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Friday, February 2, 2024

Goals with God – A Mindful of Christ Encouragement - Purity 1264


Goals with God – A Mindful of Christ Encouragement - Purity 1264

Purity 1264 02/02/2024 Purity 1264 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a blazing sun obscured by palms and other trees over a Florida forest pathway comes to us from yours truly as I reached back into the I phone’s photo archives to retrieve this scene from February 20, 2022, from my honeymoon trip to Tampa.  

Well, It’s Friday and I am thinking about Florida this morning because two weeks (2 WEEKS!!?!) out from, prayerfully, getting on an airplane to return to the sunshine state for a mini-blended family vacation to the Magic Kingdom! That’s right, in 2 weeks, I’m going to Disney World! So not only am I thanking God that it is Friday, today, I am also thankful for the ability to make plans and accomplish goals.  I can’t claim that Disney was a long-term goal because it wasn’t, and it is only by the grace of God and His sovereignly moving earthly events that a Disney World vacation is possible. It costs a lot of money to go to Disney but when the Lord blessed me with the sale of my old house, I got the inspiration to celebrate with a February Florida trip and to take my wife and two youngest step kids to the Magic Kingdom. No sooner did I have the inkling of an idea that “we could do this” than I was booking the trip and making the dream come true.   If you want something you have to plan for it, and if you want to travel, you have to book it!  

But I want to encourage you today to be responsible with the plans you make.  I walk in the Spirit and frankly, a lot of the things I do come suddenly – but as my journey from my former life of addiction and brokenness to the light of freedom and victory can attest some times our goals have an undetermined end date and will require walking and talking with God through deep dark valleys for tribulation before we make it to the promised land – but even when you are walking on a trail of tears you can have peace and joy with the Lord when you pray and follow what you believe to be God’s plan for your life.  

So to encourage you in establishing godly goals, I am sharing Mindful of Christ’s Lauren Roskilly’s “Word for Wednesday” from this week which is based on.

Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV) which says
21  There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the LORD'S counsel--that will stand.

Lauren’s message is called: Gods Will Not Yours. Lauren writes:

 

“How are you getting on with the goals or New Year's resolutions that you set at the beginning of the month?  Did they align with God's plan for you?

 

If they did then you may be experiencing each day with God in His purpose and one that is becoming more and more exciting. If that’s where you are we would love to hear what you’re up to. Do comment or reply here and let us know.

 

On the other hand, if they aren’t aligned with God's will and purpose then you may  experience one of two things:

1.    You strive each and every day to hit those goals/ resolutions, perhaps you’re even feeling overwhelmed.

2.    You are ploughing through full steam ahead in your determination and enjoying the feelings of being independent and self-sufficient.

 

Either way, if you’re not planning your life, year, month, or day according to God's purpose, then his purpose will catch up with you in the end. Whether he uses you or someone else.

 

Surely it’s better to align with Him and His purpose? Then you will experience His love, peace and abundance. More importantly, you will be walking in the purpose of the creator of the world! Wow!” 

 

Lauren invites you to learn how to set Godly Goals by clicking on the link on the blog today (https://mindfulofchrist.net/how-to-set-godly-goals/) where you can see her teaching on how to be a piece of PAPAS ART .PAPAS ART is Lauren’s an acronym for a process of setting goals with God that involves Prayer, Aligning with God’s Will, having Peace, and setting goals with God that are Assessable, Specific, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.

 

As Lauren states: It’s better to align with God and His purposes for our lives and Mindful in Christ offers you a free download of Lauren’s teaching that includes charts where you can be specific in writing out what you hope to accomplish, and it even includes a calendar to track your progress.  So go to   (https://mindfulofchrist.net/how-to-set-godly-goals/ to get yours.  

 

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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 verses come 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 come from the section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

Exodus 20:16 (NASB)
16  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Today’s verse is the first of two passages of scripture that fall under the seventh point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

7.     God forbids us to lie; he wants us to speak the truth.

Today’s verse is one of the Ten Commandments, and it is what I paraphrase when giving the first “rule of Christian Discipleship” which is “Stop Lying”.  As Christians, we are to be obedient to God’s law and because we are trying to become more and more like Jesus and represent The Truth, the Way, and the Life, we should be honest and forthcoming in speaking the truth even if it is hard or isn’t pretty. 

Not only is telling the truth the right thing to do, but it also just happens to give you an enormous sense of peace. When you stop lying you don’t have to cover your tracks anymore. You don’t have to look over your shoulder and be burdened with remembering which lies you told to who. When you just tell it like it is – the truth will set you free.

That’s why it’s what I call the first rule of Christian Discipleship – walking in the Spirit is supposed to set you free and when you speak the truth you walk out of darkness and begin to experience the righteous, good, faithful, and holy life of peace and joy that the Lord wants you to know.  So keep it real, tell the truth, and keep walking and talking with God.

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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 “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: MATTHEW 24

“My master is delaying his coming.”
– Matthew 24:48

It is one of the Devil's greatest achievements to perpetrate this falsehood. For falsehood it is. The Scriptures declare “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise [of His coming], as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish” (2 Peter 3:9). The apostle says, “The time is short” (1 Cor. 7:29). The Lord Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming quickly” (Rev. 3:11).

Nevertheless, there are those who are controlled by their own lusts and by the Devil, who say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as … from the beginning” (2 Peter 3:4). The apostle replies that these people are willingly ignorant of the Word of God.

O Lord, make Your coming a living reality
in my life; that the Hope may purify my heart
even as You are pure.[1]

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

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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

Saturday, August 19, 2023

The Science of Discipleship – Statements of Truth - 1 - Purity 1125

The Science of Discipleship – Statements of Truth - 1  - Purity 1125

Purity 1125 08/19/2023 Purity 1125 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of upward facing view of a palm tree and a magnificent cloud filled blue sky comes to us from my cousin, Kevin Zempko, who captured this backyard barbecue moment in the San Elijos Hills in San Marcos, CA back on August 9th

Well, It’s Saturday and something about Kevin’s photo just says “the weekend” to me but a quick check of the calendar shows that our cousin didn’t have to wait for the weekend to appreciate the beauty around him, as the 9th was a Wednesday.  Let that be a lesson to all of us that we don’t have to wait for a particular time, day, or season to appreciate the good things in our life. We don’t live in the past and we don’t live in the future. We live right now and the way we experience peace and joy in life is to stop ourselves, right now, and remind ourselves that there is much good in our lives, happening right now, and to appreciate it and to thank God for it.  

While we should have goals and dreams that we are working to accomplish, and we should be doing things to help us grow and to be healthy, we shouldn’t be so future focused and goal-oriented that we forget the many blessings we have in the present moment and that “the process” the fact that we are actively seeking to accomplish something and experience more peace, more joy, and more freedom, in and of itself, is a good thing too.   

I have had a serious wake-up call in regard to my health goal recently that made me realize that even though my goal has an established milestone to meet, I allowed myself to lose focus on what in reality is a definite, concrete goal and ended up turning what is clear into something fuzzy because I set no definite deadline on when I wished to accomplish it, or more accurately didn’t set a new deadline on it when I failed to accomplish it.  

In the late winter months, I made an appointment for a physical in June and had set the goal to be closer to my goal weight of 200 pounds but when I failed to even get to the milestone mark of 215 (which I had accomplished a couple of times in my YO-YO existence), I gave myself “grace” and instead of going back to the drawing board and pressing in with a renewed commitment and new deadline, I let it slide and have just been floundering in compromise, by “cheating” on my “food plan” (Do you even have a plan when you “cheat” every weekend?).  Instead of setting a new deadline and redoubling my efforts, I just “let it be” and continued to mindlessly eat things I shouldn’t and too much in general.   I had fallen into a state of self-deception where I told myself I was “working” on my health goal but in reality had more or less given up on it because I had allowed myself to do things that would prevent me from accomplishing it.  Talk about self-sabotage!    

After my two-week vacation and a solid week of inactivity, the truth became painfully obvious and I committed myself again to fight the good fight, again with no deadline, or noticeable plan to measure my progress.  On Wednesday, I mindlessly consumed some sugar-laden snacks as a “reward”, I guess, after a long day at work and a good night at the ministry.  But the morning after came with the shame of failure and the realization that I had made some big mistakes in how I had decided to reach “my health goal”, which was, in fact, part of the larger battle of defeating my food addiction.   The health goal language was actually sugarcoating the true issue – food addiction – and because I didn’t call it for what it is, I was living in denial and not fighting it the way I should.  

So I enlisted, okay more like “drafted” a brother in Christ to be my accountability partner, as in “you’re it, I need it, We’re doing this,”.  As someone who has victory over addictions in other areas, I knew how to overcome and now I am going back to basics for my food addiction and am learning just how deceived I was in the way I was seeking to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish.  

Yesterday, I reacquainted myself with the My Fitness Pal app and started tracking my food intake after logging everything for the day I can report that I was successful for the day but was a big failure in the past.  After I documented everything for the day, I realized that I had been assuming that “I was good” when I wasn’t.  I knew the general guidelines for what I should and shouldn’t eat and had made the big assumption that if I stayed within those guidelines, I didn’t really have to worry about how much I ate!  Wrong.  After yesterday’s documenting every morsel that went into my system I realized that I had been eating too much, periodically, quite often – even with just the “good food” but I had made matters worse by eating the “bad stuff” too.  

The truth of how unaware I was of what I was doing has hit me like a ton of bricks and I now realize that I really have to be diligent to stay in the present moment and observe and record everything I am doing.  My victory over food addiction demands that I pay attention to what I am doing from moment to moment. I need to live in truth by seeing things how they truly are and by being true to the goals I have set.

So we set the goal to check in and watch ourselves every day, to report to our accountability partner once a day, to weigh in once a week, and set the realistic goal of getting to 200 by May 11th, 2024.   That’s 38 weeks from today. I am hopeful I can get there, with the expectation that 1 pound per week is a balanced and realistic pace to set.  Of course, I will try to crush that goal before then, I’m sure, but I at least have put something concrete before me to stand on, be accountable to, and to walk towards.  This is a short, long-termed goal that will help to keep me focused, to keep my eye on the prize.  

Being aware of what we are doing, setting goals, and living in truth also applies to our faith life and thought life too of course.  The science of discipleship is to know the truth of God’s word, to realize it applies directly to us, and to increasingly live by it to be a “real Christian” – a disciple of Jesus Christ. To reap a harvest of the fruit of Spirit in our lives, we need to plant the seed of the truth of God’s word in our hearts and minds and to set the conditions, with how we think and act, to allow it to grow and change us from the inside out. 

We have to know what we believe and know why we believe it. We have to know who we are in Christ and live like it.   We have to know the truth, experientially, and to decide to keep living by it, continuously and progressively, to allow it to set us free.     

And thus we transition to our new series – Statements of Truth – that comes right on the heels of our series on Self-Deception because it springs from the same resource, Step # 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ by Dr. Neil Anderson          

Yesterday we presented the second part of Anderson’s “concluding instructions” from Step 2, and because that Step deals with Deception, the good doctor prescribes a healthy dose of truth for us, now that we have examined, confessed, and renounced all of the ways we have been deceived. 

Anderson introduces the Statements of Truth by stating: 

“For two thousand years Christians have known the importance of verbally and publicly declaring truth. Read aloud the following statements of truth, and carefully consider what you are professing. You may find it helpful to read them aloud every day for at least six weeks, which will help you renew your mind to the truth.”

So for our new series, we will present each of the 11 Statements of Truth from Step 2 of the Steps to Freedom in Christ. We will declare them verbally and publicly, because we, like the Christians who have gone before us over the last two thousand years.  know the importance of doing so. 

We will share their associated Bible verses and share our thoughts about what each Statement of Truth is telling us, why they are important, and how they apply to our lives as Christians.  

So today’s Statement of Truth is:

1.    I recognize that there is only one true and living God who exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory as the one who made all things and holds all things together.

And the Bible verses listed with this statement are: 

Exodus 20:2-3 (NKJV)
2  "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3  You shall have no other gods before Me.

Colossians 1:16-17 (NKJV)
16  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

From these verses we can see that there is One God, we are to have no other gods (small g) before Him, and that He is the Creator of all things, and He is preeminent over them and literally holds them together.  What is not clear is that Colossians 1 is talking about Jesus!  That passage in Colossians presents Jesus as the Creator and the Sustainer of all things, making it clear that He is God. 

The Trinity is a mystery of course but it is a doctrine that presents the truth of ultimate reality. There is One God in three distinct persons – a paradox for sure.  But remember a paradox is something that is seemingly contradictory but is in fact true. I was going to write more about the Trinity, but I have learned that the more one seeks to explain it the more you run into the risk of falling into theological error.  However, I am providing a link to Open Bible Info’s “100 Bible Verses about the Trinity” to show the verses where the trinitarian nature of God is clearly supported by scripture (https://www.openbible.info/topics/the_trinity

So what does that mean for us? 

Well The Only God is God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit – anything else is not God – so any other religion or philosophy that is lifted up as something to be admired, worshiped or followed is a false god that seeks to draw us away from the One True God. By presenting an alternative to Christ, they are by definition Anti-Christ and should be avoided and condemned as a clever scheme of the spiritual forces of darkness to lead us astray. 

Also any pseudo-Christian faith system, that denies the deity of Jesus or The Holy Spirit, is also Anti-Christ. Judaism, Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, and Mormons and many others pay lip service to belief in the God of the Bible, but all deny Jesus as God and the doctrine of the Trinity.  Walter Martin’s The Kingdom of Cults is perhaps the best resource for exposing all other faith systems as false and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in knowing the truth about false religions and who have a heart to save those who have been deceived by other religions.   

But beyond these concerns, this first statement of truth advises us to honor and praise the Lord.  What are we supposed to do with this truth?  We are to worship the Lord and give Him glory for what He has done and by the way we live our lives.  

What do I do with this truth? Seek the One True God’s will for your life, put your faith in Jesus, and Follow Him.

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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 Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials.

Psalm 27:5-6 (ESV)
5  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.
6  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

Today’s verse fall under the twenty-second point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials

 22. In the time of trouble you can experience God's protective care and, even through the tears, sing praises to God.

Today’s verses speak of the Lord’s protection and how the realization of it should move us to worship Him and sing praises to His name.  

When we realize the gift of our salvation and the ever-present hope that we experience with God’s continual presence and provision for our lives, the natural response is to worship Him and to rejoice!

To think on my journey of faith, I am humbled and joyful because of the victory I have experienced and because I remember that in those dark and lonely days of walking toward my freedom, the Lord was with me, and He will always be there for those who put their faith in Jesus and follow Him. 

God was there in my days of trouble. He lifted me out of the muck and mire of my former life and lifted me above my enemies all around me and so like the psalmist I will offer Him the sacrifice of my love and obedience, as much as I can, and will praise Him with shouts of joy and I will sing and make as much melody as I can muster to the Lord.   

God delivers us! So let’s worship and sing His praises always and forever!

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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

20 - The Spirit Cleansing

Our Helper

Though grace be wrought in the hearts of the regenerate, it is not in their power to act it: He who implanted it must renew, excite, and marshal it. “If ye through the Spirit do mortify” (Rom. 8:13). First, He it is who discovers the sin that is to be mortified, opening it to the view of the soul, stripping it of its deceits, exposing its deformity. Second, He it is who gradually weakens sin’s power, acting as “the Spirit of burning” (Isa. 4:4), consuming the dross. Third, He it is who reveals and applies the efficacy of the Cross of Christ, in which there is contained a sin-mortifying virtue, whereby we are “made conformable unto His death” (Phil. 3:10). Fourth, He it is who strengthens us with might in the inner man, so that our graces—the opposites of the lusts of the flesh—are invigorated and called into exercise.

The Holy Spirit is the effective Helper. Men may employ the aids of inward rigor and outward severity, and they may for a time stifle and suppress their evil habits; but unless the Spirit of God work in us, nothing can amount to true mortification. Yet note well it is not, “If the Spirit do mortify,” nor even, “If the Spirit through you do mortify,” but, “If ye through the Spirit do mortify!” The Christian is not passive, but active in this work. We are bidden to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1). We are exhorted to “build up yourselves on your most holy faith” and “keep ourselves in the love of God” (Jude 20, 21). Paul could say, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection” (1 Cor. 9:27). It is by yielding to the Spirit’s impulses, heeding His strivings, submitting ourselves unto His government, that any measure of success is granted us in this most important work.

The believer is not a cipher in this work. The gracious operations of the Spirit were never designed to be a substitute for the Christian’s discharge of his duty. True, His influence is indispensable, though it relaxes us not from our individual responsibility. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21) emphasizes our obligation, and plainly intimates that God requires from His people something more than a passive waiting for Him to stir them into action. O my reader, beware of cloaking a spirit of slothful indolence under an apparent jealous regard for the honor of the Spirit. Is no self-effort required to escape the snares of Satan by refusing to walk in those paths which God has forbidden? Is no self-effort to be made in breaking away from the evil influence of godless companions? Is no self-effort called for to dethrone an unlawful habit? Mortification is a task to which every Christian must address himself with prayerful and resolute earnestness. Nevertheless it is a task far transcending our feeble powers.

It is only “through the Spirit” that any of us can acceptably and effectually (in any degree) “mortify the deeds of the body.” He it is who works in us a loathing of sin, a mourning over it, a turning away from it. He it is who presses upon us the claims of Christ, reminding us that inasmuch as He died for sin, we must spare no efforts to die to sin—“striving against sin” (Heb. 12:4), confessing it (1 John 1:9), forsaking it (Prov. 28:13). He it is who preserves us from giving way to despair, and encourages us to renew the conflict, assuring us that ultimately we shall be more than conquerors through Him that loved us. He it is who deepens our aspirations after holiness, causing us to cry, “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10), and moving us to “forget those things which are behind, and reach forth unto those things which are before” (Phil. 3:13).[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 You Tube 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.).

 

Friday, August 4, 2023

It’s not “Just Me & Jesus” - Self-Deception Series 23 – Purity 1112


 It’s not “Just Me & Jesus” - Self-Deception Series 23 – Purity 1112

Purity 1112 08/04/2023 Purity 1112 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of green foliage in the foreground of a magnificent sunset over the Atlantic comes to us from Fred Dimmick who reshared this scene that he originally captured on August 1st of 2022 as FB put it fresh in his “memories” the other day, causing Fred to reflect that he has been in North Carolina a year this month, after spending seven months in Vero Beach Florida, and after nine months in Kentucky.  Moss sure hasn’t grown fat on Fred in the last few years which is rather ironic considering he spent most if not all of his life in areas in and around Hillsdale NY.   Which just goes to show us that life doesn’t stop after retirement and that the “status quo” that remains steady for years can really be set on its rear when we realize that we are  “free” and decided to live like it.

Well, It’s Friday and while I enjoyed a day of swimming in Lake Erie at Headlands Beach State park in Mentor Ohio yesterday I was so caught up in the moment I didn’t take any photos (although my wife TammyLyn shared some “great ones” of yours truly on FB – yikes!) , so I am sharing Fred’s view from 2022 and am curiously thinking about the possibilities of my own retirement as I contemplate the inevitable day I will leave my day job to possibly pursue a career in full time ministry, somewhere, somehow. 

Part of my musings this morning (or is it a calling?), have me googling Hobart Indiana on google maps, because Deeper Walk International has recently announced the beginning of a new nonprofit venture called “Joy Centers International” which will be headquartered there.  They have a website up and everything guys! You can check it out at: (https://joycentersinternational.com/). their stated mission is to “Bring Christ to the world through joy” by teaching people the relational-joy skills that are highlighted in Warner & Coursey’s books on Joy.   To quote the site:

“This training will be based on the work of THRIVEtoday—an organization that has been training brain-based joy skills for over twenty years—and on the following books and the exercises found in them:

·       The Joy Switch (Chris Coursey)

·       The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled Marriages (Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey)

·       The 4 Habits of Raising Joy-Filled Kids (Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey)

·       The 4 Habits of Joy-Filled People (Marcus Warner & Chris Coursey)

·       Rare Leadership in the Workplace (Marcus Warner & Jim Wilder)”

So it’s an exciting time of new beginnings for Deeper Walk International and as a student at their school of prayer ministry I really interested in seeing how this will develop in the months and years ahead and wonder and hope I could be a part of it in some way.  But that’s a “What’s Next?” Question and as excited as I am about the possibilities for this nonprofit and can imagine packing it all up and being a part of their mission, I have learned from experience that my “walking in the prophetic” hasn’t been without its stumbles, as I have previously imagined ministries and relationships that never came to pass.   So as much as I am ready to “pack up and go”, I think I will wait, pray, and see what the Lord has in mind for me and will answer when called.  

As I talked about yesterday, one assumption can easily lead you astray and end up getting you lost, so I will keep walking and talking with God and follow where He leads because I don’t want to believe in something that will prove not to be true, even if those things are good things based on a deep hope and desire of my heart.  We have one life to live and thus while there are many possible paths for the future, we invariably will have to choose only one of them and will want to make sure that it is true.

 And that brings us to our current series on Self- Deception, where we have decided to investigate some of the ways we deceive ourselves by walking through Step 2, Deception Vs. Truth, of the Steps to Freedom in Christ to see what ways we may have been deceived by “the world” and ourselves and in what ways we have wrongly defended ourselves. 

So we present the seventh, and last of the  “Ways to Deceive Yourself”:

7. Thinking I can live successfully without the help of anyone else.

The scripture reference for this point is:

1 Corinthians 12:14-20 (NLT2)
14  Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.
15  If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.
16  And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?
17  If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18  But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
19  How strange a body would be if it had only one part!
20  Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

These verses point out that we are a part of a body in Christ. It is one body with many parts that have many different functions, but they all have the body in common.  Just how none of the parts of a human body can survive on their own without the rest of the body to sustain its life and purpose,  individual believers in the body of Christ are to be a part of and function within the body of Christ.  The life we have in Christ was never meant to be lived out as a lone wolf for Christ as Jesus’ second commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves and specific verses in scripture tell us to not forsake the assembly of the saints. As Christians, we are called to be a part of and to serve a local church – a body believers.  

While we have a highly individualized relationship with God, our life in God’s kingdom was never intended to be “Just Me & Jesus!” as our purpose in Christ necessitates sharing and showing the love of God to others.  The local gathering of the body of Christ is where we need to be – to serve and to be served. It is where we can go to grow in our faith and where we can worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. 

So don’t believe the lie that you can live successfully without the help of anyone else. As Christians, our success lies in becoming the people God created us to be – to become more and more like Jesus – and part of His call on our lives was to go and make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe everything that Jesus taught.  Successfully answering that call from Jesus requires us to give and receive help to and from others.   So stand in the truth and stand with the body of Christ to be a success in this life and in God’s kingdom forever.

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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 Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials.

Exodus 15:22-27 (NASB)
22  Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
23  When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
24  So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
25  Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them.
26  And He said, "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer."
27  Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters.

Today’s verses fall under the ninth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Affliction, Discipline, Chastisement, & Trials

 9. “God tried His people at Marah, where He turned bitter water sweet and soon gave a time of refreshment at Elim.” 

Today’s verses tell the story of the Lord’s testing and provision for the nation of Israel in the desert wilderness days before they were allowed into the promised land.   While these verses and this point in our counseling resource tell a specific story from the history of God’s people the overall principle here is that even though God may test us and we may face some bitter times, we should trust that if the Lord turned things around from His people once, it is not unreasonable to hope that God will do it again for us.   

God gave us His word to tell us His story – the history of God and His interactions with man – but He also gave us His word to show us how He is faithful to help His people when they call on His name.   So if we are experiencing bitterness and are in need of refreshment we should remember this episode in Marah and ask for the Lord to make the bitter things sweet and to lead us into times of refreshment.  

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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.

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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit

18 - The Spirit Indwelling

The Spirit and Christ Go Together

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His” (Rom. 8:9). The possession of the Holy Spirit is the distinguishing mark of a Christian, for to be without the Spirit is proof positive that we are out of Christ—“none of His:” fearful words! And, my reader, if we are not Christ’s, whose are we? The answer must be, Satan’s, for there is no third possessor of men. In the past all of us were subjects of the kingdom of darkness, the slaves of Satan, the heirs of wrath. The great questions which each one of us needs to accurately answer are, Have I been taken out of that terrible position? Have I been translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, made an heir of God, and become indwelt by His Holy Spirit?

Observe that the Spirit and Christ go together: if we have Christ for our Redeemer, then we have the Holy Spirit for our Indweller. But if have not the Spirit, we are not Christ’s. We may be members of His visible “Church,” we may be externally united to Him by association with His people, but unless we are partakers of that vital union which arises from the indwelling of the Spirit, we are His only by name. “The Spirit visits many who are unregenerate, with His motions, which they resist and quench; but in all that are sanctified He dwells: there He resides and rules. He is there as a man at his own house, where he is constant and welcome, and has the dominion. Shall we put this question to our hearts, Who dwells, who rules, who keeps house there? Which interest has the ascendant?” (Matthew Henry).

The Spirit belongs to Christ (Heb. 1:9, Rev. 3:1) and proceeds from Him (John 1:33; 15:26; Luke 24:49). The Spirit is sent by Christ as Mediator (Acts 2:33). He is given to God’s people in consequence of Christ’s having redeemed them from the curse of the Law (Gal. 3:13, 14). We have nothing but what we have in and from the Son. The Spirit is given to Christ immediately, to us derivatively. He dwells in Christ by radication, in us by operation. Therefore is the Spirit called “the Spirit of Christ” (Rom. 8:9) and “the Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6); and so it is Christ who “liveth in” us (Gal. 2:20). Christ is the great Fountain of the waters of life, and from Him proceeds every gift and grace. It is our glorious Head who communicates or sends from Himself that Spirit who quickens, sanctifies, and preserves His people.

What high valuation we set upon the blessed Person and work of the Holy Spirit when we learn that He is the gift, yea the dying legacy which Christ bequeathed unto His disciples to supply His absence. “How would some rejoice if they could possess any relic of anything that belonged unto our Savior in the days of His flesh, though of no use or benefit unto them. Yea, how great a part of men, called Christians, do boast in some pretended parcels of the tree whereon He suffered. Love abused by superstition lies at the bottom of this vanity, for they would embrace anything left them by their dying Savior. But He left them no such things, nor did ever bless and sanctify them unto any holy or sacred ends; and therefore hath the abuse of them been punished with blindness and idolatry. But this is openly testified unto in the Gospel: when His heart was overflowing with love unto His disciples and care for them, when He took a holy prospect of what would be their condition, work, and temptations in the world, and thereon made provision of all that they could stand in need of, He promised to leave and give unto them His Holy Spirit to abide with them forever” (John Owen).

Plain and express are the declarations of Holy Writ on this wondrous and glorious subject. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6). Observe where the Spirit is said to dwell: not in the understanding—the fatal error of many—but in the heart. Most certainly He enlightens the understanding with truth, but He does not rest there. He makes His way to, and takes up His abode in the renewed and sanctified heart. There He sheds abroad the love of God. There He inspires the cry of “Abba, Father.” And be that cry never so faint, it yet is the breathing of the indwelling Spirit, and meets a response in the heart of God.

“How affecting are Paul’s words to Timothy, ‘That good thing which was committed unto thee by the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us.’ ”[1]

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