cified and you will have victory over fear; insecurity; and all else.

**** this article comprised of old Status from FB****

Our faith will be tested…We will face trials and temptations…
Are we genuine in our Faith…Is it a head knowledge or a heart knowledge?
test 1 |test|
noun
1 a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, esp. before it is taken into widespread use…
• an event or situation that reveals the strength or quality of someone or something by putting them under strain…

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;(everyday temptations & daily events)
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith…
(the long term test. Good news: It is an open book test!)
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
(endure every test with the knowledge that God has given us the way of passing the test)
(Jimmy Swaggart’s notes: refers to the test of faith)
Matthew Henry: We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him under trials, both in regulating his own spirit, and in managing his affairs?
…for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (If we love Him we will keep His commandments. We can because we have the help of the Holy Spirit)
James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (temptation is not of God)
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith…
No one likes test. But you are not alone…
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
He has already given you the way to go through the test, the daily trials, etc…
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
Endure: To abide under, to stay where you have been put, not to be moved, cheerful, endurance, and expectancy…I am expecting God to bring me through. He will never leave me nor forsake me…He will provide a way…
Here is an example of enduring with JOY…For the joy set before him…Look to Him…He is the author and finisher of our faith…
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame… and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We look to Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and we will receive the help of the Holy Spirit to endure, to make it through, to fight the good fight…
Our condition might go up and down, but our faith remains the same…Our position stays the same…Things may change, but our faith must remain the same: “Jesus Christ & Him Crucified”…
We must not change in whom we believe. We must not be tossed… Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro…
Are you responding to a situation as though there is no God? As though you have lost the fight? Do you have a quitting attitude? Have you been looking at the situation or the situation changer? Have you been put to the test and have run away from it?
Have you gone through something and it reveals something in you that you thought was not there anymore? (maybe that temper, that lust, that lazy attitude, or what ever you thought was not a part of you anymore…) Satan knows your past. He knows what things get under your skin. He will not give up.
But good news!!!
Faith in what Jesus Christ did at the Cross will give you Grace to endure, to overcome, etc… We do not have to respond to what satan is trying to do.
I am dead and buried…(A dead man does not respond… )Romans 6
I am dead…
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were (YOU WERE, YOU WERE, YOU WERE) the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart…
We do not have to serve sin!!!
Sin does not have its roots in us. Our roots are in the Cross. Sin, temptation, circumstances might vex you, but it can not rule over you, it can not have dominion over you…
You have been changed! You do not have to respond like you used to, you are not that person anymore. What you were you are not anymore!!! Oh Praise God…
I have to come back to the definition of test because it hit me… before it is taken into widespread use…Do you really want to be used of God? Endure the test…
test 1 |test|
noun
1 a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, esp. before it is taken into widespread use…
• an event or situation that reveals the strength or quality of someone or something by putting them under strain…

Remember we have been changed, we are being changed, and we shall be changed!!!!
FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. Keeping your eyes on Jesus Christ and Him Crucified…the author and finisher of our faith…and you will receive the help of the Holy Spirit!!!!

Ask Jesus Now For The Things That You Need: 
by Carter Conlon

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8). Interestingly, near the end of His life on earth, Jesus also said, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24). Notice that Jesus was speaking to His disciples at the Last Supper, so to hear that they had asked nothing until this time must have been somewhat perplexing to them. After all, the very essence of discipling is a master/student relationship—one of asking and receiving. When the disciples left their nets and began to follow Jesus, that was the basis of the relationship—they asked, and He answered and gave them what they needed.
What Jesus was actually telling them, however, was that an unprecedented time of hardship was imminent. You and I know that Jesus was about to be taken captive and as a result, all the disciples would flee. He was essentially saying, “You are going to be afraid, and a sense of loss and sorrow will try to fill your hearts. But I will be with you to give you an inner strength only available to those who are willing to do My work in the earth.” You will see this thought very clearly presented to the disciples in portions of chapters 13 through 18 in the gospel of John. “As you walk in the pathway that I have prescribed before you as My Body, you are going to have hope, vision, and joy. Up to this point you have not asked for what is really yours. But now, if you are willing to ask, you will receive all that you will need.”

Later May Be Too Late

In Matthew 25:4–8, Jesus gave an illustration of the day of Christ’s return. The five wise virgins took oil in their lamps, but the five foolish virgins had no oil. When the crisis hit, the foolish said to the wise, “You seem to see something that we don’t see. You stand here saying, ‘Behold the Bridegroom,’ yet we see nothing but darkness and calamity. Give us some of your oil!” Yet tragically they asked too late.
Beloved, it is very hard to get the resources that Christ is willing to give once the calamity hits. Remember Noah’s day! Before the floods came, God closed the door of the ark and sealed Noah and his family inside. Imagine when the rain started and people outside began banging on the door. They could not enter because the ark had been closed—the time of asking was over; the time of getting needed strength was past.

The Kind Of Testimony Jesus Requires

In order to understand more specifically what Jesus was telling His disciples to ask for in our opening text, we need to know what kind of testimony He required them to have everywhere they went. Keep in mind that Matthew 7:7 comes at the end of a very long discourse that began in Matthew 5—when Jesus saw the multitudes and went up to a mountain. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them about what they were called to be in the earth.
I will paraphrase some of the verses of Scripture, but I encourage you to study it in detail on your own, for as His followers, we have received the same calling.

Let’s begin in Matthew 5. We must recognize our need of God and long for His ways to be known in the earth. We must act with restraint even when it is within our power to do otherwise. He instructs us to hunger and thirst for inward purity, to be merciful, at peace with all men, and call others to peace with God and with each other. We are to endure persecution, even to the point of rejoicing because of it.

We should be as salt—bringing flavor, creating thirst, promoting healing, and bringing preservation into the earth. We are to do things publicly that bring glory to God, but at the same time, do them without the motive of being seen. What a phenomenal thought—let your light so shine that people may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Yet elsewhere Jesus also said, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1)

We must shun sexual lust. Jesus said that if a man even looks upon a woman with a lustful eye, he has committed adultery in his heart. We should remain true to our marriage vows. I know there are some exceptional circumstances, but if your marriage is going through a rough spot, don’t just walk out. Marriage is a covenant you made with another person before God, and Paul says it is the closest reflection on earth of the love of Christ for His church. Unfortunately, we are living in an hour when the divorce rate in the church is very high, and it brings no glory to God.

We should bless and do good to our enemies. Remember that Peter came to Jesus and asked, “How many times should I forgive—seven times?” And Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but rather seventy times seven.” That’s four hundred and ninety times you should forgive somebody who does the same thing to you over and over again.

We are to pray for God’s will to be done, that supply will be given to do it, that we might be ambassadors of forgiveness, and that we might not be led astray. We are to acknowledge that God alone has the power to help us do this.

We must be aware of the danger of seeking security in anything of this world and letting the fear of tomorrow’s provision consume our lives. Yes, we are going into a worldwide economic storm, but the Lord tells us that we must seek first His kingdom, with the promise that all that we need will be given to us.

We must be careful how we judge one another. While we are looking at a speck in our brother’s eye, there might be a log in our own that we are unaware of. Jesus said that once we have dealt with what it is in our own heart, then we will see clearly. In other words, we will see our brother as Christ sees him, and we will deal tenderly.

Lastly, in the final verse before we get into our opening text, Jesus says, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). In other words, we must learn when to share truth and when to be quiet. When Jesus was brought before His accusers, He knew what was in their hearts and didn’t answer them. If He had spoken divine truths, they would have just trampled it underfoot and made a mockery of the things of God.

It Seems Impossible

Jesus shared so much in that one teaching on the mountain that when He was finished, His disciples were probably thinking exactly what you are thinking now: “How in the world am I ever going to do all these things? It’s impossible! How do I love my enemies? How do I truly forgive those who have wronged me? How do I stop thinking and worrying about tomorrow”

That is why Jesus then said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He knew that we would need His resources in order to be all that He requires. Then Jesus went on to say something interesting, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?” (Matthew 7:9−10). Of course, these are not just random examples.

Previously, in Matthew 4, Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit. He had been without food for forty days when Satan came to Him and said, “…if You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). In other words, “If You are God’s Son, must You go through hardship? Shouldn’t it be easy? You shouldn’t have to suffer and be deprived. Just command these stones to be turned into bread.”

But Jesus replied, “…it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In other words, “I have been sent on a mission by My Father, and I am going to fulfill it. It doesn’t mean that I will always be comfortable. But I have a word from the Father that I am going to finish this journey in victory, and many are coming with Me.”

Many people in our generation have looked for an easy journey and attempted to use the power of God to turn every stone into bread—to make every hard place easy. But Jesus told His disciples, “What man is there of you, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone?” In other words, God will give you what you need to get you through every difficulty you face. You don’t have to figure a way out of your dilemma or try to use the power of God to make all the hard places easy.

Jesus continued, “…or if he ask for a fish, will he give him a serpent?” This is an incredible statement, for the Father sent His Son to become a fisher of my soul and of yours, and consequently to call us into His work to become fishers of men. This was the redemptive purpose of God in the earth, and it involved a cross—being rejected, enduring the ridicule and scorn of people who were opposing their own salvation. Yet the serpent had come to Jesus in the wilderness saying, “Here are all the kingdoms of the world. All You have to do is bow before me and acknowledge that God’s ways are not the only ways. Just bend your knee and circumvent the cross—go around the hardship and I will give it all to You right now.”

Now if you ask for a fish, the Father is not going to give you a serpent. In other words, you may be asking, “Lord, I don’t want to be just a light testimony of who You are in my generation. Will You make me a fisher of men just as the early church was?” And unlike the serpents who are trying to tempt much of the church of this generation to go a different way, God is not going come to you and say, “No, life is meant to be easy. You don’t have to suffer for the cause of Christ.” Instead, He will promise to see you through every difficulty that may arise as you walk with purpose in this generation, and He will see you through to a victorious end.

The Key To All The Resources

Jesus then continued, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). It is as if Jesus were saying to them, “If I were hurting, I would want someone to comfort Me. If I were lost, I would want someone to give whatever they had to in order to get Me out.”

Whatever you want others to do for you, do for them. That is actually the key to unlocking all the resources that Jesus tells us to ask for. It is the key to enduring the scorn of those who oppose Him; the key to being kind to your enemies. It is the heart of God that says, “I am not willing that any should perish,” and it is what allows you to have your face slapped and not retaliate. It is the key to joy and love in the workplace despite the rudeness of others around you.

The promise at the end of the Scripture says, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24−25). The house was founded upon the work of God in the earth. That’s why Paul could be on a storm-battered ship, still standing and taking communion, and encouraging those who would have to swim to safety (see Acts 27). It was all about God’s glory and other people, not about his own preservation. Paul could see what ordinary men could not see—the captain of the ship and the other merchant seamen could not see it. But Paul’s eyes were opened and he was given incredible vision because he had chosen to be used for the glory of God and others. He was a type of those who will have oil in the last days.

Ask Now!

I encourage you to study these three chapters in Matthew. I have read them over and over, and I believe they give a clear vision of what the Christian life is supposed to be. The more you study these chapters, the more convinced you will be that you cannot live this life yourself—you need the power of God. So the Lord says to you, “Ask now!”

This is the time we must all ask the Lord, “Please help us see anything we have embraced that displeases You. Help us to have the power to turn from things that we know are wrong, attitudes of heart that don’t represent Christ, pursuits that are not of God but self-serving, indifference to the peril of those who are lost. Help us to love and forgive people as You do. Don’t let us lose our zeal for doing Your work in the earth—for You promised that when the storm comes, we will not be shaken by it.”

I am certain the Holy Spirit has spoken to you about something that you need. So ask of Him! An incredible victory was won on the cross. When Jesus rose from the dead, the same Spirit that raised Him up will also quicken our mortal bodies. He will lift us, give us strength, cause us to be what we are not and bring us into the victory that was won for us. All things are possible now. You don’t have to pray a prayer and then go buy seven books on how to do something. Simply ask—the promise is for everybody who wants the life of Christ.

Beloved, don’t put this off until tomorrow. There is a terrible storm coming, and it is going to happen suddenly, so don’t get caught off guard. The last days on this planet are going to be horrendous days, deeper and darker than anything our natural minds can imagine. If you have the ears to hear, the Lord is saying to His church today, “Ask Me now for the things you are going to need.”

Sometimes “the ask” is just a groan, “Oh, God, I fall so far short.” Yet the Lord says, “But I don’t fall short, and I am within you. We will walk together, and I will cause you to stand in the midst of the storm. I will give you supernatural vision to see the value of every soul and the strength you need to represent Me in this generation. From the inside out you will begin to change, and you will see how willing I am to be God to you.” Hallelujah!

Carter Conlon
©2011 Times Square Church

“It is me again…”

Have you ever gone to God in prayer and said “It is me again”. You feel like you just cried out to Him for the same type of situation and now you are coming to Him again. Why do we feel this is wrong? Why do we even hesitate going to God because the situation you are in is more than you can bare?

So now you find yourself in a situation you don’t know what to do or how to get through it. Or you may even think this is such a small thing I should be able to think my way through this. There is something wrong with me because I have to get help. I should know better by now.

When did we get so independent? We are so conditioned to depend on ourselves. Be your own person. Even young children in school are taught they do not have to listen to their parents. You can think your own thoughts, go your own way, do as you please, and now there is an upset in the homes. “Just do it”, “Just be yourself”, “Be your own boss”, & “Just go for it”, sound good but really condition us to look to ourselves or even others for our strength, our direction, and even our purpose in life.

Why do we wait until we are at the end of our rope to call on God? Or why do we feel we should not even go there until we have exhausted all other avenues? We say lets pray in one breath and oh has it come to that in another breath.
The bible says, Give us this day our daily bread… Daily… Each day asking for the needs of that day.
One of the things that keep us from praying is pride. People get a lot of pleasure out of thinking they can handle things on their own.

Genesis 11 Let us make brick…, let us build us a city… let us build a tower…let us make us a name…

When you believe in your own worth, merit, or superiority so much that it holds you back from praying you have let pride in. This is why the self help/self esteem movement is so dangerous. It focuses on you. We need to look at ourselves through what Jesus did for us at the Cross, not who we are and what we can do. We can do nothing without HIM. He has provided THE WAY…

Oh what needless pain we bare…ALL because we do not carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer. That means everything, big and small. Is there a prayer to small to pray???

I love reading the Psalms. David cried out all the time. He knew where his help came from.
Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Psalm 4 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer…But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O LORD…Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray…My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up…
Psalm 6:9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
Oh I could go on. It blesses me to read these verses. Over and over again, I cried unto the Lord and He heard me… He answered me…he received my prayer… Oh Praise God!!
Nothing is too small for Him. Nothing is too big for Him.
It is all because of what Jesus did at the Cross we can enter the Throne of God and pray for deliverance, guidance, and much more.
Matthew Henry: No prayer can be acceptable before God which is not offered in the strength of our Redeemer or Divine Kinsman, through Him who took our nature upon him, that he might redeem us unto God, and restore the long-lost inheritance. There can be no situation so distressing or dangerous, in which faith will not get comfort from God by prayer. We are apt to show our troubles too much to ourselves, poring upon them, which does us no service; whereas, by showing them to God, we might cast the cares upon him who careth for us, and thereby ease ourselves. Nor should we allow any complaint to ourselves or others, which we cannot make to God. No outward circumstances can separate him from his Lord. While in the path of duty, he may be happy in any situation, by the exercise of faith, hope, and prayer. (Ps 139:17-24)
So do not let satan, another person, or the world’s ideas, tell you that you should not go to God in prayer for those things that you think are too small or those things that you have already talked to Him about. Be thankful you can go to Him and say, “It is me again”…

Guard the Truth: by Len Paxton

Guard the Truth

2 Timothy 1:13

13     Hold fast the form of sound words (forms the correct Doctrine, which is “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified), which you have heard of me (refers to the fact that the Lord gave Paul the meaning and understanding of the New Covenant, which is the Cross [Gal. 1:11–12]), in Faith and Love which is in Christ Jesus. (Anytime Paul uses the phrase, “in Christ Jesus” or one of its derivatives, without exception, he is speaking of what Christ did at the Cross.)

 

 

Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor’s Study Bible. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 2107

 

We are living in a time when many Christians appear to lack strong, definitive theological convictions…

In fact, if you hold firmly to pure and strong doctrine, many people will say that you are unloving and antagonistic.

Doctrine has almost become a dirty word in the times we are living in. The founder of TBN calls doctrine “doodoo”.

But we see from our opening verse that true love and true faith will concern itself with proper doctrine, the foundation of which must be Christ and Him Crucified.

One reason that sound, strong doctrine is ridiculed today is that much (if not most) of today’s preaching is shallow and many people have been lulled into a sleepy spiritual complacency…. Many prefer to hear feel good sermonettes and attend prosperity seminars rather than sitting under sound doctrine.

 

Sad to say, many churches, seminaries, colleges, and professing Christians have defected from biblical truth. So few today understand the great tenets of the Christian faith like Justification and Sanctification by faith; Glorification; the incarnation and Virgin birth of Christ; the baptism in the Holy Spirit; the proper roles for fasting and prayer; etc.. I could name many more but the reader gets the idea… And fewer still can articulate what they believe because most do not know what they believe and do not know what the Bible teaches. All that many do is study their favorite verses and spiritualize everything….

 

Guarding the Word is the most solemn responsibility we have. But fewer and fewer these days are taking that responsibility seriously. And those who do develop strong doctrinal convictions must be prepared for the inevitable times of conflict that will arise when defending truth.

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21

20     O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust (refers to the deposit of Truth delivered to him; actually, it would be the entirety of the New Covenant as it was given to Paul; what a responsibility!), avoiding profane and vain babblings (pertains to that which is devoid of Godliness, and empty of content), and oppositions of science falsely so called (should have been translated, “and oppositions of knowledge falsely so-called,” and speaks of the Gnostics):

21     Which some professing have erred concerning the Faith (have turned away from Christ and the Cross). Grace be with you. Amen. (Grace will always be with the Believer who places his Faith exclusively in Christ and His Finished Work.)

 

 

 

Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor’s Study Bible. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 2105

 

 

2 Timothy 1:14

14     That good thing which was committed unto you (presents in such simple words the single most important thing in the world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ) keep by the Holy Spirit (has the help of the Holy Spirit respecting the purity of the Message) which dwells in us. (He is constantly present and, therefore, constantly available!)

 

 

 

 

Swaggart, Jimmy: The Expositor’s Study Bible. Baton Rouge, LA : World Evangelism Press, 2005, S. 2107

 

 

In 2 Tim. 1:14, the Greek word translated “keep” means “to keep safe; preserve from corruption or destruction.”

The phrase “That good thing” could also be translated “treasure”  and refers to the truth as brought forth in the Word of God.

 

It is the Holy Spirit within the believer, that will help us in keeping and guarding the truth of the Word of God and keeping our doctrine pure, if we will put our faith in the finished work of Christ upon the cross and keep it there…

 

Guarding and accurately representing the Word of God (which is the message of the Cross) and all sound doctrine therein, is the primary task of every believer…….

 

Ephesians 4:15 tells us that speaking the truth in love helps us all grow up in Christ…. We should not have a loveless, cold, insensitive orthodoxy. Instead we are to be sensitive yet uncompromising……..

” Almost ” – Evangelist, Chris Tanner !!!

In The Book Of Acts Chapter 26, We See A Very Sad Senario, The Apostle Paul Is Standing Before King Agrippa, And Your Bible Records As Paul Is Preaching The Gospel To The King, That God Was At Work On This Wicked King, A King Who Was known For His Sin, From A Family Of Wicked Rulers, A Traitor Of His Own People, But Yet God Through The Testimony Of The Apostle Paul Is Reaching Out Still To This King “Agrippa”, And Your Bible Says As The Apostle Is Declaring The Testimony Of The Lord, He Asked The King This Question, In Acts 26:27 -“King Agrippa Believest Thou The Prophets ? ” . In Other Words Do You Believe King, What They Prophesied Concerning The Coming Redeemer And Saviour Of The World ? And In Acts 26:28 Your Bible Says King Agrippa Uttered Some Of The Saddest Words A Man Or A Woman Could Ever Say, He Said These Words Your Bible Declares ” Verse 28- ” Paul Thou “ALMOST” Persuadest Me To Be A Christian”. ALMOST, ALMOST, Now We Would Look At This Wicked King And Say Well Now Thats Pretty Good, He Almost Came To Jesus, He Almost Bowed His Knee To Christ, He Almost Surrrendered, No Doubt The Spirit Of God Was At Work Convicting Him, Reaching Out In Love, Even To This Wicked King, And The Holy Spirits Heart Was Yearning To Save Him, No Doubt, But When It Came To The Choice , King AGRIPPA, ALMOST Chose Jesus,For A Moment In Time He Tiltered Between Saying Yes Or No To The Lord, A Moment He Would No Doubt Replay In His Mind For Eternity, What If I Had Said Yes When I Had That Chance ? Oh What I Wouldnt Give To Have That Oppritunity All Over Again, But ALMOST, ALMOST, HE ALMOST CHOSE JESUS, HE HAD THE CHANCE, THE OPPRITUNITY, THAT WAS HIS TIME TO DECIDE, AND HE ALMOST MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE, BUT IN THE END HE DIDNT CHOOSE JESUS, HE CHOSE TO REJECT THE TENDER VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT ALMOST, ALMOST, But With God Brothers And Sisters ALMOST Is The Most Dangerous Place To Be, To ALMOST Be Saved, Is The Same As To ALMOST Not Drowned, But You Still Drowned, To ALMOST Be Found, Is To Still Be Lost, Oh Brothers And Sisters Some One Here Tonight Is In ALMOST, Please Chose Jesus, Dont ALMOST Surrender, Or ALMOST Be A Christian, Or ALMOST COME TO THIS ALTAR AND KNEEL, But Make Up Your Mind To Accept Jesus, Dont You Need Him Tonight, Aren’t You Tired Of The Sin And The Guilt, Be Washed And Be Clean And Free Tonight In Jesus Name, Dont ALMOST Be Rescued, But Surrender To Gods Searching Party, To His Convicting Voice In Jesus Name, There Will Be Soooo MANY IN HELL WHO “ALMOST” Said Yes To Jesus, Dont Be One Of Them, Decide To Decide To Follow Jesus, Amen, Every One Come To This Altar Tonight In Jesus Name. – Taken From A Message Preached By Bro.CHRIS TANNER March 12th 2008 Central Park Topeka, Ks !!!!!

“Through Many Dangers,Toils And Snares” How The Cross Saved My Life !!!!

I Was Raised In A Very Strict Pentecostal Family, I Was Raised In Church, And Learned About The Gospel From Birth Almost, I Heard The Audible Voice Of God As A Child, While Playing In My Grandma’s Back Yard, And The Lord Spoke To Me, One Day I Would Preach His Gospel Around The World, And I Learned To Seek God And Fast And Pray At A Young Age, I Went On My First Fast At 11 Years Old, A Full No Food Fast For 3 Days, I Preached My First Sermon At 11 Years Old In A Gospel Tent In Brownwood Tx, For A Well Known Evangelist, And I Had A Zeal And A Fire And Love For Jesus Christ And The Gospel, But Through Out My Life And Walk With God, I Struggled With Sin, And Failure, Depression And Weakness, No Matter How Dedicated And Devoted I Would Be, I Would Struggle, My Family Would And Could Testify Of The Countless Hours And Days I Spent Locked In A Room Reading The Bible And Praying, By The Time I Was 20 I Had Over 100 Note Pads Full Of Sermons And Notes, That Were My Own Writings And Revelations From The Word Of God,And I Had Been Devoted Like That For Years In Prayer And Study Of he Word, In Fastings Often, I Preached In Basements, Nursing Homes, Radio,Street Corners, Churches, Tents, Libraries, Garages, Parks, Lakes, Missons, Where Ever You Could Hold A Meeting I Held One, By The Time I Was 25 I Had Preached Countless Sermons And Messages And Meetings, Had A Great Study Life And Prayer Life, Fasted Continuious,Seen Alchaholics And Drug Addicts Deliverede, Ad Seen The Sick Healed, And God Do Mighty Things,But Even In All That I Struggled In My Walk With God, And In 2005 At 25 Years Old, I Was In Ministry, But I Begin To Fall Into Deep Depression, Lust And Sin, And Felt Utterly Hopeless, I Would Cry Out To God, And Pray And Beg For is Mercy And Hope, But I Felt Hopeless, Lost And Confused, I Remember Praying In Tears In 2005 Saying, God I Dont Understand, Whats Wrong With Me ? Why Cant I Serve You ? God Sent A Brother Who Is Used In Prophecy To Give Me A Word, He Said God Is Going To Answer The Questions And The Things You Dont Understand, But I Begin To Slip Into Heavy Drinking, And Even Use Of Marijaunna And Cocaine, I Battled Constant Thoughts Of Suicide,The Whole Time, I Would Cry Out For Deliverance, But In 2006 God Gave Me The Answer, My Aunt Had Turned Me On To Brother Jimmy Swaggarts Dvd Series On The Book Of Romans, And Sanctafication By Faith In The Cross, And At The Same Time I Was Reading Martin Luthers Commentary On Romans 5,  And I Begin To See How The Cross And Our Faith In It, Was The Answer To The Issue Of Weakness And Sin, And The Struggle Of Faith, Up Until That Point Guilt And Depression And Hopelessness, Pleagued My Life,Nothing I Ever Did Seemed Good Enough,I Did Every Thing I Knew To Do To Have Victory And Deliverance,I Would Bind And Loose, And Confess Scripture After Scripture, I Tried To Control My Thought Life, But It Only Got Worse, I Never Was Able To Measure Up, But God Revealed Unto Me, That We Are Not Sanctified By Our Own Works, But Hebrews 10:10 Declares We Are Sanctified By What Jesus Has Done For Us On The Cross, And That Alone, And That Changed My Life And My Walk With God Has Since Been Stronger, And More Victorious In Every Facit Of My Life, The Cross Of Jesus Christ Work’s, It Saved My Life- Bro.Chris Tanner !!!!!!

“The Outsider”

The other day I was in a situation where I felt like an outsider. I started to think what that felt like and what other times where people feel like an outsider. When we were young we had many opportunities to feel like an outsider. Maybe we were picked last or our so called friends went to the football game without us. Maybe you are alone and at the holidays, when so many are getting together with their families, and you don’t have anywhere to go. Or the past has caused your present to be something other than what you thought it should be. Maybe you are not in the click. Maybe you are the only one in your family saved. Maybe you have been left out of an event that you really wanted to be apart of. You simple felt like an outsider.

There are many situations in the Bible that show how Jesus handled so called outsiders.

John 4 talks about the woman at the well.  vs 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.  7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

She said how is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a women of Samaria? Jews had nothing to do with samaritans. She was an outsider. But I love verse 4, It says that Jesus must needs go through Samaria. He went that way on purpose, just for this women. He knew she would be there. He knew just what to say to her and what she needed. But when the disciples came they said, “Why talkest thou with her?”. How many times do we make others feel like outsiders??? But That did not matter to Jesus. Her life was changed that day because Jesus came. You are not an outsider when Jesus touches your life. Then she went and told others and many were saved because of her testimony.

Another story comes to mind.

Matthew 20:29-30 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.

These two blind men were on the outside. But they did not let that stop them when Jesus was passing by. They cried out loud, but those around them tried to get them to be quit. They rebuked them and told them to hold their peace. Oh let us not be like the multitude who told them to be quit. Let us be like those blind men and cry out, WE NO LONGER WANT TO BE OUTSIDERS. JESUS HEAL US… Jesus had compassion on them and they received their sight. Oh praise God! Jesus will heal your hurts and pains. He will touch those things that make you feel like an outsider. He will not listen to the multitude. The blind men were not blind no more, they received their sight and they followed Him… Oh praise God!!
Another women in Matthew 9 had an issue of blood. She was not suppose to go into the  public. She was considered unclean. There are so many people on the outside that are unclean. But she came behind Jesus and touched the hem of his garment and she was healed. No longer an outsider!!!

What about the lepers? Outsiders? Healed!!! Praise God. The poor? The lame? The lonely? The lost? What makes you feel like an outsider?

There are many, many, many stories where Jesus went out of His way to touch the outsiders. He healed them, touched them, changed them and then they were no longer outsiders.

Sin makes us an outsider. Others try to make us an outsider. Satan tries to tells us we are outsiders. We make ourselves outsiders.

Jesus says “Come unto me…”

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world…
You were one who was on the outside. While you were on the outside, Jesus died for you. You were without hope and without God.
But now because of what Jesus did at Calvary you can be on the inside looking out. Now you are apart of the family of God. You must believe what he did for you and receive what He did. No longer are you an outsider. Don’t let others make you feel that way. Don’t listen to the lies of Satan.
My prayer for you:
Ephesians 3:14-23
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
That you may know Him and be apart of the family of God. You don’t have to be an outsider!!!!