Monthly Archives: June 2014

Questions

Are you caught in the despair of trying to, say….curb an over-active food-craving appetite that seems to grow more voracious, the more you “work” on the problem?
Well, take your eyes, and so your concentration off of the “problem!” Climb out of that downward spiraling vortex. Your own strength means nothing here. Take the Hand offered to you…climb into the Lap waiting for you….nestle yourself against the God holding you…and give yourself over to Him. He will provide. He will conquer…in His time. Not only is the rest of the world watching to see how we deal with the “hand dealt us”…but the scriptures tell us that the angels are watching as well!

*******1Pe 1:12    Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
“The angels didn’t know how God’s plan for our redemption would be accomplished but were intensely curious about it as well. In essence Peter said that they learn by watching how God works with us.” gracethrufaith.com)*******

Keep your eyes on only Him, and the rest will fall into place!

Does your mind tell you that you are worthless, and that not even God could love you?
Well…without Him…you/we are. But always remember that He looks upon those who are His and sees only His Son, for we are covered in the Blood of Christ.

*******Col 3:3    For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.*******

Whenever you meet with a fellow believer do you come home and berate yourself for having said all the wrong things…for maybe coming across in everything you said as a “scriptural know-it-all?” Or feeling that you portrayed yourself as being “holier than thou?”
Tell God about it! Put these thoughts into the non-stop, unceasing conversation that we have with Him every day. Let Him take the perceived guilt away.

*******Rom 5:1    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:*******

*******Php 4:8    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.*******

Does your excitement at finding a “believer” overcome the evidence of Godly humility within you? Do you verge on actually jumping up and down in excitement as you face each other? Is your proverbial foot in your proverbial mouth at the most in-opportune times?
Forgiveness. Just as we receive forgiveness from Him…we must learn to forgive ourselves.
Take a deep breath. Allow the Spirit to bring the following verse to your mind, before you speak.

*******Php 4:5    Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.*******

Do your very prayers seem self serving…not knowing exactly just what you should be praying for?
Remember that the Holy Spirit knows what you need. And prays in words unintelligible to human ears the truth of our wants and our deepest needs.

*******Rom 8:26    Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.*******

Do we meet with a person who claims to be a believer and walk away with our spiritual teeth clenched; not being able to reach a point of agreement in our discussion about things spiritual?
How hard it is to remember that we are all at different stages of “knowing” and understanding His Word. As well as being placed we-don’t-know-where in the anatomy of His Body.

*******1Co 12:4    Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5    And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6    And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7    But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.*******

Are we cast down after offering God’s word to a person who blatantly rejects hearing the words from the scriptures? Perhaps a seed has been planted.
As Paul said…..

*******1Co 3:6    I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7    So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8    Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 9    For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.*******

How about “loving our neighbors as ourselves?” (For in this act…are all the commandments met.)
We hear the same complaints over and over…hear unkind words…..see unkind acts….help in situations without ever receiving a word of thanks….just think how He is nurturing our patience, understanding, forbearance; while we are quelling our Adamic instincts and instead following Christ’s plan.
In all of these instances, you are not alone. We are not alone. And as such…must remember to reach out to each other in support…not as an “expert” in this invisible battle which is waged within us every day…but as an invisible brother/sister and compatriot who might live in a distant land…in a different country….in a differently toned skin….in a different educational strata….enduring different trials and pain…but placing first our Leader, for whom the battle is fought; our allegiance to Him…and then our unity with each other while we are still on earth.

This writer has faith that at least one person who needs to read these words of support will do so. Our faith is in our unseen Saviour and in His Father, who is our God. He tells us that there is an entire “body’s” worth of the faithful who are out there even now, unseen and not recognizable when trying to discern with our earthly eyes. He also tells us that each have different duties which cannot be understood by us as we try to “mesh” with each other; one who is a foot….might be trying to understand one who is, say….an endocrine gland. (!) Each person has revelation from the Holy Spirit that enhances his or her role in the Royal Scheme of Things.
Paul tells us that even with these differences, we are yet one body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head.

*******Php 3:20    For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:*******

And so….as a member of that August Body…this writer prays that the Spirit of God is filling you with that deep peace only He can provide, as we go about our daily duties and attempt to live a life that is pleasing to our God while we grow in Him, and also grow….like Him. That God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The same God who appointed Paul of Tarsus to be our Apostle. This Paul, who tells us how we should live by emulating him, as he emulates Christ Jesus all throughout the Pauline Epistles: words inspired by the Holy Spirit; placed in the Holy Bible for our eyes to see and slowly understand as the Spirit sees fit.

*******Rom 8:1    There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.*******

Dear God…please save us from ourselves, and from our own self-condemnation. Help us to remember that the Holy Spirit is leading us…if we but let him. All revelation of your Word is through Him…in Jesus’ name…amen.

Peace….and Maranatha….
Louise Hudson

HodgePodge

Were you “raised” in the church?
Did you faithfully attend services each Sunday…perhaps several on that day, with an added bible study during the week?
If so, did you check out the facts of each sermon or lesson that you heard being expounded from the pulpit? Did your prayers go directly to God, by way of The Lord Jesus’ intermediary intervention? Whom were you worshipping? Was it Calvin….Luther….Manno….to name just a few, or were you truly bowing and praying to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Or…were/are you like this writer was; enmeshed in a hodge-podge of mixed messages some of which are meant for Israel, some meant for the church, the Body of Christ…all jumbled and blenderized together? Truly…”mixed messages!?!” (And we know that God hates mixtures.)

***Lev 19:19    Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Your foundational work is askew, if the above words apply to you.
There is one foundation. Jesus Christ. And the good news of His gospel is written in the Epistles of Paul. The gospel that applies to us, now. (For there is more than one gospel. Each one applicable to the time and people for which it is meant.)

***1Co 15:1    Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2    By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3    For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4    And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Now, this is not a plea to place Paul on a pedestal, nor a call to worship him…but a plea to honor the role given him by Jesus Himself…the role of being OUR role model!
Paul. Our apostle in this age. Our example of just how we are to walk in order to please God. If you are “working” in your own strength to please Him….you are failing to achieve your professed goal, for only in the strength of the Holy Spirit is anything possible. We are to follow Paul as he follows Christ.

***1Co 11:1    Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

This is a biblical command. Not a suggestion.
And to do that, we must rest in Him. Our own strength must be laid aside and taken to the cross and crucified. There is a constant spiritual warfare going on in our minds, for old Adam still lives in our bodies, even though we have been reborn spiritually and can now claim membership in the family of God. That warfare will continue as long as we draw breath.
Upon the revelation that the map for living our lives in Christ is revealed in the words of Paul…who tells us that we must imitate him even as he imitates Christ..this writer undertook the task of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and teach and inspire.
That task…is to “rest” in Him. (Only achieved through prayer.) To control those impulses that tell us to “get out there and DO something for Him!” To not “get involved” with any current causes meant to “help” The Lord with His plans for the world, or…for us. A daily work. (This “work” is not for salvation, for we have that the moment we believe. A free gift.)
He needs no help. If He wished, He could step in and resolve all problems in the blink of an eye…just by speaking His intent. But that is not His way, for He gives us all a choice.
One of these choices is to read the scriptures with understanding: properly dividing the Word, and letting it sink in that not all of the bible is written to us…even as all is written and recorded for our edification and learning.

***2Ti 2:15    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Only Paul was given direct teachings from Jesus Himself. Only Paul says that we will be judged by “my gospel.” Only Paul says that anyone who teaches another gospel must be accursed. Damned. Which says what…about those who follow these people?

***Rom 16:25    Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

***Gal 1:8    But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9    As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Said twice. For emphasis. We need to pay attention.

As we begin to study and learn in accordance with His will, we find so much that must be relearned…throwing away many things that were blithely accepted in the past. (It will be a new beginning for you, as it was for this writer. You will be amazed at the misinformation that has been fed you over the years…either through lack of knowledge on the part of the preacher/teacher, or by a willful act of leading you down the wrong path.) Or…by our own failures in verifying the truthfulness of what we have heard about the gospel message. How do we verify? By searching the scriptures as did those Bereans of old.
Make certain that you are worshipping God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Our faith makes us adopted children of Abraham!) The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And not….the founder of the denomination of which you are, or were…a part.
Always ask for the Spirit to lead you in study. It is ONLY through Him that knowledge can increase. And only through His never ending filling of you every day…can you grow closer to Jesus Christ in an intimate and abiding relationship.

***Eph 4:22    That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23    And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24    And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

***2Pe 3:18    But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Test every message that you hear. Allow the Master Interpreter living in your very body to do His work…after all, He occupies His temple on earth (our bodies) during this soon-to-be ended age of the Church. Yield to Him.
Remove the blender from your spiritual kitchen. There is no need for it now; because you are ingesting only the purest of foods necessary for spiritual growth. Taken directly from His Word. The hodge-podge is..or should be…a thing of the past. Our foundation in Christ…successfully reformed and now we can move on to adding structurally sound additions to our firm and solid base.

May….”The peace of God, which passes all human understanding, keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.”

Maranatha…
Louise Hudson