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Are You Standing Outside the Doorway?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

“Who would, after seeking the King’s palace, be content to stand in the door, when he is invited to dwell in the King’s presence and share with Him in all the glory of His royal life? Certainly, all would assume that no one would so foolishly give up a royal life to merely stand in the doorway, separated from all the pleasures of living in the King’s presence,” adapted from the wisdom of Andrew Murray, from his classic “Abide in Christ.”

Tragically, many who come to Jesus as Savior and Redeemer never go beyond the doorway to abide in Him. They fail to learn the simple spiritual discipline of “Abiding in Christ” and practicing the presence of God. Experiencing the unspeakable joy of dwelling in the presence of God is the birthright of every follower of Jesus.

Is our “imposter” mask blocking the presence of the very one we desire to be closest too As a direct result many Christians feel broken and angry but don’t think they can express these real feelings around others?or to God. So we put on a mask to hide our identity. Feelings of embarrassment and shame make us hide from the One who truly loves us. He is calling and encouraging us to let go of this stressful, unreal impostor lifestyle and freely accept our identity as a child of God

“Take care to live in me (practice my presence daily/hourly), and let me live in you. For a branch can’t produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from me.For apart from me you can’t do a thing.But if you stay in me and obey my commands, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted…I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love.” John 15: 4, 5b, 7, 9, The Living Bible

Life lived in the presence of Jesus is fruitful, powerful, joyful and secure. When we learn to practice His presence we stay connected to the source of all we will ever need. A relationship can’t be maintained in a healthy functional way apart from regular dialogue and fellowship.

“The one thing I want from God, the thing I seek most of all, is the privilege of meditating in his Temple, living in his presence every day of my life, delighting in his incomparable perfections and glory. There I’ll be when trouble comes. He will hide me. He will set me on a high rock out of reach of all my enemies. Then I will bring him sacrifices and sing his praises with much joy. Listen to my pleading, Lord! Be merciful and send the help I need. My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me, O my people.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27: 4-8 The Living Bible)

Is this the cry of your heart? Lord, I am coming!

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Rev. Ron Ross is a pastor, author, teacher, and counselor.
As founder of NET Casting Ministries, he equips the church
around the world to care for the wounded and addicted.
Ron is a cofounder of the NET Training Institute.

Putting too much emphasis on getting it right?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

“Mistakes are a great opportunity to ask for help.”

An athlete said a coach once told him to stop regretting his mistakes. Instead, the coach advised him to find someone who could help him learn from every mistake.

We’ve all heard about learning from our failures, but this takes it a step farther.

First, it transforms darkness into light. We don’t fear the darkness of errors because we welcome the light and freedom of opportunity.

Second, we expand our circle as we seek those who know more. Each time we fail we ask, “Who knows about this?”

What’s really interesting is that the only true failure is not-asking, because then a small-stakes error gets repeated and multiplied until it happens in a high-stakes context.

Seems like this is a pretty good model for helping someone start following Jesus. Maybe we put too much emphasis on getting it right.

Maybe a better model would be to help people like me figure out what to do when we get it wrong.

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Can’t Get a Grip?

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Sometimes my life feels like I’m constantly trying to gain traction-on ice. The harder “you” try the more you are spinning your wheels and getting off course. Traction enables you to get a grip, establish a toehold, and set your footing.

Maybe Joseph can shed some light for us? “Deeply moved on seeing his brother and about to burst into tears, Joseph hurried out into another room and had a good cry. Then he washed his face, got a grip on himself, and said, “Let’s eat.” (Genesis 43: 30-31, Msg) Joseph didn’t cave to what had to be very strong emotions. He obviously had let go of the past. Got it? Let go of the past-plain and simple! “Let’s eat.” Sounds like one who has traction in the moment and able to move on to what’s next in Jesus!

Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God — never loosened his grip — and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures. (2 Kings 18:5-6, Msg)

King Hezekiah was probably one of the most unsung heroes of the Old Testament. He also got it. Hold fast to God and you find out God’s been holding fast to you, even when you thought your life was; well-spinning out of control.

One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan also showed up. God singled out Satan, saying, “And what have you been up to?” Satan answered God, “Oh, going here and there, checking things out.” Then God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him, is there — honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil? He still has a firm grip on his integrity! You tried to trick me into destroying him, but it didn’t work.” (Job 2:1-3, Msg)

He still has a firm grip on his integrity! Do you and I? Veracity, honor, honesty: would others use these words to describe your impression upon them? They will when we have a firm grip, kind of a ‘toehold’ on our integrity.

Dear friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life. I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns. Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip. Guard it well — your life is at stake! Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way. (Proverbs 4: 10-15, Msg)

When you go out looking for your old adversaries you won’t find them —  Not a trace of your old enemies, not even a memory. That’s right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go. I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic. I’m right here to help you.’ (Isaiah 41:12-13, Msg)

And here’s the footing and toehold of traction. [It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God ] I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all — oh, how well I remember —  the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope. (Lamentations 3:19-21, (Msg)

[He Gets the Last Word] Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ — eternal and glorious plans they are! — will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. (1 Peter  5:8-11, Msg)

Getting’ a grip while being gripped!

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Rev. Ron Ross is a pastor, author, teacher, and counselor.
As founder of NET Casting Ministries, he equips the church
around the world to care for the wounded and addicted.
Ron is a cofounder of the NET Training Institute.

The mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The Bible is a book which calls not so much for the exertion of our intellect–as it does for the exercise of our affections, conscience and will. God has given His Word to us not for our entertainment, but for our education–to make known what He requires from us. It is to be…
the traveler’s guide as he journeys through the maze of this world,
and the mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life.

Therefore, whenever we open the Bible, the all-important consideration for each of us to keep before him is: “What is here for me today? What bearing does the passage now before me have upon my present case and circumstances–what warning, what encouragement, what information? What instruction is there…
to direct me in the management of my business,
to guide me in the ordering of my domestic and social affairs,
to promote a closer walking with God?”

I should see myself addressed in every precept–and included in every promise.

But it is greatly to be feared that, through failure to appropriate God’s Word unto our own case and circumstances–there is much Bible reading and study which is of little or no real benefit to the soul.

Nothing else will…
secure us from the pollutions of this world,
deliver from the temptations of Satan, and
be so effectual a preservative from sin–
as the Word of God received into our affections. “The law of his God is in his heart–none of his steps shall slide” (Psalm 37:31) can only be said of the one who has made personal appropriation of the Word, and is able to say with the Psalmist, “Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (119:11).

Just so long as the Word is….
actually working in us,
influencing us in a practical way,
loved and revered by us,
and stirs the conscience–
are we kept from falling into open sin!

And only as we personally go out and daily gather our portion of manna, and feed upon the same–will there be strength provided for the performing of duty and the bringing forth of fruit to the glory of God.

~ Arthur Pink

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How Could I Do That?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Henry, a man in his 40s, sat in my office and hung his head. “How could I have a relationship with another woman?” He continued to look at the floor. “How could I be unfaithful to the only woman who has ever loved me?”

I waited a couple of minutes. “Perhaps you fell for the serpent’s cunning lies. He appealed to your pride that your wife doesn’t understand you and doesn’t appreciate you.”

At that statement, he looked up at me and said, “That’s exactly what I thought.”

“And did you fall for the lie that you work hard and deserve another woman?”

His eyes widened, and he said, “How did you know that?” He stared at me as if I were a mind reader.

After clearing my throat, I said, “Jesus called Satan ‘a liar and the father of lies’ for a reason (John 8:44). The devil hasn’t changed his tactics.” I paused to let him think about that truth. “As he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, so he deceives us. He appeals to our pride and a sense of entitlement.”

Henry nodded and said, “I believed the lies, hurt my wife, and sinned against God and her.” He hit himself on the head, and said, “That didn’t help my marriage or my children either.”

2 Corinthians 11:3: “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Dear God, please help me not to be deceived by the serpent’s lies. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to have a sincere and pure devotion to Christ?

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Is the Past Haunting You?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

When the past comes back to haunt me it can be something from years ago or from just yesterday. Usually the result is confusion in my entire being. But scripture teaches:

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33

So I have to wonder if it is not Satan who drags some of this stuff up to confuse me, to make all of these emotions boil over and create a mess. Now, I am not saying I have to ignore these feelings and emotions. They should and must be dealt with in a godly and biblical fashion. But I cannot allow them to create confusion and a mess in my life. I have to be aware of these emotions and deal with them, not allow the pot to boil over.

I picture in my mind a big pot of oatmeal boiling away, starting to rise in the pot as it starts to boil over and finally it does boil over and what a mess it makes!!!!!!

I have to see the pot…. realize that it is starting to boil over… and then realize it is too much heat creating the problem… take to pot off of the fire. How to do that? Take all this boiling mess to Christ and not allow Satan to continue turning up the heat on the pot.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Remember that….

No matter what is going on in my life God can and will bring peace…..
healing…..
serenity….
and he will return the joy to my life.

But I have to turn to Him….
not the pot….
not the heat…..
not the oatmeal…..

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“It doesn’t hurt anyone else so it is OK.”

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

It is very easy for me to get swept up with the crowd, do what everyone else is doing, agree with what everyone else is saying. I think this has its roots in my people pleasing and codependent tendencies. But because I am a child of God I know in my heart of hearts that following the crowd rarely leads to anything good. People are just lemmings heading over the cliff.

God has provided me with His Standard and it is found in Scripture. He makes it quite clear what his direction is and what His desires for me are. It is up to me to continue to be aware of His directions and to apply His desires to my life.

It is easy to become desensitized. The news media keeps telling us smoking pot is harmless. Homosexuality is “normal.” It is OK to bend the rules. Situational ethics are what matter, not what God says. It is OK to steal just as long as you are not caught.

How often have we heard “This doesn’t hurt anyone else so it is OK.”

WRONG!

It does affect me (if I am doing the wrong thing). It affects my loved ones when they see me doing the wrong thing. It affects my relationship with God. So I have to work at remaining very sensitive to what God says — and desensitizing myself to what the world says.

If someone says something loud enough and often enough it can start sounding like the truth. But there is only one Truth. I have to remember that.

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  John 8:31-32

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How to Avoid Disaster

Monday, January 5th, 2015

I do a lot of long distance driving and there are many things I have learned to keep me alert. It is important for me to realize just how quickly things can go horrifically wrong if I take my eyes off of the road or “zone out” for just a second or two.

Recovery has parallels to that. I can think I am sailing along just fine, been in recovery for years. No problem…..
I start zoning out….
and not paying attention to the details…..
life is good…..

W-H-A-M !!!!!!

I think I have been blind sided but I have not. I have taken my eye of the prize. The fault is squarely mine. Not God’s. Not anybody else. Not circumstances. It is so easy to blame other people, circumstances and God. But I am the culprit.

It is essential to always remain sensitive to the Lord’s leading. But how to do that?

So often life is like being on the thruway….a little bit boring. Then something catches my eye and my focus is on that and not on the road and then all heck breaks loose.For me, it is a matter of keeping the lens of the Scriptures front and center, to always see things through that lens, never taking those Gospel Glasses off.

I take the Gospel Glasses off, everything becomes fuzzy. I can’t see or think with clarity.

It is not a matter of thinking about God all the time but having those lenses on to keep things in proper perspective — always seeing through the eyes of Christ.

I cannot be in prayer 100% of the time or working the 12 Steps 100% of the time but I can have my Gospel Glasses on — even while I am sleeping.

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What are you doing?

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Do nothing that you would not like God to see.

Say nothing that you would not like God to hear.

Write nothing that you would not like God to read.

Go no place, where you would not like God to find you.

Read no book, of which you would not like God to say, “Show it to Me!”

Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, “What are you doing?”

~ J. C. Ryle

Problems? God is working them out!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

“Many times God works in opposite ways to worldly probabilities. When the requirement for bricks to be made was doubled for the Hebrew slaves–who would look for deliverance? Just as the sun going back ten degrees on the sundial was a sign of Hezekiah’s recovery–so divine providence is to be read backward. Joseph was made a slave–so that he would become the deliverer of the Hebrew people.”

Thus have we found that sickness works for our spiritual health–and poverty promotes our spiritual wealth. Our worst days, have turned out to be our best days; and our low estate has lifted us on high. When storms come, we may welcome them–for they bring blessing on their wings. But when our calm is long and deep, we must be on watch, to prevent stagnation and disease result from it!

Our Redeemer bends all things to His gracious purpose! To judge His wise ways, is folly and ingratitude. What can we know? Especially what can we know of His design and purpose–while His work is yet on the anvil? Our judgments at their best, are only moderated foolishness.

We are neither prophets nor sons of prophets; and if we were wise, we would not speculate about the results of His divine operations–but firmly believe and patiently wait until His providence comes to bloom, and God becomes His own interpreter!

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28 

~ Charles Spurgeon, “Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden” 1883 {Adapted}

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