At His Side

From Jeanne Guyon’s Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ:

Why do converts remain basically unchanged despite so much effort? It is because those over them have dealt only with the outward matters of their lives. There is a better way: Go straight to the heart!

Laying down rules and trying to change the outward behavior will not produce a work that will endure in the life of a Christian.

As I read these words this morning it stirred in my heart what I’ve always believed. It is not my responsibility to teach people everything I know or to tell them what to do. It is my responsibility to lead people to the One Who taught me everything I know.

I don’t have enough time in the world to teach others all the Bible. I’m still learning much of it myself. I also know that for many, my just telling them is not enough. It would just be information in their heads, not wisdom that penetrates deep into their hearts producing true and lasting change. But what I can do, is help others develop a relationship with the One Who is the Bible.

The are things no man alone can teach that you will only learn while sitting at the Father’s side or as Mary did sitting at the feet of Jesus, where the Holy Spirit can bring light and knowledge beyond the knowledge of this world.

If we help others develop a relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, we have given them so much more than just a lesson, just some rules, just a little knowledge. We have given them the key to all they will ever need. They will find it in Him.

I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side… (John 8:38, Amplified)

He Is More Than Enough

Today I want to share one of my favorite movie scenes and what it means to me. It is from the movie Prince Caspian and it takes place at the Bridge of Beruna. The enemy is trying to draw the Narnian army to the river. They come to the bridge and just as they are preparing to cross, a little girl appears at the other end of the bridge. She draws her dagger and prepares to meet this mighty army. There is no sign of fear on her face, just a slight smile that shows strength and confidence as she takes her stand.

Now the Telmarine army find themselves between the Narnian army and a little girl with a dagger. But wait, there’s more. Just as they move towards her, a lion, Aslan, appears at her side. She is not alone. She is not without help. And with his help, she and her little dagger are more than enough to defeat an army.

There are times I have felt all alone in the midst of a great challenge. Then I remember I am never alone and the One Who is with me, the One Who is on my side, means this challenge is over before it ever began.

It reminds me of David and Goliath… a young teenage boy and a giant who is an accomplished and intimidating warrior. The entire army of Israel along with King Saul were “dismayed and greatly afraid” at the sight and threats of this Philistine champion (1 Samuel 17:11, Amp). For forty days they cowered in the face of this champion. Then along comes a shepherd boy who knows he is not alone.

David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. (1 Samuel 17:37, KJV)

In the very Psalms that David sang we see this boldness and confidence in the face of trouble as long as he knew he was not alone.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me… (Psalm 23:4, KJV)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? …Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. (Psalm 27:1, 3; KJV)

…in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (Psalm 56:4, KJV)

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:6, KJV)

Listen to the last words that Philistine heard.

…You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Who you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.

What are you facing today? In the face of this I want you to keep two things in mind. One, you are not alone. Two, He is more than enough!

More Than Enough

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for me. It started with the Lord dropping in my heart that He will supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). With that one Word from God, I suddenly felt the weight of all the pressing needs fall off. And the weight never returned!

After that, as I shared in my post on February 5th, need after need after need presented themselves. But He said He would supply all my need. I knew with all certainty that I had the supply for each need even before I saw the provision.

Then He proved this word to me in such a marvelous way. On the first Sunday of this month, we held our first Sunday morning Healing School. I was teaching and I really wanted to have musicians and singers there. I called and called and called and by that weekend I had no one scheduled. Then I said to the Lord, “If we need musicians then they’ll just show up.” I said it to God expecting Him to make it happen if it needed to happen. Wow did He make it happen. Some of the very top singers and one of our most anointed musicians just showed up.

The senior associate pastor at the piano said that on Friday the Lord told him to be at Healing School and to bring singers with him.

Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think… unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus… (Ephesian 3:20-21, Amplified)

Fast-forward to this past Sunday. The top leader on our healing ministry team, a person who is very reliable and always available, who along with me does most of the hospital calls, told me that he and his wife had been called to a new church. A couple of weeks ago I think the loss of this key person would have moved me. But not now. It was as though we were just talking about the weather. There was no fear, no anxiety, no “what are we going to do”. I just had a sense of peace that whatever help we need in the healing ministry, we have it.

This life is full of needs and they can create a lot of pressure as we try to figure out what we are going to do about them. As we look at the need sometimes it just seems to get bigger and bigger as the solution seems to be no where in sight. We look to ourselves for the solution and it just doesn’t seem to be there, yet we keep on looking to ourselves to figure it out and make the way. But more and more I am looking less and less at the need and less at myself and looking more to the One Who is called Jehova-Jireh, My Provider. And I have found that He is more than enough for me! He is all I need and He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory!

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering… And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and look, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh… (Genesis 22:7-8, 13-14; KJV)

He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things? (Romans 8:32, Amplified)

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-33, KJV)

A Love Story to Be Remembered

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)

…when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26, KJV)

Scourged as described in the Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words:

The “scourge” was made of leather thongs, weighted with sharp pieces of bone or lead, which tore the flesh of both the back and the breast.

…with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, KJV)

By His wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24, Amplified)

…this is my body, which is broken for you… (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)

Selah.

This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:25, KJV)

…one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:34, KJV)

it is  not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4, KJV)

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12, KJV)

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7, KJV)

His blood that was shed for you.

So many things to think about today – meetings, lunch plans, paying bills, carpools, but our Savior made a request that we remember one thing, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

With all the things we have to think about, one thing that we cannot allow to be pushed to the back of our minds, only to be remembered once a week, once a month or even less, is the fact that He died for us. And in His death and resurrection He bore “the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for” us (Isaiah 53:5, Amplified).

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases… (Psalm 103:2-3, KJV)

…God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. (Romans 5:8, KJV)

His death and resurrection is a love story to be remembered.

My Cup Runneth Over

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 a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8, KJV)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, KJV)

I am one of those people that always see the glass half-full and it keeps me pretty happy. I’ve noticed that those who see the glass-half empty are usually not very happy, at least not consistently.

It’s the same glass. It’s the same amount in the glass. Yet the point of view we take and how we choose to think about it makes a big difference. As indicated by the scriptures above, what we think on matters.

Two days ago, a scripture drifted through my mind. One word suddenly stood out to me and it caused a tremendous shift in the way I think and with that change of thinking came a peace and a joy that can not be taken from me.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, KJV)

The word that jumped out to me that day was the word ‘need’. It suddenly occurred to me “He never said I wouldn’t have a need. But He did say He would supply ALL my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Each month it seems that just when I think we are going to have a need-free month, something comes up with one of our dogs, one of our cars, or some needed home repair or update. Each time something would come up my first response was usually one of thankfulness that I have the finances to cover it. But over time, I would sometimes start to feel weighted down by the needs coming one right after another. I kept waiting for that month when I would have no needs.

But this day as I drove down the road I felt the weight of the currently pressing needs completely lifted off my heart. God’s not surprised that I have needs. They may surprise me at times, but not Him. And He has said that He has provision according to His riches for each need that comes up.

Whenever sickness tries to attach itself to my body, the first scripture that usually comes to my mind is Psalm 103:3.

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. (KJV)

My next thought is always, “This is one of all that I was healed of.” This is not an illness I have to keep or endure. This is one of all that God has already made provision for through the work of the cross. I don’t think sick. I don’t think glass half-full. I think healing!

In the last few days many unexpected needs have presented themselves, but they don’t seem to carry the weight and the pressure that they used to carry. With each need I now think, “This is one of all of my needs that He has made a supply for according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I am no longer moved by the need, I am moved to peace and thankfulness by the promise that He will supply the provision for every need.

The glass half-empty is focusing our thoughts on the needs that come one right after another.

The glass not just half-full but overflowing is thinking, “Yeah I have need, but I also have a promise that He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!”

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want… (Psalm 23:1, KJV)

…my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5, KJV)

And So Do I

I had an awesome day on Sunday. I attended a very good church service, taught two classes that went very well and attended a Super Bowl party that was full of great food, fun and fellowship. Then I woke up yesterday and it wasn’t long before I thought, “I should have just stayed in bed today.”

While it seemed I could do nothing wrong the day before, this day it seemed like I could do nothing right. I made one mistake after another that cost me much time and much money. As the day went on, I became more and more frustrated with myself for making so many stupid mistakes in one day.

Then the Lord reminded me of the commandment of love.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… (Matthew 22:37, KJV)

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:39, KJV)

In the Amplified Bible verse 39 reads like this:

…You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.

How do I love others? I am patient and kind with them. I believe the best of them. I am quick to forgive them of their sins and I don’t remind them of their past sins.

So how should I be towards myself when I make a mistake? I should be patient and kind towards myself. I should be quick to forgive and forget my sins. I should believe the best of myself and show myself the mercy I show others.

It wasn’t long after I switched my thinking towards myself from one of frustration to one of love, that all the things that had happened that day seemed like no big deal. When I got out from under the self-condemnation I received God’s forgiveness and confidently asked Him to help me cover the cost of my mistakes and to redeem the time lost.

In the healing ministry, I have seen many people not only lose their peace and their joy over their mistakes, but actually lose their health. One doctor that talks much about this is Dr. Don Colbert. He speaks on taking care of your body physically by making good choices in the foods that you eat. (Sounds like loving yourself!) He also talks about the importance of positive, healthy emotions and how negative, ‘deadly’ emotions can cause physical problems in your body.

Today I came across this statement in the book “A More Excellent Way” by Pastor Henry Wright discussing self-rejection, self-hatred and self-bitterness.

There is a spiritual dynamic that comes, in which the white corpuscles are invisibly redirected to attack living tissue while ignoring the true enemy which is bacteria and viruses. As the person continues to attack themselves spiritually, the body finally agrees in which the white corpuscles start attacking the body. That is a high price to pay for not loving yourself.

I shared the following statement with friend this morning and found myself saying it throughout the day.

My Father loves me and so do I.

Here is one more scripture that I think will help you love yourself. It is Philippians 4:8.

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 a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (KJV)

Do you make mistakes? We all do. Are there things in you that need to change? We all have things that need to change. Let the Lord help you with all that, but in the meantime love yourself. When you think about yourself think lovely thoughts. He does.

What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? ( Psalm 8:4, Amplified)

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare  and  peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11, Amplified)

Remember your heavenly Father loves you and so should you.