Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Day 33 - Buried Alive

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 199
         
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Michael takes us to another profound scripture and practical remedy and makes it so easy for those who will read today’s writing in MWfHS and receive the Word.  Well, amen.



DAY 33

Buried Alive

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. --Philippians 2:5-8
           
Man needed redemption not only from sin but also from himself. In order to accomplish that, God had to become a man, be victorious over all that vexes mankind, return to heaven, and from there dispense His victorious life to all who would ask. We have to wonder what it was like for Him who created the entire universe to wake up in the morning and discover Himself in the body of a baby. Imagine waking up and finding yourself in a coffin six feet under the ground. Would you panic, beat the sides of the coffin, yell, scream, and plead for deliverance? The body in which He found Himself was indeed a coffin, for in it He would die, but when God yielded Himself to living as a man, He humbled Himself.


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Isn’t it interesting that when the Man with an immeasurable IQ tells us something so very simple and uncomplicated that will dramatically “improve” life for us here on earth, we read it as if it were the day’s severe weather prognostication and go about our business unmoved…umbrella left at home.

1. have this attitude…
2. empty ourself (humility)…I have nothing.
3. ask for His victorious life to be dispensed to us today
4. enjoy His life abundantly all day long

Doesn’t seem too difficult, does it?  Can we believe it will happen?



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day 25 - Belonging to Jesus

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 198
         
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With every day that goes by I become more and more encompassed with the simplicity of what being a Christian truthfully encompasses.  A new birth (born again…John chs.1 & 3 among others), a new family…period.  And with that, God says I belong to Christ, He belongs to me, and we belong to God.  Simple.  Nothing more.



Day 25

Belonging to Jesus


Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God. --I Corinthians 3:22, 23

Do you know that you belong to Jesus? Of course you do! You do not belong to man, to an organization, or to an institution. You belong to Jesus; you are His, and He belongs to you. There is so much comfort in that fact. Do you know, also, that there was enough dynamite in one thing that Jesus said to blow to pieces any institution? “Man was not made for the Sabbath but the Sabbath for man!” In short, we are not commanded to prop up the kingdom of man, period! Many will work on the good heart of a believer to get him to serve in the building of their kingdom. We do not work for man’s kingdom, for we are not made for man; we are made for God. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the end of the walking boulevard named Florida Street, there is a large, beautiful tree with branches so big that sticks are placed vertically under the limbs to support them so they do not break off. The immense weight of each limb is unbelievable, but one little stick keeps it supported. So many in the Kingdom of God are little sticks kept busy supporting the dead weight of the kingdoms of man. We must refuse this role and not be concerned with man’s extending his image. We are created for the ONE, for Jesus, and Him we do not support; He is the ONE who supports us. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light” (Matthew 11:30). 

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So, why has the simplicity escaped most Christians?  Because the message of HOW one belongs to the family of God simply by the new birth has moved to a focus of one of behavior and benefits.  I know of no one, Christian or not, who doesn’t know and acknowledge they belong to a certain earthly family simply because they were born into that family.  In fact, ALL will tell you that it matters not whether they “do” or “don’t do” certain things as to whether they belong to that family.  HOW THEN, with John all the scriptures that speak so clearly to the “new birth” and “God’s family” has Christianity let people speak of: “You can’t tell me (they, whoever is spoken of) are a Christian…anyone who is a Christian would not do that.”  Or, “You can’t tell me that anyone who (does some sort of action) is a Christian.”  “You can’t tell me that (name) is a Christian…they haven’t been to church IN (whatever length of time the speaker has in mind as a “disqualification” for being in God’s family).”  WHAT do any of these things have to do with being Born Again…Belonging To JESUS?!?

I love Michael’s writing this “day.”  It is a specific writing addressed to Christians.  Otherwise he wouldn’t have said what he said to start with in the 2nd and 3rd sentences.  But look again at these great statements:
  • “You belong to Jesus; you are His, and He belongs to you.  There is so much comfort in that fact.”
  •  (quoting Jesus) “Man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man.”      Mark 2:23-27
  •   “We are not commanded to prop up the kingdom of man, period!”
  • ·“We do not work for man’s kingdom, for we are not made for man; we are made for God.”
  • ·“We are created for the ONE, for Jesus, and Him we do not support; He is the ONE who supports us.”

There really is so much comfort in all this!

So, I ask myself: Do I belong to JESUS?  Have I been Born Again?  Simple.  Uncomplicated.  Nothing about behavior or benefits…just birth.  Well, amen.




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Monday, August 8, 2016

Day 14 - Are You In or Out With the Legalists?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 197
         
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Anyone who knows Michael Wells is well versed in his freedom from legalism.  He gives us an interesting perspective in this writing that very few Christians ever enjoy.


Day 14

Are You In or Out With the Legalists?

Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
II Peter 1:3  

It is interesting to watch the legalists drawing a person in but never really letting him in. He is manipulated to join, manipulated while working to remain, and yet never quite led to believe he is acceptable. If he complains, he is accused of being in rebellion and bringing dishonor to the Lord. He is finally put out, for the task of a legalist is to continue to make laws until he finds one that a person cannot keep. The rejected person is left depleted, spiritually abused, confused, lost, and wondering if he even has a faith. Such is the case for many who suffer under very legalistic pastors. Exclusiveness is encouraged in legalistic churches where there is the need of something to work for other than the revelation of Jesus within the believer. Pastors in such circles need to be needed. I am reminded of the opposite of this as demonstrated in Sundar Singh, who refused to pray for people and made them stand and pray themselves. Why? He was adamant about the point that there is one mediator between God and man: Jesus Christ. Nearly every time I meet a person who has come into some kind of personal relationship with Jesus, he says that he has been persecuted in some way by a legalistic pastor. One couple wept telling about how they met Jesus but are not allowed to partake of communion so long as they do not agree that the only person who can administer communion is the pastor and that the pastor is God's voice. They questioned where that was in the Bible, and that put them in even worse standing with the pastor. As believers we can be happy that Jesus is alive and ultimately is our Pastor!

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Is it any wonder Christianity is divided on everything from salvation to security, the Christian life to Life as a Christian, politics to prosperity, grind to grace, manipulation to manifestation…and the list goes on and on.  Of course, it can never end when man ignores the Word of God and magnifies his own thoughts and desires.

Michael Wells always fights for the simple relationship in Christ.  Sundar Singh has also.  How has man moved away from that?

I cannot imagine how it is that many Christians can read the first line of today’s text verse and walk away thinking Church has what God just told us He has already given us.  I guess it is just simple unbelief.

Oh, did you ever check to see what the Greek word for shepherd is?  poimen.  Same word for pastor.  Get the connection?  The Lord is my shepherd.  The Lord is my pastor.  Well, amen!



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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Day 13 - Are You a Castaway?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 196
         
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There is a big difference in passages that speak to, or of, an unbeliever versus ones that speak to, or of, a believer.  Obtaining Christ’s righteousness (salvation) is different from operating in Christ’s righteousness (abiding).  That is why different verses can be misconstrued so quickly and easily by well-intending bible readers.  Michael points out one of these instances in this day’s writing…


Day 13

Are You a Castaway?

How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way? --Matthew 26:54

There are many passages concerning the exemplary lifestyle of the believer. “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments: You shall not commit murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; you shall love your neighbor as yourself . . . sell your possessions and give to the poor.” “But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property.” (Matthew 19:16-22)  The young man would have been even more disturbed had he hung around to hear a little more of Jesus’ teaching, for he would have discovered that his statement that he had kept the commandments was a bit premature. “For if you think it in your heart, you have done it!” (Matthew 5:28)   In the end, who is guiltless? Can anyone stand the examination? This leads us to wonder: Did Jesus come in order to exclude men? It would appear so. However, He clearly teaches that He does not want to exclude but to include, yet His teaching does exclude, and often Paul’s does, as well. What is going on? Something simple! When man sees that his own behavior and work have excluded him, he can cast himself on Christ and His forgiving love that includes. Yes, something must be cast away, and it must be man’s efforts, so that he can throw himself on Him.

Things have to happen a certain way. One Scripture must be read in light of all others and never taken alone. God is multifaceted; if He is putting a believer out on one count, it is only so He can bring him in on another. This is the love of God! We must lose our righteousness daily to be able to accept the Lord’s. We must admit what we are not and then, like Abraham, move out of works and into faith for our justification. 

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Beautiful!  Lose to gain…  That’s a challenge for man.  Be a “not” to become justified.  Hooooo-boy!  Listen to the legalists scream.  The “works” folks.

After one becomes Born Again and “understanding” has come…it is interesting that one of the first questions that surfaces is this: how come everyone else doesn’t see, hear, and understand this!?! 

How come the young man in Michael’s illustration doesn’t grasp the Truth of Jesus’ words?  How come there are so many “ways” that man tries to think of how he will “stand in the examination?”  How come so few ever really “see, hear, and understand?”  Well, for one reason the Lord told us it would be that way.  And another reason is that possessions can get in the way.  There are other reasons.

Suffice it to say, let us stick with Michael’s final words:
“What is going on? Something simple! When man sees that his own behavior and work have excluded him, he can cast himself on Christ and His forgiving love that includes. Yes, something must be cast away, and it must be man’s efforts, so that he can throw himself on Him.

Things have to happen a certain way. One Scripture must be read in light of all others and never taken alone. God is multifaceted; if He is putting a believer out on one count, it is only so He can bring him in on another. This is the love of God! We must lose our righteousness daily to be able to accept the Lord’s. We must admit what we are not and then, like Abraham, move out of works and into faith for our justification.”

Let us “cast, throw ourselves, lose, accept, admit, and move” on Christ.  He is our only hope.



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Day 10 - And Those Others

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 195
         
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Michael speaks to one of the most interesting passages in all of Scripture.  Many Christians face what God talks about in Hebrews 11:36-40, and “why?” they wonder.  Let’s see what Michael says…



Day 10

And Those Others

---and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated ({men} of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect. --Hebrews 11:36-40

Are you one of the “others” who has trusted God for a restored relationship, the health of a child, a godly home, the salvation of a relative, or just the simple stirring of God within that brings assurance? If you have trusted and not given into despair, then you are one of the “others” who give something to God that no angel in heaven can give Him, and that is faith. The “others” may walk in darkness, seeing nothing their whole lives, and yet stand fast, believing in a God they cannot see. Can you imagine how pleased He is? You are pulled on all sides to give up, and yet you have chosen to believe without seeing! You have stood fast in the midst of the reversals! The world is not worthy of you, and to it you simply do not belong! Your place is above, seated with the Father and judging angels! If you have believed and not received, count yourself blessed.

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God gives us an amazing thought: “all these, having gained approval through their faith.”  Michael points out that it is not just that these have faith, but they have faith in the midst of all they go through…and “did not receive what was promised.”  This can only be a part of their life by the grace of God.

So, just think about it…to be “one of the others” is to have believed and not received.  To this God says you have gained approval from God.  Amen.



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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day 3 - A Christian Cannot Sin

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 194 
         
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What a title for today’s writing by Michael…it automatically draws some sort of response by everyone who sees it.  The question is: what is your response?  Do you initially believe “a Christian cannot sin”???  Let’s take a look at what Michael has to say, then speak our belief.


Day 3

A Christian Cannot Sin

No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. –I John 3:9

I really enjoy I John as the great book of abiding. If we are in Him, we will see exactly Jesus flowing from us. If we are not in Him, we will fail. We will have times when we are not abiding, and in those times He is greater than our sin. As we abide, His anointing is teaching us; we actually will not need a teacher (I John 2:27). I cannot say that I have ever surprised an abiding Christian with a truth he did not know.

Those that are born of God cannot sin! Do you sin? Does this mean that you are not born of God? No! Let me explain, for this passage has tripped up more than one believer. As a Christian you cannot sin; that is a fact. You do not believe me. Well, let me explain it this way. I say to the five-year-old boy, "You cannot drive a truck." Is my statement true? Yes! He cannot drive a truck. Later, the boy gets in the truck, inserts the key, turns the ignition, and moves the truck forward until it runs into a tree. At that point are you ready to admit that the boy can drive? No! Even though he has been turning the wheel, starting the engine, and accelerating the truck, we all agree that those actions alone do not constitute driving. He is not going to get his driver’s license any time soon. In the same way the Christian cannot sin. Oh, he may get in the seat and display the right actions, but he cannot go anywhere with it. Nothing is done properly, and we will not give him a license verifying that he is a sinner.

A woman told me that she was thinking of having an affair, of becoming an adulteress. I exclaimed, "You cannot!" "Who will stop me?" she wanted to know. I explained that I was not going to stop her, but the seed of life in her, Jesus, would never let her become an adulteress. "You may go through the actions, but you will not be able to get your license as an adulteress. You will never be comfortable doing that.” Although she did initially proceed down that road, she turned back. Her outer life could not maintain its stance against the Christ that dwelt within her.

Struggle reveals that a believer cannot sin. It really stinks to have one’s heart condemn him. One day the believer wakes up and says that it is just not worth it, and then he finds that Jesus is greater than the heart. Beautiful.

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Michael points to the seed of life, Jesus Christ, within each Christian that works to prevent the Believer from sinning.  Truth is: the real person of a Christian is Jesus Himself.  His Life IS our life.  And Jesus cannot sin.  So, it is truth to say “a Christian cannot sin.”  And the Bible does not call a Christian a sinner…only a saint.  Yet every Christian still has some “flesh” that can sin, but it is not the real person.

Thank God that as a Christian our outer life (flesh) cannot maintain its stance against the inner life, Christ, that dwells in us.  The heart of Michael’s writing is that if sin is present in our life for a time, it cannot prevail.  Jesus IS greater than anything that presents itself against Him.  Amen.



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day 50 - Claiming Your Heart

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 193
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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Without question, the “heart” of man is one of the most important “parts” that we all should be concerned with, be totally aware of, be constantly “in touch with.”  Do you know “what” and “where” your heart is located???  And in this day’s writing, Michael presents some very interesting aspects of what the heart is involved with…



DAY 50

Claiming Your Heart


Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. –Hebrews 3:12


Problems are common to mankind. Jesus Himself, having the body of a man, living in a man's world, and relating to others, makes an obvious statement, "In the world you have trouble." Yes, problems do exist. However, we must remain mindful that problems can never become our primary focus.
           
In Matthew 17:1-9, the writer relates to us that Jesus took with Him to the high mountain Peter, James, and John. When Moses and Elijah appeared, Peter exclaimed, "I will build three tabernacles!" Of course it made sense to Peter to build one for each of the three, for Moses represented the law, Elijah the prophets, and Jesus grace and the new covenant. Peter made the mistake of equating the three. Immediately a cloud overshadowed them and the voice proclaimed, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; hear Him!" The disciples fell on their faces, Jesus touched them, the cloud departed, and only Jesus remained.
           
The highest part of a man's being is his heart, made only for one to occupy, that one being Jesus! If Moses and Elijah were not allowed to tabernacle on an equal plane on the mountain with Jesus, then should He have to share space in our hearts with our failures, our past, our mates, our children, other church members, sickness, or our financial situation? Many suffer from a crowded mountaintop; too many things occupy the place that only Christ is to possess.  He is, in fact, King of the mountain, and once we give anything equal standing with Christ, no matter how good it appears or how great was its value in the past, a cloud will immediately overshadow our spirits. We will sense defeat, anger, frustration, and fear. The enemy will whisper that in order to get rid of the cloud, we must focus on all those things that bring the cloud; they must be resolved. However, the Holy Spirit whispers the opposite: Forget what brought the cloud, focus anew on Christ, and light and life will return. Not until we fall to our faces, yielding to the voice proclaiming, "This is my Son," will the cloud and our spirits lift.

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Michael tells us once more that it is our “focus” that dictates so much to our life.  If you have ever been present at one of Michael’s workshops or conferences, you are very familiar with his “hand” illustration…problems on one hand, Jesus on the other.  Every man makes choices all day long, every day, as to “which hand” to look at…(one in front of the other…one dominates our vision/focus).

Isn’t it beautiful to think that the “cloud” AND “our spirit” will LIFT when we look to Jesus!  The “cloud” goes away, and “our spirit” becomes our light and life.  Amen!



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