Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Day 264 - The Divine Escalator


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 291
         
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If we haven’t already known it, we find in this day’s writing of Michael Wells that Michael could be a little sneaky, as well as a little weird…who finds escalators hidden in bushes?!?

But anyway, Michael points out Jesus is the operator of the Divine Escalator.  That is a glorious truth!



DAY 264

The Divine Escalator


Yet I am always with you; You hold me by my right hand; You guide me with Your counsel; and afterward You will take me into glory. --Psalm 73:23, 24

I have said it once and imagine that it will be said a thousand times more: There is nothing that the presence of Jesus will not cure. I can prove it! Once a brother told me he was divorcing his wife and did not want to talk to me about it for fear I would talk him out of it. I stated that I did not want to talk him out of it; I only wanted him to spend some extra time with Jesus to prepare himself for all the turmoil that comes with divorce. He agreed to spend the weekend seeking the Lord for strength to go through with the divorce, but at the end of the weekend he reconciled with his wife. I knew, of course, that once he was with Jesus the seemingly insurmountable problems of the marriage would fade away. Every believer has known God's presence, not in emotion or intellect, but rather in the calm peace that He gives that makes us know (really know) that we are more than conquerors! Why do we leave that peace, His presence? 
           
I imagine it this way. We are standing on the mountain with Him, and all is well. Then an event knocks us down a little, then a person sets us back a little more, then a sin, then a behavior, then finances, then the children, and then hopelessness. When the slide from the top finally ceases, we find ourselves lying on our backs in a pit with the beloved Savior no longer in sight. In fact, all we can see are the obstacles that will have to be overcome to return to the top. It would be too much effort to overcome sin, a failed marriage, loneliness, financial problems, or feelings of hopelessness. "I am a failure." "I am too weak." So we lie there.
           
Here is the secret! We can roll over on our stomachs, crawl only about five feet, and there hidden in the bushes will be an escalator! We need only crawl to it and lie there; it will take us all the way back to the top of the mountain, all the way back to His presence. It takes no effort of our own, nor must we overcome anything, for the escalator is powered by the blood of Jesus, and He always willingly takes us back to the top.


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



So, what do you think your friends are going to say when you tell them about your finding an escalator out in the bushes (or, wilderness, as some of us very familiar with Michael’s writings know)?  Huh?  What are you going to tell them?

Will you tell them you “rolled over onto your stomach and crawled only about 5 feet” and “there found the One who took you back to the top?”  I believe we should.

Well, amen.  And thank God for making Michael to speak wisdom to us as only Michael could.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Day 263 - The Consuming Fire


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 290           
         
Michael’s book is available through:

ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Just recently Barbara and I burned some brush and limbs clearing our “wood piles” to that we can have room to pile some more as the trees drop more dead limbs.  It is a continuous process.  One thing very interesting, after burning several piles, the remains are just a relatively small pile of ashes.

And here Michael gives a description of what just took place.  Well, the weather has gotten quite warm here in East Texas.  Guess we will have to wait to analyze the “life exiting” part next Fall.  But, there is no life in the remaining pile!



DAY 263

The Consuming Fire


 Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you. --Deuteronomy 9:3

A fire is so interesting; it sucks the life out of the object that it consumes, so it is only possible where there is some level of life. Fire is life exiting. Simply burn a log and watch energy and life departing from the wood. All that will be left after life exits is ash, a lifeless, dead thing. One day the earth will be destroyed by fire. It makes sense. Jesus, the Life that holds it together, will be withdrawn, fire will be the result, and the life will be returned to the Father. When Jesus exits, there is nothing left. He is the Divine Glue that holds all things together, but by fire the glue leaves. II Peter 3:7, “But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” A great fire is coming to the earth, to things above the earth and those below. When Jesus, who is eternal, exits, a fire that is eternal will remain. There is a fire for those who have not believed. It is only extinguished by faith in Him. Belief is the only thing that can quench it. In the end, the unbelievers will get their wish. He will depart completely from them, and all that will be left is fire. 

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


Well, it doesn’t take long to know that this is not one of the “happiest” writings in
My Weakness for His Strength.  At least not for Unbelievers.  Michael’s & Peter’s writings speak for themselves.

But, I got to thinking…just as Barbara and I are happy that even though “there’s nothing cold as ashes after the fire is gone,” what is left is useful in our garden.

I know we Believers will be gone when Jesus leaves earth and there’s nothing left but the fire.  I’ll be extremely happy I won’t see what is left behind.




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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Day 365 - Wives, Submit


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 289
         
Michael’s book is available through:

ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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Well, Mother’s Day is coming this Sunday.  And, I would guess, not many will hear anything like this from the pulpit of their church on that day.

I’m not sure, but many may want to put away your Swiffer and get your fly-swatter out…you might want to use it.



DAY 365

Wives, Submit

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. --Colossians 3:18, 19

Let us get started on the right foot, for there is no need going for the cobweb when we can go for the spider. Both the women who cannot submit and the men who demand it are unbelieving control freaks. Let me explain, because this is not a popular topic. I suppose that the only other admonition that has been given such scrutiny and as many overhauls is “Husbands, love your wives.” The goal of many for both verses seems to be to add so many qualifiers that both commands lose their sting. Evangelicals are somewhat comical in that they will fight to the death over someone’s wanting to change the Bible, but they alter its intended meaning regularly with their commentaries. But if we believe “let God be true and every man the liar,” women are to submit to their husbands. The obvious question that will be asked is, “Why?” Does the Bible teach equality? Yes, definitely, as when Paul tells us there is neither male nor female. Why would God take a woman, who is equal to a man, and tell her to submit? There are some obvious reasons, such as that a house divided cannot stand, the man is the head of the woman, and the family is not a democracy. However, for me this still misses the point. God’s school of discipleship has some very elaborate and tailor-made courses to bring about the great revelation that Christ is in us; seminaries have a laughable curriculum when measured against His. He is discipling us, hands on, all of the time. There are things that can be learned in submission that cannot be learned in any other place. There are lessons in submitting to a person perceived to be inferior that cannot be learned any other way. There are secrets about Jesus learned only in submission to an equal. There are aspects of a woman’s flesh life that can only be revealed in submission, such as a faith that remains dormant in the un-submissive.

I noticed some time ago that the ministry I am in has saved my life. I always was thinking it was for others, but finally I saw that it was for me. My flesh is so strong that were I not constantly in this course He has created for me, I would not have moved forward in faith. I see Jesus in it all. My point is this: Who really believes that the God who began a good work in us and intends to complete it would give us a command to make us miserable? The way some try to work their way around the submission passages reveals their flesh. “Am I to submit to an idiot?” Well, why not? First, are they suggesting they are better than Jesus, who, knowing He was God, washed others’ feet? Second, what faith does it take to submit to someone who is better in everything? The lesson He is teaching in submission is an amazing one: that God is above the husband and that a wife’s life does not rest in the hands of another. To see past man to God will affect every area of a wife’s life. I no longer see governments as being in charge of my destiny; I see God behind them. There are several such lessons in Scripture where God is teaching each of us, right in our particular environment, that we can see Him. Slaves submit to masters, citizens to governments, members to their leaders, one to another, and more, all to increase our faith by seeing God behind them. Flesh is flesh, and no one is void of it. No intellectually discerning person sees one man above another, and yet we are all, in our various environments, to submit to someone. There is great peace when we see God and not the man. A woman’s flesh needs this or He would not command it. There are no qualifiers. In the same way, a man’s flesh needs to love when there is no reason to love; he needs the breaking of the flesh life and pride that only loving a person who has rejected him can bring. Every bit of it is for our good. One who does not want to submit wants to remain in unbelief, wants to continue to think man is in charge of his or her life, and wants the last word! Well, amen! But there is a better Way. The glory of God is revealed in choice. Each individual has the final word in choice. In the end, the struggle with submission is a struggle over the question of who is ultimately in control. Is it God or someone else? Do we have to be in control, or can we see God behind the person we will not follow? Just say, “Amen,” and get on in Him.

There is, in my opinion, the mistaken idea that the leadership of a man is proven by those who follow. This appears to be a faulty definition when applied to Jesus, for He was the greatest leader that ever lived, and yet His followers nearly completely deserted Him at the end of His life. Leadership is showing the way, not forcing people into the way. Some carnal-minded men force subjugation onto women. Those men wear the penalty of their motives, for sin and punishment are one and the same. Men stand and fall in their “why,” not their “what,” and the “why” of these men is wrong. So we disregard them. However, there are women that will never be led because of their own control issues, and many who covertly will never be led but will not come right out and say it because they do see that as disobedience. Hence, they question everything. Others simply are not, from pride, going to let a man tell them anything. Finally, there are those whose husbands have proven over and over again to be stupid.

So what are men to do? Again, recognize that leadership is NOT determined by who follows. As a man and leader he should let his opinion be known. To the best of his ability, by seeking God for the direction in which he believes the couple or family should go, he must let his assessment be known. At that point he is a leader! Who follows is a matter of personal choice. If no one follows, the husband should not surrender his peace to the situation; he should surrender to God and let the others “do what is wise in their own eyes.” This may sound like passivity, but in reality, what are his options? Stew in anger, or worse yet, force the mate to yield to him? Flesh will beget flesh. Everyone must stand on his own before his Maker. Just rest and get on in Him. After all, if a wife does not want to come under a husband’s leadership, let her take it up with God. A husband has a big enough task of loving! Of course, there is another option, to fall into the minutiae of life. “I wanted to turn right, and my wife kept yelling, ‘Go left!’” Now there is a conversation that we all want to be involved in. Then there are the follow-up statements of this drivel: “Well, I was correct, was I not? We should have gone right!” Everyone at the dinner table really enjoys these times of “fellowship.” Is it really worth the hassle of triple answering and questioning over something that simply does not matter? It is better to say, “Right looks good, I believe it is correct (the issue of leadership is complete at this point); however, if you do not want to go right, amen, we are turning left.” When there are no followers, then comes the issue of taking up the cross and loving; this deeper work in a man may not yet be complete. He can say it with a smile, for though he is not going to be followed, his leadership is not on the line; that has been settled. So what? If he is wrong, he saved some time listening; if he was right, he lost a little time and he needs to move out of pride and get on with talking about Jesus, the bigger thing we want to move on to.

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


Don’t you just love how God speaks straight to the point.  And it didn’t take Michael long to get to the point either.  Well, amen.

I think I will rest with Michael’s comments, and let each of us “soak” on them a bit.

Happy Mother’s Day!  I know God gave me His perfect woman to be the mother of our two girls!




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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Day 261 - The Christian and The Supernatural


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 288
         
Michael’s book is available through:

ABIDING LIFE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

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For a world living in the “natural,” it is the “supernatural” that holds all sorts of emotional attachments.  And yet, is it the same for those privileged to Live in the supernatural???

Michael gives us some interesting insights to that Life in this day’s writing…



DAY 261

The Christian and The Supernatural

As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, “This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah.” –Luke 11:29

The fact that believers often clamor for the supernatural is understandable, since many have been covertly taught that God’s stamp of approval is His supernatural response in our daily activities. Having God continually act in supernatural ways for us personally is viewed as proof that we are special, not mere dots on the planet. Those who have accepted and identified with the above theory make the following types of statements. “God noticed me! I have worth, value, an identity.” “God sought me out. I had no intentions of getting married, of becoming a minister, of moving to another place. I said, ‘God, if You want me, You will have to come and get me!’ Then God spoke to me, He visited me, He turned my car around.” In other words, “I am special, He wants me, He comes after me supernaturally.” This emphasis also leads the “less fortunate” to make the following statements: “God let me down, He does not notice, care, or work in my life.” “I guess I do not measure up or will ever be good enough,” or, “I will no longer trust God! He allowed my wife to die of cancer, a child to rebel, my unwed daughter to get pregnant, financial bankruptcy, my marriage to be a failure, or my ministry to dissolve.” In short, so this belief system goes, those God loves He blesses, and those He wants to get even with find evil! What seems good reflects His pleasure, and what we perceive as bad indicates His displeasure. The measure of God’s concern for us, then, is seen as His supernatural activity in life to the degree that it makes us comfortable and leaves us feeling good.

Maintaining this kind of thinking is, first of all, anti-God; second, it is Taoism; and third, it is eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This rationale places incredible pressure on believers to act and speak in such a way as to solicit the supernatural activity of God. We are strained, hating ourselves for not doing enough to reap God’s pleasure and angry with Him for not noticing us. We dislike the partiality that He shows, then hate ourselves for disparaging God, and feel we must protect God’s image as well as our own.
           
Now for a moment let us lay aside all thoughts of the supernatural and move in a different direction to ponder God’s working in the natural.
           
Often when discipling a discouraged believer I will ask the question, “Did you sometime in the past five years, five weeks, or maybe five days, while reading your Bible, listening to a sermon, or reading a good book, happen to say to God, ‘You can have my life. I want all that is possible for a human who knows You. I want the deep spiritual life; I want a marriage that works’?” Invariably the believer will say yes! I then respond, “Well, that explains it. If you wanted to remain unchanged and comfortable, God would not be using the natural in your life to perfect the answering of your expressed desires.

What is God’s goal for the believer? We can read it in Matthew 5 - 7, the Beatitudes, the Sermon on the Mount, Christ’s life, now the Christian’s life. Everything that we read there is supernatural. Any believer who has attempted to love an enemy knows just how supernatural it is. It takes more Spirit activity to walk across the living room and kiss a mate who offends us than it does to walk on water. In order to reveal the supernatural, the Lord created and dropped man into the natural world, wherein all that comes to him by way of mind, emotion, and body is intended to produce what is unnatural as the natural gives way to the supernatural. The supernatural does not give birth to the supernatural; angels are angels. However, men made of dust, dwelling on the natural earth, can become the sons of God! Supernatural? I think so! Explaining the process of allowing the natural to make us supernatural is somewhat like describing childbirth; it is never really understood until it is one’s own experience. 

Let me give some examples. We go through the natural experience of having no money, no job, and no hope in sight. All of this drives us to look to Him whose presence makes us sense the true wealth in which we participate. Next we can find ourselves relaxed with a lightness of heart concerning finances in the midst of a clamoring world. Supernatural!

We develop out-of-control feelings that come from watching a government make decisions that we cannot live with. First we attempt to change the flesh in the power of the flesh, then we eloquently describe the inconsistencies we see, at length we become disheartened, and in the end we pray. His presence gives comfort, His power fills us with assurance, and His love brings us hope. We know the whole lot in life passes through His hands, and so we rest, we trust, we get on with the real mission, and we live supernaturally in a world falling apart.

The media reports each night how someone, somewhere, is being abused, and we are left feeling hopeless and negative, a state that may suit the world, but it drags down the spirit of the believer. We were made to love God, love life, love our fellow man, and love our work. We draw near to Him to be a positive in a negative world. The sense of wrongness with our lot gives way to the relationship as we experience the greatest positive, Jesus, and become light in the world.

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


Sort of like that old song, “Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places,” it is foolish, as Michael points out, to keep looking for the Supernatural in natural ways.  Plus, God uses the natural in our life to perfect the answering of our expressed desires.

Experiencing Christ…that is The Positive.




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


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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Day 254 - Tend My Sheep


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 287
         
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.


Tending sheep brings results.  Michael gives us a great insight to this…



DAY 254

Tend My Sheep


So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, {son} of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” --John 21:15

It is interesting that Peter was to tend the sheep in response to loving Jesus. I loved having sheep as a child; it was great fun feeding and watching them. They definitely do need tending. Jesus did not tell Peter to fatten the sheep; that is the job of the butcher. He did not say stimulate and excite the sheep; that is the job of the wolf. He gave the job of shepherding to Peter. So many wipe out because of lack of encouragement and food. What feeds the sheep is the true Word, Jesus. Just talking about Jesus will allow the disciple-maker to feed and tend the sheep. Often I meet people who are so down, so depressed, but simply bringing up the name of Jesus or something He taught or said will bring a lift to their spirits. This is tending. Much of what we see called worship today is only of man; it is not feeding, shepherding, or tending.

My grandfather hated feedlots. It was his feeling that cattle and sheep were something to be nurtured; they needed space and quality conditions. I was surprised once to discover that the feedlots were giving the cattle plastic pellets to eat, for after all, they took the place of grain and could be recycled. Despite the fact that there was no nutritional value in the pellets, they were formulated to trick the normal digestive system of the cow. Church today is full of plastic pellets. Oh, we sing, we jump, we worship (sing ourselves happy), and yet we leave so dissatisfied with nothing to keep us in the coming hours when spiritual strength is needed at work or at home. Tend the sheep! Simply speak of Jesus to one another. This is the food that will keep us beyond the conversation, the sermon, and the meeting. Colossians 3:16 & 17, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

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


The Word of Christ is Him.  Only Jesus Christ can lift spirits, even with just a simple bringing up His Name or something He taught.

God changed my disciple-making in Colorado back in 1988 at the retreat where we first met Michael and Betty Wells.  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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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Day 253 - Take the Blame!


Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength (Vol. 1) - # 286
         
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.


Michael’s writing, Day 253, is a REALLY interesting and REALLY great one.  I wonder how many of us follow the wisdom of this venture into truth?


DAY 253

Take the Blame!

Then let me bear the blame before my father forever. --Genesis 44:32

There is much said today about the person who is a blame-taker. We are told that blame is something that we are not to wear, and indeed, so few believers are willing to take the blame for their condition, yet there is a measure of integrity that comes from being willing to take blame. 

Often when I have been discipling a person God has revealed something about him He was not yet revealing to the person. Therefore, I did not mention it but stored it in the back of my mind. I know that I have no right to bring out a shortcoming that He is not revealing, for with His revelation will always come the power to overcome it. When He reveals a failure, it is not a burden, for His power accompanies it, and with the power comes hope. My point is that oftentimes others have annoying, carnal, self-centered behavior that we see and they cannot. Why? Obviously, it is to work something in us. However, instead of looking to the Lord and within, we make the mistake of looking to them and wondering at their condition.

Have you ever thought that you are to blame for your response to carnal persons? That their behavior is revealing your heart and carnality? Has their behavior revealed bitterness, lack of love, and your own carnality? You are to blame for your response! Do not fret about seeing others’ behavior; your behavior is the issue. When you are tempted to reject others who offend you, remember there is probably a bigger fish to fry, and that fish is you!

There is another aspect of blame-taking that is legitimate. II Samuel 12:4-7, “‘Now a traveler came to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die. And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.’ Nathan then said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, “It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.”’” 

Would David have judged another man’s failure had he known he was going to hear, “You are the man”? Unfortunately, I have spent a good part of my life judging others. I once had the opportunity to question an elderly saint, “Why do believers not finish well?”
He took a pen in his hand and asked, “Who holds the pen, who keeps it from falling, and who moves it from place to place?”
“You do,” I responded. 
He then “walked” the pen over to “look” at another pen that was lying down and had the upright pen say, “You pathetic pen! Look at you lying there; what a failure you must be!” Then the elderly gentleman dropped the pen he was holding and said that the pen is like a man who is touched by the glory of God, held by the glory of God, and moved by the glory of God, but then who takes the credit himself. All God need do is let go, and the man is as flat as those he judges. Man lives in pride, becoming a god unto himself and a god to others! A chill ran down my spine, for I could hear the voice of the prophet saying, “You are the man.” The only reason I have not left my family or have ever ministered to others or had a revelation of grace is that the glory of God was holding me. When I see hypocritical believers, those caught up in adultery, those with rebellious children, or those steeped in carnality, I just want to shut up! If I stand, it is not because of my own great strength and wisdom, but only because of the glory of God.

We can have no pride except in His goodness and glory. As abiding believers, we do not want only to preach that there is nothing the nearness of Jesus will not cure; we want to demonstrate it, showing that we believe in the glory of God. “Lord, I take the blame for judging! But I have come to a place where I am extremely frightened and want nothing to do with judging.”

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


Well, amen.



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