Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day 137 - He Will Keep You

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 236
         
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It is a little difficult to admit, “I am a kept man.”  However, Michael gives us a new perspective for admitting this…


DAY 137

He Will Keep You

I am coming to you, Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name. --John 17:11
           
There are always times in a believer's life when present circumstances and the baggage of the past simply overwhelm him. It is as though all of hell's forces are unleashed upon him. Emotions are confused and the mind races to find a way out, although there seems to be none. At this point it is important that the believer NOT look to his own ability to be kept. He must remember that it is God who does the keeping; if it were up to him to keep himself, he would have been overcome long ago. Therefore, each night before he goes to sleep, he can lay the future before the Lord. "Lord, I cannot keep myself, all is confusing, all appears hopeless, and now YOU keep me.” HE WILL KEEP THE BELIEVER! IT IS HIS JOB!

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Even though as a Born Again Believer, a Christian, a Child of God, I still have part of me I was physically born with…the soul I have had since then, and the body too.  Yet because of my New Birth, not only do I have the Lord’s Spirit and His Soul too, I have a different position in life.  It is that new position that gives me the privilege to pray as Michael draws my attention to: “Lord, I cannot keep myself…now YOU keep me.”  Well, amen.

The New me acknowledges the promise of that because I KNOW intuitively that God is always answering Jesus’ prayer in John 17:11.  The New is at rest in Jesus.  Sleep is peaceful and restful.




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 135 - Having an Explosion

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 235
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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That irrepressible “you” in a life…how seemingly dastard is he/she.  Oh, my.  It isn’t he/she as much as I.

Michael gives us a good look at how God is at work in us, even when “you” show up.



DAY 135 

Having an Explosion 

He must increase, but I must decrease. --John 3:30

How does one take the smallest particle and make it smaller? By exploding it! The nucleus of the atom is a very small thing, and yet it can be made smaller through an explosion. There is a lesson here for all that would decrease that God might increase. The smallest bit of self-life will be made smaller only after God magnifies it through an explosion. “Oh, I was doing so well loving God and walking in holiness, and then you entered the room. I can walk perfectly well with Jesus until you enter the room. I do not really have any problems, and walking in the Spirit is natural, until you enter the room.” Though we do not like being confronted with it, whenever a you in our life enters the room, our self-life explodes! We did not think that we had a self-life that ugly until it was inescapably revealed to us. We need not be discouraged or avoid the person or the situation, when we can see God and have a move in Him. He is only exploding self so that it might decrease in us. We can simply acknowledge to Him the flesh when we grasp our weak inability to love. We decrease that He might increase.

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How many give thought that God is moving in us when our self-life explodes?  Well, Michael says two things are important:
     The smallest bit of self-life will be made smaller only after God magnifies it through an explosion.
        We need not be discouraged or avoid the person or the situation, when we can see God and have a move in Him.

There it is…”see God and have a move in Him.”  God is the One who can reclaim that ground we have given the enemy.  God is the One who can heal the past.  How amazing is it that we have no difficulty trusting God to “forgive our sin, and take us to Heaven when we leave this world”…but we don’t trust Him to do something with our flesh?

Getting past the past…what a wonderful victory for those who decrease and Christ increases in life today.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 131 - He Is Not Dead!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 234
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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This Sunday is 2017’s Easter Sunday.  Michael’s writing today embraces a truth that is “foreign” to far too many Christians…

Let Holy Spirit speak to you through Michael’s words!



DAY 131

He Is Not Dead!

This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. --John 21:14

Often I talk about hearing Jesus. Indeed, every believer does hear Him and will discover that all of his clever little thoughts about Jesus were the voice of God all along. “My sheep hear My voice” is an absolute truth! We do hear Him. I enjoy being taught by God, and yet when I say that, I am sometimes looked upon as an alien. The fact is that He is not dead! He is alive, having come out of the grave, and He speaks to His people. We approach the Scriptures to find Him, to hear Him. We want the Bible to speak to us. We are not reading about His life like we would read about other teachers. We are not attempting to heed what was said by a teacher long dead and gone; Jesus is not dead! The Living Word will speak to us; we can approach Him personally. He is alive!

Stop and meditate on it if it seems doubtful that He is alive and will speak! Have you let Jesus speak to you? Have you heard from Him? There is no need merely to sing about Jesus or fancy Him in mind or emotions when He can be met and walked with. He is alive!


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I think a pertinent issue is wrapped up in Michael’s statement: We approach the Scriptures to find Him, to hear Him. We want the Bible to speak to us.  As a definitive statement, it might fit Michael well, but proof being in the pudding…it doesn’t fit too many Christians well.  Many say this, but their actions following “His speaking” or “the Bible speaking” do not give testimony to a very tasty pudding!

Michael gives us a “wake-up” call with these words: The fact is that He is not dead! He is alive, having come out of the grave, and He speaks to His people. We approach the Scriptures to find Him, to hear Him. We want the Bible to speak to us. We are not reading about His life like we would read about other teachers. We are not attempting to heed what was said by a teacher long dead and gone; Jesus is not dead! The Living Word will speak to us; we can approach Him personally. He is alive!

I love that word manifested in John 21:14, don’t you!  The Greek phaneroo can be used for “divine revelation, referring to those to whom the revelation is made.”  But, in this instance Holy Spirit is using it as “to make visible, show.”  And what a “showing” it was in John 21…John,  Nathaniel, Thomas, Peter and a couple more men got another show of how to catch fish, right near the bank…when they hadn’t caught any fish all night!

But when Jesus spoke, the disciples listened.  Especially Peter in the following 10 verses!  Well, amen!



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Day 128 - He is Everywhere

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 233
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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The world would read this day’s writing and say, “Michael is crazy.”  They don’t believe in, nor see, God.  We have other eyes…



DAY 128

He is Everywhere


And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. --Hebrews 1:3

Often we forget that God is in everything. We do not view it as does the pantheist, but rather from the standpoint of creation. Since God holds all things together, all things can teach us something about Him. Years ago when my son was young, he and I were in the back yard trimming away new apple shoots. I stopped and explained that if we were quiet, opened our hearts to the Lord and listened, we could learn something about the Father through pruning the tree. Soon my son brought me a new green shoot and a dead, brittle shoot from the year before. I watched as he tied the green shoot in a knot and untied it; he then took the dead, brittle shoot and broke it in two. I asked what that taught him about the Lord, and he responded, “If I have Christ’s life in me, what breaks the world will only bend me.” I told him he had discovered a great truth that would carry him all through life if he would hide it in his heart. “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” –Psalm 51:6

When walking we can ask God to speak to us. Once when I was with my Indian teacher walking in the mountains, he stopped by a half-rotten gigantic log and asked what I saw. I noticed that this log, long after its death, was still leaving its mark; we still had to step over it. In the same way I said that I wanted to be a believer who after death still left his mark among family, friends, and even unbelievers. He pointed out a branch in the trunk; because of the extensive decay, I could see that the branch had been attached to the very center of the tree, enveloped and held in place by it. He pointed out that we are attached to the Vine’s center, with Jesus holding us in place. 

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A very interesting thought crossed my mind as I read this today…What have we been missing, not using the “other eyes” God has given His children?

Sometimes we know correct thoughts…like “He is everywhere.”  But we don’t “see” Him everywhere in everything.  How tragic for us…

Often we forget…or, don’t look…or, simply go through life with our “other eyes” closed.

By the way, don’t forget that as that new creation in Christ, God has given us “the radiance of His glory, and the exact representation of His nature”…that’s Christ in us.  Well, amen!



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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 7 - Affairs

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 232
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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In this day’s writing, Michael gives us a look at one of the most prominent powers in every person’s life…emotions.  And he makes a great case for our needing to know how these can be a positive or a negative.


Day 7

Affairs

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. --I Corinthians 10:13

 Many believers I meet are struggling with the fantasy of what an extramarital affair would provide. They have not bought into the truth that all of us fall out with God before we fall out with one another. What happens next is the placement of legitimate emotions in an illegitimate place. Often I am asked the question, "Is it possible to fall in love with more than one person?" Of course it is, and I like to add, "That is why I stopped dating once I got married!" Romantic love is an emotion, the expression of which is not limited to one event. In one way, emotion is under our control; in another, it is not. For example, a car pulls out in front of us, our child runs in front of a car, or we hear of the death of a friend. During events such as these, emotions are not under our control, but are functioning as they were intended, with stimuli producing legitimate emotions in legitimate situations. However, the possibility exists of putting legitimate emotions in an illegitimate situation, and either way, the emotions feel the same. Remembering a hurtful event from the past--such as the death of a loved one, a breakup, or some harsh rejection--brings emotions not tied to a present event, but to something in the past; legitimate emotions are falsely weighing in to disrupt today's situation. The danger is that emotions can outweigh fact, making them feel legitimate for the present situation. This same thing can happen to men and women who have not set boundaries for themselves and talk flirtatiously to the opposite sex, milk acceptance, and leave covert messages that they are available; some even continue to date others after marriage. They place legitimate emotions that should be reserved for their mate in an illegitimate place. Since the emotions are real, they begin to believe that the place they are expressing them is valid. This is deception. I have watched firsthand as men and women have trashed out their whole families while believing God has finally sent them the perfect partner. It is distressing to watch the new, illegitimate couple clinging to one another in the eager attempt to prove to every observer that each of them has made the perfect decision regarding the perfect person, and that they have never been happier. Legitimate emotions went off to a place they should never have gone. The believer finding himself in this deception will not, by his own strength, get out. He should begin by asking our Lord to go with him every time he is with this other person, to open his eyes, and to break the emotional hold that, though real, is not right. He must determine in the Lord never to allow emotions to stray to a wrong place again to cause the trouble. 

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



God tells us that there are temptations that are a very real thing.  And that they are common to all mankind.  And that God Himself will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (to withstand the temptation), but “with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”  Rather amazing truth, yes?

A quick review of great insights Michael gives us:
1. all of us fall out with God before we fall out with one another.
2. we can (and, do) place legitimate emotions in an illegitimate situation.
3. in one way, emotion is under our control; in another, it is not.
4. remembering something from the past, we can bring emotions tied to the past
    into a present event.
5. a great danger is that emotions can outweigh fact(s).

But then, as usual, Michael gives us God’s answer to any dilemma we may allow our emotions to go where they should not have gone:
1. believers cannot get out of such deception by our own strength.
2. we first ask our Lord to “go with us” to break the emotional hold that is real, but
    not right.
3. we must determine, in the Lord, to never allow our emotions to stray to a wrong place again…

I wonder why we as a believer choose to wander into any “fantasy-land”?



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Day 127 - He Blesses and We Bless

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 231
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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In today’s writing, Michael leaps into a territory that many Christians never go.  See whether or not you can go with him…



DAY 127

He Blesses and We Bless

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. --II Corinthians 9:8
           
Many times we meet people we consider to be a curse or, at least, far from a blessing. I have noticed believers that are self-centered takers who have made comfort their goal in life, and their inactivity is a general drain on the body of Christ. Yet I have noticed that God has provided for them in the midst of their immaturity, supplying jobs, house payments, help in the midst of a variety of crises, and myriad other blessings. Why is that? I suppose it happens for the same reason that He has blessed us so many times when we were out of tune. The observation has left me wondering at the grace of our God; in fact, it has left me glorifying my God. The point is that if God can bless when His children are out of tune, then should we not do the same? His grace is an example of the grace that exists within us by His indwelling Life. We have no excuse not to bless those that curse us, because whatever we believe is an offense, we must understand that the offense caused to the Father is incalculably greater, and still He blesses. His sun shines on the good and the evil. His grace is more than our example, for it is our life. His grace toward others in the midst of their failures can encourage us, for in it we can see His response to us in our failures. Is it any wonder that we love Him? 

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Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



First of all, 2 Corinthians 9:8 is one of my most favorite verses…very powerful, very explicit, very comforting.  And one of the reasons for my feelings for this verse is a proper definition of “grace.”  “At any point of my need, He provides.”  And many other ways of expressing “His doing” in and through me.

With that as the backdrop, I can enter life facing whomever or whatever is thrown at me.  And, can easily bless those that curse me.  Why?  Because I choose for His Life to be my Life.  Why?  Because I have seen His response to me in my failures.  He blesses, so what can I do except bless?  Anything else is not His Life.

I love it, don’t you!



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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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Friday, March 17, 2017

Day 125 - Hatching Other's Eggs

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 230
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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In today’s writing, Michael brings out a truth that many Christians never think about…see if it grabs you like it should.


DAY 125

Hatching Other’s Eggs


And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” --Acts 16:31

It is rightly said that God does not have any grandchildren! Christianity is not hereditary, but at times we might wish it were so. God’s desire is to have a unique relationship with each of us; the one He has with me is not the one He wants with you. My wife and I have three children; I deal with each one differently in the context of three unique relationships. It would be odd to have the same type of relationship with all of them; it would not work. What goes on between God and each believer must be his own. A problem arises when we are convinced to so regard other believers’ relationships with the Lord that we coddle and nurture the truth that they have learned, when, in fact, God wants to birth something unique in us. There is a wonderful book, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets; I believe everything that he said in the book. However, the book never changed me or had much effect at all. Why? I think there is a clue in the title. It is called Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secrets and not Michael Wells’ Spiritual Secrets. Hudson Taylor’s secrets are not mine; I have my own spiritual secrets, just as the Lord will show you what He views as important in your life. I will give you a hint: The areas of your life in which He is working have something to do with the exact place you are at today, exact in job, family, and internal struggles. It is important that you hatch the egg that is yours and stop thinking you are to hatch other people’s eggs.

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“Hatch the egg that is yours.”  What a powerful truth.  We each need to tend to what God is doing in our life.  Actually, when we are cognizant and attentive to such, life is so enjoyable!  And, God is so real to us! 

Since God does not have any grandchildren…we need to also know and be alert to the importance of our not counting on/or trying to duplicate “our faith” into our kids and grandkids.

In one of the very few books I have ever read that speaks to the problem of great Christian parents watching their children fail to follow in the parents’ footsteps of
having the same “faith” as they do…check out Bruce Wilkinson’s Three Chairs.  The main premise is the same Michael mentions here: each person must have their own faith…we must not be trying to have our own “children” and “grandchildren” in our faith.



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