Signs of Spiritual Maturity

Ephesians 4:13-15

“Till we all come to the unity of the Faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, UNTO A PERFECT MAN, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children,…but speaking the truth in love, MAY GROW UP into Him in ALL THINGS, which is the head, even Christ.”

Esteem Earthly Things Lightly– Hebrews 11:24-26 says, “By faith Moses…refused to be called the son of Pharaohs daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ GREATER riches than the treasures in Egypt.”

When Moses grew up and became a man, he found out that he wasn’t really Pharaoh’s daughter’s son. He found out that his parents were really Jews. He chose ill treatment with God’s people when he found out who he really was. Think about the fact that, he REFUSED the things of this world; all the riches that were laid in his lap; he REFUSED them. In the world he was in line for the Throne. He had honor, wealth, AND prestige. Moses had ALL THAT THE WORLD HAD TO OFFER. Yet he esteemed the reproach of Christ GREATER RICHES than the treasures in Egypt.

One of the characteristic’s of growing up spiritually is to esteem earthly things LIGHTLY. You cannot put EARTHLY things ABOVE spiritual things and grow spiritually.

You must die to your flesh and the SENSOR AND PRAISE OF MEN.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But as for me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself. V.4 For I am conscious of NOTHIHNG against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the One who EXAMINES ME is the Lord.”

Paul had grown in grace to such an extent that he sought ONLY to commend himself to God. He was NOT INFLUENCED by what others thought of him. He did not get in bondage to ANYONE. It was not a carnal independence but a godly dignity.

An immature Christian can get puffed up or feel like someone has taking advantage them or ignoring them because they weren’t acknowledged for something, but a more mature Christian has grown past alot of these things as they have sought God’s help to grow in whatever area of their lives they feel they need God to help them in.

Our Goal is to grow up in the Faith and Please God

When we are baby Christians we’re self-conscious, and ever-conscious of what others think about us, and can be tossed about with emotions or opinions of others.

The MATURE believer is GOD-CONSCIOUS, and EVER conscious of what GOD’S WORD says about him and to him, because he is able to testify with Paul, “It is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or man’s judgement, ”

He was free to voice his convictions, but He wasn’t conceited or arrogant and inflated with pride. He was not touchy or fretful or resentful. He took no account of evil done to him and paid no attention to a suffered wrong.

The body Christ will mature and move forward into the FULLNESS of Christ as you keep your FOCUS on Jesus and trust Him to help you grow up into Him.

 

 

Chosen

God Chose you before the foundation OF THE WORLD to be His child; He said it in His word:

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen generation; a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light;

For most of us when we received Jesus as our Savior we have an overwhelming feeling of His forgiveness and cleansing. We felt brand new. Now we have been SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS; and as we begin to grow in Him we need to learn the “NEW WAY” to live. The “NEW WAY” is to read the bible and spend time with Him.

In Ephesians 5:26 He tells us how to be sanctified (holy, consecrated) because we are CHOSEN.

So that He might sanctify her having CLEANSED her by the washing of water with the Word.

Some people might think this will make you “mightier than thou” which is a lie from the enemy. It won’t make you better than anyone else. What happens is you begin to see yourself the way God sees you and your confidence in Him grows and when your confidence grows in Him then you KNOW THAT HE will hear everything you say and ask. Being CHOSEN is such an honor in my estimation, because MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN; because they won’t answer the call of God.

The question is: ARE YOU up for the challenge? Are YOU willing to let God change YOU and let Him be YOUR Lord?

Most people LOVE a challenge. We compete in sports, at work for that promotion or for __________________ (you fill in the blank).

This kind of competition is the world’s way. In the kingdom we compete for a NON-PERISHABLE prize and as we seek God He helps our HUMAN ABILITY to win at sports or at work for the promotion because promotion comes from God and He desires for us to succeed. It takes the ‘WORK’ out of it, because HE’S at work IN you, to will and work for HIS good pleasure.

1 Peter 2:11 tells us: to abstain from fleshly lust which wage war against the soul.

How do you do that? By reading the Word. The more you read, the more your fleshly thinking will be washed and cleansed.

Conclusion: As you read the word; the reality of His choosing YOU becomes more prevalent. Fleshly desires will begin to fall away from you and your FOCUS changes.

You begin to desire the things God has on HIS heart, then an amazing thing happens, JOY unspeakable fills your heart because it’s not weighted down with worldly things and a FREEDOM RISES your heart that you’ve not experienced before.

Practice reminding yourself that God has CHOSEN YOU; and see if your confidence doesn’t rise up to the occasion.

 

This “Green thing”

Today as I was going through some papers I found an article that I thought I should blog. This article is for those youngins’, millennials, and 30 somethings to help them understand how we got so smart. I tweaked it a little bit to make it more enjoyable.

Enjoy, and think about what you are supporting and how your view is effecting your society in a negative way. Our generation had the 411 on the “ORIGINAL” ‘Green thing’. Listen to people who have been where you are right now. Trust me, they’ve got alot more wisdom under their belt than you. Did you get offended at that? It wasn’t a put down, simply a fact.

“Green Thing”

Checking out at the store one day, the young cashier suggested to the “much older” lady that she should bring her own grocery bags. She said, plastic bags are not good for–the environment.

The “much older” lady apologized to the young girl and began to explain some facts to the younger more uninformed cashier, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation didn’t care enough to SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT for FUTURE generations.” The “older” lady said, your right–our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in our day, she went on to explain: we RETURNED milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they were recycled. But, we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we REUSED for numerous things. The most memorable thing was that we used our brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use, by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, to bad that we didn’t do the ‘green thing’ back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator or elevator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine everytime we needed to go two blocks. But she was right, we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in our day.

Back then we washed the baby’s diaper because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried the clothes on a clothes line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothes, we got brand new clothes at Christmas only and then mom made them. But the young cashier is right; we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back in our day.

Back then we had one television (black and white with alot of snow) and didn’t have 24 hour programming like you do nowadays. We had a test pattern that would show up after programming was over about 10pm and an announcer that would come on and say “Parents, do you know where your children are?”, and if we didn’t have a television, we might have had a radio to listen to the news in the house–not a TV in every room and the TV screen was the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on HUMAN power. We exercised by working, so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But the young girl is right; we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back then.

We drank from a fountain or a water hose when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But, we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or Van, which cost what a whole house did before the ‘green thing.’ We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances, and we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But, isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful “OLD FOLKS” were just because we didn’t have the ‘green thing’ back then?

We WERE the “ORIGINAL” generation doing the ‘green thing.’

 

 

 

“The Big Event”

March 26, 2011

**I had a dream that was so real. I remember it as though it just happened. In the dream everyone was going into a huge stadium. I don’t know what the event was for sure but sensed that it had to do with the catching away of the church. The amount of people there was innumerable.

Over and over I kept hearing in an excited whisper tone, “THE BIG EVENT”, “THE BIG EVENT.” There was so much excitement in the atmosphere. I spoke to a couple of men. One of them had glasses on and was quite handsome, with a long brown pony tail and a small curl in his left temple, it was just a greeting type of conversation. Then their was one lady who was very pretty and had blonde hair and for some reason was very interested in me. I met her as I was entering the stadium and spoke with her for a few minutes.

When I found a seat, it felt like this woman was standing over my right shoulder, watching me. The program was about to begin. When I stopped noticing the woman behind me I turn around, then turned back around and when I turned back around my seat had turned into an old timey desk with a separate chair. I noticed that on the top left of the desktop that my husband’s wedding ring was sitting there all by itself. I got up to go look for him and remembered my purse so I turned around to pick it up off of the floor.

I told the blonde headed lady that I was going to look for my husband and when I walked out she followed me out, talking to me the whole time (I wish I could remember what she said). When I got out of the stadium, there was a huge pile of trash bags full of trash in front of me. I began to pick the bags up and throw them up against a freestanding wall to my right (somehow I KNEW the freestanding wall was Jesus) but on the left side of me in front of the bathrooms there was an old gray haired lady who kept saying over and over, “you’d better not do that, you’d better not do that!” I kept on throwing the trash bags against the freestanding wall and said to her ” I’VE GOT TO GET THESE OUT OF THE WAY SO PEOPLE CAN GET IN HERE; I KNEW that the full trash bags were hindrances (such as sins of the flesh or evil things from the devil) that are keeping people out of heaven, then I looked at her thinking…{lady if you want these moved back you’ll have to do it!”} KNOWING at the same time that the devil was disguised as an old gray haired lady to pursued me to abandon my mission.

Once I cleared the trash out of the way so people could get in, I heard my husbands voice, and looked to my left. When I saw him he was very young and I knew that he was around 17 years old. I noticed that his chest wasn’t deformed anymore. As he began to turn towards me an object, made out of obscure glass with holes in it that had no water coming out of them and was on a pedestal came between us (they looked like the fountains in downtown Oklahoma City by the old Kerr McGee building). I said, “I can’t see you, there is something between us.” Then I woke up.**

I know that His return is very near and that at some point His wrath will be poured out. Those who live for Jesus will not experience God’s wrath according to 1 Thess. 5:9 (NASB), which says, “For God has NOT destined US for wrath, but for obtaining salvation THROUGH our Lord Jesus Christ.” God is holy.

Many people live believing that they can live any ol’ way, but that’s Not True, it IS true that we live under the dispensation of grace, but that doesn’t mean that we can live as we please and DO anything we want. He wants us to be led by the Spirit because those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

Just now I began to think about the scripture in 2 Peter 3:11-12 “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning and the elements will melt with intense heat!”

Jesus is the ONLY man who has ever died for the whole world so we can live free from sin. He shed His blood for the remission of sin so that we can come BOLDLY to the throne of Grace.

Hebrews 4:16 Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Run toward the prize of the upward call of God IN CHRIST JESUS…HE LOVES YOU with His life!

 

 

 

It’s time to Raise the Standard

As I was thinking about what to share today, I began to think about the Moral decline in this Nation and the world. I believe it’s because the true Light is not shining anymore. We have a form of godliness but deny it’s power. (2 Tim.3:5)

It’s time to raise the Standard. The Standard of the Cross.

The emblem of the Cross that Jesus died on has been taken down from churches all over the Nation. Why, you might ask? Because satan himself has deceived God’s people into believing that it would draw more people into the church if we looked just like them, because they wouldn’t be offended at the Cross, but the truth is, it’s causes them to become undisciplined in the things of God. LAZY; LUKEWARM Christians.

The truth is that the Cross has this certain convicting power when you look at it, it is a statement all by itself, that says Jesus died on that Cross for my sins. It is truly a Universal symbol, everyone around the world knows what that means. Jesus said, “if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto Me.” The Cross that Jesus died on and the Blood that He shed for our sins needs to be in our messages from the pulpits across America! NO ONE can be saved WITHOUT the Blood and the Cross of Jesus Christ.

The Standard of MORAL excellence has declined and needs to be RAISED in the church. (Beginning with us).

Moral means concern with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.

Synonyms: Virtuous, good, righteous, upright, upstanding, principled, honorable, honest, just, noble, incorruptible, scrupulous, respectable, decent, clean-living, law-abiding.

“A Moral man” 

God IS all of these attributes and much more. I think as the body of Christ we have somehow lost sight of this. When I was a little girl I KNEW, God was holy. I didn’t want to offend Him, it didn’t keep me from sinning, because I wasn’t completely given to Him, but everytime I was at church I would go to the alter and cry.

I was instructed to teach God’s people righteousness. I told the Lord, “That’s all TALL order God.” As you probably guessed He’s not concerned about my comments He just wants my obedience.

We have the command made sure in Mark 16:15-18

and He said to them, “GOD into ALL the world and preach the gospel to ALL creation.”

V.16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

V.17 These SIGNS WILL ACCOMPANY those who have BELIEVE: IN MY NAME they WLL cast out demons, they WILL speak with new tongues;

V.18 The WILL pick up serpents and if they drink ANY deadly poison, it WILL NOT hurt them; they will lay ands on the sick and they WILL recover.

In verse 20 He promises that He will work with the Word by SIGNS that follow.

The way to see by Faith is to shut the Eye of Reason ~Benjamin Franklin~

 

 

Who you are IN Him

In Jesus you have everything you need

He is Whom you stand IN

  • He became ALL things to ALL people.
  • He is the One Who is the Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on BETTER promises.
  • You can stand IN Him, on any scripture BY FAITH, and you will see mountains move (meaning whatever is standing in your way spiritually and naturally).
  • In Him your faith heals you, IF you know who you are IN HIM; Speak  the Word.

**I remember Paul and Jan Crouch sharing about a transponder that they had put up on  (I think Mt. Wilson). The signal wouldn’t come through; because there was a LITERAL mountain in the way.

They went to pray and remind the Lord of His word and that He said, that we can SAY to the mountain be taken up and cast into the sea and IF we wouldn’t doubt in our heart, it would be done for us.

After they had prayed and quoted the word back to God. Their TV man came in and said, “IT’S WORKING, IT’S WORKING!! We have a SIGNAL!!”The NATURAL mountain didn’t move but God moved it in the spirit realm and it changed everything that day for Paul and Jan and this particular TV transponder. They KNEW who they were IN Him. Read Heb.4:12**

~ I would like to take a side journey to say, If the enemy ever says to you, “that’s not true or your prayers aren’t working; God doesn’t hear your prayers, etc…remember the devil IS A LIAR.” Jesus said in John 8:44 (last half) says of the devil, “he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand IN THE TRUTH because there is NO TRUTH in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

“Simply begin to confess, Thank You Lord that I have what I’ve asked for” then remind God what His word says because HE WATCHES OVER IT TO PERFORM IT. ~

2 Corin.11:12-14 Says, “But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

V.13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (BUT AREN’T)

V.14 No wonder, for even satan disguises HIMSELF as an angel of light.

V.15 Therefore it is NOT surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Remember that God sent His only Son to come to the earth to live AS A MAN so he could experience everything YOU experience and yet He DIDN’T sin, so that He could LEGALLY purchase you back to the Father through His shed blood on the Cross. (Heb.4:15) For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who has been tempted IN ALL THINGS AS WE ARE, YET WITHOUT SIN.

  • Jesus experienced great agony and sweat great drops of blood in the garden
  • He was tempted to doubt at the tomb of Lazarus
  • He fought against satan in the wilderness using the word of God
  • He fought fear in the garden and yet He said, Not My will but Thine be done.

What Jesus experienced took COURAGE. He knew who He was IN God because He knew the covenant. He showed us how to live IN HIM so that we too can be victorious in every situation.

**Look at the life of John G. Lake for a moment; as a missionary to Africa. This was many years before the modern Full Gospel movement. The deadly bubonic plague broke out in his area and hundreds died. He cared for the sick and buried the dead. Finally the British sent a ship with supplies and a corps of Doctors. The doctors sent for Lake to come aboard and asked him, “What have you been using to protect yourself?”

“Sirs,” Lake replied, “I believe the LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS has set me free from the law of sin and death. And as long as I walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light of the law of LIFE, no germ will attach itself to me.” (an excerpt from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book “IN HIM” I urge you to get this book, it’s an itsy bitsy book but POWERFUL!)**

I’ll close this today; a scripture from 2 Corin. 5:20a which says, “WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST; as though God were making AN APPEAL THROUGH US.”

He wants us to know who we are IN HIM.

When we know who we are IN HIM we’ll be bold and courageous when speaking the Word of God. Then we will share the revelation with others that He’s given to us so that they too can be victorious and know who they are IN HIM. Thus, you are making a disciple of Christ. Which is the great commission to go into all the World. (Mark 16:15)

 

 

 

Guard what has been Entrusted

Entrust means:

  • Assign the responsibility for doing something to

  • Put (something) into someone’s care or protection

There are several scriptures that come to mind about God warning us that in the last days certain things are going to happen.

The Apostle Paul tells Timothy in

1 Tim. 6:20-21

V.20 O Timothy, GUARD what has been ENTRUSTED to you avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is FALSELY called “knowledge,”

V.21 Which some have professed and thus gone ASTRAY from the faith. Grace be with you.

Therefore, it’s imperative for us read our bible every day, so that we know if the Word is being misquoted and another doctrine is being presented that could deceive you.

There is a day coming when men will NOT ENDURE sound doctrine, and will want to have their ears tickled and accumulate teachers in accordance with their OWN desires. (We are experiencing some of that now)

GUARD WHAT JESUS HAS ENTRUSTED YOU WITH

He has ENTRUSTED you also with His Word and His call on YOUR life, that no one else can fulfill but YOU.

From time to time I run into people who will make a comment about the Word of God as they misquote it, and say that it was written by men that make mistakes.

I have been a student of the Word for almost 30 years. There’s an obligation that I feel to share the truth with someone misquoting the word so that they will not be deceived. God has ENTRUSTED revelation of His Word to me not to argue it, but to help bring TRUE Light to it for those who are hungry for righteousness and younger than I am in the faith and in the Lord.

I share with them that the bible was written by men who were INSPIRED by the Holy Spirit and Moved by God. To back that up; I share

2 Peter 1:20-21

V.20 But know this first of all, that NO prophecy of scripture is a matter of ONE’S OWN interpretation,

V.21 For NO prophecy was ever made by an act of HUMAN WILL, but men MOVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT spoke from God.

2 Peter 3:16-18

V.16 and also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do the rest of the scriptures, to their own destruction.

V.17 YOU therefore, beloved, knowing this BEFOREHAND, be ON YOUR GUARD so that you are NOT carried away by the ERROR of UNPRINCIPLED men, and fall from your own steadfastness.

V.18 BUT GROW IN the GRACE and KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, To Him be the GLORY, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Galatians 1:8 says; that even if we, or an ANGEL from heaven, should preach to you A GOSPEL CONTRARY to what we have preached to you, let him be accursed!

2 Peter 2:1 says, “but false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will SECRETLY introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

What many people don’t know it that wisdom and knowledge are ONLY REVEALED “IN CHRIST JESUS” NOT man’s understanding and interpretation.  

Colossians 2:2-3 says, “that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the FULL ASSURANCE  of understanding, resulting in a TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S MYSTERY, that is, Christ Himself,

V.3 IN WHOM ARE HIDDEN “ALL” the TREASURES of WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE.”

Please GUARD what God has ENTRUSTED to you. There is much work to be done for the kingdom’s sake in bringing in people who’ve never heard of Him or even His very NAME! God has called you and equipped you for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY! Will you answer the call?

He is telling the ranks to fall in line. As a believer you were enlisted in God’s army, respect Him and what He has ENTRUSTED you with. Jesus is working with you to bring this to pass.

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