Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 45 - Concrete For Rebar

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 204
         
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In this day’s writing, Michael takes an earthly illustration to solidify (no pun intended) some great truths that can do what only Truth can do: “make us free” (John 8:36).
Soak for a good while on what Michael shares here…



DAY 45

Concrete For Rebar

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13

Did you know there is no strength in concrete? The strength is in the steel the concrete encapsulates. A building that is only concrete will quickly crumble, and a building that is only steel will move and bend. The concrete is not the strength but holds the real strength, the steel, in place. The same is true of the body’s skeleton being held in place by the muscles and skin. Likewise, Jesus in me is my steel; His will is the steel and my will is the concrete. When I choose, the concrete is poured and it sets, after which the steel will not move. His love in me is the steel, but I must set it in place by my will. I choose Jesus in the situation. I hear His words and I set the concrete in place by an action of my will. The believer, upon being offended, yielding, and hearing His voice, now sets the whole thing by taking one step forward and hugging the person, saying, “I love you.” It was Jesus in him loving, but the Christian set the whole thing in motion by a choice. Next, the believer feels the concrete set, the strength of the steel is revealed, and the believer actually experiences supernatural love. Wonderful! It does no good to withdraw and wait to get stronger; these are faith decisions resolved in a believer who learns that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Choice is merely setting the concrete around the steel that is in him.

Does this mean that Jesus needs me? Yes! Many are repulsed by the thought of Jesus in need, but He showed us that He lived His whole life in need. God created the world and gave dominion to man. In so doing He is bound to work through man. Jesus had to become a man; it was the plan from the beginning, the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). He needs those--the concrete--that will choose Him to be expressed through them.

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“Jesus in me is my steel.”  This makes perfect sense to a Christian who possesses the Mind of Christ and is operating in His Soul.  And the picture for Life is clear when associated with the concept of “Concrete For Rebar.”  We see with our spiritual eyes what He can and will do for us.

We experience Him when we CHOOSE to.  LIFE for a Christian is an uncomplicated, easily-experienced adventure when choosing Jesus is done.

Here’s a seldom thought-of fact: Christians GET to choose Jesus for His Life each moment, but Unbelievers don’t have that choice (they don’t have Jesus).  Unbelievers can only choose/draw from the Natural Soul (natural mind, natural will, natural emotions) they were physically born with.  Christians get to choose to live from Christ’s Soul.  Well, amen.

Michael has much to say about “choice” in My Weakness for His Strength.  “Days” #’d 39 (Oct.3, 2012 blogpost), 40 (July 3, 2013 blogpost), 41 (July 10, 2013 blogpost), 42 (July 17, 2013 blogpost), 43 (July 24, 2013 blogpost), and 44 (July 31, 2013 blogpost) are the best to start with.  Go to www.leemccm.blogspot.com to access all these prior posts!  Get the book by contacting ALMI in Littleton, Colorado.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 38 - Chicks!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 202
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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All of us love baby chicks!  Barbara and I cannot go to a couple of hardware and country stores in our town at certain times of the year without checking to see if they have any baby chicks in the store.  They are so cute…so tiny…so vulnerable.  The last time we saw some there was one little chick being attacked by others in the container…I looked for a store employee who came and “rescued” the little fellow.  Chicks need nurturing and protection.  Jesus speaks of this in today's text…



DAY 38

Chicks!

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. --Matthew 23:37

An interesting thing about eggs is that not every hatchling is equally successful. One chick will come out first, a second starts out painfully slowly, one can only get his head out, and some never come out. Yet all are given birth by, and loved by, the mother. I have noticed the same thing to be true in Christians. Some come in glory, some struggle, some never come, and some just die. I am saying this only to acknowledge my ignorance; I neither have answers nor believe faith calls for answers. I have engaged in discipleship all these years and have found believers I could place in all of the above categories, for I know there are those who love Jesus and just do not get very far. The legalists would call them lost. Yes, they will straightforwardly call them lost until they find in their own families those who are “lost.” Any who have ever had a suicide or an early death among their loved ones know what I am talking about. I have personally known people who committed suicide. I will not say that most of them were unbelievers. To me, they were believers who just could not get any more than their heads out of the shell; for a variety of reasons they just never could rise above their circumstances, lying emotions, or the voice of the enemy. Yet I believe that I will see them in heaven. Others may have a different opinion. Remember, I am not saying that I understand; I am only making observations. Anyone who has risen above difficult things in his own life should ask why; what was it that enabled him to do so? I do not believe he will rightfully credit anything other than the grace of God. Well, amen. I believe that all the chicks were given birth by and loved by the Father. 

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In this day’s writing Michael draws our attention to a very interesting scripture.  Its context is Christ talking about “the teachers of the law and the Pharisees” and the seven “woes” to them He mentions just prior to our text verse…for abusing the people.  In all, Jesus speaks of the “loading down” and “wearing down” of the people instead of edifying and being constructive in their teaching and “ministry.”  The end result: people in bondage.  Jesus always wants to come and bring freedom and protection.  Jesus is a 180-degree difference from these teachers and Pharisees.

Notice two crucial items Jesus mentions:
1. the legalists kill and stone THE PROPHETS & THOSE SENT TO THE PEOPLE
2. I wanted to gather your children and YOU WERE UNWILLING

God SENT the prophets and others to teach, guide, and protect.  The legalists hated them, and were UNWILLING to let the people hear them.  No wonder our Lord had such disdain (Webster Dictionary: “a feeling of strong dislike or disapproval of someone or something you think does not deserve respect”) for these religious leaders.

And Michael points out legalists he has known who have called those who commit suicide as “lost/unbelievers.”  I love and appreciate Michael saying “I will not say most of them were unbelievers…they were believers who just could not get any more than their heads out of the shell…”  I know Michael had that perception and understanding because he believed and taught that being a believer/Christian is about the new birth, not anything we do in this life.  Legalists who call someone who has committed suicide an unbeliever raise all sorts of doubts about their ever having been spiritually born again.  All “chicks” who are a Christian have been “given birth by and loved by the Father”!

And Michael points out three aspects of life that can be difficult, if not devastating:
1. circumstances
2. lying emotions
3. the voice of the enemy
These three are why the teaching of Michael Wells IS SO important for the multitudes around the world who have been misled and mistreated. 

And Michael gives us the bottom line as to how those who have been fortunate to rise above such difficulties should respond and reply:
         “Anyone who has risen above difficult things in his own life should ask why;
         what was it that enabled him to do so? I do not believe he will rightfully
         credit anything other than the grace of God.”
Oh, how sweet, Amazing Grace.  Unfathomable riches of God.



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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Day 35 - Can a Christian Be Demon Possessed? No!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 201 
         
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Michael addresses a very important part of biblical truth in a very strong manner in this day’s writing.  It is important to look at basic foundational truths which should guide our attention, thoughts, focuses, and action. 



DAY 35

Can a Christian Be Demon Possessed? No!

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36



1.       There is never a hint in Scripture that the solution to a believer's problem is demon   
          possession. The Epistles deal with a variety of practical problems from self-
          righteousness to unrighteousness, and nowhere is the casting out or denouncing
          of demons given as a solution.

2.       For the unbeliever the condition of internal demon possession is dealt with by
          casting out the demon. For the believer, the external works of the enemy   
          (temptation and false doctrine) are to be resisted and stood against.

3.         The Greek word for demonization (daimonizomai) is translated "to be possessed by a demon." In context, it is translated as one who has a demon dwelling in him. The word is only used in the Gospels. Those who believe in the possibility of demon possession of Christians often make the distinction between possession in the spirit of man, possession in the soul (mind, will, emotions), and possession of the body. However, Jesus makes it clear that casting out the demons is analogous to casting out the inhabitants of a house (Matthew 12: 28, 29, 43-45). I Corinthians 6:19 states that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and Paul there speaks of the body, not the soul or spirit, for the body encompasses all. How, then, can it be said that the demon could be in the body of the believer but not in the spirit? The body is the Lord's. John tells us that "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (I John 4:4). A demon cannot enter a believer and take over, for it is God's house the demon would be attempting to enter. Remember when the High Priest went with fear and trembling into the Holy of Holies? Are we to believe a demon can enter the Holy of Holies established in the believer? 

4.         There are many passages that declare that Christ's victory over Satan is so complete that Satan cannot come back and take (possess) the believer (John 17:15; I John 5:18; II Thessalonians 3:3).

5.         The concept of worship, by its very nature, involves the giving of attention to the respected being. Many believers devote precious time focusing on the work of Satan, hence, in some type of convoluted manner, worshipping him. So much time is spent binding, rebuking, and casting out demons that could have been spent worshipping Jesus. People that constantly focus (worship) on the demonic have an oppressed look, which they take as a proof of the great battle they are in, though the battle has already been won by the only One worthy of the fight. They have the countenance they have earned from not setting their minds on the things above. 

6.         "If only you had seen what I have seen!" This appeal to experience falls flat. Traveling as I do, I have seen things that I would not even pen. Though I saw them, neither Scripture nor the Holy Spirit testify to their likelihood; they merit only the trash bin. It must be recognized that Satan is a liar through and through.

7.         There is the problem of categorizing as demons the deeds of the flesh listed in Galatians 5. The flesh cannot be cast out but only denied by taking up the cross. I asked a question of a pastor who was casting demons out of believers: "You claim to be casting out by name attributes that Scripture identifies as the deeds of the flesh. That cannot be done. In six months what are you going to tell that eighteen-year-old boy when his hormones are surging and he is once again lusting? Will you tell him the demon of lust returned?” His answer surprised me: "No, then we will tell him to abide!" Obviously my next question was: “If abiding works, then why would it not work in the beginning?” If the desire is to confuse and oppress, tell a believer who is struggling in mind, will, or emotions that his problem is a demon. 

8.         Finally, I remember when this teaching of demons plaguing the Church was introduced in the early seventies. Where are those same proponents today? If demons were the real problem with defeated Christians, then why are the same men not loudly proclaiming the message throughout the Church today? The world is getting worse. Have those men cast out all of the demons? No, the men are still around but have moved on to "new" spectacular methods, programs, and causes. Yet the old banner continues to be picked up by others.

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Given the biblical truths Michael presents, and the practical application he gives, how is it that churches and individual Christians give so much attention to the devil?  I can remember my adult years prior to becoming a Christian, and I do not recall ever giving any reason or excuse for my “sinful” thoughts or actions being the result of an attack from Satan.  Only after being Born Again and being around Christians and in church did I ever begin to hear such talk.  Do what?!?

When are Christians going to focus on who they are in Christ, and who He is in us!!!
And live in the victory over a defeated enemy won by our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

(I didn’t highlight anything this week because ALL of what Michael said is so important.)



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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Day 34 -Buy A Sword!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 200
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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Michael draws our attention to an interesting perspective: how could I replace Jesus if He were to leave me?  He gives the “biblical” answer that dates all the way back to Jesus’ day…



DAY 34

Buy a Sword!

And He said to them, “But now, let him who has a purse take it along, likewise also a bag, and let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one. --Luke 22:36.

What a thing for the Prince of Peace to say! Why buy a sword? Earlier He had said that when He was with the disciples, they had need of nothing. But now they are in need of everything! What would it take to replace Jesus? When He was with them, they needed nothing, but since He was leaving, they would need everything, even swords. Peter tried to use the sword and was rebuked because Jesus was still with them. They never did need the purse, the bag, or the sword, for Jesus returned from the dead and they were able to live freely in the fact that He was with them. In my own personal life, how could I replace Jesus if He were to leave me? I move in and out of countries freely with the plane tickets that I need and so much provision, every bit of which is given by Him. How would I replace Him? If Jesus leaves a Christian organization, what will it take to replace Him? How many meetings? How many fund drives? How many employees? One friend, upon being told that a church had experienced a visitation of the Lord, responded, “If He visited you, you might want to ask what made Him leave in the first place!”

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The “biblical” answer to the above question is: “They never did need the purse, the bag, or the sword, for Jesus returned from the dead and they were able to live freely in the fact that He was with them.”  Amen.

And then God gives us a further word in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation (life) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  It’s very comforting to know that as Christians we can never be without the Lord.

A man I once knew, spoke of his Sunday School class with these words: “The Holy Spirit could walk out of the room, and most in the class wouldn’t know He had left, and would never miss Him.”  Guess it wouldn’t help to ask them “what made Him leave in the first place?”




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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
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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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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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

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
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
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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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