Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Day 130 - Jesus Is The Issue

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 184         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 


Our youngest grandson celebrates his 18th birthday today.  He is a fine young man.  His Grandmommie and I couldn’t be more proud of him (just like the other 3 grandkids!).  He also will be graduating high school in a month.  I pray this blog entry will be an inspiration he will remember the rest of his life on earth.



DAY 130

Jesus Is The Issue


Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and serve Him only.” –Matthew 4:10

But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” –John 4:32


Jesus, during the wilderness experience, a time of being cut off from all outside sources of appetite, fed His Spirit with the things of God (peace, will, wisdom). He had no appetite for the things of the world, and so the temptations would have been foreign to Him, things He would have had to try to choke down with water, bit by bit. He just said, “No.” We have all had times in our lives when sin held no attraction because God was our focus. When He is not our focus, we obsess on our own spiritual condition, which does nothing in terms of bringing about a remedy.

Can you take up the challenge to stop thinking about your own spiritual condition? It is more difficult than you think, but your spiritual condition is not the most important matter; Jesus is of ultimate importance. Your latest tragedy is not the concern; His spiritual position is the issue. Lay everything aside to read about Christ, think about Him, pray to Him, and ask Him to pray for you. Forget the earthly concerns and lose all appetite for sin, for in Him you will find everything you have looked for elsewhere in vain.

I do not live for what others consider to be the spectacular; what I consider impressive is being able to walk across the room and bless the enemy that has offended. But I will mention one thing that happened to me, and it can be taken or left! I do not intend to start a cleverly devised, fantastic ministry centered in an experience. Having said that, one night I awoke to a sound that I cannot describe, for there are no words with proper definitions to describe it. I heard it in that place of connection to God, in the spirit. The sound was sad, lovely, compassionate, and painful, but again, these words fall short of expressing what was revealed to me to be spiritual weeping in heaven. To enter into it was painful and yet releasing (if those words even make sense), as if I were entering into the pain of God. In ministry I will continue to emphasize that what He permits, He could prevent; that this world is not out of control; and that He created the world to accomplish in us His purposes: the loss of our pride, strength, righteousness, glory, and kingdoms. However, through this experience, which lasted off and on for several days, I was aware of the pain in heaven over the very things that exist on earth. Why do I share this occurrence? For the simple reason that we think too much of ourselves, our tragedies, our injustices, our losses, our sicknesses, and too little of Him and the weeping of heaven. I will never forget that sound. I can nearly close my eyes and hear it now! We, as believers, need to remember we are destined for heaven!    

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It is so easy to let life today detract us from The LIFE that is IN us as Christians.  Jesus.  God tells us succinctly in Colossians 3:3-4 that Jesus is supposed to BE OUR life.  Actually, He says He IS our life, but we forget/ignore/deny(?) that and let the cares and other issues of life carry us away from Him.  Think about it: thinking about our spiritual condition can do that.  Concern for food, water, housing, clothing, health, family, job, transportation, all the cares of “life”…  Wow!  All too often all-consuming, if not all too over-whelming.  All the while, we can forget or neglect to think of Jesus.

Grandson (and all the grandkids), don’t ever forget: Jesus is the issue.  His spiritual POSITION in your life IS what is important.  Soak on and take to heart Michael’s words: “Lay everything aside to read about Christ (not a religious book, even some Bible readings, but that which speaks OF HIM), think about Him, pray to Him, and ask Him to pray for you.  Forget the earthly concerns and lose all appetite for sin…for IN HIM you will find everything you have looked for elsewhere in vain.”



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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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P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                               936-559-5696

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Day 348 - Who Among Us Is Like Jesus?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 183
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 



This day’s writing of Michael’s brings back memories from over 30 years ago, when I first became a Christian.  Those were some interesting days…happy as Larry to be a Christian, oftentimes struggling to live like one.  Until one winter day in Colorado…



DAY 348

Who Among Us Is Like Jesus?

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. --John 15:7

I have a challenge for those who have been believers for many years. Read through the commands of Jesus and see, after all these years, how well you are doing. How much progress has been made? Has there been a ten, twenty, thirty, or forty percent improvement? How do you act at your worst now? This is not turning into a guilt-based article; I just want to make the point that you still fall way short. Why? I believe there are two things that we must always keep in mind when reading the commandments of Jesus. First, He was setting a standard that unregenerate man could never keep. The bar was being set so high that no one would be able to reach His level of righteousness. Peter listened every day and knew well the teaching to love an enemy. The end result was cutting off a man’s ear! Often overlooked is one aspect of Christ’s teaching: that it reveals not only what man should do but what man cannot do. Second, Jesus did it all; He did what He taught, and He did it freely, naturally, consistently, and without struggle. Therefore, He proved it could be done. Here is the secret to dealing with commands we cannot keep, commands that must be kept, and commands that He kept easily. The solution is simple: We admit we cannot; He moves and keeps them through us. It will be Christ in us living through us as though it is us, but it is not us. We do not aspire to live like Jesus; we gave that up. It is really Jesus living through us. Beautiful!


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Do any of you recall that old song sung so often in church years ago…
”To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus.  All I ask is to be like Him.  Through this hard trial from earth to glory, oh how I long to be like Him. 
He’s so meek and lowly, so meek and lowly.  Jesus is ever humble and holy, humble and holy.  oh how I long, oh how I long to be like Him.”
And we skipped out of church to go out and TRY to be like Him.
And then we didn’t quite “be like Him” all week.
Then we walked slowly back into church to sing again…

Or, one person changed it up a bit…
“I want to be more like Jesus…”
Aha, just “more like Him.”
And you know the end to that next week…

Well, what did you think of Michael’s challenge? How did you fare?  What % improvement have you accomplished “after all these years”???  How did you feel at “How do you act at your worst now?”

I love thinking and knowing that although Jesus may have set a standard that an unregenerate man couldn’t possibly keep…it is the same for me, a regenerate man.  I love thinking and knowing that Jesus “did it all”…lived a perfect life…kept all the rules, laws, and standards.  AND I LOVE thinking and knowing that Jesus IS my life as a Christian now (Colossians 3:3-4)

I have joined Michael and said, “I admit I cannot,” and Jesus moves and keeps them through me.  I now experience Christ in me living through me, as though it is me, but it is not me.  It REALLY is Jesus living through me!  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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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Day 323 - What Counts

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 182
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 


Most everyone who has known Michael Wells or his writings (especially his trip reports over the years of places and people God took him to) have heard of “the head.”  As Michael mentions in the first sentence of paragraph 2…it has been vexing, or haunting, to all.  But the truths of Michael’s report are what may well be what vexes or haunts us most…


DAY 323

What Counts


The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. --I John 2:17

Travel can be enlightening when encountering a lifestyle so different from the one accustomed to at home, such as having to become consumed with searching for the basics of water, food, shelter, transportation, and someplace to exchange money. 
           
My brother and I had a vexing—no, haunting—experience when traveling in the Amazon region. At one point along the way we both stopped in amazement, as though we were looking at an optical illusion, for there on the sidewalk was a head, a human head with a body smaller than a box of cereal and bereft of arms, legs, stomach, and clothing, but the mouth held a pencil used to draw flowers on a small piece of paper. We left some money in a small bowl placed alongside and walked away wondering. Wondering at how much of what consumed our daily lives would apply to this person. Wondering at how we complain over such comparatively insignificant things; wondering at what this person’s response would be were we to approach and relate how someone had offended us or how our Christmas celebration might be a bit slim this year. The head was disturbing and mysterious; his image would not leave us. This person with nothing had found life tolerable; he expressed a beauty within through simple art. In contrast, many with a multitude of worldly attributes, accomplishments, and possessions cannot stand life. The head was a good example of how life is not found outside man but within. I began to ask myself how much of what is taught in Christendom would apply to this person. I was left with the conclusion that if what we teach cannot be accomplished by this person, it is not simple enough to apply to anyone else. The deep life comes through faith and the activity of the soul and spirit, not the activity of the body. All doing is to be the result of faith.  

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



I have heard people say they cannot believe the story of “the head” to be truth.  I have seen a picture Michael took that proves him.  But what has amazed me even more is the great number of people who have told me they do not believe life is found within man, but outside.  Who constantly complain over comparatively insignificant things.  Who are constantly offended.  Who live lives that are consumed by events that would not apply to “the head.” 

And then I think of how much IS taught in Christendom that would not apply to this person.  And I come to the same conclusion Michael came to: if what we teach cannot be accomplished by “the head,” then it is not simple enough to apply to anyone else.

God said that “without faith it is impossible to please Him.”  That takes me to the activity of my soul and spirit, and not to concern myself with the activity of my body.  Faith will take care of that.  That is deep enough for me.



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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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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Day 82 - Experience

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 181
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 



It seems man has a passion for the “School of Hard Knocks.”  Not wanting to listen to others who have trod the path they are about to head down, man goes about to gain his own experiences…learning experiences…taking some “hard knocks” along the way.  Well, that’s OK…”everybody learns that way”…they say!

Michael shows us Jesus did things differently…



DAY 82

Experience


Even if I have truly erred, my error lodges with me. --Job 19:4

Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful. –Titus 3:14

A friend may show you a shortcut that saves several hours of walking, and you may prove your friend correct once you take his suggestion and walk the new way. If at a later time this same friend tells you that the path is destroyed and you are to go another way, should not your history with the friend dictate that you listen and follow through with his altered advice? Learning from his experience would help you not experience the wrong path yourself.

Experience is way overrated! Look at what experiencing is teaching our society! It is teaching that immorality can kill, set the wrong course for a young life, and set in motion addictions that can be fought for years. Experiencing is showing couples the damage done to marriages through bitterness, self-centeredness, and unfaithfulness. 

Jesus did not need to experience every dull thing; He learned by a more excellent way, the way of faith. He became a man, lived as a man, and experienced living by every word that proceeded from His Father. Experience is good, but the experience we need is from listening to God, our Father. What Jesus teaches in Matthew 5 - 7 is not just a revelation from heaven that facts of earth do not confirm. All of life proves what He taught, for His teaching is written into creation itself. Therefore, we do not need more experience in going the opposite way, not only breaking the commands of the teaching but breaking ourselves against them. There is nothing new to be learned through experience; all guiding principles have been learned and written down in Scripture, in the visible and invisible world, and within man.


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



I guess this boils down to us deciding whether we want to try FAITH or EXPERIENCE.  As Michael points out, “the experience we need is from listening to God, our Father.”

I love Michael’s last words: “There is nothing new to be learned through experience; all guiding principles have been learned and written down in Scripture, in the visible and invisible world, and within man.”  Well, amen.

One of my most favorite hobbies is to compile what I like to call “Life Verses.”  Those words from a page of Scripture that bring Life to my life!  When I read the words of John 6:63, (Jesus speaking) “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life…I have to declare these words bring such joy unspeakable to me.  I want LIFE in my life!  I want to have all that God can give me from His Holy Scriptures.  I have had all the “hard knocks” that I can stand!

And you know what is CRAZY?!?  Three verses later, “many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.”  Why?  Verse 64 tells us, “But there are some of you that BELIEVE not.  For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that BELIEVED not, and who should betray Him.”            (capital letters for emphasis)

Do we as man “believe not,” and must try things out (experience things) instead of trusting God’s words first?



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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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P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                                      936-559-5696

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Day 81 - Equality!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 180
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 



It is astounding that “abiding” is so important and imperative for every Christian.  Michael points out the direct relationship between the Vine (Jesus) and the branches (us).  It is my prayer that if you have never had the revelation of just how wonderful this is for everyday life…may God give it to you today!



DAY 81

Equality!

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. --John 15:5

Within the heart of man is the inherent desire for the recognition that there is equality between all men. It should be admitted that class struggle exists only in attitude. Refusal to accept others’ definitions of superior and subordinate classifications means that the distinctions dissolve as I view my fellow man. Class struggle is defined as one group’s having less material gain than the next, and many have been persuaded to work to get out of their economic situation and rise to that of the so-called upper class. If we were to redefine “upper class” as those who were the happiest, most moral, and largest contributors to society, it would be discovered that many who are materially categorized as upper class are actually lower-class people. Laying all worldly designations aside, there are actually only two noteworthy groups to represent, the carnal animalistic group and the spiritual, who have Christ within and expressed outwardly.

Abiding is the great equalizer between believers.  Abide in Christ and all that He is and has is received, just as the branch receives the full life of the vine. Do not abide and immediately experience being in the flesh. It matters not if the flesh is educated, rich, respected, admired, or refined; it is still flesh, falling so short of the spirit. The world has so many criteria by which it appraises man, so many levels of divisions. Yet we Christians have but one: Is a person abiding in Christ or not? Is a person expressing life in the spirit or carnality? To make sub-classes out of the carnal or the spiritual is ignorance rooted in pride and self-glory. No one is better than an abiding believer, who at that moment is an earthen vessel with a perfect life, the life of Christ, flowing through him. Does it get any better than that?

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



With words so simple, and a spirit so eloquent, Michael gives us the beauty of our connection to Christ when we are “in Christ and abiding.”  Listen with your Christian heart to the foundational truths Michael lays out for all of us:
·         the spiritual, who have Christ within and expressed outwardly
·         abiding is the great equalizer between believers
·         abide in Christ and all that He is and has IS RECEIVED (my caps for emphasis)
·         no one is better than an abiding believer, who at that moment is an earthen vessel with a perfect life, the life of Christ, flowing through him.

I, for one, don’t believe it could possibly get any better than that!




To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 

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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P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                             936-559-5696

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Day 80 - Embrace a Movement and Let Go Of Jesus!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 179
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 



The first chapter of Isaiah speaks clearly about why, what, and how God thinks when His people turn from Him and spend their time, energy, and resources on anything other than what is involved in our relationship with Him.  Michael gives us a significant observation that flies in the face of modern-day Christianity’s activity.  See if you spot Michael’s point…



DAY 80

Embrace a Movement and Let Go Of Jesus!

I am weary of bearing them. So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. --Isaiah 1:14, 15

We have been bombarded in America by methods for accomplishing so many things: evangelism, childrearing, Bible study, Scripture memory, church growth, building expansion, giving, and counseling. There are myriad specialized ministries addressing how to reach the businessman, the doctor, the neighbor, the moms, the dads, the internationals, and more. It is astounding and reminds me of the story of the Indian visiting the Christian bookstore in London. He had never before seen so many books in one place! The owner, upon observing his awe, took him from category to category, showing him all of the books written about the aforementioned methods. At that, the Indian said, “When I see so many books I am left with only one question: Do Christians not know how to do anything?” We must, in my opinion, walk the way Jesus walked with God. He did not have a manual but simply (though it does not initially seem simple for those of us living in this world) kept His focus on the Father. He maintained that relationship and never appeared to be at a loss for what to do in any given situation. If it were true for Him, could it not be true for those of us who have believed in Him, for those of us for whom He prayed, “that they may be one as We are One”? Try to prepare for an upcoming situation and watch as it takes an unexpected, unprepared for twist. Spend the day with an abiding awareness of Christ and have His wisdom no matter what happens. The day spent working on methods to fix a problem is not a day focused on Him. A believer can do one or the other. Embracing the method means that of necessity He has been let go! The cost of a how-to seminar is way beyond the registration fee paid, for it will cost a believer both peace and readiness.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Many like to say we must be like Jesus, do as Jesus did…of course, they are talking about the physical things He did.  Very seldom do these people speak of HOW or WHY Jesus did these things.  Very seldom is anything mentioned as to the way Jesus operated in His daily life.  And then, along comes Michael pointing out an astounding fact: “the way Jesus walked with God. He did not have a manual but simply kept His focus on the Father.”  Think deeply on this…no manual (Bible today for us), just a focus on the Father that enabled Him to never appear to be at a loss for what to do in any given situation.  Michael asks if this could be true for us.  What do you think?  Can we do this?

1. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling us…we have the Mind of Christ.
2. We are capable of keeping our focus on the Father.
3. We are capable of maintaining our fellowship with the Father so that He shares His wisdom willingly with us.
4. With His wisdom we are capable of never being at a loss for what to do in any given situation.
5. With His wisdom…why would we go in search of any method to take the place of Gods wisdom?

You are probably wondering what that “significant observation” is that I mentioned in the introduction… “The day spent working on methods to fix a problem is not a day focused on Him.  Embracing the method means that of necessity He has been let go!”  Why would we ever let go of Jesus to grab hold of a method?  How did we ever get so focused on method after method…instead of Christ and the wisdom of the Father?



To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 

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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P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                                936-559-5696

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DAY 247 - Sin Will Not Send You To Hell

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 178
         
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 these thoughts in an easy manner. 



This is one of the most interesting writings in Michael’s books…why?...because so many Christians act like they don’t know this truth, and all non-Christians cannot know this truth.



DAY 247

Sin Will Not Send You To Hell

 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. --Romans 5:6

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. --Romans 5:8

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. --I John 2:2
  
I cannot walk up to an unbeliever and proclaim that because he sins he will go to hell. No one is going to hell because of sin. The sin issue concerning the human race has already been dealt with at the cross. Jesus died for the ungodly! Man is not doomed because of sin; rather, man is doomed because of pride; it is pride that sends man to hell. It was pride that caused the initial fall in response to temptation. God prioritizes what is considered bad by listing pride first, unbelief second, and sin third. Somehow we have reversed the order. 

When the resurrected Christ appeared to the disciples, they did not recognize Him. To prove Who He was, He showed them the marks of crucifixion, the same marks that kept the disciples from recognizing Him. Before a crucifixion the Romans would take a whip made of twelve strands of leather (glass embedded on each side with a hook on the end) and strike the victim 39 times across the back and once across the face, completely disfiguring him. Jesus was marred beyond recognition, and for all of eternity He will bear those marks. At the right hand of the Father sits the marred Jesus. We will never fully understand the price that the Word of God paid to become a man; however, we know that it was great, for He is still a man in heaven. Is it any wonder that we will see Him in heaven as the Lamb that was slain and fall down in worship?

Because the sin issue has been dealt with, all that God requires is our belief in and receiving of the marred Jesus that sits at His right hand. Unbelievers will not perish because of sin but because of the pride they hold dear that denies the Son of God who made the supreme sacrifice.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches           Pink – PV, Priceless Victory



Michael points out that it is pride, not sin, which determines a person’s spending eternity in hell.  How many Christians really remember this?  Why is it that so many Christians focus on “sin” instead of “pride”?

As a pastor I often hear: “I thought _???__ became a Christian, but they still ___????????__.”  That person speaking mentions one or more of the “top 10 list of sins” Christians so often espouse as a sin (or sins) that God will not forgive…at least not so the “sinner” can go to Heaven when they die.  Egads!  What is going on in that Christian’s mind?!?  (we don’t have time, nor space…and it is not my aim to delve into such things in this venue…to think of all my thoughts about those who make such comments)

What is important is just what Michael stresses…focus on what God requires of a sinner for salvation (“our belief in, and receiving of, the marred Jesus that sits at God’s right hand”).  Denying the Son of God and a trust in Him and His death on the Cross as God’s supreme sacrifice IS the ultimate PRIDE issue.

I pray that Michael has awakened many to think about the truths of the scriptures he presents, and the truth of God’s priorities of “badness”: “pride first, unbelief second, and sin third.”

Oh, by the way, if you are wondering why I said in the opening: “all non-Christians cannot know this truth”…read 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (“The Lost Don’t Know They Are Lost”) and 1 Corinthians 1:18-23; 2:6-14 (“The Lost Cannot “Receive” God’s Truth”).  All of that is staggering TRUTH!  Well, amen.



To access ALL past weekly blogs, go to Living Life With a Capital “C” by logging onto www.leemccm.blogspot.com 

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
(twitter) @bleemc67    (email) leemccm@gmail.com
P.O. Box 633244    Nacogdoches, Tx 75963                                936-559-5696