Weary

I found this over at Apprising. It’s just perfect for many of us. Be encouraged!!  Thanks Ken!

WEARY

from Apprising Ministries by Ken Silva pastor-teacher

There was war again between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines.  And David grew weary.
(2 Samuel 21:15)

The life of David is a remarkable one that is filled with hardship and victory.  From the very beginning of his life, he is brought into the battle.  He faces Goliath early on when no one else will go out and fight.

David lives many years in the fear of death at the hand of king Saul.  He is betrayed, slandered, and ridiculed by the likes of his own Son – Absalom,  his own wife – Michal, the counselor to Israel – Ahithophel, the servant of Saul – Ziba, the family member of Saul – Shemei, his own commander – Joab, a worthless man named Sheba, and numerous others could be listed along the way.

He was tormented by those over him, those under him, and those around him.  He took abuse from his wife, his closest friends, and most assuredly from his enemies.  David did not experience a life of ease, but rather a life that was filled with difficulties.  It is for certain that David was not sinless in his life and it is for sure that many things that happened to him were a result of his own transgressions, but God had called him and set him apart to lead Israel and it is for certain that David had a heart for God (1 Sam. 13:14).

In all of David’s ups and downs we find him toward the end of life in war again.  When most men would have given up and quit, David picks up his sword one more time to face the next giant that comes his way.  David has the heart of a warrior.  Although his body is weak and feeble he rises to the occasion for the glory of his God and the good of the people that he leads.  David grew weary or faint as the text says, but David did not run and hide.  David did not give up.

David did not throw in the towel.  David did not succumb to the pressures of men and women around him.  David did not fold to the opinion of the day.  David fought!  David stood his ground and the Lord sent Abishai to help him in his time of need.  The Lord will always come to the aid of those who will stand by faith.  The Lord strengthens those who endure for him.

Dearly beloved, do not grow weary with well doing.  Press on for the glory of God from one battle to the next.  Thousands of once committed men quit to the shame of their God and the embarrassment of the church, but those who endure to the end will be saved.  Quit yourself like a man and endure to the end for the glory of God.

J. Randall Easter, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Briar, Azle, TX.
II Timothy 2:19
“He who sells cheapest shall have most customers; the devil knows that it is a cheap and easy doctrine which pleases the flesh, and he doubts not but he shall have customers enough.” (Thomas Watson)

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Anguish

Anguish by David Wilkerson

The first of a five part series (each seg is about 10 minutes, accessed through youtube) to remind us all the true calling of a Christian.

David’s teaching should wipe away any of the remaining slime left behind from the purpose driven-seeker- sensitive, lazy, apathetic and otherwise – comfy- cozy churchers, sadly peddled off as Christianity. It is no wonder we have lost our effectiveness. God help us.

On the other hand if you identify with these things David speaks of, the Lord bless you. We are called to suffer as Jesus did.  The fact that people die and go to hell every day should shake us to become people of conviction, driven to tears and prayer.


In Memory of David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson was killed in an auto accident today in Texas.

His last blog today, April 27.
WHEN ALL MEANS FAIL by David Wilkerson | April 27, 2011

To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to Thomas, “You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen” (John 20:29).

Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer—who trust beyond hope when all means have failed.

Someone has come to the place of hopelessness—the end of hope—the end of all means. A loved one is facing death and doctors give no hope. Death seems inevitable. Hope is gone. The miracle prayed for is not happening.

That is when Satan’s hordes come to attack your mind with fear, anger, overwhelming questions: “Where is your God now? You prayed until you had no tears left. You fasted. You stood on promises. You trusted.”

Blasphemous thoughts will be injected into your mind: “Prayer failed. Faith failed. Don’t quit on God—just do not trust him anymore. It doesn’t pay!”

Even questioning God’s existence will be injected into your mind. These have been the devices of Satan for centuries. Some of the godliest men and women who ever lived were under such demonic attacks.

To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”

Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.

His Church, Times Square, NY

Pastor David Wilkerson
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Pastor David Wilkerson

It is with deepest of sadness that we have to inform you of the sudden passing of Reverend David Wilkerson, our founding pastor.

As the details of the family’s wishes are made known we will relay them to you on this website.

There will be a memorial service at Times Square Church at a date yet to be determined. It will be streamed live to give an opportunity for all to participate.

Pastor David Wilkerson’s was a life fully given for the glory of God and souls of men. He was greatly loved and he will be greatly missed.

Our prayers are with the family and we as a church body are committed to standing with them at this time of sorrow.


Pastor Carter Conlon

P.S. Please do not call the church as we will be inundated with calls. For more information, please refer back to this website.

Stand Firm Therefore!

Hebrews 12-

11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Ephesians 6

14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with the truth

Yes, there is much more to these verses, and many of us are well aware of the teaching found in the 6th chapter of Ephesians.

But I wanted instead to offer some encouragement. I know that many of us are weary, we are tired. We have seen more apostasy and full on lying in the church than we ever thought we would. That list of all that we have seen and heard is long. And we know it is only just begun – things will get much worse than they are now and even in that thought we do not know how bad it will get.

We have been shown the truth and it is our place to make a stand and to fight the good fight that is before us. There is much work to be done and there are many who need to have eyes as we have been given.

We rejoice in the fact that we have been taken from the deception even though some of us suffer personal rejection, some of us have been told when we have seen and heard is not what we have seen and heard, and some of us are literally in a time of separation into the wilderness. But this is a time to be strengthened and fed, not a time to retreat and give up what has been granted to us to finish.

So, in considering these verses, prayerfully consider the Greek which is rich in meaning –

Stand firm therefore, having girded (to gird all around, to fasten on one’s belt, around one’s self) your loins (the hip, procreative power) with the truth (as not concealing, in doctrine and profession,  to be true speaking).

We make ourselves ready for what is upon us, strengthening ourselves, the hip area is a place of strength, the loins a place of creating life, in speaking truth, giving out, teaching others what we have been shown, proper doctrine.

Jude 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Scripture taken from NASB, Hebrew-Greek Word Study Bible

A Witch’s Invitation

I’m feeling a little dramatic…

Years ago my daughter Jessica used to be in a mime/drama group called Christ in Action along with a very dear friend’s daughter. Together they reenacted this dramatic piece of Carman’s, A Witch’s Invitation.

This video brings back those happy moments which now seem more like another lifetime than they do memories of this one.

In honor of her passing 9 years ago (April 27), and in the hope that I will see for myself her name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life…

and as a testament that Satan is not the victor in her passing…

nor in the passing of the daughter’s mother that same year…

what else can I add, but the most important factor  – Christ’s meaning from the cross “It is Finished!!!”…

indulge me a moment – – 

and then give a shout. He is victorious in all things! 

(and I really hope that burns the devil’s butt tonight!)

Starving in the Wilderness? Not at All.

Yesterday I met with a group of believers from various places via Skype to have a little study time, to pray and get to know each other. Most of us are out of the visible church, some left on our own, some were asked to leave. Imagine, being kicked out of the assembly of believers because you point out the truth to the leadership. It happens.

Will God leave us to starve in the wilderness? No. As crazy as it sounds, the opposite has proven to be true. In the effort and process to reveal the false doctrines of our time, and all that subject entails, the more I have grown in my own faith. It is in the times of study – the chasing after the truth as if it were gold has proven more precious and more valuable than any time I spent warming a pew. Don’t get me wrong. If the pastor you hear every week can present the truth of the gospel without allowing in the wiggly worms, stay there in the fellowship. I am not against church as a whole. I am against the thing it has become – yes “the thing” – a morphing into a shape and sound it was never intended.

So, let me encourage you. If you have come to that place and have found yourself out-churched, please understand that God has led you to this place to teach you who He truly is, and all that He has for you to become. This is not done for your glory, but for His. This is done so that you can effectively reach the lost, those unsaved and those who are still operating under the veil of apostasy, for those who still have ears to hear.  This has been done so that you will no longer be dependent on a person to spoon feed you or so that you will not longer have the  need to follow after another person for the truth. God never intended for one man to rule over another. In the same way He never intended for His child to be spiritually dependent on another. Consider these words of Jesus –

John 14:16-17 (NASB)

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

You have not been left alone.

Remember, we have been called to lay down our own lives and pick up the way of the cross. It is not found on a comfy cozy pew while holding a steaming cup of coffee. No. The cross and the choice we have made to follow Christ is a place of suffering, a place of agonizing death. It is the narrow path that few find. The upside of that position is that none of us will walk it alone because our God will never leave or forsake His own.

I believe the following verse refers to Paul’s suffering in his body but hear his words in where he places his hope. Let us also be so convinced.

2 Timothy 1:12 (NASB)

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

did the serpent wink?

Proverbs 16:24-26

24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.

“The Good Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible” in the United Kingdom, was published this month (Source article and video from CNN, partly quoted below)

The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest thinkers?

What if the book that billions have turned to for ethical guidance wasn’t tied to commandments from God or any one particular tradition but instead included the writings of Aristotle, the reflections of Confucius, the poetry of Baudelaire? What would that book look like, and what would it mean?

“Humanist ethics didn’t claim to be derived from a deity,” he says. “(They) tended to start from a sympathetic understanding of human nature…”

Had he considered instead Jesus Christ who is God incarnate, our High Priest who suffered the death of the cross for our sin, and can sympathize with  our weakness, being tempted as we so are, he would have found the true meaning of human sympathizers! Hebrews 3:14-15 What better form of sympathy could there found be if not in Him? Have these so-called great thinkers of mankind gone as far as that? Have they come even close? I think not.

And I am reminded again to not be cheated or deceived through philosophy and the traditions of men which have nothing in Christ (Colossians 2:8), yet is a high thing set to exalt itself against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Such is the way of humanistic thinking and to ask “what if?” as though mankind has found a better way.

It is also found in the thinking of Eugene Peterson (The Message) who believes the best way to understand God is through “lectio divina”.

Or as we have come to understand the Charismatic Movement is to experience God through supernatural dreams and visions, trances, ecstatic dance and song, soaking prayer and prophetic words.

As William P Young has written The Shack, “Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity” whose story is as make-believe as his universalism three-part goddess-man thing.

Christianity has become a sort of free for all where anything goes, not anymore so far removed from the world it was told to guard itself from. When self-reason replaces the clear teaching of scripture, what else is left for us but a deeper deception? Will a man outthink God?

We as a civilized society can no longer accept the fact that our sin will condemn us and in our finite thinking and limited wisdom we have thrown out the only one who can save for a seemed better way to satisfy our empty souls, until the moment comes and those souls will be required of us.

Mr. Grayling stated  “No intention to offend -”

I wonder, did the serpent wink as he shared the forbidden fruit?