Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 356 - Why Death? Why Life?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 261
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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Romans 8:11 was one of the first verses I learned when I became Born Again.  It wasn’t happenstance…it was divine intervention.  And as we celebrate the 6th anniversary of Michael’s move into eternity and being face-to-face with Jesus, His writing says all that we need to get from Michael about “life” and “death.”



DAY 356

Why Death? Why Life?

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. –Romans 8:11

Often, and particularly when we are at a funeral, we ask the question, “Why death?” However, I have found that the more pressing question is, “Why life?” Why are we alive? If we can grasp the deeper issue of what the purpose of life is, then death immediately loses its sting. 

It is important to understand that LIFE is JESUS. God had to become a man in order to reveal how His creation worked. The inventor became the invention. He was LIFE on earth, and He conquered everything that works against LIFE and returned to heaven as the Son of Man. God will never forget us, for at His right hand is a constant reminder of His commitment to us. Jesus is God, but also a victorious Man seated next to the Father. To forget man, God would need to forget His Son. Impossible!

There are two primary revelations that existence on earth brings to mankind. First, as the world squeezes us, we eventually come to the realization that we cannot live life on earth. At this point, Jesus makes His offer. “I lived on earth and overcame. Invite Me to live in you, and I will live life on earth through you.” This is not to say we are robots; it is merely a recognition that the LIFE that lived successfully on earth is now in heaven with the ability to enter all men, making them sons of God. Second, once Christ enters our lives, the pressure of the earth continues in order that the new LIFE we have within might be revealed. Having enemies reveals that we have a LIFE within that can love an enemy. Being offended reveals the LIFE that dwells within that can return a blessing. There is a saying among believers that actually is Buddhist in origin and says, “Life stinks, but God is good.” No! If stinking life reveals the true LIFE in me, then even stinking life is good. I want all that the world throws at me, for each time I am assaulted, three things happen. First, I try to fix it all, then I give up, and the Lord fixes me! Each so-called rotten event releases HIS LIFE, and my God keeps getting bigger and bigger than events or circumstances.

Why life? To receive and display HIS LIFE! Death is a continuation of that and is not frightening. 

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory

(I have left off any highlights.  I will let Holy Spirit highlight what He has for you this week.)



Having left off highlighting in Michael's text, let me simply make one statement: Michael is living and displaying Christ’s Life in a different location, to which all of us who are Believers are looking forward to some day.




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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Day 188 - The Limitations Of An Education

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 259
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive these thoughts in an easy manner.  If you are not getting these weekly postings via an email, go to the website: www.leemccm.blogspot.com …in the top right corner there is a place to register to receive each post.

ANNOUNCING: Volume 2 of My Weakness for His Strength is now in print!  Available at ALMI.  May I encourage you to get one soon!



Revelation vs Education.  A tremendous difference with extreme importance, and almost never recognized and discussed in the church.  Michael gives us a profound truth that is capable of changing the lives of those who “see” and walk in it.


DAY 188

The Limitations Of An Education


They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend. --Isaiah 44:18

Many parents have put much into the lives, character, and training of their children, only to be disappointed. Disappointed in what? In the inability of the training and education to produce what only revelation can. They had believed in the illusion called education at the expense of something higher in which to place their trust. They had exalted it and attributed to it characteristics that it does not have. When it comes to our life in Christ, we do not need a better education; we need revelation. 

Jesus reveals to us the limitation of an education. The end result of hand picking twelve men to train and educate for three-and-a-half years was the lone teacher hanging on a cross with none of the disciples in sight. Yet, after revelation, those same men who denied Him were ready to die for Him. Peter denied the Lord not before a court of law, but in front of a sliver of a girl. This was the outcome of his education. After revelation he stood before crowds to proclaim Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit brings revelation.

If you want revelation for your child, you must pray and wait, expanding your belief system and acknowledging that the child belongs to the Lord. God is faithful; He would have none perish.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


How many have ever read Isaiah 44:18 and stopped to meditate on the immense ramification of such a truth?  Wow.  God has “smeared over their eyes so they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.”  The context is of those who are not worshipping God, but graven images…forms of a god of whom God says are vanity (Isaiah 44:1-20).  God says this person has a deceived heart.

The text verse speaks of those who have not known, nor understood, who the truthful God is.  They do not, nor cannot, know or understand divine and spiritual things.  Truth comes from Divine Revelation.

Michael gives us a great progression in his writing:
1. Jesus reveals to us the limitation of an education
2. we do not need a better education; we need revelation
3. after revelation, we do things differently, as did the 12 He chose
4. we MUST recognize and proclaim: only Holy Spirit brings revelation
5. we need to PRAY for Divine Revelation from Holy Spirit for ourselves and our
    families
6. we trust God is faithful to bring revelation

What is transpiring today in bible studies and bible schools?  Too much education, not enough prayer and meditation to seek revelation from Holy Spirit.

Well, amen.



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 170 - It Is Easier To Be Man Than To Be God!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 258
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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ANNOUNCING: Volume 2 of My Weakness for His Strength is now in print!  Available at ALMI.  May I encourage you to get one soon!



How many people have ever said, “If I was God…”?  Of course that is a desire to have His power, without having His pressure.  Pressure?  Well, look at what Michael gives us in this day’s writing…


DAY 170

It Is Easier To Be Man Than To Be God!

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. That which is has been already, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. --Ecclesiastes 3:11-15

I remember as a child wanting in the worst way a little motor scooter. As soon as my boys were big enough, I made sure that they got one. Fathers delight in helping their sons and even sharing in the accomplishments of their sons. I have known more than one man who, not having a father himself, was driven to be the best father possible. In short, loving fathers busy themselves with attempts to make life easier for their sons than it was for them. Could it be that God is also this way? Could it be that the life God has for me is actually better than His? It boils down to this: Is it easier to be man than to be God? Look at the life of God. Man has never really paid for sin; God has been picking up that tab all along. His creation sins and He pays. The ultimate payment came when His only begotten Son died. God has taken all of the responsibility to cause things to work together for the good, to take what He has made and redeem it in every possible way. He is putting together a grand jigsaw puzzle. All of the pressure is on Him. Would you really like to be God? To experience for one day what it is like to be driven by pure love? Could you bear up under His sorrow? Would you have the wisdom to govern? I have concluded that my life as a son is much easier than my Father’s. I think I simply need to enjoy my inheritance. I am going to rest and appreciate the benefit from all of His work. 

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Ecclesiastes may be one of the least read and least studied books of the Bible.  Why?  It is a challenging look at life, of which many choose to walk away from.  But in it, particularly in today’s text, God makes some very definite Life-giving statements.

Look at these uncomplicated declarations from God:
“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God.”
“I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.”

Wow!  That is some kind of work God has done!

It doesn’t take but just a brief moment of thinking about my answers to Michael’s questions right before the end…and to make the same conclusions Michael has made.  And to rejoice and soak on the writer’s premise: “it is the gift of God.”  Well, amen.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 169 - It Gets Crowded On The Throne

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 257
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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ANNOUNCING: Volume 2 of My Weakness for His Strength is now in print!  Available at ALMI.  May I encourage you to get one soon!



I wonder when the multitudes started thinking more in the physical realm than in the spiritual realm.  Or, has it just been the way of life for mankind since the Fall?

Michael gives us something to mull over with our own thinking…actually giving us pause to consider which mind do we run to in considering options, making decisions, and taking action.



DAY 169

It Gets Crowded On The Throne


Come and see what God has done, how awesome His works in man’s behalf. --Psalm 66:5

“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel, did not understand what Jesus was saying, because, like so many of us, he was conditioned to think that the work of God is always done by man, as if God is so small that He needs the help of man. In essence, Nicodemus believed, “God takes care of those who take care of themselves,” being accustomed to thinking that people came into the kingdom through effort, strain, teaching, watching their every move, endless conversation, right training, and persuasive argument. In his mind, men did not change so easily as through God’s working out a conversion by something as natural as birth. Nicodemus, a teacher of Israel, had crowded God right off the throne and was not a relaxed man!

Today, it seems so many things are needed to bring about conversion: a new church building, a special service with music perfectly calculated to move the unbeliever, youth discussion groups, psychological counseling, and exegetical preaching. Yes, with all of these surely God will be manipulated to move and bring conversions; the pews will fill and children will no longer experiment with drugs. It is getting more and more crowded on the throne. 

The conversion that He brings is not to a system but to spiritual truth; it places concepts
in our being, not in our minds. His conversion is His work and comes only through the
power of the Spirit. There is room for only One on the throne. 

      (underlines are mine for emphasis…see below)
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


When is the last time you looked at life as a system, and not as spiritual truth?  As a life, and not as a Life?  Big difference.

Are we seeing concepts in our being, not in our minds?  Do we recognize God’s work comes only through the power of Holy Spirit?  Our answers line up with one side or the other in Michael’s illustrations. 

I think we should ask ourselves some really difficult questions about whether we have been “conditioned” and have become “accustomed” to thinking in the worldly realm or the spiritual realm.

I love the terms “spiritual truth,” “born of the Spirit,” and “power of the Spirit.”  These keep me focused on Who is on the throne.


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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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P.O. Box 633244   Nacogdoches, TX 75963              936-559-5696

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Day 218 - Peace of God

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 256
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive these thoughts in an easy manner.  If you are not getting these weekly postings via an email, go to the website: www.leemccm.blogspot.com …in the top right corner there is a place to register to receive each post.

ANNOUNCING: Volume 2 of My Weakness for His Strength is now in print!  Available at ALMI.  May I encourage you to get one soon!



There are very few ways in which I want to experience God that top this one: HIS PEACE.  Wow!  So comfortable, so uncomplicated, so perfect.

Michael takes us to a verse that is spoken to Christians.  And makes a note that the peace of God is only for Christians.  Truthfully, no unregenerate person can ever possess the peace of God.



DAY 218

Peace of God

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. --Colossians 3:15

The peace of God is unique to Christianity, something no other religion offers. It is the gauge in the walk of a believer, for he may not know when it comes, but he will sure know when it leaves. If peace goes when others attempt to focus life on something other than Jesus, then that is not where God wants him. If he is approached with an emphasis other than Him and peace goes, he can just say, "Amen," and walk away. When Jesus is kept as the focus, the believer can forgive, know he is forgiven, and need not get involved in lesser true things, for he has and can cling to the Truth.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


Michael begins by making a statement that is profound: “The peace of God is unique to Christianity, something no other religion offers.” (my bold print emphasis).  How staggering is that?!?

And then Michael gives us the “works” - as we say in Texas about the cheese, bacon, chives, and sour cream on top of a buttered baked potato – you know it when it ain’t there!  The peace of God gone is known in the walk of the Believer.  For sure!

Aha, thank you, Michael, for giving us the “key” to enjoying the peace of God: FOCUS.  FOCUS ON JESUS CHRIST.  I love that word “focus,” don’t you?  Focus drives our doing.  When I was playing golf in my younger days, on the tee of that difficult hole that had water on the left and out-of-bounds on the right, IF my “focus” was on either of those…guess where I hit the ball 9 times out of 10.  Yes, in the water, or out-of-bounds.  But (a “holy” but), when my focus was nowhere except on the fairway, guess where I hit it 9 times out of 10, or more…  I worked at training my mind to focus on the fairway!

Anything that comes along to deter or distract us from our focus on Jesus Christ, well, “Amen,” and walk away…keep the focus on Him! 

Well, amen!  Follow the Shepherd, not another sheep…or, sidetrack…




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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Day 213 - Obsessions

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 255
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Life is full of choices, isn’t it?  And depending on our focus, we Christians can make wise choices or destructive choices.  Maybe we ought to start a recap of what we focus on…by which “direction” our chooser is taking us!


DAY 213

Obsessions

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. --Philippians 4:8

Imagine that the place you are presently sitting as you read this article represents your whole life. Everything in the room holds some aspect of your past, present, and future. Now pick up the most insignificant object that you see, such as a pencil, a coin, or a saltshaker, and slowly move it toward your eye. Keep moving it until this insignificant object blocks out half of your world. Something that is really of no great consequence to the rest of us has become of paramount importance to you. In fact, you will have great difficulty living the rest of the day with half of your vision blocked. This is exactly what the enemy does to believers. He picks something from our past, present, or future and has us obsessing on it until we believe that there is nothing we can do in life until this one thing is resolved. Some obsess so long that they eventually begin to listen to the voice of the enemy telling them that this one thing is so consuming that the only option is suicide! Obsession is wrong in two fundamental ways. First, Matthew 5:36: "You cannot make one hair white or black.” That is, you cannot control the past, present, or future. Second, regret over the past is for unbelievers. It vexes me greatly when I see believers wallow over some stupid mistake in the past. We have a God, He takes our sins, and the proof that He cleanses us from them is the very fact that we are distressed when we think about the past. Therefore, He is to be our daily focus. 

Imagine that your mind is divided in half. One half of your mental energy goes to your mate, job, church, family, and hobby; the other half of your thought-life goes to your obsession. If you give up your obsession, what will you do with the vacuum? Philippians gives the secret: focus on Him! One thing I found that makes life enjoyable is to give myself to something bigger than myself each day. So while an obsession is bigger than the person who gives himself to it, God is indescribably bigger than the obsession. Satan wanted Jesus to worship him; the word used for worship is indicative of “giving attention to.” Jesus refused to give His attention to anything other than God. We will not worship an obsession.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


Michael gives us two fundamental ways obsession should never be a part of our lives.  Both are non-entities for a Believer focused on Christ.
1.     Matthew 5:36: "You cannot make one hair white or black.”
2.    regret over the past is for unbelievers.

When will Believers stop listening to the enemy?


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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries

P.O. Box 633244   Nacogdoches, TX 75963              936-559-5696

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Day 211 - No Fear in Love

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 254
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive these thoughts in an easy manner.  If you are not getting these weekly postings via an email, go to the website: www.leemccm.blogspot.com …in the top right corner there is a place to register to receive each post.



Fear is a destructive spirit.  But, as God’s people, we have a different Spirit to empower us when any temptation to “fall” captive to worries and fears surfaces (2 Timothy 1:7).  Michael gives us one of the most beautiful verses in God’s Word on this issue.  Let Holy Spirit bring peace to your heart as you read this day’s writing.



DAY 211

No Fear in Love

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. --I John 4:18

Alex Mathew in India tells of a friend he had, Michael Francis, who had a career and a family when he contracted leprosy. Once his disease had been cured, he stood in front of the hospital filled with fear. Would his family come and pick him up? They did not. He said he had faced his worst fear, the fear that they would not come, and yet he stood. In Jesus, he still stood! From that day he was never afraid again. He sat homeless on a concrete slab in the streets and told Alex, "See this concrete that I sleep on? It is as soft as velvet. I have found it to be the Savior's lap." 

What is your worst fear? Have you ever feared what you would do if you lost someone you love? Have you ever feared that the person you love might say to you, "I do not love you; I never loved you”? Have you feared that your inferiority, worthlessness, lack of acceptableness, and deficiency of love might be revealed? It is just fear. When it comes, do you know that if you have Jesus, fear will wash over you like a wave, and you, too, will still be standing? It is an amazing thing to be confronted at last with your worst fear and to find yourself still standing. You will find it a liberating experience, just as Michael Francis did, and you will be free in a new way, knowing there is nothing left to lose, and therefore, there is nothing to fear.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory


Alex Matthew’s friend, Michael Francis, faced his fear NOT in his own power, but in Christ.  Christ in him, his hope, delivered Michael Francis from his worst fear.  Amen!

And isn’t it amazing that “from that day he was never afraid again.”  Hallelujah!  That is what “perfect love,” Jesus Christ, is all about.  Michael Francis made a choice…to trust and rest in Jesus Christ.

No matter what “life” throws into our path, Michael Wells has shown us that LIFE will keep us where we will “still be standing.”  Well, amen!



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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries

P.O. Box 633244   Nacogdoches, TX 75963              936-559-5696