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The Sanctifying Consolations of the Holy Spirit
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
The eternal joy, salvation and grace which Christ imparts to his children are like living waters springing from a pure, refreshing, abundant, and eternal wellspring of life. The sanctifying consolations of the Holy Spirit prepare us for heavenly happiness; they are streams which flow for us in the wilderness. This noteworthy thought is of special weight and significance in our Christian experience so let us take much care in opening and examining it.
Our world has never been more fragile. Our world teeters precariously atop the final violin string of God’s grace – the others have either worn through or simply ‘exploded’ due to the insurmountable crises of life’s daily pressures, such as sickness, loss of a loved one, natural disasters, and various forms of sufferings and/or emotional trauma. Though the Lord, the Master violinist, has played the melody of grace since the cross, humanity continues to move steadily away from the sound of heaven’s song that has the power to quench the thirsty soul with times of refreshing from heaven’s living water. Civilizations that are lost in the quagmire of misery, distressed about the past, worried about the present, and frightened about that which they have no earthly control over, continue to place their trust in the systems of this world. They look to men and not God.
Worry, fear and anxiety are nothing new – each was prevalent in the lives of the Hebrews in Bible times – and still today the threat of attack looms over them (and us) like a thick, ominous black cloud. There is an array of dozens of long and short-term situation-specific, rational and irrational anxiety and fear factors on the horizon. Each refers to moral, social, and existential worrying, some to fear of suffering and death. The gamut stretches from mild fretting to panic, from trembling anguish to numbing dread.
What hinders us?
Have we missed God somewhere in the midst of life?
Was it when we took prayer out of the schools? What about when we legalized abortion and sought to reconcile the fact that God created a Man and Woman and NOT Adam and Steve?
Have we lost God somewhere during life’s journey and are therefore reaping scanty wheat?
Have you and I traded God for ‘stuff,’ the ‘artificial porridge’ life has to offer, for so long that we’ve lost our longing for authentic Christian living ?
Is it too late to feel whole, complete and happy?
Am I sure – or just hoping – that God lives inside me? If he does live there, then why don’t I feel the joy and see the miracles come my way?
Charlie Brown sits in front of Lucy’s “Psychiatric Help” booth as the ‘doctor’ waxes eloquent: “Life, Charlie Brown, is like a deck chair.” “Like a what?” he exclaims. Lucy explains: “Have you ever been on a cruise ship? Passengers open up these canvas deck chairs so they can sit out in the sun.” Pointing to her left she continued, “Some people place chairs facing the rear of the ship so they can see where they’re been.” Then gesturing in the opposite direction she says, “While others face their chairs forward. They want to see where they’re going!” The explanation now completed, Lucy turns to her ‘patient’ sitting on the stool and demands, “On the cruise ship of life, Charlie Brown, which way is your deck chair facing?” The boy thinks for a moment and then replies, “I’ve never been able to get one unfolded.”
Brain-deep, but not life-deep.
Like Charlie Brown, people are still trying to figure out how to unfold their deck chairs. There on the ship – the sun is shining, but they are still baffled with this thing called ‘life’ and how God fits into the equation. They watch others unfold their chairs, get a seemingly comfortable place on the Ship of Life’s deck, but they themselves are neither looking ‘rearward’ nor ‘forward.’ The sun is shining – but they don’t feel its warmth. The birds are singing – but they can’t quite catch the tune.
For many, they’ve simply given up! Let alone, found an intimate relationship with this other-worldly person known as “God.”
After all, I can’t seem to find him.
Finding God, serving God, and at times, even ‘believing’ in God seems so distant for some. At best, their depth of understanding of God is only brain-deep, but not life-deep!
Why can’t I get my deck chair unfolded?
Yet scriptural doctrine states emphatically that God can be known fully in personal experience in spite of this cloudy vagueness standing between us and him.
A loving portrait of a caring God permeates the pages of scripture. He is – here – daily – walking – talking – and in fellowship with his created family – breathing life into every moment.
Paul assured the Athenians that “God is not far from any one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being.”
Though our theological texts teach this, somehow we manage to obliterate the memory and fact that throughout the scripture, God was always there as a living, loving, caring, guardian, provider and parent. He was communicating, loving, showing Himself whenever and wherever His people were vigilant to regard their time with him and develop the necessary Spirit-induced receptivity to receive his thoughts and help. And he wants to become involved in every level of society. Any society devoid of God opens the door to tragedies we recently experienced in Florida.
The patriarch Jacob, “in the waste howling wilderness,” gave the answer to that question. He saw a vision of God and cried out in wonder, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not!” Jacob had never been for one small second outside the circle of that all-pervading Presence. But he knew it not. That was his trouble, and it is ours. Men do not know that God is here. What a difference it would make if they knew.
To properly unfold your deck chair is not a matter of intellect, but of spiritual experience.
The golden calf of Aaron’s embarrassing moment – the spirit of shopping for idols we can see – still is a hindrance for us today. Some (but certainly not all), enter into their places of worship with the same mindset in which we enter a movie theater or mall. I am here to be entertained. I am shopping for the best buy, the best sermon to fit my busy schedule.
I don’t have a lot of time, so what you do, give it your best shot- because there are other malls close by.
The embarrassing answer usually given – simply that we have cold hearts – will not explain all the facts as to why the ‘God-thing’ we call “a relationship with Jesus, the Son of God,” is so complicated for some. There is something more serious than coldness of heart, something that may be back of that coldness and be the cause of its existence. What is it – save the presence of a veil over the hearts of man? A veil which remains there – shutting out the light and hiding the face of God from us – a veil of our fleshly, fallen nature living on, unjudged within us, uncrucified and unrepudiated. It is the close-woven veil of the self-life which we have never truly acknowledged, of which we have been secretly ashamed, and which for these reasons we have never brought to the judgment of the cross. This mysterious, opaque veil is not difficult to identify.
It is the Carnal Man!
We have but to look in our own hearts and we shall see it there, sewn and patched and repaired it may be, but there nevertheless, an enemy to our lives and an effective block to one’s spiritual progress. This veil is not a beautiful thing and it is not a thing about which we commonly care to talk about, but I am addressing the thirsty souls who are determined to follow God, and I know they will not turn back just because the way leads temporarily through the blood-stained hill of Golgotha. For those who wish to be free from all that binds them must be willing to face the facts – however unpleasant – and endure the cross for the joy set before them. So I am bold to name the threads out of which this inner veil is woven. It is woven of the fine threads of the self-life, the hyphenated sins of the human spirit. They are not something we do, they are something we are, and therein lies both their subtlety and their power. To be specific, the self-sins are these: self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love and a host of others like them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our nature to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them.
The grosser manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian churches even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy; and of course in most institutions in our nation and society. They are so much in evidence as actually (for many people) to become identified with the gospel. I trust it is not a cynical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the visible Church and Market Place. Some think promoting the necessity for justification through the righteousness of Christ alone can deliver us from the power of the self-sins; but it does not work out that way. Self can live unrebuked at the very altar. It can watch the bleeding victim die and not be in the least affected by what it sees. It can fight for the faith of the Reformers and preach eloquently the creed of salvation by grace, and gain strength by its efforts. To tell all the truth, it seems actually to feed upon orthodoxy and is more at home in some Bible Conference than many other places. Our very state of longing after God may afford it an excellent condition under which to thrive and grow. Self is the opaque veil that hides the Face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.
We might as well try to instruct leprosy out of our system. There must be a work where God himself helps to destroy it, before we are free. We must invite the cross to do its deadly work within us. We must bring our self-sins to the cross for judgment and repent to be free. We must prepare ourselves for an ordeal of suffering in some measure like that through which our Savior passed when He suffered under Pontius Pilate. Let us remember: when we talk of the rending of the veil we are speaking in a figure, and the thought of it is poetical, almost pleasant; but in actuality there is nothing pleasant about it. In human experience that veil is made of living spiritual and soulish tissue; it is composed of the sentient, quivering stuff of which our whole beings consist, and to touch it is to touch us where we feel pain. To tear it away is to injure us, to hurt us and make us bleed, it is deeply painful. To say otherwise is to make the cross – no cross.
A cross devoid of the blood and accepted as the only way by which we are made clean and whole is powerless to help those in need.
Yet that is what the cross did to Jesus and it is what the cross would do to every man to set him free. Let us beware of tinkering with our inner life in hope that we ourselves have the power to rend the veil. God must do this for us. His blood was shed for just such a cause. Our part is to yield and trust. We must confess, forsake, repudiate the self-life, and then reckon it crucified. But we must be careful to distinguish ‘lazy acceptance’ from the real work of God. We must insist upon the work being done. We dare not rest content with a neat doctrine of self-crucifixion. That is to imitate Saul and spare the best of the sheep and the oxen. Insist that the work be done in very truth and it will be done. The cross is rough, and it is deadly, but it is effective. It does not keep its victim hanging there forever. There comes a moment when its work is finished and the suffering victim dies. After that is resurrection glory and power, and the pain is forgotten for joy that the veil is taken away and we have entered into an actual spiritual experience, into the Presence of the living God.
These points contain in them the pith and marrow of Christianity, the work of the Cross in our lives to remove the veil. As we die to self, we receive the living waters of the Fountain of Life – Christ pouring himself in and filling up the thirsty soul. The true and original spring of eternal mercies is God’s love for each of us. This benevolent love is graciously poured out at the cross. The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. (Rev. 22:17).
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Alan Bullock has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, and an earned Doctor of Theology. In addition, Alan is a Certified Pastor Counselor, a member of The International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals (IACCP), and also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
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I hope and pray that all is well. Please keep each other in prayer and pray for me. I know how hard it is to try and find a job and pay the bills. We all have pit falls even me. I know that it is hard to get back up after a pit fall. Sometimes it may seem like no matter what you do trouble seem to win and grow. It also seem like there is no one to turn to. This bleak and dismal situation is only temporary. Keep working hard trusting in God, knowing that God hears your prayers and will answer you. Stay in God's will and do as God say do. Read your bible daily and pray constantly. Trust in your heart that God love you and will lead you according to his will. You are awesome and God will lead you through your storms and troubles.
Joshua 1:9; Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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Today’s Reading: Psalms 43; Acts 27:27-44
Today’s Thoughts: What If?
And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 1 Corinthians 7:13-14
How many times do we, as adults, reflect upon our childhoods and wonder "what if?" What if my Christian mom would have left my non-Christian dad? Thoughts of my childhood bring a mixture of emotions. Growing up in a home with a father who did not know or believe in Jesus Christ was hard, even in the best of times.
I felt the tensions, had fears, and though I did not understand everything, I knew we were in a battle. My mom fought one of those battles every Sunday, but somehow she persevered to get herself and two kids to church. Those mornings irritated and angered my dad. I now realize just how serious those battles were, for the warfare is not against flesh and blood but against spirits and principalities (Ephesians 6:12).
But through His power and love, God gave my mother the strength to stay with my father. And because of the foundation my mother laid in the Lord, I learned to turn to God for help at a young age. God heard my prayers and I learned to trust in His protection, even in the midst of oppression. Just recently, my mom and I talked about her relationship with my dad. I am so thankful she stayed with him. Paul says that the "unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife" and that the "children would be unclean, but now they are holy." God honors our desire to keep the commitment we make with our spouses and God knows that the children need both parents together.
Even if only one parent knows the Lord, God blesses the home. Besides, we never know when the Holy Spirit will change the heart of the unsaved parent. As a child, I prayed every night for my dad "to be saved," and though he never went to church, my mom remembers the night he prayed the sinner's prayer after watching Billy Graham.
He died soon after. We may not understand why God allows certain situations to be so painful and hard for so long, but He honors our desire to please Him over ourselves. What if my mother had chosen to leave my father? Yes, my life would have been different but I am so thankful that my mother stayed.
God gave us His strength when we were weak. God gave us hope when we despaired. Because of those years, I learned to cry out to God and depend on Him at a young age. I learned invaluable lessons that have shaped my faith today. Despite your circumstances, no matter how dreadful they seem, God is with you. Turn to Him for the strength to make it.Our mission is to evangelize the lost and awaken the saved to live empowered lives by the Work of God and His Holy Spirit. Daily Disciples Ministries makes a difference for the kingdom of God by teaching and training believers how to be in God's Word, how to pray and how to walk with Jesus every day, as His daily disciple.
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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”— Philippians 4:13
Do you dream big dreams for your life? If you were given absolute assurance of success, would you act on those dreams? Well, God has promised us such victory. Read Paul’s claim from Philippians again: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” What an incredible promise! But all too often we talk ourselves out of our dreams with two simple words: “I can’t.”
These words of unbelief crush our dreams. Instead of trusting God’s promise to strengthen us for all things, we rely on our own volition, our education, our physical prowess, or perhaps even our social standing. And when we perceive a lack of resources to accomplish our dreams, we fail to even try.
Jesus said, “Without me ye can do nothing.” If we ever want to fulfill our dreams, we must keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. And as we do, the possibilities are limitless. But first, we must align our aspirations with God’s Word and with His will for us. Second, we must steadfastly work toward our goal, never losing sight of it. Paul serves as a great example of this two-step strategy.
He had a dream that every nation, tongue, and tribe would know the gospel. Paul’s goal was completely in line with God’s truth. And despite his suffering as he strove toward his goal, Paul never lost sight of it. Because of his perseverance and his reliance on God’s strength, Paul’s dream lives on as the Good News continues to spread to the ends of the earth.
God intended His children to soar like eagles. He wants us to live in His world of infinite possibilities, relying on His strength to make our dreams realities. Do you have a dream, something you think you could never achieve? Then ask God for strength to achieve it. As you set your faith in God and seek His will, He will make your dreams come true!For they conquer who believe they can.— VIRGIL
Hello friends, and family,
I know how hard it is to keep going after a failure. Failing in something that you put everything in will take the wind out of your sails, it will sap the energy out of you and it will kill any motivation that you have. Failing in something that people said that you would fail in kills you inside. The tears would stop, the heartache won't quit and the, "I told you so," flows like a river to your ears and eye sight. In this moment you are at your lowest. What do you do, what should you do? Take it to God in prayer, you may even need to fast and pray about it. You may need to fast, pray, and read the bible asking for guidance, through your tears and pain. At this point you are reviewing your whole plan from the failure to the beginning and from the beginning to the failure. Trying to see where you went wrong and if there were warning signs and why you did not notice the warning signs. Be encouraged, we all go through failures and some are worst than others but that does not mean that you cannot recover from it. Trust God and keep going. Keep moving forward in the will of God.
Today we celebrated our 106th Church Anniversary. It was a joyous occasions and many awesome people and churches came out to celebrate with us. It was a long and hard road. I know this even though I personally was not around for the 106 years. I could list the reasons why and scale it to today and even by today's standards it is still a long and hard road. I thank God for allowing us to be here for this celebration. It is an achievement.
I am going to close with, allow God to be into your every day life. Yes, you are going to mess up but don't allow that mess up define you. You can keep going, keep praying and keep serving God. Because of God a poor man can say that he is rich and a poor woman can say that they are rich. We all are broken and we all lose our way from time to time. But with God we are found and with God we are whole. So, don't forget God. Spend time with God and build your relationship with Him. How you may ask, well, that is easy. Pray, talk to God, read your bible, learn God's word, and repeat. Consistency is what you are going after. Making God a consistent part of your life. Bible segment for this entry is: Pslam 121. May God bless and keep you always.
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i hope and pray that you are having an awesome day. God loves you, never forget that. You are loved by the creator of the universe. God is God of all and He chooses you and He wants you to be apart of His family. You are so important to Him, that He knows everything that you have been through and He knows the hairs on your head. He know everything. God is a good God. God wants you to try him. Yes, give God a chance, please, do. Give God a chance and allow Him to show up and show out in your every day life.
To everyone who is celebrating a birthday this month of July 2018, Happy Birthday! you are awesome. Never forget how awesome you are. You are awesome just for being you. Yes, they are going to be hard times and God will be there. Yes, there will be good time and God will be there. Yes, there will be pit falls and God will be there. Always, God will be there. Even when we don't think that He is there God is still there. Our God answers prayers. Your prayers will be heard and God will answer your prayer. He may not answer when we want Him to, or in our time frame but He will answer.
Be happy and of good cheer because we serve a good, caring, and loving God. If God corrects you be happy even though it maybe painful. Why, you may ask, well, it is simple. Because God correct the ones He loves. We as a people do the same thing. If we see someone that we care about doing something wrong that will hurt themselves and/or someone else we will correct them. And we will correct them because we care about them, moreover, because we love them and we don't want them to get hurt. We would rather punish them ourselves than to see them dead or in jail for there actions. If we can stop them from doing that thing that would land them in jail and/or in the grave. So, be happy and of good courage. Continue to try to learn God's word and incorporate the word into our every day life. Your effort in learning God's word will pay off.
I am going to close with, the dividends of your faith and effort will pay off. Your ROI will come and last for a life time. So, be of good cheer and of good courage. God is able and even in His correction He is still awesome. Every journey began with one step and in that step God takes two steps. An easy return on your investment of faith, love, and effort. May God bless and keep you always. Love you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Hello friends, fans and family,
I hope that you are having an awesome day. Today I am going to talk about believing in God. We may say that we believe but when times get hard is your belief still intact? If it is good on you and keep it up. If it is not, don't worry you can improve in this area. How do we strengthen our faith when we are going through a storm?! Sometimes, it seems like the storm is going to last forever. Sometimes, it feels like your strength is not going to last the night much less the duration of the storm. Sometimes, it feels like you can't do nothing right and the only thing that you are good at is failing. But I am here to tell you that your strength, your relief, your strong hold is in Him. Your deliverance is in the one true God. Lean, and I dare say glean on the Lord.
Yes, tough times will come but also tough times will go and you may not even be affected the same way someone else is. Times may seem easy to you and tough for someone else. I remember I was saying how much I enjoyed the weather and going to the pool and the beach and later someone else was telling me how much they hated the weather, because it was too hot for them. So, remember to always be thankful and believe in God. This is in the good times and in the bad times.
I am going to close with, trust in the Lord and praise His holy name. never forget that you are never alone even though at that time you maybe by yourself. You are never alone. God loves you more than you love yourself. He wants you to be happy and He wants you to follow His commands. You can be blessed and I dare say that you will be blessed, just believe, and work to that end. God is calling you, why don't you answer?! There will never be "a good time." That first step is so hard to do, however, only after that first step will the next step be easier. May God Bless and Keep you always.