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When "Wounds" Become "Compasses"

posted Aug 10, 2008, 8:33 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 13, 2008, 7:10 PM ]

Undrai and Bridget Fizer

www.fizer.org

 

The desire to "prove" something to others comes from the "wounding" within the esteem of a person. You can be anointed and gifted in a certain area in life. However, if the "inner man" or the soul is wounded by misunderstanding, or your "sincere efforts" are looked upon as "lies" and manipulations, it can cause you to unconsciously use your "gifts" to "disprove the lies of others" instead of advancing the purpose of life.

You may think that what others say "doesn't matter," and in some cases, that may be true. But at times, the Father will "test" your endurance and your inner thoughts, just to see if they are still "connected" to others opinions. You don't have the time to "live out your purpose" to simply disprove others opinions or judgments of you or your personality. If you do, you will find yourself "discerning them" instead of "discerning the season" of God in your life.

You don't have time to allow others "misunderstandings" to define you in life. There is no need to "prove" your value or your vision. Prove it to yourself that you can "endure the fire of transformations" that is built in within every godly vision. So many times, people find themselves not being able to endure the process of maturity and godly vision. The reason is that they are in a process to "prove" something "instead" of the process of personal, inner perfection.

When you are in the process to "prove," you will "lose hope, desire, and faith." When you are in a process to "perfect," you will endure what you seemingly "lost," you will "gain a deeper desire," and your faith will increase along with the fire itself! You cannot allow your "wounded" or misunderstood "inner man" (soul) to become the compass and navigator of your purposes in life. When "wounds" are the compass of life, it will always lead you to "other wounded cities, countries, and ministries." Wounds cannot lead to life.

NOTE: "Esteem-driven" ideas and vision will destroy you slowly. It will "allow you" to become "wise" in your own eyes, while at the same time destroy your inner man and his desire to "be intimate in God" and trust in Him. When you are driven by "esteem issues" (i.e., race, age, gender, the past, relationships, abilities, etc.) you will find "solace" only in yourself. You will lose the capacity to hear any truth that causes you to "look inwardly."

Some individuals "feed" off of "esteem issues" in order to have a "life, business, or ministry." They need someone or something "not to believe" in them, just to give them the "edge to fight." The Spirit knows the inner workings and agendas of all these things that "motivate us." His perfecting process will "expose these issues," and if we let Him, He will free us from them as well. We will then discover a "whole new vision, expectation, and power." We will be finally be free from the "power and discerning gifts" of "wounded visions and wounded purposes."

 

When you "are embedded in the spirit of wounds," you will not feel at peace with your "ministry." Ministry will become some sort of "by product." A gift that you can "turn on and off" at will. You will be consumed with how people view you and speak of you. You will

 

always be "discerning" of secret walls, handshakes, and comments. Be you. Be comfortable in the purpose in which you were born and the time in which you live.

NOTE: God will not provide for "wounded visions" and "wounded purposes." People may "sow" into your "wounds." But God will not sanction the continuance of a "wounded destiny." He will first seek to "heal the wounded ambassador." Then, as the wound is healed, the "real vision" will become alive and active. What we may consider a "war with the devil" may actually be a "healing of inner wounds and vision." Sometimes, God will "allow" your most sincere efforts to be criticized" in order to "bring perfection in the foundations of your pursuits and objectives. He wants to make you sure in everything you do! (because He's good like that)

When you gain control of your own self and mind, the desire to "prove" will be taken away. God cannot take away a "desire" until He restores the mind of the purpose. When He heals the esteem and the personal value of your life, then everything will become perfected and people will not partake of a "perverted gift." They will finally see and hear kingdom life.

After that, it will not matter what others believe or think about you anymore!

 

 

 

"Looking Beyond SEEMING Failures in your life"

posted Aug 10, 2008, 8:30 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 13, 2008, 7:27 PM ]

Wade E. Taylor
Wade Taylor Ministries
www.hopeofglory.us

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." -- Romans 8:28

This does not say that all things are good, but that even terrible things can work together to produce "good." This good is not the "things" in themselves, but rather, that the "image" of our Lord Jesus Christ is being wrought into our being, and these things have become a tool to accomplish this.

"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." -- Ephesians 4:13

If we rightly understand this, then it can be said that it is possible for us to be "in" the will of God, while being "out" of the will of God. This can only happen if our heart is unconditionally set toward the Lord. Then the Lord is released to use these "things" to accomplish His purposes, and also, to bring us into the very center of His will and purpose for us.

This principle can be seen in the life of Moses:

"Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian." -- Exodus 3:1a

Moses knew that he was called to deliver his people, Israel. In his attempt to fulfill this calling, He failed and fled.

"And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. Then fled Moses at this saying." -- Acts 7:22-25, 29a

Here, Moses is "ministering" in the wrong place to the wrong people: Jethro's sheep. Some of us who find ourselves in a similar situation feel that, although we have missed the best, we are doing the best we can, or we have given up. However, some of us who feel "out" of place, intensely desire something more and are pushing forward, seeking a meeting with the Lord.

Moses clearly fits in the second group. He was not feeling sorry for himself, nor was he sitting and doing nothing. The original vision was still alive within him, and he was doing the best he could with all that was available to him.

Moses was called to the "sheep" of Israel, but instead, he was faithfully leading the "sheep" of the priest of Midian, toward the mountain of God. This moved the heart of the Lord, who made an arrangement (a burning bush) wherein He could meet with Moses. Thus, all this was working together for good. Being "out" of the will of God, Moses was in the will of God. He was being brought to the end of his own ability, which prepared him for his meeting with the Lord.

The Lord revealed Himself to Moses in a flame of fire. Thus, the bush burned, but was not consumed. It can be said that it is yet burning, and available to us -- if our attitude is as Moses' was, and we become willing to turn aside into the Lord's manifested presence.

It would have been easier for Moses to remain in the wilderness with these sheep than to go back and face his past failure - there was no one in the wilderness to whom he could complain, so they could feel sorry for him, nor to criticize what he was doing. Jethro's "sheep" were obviously much more cooperative and appreciative, than the "flock" of Israel had been.

However, the intention of the Lord is always to prepare us, not only for us to succeed where we had failed, but also for us to go "further." Therefore, the Lord told Moses that he was to go back and face Pharaoh, and bring deliverance to the very people from whom he had fled.

Because the Lord did not expect Moses to accomplish this in his own strength, as he had before attempted, he was instructed to "take off his shoes." Moses had walked as far as he could go in his own strength and ability. Now he would walk in the Lord's shoes and strength.

This "intervention" did not take place until Moses had come to the full end of his ability, and was willing to turn aside, as an acknowledgement of his need.

"And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." -- Exodus 3:3

According to modern religious thought, the burning bush should have been in front of Moses, as the correction would come thru some new methodology. Rather it was off to the side, and required an action on his part. He had to notice, "turn" from what he was doing, and submit himself to the Lord.

This concept of turning is very close to the heart of the Lord, who greatly desires that we both notice and respond to His presence. This ability does not come quickly, or easily. It requires a coming to the end of our ways, and time in the presence of the Lord, in order to develop a sensitivity to the spiritual realm. If need be, the Lord has a "Jethro," and some special "sheep" who will help accomplish this in our lives, if we will acknowledge that we have come to the end of our abilities and ways, and cry out to the Lord in need of something more.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." -- Matthew 5:3

This means that we have become absolutely destitute concerning any ability we may have, and in desperation, have become willing to turn aside. Only then can we partake of the provision of the Kingdom.

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." -- Matthew 5:4

When we seemingly become stranded in the wilderness, where none of our giftings are able to function, we will mourn. We cannot help it, but the Lord understands and will comfort us. This "comfort will result from the impartation that we receive from the "burning bush" of His presence, by which we receive the enabling grace of His ability, in exchange for the loss of our abilities.

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." -- Matthew 5:5

Only now can we face and overcome the Pharaoh's in our lives -- all those things that actively hinder us from fulfilling the call of God.

If we become willing to turn aside and stand in the presence of this "bush" that yet burns, and receive the impartation that is available to us, this world will yet be turned to the Lord. 

Of Legacies and New Year's Resolutions

posted Aug 10, 2008, 8:29 PM by Web Master   [ updated Aug 13, 2008, 7:11 PM ]

by: Dr. Charles Betters

I have mixed feelings about making New Year’s resolutions. In the first place, I’m not certain that it’s a Biblical concept. The Holy Spirit, not a New Year’s resolution, is the Agent of meaningful transformation in our lives. If, instead, our focus is on what we can do in our own strength, making resolutions has the same feel to it as the widely established non-biblical doctrine that “The Lord helps them that help themselves.” The truth is, if you added the word “cannot,” as in “The Lord helps them that cannot help themselves,” you’d be on the road to sound biblical doctrine.

Another potential pitfall with New Year’s resolutions is intentionally waiting for New Year’s Day to fix something that is broken, especially if sin is involved. Sin needs our immediate attention. It’s the same feeling you get when you hear an inexperienced parent give a disobedient child “until the count of three” to obey. The take-away message for the child, of course, is that a deferred 33% obedience rate is acceptable. In reality, “obey” and “later” (or “next year”) don’t work well together in the same response.

On the other hand, if anyone should have reason to make a New Year’s resolution, it should be Christians. We have been freed from the bondage of sin by the Holy Spirit, Who is able to effect genuine transformation in our lives. If you want a picture of this liberation, put yourself in the place of the demon-possessed man in Mark 5:1-20. If God can overcome the spiritual bondage described in that passage, He can overcome the sin patterns in our life as well.

Jonathan Edwards was a man who made resolutions, though not in the form of New Year’s resolutions. In his long list of resolutions He included: "Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live; Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, but improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can; Resolved, never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him; Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge; Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die."

Anyone who could live up to those resolutions would probably get all of their own for free. For most, a more focused and realistic goal would be a resolution to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in order to be delivered from one particular area of sin in your life.

This will not come as a surprise to non-Christian onlookers, but just being saved does not give Christians immediate deliverance from sin patterns, especially those that have been developing over many years. Addictions to alcohol, drugs, and pornography, for example, are extremely hard to break. Nevertheless, there are concrete steps that you can take to put yourself in the path of God’s grace for deliverance from all types of sin, but you must be resolute in your determination to be freed.

In my Father’s Day sermon this year, I identified seven principles that every father must teach his children. One of those principles had to do with dealing with temptation and life-dominating sin. Here is an outline of a practical series of steps that you can follow when you are tempted to turn towards sin in your life:

1) First we should thank God for the temptation; it is an opportunity for our personal growth. Begin with a prayer to God thanking Him for the trial. Remember, it is not a sin to be tempted – temptation becomes sin when we turn towards that temptation in the direction of sin.

2) Next we must move away from the direction of the sin. If it is coming at you, change your course. Put as much distance as you can between you and the source of the temptation – run if you have to.

3) As you are moving way from the source of temptation, quote scripture that you have memorized that applies directly to the area of temptation. For example, if your struggle is with sexual immorality, quote 1 Corinthians 6:18-20. Do this while you are moving away from the source of temptation.

You can get help from your pastor, an elder, or another qualified trained counselor in your church to help identify scripture that applies your sin and to help identify other spiritual disciplines that can be employed to reduce the incidence of temptation.

4) Find yourself an "angel of accountability." Confess to that person that there is a specific sin that you are struggling with and ask that person to hold you accountable in that area. More is said about accountability partners below.

5) Finally, make for yourself and carry around a "think and do list" specific to your particular sin – sometimes called a "Philippians 4 list." In Philippians 4:8-9 we read "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

So work with your accountability partner to make up a card or group of cards – one for each "whatever is…" in Philippians 4:8 – and come up with a list of things that you can do that would be admirable, or lovely, etc. This completes the process of dealing with the sin. The first part is to "put off" the sin; the last part is to "put something good on in its place." That is, do something good!

Your accountability partner MUST be willing to ask you pointed questions, such as the following two, each week; moreover, you must promise to answer honestly and to hide nothing from your accountability partner. The first question is “How many times were you tempted in your sin area this week?” The second question is “How many times did you turn towards the sin?”

As you struggle for freedom from sin patterns you will be tempted over and over again – consider keeping a detailed count of the number of times you are tempted for the purpose of tracking progress. It is NO sin to be tempted. We sin the moment we take a small step in the direction of the sin (rather than running away from the temptation). We sin the moment we hesitate from turning away from temptation. Again, to track progress, consider keeping, and reporting, a count of the number of times you actually sinned.

One other recommendation regarding your selection of an accountability partner - consider making it someone that you ABSOLUTELY do not want to have to report failure to, such as a younger Christian who considers you more mature in your faith, but who is mature enough to handle helping you with your spiritual temptations. Knowing that you will have to report failure, and knowing that it is someone to whom you do not want to have to report failure, is powerful motivation that will make you think before sinning.

This sounds like a lot of work, and it is - but if you employ these steps in dealing with sin struggles and in getting control over your thought-life, there is no reason to be resigned to defeat. Why not make a New Year’s resolution to gain victory over one sin area in your life? And why not start working on that resolution today?

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