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Outer Appearance   Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the man. He wasn’t what some people may not consider physically attractive. He was married and had two beautiful children. But the Holy Spirit put a thought in my heart and said "what if Jesus looked like this man". I thought about it some and looked more at this man. It didn’t appear there wasn’t anything physically wrong with him. He just wasn’t what some may consider physically attractive. I thought how he may get treated bad by people because of his less of attraction. I also began to have the same thoughts earlier this morning. I began to think about how people that have money are more respected than those who has less. They are treated like nothings. I thought, that’s not fair. Then I remembered how God looks at the heart, but man looks at the outer appearance (1 Samuel 16:7; 2 Corinthians 10:7). What’s sad, there are so many people that have money and they don’t look the part. So some are being hypocrites when they treat those with more, better than they treat those with less. I also thought how much they could be missing out by doing that. The Lord began to minister to me about the man in the Bible that was beaten up by thieves and left for dead (Luke 10:27-37). While he laid half dead, the Bible mentioned two certain individuals (a Levite and a priest) passed him by. All they probably saw was how he looked because they passed him by on the other side. You would think if anyone would help him it would have been the priest. But a lowly Samaritan man helped this man out by cleaning up his wounds and put him up at a hotel. Then gave the hotel owner more money for anything the man needed. That Samaritan showed God’s heart, mercy. Then I thought about that scripture that talked about how we are to show hospitality to strangers because they could be angels, unaware (Hebrews 13:2). That’s showing love and mercy. Going back to that man that I was looking at earlier; what if Jesus looked like him. How many people passed Jesus up because He didn’t look or dress good like a rich person? So many get so caught up in how they look or how another person look. So many are judged based on their appearance (good or bad, attractive or unattractive). There are so many attractive people that are dying, physically, more important, spiritually. What’s sad, too many churches promote this kind of behavior. I heard this one pastor say this man approached him and said you are a pastor. This pastor said the man said that because he noticed the anointing on him. But the Holy Spirit (who knows our hearts) told me, that man knew that pastor because how he’s dressed. There’s a scripture that warns us about those that have a form of godliness, but they are denying the power (2 Timothy 3:5), which is from God. Next time you look at an unattractive man, think about "what if that’s how Jesus looked". And think about the scripture in Isaiah 53:2 that says "Jesus did not have a beauty that we should desire Him".

Posted October 21, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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The Heart Matters   Leave a comment

THE HEART MATTERS – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 7:22 "Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man."

JOHN 7:21-24

The covenant of circumcision was given to Abram in Gen. 17:9-14. In v. 14, the Lord said that any man who did not carry this sign of the covenant in his flesh was to be killed. This placed a great importance on the act of circumcision. Paul says in Rom. 4:3-13, that Abraham had already been justified by faith before he was circumcised. It was Abram’s faith that saved him at least 13 years before the Lord commanded Abram to be circumcised. The Jews had focused on the outward act of obedience instead of the inward act of faith that caused Abraham to be obedient. This was the source of the contention between Jesus and the religious leaders too. They were emphasizing all the outward acts that the Lord had commanded and were totally disregarding the motives of the heart. Jesus was saying that if an individual would cleanse his heart, then his actions would inevitably change too.

The truth of salvation by faith had been lost in Judaism, and even though many of the Jews had come to put faith in Jesus as their Savior, they were trying to mix faith and the keeping of the commandments together as a requirement for salvation.

The condition of a person’s flesh is not the important thing. It doesn’t matter if that flesh is circumcised or holy. It is the condition of the spirit that matters with God. Today the act of circumcision is not the issue, but acts of holiness are still deemed by many as essential for receiving salvation. This same legalistic thinking lives on today in the doctrine of water baptism, church membership, and other acts of holiness which some preach are necessary for salvation. Faith alone in the love of God, as expressed through Jesus, is the only thing that God demands for justification. Religious rites mean nothing. The only thing that counts is becoming a new creation.

Symptoms of a Hard Heart   Leave a comment

SYMPTOMS OF A HARD HEART – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 8:17, "And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?"

MATTHEW 16:1-12; MARK 8:11-21

Just a few days before this instance, hardened hearts caused Jesus’ disciples to be amazed when they saw Jesus walk on the water to them. Here, Jesus’ statements reveal some of the characteristics of someone with a hardened heart.

First, a hard heart keeps us from perceiving spiritual truths. This is why everyone in a church service hears exactly the same message yet, some will receive while others won’t. It’s not the Word that is the variable, but rather the condition of the hearts. A hard heart stops spiritual perception.

Second, a hardened heart stops us from understanding spiritual truth. When a person doesn’t understand God’s Word, satan finds no resistance when he comes to steal it away.

Third, a hard heart keeps us from remembering. This isn’t to say that we can’t recall facts or scriptures. As related in Mark 8:19-20, the disciples remembered the facts of the two miraculous feedings, but they had forgotten any spiritual lessons they might have learned. Likewise, some people can quote scripture or remember what the sermon was about, but they can’t perceive the spiritual life in the message or retain what they did perceive.

A hardened heart blinds us to any spiritual perception and keeps us thinking only in the natural realm. Small faith and a hardened heart are the same. Hebrews 3:12-13 parallels an evil heart of unbelief to a hardened heart. It takes great faith to keep our heart sensitive to God. Seek Him with your whole heart today.

Change Your Mind   Leave a comment

Good morning all. I’m posting this devotional email I got this morning from Andrew Wommack talking about changing the mind. Me and some other ladies have been having a discussion on this topic. Also, I’ve been listening to Andrew’s teaching series titled, "spirit, soul, and body". This email says some of the things Andrew speaks about in that teaching. Thank You Father God for sending us answers. Veronica

CHANGE YOUR MIND – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Mark 7:21, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders."

MARK 7:17-23

These verses (21-23) further establish the fact that our heart includes more than just our spirit. Even Christians still struggle with things like pride and foolishness, which Jesus said comes out of our heart. It’s certain that our born again spirit is not the source of these sins; therefore, the heart encompasses more than our spirit.

The word "spirit" is used in different ways in scripture. The most frequent usage refers to either the Spirit of God or the spirit of man. In that context, it denotes the person of the Holy Spirit or identifies a part of our three-part being (1 Th. 5:23). But the word "spirit" can also describe a mental disposition (Strong).

In Ephesians 1:17, Paul is praying that what is already true in our spirit will become our "mental disposition." He’s praying for a release into the physical of what is already present in our spiritual being.

The Christian life is not an attempt to get more faith, or more anointing, or to get closer to the Lord. We already have these things in their fullness. We just need a revelation of what is already ours. Understanding this takes a lot of frustration and doubt away. It’s much easier to release something you already have than to try and get something that you don’t have. And why would anyone doubt whether or not he could receive what he already has? Through Christ, we are already blessed with all spiritual blessings. All we have to do is appropriate what is already ours, through the renewing of our mind. If you will change your thinking to believe what God says in His Word about who you are and what you have, then this agreement between your spirit and soul forms a majority, and your flesh will experience the life of God that has been deposited in your spirit.

God’s Word: Use As Directed   Leave a comment

GOD’S WORD: USE AS DIRECTED – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 8:11, "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God."

LUKE 8:4-11

This parable illustrates the importance of the Word of God. God’s Word contains total power, but it has to be planted in our hearts and allowed to germinate before it releases that power.

The seed is God’s Word, and the types of ground are the four major categories of men’s hearts. The Word was the same in each situation, but there were different results in each case because of the condition of men’s hearts – not because of the Word. The Word doesn’t work for everyone because not everyone will allow the Word to work. The variable in this parable is the condition of these hearts. God’s Word is always the same. It has the same potential in every heart.

Good ground doesn’t just happen; it must be cultivated. This is the reason why only one out of four persons in Jesus’ parable brought forth fruit. It takes a lot of time, effort, and diligence to be a fruitful Christian. The Christian life is not like a hundred-yard dash but rather a 26.2 mile marathon. It’s quicker and easier to raise weeds than it is to raise tomatoes or corn.

In this whole parable, it was the Word that produced the fruit. The ground simply gave it a place to grow. If we will simply put God’s Word in our hearts, protect it, and give it priority in our lives, the Word will produce fruit of itself. Satan has deceived many people into thinking that they don’t have the talents or abilities to be fruitful Christians, but they are not the ones who bring forth fruit; it’s God’s Word. When we protect the Word sown in our hearts, it will do the rest.

Singleness of Heart   Leave a comment

Good morning all,

While reading this devotional word I thought about a dream the Lord gave me last year concerning true treasure. The Lord gave me that dream because of how I responded in the wrong way to someone close to me that persecuted me. The enemy had to use this particular person because of the closeness of our relationship and that I received a Word from the Lord that produced changed in my life. But when this person attacked me I responded in negative emotions instead of responding in the Spirit of God. We are not to recompense evil for evil (Romans 12:17). When we do that we lose the treasures which is God’s Word; which is more than any amount of money or natural treasure. In the dream I was given a bag full of treasures. They were gorgeous and they meant a lot to me. Not because they were gold, but because they came from the Lord. As I was looking in the bag and saw the treasures, I felt honored. But in a quick instance my head turned to the altar. I went to the altar and without question I placed those treasures, that meant so much to me, on the altar; giving them to an idol that was on the altar. Then on that same altar I sacrificed my body to this idol. The Lord’s Holy Spirit told me the treasures that were in the bag were the Word of God and when I gave in to that persecution in a negative way, I gave away those treasures. When we give in to satan we are not placing importance to the Word of God. We are not seeing it as holy and sacred. So when we think about treasures let’s think about the Word of God. The Lord gave us a parable in Mark 4:13-20 on when the Word is sown on different type of hearts. In my case, the Word was sown among thorns. I heard the word, but allowed the cares of this world and the desire for other things to come and choke the word and it became unfruitful. When we have a singleness of heart with our Lord Jesus, the Word can fall on good ground. We hear it, accept it, and bear fruit from it. Matthew 7:6 tell us to not give what is holy to the dogs nor cast our pearls before swine. When we accept the word, we need to keep it in our hearts and minds so it isn’t taken. NOTE: Greek meaning for “Keep” is to protect; to hem in (enclose; to put in).

SINGLENESS OF HEART -  From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 12:35, "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."

MATTHEW 12:32-45

Our spirit is definitely a part of our heart, but as seen in 1 Peter 3:4, it is only a part. Sin, iniquity, unbelief, etc., come from the heart but not the born-again spirit. Hebrews 4:12 suggests that spirit and soul are both part of the heart; hence, the scriptures admonish us to believe with all our heart (Acts 8:37), have singleness of heart (Col. 3:22), and tell us our hearts can have two minds or ways of thinking (Jas. 4:8).

Even Christians still struggle with things like pride and foolishness which Jesus said came out of our heart. It’s certain that our born again spirit is not the source of these sins. The heart encompasses more than our spirit.

The English word "soul" comes from the Greek word "psuche," translated "heart, life, mind, and soul." The mind is the principle and leading part of the soul, followed by the will and emotions. We could also describe the soul as being the hidden part of all existing beings or what most people would call the personality. The soul is the center of the feelings and emotions, appetites and desires, as well as sense perception and consciousness. The soul may also speak of the totality of a person – his total being or self, a person, and the hidden man or inward man. The soul and the body do not get born again. It is the spirit of man that becomes totally new at salvation. So, although every believer receives the same miraculous spiritual rebirth, the visible results of that inward change will vary from person to person according to how much he renews his mind. The term "heart" can include all of the inner man – spirit, soul, or any portion thereof. The peace of God will keep your heart at rest in Christ Jesus. Let Him.

God Looks Inside   Leave a comment

GOD LOOKS INSIDE

John 4:19, "The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet."

JOHN 4:4-26

This didn’t take any great discernment on the woman’s part. Jesus had just "read her mail". He told her the most intimate details of her life. Anyone could have perceived Jesus was a prophet after something like that.

This woman suddenly realized that she was dealing with more than just a man. God was speaking to her. What was her reaction? She changed the subject. She brought up a doctrinal issue concerning the proper place to worship–anything to get Jesus’ attention off of her.

We all have a tendency to build walls of privacy around the intimate details of our lives. We are afraid to let anyone, especially God, look inside. But God already knows and He wants all of our heart.

Jesus brought this woman right back to the subject of her personal relationship with God. The place of worship or the forms of worship weren’t important. God was looking for people who would open their hearts–even the hidden parts–for Him to inhabit.

Likewise today, Satan tries to get us occupied with everything except the one thing that counts. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and truth. Anything less than that is not enough.

Posted February 11, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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