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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Mindful to Worship - Purity 1160

Mindful to Worship - Purity 1160

Purity 1160 09/30/2023 Purity 1160 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo a rainbow turned to gold in a pink and purple hazy sky comes to us Mindful of Christ’s Lauren Roskilly who shared this view on social media back on August 11th, stating at the time that although she was driving, she just had to stop the car to admire and capture this moment as the rainbow was literally changing before her eyes. 

Well, it’s Saturday and I am sharing Lauren’s photo because of its beauty and because I admire the work that Lauren does through Mindful in Christ (https://mindfulofchrist.net/) and can relate to having to stop and stand in admiration and awe when we watch things or people change before our eyes. 

Lauren’s testimony is a testament to how the Lord can heal and change us, as is mine, and through my latest call – to lead The Celebrate Freedom Growth Group at Starpoint Church – I am witnessing people literally changing before my eyes.  In the 20 weeks since we have begun meeting as a group, I have watched people grow in their faith and overcome a variety of hurts, habits, and hang-ups and even though my day-to-day life  can be a bit hectic at times, it is good to pause, reflect, and admire the work that the Lord has done in changing people’s lives – giving them victory, freedom, a hope, and a future.   God is so GOOD and one of the best things – perhaps the most appropriate things - we can do is to worship Him.   

To be completely honest, this morning I slept a little bit later than usual because I didn’t notice my phone wasn’t plugged into its charger properly and I started the morning with the frantic thoughts of “What am I going to write about?” and I decided to lean on a little help from my friends and am going to share a message from Lauren Roskilly that encourages us to worship the Lord and to seek His help, that she sent out to those who subscribe to Mindful in Christ’s email this past Wednesday that she based on Matthew 15:25.   Matthew 15:21-28 tells the story of how Jesus agreed to deliver a Gentile woman’s daughter from demonic possession when she worshiped Him and persisted in asking for help.

Matthew 15:25 (NLT2) tells us
25  But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”

Lauren’s Mindful in Christ’s - “Word for Wednesday” stated: 

“Ask Jesus to help!

Do you think you're beyond help, perhaps you're exhausted, fed up or nothing seems to be changing in your circumstances? Or do you feel lost?

Then we are to take the example of this Gentile woman in the book of Matthew.

1. Go to Jesus

2. Worship Him (whether you feel like it or not) Put on the worship music if you can't do it alone, you'll be surprised at how changing your focus helps you too!

3. Plead to Jesus

If you don't know what to say or how to pray anymore then simply ask, "Lord help me!"

I've felt like this (even recently) and the one thing that we can do is to be intentional and turn our focus & and attention back to Jesus.

Give Him the worship He deserves (whether you want to or not)  and reach out to Him, beg Him to help you as this woman did.

And be reassured, Jesus was sent to help the lost, (as it says in verse 24) so hang in there and use this woman's actions as an example of how you too can come to Jesus and how He can meet you where you are today.”

I love Lauren’s simple advice to us to simply to Go to Jesus in worship and to ask Him for help.   At the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group meeting, each week we set aside some time as a group to worship the Lord in song! I intentionally set that time after our group’s check in – where the members report on what’s happening in their lives over the last week.  Some of those check-ins report on victories but we encourage “keeping it real” and they also report on the various trials and problems that are happening too.

So after what can be some pretty heavy moments of reporting life’s difficulties – I attempt to encourage a change in the narrative by directing the members to also share something they are thankful for or something good that has happened in their lives – but to release the tension and to honor our Lord – I direct everyone to stand up, shake out the tension in their bodies, and to join together in singing to the Lord – to worship Him.  

Our worship is a weapon against the spiritual forces of darkness and our own negative mindsets. Our worship is a spiritual discipline that brings us into the presence of the Lord and provides us with a means to attach to Him relationally. When we worship the Lord, we acknowledge our understanding of who He is, and we can express our love and appreciation for Him and what He has done for us. Worship cements our relationship to God and can be a means to break through!  

So as we have made it to the weekend, I encourage you to take some time to admire the things and people in your lives that are literally changing before your eyes and to worship the Lord who loves us, sustains us, and guides us through it all.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Anger, Hot Temper.

Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV)
19  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Today’s verses fall under the tenth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Anger, Hot Temper

 10. Fits of rage belong to your sinful nature, the way of sin.”

Today’s verses highlight the works of the flesh and with this list of activities – which includes “fits of anger”,  it should be clear that these are “sin” and should be repented of. 

However, the devil’s advocates out there may argue that they are not “all bad”  so the Apostle Paul makes it clear in verse 21 that “those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”  If your life reflects a lifestyle of the “works of the flesh” more than the “works of the Spirit”, you may be “fooling yourself” and others about being a Christian, but you won’t fool God and you run the risk of being told that “I never knew you” by Jesus when you enter into eternity and find yourself in hell!  

Whoa! This was one of the passages in the Bible that sent me into recovery for my “drunkenness”. I was an alcoholic – a functional alcoholic – a cultural alcoholic – a binge drinking alcoholic – a periodic alcoholic. My alcoholism was part of my identity.  I drank and, unlike some others I have met in recovery who secretly hid their alcoholism,  I didn’t hide it. Drinking alcohol was what I did, and I thought it was a fundamental part of who I was.  And I suppose it was, but when I put my faith in Christ, I became a new creation, and it was only a matter of believing and receiving the truth of that – that caused me to walk away from my lifestyle in drunkenness and the other works of the flesh – because most of the other ones were part of my lifestyle too – including “fits of anger”. 

Anger is pretty commonplace, but our resource does us a great service in pointing out that it is part of our sin nature – I object – that should say our “old man” – because when we are born again – we have one nature – Christ’s – and repentance is the act of walking into the new nature we have been given. The old man is dead – but we have to choose to live as the new man by actually turning from our sin and doing it.  

But regardless of that possible error in understanding, our resource rightly points out that anger is a work of the flesh- a way of sin – and thus it should, along with all those other works of the flesh be repented of.  

Before Christ I lived in the “way of sin” – and fits of anger was tied up in that mess of the works of the flesh-  but after I started to agree with who I am in Christ and repented, I was less and less angry.  Fits of anger don’t represent a life in the Spirit and if you are “angry all the time” – you need to repent because the word of God indicates that your angry disposition could mean that you still belong to the kingdom of darkness and be on the highway to hell.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

27 - The Spirit Transforming

“Changed into the Same Image”

“But we all:” that is, all who have been supernaturally brought from death unto life, out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. “With open face,” or “unveiled face,” as it is in the Greek and as the R.V. translates it: that is, with hearts from which “the veil” of prejudice (2 Cor. 3:15) has been removed, from which that “covering cast over all people” (Isa. 25:7), the covering of enmity against God, has been destroyed. “Beholding”—note carefully the present tense, for it is a continuous action which is here in view; “as in a glass” or “mirror,” namely, the twofold glass of the Law and the Gospel; “the glory of the Lord,” that is His communicable perfections, His moral character; “are changed into the same image,” this clause it is which must next engage our careful attention.

Following our usual custom, let us first give a brief definition and then amplify the same. To be changed into “the same image” means that the regenerated soul becomes conformed unto the Divine character, that answerable principles and affections are wrought in his heart, bringing him into harmony with the perfections of God. This must be the case, for since Divinely enlightened souls have such a relish for holy beauty, for such beauty as there is in the character of God, then it necessarily follows that every Divine truth as it comes into their view will appear beautiful, and will accordingly beget and excite holy affections corresponding with its nature. Or, more specifically, as the heart is occupied with the several perfections of God exhibited in the Law and in the Gospel, corresponding desires and determinations will be awakened in and exercised by that soul.

It would imply a contradiction to suppose that any heart should be charmed with a character just the opposite to its own. The carnal mind is enmity against God: resenting His authority, disliking His holiness, hating His sovereignty, and condemning His justice: in a word, it is immediately opposed to His glory as it shines in the glass of the Law and the Gospel. But one who has been Divinely enlightened loves the Truth because he has a frame of heart answerable thereto—just as the unregenerate soul loves the world because it suits his depraved tastes. The regenerate discerns and feels that the Law is righteous in requiring what it does, even though it condemns him for his disobedience. He perceives, too, that the Gospel is exactly suited to his needs and that its precepts are wise and excellent. Thus he is brought into conformity with the one and into compliance with the other.

Universal experience teaches us that characters appear agreeable or disagreeable just as they suit our taste or not. To an angel, who has a taste for holy beauty, the moral character of God appears infinitely amiable; but to the Devil, who is being of a contrary taste, God’s moral character appears just the reverse. To the Pharisees, no character was more odious than that of the Lord Jesus; but at the same time Mary and Martha and Lazarus were charmed with Him. To the Jewish nation in general, who groaned under the Roman yoke, and longed for a Messiah to set them at liberty, to make them victorious, rich and honorable—a Messiah in the character of a temporal prince, who had gratified their desires—such an one had appeared glorious in their eyes, and they would have been changed into the same image; that is, every answerable affection had been excited in their hearts.

Now it is this moral transformation in the believer which is the evidence of his spiritual enlightenment: “beholding,” he is “changed.” Where a soul has been supernaturally illumined there will issue a corresponding conformity to the Divine image. But in so affirming, many of our Christian readers are likely to feel that we are thereby cutting off their hopes. They will be ready to exclaim, Alas, my character resembles the likeness of Satan far more than it does the image of God. Let us, then, ease the tension a little. Observe, dear troubled souls, this transformation is not effected instantaneously, but by degrees: this great “change” is not accomplished by the Spirit in a moment, but is a gradual work. This is plainly signified in the “from glory to glory,” which means, from one degree of it to another. Only as this fact is apprehended can our poor hearts be assured before God.

This expression “from glory to glory” is parallel with “the rain also filleth the pools: they go from strength to strength” (Ps. 84:6, 7), which means that under the gracious revivings of the Spirit, believers are renewed again and again, and so go on from one degree of strength to another. So in Romans 1:17 we read of “from faith to faith,” which means from little faith to more faith, until sometimes it may be said, “your faith groweth exceedingly” (2 Thess. 1:3). So it is with this blessed “change” which the Spirit works in believers. The first degree of it is effected at their regeneration. The second degree of it is accomplished during their progressive (practical) sanctification. The third and last degree of it takes place at their glorification. Thus “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Prov. 4:18).[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

 

Friday, September 29, 2023

Call Received - Freedom in the New Year - Purity 1159

 

Call Received -  Freedom in the New Year  - Purity 1159

Purity 1159 09/29/2023  Purity 1159 Podcast

Purity 1159 on YouTube:



Good morning,

Today’s photo of a long stretch of dirt and gravel roadway stretching into the distance to an almost ghostly fog-covered horizon comes to us from yours truly as I captured this photo, which includes my canine pal, Harley with his nose to the ground, last Saturday morning as we took an extended stroll across the flat farmland fields just off of Waite Road in Easton NY.  

Well, It’s Friday – Let’s Thank the Lord! For He is good! -  and before yesterday my plans for 2024 were as foggy as the horizon in today’s photo. With my training with Deeper Walk International scheduled to conclude in early December, I have pondered “What’s Next?” at various times this year and didn’t really have a definitive vision for the future. 

With that said, I have committed myself to lead the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group into a “second season” as we have made arrangements with the Starpoint Church leadership to have a space at the church to continue that “good work” into 2024. 

But as for “what else” there will be in 2024, I wasn’t really sure and frankly, I am still not sure about the direction I will be walking in in 2024 in terms of developing a “life coach” or “prayer ministry” practice.

 The goal for my life is to serve in a ministry role full time but I am still discerning how, when, and where that will happen.  With the latest, financial pitfalls of auto repair expenses and now household water repairs – it appears my well’s pump isn’t working as my household’s water system has been acting strangely over the last 2 weeks and I have been waiting for today for the Culligan Man to check it out – but last night I noticed “the pump thingy” was running non-stop – and when I tapped the water tank it sounded like I was hitting a steel drum of a Jamaican Reggae band. So with more financial chaos – I am not ungrateful for the corporate job I have that makes these expenses not as dire as they could be.

Anyway, one of the options for serving the Lord in ministry in 2024 has been to serving as an online discipleship course facilitator for Freedom In Christ Ministries. I loved serving in that ministry in 2022 and at the beginning of this year but had to take a break from it to get equipped, and hopefully certified, with Deeper Walk International as a prayer minister.   Sue Huber, FICM’s national online course director supported me in that decision when I applied to enter Deeper Walk’s SOM but has made it clear that I would be welcomed back if I felt called to return as course facilitator for FICM.  

After the challenges of Deeper Walk’s program and leading the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group in this current season, I was on the fence about whether or not I would go back to being a course facilitator for FICM because of Celebrate Freedom and the possibilities of starting some type of part time “discipling”,  “coaching” or “prayer ministry” venture.  

But yesterday, after a long day’s work, I rushed home to mow the lawn at River House and while I mowed and listened to worship music – I got the call from the Lord that not only knocked me “off the fence” with my decision about serving FICM again but filled me with the passion to proclaim that “we’re doing this!”  

So I hereby announce that, Lord willing, I will be leading another Freedom in Christ Course for FICM – online beginning in January of 2024!  

I was “filled with the Spirit” last night as I mowed and was just convicted to continue to “tell my story” and encourage the body of Christ to discover who they are in Christ and to experience their freedom!   As I worshipped and mowed, I was overcome with emotion as I felt the “unction” to serve.  

Sue Huber sent out an email stating to the current and previous facilitators yesterday indicating that for planning purposes she would like to know who is being called to serve by next week. When I saw it, I wasn’t sure if that was going to be me or not – but after I received “the call” last night. I’m all in and looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do with another online Freedom in Christ course in 2024!

The reason I blog, the reason I podcast is because the Lord set me free in a very dramatic and progressive way.  I have an experiential knowledge and understanding of who God is and what He can do in our lives when we surrender to Him, humbly, in faith, and decide to follow Him with the way we live.  And I believe that my purpose for living is to tell everyone I can about how faith in Jesus saves you and gives you the power to be the person God created you to be. Our faith in Christ gives us meaning and purpose and only those who fail to walk by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit and to seek God’s purpose for their lives could claim that “God didn’t help me” or “God didn’t heal me”.  Physical conditions aside – faith in Christ gives us eternal life and the joy of our salvation and new life in Christ should compel and propel us into a life of discipleship where we learn continuously and serve where we are called. 

So if you are a “depressed, angry, unforgiving, bored, or addicted- carnal Christian”, repent and seek to come in line with truth of what the Lord has done for you and start walking by faith to remove those burdens from your life and seek the purpose and call the Lord has put on your life.  

Our life in Christ changes everything. He makes us new and if you don’t feel new or haven’t changed – you need to surrender, repent, and follow Him.  

The life God has for us when we follow Jesus is defined by love, peace, and joy and includes a deep desire to share the freedom, victory, and new life that He has so graciously given us.  So keep walking and talking with God and what is foggy will be come cleared as you progressively move out of the darkness of your former life in the world and step into His magnificent light!   

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Anger, Hot Temper.

Proverbs 30:33 (ESV)
33  For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.

Today’s verse falls under the ninth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Anger, Hot Temper

 9. Control Yourself

Today’s verse is the third of three verses of scripture that our resource provides to encourage us to control ourselves. And rather than presenting them all at once, we are doing them “one at a time, one day at a time. 

Today’s verse presents some curious “facts of life” as a basis to warn us from “pressing anger”.  

Although my countryside home is in the heart of farmland and has a massive dairy operation up the road (they got lots of cows anyway), I have no earthly or divinely inspired idea about the process of “pressing milk” to make curds. I have enjoyed cheese curds – deep fried – but how they are produced is a complete mystery to me. But I’m not a “farmer, dairyman, or curd maker” so I don’t need to know and because I know that the word of God is true – I can take it on faith that when done properly – pressing milk leads to curds.   If I doubted it, I am sure that – because God’s word is true – if I investigated the matter. I would find the evidence to support this claim. Pressing milk makes curds.  

However, I have no curiosity about investigating the Bible’s claim that pressing the nose produces blood.  I’ve seen bloody noses and the violence of men enough to easily imagine that if I were to press a nose vigorously it would produce blood – and I frankly don’t want to be on either side of that equation! But the claim is true all the same.  

So it follows that it is also true that if we “press anger” strife will be produced.  And while curds could be a good thing, bloody noses and strife are not good things. So I won’t be pressing my nose – or anger because I don’t want those negative consequences in my life.  

The Bible’s wisdom can be simple or profound, but we should definitely know that it is true, and it should be followed. So avoid strife, and possibly a bloody nose, by relenting – by not pressing our anger.   

God calls us to a life of peace, love, and joy not a life of anger, strife, and bloody noses.  So don’t press your anger into strife.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Spirit-Arthur-Pink-Collection-ebook/dp/B008CM5292/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AHKAQOM39CTN&keywords=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit&qid=1684376225&sprefix=a.w.+pink+the+holy+spirit+%2Caps%2C96&sr=8-3) 

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

27 - The Spirit Transforming

The Unregenerate See It Not

Though the glory of the Lord be so plainly revealed in the two-fold “glass” of the Law and the Gospel, yet the unregenerate appreciate it not: concerning the one it is said, “But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart” (2 Cor. 3:15); and of the latter we read, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4). The unregenerate are blind to the loveliness of the Divine character: not that they have no eyes to see with, but they have deliberately “closed them” (Matthew 13:15); not that they are not intellectually convinced of the Divine perfections, but that their hearts are unaffected thereby. It is because man is a fallen depraved and vicious creature that he is not won by “the beauty of holiness.”

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Clearest possible proof of this was furnished when the Word became flesh and tabernacled among men. Those who had been “born of God” (John 1:13) could say, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). But different indeed was it with those who were left in their natural state—they, notwithstanding their education, culture, and religion, were so far from discerning any form or comeliness in Christ, that they cried, “Thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil” (John 8:48). Yet it is as plain as a sunbeam that the blindness of the Pharisees was due neither to the lack of necessary faculties nor to the want of outward opportunities, but entirely to the perverted state of their minds and the depraved condition of their hearts—which was altogether of a criminal nature.

From what has just been pointed out, then, it is plain when the Apostle declares, “but we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18), that a miracle of grace had been wrought in them. As spiritual blindness consists in an absence of relish for holy beauty—which blindness is capable of being greatly increased and confirmed through the exercise and influence of the various corruptions of a wicked heart, and which Satan augments by all means in his power—so spiritual sight is the soul’s delighting itself in Divine and spiritual things. In regeneration there is begotten in the soul a holy taste so that the heart now goes out after God and His Christ. This is referred to in Scripture in various ways. It is the fulfillment of that promise “And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God” (Deut. 30:6).

This new relish for spiritual things which is begotten in the soul by the immediate operations of the Spirit is also the fulfillment of, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26); and of, “I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be My people” (Jer. 24:7). So also, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped” (Isa. 35:5). Of Lydia we read, “Whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul” (Acts 16:14). To the Corinthian saints the Apostle wrote, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts” (2 Cor. 4:6). In consequence thereof, the happy subjects of this work of Divine grace perceive and relish the holy character of God and are enamored with His perfections.[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

For those who require the assistance of a Deeper Walk International Prayer Minister to experience healing or your freedom in Christ, I highly recommend Christy Edge’s Life on the Edge Freedom Prayer Ministry. You can schedule a session by going to : https://cedge216.wixsite.com/life-on-the-edge     

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship


[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).


Thursday, September 28, 2023

Walk by Faith but Plan for Progress - Purity 1158

Walk by Faith but Plan for Progress - Purity 1158

Purity 1158 09/28/2023 Purity 1158 Podcast

Purity 1158 on YouTube:



Good morning,

Today’s photo of a red rock wall and a winding red rock pathway with red rock outcroppings in the evergreen forest beyond comes to us from Nik Harrang who shared this scene on social media while he was at a strategic planning meeting for Deeper Walk International back on June 12th.  

Well, It’s Thursday and I share Nik’s pathway photo because of its Colorado Rocky Mountain – red rock beauty and as a visual encouragement to get on or stay on the path of Christian Discipleship. Since I put my faith in Jesus Christ in 2010 and was “born again” I have learned that Christianity isn’t just about what you believe, it also involves what you do with the wisdom that the word of God and Jesus Christ taught us.  

Just as Nik and the board at Deeper Walk International set time aside to plan out their ministry’s future steps, what they believe in and what they were planning to do really won’t matter unless they put their plans into action. 

Similarly, in our personal walk of faith, we can believe, say we believe, and even plan to start living a Christian life but at the end of the day, we have to put our plans into action and start walking in the Spirit.  

Last night at the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group, our nightly check-in was filled with testimonies of people who have put their trust in the Lord to help them change their lives and how although they are still a work in progress, because they followed the path that the Lord put before them, progress is being made.  Many people reported how their lives are moving in a positive direction since they have sought the Lord’s help and received some biblical wisdom and the support of a Christian fellowship.  

Based on these positive testimonies you may think that all you need to do to go to our weekly meeting and the Lord will supernaturally bless your socks off and instantly change your mind and heart and give you the power to overcome.

However, as they say on TV sometimes – results may vary -  our meeting is great but the work that the Lord does in our lives doesn’t all happen in two hours at a growth group meeting on Wednesday, or during an hour-long church service on Sunday.  When we put our faith in Christ, we make a decision for eternity and so our new lives in Christ are supposed to be pursued as part of a lifelong process of seeking to know God more and to be transformed to be more and more like Christ.  

Although there were positive reports during our check-in, there were also some very honest reports of failures and no progress.  While some are reporting victory over their hurts, habits, and hangups – others admitted that although they had a few days of victory, they fell into temptation since our last meeting. One participant could barely speak during the check-in because they were emotionally upset by their lack of progress. For them hearing the positive reports from others filled them with shame and condemnation. 

We don’t correct or try to fix one another in our group – we encourage and support one another and offer the members of our group the wisdom and tools that can lead to victory, but they have to choose to pick up the tools and put them to work.  Our group is an incubator for growth. We provide the setting, conditions, and instruction that could lead to breakthroughs and victory but in order to experience them the individual is personally responsible for choosing and doing the work of repentance.  

We don’t condemn people for their failures, but we encourage them to lean on the Lord and the support of the group to plan for and make a change.

But last night, when this person could barely speak because of their shame over their lack of progress and was obviously condemning themselves, I had to speak and tell them that they were perpetuating a lie of the enemy by reminding them that they are not accepted because of their progress and that their value is not determined by their victory in a certain area of their life.  Because they didn’t have victory over their area of struggle, they couldn’t see anything positive about their life – so I encouraged them by naming some of their positive attributes and recommended they meditate on the truth of who God says they are with the “Who I Am in Christ” list.   

The group also encouraged those who had fallen into relapse by pointing out even their unsuccessful efforts were progress in comparison to their unabashed behaviors in the past.  Even if you are giving into temptation less – relapsing less frequently – that’s progress for them and even the few days or hours they were successful in not giving in is a victory.  

Although we were steadfast in our support of those who had setbacks, I also made a concerted effort to offer counsel to each of them before the end of the night to encourage them to take corrective action by making a plan and enacting it so they could start walking in the right direction and have a goal they could work toward and achieve.  

“ I need to change” is a great admission but we need to establish short and long term goals that will make that change a reality. Meandering in shame and guilt because you haven’t changed doesn’t do any good.  Knowing you have a problem is a big first step but leaning on the Lord and enacting a plan to solve it is what the Lord is calling us to do.  

We don’t stay in our darkness. We turn from it and walk away from it.   And while we offer support and understanding for people when they fail, we encourage them to not do it again and seek to “do what is right”.  In my counsel, I try to validate people's emotions and comfort them by conveying that I understand how difficult it can be to go “God’s way”, but I also try to assure them that it is the WAY that is right and will lead to peace and joy when it is pursued in earnest.  

Our lives in Christ are a relationship, but we have to do our part in agreeing with what God says about us and by walking out our lives in a manner that would best represent His kingdom. When we do things our way or the world’s way, we deny God’s truth and separate ourselves from His love and power.  So believe the truth about God and who you are in Christ but also make a plan to start “walking the walk” and start moving towards the person God created you to be.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

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This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Anger, Hot Temper.

Proverbs 29:22 (ESV)
22  A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes many transgressions.

Today’s verse falls under the ninth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Anger, Hot Temper

 9. Control Yourself

Today’s verse is the second of three verses of scripture that our resource provides to encourage us to control ourselves. And rather than presenting them all at once, we are doing them “one at a time, one day at a time. 

Today’s verse points out the truth of the cause-and-effect relationship between our angry dispositions and the negative consequences that result. Wrath leads to strife. Anger leads to transgressions. And just so you know, strife and transgressions are NOT good things.  So the implication is that we should NOT be full of wrath or anger because they lead to problems, discord, and disharmony.  

So practice forgiveness and patience and develop ways of responding to difficult situations that are not angry or wrathful because no matter how righteous our indignation can start out being – more often than not – our wrath and anger lead to transgressions or strife.

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Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

27 - The Spirit Transforming

The “Glass”

The “glass” in which the glory of the Lord is revealed and beheld by us is His written Word, as is clear by a comparison with James 1:22–25. Yet let it be carefully borne in mind that the Scriptures have two principal parts, being divided into two Testaments. Now the contents of those two Testaments may be summed up, respectively, in the Law and the Gospel. That which is outstanding in the Old Testament is the Law; that which is preeminent in the New Testament is the Gospel. Thus, in giving an exposition or explanation of the “glass” in which believers behold the Lord’s glory, we cannot do better than say, It is in the Law and the Gospel His glory is set before us. It is absolutely essential to insist on this amplification, for a distinctiveglory of the Lord” is revealed in each one, and to both of them is the Christian conformed (or “changed”) by the Spirit.

Should anyone say that we are “reading our own thoughts into” the meaning of the “glass” in which the glory of the Lord is revealed, and object to our insisting this signifies, first the Law, we would point out this is fully borne out by the immediate context of 2 Corinthians 3:18, and what is found there obliges us to take this view. The Apostle is there comparing and contrasting the two great economies, the Mosaic and the Christian, showing that the preeminence of the one over the other lay in the former being an external ministration (the “letter”), whereas the latter is internal (the “spirit”), in the heart; nevertheless, he affirms that the former ministration “was glorious” (v. 7), and “if the ministration of condemnation be glorious” (v. 9), “for even that which is made glorious” (v. 10), “if that which was done away was glorious” (v. 11)—all being explained by the fact that the glory of the Lord was exhibited therein.

In the “glass” of the Law the Lord gave a most wondrous revelation of His “glory.” The Law has been aptly and rightly designated “a transcript of the Divine nature,” though (as is to be expected) some of our modems have taken serious exception to that statement, thereby setting themselves in opposition to the Scriptures. In Romans 8:7 we are told “the carnal mind is enmity against God,” and the proof furnished of this declaration is, “for it is not subject to the Law of God,” which, manifestly, is only another way of saying that the Law is a transcript of the very character of God. So again we read, “The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Rom. 7:12): what is that but a summarized description of the Divine perfections! If God Himself is “holy and just and good” and the Law is an immediate reflection of His very nature, then it will itself be “holy and just and good.” Again, if God Himself is “love” (1 John 4:8) and the Law is a glass in which His perfections shine, then that which the Law requires, all that is required, will be love, and that is exactly the case: Matthew 22:37–39.

What a word is that in Exodus 24:16, “And the glory of the LORD abode upon Mount Sinai.” Yes, the glory of the Lord was as really and truly manifested at Sinai as it is displayed now at Mount Zion—that man in his present state was unable to appreciate the awe-inspiring display which God there made of His perfections, in no way alters that fact, for He is a God to be feared as well as loved. In the “glass” of the Law we behold the glory of the Lord’s majesty and sovereignty, the glory of His government and authority, the glory of His justice and holiness. Yes, and the “glory” of His goodness in framing such a Law which requires us to love Him with all our hearts, and for His sake, His creatures, our neighbors as ourselves.

But the “glory of the Lord” is further manifested in the “glass” of the Gospel, in which God has made a fuller and yet more blessed revelation of His moral perfections than He did at Sinai. Now the Gospel necessarily implies or presupposes the following things. First, a broken Law, and its transgressors utterly unable to repair its breach. Second, that God graciously determined to save a people from its curse. Third, that He purposes to do so without making light of sin, without dishonoring the Law, and without compromising His holiness—otherwise, so far from the Gospel being the best news of all, it would herald the supreme calamity. How this is effected, by and through Christ, the Gospel makes known. In His own Son, God shines forth in meridian splendor, for Jesus Christ is the brightness of His glory, the express image of His Person. In Christ the veil is rent, the Holy of Holies is exposed to full view, for now we behold “The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).

In the Gospel is displayed not only the amazing grace and infinite mercy, but also and mainly the “manifold wisdom” of God. Therein we learn how grace is exercised righteously, how mercy is bestowed honorably, how transgressors are pardoned justly. God did not deem it suitable to the honor of His majesty to sovereignly pardon sinners without a satisfaction being offered to Himself, and therefore did He appoint a Mediator to magnify the Law and make it honorable. The great design of the incarnation, life and death of Christ, was to demonstrate in the most public manner that God was worthy of all that love, honor and obedience which the Law required, and that sin was as great an evil as the punishment threatened supposed. The heart of the glorious Gospel of Christ is the Cross, and there we see all the Divine perfections fully displayed: in the death of the Lord Jesus the Law was magnified, Divine holiness vindicated, sin discountenanced, the sinner saved, grace glorified, and Satan defeated.[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).