The Elephant in the Room

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.” “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23 N.K.J.V.

Pride, huperephania, Strong’s #5243 Twelfth on the list of thirteen inner vices, the word means haughtiness (blatantly and disdainfully proud) arrogance (an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner) ostentatious pride bordering insolence, and disdainful attitude toward others.

It is a pharisaical sin characterized by superiority of attitude. It is a state of pride that is the very opposite of Jesus’ claim for Himself, meek (praotes) and lowly (tapeinos).

When the Elephant in My Room is Pride

The Bible is clear on pride.  Pride is not from God but from the world (1 John 2:16).  Pride will bring us down (Prov. 29:23; 16:18) and bring disgrace (Prov. 11:2).  Jesus said that it is one of the defiling expressions of a heart opposed to God (Mark 7:22).  It is one of those pervasive heart problems that can drive a life like few other struggles can. It can even drive good things we do in ministry.

Any thoughts?

Do you answer to the Heebie-Jeebies?

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For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.

Sound mind, sophronismos, Strong’s # 4995: combination of sos, “safe,”and phren “the mind”; thus, safe-thinking. The word means good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

The spirit of fear may find a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human mentality; it is not from God; and it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone (1 John 4:18).

Indecision or wrong decisions are then made that could give place to bondage and great human suffering. In the face of fear, we are to remember our calling from God (2 Tim. 1 :6). We have within us:

  1. The power of God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us to no longer be victims (our text);
  2. The perfect love of God, poured into our lives through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence (Rom. 5:5);
  3. The mind of Christ by which we can apply the ways of God in making “sound” choices (2 Tim.1:7).

Applying this truth determines whether we overcome fear or are overcome by it (1 John 5:4).

 

Internalizing Shame.

Shame becomes toxic when we allow someone, or someone forces us, to break our boundaries of morality. This is apparent in a study of the rape of Tamar. Amnon, Tamar’s half brother was obsessively in love with with her. Through subtlety, he was able to get her into his bed-chamber alone.

When she was propositioned by Amnon she answered him: “nay, m, brother, do not force me, do not humble me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel. Do not behave so foolishly. And where shall I cause my shame to go?” 2  Samuel 13:  12-13.recognizing-toxic-shame

Tamar pleads with Amnon not to violate her moral and social boundaries. She offered him a solution that would allow him to have intercourse with her and yet not cause her to have shame. “Go to father,” she pleaded. “He will give us permission to marry.”

Let us look into her request and the purpose behind it. For Amnon to have sexual relations with her would have violated her moral boundaries as a single, unmarried woman. To violate these boundaries would cause her to have a deep sense of shame.

To get married would re-define and establish new boundaries, for the moral boundaries of a single girl are different from that of a married woman. That which causes those guilt and shame, sexually, would not cause guilt and shame after marriage.

For the marriage bed is honorable to all provided there is no lust involved in fulfilling our sexual desires, and we do not violate our partner’s conscience, causing them to sin. Amnon would not listen to Tamar, so he raped her. The devastation that his act of selfishness caused her is recorded  in 2  Samuel 13:19-20.

”And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of diverse colours, that was on her, and laid her hand on her head and went on crying …so Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.”

This tragic story and its repercussions has been repeated a number of times, leaving those women who have been forcibly raped or sexually abused to suffer a life-time of inner pain and humiliation, leaving deep scars of guilt and shame.

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Shame Brought Saul Down, Grace Brought David Up.

Pastor Manny

Israel demands a king. 1 Samuel 8: 7,10. Samuel tells them what a king will be like verse 11-18-19. Here is where the demands of the people where ahead of God’s plan. Verse 22, So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.” There is a distinct difference between God’s allowing Saul to be made a king and His own choice of David. God says of David, “I have provided Myself a king.” 1 Samuel 16:1.

In Saul He gives the people their king.

Chapter 9.1,2. The word power at the end of verse one is really wealth, notice it says a Benjamite, a mighty man of wealth. Meaning the family was one of significance, of influnce, well educated, well respected and ruled over many people in their family and servents. Tall and hansome are what people look for in a leader.

Saul goes looking for his fathers donkeys and ends up meeting Samuel the Seer and  prophet. In 1 Samuel 9:17-21. God speaks to Samuel and tells him Saul is the man he told him about.  Saul’s shame was manifested in his reply to Samuel in verse 21.24-saul-30-638

Many teach that Saul was very humble by his statement to Samuel in verse 21,  but it was actually the manifestation of shame because Saul was a Benjaminite and when he was told he would lead Israel the generational curse that nearly wiped out the tribe of Benjamin manifested.

This is proved out in 1 Samuel 10: 20-24 read.

Shame as a covering of the Soul. The word “shame”has its roots in meaning “to cover or hide an exposure.” Covering was a defense against being exposed, which wounded one’s self-respect. Shame was an assurance that privacy would be maintained. When someone says, I feel ashamed,” the meaning may actually express , “I do not want to be seen.”

Shame is generally defined as “an unpleasent emotional reaction by an indivdual to an actual, or presumed negative judgment of himself by others, resulting in self-depreciation.

There is a close relantionship between shame and guilt. Guilt is the product of a sense of wrong doing, and fear of punishment. Shame involves a  feeling of inferioity; a deep sense of shame that one is inherently marred in one’s personality. A simple way of understanding these two are: guilt will say, “I feel bad,” and shame will say, “I am bad.”

Where did the Shame come to the tribe of Benjamin?     Judges 19. read a bit. See verse 13,14. Jump to 22, 29. Chapter 20;11–13. end came finally in verse 46, 47.

The tribe of Benjamin was a wealthy and powerful tribe, yet they would not turn over the perverted men who raped and murdered the woman. They refused to listen to the voice of thier brethern. This lead to them almost becoming extinct.

This trait shows up latter in King Sauls life. In chapter 13 of 1 Samuel Sauls problem manifests. Samuel tells Saul because his unlawful Sacrifice his kingdom will not be long and continue along Sauls line.

In Chapter 14:24 Saul makes rash oath.  Sauls direct rebellion comes out in 15:14-24.

On and on it goes, in 1 Samuel 15:28.

In 1 Samuel 16 David is anointed King. In verse 14 The Holy Spirit departs Saul. A very sad and tragic end to this mans life. Saul had a shame based personality , devestation /bondage comes from a shame based personality.

David is in sharp contrast to Saul. Davids brothers were envious of him, David knew his Lord. Saul depended on Samuels leadership at first then went off. David respected God’s ways.

David sinned greviously with Bathsheba and we learn from his prayer in Ps. 51 that david was truely repent and listened to the Holy Spirits prompting to live according to truth.

In verse 6 read we read”You will make me to know wisdom.”  David sought the Lord for a cleansing for his soul verse 7. The Hebrew word for wash is not the one used for the simple cleaning of a dish in water, but rather the washing of clothes by beating and pounding. David wanted a thorough cleansing from the sin nature.

David was a king yet he was open to the Lord’s direction and leading. Saul was covered in his generational sin. Shame always covers the personality. In verse 8 God’s conviction bore down upon David, to the point of seemingly crushing him.

Verse 11 the absence of God’s presence is the same as the absence of His Spirit. David predessor, Saul had experienced this (1 Sam. 16:14) beacuse he would not repent from sinfulness because of shame.

Saul was a man of the people who suffered a generational shame that worked within him to bring destruction to his life and family.

David sinned but went on in life by walking in the Grace of God that showed him forgivness through repentance.

Prayer for renunciation —–2 Cor. 4:2; Amplified. We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adultrate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

In the name of jesus, I renounce all generational shame that came from my parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

I renounce the curse of shame and poverty. I renounce all personal shame and humiliation. I release from the cycle of shame caused by my own sin, or someone’s sin against me.

I renounce all family familiar spirits of shame that oppress me, my family, my children and my children’sa children. I forgive my forefathers for their sin that caused the curse of shame to come upon me.

Thank You Lord, for releasing me from shame and for release and freedom of all my possessions and goods. Amen!

Are you in the Word enough so that it is converting your soul?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… Psalm 19:7 NKJV.

That the “law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. psalm nineteenseven

The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. There are two terms generally used to describe these features of God’s Word:

  1. Inerrant (perfect) means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over centuries has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past are essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its actually remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)
  2. Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (Life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:3), because His Word reveals His truth (17:17), and because God cannot lie (Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb.6:18).

 

Is the attitude of your soul directing you?

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 NKJV.

Prosperity is a result; as it pertains to salvation (soteria) and in the over all results God provides for believers. It is certain that God wants His children to prosper. Can anyone deny that? However, prosperity should not be the end in itself. It should be the result of a quality of life, commitment, dedication, and action that is in line with God’s Word.

In our text the word “prosper” (Greek—euodoo) literally means “to help on the road” or “succeed in reaching.”  Its meaning is significant in that divine prosperity is not a momentary, passing phenomenon, but rather it is an ongoing, progressive state of succees and well-being. It is intended for every area of our lives: the spiritual, the Physical and emotional, and the material.

However, God does not want us to unduly emphasize any one area. We must maintain a balance. The last expression of our verse translated “ just as your soul prospers,” actually means “in the measure that your soul walks in a proper and right manner.” In other words the Apostle John is saying to Gaius that his wish is that everything about him is doing well and that he is healthy, (sound) and doing well and being healthy depends upon the right direction of his soul, or his attitude.

 

Healing, Restoration and Holiness are you walking in them, or are you already Perfected?

It needs to be said that true restoration of relationships involves more than choices to forgive and be forgiven and a great deal more than fleshly striving to be kind and loving.

Holiness is not achieved merely by working to order our behavior according to the laws of God. Holiness is a matter of giving ourselves so completely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ that by the power of His Holy Spirit living in us we are transformed into His likeness. His purposes, motivations, and responses become ours. Our behavior is then the outward manifestation of what He has been allowed to accomplish in our innermost being.

Many in the church have not understood that a deep transformation of the inner man needs to happen for everyone in the process of sanctification. The Apostle Paul put it this way, “I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted: but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4, 5. holiness-funny

Hidden things in the heart (hardened heart, bitterness) often block us in our Christian walk and keep us from becoming one with each other and with God. When born-again Spirit-filled Christians cannot walk in Christ, often what is involved is one must minister through counseling to the evangelization of unbelieving hearts of believers. Hebrews 3:12.

Many Christians resist the very idea of sanctification as a process. Rather, they see it in terms of a single happening, an experience. They celebrate the fact that their sins are forgiven and they are new creatures in Christ, which indeed they are (2 Cor. 5:17) However, many fail to see that the new creation has yet to put off the practices of the old man (habitual ways of seeing, thinking, feeling, and acting) and to put on the new self who is “being renewed” (Col.3:3-15).

Many do not seem to understand that they must be renewed in the spirit of their minds (Eph. 4:23) so that they may learn, for example, how to “be angry” but “sin not,” Eph. 4:26.

Our renewed mind must be trained to take authority over the emotions of our heart so that choices to act are not directed by emotions but by the mind of Christ in us. We are crucified with Him (Gal.5:24 and 2:20) but Paul also says that we “die daily” (1 Cor. 15:31) as we reckon ourselves dead to sin and present ourselves as alive to Christ as instruments of righteousness (Rom. 6:11-14).

“By one offering He has perfected for all times those who are (being) sanctified” Heb. 10:14; this passage speaks of a process. In Hebrews 12:14 Christians are told to “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord.”

We are commanded to: “see to it that no one come short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.” (Heb. 12:15) we are to do as Paul did, “…I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:12). We are to “grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2) and “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).

Christians who do not understand that our positional perfection in Jesus must become experiential in this life have counted their born-again experience as the end accomplishment rather than the beginning of a new life empowered by the risen Lord, supported, and nurtured by life in the family of God. (The Church).

Have you experienced the Dark Night of the Soul?

We can experience two types of “being lost.” Both types can be spiritually dangerous. All of us have experienced the loss of something—-wallet, money, car keys. I remember boarding a plane in Tel-Aviv, Isreal and not seeing my wife who was just behind me. I stood in the plane frantically looking for her thinking if she misses the flight, how will she get back? I felt i had lost her. Lost is seperation. We, until our born again experience in Jesus Christ, are seperate from God in terms of an intimate covenant relationship.

The second type of being lost is what St.John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul.” John was a Spanish Carmelite monk (1542-1591), a student of philosophy and theology. St. John defines the ‘dark night.’ “The ‘dark night’ is when persons lose all the pleasure they once experienced in their devotional life.” The experience feels like God does not exist.

St. John suggests that God wants to wean us from depending even on our own consciousness and experience of God. This is pastorally challenging territory. Some folk just cannot fathom the dark night of the soul and end up jettisoning their faith. Had they the will to persevere, the God on the other side of the dark night would be closer, bigger, much more loving. We’ve produced an American infantile spirituality that requires God to be our security blanket. What if God “disappears”?maxresdefault (1)

 

St. John of the Cross describes new believers as eagerly devoted to Christ and rigidly disciplined in spiritual practices. In their following Jesus they develop a “secret pride.” They become “too spiritual,” condemning others who are not as spiritual as they are. They stay disciplined in order to be esteemed by others. They begin to avoid confession because confession may ruin their image. They become more spiritual for their own sake, not for God’s. Enter the dark night. The dark night is a purging work of the Spirit. John writes, “For the truth is that the feelings we receive from the devotional life are the least of its benefits.

The invisible and unfelt grace of God is much greater, and it is beyond our comprehension (emphasis added). …For true spirituality consists in perseverance, patience, and humility. …No soul will ever grow deep in the spiritual

life unless God works passively in that soul by means of the dark night.” The dark night is called dark for a reason; it is an inner darkness that makes one feel like he or she is wandering toward the inky abyss.

In short, if the Dark Night (DN) of the senses is the move from loving God for pleasures sake to loving God for loves sake (God turns out the light on our sensual spirituality), then the DN of the soul is the move from the love of God for loves sake to the love of God for *Gods* sake (to paint w/ a Broadbrush!).

Ironically, “consolation,” Gods “felt presence,” is for the less mature/younger believers to *encourage us & reinforce behaviors; “desolation,” Gods “felt absence” is for the more mature believers to “‘expose behavior (Spirit takes us deeper into the “putting off’ process-­detachment). We cannot get rid of the self unless we through the self!!!

In the DN of the spirit/soul (love of God for loves sake to love of God for *Gods* sake alone) the Spirit begins to purge us not only of our vices, but now also our virtues we developed as non-christians & young believers.

Most 15,20,40+ year old believers in the faith, if they are honest  will tell you that deep down when trials come we instinctively, & autonomously, tend to appeal more to our own intellect, character formation, will, etc we have accumulated over the years than opening to the Spirit from beginning to end. “Apart from me you can do…”

This does Not mean we get rid of all the *wonderful* important, foundational attributes we have gained over the years! On the contrary, God Himself begins to “darken” these deep parts of the soul in order to bring Deeper dependence on the Spirit’s wisdom in the moment (& ultimately bring more profound insight as they are subordinated to God).

Sanctification nurtures the same psychological soil as justification, “I can’t do it!” only in much deeper places. God also moves us from trusting in our own character to deeply abiding in the Vine. During this process, a DN indeed, anxiety, fear, worry, guilt, shame, etc are *God’s* invitations (idiot lights on the dashboard of our soul) to journey deeper With Him leading the dance & not appealing to our own autonomous “gifts.”

Its been said that feelings are lousy leaders. Absolutely! But they *are* Excellent windows into the soul as well.

The louder they scream will constitute how deep our (disordered) attachments reside, and *that* is when we need to lay down our defensive (often unconscious) shield of acquired wisdom, character, willpower, etc & go with God  as He Lovingly invites us to the spiritual discipline of listening to our hearts (where the Triune God resides!) & to the call of God that echoes*deep* in the heart of every emotion. God Himself will do this in the DN of the spirit/soul.

This was Very brief but hopefully helps a little. There are many signs & temptations that accompany believers here and a good spiritual director/pastor familiar with this terrain is needed.

 

Does anybody really care?

Imam recites Quran for the first time in the Vatican

Presented for your listening pleasure, as well as a leg up on the new catechism. The pointy headed leader of the world’s Roman Catholic Church is on a roll in his effervescent outreach to blend all religions into Rome; after all, all roads lead to Rome.

HISTORIC FIRST EVER ISLAMIC PRAYERS AT VATICAN SIGNALS START OF ONE WORLD RELIGION.historic-first-muslim-prayers-vatican-pope-francis-revelation-17-false-prophet-one-world-religion

“AND UPON HER FOREHEAD WAS A NAME WRITTEN, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:14
CHRISLAM WILL BE THE ONE WORLD RELIGION (Rick Warren is gushing)
The book of Revelation is quite clear when it discusses the Catholic system in chapters 17 and 18. The Vatican sitting on seven hills is called the “mother of harlots”, a pagan system of worship that has control over the whole world. She is carried by the beast, and is the enemy of God. More than that, she will rule for a period of time with complete power over kings, mighty men and all the inhabitants of the earth. The One World Religion during the time of the Great Tribulation.
Historic-first-muslim-prayers-vatican-pope-francis-revelation-17-false-prophet-one-world-religion “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
So it is with great interest that we note that the Vatican, which represents 1 billion+ Catholics around the world, and Islam which claims more than 1 billion+ Muslim adherents, have begun to merge and join forces.

The Roman Catholic Church startled the religious and secular world today, with the official announcement – admitting: “ISLAM has now become the world’s largest religion – the Vatican newspaper said in Sunday’s “Vatican City” ‘For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,’ Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Al Arabiya reports this: For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and had no political aim other than to rekindle the desire for Israeli-Palestinian peace at the political and popular level.

Here is what Muslims think about Jesus.muslim-koran-what-they-say-about-jesus

 

This from followers of a man who was illiterate, a bandit and took a  9 year old girl as his wife. Now there’s a theology that “The religion of men” can be proud of. Have you ordered your foot bath yet?

 

 

TWO NEW MYTHICAL SAINTS

TWO NEW MYTHICAL SAINTS(Friday Church News Notes, May 2, 2014,www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) – Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are the latest editions to Rome’s mythical sainthood. The Vatican Information Service reported that half million people crowded into St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area to witness the canonization ceremony on the morning of April 27.zz_2popes

Delegations attended from over 100 countries. There were 20 heads of state and many figures from the world of politics and culture, including the king and queen of Spain, the king and queen of Belgium, the president of the European Union, and the president of the European Commission. Special hymns were written and sung to both popes. Pope Francis made the following pronouncement: “We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church.” John Paul II was put on a fast track to sainthood because of his great popularity and his role in vastly increasing the stature and popularity of Roman Catholicism in this generation.

Both popes had a massive role in promoting end-time ecumenism. John XXIII was the convener of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s which opened the door for Rome’s ecumenical relations with Protestants and Baptists and prepared the way for the creation of the apostate one-world “church” described in Revelation 17. Both popes were great venerators of Mary.

Engraved in John Paul II’s wooden coffin, viewed at what has been called “the world’s largest funeral,” was a large letter M for Mary (The Evening Standard, London, Apr. 8, 2005). When elected pope in 1978, he dedicated his papacy to Mary, taking as his episcopal motto the Latin words “Totus Tuus,” meaning “Totally Yours” (“John Paul II’s Devotion to Mary,” Inside the Vatican, special insert, May 1996). He had these words of blasphemous devotion to Mary embroidered on his papal robes.PopeJohnPaul-Ext-02-HP-Up

In his autobiography Crossing the Threshold of Faith, which sold four million copies the first year alone, he said: “During the Second World War, while I was employed as a factory worker, I came to be attracted to Marian devotion. … Mary is the new Eve, placed by God in relation to Christ, the new Adam … the Mother of God shares in a unique way in the Resurrection and in the Glory of her own Son…” The Bible condemns this heresy in the clearest terms. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8).

Manny’s thoughts:

The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has throughout its history recognized certain individuals as official saints. It “canonizes” them for extraordinary deeds of charity and faith, an gives them public recognition. But on November 1st, commonly called “all saints day,” the RCC also recognizes every believer as an unoffical saint. In Ephesians 1:1, Paul instructs us that even if we don’t feel like we deserve such a title, God sees each believer as a saint. 

 

 

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