Ready on Your Lips

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Ready on Your Lips

I love the wisdom I gain when I take the time to study, meditate upon, and apply the Word! It brings such joy to my heart, and joy is hard for many to find in these tumultuous times.

Proverbs has been one of my favorite books in the bible for many years. I can read it over and over and find new insights in it. I saw something in Proverbs 22:17-18 that really stood out to me.

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,
and apply your mind to my knowledge;
for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.” (RSV)

As I was pondering on this verse, I thought, “How can we have God’s Word ‘ready on our lips’ if we aren’t reading it, studying it, and meditating upon it?”

 

It is imperative for us to be in the Word of God in these times! Not only for ourselves, but for others! People are going to be asking some hard questions with the multitude of world events that are happening. We need to be gaining wisdom, insight, and direction from God’s Word so that we have answers.

 

I challenge you to start picking up your trusty sword and start studying it! You will never regret spending time in the Word of God! It is living and active, and God has so many treasures to reveal to you in His Word!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

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I’m Hurt, So What Do I Do?

What an excellent, biblical message on forgiveness!  He says a couple of really powerful things.  

It’s always more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.

Being offended is a choice.

Friendship With the World

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Friendship With the World

Do you have those times when you look at scripture and something literally leaps off the page at you?  I had that recently when reading James 4:4 in the ESV.   “You adulterous people!  Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

It was the ‘therefore’ and what followed after that word which stood out to me.  Many times, if we are not faithful to read the Word, we remember bits and pieces, but not all of what a verse may say.  To read that if I wish to be a friend of the world, I make myself an enemy of God is a horrifying thought!  I don’t want to be God’s enemy!  

Not only that, but James called them adulterous!  They had become so friendly with the world that they were uniting their spirits with the world, and committing spiritual adultery.  God is a jealous God, and He will not share His glory with another.  (Exodus 34:14; Isaiah 42:8)  No wonder the Word tells us we are enemies of God when we become friendly with the world and all of its ‘glitter!’  By our actions, we are choosing to push His Word aside and do our own will — meaning we are choosing the idol of self instead of Him.

Thankfully, James gives us a remedy when we see ourselves falling into the trap of being too friendly with the world. It is in verses 7-10.

First, we must submit ourselves to God.  Next, we must resist the devil.  We must then draw near to God, cleanse our hands, and purify our hearts.  We must also mourn and weep over our sins – what breaks God’s hearts must be allowed to break our hearts as well.  The NLT describes it as having sorrow and deep grief.  If we don’t have deep grief when we sin, we need to pray for the Lord to develop that deep grief within our hearts.  It is only then that we will truly have a disgust for our sin and be repulsed at even the thought of doing something which would grieve the Holy Spirit.  Last, we must humble ourselves before God.  It is only by being humble before Him that He can do the work of truly changing our hearts so that we won’t fall prey to being friends with the world.

The Lord is faithful and will answer our heart’s cry when we desire to break free from the temporary treasures of this world to embrace the everlasting treasures found in Him!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

Communion – David Nathan

Excellent teaching on communion.  I promise you — you’ve not heard one like this before!  Great insights!  And…..it confirms, once again, why it is imperative for us to be in the Word on a DAILY basis!

Training

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Training

Olympians immerse themselves in training. They make sure their diet is the proper one to enhance their training and performance. They never depend on someone else to do the training for them. They are faithful to train every day. They also know there must be sacrifices made to reach their goal.

1 Timothy 4:7 tells us to train ourselves to be godly. If we look at what Olympians do for temporary prize, we gain insights into how we need to train ourselves for an eternal reward.

1. We must have a proper diet. This means we get daily bread (reading our bibles.) We need to move from just getting the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word.

2. Training is repetitive. This could be likened to memorizing bible verses so the Word is hidden in our hearts.

3. We must not depend on someone else to feed us. Too many professing Christians are satisfied to just attend church, never picking up their bibles the rest of the week. Imagine if an Olympian decided they were only going to eat once a week, or train just one time a week. They wouldn’t get far in their goal to win a medal.

4. We must be prepared to sacrifice if we want to grow strong in our spiritual walk. We can’t spend hours watching television or looking at social media. Those things will drain us.

5. We must change our routine. There are times when an Olympian needs to change their routine and the same is true for us. What worked a year ago may not be what we need now. I remember when I was a new mother. I was exhausted and overwhelmed with the enormous changes. I didn’t have a lot of time or energy to spend reading the Word. Instead, I started to read one Proverb a day, looking for what ‘spoke’ to me. Sometimes I wouldn’t even get through the entire chapter. I would write down that verse and meditate on it all day.

That method won’t work for me now. I want more. I need more. I crave more because I have tasted and seen the Lord is good. I know that in these times of such deception, it is imperative for me to keep myself grounded in His Word so that I can safely navigate through this life.

What changes do you need to make to train yourself to be godly?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

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I felt led to share some of my own struggles with deception from several years ago.  I have been a Christian for over 35 years, but only came to realization that there is no pre-trib rapture in the last 4 years.  (I am a pre-wrath believer, believing the rapture occurs at the end of Revelation 6.) Having this new understanding of the Word, it led me to search for sites which would discuss what was coming, etc., so that I could learn more and prepare for it, mentally, physically, and spiritually.  However, in that endeavor, I was reading and listening to much that was false teaching and false prophets, along with those who were simply looking to evoke fear in me, in hopes that I would spend lots of money on their prepper stuff.  (Thankfully, that didn’t work.) It took me several months before I even caught on that the stuff they were teaching was false.  

It is important to bring out this stuff because the deception is so prevalent, but also so sneaky!  And to whom much is given, much is required.  I believe that includes exposing false teaching/false prophets when we see them.  We are told in 1 Peter 4:7-8 to be watchful in our prayers, and to love one another fervently because the end of all things is near.  That is why I feel I need to share this.  We are clearly in the end times, where deception is abounding, and out of love for my brethren, I need to share this information so others won’t be led into false doctrine as I was.  

I have listened to nearly everyone I am mentioning, so I’m not doing this out of spite, anger, retaliation, or hate.  Rather, it is because I know personally, how easy it is to fall for deception and not even know it.  

Benjamin Faircloth https://z3news.com/w/60-day-window-national-heart-attack/ posted 8-29-16 The Father then spoke this to me concerning America, and the time frame of this heart attack, “We are in a 60-day window of a national economic heart attack. Prepare accordingly!” Obviously, this did not happen.  Therefore, he is a false prophet.  He was also on TruNews:  https://www.trunews.com/listen/6-02-pastor-benjamin-faircloth-americas-last-breath 

Rick Wiles:  On Jim Bakker’s show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H24veCM9jHk 

Mena Lee Grebin: From 6-28-16 https://z3news.com/w/months-total-chaos-envelop-america/  Notice the title – It mentions TOTAL CHAOS within 3-6 months, yet it never happened.  She has also been on TruNews with Rick Wiles. She did a 3-part series with Rick Wiles.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWrqX6PsEVo  What she said was to happen did not happen.  Another false prophet revealed.

Doug Hamp:  

http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/content/douglas-hamp  Doug also preaches the Saturday Sabbath.  http://www.douglashamp.com/an-open-letter-to-christian-pastors-and-theologians-a-call-to-return-to-the-biblical-sabbath/

Bill Salus:  http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/content/psalm-83-and-false-prophet-bill-salus-0

John Fenn, who is NAR (New Apostolic Reformation)  http://www.cwowi.eu/about-john-fenn.html

All of the above have also been on A Minute to Midnite. 

You can see proof by checking out their archives pages:  https://aminutetomidnite.com/audio-archives/audio-archives-page-2/ 

I mention this because deception is sneaky.  AM2M has had some biblically sound people, such as Nathan and Donna Leal, John Little, and John Haller.  However, we are warned in scripture  that a little leaven works through the whole bunch. (Galatians 5:9)  This means it is spiritually dangerous for us to be listening to these sites that welcome known false teachers.  They clearly lack discernment because in looking at their archives, the majority of their guests are false teachers.

Something which deeply concerns me is the constant talk on these programs about dreams and visions people are having.  We are warned in scripture to test the spirit.  (1 John 4:1)  Many Christians lack discernment and are biblically illiterate, which can easily cause them to easily fall into error. 

Scripture has more warning for those who constantly speak of their dreams.  

Colossians 2:18-19 English Standard Version (ESV)  18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, (this could also be  dreams), puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 

Zechariah 10:2 ESV For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.  (emphasis added)

Ecclesiastes 5:3  For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. Those who have these constant dreams have many words.  Based on this scripture, we should avoid them.   

Joanie Stahl is one who frequently speaks of dreams she has had, or things the Lord spoke to her.  Because of what I just said in the previous paragraphs, this puts a huge check in my spirit.  Add to that Joanie’s involvement and multiple postings on Z3News, a site FILLED with false teachers/prophets, and that is even more cause for concern.  https://z3news.com/w/author/joanie/  Granted, I noticed Joanie hasn’t posted there in nearly a year.  However, now she is heavily involved at AM2M, a site which I have just proven to have a lot of false teachers and false prophets. 

A friend of mine mentioned recently that was a great insight.  When we listen to false teaching and donate to these ‘ministries’ who promote false teachers, we are promoting the anti-Christ system which is already starting to rise up.  We will answer to God for that.

Proverbs 19:27 in The Living Bible says “Stop listening to teaching that contradicts what you know is right.”  Wise words!

After I discovered I had been listening to false teachers, the Lord led me to stop watching, reading, and listening to this junk.  He had me start reading my Bible, and only my Bible.  I have been doing this for about 2-3 years now.  Having the Lord as my teacher has been amazing!  Now that I have been deeply in His Word for the last few years, it is amazing how quickly I can recognize false teaching when I hear it in the rare times I watch TV or listen to the radio.

Brethren, I urge you:  READ YOUR BIBLES!!!  You won’t be led astray when you are deeply immersed in the Word of God.

God’s Friend

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God’s Friend

 

I have never liked the song “I Am A Friend of God.” I didn’t fully understand why until I started diligently getting into the Word. The beginning lyrics of the song come from Psalm 8:4 when the psalmist asks, “Who is man that You are mindful of him?” However, when you look at the rest of that Psalm, it has nothing to do with the lyrics that are in the song.

 

Psalm 8:4-8 (NKJV)
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet
All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.

Now when I think back to when this song was being sung frequently at church, I remember people getting so excited over the chorus, which repeats the phrase over and over, “I am a friend of God.” I couldn’t understand the excitement that seemed to build up in people the longer that the chorus was repeated, to the point of near pandemonium. Honestly, I found it disturbing. It was as if people thought because they repeated this ‘mantra’ over and over, it became true. It reminded me of the false teaching from the Word of Faith movement where people thought they could “Name it and claim it.”

However, as I began to dig into the Word about being a friend of God, I found more insights into being a friend of God. John 15:14 tells us that we are the friend of God when we do what He commands us. John 14:21, 23 tells us that if we have God’s commands and keep them, we love Him. By doing so, the Father will love us, come to us, and make His home with us.

 

Abraham was called a friend of God. However, it required much from Abraham for this to be true. He had to leave his country and go to a land he didn’t know. Later, the Lord asked him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham also had several visitations from the Lord. He had invested time into getting to know the Lord. However, this often isn’t the case within the church. In reality, the majority of the church doesn’t even read their bible unless it is when following along with the pastor during his message. So where do we get off singing and getting all worked up over a song about being a friend of God when our lifestyle may tell a much different story?

 

I think a lot of the problem with this is that the church is biblically illiterate, so these ‘new age’ songs aren’t being lined up with scripture. The words work up an excitement in people, rather than a deep reverence for the Lord and His true, precious Word.

 

Brethren, we are told four times in Matthew 24 to not be deceived. In order to not be deceived, it is imperative for us to know our bibles and to know our God! We are told in 2 Timothy 3 that in the last days people will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will have a form of godliness, but deny its power. They will always be learning, yet never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. I see this happening now with these ‘worship’ songs that are being so easily accepted into many churches. People are learning the songs, but because they don’t know their bibles, they are accepting the lyrics as biblical truth, and many of them are not sound biblical doctrine. This is dangerous!

 

Just as you cannot become friends with someone without spending time with them, getting to know them, so it is with getting to know the Lord. Do you really want to be a friend of God? If so, you must spend time in the Word getting to know the God of the universe! There is no other way to be His friend.

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 
 

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