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Confidence Unshackled

February 1, 2017

“Moab shall be ashamed of chemosh as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel their confidence” Jer48:13
In contrast to the false confidence of Moab and Israel…

“I suffer trouble as an evil doer even to the point of chains; but the Word of God is not chained” 2Tim2:9

It is always a supreme and surpassing confidence a man can have in the true God. This confidence is a rock to the soul, strong fortress in wartime, and an anchor to the soul. The source of the confidence is not an emotion nor is it reflective of encouraging circumstances but found in Christ Himself.
The enemy of this confidence is the double minded, unstable man. He rejects the promises of God. He questions every truth of God. He speaks against God, “if you are truly good why doesn’t this feel very good? Why am I in these chains?”
But the lesson and the blessing is in this…watch and see, the battle belongs to the Lord. “Yes I know that already, but why am I suffering?” Here’s the display of power – the Word of God isn’t chained up even when you are. God’s Spirit comes to the broken hearted. Power is perfect in weakness. Where there is death of the flesh – my agenda, my pride, my opinions – Christ is manifested.  
What a joy we have in believing! Great confidence.

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Christmas…

December 22, 2016

“We have this treasure in earthen vessels” 2Cor4:7

Christ was born! From His heavenly habitation, Christ came into a cold, dark reality…born into this world. From the warmth of the glory of the Divine throne, Christ was born a baby. From the realm of the Supernatural, the Supernatural put Him in the womb of a woman.

And the pattern of Christmas is repeated, “that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” 2Cor4:11.
As He came into the world, through faith, His Spirit is put in every believing heart.  
Freedom…freedom from sin, freedom from addiction, freedom from captivity, freedom from wounds, freedom from neediness, Christ has become my life. Even when the outward man is perishing, the inward man grows in vitality, renewed and refreshed daily, when I set my faith upon Christ!

Worth…I no longer need validation. Christ loves me and lives in me. My worth in His eyes was expressed from Christmas to the cross, I was lost and He came for me.

Life…I no longer need to prove myself. Purpose is found through Christ’s life in me; no greater joy or pleasure will ever be discovered than to know Him and follow His leading. The supernaturally creative Creator has planned my days, and numbered them according to His brilliance.
To lose my life has become my song, because life is found in Him. Shout it from the mountains! Christ was born, to die, to rise, that by faith, none would perish but have life in Him!

The Price of Trust

October 26, 2016

“we ought to obey God rather than men” Acts5:29


What are they really saying? I’m not suggesting the inspired wording is wrong; it’s just that there is always more to what we say than just what we say.
In 2 Chron 14-16 we see examples. King Asa of Judah fears the Lord, loves the Lord. Facing an army of over a million from Ethiopia: “Lord it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us”.
But much later in his career, an older man, in a similar bind, surrounded by the northern Kingdom of Israel, Asa seems to lose heart. Under the pressure of threat, Asa calls on Syria’s help in place of God’s! Hadn’t he grown in faith? Hadn’t the Lord shown up before? Shouldn’t it get easier to trust God?
So when the disciples are arrested, probably mistreated, thrown in jail, then having escaped, it means something when they said, “we’re gonna obey God not you”. They said more than that – “we trust God”. This is real life.

Trusting God always costs something. 

 It often costs me perceived comfort, perceived safety, perceived riches – again all these things are perceived because they are from my physical perspective, not His, eternal perspective. He may be calling me to something difficult, hard and even painful, but no good thing does He withhold from those who fear Him!

In my life, this is one way I learn to die to myself, and come to experience and know a greater work of the life of Christ inside of me… “the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings” as Paul put it in Philippians 3:10. And I’ve found it is always better to trust, that I might know Him!
Lord help me to trust You always – above all else. Strengthen my heart by Your Spirit to be courageous today trusting You.

Give this a read! Awesome insight into Prophecy and the Jewish expectation.

October 13, 2016

https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/as-we-observe-yom-kippur-tonight-its-worth-asking-where-do-we-as-modern-jews-receive-atonement-for-our-sins/

I’d Like To Place a Complaint

September 20, 2016

https://thepastelwars.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/id-like-to-place-a-complaint/#respond

All Things Will Be Revealed

September 20, 2016

“Fear Him…” Lk12:5 
All these things will be revealed. And it is the ultimate hypocrisy of the “religious man” to put on a show, a mask, an act for others to see while inside he cares more about what people think than God. 

All these things will be revealed. God doesn’t forget the value of one animal. And you are of more value than many of them (Lk12:6-7). So why not trust Him and fear Him? Why is man’s opinion of me so important? Man has no power over my eternity and yet the message from eternity says God controls my destiny.   

All these things will be revealed. Did I confess Christ before man? Did I speak up when my heart was nudged by the Spirit of God. Was I concerned more for my reputation than for God’s? Did I care more about speaking up for Jesus than what others would say about me? Do I care more about pleasing men, myself, or pleasing God? 

Have I yielded myself to the Spirit of God, or to the spirit of this age?   

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit!

Is There Any Good News In The Mideast? Yes, despite intense persecution of the Church, we’re also seeing a great harvest of Muslims turning to Christ. Here’s the latest.

May 21, 2016

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. That was true for the Apostle John, as it’s true in the Middle East, as it is true for us wherever we live. Christ is the hope of glory and He shoes into whatever the dark situation!

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

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Recently, Lynn and I had the opportunity to have dinner in Jerusalem with our good friends, Tom and JoAnn Doyle. Among other things we talked about two important trend lines in the world of Gospel ministry to Muslims — persecution and harvest.

Below is an article on this subject that I asked Tom to write specifically for this blog. It’s very informative and encouraging. I hope you’ll not only read it but share it with others.

By way of context, Tom was a senior pastor in New Mexico and Colorado for more than two decades. Then, in the summer of 2001, the Lord called he and JoAnn to serve the persecuted Church in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. Little did they know the horrific events of 9/11 were coming. Nor could they have possibly imagined that the greatest era of church growth in the Muslim world in fourteen centuries…

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