Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Day 178 - Knowing God

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 147
         
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. 



Isn’t it strange that the New Testament has told Saints to in essence “chunk” (that’s East Texas for “getting rid of”) the Law, yet so many still live every day centered around the pages containing the Law and neglecting the Word become flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.  In today’s writing Michael helps us to want to do some “chunking.”



DAY 178

Knowing God

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. --John 1:17

Law is the Word of God written down. Jesus, on the other hand, is the Word become flesh. That is an important distinction, since the Law centers around a page and Word become flesh around a person. The Law is heard and to a certain extent open to each individual’s interpretation, because each person has a different heart dictionary that limits by subjective definition each word read. For example, the word comfort has different connotations for each individual. To read, “the God of all comfort,” will mean a little something different to each reader. John 1:18 tells us that no man has seen God at any time. This simple statement rules out all who make absolute claims to knowing what God is like or who philosophize about God. Man does not know God. Through the mind, body, and world man can gain a concept of what God is and spend endless hours examining and propagating the notion. The imagining may appear very lofty; however, the assessment is still made from a heart dictionary and is therefore faulty. Only Jesus can explain Him. We find out who God is from Jesus or we never find out. This is why Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). If we want to know the reality of God, not just an appraisal, we must come to God through Jesus. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9) If a disciple has not seen God, it is simply because he has not seen Jesus. Ten thousand years of human history proves that God cannot be described with words, He can only be revealed through a person. Jesus made God known through His life! The doctrines of God will leave a man prostrate in fear. The character of God revealed in Jesus leaves man walking, leaping, and praising God. Jesus reveals what is at the very heart of God, His love. Jesus is God’s love in action, or Jesus is God’s grace, for grace is love in action. Jesus makes God approachable while theology makes man turn and run. Written words will never draw man to God; only His love in the person of Jesus, the Word become flesh, attracts us.    

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



What powerful words in John 1:17: “…grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”  Grace and truth…love them both.  Of course it helps to have an accurate biblical definition of both.

Michael draws our attention to one of the most important truths we can ever know: there is a huge difference between the “doctrines of God” and the “character of God.”  And Michael points out what man really wants to know: “what is at the very heart of God.”  Michael tells us Jesus reveals God’s love…that which is at the very heart of God.

So we can know just why so many Christians go through life as a Christian and never really “know” God because their focus is on God’s doctrines instead of God’s character.  Man may not know God, but His Saints certainly can.  Only His Saints will be able to see God through Jesus’ revelation of Him.  God told us that in John 1:17.



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

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Day 110 - Get Off Of The Throne!

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 146
         
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. 


A lot of Christians misunderstand the teaching of Scripture about God’s thoughts & God’s ways in comparison to man’s thoughts & man’s ways.  Yes, His are “higher” and “not man’s,” but a Christian is not “just” a man, and not “just” with the mind of man.  A Christian is not “just” a human.  A Christian is a child of God with the Mind of Christ as well as the human mind he was born with.  A Christian CAN come to know the thoughts and ways of God.  Michael points out once more (this time from something Paul wrote Timothy) the tragedy of being a Christian and thinking and acting “just” like a man…



DAY 110

Get Off Of The Throne!

Do not lay hands upon anyone {too} hastily and thus share {responsibility for} the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. –I Timothy 5:22

Society has worked overtime to relieve humanity from personal responsibility. However, when we are not personally responsible, we hold others accountable for our behavior. Conversely, there are always blame-takers, those who are willing to take responsibility for others’ actions. I often find parents who take complete responsibility for their adult children’s behavior, husbands and wives who confess to wrongdoing after being let down by their mates, neighbors who believe they could have prevented a divorce or suicide, and believers who think that with effort they could have prevented the failure of another. 

Paul makes it clear that it is error to take responsibility hastily, for we can unconsciously share in another’s sin by jumping in to help someone. People-pleasers want to help by rushing in to prop someone up, to make him feel better, to give him position that God is not giving, and, consequently, to participate in the sin of another. When the believer so identifies with others that he takes responsibility for their actions, he presumptuously seats himself on the throne of God without the power of God. To play God without His outlook and resources is a frustrating role, for a man judges what he thinks he needs to do and has nothing with which to do it. No believer can play the Holy Spirit, for it is His job to convict of sin and, with the conviction, bring power to overcome. 

Anxiety will naturally increase for the believer caught up in responsibility. The only solution is to rest in God and step off of His throne. The believer can easily relinquish responsibility for others if he remembers that if he cannot change one hair of his own head from black to white, and so he has no chance of changing others, except through prayer. Prayer of this type is soothing, for it releases the believer from responsibility and gives all of the burdens to God. Prayer makes God not a partner, not a participant, but the One now solely responsible, and a Christian can return to living the life of a sparrow.

We must not let the carnal fill our backpacks with bricks of obligations to which we must attend as they encourage us to act, when we can do the hardest work a Christian can do, which is to trust God for the changes needed in everyone, even in ourselves.

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



Don’t you like the simple, straight-forward truths of God, and the applications Michael gives us in relating to “personal responsibility” and even “anxiety.”  I get so excited and have such great peace every time I open Michael’s book and search the pages I have read time and again…and God leads me to select one we haven’t looked at…and I see how it is so “time-appropriate” in either my life or someone I am fortunate to be ministering with.  My hope is that it is the same with one of you who has been led of God to see and read these weekly writings, no matter where you are in the world.

This week it seems there were so many wonderful truths that I wanted to come up with a different color than I have noted at the bottom of Michael’s writing, and “just” color the WHOLE day’s writing!!!

Society’s misleading, not taking personal responsibility, blame-takers, sharing another’s sin, anxiety, and ultimately recognizing we are getting on His throne is a constant in too many Christian’s lives today.  Well, amen.  Michael gives us the simple way off God’s throne!  I’m copying this day’s writing and carrying it around with me!

p.s.  IF you don’t have one of Michael’s My Weakness For His Strength books, let me encourage you to contact ALMI and get one TODAY!



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

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

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
(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. 


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.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
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…



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

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

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.

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



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…”



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

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

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!

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
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.



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

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

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.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
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.



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

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

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.

Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point      Green – IT, Incredible Truth        
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.



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

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