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
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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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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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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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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Day 109 - Generational Curses

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 229
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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In many places the troubles that Christians are having without getting any help from their church, their counselor(s), or close Christian friends (having themselves neglected the reading and meditation of Scripture), they turn to listening to those who speak often of the devil and his influence in their life.  Michael points us to a few simple Truths that take us to JESUS, and His Life never fails.



DAY 109

Generational Curses

Therefore if any man is in Christ, {he is} a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. --II Corinthians 5:17

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will. --Ephesians 1:5

Often I hear of those purported to have generational curses. The cause of their present-day calamity is ascribed to the curse received by an ancestor, whether it came from God, idol worship, or a witchdoctor; it does not seem to matter. Whole meetings are dedicated to breaking the curse. Where is this in the Bible? Oh, yes, there is one passage alluded to in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy 5:9, “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth {generations} of those who hate Me.” Adoption in the Old & New Testaments is much different than today’s concept of adoption, wherein there is an acknowledgement of both birth and adoptive parents. Adoption in the Bible is understood as a new birth, and the adoptee is taken out of one family and placed into the genealogy of the new family. Hence, when we become children of God by adoption once we are born again, spiritually speaking, the genealogical curse, if such did exist, would be broken. Another problem with the false teaching of a genealogical curse for a born-again believer is that it is oppressive and irrational, because everyone could trace his lineage back to someone who had not loved God, and again, we have a new root, Jesus the Vine. This brings up a several points. First, in the New Testament, with all of the idol worship that the Romans had introduced to the believers, there is not one occasion in the Epistles where a solution offered to a problem was the breaking of a curse. Second, if it is God Who has cursed someone, do we really think that a man could break it? Third, as mentioned above, once born again, a person is in a different lineage, the lineage of Jesus, with God as the Father. Is He cursed? No, He is blessed, Jesus is blessed, and we are blessed because we are in Him. There is no curse over us. The only curse, so to speak, is that of unbelief, which allows the elect to be deceived into such notions as white magic to lift curses.

Many have met these arguments with cries of, “if only you had seen what I have seen!” I have seen it. If we are to question our thoughts to examine the source, should we not on occasion also question our emotions, our experiences, and what we see? Our deceiver is a liar from the beginning. Anyway, why is it easier to believe that nearly everyone is influenced by curses when it would make much more sense, seeing that Christ is infinitely more powerful, to believe that if a person has some Christian ancestors he would have a special dispensation? And for those who appeal to Deuteronomy? Look at what happens later in the book, where God is explaining consequences He would remember “ . . . to the tenth generation” (Deuteronomy 23:2), and then He parenthetically notes what He does with those who curse His children. Deuteronomy 23:5, “However, the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loves you.”

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I have no difficulty understanding how many have been misled into thinking the devil is really their problem.  At virtually every prayer meeting I’ve been to, whether in the church building or in a pasture, many give the devil credit for all their problems and continue to ask God to forgive them of ALL their sins they can’t name.  The focus is on anything and anyone other than Jesus, and what He has done/will do for them.

I say this because it is sad we are missing out on ALL that God has done for us, and is doing for us.  I see that many need to find the love of God for them.



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Day 108 - Purchasing Freedom From Others

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 228
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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You better have your spiritual thinking cap on when you read this week’s writing.  Michael sort of takes us through the back door to get to the freedom he speaks of, and the freedom we all desire so much.



DAY 108

Purchasing Freedom From Others

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves. –Philippians 2:3

As in every other aspect of the Christian walk, we want the spiritual work God will accomplish in us, but we do not want the experiences that bring it. I cannot say I blame the believer that avoids the experiences that gain his freedom. I am grateful that since I was first aware of Him, He has answered my prayer: "Father, all that You wanted to accomplish in man through Your sending Jesus, accomplish in me. When I complain, please do not hear me. When I fail, let it be covered in the blood of Jesus." I have not wanted the experiences that accompany learning to be free from others, but He has been faithful to bring them anyway, and I thank Him. 

We purchase freedom from others with the currency of pride. Let me illustrate. A woman had a very critical, judgmental, and unloving husband. His attitude and behavior when arriving home dictated hers. Why? Pride. She felt she deserved to be treated better, for she was set apart for Christ. The treatment that Jesus received from others was not good enough for her; she deserved nicer. She was in bondage and needed to purchase freedom. Since the currency would be pride, she was instructed, "Each time your husband comes home upset and angry, you are to go sit in his lap and give him a kiss." She could see that freedom would be a costly purchase. However, she paid up, and today she is free.

A husband with an unfaithful wife finds himself in court. The judge awards the home, most of the income, and child custody (with the exception of one weekend a month) to the wife. She is angry (attempting to justify her affair) and uses every opportunity to gain advantage over the husband. She refuses to drop off the children, tell him of school events, or make him aware of medical concerns. She tells the children, "I must protect you from your father." He is working sixty hours a week to provide, attempting to be an active parent, and wanting his children to grow in the Lord. He is also a slave to his wife's behavior. The solution for him is to buy his freedom with pride. Love the judge, the wife, and the circumstances; make the support payments, allow the abuse, and be free. Look deeply into the face of the one who is bringing the discomfort and ask the question, "Do I want that countenance?"

There is an employee whose promotion came because of his ability to point out the flaws in others. This week you are under his microscope, and you have come under bondage. Buy your freedom with pride. Go to him and ask, "Can I do something extra to help you? I know you must be under stress." You will be amazed at the freedom that comes.

Freedom is not cheap, and yet it is purchased with a commodity that you should never have possessed, pride. Since it is a currency that does not belong to you, feel free to spend all of it! In the end you will have a wonderful portfolio of freedom. 

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Michael gives us one of the most powerful Life-giving scriptures relevant to all of our relationships and fellowships.  No matter who or what we encounter in life, a Life of humility is God’s way.  How many of us have prayed a prayer like Michael gives us his example of regarding ALL “experiences that accompany learning to be free from others.”

“Paying up” all pride brings humility.  And look at the results…freedom.  Beautiful!



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 101 - Following The Image Myth

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 227
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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Michael points out from Scripture one simple truth that in fact was one of the most experienced movements of Christ in the lives of His first followers.  They DID become real “fishers of men.”  Would today that we would see a move of God in that same manner amongst us!



DAY 101

Following the Image Myth

And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 
–Mark 1:17

I refuse to give names, but I have talked with many who have walked with some very well known men in the Christian faith. One person privately told me the leader of a certain great movement was a jerk; in fact, his own staff was afraid to confront him, for he would proudly hand them their heads on a platter. Neither the man nor his reputation is our concern; I just want to make the point that none of those we idolize fit the life of Christ as described in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. I was actually told that one leader had such repulsive manners that he was kept from the public and sheltered by his inner circle, who circulated stories of his greatness and thus created an image of him for “the good” of others who followed his teaching. In the end, ten generations removed from the founder, disciples were still attempting to emulate the behavior of someone who did not even exist. Can you imagine their frustration? How often we find ourselves following the image some man has projected of what following Jesus is to look like. I say that we are to cast all images aside, not elevate any man, and just follow Jesus. In so doing, we will never be disappointed. 

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Incredibly, especially when it is Christians, from as far back as who knows when, Believers have “followed” the image some man has projected of what following Jesus is to look like, other than simply following Jesus.  How could we?

WHY did Christ’s followers become “fishers of men”?  Because He said He would MAKE them to become such.  It is amazing that God’s Word tells us several times of something that He will MAKE happen in our lives, and we go off listening to some other man, or “we find ourselves following the image some man has projected of what following Jesus is to look like.”



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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, February 15, 2017

Day 90 - Falling Into Evil

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 226
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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Who would ever think that trees could cause so many problems?  But the Bible in the 2nd chapter of the 1st book tells us 2 trees affect EVERY individual’s life, from birth to grave.  Michael gives us a great look at one particular tree…


DAY 90 

Falling Into Evil


But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die. --Genesis 2:17

Many are surprised when they fall; they were doing so well, they just did not see it coming. There was nothing evil in their lives; in accordance with deliverance teaching, everything evil had been “dealt” with in their lives. How did they fall? Instead of looking for the place where evil began, they should go back and look at the place of good, where they decided that their flesh had improved so much that they did not think about abiding when they entered their house, went on vacation, arrived at work, or taught the Bible study.

What “good-looking” flesh was it with which they had gotten involved? Was it living to people instead of loving them, people pleasing, manipulating, reworking the portfolio, counting the savings, or lusting for the latest from the material world? Were they agreeing to pacify others while staying silent to avoid conflict? Did they avoid telling the truth? Once the gate to the flesh corral is open, not only do the dark horses go out, but those of every stripe. Those who begin to walk in the “good” deeds of the flesh will soon find themselves in evil deeds.

Each day resolve not simply to turn away from evil, but to turn away from the “good” arising from what can be done in the natural, to avoid all strength in the power of the self-life, and to turn to Jesus.

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In over 30 years of pastoring, I have rarely encountered a Believer who wasn’t focused on this one tree…the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Surprisingly, the number thinking of one side of the tree basically equals the number thinking of the other side.

Almost never have I found any Believers whose focus was on that “other” tree…the Tree of Life.  All the while “flesh” and “self” battle it out in the Believer while every benefit of the Life of Christ goes unused.



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

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Day 88 - Faith and The Others

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 225 
         
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.



“Believing” is always the issue.  Preachers have stood in pulpits for years and years crying out for members to “believe God.”  Today’s writing from Michael addresses a particular group that we could never question their “believing.” 



DAY 88

Faith and The 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 would not be made perfect. --Hebrews 11:36-40


We now move to the second category of believers, those who believe and receive nothing. They are called the “others.” 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.” The “others” give something to God that no angel in heaven can give Him, and that is faith. The “others” 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 reversal! The world is not worthy of you! You simply do not belong! Your place is above, seated with the Father judging angels! If you have believed and not received, count yourself blest.




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Michael points to a great truth: “You are pulled on all sides to give up, and yet you have chosen to believe without seeing.”  There will be many in this life who leave this life without “seeing” what they hoped for and “saw” as a promise from God.  THAT is the essence of their REAL “believing.” 

Another essence is their going through the tremendous challenges and dangers and devastations mentioned, and still believing.  Wow.  What believing!  Believing that was gifted from God with His faith to continue on, no matter the circumstances.

This is a good question for us: do we believe to the extent that we can continue on in any similar circumstance?



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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