Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 168 - Is Your Chooser Broken?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 253
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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I love this day’s writing as much as any Michael has done…for a couple of reasons.  The first is this: Joshua 24:15 was one of the first verses our pastor preached on after we were Born Again.  I believe it was Father’s Day, 1980.  It served as a catalyst for this new Believer dad to start making good spiritual choices.  Secondly, I am in complete agreement with Michael about our “chooser.”  Enjoy the truth of this writing, and perhaps make some decisions that will dramatically affect your life from this day forward…



DAY 168

Is Your Chooser Broken?

. . . choose for yourself this day whom you will serve . . . but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. --Joshua 24:15

Many believers act as though their choosers are broken, mistakenly feeling that their wills have been given over to the nearly robot-like control of the enemy. Conversely, they believe the remedy would be to have their wills given over to a robot-like response of obedience to God! In anger they shout, “God does not help me! I told Him to take over and He has not. I am giving up on God!” Either way they are acknowledging erroneously that they cannot choose and must therefore be under another’s authority. If they can choose to get out of bed, what to eat, what to wear, and whom to date; then they have the ability to choose to walk away from sin, bad habits, and all other things that simply do not suit believers. However, there is a beginning place, a first choice, which is accomplished by saying, “Father, I choose Your will. I am too weak to know it or to walk in it, but I trust You to lead me to it. Thank You!” 

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Incredible, isn’t it?  Broken choosers.  Easier to choose that position than to choose God’s way and move to Him.  Wow!

At “Christ In The Park” (this simple ministry to whomever stops by the table at the park in downtown Nacogdoches, Texas, on Sunday mornings) yesterday, this topic sort of came up.  One of the participants said, “I’ve heard it said that folks think it is easier to believe a lie than to believe the truth.”  Well, I said, “That’s true, but not the truth!”  lol!

Michael always teaches that it is just as easy to choose God as it is to choose the devil and the world.  How did the church ever get to “believing” the latter?!?  Oh, wait…a simple choice.

Time and space will not permit me to delve into the “double-mindedness” of Christians.  It would help explain things.  Write me if you care to discuss this further.  But for now…

How easy is it to “choose God”?  Easy.  Make the choice.  If you need any “help,” simply use Michael’s words…“Father, I choose Your will. I am too weak to know it or to walk in it, but I trust You to lead me to it. Thank You!”  And He will.



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Day 167 - Is It Easy To Walk In The Flesh?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 252
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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Michael makes some incredible points throughout this book (My Weakness for His Strength) on the “flesh.”  Today’s observations are just more of his beautiful insights…                                                  



DAY 167

Is It Easy To Walk In The Flesh?

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. --II John, verse 4

I am thinking how there exists in the life of the believer a healthy tension that can be likened to holding on to the top end of a vertical steel rod and bending it toward the ground. The farther it bends, the more tension there is. A believer can walk a little in the flesh without the tension’s being so great. However, a large measure of walking in the flesh yields great tension. How long could a person hold a steel rod bent clear to the ground? The longer it was held, the more stress and strain there would be, and what would be the gain from such endeavor? I have observed God's people doing some ridiculous things, and I commented that they would not be able to withstand the tension of continuing in them. I was told of a friend’s departure from his mate to go after another, but I knew his heart for God, and so my response was, "He will not be able to do that!" Oh, yes, he may initially go for it, but I knew he would not be able to bend the bar that close to the ground and hold it. I was right!  We must be sensitive to a place of tension, because the flesh simply is not worth it.

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It is easy to move into the “flesh.”  And so many Believers do this on a regular basis.  But, Michael gives us two absolutes that we must heed:
  •  “a large measure of walking in the flesh yields great tension.”
  • “the flesh simply is not worth it.”


I wonder how many have gotten to the point of realizing both, and have abandoned the practice of “walking in the flesh”?

By the way…have you gotten one of Michael’s My Weakness for His Strength?  Volume #2 will be coming out soon also.  Have you bookmarked ALMI’s website?  Lots of great sharing of the Abiding Life at that site!


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Day 166 - Is He Always With Me?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 251
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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I never realized at the moment (that moment back on May 20, 1980, in Pastor John Morgan’s office when Barbara and I were Born Again) what a dramatic impact our New Birth would give us in so many spiritual ways.  2nd Corinthians 5:17, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation,” is the very first verse Pastor Morgan showed us in Scripture of what had just taken place.  And Michael addresses one of those ways with some beautiful illustrations of just how powerful God’s Presence can be. 

And Michael states the foundational bedrock of Christianity…believe God, believe all He has said (His Word).  How can so many “go on asking and attempting to understand more” when they aren’t willing to BELIEVE that which God has already brought to their attention???  Michael gave them a name…Unbelieving Believers.



DAY 166

Is He Always With Me?

And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. --Matthew 28:20

I often say that I am preaching my own funeral, and this article will be one such time! I am always confronted with my own unbelief and inability to get the first things right. There are so many passages that need believing before we go on asking for more and attempting to understand more. We obsess over our past. We remember the hurts. We are “dealing” with them. We are struggling. We wish for a different past. Millions are spent on various coping mechanisms for the aforementioned, but in all of it we are avoiding a fact of faith: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation.” We do not believe we are new creations. We want the feeling of it, the absence of memory, and something special. We want the fact of it without faith! Again, all that a believer wants, he has already been given, for the Lord has given us EVERYTHING pertaining to life and godliness. However, if we work for what we have by faith, we lose it. God is with us always, and yet often a busy mother, missing her quiet time, believes He is not with her. Many have not read their Bibles, attended church lately, or perhaps have fallen into the bad deeds of the flesh--or worse yet, the good deeds--and these all believe that He has left them. Is He with us always? Where do we stand in these things? So many spectacular meetings take place to convince us in the flesh of what only faith can assure us, that He is always with us!

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“He is always with us” is not just a simple statement that has little relevancy…it is an astounding truth of great impact!!!  Think about this: IF your earthly father could have completely lived inside you, gone with you everywhere you went, you possessed his soul (mind, will, emotions), and he had the power to impact every decision and action you ever had or took...  Would life been different?  Do you think he would have impacted your life?  IF you as an earthly parent…  Do you follow my thinking here???

Isn’t it amazing…God indwells every Believer.  His Life is “there” wherever we are.  And to live His Life through us is what God wants to do through our life.  And there is no way He is not “there” wherever the “there” is.

But, how about being given “everything pertaining to life and godliness”!?!  I have seen many who don’t believe this…don’t believe this?  God has said it is SO.  Christ’s indwelling has given us ALL this.  It comes with possessing Him!

We need to quit working “for what we have by faith” (or, have been GIVEN!).




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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Day 165 - Intellectuals

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 250
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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The big tragedy in Christianity in America is all the Believers running around carrying their marked study bibles, their hi-tech research and resource mechanisms, and their multi-volumes of sermon and study notebooks…and living lives that are empty, falling apart, and suffering from anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, depression, etc., etc.  Wow. 

How could “Oh, Victory in Jesus” be absent from the life of a Christian?  Well, I think Michael has given us a good reason in today’s writing…



DAY 165

Intellectuals

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. --John 1:14

Some are viewed as great intellectuals, but I have a problem with intellectuals. They sit around a coffee table, do not live life, theorize about it, and never see the outworking of it. I like farmers. They think about something, go make it, and if it does not work, they will not keep making it. To me this is true intellectualism; the work is concrete and can be tested. Intellectuals want others to test their theories while they sit. This is the one thing I appreciate about Hemingway; he tested his life theories and killed himself as the logical end of what he believed.

For all of our culture's listening to "intellectuals," the "experts," and the "open-minded," real-life experience has surely proven that they know not and what they expound does not work. Our society is dying by degrees while educated in ignorance and in what does not work. 

God did not give a teaching in the form of a book from heaven for men on earth. A book was not good enough for God. The Word became flesh; the teaching was all fleshed out in Jesus and proven by His life. God did not talk from heaven like an intellectual; He came to earth to show us how life works. The Man who did everything did nothing, since He said it was the Father doing through Him, and He says that greater things we can do. He must mean greater than His nothing. Can we rise to the challenge?

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



If “the Man who did everything did nothing, since He said it was the Father doing through Him, and He says that greater things we can do” LIVES INSIDE EVERY Believer, how can so many have lives like I described in the intro?  Michael tells us: it’s not KNOWING; it is LIVING.  And Jesus PROVED His LIFE is what will give us victory instead of defeat.

I loved hearing Michael talk about Matthew ch.’s 5-6-7 not being a sermon on a mount, but Life On The Mount!  This is His coming “to earth to show us how life works.”  Knowing the Bible frontwards and backwards (intellect) is not a substitute for His Life being lived out of our lives.  Listen to 2nd Corinthians 4:11,
          “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life
            also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
Self dying, Christ living.  That is Life As A Christian…Jesus’ Life lived through us…an integral part of His being IN us.
           


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Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 164 - Independent?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 249

         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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Michael gives us one of life’s most profound truths in today’s writing…one that man has basically not understood in the Natural Mind.  But then, God in His mercy gave every Born Again Believer His Mind (the spiritual mind).  As a Believer, stop and think about how  you can make heads or tails out of this puzzle…whereas an Unbeliever cannot.


DAY 164

Independent?

And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him. --Genesis 1:27

Mankind clamors for independence and yet at every conceivable turn proves he is the most dependent of all creatures. Every person, with the exception of the insane, is bound to someone in some way. Man must carve out of his human surroundings an identity. The craving for dependence is so great that once the identity is solidified, only reactions within the comfort zone are sought. There becomes a set action, a desired reaction, and all else is avoided. The activist is bound to the one against whom he protests; having accepted the identity of activist, he will find it very difficult to live in a problem-free environment. Therefore, when one cause is won, the activist’s organization is not disbanded, but a search begins for someone else to oppose to provide the greatly needed reaction. The bitter person needs a person to hate, the robber needs someone from whom to steal, the teenager with green spiked hair wants an adult to shock, the bully seeks a fearful soul, the athlete desires a crowd, bigots search out different kinds of bigots to judge, the philosopher pinpoints someone to belittle, the guerrilla militia is obliged to locate a conspiracy in the government, political parties require opposing factions, and the movie star craves an audience. This assessment is confirmed with the disheartening sentiment, “If the opposition did not exist, neither would we.” How true that their very existence is tied to the thing they despise. Their life is dependent upon that for which they have contempt. Not very deep! 

We were created by God for His glory and purposes. It is to be in Him that we find who we are, and it is in the context of His body that we find our proper place of dependency on others. By nature we are dependent; we will serve something. I choose to be a child of God; therefore I need God. I will act, and He will react. But unlike dealing with the world, this cycle will not leave me depleted or being a slave to others. Rather, I will be built up and be free. I am happy to be a Christian!

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
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One of the most foundational truths of Christianity is that every Believer has the capacity to discern spiritual things because of the gift of Holy Spirit and Christ’s Mind (1 Corin. 2:7-12, 16).  And yet, Unbelievers have only the old spirit and natural mind, and cannot receive and understand the things of God.

Michael points us to focus on who we are in Christ, then Who He is in us.  In this context, dependency is the “natural” life.  Amen!




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 163 - In My Flesh Dwells No Good Thing! How About In Yours?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 248
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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The teaching of “the flesh” is missing in much of Christianity today.  Michael gives us a great look at what “the flesh” is, and how victory over “the flesh” is given to us by Christ.



DAY 163

In My Flesh Dwells No Good Thing! How About In Yours?

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good {is} not. --Romans 7:18

I sat listening to a couple discussing a topic that is much more prevalent today than it was just a few years ago: pornography on the Internet. The husband had been caught looking at it. "I cannot believe you would do that," said the wife.
I looked at her and said, "I would!"
She immediately responded, "How?"
"It is simple. In my flesh dwells no good thing! Are you telling me that in your flesh dwells a good thing?" It took me years to realize that I--that is, my flesh--am never going to get better. When I am not abiding, the flesh is the same it has always been: hostile to God. That is why we teach a moment-by-moment victory and ultimate improvement only through Christ in us. I could look at the Internet sites but I do not, and not because I am strong, but because I know men much stronger than I am who get in bondage to it. Since that is the case, what chance would my flesh have? I do not look because I am weak, not because I am strong.
 
Do you believe that in your flesh (body, mind, will, and emotions under the influence of anything other than Christ) there is something good? Every time we look at a person and say, "I would not do that," we are saying that we are stronger than Christ. We know that all Christ ever did, He never did, for it was the Father working through Him. He not only taught abiding but lived it. When we succeed, it is not because of great strength, but because we have recognized abiding in Christ, and His grace and strength are on and in us. When we judge, look out! All God has to do is lift His grace and abiding presence, and we will discover we are just as weak as anyone else.

Have you admitted you are weak and in your flesh dwells no good thing? You must admit where you are before you can leave where you are. You must own a weakness before you can lose it. If I want to give you a cup, I can only give it if I pick it up and own it first. It is not until you own your weakness that Christ will be able to be your strength. For instance, if you will own that in your flesh you hate another race, you can give that shortcoming to God, and He can become your strength. Once you do this, you will not be a compassionate person loving someone from another race; you will be a person able to dispense the pure love of God. Admit you cannot be a husband, own it, and let Christ's love flow through you for your wife. But if you will not own it, you can never disown it.

"Power is perfected in weakness!" Think of a teacher, pastor, or elder. Do you know five of his weaknesses? Three? Just one? If you do not know any of his weaknesses, this person is attempting to minister in the strength of the flesh. If power is perfected in weakness, why hide it? It is because we want to appear strong and build our own glory. However, He is the glory, and He will never give His glory to another. We are wrong to teach Christians to be strong and hide weakness. All of us are strong in Christ and weak in the flesh. In my flesh dwells no good thing.

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



It is a tragedy that so much teaching lands at the Christian’s feet and tells him all he needs to do and be, when God tells us Christianity is all about explaining what Christ will do for us.  Well, amen.

And what a tragedy that with little recognizing and teaching of “the flesh” there is so little teaching of Christ’s power being perfected in our weakness.  Then, too, there is the abundant teaching of our needing to be strong.  Oh, wow!

A wrong focus will take our eyes off Jesus every time.




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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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 160 - Immediate Results

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 247
         
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.



Everybody likes immediate results.  The “I want it now” generation is crying out big time.  Trouble is, Michael gives us the dastard deed this syndrome brings to our lives.  See if you recognize the end result of the two different ways.  Oooooops!  Michael has told us over and over: Jesus is The Way, and all other ways are NOT The Way.




DAY 160

Immediate Results

For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God [directed] toward you. Test yourselves [to see] if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in youunless indeed you fail the test? –II Corinthians 13:4, 5
           
Often we allow our eyes to drift from Christ to our problems and circumstances through the immediate-results syndrome, which dictates our success wholly by what we are currently experiencing, either positively or negatively! This syndrome is actually a major obstacle to faith. Let me illustrate. Most will agree that the United States is losing its economic edge because Americans, unlike those with an Oriental or Asian mindset, are not so willing to invest in something that will not reap immediate benefits. We want wealth right away, while they are willing to invest year after year, receiving much less current tangible rewards but knowing in the future they will be repaid tenfold their original investment, and the wait will have been very worthwhile. Having seen the wisdom in investing and waiting, they are not discouraged by any occasional hiccup in the current financial situation. The wisdom of their policy is now creating repercussions in our own economy. As we apply the principle to our spiritual lives, wanting immediate results is a hindrance to faith; in fact, this mindset will actually nullify faith! The greatness of our faith is not to be judged by how much we have received, but rather by how long we can wait and receive nothing! Faith makes my Christian walk a joy; therefore, if I have voided faith through wanting immediate results, I have also to the same extent annihilated joy.

When believers do not have a long-term plan, they become susceptible to the ups and downs of daily life. Their energies get focused on resolving right away whatever is placed in front of them in order that they might feel comfortable and secure in the moment. Next they become controllers, pushing God out of the way and beginning to try to fix in their own strength and with a variety of plans and manipulations what they perceive to be the real problem. In other words, they simply begin to play God. To say the least, in this way the Christian life becomes a struggle, filled with discouragement, depression, anger, and doom, with minds and emotions flooded with questions, accusations, and feelings of hopelessness from the enemy. It is tough to play God! All of this because things are not going as they feel they ought to today.

Imagine sitting in a bathtub full of water when somebody dumps into the tub a bucket of ping-pong balls on which are written all of the problems, circumstances, failures, and people that are causing you trouble. Your job is to somehow keep every ball under water. The whole exercise would at first be frustrating and in the end quite exhausting. This pictures, of course, the believer who is trying in his own strength to control every area of his life.
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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



“DO YOU NOT RECOGNIZE THIS ABOUT YOURSELVES, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU…”  Incredible Truth.  Monumental Truth.  His Life Himself in us.

What does God tell us that our life IS…equals…?  Christ.  Colossians 3:4, “When Christ, who is (equals) our life…” (It helps to have the old-timey definition of what “is” is).  So, I have started thinking of His Life as my life.  I find great victory, peace, comfort, joy…name all the lovely attributes you can think of…in Life As A Christian (not TRYING to live “the Christian life”).  Are all those great attributes what we get when we “play God,” OR when we allow God to BE Himself in us (us not TRYING to live “the Christian life”).

So, who am I to allow my eyes to drift from Christ to “my” problems or circumstances? (there’s a LONG sermon there!).  Who am I to drift into an “immediate results” syndrome?  Who am I to “play God”?  Who am I to drift into “discouragement, depression, anger, and doom, with a mind and emotions flooded with questions, accusations, and feelings of hopelessness from the enemy”?  Who am I to think that I can live this life in my own strength?  Who am I to ignore the “faith of Christ” He has gifted me with through His presence…and as God told us through the Apostle Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20, bold writing my emphasis)

I choose not to be that person in the last paragraph.   

(“dastard deed” I mentioned at the beginning?   “wanting immediate results is a hindrance to faith; in fact, this mindset will actually nullify faith!”)



To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www .leemccm.blogspot.com 

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