Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 115 - Giving All

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 145
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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Michael gives an outstanding analogy that provides much needed insight into one of the most widely quoted but perhaps least truly understood verses in all of Scripture.  Read carefully this day’s writing and see how you will begin to “love the Lord your God” (and “understand” many other truths) in stages as the days go by…



DAY 115

Giving All

Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. --Mark 12:30           

Many make the mistake of wanting to understand exactly what is entailed in their commitment to give all to God before they take the step. They must realize that giving our all cannot be understood before it is revealed over the years we live with the Lord. We will not know what giving all means until we die; all that Jesus personally means to us is not revealed in one day, but rather over the course of a lifetime. A good analogy is marriage. In the wedding ceremony we pledge to give all, but we will not know exactly what all is involved in that until the day that we die. In giving all to God, the important thing is that we do it once with our mouth; though we may feel nothing or experience no change, He will reveal in stages what we have done with those words.

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Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



When will we ever learn “just doing” without having to have “understanding before doing”???  When we learn just that, we move giant leaps forward in experiencing God.  Perhaps the “now” generation (I want it now! …instant gratification generation) has hindered many from ever abandoning themselves to trust and obey God.  I wonder how many Christians will live a more relaxed and comfortable and productive “life as  a Christian” with just the simple understanding that Michael gives us today about “just doing” before we “have understanding.”  Should help a lot of Unbelieving Believers or Doubters…

Barbara and I have been married a little over 48 years…and, I now know that I am still getting understanding as to all that is involved in the pledge (marriage vow) that I made a little over 48 years ago!  Get this…til death do we part.  And NOW, I can begin to see that I verbally gave all to God back in June of 1980 when I was Born Again…and I can look back and see that all the years since, God has been revealing (and it has been in stages!) what I had done with those words.  Well, amen!

And, isn’t it beautiful that it takes so much pressure, and so many questions, off my plate!  I can relax and trust God to reveal more and more as time goes by, and watch my understanding expand all the while!  Hallelujah!

p.s.  I can quit acting like I know it all right now…



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Friday, June 26, 2015

Day 116 - "Go and Tell No One"

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 144
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


Jesus said in John 6:63, “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”  Isn’t that what everyone wants…life?  …to have “life” in the living we are doing this day.

Michael gives us specific direction in how to have that “life.”



DAY 116

“Go and Tell No One”

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. –Hebrews 1:1, 2

Have you ever noticed that often after Jesus performed a miracle, He did not want the beneficiary to tell anyone? Why? He simply did not want to attract a following among those that are merely drawn by miracles. He was interested in those that would be attracted to God. Today there are many who want to appeal to the crowds by miracles, such as the miracle of the one-time fix. Jesus is still looking for those that will come to Him in faith and love Him, not for a miracle but because of who He is. It should be noted that when God gave dominion over the earth to man, in many ways He tied His own hands. He must now work through man. In the Old Testament, “God spoke long ago through the Fathers and the Prophets.” Today, He is speaking “in Son.” We must in these times hear the Son and not seek after the miracles.

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To me, one of the most profound statements Michael ever made was this: “God is not in the work of creating hearts for Him today, but rather in the work of revealing hearts that are for Him.”  Those that have hearts for God are ones with hearts that crave to hear what the Son has to say.

This all begs the question: why would any man or woman want to seek after miracles instead of seeking to hear the Son?  Yet this has been the heart of many even back in Jesus’ day.

I use the term “Life Verses” to designate certain ones that really bring “life” to my life.  I encourage collecting these “Life Verses” as a resource to constantly draw upon when different events or people come into our life that the verses speak “life” to.

The bottom line for the great peace Jesus spoke of, the wonderful provision Jesus spoke of, the life more abundantly Jesus spoke of…is Michael’s words: “We must in these times hear the Son…”



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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Day 117 - Go Slowly, Do Not Get Depressed, Take Your Time

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 143
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


I have read studies where somewhere between 80-90% of all Believers come to know Christ by age 18.  And now Michael gives us a staggering statistic from another study on “the average age of coming to see that Christ was actually IN a person”…  Very interesting and comforting read for many today!



DAY 117

Go Slowly, Do Not Get Depressed, Take Your Time

You have shortened the days of his youth. --Psalm 89:45

I was talking to a fellow who was discouraged that at age 22 he had not seen that Jesus was his life. I laughed. “Brother, if you could know all that you need to know before entering heaven at age 22, God would not have set the length of man’s life at seventy years! Relax.” God has created this world for a purpose, and it functions under His permission. There are things that can only be learned here. We are in the process of losing all in order that we might gain everything in Him. In one study the average age of coming to see that Christ was actually in a person was said to be between 55 and 70. We simply cannot receive it all at once! We are not intended to get it all at once! We are in a process!

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Perspective affects so much of what we believe, and therefore how we act.  Do we truthfully perceive that all things in this world function under God’s permission?  If so, we can trust God as opposed to “hoping” He will be involved.

It is a great relief that God has us in a process, and that we will grow into what He has for us in due time.  If we don’t get in too much of a tizzy at age 7 that we aren’t as physically developed as we will be at age 17, why should we get in a tizzy early in our spiritual life…knowing we will “mature” with time?  And, maybe better still, can those who are teachers and disciplers show a little patience with their students who are first getting revelation of some truth like “Christ is IN us”?

I KNEW who I was IN Christ for 15 years before I KNEW who Christ was IN me.  Well, amen.



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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Day 78 - Dressing Up The Deeds Of The Flesh

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 142
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


This is one of my favorite LIFE verses…God has told me what brings LIFE to my life and what brings DEATH.  Can’t get any easier to understand than this.  So, if I love LIFE, I seek with all my heart to avoid “pride” and that dreadful “haughty spirit.”


DAY 78

Dressing Up The Deeds Of The Flesh

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. --Proverbs 16:18

In certain countries there has been an emphasis made by foreign preachers that God wants us wealthy. These "teachers" say that they can demonstrate their faith by how many material possessions they have. This has been a very vexing message for the local pastors to deal with, because many people are poor and have a tendency to see poverty as a curse. A cow zipped up in a horse suit is still a cow. Likewise, it is amazing how deeds of the flesh can be worked around until they are actually presented as spiritual virtue. Someone may say with pride and boldness, "I told him he offended me!" That person just admitted complete spiritual defeat. Another admits spiritual defeat when he says, "I believed God, claimed a jet airplane, and God gave it to me." We are to be seeking the things above. One fellow even said, "I cannot look at pornography too long because it is vexing to my spirit." He can look at it for a while, but he is too spiritual for a prolonged look? It is one thing to avoid thinking about our flesh, but quite another to actually make it out to be something spiritual; that reveals the heart of a true Pharisee.

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Michael’s title for this day’s writing speaks volumes, doesn’t it?  How sad, man is so prone to doing just that.  We love our flesh.  We love “dressing it up.”  To the point that we can zip ourselves up in another suit and play like we are something we aren’t.  That’s a beauty, isn’t it?  Not.

What’s crazy is that we can even do as Michael says, work the deeds of the flesh around “until they are actually presented as spiritual virtue.”  How far fetched is that?!?  When the mind is not in tune with God, anything can be concocted. 

And so it is that pride can rear its ugly head…  Pride is the root of every sin and evil.

Truly, as Michael says, “We are to be seeking the things above.”  That is a remedy for pride.  That is the direction of humility.  Andrew Murray has said, “Humility, the place of entire dependence on God…is the root of every virtue.”  Well, amen.



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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Day 77 - Doubt and Faith

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 141
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


I wonder how many millions of choices are made day in and day out around the world…and most never give it one thought just really what “choice” is really about.  Make sense?  Well, read Michael’s writing for this day and see if you have ever given these things a moment’s thought!


DAY 77

Doubt and Faith

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants. --Deuteronomy 30:19

Choice is an interesting thing, for nearly all of creation is under compulsion. The caterpillar must become the butterfly; the acorn must become the oak tree. Only man can choose what he will be. Choice must have options; it is nonexistent unless there is more than one alternative. “Would you like a cup of coffee, a cup of coffee, or a cup of coffee?” “Well, thanks, I will have the coffee!” One cannot choose heaven if there is no hell, a blessing if no curse, a single life if not a married one, or a walk in the spirit if there is no flesh. 

This brings me to my point. How can we choose faith if there is no doubt? Many are distraught when they see doubt creeping into their lives. However, doubt must appear if there is to be an opportunity for a faith choice. Doubt is the signal that faith is the other option. We need not be undone over doubt; we can push it aside without hesitation and move past it on the way to a faith choice.

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Boy howdy…this is a humdinger of a writing!  Several facts about “choices” that many never have heard of, much less given them any thought.  Some critical “turning points” in life where our “choices” turn us toward LIFE or DEATH.  WOW!  And this is not about physical death (although some choices affect that)…this is about LIFE in life.  Let’s summarize and analyze these…

God tells us He has set before us “life and death, the blessing and the curse.”  Amazingly, God does impact our lives in these kind of ways.

God tells us: “choose life.”  That’s pretty simple, isn’t it?  Wait a minute…it all depends on whether we know God’s “life” in life’s situations.  “Study to show yourself approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.”  God’s knowledge and wisdom can lead us to choose “life.”  Without that, we can make foolish, deadly choices.

God tells us that our choices can affect our descendants, as well as us!  Oooops!

Michael points out that “man” is the only one that can make choices affecting what we will be.  And every choice must have options, or there is no choice possible.

But Michael’s main point brings to our attention that faith and doubt are two peas in one pod.  There cannot be one without the other.

And that brings us to HOW we see doubt.  Does it make us distraught?  Does it really do us in?  Do we collapse and crater at the onset of doubt?  NOT ANY MORE!  Doubt is nothing but a signal for us to look for the FAITH CHOICE!

And therefore, as Michael points out…”We need not be undone over doubt; we can push it aside without hesitation and move past it on the way to a faith choice.”  Well, amen!

Thank you, Michael, for showing us some insights to our “choices” that we may never have seen or thought of before.  And thank You, Lord, that You have promised to be with us as we choose.  May we search the Scriptures for all Your many ways in which You will guide us to choose LIFE.



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Day 72 - Removal of Self-Centeredness Leads To Life

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 140
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


If there is one word to describe what most people want: it would often be “life.”  Just a life.  Yet, too many miss that REAL life is Jesus’ LIFE.  Michael points out to us the simple fact of what is the “greatest hindrance to being delivered from the events that present themselves today”…


DAY 72

Removal Of Self-Centeredness Leads To Life

But {women} shall be preserved through the bearing of children. --I Timothy 2:15

Preserved literally means saved, and saved, as used in the New Testament, refers to being delivered from the self and its manifestations. The greatest hindrance to being delivered from the events that present themselves today is self and its propensity toward obsessing on what will never help it . . . which is its self. A mother has a unique experience in that she might be the most self-centered person in the world, but then in an instant when the doctor lays a baby in her arms, her self-centeredness gives way to focus on another through caring for the baby. Life and death for the baby is determined by the degree to which the mother moves away from being self-centered. I have asked many in ministry, and all seem to agree that women respond first to the Gospel. Why? If they are mothers, then self, the only hindrance to Christ, has been dealt a severe blow in childbirth. With self-life knocked from the paramount position, the women can more easily draw near to Jesus, finding Life and deliverance.

"But {women} shall be preserved through the bearing of children." The understanding to be derived is not that women who cannot or have not had children cannot be saved from self-centeredness. I personally have never given birth to a child, and yet I have every intention of being saved! The analogy is twofold. The birth of a child removes self-centeredness, and this birth happened in pain. The believer has a new birth, a new life that has dealt a fatal deathblow to self; because of this death he can have Life. This birth came through pain. Is the woman's pain in childbirth bad? Yes, but I cannot believe it is not worth it after observing the countenance of my wife as she held each of our newborns. Is the pain of events, disappointments, and relationships really bad when they lead to Life? No, nothing with such a result is ultimately bad. Children of God are faith people and the only people on the face of the planet that can say that. 

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Amazing that it is so simple to identify our problem: “self, the only hindrance to Christ.”

Amazing how difficult it seems for Christians to remove self from the paramount position, so that Life can be found, especially when every Christian possesses that Life.

Choose Life…lose self.  Not complicated at all.  Well, amen.



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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Day 71 - Self Is A Hindrance To God?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 139
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
(303) 972-0859       www.abidinglife.com

Notice:  this email is part of a BLOG, called Living Life With a Capital “C”Why a blog?  So that many can receive the weekly thoughts I express on Michael’s writings in an easy manner. 


How many of us in “fighting” this SELF thing in us…have ever stopped to consider whether “Self is a hindrance to God?”…

Interesting.  Michael addresses that in this day’s writing.



DAY 71

Self Is A Hindrance To God?

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. –Romans 12:3

Stop for a minute and take a good look at the self of man. Man hates himself as just man! Self in Adam and Eve was attracted to the tree offering Godlikeness with its lists of what to do and not do. It was not life, but bondage. True Life was a few feet away in a completely different tree; no serpent was tempting Adam and Eve to eat of that tree. Man left the Garden still hoping to fulfill the dream of being God; however, he has failed miserably. I have yet to see a monkey or a dog dressed in human clothing that looks anything short of inane. Similarly, man is man, and every attempt to cover himself with something more Godlike just leaves man looking stupid. Man may try to appear more tolerable by covering himself with knowledge, possessions, or power, and he might even surround himself with worshippers. Man can even use his own self-hatred by comforting himself with the feelings of humility, hopelessness, humanity, and victimization. From running inconsistent campaigns for the highest offices to committing suicide, man's actions prove that he has utterly failed at playing God.

We have become a society of selfish Christians--and I am not excluding myself--wrapping our lives around ourselves and bedeviled by how every action of others or ours affects our self-lives. We cannot tell the truth because someone may not like us, but we do not like ourselves when we lie. We desire others to meet our needs, yet when similar requirements are placed on us, we run, for to meet others' needs might necessitate neglecting our own. We change the teaching of Christ to fit ourselves and only end up changing ourselves into something that is not a good fit.

Now the good news: Nothing is naturally against the believer. There is not a single thing that goes wrong in our lives. There is nothing pitted against us. Life is not a meaningless, senseless string of disturbing occurrences. Life is not an endless exam administered by a demanding principal. Life is not an endurance test. Life is not accumulating as much knowledge as possible. Life is not staring at our spouses with heart-shaped eyeballs. Life is not being perfect parents, employees, or pastors. Life is meaningless and boring when it wraps itself around ourselves, draws our attention to ourselves, and leaves us wondering at our condition. Why? True life is Jesus and Life obsessed not on us but on the Father in Heaven.

All things are tools in God's hand, employed by Him in His ministry to us and in revealing His glory. John 12:28, “’Father, glorify Thy name.’ There came therefore a voice out of heaven: 'I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.'" Events and happenings are not the elements of life; rather, they are the elements that drive us to Life (Jesus). Nothing is bad if it drives us to Life. This awareness does not come through understanding, but by revelation. Anything and everything that moves us near Life is good. 

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Who could be a better instructor on SELF than the Apostle Paul.  He had quite an impressive personal resume…particularly, as the world considers things, coming into Christianity.  And God brought him to a point he could simply tell us: “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought…”  Wow!  And then he added, “…in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”  Oh, my goodness…where did we “get” that faith???

SELF can be a destructive person, but Michael points out that actually “all things are tools in God’s hand, employed by Him in His ministry to us and in revealing His glory.  All is an element that is intended to drive us to Life (Jesus) and away from Self.  May God reveal all this to us!


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NOTICE: another blog on Michael Wells’ book, Sidetracked In The Wilderness, called Getting Out of the Wilderness.  You can access by logging onto www.leemcchristianministries.blogspot.com


Lee McDowell Christian Ministries
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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                        936-559-5696