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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

86 the X – Renounce that Man Right out of Your Hair! – Purity 614


86 the X – Renounce that Man Right out of Your Hair! – Purity 614

Purity 614 12/29/2021 Purity 614 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo a palm tree in front of the beaches at what we suspect to be either Sint Maarten or Saint Barthelemy comes to us from a friend’s vacation back in June as I decided to look back six months from today in my phone’s photo archive to see what photos we “borrowed” but never shared.   We are sharing two more beach scenes that are from Saint Barthelemy, for sure,  on the blog today at mt4christ.org if you need some more views of white sands and turquoise waters under blue skies.   

It's Wednesday and it is officially the last Hump Day of 2021, and we are sharing these photos today for 2 purposes.   The first is to highlight some of God’s creation and to marvel over its beauty and to thank Him for providing us with diverse environments to enjoy on the earth.  The second reason I am sharing these photos is to get them off of my phone! 






Yesterday we encouraged our listeners or readers to take care of unfinished business or to leave things that we don’t want to carry with us anymore behind as we soon will begin a new year.  It’s best to travel light through life in general and there may be no better time to clean up our acts or get rid of some unwanted aspects of our lives than at the year’s end.   

I don’t know about you but in my hectic schedule of life and rolling with the changing circumstances that come into my “normal routine”, ha ha, I don’t always organize things the way I should. 

As neat as my phone may appear on the outside, now that my fiancĂ© recently took it out of its case and cleaned it – you might need to do that too – the inside of it is jammed packed with photos that I have snapped, or borrowed, and emails that I hadn’t gotten around to reading or deleting.  So yesterday I spent my lunch hour just deleting old emails from the past year and I didn’t even finish!  

So I encourage you to look at your phone and your life in general and consider what’s been lying around that you can 86, or throw out.  

Apparently the term “86” means to “throw out” as old rotary phones had  a “T” on the 8 key and an “O” on the 6 key, so to throw out (“T” – “O”) something was to 86 it.

Or it may have originally been a bartender's term – as in “86 this bum – He’s drunk and unruly!”  

Also The United States also has a Uniform Code of Military Justice that has an article 86: Absence Without Leave, a.k.a AWOL.  As in where’s Private Jones? He’s 86. He didn’t report back to duty.   (https://www.stlmag.com/dining/Ask-George-Where-Does-the-Term-86d-Come-From/#:~:text=The%20United%20States%20also%20has,originally%20been%20a%20bartender's%20term.) 

So as we get closer to New Year’s Day, travel lighter in 2022 by “86”ing some stuff you don’t need in your life anymore.  

Pain, regret, emotions, longings, and grief that come from broken relationships may be something that we would like to “86” but for some reason we just can’t seem to let that person or the negative feelings we have from dealing with that person go.    

The world would tell you to “forget that bum”, “get someone else” or possibly to do something selfish – like “go shopping” or “take a vacation” as remedies to the pain and “stuckness” of broken relationships but these methods will have varying degrees of success and do not address the spiritual realities of relationship dynamics that just might hold the key to setting you free.  

Based on my experience, and education in Christian Counseling, I would say there are three things, that you have to do to effectively “86” an X.  

1.    Say Goodbye – Whether in person, over the phone, via text, email, or – quite possibly the best option for broken relationships – alone by yourself – verbally saying goodbye to a lost loved one is a necessary part of the grieving process that can help cut the ties that bind and provide closure.  Saying Goodbye – as a prayer, out loud – brings your pain before God and allows Him to give you healing.  Speaking Goodbye also sets your intentions for the future and tells yourself that “It’s over!”    

2.    Forgive from the Heart – Read the following prayers and welcome God into your experience to allow you to help you to forgive those who have hurt you so you can move on without the bitterness and pain that defines a life consumed with unforgiveness.  

“Say, “Lord, I choose to forgive these people and what they did to me.” For every painful memory that God reveals in connection with the people you need to forgive to move on  pray,

    Dear heavenly Father, I choose to forgive [name the person] for [what they did or failed to do], because it made me feel [share the painful feelings—i.e., rejected, dirty, worthless, inferior, etc.].

After you have forgiven every person for every painful memory, then pray as follows:

    Lord Jesus, I choose not to hold on to my resentment. I relinquish my right to seek revenge and ask You to heal my damaged emotions. Thank You for setting me free from the bondage of my bitterness. I now ask You to bless those who have hurt me. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Anderson, N. T. (2019). The bondage breaker® (p. 231). Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.

3.    Renounce Sexual Past Involvements to Break Soul Ties – The word of God describes those who have sex together as becoming “one flesh”, it’s a spiritual reality that modern psychology doesn’t acknowledge.  

Why can’t we get past old “what’s his name” or “what’s her name” from yesteryear?  Because we are still “bonded” to them because of our sexual and emotional involvements.  To break those invisible ties that keep us bound and to find freedom from sexual bondage, pray the following prayer:

    Dear heavenly Father, I have allowed sin to reign in my mortal body. I ask You to bring to my mind every sexual use of my body as an instrument of unrighteousness so that I can renounce these sexual sins and break these sinful bondages. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

As the Lord brings to your mind every sexually immoral use of your body, whether it was done to you (rape, incest, sexual molestation) or you initiated it (pornography, masturbation, sexual immorality), renounce these using the prayer that follows:

    Dear heavenly Father, I renounce [name the sexual experience] with [name]. I ask You to break that sinful bond with [name] spiritually, physically, and emotionally. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

After you have finished, commit your body to God by praying:

    Dear heavenly Father, I renounce all the uses of my body as an instrument of unrighteousness, and I admit to any willful participation. I choose to present my physical body to You as an instrument of righteousness, a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to You. I choose to reserve the sexual use of my body for marriage only. I reject the devil’s lie that my body is not clean or that it is dirty or in any way unacceptable to You as a result of my past sexual experiences. Lord, thank You that You have cleansed and forgiven me and that You love and accept me just the way I am. Therefore, I choose now to accept myself and my body as clean in Your eyes. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

Anderson, N. T. (2019). The bondage breaker® (pp. 241–242). Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.

God is the Healer in all things and faith in Jesus Chris gives us eternal life and sets us free.  So when we want to “86” negative emotions and the bad relationships in our lives, we need to bring our pain to God and allow Him to take it away and renounce our sins so we can move on in freedom.    

Hey, it’s about to be a new year, why not “wash that man” , or woman” “right out of your hair”,  and out of your heart, mind, and soul by taking it to God and allowing Him to heal you and to break those ties that bind forever.   

Freedom is available through our faith in Christ.  The question is: ”do you want it?”  

If you want it, you can have it by going to your heavenly Father and asking Him to help you to say goodbye, to forgive, and to break the ties that have kept you bound and hurting. 

So 86 the X, 86 the bondage, and 86 the pain. God wants to heal you and free you. Go to Him and experience the freedom that He so desperately wants you to know and walk in.

 


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Ephesians 1:23 (NLT2)
23  And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Today’s verse teaches us that the church is Jesus Christ’s body and that we are made complete in Christ.

A line from the Oscar Winning film – Jerry Maguire – expresses how the characters felt that their romantic interest made them fulfilled: with the pair of lovers confessing at critical moments in the narrative that: “You complete me.”  

As nice as that sentiment is and as true as it may feel for some couples, the word of God indicates that we are made full and complete by Christ alone.   

My life of searching for meaning and purpose led me to the conclusion that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that everything it says is true.  While we may struggle with how it’s true at times, we benefit greatly by seeking God to discover how the word of God is true and by applying its lessons to our lives. 

The church, Jesus’ disciples, are said to be “His body”  - meaning we are God’s hands and feet and are created to walk into the good works that God has created beforehand for each of us to seek out and to walk into.  

As Christians, we are all ministers of reconciliation as we can tell everyone how Christ saved us and how He has filled our lives and made us complete.  

And the beauty of being in a covenant relationship with God through faith in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ,  is that we can be progressively by “filled with Christ” and become “more complete” by becoming more and more like Jesus in our character, thoughts, and actions as the word of God describes Christianity as a lifestyle of progressive sanctification that goes from “faith to faith” and “glory to glory”.  

So even though Christ has made us “complete” when we place our faith in Him and we were given his righteousness, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life, our faith journey isn’t “complete” yet as we will all be glorified in God’s presence one day.    

So stop looking at the things of the world to “complete” you. If you have put your faith in Jesus, you are complete!  

However, since we are going to live forever, we still have a mission: to find our purpose in God’s kingdom and to walk into the good works that He has for us to do.  

So rejoice at your completeness in Christ and keep walking and talking with God to see what else He has in store for you. 


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 to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we conclude sharing from Chapter 1.    

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

THE DEFEAT OF SATAN

There is a third reason that Jesus came. He came to undo the works of Satan.29 Because Adam and Eve sinned, they forfeited their dominion over this earth, and Satan became the rebel holder of authority. Jesus referred to him as the ruler of this world30 but promised that he would be cast out.31 The Apostle John wrote that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one32 because he deceives the whole world.33 But Jesus disarmed Satan34 when He defeated sin and death at the cross by His own death and resurrection.

Knowing that Satan and his demons are defeated is just as much a part of the gospel as the fact that your sins are forgiven and that you have new life in Christ. People all over the world are terrorized by Satan and his demons. Satan is the father of lies,35 and people are in bondage to those lies. The false religions of this world try to appease him and manipulate the spiritual world through their Satanic worship and the incantations of their shamans. Satan wants to be feared because he wants to be worshiped above God. But only God is worthy of worship because He alone is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (everywhere present), and omniscient (all knowing), and every true believer is seated with Christ in the heavenlies,36 which is the spiritual realm.

All authority has been given to Jesus in heaven and upon this earth,37 and on that basis we are commissioned to go into this world and make disciples38 and teach them to believe all that He said. That means that Satan has no authority over any of God’s children. Because of our union with God, we have the authority and the power to do God’s will. Power is the ability to rule, and authority is the right to rule. In Christ we have both. That is why the Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”39 As children of God, we live by faith in God, in His strength and by His authority. If we try to do His will in our own strength and by our own authority, we will fail miserably. We have no spiritual authority to do our own will independent of our Heavenly Father, but we have the authority to do God’s will, and this authority is over the kingdom of darkness, which includes Satan and all his demons.

A CALL TO REPENTANCE

Paul’s instruction to the church included more than belief in God. He also taught “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”40 The Apostle Peter said to the early church, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself. 41 Circumcision was a sign of the Old Testament Covenant of Law, and baptism is a sign of the New Testament Covenant of Grace, which identifies the believer with the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

We are saved by the grace of God through faith in the finished work of Christ, but if we want to experience our new life and freedom in Christ and grow by the grace of God, we must repent of our sins. The rest of this book will lead you through a repentance process. If you are completely honest with God during the process, you will sense His presence in your life when you are finished: “And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”42

You are also admonished to seek baptism in your local church and publicly declare your faith in Jesus. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”43

 

RESTORED – EXPERIENCE LIFE WITH JESUS

NOTES

INTRODUCTION


1. Mark 1:15

2. 2 Corinthians 5:17

3. Colossians 1:13

4. Ephesians 2:10


CHAPTER ONE: REDEMPTION HISTORY


5. Genesis 1:1

6. Genesis 1:26

7. Ephesians 2:1

8. Romans 8:22

9. Genesis 3:14, 15

10. Galatians 3:24

11. John 8:42; 14:10; 17:7

12. Romans 3:23

13. Hebrews 9:22

14. 2 Corinthians 5:21

15. John 10:10

16. John 6:35

17. John 14:6

18. Acts 4:12

19. John 8:32

20. John 11:25, 26

21. Ephesians 2:8, 9

22. John 1:12

23. 1 John 3:1

24. Matthew 6:9

25. Romans 8:16

26. Philippians 4:19

27. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

28. John 14:17

29. 1 John 3:8

30. John 16:11

31. John 12:31

32. 1 John 5:19

33. Revelation 12:9

34. Colossians 2:15

35. John 8:44

36. Ephesians 2:4-6

37. Matthew 28:18

38. Matthew 28:19, 20

39. Ephesians 6:10

40. Acts 26:20

41. Acts 2:38, 39

42. Philippians 4:7

43. Romans 10:9, 10

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Walking out of the Woods – Leaving Things Behind and Seeking Him – Purity 613


 

Walking out of the Woods – Leaving Things Behind and Seeking Him – Purity 613

Purity 613 12/28/2021  Purity 613 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the of white clouds and blue skies over weather stripped ice coated trees on the edge of Waite Road in Easton NY comes to us from yours truly and my afternoon stroll from this past Sunday.  Let’s face it the weather in upstate New York hasn’t given us too many blue skies as of late, heck they didn’t even last for the duration of that day, so I may be sharing more views from Sunday’s walk in the days ahead.   

Well it’s Tuesday, and I am sharing today’s photo because of its simple beauty and to represent that “we aren’t out of the woods yet” in so many ways.  

Spiritually, as Christians, even though we just finished celebrating Jesus’ coming as a babe in a manger on Saturday, we are still awaiting His second coming where he will come to rule and regain as King. 

In terms of the days on the calendar, we are quickly moving out of December and 2021, but we still have a few days until we get there and still have time to possibly get some business finished and resolve some things before the new year. 

In terms of the season, we may be past the winter solstice and the darkest day of the year and will experience increasing light that will peak at the spring equinox on March 20, 2022, but we still have to walk through a few months of winter to get there.    

And as the news will tell you, although many measures have been instituted to try to control “Covid-19”, and now all of its derivatives, we are apparently still not out of the woods yet of the pandemic according to the media.  Yesterday’s post spoke of my concerns of whether or not people’s fear of death would ever allow us to be “out of the woods” of Covid-19 protective measures and tried to encourage that we seek the Lord and speak of the protection and eternal life that comes through faith in Christ to a world that desperately needs it but that may claim to know better.

In truth, our lives are continuous, and we will always be in the process of leaving or entering wilderness periods in our lives as we face the changing situations that come with the passing of days.  

As we are bearers of the message of God’s light and truth that has been revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ, sometimes it is extremely challenging to continue walking out our faith and speaking the truth of hope that only comes through Jesus. 

Christians are villainized as ignorant, unloving, intolerant, unscientific, hateful, backwards, and legalistic for the message of the exclusivity of Christ to save and for agreeing with what the word of God defines as sin.    

As much as we would like to please others and just to “get along” with everyone, Christ’s example shows us that we are to stand for the Truth of God’s word and not compromise our convictions. 

The bad news is that, even though we have been forgiven and made spiritually alive because our faith in Jesus Christ, we can still make mistakes and falter in the things we do and the words we say.  

However, the good news is that when we make mistakes we can take corrective action and seek to reestablish our harmony with God by asking for His forgiveness once again and choose to turn again to His truth and His ways for living. 

This process of seeking to know God and to make Him known in the ways we think and act, and the many adjustments that we will make as we progress into the future, is what is referred to as ‘walking in the Spirit” or “being conformed to the image of Christ”. 

It is not always clear sailing of the high seas of Christian Discipleship, and we often find ourselves in conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil as we try to walk it out our Christian faith.     

Jesus promised persecution to His followers. So we can expect to be bruised and battered on occasion as we go, but as Christ’s disciples we really don’t have a choice but to continue on and to speak the truth in love knowing that the world will hate us because it hated Jesus too.  

So today I would just encourage us all to think about the final days of this year and if possible use the time that remains before the new year to resolve issues that we would like to leave behind in 2021 and seek to prepare ourselves for the hope of yet another “new beginning” in 2022. 

We may be able to put somethings to rest. We may be able to get rid of somethings that weigh us down that we don’t want to carry anymore.  We may be able to take some steps into a direction that leads to increasing freedom and victory.   

Although we can’t control the situations and people in our lives, we can control what we put our hearts, minds, and efforts to.  I would encourage you that the best plan for your life involves coming into agreement with what the word of God says and seeking the purpose that God has for your life.  

Christ encouraged us to look past this world and seek His heavenly Father’s ways for living. 

In Matthew 6:33 (NKJV), Christ told us to
33  … seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

“All these things” was referring to the things we need in life, and our seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness would result in us receiving them. 

In Matthew 7:7 (NKJV), Jesus again encouraged His disciples to:
7  "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Christ encourages us to actively seek and ask for what He has for our lives and, as this verse indicates, when we seek and ask for it, God will give it to us.   

So look at the remaining days of 2021 and contemplate what needs to be left behind to draw closer to what Lord has for your life.  As a fellow disciple of Christ, I encourage you to know that what Christ said is true and that when you seek and ask for it you will receive all the things that God has for you.  

So although we might not be out of the woods yet in many ways, keep walking and talking with God because His ways are the best ways, and He will guide you out of the wilderness and bring you to where you should be.

 

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is: 

Ephesians 1:22 (NLT2)
22  God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.  

Today’s verse makes it clear that Jesus is in control, and it reminds us that is a good thing for the church.  

Jesus proclaimed the truth of this verse in one of the concluding verses of Matthew’s gospel, when He said in:

Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
18  … "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

This spiritual reality will become clear and will ultimately come to bear when Christ returns to reclaim and judge the earth but the truth of this reality exists here and now and can be experienced when we come into a covenant relationship with Jesus and share in His authority as Christians. 

That’s why this verse in Ephesians speaks of the fact that Christ’s receiving authority over all things is for the benefit of the church.  It is for the benefit of the church because we can claim and utilize the authority that Christ has over all things.  

While God may bless us by using Christ’s authority to answer our prayers to give us the desires of our hearts or to give us the gifts of the Spirit, the most profound way that the church can benefit from Christ’s authority over all things is in the area of personal sanctification. 

Christ’s authority is used for God’s purposes, not our personal desires.  So while we might not be successful in claiming Christ’s authority over all situations and in influencing other people because of our lack discernment or wisdom, the word of God states that our sanctification is God’s will for our lives.  

So we can claim the victory over sin and death that Christ’s authority has given us to conquer our fear of death and to align our thoughts and behavior to be more like Christ’s.   

Exercising Christ’s authority over our lives is just a matter of knowing who we are in Christ, believing what the word of God says, and applying it to our lives in our thoughts and actions.  

We most benefit as the church when we exercise Christ’s authority to be more like Him and to encourage others to join His kingdom and us as we seek to do His will for our lives.     

So claim the authority that Christ has intended for our benefit and use it for good in our lives and for God’s purposes. 

 

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 to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we continue sharing from Chapter 1.    

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.

SAVED BY THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH FAITH

The only way we can enter into this new life is by putting our faith and trust totally in God and relying on the work of Christ alone to save us. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”21 If you have never received this free gift from God, why don’t you do so right now? God knows your heart, and you can respond to Him by praying:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I acknowledge that I have sinned and that I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus came to give me eternal and spiritual life, and by faith I now choose to receive You into my life as my Lord and my Savior. By the power of Your indwelling presence, enable me to be the person You created me to be. I pray that You would grant me repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, so that I can experience my new identity and freedom in Christ and be transformed by the renewing of my mind. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

The Apostle John wrote, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”22 “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.”23 Jesus instructed His disciples to address our prayers to, “Our Father who is in heaven,”24 which also means that we are His children. Knowing who you are as a child of God is critical for your growth in Christ and in becoming the person God intends you to be. No person can consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with what they believe about themselves. That is why the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.25 Our heavenly Father wants us to know that we are His children.

Yet Jesus came not only came to die for our sins and give us new life in Him, but also to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.26 He gave us life, and this life gives us our true identity as children of God. He meets our needs of acceptance, security, and significance as follows:

IN CHRIST

I am accepted:

John 1:12            I am God’s child.

John 15:15          I am Jesus’ chosen friend.

Rom 5:1               I have been made holy and accepted by God (justified).

1 Cor 6:17            I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit.

1 Cor 6:20            I have been bought with a price-- I belong to God.

1 Cor 12:27          I am a member of Christ’s body, part of His family.

Eph1:1                I am a saint, a holy one.

Eph 1:5               I have been adopted as God’s child.

Eph 2:18              I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

Col1:14                I have been bought back (redeemed) and forgiven of all my sins.

Col 2:10               I am complete in Christ.

I am secure:

Rom 8:1, 2           I am free forever from punishment (condemnation).

Rom 8:28             I am assured that all things work together for my good.

Rom 8:31F           I am free from any condemning charges against me.

Rom 8:35F           I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Cor 1:21            I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.

Col 3:3                 I am hidden with Christ in God.

Phil 1:6                I am sure the good work God has started in me will be finished.

Phil 3:20              I am a citizen of heaven.

2 Tim 1:7             I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

Heb 4:16              I can find grace and mercy in time of need.

1 John 5:18         I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I am significant:

Matt 5:13             I am salt and light for everyone around me.

John 15:1-5         I am a part of the true vine, joined to Christ and able to produce much fruit.

John 15:16          I have been handpicked by Jesus to bear fruit.

Acts 1:8               I am a personal witness of Christ’s.

1 Cor 3:16            I am God’s temple where the Holy Spirit lives.

2 Cor 5:17            I am at peace with God, and He has given me the work of making peace between Himself and other people. I am a minister of reconciliation.

2 Cor 6:1             I am God’s co-worker.

Eph 2:6               I am seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

Eph 2:10              I am God’s workmanship.

Eph 3:12              I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Phil 4:13              I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

All these statements are true because of our union with God. This new life in Christ, which is our union with God, is most often referred to in the Bible as being “in Christ” or “in Him.” For every verse in the Bible that talks about Christ being in God’s children, there are ten verses that talk about God’s children being “in Christ.” For instance, the six chapters of the book of Ephesians contain forty references to being “in Christ.” In total, there are 27 books in the New Testament. The first four are historical and are called the gospels, which describe the birth, life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The fifth book of Acts is an historical book depicting the life of the early church and the work of the Apostles, who also wrote the rest of the New Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. These Epistles provide instruction for the church, which is the living body of Christ. The entire Bible was written over a period of 1400 years by forty different authors who all wrote under the inspiration of God. The Bible is therefore the authoritative Word for life and practice of all God’s people. After Jesus was resurrected, He appeared to His disciples and hundreds of others who were still alive when the New Testament was being written.27 He was with them for around fifty days, and then went home to Heaven. He now sits at the right hand of God the Father, which is the spiritual throne and the seat of authority for the universe.

After Jesus was glorified in Heaven, the Holy Spirit was sent to all those who believe in the finished work of Jesus. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit came at the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which marks the beginning of the Church. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth28 and dwells in every believer the moment they are born again spiritually. The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth, and that truth will set you free.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

From where I AM Sitting – Hope and Healing– Purity 523


 From where I AM Sitting – Hope and Healing– Purity 523                                                                        

Purity 523 09/14/2021 Purity 523 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s photo of a woman seeking to get closer a look at the spectacular sunset in the distance via binoculars on the shoes of Lake Ontario at Breitbeck Park is brought to us by Celestial Blue Photography.  Yes, Rocco Saya has returned to the “scene of the crime” as he went back to Breitbeck Park, the place where he broke his leg last week, to capture this scene seated in a wheelchair as he awaits his surgery on Thursday!

I don’t often share back to back photos from the same source but what can I say! The guy went out to do what he loves in a freaking wheelchair! And no, he hasn’t even had his surgery yet!  I will respectfully call our friend, Mr. Saya from now on because he has my utmost respect.  Rocco’s… I mean Mr. Saya’s simple act of continuing to do what he loves regardless of the pain and difficulties he is suffering currently is an object lesson in how we are to live our lives. His little trip to the park where he was hurt can teach us so much. 

·       Although we have been hurt and broken, we are not useless.  

Often when we suffer there can be a tendency to wallow in our misery. If we are not careful we will sit in a deep depression focusing on what we have lost and what we can no longer do.  Mr. Saya has shown us that even though he is suffering pain he can still function. He obviously has limitations. I envision Mr. Saya as sort of a Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”, wheelchair bound but still shooting.  Although he might be in pain and can’t do everything he would like to do, by God, he is going to keep on living and doing what he loves.  His example also teaches us that:

·       Although we have been hurt and broken, we can still see the good and appreciate the beauty in life.  

Again when we suffer pain and loss, there can be a clouding of our perceptions.  If we are not careful we can view everything in light of our hurt and see the world as sinister or dismal.   Mr. Saya has shown us that even though he is in pain, he can still appreciate the good things in life and see beauty in the world. His post stated that it was “nice to get some fresh air” and testified that “Life is always beautiful, even between the ups and downs!”  What can I say, Mr. Saya gets it.  And finally, although there could be more lessons gleaned from Mr. Saya’s trip to Breitbeck Park, his trip teaches us that:

·       Although we have been hurt and broken, we don’t have to associate places and things with our trauma.

When something traumatic happens to us, we can easily create negative associations with the people, places, and things that surround the trauma.  Mr. Saya may not have realized this but a fundamental way that we can get past the intensity of a trauma is to revisit the place where it happened to process what we have gone through and to get a clear view of the elements that surrounded the traumatic event, outside of the context of the original trauma.  

By going to Breitbeck Park and taking photos, Mr. Says is destroying any negative associations that could have been transferred to that place and that activity due to his traumatic injury.  The irrational lies that “Breitbeck Park isn’t safe” or “Photography only causes trouble.” are dispelled by the truth that “Accidents happen, but we don’t have to let them change how we live by living in fear.”  Okay, I guess I lied because I got one more lesson to share. Mr. Saya’s example also teaches us that:

·       Although we have been hurt and broken, we can hope and heal.  

Mr. Saya’s comments on his post reported that his surgery is on Thursday, and he said that he was “looking forward to that so I can begin to heal”.   The healing hasn’t happened yet. But he can look ahead and hope for the healing. So even if you are hurt and broken and really don’t feel that your healing has begun, I encourage you to learn from our friend and begin to hope for it.   

We might be in a situation that is just terrible. We might plan for a solution and come to the realization that our road ahead is going to be a long and hard one.  But if we can see beyond the trials ahead and hope for the “good place” that we can get to, our hearts and minds can prepare themselves and be ready for when our healing comes and every step we take from hear to there, can be filled with hope and expectancy.  

I have had a broken leg and I have walked out of many broken situations and the lesson I have learned in addition to all the ones that Mr. Saya’s example teaches us is that:

·       Although we have been hurt and broken, we are not alone.  

Even if you have no friends or family to lean on or have lost them as part of difficulties you are facing, there is One who loves you and cares for you like no other.  God, your heavenly Father, will never leave you or forsake you. 

If you feel distant from Him, you can find peace with Him by putting your faith in Jesus Christ. When you do that a new life of hope, power, and peace is yours to walk into. You can call on Him no matter where you are or what time it is, and He will always be there.  You can lean on Him for strength, ask Him for wisdom, and be comforted by His love.  

So draw close to God and He will draw close to you. In Christ you are a new creation. The old has passed away and all things are new.  By walking and talking with God, we can overcome and be healed.

Oh by the way, “talking with God” is communicating with Him in prayer, reading His word, and literally just talking to Him.

Walking with God is living your life according to his ways, the first of which is to be honest with Him and yourself. When we are honest with God and ourselves, we can see that we played a part in our suffering by not following Him. By surrendering and committing ourselves to God, we correct that mistake and while we might not be able to undo all that got us here, we can be confident that His ways will lead to better outcomes in the future.      

 

Today’s meditation verse is drawn from” from the Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries provided resource:  “Freedom: Our Life in Christ” Memory Verse Cards set: 

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Ephesians 1:5-6 (NASB)
5  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

 Today’s verse tells us that God chose us out His kindness and grace for His will.   

 Today’s verse is one of many that contribute to the doctrine of predestination which tells us that God, before creation, foreknew those that would be his children by coming to faith in Jesus Christ.  

When I had thought about this concept before, I imagined God as sitting over and above time and space, examining all of time, from the end to the beginning, and “seeing” who would eventually put their faith in Christ and prove to be true converts by their faith, which only He could see. 

My idea was that God had “beta tested” all of existence. He ran the “scenario” of the history of the universe and that was how He “foreknew” who would be His children. He is all knowing and that’s how God knew who would be His – He saw it!  He read the end of the book. He saw the movie.  He saw who was faithful because of how it all played out.     

Clever right? This view would allow man to have free will and God to be sovereign. Wouldn’t it?  

No, it’s not clever! Its wrong.  One of the most daunting paradoxes of our faith is how God’s sovereignty and the idea of man’s free will works out.  And that’s all I say about that, today. 

My little idea didn’t have God sovereign at all. He was basically waiting in the wings and wondering how everything would work out. In my view man was sovereign, choosing to come to God or not, with the illusion of God being sovereign just because He was eternal and “knew” who would win the race of faith.   

I learned yesterday that the Greek word for “foreknew” denotes a predetermined relationship.  God sovereignly chooses those that would have a relationship with. He picked us before time began! 

From our point of view it looks like we pick Him somewhere in the progression of our lives,  but the word for “foreknew” indicates that the relationship that we come into with God was already established! We just had to catch up with what God had already chosen!

That’s a sovereign God. He picks. He chooses us and somewhere along the line we catch a clue, thanks to the Holy Spirit, and we come in line with His will.   

So rejoice in your faith in Jesus Christ. It was gift, a predetermined relationship that God established for time began.  

Why did He do this? Today’s verse tells us that it was because of His kindness. It also says it was because of His grace, His unmerited favor, meaning we didn’t do anything to deserve it. God picked us!

Today’s verse also tells us there was a reason behind His kindness and grace: His will. God chose us for a reason: to do His will.  So that should make us all feel very special.  He chose us. He saved us. And He has a purpose for us. 

So thank God for choosing you. He did it before time began and He did it for a reason. So start walking and talking with God and ask Him which way you should go. He knows the end from the beginning, and He won’t lead you astray. He has prepared good works for you to walk into so look to see what lies ahead and feel how momentous the days of your life can be.

 

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

 

Today we continue to share from June Hunt’s Boundaries: How to Set Them, How to Keep Them.

 

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work. If you need this title you can find it online at several sites for less than $5.00:

E. What Repercussions Result from Resisting Boundaries?

A big controversy in both Olympic and professional sports is the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major stars have been caught using the drugs in order to gain an advantage over their opponents, an advantage that has been deemed unfair and illegal.

What especially exacerbates the issue is the number of famous athletes who have been found guilty by a court, or who have, on their own, confessed to using the drugs, or whose names have been brought up as potential abusers.

As a result, many fans and analysts argue that key records, such as the home run record held by Barry Bonds in Major League Baseball, should be erased or at least marked with an asterisk. Other athletes, such as 2000 Olympic track star Marion Jones, have been completely disgraced after being found guilty of using these performance-enhancing drugs.

The result for these athletes is terrible shame, public disgrace, and immense regret. But their demise highlights the most important boundary in sports: fairness.

In order to declare a winner, everyone must play by the same set of rules . . . the same boundaries. Without them, the idea of picking a winner or setting a new record becomes meaningless. The integrity of sports, then, is found in its boundaries.

Therefore, when boundaries are broken and trespassed, the results are grave for the offenders, whose former glory is forgotten and whose careers serve only as an example of what not to do.

The lesson: Play within the boundaries and there are rewards. Break the boundaries and there are repercussions—you ultimately lose . . . even your so-called victories are truly losses in terms of compromised integrity. The truth of this lesson is clearly seen in the lives . . . and deaths . . . of Moses and his brother Aaron. . . .

"On that same day the Lord told Moses, 'Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession. There on the mountain that you have climbed you will die and be gathered to your people, just as your brother Aaron died on Mount Hor and was gathered to his people. This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel."

(Deuteronomy 32:48-52)

"The punishment should fit the crime" is a well-known and commonly supported statement by those who favor justice when it comes to repercussions for broken boundaries. The laws God established for the nation of Israel certainly reflect this sentiment and should therefore reflect our attitude when it comes to setting repercussions for those who resist the personal boundaries we establish for our relationships.

Some examples of broken boundaries and "fitting" repercussions could include...

  • Money is misused. . . . The amount is reimbursed and further monetary funds are withheld until the responsible use of money is reestablished.
  • Physical safety is threatened. . . . Time spent alone together stops until the boundary of self-control is learned through counseling and is well established for a period of at least 6 to 12 months.
  • Lies are told. . . . Trust is withheld and verification of future information is required until the person shows over time that truthfulness has become a priority.
  • Adultery is committed. . . . Marriage and individual counseling is utilized, contact with the unfaithful partner is stopped, sexual relations between the marriage partners are suspended until laboratory tests are run and medical treatment has begun for any existing sexually transmitted diseases and until faithfulness is reestablished and trust is rebuilt.
  • Abusive language is used. . . . Interaction stops and time-outs are taken by both parties until civility in conversations is reestablished as a mutually agreed upon boundary.
  • Inappropriate anger is expressed. . . . Causes for loss of control are explored and resolved in counseling, and anger management is learned and demonstrated overtime.
  • "No" is ignored. . . . The topic in question is temporarily off limits for discussion, communication is restricted to other subjects, and time-outs are enforced if resistance to being told "no" persists.
  • Time is disrespected. . . . Appointments are rescheduled after waiting for 15 minutes or a reasonable amount of time, separate modes of transportation are utilized if going somewhere together results in a late arrival, get-togethers are planned to piggyback off other scheduled events so that time won't be a factor.

When setting repercussions, it is imperative to discuss them and make them clear and to keep in mind that the purpose of repercussions is not punishment but repentance and transformation.

Resistance toward a particular boundary says there is a problem that needs to be resolved, a hurt that needs to be healed, or a behavioral pattern that needs to be changed . . . for the good of the relationship and for the sharpening of the persons in the relationship. . . .

"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

(Proverbs 27:17)

Shift-the-Blame Game

Question: "My husband walked away from our family and has been unfaithful. Now he wants to come back. In spite of our hurt, the children and I still love him. When I asked him to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, he accused me of not being a forgiving and compassionate Christian. He says I'm being punitive, but I think I'm being practical. What is right?"

Answer: Your husband is simply using the "shift-the-blame" game to avoid his responsibility to be tested. He is shifting the blame to you instead of taking responsibility for putting you in this precarious position. He needs to accept the proper repercussion for his promiscuity: testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

This requirement is not to shame or humiliate a guilty spouse, but rather to protect the innocent spouse. It appears that he is still thinking of himself and not you; otherwise, he would be the one taking the initiative to do everything possible to keep you safe. Love takes precautions and protects; it doesn't risk harm to the object of its focus.

Maintain your commitment to do what is best for your family and refuse to be manipulated. Enforce your boundary of keeping the marriage bed undefiled until he complies. . . .

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . a time to embrace and a time to refrain..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5).

Forgiveness vs. Enablement

Question: "What does forgiveness and enablement have to do with boundaries?"

Answer: Forgiveness is not enablement. If a man borrows money from you and later refuses to repay you, you should still forgive him. Release both him and the offense to God, for your sake if for no other, so that you do not become bitter. But you should not enter into another monetary relationship with him. That is where it becomes a boundary issue.

Enabling means you allow others to continue in their bad behavior by either not establishing a boundary or by not enforcing consequences when they violate a boundary you have established.

  • Enablement puts you in a position of being offended again and again.
  • Enabling never helps offenders change, but rather further ingrains their bad habits. However, one consequence for your offenders is that they will not have other opportunities to "use you" or offend you again. That is a boundary.
  • Enablers are classic people pleasers who do not say no when they should say no.
  • Forgiveness puts you in a position of not becoming bitter or holding on to offenses from the past.
  • Forgivers face the offenses and the wrongs done toward them but never make excuses for the offense or make it okay.
  • Forgiveness discourages enablement by shining a spotlight on the wrongdoing and calling it what it is.

If you say yes to irresponsible people when you should put up boundaries and say no, you are actually trying to please people instead of God. The apostle Paul counters that error in thinking by declaring...

"We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts."

(1 Thessalonians 2:4)


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