He is worthy!
Well, it looks like summer is finally about to move in here in the Virginia area, but, we better give it a couple more weeks before we get too comfortable! I remember a man saying to me many years ago that his grandmother always told him to carry a jacket until June and I have seen those words of wisdom apply more than once over the years!
It's hard to believe it has already been more than 2 years since I started sending out this letter while I was in Peru. I expected this letter to only be temporary while I was out of the country but the pastor here in Virginia gave a huge nudge early on to continue with it and so here we are 2 years later!
So, why do most Christians only last about 10 years in their walk with God?
There are probably a few good reasons but let's start out with the parable of the sower. If you are not familiar with this parable you can find it in Matthew 13:1-9 and then it is explained in more detail in Matthew 13:18-23. For the purpose of answering the theme of this letter "Why do most Christians only last about 10 years walking with God?", we will focus on the third type of ground that the seed feel upon ,which is, "The Thorny Ground"
And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.
This verse is further explained in Matthew 13:22
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word, and
the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he
2 Timothy was written by the apostle Paul while in Mamertine Prison. They say that this letter was handed through an 18 inch by 18 inch hole in the top of his small cell which is the way that everything coming and going at the hands of Paul came and went as he awaited execution at the time he wrote 2nd Timothy. At the time of this writing it was clear that Paul had been abandoned by almost all of the disciples he once had.
2 Timothy 4:10-11
For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee, for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Most depart for the local amusement park or beach these days, but none the less, you get the drift!
The fact that Paul tells us that Demas loved this present world let's us know that the thorns had finally taken over in his life. This could very well be the NUMBER ONE reason that many Christians only last about 10 years in their walk with God! I would say it's probably very easy after 10 years of fighting for the gospel to want to just cash a pay check, come home, climb into the lazy boy recliner and grab the remote control! I am not against prosperity, but, is that prosperity furthering the Kingdom of God or hindering you from working in the Kingdom of God?
1 John 2:15
Love NOT the world, neither the things that are in the world, If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is NOT in him.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is
even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Christians have been given a very undeserving amount of power, through grace, over the spiritual darkness of this present world. So, why are things constantly growing darker around us? Paul answers this question for us also in the 2nd letter to Timothy as he was speaking about the condition of churches in the last days.
2 Timothy 3:1
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness, but, denying the power thereof, from such turn away.
It's comforting to know everything is going exactly as God said it would, but at the same time, we should have a burden to bring as many into the truth as we can as we await the Second Coming of The LORD!
They say still unto them that despise me, the Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace, and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
Now of coarse, that is old testament, so let's keep the thread running and get in the new testament.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
Romans chapter 11 talks about the Jews being the natural branches of God's Kingdom and us the gentiles being grafted in. Many are very aware of what the Jews have gone through because of disobedience to God, and Romans 11 make quite clear that we (gentiles) will be held just as accountable if NOT more accountable for what God has given us through grace!
I say then, Have they stumbled (The Jews) that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles (Anyone in the world with NO Jewish Blood in them, other than the Blood of Jesus Christ of coarse!), for to provoke them (The Jews) to jealousy.
Thou wilt say then (The Gentiles), The branches were broken off (The UN believing Jews), that I (The Gentiles) might be grafted in. Well, because of unbelief they (The UN believing Jews) were broken off: and thou (The Gentiles) standeth by faith. Be NOT high minded, but fear. For if God spared NOT the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare NOT thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity: but toward thee, goodness, IF thou continue in His goodness otherwise thou also (Any UN believing Gentile) shall be cut off.
This is meant to encourage and NOT to discourage! In fact, as long as you're still breathing and able to read this letter the mercy of God is still available to you if you don't already know it! The GOODNESS of God is available to anyone that comes humbly before Him with a repented heart. This country is the greatest light in the world for Jesus Christ as it stands with the apple of God's eyes, Israel! I have learned that a few with God can make a huge difference in the middle of the greatest darkness! May prosperity be a blessing for the gospel and not to hinder the work of the gospel!
O, taste and see that the LORD is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in Him!
Have a blessed week!
AND be SURE to tell someone on the job about JESUS!
Praise the LORD!
In a world filled with social activities where the party scene seems to be the norm, what is really going on on the inside of those caught up in it? Having been caught up in what most would call the normal way of living today, I can speak from experience that while many people may look well on the outside, they are an emotional wreck on the inside! When the outside starts to feel and look as bad as the inside, you can be sure you are on the edge of being "Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired!"
When I quit drinking I noticed something very unusual at the liquor stores! Almost all of them have a sign that says "Spirits". Sometimes the devil is so open that we miss what he is doing right in front of our faces! What kind of spirits are they actually selling?
I guess it should have been obvious from the type of people I often met at those places or from the language that was always being used by most everyone around the places, but it all just seemed normal to me at the time. I can only thank God that I eventually got "Sick and Tired of being SIck and Tired!"
Many people today try to use the bible to defend their consumption of alcohol but what does the bible really say about alcohol and what does it really say about Jesus turning the water into wine?
Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contention? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine, they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look NOT thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it bitteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
That's what I call "Sick and TIred of being SIck and Tired!" Why would anyone seek it yet again but yet it goes on and on like a never ending roller coaster ride! I would have to say that those are some pretty stong "spirits" they are selling there!
As far as Jesus turning the water into wine, have you ever observed there were "six" empty water pots that Jesus used on that day? "Six" is very important because it was on the "Sixth" day that God created man and therefore "Six" is the number of man. With these "Six" waterpots being empty, we can also see that man is just an "empty" vessel as he seeks happiness in just about everything outside of Jesus and "NEVER" to truely find happiness until he is filled with "JESUS!"
The bible tells us that this miracle of turning the water into wine was the beginning of miracles in Jesus' ministry. This is also the first miracle He needs to do in your life if you are "Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired!"
The beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him.
"Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired?"
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God is good, All the time! Yes, even when you are in the pit you have to know that God is good! You may be wondering how God could even allow you to be in a pit in the first place, but, you gotta remember, What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!
I imagine there are some people that think they have never been in the pit, but, there are many kinds of spiritual pits that a person can fall into. There is the pit of drunkeness, the pit of drug abuse, sexual pits, financial pits, marriage pits, lonliness pits, depression pits and the list goes on!
Even some of the greatest men of God in the bible had to go through a spiritual pit before God could use them the way He needed to use them. In the Book of Genesis, Joseph, was put in a pit by his very own brothers and left to die. This is a good example of someone God loves very much being allowed to suffer the darkness of this world. You may wonder how could God do such a thing but that is why you must continue to read your bible to see how it all turns out in the end!
God had a special plan for Joseph! Joseph also had a lot of pride before spending his time in the pit! Josephs' coat of many colors allowed his head to get a little big at times and caused his brothers to get jealous of him. I would like to say that it is very possible that God had to allow Joseph to go into the pit in order to strip him of his coat of many colors and humble him for the job he was about to do for the Kingdom of God!
I'm sure Joseph had to get pretty angry in that pit in the beginning and wanted to kill his brothers at some point for putting him in there, but, what a job God did humbling Joseph over the years so that when his brothers appeared before him again many years later, Joseph was able to handle the great power that had been given him and could love and hug the very ones that would have killed him rather that to revenge that evil with more evil!
Recompense NO man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of ALL men.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that NONE render evil for evil unto ANY man:
but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1 Peter 3:9
Not rendering evil for evil or railing for railing:
but contrarywise blessing, knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing.
I'm sure Joseph had no idea that his time in the pit and his example to his brothers' following his mistreatment would affect men of God for thousand's or years to come!
Jeremiah also went into a pit! Praise God that Jeremiah was given the vision of the clay on the potters wheel prior to his time in the mirey pit! The bible tells us in Jeremiah Chapter 38 that Jeremiah was sinking in the mud in the bottom of the pit he was put into. How easy it is for us to fall into our own pits and just begin to sink deeper and deeper!
I have heard that if you put a frog in a pan of warm water and turn the fire on underneath it and heat it up slowly, the frog will just stay there in the water as it begins to boil and die. The gradual heating of the water keeps the frog in that place until it eventually dies from the boiling water!
Jonah was in the pit of the whales' belly and the apostle Paul was put into a pit where he was eventually beheaded! The three Hebrews' were put into the fiery furnace and Daniel into the Lions' Den! Even Jesus Himself was put into the spiritual pit on more than one ocassion! He was in the pit of testing for forty days after He was baptized! Just before His crucifixion He was put into a pit of suffering where He was mocked and beaten for hours before they eventually nailed Him to a cross!
It's NEVER been easy for godly people! If you are in a pit right now be sure of one thing, you have NO WHERE to look but up! That's right! sometimes God will let you go so far down you've got NO WHERE else to look but UP!
There's only ONE WAY out of the pit! Surrendor EVERYTHING to JESUS! Keep your eyes on Him when you are in the pit and He will be faithful to deliver you the same way He delivered the mighty men of God in the bible! Look UP and don't give up!
And fear NOT them which kill the body, but are NOT able to kill the soul,
but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
If you feel all alone in that pit and need someone to talk to, please, contact us and let us pray for you! That lonliness you feel is a lie from another type of pit. That pit is "The Pit of Hell" where satan dwells. He's the author of all lies and has been lying to you while you have been in that pit! Contact us by clicking this link and get out of that pit and see what God can do with a life repented and heading in a new direction!
God bless you!
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