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Friday, October 20, 2023

Thriving Through The End Times - Purity 1177


Thriving Through End Times - Purity 1177

Purity 1177 10/20/2023 Purity 1177 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun blazing in its late afternoon glory in a blue sky over the place where the Hudson River becomes the Schodack Creek comes to us from yours truly as I stopped to get out of my car and capture this scene before going into River House yesterday afternoon.  I felt a sense of urgency to enjoy and capture this moment yesterday and at the time I sort of wondered what the hurry was about but a short time later as I stood in my kitchen preparing dinner a look out the window revealed that the brightness of that moment was unique because things had quickly gone from “Aww” to “Blah” outside as the sun apparently moved below the horizon or was covered by the clouds as things seem significantly less sunny and bright. So I was grateful that I stopped to enjoy the moment and to thank God again for delivering me to my little house “down by The River”.  

Well, it’s Friday and I am sending out my prayers that all my friends are blessed as we move into the weekend and take some time to give thanks for all they have in life and in Christ.  

Recently, I have altered my morning “quiet time” routine a little bit by choosing to read through Dr. Neil T. Anderson’s latest book, “Thriving through the End Times” devotionally.  As for the title, focus on the “Thriving” more than the “End Times” in terms of your expectations as it is a solid book on Transforming Discipleship more than a book on Eschatology, addressing the situations we face in our current day and times more than looking ahead to the coming day of the Lord.  I highly recommend it as it is filled with robust biblical teaching that provides a balanced view of walking in the Spirit – living a Christian life, in our world today.

Anderson’s book warns of the enemy’s outside and inside the church, pointing to the diversity of views in the world today that go against a biblical worldview and of the equally misguided and opposite extremes of legalism and liberalism that we can find in the “church in America”.  Dr. Anderson prescribes a balanced diet of Biblical Truth and the exercise of the Christian faith that would keep us in the presence of the Lord and in harmony with His will.  I am in the later chapters of the book currently and I am extremely impressed with the practical advice Anderson gives on discernment and prayer, enough so that I would say that “Thriving in the End Times” is one of Anderson’s best books to date, and is extremely relevant to our times.  

If you have never read Andrson, I would recommend Victory Over the Darkness, The Bondage Breaker, and Thriving Through the End Times to be the next additions to your library, and while each book stands on its own two feet, I would recommend they be read in that order, to establish a solid foundation of Who we are in Christ, how to overcome the enemy, and how to live a Christian life amongst the relative chaos of our day.  

A balanced life lived in the Spirit gives you peace regardless of the circumstances in the world today and I personally feel that “I’m thriving” currently because I am currently in a season where I am not only learning new skills through my training with Deeper Walk Internationals School of Prayer Ministry and leading a small group where Christians are growing in their freedom and victory because of their faith, but I am personally in the midst of a breakthrough as my decision to be accountable to fight my food addiction has resulted in me being in the best physical shape of my life, a major issue from my past is on the horizon of being resolved, and I am somehow continuing to fall deeper and deeper in love with my wife, TammyLyn. 

It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good! (https://youtu.be/oHRNrgDIJfo?si=c-vfLuDvU-reT_uo) I won’t sing it on the podcast today but I am sharing the link to Nina Simone’s Feeling Good if you want to celebrate the good, good life that God has given us.   Michael Buble’s version isn’t too shabby either so I’m sharing a link to that too (https://youtu.be/Edwsf-8F3sI?si=-S2_2cvhSd7qW1td  ).  Hey, I’m feeling especially good so why not!

So keep walking and talking with God, brothers, and sisters, and tell everyone you know that when they decide to put their faith in Jesus and walk in the Spirit – they too can be “thriving in the End Times”.   

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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 Bitterness, Resentment, & Hate.

Genesis 4:3-8 (NIV2011)
3  In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.
4  And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,
5  but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6  Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?
7  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
8  Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

Today’s verses fall under the sixth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Bitterness, Resentment, & Hate.

 6. Cain’s anger turned to bitterness, hatred, and murder.

Today’s verses tell the story of the first murder – and how Cain’s offense at not being accepted didn’t cause him to repent and “do what its right” but he refused the Lord’s advice to rule over sin and let bitterness grow into swift and bloody murderous violence.  

Have I ever told you how sometimes when I’m in the wilderness or in isolation somewhere and I encounter a stranger I get overcome by a sudden fear that the person is a psychopath and I better get ready to defend myself just in case they want to “raise Cain”.  Because of free will, man can do literally whatever he chooses as he feels led. Horrible acts of violence can and do happen in the world – as the latest troubles in the Middle East have revealed – and when a spirit of lust, bitterness, or hate is leading someone they are capable of anything.    

God’s remedy in this very early section of the Bible gives us the answers to life and all the negative emotions that would afflict us –

 “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

If we do what is right, according to God’s word- which includes faith in Jesus, we will live in the peace and harmony of being accepted by God.  And if we rule over sin, by obeying God’s word, our faces will not be downcast with the bitterness that could drive us into sin.  

So let’s learn from this fundamental lesson of the Bible and do what is right and follow the Lord out of the negative emotions of bitterness and live with Him and our fellow man in peace.  

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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

31 - The Spirit Endowing

Signs and Wonders

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit” (Heb. 2:3, 4). This passage makes known to us God’s design in the miraculous gifts of the Spirit at the beginning of this dispensation. They were for the purpose of confirming the preached Word—for none of the New Testament had then been written! They were for the establishing of the Gospel; not to beget and strengthen faith, but to cause unbelievers to listen to the Truth—compare 1 Corinthians 14:22, 24, 25.[1]

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