Even though many people have the Bible and read it, they can’t see God’s true plan for their lives because they’ve been mentally conditioned by centuries of false teachers and their bad example, which is so contrary to the plan of true Christianity! The Plan has been lost under a heap of man’s own rubble!
The Plan is as good as it ever was, but we must sweep away all the fabrication of false interpretations and the traditions of man to uncover the basic Foundation and the real Plan. God Himself, the Master Builder, built the Foundation, but man covered it and buried it in his litter, so God has to take and use man and man’s tools for the sake of man to unbury His Foundation!
It takes an archaeologist who knows the difference between rubble and the genuine Foundation to uncover for you once again what the Bible really says and means, what Jesus taught, and how He really lived, and what He and the disciples were really trying to show by their example!
And once we’ve cleared away the rubble, we can build again on that Foundation.–“But let every man take heed how he builds thereon!” (1Cor.3:10).
Too many people think about “faithful” as being some kind of a works thing that they must work up. But faith is a gift of God. You just have to depend on the Lord to keep you faithful and trust Him that your faith won’t fail, because faith comes from Him.
And all you have to do if you don’t have enough faith is just hear the Word, read the Word, that’s the source of faith. You have to give Him a little cooperation, you have to listen, you have to read, you have to obey, but that’s the easy part. It’s His job to keep you faithful, full of faith which comes from Him!
So quit trying so hard! Quit worrying about it! Quit trying to work it up or even pray it down! Just keep trusting the Lord and don’t worry. He’ll give you all the faith you need!
“Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior,” commit your way, your life, your mind, your thoughts, your time! “For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (Jude 24,25; 2Ti.1:12).
PTL! Only He can do it!
21In so many countries of the world today, their greatest problem is their children. What they fail to realize is that the world of tomorrow is what the adults of today make it, according to what they choose to give or not to give the next generation! Capture the youth and you’ve conquered the future!
“Train up a child in the way he should go,” the Bible says, “and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Pro.22:6). We need to mold their minds and educate them and inspire them and encourage them, and most of all we really need to build their faith!
Children are the most sincere people in the world.–And they’re at the age of malleability when they can still be bent and molded. It’s an age of choice, an age of decision. It takes time and patience and understanding and lots of real love to reach them but that’s actually when most people accept the Lord.
“Open the door for the children,
Tenderly gather them in,
In from the highways and hedges,
In from the fields of sin.
Open the door for the children,
Tenderly gather them in.”
–For of such is the Kingdom of God! (Mark 10:14).
What does that really mean, “Wait on the Lord”? Well, a lot of people have taken that to mean they’re supposed to sit around doing nothing while they wait for God to do something. They’re waiting for God to do something for them rather than with them. They’re not waiting on God!–God’s waiting on them to get busy!
Finding God’s Will is not just sitting around doing nothing!–It’s doing what you can! The secret is doing something else while you’re waiting. To “wait on the Lord” is like a servant waits on his master. That’s the kind of waiting the Lord is talking about. “Wait on the Lord” like a waiter or a waitress, serve the Lord, keep busy!
And that’s what we do for the house of God: We are His servants taking care of His house, His children. We feed and clothe them and take care of His babies, and He really is grateful for our help and admires us for our service. The picture of waiting on the Lord is like waiters and waitresses waiting on a customer, where the customer is king and can do no wrong! That’s serving the Lord, that’s waiting on the Lord, that’s ministering to the Lord and others!
Thank God for our knowledge of His Word and His Revelations which have brought us out of the darkness of this world into His glorious light and the freedom of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ in which the truth has given us liberty. We have found freedom through the Truth of God and His Word, the freedom that love gives, true love! As we continue in His Word we have found the truth and the truth has set us free! (Jn.8:32). But this only comes through living in the Word, knowing the Word and following the Word!
It’s a fight for liberty. What is liberty?–To know the Truth. And the Devil never wants people to know the Truth, for the Truth can make them free! The Enemy likes to keep people under the bondage of darkness. But Jesus said, “I came to preach the Gospel to the poor, and to set the prisoners free” (Luk. 4:18). And now He sent us to liberate and free others through the Word!
The only hope and the only freedom and the only way out is up through faith! The only way we’ll ever be able to free others of the Devil’s lies and propaganda and restrictions is by bringing them into the Kingdom of God through the Truth of His Word!
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “What shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the End of the world?” He replied with dozens of specific “signs of the times,” recorded for us in the 24th Chapter of Matthew, which very simply and plainly tells us exactly what we should look for and expect so that we will know how near to the End we are and what is going to happen!
“Just as you see the blossoms of the trees and the flowers,” Jesus said, “and know that summer is coming soon, so you will know that the End is very near when you see these different events come to pass” (Mat.24:32-34).
And no matter how bad these events may look to the world or how horrible they may seem to be, if you love Jesus, every sign of His soon-coming is good news because the sooner it gets worse, the sooner it’s going to get better and the sooner Jesus is going to return! For you, all of these signs are like flowers or blossoms, beautiful fulfillment’s of His prophecies!–Signs of the Summer that is near, of the beautiful Golden Age, the Springtime of the Coming of Jesus and the springing up of His flowers from the Earth–The Resurrection of all true believers in Him!
God expects His children, those who know Him personally and know His Will and His Word, to touch Him personally, directly, and make a direct contact with Him, not through somebody else’s faith or prayers. And that’s why the most important thing that any Christian can learn–and each new Christian has to learn it himself–is how to follow God and hear from Him fresh every day!
You can hear from God every day, and you should be hearing from Him every day. It doesn’t have to be out loud, it doesn’t have to be with an audible voice. It can just be in that small voice that you feel inside of you. Sometimes it’s not even words, just an impression that you have. God doesn’t have to communicate in words, He can just give you a feeling or a picture or an idea. If you really believe and ask the Lord, and you want to hear or see, you won’t be disappointed! And that which you see or hear with the eyes or ears of your spirit, that’s the Lord!–It will be such a comfort to you!
If you really want to hear Him, He’ll talk to you. You just have to have faith. Jesus speaks anytime, anywhere, if you believe!–Anytime you believe!
In all of your witnessing, dwell on the positive, not the negative! Although you must be prepared on occasion to fight the Devil and his lies and be able to answer all questions of anybody that ask of you, most of the time you should preach positively!
Try to approach others in a positive way with a positive attitude.–Be friendly, loving, understanding, compassionate, sympathetic, establishing as many points of agreement as you can. Dwell on things that you share in common as human beings with common problems, not points of disagreement!
Fighting false systems and false doctrines can be a temptation when you know you’re so right and they’re so wrong, but that’s a negative type of preaching, it’s negative witnessing.–And that kind of an attitude just doesn’t win people, it doesn’t win souls and it doesn’t show love! The best way to attack points of disagreement is not by a frontal attack against their darkness and their lies, but by just presenting the light, the positive! Preach the Truth and the Truth will take care of the lies!
Instead of preaching against things, let’s preach Jesus and uphold Christ and He will draw all men unto Him!–Amen? God bless and keep you lovingly winsome!
“And Jesus saith unto him, the foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Mat.8:20). Jesus never owned a home, He never had a family, and the only piece of property He had on Earth was His garment!
“It is enough that a disciple be as his Lord! … Having food and clothing, let us therewith be content” (Mat.10:25; 1Tim.6:8)–And yet look at what He’s given us besides that! All the rest are extras! Thank You, Lord!
The Lord is pretty smart! He loves us and He knows what’s good for us and what we need and what will be a help and a blessing and convenient and make us happy and comfortable. He’s pretty smart about that because He knows then we’ll work harder and be more appreciative and do a better job!
The Lord believes in happy employees. To Him, our happiness is worth more than money. He’s willing to let you have almost anything you want as long as you put Him first! Look how the Lord tries to make it easy for us to be good and serve Him! Delighting ourselves in Him, He gives us every desire of our heart! (Psa.37:4). Thank You, Lord!
The hidden gifts are absolutely the most essential for leadership!
The outstanding supernatural visible miraculous gifts of the Spirit are not always the most necessary gifts for leadership in the Lord’s work. The gifts of HEALING, miracles, tongues, or even interpretation and prophecy don’t necessarily give you the wisdom, the discernment, the faith or the knowledge which you need to lead. If you want to be a leader for the Lord, you need to pray for those gifts that are not quite so obvious, not quite so manifest.
You can’t see faith, but others can see it on your face and can tell by the way you act how much faith you’ve got! You can’t feel knowledge, the ability to know things that other people don’t know or to know things beforehand! You can’t see wisdom, which is how to use the knowledge of God! You can’t hear discernment, yet without it you are going to be unaware of the Devil’s devices and totally unprepared and unarmed for his dirty work!
Those four unseen gifts are the most important gifts for a leader to have! In fact, you can’t even be a leader without those gifts, or at least some of them!–So pray for those gifts!–Amen?