Five Smooth Stones

30 01 2012

Five Smooth Stones

Prayer, Love, Courage, Humility and Effort. These are the five smooth stones Believer’s in Christ Jesus must hold ready to defeat the giants in their life today.The account of David the shepherd boy defeating the giant Goliath with a stone and a slingshot is legendary. You can read all about it in I Samuel 17: 1-58.

Why did David need five stones? Goliath had four other brothers! Why ‘smooth’ stones? Those stones came from the brook called Kedron. They had been smoothed by the water flowing over them for many years.

Today, we need smooth stones to defeat the giants in our lifetime. Those stones are found in the word of God; polished smooth in our hand as weapon to defeat the enemy of our soul on a day-to-day basis. The victory was in David’s confession of faith to what God could do through him. That’s the same confident confession we can claim today. Read about David and Goliath again and let the word of God polish your stones. Be Blessed
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Depression

25 01 2012

My very good friend, fellow-blogger on WordPress and Brother-in-Christ Jesus has written a very anointed prayer-essay of encouragement regarding Depression by Kunle Oyeneye. Here is an excerpt…

Let me tell you what you can do. You can choose to learn from your mistakes. You can choose to see setbacks as lessons or challenges. You can learn from them and move on. Whether you have experienced the death of a loved one or the loss of a job or anything at all, remember while there is life there is hope. Can I ask you to forgive yourself? Choose to live. I can’t promise how the days ahead will pan out immediately but I assure you that if you stay positive and seek God in prayer, the days ahead will only be better.

 





Healing Miracles I

25 01 2012

   

Healing Today

 I want to tell you what the Bible says about healing and healing miracles.

First of all, they have not been ‘done away with’ in this age; secondly they did not ‘die out’ with the last Apostle as some Theologians would have you believe. In fact, just the opposite is true. This should come as no great surprise since the enemy of our soul (a/k/a Satan) always uses the opposite of truth as his domain.

You see if Satan can convince you that: he doesn’t exist; you have no hope of healing and that miracles are from an ancient time long past; then he can wreak havoc with your faith, your health and that of your loved ones, unhindered. That’s a high price to pay for being ignorant; in fact, the price is death: “My people perish (are destroyed) for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 NKJV

There is no ‘magical’ formula; no handy ten-step system or reference workbook for your browsing pleasure. There is simply the loving welcome and relationship that only you can decide to have with the Lord Jesus, the Christ; the Anointed One who ever lives to intercede for us in the throne room of Almighty God, JHV.

Until we put down “our” way of doing things; “our” way of looking at things in our lives and what we perceive as the world around us; we will be left adrift in our own devices. This leaves us vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.

Reliance upon self-management opens us to enemy attacks on our health; which is in direct correlation with our relationship between ‘self and God.’ This break in relationship between ourselves and God soon opens us to enemy attacks upon our relationships with our body-soul-spirit man; other people and various things in our world (view).

To begin our journey to healing, let’s consider the anointed words found in the Book of Hebrews. What a wonderful tool that opens to us the deeper meanings and fulfillments of the ‘types’ shown in the Old Testament priesthood that our Lord Jesus assumed eternally on our behalf.

For this short study we will visit Hebrews 7: 24-28, but I strongly encourage you to read the entirety of the Book of Hebrews. This book of the Bible is like a big “reveal,” like one of those  Before/After design showcases; when read in consideration of the Old Testament (shadows of Christ’s legal and righteous perfection); along with the New Testament Synoptic Gospel- accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) of the incarnate (bodily) Jesus.

The book of Hebrews is like a bridge that flows between earth and heaven, welcoming us to “trust” in the Lord like our very lives depended upon it; and it does. Until next time… Be Blessed





Don’t Burn Up Your Blessings

23 01 2012
Busy Busy Busy

Working within your strength while working out your own salvation.

Philippians 2:12 tells us: “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This speaks to me of individual believer’s taking responsibility for their sanctification; which is a process incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle choices.

The larger aspect of working within one’s strength and calling is reflected in this account of the Apostles setting the focus of labor in ministry in order (see below): Acts 6:2 says, “And the twelve Apostles called the whole assembly of the disciples and they said to them,It is not acceptable for us to forsake the word of God and to serve tables.”

Time and again, I have come across this while in ministry training  under a Senior Pastor who refused to ‘let go of the reigns’ and allow the dedicated people within the Church to grow and serve in their God-given talents, gifts and callings.

What happens is “burn out.” It happened to Moses until his wise Father-in-law, Jethro stepped in and basically told him to ‘chill out’ and find some reputable leaders among the tribes and let them be Captains of thousands, hundreds and tens; then if they can’t solve the situation, they can speak to the league of Elders and if they couldn’t solve the situation; the Elders would seek out Moses; who in turn would bring the problem before the Lord.

I served under a Senior Pastor who planned a Church cookout. He went shopping for all the groceries, called special people to set up kid tumble houses; went personally to pick up various ala carte items; set up all the tables and chairs; cooked the burgers and hotdogs, served same from the grill; table-hopped to welcome everyone and stayed late into the night helping with all of the clean up.

The Church members almost turned into a choir as we all chanted: “Stop, sit down, we’ve got it; relax; we’ll do it… Stop!” All to no avail. The next day was Sunday and he admitted to being totally unprepared and tired from the previous days activities and the sermon reflected same.

As the early Apostles determined, he should have been praying and seeking God for the sermon message and not (literally) “waiting tables.” As leaders, often our desire to ‘be in the midst’ and ‘in control’ can hinder not only our own walk, but those to whom we minister.

I believe it all comes down to TRUST on a variety of levels.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 Be Blessed !





One day at a time…

21 01 2012

One day at a time…. By Kunle Oyeneye, my Brother-in-Christ





Running To and Fro

21 01 2012

With Loving Kindness

Recently, a gentleman asked if I had heard of Tr–s Di–s and mentioned 72 hour weekend “gatherings” networking America and if I was interested. It was basically a recruiting email.  This was my reply to him.

Hi ‘Johnny’ (Not his real name)

After doing an online search of Tr–s Di–s, I must state that in addition to previous (Extensive) experiences with this type of thing, I personally have no interest in these methods. I pretty much stand by the Apostle Paul: “All I know is Christ and Him crucified.” I Cor. 2:2.  My search for an intimate relationship with Christ begins and ends with the Bible. What you or anyone else decides to do is for the Lord to judge.

If I were sitting across my table talking to you, you’d not hear a harsh tone, so I hope these written words do not ring harshly in your spirit-man for they are offered in loving kindness. However, as my dear Texas husband says, “This ain’t my first Rodeo,” (with these types of methods).

Some of the methods I went through beginning in the early 1970’s through the late 80’s while searching for a closer walk with the Lord was: Moorish Americanism,  the Rosicrucian’s, Native American Believer-Groups, New Age Spiritisms, Universalist Groups, Theophostics Gatherings, Emmaus-Walk folks, various Focused Cell Groups, and many others.

So, all this to say: “Been there-Done that” and (for me) nothing is better than your Bible (an edition that you enjoy), perhaps an Amplified or Study Bible close-by; a few well-written commentaries; a Hebrew/Greek Dictionary and a Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Add all those things together with a prayerful, reverent heart of loving Praise before the Lord and at least a mustard-grain-dash of Faith and there is NOTHING that the Lord won’t show you through the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for service in ministering to those in prison. For us all, I suggest we use our weekends to feed the poor; drive the sick and shut-in to their appointments; pray for a young couple facing challenges in their marriage; be a friend to a fatherless teen and ask nothing-nothing in return. Let’s take our “covered dish” and contributions to a homeless shelter (I have lived there too) while sharing His word and in this way you will know the closeness of the Lord Jesus as you serve His sheep; then you will grow in your knowledge of Him.  This is our reasonable service. This is Kingdom work. I invite you to read my blog: https://tnlighthouse.wordpress.com.  TN Lighthouse Ministries only comes out three times a week so I don’t become a nuisance to your “inbox.”

You know ‘Johnny’, Jesus spoke in the book of Matthew 24:26 and also see Daniel 12:4~ That in the last days people would run to and fro seeking Him and seeking more and more knowledge (of Him-on their own terms), but He told us “not” to go where they directed; saying “Lo He is in the desert and Lo He is in the inner room.

Bottom-line, that is what I think these types of gatherings. I believe the people involved are probably loving and sincere; I don’t believe the underlying spirit that crafted these methods is of God.

Let’s pray: “Father-God, we ask that the mind of our understanding be enlightened by your Word and that our hearts receive your instructions and directions through your Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth. Please lead, guide and direct my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus and Lord, please lead me too in your care and keeping, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.    Be Blessed     The Lightkeeper





“The Devil Made Me Do It”

18 01 2012

"The Devil Made Me Do It"

Coming into Teendom in the 19xx’s (no shame in my game), I used to love seeing the Flip Wilson show. In fact, as a small ‘aside-of-pride’, I actually met him in person: He came to my Junior High School and wowed us with a comedy routine (I was the MC of the Program -ahem). Anyway, he of course did, “The Devil made me do it,” skit.

We hear similar claims from convicted felons of outrageous crimes and shake our head while watching the evening news. However, the 21st century Church has pretty much thrown out that possibility like a worn out joke; saying now,  “we are in Christ,” we are a new creature/creation,” etc., etc. We are even told that, “A Christian  can’t have a demon or be influenced to do evil.” To be brief, I’ll just say: “That ain’t necessarily so.”

How many of us can say that some of our deepest hurts and crushing wounding have come from the folks inside the Church? “But maybe they aren’t really born-again;” you may reply. Hmm, let’s look at some examples from the Bible: Judas Iscariot walked with Christ; Peter the Apostle denied knowing Jesus; Paul the Apostle told us how he was ‘conflicted’ about ‘knowing’ to do the right thing, but then actually ‘doing’ those things he knew ‘not’ to do: See Roman 7:21-24, 25.

Let’s press forward in the Word to Romans 8:1 KJV, just as Apostle Paul did as he spoke. By the way, Paul wasn’t speaking to unbeliever’s, but to Believer’s. In chapter 8, verse 1 of Romans in the KJV, we see our point come together: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (emphasis mine)

That’s our ticket to ride: We are free from condemnation of the Law only as we walk after the Spirit of God. We walk after the Spirit of God. The word tells us that:

Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.” II Cor. 3:6

We can see that, because of what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary, we are now “able” to ‘walk after’ or follow Him in our spirit, releasing ourselves to Him only for the purpose of …. here it is…drumroll: SANCTIFICATION.  Our sanctification is a life-long process that even the Apostle Paul told us was a place of which he had not yet “arrived,” but that he pressed onward toward that as the goal and high-mark: See Philippians 3:14.

Salvation is once and forever in Christ; while sanctification is a process, it is our daily walk of following after Him in the Holy Spirit.

Homework Study- II Cor. 7:1; I Thess. 5:23 and II Cor. 3:18

Tell us how you have “grown in the spirit” as you have followed after the Living Word, Christ Jesus.  Be Blessed,  The Lightkeeper








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