Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 96 - Feeling Unstable?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 97
         
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James 1:8 is really an informative verse…really shows the heart of the battle for Christians.  Michael gives us one of the most important lessons we can ever learn!


DAY 96

Feeling Unstable?

. . . a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. --James 1:8

It is said that if you want the fruit, dig without damaging the root; if you do not want the fruit, lay an ax to the root. In short, deal with the real issue. If a believer lacks peace, he should go to the root. Jesus has given the promise that we will have perfect peace if our minds are on Him. That means there can be only one reason for the lack of peace. Truth is not only preached, it is demonstrated. That is the preface. 

So many today are unstable at home, work, and within. Road rage does not happen on the road; today people are so mad when they get in their cars that all it takes is a little inconvenience to reveal the buried anger. Dad is explosive, Mom is short-tempered, the kids are impulsive and rebellious, and all are unstable. Could it be that people are unstable not because of a poor childhood, abuse, prejudice, pain, hurt, or anxiety? Could it be that people are unstable because they are double-minded? “Let God be found true, though every man [be found] a liar” (Romans 3:4). Double-minded is to want for one’s self and, at the same time, to want for another. A father wants the new woman, the new car, and every minute of time for himself; yet he wants to be a loving, giving, caring father. If he gives in to the father and husband side of himself, the enemy is whispering how much he will lose. If he gives in to self, the enemy makes sure he cannot stand the image of being a bad father. What to do with this kind of double-mindedness? He does not know what to do, so he gets angry.

If you are unstable, ask God to show you where you are double-minded. What are you doing that you should not be? What should you be doing that you are not? Where is the battle between self and the cross?

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There is so much to grasp in Michael’s writing this day…
                 1. Deal with the REAL issue.
               2. Jesus has given us the PROMISE, and the PREMISE, of a peaceful life here on earth.
                3. All the issues “man” constantly tries to solve are the WRONG issues.
           4.  Double-mindedness is primarily a “self-focus” issue.
            5. The REAL issue is WHICH MIND are we going to live in.

WHICH MIND?  Yes, WHICH mind…the Bible makes it clear that Christians have two minds: the earthly mind we were born with in a “lost” state, AND…the Mind of Christ that we were given when we were Born Again.  Therefore, technically, ONLY Christians can be truly “double-minded” (two minds).  And we are that way ALL the time!  The issue is: WHICH mind are we going to live in?!?

And God tells us in 2 Corin 10 we have weapons to bring EVERY thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  So, what’s our problem?  CHOICE. 
a.    Which mind?
b.    Whose power?

Choose correctly and enjoy that “perfect peace” in Isaiah 26:3.  Amen.



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day 190 - Living To Man

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 96
         
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We live in a day and time where it seems far too many Christians are “living to man” instead of “living to God.”  This is confirmed by checking out all their life decisions.  Therefore, the multitudes are in bondage, no different from those who don’t know Christ.  Michael takes us through some of the ways in which this is expressed, and also gives us God’s way and the path to freedom.


DAY 190

Living to Man


The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the LORD will be exalted.  Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man comes from the LORD.     Proverbs 29:25, 26

Living to and for men is one of the worst kinds of bondage, for anyone living to man cannot live to God, the Giver of freedom. We have a saying, “I love you, but I do not live to you. I live to God.” I will again preach of my own weakness: I determined some time ago that I would no longer meet with politicians. Why? I always compromise! I have met wicked men in places of authority and found myself compromising. The men should have been rebuked. If Jesus did not go to the “leaders” in His day, then what business do I have going? There is just something about being in the presence of image that shakes me. It is my weakness; I am sure some can withstand it, but I cannot; I end up living to man. There are several ways to live for man: giving glory, taking glory, giving judgment, receiving judgment, showing partiality because of worldly resources, groveling at the image or position of “greatness,” discussing man’s “secret” failings, refusing to ask a question, avoiding a confrontation, or reacting to criticism. I have done it all, and I tell you it is a miserable way to live. What makes it so miserable is the awareness that there is another way to live, free from man-pleasing; however, this freedom comes through faith. We must believe completely and unreservedly that we have a God who provides for us in every way, financially, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We must believe that He opens doors, provides the way, and gives us wisdom. We must believe that He gives us everything needed, and that in Him we will find everything that we have looked for elsewhere in vain. For it is only in seeing that God meets all of our needs that frees us from the root of living for men, that root being the belief that man can provide something that we need. If assurance, significance, value, and worth come from God, what does man have to offer? If man has nothing to provide that we need--no praise, position, or possession--then we are free not to live to man. Again, living for the approval of man has at its root the belief that man can give us something that God will not. Therefore, we compromise our own eternal goal to get something perishable, even though what man offers always seems to come at a high price. When we live to men, we must ask ourselves what their favor will give us: our name on a piece of paper, a conversational piece of name-dropping that will elevate us when in a social setting, a job interview, or their approval over our work? Once we move in faith toward the Provider of all, we will be free, free indeed. It is great to trust God and not trust man, it is beautiful to acknowledge that God provides, and it is wonderful to let the heart become a graveyard for criticism because of the understanding that people’s praise would not fill the void that only Christ can fill. Now, some will say, “Then we can be hermits; we do not need men!” Not at all! We need them in order to love them. 

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



Isn’t it interesting the scripture Michael uses for this day’s writing starts with the declaration: “the fear of man brings a snare”?   A snare has something or someone in bondage.  How is it that with all the scriptures that speak of the awesome power of God compared to the weakness of man…so many Christians are “snared” by “the fear of man”?  Unbelievable, isn’t it!

“Exaltation” and “justice,” certainly two things most would readily admit to desiring, are “from the LORD.”  Why look elsewhere, especially to man?

I love Michael’s three statements of what “we must believe.”  Then…we can “move in faith”!  And be free, free indeed!

All the rest is garbage.


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 279 - The Life of Grace Is a Stricter Life, a Higher Life

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 95
         
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Abiding Life Ministries International
Littleton, Colorado
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I recently had someone tell me they couldn’t read or follow anything Michael Wells had to say, simply because he had “no standard.”  I replied in astonishment: “But Michael’s standard is the greatest ‘standard’ there is…JESUS!”  In that same conversation, the person told me that they and their spouse were two of the most legalistic parents that ever existed.  And to look at that person’s family and see the tragedies throughout (the result of legalistic parenting) are heart-breaking.  Michael shares the difference between grace and legalism in Day 279’s writing…


DAY 279

The Life Of Grace Is a Stricter Life, a Higher Life

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity. --II Timothy 1:8-10

It is not possible to minister to those who cannot hear, such as legalists who know nothing of grace. For example, a legalist can be in the middle of the overt sin of an affair and still preach the next Sunday on purity. Why? How? It is simple! Legalism feeds the flesh. Sin and legalism are one and the same. There is no pressure of contrast between legalism and sin in a person's being. Unrighteousness and self-righteousness both satisfy the flesh.

However, a grace man cannot go on sinning, for the grace of God will rip him in two. When preaching grace, God will always come for that man's words in order to make him really understand grace and realize he does not have an excuse. Factor in the work of the cross! He has been crucified and is dead to sin. How, then, can he continue to sin? If he does, with this understanding, he will come apart. The standard is so much higher in grace. It is the legalist who can actually practice sin without conviction. Embrace the message of grace, practice sin, and be ripped in two!

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


The Apostle Paul points out that there is a power of God in every Believer that “calls us” to a “holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”
·         His own purpose (His heart, His will for every Believer)
·         His own grace (His working this out in us)
·         Granted us IN CHRIST JESUS (part of who we are and what we have “in Christ”)

Michael so pointedly shows us the diametric difference between grace and legalism.  And then points out that sin and legalism are one and the same!  In other writings Michael has noted that legalism is simply the two sides of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that God has told us to eat not thereof.  And Michael has pointed out that “this cursed tree and its teachings, reasoning, and thinking is thrust upon the believer from almost every quarter from the time that he first accepts Christ” (Day 276).

So, the question confronts us: Why has the teachings, reasoning, and thinking of the “cursed tree” been thrust upon Believers for years and years and years?  Why have Believers been made to “eat” of the very tree that God said, “Don’t eat.”?  Why has the church continued to do this?  And then, once we have been shown God’s truth, would we ever continue to eat thereof?

And yet, will we recognize that the life of grace is a life that is stricter and higher than the legalistic life?  But…(this is an HOLY “but”)…it is His grace that can and will live this life through us!  Embrace grace, and find sin being removed from your life here.  Well, amen!


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day 274 - The Ice Climber

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 94
         
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It is somewhat easy to see why so many Christians misunderstand verses like the one in Michael’s writing today…reading Scripture in English and “understanding” what the Bible is saying by using our definitions of the English words (which are almost as varied as the number of people actually reading any verse!) in the current day’s usage, leads to many not really having a clue as to what God is telling us.  We have a perfect example in Michael’s first sentence: how many read Romans 8:7-8 and ever think “flesh” as “that condition of being under the influence of something other than Jesus”?



DAY 274

The Ice Climber 

Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. --Romans 8:7-8


The flesh is that condition of being under the influence of something other than Jesus. Made from the dust of earth, it is always dragging the soul (mind, will, and emotions) into the things of the earth, wanting a kingdom in the dust from which it came. The flesh, when exercising power over the soul, silences the Spirit of Christ within. Flesh is an amazing thing and brings us face to face with the fact that apart from Him, there is little that separates us from animals.

I like to think of the flesh as an ice climber. Where I live there is a sport made of climbing up frozen waterfalls. This is dodgy business, and the climber must be careful to find a place for the pick and spiked shoe. A tough spot is at the top, where the water last flowed. At this point the climber must actually go up at a grade that slopes away from the surface. Sometimes I pray, “Jesus, make me like that ice that is at an angle and so difficult to cling to. The flesh is looking everywhere for a foothold.The flesh will have me thinking of being offended or of those I have offended, of self-righteous acts and unrighteous acts, and of guilt or justification. Positive or negative, it does not matter to the flesh, just so long as it stays in control. It insidiously uses anything to gain ground, and I am still amazed at what will keep the flesh ascending. However, it has trained me and worked for me, for now as I feel its climb to control, I know that I have moved away from the Lord. I move back, let Him tilt me a little in His arms, and the flesh goes tumbling.

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Red – GP, Greatest Promises
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Michael gives us an outstanding illustration with his “ice climber” picture.  We must constantly be aware (it is good to use “pictures” to be able to “see” something going on right before us!) of the “flesh” and its efforts to take us away from being under the influence of Jesus.

First of all, words have meaning, so we must walk, talk, or read with correct wording so that the correct meaning is always before us.  There is one Greek word in the entire New Testament for this “flesh,” as talked about in Romans 8: “sarx.”  Dr. Spiro Zodhiates says, “as implying weakness, frailty, imperfection, both physical and moral; the opposite being ‘pneuma’ (the spirit)…also as opposed to ‘to Pneuma Hagion’ (holy, meaning the Holy Spirit)…as implying sinfulness, proneness to sin, the carnal nature, the seat of carnal appetites and desires, of sinful passions and affections whether physical or moral.”  So, anyone reading Romans 8:8-9 and thinking “physical body” has clearly missed what God is saying in these verses.

Secondly, Michael makes some superb statements we must all be aware of:
  •    “The flesh is that condition of being under the influence of something other than Jesus.”
  •           “The flesh, when exercising power over the soul, silences the Spirit of Christ within  
  •      “The flesh is looking everywhere for a foothold.”
  •    “The flesh will have me thinking of being offended or of those I have offended, of self-righteous acts and unrighteous acts, and of guilt or justification.  Positive or negative, it does not matter to the flesh, as long as it stays in control.”


And, ultimately, Michael gives us God’s answer to when we step over into the “flesh”: “I move back (to Christ), let Him tilt me a little in His arms, and the flesh goes tumbling.”  Isn’t that so easy?!?  So, why has the church continued to work in the “flesh” by telling folks the way to move away from the “negative” is to move toward the “positive”?  Why?  Wrong definition of “holy.”  Think about that…


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Day 54 - Complete In Him

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 93
         
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In what is one of the most simple, yet another most misunderstood or plainly not believed truths of scripture, Michael points out one of the marvelous riches that is the possession of every Believer by virtue of being IN CHRIST.


DAY 54

Complete in Him

But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness. --I Corinthians 1:23

I rejoice to begin each sermon with this statement, “I have nothing that you need.” It is true! Anyone who has Christ is in need of nothing that I have. Paul says in Colossians 1:28, “And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.” Any person in Christ is complete; if so, then what will I add to that completeness? I might spend some time expounding on what completeness in Him means, but I have nothing to give by way of an addition. The believer is complete.

In advertising I was taught that a hook is necessary in order to make a product appealing, cause it to stand out from others, and even make it an object of lust. Unfortunately, Christianity has become a product with apparently hundreds of brands that compete with one another. Careful listening reveals the hook adopted by proponents of each brand. Some travel around the world placing their feet on the soil they are to pray for, some know Greek, some boast in having received a one-time fix or an incredible experience, and some have even had an exchange. All of the hooks may sound good and have their own certain appeal, but the hooks are also exalted above the person of Christ. Many of these things will be revealed in someone’s completeness in Christ, but they do not make that believer special or more complete. I call it pyramid preaching when someone purports to stand above the crowd to proclaim his Jesus-plus addition, looking down on the lowly masses of believers, encouraging them to become like him, and all the while emphasizing his superiority and their inferiority in the faith. Pyramid preachers exhaust me.

The day you accepted Christ you moved to the top of the pyramid, and no one has something that you need, for you have everything in Him. True faith spends more time advertising Christ than it does the spectacular that comes from Christ. Rejoice in faith, Believer, for you are complete in Christ.


“Complete in Christ.”  How marvelous does that sound?!?  When I was Born Again less than two weeks before my 35th physical birthday, it seems the Lord, for weeks on end, led me to one great promise, one priceless victory after another as to WHO I AM IN CHRIST.  For the first 15 years of my new life I reveled in the unfathomable riches of my new heritage.  Then all of a sudden, God took it to another level: WHO CHRIST IS IN ME !

Completeness.  To realize all that I have and am through Christ is the most faith-building, encouraging, and energizing life-giving power.  The power that is Him living His life through me.  So relaxing, so peaceful, so comfortable.

I don’t understand how any Christian cannot believe this simple truth.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Day 210 - No Contribution

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 92
         
Michael’s book is available through:

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


In today’s writing, Michael hits on something that helps anyone who truly wants God to be recognized for having “worked” in their life.  We need to ask ourselves whether we have made some of the statements Michael points out regarding “our contribution.”


DAY 210

No Contribution

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes. --Proverbs 3:5-7

I am finding a new freedom in the little phrase "no contribution." We all hate to admit that we have no contribution to give the Lord. We make excuses and avoid that fact. "I did not pray enough before the meeting.” “I did not study enough before the Bible study.” “I should have been there." What you are really saying is, "Had I prayed, studied, and come, I could have contributed something.” God is I AM, the God without contribution. Add anything to I AM and you will not have I AM. Since God gets all the glory, then God must do all the work. I have enjoyed saying to God before my meetings, "I am making no contribution. Nothing! I have nothing. And with what You give me, I will be happy." If the meetings go well and people are blessed, amen; I did not make a contribution. If they do not go well, amen, I still did not make a contribution. Since I have nothing, I did not make a contribution. Whatever He gives me is more than I had. I came into the whole thing empty Whatever I get is also whatever I needed; it was the will of God. 


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


Oh how we don’t like admitting “we have no contribution to give the Lord.”  It’s so “unspiritual” to us, isn’t it?  I mean, from the time we first came to be a Christian we have been working to “obtain” some sort of spiritual status.  We were told we could do all sorts of things to be a “better” Christian, then we worked and worked to “be better.”  My goodness, if I am “better,” then I should have something to contribute to the Lord’s work!  And along comes Michael, and he tells me “I have no contribution to make”…”God is I AM, the God without contribution.” 

Isn’t it a great revelation from God to realize He doesn’t need my contribution, He doesn’t (in essence) want my contribution, and actually, He does get ALL THE GLORY when He does ALL THE WORK, and I make no contribution.  Oh, wait a minute…that presents another problem for me: I have to trust He will show up and DO SOMETHING, in fact, DO IT ALL.  Well, amen.  Can we learn what Michael has shared: “I am making no contribution.  Nothing.  I have nothing.  And (LORD) with what You give me, I will be happy…(AND) Whatever He gives me is more than I had.  I came into the whole thing empty.  Whatever I get is also whatever I needed; it was the will of God.”  Hallelujah!


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Day 207 - Need A Babysitter?

Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 91
         
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.  


The scripture used to start today’s writing is probably my favorite.  I so love the freedom God gives my spirit when walking each day in His truth.  Some Christians are not living the Truth of Proverbs 3:5-6 because some emotions and obsessive thoughts, and ongoing sin, prohibit them from doing as God says.


DAY 207

Need a Babysitter?


Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. --Proverbs 3:5, 6

I remember a couple with an out-of-control child. Every night cookies were put on every other step and down the hallway leading to the child’s bedroom. This is how they got the child to go to his room at night. You can imagine the luxury of dropping the child off at a babysitter's for a night's rest. Aside from all the issues this situation brings up, it made me think how emotions can be a lot like uncontrollable children. They wear us out, and we would be happy to drop them off at a babysitter's just to get a break from them. We need a break from our emotions and obsessive thoughts, so we stop off at the babysitter of drugs, alcohol, TV, gambling, videos, romance, and more. We want something else to take charge of our emotions and thoughts to give us a break. There is another option, though. When they are such a hassle, we should just desert them. We cannot control them, so we need to abandon them at God’s doorstep and admit that we are powerless and done in. 

It has taken me some time to come to the place where I could say that sin is stupid, but it is! It is stupid because it does not fit our new nature, the life of Christ. If I were to ask a group of farmers to wear dresses, high heels, and pantyhose for one week, I imagine that they would be quite uncomfortable. Obviously, it is because the attire does not fit their nature! They are men; they want men’s clothing. Likewise, we believers are uncomfortable when depressed, angry, unforgiving, full of criticism, or sinning simply because those do not fit our new nature, the life of Christ. If a believer goes to bed angry with his mate, he punishes himself. If a believer refuses to forgive, he punishes himself. If a believer returns to a past sin, he punishes himself. Someday in heaven it will be revealed that the commands of God were never a burden (I John 5:3). The proof will be in the fact that when they were neglected or disobeyed, His children were miserable. Whenever they were kept, we were happy! Dwell on this: Sin and punishment are one and the same. We need not punish a cancer for being a cancer; cancer is its own punishment. The woman caught in adultery was brought to Jesus. She never asked for forgiveness, and yet Jesus did not condemn her. Why? Her behavior had already condemned her; there was no need for Him to say anything. Sin is stupid! It has been said that the fruit of sin is either rotten or green, but never ripe, juicy, and satisfying. Sin simply does not fit a believer any more than the clothes and behaviors of the opposite sex.

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



In somewhat of a continuance of last week’s writing, emotions are the first mention we see Michael address.  Once again, we cannot let our emotions take us to a level of being uncontrollable. 

It is absolutely important that we join Michael in recognizing sin is stupid…all because it is “not who we are” in Christ!  It does “not fit our new nature, the life of Christ.”  If it is not who we are, why are we trying to be somebody we aren’t?  Recognizing Truth and recognizing sin for who they are…exact opposites…perhaps will help us to make some decisions we might not otherwise make.  But, in the end, Michael nails it: “sin and punishment are one and the same…sin is stupid…sin simply does not fit a believer.”


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