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Nov-28-08

Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

posted by PrayerWarrior

When I was led to do this particular article, I researched it, and do you know what I found?
I found that all those preachers who are busy pointing out other wolves in sheep’s clothing were actually the very thing they were preaching against. Thats right, look up the words wolves in sheep’s clothing for yourself, and notice it is preachers talking about other preachers and putting them down. You will see what it is The Lord was speaking about through Paul. What does this mean to me, when I hear of ravening wolves, hiding as one of the sheep among the sheep? I think of devious jealous snarling angry unhappy people. Who do not apparently have enough to do with their own lives, and are just not busy enough leading people to the Lord. Our great commission according to Jesus is to go out and lead others to him.How can we effectively lead others to the Lord, if we are so busy looking for something bad to report about another preacher or teacher? Or even another brother or sister in Christ. It reminds me of my children when they were growing up and jealous of one another’s attention. Dad he said this, mom she said that ,aren’t you going to punish her or him?

In effect are we not as brothers and sisters in Christ doing the same thing when we take it upon ourselves to point out a wrong word or misspoken sentence someone else might have said? Most often, peoples opinions on others, is based upon their own prejudices, jealousies and or anger.It is a sad state of afairs when in looking for verses online pertaining to wolves in sheep’s clothing. Alls you can find on the issue is other preachers putting down other preachers and teachers.We are all supposed to be honoring one another in the body of Christ. Now I have no problem personally with others prayerfully considering sharing their disappointment with other Christians. Once in a while about someone they once had great esteem for,and they found out through that preachers own words, that he/she was indeed a wolf in sheep’s clothing.This takes serious consideration and time. My issue with the preachers who are talking smack about other preachers is this, they are not working the great commission that Christ told us is our job. That is simply to further the kingdom of God. To grow it and in love and patience teach one another.

If say a person came to Christ through the teachings and or preaching or evangelizing of one preacher, and then that new Christian heard through another preacher even their own preacher, that this person whom at first led them to the Lord, was a crooked so and so, or a wolf and they simply had misspoken something. Would that new baby Christian turn away? Would that new Christian who held such esteem for this person who led them to the Lord, Now hearing that preacher is bad bad bad. Couldn’t that give them serious pause to think, oh man who am I kidding here? I don’t know anything. I was stupid to listen to that or this person. Would that not turn them away forever more? I know within myself if I had heard all that I now know as a new Christian. I probably would have turned away. Thinking I knew nothing and this was a bunch of angry people I would not want to have anything to do with.

A study was done this past summer and filmed on,what other people think of Christians, are they united or divided? The answer by people who are not saved and do not have a clue about it, was they are so very divided. That dear friends is horrible. How can we effectively show the world at large, that we are indeed of one body, if it seems to the rest of the world that we are not united. Philippians 2:2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.[ISV] 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all like minded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humble minded: This is the body of Christ and what it would look like to the rest of the world.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Psalms 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Jeremiah 32:39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.  I could go on and on with these verses of unity, but this has moved me in another direction than I wanted this article to go. Obviously my next article will be one minded in Christ.

Now what we are looking for in wolves, who are ravening and mad, who hide themselves as Christians among Christians . “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. “Matthew 7:15, KJV “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. “Matthew 10:16, KJV “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. “Luke 10:3, KJV “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”Acts 20:29, KJV.

Jesus does not spell out what “fruits” to look for, although in the Olivet Prophecy, He does link the deceptions of false prophets with the lawlessness and lack of love that abounds at the end time (Matthew 24:11-13). However, the rest of the Bible elucidates God’s character and nature, so we already have the tools to evaluate whether a message allegedly coming from God fits with what His Word reveals about Him. God is not double-minded; He will not contradict Himself. In other words test everything you hear everything against the word of God. We are also quite lucky in that the Lord has provided us the Holy Spirit which helps us to have discernment within ourselves. If it sounds wrong compared to what you already know, then search it out, study it up, and learn, always learn about your Father in Heaven, and what he would have you know as truth.

The description here is very apt‚ÄĒwolves in sheep’s clothing. They appear on the outside to be something they are not. When Jesus uttered this, He was probably thinking of false ministers who would insinuate themselves into the church by appearing to be sheep within the sheepfold.

Jesus uses this terminology in regard to His relationship with the church. He is the Shepherd, and we are His sheep. Here we have wolves (false ministers) who look like sheep, but it is hypocrisy. They only look that way on the outside. He tells us we will know them by their fruits. The fruit that is produced will not necessarily appear quickly. But Christ guarantees that over a period of time the church will be stripped of its true spiritual vitality in terms of the character that will be produced within the flock, making the rise of wolves in sheep’s clothing more likely.

What is He saying? The implication is that Jesus is connecting belief with practice. If we believe a certain set of doctrines, we will practice something because of the teaching. A religious creed or the dogma that a group is following will produce a certain kind of conduct by the people. Belief and practice, creed and conduct‚ÄĒJesus is saying they are vitality connected. In other words, the teacher cannot hide what he is going to produce. Eventually it will come out. Their false philosophies, no matter how attractive they may appear at first sight, will in the long run be exposed for what they really are.

In Closing my brothers and sisters, I wish to warn you a little further of what to look for in wolves hiding among us. (Romans 1:28-32) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. At all times keep your ears open, your eyes trained on truth. You I trust will know who to stay away from.

It is not our job to show the world who in our own opinion is a false teacher, but to trust the Holy Spirit will warn individuals of who is a wolf in sheeps clothing. To speak ill of someone else who is according to the word, our brother or sister is gossip, and slander.

Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy

Nov-26-08

Let’s Give Thanks

posted by PrayerWarrior

Psalm 31:19 (NIV) How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. Psalm 95:1-6 (KJV) “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Psalm 100 (KJV) “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalm 107:1 (NIV) “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Psalm 145:7 (NIV) They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (KJV) “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you;you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks,and praise your glorious name.”

These are just a few of the verses from the Old Testament on being thankful.
I thought it would be nice to share with you all of my readers a few verses that show us always to be thankful to the Lord, especially since it is Americas thanksgiving holiday.

There was an even further thaksgiving day long before the American day of thanks, and that was in Nehemiahs day, Nehemiah 11:17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

The first American’s to land here came with religious freedom in mind and they had it. They were also starving, and cold and sick and dying, at least half of the adult’s who came to America that year died. Those who lived had their bibles and their faith and not much else. They decided to praise the Lord anyway. What the Lord did was to bring them people from those lands, that the pilgrims knew nothing about, and the Indians showed them how to garden, and catch fish and hunt. They had such an abundance that year that after the fall harvest, they celebrated their abundance by having a feast in which they invited the Indians to dinner. Thus the first thanksgiving. In short they gave thanks to the Lord. We should always be thankful but this time of year is an absolute time of knowing that God has been good to us.
We all should sit and give thanks to the Lord always. Count your blessings. Write them down if you have to. Count them and see exactly how God has provided for you and held you up, when you did not think you would make it through your tough times.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever. Revelation 11:16-17 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Psalms 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Psalms 35:18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Nehemiah 12:31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:
Nehemiah 12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me: Acts 27:35 And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; Meaning give thanks for one another. Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Psalms 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.Psalms 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 136:1-3 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. ¬† With all of David’s repetition going on in giving thanks, do you think it is important?¬† I definitely do. I personally am very thankful and begin all of my prayers with thanksgiving to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. Romans 7:23-25 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† For Wisdom in the Lord, Daniel 2:23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.

The list goes on and on of the verses that mention giving thanks to God our Father. Think about it this way, when you do something for someone, though you do not need thanks for it, you do hope for it. The Lord does for us daily, we should thank Him on a constant basis for all he is, all he does, and all he is going to do. When you have abundance to give to other’s, give thanks that you are able.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!
Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy

Nov-11-08

Eternity

posted by PrayerWarrior

just a little something I wrote, and wanted to share

Who would have ever thought,
I was worthy of being bought.

For me the price was paid
at His feet my sins have been laid.

My love He did urgently seek
to my heart he did fervently speak.

I heard my Shepherd when
my name he did call
and have promised to give him my all.

His life for us He did lay down
so in the end He could offer us a crown.

My name has been written in the book
Now I am assured I will not be forsook.

For eternity I will explore
the Fathers Heavenly shore.

His love is so steady and strong,
don’t you also want to belong?

Pray this prayer and you shall be,
forever a part of our eternal family.

Father, forgive my sins and set me free
give me new eyes that I may  see,
all that you have in store for me.

Let Him hold you in close proximity
forever more even unto eternity.

He has wisdom to impart
directly to your heart.

In trials and troubles praise him too
for the Lessons He has in mind for you.

Go ahead take a leap of faith
do not let your life be a waste.

It is not something that can be earned
It is something that must be learned.

A gift from Jesus to your heart
the time is now for a brand new start.

Love in Christ Prayer warrior/Tammy

Nov-2-08

Speaking Evil Of Others In Christ

posted by PrayerWarrior

You know the world at large is so busy worrying about what everyone but themselves are doing that even good Christians are looking down their noses at other Christians. Does anyone really think that telling everyone on your email lists, and every person you work with about this so called bad Christian, or that so called bad Christian is going to win them favor with God? Do you really think that backbiting your brother or sister in Christ is going to win you favor when you stand before God? Do you actually say to yourself oh this is a bad Christian this person is not a Christian at all when you decide to write everyone on your email list about how this brother or sister said this that or the other thing? Now let me ask you,………..Are you God? Do you know for sure another’s heart? Do you know for sure that someone is not a Christian?

God knows for sure, no one else, rather that person is saved or not. We cannot, even the smartest most well read person, cannot for one minute decide if one person or another is saved. Do you recall some preachers saying we will be surprised at who is and who is not in Heaven?  Why do you think that is?  We brothers and sisters are to honor one another.  Jesus spoke of honoring one another as well as him. That means we are to Honor without question those who are above us such as our preachers, teachers, presidents, cops, whomever is an authority figure over us. We are to Honor our peers ,meaning those who are on an equal footing with us. We are to also Honor the young ones in our lives. Those who are below us such as our children, our grandchildren, students we teach. How my friends, are you, who are spreading vicious speak about a brother or sister, a preacher or teacher, or even a president we do not happen to want in office, spreading, growing, and widening the Lords Kingdom? The Lord obviously has a plan in mind, if according to us the wrong President gets into office, and like or dislike him, we must honor him.

When you stand before your Father in Heaven, will he look at you and say thanks for making the very man I chose for this Job or that position of authority look bad? No he will say shame shame on you. Will that be a reward or a blessing? No I tell you the truth it will be burned like the chaff in the fire and turn to dust and ash. You will have no excuse for it none at all.
Will God ever show honor to one who has done something wrong? No for sure he would not. We are to love our neighbor as ourself.  Would you go around telling people bad things about yourself?  Of course not,so why are you saying bad things about your brother or sister in Christ?  How do you know for sure someone is saved or not? Do you think God Needs you to go spreading lies rumors gossip or trash about a preacher, a brother, a sister, a teacher? If you say to yourself self we need to warn the world against this man woman or child, where does God come into that?    God does not enter into that thought anywhere because if you came to him with it he would tell your heart do not say a word against this person.

We must at all times watch our tongues. The very words that come out of our mouths can kill maim and hurt forever. The very words from our mouths can put us in hell. Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking deceit. 1Peter 3:10 People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things. Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

James 3:5-18, 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,  these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

One day we will eat our words before God, will you eat poison or fruit?  2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2:17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
See that depart from iniquity.

Brothers and sisters in closing let me say this,as a human being I know it is not one tiny bit easy to keep our mouths shut. God never once promised being one of his own would be easy. No it is hard and full of snares the devil sets before us. We must live our lives filled with faith and God’s strength in us, around us, and on us. We must love one another first and foremost. You think you know by their fruits if someone is saved or not? Well no matter what my heart thinks I know I could be wrong always. Therefore I will now, not utter, dislike, disdain, or anything that could hurt someone. I do not say anything anymore to another person about another person that I would not say about myself. Remember these words of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

We do not wish to be like the rest of the world who are not aliens in the world but partakers of its sinful delights, 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Also the verse Proverbs 23:7 that says so as a man thinks so is he? Be careful of your thoughts as well. If you begin to think bad thoughts think positive thoughts instead find something to like about that person. Find something positive about them. If we speak life over ourselves and those around us, then life will be much more abundantly joy filled.

Love in Christ Jesus, Prayer Warrior/Tammy


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