SPIRITUAL WEAPONS – – Vehicles… (Part 2)

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

Yesterday we talked about the Name, the Word, and the Blood off Jesus being Spiritual Weapons of Warfare and that we had some launching rockets to propel these warheads into the battle.  Let’s begin with looking at them:


I have decided that the only people who do not believe that prayer is of any significant benefit are those who do not pray!  I do not mean to be calloused, but I believe that to be the truth.  In my mind, there is absolutely no doubt of the validity, importance, or power of believing prayer!  Prayer receives its power from the weapon of the Name, the Blood of Jesus!

When we pray the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus we find an incredible release of spiritual power yet at the same time we find it vain to pray meaningless and unbelieving repetitions.  One prayer warrior of old declared that ‘Prayer is the greatest force in the universe.’

I really do not argue that because prayer that carries the spiritual warheads of the Name, the Word, and the Blood of Jesus is armed with the greatest power known.  If you remember the words of Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you did not know…” you understand.  Simply, God has declared that IF we will pray, He will work and bring great and mighty things to pass even beyond our ability to know or comprehend.  In a sense, God has limited Himself to working in conjunction with our praying!

It is my conviction that in prayer we can touch lands thousands of miles away, send help to divine prisoners, minister in every city in the world, and cross every barrier and obstacle.  Prayer can penetrate where human flesh cannot.  Yes, that includes our government (1Timothy 2:1-4). 

When we pray for our government, we are to pray that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life. Good government allows us to have the ability to preach the Gospel freely and openly.  It guarantees civil liberties and protects freedom of speech.  We can do more on our knees than in any other fashion but that does not mean we cannot or should not be otherwise active.  But always remember that Our Weapons are Mighty!

There are Eight (8) Laws or Elements of Prayer.  I will call them Laws for the sake of understanding:

  1. The Law of Boldness.   (Hebrews 10:19) – “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”  The Blood of Jesus enables us to access the throne room of heaven.
  2. The Law of the Blood.  Prayer is offered on the foundation of the Blood of Jesus.
  3. The Law of Faith.  (Hebrews 11:6) – “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”
  4. The Law of Right Relationships.  (Mark 11:24-25) – “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”  NASB
  5. The Law of God’s Will.  (1 John 5:14-15) – “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  NASB
  6. The Law of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 8:26-27 – “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” NASB
  7. The Law of Praise.  (Psalm 34:1) – “I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES, His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth.”
  8. The Law of Right Motives.  (James 4:3) – “You ask, and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

All those are extremely important and explain why sometimes we are ineffective in our praying.  It does not explain everything, but it should give us food for thought and personal examination of our hearts, motives, and lives.

May God be with you as you go through your day!


2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

As I read passages like this I am renewed in my excitement and anticipation in God.  I see ‘unlimited possibilities’ in the Christian walk rather than gloom and doom.  Oh, I am not oblivious to the problems in our present world, but I am also very cognizant of the Person, Power, and Potential in God!  We all either have strongholds or we face strongholdsin our lives from the opposition of the devil.  God offers a solution and gives us equipment to combat the forces of hell. 

I want to focus on three primary weapons in this discussion which will span more than one post.  Those are The NAME, the WORD, and the BLOOD of Jesus.  It is my biblical understanding and life experience that when the Word of God confronts a stronghold of the devil it renders it powerless and devoid of strength.  When the Name of Jesus is used against the enemy that name prevails every time!  When the Blood of Jesus is brought against a stronghold by the Word of our Testimony, the stronghold is utterly destroyed.  Our weapons are Mighty Through God to the pulling down of strongholds.

You can have a virtual arsenal but if you do have not a delivery vehicle or cannot get those weapons to the battle, they do you no good!  Most all are aware that the Name, Word, and Blood of Jesus are weapons, but the question is ‘how do we get them to the point of attack?’  Let me use something in the natural to convey a spiritual truth.

In our military arsenal, we have ICBM’s or Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles which are extremely large rockets capable of being launched over thousands of miles and destroy a target with pinpoint accuracy.  They are very important to the defense strategy of any nation that has them.  Yet, we must make a distinction between the rockets and the warheads on those rockets. 

The power is not in the rocket but the warhead.  The rocket is simply a vehicle to get the warhead to the proper place at the proper time.  If the rocket were launched with no warhead it would do little damage upon arrival but armed with the warhead it has the capability of destroying a very large target. 

The power is in the warhead!  This is equally true spiritually.  The power is in the weapon.  The power is in the WORD, NAME, and BLOOD of Jesus!  Yet, until these warheads are launched, they do not pull-down strongholds.  They must be launched against the enemy to bring the desired victory.

What are our launching rockets?   Prayer, preaching, the word of our testimony, praise, and worship!  These vehicles launch the spiritual warheads against the enemy and bring the Power of God to bear on the situation.

I want to deal with the launching rockets but will hold that until tomorrow, so until then may God be with you as you go through your day!

MARCHING – – To the Right Drummer…. (Part IV)

Galatians 5:25-26 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”  NIV

If we are to reach the place in our lives that we Reject Worry and become people who Pray About Everything we will also have to become people who Praise God in all things and at all times.  Paul instructed us in Philippians 4:7 to “let your requests be made known unto God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.”  Praise is your way of saying “I acknowledge you, Lord!  You are the victor.  You are LORD.  You are my provider, deliverer, guide, sustainer, and life.”  Praise is focusing on the ‘outcome’, not the “circumstances.”

The Bible has some interesting things to say about what will transpire when we develop this in our lives.  When we learn to ‘reject worry’ and become ‘people of prayer and praise’ what happens?

Philippians 4:7 – “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.”

Psalm 23:2 – “He leads me beside still waters….”

I am not talking about something artificial where on the outside all looks calm but a raging storm on the inside.  I am talking about ‘peace in the storm.’  Paul tells us in Colossians 3:15 that we are to let the peace of God rule our hearts.  The word rule here could be rightly translated as ‘umpire’.

Remember the account in 2 Chronicles 20 when Jehoshaphat and the nation are in a predicament?  If you read that you will find that Jehoshaphat did not set himself to ‘worry’ rather he prayed the covenant.  [vv.6-12] He expressed the covenant.  He rehearsed the covenant being honest with God saying, “We are in a mess and do not know what to do.”  He released faith saying, “Our eyes are upon you.”  In v. 13 we find that ALL the men and women of Judah attended the prayer meeting!  It was there that the answer came. 

That is the way it always is, when people begin praying God’s Covenant God Answers!  Jahaziel spoke and said, “Don’t be afraid or dismayed.  The battle is not yours, it’s God’s.  You don’t have to fight, just position yourselves and see the salvation of the Lord. Do not be afraid, for the Lord will be with you.” 

What they were instructed to do and did is nothing short of amazing!  It went against all conventional wisdom and military strategy, but God directed it and in obedience, to God’s directive the victory came!  Imagine putting the choir out in front of the army!  They began a praise service in (v. 19) and as they began to sing praises God ambushed the enemy and routed them!  Jehoshaphat instructed the people – Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be Established.  Believe in His prophets and you will Prosper. 

We have a choice in every situation.  We can worry or trust, fret or pray, rationalize, and complain or repent if necessary and we can praise or grumble.  Praise inspires faith and releases peace in our hearts and thereby affects the situation positively.  So, it is your choice!  Will you learn how to March to God’s Drumbeat, or will you allow the devil to intimidate you through worry and fear?

God be with you as you go through your day!

MARCHING – – To the Right Drummer…. (Part III)

Galatians 5:25-26 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”  NIV

Let’s take another leap into this discussion remembering that yesterday we discussed that it is imperative that we learn to Reject Worry, but How?  Is there something that will enable us to do that?  Is there something that will help us do that?  I’m glad you asked.

If we are going to learn to March and Reject Worry, we must learn to Pray about Everything!  Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:6 when he said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” NASB If we adopt the practice of Praying rather than Worrying, we will move forward, after all, if it is serious enough to ‘worry over’ it is serious enough to pray about.

By Prayer, I do not mean casual inquiry I mean serious seeking of the mind and will of God.  God hears prayers that come from willing hearts!  He is Jehovah-Jireh – (Our Provider).  Remember when God directed Abraham to offer up Isaac in Genesis 22?  God knew the end from the beginning, but Abraham could on see the current situation.  Yet, Abraham was willing to Trust God although what God was telling Him was contrary to everything he believed in his heart. 

In the natural, he had an abundance of reason to Worry but he made the choice to trust God and not Worry!  He focused on what God said not what might happen.  It is impossible to walk in ‘faith’ and ‘fear’ or ‘worry’ at the same time.  They are like oil and water and will not mix.  Remember Proverbs 24:17 tells us that “if you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small.”  Paul reminded us of Jesus’ words in Hebrews 13:15when the Lord declared that He would not ‘leave us or forsake us.’

How should we pray?  I’m not talking about formula but practice.  We should pray according to God’s Covenant and remember what Jesus has ‘already’ done!

  • He has Already died for our sins.

Therefore, we can pray that God will forgive us as we repent, we do not have to worry He has already provided.

  • He has Already died, arose, and ascended so that we can have the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives.

Therefore, we can pray for the fullness of the Spirit of God to be manifest and operational in our lives and can expect the promise that the Holy Spirit will be our Comforter, Friend, Guide, and Companion in all things and at all times.

  • He has Already purchased us back from the devil so we can be the Head and not the Tail.

We can pray for provision knowing that He will provide and enable us to possess the Land!  He has made us ‘more than conquerors through His sacrificial work on the Cross.  We can trust Him to rule over all the ‘negative’ circumstances in our lives.

That work is already done in Christ and only needs to be walked out by us as we are empowered and enabled by the Spirit of God.  I have a sign that I keep that says, “In Case of Emergency Pray!”  I do not keep it to suggest that prayer is only done in an emergency but to remind me that I am to pray instead of worrying.  I find that is much more productive!  It is necessary to get rid of worry before we can move into faith and become an efficient unit able to March to God’s Drumbeat!

I have one more thing that I want to address regarding this topic but will hold that until tomorrow.  May God be with you as you go through your day!

MARCHING – – To the Right Drummer…. (Part II)

Galatians 5:25-26 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”  NIV

Now let’s pick up where we left off yesterday and consider the first point in this process of ‘Learning How to March to God’s Drumbeat.’

We must develop a sense of trust and develop a mindset in which we Refuse to Worry!  In Philippians 4:6-7 we read, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  NASU Saying it simply would be “Don’t sweat it!”  God is still in control, so it is not necessary and even detrimental for us to live lives filled with WORRY!  This is a conscious decision on our part to resist worry and trust God.

I am not saying that you ignore problems or that you do not have any.  I am simply saying that we can Trust God and place our faith in God, not our circumstances.  Jesus told us in John 16 that in this world we would have problems but assured us that He has overcome the world.  Therefore, we have the conquering King on our side!

We need to make a conscious decision that we Will Not dwell on the problems around us.  Worry is a natural reaction in a time of trouble, at least to most humans.  We tend to become nervous, uptight, and anxious.  We can make a conscious decision to roll our cares on the Lord rather than worrying about them. 

However, if you take them to the Lord and ‘roll them’ onto His shoulders but leave that place of prayer fretting over the problem we Have Not rolled them onto the Lord.  We simply went through a religious exercise to appease our conscience.  I am not talking about ignoring problems or sticking your head in the sand.  What I am talking about is making a choice to Trust God!  Worry is an enemy and it must be confronted directly, or it will consume you.  One of the schemes of the devil is to get us to engage in a ‘Worry Reaction.’

What would happen if a group of soldiers heard loud explosions in the distance and sat down wringing their hands crying, “Oh my!  We will be killed!  We are in deep trouble now!  What can we do?”  That would be an utterly useless army.  Instead, a properly trained unit will hear the sounds, allow their training to kick in, and began to prepare for action.  In a sense, the soldier has been trained to Not to Sweat It! 

If we do not learn to reject worry, we will never become the Army of the Lord prepared for battle. We will be easy targets for the devil and become nothing more than a religious nuisance for him rather than a formidable foe marching in the strength and power of the Spirit of God.

We will move to the next step tomorrow but for now, God be with you as you go through your day!

MARCHING – – To the Right Drummer…

Galatians 5:25-26 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking, and envying each other.”  NIV

I chose this version for the words ‘keep in step with the Spirit.’  The others say, ‘walk by the Spirit’ and that is great but the thought in my head and heart is about Spiritual Warfare, training, and marching to God’s drumbeat so it fits perfectly.  I have had some tell me when I speak about ‘spiritual warfare’ that we are not really in a war and that if we leave the devil alone, he will leave us alone.  I’m sorry but I have never observed the devil form a ‘non-aggression pact’ with any Christian, he certainly hasn’t with me, and I don’t want one from him.  I think the price would be way too high!

We are in a WAR spiritually and as the Body of Christ we are ‘The Army of God’ or we are supposed to be.  God has provided us with ‘weapons of spiritual warfare’ that are mighty through God to the pulling down of the devil’s strongholds.  It is important that we realize that we are in a war, in God’s army, have weapons, and learn how to use them.  Repeatedly the Bible writers under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit inserted ‘military language’ in their writings and it is beneficial for us to notice it and study it.

MARCHING in the military is not just an exercise to make people jump through hoops frivolously.  Marching is disciplined, orderly, and efficient.  It is an incredibly effective way to move a sizeable group of people from one location to another in a disciplined and orderly manner and quickly.  For soldiers to march, they have to have discipline and follow orders.  If you have ever tried to march when someone in front or behind, you are out of step you know how difficult and frustrating that can be but when a company of soldiers march in unison it is not only impressive it is incredibly efficient.  As the Army of God, we need to learn how to MARCH!

What I’m talking about is ‘moving’ the Body of Christ from one battlefield to another ‘prepared’ and ‘ready’ to take on the enemy instantly and efficiently.  The objective is for the Body of Christ, especially as is reflected in the local fellowship to move as an ‘efficient unit.’  But how do we do that?


  • After You Receive Christ and are Born Again ALL Your Problems are Solved.

I believe that if you have been a Christian any length of time you know that is not factual but in case you have not realized it yet, I say it.  Unfortunately, we are still residents in this present natural world that are touched by the supernatural world.  The average citizen does not learn, nor do they march in unison and ranks.  They do not need it, but the soldier does.  It is the soldier that is given ‘marching orders’ when trouble arises!

  • Walking in the Spirit is for an Elite Group of Super-spiritual People.

Again, hopefully, you have realized that this is also false and that it is for ‘whosoever will’.  In military boot camp, No One is exempt from Marching.  God intends for every child of God to live in victory and learn to be a good soldier which includes knowing how to “Walk or March in the Spirit.”

Again, the question should be or could be – “How do we do that?”  I will come back tomorrow and deal with these but want to mention some things in closing for the day:

  • We Must Refuse to Worry.
  • We Must Learn the Value and Importance of Praying about Everything.
  • We Must Learn the Power and Embark on the Path of Praising God in All Things and at All Times.

Those three areas will make a dramatic difference in our lives and we will look at them in a little more detail in the days to come. 

But until then may God be with you as you go through your day!


1 Corinthians 10:13-14 – “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”  NASB

I can grasp the reality that it is impossible to include all the passages that would make up the whole context of this thought.  So, I insert this as a springboard for us to delve into the matter and hopefully propel us to further examination on our own.  I know many reading this are students of the Word of God.  You diligently search the Scriptures to see if what you have heard or read is true and I commend you because that is how it should be. If it is true and biblical, it will stand up under examination and if it doesn’t our views and interpretations Must be adapted to fit what will stand up in the Light!

I am concerned that too many in the Body of Christ are looking for a Rescue Mission rather than living the Normal Christian Life, waging Spiritual Warfare, and becoming able to Pull Down Strongholds.  I am reminded of the old gospel song, “Hold the Fort…”  Now before you become upset with me think about the image that the song presents. 

For me, and not necessarily anyone else, my mind pictures a Christian barely holding on and waiting in hiding behind the walls for the Spiritual Calvary to arrive just in the nick of time and rescue us.   There is no question that we have God’s promise that HE IS COMING!  He will fulfill that promise but, in the meantime, I understand His commission to be Occupy until He comes!  I understand it to include the promise that the weapons of our warfare are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 

Let’s consider this passage briefly.  What is the Temptation Paul mentions?  I doubt that anyone could definitively say but with verse 14 one could consider idolatry as a possibility.  However, when I look at the Greek the word is ‘peirasmos’ and seems to indicate putting to proof by experiment, experience, solicitation, discipline, or provocation and is most assuredly adversity. 

Next, we notice the word Tempted – ‘periazo’ which implies testing objectively and even discipline.  To be tempted Above or Beyond that which we can stand is objectively drawing attention to something more than our ability.  We also see the word Escape ‘ekbasis’ which is without question an exit.  When we see the words Endure and to Bear ‘hupophero’.  We see that this is a situation where we are under and enduring.  It is being imposed upon us.  All of this Temptation, Trial, and Testing is something that is all too human and not something uncommon so even though it is horrific for us and trying it is not so unique that no one else has endured it.

My question is that no matter if it is our being ‘tempted’ to succumb to a ‘temptation’ or if it is a trial that seeks to shipwreck our faith and draw us away into some form of ‘idolatry’ do we need a Rescue Mission or an Infusing of Faith and Courage? If it is truly beyond our ability to stand God will provide us an exit strategy but sometimes, we seem to look for the exit too quickly when we should be Resisting the devil and watching him flee.

In no way do I mean this to be condemning or to suggest that I am somehow more spiritual than anyone else for I face the same things you do and am subject to the same ‘temptations’, ‘tests’, and ‘trials’.  I have failed more than I care to admit but I have always found God faithful.  I have stopped looking for a Rescue Mission and started asking for more Courage, Faith, and Determination!  I want God to be able to say to me as He did to Joshua and know that I will take it to heart and allow the Spirit of God to embolden me – “Be strong and very courageous.”  We have a War to win, a Battle to fight, and a Victory to enjoy!

God bless you as you go through your day!


1 Peter 2:5 – “you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  NASB

Previously, I broached the subject of ‘Spiritual House’, or ‘Stone Pile’ and I desire to delve a little deeper into that idea.  I truly believe that I have a Word from the Lord on this subject and hope that you will hear what I’m saying, evaluate it, pray about it, examine it, and then render a decision as to how it applies to you and your local fellowship.

Sometimes there is a new word not because it is NEW but new because it has not been heard yet.  I believe that there is a spiritually dynamic life to be had in the Body of Christ beyond what has been enjoyed by most Christians and Churches.  Sometimes to move into a new area in God there has to be a ‘leap of faith’ and a ‘change in our concept’ of the function of the church and the individual.  That being said, I want you to consider a ‘problem’ that prevents this, and I believe as you see the problem you will be willing to invest yourselves into finding and implementing the solution.

Here in the text, it mentions ‘living stones’ and a ‘spiritual house’ for the purpose of a Holy establishing a Holy Priesthood.  That is not talking about those who carry the title of ‘minister’ or ‘preacher’ but Christians.  Peter, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, offers a ‘natural picture’ to help us understand a ‘spiritual truth’.  Natural stones produce natural houses and spiritual stones produce spiritual houses.

  • These are LIVING STONES – – [lively zoes]. 

Stones, building blocks, but building blocks that are alive.

  • There is a PROCESS – – Being built up.

Constructing or forming is taking place and it involves time.  It is not instantaneous!

  • There is an OBJECTIVE – – A Spiritual house.

Fully functioning spiritual house which is a body, a family, and a unit.

Imagine living building blocks!  Wouldn’t that be a wonderful reality in today’s church?  I do believe that it is becoming a reality in many locals, but sadly in much of the church world, it is more of a whimsical fantasy and a theoretical dream than a reality.  A significant portion of organized religion is far from being a Spiritual House either locally or universally.  What we see much of the time is a ‘pile of bricks’.  No question they are living stones with incredible potential but not functional because they have never Been Formed into a Spiritual House.  There is a vast difference between a Spiritual House and a Stone Pile! 

There are several contributing factors to the dilemma.  First, often there is little to no understanding of the Kingdom, biblical church government, and function.  Second, frequently our newfound freedom in Christ encourages us to run everywhere and do everything with no real spiritual submission to authority and without proper training.  [Equipping – Ephesians 4].  This equipping, according to the Scripture is done under the oversight of the Wise Master Builders or God’s under-shepherds and the gifts in the Church.

It is possible to have a ‘system of government’ that is biblical in theory but not in practice.  It is possible to have ‘elders & deacons’ in name, who do not have the calling, anointing, or function of true elders or deacons.  It is possible to have a ‘team concept’ of ministry but not practice it truly.  It is possible to have ‘home cell groups’ without having the ‘gift people’ in the right place or function.  It all looks good, sounds good, and the desire is good but it doesn’t produce life because it has not been ‘fitly framed’ together so it can be more than a Pile of Stones!

To be a Spiritual House, the stones/bricks Must be ‘fitted together’ with design, foresight, and planning.  According to the Bible, each member of a congregation is a ‘living stone’ a building block.  Most churches spend an enormous amount of money and energy trying to amass stones and in the view of the world the more stones you have the more successful you are.  The number of stones is equated with success, so everyone is focusing on gathering stones but not fitting them into a Spiritual House.  It is stones, stones, stones!  Let’s get more stones!  Well, you might as well ‘get stoned’ if that’s all you have it will do you about as much good.

If we are to impact this world as Jesus commissioned and commanded us it is imperative that we become Spiritual Houses, not Stone Piles!  Make this a commitment of your heart and seek to become ‘fitly framed together’ into a Spiritual House for a Holy Priesthood.  The lost need it.  The saved need it.  God desires it!

May God be with you as you go through your day!


Mark 2:14-17 – “As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, ” Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him. 15 And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, ” Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  NASB

The Pharisees were self-righteous.  They provided Jesus object lesson after object lesson to present His message of Grace.  In today’s world, I find it incredibly disturbing the level of bitterness and hatred that exists among people.  I find it even more disturbing when I find it among those identifying as followers of Christ and Christianity. 

The Pharisees thought they had a corner on truth and were the only ones pure in their doctrine and Jesus repeatedly revealed that it was not the outside of the cup that God focused on but the heart.  The Pharisees had their spiritual ‘T’s’ crossed and their ‘I’s’ dotted and yet missed the mark in the eyes of the Savior and the revealed will and heart of God in the Bible.  They sought to earn their acceptance and in doing so demonstrated the reality they were ‘sick’ spiritually and ‘bankrupt’ relationally. 

We have a condition where those who are outside the faith are filled with enmity toward each other.  We have a condition in the church where those of various sects, groups, camps, and/or persuasions are at enmity with those not, like them.  That identifies the condition of my title – “We, as a society, are sick and need healing.”

When Jesus called Levi, the tax collector, a man whose occupation caused him to be despised by the Pharisees, the Lord was the immediate target of the religious crowd.  Our Lord went into this vile man’s home, sharing a meal and when the Pharisees knew it, they cheerfully branded Him a heretic because he was associating with SINNERS! 

Imagine that!  The Great Physician seeking out those in need of spiritual healing.  These Pharisees were not bold enough to confront Jesus to his face, so they buttonholed his disciples asking their condemning questions, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus heard them and responded directly to their accusations and condensation saying, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  If it were not for the incredible seriousness of that, it would be hilarious the way Jesus put the Pharisees in their place. 

His answer should have caused an immediate recognition by the judgmental, self-righteous looking down their noses as those they considered SINNERS! But it didn’t!  Jesus identified His purpose of “seeking and saving that which was and is lost.”  His declaration, that it is not the healthy that need a physician but the sick was an indictment against, the attitude of the Pharisees.  It exposed the truth that although they were rigid in their keeping the Law of God but also the Laws of their own making, they were suffering from a serious heart problem. 

Their hearts were not gracious or loving.  They were not forgiving or interested in the spiritual condition of those they considered SINNERS!  They were judgmental and harsh in their treatment and view of anyone not a member of the Association.  Jesus identified that attitude was foreign to His heart and the purposes of God.  He identified that there is a Spiritual Physician who has come to Heal the Spiritually sick if the sick will receive Him.

If we allow ourselves to become like the Pharisees, we reveal a spiritual sickness in our own hearts and our great need of the Heavenly Physician to heal us.  If we, who are followers of Christ, fail to manifest spiritual health how will those in the world believe and receive it!  In many ways, we are sick and need healing.  I encourage you to bring your entire heart and mind to the Cross and allow our Lord through the Holy Spirit to apply His healing balm and heal us.  In that state of wholeness, we can manifest not just represent Christ to the world.

God, bless you as you embark on this beautiful day in Christ!

ONE MORE LOOK AT WHAT I BELIEVE IS “God’s Message to the Church Today.”

Matthew 16:13-19 – “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.  19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  NKJV

I realize that some might disagree that there is a need for Restoration today, but I believe that is biblically verifiable and applicable for today’s Church.  What is Restoration? To “restore” is to bring back to the original condition.  I believe that God is moving on hearts today to bring us back to and into the condition and function He purposed in the beginning and is required for the Last Days Harvest.  I believe God is moving to bring us back to our “biblical roots”.  He is not bringing us back to some point or place in man’s tradition, structure, or governmental form but is bringing us back to Him and fullness in Him. 

I fear that we have, at times, attempted to take the New Wine of God and put it in Old Wineskins of tradition.  There comes a time when an overhaul is no longer acceptable, and replacement is required.  Sadly, we keep trying to remodel the church rather than returning to His order, structure, function, and purpose.

Challenging traditions is a difficult and often dangerous endeavor.  We can and sometimes do the same as the Pharisees and make commandments of God out of doctrines of men and that is not what God desires.  One question I have asked and been asked is, “How far are you willing to go to follow the cloud spiritually?”  If we are going to be what God has intended us to be as the Church Action is Required!  Throughout history, we can understand that much was lost and is being restored.  Let’s back up and walk forward a bit and see if we can see this as reality.

The church lost the truth of Justification by Faith and God used Martin Luther to restore it. The truth of Sanctification was lost, and God used Wesley to bring it back.  The infilling of the Holy Spirit was lost, and God used the men like W.J. Seymour to bring it back.  Davidic Worship and Praise was lost, and God used the Charismatic movement to bring it back. 

Those are only a few examples of some things that God has and is bringing back to the Church.  But the bottom line is we must return to being a people who “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.”  God is moving to bring to fullness the ministry and purpose of Jesus to the Church of today.  [Note:  Isaiah 61; Mark 16; John 14:12; Ephesians 4].

At some point each of us has to determine which is more important, our traditions, place, rights or perceived rights, or God being manifested in fullness.  When we have truly and fully died to self the only thing that matters is God, His will, and purpose in our lives and world.  I am convinced as we see the Church become more aligned to the biblical pattern and purpose, we will see a greater and greater release of ministries and functions than we have in the past.  God is moving in today’s world and His purpose is that each of us is available and involved in His Harvest.

God bless you as you take another step in your journey!