Overcoming One-sidedness

Just a few thoughts from the old guy sitting on the porch watching the world go by on a cold, drab day…

​Thinking about Mary & Martha again the last day or two. And if the Lord will allow me, sometime soon I plan to minister on “Overcoming One-Sidedness”.

The beauty of their story is Martha knew that after a day’s journey, Jesus would be tired and hungry…and so she provided a place to comfortably set, and went to the kitchen to fix a meal; AND Mary knowing that The Teacher in Him longed to weigh the eternal Truth in discourse, found a seat at His feet and gave Him her rapt, undivided attention.

The tragedy of their situation was that neither Mary nor Martha saw the need for each other and so were constantly at odds with one another.

So it is with us!  Usually, the older, louder, more brash argument, or whoever has more followers, wins the conflict and walks away feeling justified. The other usually walks away more quietly, albeit totally unconvinced, merely cowed by the barrage of the other’s rhetoric.  This tragedy is that both sides made points worthy of consideration, which, but for their sneering disregard of one another, if given consideration, could have brought them to consensus, but now are merely cast aside as a worthless effort.

The greatest tragedy is that the heart of God is once again grieved by His children who insist on being “right” over being reconciled, and continue to contend for their divergent views to the on-going disunity of His Body; and this, often over things that have NOTHING to do with Salvation. And the world is given another example of why they don’t want to be a part of us.

Sad day for the home team!

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​Dumb, Disabled and Destitute, but Determined

Did you know the bumblebee is unable to fly?  I was also shocked!  Imagine the bumblebee’s consternation!  

But, no, the poor thing cannot fly.  It can be proved by the laws of aerodynamics.  This is because the size and shape of its body in relation to the size, shape, and make-up of its wings; and as can be very readily demonstrated by the use of a wind tunnel; makes flight quite impossible.  However, the bumblebee being ignorant of of all these scientific facts, AND possessing considerable determination, DOES fly.  And it makes a little honey too!

I said all that, to ask you this…What have you been told you’re too dumb, disabled, or destitute to accomplish?  I use the word destitute not just in the sense of lack of financial ability, but as lacking any kind of resources. Such as physical, intellectual, emotional, or resources of any kind.

I am 61 years old, and have a few issues health-wise that on occasion slow me down a bit.  In addition, I am what your local used car salesman would call, a high mileage unit. If I were an old Buick you’d probably find me on the back of the lot. But that’s neither here nor there. I get around and do just about anything Jesus needs me to do, because I’ve found the truth of what Apostle Paul said, “I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me…”  Philippians 4:13. But, I’m rambling…let me continue. 

My point is, when I was 16 or 17 years old, I was informed that what I thought the Lord had spoken into my life was NOT valid, because those kinds of ministry didn’t even exist anymore. Furthermore, I did not have the intellectual capacity for ministry, and lastly I had no anointing.  Now, those who told me those things have gone to their reward, a couple of them having failed horribly in their assigned kingdom tasks for a number of different reasons.  And here I am, having been preaching, teaching, discipling and praying folks through for more than 45 years. To God be ALL the blessing, honor, and glory forever!

Solomon said it truly, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”  Proverbs 29:23 

I ask you again, my dear friend, What have you been told you’re too dumb, disabled, or destitute to accomplish? Proverbs 18:1 says, “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.“. Maybe you don’t have all you need to do what you feel God calling you to do!  That’s where Faith and Trust come in!  I am a witness…He will provide one way or another, all the resources you need to accomplish your task!  Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey!

Now, fly little bumblebee!  And bring home some honey!

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To Nest or not to Nest…

​H​ebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a DISCERNER of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS of the heart.  [emphasis is mine]

I thank God for the peace and liberty this scripture verse brings to my heart and life!

As a newly saved, young teenager, I used to spend DAYS repenting for every little ignorant, evil thought that came to my mind.  Until a faithful old prayer warrior broke this verse down for my understanding. 

Y’see that word DISCERNER could just as well be translated DIVIDER…that’s what Discernment does, it divides out what is, from what isn’t.  Good from bad…right from wrong… real from fake…precious from vile…etc.

So this verse tells us the Word of God DIVIDES out the THOUGHTS from the INTENTS of my heart. That’s such a blessing!  Because, especially in this electronic age where we’re flooded with audio and visual input from every source imaginable, you CANNOT avoid some thoughts that will run through your mind.  But, the trick is not allowing our hearts to dwell on the thing to where it becomes an intent of the heart. Because make no mistake, once a thing becomes an intent of our heart, even if we never actually carry out the deed…WE WILL stand in the Judgment with the intent, just as if we had done it…because it’s an intent.

The old-timers used to say, You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head…but you don’t have to allow it to nest in your hair.

So, you ask, how do I stop a thought from becoming an intent?  You stop thinking about it!  Don’t dwell on it!  Let it go!  Fill your thoughts with praise to God. Fill your mind with His Word!  Paul gave us a tremendously powerful key for this…

Philippians 4:7-8 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Thank God for His Word!  

I CAN be free!  I CAN be clean!  I’m washed with His Word. 

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6…and there was no more sea…

​Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and THERE WAS NO MORE SEA. (Emphasis mine)

Why did THAT stick out to John?!

Because out on the Isle of Patmos where he had been exiled, it was the sea that cut him off and separated him from all he knew and loved, and held dear. 

Yes, he had the Lord Jesus, and great, magnificent revelation…but, no friends, no family, no ministry comrades to share with. No sweet wife to sit in the cool mornings and share coffee with. No warm loving embrace of spouse, or sons, or grandbabies to bounce on a knee. Only the weather, hunger and thirst, crashing waves on the beach…and loneliness.

Is it any wonder his vision of heaven included NOTHING that would any longer separate or divide?  No time, no distance, no inconvenience, or misunderstanding, not even Death any longer will separate us from those we love and hold dear!

Thank God for the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus that have brought us into the richness of restoration and redemption; and continues to gather and shape us into a unity of fellowship and peace together with our brethren. 

“…and there was no more sea…”

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Love Conquers All

Just a few 1 a.m. kind of thoughts…

It has been said, “Love conquers all…“, and I personally believe that. 

The scripture says in Song of Solomon 8:6-7,Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; … 7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:….”

I’m NOT talking about loving “the idea of love”, or of being “in love”…but, of loving someone or something with such intensity and passion, that it overcomes the pain, or turmoil, or trial, or circumstances that surround you and threaten to overwhelm you. Even if the perception is that the object of your love IS THE CAUSE of the circumstance!  THAT is a transcendent love right there!

I found, in my own recent brush with death, I did not understand it…I WAS afraid…I FELT the presence of death…for lack of a better way of saying it…brooding over me…as if sitting there licking his proverbial chops…just awaiting the moment he could slip in and take me. BUT, I also felt the Presence of Him whom I love in the room with me. 

In those moments of uncertainty and fear it was NOT faith that sustained me; no it wasn’t!  It is the Truth that I TRUST HIM, with the trust built and founded in the Love and Faithfulness He’s shown me all these years. 

THAT love is truly life sustaining!  THAT love truly does conquer all!

God’s richest blessings to all of you faithful readers!

Papa W.

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