Archive for March, 2011

Spirit of Religion

03/31/2011

Two faced Christians

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12).

While many of the evils Paul is warning the church of Ephesus about are unable to be seen, even in modern times. There are others that can be seen. One of the main ones I have learned about as of late is the “Religious Spirit“. Naturally, I am not saying that I believe there is a demon named Religion, but let us face facts, is it not possible? Think of how many otherwise wonderful christians have fallen victim to church tradition. Think for a moment about how many young women have come to a church for the first time in their lives and felt outcast by the members or staff because they turned their nose up at her clothes or her hardware (piercings) and never sought Christ again. You never know when your first impression ON someone can be their last about Jesus. I am not perfect, not by a long shot. I love the ink that I have put on my skin, not entirely certain I would do it all again, and for those of you who don’t know and are wondering, no they are not obvious. But it makes me sad that anyone would feel the need to ask that to begin with. At one point I had five pieces of jewelry hanging from my head via my ears, now there are only three and thanks to my son Christian being a “grabber” I am debating the two lowest hanging of those fruits. Many think that if they are visibly seen praying aloud, carrying a Bible everywhere with them, or talking to everyone about Jesus even, then they are doing their part, and to a degree they probably are. But if you are that person I just spoke of, and you are sadly one of the many that is only working for God because of what He can do for you, then I earnestly ask you to reconsider your works. As christian ministers, disciples, and apostles we have but one job, to get to Heaven by forming a one on one relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the very Son of God who died for all of our transgressions and everyone else’s for that matter; while doing our very best to take as many to Heaven with us. There are many examples of Church Tradition or Religious Tradition being the very downfall of many a great woman or man of God and I pray today that you do not let that spirit lead you down that path.

Stay blessed and not stressed.

Chris

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Jesus Christ (part one of study)

03/30/2011
Ary Scheffer: The Temptation of Christ, 1854

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How Jesus is God:

John 1:1-2 ‘In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.’

If one thing is certain, the apostle John left out the human lineage of Jesus on purpose, where Matthew and Luke add it on purpose to show that Jesus is the descendent of David. John leaves out the lineage because his entire gospel is proving the point that Jesus is in fact, God. Jesus was in Heaven and the very same God that created the world in the very beginning. To further ram the point home that Jesus was the prophesied messiah, David was born in the exact same city all those years prior, that Jesus was. Jesus is eternal and absolute as you will read in the next verse.

Hebrews 1:8 ‘But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice.’

1 John 5:20 ‘And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.’

That puts it pretty plain, as humans, we have a one on one relationship with God, by having a one on one relationship with Jesus because they are in fact one in the same. Jesus is “the ONLY TRUE GOD, and he is eternal life”.
How Jesus is also a man:

Matthew 4:4 ‘But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Here we see Jesus telling Satan that he, like all men, live by the breath (word) of God and not by food alone. He replied the same to the Pharisees you may recall. Another interesting thing to note is that any time a demon or evil spirit addresses Jesus, they refer to him as the son of God, instead of how most (including himself) did as the son of Man. It is my belief (and many scholars that I have read from) that the evil beings refused to call Jesus the son of man, because that would have indicated their defeat, because to admit God had come in the flesh would be admitting that the Messiah had come.

Romans 1:3 ‘The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family’

Paul reminds us of Chris’s humanity by reminding us (as in Luke and Mark) that Jesus came from a human bloodline. David’s family = Jesus human nature. It was in this very incarnation that God in the form of Jesus came to mankind to finally fulfill God’s purpose for mankind that all men dating all the way back to Adam the first man, failed to do.

Thus the prophecy of the messiah to begin with.
Hope you learned, or re-learned this joyfully.

Stay blessed, not stressed.

Chris

Reflecting God’s Mercy

03/28/2011

God Hold's your heart in His hands, and shows you mercy in your time of need.

Hello Everyone,
 
The other day I was in the chat room, I minister in, alone. So, I started posting scripture. When I post scripture I use a bible app, that randomly puts out scriptures, before i use it, I pray for God to show me the scriptures He wants me to post. so I’m posting and one of the scriptures
captured my attention.
 
Micah 6:8 ‘He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’
                                                    
So I  decided to look up mercy in the dictionary & then I looked up “Biblical Mercy”.
 
The dictionary’s Mercy: The compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offendor or adversary who is in one’s power or care. Clemency; pity; something for which to be thankful; “it was a mercy we got out alive”.
 
The Bible‘s Mercy- God’s love to people. When He does not remember the bad things that we do.  Help to those who are in need or difficulty. The love that God has when He makes us good. God’s love and the good things that He does. The feeling of love that God has towards all that He’s made. Being kind to bad people. When we are kind and help a person who does wrong. We do it to show that God loves them, the love that God shows when He forgives.
 
God’s mercy is pretty amazing, I’m glad to have learned about it. That’s the kind of mercy we should have, when we minister the word or even help someone to overcome their issues, we need to remember that God has patiently, quietly and with a steadfast Love, waited till we were ready to receive Him, He didn’t force us. We need to be willing to forgive, without holding anger or bitterness toward those who hurt us. That’s how God has Mercy on us, over & over.
 
Lord thank You for Your Mercy, I need it in the trillions, Help me to be a mercy giver, even
when it’s hard. In Jesus Holy Name.
 
God bless you all with much mercy,

Hope

God Reveals Himself

03/25/2011

Let God Be Your Light In Your Tunnel

Have you ever had problems in your life that you just simply could not see how God could let you go through them? Well, have you ever thought that maybe just maybe, sometimes Jesus puts things in our lives to build us up? What about the thought that maybe he puts these in our lives to reveal himself to us? To show you His grace first hand.
 
God really put me through the ringer last year. I could not be more grateful either. I turned away from my family, my friends, my church, and most importantly, God himself. I completely ceased being charitable, stopped serving, put everything on the shelf that I was involved in. I lied to people, lots of people. I started heading down a dark road that didn’t at all feel like “me”. I know what triggered everything. And I have put that particular grief behind me, as has my wife. Sometimes when we are going through the worst storms of our lives, we don’t want to see God in the middle. But once you find yourself in the eye of the storm, you feel the peace in the center. That peace is God, showing his grace in abundance even when it doesn’t feel like it. Like the Allstate insurance commercial says, “that light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t have to be an oncoming train“. They could not be more RIGHT! That light doesn’t have to be a train, but if you calm yourself, breathe deep, and actually look around, you will see that it is not a light at all, it is God, in his own way, showing you Himself.
 
God Bless
 
Chris

God’s Magnetism

03/24/2011

God is the most powerful magnet of all time!

God is the most magnetic person or thing in all of creation. There is something that draws every follower of Jesus to Him. It could be the love of a friend or family member. It could also be a tragic event that brings someone to their knees with nowhere else to go.
 
Hebrews 12:2 “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
 
The “We do this” is speaking about witnessing to the lost, or the “seekers” as I call them.
Let’s break down the above verse.
 
Sentence 1: This refers to the very most important commandment of God. LOVE HIM ABOVE ALL OTHERS, FIRST AND FOREMOST. If we want to succeed as disciples of Jesus the first thing we have to do is keep our eye on the ball (Jesus). He is the author and perfector of our faith. Jesus is our champion! Our ultimate everything! He comes before everything! Once you put Him first in your ministry, or just your everyday life, we begin to see that His grace is more than we could ever need.
 
Sentence 2: To be crucified in Jesus’ day, was the ultimate disrespect. He took on that shame for You and Me without even caring. The thoughts of the masses did not even factor into his decision.
 
Sentence 3: We now know exactly where He is. Assuming we all understand and fully comprehend the Trinity, we know that Jesus, who is God, is in fact in the throne right now. And He wants you to be before Him after His coming. All we need is faith, and that comes first.
 
God Bless
Chris

God’s Mysteries

03/21/2011
Jesus on the Cross

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Mark 4:11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.”  (This verse clearly implies that Jesus was speaking of only his followers who truly follow him comprehend any part of Christianity or the word of God. To read scripture is one thing, to absorb the Word is entirely different.)

Ephesians 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ  (again indicating that the mystery is only comprehended through Jesus)

Romans 16:25b the mystery that was kept secret for long ages (this tells us that before Jesus came to Earth, the mystery was unable to be fully comprehended)

Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ (this simply points back to my previous statements that Jesus himself, is the ultimate mystery that the Bible reveals)

Colossians 1:27b this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (the mystery solved through the revealing and accepting of Jesus brings a real,  hope of glory to the individual)

Ephesians 3:3-4 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,(Paul clearly stating that the mystery was revealed to him, through Jesus and then reflecting it to the congregation in Ephesus for absorption)

Ephesians 3:9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things (once again, the mysteries were hidden until Jesus time on Earth, by he himself. Also, speaking about ministering to those who still do not know Jesus)

Ephesians 5:32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (church meaning those who truly believe in Jesus)

Revelation 10:7 in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (the full ministry can never be fully comprehended by mere humans, only to his servants and faithful upon the time of the return of Jesus)

All of these verses together pretty much state that the reason outsiders do not understand Jesus is because their eyes are blinded from the mysteries of God. Only once they accept Jesus into their hearts can they even “begin” to understand. And even still, the full comprehension will not occur until the time of revelation.

Stay Blessed,

Chris

Neglect

03/18/2011
Saved By Grace

Presuming that everyone has read the story in the Bible about Mary and Joseph “losing” Jesus in Jerusalem only to find him ministering at the church in the middle of town, I feel compelled to bring something up with you today. I have recently come to the conclusion that even though I am doing the best that I can to remain faithful to what God is calling me to do sometimes I can neglect the important things. Before I start, I want to share what exactly I mean by remaining faithful in my callings. On Sundays I practice choir at 7:30 AM after waking up an hour earlier regardless of what time I actually made it to bed. From that time on, I am at the best church on the planet until after lunchtime singing in three straight services. The rest of the week I am doing my absolute best to come up with things to write about for Inspired Ministries blog page, which you are reading now, and I am thankful for you. Doing my best to minister for Christ to the 1800 readers on the 4 continents that God has blessed me with. On Mondays I receive an email with all of the weeks services collective prayer requests and praise reports which I pray over personally and confidentially. To top it off, I have recently began a new ministry, which is somewhat of an extension of Inspired Ministries titled WLYU (WeLiftYouUp@gmail.com) with two of my new best friends. WLYU is a completely different prayer ministry available to anyone, at any time of day or night. Those seeking prayer send in emails on their own, or via one of us, and those things are lifting up to Jesus day in and day out. We have been quite blessed thus far with results from our Heavenly Father. Everything from ICU releases to Immigrational Issues. I work for my company’s corporate office full time, and then some on some days. I am raising my five month old, who is the greatest little boy I could have ever prayed for. I do my best to be the husband, father, and family man to a group of the greatest, and sometimes strangest, people alive. I do my best (which is not nearly enough) to stay in contact with my closest friends outside of my church family. And I must say, don’t get nearly enough sleep between four ministries, a career, and being a family man to boot. Now, I said all of that to say this, and get back to the matter at hand. Mary and Joseph were the earthly parents of GOD HIMSELF, in human form via Jesus Christ. And EVEN they got too wrapped up in whatever they were doing to realize that he had not been with their caravan. We all try our best to stay as busy as we possibly can, and never really give our savior the attention he deserves. As I pray today for myself in this department, I pray for you too, and ask you do the same.

Don’t get too down on yourself because of this, even his own parents neglected him. But we need him more than they knew at that time they did. We need him for our very souls to reach Heaven and find our reward there. I pray you take this matter seriously today.

Stay Blessed

Chris

Bickering with the Boss

03/17/2011
Jesus and Saint Peter, Gospel of Matthew 4.18-20

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Have you ever argued with your boss? What about your wife or husband? Of course you have. Who hasn’t?

A bigger question is this: Have you ever argued with God?

Peter did. You see, Jesus first sermon was from a boat. Peter’s boat to be exact. Peter was in the fishing business and business had been pretty crummy. After fishing all night, and presumably all week or even all month with little to no results, Jesus sent them out and told them to drop their nets but Peter looked and Jesus as if he was crazy. He did not want to do it because it would be a waste of his time. Boy was he wrong, there were so many fish jumping in those nets and even on the boat itself that another boat had to assist in bringing in the catch.

It is funny how we always think we know the answers, and to get a better feel for this particular post I would advise you read Luke-5.

The point is simple. Don’t question your “Heavenly Boss”. He already knows the outcome! How can your words against his wished possibly bear fruit? He has known you since the very dawn of time. How can you possibly win that argument?

Be blessed, and please read Luke 5 =)

Chris

The end times? Shift some gears!

03/16/2011
REVELATION~THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.

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~While sitting back today for a bit and reading several emails that I received regarding the End Times I was trying to decide what to make of it all. One email I received made several good points and read as follows:

Sept 11th (NY) Jan 11th (Haiti) and March 11th (Japan)….Luke 21:10-11 ‘Jesus said “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven”.’

~While I found this interesting, especially with the numerous implications of the number eleven used in it. Coincidence? I don’t necessarily have that answer, and like it or not, neither do you. I generally blow off the doom and gloomers out there, but I am certain that SOMEONE within the 1,900 of you wonderful readers that God has sent my way, is a gloom and doomer who is upset with me for blowing off your emotionally tied thoughts. But we must also remember that NO MAN knows the date or time, not even Jesus of the End Times. We can predict it all we want in an attempt to find peace on the matter but the real question is why do you need peace on the matter?  If you have been washed in the blood of the Lamb then why be afraid? I know I may sound redundant but “Do Not Be Afraid” is in the Bible 365 times (one for each day of the year) and I believe that is much more relevant to our faith lives than a few references to the number eleven which are based on a topic that we cannot possibly begin to explain or predict. Remember it is not our place to predict or explain this to begin with! Again, let me clear, I do believe we are on the verge of the End Times but I dare not pretend to know any specifics, but again, I do enjoy the numerics of the first email but I direct you to read and study the email below from Dr Allen Hunt that I also received today:

–Gloom and doomers have flowered and blossomed this Spring. A record-breaking harvest. Japan. Earthquakes, tsunami, nuclear tragedy, and imminent mudslides. Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia. Ominous Middle Eastern chaos. I receive emails each day telling me that the end surely must be near. Balderdash!

Let me offer an alternative to useless speculation and hysterical prognostication. How much better might your little corner of the world be if you spent time (and money) today improving the life of one child or one family? How much better might our country be if each of us did just that? Rather than worrying about the apocalypse or speculating about the chaos in the world and assigning blame. What if you and I covenant together to be solution people rather than problem people by remembering the famous sentence of Helen Keller:

I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.

Pardon me while I send a note of encouragement to a friend facing cancer. Have a great week!

Grace and Peace,
Dr. Allen Hunt PhD  (ps-you can find and learn more from Allen by going to AllenHuntShow.com)

Stay Blessed,
Chris

A one person audience

03/11/2011
Dispute of Jesus and the Pharisees over tribut...

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“On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, ‘No! He is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘There is no one among your relatives who has that name.'” (Luke 1:59-61).

Ever had to go against the public opinion? What about those opinions of your family or friends?
Hebrew tradition clearly shows that people named their sons after their ancestor, in one way or another. The kids names were meant to honor their families. When Elizabeth said NO, they appealed to her husband Zechariah. Unfortunately for them, he agreed with his wife. The archangel Gabriel gave them the name John, and they did what the Lord said even though others disapproved.

Todays leaders are more concerned with public opinion that what the Lord wants. But if you will remember, the Pharisees wanted Jesus to conform to their laws and way of life. Jesus did not care about the public opinion, an audience of a million men could not have changed His mind. He simply cared about the opinion of His audience of ONE (God the father), who He lived to serve. When we are true to what God wants, the cost is irrelevant.

The question for you today is, who is truly the person you need approval from? An audience of mere mortals, or an audience of One True God?
Be blessed,
Chris

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