February 25th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Eraser

There is an old Arnold Schwarzenegger movie entitled, “Eraser.” His job was to “erase” a woman who was running from the bad guys; erase her so they couldn’t find her. He erased her by deleting everything in the system about her – her driver’s license, birth certificate, records of any sort. He also took everything away from her that represented her old life, things like credit cards, jewelry, and pictures.

She wanted to keep a necklace she wore all the time.  He told her she could keep nothing from her old life – she had to be erased.  He gave her new documents and credit cards, then he moved her to a safe location to start a new life. She was erased – as if she never existed in her old life.

Her job was to be so aware of her new life that she quit being aware of her old life. She was to quit doing the things she used to do. She was to completely forget her old life things, her old life ways, her old life, period.  She was to develop a new-life consciousness – to be aware she had a new life and her old life was gone.

That movie reminds me of Christians. We are supposed to know we have been erased from our sin consciousness when we made Jesus Lord of our life. Through the Word of God, we are supposed to be so aware of our new life that we quit being aware of our old life.  We are to quit doing the things we used to do. We are supposed to completely forget our old life things, our old life ways, our old life, period.

Yet many Christians are still sin- and old-life conscious. They only focus on mistakes they’ve made.

In the Old Testament, under the Levitical law, an animal had to be offered every year to atone for the sins of the people. That Old Testament word, atone, means “to cover.” It is used all throughout the Old Testament.  This is NOT what Jesus did.

That word atone is never used in our new covenant, the New Testament. The Greek word used to describe what Jesus did for us on the cross does not mean “to cover” – it means “to remit, to do completely away with it as if that sin had NEVER existed.”

Sounds like an eraser to me!

Have you ever lain awake at night with all your problems running through your mind to the point you can’t sleep? Have you ever felt so badly about something you did that you were ashamed to get before God because you felt unworthy? If so, you are sin-conscious.

Have you ever repented of a sin then have the memory of the sin come back and haunt you over and over and over in your mind until you just feel there is no way God could have forgiven you of that sin? If so, you are sin-conscious.

One by-line from the movie reminds me of Jesus, “He will erase your past to protect your future.”

Jesus WILL erase your past.  He WILL protect your future. Being sin-conscious will destroy your present and your future. You need to learn to focus on the fact that God Almighty says when you repented, He immediately forgets that sin (Hebrews 10:17). He remembers it NO MORE.

God is saying your past is forgotten – erased. It is as if you never committed that sin – you are clean, pure and have a fresh slate. When God looks at you, He sees you free from sin, as if your old life never existed.

Righteousness = innocence. You are innocent.  Instead of thinking about everything you did wrong, think about everything Jesus did right. Think about and focus on the fact that all your sins have been completely wiped out.  Erased.

Erased – never to be seen or thought of again by God. If God forgets it, don’t you think you’d better forget it, too?

February 8th, 2017 | 1 Comment »
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Warrior Angel

There are so many things written about angels. Ninety-nine percent of them are not true, not based on the Bible, and some are totally made up.

I think one of the reasons people misunderstand about angels (other than they have no idea what the Bible says) is the King James terminology about them.

Terminology – ministering spirits. We understand guardian angels and think of them protecting children. Some think they leave us when we turn into adults. Not so. They are with you always – but they don’t always get to work for you.

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Babysitting

Ministering spirits – from Hebrews:

Heb. 1:14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Another translation:  (NLT)  Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

Minister – to work for you. Like a waiter waits on you, to bring you what you need. When you get saved, angels are immediately dispatched to come work for you.

Salvation in this instance means: preservation, healing, soundness, and deliverance from temporal evils. This verse is referring not to our being born again (saved), but to the deliverance that comes by the ministry of angels.

The angels are sent to those who belong to God. The angels will get involved in your finances, your business affairs and your family affairs. They will come help you with anything you need help with, in every area of your life.

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Fast Food Delivery

I said all that to share this story about Leland’s cattle and angelic cowboys:

Working with cattle, there are times he needs to separate out the cattle. This can be because a calf might need weaning from the mama or because a specific cow might need medicine.

When he feeds sweet feed in the corral, all the cows come up to the corral, then they all leave again. No one stays behind.

One day during his prayer time, he made the statement that four babies needed weaning. The next morning when Leland went out to feed, three of the calves were standing in the coral by themselves.  He closed the gate so they couldn’t leave, then it was a simple matter of changing pastures and the weaning was complete.

Again during prayer time, Leland told God he needed the fourth calf to be weaned. When he fed that evening, the fourth one came in with the cows. The calves don’t normally come in with the cows because they have their own feeder. As the cows finished eating, he sorted them out through the gate until the only one left in the corral was the fourth calf.

Leland was trying to maneuver him into the second section of the corral when he “heard/had the thought” “Close the gate!” He did not obey the prompting and the calf saw the open gate. He immediately headed toward it. Leland headed toward the gate, too. The calf saw Leland and ran faster, Leland speeded up. The calf zipped through the gate, leaving Leland in his dust.

Two days later, in the morning, the calf was standing alone in the corral looking at Leland, confused as to why he was there – and Leland closed the gate on him! Weaning done.

This happened enough times that we began to realize that angels are also cowboys! These things just don’t happen. Leland has worked with cattle enough to KNOW there is something supernatural going on.

One of the mama cows needed help. She’d hurt her foot and the vet needed to come see her. Once he got her there and medicated, she stayed in the corral for a week, then was put into the pasture with the steers. She never came into the corral that week.

There had to be a week between medicine shots. Leland told me he thought she’d need one more round after the week was up. That next Monday, he went out thinking about getting her up to the corral, and there the cow was, standing in the corral, looking at him. Remember, she hadn’t come into the corral that entire previous week.

We fully believe that angels are putting the cattle where they need to be. I can just see them patting the little calves on the butt to encourage them forward, even though they have no idea why they ended up in the corral.

Once we read Charles and Annette Capps book entitled, “Angels” we began to realize what was going on. Cowboy angels were sent to help Leland with the cattle. There is no other explanation.

This was an eye-opening experience in understanding that angels do more than protect you and keep you safe. There are legions of angels out there just waiting to be put to work.

Next time I will explain HOW you put them to work (or you can download the Angels book and find out sooner)! (Hint: the answer is one inch under your nose.)

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January 31st, 2017 | 3 Comments »

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
–Albert Einstein–

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Have you ever found yourself acting in a way that surprises you?  Maybe doing or wanting to do something you used to do before you were saved?  Or acting like a total heathen, yelling, throwing things, and pouting?  No, I didn’t think so – me, neither!!  But some Christians still struggle with things like that.

As Christians we might hear someone say, “But you don’t know what I’ve done” when thinking about their past before they met Jesus. They are focused on guilt and often can’t get past the memory of how bad they think they were because of that guilt.  They don’t realize their old man and everything he did, died, is buried, is gone in God’s eyes.  Everything.

The Bible says that our old man (the way we used to be before we were saved) was crucified with Jesus so that we are no longer slaves of sin and no longer have to act like that old man we were.  It also says that while we have put off the old man with his deeds, we ALSO have put on the NEW man.

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This is where most Christians miss it.  Many of us keep acting like the old man got out of the grave and is still bossing us around, and we can’t figure out why.

Bottom line:  YOU put on that new man.  You do that when you renew your mind by learning to be like the image of God.  The Living Bible translation says it best:  “You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you.”

If we never crack open our Bible, read it and apply it after the day we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, our old man will keep getting out of his grave and telling us what to do and how to act – and we’ll listen to him!  We’ll constantly try to walk right and constantly blow it.

Next time the devil comes around and whispers in your ear that you are a terrible Christian and you’ll never act right, do two things:

  1. Remind the devil when your old man died** and that the old man is not bossing you around anymore – and
  2. Get into your Bible, continually renew the way you think and act so that you think and act more and more like Jesus!

Ding dong the old man’s dead – which old man?  Our bad old man!  Ding dong the old man is quite dead!  (I loved The Wizard of Oz!)

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*Mark, or goal, of acting and talking the way God wants you to

**The day you got saved (made Jesus your savior)

Romans 6:6-7, Colossians 3:9-10, Ephesians 4:22-24, Romans 12:2 

January 2nd, 2017 | 4 Comments »

Gifts

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? — MATTHEW 7:11  

Would you, as a parent, plan, purpose and will for your children to go through life poverty-stricken, sick, downtrodden, downcast, down-and out, with their nose to the grindstone, getting nowhere?

No! You most certainly would not! Yet most people, Christians and non-believers alike, do not believe that God is a loving Father. They believe He has horrible parenting skills, worse that the worst worldly parent on earth.

When they come to him in prayer, needing something important from Him, they don’t REALLY believe He is going to answer. They don’t believe He is into “good gifts” or they believe if He does answer it will be a resounding “NO”!

There is a lie people love to quote – “God always answers prayer. Sometimes it is YES. Sometimes it is MAYBE. Sometimes it is NO.”

These are people who do not know God.  At all.

John 14:21 says: (MSG) “The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.”

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F.F. Bosworth (1920’s American evangelist and author) said, “Most Christians feed their bodies three hot meals a day and their spirits one cold snack a week, and then they wonder why they are so weak in faith.”

Feed your faith daily! It is of utmost importance to your walk with God. It is a foundation for faith. If you spend time reading your Bible, you will begin to KNOW God and His ways. That, in turn, will build up your faith and you will be confident in His love toward you.

Then when you go to Him in prayer, you will know your prayers will be answered with a resounding YES! Why? Because you won’t be asking anything He can’t do – like asking Him to take out a pesky co-worker.

Nope, you will know to pray for that co-worker, to walk in love toward that co-worker, and you will be… nice… to that co-worker! You will leave the co-worker in God’s hands. You might even ask God to bless that co-worker.

Make a decision to spend time reading your Bible or a good faith-based devotional every single day. You need physical food every day, you need spiritual food every day. Find something you WILL read. Start with short devotionals that interest you and don’t try to do too much or you’ll quit.

As you do read your Bible or devotional, you will be amazed how your life will begin to change for the better.

As your life changes for the better, you will experience the BEST year ever in 2017!!  All because you made the one choice that will help change your life for the better.