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Your Life

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Your life is a gift from God to you.
When you value your life,
You honor the God who gave it to you.

7000 Men

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7000 Men

When Elijah was totally discouraged and wanted to quit, God said,
“I have 7000 men who have not bowed their knee to Baal.”

God has those men today.
Neither the world nor the church understands them.
Neither men nor women understand them.
They march to a different drummer.
They are led by a different Spirit.
They are misunderstood.
All, except sin, are safe in their presence.
They are made of flesh but are not fleshly.
They are in the world but are not of this world.
They covet a double portion of the Holy Spirit of God.

These men are controlled by:
Purity – of heart and life – spirit, soul, and body and behaviors
Purpose – to build the Kingdom of God here and now
Passion – to give all their energies to bless and guide people into righteousness

It is time for men to respond to the call of God in this age and be one of the 7000.

Amateur Providence

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Lord, what shall this man do?…What is that to thee? Follow thou Me. — John 21:21,22

One of our severest lessons comes from the stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s order for others. You see a certain person suffering, and you say — “He shall not suffer, and I will see that he does not.” You put your hand straight in front of God’s permissive will to prevent it, and God says — “What is that to thee?” If there is stagnation spiritually, never allow it to go on, but get into God’s presence and find out the reason for it. Possibly you will find it is because you have been interfering in the life of another; proposing things you had no right to propose; advising when you had no right to advise. When you do have to give advice to another, God will advise through you with the direct understanding of His Spirit; your part is to be so rightly related to God that His discernment comes through you all the time for the blessing of another soul.

Most of us live on the borders of consciousness — consciously serving, consciously devoted to God. All this is immature, it is not the real life yet. The mature stage is the life of a child which is never conscious; we become so abandoned to God that the consciousness of being used never enters in. When we are consciously being used as broken bread and poured-out wine, there is another stage to be reached, where all consciousness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God.

Oswald Chambers

How To Help Others

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II Timothy 2:24-26

And a servant of the Lord: qualifications
must not quarrel
but be gentle to all,
able to teach,
patient in enduring rejection and evil,
in humility

And a servant of the Lord: teaching
correcting those who are in opposition (to truth, self, God, authority…
if God perhaps will grant them repentance,
so that they may know the truth,
and that they may come to their senses
and escape the snare of the devil, and his lies
having been taken captive by him to do his will.

Lies provide a snare
God provides the truth

We help – God heals

The Journey – From Shittim to Gilgal

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The Journey – from Shittim to Gilgal

Entering the promised land:
The journey of the believer is from bondage to freedom.
That requires understanding of the life of victory.
It requires understanding of the life of worship.
It requires understanding of the life of warfare.
It requires understanding of the life of forsaking sin and evil.

Shittim: was a place of sin – adultery and idolatry.

Across the Jordan was Gilgal

Gilgal: was a place of blessing
The waters parted and they crossed on dry land
They set up stones as memorial in the river
They set up stones as memorial on the land
Circumcision was begun again as part of the covenant
The manna ceased – they ate the fruit of the land
They had to provide for themselves – this was a major change
God helps us when we need Him but He expects us to plan and to work.
Passover celebrated again in memory of the exodus from the slavery of Egypt

They needed to remember:
The righteous acts of God
The provision of God through the wilderness
Their shame was rolled away
Land provided by God for their inheritance
They had to conquer the remaining enemies

Needs:
Conquer the land
Remove the enemies
Those who accepted land on the other side of Jordan helped to conquer the land across Jordan

What God requires:
Righteousness
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man:
What is good.
And what does the LORD require of you:
But to do justice
And to love mercy
And to walk humbly with your God

Spiritual lesson:
We need to conquer the sins that easily beset us
Even after we are believers, if we do not conquer our sins,
Those sins will be there to prevent victory in our lives.
Those enemies must be removed and replaced by the blessings of the land of promise.
That requires diligent effort on our part or we will be defeated by the undefeated enemies.

Micah 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

The Journey

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Real love and freedom will guide you:
from bondage
to deliverance
to crossing the Red Sea
to the wilderness
to sustenance
to crossing the Jordan
to the promised land
to warfare
to possess the promised land
to possession of the promised land
to victory over the enemies.

Nice or Love?

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‘Niceness’ is Not Love

It is amazing how we confuse definitions. It is more amazing how we create our own definitions.

The world runs on definitions. That is why it is so serious when people ‘sow discord among brethren’. ‘Nice’ people do that. Loving people do not do that. That is not love.

‘Niceness’ is something that can be turned on and turned off. It can change to scorn and disapproval without notice. Love doesn’t do that. Love won’t do that.

Love is enduring.
It is constant over the long term.
It endures challenges
Love endures changes
Love is honest
Love is warm
Love is accepting
Love is discerning
Love is bold
Love is tough
Love is relentless
Love can be trusted

Embrace love.
Avoid ‘niceness’
Do not trust it.
It will blackmail you.
It will disappoint you
It will betray you
Do not trust it
Suspect it
Embrace love

Sometimes love is not ‘nice.’ Jesus asked Peter, ‘Do you love me?’ Jesus relentlessly asked Peter the question three times. That was not ‘nice.’ Peter was ‘grieved.’ Jesus refused Peter’s answer. That was not ‘nice.’

Why would Jesus act like that? He was not being ‘nice.’

Did Jesus love Peter? Absolutely. He wanted Peter’s heart. He wanted to know that He had Peter’s heart. He wanted Peter’s commitment.

In our attempt to be ‘nice’, we miss love. We try to be ‘nicer’ and ‘nicer’ and ‘nicer.’ It does not work very well.

Somewhere we got the idea that ‘niceness’ is love. It is not. It is an imposter.
‘Niceness’ is to get something. Love is to give everything.
‘Niceness’ sets people up – for something. Do not trust it.

Trust love. Will you be hurt? Of course. But, what you gain will so outweigh what you lose that you will be richer, wiser, healthier and Godlier.
‘Niceness’ should make you wary.
Love will make you wealthy.
Do not be ‘nice.’
Chose love.

There are Bible concepts that ‘nicely’ replace ‘niceness.’ Goodness comes to mind as does kindness. These are genuine Spirit fruit.

Do not accept ‘nice.’ Do not be drawn into lives of people who are ‘nice.’ It is so difficult to reject ‘nice’ but it must be done. Learn to discern between human ‘nice’ and God’s Spirit fruit. Kindness is good. Goodness is good. ‘Nice’ is not good.

Wise people discern when ‘nice’ is not for real and they do not fall for it. The real test is when you will not accept the ‘niceness’ of a person using ‘nice’ to control you. That is when you discover what their ‘nice’ is all about.

The Bible keeps the concepts of Love and Truth together. We must do that to be faithful to the Scripture.

Nicodemus was ‘nice’ to Jesus. Jesus was not ‘nice’ to him. Jesus loved him. Jesus told him the truth.

Ahab and Jezebel were ‘nice’ to Naboth. They held a banquet in his honor. Then they accused him falsely. Then they killed him. ‘Nice’ is manipulative – I Kings 21:8-14 – from banquet to false accusation to death.

‘Nice’ is a part of the process of manipulation. It is used and misused and is typically very effective. Only discernment can detect it. Only wisdom can perceive it. Only real love can counter it. Only God’s Holy Spirit can replace it.

Of course, love is nice to people but, don’t just be ‘nice.’ Nice without love is not nice at all. Live the fruit of the Holy Spirit today and always.