Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 83 - Events That Control Us

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 132
         
Michael’s book is available through:

Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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Have you ever made a list of all the “events” that have some sort of control over you?  Crazy question, isn’t it!  What a book some could write of ALL the events that have in one way or another exerted some sort of “control” over them…


DAY 83

Events That Control Us


So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth. --Hosea 6:3

One day I talked to two different women who had suffered abuse. One had gotten on and was free; the other was still controlled by the past. Just so, many people suffer the same types of abuse and yet have different responses. Some, it seems, barely have a hiccup, while others are driven to a mental institution. The event cannot be the determining factor; rather, it is the significance placed on the event not only by the victims, of their own volition, but by society at large. Many are told that their particular hurt will involve years of pain and mourning before recovery. After highly publicized shootings at a high school, a mother of one of the students was told by a psychologist, “You can now expect your daughter to get into drugs, alcohol, and rebellion because of her trauma.” The mother wisely suspended her daughter's sessions with this “therapist.” Significance was attached to the event to the extent of presuming the young woman's descent into negative behavior. 

You have had hurts in your life such as rejection, disappointments, and failures. What significance do you attach to them? Legalists attach great significance to them, for their ministry is to keep people down. If you believe that a particular failure will determine the course of the rest of your life, we can be certain that major significance has been assigned to it. Is that in line with the significance that God attaches to it? Some believe that there can only be a good marriage where neither spouse has ever been raped or had an affair. At this point rape, for instance, is not just a one-time event, but is actually the stealing of a lifetime of happiness. Many will say, “But it is a fact! I was violated, cheated, and abused.” I am not saying there is not a temporarily huge struggle, but a momentary event is not to steal happiness forevermore. God will not change the fact, but He will change its significance. Invite Him into the event by asking to see Him at work in the midst of it. You will see, as many have, “God causes all things to work together for good!” The fact is still there, but it gives way to a greater fact: that God is "I AM." Many have come to discover Christ as life through mistakes, sin, failures, broken relationships, death, abuse, rejection, lost dreams, unemployment, dysfunctional marriage, and more. As long as we live from the Tree of Good and Evil, deciding for ourselves which of our life’s occurrences were good or bad, we will be divided. Live from the Tree of Life, and see Him in everything, 

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Some things in life are so simple, yet so foreign to our way of thinking or even being aware of.  How many people do we know who have gone through the same type of event, yet some have “gotten on and are free,” while others are “still controlled by the past.”  Getting Past The Past…a great need for many.

Michael gives us two differing points of view to be aware of and make a decision which we will follow:
1. “the significance placed on the event not only by the victims, of their own volition, but by society at large.”
2. “the significance that God attaches to it.” (that same event)

Most interesting has to be: HOW MANY have really ever stopped to consider option #2?

Now notice two points that can change one’s life almost instantly:
1. a momentary event is not to steal happiness forevermore.
2. God will not change the fact, but He will change its significance.

Living from the Tree of Life, and seeing Him in everything, changes one’s life dramatically.




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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day 37 - Cease Striving

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 131
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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I do so appreciate being able to tap into all the years God gave Michael opportunity to interact with folks ALL over the earth!  From hundreds of places, thousands of people, all kinds of situations…and to glean from his discipling of those God gave him.  What he shares in this day’s writing is so very important…I am not sure many (any ?) ever get this completely.



DAY 37

Cease Striving

Cease {striving} and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. --Psalm 46:10

Jesus carries so little only because we refuse to give other stuff to Him. The passage above from Psalms is clear on the directive that we cease striving, or literally “get our hands off.” Why do we keep our hands on? There is only one reason, unbelief. We believe we will do a better job than will He. Pride trusts in the very slightest bit of self-strength. Humility has laid aside all strength, embraces weakness, and surrenders to God. 

There is another side to trusting self. Not only are we filled with worry over all that we need to do, we never move into the supernatural to experience what He can do. The secret is that when we place our anxiety upon Him, not only does He carry it, but also He picks us up and carries us to new places. Often I meet someone from my past who does not understand how I could ever have gotten a book published, been invited to speak, or received listeners. They know me and enjoy pointing out my shortcomings. What they point to is that in which I glory: weakness! In weakness I gave my worries, and in weakness Jesus imparted His strength. “For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you,” II Corinthians  13:4.

Give everything to Him. Begin with the words in your mouth, “Jesus, I cast every anxiety on You. I take my hands off, and I know and trust that I have a God.” In this way you become free. Let Him take you to places only His strength can. I have never yet seen a sparrow planting seeds or burdened as to the outcome of a crop. The bird is free from the seed-planting business. “Therefore, do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows,” Matthew 10:31.

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What a sad statement Michael starts off with…”because we refuse to give other stuff to Him.”  What?  Those of us “bought with a price” refuse to give Him???  We should stop and think that through!  In fact, that leads me to take account right now: just what am I refusing to “get my hands off”?  Ooooooops!  That’s a little too invasive!

There is one statement that seems to be a sad testimony of too many Christians: “Not only are we filled with worry over all that we need to do, we never move into the supernatural to experience what HE can do.”  How really sad this is.  For two reasons…one, all of the “worry” that Christians experience when once more God has told us to “be anxious for nothing.”  We are to cast all our fears, worries, doubts, etc. ON HIM…”cease striving” (“get our hands off”).  That alone would be an awesome start to a different life!  But, secondly, to never move into the supernatural and experience Him doing supernatural works in our life is super sad!  And this doesn’t have to be all kinds of miracles, etc., but just to see and know that “that was God” when something occurs…supernaturally works out, etc…is something all Christians NEED to experience.

One little question answered God’s way can change all this: How much SELF do we have to experience before we “take our hands off”?  Perhaps reading and soaking on all of Psalm 46 will help us make a quicker decision…



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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day 36 - Cast Your Burdens Upon the Lord

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 130
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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Todays’ writing hits on an often-repeated circumstance we find ourselves in…and way too often we fall to the temptation of casting our burdens on someone else, instead of onto the Lord.


DAY 36

Cast Your Burdens Upon the Lord

Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. --Psalm 55:22

Often we find ourselves carrying too heavy a burden. Instead of casting it on the Lord, there is a temptation to bring a temporary relief by casting it on another person, who also cannot carry the load; in fact, it can wipe him out. There is absolutely nothing that the person can do to help us except for one thing: turn our eyes back to the Lord. Other believers are a great asset and blessing to us when they assist us in self-examining by ultimately turning our eyes to Jesus. I believe it is important to examine our ways and then turn to the Lord. Any issue, topic, or situation that surfaces can immediately be stopped from spreading destruction through the body of Christ by laying the burden on the Lord. He can carry it, and we can receive an immediate lift in our spirits. 

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I wonder why we take so long in life to learn that the Lord is the Only One Who can carry those burdens too heavy for us to bear?!?

Do you have one of those “too heavy” burdens you are trying to carry right now?  When will you lay it over onto the Lord?

Has someone been trying to lay a heavy burden of theirs onto your back?  Have you told them you can’t carry it?  Have you turned their eyes back to the Lord for His help?

When will we learn (as Michael tells us) that “any issue, topic, or situation that surfaces can immediately be stopped from spreading destruction through the body of Christ by laying the burden on the Lord”?  ANY…?  Absolutely.

There is an old hymn that comes to mind…it speaks of a soul that is weary and troubled.  Things all around are dark and no light can be seen.  Then it speaks of a Light “for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free!”  And what does it tell us to do?  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

And of course, the Lord’s words…”Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

Not once does He ever tell us to continue carrying the burden, or to cast it upon someone else…it is always “cast it upon Him.”  Well, amen.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day 30 - Boring!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 129
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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We’ve all heard that “honesty is the best policy.”  Michael takes it to a new level today!  He speaks about something that we all have had a desire to express at some time or another…and yet, he shows us just why it is important to “speak up” when the situation really demands it…



Day 30

Boring!

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. –II Corinthians 4:5, 6

I had a life-changing revelation when I was talking to a man who had suffered abuse as a child that ended in his spending nearly the next forty years in counseling. He would tell the counselors about a beating, show the scar, they would talk to his invisible father in a chair, and so on. I listened to this man, wondering what Jesus would say. I am often just as surprised as those I am discipling at what the Lord gives me, and this time when it came I leaned forward, put my hands on his knees and said, “Listen very carefully, for Jesus has told me what to say. It is only one word, but if you receive it, it will change the course of your life. If you do not listen, well, amen.” The man leaned toward me and listened intently as I spoke the word, “Boooooring!” He just stared at me, but again I said, “Boooooring! Your story is boring; I am bored to death with it; I cannot stand to hear any more of it. Why have you not gotten a life? It is a terrible shame that you were beaten as a child; it is bad that it ruined the first twelve years of your life. However, it has become a tragedy because you have allowed it to steal another forty years. How long can you go on talking about the first twelve years of your life? It is boring; you are boring!” I explained that I was sick of myself, too; I was bored with Mike. I am exhausted from thinking about myself, who did what, said what, reacted, rebuked, hated, or liked me. Self-life is all so boring. Jesus is not boring. I had challenged myself to go one hour without thinking about myself. It took months, but I finally did it. Then I did it for one day and finally one week, the best week of my life; it added much to rather than detracting from my life, and I had a great time. I challenged him that I, too, would be bored and depressed if all I did was think about him. Again, the advice was to get a life, get Christ’s life. As I was talking, his wife interrupted and said to him, “Go look in a mirror! You will be surprised with what you see.” He did and discovered that he was smiling. He acted shocked and said, “Why would I be smiling?” The answer was simple, “For the first time in over forty years your eyes are on Jesus.” There is nothing His nearness will not cure. To be happy one must give himself to something greater than himself. The thing far greater than man is God.  


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How many people do you know that have lost many years of their life because they are still talking about, still living, some event or person that did something to them years and years before?  What percentage of Christians do you suppose are living like this?

And the tragedy is those years have been stolen from them.  That Jesus Christ could have overcome that “event” or “person” way back when… 

And God’s answer to the matter is Christ’s life is supposed to be our life.  And He was never defeated by any attack, any offense.  I remember when Michael introduced me to Psalm 119:165…never again, by the grace of God, have I allowed something or someone to “offend” me.  That is what Christ’s life is all about.  And it is not that His life is “available” to every Christian…it is that His life IS our life.  At least that is what God has said: Colossians 3:4. 

We are either living the Truth, or not. 

God, give us the grace to live Your Truth.



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 29 - Blood That Possesses Its Own Life

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 128
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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

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Amazing how God designed life.  All of creation is amazing.  That is why it is too much for the intellectual to take in.  Nothing can really “explain” the ultimate truth that God is the Source.  It takes faith.  Well, amen.  Have you ever stopped to think about “life is in the blood”?



Day 29
Blood That Possesses Its Own Life

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” --John 6:53-56

I was thinking how the heart must pump the blood to the lungs in order for the blood to carry oxygen throughout the body and keep it alive. The life is in the blood, and that life is oxygen. Giving someone mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is restoring his life. It makes sense that God breathed life into man and man became a living soul. The breath of God, coming from outside man, is the life. In fact, all of creation is receiving life from God moment by moment. He is all around us. What if we had blood that had its own oxygen and did not need an outside source? Then we could live without breathing! In a spiritual sense this is exactly what we have, the blood of Jesus that possesses life in itself, not requiring an outside source of life like our blood does. The blood of Christ will allow our spirit and soul to go on living when the body is destroyed and the world as a source is gone.

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Think about it…God just simply breathed life into man and man became a living soul.  And there became a man.  Before that, there was no man.  That is more than our simple minds can really comprehend.  But, it is significant that life came from the breath of God.

And God put that life into our blood, which with the heart God gave us He designed that we would pump that life throughout our body.  Now we breathe in life from without (life that God gives to creation moment by moment), and God distributes it throughout our body by the organs He designed.  Amazing!

What is more amazing is the spiritual life that God gives us through the blood of Christ!  Eternal life.  Everlasting life.  Nothing can take that life from us…ever.  And it doesn’t take this world to be the source.  Well, amen!



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day 18 - Attraction Versus Respect

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 127
         
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. 


Two simple words that most are familiar with, but few make the distinction between what we do with that other person’s heart.  Michael gives us a great life lesson with much to ponder…



Day 18

Attraction Versus Respect


For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. –I John 2:16

There is a difference between attraction and respect. When we hold true godly respect for another, it sends us in praise and gratitude to Jesus, in Whom we can experience more of whatever attributes we have been seeing and enjoying in the other person. In the context of respect, we think only of how we can encourage the other person on in the Lord, and we leave his or her heart with God. Attraction wants to experience some of that heart for one's self, and it is a pity that we currently see this often in congregations. The men or women are listening to a female or male speaker and thinking what a great experience it would be if married to that “wonderful” person. That is attraction, not respect. To look at someone and say, "If I were younger and unattached, there would be no question about pursuing that person," is attraction. What does that statement have to do with respect? Respect is gender neutral and, generally, attraction is gender specific and can grow so far as lust. So what is the point in understanding the difference between the two? Primarily this: How do we confess if we do not know what to confess? If we must admit that we have been dabbling in attraction, the solution is easy: Confess it and move into respect. The lack of distinction between attraction and respect has led to much spiritual abuse. Believers are listening too much to men and not to God; they are following too many men and not Jesus. Respect will never lead us into the type of situation where attraction allows us to go; respect keeps us following Jesus. Perhaps this can help us understand why some in the Church get sidetracked. 

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Michael leads us to a simple conclusion: Respect is for the betterment of the other person.  Attraction is for my seeming betterment.  To have any lack of distinction between the two is simply man wanting what is best for himself, and caring less what is spiritual and what is best for another.

I wonder how many have ever even thought of the magnificent statement Michael makes regarding: “In context of respect, we think only of how we can encourage the other person on in the Lord, and we leave his or her heart with God.”  I wonder how many can even comprehend what Michael is saying in the last part of his statement?
Does someone embracing attraction really understand they want to experience some of another’s heart for themselves?  And what the end result of such is?

We live in a day when even in the church the subtle conversations, observations, and misinterpretations are indicative of just how far Christians have fallen from a pure relationship with Jesus.  For over 25 years we have seen just how little the word “relationship” has real meaning to most people.  Perhaps this is simply the result of this lack of distinction between respect and attraction.




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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Day 16 - Are You Walking In Darkness?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 126
         
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. 


In this day’s writing, Michael brings up one of the most interesting aspects of every Christian’s walk with the Lord: the times when He doesn’t seem to be anywhere found…silence…as Isaiah says, walking “in darkness and has no light.”  These are days when the sincerity of our trust in God is tested. 


Day 16

Are You Walking In Darkness?

Who is among you that fears the LORD, that obeys the voice of His servant, that walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who encircle yourselves with firebrands, walk in the light of your fire and among the brands you have set ablaze. This you will have from My hand; and you will lie down in torment. --Isaiah 50:10, 11

Often I have described faith as a room we must all enter one day. Upon entering, God turns off the lights, removes the emotions of His presence, allows thoughts to run wild, and permits the enemy to whisper, “If . . . if only you had not sinned, if only you had married someone else, if you had just made better decisions, God would be with you, you would not be in this darkness, and you would have wonderful feelings.” In this room believers struggle to understand what is happening; confusion is magnified if faith has never been rightly explained, for it is in just such a place that faith is developed as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen in our lives. In that darkroom we believers cannot see the Lord, yet we can do something that no angel in heaven that sees Him and believes can do. When we cannot see Him in this room and yet believe, we become very pleasing, for it is said that without faith we cannot please God. It is counterproductive to try to make our own light or attempt to stir up feelings, create an experience, or give in to depression, which is nothing more than anger without the excitement. Like the woman in labor who must not fight against pangs but let the baby come, we need not fight the darkroom but rest there and wait. He is coming! The greatness of faith is proven by how long we can wait. “BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.” --Revelation 1:7

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Michael draws our attention to four things that make this endeavor a “turning-point” challenge:
1. “confusion is magnified if faith has never been rightly explained” – incredibly as important as biblical faith is, it is unbelievable that the vast majority of Christians cannot agree as to what “faith” really is.  Real biblical faith is a belief that what God has said in His Word is truth…a belief that has turned into a trust in God that no one or no circumstance can steal away.  Real biblical faith can never be detoured into confusion.  But, Michael gives everyone an absolute: a faulty or deficient definition will ultimately lead to confusion.  As Michael loved to say, “We rise and fall based on our definitions.”

2. “when we cannot see Him in this room and yet believe, we become very pleasing” – this is the essence of what real faith and trust is: believing and trusting without seeing.  Life is full of instances where this kind of faith and trust is challenged.  We pass these tests of our faith when our definition is solid and biblical, and we stand firm trusting God.

3. “it is counterproductive to try and make up our own light…” – taking matters into our own hands when it seems God is nowhere to be found or to be depended upon spells disaster from the start. 

4. “we need not fight the darkroom but rest there and wait…the greatness of faith is proven by how long we can wait” -  rest, wait, trust God to show up…the most difficult challenge for anyone going through a real test.  But what is real biblical faith and trust in God without some “wait”?

All of these point to one thing: we need to ask ourselves just how “great” is our faith, knowing the answer gives us direction as to our trust in God.




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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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1737 CR 2051    Nacogdoches, Tx 75965                                           936-559-5696