David Pawson – De-Greecing The Church

Please take some time to listen to these excellent talks about how Greek influence has affected the religion of God. It’s important that we understand that the basis of our faith has Hebrew roots, and that the Hebrew mindset is very different to the Greek. The influence of Greece on our faith and our culture, is enormous. Mr Pawson takes us through so many of those influences as they can be seen in our modern world today. From democracy to sport, Greece has had a hand in shaping our culture, and also our faith in ways we may not be aware of. A dear friend sent me this, and I recommend it to you.

 

God Bless you

Lis

In times of despair…

How do you cope in moments of great strain? How do you regain your equilibrium when you see or experience the problems of the modern world? How do you deal with roadblocks in your own life?

In Luke 21:9 Yeshua tells us:

But when you shall hear of wars and tumults, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet. [King James 2000]

These things have to happen, and sometimes we need to realise that those things we see happening around us and to us also have to happen, even if they are upsetting. Perhaps you have lost a friendship, or perhaps your family is breaking apart in disagreement. Perhaps, as I am, you are feeling stuck and your life seems to have a roadblock in some area.

We can expect persecution – persecution comes when we proclaim Christ. We don’t get persecuted by the enemy – satan cannot have a foothold unless we give it to him. He will try and we may feel we’re being persecuted, but really persecution comes through people. One of the saddest things I hear in churches is the notion that as “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) that we are suddenly clean, and released from all past sins. Members of the congregation continue to struggle with intergenerational curses due to unrepented of sins, and the pain and suffering is very real.

So we need to place any ground given to satan over the years of sin firmly under the blood of Christ, and change our behaviour, clean our homes of sin- and curse-bearing objects – everything from vibrators (ladies!) to pentagrams, yin yang symbols, dream catchers – the list is endless! I have spent almost eight years cleaning house both my internal house, but also my actual house. The things I have found lurking in drawers would shock you – my “old man” – my past self – brought many of these objects into this house, or allowed them to be brought in. As I’ve cleaned house, I’ve burned books – hundreds of pounds worth. I’ve got rid of countless items. Everything from books and magazines to DVDs of films with inappropriate content. I’ve been quite the purist – perhaps more than necessary! But, “if in doubt, throw it out” is a good motto when it comes to the potential of objects to bring problems. I hope there are none left.

But in all of this life has moved forwards. Not at the speed I’d hoped, and I’m not where I want to be, and my timetable has not been followed, if you’ll pardon my forwardness. My timetable would have seen life move on way sooner, but God’s timetable was different, and I can see that now. I wonder when things will finally look like I want them to, or if they ever will. I do know that God is with me, and that “these things must first come to pass” – that just as there is an order to the return of Christ, there is an order, in the will of God, for my recovery. That my recovery is happening day by day, and that despair is an occassional roadblock to my faith, not a result of a roadblock in my route out of where I am.

So much “serendipity” along the way – which is how many people think, when really those moments are “God moments”. Yet just when I am crying out to God and saying “WHEN?!” and saying “where will the money come from?” and “why are my needs not met?” I am concentrating on the lack of the perceived need and not on the fact that it is impossible for me to be lacking anything which I need. I have simply misunderstood my own needs. Satan cannot take a job opportunity from me, he cannot affect my finances – everything in my life is under prayer and in submission to God!

So I need to press in, to trust more and to be extra patient as God prepares the way better and more fully than I can do myself. God is, in fact, repairing my very foundations. My mind, my imagination and my will are no match for His perfect will and His healing!

If God provided for what I want to do before He’d completed the work He wants to do in me, then things would not go right. Equally when He provides opportunities I have to see them and act on them, and not be passive. It’s a process and a learning experience all round! When satan is trying to mess things up I also need to recognise that and deal with the enemy the right way:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [James 4:7 KJV]

So don’t despair when things are not going how you want. Pray – place it all under the blood of Christ and wait. Doors will open when God has made YOU ready, not when you have struggled by yourself to “make it happen”.

We are told in Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

And another vital verse for you in times of trouble:

Be not therefore anxious for the morrow, for the morrow shall be anxious for its own things; sufficient for the day is the evil of it. [Matthew 6:34 YLT]

Let times of despair be times when you trust God more fully to be doing the vital work in you which you didn’t know needed doing.

God Bless you

Lis

 

Gay Christian rock star ditches her dream of being an Anglican priest because Church teaches she is ‘sinful’

I quote:

A Christian rock star has abandoned her dream of becoming an Anglican priest because as a gay woman she cannot accept the church’s teaching that homosexuality is ‘sinful’.

Vicky Beeching, 38, revealed she has now ‘let go of her dream’ to become a priest after bishops allegedly warned her she would need to become celibate if she wanted to continue her training. […]

‘I can’t say I believe same-sex relationships and marriage are sinful,’ she told the Sunday Times. 

‘I have decided it will take too long for the church to change on this. I can’t move into that role with the infighting, the disciplinary measures going on for LGBT clergy who step outside the lines.’ […]

But Beeching said she hopes the church will eventually change its teaching on the subject. 

She continued: ‘Future generations will look back at the way the church has treated LGBT people in the same way we look back and shudder at the way the church defended slavery or opposed women’s right to vote.’ 

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Now, if you’ve never heard of Vicky Beeching, you’re not alone, I haven’t either. However she is in the national news talking about how the church will change eventually – she won’t change, and she doesn’t seem willing to even acknowledge her sin, let alone call on God to change her.

We are ALL sinners – we can refrain from sin ONLY with help from God! We are absolutely vulnerable to those sins, specifically, which we don’t acknowledge as sin, because we are unprotected, and satan knows it. Sin is defined as “transgression of the law” in 1 John 3:4.

While the church tells her she must be celibate, her desire for sex prevents her fulfilling what she believes is her calling. Just as we would hope that the C of E wouldn’t ordain a witch as priest, we must also resist having other kinds of unrepentant sinners lead us!

This comment from that article seems very appropriate: [emphasis added]

Anglicanism has bent to every liberal wind and still hasn’t held its congregation… the restrictions on sexual behaviour are not written by any denomination so cannot be altered by any to suit the times …… take it up with God who is above any archbishop.. no church can validate what God has prohibited, nomatter how popular a particular idea becomes it cannot be de classified as no longer sinful in the teachings of God, simply by popular vote….. e.g. abortion, divorce, homosexuality normalisation, euthanasia…. tough but true… human nature has to submit to the Word of God… it cannot pick and choose according to popular demand

I hope that Vicky will find a way to BELIEVE God, and not just believe IN Him.

Read more: A vital question for believers

Lis

A vital question for believers

I heard this on the Andrew Carrington-Hitchcock show a couple of days ago – a very interesting question came up and I want to share it with you.

I know many of you are Torah observant already, but some of you may not be. This question should help you to decide what you need to do!

Do you believe in God, or do you believe God?

Do you believe what He put down in writing and preserved for two thousand years so that we could walk rightly with Him? Walking in obedience requires us to not just believe that God is real, but to believe what He says!

Perhaps it’s time to walk away from church doctrine, and to get into the word of God? He preserved His word for you so that you could know how He wants you to live.

God Bless you

Lis

Some comments on flag burning

I wrote this post ages ago and left it as a draft – perhaps I felt somehow it’s moment had passed, or perhaps I was too worried about the potential backlash! However, the other day I saw a thread on Twitter where British people were saying they thought that burning the flag was treasonous, and should be met with a prison sentence, amongst other punitive measures. I wish I’d kept the thread now, but in recalling I had this written I thought I would finally share it, with some added words at the end. Lis

Ok, brace yourself – I’ll apologise for the offence, but I won’t apologise for my words.

I am against making flag burning illegal.

Ok, there, I said it – but before you get all huffy and upset with me, let me explain why. The flag is a sign of your country – in fact when the flag becomes sacrosanct and cannot be burned or stomped on you create a new, fresh tyranny. You create a time where the flag is raised up to a point of idolatry. Yes, idolatry. It’s only a flag, after all. Bible burning is not illegal in the US, even though that ought to offend at least as many people.

We must be careful to avoid idolatry of the flag – it is only a sign, not who we are.

Now, what is offensive about flag burning is that it doesn’t offend enough people. While the flag of a good country doesn’t need protection (because that country and all it stands for are good in the eyes of its citizens), if someone does burn it, they are seen as outcasts, the social consequences should be enough of a deterrent. Who wants to be shunned by everyone in their town because they are a self-hating American? So what does it mean that America now believes itself to have a ‘flag burning problem’? It means that you have nurtured vipers in your bosom. You have allowed the young, in particular, of your nation, to be raised to hate the very values which your flag represents. In fact it’s probably time to ask what your country really represents today?!

America is so corrupt, let’s not add another layer to it by outlawing expressions of hatred towards it. However, let’s watch Trump (hopefully) make America great again, in particular dealing with immigration, so that the social consequences of flag burning will once again be enough of a deterrent to a deeply offensive act.

I will add that in trying to track down the thread on twitter today I came across this article, which states:

The United States Flag Code (4 USC Sec 8 Para (k) Amended 7 July 1976) states: “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” (Link)

I do appreciate that there is a difference here between the two types of burning (respectful, versus defiant), but I also couldn’t help feeling it was a slightly ironic too. The article also says the flag is: “considered to be the most sacred symbol of the United States of America”. Should it be?

For us, in these times, let us gather under the standard of our LORD! In Luke 14:26, Yeshua calls on us to hate our own family for His sake – in order to be His disciple! In fact the nature of the word ‘hate‘ in that context is comparative, i.e. we are to love all those things, and people LESS than we love God. We are to love our lives less than Him, and our families less than Him. That includes our nation, and it also includes our flag.

God Bless you

Lis

Update

I haven’t written anything for a while, and it’s not because I’ve somehow managed to wrench myself away from all sources of news (ONE DAY! 😉 ). It’s because the deep sense of tiredness and being pi**ed off with everything that’s happening might make my posts somewhat ‘day darkening’. I am still seeing the same trajectory for every country on earth – electing Trump doesn’t seem to have caused the satanic cabal which backed Hillary to miss a single step. They just seem to have duped the US into electing a president who is already not as good as his word. I really, really hope I’m wrong about that! So far he’s responded to a fake, false flag ‘chemical weapons’ attack by bombing the heck out of Syria (which benefits no one except the Saudis and, oh yeah, the ROTHSCHILDS!

He’s also dropped the ‘MOAB’ (Mother Of All Bombs) as a way to threaten and intimidate North Korea (which won’t work). Trump is coming across like a playground bully who says ‘MY CONKER’S BIGGER THAN YOURS!’

And, as you can see, my mood in the face of such treachery, isn’t great!

Maybe one of my American readers can give me some hope that Trump has an intention of turning things around, back to his pre-election promises. I’m an optimist at heart (you know, I doubt that’s coming through to you in this post, is it?!).

So with all that doom and gloom in mind, let me just say that life goes on, and I hope and pray that during what seem to be difficult times that your faith is being strengthened, and that your fears are fears of God and not fears of men. I really hope that through what you are experiencing personally that you are being edified, and that you are trusting ever more closely in the LORD every day.

Now is a time to not be afraid to share our faith and the bible more than ever. If we won’t, who will? God has us in His hand. May He protect and bless you today and every day as you walk with Him and learn with Him – your Heavenly Father!

God Bless you!

Lis

God’s plans

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Trusting in God can be hard sometimes – not because we don’t believe in Him, but because we fear the world, or think we might be about to lose out on something we’ve always wanted.

When we don’t get what we want, or what we think we need, we must remember that God has a plan, and His plan is perfect.

Loving God and His Kingdom more than our own ideas is something we need to practice daily.

God Bless you

Lis