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Col. 2:7; 3:2; 3:9-10 Eph. 4:23

Have the roots [of your being] firmly & deeply planted [in him, fixed & founded in him], being continually built up in him, be coming increasingly more confirmed & established in the faith, just as you were taught, it abounding & overflowing in it with thanks giving.

vs5 leaning of the entire human personality on him in absolute trust & confidence in his power, wisdom, & goodness.

We must be rooted & grounded deep in Him. So many are led astray because they only believe on the surface. They quit before they are strong in the Lord and established in the faith.

1 Peter 2:2 like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured & grow up to [completed] salvation, since you have (already) tasted the goodness & kindness of the Lord.

2 Peter 3:18 … grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) & recognition & knowledge & understanding of our lord & Savior Jesus Christ [the Messiah]…

2 Peter 5-7 “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; & to virtue knowledge; & to knowledge temperance; & to temperance patience; & to patience godliness; & to godliness brotherly kindness; & to brotherly kindness charity.”

vs 8 “ for if these things be in you, & around, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We must guard ourselves against anything that would try to stop us from growing in Christ.

Col. 2:8 see to it that no one carries you off…
Heb. 13:9 do not be carried about…
Eph. 4:14 don’t be carried about…
2 Peter 3:17 lest you be carried away…


Eph. 4:14 so then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to & fro between chance gust of teaching & wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of the cunning & cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.


Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things speaking truly, enfolded in love, let us GROW UP in every way & in all things into Him who is the head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the anointed one)


We must day by day walk in the light that He has given us.

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease [he must grow more prominent; I must grow less so]

Don’t allow FEAR or DREAD stop you from growing. Quit allowing your mind & flesh keep you from stepping out from where you are to where God wants you to be.

So many times we let others or our circumstances hold us back. Don’t let fear paralyze you from doing what God wants you to do. Many times He says “Go forward”, but many people don’t because they seize up with fear…
Fear of people or failure. God wants us to grow in Him. This takes time, but most people don’t take the time or the steps that are needed to grow strong in the Lord.

Joshua 1:9 … be strong, vigorous, & very courageous. BE NOT AFRAID, neither be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.

It is time we “Grow up”, put away childish things. He wants us to go forward and we are still playing around as though we were still babies. There is much work to be done. It is funny when we were young we couldn’t wait until we were 16, then we could wait until we were 18, then 21. But now that we are old we act like babies.

Yes we must be as little children in some things. But
it is time to go forward, Grow up in Him, & do His as He has said.



Crucified in The Fear of The Lord!

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20“And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24

Have you been crucified? Has your flesh been crucified? Have your desires been crucified?“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galtaians 6:14“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7One of the greatest evidences of being Crucified with Christ is an absence of the fear of man, of environment and of circumstances. You stand in fear and in awe of an almighty creator and once you fear Him: there is nothing else you should fear!

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” Luke 12:4

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
This country and the church in general has lost the fear of the Lord.

The fear of God is mentioned more in Scripture than the Love of God. Noah was moved by fear. The Apostle Paul was converted and brought to repentance through Revelation and Fear. The Fear of Christ and the Love of Christ truly go hand in hand.

Let’s look at Scripture and see what God’s Word says about walking in Love and Fearing Him.

What God’s Word says about walking in Love and Fearing Him

“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 10:12 (This is a Command!)
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7

“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:7

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

“The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.” Proverbs 10:27

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33

“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6

The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.” Proverbs 19:23

“Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” Psalm 25:14

“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” Psalm 89:7
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. “ Psalm 111:10

“The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him,In those who hope in His mercy.” Psalm 147:11

“Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing. That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.” Jeremiah 2:19
“But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Acts 10:35

Examine Yourselves

The Fear of the Lord is lost when a people no longer believe what God has said and what God commands.
We have to examine ourselves, our motives, our desires and ask ourselves have we been Crucified with Christ and do we fear the Lord?

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:18-20

“And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear” 1 Peter 1:17

“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

What I do with my hands, I make Jesus do what I look at with my eyes, I make Jesus look at.

How do we look at The Cross? Do we look at it saying what do I get out of it or do we look at it as what does God get out of it? God gets the people He died for!

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. ” Titus 2:11-14

Jesus died for you are you willing to die for Him?
If you’re not willing to suffer & die for Christ: You are NOT a follower of Christ!
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23
‎”….we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 PICK UP YOUR CROSS! ~ This means to deny yourself, your desires and whatever is necessary to make Jesus Christ known and glorified. Many times that will mean suffering and it definitely means sacrifice. You don’t sacrifice to earn merit or favor but out of Love for Christ.
You live not for this life or for your retirement: You live for eternity! This world is not our home!

We’re only passing through! This life is but a breathe, but a mist and we must lay down our lives for the cause of Christ! There will be no cowards in Heaven! (Rev 21:8) Our goal is eternity and our goal is to make Jesus Christ known and glorified.

We don’t live for temporary satisfaction in this breathe, this mist called life: We live to make Jesus Christ known and glorified regardless of what that costs us!

We are not called to an easy life with no suffering! We are called to suffer for Him! We may be called to endure persecution for Him! We must be ready to die for Him!

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:35

This is not popular Christianity but this is Biblical Christianity!

The fate of the Apostles and the Early Church
Many were fed to Lions for Entertainment
Some used as Torches to light Roman Streets
Stephen – Stoned to Death
Paul, James, John the Baptist – Beheaded
Philip, Andrew, Jude & Simon – Crucified
Matthew – Killed by a Halberd
James – Crucified, Stoned then Beaten to Death
Matthias – Stoned and Beheaded
Mark – Drug through the Streets and Beheaded
Peter – Crucified Upside-down
Bartholomew – Flayed Alive and Crucified
Thomas – Killed by a Spear
Luke – Hung
Antipas – Roasted to Death
John – Cooked in Boiling Oil, Banished to an Island & was the only Apostle not Martyred.

American Christianity

“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” ― David Platt, Radical

The Truth is: If God’s Love is measured in health, wealth, prosperity & comfort then God hated all of the disciples & the Apostle Paul!

God did not create the Gospel for the recognition of men. No man or ministry has a monopoly on Truth. Man is fallible. Man desires recognition out of pride or a failure to realize God’s call to selflessness. Man created denominations, sects & clicks out of division and discontent. God created relationship & sent His Son to die on a Cross as a means to achieve that relationship. We do not look to man’s approval of other men but we test what a man says according to God’s Word! The Gospel is not a means to profit you. It is a means to save you!

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10

“We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus whois fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our own image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather together in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshiping ourselves.”- David Platt

This country boasts that 85% of it’s population is Christian.

Truth is this nation is everything but Christian.

It is a Carnal Nation driven by materialism and desires of the flesh and it will soon be a fallen nation unless it repents and comes back to The Cross of Christ.

Falling Away
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” 2 Thess. 2:3

The Coming Judgment

The Economy will collapse so will your marriage, your ministry and anything not built on the Foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for your sins!

“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.And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matt. 7:24-27

Noah and the Flood
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6
God then destroyed every living thing upon the Earth except for Noah and the inhabitants of the ark.God’s Judgment is coming soon!

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:36-39
Jesus Christ is coming personally in flaming fire to kill and destroy those who do not obey the Gospel.
“in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,” 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

“But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7
Like Noah, we must be prepared!
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Hebrews 11:7

Build Your Ark

Are walking in the fear of the Lord? Are we building Arks to save and share the Gospel with those around us? We may not be called to build an Ark but we are called to make disciples of men!

Do we not warn others of the righteous judgment that is coming? Our family, our friends, our neighbors or even to the people we pass by on the street?

Are we doing everything we can to Proclaim this glorious Gospel to the people God has placed in our life and to the ends of the Earth?

“If SINNERS will be DAMNED, at least let them LEAP to HELL over our BODIES, and if they PERISH, let them PERISH with our ARMS around their KNEES imploring them to STAY. If HELL must be FILLED, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our EXERTIONS, and let NO ONE go there UNWARNED or UNPRAYED for.” Charles Spurgeon
‎”The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction!” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Are we worshiping the Father in Spirit and Truth?“ But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24

Are we examining ourselves to see if we are in the Faith?
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Are we deceiving ourselves that we are forgiven despite no repentance or no real change in our lives?
He is either Lord of your life and you are walking in love, in awe and in fear of Him or His Wrath abides on your life!

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” Romans 1:18
“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

Radical, Fanatical, Hardcore, Extreme, Devoted, Faithful, Sold-Out, Totally Surrendered & On Fire! If these Do Not describe your faith & devotion to Jesus Christ: You are LukeWarm!”Because you are LukeWarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth!” Rev 3:16

We must remember why we exist! To glorify God and enjoy Him forever! If you don’t want God above all things: You will not escape his Wrath! God is the Gift of the Gospel!

My friends it has been awhile since I wrote a note but I have been thinking so I thought I would share some of my thoughts. Lets look at a scripture :

” Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask eternal paths, where the good, old way is;then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said , We will not walk in it!” Jer. 6:16 amp.

Now I certainly don’t want to miss anything that God is doing in this hour. I certainly don’t think things should stagnate.Certainly there are shiftings and changing that will occur in the Body of Christ and I try to stay sensitive to the Spirit of God. My greatest fear ( yes I said it ) is missing God in any area of my life. Notice however the people responded by saying > ” we will not walk in it” .

However there are some ” old fashioned ” things I miss :

Like services where the power of the Holy Spirit would move and people would weep their way to the altar and let the Spirit do a deep work in their lives. Transforming their natures more into the image of Jesus.

Services where the Word was preached without compromise and it would penetrate into the hearts of people causing them to look at their lives and see the need of change instead of watered down, make me feel good messages. The intent being to soothe the ears of people and not offend them. To help them stay so self centered. Goodness we might make somebody upset.

Revivals that were rooted in a deep move of God. Why they could last for days and the clock wasn’t the controlling factor and schedules were interrupted. Now people are upset if the service last longer than they think it should cause they are ” busy”.

The times when people wanted to be grounded in good solid biblical foundations. They wanted to know the foundational principles that would cause them to be solid in their beliefs instead of trying to always hear ” the latest thing” yet by their very actions they prove they do not understand basic things. Doctrine and theology are not bad words.

Remember when Ministers cared for the needs of people? They were driven with a passion to see the needs of their flock being met. They weren’t there to be served but to serve. They weren’t motivated with the idea of ” just what can they do for me and my church to put me on the map? ” There concern was ” How can they feed my people – and bless the people?”

Or we didn’t have so blatant hirelings who expect to be treated like ” movie stars ” with all their petty self-serving needs and their entourage to follow them. Those who seek to just fill their pockets and justify it .

Remember when sin was sin? Not ” issues” or just ” problems” . Remember how when you realized your sin broke the heart of the Father it broke your heart? Now days it is justified in some form or fashion.

Remember when people ” feared ” the Lord? Now days we see a total lack of this in the Body. It shall return though!

I still think Sanctification is still a process we must go through. Holiness wasn’t considered a bad thing or bondage in any way. There was a time when people sought it with fervency.

Remember when worship was about exalting Jesus? Excuse me but I don’t understand the need of throwing away hymns of the past. They had some strong content and theology in them. Yes some were not but Amazing Grace or How Firm a Foundation or Blessed Assurance still move me. I enjoy some of the ” new ” worship but I find some of it cold and lifeless and lacking in exalting Jesus.

Remember when Truth was not relevant? It was founded on biblical principles and adhered to. It wasn’t twisted to fit a certain viewpoint.

These are just a few things I have thought on. My children used to laugh at me when we would be driving and I would see a 57 Chevy or 63 Thunderbird and say ( before I could say it ) they would say , We know its a classic! Well I think these things I said above are some classic things we should still appreciate.

Yes let’s be swift to follow God and yet let’s not leave everything behind. Yes the Lord is doing ” a new thing” but notice both of these were written by Jeremiah . I am thoroughly convinced these are matters of the heart.

Thanks for listening to this “old guy ” Be Blessed!

Many people blame everything on the devil. Every time something is wrong or they do something they feel bad about doing, the old saying comes back up: “The devil made me do it”. Don’t get me wrong satan & his demons are out there even more in these last days, but we must understand we have a sin nature that arises from within. Even though we are born again, when we surrender our members the wrong way, the sin nature arises.

Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom. 7:22-25 There is a war going on between our new nature and our old nature. But Praise God, as Paul asked who shall deliver me and answered: “Oh thank God, He will, through Jesus Christ”, so can we say Oh Thank God He will deliver us!!

Rely on the carnal nature and you will fail.

The Flesh (carnal nature) comes out anytime we trust in our own ability, our own way, and our own desires, instead of placing our trust and faith in what Jesus Christ did for us at the Cross.

Rom. 6:10-14 We have no business having a relationship with sin, only unbroken fellowship with God, through Jesus Christ.

Satan does use our weaknesses. Any effort that is birthed out of the flesh, satan has legal access to that area. But when we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross, that gives the latitude to the Holy Spirit to work in our lives in that area.

Galatians 5:16 Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Romans 8:12-13(Amplified Bible)
12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh.
13 For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.

The flesh is incapable of overcoming sin.

Romans 8:8(Amplified Bible)
8 So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.
So does this mean we have to work our way to God? Again, anything that is birthed from our own way does not please God. It is only when we place our faith in what Jesus did for us at the Cross, can we please God.

The just shall live by faith!! (Habakkuk 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38) Faith in what Jesus did!! Not is what we can or can not do. We get in trouble when we obey our fleshly appetites.

The answer comes when we follow Rom. 6:6-13

vs 6 & 9 Know

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Knowing that it is Christ and Him crucified that saves us from our sin.

vs 11 Reckon

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(We must esteem Christ greater than our own effort. Be as Paul when he says; Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…)

vs 13 Yield

3 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Yield not unto your flesh and the sin nature, but unto God and His plan of deliverance: “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified”.

If we try to live our lives according to some man made habit or man made idea of walking each day we will fail.

Only walking by faith in what Jesus did at the Cross will make us over-comers. So examine yourself to see if you are in “The Faith”. Are you having faith in your own effort? Do you have faith in your faith? Are you looking to what you are doing? Are you trying to keep the law? Galatians 3:3(Amplified Bible)
Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh?

The only answer to salvation and sanctification is “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified”!!!!!


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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.

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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 !!!!!

THIS IS TRAGIC: by Len Paxton


The Zen Episcopalian

By Mark Tooley

The modern Episcopal Church always strives to stay ahead of the latest fads. In recent years it has dealt with its first openly homosexual bishop, its first Islamic priest, and its first Druid priest. Now it might be on the verge of electing its first Buddhist bishop.

Kevin Thew Forrester, who is ordained both as an Episcopal priest and as a lay Zen Buddhist, was elected bishop by the Diocese of Northern Michigan (the Upper Peninsula) in February. He is also known as “Genpo,” or “Way of Universal Wisdom.” A majority of Episcopal bishops and diocesan standing committees now must consent to his election by July. The 2003 election of actively homosexual Gene Robinson as New Hampshire’s bishop has already fueled schism within the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion. Would a Buddhist bishop add to the division, or merely be an anticlimax?

“I have been blessed to practice Zen meditation for almost a decade,” Forrester has explained. “About five years ago a Buddhist community welcomed me as an Episcopal priest in my commitment to a meditation practice — a process known by some Buddhists as ‘lay ordination.’” He further opined: “Literally thousands of Christians have been drawn to Zen Buddhism in particular because, distinct from western religions, it embodies a pragmatic philosophy and a focus on human suffering rather than a unique theology of God.”

Forrester, who is 51 and has been an Episcopal priest since 1994, insists Zen Buddhism is compatible with his faith. “It’s not a matter of holding two faiths. There’s one faith and it’s Christianity,” he told a local Michigan newspaper. “The gift is that that faith is deepened by my meditative practice and I’m eternally grateful to Zen Buddhism for teaching me that practice and receiving me as an Episcopal priest.” Forrester insists that his faith allows him to be “open to receive the truth and the beauty and goodness, and the wisdom from the other religious traditions of the world, and to be in dialogue with them.”

The diocese to which Forrester has been elected bishop has only 27 churches, has lost 30 percent of its membership, and now has fewer than 2000 souls, fewer than 700 of whom actively attend church. But consent to his election by the Episcopal Church will elevate him in the global Anglican communion, whose more than 800 bishops preside over nearly 80 million communicants. An Anglican bishop in Nigeria or Sudan may preside over many tens of thousands of members and arduously commute, sometimes by bicycle, across many hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Small, liberal, and affluent dioceses in the U.S. can afford to be more esoteric in their selection of bishops, who have fewer responsibilities.

According to a Diocese of Northern Michigan statement, Forrester was “drawn into the Christian-Zen Buddhist dialogue through centering prayer and his desire to assist persons in their own transformation in Christ.” He has practiced Zen meditation for nearly 10 years and, “with marvelous hospitality, the Buddhist community welcomed him in his commitment to meditation practice as an Episcopal priest.”

An Episcopal theologian who assisted the Northern Michigan Diocese in its election similarly explained that “Buddhism is a set of practices similar to Christian practices about meditation and awareness and compassionate living.” She insisted Zen Buddhism could be “practiced without detriment to doctrine” and there are “a number of bishops” in the Episcopal Church who “engage in and have experience of Buddhist practices of mediation.” So if his election is confirmed, Forrester apparently will not be alone among the bishops.

Forrester’s confirmation by most Episcopal bishops may be less than automatic. Even several non-conservative bishops have publicly opposed him. Bishop of Southern Ohio Thomas Breidenthal says he’s concerned not so much about the Zen Buddhism as about Forrester’s seeming denial of the Christian understanding of salvation.

“According to Thew Forrester, Jesus revealed in his own person the way that any of us can be at one with God, if only we can overcome the blindness that prevents us from recognizing our essential unity with God,” Breidenthal noted. “The problem here is that the death of Jesus as an atonement for our sins is completely absent, and purposely so. As I read Thew Forrester, nothing stands between us and God but our own ignorance of our closeness to God. When our eyes are opened, atonement (not for our sins, but understood as a realization of our essential unity with God) is achieved.”

The Southern Ohio bishop worried that Forrester’s teaching “flies in the face of what I take to be the conviction at the heart of our faith tradition, namely, that we are in bondage to sin and cannot get free without the rescue God has offered us in Jesus, who shouldered our sins on the cross.” Breidenthal observed that Forrester’s sermons, once publicly available on his home congregation’s website, have recently been removed.

Of course, most of Forrester’s sermons had already been downloaded by countless curious Anglicans. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette wrote extensively about Forrester’s theology, reporting that the proposed bishop “denies that Satan exists,” “doesn’t believe God sent his only-begotten son to die for the sins of the world,” “says that the Koran is sacred,” and altered the Apostles’ Creed, all while aspiring to become a “successor to the Apostles.”

The Gazette quoted Forrester’s Buddhist abbot fondly remembering when the Episcopal priest “donned ceremonial garb, kneeled with his hands in a praying position, took Buddhist vows and received his new dharma name” of Genpo.

Early this month, the Seattle Episcopal priest who professed also to be a Muslim was defrocked by her bishop. In 2005, a Pennsylvania Episcopal priest who had been outed as a Druid (he belonged to the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) was forced to resign by his bishop. Having rejected Muslim and Druid priests, will the Episcopal Church now affirm a Buddhist bishop? We’ll know this summer.

My Thought: This is a tragic situation. The Lord help us- Len

by Carter Conlon

Many people have suffered betrayal as a Christian. This often causes them to live in a place of defeat where God cannot pour into them his full provision. As you read this message I believe there is going to be deliverance for you. Deliverance will mean not living behind gates of betrayal, where the devil would want to keep you.

Psalm 105:16-22: Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. To fully grasp how God can have a purpose through betrayal, let us take a look at the life of Joseph. He was the man whom God would one day use to supply provision for others, including his own family. God had a plan to preserve the lives of his own people which ultimately involved moving them to another place. To do this he sent a severe famine throughout the land. Before God would bring about this time of great provision through Joseph, he was first called to walk a very difficultpath. We read in verse 18, God took Joseph on a journey that literally brought pain to his feet. In other words, God allowed hard times to come into Joseph’s life to prepare him for what was ahead. For God’s provision to flow through you to others it may mean taking journeys in life that you and I would rather not take and places we would rather not go. Some of you have had to walk a very hard path, and you’ve had these conflicts in your mind: “God, I thought this was going to be a walk of blessing. I thought it was going to be one of constant provision and joy. I’ve had this impression, but I seem to be called to walk in such a difficult place, enduring hardship when others around me appear to be on an easier journey.”

Remember when you were a child and your feet hit the ground with wonderful expectations of life? You lived in anticipation of what was going to happen every day. Joseph was like this in his early years when he had a dream in his heart. In Genesis 37, it says he dreamed God loved him and he would one day be in a highly favored position. God also has an incredible purpose concerning your life, something only you can do, and the moment you come to him, he begins to let you know what it is. It may not be grand in the sight of man, but it’s grand in the sight of God. He looks down upon you with favor, and empowers you, fulfilling the purpose that has been assigned to your life. God gives you the desire, and then fulfills that desire.

As a teenager, Joseph, knew he had been favored by God. Even though his life, he could not have known it would include being betrayed by his family. In much the same way when you were a young Christian, you set out on this journey with an incredible sense of the favor of God on your life. You loved everyone and everyone loved you. Wrong! Joseph’s father had said to him, “Go and see how your brothers are doing,” so he headed down the road that day in childlike obedience. But when Joseph met up with his brothers they laid hold of him, and in a moment of jealousy sold him into slavery to passing traders. These traders took Joseph bound with chains
into Egypt. Joseph endured things that would stop most people in their tracks. This betrayal by his family was the beginning of a journey that would result in many years of suffering. I don’t know if there’s any deeper betrayal than that which comes from those whom you thought loved you, those you became vulnerable with. Some of you have known this pain, even when you came to Christ and thought everything was going to be different.

After several years in Egypt and faithful service to a man called  Potiphar, Joseph was again betrayed. Potiphar’s wife could not gain Joseph’s affections so she decided to cause him great harm by slandering his character to her husband. This man knew Joseph would not have acted with any impropriety, but still he chose to believe this evil report and had Joseph imprisoned. While in jail Joseph is betrayed once again by a fellow inmate. This man promised to help Joseph when he was in a position to do so, but immediately after his release he forgot all about Joseph. I don’t know about you, but after thirteen years of this, I might be inclined to pack it in, find a cabin somewhere and just give up.

The New Testament tells us that suffering is, in measure, a doorway to a depth of Christ that you cannot know in any other way. Through suffering, God can bring you into some of the darkest prisons to minister to people in their suffering; to give them true hope and not just theories and pat scriptural answers. Look at Paul and Silas. We want to sing about their victory, the earthquake that opened prison doors, and the jailer and his family being saved. We forget that the precursor to the prison doors opening were stripes laid on their backs, false accusations, public beatings and humiliation. Paul said in Philippians 3:10: That I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death. Paul knew suffering was a  doorway to fellowship with Christ.

Matthew 20:20 — Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. James and John answered, “We are able to drink of this cup.” How quickly we answer God, and run to the altar, not understanding what we are asking for. Jesus said to James and John, “You want to sit with me where I am. Are you then able to endure rejection, betrayal, and wrath that you do not deserve without losing heart and focus? Are you able to drink the cup I have to drink to get to that place? Are you willing to be baptized with the same baptism I’m baptized with? Are you willing to walk in the will of God, and allow God’s plan for your life to be fulfilled? Can you follow me even if it means pain, sorrow, misunderstanding, being scorned and even death? Are you willing to let me be your source of life and supply to others?” Jesus could ask this because He was a man who would be betrayed. He was betrayed by Judas. He was betrayed by countless hundreds, maybe even thousands; some of whom he may have even fed on the mountaintops. This crowd stood before him and said, “Away with him, give us a murderer, give us a thief— away with this Christ—crucify him.” Jesus went to the cross and suffered the wrath of God, the wrath we deserved. So the question remains, “Are you able to drink the cup I have had to drink?”
The enemy’s plan while Joseph was imprisoned was to keep him behind the gates of betrayal for all of his days; to have him believe he should merely endure people and look out only for himself. Yet these trials were permitted in Joseph’s life to increase his faith and trust in God. God’s plan for his people was to flow through Joseph with incredible provision.  Unfortunately, there are many people in the Body of Christ who have never come close to fulfilling what God has for their lives. Could this be you? Instead of growing in faith you sit behind the gates of betrayal not willing to trust people or be vulnerable again. You don’t like people, loving people is no longer an option. You can’t come under leadership, because leadership at some point betrayed you, whether it was your father, mother, guardian, or a boss. You vowed never to trust leadership again. You cannot come under authority, you cannot walk in a ministry, or in unity with anyone else. You are living exactly where the devil wants you to be. You might have heard sermons like these before, occasionally gone to the altar, and asked God to help you forgive. You might have had momentary relief, but you were not really free the way you thought you were going to be. You might be discouraged, but don’t despair. God will not allow you to go through a trial without His power and aid. 1Corinthians 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.Every person who has been used in any considerable measure in God’s kingdom has had to go through betrayal. You see it throughout the scriptures. Jesus Christ was betrayed. John the Baptist, Isaiah, and Jeremiah were all betrayed. Look throughout history and you will find all great men and women who were used of God went through the gates of betrayal. You will not know the fullness of what God wants for you if you cannot get through these same gates.

Once Joseph was released from prison, he was placed in a position where he had the keys to great provision, even for those who had wounded him. People are going to come to you because you are in  Christ, sitting in a place where there is abundant provision. Hungry people that once wounded you, people in your neighborhood, on your job, in your family, will seek you out and you are going to have to deal with this. When Joseph’s brothers first appeared before him, the memory of their betrayal came flooding back. Genesis 42:7: Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them and made himself strange to them, and spoke roughly to them. The best Joseph could do at this time was to speak roughly to them. Sometimes that’s just where you are. You can’t speak civilly to people who have hurt you. You try to cover it with some Christian words, but there is a roughness in your speech. It’s not defeat. This was just the beginning of God bringing Joseph through the gates of betrayal, and he will do the same for you. Joseph’s brothers stood before him and claimed to be honest men. When Joseph asked, “Who are you?” they replied that they were all one man’s sons and true men. Yet here they were standing before the man they had once betrayed. When somebody has betrayed you and they are unwilling to admit their fault, they stand before you in self-righteousness. This might be one of the most galling moments you have to go through as a Christian. God had already revealed to Joseph there would be a famine for seven years. He knew there was no hope of his brothers and family ever surviving, yet it was within his power to provide for them. He must have had a battle in his mind. If you have the provision of God, why should you give it to those who have betrayed you? They were not even willing to admit who they were—betrayers! Joseph placed them all in prison for three days. This might have made him feel good at the time. You might also feel a sense of justification when you keep people in a prison of unforgiveness for days on end. But the scripture says in Matthew 18:28: But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

I can’t help but wonder what was going on in Joseph’s heart the three days his brothers were in prison. Maybe the Lord reminded Joseph of the mercy he had been shown when he was in jail. So on the third day Joseph said to his brothers, this do and live, for I fear God…go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses. This is about as merciful as Joseph could get; he told them, “Just go. Here’s your corn – just leave.” You might think by this action Joseph had  forgiven all the debt, but he still had a way to go. In Genesis 42:22-24, Joseph hears the brothers talking in their distress, as Reuben exclaims, Did I not tell you, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required. And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter. And he turned himself about from them, and wept. Joseph battled in his heart; he saw his brothers were only concerned about the present trouble they were in. He hears no true sorrow for what they had done to him. You see, for Joseph, it was no longer about the fact they betrayed him; rather, it was the fact that they were not dealing truthfully with the deception of their own hearts.

Despite the struggle of his heart there was a growing yearning for reconciliation in Joseph. You see this in Genesis 43:30, And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. Joseph yearned for reconciliation with his brothers but wasn’t sure if he could be vulnerable with them. A desire to be reconciled with people who have hurt you is clear evidence you are moving through the gates of betrayal. You know Joseph is now passing through into the victory God had originally intended for him as he opens himself up to his brothers. Genesis 45:1-5, Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud. God does not always call you to go back to past hurts with a big smile on your face. There are real emotions involved. When you go back to someone who hurt you, it may involve a lot of tears. Joseph was now willing to do it. He had come to the point of understanding God’s plan and therefore wept aloud, saying, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.

When you finally get to this point in your life as Joseph did, you understand God has been in control all along. Everything he allowed in your life was for a divine purpose and this purpose was to be a source of provision for others. You are called to walk with him, to drink the cup that he drank. God loves you, even though in your hurt you may have drawn back from Him. Jesus said, “You are my church and the gates of hell cannot prevail against you.” It’s time for you not to let wounds and hurts stop you from what God has for your life, and the provision that he is going to flow through you. The gates of hell cannot prevail! That means they can’t hold you back if you have a heart for truth. If you have a heart for God, and if you want to go on with Christ, then no gate can ever stop you. Hallelujah!

I want to challenge you with everything that is in me becauseof the lateness of the hour we live in. The famine is already here, and people are starving. It’s time for you to arise; the gate is open, but you have to make the choice to walk through it. Joseph did and was blessed on the other side. David also made the choice and he too was blessed. In Psalm 23, he wrote Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death… He did not remain in the valley but walked through it to the other side. David realized the revelation of the promises and provision of God in his life came when he walked through the valley. Therefore he could say, God’s provision of Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. I shared the life of Joseph in this message to show that with God there is a process involved in moving through the gates of betrayal. You no longer have to live behind those invisible bars of past betrayals. You will be vulnerable once again. Will you get hurt? Probably! But will you get through it? Absolutely! The end result of this victory will be even greater provision from God. God will give you fresh insight into his Word; he’ll give you boldness and words of knowledge and faith in troubled times. You will stand in the midst of adversity and be a testimony for the living God.

Carter Conlon
November 12, 2006
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