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Posted: 2008-03-09 17:44:52
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Posted: 2008-03-01 21:02:53
The True Gospel by David Nelson 2-29-08
Introduction: Below is a statement on some of the essential parts of the message of salvation often missing in sermons. This is not a doctrinal statement or a full treatise on every aspect of salvation or the gospel. We believe it is important for people to know these things in addition to other important aspects of the Gospel that are more widely accepted and taught. We are trying to guard against people sitting in church thinking that they are saved because they have “said a prayer,” and a pastor or a “spiritual leader” told them they were saved when, in fact, they have not been born again and are still going to church in an unsaved condition. After reading the points below we hope that you will agree that these thoughts and verses are an important part of the True Gospel.
----God takes the initiative to draw us to Himself. “No one comes to the Father unless the Holy Spirit draws him.”
----No one can make himself born again. “Unless you be born again you cannot see the
----We must believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth and have Him in our life. “There is no other name except His name (Jesus) by which we must be saved.” “If we have Jesus in us we have eternal life.” “He who has not the Spirit of Christ has not life.”
----You may speak to God in prayer often but what is of key importance is when He starts speaking to you about sin and righteousness. If you listen, take heed, and change into His likeness (at whatever speed is not the key factor but what is key is continuing to change in your character and actions to become more like Christ) then you are a real “son” (child) of God. If you do not grow in righteousness and holiness (because of His continuing discipline of you, and His showing you His ways, and the changes that He makes in your life as you submit to His leadings and promptings), if this is not happening, then you are not a real “son” (child) of God but a bastard (pretend) son. “Without holiness no one will see God.”
----The true gospel Jesus presented can be summed up in this verse, “If anyone (man, woman, boy or girl) wants to be my disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” (If you don’t do this you are not my disciple, pupil, or follower). Jesus did the will of the Father in His life. “I do only those things that please Him. I do nothing on my own authority but only what I see the Father do, that I do.” One of the hardest things Jesus ever had to do, though He knew ahead of time it was the Father’s will, was go to the cross. Why do I say it was one of the hardest things? He did all that the Father sent Him to do through His whole life without complaining but one night in the garden of Gethsemane He faced the greatest crisis of His life. When He prayed, “If it be possible Father let this cup (of the cross) pass from me (that I would not have to drink it). Never the less thy will be done not my will (which was to have it pass). Three times He said the same words to the Father in great agony of soul. Finally He got the victory and said, OK, I will do it, not my will, I will do your will, Father. And Jesus requires no less of His followers, deny your own will every day, take up your own cross every day, and follow Me (in whatever I may require of you).
----This is the true gospel. It has to do with us receiving Christ and believing in Him (His cross, His righteousness, His blood, His forgiveness, His life in us). He will change us by making us born again. We will become new creatures that are drawn toward righteousness and away from sin. As we lose sin more and more, we are becoming more holy, more like Him. It is a narrow path that leads to life eternal. We have that eternal life in us with Jesus in us. If we should stray from the path, He’ll give us strength and show us the way back. If we stay in relationship with Him till the end we will grow spiritually, become more like Him and “if we endure to the end we will be saved.” “We are nearer now to our salvation than when we first believed.”
----This is not the gospel that we hear very often, but it is because we have become familiar with an “easier gospel” and we thought it was an acceptable gospel, but it is missing some of the essential parts mentioned above.
----Why is this Gospel such “Good News?” Because Jesus is the door to God’s world. He is the door to know God. “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” I give you the free gift of eternal life, “And this is eternal life, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
(Quotes above are verses from the Bible, available upon request)
Posted: 2008-03-01 20:55:27
DOING AWAY WITH the CROSS
Posted: 2008-02-28 19:59:00
Scripture verses referenced in this study:
God is leading us down a wonderful path! The basic discipleship ideas in Heb. 6 include repentance from dead works. God doesn’t want us to have a hold of the world and the flesh and what is dead. He wants us to put that off and take what is life and have our minds renewed. We are being renewed daily so that we might put on what is heavenly and what is life.
In Deut. 8:2, is a continuation of thought, here, on being led out of the world. “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not, and he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone but that man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” The Lord led the people into the wilderness. He wanted to teach them to listen to His voice, not to put their confidence in food that they see or in water that they see, in shelter or anything human by walking by sight, but they were to walk by faith and listen to the voice of God. As they walked into the wilderness, their food began to be depleted, the water began to be depleted, they are out in the wilderness. There is no McDonald’s around, there are no fields of corn. Where’s the food? They can’t walk by sight now. It has to be you must live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, that God says he will take care of you. God says that he will provide food and water. They complained to Moses and they said, “Our food has run out, our water is running out, we are going to die of thirst here in the wilderness, it would be better for us to go back to Egypt where we had our squashes and our leeks and our onions and our fields and we could see something and know that this is our food and this is what we can depend on...we would rather be in slavery and know that we are going to be taken of." This is hard, walking by faith. God humbled them and let them hunger in the wilderness. See, this is the growing up. God may pull little rugs out from underneath you, or he is going to take away something that you wanted, or he is going to allow something to happen that you are going to be running after toys and he is going to say that he doesn’t want you to have these toys, I am going to make you miserable hanging onto these things. You have to let go. You have to pray more. You have to press in. You’ve got to not watch so much television. All of this is a humbling of causing us to hunger and thirst that when he finally feeds us with manna or feeds us with quail or takes the water that is before us and all of the sudden we are ready to drink it and it is poison water; OH NO. But then He sweetens it. He will show you what is right and will provide water for you from unseen ways. As God said to Moses, “Strike the rock and the water will come forth.” Water will come forth from My hidden treasury. God is saying, you’ve got to learn to walk this walk of faith and you have to learn to let go and to progress.
In Rev. 2:26 it says, "He who conquers and keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations." You must keep his works until the end. You must keep bearing the fruits of repentance. John the Baptist says, "bear fruits that befit repentance." He must keep His works until the end. It says, "Endure until the end and you will be saved." These are His works. You have to do what He is telling you to do. You have to have a relationship with Him and walk with Him and be changed by Him. In II Tim 4:7, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” This was probably Paul’s last letter. These were, maybe, days before he was going to be martyred. He says, “The time of my departure is near.” I know that I am going to be put to death soon. I know that the race is soon over for me. I have fought the fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. We have to keep going until the end and repentance, as it mentions in Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, seven churches are mentioned. To five the different churches, he says that you must repent. He says, “I know your works.” Verse 2:2: “I know your works, your toil, your patient endurance. I know that you cannot bear evil men and you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name.” This sounds like a good report, doesn’t it? This is the
This is the walk of repentance. This is the repentance that is a continuing walk of true repentance. Finally, in 1John1:7. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” Anyone who is backslidden does not really want to have fellowship. They are hiding in the dark. They are running away from God. They know that their life is away from God. Every one in the while they will meet somebody who is on fire and they will either be sparked into thinking, “Gee, why can’t I be on fire again.” I know there is something wrong and I know that I am not walking in fellowship with the Lord or in the light. They will begin to fellowship again on a level of just sharing the word, thinking that maybe this is going to merit them something, but they know there is something wrong, they know that they need to repent. But, if we walk it the light as He is in the light and we have fellowship with God and we open up our arms to God and we say, “God, look at me—I am weak. I am lukewarm. I want to be hot. I have lost my first love; oh, rekindle that love. That true confession to God. That opening up and walking in the light. It says, “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” It says in verse 9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We have to open up to the Lord and confess. We have to tell Him what we need. We have to say, “Lord, lead me into truth. Lead me by your spirit.” All those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God. I confess my sin and I walk in the light. I open my life to You that you might shine on me. Lord, I want to be in fellowship with you again. God will truly do this for you and he will take a hold of your hand and he will lead you down that path of life and he will teach you and chasten you and discipline you and that is the path of true repentance.
Posted: 2008-02-27 19:59:02
Scripture verses referenced in this study:
Eph. 6:12: “For we are not wrestling against flesh and blood. We are wrestling against principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Do you hear that list of things? Do you think that it is meaningless? Do you think, “da, da, da, da, da, DA, DA, DA, DA, DA, da, da, da, da, da, DA, DA, DA, DA.” No, every one of these things means something. Look, “the wickedness in heavenly places.” Do you know that Satan is called the Prince of the power of the air? He controls the air over certain things. He controls the air over parts of
In war, you are not sitting and relaxing. You are not off your guard. You are not side-tracked into other things. You have a keen interest in warfare. It says in II Tim. 2:3, “take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” No soldier, on service, gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is satisfy the one who enlisted him.” Do you think a soldier who has been called over to
What are Satan’s wiles and his deceptions? Back in Eph. 6, it says, “Put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to withstand in the evil day.” We are in an evil day. It is more wicked now than it has ever been. There is more trouble. There is more rebellion. There is more betrayal. There is more backbiting and slander and haters of God. We need to do everything we can do to stand. It says, “having done all, to stand.” We have got to keep standing. We have got to keep alert. We have got to keep our feet planted and have the armor of God. Satan is going to try every trick he can.
In I John 5:19, it says, “The whole world is in the power of the evil one.” Don’t think about him just being the price of the power of the air. Cities all over this world are in control of Satan. It is only the Christian soldiers who come in who are going to redeem the land and set the captives free and set the prisoners free that are actually the soldiers that are releasing people from the hold of Satan. It says of Satan, “He has blinded the eyes of the unbelievers.” They are not going to be able to see unless they hear the truth. The truth will set you free. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This is one of the weapons of our warfare, the sword of the Spirit. When Jesus was battled in the wilderness and tempted by Satan, he always said (when Satan said something to him), “It is written.” Then, he quoted an Old Testament verse; so, he slashed out with the sword every time he speak to Satan. Satan would say something to him and Jesus would say, “It is written” “Ye shall worship the Lord Your God and Him only shall you worship” and he had to back down on that one. But God didn’t release him yet. He came back on another one. Then he came back on another one. After Jesus won those victories, it says “Satan left him for awhile until he had another opportunity.” See, Satan will have his seasons.
Satan, in the book of Job, had to always get permission as to what he did to that righteous man Job. In Chapters 1 and 2 of Job, Satan was allowed to hurt Job. He was allowed to send a great wind. God ordained the wind, but Satan was the one who said, “Send a great wind and knock it into his house, like a tornado.” Have you ever heard anyone say a “dust devil,” a twister? Those twisters, if you ever saw one in real life, you would think about, “What is this evil coming for my house to destroy my house?” This world is filled with evil. Satan can use winds to destroy. In Job, Chapter 1, Satan used a wind to knock Job’s house down and all of his children died. His sons and daughters died when his house collapsed. Then, Satan also sent the Sabians, which were a group of people. The Sabians came through and stole his cattle, killed his cattle, killed his servants. Then, Satan was allowed to touch Job’s body, but Satan could do nothing unless he got permission from God. So, no matter what Satan throws at us; and it says in Eph. 6 that he will throw every fiery dart at us. Eph 6:16 says, “An above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. We need to take the shield of faith to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. What is he going to throw at you? He is going to throw the wind, blow your house down, your children are gone. Now, that’s a fiery dart, would that knock you out of the ministry? What if your house fell down and your kids were all killed? Would that make you say? Now, I’m bitter against God. I’m not going to serve God anymore. Or, he blows something else at you. Destroys your goods. Or, he touches your body and that is going to make you not serve God anymore because he touches your body? He might cause you to get in an accident where your neck is broken and you can’t even move your arms and legs anymore and he might now allow you to get healed, like Joni Eareckson-Tada, who was not healed, but she goes all over the world speaking for God in a wheelchair. She can’t move her arms and legs and she is used by God, mightily, not because he healed her but because she loves God even when she is still paralyzed. She did this in a swimming accident where she dove into some shallow water. No one can say that Joni Eareckson Tada did not have the faith to be healed. Many great, mighty, faith healers have prayed over her to be healed and she is not healed. You know why? Because God is going to get more glory for using her to go all over the world saying, “God has made me close to Him, even thought I am not healed with my arms and legs.” No matter what God does to you, no matter what flaming dart Satan hurls at you, you quench it by the shield of faith. Which means, God, you have given me children, you have taken them away, Blessed be the name of the Lord. I still trust you and love you. You have given me all this cattle and all these homes and now they are all swept away. Lord, you gave me good things and now you have taken them away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Lord, I had health. Now, you have taken my health away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. It said, even when his health was taken away, he STILL did not find fault with God or charge God with wrong. He didn’t get mad at God; he said, “I still trust you.” You know what else he said, “Even if you slay me, yet will I trust you.” Even if I have to go and die for you, God, I will still trust you. Because trust is the shield of faith to quench all the flaming darts of Satan. No matter what he does to you, you say, “Lord, I believe in you, Lord I hide in your refuge, Lord, Satan can’t do anything to me because I am going to believe in you no matter what. If anybody here has been going through trials, Satan has been hurling darts at you.
The tricks of Satan: If you don’t know how your enemy is battling and what his tricks are, then you will be deceived. You will have to learn by trial and error what he is like. I will give you some ideas in Part 3 of this writing about what he is going to do; so, you can anticipate what he is going to do. So, you can be a good warrior and a good soldier. In II Cor. 2:5-11, verses 5-10 tell the context of the 11th verse. “To keep Satan from gaining the advantage over us, for we are not ignorant of his designs.” The word “designs” means devices, schemes, tricks. We are not ignorant of his tricks. We want to be smart. You want to know what his devices, designs, schemes are because if he can get in and do one of his schemes, he will have the advantage over you; unless you know how to overcome his schemes. One of his designs is unforgiveness; holding a grudge against somebody. Now, many times, I have been tempted to get mad at somebody. I have been tempted to hold a grudge against somebody or not forgive them or let a separation come. Sometimes, I have wanted to say, “Forget them.” I don’t need them. I can go on without them. No, that is not God’s way. That will be one of Satan’s tricks. It says here in verses 5-11 that unforgiveness is a trick of Satan, that if you will forgive—and they are talking about forgiving a certain person, then you will clear the path for reconciliation. But, if you will not forgive and you hold a grudge, then Satan will have the advantage over you and he will have tricked you into separating from someone. Let’s turn to Eph. 4:26-27, “Be angry, but do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no place to the devil.” Remember the one I just read in II Cor. It said, “let not Satan get the advantage over you.” Unforgiveness is giving place to Satan. Sometimes Satan can cause trouble in your family. He can cause husband and wife to not be cooperating and be working at odds with each other.
If you were fighting a heavy battle and you had 50 people fighting and, all of the sudden, 20-30 of them said, “Hey, we are not going to do this anymore, this is crazy!” “We are not going to make it.” They all start running for the trees. Now, you have only got 10-15 people and you are looking out at the enemy, saying “We don’t have much to fight with now but we better stand our ground.” And then, more leave and pretty soon you only have 3-4, isn’t it harder when people are deserting? It is harder, but you are going to say, “We are going to stand our ground.” “God is with us.” It doesn’t matter how many we have. The race is not to the swift. The battle is not to the strong. The battle is to the Lord. The Lord will beat them. The Lord’s hand will reach forth and beat our enemy. It doesn’t matter how many we have. We have to stand strongly. We have to keep going. So, it says in Eph. 4:26-27, “Anger will give place to the devil…” If the devil gets a place in you, he has gotten a foothold in your life. He gets an advantage in you. Anger will do it. Unforgiveness will do it. For example, if you don’t get along with your wife or husband, it says in I Pet.3:7, that will hinder your prayers. Satan knows how to hinder you.
Posted: 2008-02-25 11:19:45
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Posted: 2008-02-25 05:01:05
"Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays."
Author: Andrew Murray
Posted: 2008-02-23 18:10:38
May Your Dreams Come True by David Nelson 2-21-08
It is a recurring theme in movies, books, and most importantly in the Scriptures, where we see a person waiting for “their time” to come and then the Lord (sometimes suddenly) launches them into their destiny. What I mean by “their time” is the period of their life that they were created for and destined by God to fulfill. What is your dream for how the Lord will yet use you?
Think about Moses living to be about 120 years old. The first 40 years (preparation), the next 40 years a shepherd in the wilderness (feeling, I’m sure, some disappointment, regrets, or wondering, “Is there more I am to do?” Maybe Moses had an unfulfilled dream in his heart till he was 80, “Does God still want to use me, could the dreams and vision deep in my heart still be ahead of me? I still feel there must be more ahead for me?” Then suddenly, one day, a burning bush. And Moses was launched into the last 40 years of his life that was his destiny. Quite an adventure he had ahead wouldn’t you say?
Think about Joseph, 17 years old, the dreams he had, sold as a slave by his brothers, almost murdered by his brothers. Then 13 years later, still in slavery and in prison. I’m sure he thought about his dreams. “Does the Lord still have good goals ahead for me, will I still accomplish the dreams deep in my heart?” Then suddenly, one night, the Pharaoh had his own troubling dream (did not the Lord know ahead of time the exact night and date Pharaoh’s dream would come?) Come quickly out of your prison, out of your waiting and wondering time. Take off your old clothes, get shaved and presentable, your time has come Joseph, you are now entering a new chapter of your life, your new adventure and the fulfilling of your destiny.
Think about Gideon of the Old Testament and Saul (Paul) of the New Testament. Gideon was threshing out wheat in a wine press. He was hiding his doings so that his enemies (the Midianites) who were coming into the land wouldn’t get his food. Many others were hiding in dens and caves of the mountains also. I’m sure Gideon was discouraged (and maybe a little angry and bitter) when he said to his visitor (really an angel or the Lord Himself), “You say the Lord is with me and I am a mighty man of valor? If the Lord is with us why have all these bad things befallen us? Where are his miracles of old that we have been told about? But now the Lord has forsaken us,” that seems clear. “Also I am the least in my father’s house.”
Gideon needed some coaxing to believe that he had something great to do for the Lord, though I am sure he also had dreams deep in his heart as to his destiny and how he would or could be used for the Lord. Then suddenly, when fire rose up out of the rock and consumed Gideon’s present of a delicious meal for his visitor, then Gideon was launched into his new adventures with the Lord.
Saul of Tarsus became Paul suddenly on the road to
Now I would like to paint another picture for you. Imagine an older cowboy or a former hero of the “Old West” who has seen better days. He is sitting alone in a social setting in a public establishment at a table thinking about his past. In his day, he had great skills admired by everyone. He had already accomplished some great things in his life but not everything he had dreamed of had come to pass as he had hoped. Now he wondered, is there still more for me to do? Are all my days to accomplish great things behind me or are the dreams I feel in my heart for all I could have been or still desire to be, could these great things still be ahead? Like Moses and Joseph and Gideon and Paul who searched their own hearts, appreciating their past accomplishments but wondering and hoping that they still could accomplish what they were born to do. There were dreams deep in their hearts that God had put there that there was much more ahead if they could just believe that God would or could still use them greatly. And so, the former western hero sat, wondering if he was too old, wondering if his skills and gifts were still sharp enough to be used for God’s glory, was there a greater destiny for him, and if so, when and how would it ever come? If a great need arose for his town to need a hero again, how much coaxing would it take to get him to arise to the greatest adventure of his life that God had in store for him?
This is a time now for each one of us. This is the time that the Lord has chosen for us to be in. All the dreams and the vision deep in your heart have been smoldering. Your dreams may seem broken at times, many disappointments, or what others may see as failures, or the times of waiting for your dreams to come true have passed like water under the bridge. You know God has given you the skills and the gifts, you have seen them, and others have seen glimpses of them. Your gifts may be much greater than you know, you might be one in a thousand or one in a million with rare skills to be used by the Lord in this hour. You have a smoldering fire down deep inside (your dreams) that haven’t completely gone out. Who will coax you out of “retirement” like Moses and Gideon were? Who believes that you can do great things again or even a new and greater adventure, the challenge of your life, greater than anything done before? It is the Lord who will come suddenly, He knows what He can do with you, even what He will do with you, and what He has always planned for you to do. The dreams have been growing in you like a baby into its birth maturity in your womb. The Lord has put those growing dreams in you. Will you miss your destiny? Will you miss doing what God has for you to do? No, you are reading this. You are looking to Him and hoping in Him and He is the Author and Finisher of us. You just need someone to stir up the fire, stir up the smoldering embers. You just need to believe that God has a good plan for you and that He will fulfill all that He has planned for you. Suddenly God will come to you. The hour is now, there are things ahead we do not fully fathom. He is making us ready for this hour. He has need of thee. Just look up, take His hand, He sees you, He is working His plan out (He has been all along), you will be part of it, He’s stirring you up, He’s teaching you things to prepare you, get ready for the greatest hour, trust Him for your dreams (they are His dreams) to come true.
In the Mean Time, This is My Constant Desire and Prayer
In the mean time (as we look for the restoring of all things), as we are growing in the Lord each day and seeking to do His will every day, there is one prayer request that I am calling out to the Lord constantly. Lord, what is your will for me each day? Lord, I want so much to hear you say one day, “Well done, my good and faithful servant….” Lord, if I have any idols, I want them to fall and be broken and scattered in the dust. I want to say they are nothing to me and you (Lord) are everything. Lord, I want to be enthralled with you (intimacy with you in prayer and in all my daily walk), I want to get your work assignments to be done each day (what projects do you have for me today?). I want everything I do now that is not of you to become as ashes, as dung, as a toy that I’m no longer interested in. As a small candle at night so are my desires in the dark, but when you come to me more and more fully it will be like the sun coming up and it will be so light with your desires and your things that the candle of my desires will be nothing now. Lord, make my trivial pursuits each day fall away, let your greater light come. Remove all that is base and worldly from us (or give us strength to throw it all out), teach me how to forsake all and reject all that is not of you. Come suddenly and launch me. Your dream has been growing in me like a baby in the womb. Deliver it out. Let it birth out. Let it start to come out and please keep it moving out into the open.
I am willing to talk with anyone about what the Lord has been saying to me, for I believe He has been saying similar things to others all around the world. Sometimes what I feel inside burns like a mighty furnace but sometimes my dreams are just smoldering coals that need to be stirred a bit by the encouragement of others, so then the fire flares up again.
Disappointments and much time waiting for the fulfillment of things in my heart takes a toll at times, who else out there has seen the same things? Who sees clearly what is wrong and what is needed? Who has some more pieces of the puzzle, how can we sharpen one another? Can we work together to bring these things out that the Lord has been showing us? So much needs to be restored to the Church and revived in the Church. So let us be together in this exciting time. What exciting things the Lord has ahead for all of us.
I would like to meet with others to seek the Lord, pray for revival, and make places for the Lord to come and dwell in our midst and be our King. When we come together we will hear from each one what the Lord has been saying to each and what manifestations of the Spirit will come forth through the members of His Body.
Posted: 2008-02-21 18:10:38
“We need a baptism of clear seeing.
Posted: 2008-02-09 11:40:18
"OLD WELLS, FALLEN MANTLES and NEW FOUNTAINS"
~by Michael Edds