Holiness! Society needs it!

Grace Leads to Holiness!

As we seek first Jesus again this morning, and commit to our yearly Bible reading plans, this thought is impressed upon my mind: Holiness!
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Grace is simply God’s power towards us to do what we cannot do.

He wants us to be holy, like Jesus in this world!

Holiness, purity, integrity – almost forgotten word in today’s society, but the very nature and character of God.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.
12 It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temperate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world,

I like the way the King Jimmy translation says these verses:

Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
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So, grace from heaven, comes in the form of the HOLY Spirit, and teaches us….

What does He teach us?

To deny ungodliness and worldly lusts – to live soberly, righteously, and godly – where? In heaven?

Surely we will live holy there, but this verse is plain. Grace teaches us to live holy here, in this war-torn, broken world…no small task!

2 Timothy 1:9
[For it is He] Who delivered and saved us and called us with a calling in itself holy and leading to holiness [to a life of consecration, a vocation of holiness]; [He did it] not because of anything of merit that we have done, but because of and to further His own purpose and grace (unmerited favor) which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago].

Well, there you have it – true grace leads to true holiness (and, I might add, is the only path to actually get there).
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I long to live a pure, holy life, full of love, laughter, peace, where we honestly treat others right from a pure heart – holiness is what this world needs.

He is determined to make us into the image of Jesus: Rom 8:29 CEV

and he has always known who his chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like his own Son, so that his Son would be the first of many children…

He has decided to allow us to rise from the muck and the mire of the human experience, and become the people of honor both heaven and earth long for!

May this be our desire and pursuit today!

Let’s Pray:

Father, work in us to will and to do of Your good pleasure. Cause us to love purity and holiness, and hate sin. Grant us grace to deny ungodliness, rejecting and and renouncing all that is not like You, Your love, Your presence, Your holiness, Your purity. All that will not enter heaven. Do this today, and every day I pray. I ask, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus! Amen!

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Be Careful Little Eyes What You See!

Be Careful Little Eyes What You See!
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Ps 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt7ARx1y6Rc

We all know the children’s Sunday school song, but as adults, this is still good counsel.
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The three gates to the human spirit are the eye gate, ear gate, and the mouth gate.
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Keeping these three things clean and pure, will ensure that our feet only go good places, and that our hands are only found doing good things…

As a man thinks, so is he, and the Bible clearly tells us to guard our hearts and our thoughts:

Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

You are a person of honor, called to holiness, honor, and eternal rank and privilege.

Your mind is not a garbage can, so refuse to listen to, or watch filth…
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If you have been, and find yourself dirty, well God has provided a ‘mental shower’ to clean you up inside.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse you with the washing of water by the word,
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Get yourself an audio bible, and let the spoke Word of God, wash and cleanse you from the filth of this world.

For many years, I worked construction, mining, diving: hard physical labor, and I got dirty when I worked.

Nothing like a good meal and a hot shower to clean up after a day of hard work.

Same is true of ministry. Especially if you are a Christian counselor, wading through the muck and mire of human souls…Hearing their deepest pain and traumas, then bringing it to the cross in prayer, so they can go free….

Take time, to take a spiritual bath in the Word of God each day…

Let’s pray:
‘Father, help me to faithfully guard my thoughts, my eyes, my ears, my heart, and my words today, that I might stay clean spiritually, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.”

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Jesus Can Sing!

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Jesus can sing!

We read of Jesus singing a hymn with his disciples:
Matt 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Yet, this was during His earthly ministry. I’m thinking He sings a whole lot more rowdy than that in heaven, singing praises to our Father!

Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
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Rom 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 ¶ Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

Ro 15:9 And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
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Jesus can sing! Yep, He is Lord, Master, Shepherd, but ever considered Him as a worship leader?

Been thinking today about singing along with Jesus as together we worship our Father, in joy and truth. Had a lot of fun watching the sun come up this morning, driving out to Muskogee, singing praises to God with my children!

We all know the story, how Lucifer, who was chief worship leader in heaven, so much so that he had musical instruments built into his very being, and how he erred into pride, and rose up against the throne of God in rebellion with one third of the angels, and was cast out of heaven like lightening, to become satan, the prince of the power of the air. (You can read more about it here if you are interested: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/the-origin-and-nature-of-satan/

There is now another before the throne of the Father. One without sin, risen from the dead, alive forevermore. Surely He knows how to lead us in true worship in spirit and in truth!
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Come on, at least hum a few bars with me. (Even if you think you sing by letter, open your mouth and letter rip!) Let’s follow our King into worship of our heavenly Father!

“I could sing of Your love forever, I could sing of your love forever..”
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Counting the Cost…

Even miracles and God’s presence will NOT always cause a person to repent!

The Presence of God, and gifts of the spirit, will not change a human heart….
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1 Sam 19:19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah.
20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.
21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.
22 Then went he also to Ramah, and came to a great well that is in Sechu: and he asked and said, Where are Samuel and David? And one said, Behold, they be at Naioth in Ramah.
23 And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?
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Surely, we see a divine encounter with the kingdom of God here. Let’s think about what is going on here.

Saul disobeyed God, and the kingdom was stripped from him. The anointing of God was taken from him, and given to David, and an evil spirit came upon Saul. Saul, hates David, because he sees in him, that which he lacks in himself: courage, bravery, excellence of spirit, purity of heart, and a heart that is in love with God Himself.

Despite the fact that Saul has been throwing spears at him, and hunting him to kill him, David, on the run, refuses to take Saul’s life, and he continually cries out to God on behalf of Saul. Yet, Saul, determined to keep the kingdom, continually sends soldiers to attempt to kill David, and David, by hearing intimately the voice of God, is able to avoid them, every time.
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Why did God allow David all those years in the wilderness running from Saul? I think it is because David had to hear God accurately, in life or death situations, if he was ever going to be fit to be king.
In this account, David has run for refuge from Saul to Samuel’s house, and they are having a revival meeting where the gifts of the Holy Spirit are very much in operation, so much so that when Saul’s soldiers come chasing David there, they are arrested by the Spirit of God, and find themselves prophesying under the anointing of God.
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Saul does not want to hear this, so sends two more sets of messengers to Ramah, and each time, they too succumb to the power of God, and find themselves prophesying by the Spirit of God, and unable to apprehend David.

So, Saul Himself goes down to Samuel’s revival meeting, and what happens: v 24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night.
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Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

So, you would think, after the Holy Spirit so humbled Saul, that he would repent, and begin again to serve the Lord, and leave David alone.

Yet, what did he do?

He went home, and again began to plot again how to murder king David!

Even after the presence of God had caused him to prophesy naked for a day and a night at the feet of Samuel!
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In Luke 16, we read the account of the rich man and Lazarus. Notice here that this is not an allegory or parable, but a true story Jesus is recounting. The rich man went to hell, and the poor beggar went to Abraham’s bosum or paradise (Jesus had not yet risen from the dead, so heaven was not open yet).

We see this rich man in hell, seeing father Abraham, and crying out that someone be sent to his family, that they not end up in the same place.

Yes, people in hell are praying that we share the gospel with their families!

Let’s pick it up here:

Luke 16:

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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Notice what Abraham, in the afterlife said: that it is more important for people to hear the word of God, and repent, than to see miracles. In fact the implication here is strong: That if someone will not hear the word of God, even if they saw someone raised from the dead telling them of what was to come, they would not change!

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So what is the moral of the story?

Simple: The gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the presence of God, will not change a human heart, unless that heart is willing to be changed.

I have heard it said, that the only thing greater than the power of God in the earth, is the free will of man.

Saul might have been able to repent here, and be of some use to king David in his future reign, had he humbled himself, but he absolutely refused!
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It eventually cost him his life, and the life of his son, and many others.

The only safe prayer I see in all of this, is the repeated theme of my life and ministry:

‘Father, please grant me purity of heart and purpose. Please open my eyes, and deliver me from my own delusions of grandeur, my will, and my way. Jesus, you are the way, please become my way, with no other agenda, no compromise. May I serve and fully obey You, in spirit and in truth, whatever the cost, for your name and honors sake, Amen’

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The Holiness of God Convicts….

The Holiness of Jesus, to Convict of Sin
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Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Is 6: 5 ¶ Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
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Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

There has been so much grace teaching these past few years, that the holiness of God is all but forgottan in the modern church. Truly, when we are born again, we have access to the very throne of God, and positionally, we have become the righteousness of God. In fact, the Holy Spirits greatest work is to do just that, to show us our righteousness before the throne of God, to woo us into our Fathers arms, to encourage us to fellowship with Jesus!

Yet, God is Holy. Peter met Jesus, and the first thing he was aware of, was his personal sin.

John the beloved saw Jesus in His glorified state, and fell on his face like a dead man.

Isaiah had the same experience: a revelation of the holiness and purity of God, and immediately he cried out.

Repentance, to see ourselves in the light of God’s holiness, and to immediately cry out for mercy and the cleansing, atoning power of the blood of Jesus.

Reportedly, when Charles Finney, after several days or weeks of intense prayer from the lips of father Nash, would enter a town, people would fall to the ground, groaning under the realization of their sin. Reportedly, over 80 percent of his converts, remained faithful to Jesus, after one of his meetings, have authentically met God.
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Then we read of the case of a famous faith preacher, Smith Wigglesworth, who reportedly felt a burden to pray while travelling on a train. He retreated to the restroom, and met with God there. When he emerged, the entire passenger car beheld his face, ‘as that of an angel’ and cried out to God for mercy, and he was able to lead them all to Christ, without a sermon spoken.

Then, there was the incident with the famous Kathryn Kuhlman, who after prayer in her hotel room, was being brought privately through the kitchen entrance of the hotel to the ball room where her meeting was being held. Reportedly, when the kitchen staff saw her glowing, they were all knocked to the floor by God’s power, as she simply walked across the room.
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In my own life, I am reminded of several incidences where I saw God’s holiness displayed:
The first, was during the Toronto Blessing, or revival. There had been deep worship, and someone cried out prophetically: ‘The Fear of the Lord’. When they did, the Spirit of God fell in the meeting, and all 5000 of us present were knocked to the ground, and for over an hour, no one spoke or got up. The only sound was the occasional groaning or anguished weeping of people getting right with God in prayer.

In another meeting, at a Full Gospel Businessmans fellowship world conference, in Anaheim, California, in 1994, Benny Hinn gave an alter call for those desiring more of God’s power, the anointing. Like a wave, the Holy Spirit fell, and people, like dominos fell like stacked cordwood. As people got up, the crowd surged towards the platform, seeking to touch Benny Hinn. He yelled: ‘Back!” and when he did, a circle of light engulfed him, about 15 feet in diameter. He stood, looking into heaven, and this no one could get through this ring of fire. In fact, anyone touching it, was immediately knocked down. I was only 15 feet away when this happened, and I will never forget the illumination and glory on him at that moment. He was lit up in the power of God!

Then, I was at Rhema, a Bible school student, serving in the alter care. During one morning exhaltation service for the students, Kenneth E Hagin was there, and as I turned around from worship, I literally bumped into him. I had been praying for him for so many hours during this season of my life, that I simply said: ‘I love you!’ and gave him a hug. He chuckled and said, ‘I love you too son’, and we both went on. I rushed home after class to eat lunch that day to hurry back for prayer school, and as I turned to leave out little apartment, the power and presence of God came upon me, and I was knocked to the floor, realizing many, many sins in my life, in my heart. As Iay there weeping, I realized that the anointing and love from brother Hagin, had revealed these things, in order to cleanse and heal my heart.

The Holiness of God revealed, will bring repentance.

This, is the greatest need in the church today. A revelation of the holiness and love of Jesus, that will cause people to forever turn from compromise and evil.

Let’s pray:
Father, Peter, Isaiah, John, and now Chris, have all had encounter with your love and holiness, that changed them forever. Please do it for me, today, in your name Lord Jesus, Amen’

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Relationships

Relationships!

Psalm 1

Who you hanging out with?

Was speaking with a minister one day, about a particular business deal I was considering, that involved a lot of money. I asked him about a certain leader, and he said to me something profound: ‘Chris, I am not too sure about the character of that man, but always remember you will be labelled by the people you associate with”

Today I am going to show you that who you hang around will determine your success in this life, that you need to come out from sin and things of this world in order to receive all that God has for you, and that you need to develop godly friendships.

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Here is a picture of the Saturday morning men’s prayer group I have attended since 2009 at Victory Christian Center here in Tulsa, Ok. Incredible group of men of God, doing great things in business and ministry around the world.

Psalm 1:1 ¶ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Now, for those of you who have been around this for awhile, you know that the word ‘blessed’ means: empowered to prosper. That God is a good God, and if you want better for your children than you had, how much more God our heavenly father who loves you more than you love yourself.

v1 counsel : means advice. Who are you receiving your advice from?

The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

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This verse tells us about three ways to be blessed by God.

The Bible says here that the person is blessed and given power from God to get ahead in life, if firstly you don’t listen to the counsel of the ungodly.

Jesus said “By their fruits you shall know them.” So when someone comes to speak into my life, the first question I ask myself is this: Are they saved?

What is their walk with the Lord like? Does what they are suggesting agree with the Word of God, does it bring peace to my heart? What is coming out of their mouth, for out of the heart, the mouth will speak!

Now Jesus is a friend to sinners and tax collectors right? He did not pray that we be taken out of this world, rather that we be in it, but not of it. Obviously, we need to live and work with those who are not yet born again, but that does not give us permission to talk like they talk, or do what they do. We are to be a witness, something they need to look up to.

This verse says not to stand in the way of sinners. Someone is going partying, or to the Casino, or for a smoke break. What do we do?. Get out of their way. Jesus is your way, and don’t get into some sloppy Agape kind of limp wrist-ed version of love. Gently say, “ I’m a Christian and I can’t go down that road with you. I love you, but I’ve got a family that needs me, a church that loves me, and my mind set on things above.”

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So you are a good witness at work, and growing in your love walk, and the fruit of the spirit, and you are seeking to win souls for you have read, in your search for wisdom

Proverbs 11:30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. But those around you begin to scoff and mock the things of God. Jesus said to seek and save the lost, not chase down the rebellious. No what does our verse teach us here, when those around you begin to mock the things of God, what are you to do?

Leave!

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Ps 1:1 ¶  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

While I was studying for ministry, I drove a school bus and picked up extra hours working at a bus depot, washing buses. The Bus wash was part of the yard, and the mechanic shop. Used to eat lunch with the guys, and they would ask questions about Jesus and the Bible, that were friendly at first. After a while, they began to deliberately mock God, His Word, and would see how perverted the conversation could get to try and gross me out. I began Eating lunch in my car because the guys had become scoffers. Spent the lunch hour listening to some good praise and worship music, and talking to Jesus.

Let’s ask God to show us people in our life that we have become too familiar with, and ask Him for the grace to spend the time we would normally spend with them, with Him studying His Word.

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Col 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Separate Yourself unto God!

Joshua 24:5  I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.

6  And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.

7  And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

8        And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

Now Egypt is a type of the worlds system that God hates, your old sinful lifestyle. Everyone say “He brought me out to bring me in.”

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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1) to mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate

1a) in a bad sense: to exclude as disreputable

1b) in a good sense: to appoint, set apart for some purpose

The word of God, preached as it is under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is designed to impregnate your very spirit with the life of God. It is food, but it is the way God has designed to make you a success. Jesus said His words are spirit and life, and Hebrews 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

If Jesus is your Lord, the way he prefers to correct you is by His word, not in chastening after the flesh. Yet, if you continue to act in the flesh, He will correct you in the flesh. With children, we call this applying the board of instruction to the seat of higher learning!
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I have been asked why I teach so much, why I spend hours pouring the Word of God down people’s throats. Well, I am instructed as a man of God to teach the word, and be instant in season and out of season, to feed the flock of God among us.

Yet, I’m no fool, I’ve spent the hours and hours counseling people and walking with people from tragedy to trial to tears and finally Holy Spirit showed me a better way.

The Bible says that by these promises we have everything we need for life and godliness. God sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from all their destruction.

The answer to your problem is in the word of God. So what does a shepherd do? He goes before God, in prayer on your behalf, then God answers. He speaks his Word, and know this: God always backs up His word with His power. He cannot lie.  Psalms 138:2  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy  word above all thy name.

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God is your rock, and He has sent ministry into your life to lead you deeper into His plan for your life. I am simply an act of God’s mercy and compassion into your life. He knows not all of you have five hours a day for ten years to study God’s word and show you how to apply it to your life, so enter Chris Walsh, God’s little delivery boy into your life.

The package I deliver is God’s word: unwrap it, and apply it to your life, and it will produce blessing every time. God way is His word, and His word spoken from here will manifest His power to meet your need. Your answer is the Word of God. I spend many, many hours each day, simply praying for YOU!

Certain people would wear me out! They would constantly call me, in crisis, asking me to come pray for them, to go to the hospital, to come over for dinner, and they were usually very polite when I came, yet I noticed that those that often took the biggest chunks of my time, rarely attended services. They loved to hear the Word of God, but they missed God’s order in attending church: Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Finally, God set me free from chasing these people, 1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

I realized that if they were not among us, in regular attendance at church, my responsibility to feed, lead, and counsel them ended.

Yet, some Christians are that way? Let’s pray about God’s will for my life pastor. So we pray, and God speaks, through His word, and gives direction.

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

What’s the point? While we must love all people, some must be given reduced access to our lives if we are going to be people of impact. They will drain our critical energies, and finances if we let them, and it is our fault. Sometimes the best we can do for them is NOT return their calls, while fervently praying for them. We are not God, Jesus is Lord, and it is wrong to do for people that which they have the responsibility to do for themselves.

Perhaps they have some unmet emotional need and need sympathy, so they go to another meeting, and ask another group of Christians to pray. And surprise surprise, God tells them to do the same thing. I’ve met Christians who have been involved with codependent relationships and sin issues, and they refuse to sever ties to those sins. Obviously, if you quit drinking, you pour whatever alcohol is in your house, down the sink. When you learn about the presence of God that comes in worship and Christian music, you probably need to go through your CD’s and cassettes and pitch the ones that do not bring the presence of God into your world. Video’s, magazines, and even TV shows that glorify sin, need to be removed from your life. He’s bringing you out, so that He can bring you in.

John Hagee calls television “that little god in your living room” for “do not many prostrate themselves before it, and spend more time with it than in the word and prayer?”

3 John 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

I am a prosperity preacher. It’s in the word, yet as a shepherd, I need to bring you out so that I can bring you in. Notice in this verse we studied, that God wants you to prosper and be in health, as your soul prospers.

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God is a good God, and loves you more than you love yourself. He wants to prosper you more than your wildest dreams, but it must be done His way.

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Your soul is your mind, will and emotions. Many of you have been through hell emotionally, your mind is full of a mixture of the world and the devils thoughts with a little bit of God, and so your will, your day to day decisions wobble due to your pain and mixed up reasoning. God has more than that for you. He wants you to come out of the things that are causing you pain, and that dishonor His name. Why? So that He can take you in His arms and pour into you love, acceptance, affirmation, healing, comfort, strength, and confidence. All the things you never got growing up, God wants to restore to you, for He is a father to the fatherless. But you must spend time with Him, you can’t say you love Him, and then serve His enemy. Draw near to Him, and He will do things for you causing you to avoid things that years later will amaze you. His presence is prosperity; it’s the drug we all need. He brought you out of sin, that you may fall into His arms.

Well, my last point is short and sweet; God has a place for you in His kingdom, specifically for you. A place where you can grow and develop godly relationships.

Acts 4:23  And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.

God has a company for you. A company of believers in your home, in your workplace, at your school, and in a local church, where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: I want to be around people that have a like-precious faith. People that are quick to pray, to testify, to believe God on purpose.

For several years, I ran a construction company here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The church I attend, Victory Christian Center, is big on developing small group Bible studies, called connect groups, where we study the word of God together, and get to know folks. For several years, I attended three of these, some weekly, others bi-weekly, that each had a different focus. The three I attended have been: Business owners, men’s, and married with children.

In the business owners group, we deliberately have sought God for wisdom to run our respective companies, and have deliberately networked and prayed, in confidence for each others needs. The pressures, responsibilities, and crisis we often faced as business owners, grew us tremendously over the five years that we met, as faith and responsibility levels, met like precious faith and responsibility levels. God used that group to disciple and grow us strong, as men of God. We did this for 7 years, then stopped for a couple of years while I travelled as a missionary. As soon as I came back to Tulsa, I was asked by several men to restart the group, and I have: http://chrisaomministries.com/2016/01/19/contractors-bible-study/
contractors breakfast
Like precious faith!

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Pr 13:20  He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Deliberately seek out and cultivate relationships with those who are strong in the Lord, and doing exploits for the kingdom.

The converse of this is also true, ungodly people will betray you, and will corrupt you. The mighty apostle Paul realized this truth, as ungodly people lied about him, conspired against him, had him falsely accused, beaten, and imprisoned. He realized relationships are critical to success in life and ministry. Hear his heart:

2Th 3:2  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Just as there are relationships of honor, integrity, wisdom, strength, and like precious faith, there are treacherous people in this world, that will betray you, and siphon the very life and strength of God from you, if you let them. These people need to leave your life!

and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Today I have tried to show you that who you hang around will determine your success in this life, that you need to come out from sin and things of this world in order to receive all that God has for you, and that you need to develop godly friendships, people of honor, integrity, and like precious faith!

I’ve asked you to consider leaving relationships with ungodly counselors that drain us of time and strength, and spend the time you would have spent there talking to God instead. In his word, in prayer, and in Worship.  I’ve asked you to leave the trappings of sin, the things of this world to let Him bring you out so that He can bring you in to His presence and prosperity.Thirdly, I’ve challenged you to develop godly friendships on purpose to cultivate relationships with those strong in the Lord and the power of His might, that are doing exploits for Him.

I read this little story,that I find appropriate here. Perhaps you have already read it, but bear with me, it might encourage you to hear it again!

Reason, Season, or a Lifetime?

By: Brian A. “Drew” Chalker

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are. They are there for a reason,you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die, Sometimes they just walk away. Sometimes they act up or out and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON, it is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

reason season

LIFETIME, relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons; those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway);, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life…..

Now God needs to demonstrate this word, just so that you can know that God is alive and in the house. Maybe some of you don’t know Jesus yet today is your day. He is not I was, not I will be, His name is I AM. NOW Faith is! You need to give Him your life. He is Lord, and you need to sell out to Him totally, no compromise. He rose from the dead, and He wants to forgive you and save you and adopt into this great family of God, and show you the reason He created you, and the place He has called you to serve Him in.

If you have never understood the simple good news, here it is:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

Let’s Pray:

Father, I come before you, deciding to place Jesus as Lord of my life. I believe that because you love me, you will not fail me, that your plan for my life, is better than what I have planed. I receive you Lord Jesus, as my Savior, personal pastor, Shepherd, and counselor. Jesus, add to me, people of faith, honor, wisdom, strength, and integrity, and like Paul, I pray “that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men:” . Help me to carve time out of my day, to listen to, meditate upon, and hear your Word, and worship, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.

True Grace…

James Goll's photo.

The only right living we will ever experience, is ONLY by the grace of God.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

It is grace that teaches us to live right, and grace alone.

Here’s the way Jesus has worked this out in my life: Seems I do certain things, with good intentions, that in many cases fall short of excellence, due to my immaturity and lack of knowledge. As I go to the Lord to try and figure out why certain ventures did not turn out the way I had planned, often, He shows me a much higher way of doing the thing, that demands a far greater excellence of moral character.

I see it, yet know in and of myself, that to do what I clearly see, is not part of how I was raised, or known to ever behave.

So, I cry out to Him for GRACE to excel, to improve, to learn, to love, to walk in truth, that I can actually live a more righteous life.

Yes, I know, that position-ally, before the throne of God, I am loved, accepted, forgiven – that because of the blood of Jesus, I cannot ever become more holy than Jesus has already made me. Yet, the throne of God is called ‘the throne of grace’, the place where His power comes to teach me, in love, how to live the moral excellent life I long to live.

Some have forgotten this truth, that God is holy, and they preach a false grace, saying we can do as we please, because God loves us.

Jude 1:4
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ

No!

When Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery, hear His words:

John 8: (NLT)

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

John 8:11 BRG

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

What a beautiful account revealing the love and power of God!

In love, Jesus forgave this woman about to be stoned. If this was all He did, it would be a beautiful story, yet, as Lord of the universe, whose eternal words carry the very power of God, He did something else. He said:

GO, AND SIN NO MORE!

In those words came not only His manifest forgiveness, but also His power to leave her life of sin!
go and sin no more

Grace, the power of God, is the ONLY thing that can free us from a sinful lifestyle, the law will never accomplish this.

It is only those that hunger and thirst for righteousness that will be filled.

Let’s pray:

‘Father, I know you love me, and have only good for my life. Teach me to live pure, holy, with excellence before you. Show me the next level of honor You would have me to walk in, and then give me grace to actually do it. I ask this, knowing I am heard and answered, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen.’

The Discipline of Kings…

Kingly Discipline

'Kingly Discipline
Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

So we see that when Jesus rose from the dead, when we received Him into our born-again spirit, we were positionally raised from the dead with Him, and granted royal rank and privilege before His throne.

royalty
Well, Romans 5:17 reads:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

While He is forever Lord and King of the Universe, He is King of all kings (that would be us) and Lord of all lords (again, that is us, his royal family)

Job 36: 7 He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11 If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.

I’ve read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That’s the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today’s Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God.
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.

In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God.

Lord build
Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor.

One of my friends, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”

Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture.

In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context?

This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us?

De 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

Pr 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
wealth obey
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children:

When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction with tender words.

Unless they disobey.

Then what?

There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”

Still, the correction is in words.

'Kingly Discipline
Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'

What if they directly defy us as parents?

Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?

It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.

Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience root them in truth, simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
manhood roots and wings

Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:

2Co 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.

Dr. B.J. Miller once said, “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.”
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
obey whatever He says
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gentle course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
We are called for the kingdom, and are being trained for eternity. The disciplines He places upon us, are for our good, and the good of all those around us. Embrace the process!

obey1
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’

'Kingly Discipline
Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Well, Romans 5:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Job 36: 7  He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are they on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted.
8  And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction;
9  Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
10  He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
11  If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I've read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That's the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today's Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. 
One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. 
Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993.
In my last little devotion, I spoke about the blessing that will come to a household when we obey God. Yet, as I reread this passage, so I saw a leadership lesson, whereby God can allow pain to become a wonderful instructor. One of my friends in our cell group, a brilliant scholar is known to laughingly point out, in our Bible discussions, “CONTEXT!”. Killed many a good bunny trail that was departing from the cell lesson, or more importantly, the overall truth of any particular passage of Scripture. In Exegesis, hermenutics, one of the rules of Bible interpretation is: In what context was the verse written? What is the overwhelming theme of the whole chapter a particular verse is found in: what is it’s context? 
This verse, that promises prosperity and pleasurable years, is actually the result of the discipline of kings. Since we are all kings and priests in this life, destined to rule and reign in Jesus, could it apply to us? 
De 8:5  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
Pr 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Chastening is generally done with words, and careful instruction. Think about our children: When we correct and instruct them, it is normally in loving correction, and instruction. 
Unless they disobey.
Then what?
There comes a prompt rebuke: “Stop that!”
Still, the correction is in words.
What if they directly defy us as parents?
Then our correction is no longer in just words, is it?
It may be a time out, a spanking, or loss of priviledges, depending on the nature, or repetition of the offense.
Well, if we as humans, love our children, and want the best for them, therefore we instruct and correct them, to raise them to be people of excellence, honor, dignity, respect, and obedience. Seems all the lessons in obedience we give them are simply preparation, for the day they spread their wings and fly into the arms of God, to obey Him.
Well, God is Holy, and I have been to the woodshed a few times over the years, recognizing His love, but all the well, knowing His fear. Paul, a leader, with a clear revelation of heaven and hell, wrote:
2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
When we accept the responsibility to lead in this generation for Jesus, eternal realities can become truth or consequences, and the consequences can be severe.
Dr. B.J. Miller once said, "It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it." 
Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11.
Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Makes us humble, and careful to obey, and this trembling obedience will produce our days in prosperity, and our years in pleasures.
Let’s just say, I’m liking the loving instruction, and gently course corrections, a whole lot better than the stern rebukes, or trips to the woodshed. How about you?
Let’s pray:
‘Father God, I come to you now, knowing my need. Reveal your love and your instruction to my life, and in any area that I have missed it, please show me, so I can quickly correct myself. In area where my disobedience has placed me in bondage, please openeth also my ear to discipline  in your name I pray Lord Jesus,Amen’'
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Elihu – A Word for young leaders

Elihu

Elihu

Elihu did not get rebuked by God, nor called on the mat to have Job pray for him, while Job’s other three unwise counselors did. The Lord showed me why: Although Elihu was a younger man, he spoke by revelation, not information.

Job 28:12  But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

13  Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

 

He revealed something incredibly powerful, the cross of Jesus Christ, and the righteousness of God. Let’s look at it.

 

Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

 

4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than he.

6 ¶ And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion.

7 I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Out of the heart, the mouth speaketh, and Elihu had heard Job say:

Job 33:8 ¶ Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying,

9 I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.

 

Job, in his heart, is trusting in His works, not in the forgiveness, the cross, and the righteousness of God.

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Job 1:5  And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

 

[According to a recent poll] 88% of Catholics and a majority of Presbyterian and Methodist evangelizers [those who actively try to share their “faith”] believe that “if people are generally good, or do enough good things for others during their lives, they will earn a place in heaven.”

National & International Religion Report, August 23, 1993.

Elihu figured it out, only the cross and the shed blood of Jesus can provide forgiveness for any man’s sin.
Eph 2

:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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See it?

Job was trusting in his good works,

Job 34: 11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.

 

We know this is what he actually believed for Jesus explained:

 

Mt 12:34  for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

 

Job had been blessed by God for his good works, but was not righteous before God for them. In the holiness of God, all of us have sinned and fallen short of his glory, all of us need to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus, all of us must be cleansed for our sin.

1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God

 

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

 

Job 35:1 ¶ Elihu spake moreover, and said,

2 Thinkest thou this to be right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God’s?

3 For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? and, What profit shall I have, if I be cleansed from my sin?

Churches are full of people without this revelation. Working industriously to earn acceptance and approval before a holy God, that will never be given apart from the cross of Jesus. People full of guilt and shame for their sin, trying to work it off before God, never fully able to accept His love, because they have not yet received the justification that only comes through the cross. 

I see them in the pews, fear and brokenness on their faces, no boldness, confidence, and love poured out, because they have not yet received that liberating truth of the cross, that Jesus died for sinners, and that He did it because He loves them. This will produce joy, humility, gratefulness, and a holy boldness in the resurrection power of Jesus.

Please read: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/not-by-works-its-all-about-love/

At the end of the book of Job, God shows up before him, in His wisdom and holiness:

Job 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

 

Job got it. He repented. He humbled himself before a holy God.

 

Yet then God began to deal with Job’s counselors, and notice:

Job 42:7 ¶ And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

10 ¶ And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

 

Notice here that God did not rebuke Elihu, nor require him to repent before Him.!

Well, for the next generation of preachers out there, this is great news.

 

1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

  1. Preach the cross. This is the central message of the gospel, and the only thing that will set people free from their sins.
  2. Preach by revelation, not information. Be a voice for God, not merely an echo.
  3. Respect, but do not fear, those older in years. If you have heard God, go on and obey Him, no matter what people think or say.

 

Let’s Pray:

 

‘Father, reveal to me:

  1. Area’s where I, like Job are trying to please you in my own strength, with MY own works, instead of acts of obedience that flow from your love.
  2. The Word from heaven that will set this generation free. Light me on fire, and make me a voice for you, never merely an echo, a parrot of other preachers. Cause me to hear and obey!
  3. You perfect will for my life, and the people you have called me to reach,

In your name I pray, Lord Jesus Amen!