86 the X – Renounce that Man Right out of Your Hair! – Purity 614
Purity 614 12/29/2021 Purity 614 Podcast
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 fiancé 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:
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
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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