Archive for October 2015

Dietrich Bonhoeffer   2 comments

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945

The above photo is from Voices of Dissidence.

Jackson, Wyoming
Jacksonites, Yours is a Bloody City
The Fire of the LORD
Jackson, Wyoming Fire, 2012
Abortion and Cuba’s demographic collapse

Posted October 30, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Breaking off the Greek Mindset   4 comments

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This is from the blog Sons of Issachar:

Mike Parsons

Last time I shared with you a couple of PowerPoint slides relating to the Greek (Western) and Hebrew (Eastern) mindsets. This week I want to look just a little more closely at the contrast between them, and then I would like to pray for God to reveal where we are being robbed by our Western way of looking at things, and break it off us.

Separation vs unity

Here is the first of those slides again.


Let’s take these a line at a time.
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In our Greek understanding, the goal of salvation is to escape this world and go to God’s dwelling place in heaven. So everything is focussed on what will be: very little about what is now. In Hebrew thought, the goal of salvation is to prepare a place fit for God’s dwelling here, among His people. He wants His kingdom to come on earth.
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Linked with that, where does the kingdom of God exist? The Greek view says it is in heaven, not on the earth, whereas the Hebrew view is that the kingdom of God is God’s reign among people here upon the earth.
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So is Jesus coming in order to take us away from this world? No, Jesus is coming to reign over and through us in this world. We need to focus on God’s kingdom being ‘now’, not separating it out. “Get your ticket now or you might miss the train”: that is, if we are honest, how many of us had the gospel presented to us.

And then: “Now you have your ticket, just hold on tight. In the end Jesus will come and rescue you”, rather than what Jesus preached: “The Kingdom of God is coming! It’s right here, right now! Get ready to serve the King and manifest the kingdom”.

Do you see how each misunderstanding arises from the previous one? Once you begin to go down the route prescribed by Western thought, you find there is more and more separation becoming entrenched in your thinking, and less and less of an understanding of the unity of God’s purpose.

Form vs purpose

If we look at the second slide, we can see how this works out in practice:

The Greek mindset looks at the form of something. For example, let’s take a tree. It has roots, a trunk, branches, leaves – that is what I mean by looking at its form. In the Hebrew way of thinking, it is more about what it is for. What is the purpose of a tree? To bear fruit. They are really not interested in the fact that it might have roots, a trunk, branches and leaves. Does it bear fruit? If not, it is of no value at all. Remember how Jesus cursed the fig tree that was not producing any fruit? It is the difference between an actual, practical outworking and just a mental, theoretical understanding.

So: Greek: what I do; Hebrew: how I do it. We can do lots of things from the wrong motive – but we know that God looks on the heart.

Greek thinking separates out our religious life from our secular life. Family, work, school, friendships on the one hand; and church on the other. But God wants His kingdom to be flowing through all of our lives, with no separation. There is no secular for us. Our lives are a whole, they are unified, and we bring the kingdom of God into everything.

In Greek thinking, the heavenly was separated from the earthly. There was no overlap. Bill Johnson wrote a book called ‘When Heaven Invades Earth’. Bottom line is, that is impossible in Greek thinking. But for us, we can live in both places: we live in the realms of heaven, and we bring that spiritual realm into our lives on earth, at the same time: not in the future but now.

‘Knowledge’ to the Greek mind is information. But to the Hebrew, you cannot know anything without experiencing it. It is all about knowledge through spiritual encounter. If all I am doing in this blog is imparting information to you, we are missing the mark. That is why from time to time I also include praying for you, which gives you the opportunity to encounter Him through the Holy Spirit and experience the reality of His truth for yourself (of course you can always pray these things through even when I don’t specifically include a prayer).

It’s not what you know, but who you know! We know God, but it is perfectly possible to read the Bible from cover to cover and have all the information, but never actually know Him. We need to encounter everything in the Word of God for ourselves.

Works, or grace. A creed or the deed. Stating what you believe, or actually living that way? Faith without works is absolutely dead. Jesus said, “If I do not do the works that my Father does, don’t believe me” (John 10:37). You don’t hear too many sermons on that verse.

We don’t analyse: we live. It is about who we are and what we do. God Himself says He is the I AM.
I want to pray now. If you think you may have any mindsets, any of the Greek way of thinking, we want to break that off right now.

[If you would like to hear an audio version of this prayer, click here.]

Father, I pray that the power of Your Holy Spirit will come.
Break any deception off our mindsets
Any way in which we have come under false doctrines,
False teachings, mindsets of the enemy,
Greek thinking that would cause us to separate our lives out.

I come, Lord, with the sword of Your Spirit,
To break that off our mindsets right now
In Jesus’ Name.
To be loosed from any control that the enemy has had over us
Through traditions of men and demonic doctrines
That put things into the future instead of the present;
That put things into heaven instead of on earth;
That have separated us out;
That have caused us to believe and not do.

I break those mindsets right now.

I break any doctrines over us that would hinder Your church
From pursuing and seeing the kingdom of God fill the earth
As it is in heaven.
Holy Spirit, come and reveal to anyone reading this
Anything which is a hindrance, an obstacle, a stumbling block
To our being able to fulfil our destiny as God’s people.
I pray that You would send gathering angels into our lives
To gather any stumbling blocks from us.
Gather them from our mind, gather them from our heart,
So that we believe and stand on the truth of Your Word
That through kingdom and covenant,
You are going to fill the earth with Your kingdom.
You are going to come back for a victorious, overcoming church
That has risen above every other thing.
Because ‘of the increase of Your kingdom there is no end’.

Empower us with the power of Your Holy Spirit
To take Your kingdom
And manifest Your kingdom through our lives,
Every day of our lives:
In work, in home, in our neighbourhood.
That we would manifest Your kingdom in power and authority
Doing the works that Jesus did.

I loose us from everything that would hinder us
From that fulfillment of Your purposes for our lives
In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.
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The Hidden Streets of Babylon
The Idolatry of Intelligence
The Second Coming
An Intellectual Dilemma
Ravenhill Quote
It All Comes Down To Jesus
A deep insight from Hebrew:  ‘God’s Signature’
Fundamental flaw in Western society
The Babylonish Church
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“Though swordless, these soldiers of Christ fought the might of imperial Rome and won…
Unlettered they unblushingly declared the whole counsel of God and eventually staggered the intellectual Greeks.”

–Leonard Ravenhill

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A General Epistle to the Seed of God   1 comment

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Francis Howgill, 1618-1668

From The Missing Cross to Purity:

Dear friends everywhere, who have believed in our Lord Jesus Christ, and are called with a holy calling to the great salvation of God, which is manifest in this the day of his power; keep your first love, and let not the threats of men, neither the frowns of the world, frighten you from that which you have prized more than all the world. Now the sun is up, and a time of scorching has come, and what has no root will wither; now every ground will be tried; and blessed is the good ground that brings forth the Seed which must inherit the promise.  O! let not the cares of this present life choke that which God has begotten; and, seeing the Lord has so marvelously wrought for us here, in the midst of great opposition, do not let your faith fail, nor your confidence in God; who delivered Jacob of old out of his adversity and Israel out of all his troubles; whose care is over his people now.

And having seen the emptiness of the world, and its ways and worship, let nothing blind your eyes again; and let not the things present, nor things to come, separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus; and pay no attention to those who draw back to perdition, but let it teach all the more diligence, to be as those who press after glory, immortality, and everlasting life. The way of God was ever hated by the world, and the powers thereof. Never heed the rough spirits, for their bound is set, and their limit known, but mind the Seed which has dominion over all; and forsake not the assembling of ourselves together, in which you have found God and his promise and power among you, and your understanding opened. O! Rather suffer all things, than let that go in what you have believed; for whosoever does, will lose the evidence of God’s Spirit in them; and their peace and joy will be lost. May the Lord God preserve you all unto the end faithful.

Your dear brother, for the testimony of Jesus,

Francis Howgill

Appleby Jail, the 10th of 3rd month, 1664

The Origins of Feminism   7 comments

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This is from the blog Maid Arise!:

Feminism Defined

What feminism is, Where it originated, and Why it’s important to understand

Recently a Maid Arise reader requested that I do a post on Feminism. She shared that she knew of other young women that wished there were Christian resources on feminism. I can happily say there are such resources! In this post I hope to share some with you so you can continue to study Feminism and find answers.

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What is Feminism?

The best definition I could find was actually by a lady named Jennie Chancy who has dedicated her time and efforts to a website called ladiesagainstfeminism.com.  I would encourage you to visit this site.

Feminism is almost impossible to define simply because no-one can agree on one definition. The Websters dictionary states:

fem·i·nism: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

With this vague concept we have to look further into history to help us in our definition.

One: There are the what Jenny labels the “Equity feminists”. These are the feminists who wish to change perceived unequal treatment of women. These feminists closely resemble the feminists of the 1840’s through the 1920’s. These women touted woman’s rights, and sought for an equal wage in the workforce. Today these same feminists stay close to this older movement and tend to be more conservative than the more modern feminist movement that started in the 1960s.

Two: Secondly there are the “Gender feminists” that seek to remove the distinction between the genders. They believe that any so called difference is exclusively the result of the tyranny of cultural patriarchy. This feminist line of thinking is directly behind the gender-neutral movement that is commonly witnessed today. These would be considered the more “radical” modern feminists.

Three: These are the post 1960’s Feminists. The Gen X women. They are more liberal in their thinking than their foremothers, but have tamed the “Gender feminist” message to fit a more tolerant political-correct worldview. Their goal: to embrace what once was traditionally the man’s role, and to encourage men to take on what once was the woman’s sphere.

Where did Feminism originate?

Though many people do not see the link between Marxism and feminism, I believe Karl Marx had a great influence in starting feminism.

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Karl Marx, 1818-1883

Karl Marx was a German philosopher who hated the biblical concept of the family and purposed to replace Christianity with communism.

Almost every feminist’s message and goal is closely linked to Marx’s philosophy. Though every feminist is not necessarily a revolutionist, their movement is heavily influenced by Marxisim which was a culture communistic revolution starting in the 1920s which continues to influence our every day.

The Frankfurt school was founded in 1923 by dedicated Marxists in Germany. Their goal: to take over every nation with a non-violent approach of communism. When some nations were resistant these Marxists concluded that their main enemy to the revolution was Christianity. With this ascertainment they decided to destroy Christianity, not with violence, but with theology. Once Christianity was defeated Communism/Marxism could then replace it.

Germany then began to teach Marxism in the schools as a “social science”. Their tactic was to simply replace every traditional biblical principle with the opposite thought, and make this new theology “politically correct.”

The Bible taught male leadership so they promoted feminism. The Bible defines and establishes marriage. They tore it down. Children are precious lives to be valued in Biblical thinking. Marxism insisted on abortion and birth control. Marxisim would not be satisfied with just a non-Christian culture, but would teach the culture to embrace an anti-Christian mentality.

Marx targeted women first. Just as Satan went to Eve first. Women are not only weaker vessels but they are mankind’s nurturers. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. In Marx’s words:

“Major social transformations are impossible without ferment among the women.”

[Karl Marx cited in “Karl Marx’s Prescription for Woman’s Liberation” by Carey Roberts.]

Lenin told one feminist:  “There can be no real mass movement without woman”.

[Lenin on the Woman’s Question by Clara Zetkin — www.marxist.com]

Why it’s Important to Understand Feminism

Feminism is an enemy of God’s design for women. Unlike some of God’s enemies, Feminism is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, duping even Christian women.

Watch out for it! It’s subtle. You will find it in movies, novels, social media, quotes, universities, seminaries, magazines, the news. If you look carefully enough you might even hear it in Christian circles.

A Princess Without a Prince

Feminists would have us believe that women have been oppressed for ages, that is, until Feminism came to save us.

And yet, the most liberating force in all the world is Feminism’s greatest enemy — Christianity. God created us for a lofty honorable position. He created us because He knew that man would need us. He entrusted us with the noble calling of wife and motherhood.

Without Christianity we are stripped of purpose and are undervalued and exploited. Non-Christian society’s are proof of this. Without biblical principles these cultures degrade women and drag men down to the basest of levels.

Pagan cultures use women. Women are property, slaves, sex objects. Feminists actually give credence for this mindset when they malign biblical principles such as marriage and motherhood.

“Marriage has existed for the benefit of men; and has been legally sanctioned method of control over women…We must work to destroy it. The end of the institution of marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men.” [Declaration of Feminism, Nov. 1971]

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Margaret Sanger, 1879-1966

Margaret Sanger (feminist founder of Planned Parenthood) wrote:

“The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of it’s infant members is to kill it.”

[Women and the New Race, 67]

Feminism would take us far away from the godly image of womanhood. Purity, submission and biblical womanhood are despised by feminists. Modern culture would have us believe that Feminism is a defender of women, fighting for our rights. It is righteous to be against exploitation of women. But feminists are not the first defenders of women. The Bible already strongly stood against the exploitation of women. If this is all Feminists stood for then we could gladly join them. But Feminism is a movement against God and all that He has designed women to be.

Kids Don’t Need Gun Control, They Need Their Fathers

Former Ultra-Feminist Quits and Now Warns People About the Movement; Apologizes to Christians

The History of Womanhood That Feminists Don’t Want You to Know

Feminism is Communism

Europe’s Tragedy:  Most of its Men are Feminized Wimps

Feminism and Satanism

Feminist Icon Was Insane

The Death of Hillary Clinton

Badass Dutch girl speaks out against modern day feminism and migration

Army lowered standards so women can graduate ranger school

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Theology and Educated Man   5 comments

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“Much that passes for theology today is simply educated man trying to explain God through logic and reason.”

–A.W. Tozer, from Delighting in God

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Matthew 23: 27-28:  “ Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

John 5: 39-40:  “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

II Timothy 3: 5:  “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Beware of Theological Aesthetes
The Idolatry of Intelligence

False Security   Leave a comment

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This is from the blog unseenprophet:

Here in the America, we live with a sense of false security. I think that other countries mock us and make fun because we feel like we are untouchable. After events such as 9/11 we realize that we are a little vulnerable, then we hear of “progress” in the retaliation and think, “No one will dare do that again.” We are self proclaimed as untouchable, but it just isn’t true. I don’t pretend to understand all that goes in to this, but the truth is that anyone can attack the U.S. at any time. In history, yes, we have been blessed and guarded by God. Is that the case today? I guess we really can’t know, but a brief look through the scriptures might give us a little insight. Though this be true, the reason for this post isn’t to discuss our national pride or security, but to warn the American Church of the same. Much like the American people, the Church has been given a false sense of security.

Generally speaking, the church in America is secure in our standing. We believe that we are not only in good standing with God, but in comparison to the rest of the world, the leaders in theology and doctrine. We believe that it is our responsibility to teach and train the pastors and leaders of the Church worldwide, when the truth is probably that we should be learning from them. Have we been deceived? Comfort and sustainability are not things that I see Jesus promising His followers. Looking throughout history, I don’t see that these are things that often accompany those who carry His name. Yet we have church buildings with thousands upon thousands of people attending at no cost other than a financial pledge (sometimes). We have somehow come to believe that the “American Dream” is ordained by Christ and sustaining a comfortable life is His will. After all, He has blessed us with abundance because He loves us.

Our abundance was never for us, but so that we can be a blessing to others. The truth is that our upper and upper middle class lives paycheck to paycheck, much in the same way as the lower working class. Why? Because we have taken on so much comfort and material “blessings” that our funds are all spoken for. I actually had a conversation with a person, who owned a pretty successful business, who stated that God would not want him to take food out of his children’s mouth to help someone in need. As dangerous of as statement that is to make, I find it interesting that the help would come from his food money and not his two car payments, maybe his recreational vehicles, beach condo, oversized home, and membership fees for his golf club.  This is exactly what Isiah wrote:

The Lord will enter into judgment
    with the elders and princes of his people:
“It is you who have devoured[f] the vineyard,
    the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
 What do you mean by crushing my people,
    by grinding the face of the poor?”
declares the Lord God of hosts. Isaiah 3:14-15

We claim that God wouldn’t want us to take food off of our tables for others, if this is true, He certainly wouldn’t want us to use the money He gave us to feed the poor to buy a boat.

This isn’t a post about finances and caring for the poor, but a post about the problem with our sense of security. The problem is that we even think this way. We believe these things, not realizing that what we are doing is even wrong. Our churches celebrate testimonies that are more like success stories than stories of Christ changing our lives. I rarely if ever see a testimony of a homeless man coming to faith and remaining homeless, but for Jesus. Testimonies of people who were once on the streets coming to faith and now being business owners or having a good job, a house, three kids and a dog.

So many of us point to the sky, warn “sinners” of the return of Jesus, examine wars and rumors of wars as a sign of the end of times, yet still live as a part of the world and all of it’s comforts. Yes, Jesus will return and set all things right. When He does, what will He have to say about the church in America? Have we been making disciples of Jesus, or have we been making disciples of the American church?

Zion and Babylon Compared

Surrendered Stones upon the Wall of His Purpose   4 comments

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This is from the blog Maid Arise!:

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2: 19-22)

“Slowly, through all the universe, that temple of God is being built. Whenever, in any world, a soul, by free-willed obedience, catches the fire of God’s likeness, it is set into the growing walls, a living stone. When, in your hand fight, in your tiresome drudgery, or in your terrible temptation, you catch the purpose of your being, and give yourself to God, and so give Him the chance to give Himself to you, your life, a living stone, is taken up and set into that growing wall. Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways; – there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple. Oh, if the stone can only have some vision of the temple of which it is to be a part forever, what patience must fill it as it feels the blows of the hammer, and knows that success for it is simply to let itself be wrought into what shape the Master wills.”

(Phillip Brooks, Daily Strength for Daily Needs p. 158)

I loved the imagery of this particular quote. Stone after stone, being placed upon the wall of His divine purpose. Our lives make up the stones. Each part, each detail, small and great, is a stone. Our dreams. Our hopes. Our Goals. The desires He’s placed in our hearts. The ministries He’s given us to do. Our daily chores. Our work place. Relationships. Authorities. Talents and abilities. Our home life. Even our very hindrances, are all “stones”. Things that make up our life as we know it, and the people that shape who we are and what we do.

Each stone must be surrendered to His purpose. For we are His temple. We are the workmanship of His hands. He is the builder.

1Corinthians 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

And Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

He is hewing out pillars for His temple. Building up walls for His glory. He has a finishing plan and purpose.

Hebrews 12:2 says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

He is the author and the finisher. Sometimes, the process looks odd. Sometimes it looks ugly. It feels humbling. We compare our temple project to those around us. We question why He might place a stone here, or remove another one there. Sometimes the stones He chooses, aren’t the ones we would choose for ourselves. It feels rough on the outside. But He sees the finished product. Take heart, dear soul, and trust the Master at His work. He knows what He is doing.

When our plans are foiled, when disappointments arise- He is building His temple.

When heartaches encamp us and sorrows descend- He is building His temple.

When hindrances hold us captive, when our prayers seem unanswered- He is still building His temple.

And when doors are opened, when opportunities arise- He is building His temple.

When blessings surround us, and sweet joys flood within- He is yet building His temple.

When prayers are answered, when our desires and hopes He chooses to fulfill- He is building His temple.

He is the Corner Stone. And He knows just how to build our lives exactly fit for His glory and His Divine Purpose. We can trust Jesus, with what we do not understand. He sees the finished project. We don’t. But to get a glimpse of what He is doing! To trust that it is good! That is sweetest rest. That is glory.

Posted October 12, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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California’s Culture of Death   4 comments

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This is from the blog Fellowship of the Minds:

Last Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed ABX2-15, the End of Life Option Act, thereby making lawful “physician-assisted suicide” — the politically-palatable name for euthanasia. (See “California legalizes euthanasia“)

A day after euthanasia became legal, KPBS reports that a group called Seniors Against Suicide (SAS) filed papers to place a referendum to repeal the law on next year’s ballot. SAS has only 90 days to collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters.

The referendum effort faces steep obstacles, if we go by the results of the latest Field Poll.

Released a day after Brown signed ABX2-15 into law, the statewide poll of 1,002 registered voters found broad voter support for the End of Life Option Act:

  • 2 in 3 voters in the poll (65%) favor the new law; only 27% are opposed.
  • Support is broad-based, spanning nearly all major subgroups of the state’s voting population:
    • Groups giving the law the strongest support – 70% or more in favor – are liberals, Democrats, non-partisan Independents, white non-Hispanics, those with no religious preference, and non-Christian religions.
    • Majorities of Protestants, Catholics, and registered Republicans also support the new euthanasia law.
  • Political conservatives and born-again Christians are least likely to support the bill.
  • 71% of those polled favor a more generic question about euthanasia — allowing terminally ill patients the right to ask for and
    get life-ending medication.

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)

~Éowyn

California:  The Great American Wasteland
Three Witnesses
WordPress shuts down Fellowship of the Minds
The Destruction of California

Posted October 10, 2015 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Can we be deceived?   7 comments

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“Can our eyes deceive us?” Photo by Susanne Schuberth

This is from the blog Entering the Promised Land:

I recalled having read a certain quote by Oswald Chambers quite some time ago. However, whenever I tried to find it again, I failed, since I could not remember the exact wording. Just today as I was searching the net for mystical experiences by Christians, I would find some criticism about the very word “mysticism” by T.A. Sparks and A.W. Tozer instead. Of course, there has been false mysticism in Christianity too, but not all mystical experiences were wrong. As long as one gets closer and closer to the Living God, I would never dare to say that mysticism was a bad thing. The false mystical experience might get obvious to us when we realize that it has caused the believer to get more and more focused on his own person and “ministry” than on the person of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Pride about knowing more than others, arrogance toward not-so-spiritual believers, and sometimes even a sort of megalomania (about what God would be able to do through the little “ME”) go hand in hand with Satan’s spiritual suggestions.

Later I also found another writing on the internet by a man who tried to prove Oswald Chambers and Watchman Nee wrong. Reading his deliberations, it got more and more clear to me that the carnal mind can never understand what the spiritual mind already knows due to its experiences with God and Jesus. The skilled theologian might find countless Scriptures to support his theories and thoughts about Christian mystics being deceived, however, what he does not know, it seems, is that our reason and logic cannot but understand the very surface of what was written in the Bible. The very depth of Scripture, albeit, reveals itself only through the Holy Spirit that indwells the believer and continually teaches him subliminally what is true and what is not true, even according to the Scriptures. The apostle Paul told us,

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:14-16 ESV)

And the apostle John wrote,

“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” (1 Jn 2:26-27 ESV)

Reading this Scripture, it dawned on me that we can only be deceived if we have not received the anointing of the Holy Spirit yet or, when we have received it, we stop abiding in Him and His love. There is a common “deception” I would like to point out here, which has to do with the Chambers’ quote I had been looking for. Although it is not a real deception, it is rather a saddening sort of confusion that has grieved so many believers because they were taught wrongly about salvation. Eventually, here is not only the Oswald Chambers’ quote (which I highlighted in bold letters), but his whole devotional.

The Staggering Question

June 1, 2015

He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” —Ezekiel 37:3

Can a sinner be turned into a saint? Can a twisted life be made right? There is only one appropriate answer— “O Lord God, You know” (Ezekiel 37:3). Never forge ahead with your religious common sense and say, “Oh, yes, with just a little more Bible reading, devotional time, and prayer, I see how it can be done.”

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we see the activity and mistake panic for inspiration. That is why we see so few fellow workers with God, yet so many people working for God. We would much rather work for God than believe in Him. Do I really believe that God will do in me what I cannot do? The degree of hopelessness I have for others comes from never realizing that God has done anything for me. Is my own personal experience such a wonderful realization of God’s power and might that I can never have a sense of hopelessness for anyone else I see? Has any spiritual work been accomplished in me at all? The degree of panic activity in my life is equal to the degree of my lack of personal spiritual experience.

“Behold, O My people, I will open your graves…” (Ezekiel 37:12). When God wants to show you what human nature is like separated from Himself, He shows it to you in yourself. If the Spirit of God has ever given you a vision of what you are apart from the grace of God (and He will only do this when His Spirit is at work in you), then you know that in reality there is no criminal half as bad as you yourself could be without His grace. My “grave” has been opened by God and “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18). God’s Spirit continually reveals to His children what human nature is like apart from His grace.

http://utmost.org/the-staggering-question/

In closing, I dare to raise two additional, maybe challenging questions.

“Do we believe that others will be saved because of our witness or because Christ is Savior? Can we trust Him and His unconditional love so much that we are convinced He loves our neighbors/loved ones/co-workers just as much as He loves us?”

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Superman

Dreams from the LORD 2011-2015
3 October 2015

Last night I had a dream where I was with this Christian family.  We talked about the persecution of Christians in the United States.  Then I said that the Lord will raise up men—supermen—who will protect Christians (through intercession) from the devil and evil men (or words to that effect); this will be done in the power of the Holy Ghost.  I told them that it is already happening.  I gave them this scripture:  Romans 8: 19:  “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”  I then told them about the Japan Earthquake.

I Samuel 3: 15:  “And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.”

Daniel 11: 32:  “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”

Jude 14-15:  “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

Revelation 2: 18:  “These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire . . .”

Revelation 2: 26-27:  “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:   And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

Paga (Intercession)
Japan Earthquake
Intercession
Samson: A One-Man Wrecking Crew
A Parable About Lukewarm, American Christianity

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The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

[The painting of the lion above was by Belinda Thorne of the Grace and Truth blog]

Genesis 49: 8-12:  “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.   Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?   The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be  Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:   His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”

Theology and Superheroes: Stained Glass Comics
Lion Bites: the refining fire
Enoch: The Seventh from Adam