Paul Washer – Demonic activity and apostasy in the church

This 21 minute message is fabulous!  He makes a fantastic comment at the 12 minute mark!

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Are Your Wings Heavy?

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Are Your Wings Heavy?
Do you ever feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Are you cumbered with many burdens?
I think this is common for women, for we wear many hats. We are constantly multi-tasking. Being that we are caregivers by nature, it is only natural for us to try to carry our own burdens, as well as the burdens of others. We even carry these heavy loads to bed with us each night, making it very difficult for us to rest and refresh.
I recently went through a time where I felt completely overwhelmed with the daily tasks before me, along with other situations I was facing – situations of which I had no control. Oh, control! Now there’s another issue which is hard for us! We like to control things. We have so many responsibilities that rest upon us that we try our best to control situations, even when it is impossible to do so!
Isaiah 40:31 tells us that we will mount up with wings like eagles. However, when facing my own struggles, I sure didn’t feel like I was soaring like an eagle. In fact, my spiritual wings felt heavy and I couldn’t take flight. However, if we back up a bit on that verse, there is a key point for us. First, we must wait on the Lord, then He renews our strength.
Waiting on the Lord is not a passive action. In my waiting, I read the Word, prayed, read the Word, listened to encouraging scriptural music, and read the Word some more. Notice that I didn’t say I watched Christian television or read Christian books. I got alone with God! I didn’t want to hear what someone else had to say! I wanted to hear from God. As I read the Word, I was careful to listen for His gentle voice to speak to me, giving me a nugget of wisdom to help me.
Now nothing has changed about the situation I mentioned. The tasks are still the same. The other difficult situation still looms. However, my wings are lighter and my strength has been renewed! I am finding my joy and peace in the Lord, regardless of my circumstances. Another wonderful benefit of hiding myself in the Lord during this tumultuous time is that I am now able to sleep in peace because I know the Lord will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8)
Are you wings heavy? Do you need to get alone with the Father?
© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

David Wilkerson – Conformed to Christ Alone

This devotion is excellent!   It is called CONFORMED TO CHRIST ALONE.   I loved this paragraph because it gives a clear picture of what is happening among many who profess to be a Christian.

Too many Christians want forgiveness — but that’s all. They do not want to be delivered from this present world because they love it. They are attached to their sins and do not want to give up the pleasures of this world. So they cling to a doctrine that says, “I can live as I please — as long as I say that I believe.” Sadly, these Christians do not want to hear about obedience, repentance or self-denial. They would rather live in this world without restraint.

Let it Go

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Let it Go
Do you remember the song from the Disney movie Frozen? Little girls across the nation could be heard singing that famous line, “Let it go….”
The concept of letting things go is one many Christians could stand to learn. In fact, I wish I had learned this concept when I first got saved. However, being raised Catholic for so many years, it was hard to undo the concept of paying penance for my sins. Whenever I sinned, I still felt like I needed to carry the weight of that sin for several days and say a very lengthy prayer of repentance.
Perhaps you feel the same whenever you sin. You carry that heavy load of guilt until your spirit feels bowed over. You don’t feel like you can walk in freedom and joy because of your sin.
May I offer you some hope?
Psalm 32:1-2 tells us that God blesses those whose sins have been forgiven and wiped away. God blesses us because we tell him our sins, without trying to hide them. The result: He forgives us! Yes, it is that simple!
But that’s not all! Verse 5 tells us that along with forgiving us, the Lord also takes away our guilt. In verse 6, we are admonished to pray when we have sinned so that we aren’t swept away by a raging flood. That flood could be a flood of guilt, so we clearly see that we aren’t to wallow in guilt for several days when we have sinned. We are to let it go! Verse 7 tells us the benefits we reap when we confess our sin instead of holding onto it. God protects us from trouble and puts a song in our heart.
I had to chuckle as I read verse 9 because I can see myself in this verse. It tells us not to be stupid like horses and mules. Stubborn would be a good word to substitute here for stupid. Have you ever been there? So the next time you feel like you have to carry your sin around with you instead of immediately repenting and moving on, just remind yourself that it is stupid to carry that weight with you when there is such a better way of dealing with it!
If this is an issue where you struggle, I challenge you today to do what Psalm 34:8 says. “Discover for yourself that the Lord is kind.” (CEV) Confess your sin right away and watch his kindness embrace you and fill your heart with joy and freedom!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

 

Happy Resurrection Day!

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Revelation Deciphered

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I just finished reading this book.  It took me months to finish it.  Granted, the book has over 530 pages, but that isn’t why it took me so long to read it.  Was it because it was boring?  Nope.  Not that either.  In fact, it was very interesting.  I jotted down a lot of notes as I read the book, and I do plan to read it again, making a lot more notes.  I didn’t agree with everything he said, but some of his insights and thoughts were very eye-opening and interesting.  It is a worthy read — one to be savored and read a little at a time because of all of the topics he covers.

 

So what was the real reason why it took me so long to read it?  After all, I love to read.  I always have.  The real reason is because over the last four or five years, I have been reading the Word of God, rarely touching anything else.  Now that I have truly tasted and seen the Lord is good, I just find it incredibly hard to read anything else.

 

There was a time in my Christian life where I read a lot of “Christian” books.  I would buy them at the bookstore, online, or else borrow them from the library.  Frequently, you could find me reading two books at once.

 

After spending the last several years reading the Bible in depth, I’ve come to realize that a lot of the books out there that are called “Christian” aren’t Christian at all!  Many are nothing more than how-to programs.  Others push that false prosperity gospel, while others push a social gospel, which isn’t biblical at all.  And there are others which push nothing more than a spiritual, emotional experience which has no depth to it.  There are others, pushing the false doctrine of the New Apostolic Reformation.  Many of these false teachings are very hard to recognize.  However, when you get the true Word of God in you, it’s much easier to spot false teachings.

 

It’s kind of like those who investigate counterfeit money.  They don’t teach them to study the counterfeit.  Rather, they teach them all about the real thing.  When they come across a counterfeit, it’s obvious that it is fake!

 

Now that I’ve spent the last four or five years really digging into the Word of God, I have fallen in love with that Book.  Nothing else holds a candle to it.  In fact, it has become a passion of mine to encourage others to really get into the Word of God.  After all, Jesus warns us multiple times in the latter days that deception will abound.  So I ask you — Do you know enough about the real thing to spot a counterfeit?

True Salvation

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Over the last four years, I have spent a lot more time in the Word, and I left other books alone.  When you choose to spend your time in the Word, letting the Holy Spirit be your teacher, it is amazing the things you can learn!  I began to see some things I had been taught in church, as well as through “Christian” books were in error.

One of the most common errors is the teaching of salvation being as easy as A-B-C:

  1. Admit you’re a sinner.
  2. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Confess your sins.

Ok, so number one is good.  To be saved, you do need to realize that you are a sinner in need of a savior.

Now I have a bit of a problem with number two because James 2:19 tells us that even the demons believe….and tremble.  So it takes more than just believing to be saved.

As far as confessing our sins, that is important because we are told in First John 1:9 that if we confess our sins, God will forgive us.

So what is my problem?  My problem is with a HUGE piece of the missing puzzle to being saved!  REPENTANCE!!!  Jesus came on the scene, and the first thing He told us about being saved is to repent!  So if that is the first thing He tells us, it means it is very important!

If we just do A/B/C as listed above, we could likely get up off our knees and go out and return to our sinful lifestyle, then come back and repeat A/B/C again next week.  However, Jesus told us to repent.  That means we are to do a 180 degree turnaround.  Our life is to drastically change — we are to change the direction we have been going and go in a new direction — one that doesn’t involve living a life of sin!

Let’s look at some verses where Jesus speaks of repentance:

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)

Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3, 5)

Sadly, many churches are not teaching/preaching this truth, and those who are in churches where biblical truth is not being taught are going to be easily led astray.  They will be more apt to fall for a counterfeit gospel instead of the true gospel.

So I ask you — Is your church teaching this biblical concept of repentance?  If it isn’t, I challenge you to ask yourself if perhaps your church is a false church.  If so, it’s time to come out and be separate.

 

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