Drifting…

Dear beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus,

I have missed you during this past 3 1/2 months.  After I posted my Christmas message;  my computer suddenly (and quite unexpectedly) hit the skids.  The magnitude of the technical problems put her in  ICU (immediate computer unusable) mode.  Fearful of the worst; I frantically started to do all the geek-stuff I knew, but to no avail.  The situation created much anxiety for me, so I walked away.  Finally several weeks passed… I with much purpose and more knowledge got her out of ICU into SWO (simple working order).  Not quite ready for an attempt to boot her up and go online because “oops change over to Windows 7 needed”!  So, finally I have a refurbished system with  Windows 7 up and running.

The awesome, wonderful part of all this is I found myself spending more time in the Word than ever before.  I thank our amazing God for allowing me such time with Him in His Word and prayer!

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Hebrews 2:3 says 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;”   the writer of Hebrews (Paul) started chapter 2 with this Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”  or ” run out as leaking vessels” (Scofield)

“we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

Imagine a leisurely float down a winding river in a “wholly boat” not (holy).  If we choose to relax in the Christian life we are assured that the tide of our culture, the tug of our flesh and the flaming darts of the enemy will manage to pull our hearts and minds away from God’s truth.  Then we flow further down the river of unbelief and compromise.  Let me tell you something you may not like nor believe:  I personally see and hear of it happening  everyday.

The world we live in and the bodies we reside in are not neutral.  They persistently and actively work against the desires of our regenerate hearts and the righteous convictions of God’s Spirit. This is why the Bible says to “present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God” and to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:1-2).

This is an active, focused, thoughtful work to “pay close attention” to God’s truth. And it is needful because your regenerate heart is designed to be continually growing in our new life and walk with the Lord.  If we don’t actively focus daily on our growth as a blood bought child of God by searching and studying the Scriptures; and being in an attitude of continual prayer we will be swept away by the old man (our sinful nature), the seduction of the world and be an open target for the wicked one. 

Praying daily for all my brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  May you continue boldly running the race, fighting the good fight and keeping the faith.  For your edification… 1 John 5.  ♥ Streim

Turnabout Tuesday–What is going on…?

(I originally posted this on October 17, 2013.   I decided to repost because far too many Christians (?) are being deceived by sensationalism in church services and gatherings.  This sensationalism is aimed at creating “feeling” experience with God rather than a “living” relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. )

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Where do we draw the line between “right and wrong”;

How do we distinguish between “good and evil”?

How do we know we are following “the Truth–according to God” or “distorted man-made traditions”?

When will today’s pastors, teachers, authors stop resorting to “techniques of modern culture to share the Gospel” message and start “preaching the Gospel from God’s Word“?

What are Christians required to conform to?  The “morality of our society” or the “standards of God’s Word”?

How do we know when hot IS “hot”?  Or cold IS  “cold”?  Is it our perception?

When I studied in the Word for the doctrinal series I began (but after much prayer ‘knew’ I was not to continue), I started reading from Jeremiah the prophet.  I must say, I see a spiritual parallel between the “overt disobedience” of God’s chosen people during  Jeremiah’s time and the “overt lies” being taught (and much to my dismay–believed!)  by many Christian churches today.

When the LORD God spoke to His people through Jeremiah, the LORD’S love  was expressed in His continued patience (v12); but He did require repentance–turning away from their sin and towards Him. (vs 13-15)

Jeremiah 3: 12-15 “ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘ I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord. 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

We hear so much today about perspective and moral relativism in the world.  It’s quite obvious there are many of our Christian teachers, pastors, leaders, authors, etc that are grasping and using these ideas.  WHY?  Because as many say “How do we get people into the church today?”  when they should be saying “How do we reach lost souls with the Gospel of Christ and disciple them as commanded in the Word?”   You might wonder what the difference in these two questions is. 

It’s the difference between the BLACK AND WHITE truths of the Word and the many shades of grey found in the perceptions of men.

BLACK AND WHITE: God’s Word

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard , which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be fullThis then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned , we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1

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Post-modern Christianity (here’s just ONE shade of gray!)

(Taken from “Roots of Church Growth Movement” at standupforthetruth.com)

In the early days of the church, Christians gathered to equip one another to do that, and the purpose of the church became about praying with one another, worshiping God, breaking bread and learning from the apostles teachings about Jesus. Our Lord instructed us through the ages to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

But these days, the leaders of the modern church in the West seem to be focused elsewhere. Countless conferences equip us not to share the Gospel but to be good leaders. For example, this year’s largest conference, Catalyst, had as its theme: Go and Make. But nowhere was the word Disciples ever attached to that message, and leaders once again gathered by the hundreds of thousands to learn about how to grow membership, meet their felt needs and get them connected in church programs. (Catalyst, by the way, is the largest in the seeker/growth movement.)

Today’s popular model is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, and in fact might be opposite of how churches are to grow.

 

Remember as forgiven, blood bought children of Almighty God we must know the deceitful ways in which the enemy is working in today’s world–especially in the Church!  Getting people into churches is NOT what will change their eternal destiny.  We are to go into all the world, wherever that may be, and preach/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples (those who will live according the Word) in truth and love.  If there is no making of disciples— there is error.  Jesus teaching at the feast said this to the unbelieving. 

Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him”  John 7:16-18  

May you get into the Word of God daily and dig deep into the bounty of His truth!  ♥ Streim 

Are We Willing To Face Persecution To Fulfill Our Calling Of God

Streim:

A very powerful question … with God’s amazing truth. Oh how I love Jesus my Lord and Savior!!

Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 3:1-2)  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3eQ

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