Check out Louie and Tracey speaking at the “God Unlimited Conference” in Louisville Kentucky.
Check out Louie and Tracey speaking at the “God Unlimited Conference” in Louisville Kentucky.
It seems the solution to our trouble may be in the trouble itself. For instance to keep from getting the flu you get a shot with a small amount of the flu virus in it. When there are huge forest fires sometimes firefighters will set smaller fires, on purpose, in order to prevent the larger fire from spreading. Fire can’t burn where the earth has already been scorched. The final example and the one I want to focus on is a snake bite. If you get bit by a poisonous snake the only cure is to get anti-venom. You guessed it; the anti-venom is made from the venom of the snake itself. It’s what you might call a healthy dose of Hell.
After spending a short amount of time reading up on anti-venom I ran across some amazing information. Of course anti-venom is created by taking the venom of the specific snake, diluting it and injecting it into a host animal such as a horse, sheep or goat. The host animal goes through an immune response to the venom which produces antibodies against the venom’s active molecule which is then harvested from the animal’s blood and used to treat the one bitten.
The principle of anti-venom is based on that of vaccines. However, instead of inducing immunity in the patient directly, it is induced in a host animal and the hyperimmunized serum is transfused into the patient. For those of you that don’t know what “hyperimmunized” means don’t feel bad I had to look it up too. The word hyperimmune means “Having a greater-than-normal immunity because of an unusual abundance of antibodies.”
Just so I’m making myself clear let me just say this. The Bible tells us when Adam sinned we all sinned, or in other words, we were all infected. The good news is that through the cross, by faith, we are crucified, buried and raised again in Christ. In 2nd Corinthians we read “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” Jesus became our host who took in the venom in order to produce the antibodies in his blood. We have been “hyperimmunized” from sin which means through the blood of Jesus we have a greater-than-normal immunity!
When Jesus was speaking with Nicodemus in John 3 he told him “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” If you remember the story the Children of Israel were grumbling so God sent fiery serpents among them and they bit them and many died. What I wanted you to notice though is the way God provided a cure for their snakebite. “And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard (pole); and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.”
Mankind has been bitten by the serpent and God has provided the cure. He made his only begotten Son to be what fallen man became. Man has been bitten by that old serpent; and the sinless Jesus Christ had to take in the poison in order to provide the anti-venom for all that will look to him and put their trust in the work he has done on the cross.
Written by Louie
Six notes later, and I have only seen three ladies so far, but now it’s almost midnight, what can I do, but go home and get some rest for work in the morning. I hated to leave without the ladies knowing I tried to see them all. The theme for the night was about storms. The Lord spoke to me about the storm in Mark 4 when Jesus and His disciples were getting in the boat, or vessel, to go to the other side. On the way the wind began to blow and the waves rising to the heights of the boat to the point of taking on more water than they could bail out. Many in the room could relate to this illustration. The world and our sin become too much to bear, and rightly so. We were never meant to carry sin not to mention, living in it. Jesus is in the boat, or vessel, He is resting and is at peace. If you think that the Jesus who is in your life is sleeping on the job and doesn’t care what happens to you, then you have the wrong viewpoint of who Jesus is because He’s got you. The sea obeys His voice because the sea belongs to Him, the vessel belongs to Him, and everything belongs to the Master. He loves us very much and the storms in our life are meant to propel us into His arms of strength and power.
The other three ministers were also called to talk about storms. Billie Jo talked about the storm that came up around her house in the country and she saw the wheat field bend from the power of the wind. She explained it wasn’t the wheat’s fault they were bending, but the wind was making them bend. She said, bowing as in, to the Father.
Margo was next and she too, talked about wheat and how Ruth in the Bible found favor with Boaz and he commanded his servants to let Ruth glean more that she needed of wheat. How we have favor with God as we face storms in our life, yet we have more than enough because God provides.
Joanna shared last with her words of wisdom about the storms of being hemmed in and behind and before, Jesus laying His hand of love on us. She also taught us John 17:13 “and now I come to you and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” Did you notice the passage said His joy? Because His joy is everlasting it’s not in our circumstances and certainly not in our feelings.
Margo asked for volunteers for a demonstration and then asked for the roll of tissue. She threw the first girl the roll and said, “Tear you off a piece.” The next girl did the same and so on. “Now,” she said, “for every square of T.P. say what God is doing in your life right now.” The first girl stands up and faces the crowd, a little shy, and says she is thankful for her relationship with her husband and is being restored. Another lady said she was thankful she was teachable, alive and desires Jesus. This went on until the last volunteer said something I will never forget. You see, she only tore off one square, so she tore it in half so she could praise Him more.
The counseling went great and there was a theme with them also. There were two things I shared with each of them separately about Hebrews 4:12 about soul and spirit, joints and marrow, thoughts and intentions and the Word of God divides, pierces and discerns them all. We get hung up on the ins and outs of life and beat ourselves up for it, when all along we were meant to move; yet have our rest in the Lord Jesus Christ where our spirit lives joined to His Spirit. Some of us think it’s all about us, but see it just involves us.
The other point I shared was how we were deceived into eating of the wrong tree when we were in Adam in the garden. We are still eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when we need to be partaking of the tree of life, which is Jesus. There is a lot to learn and a lot to listen to as we journey through this land, but just remember whatever storm you are in, just got out of, or getting ready to enter, Jesus’ got you. He is not going anywhere; “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” Thank you, Jesus for your promises are true.
Written by Tracey
Before getting in front of the guys at jail tonight I was in booking talking to the Chaplain. As I walked toward the door to head down the hall another minister, talking with the Chaplain said, “Gonna have fun tonight?” I responded, “I know I am, I don’t know about the others.” That’s how it is though isn’t it? We choose whether to have fun or not. In fact we choose lots of things in life. This actually tied into what I shared with them later about not being controlled by our emotions. Our spirit joined to the Holy Spirit is really the one in charge.
I shared a little bit about myself and how I came to be born again and turned to John 14. After sharing with them about Jesus’ promise to send the comforter we turned to Galatians 5. We read “Walk after the Spirit and you won’t fulfill the desire (lust) of the flesh.” From there we went to Hebrews 4:12 which has become one of my go to verses as of late.
So Jesus promised the Spirit, Paul told us to walk after the Spirit, and the author of Hebrews told us God can show us how to differentiate between the soul and spirit. You know it’s easy to tell someone you just need to walk after the Spirit. The problem occurs when they haven’t a clue what that means or how it looks in the real world. This is precisely what I wanted to talk with them about tonight.
It seems there are many, many Christians walking around in the flesh simply because no one has taken the time to teach them. I’m not saying I’m the expert here, but I have come to a few conclusions on the matter.
When the term flesh is used it means we are living in our soul/body realm as if we are independent of God. In other words, if we are walking in our souls, or flesh, we are being lead around by our emotional and intellectual inclinations as well as our bodily appetites. The best I can tell is since God created us humans to live in His plan was to be the Lord of our lives and rule from our spirit, but when Adam sinned he, with the help of the enemy, turned mankind inside out. Man began to live life according to how he felt or thought and whatever dictates his body demanded, leaving the spirit out in the cold, as it were.
Apparently Adam’s disobedience caused our human spirit and God’s Spirit to part ways. Adam no longer had God to lead him because he had bitten into the deception that he could be “like God.” Rather than being like God he actually became little more than a glorified animal. Animals of course are lead around by their instincts. Adam found himself being lead around by his bodies’ need for sex and food. Of course this is not the life God intended for us and thank God he didn’t leave us to it, but instead he sent his Son to make us the whole human being we were always meant to be.
As I spoke with the guys in jail tonight I spent most of the time talking to them about the difference between soul and spirit. I put three plastic chairs in front of them one for each part: spirit, soul and body. After giving them a visual of what man looked like after sin I showed them what we are like now that the Spirit of God has come back into his Temple.
The first example I grabbed the body/soul chairs and had them bumping up against each other saying, “Hey, I’m hungry, that doesn’t seem to add up, I don’t feel well, I want sex, I’m mad…” Showing that’s all you can expect in that realm. Without the Spirit of God there can be no real peace. Once the Spirit of God joins to your human spirit there is a resurrection of sorts that takes place. Your formerly dead spirit is enlivened. Now your spirit joined to His Spirit is in charge and the body, soul has to take a back seat. They are no longer given free reign and they have to submit themselves to God.
For the most part all of the guys really seemed to be listening. For my final illustration I sat one chair by itself and told them it was a pretty woman. Of course that takes a little bit of imagination, but they were following me. I told them the enemy will use our sexual desires to entice us into sin. Of course they all chuckled but knew I was telling the truth. On the other hand I said, “God is looking at the same situation saying “Look to me, look to me.” You see these types of situations are always an opportunity to sin or an opportunity for faith. It is up to us to decide. We either go with our flesh or with the Spirit. The beauty of the whole thing is we now actually can see these things for what they are whereas before we were simply living according to impulse and cravings which always meant sin.
Thank God for the gift of his Spirit!
Written by Louie
2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…” KJV
When you tell people they don’t need more of Jesus they tend to look at you sort of funny. What I mean when I say that is if you’ve got Jesus then you already have all of him you’re going to get. There is no more of him to give; he is an all or nothing kind of guy.
Now what we do need is a clearer, more enlightened, understanding of what it means to have all of Jesus. Someone will say, “That’s true but we still are told to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.” I would wholeheartedly agree but what is that verse saying? It’s telling us to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In other words it’s telling us to grow in our understanding of who he already is in us.
The Apostle Paul put it this way, as he prayed for the recipients of the Ephesians’ letter, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…” You see we have all we need, but we simply either don’t know it or how to appropriate it.
Most think growth in the Christian life means reading your Bible, praying, church attendance, witnessing to people and a variety of other works based activities. While all of these things are good things what really causes growth is faith. Faith is the one thing that turned Jesus on more than anything else. Faith tells him we trust him, depend on him and love him. Faith is simply believing what God tells us is true of us in Christ.
Actually loving him is the real key to gaining understanding. Jesus told his disciples in John “he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” There it is. Jesus promises to reveal himself to those that love him. I once heard it put like this “Revelation is for lovers not students.” So if you really want to grow in your Christian life you only need to fall in love with Jesus Christ and put your faith in him. He promises to reveal himself to you, and I promise you will never be the same.
Written by Louie
It is astounding how many times you can hear a story and see a new point in it. The story in Mark 4 about Jesus and the disciples, in the boat during a storm, just lit up for me in a brand new way.
Most Christians understand receiving Jesus as their savior to mean he came to live in their “Heart.” At first that tends to mean “I” am still living “my” life only now if I get into trouble I can call out to Jesus and he will swoop in and rescue me. This of course isn’t what God has in mind it’s just our lack of understanding that produces this faulty viewpoint.
Thank God he doesn’t keep us out of the storms of life because without them we would continue to live in the deception of being “just us” out here trying to live “For” God when all along God’s plan is for Christ, by way of the Spirit, to live his life in and through us. As long as we still think it’s “just us” and we’re responsible to make it through God waits. Don’t get me wrong he isn’t really asleep, but he wants the storms to have their full effect on us so we will finally look to him.
The Apostle Paul documented in Romans 7 what his personal storm looked like. His storm was a battle with coveting that he fought and fought. He said, “What I want to do I don’t do and what I don’t want to do I keep doing!” He clung to his independent view of himself through the whole chapter until finally he went and woke up the Master. He said, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” It was then that he remembered Jesus had done all that was required and had taken up residence within him. He wasn’t in the boat alone, and in fact Christ owned the boat, him and everything else. Eventually we have to come to the same conclusion. It’s Jesus’ boat, mission, sea, plan and life. He is the one sailing the vessel, and we’re the ones along for the ride not the other way around.
Written by Louie
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 KJV
Hebrews 4:12 seems to be one of my favorite verses as of late. It’s one of those verses that apply to everyone in every situation of life. The reason is simple. We are all human and being human means we are all the same in our makeup. We are made up of three parts: spirit, soul and body. Of course in this particular verse the body really isn’t the issue rather the spirit and soul are.
The Word of God distinguishes between soul and spirit. In other words God is the only one who can truly show us the difference between the two. My experience has been that I can learn lots of things from books and teachers but it isn’t until God himself shows me that it becomes real to me.
If we don’t come to the place where we understand the difference between soul and spirit we are easy prey for the enemy. The soul realm is made up of our emotions and intellect. This is where our reasoning faculties are found. The spirit realm is of course first and foremost where we meet with God. God is Spirit and we too are spirit at our core.
The Old Testament Tabernacle and Temple were great illustrations here. Remember how it was set up in three distinct parts? There was the outer court, the inner court and the Most Holy Place. In a manner of speaking they represented us. The outer being the body, the inner being the soul and of course the Most Holy Place, being the spirit where the priests would meet with God one on one. We too meet with God in our spirit, our inner man, one on one. There may have been lots of movement and activity going on in the outer two courts, but in that Most Holy Place the priest was meeting with God and receiving instruction from him. All the guidance came from the inner and then outward not the other way around.
Let’s get back to Hebrews 4:12. This verse lists six things. There’s soul and spirit; joints and marrow and thoughts and intents. Hold on to your seat because I believe there are some that are about to receive revelation about this right now. While there are six things listed we can safely place them into two categories describing the same thing. The verse is really about the division of soul and spirit right? Look at it this way.
Now think for a minute about what a joint does. Have you got it? A joint is moveable isn’t it? In fact it is designed to move isn’t it? Well, a joint corresponds with soul so could it be that God intends for our soul to move or fluctuate? Maybe those thoughts and feelings we are having are in fact okay. Maybe God isn’t expecting us to manage and control all of our feelings all the time. Maybe he wants those ever changing emotions and thoughts to push us into him.
If you look now at the marrow and how it’s under the spirit category you’ll think well, what’s up with the marrow? The marrow, unlike the joint, isn’t meant to move and fluctuate but rather it is that deep inner part of the bone where the real life is found. Without the marrow there would be no need of a joint. You could say the joint is the outer expression of the marrow. The joint would have no life at all without the marrow. We too are designed to live from the spirit not the soul.
Finally we come to the thoughts and intents. A thought is something that may flash into our minds without warning. If we would admit it we would have to say we all have thoughts that come to our mind throughout our days we don’t like. Sometimes we even think “Where did that come from?” Once again that’s okay we simply cannot control every thought that bombards us but what about the intent? Intent, on the other hand, is different. A thought is a passing thing whereas intent is something we have pondered and even decided on.
One last thing about this verse we need to see is the context it is in. The fourth chapter of Hebrews is talking about rest. I believe the only true rest we will ever get is when God makes the difference between soul and spirit clear to us. Once we really see that we are spirit joined to Spirit and we are not our thoughts and feelings we gain freedom and rest.
Let me finish with an example. Just before my usual lunch break at work I had to go on a delivery. Doing this was going to make me late for my lunch break so I began to get agitated. As I left in the truck it dawned on me as if God said to me, “Louie you really only have two options. You can get angry, take these deliveries and go home late for lunch or you can not get angry, take these deliveries and go home late for lunch.” I actually had a choice to not get angry. I know that’s deep but just follow me if you can.
Right then and there I became fully aware that the anger wasn’t me. The anger was real and I felt it, but I saw myself apart from it. I saw that my spirit joined to the Holy Spirit was my true identity and the anger was in my soul realm. God’s design for all of humanity is for his Spirit to join to ours and be the command center in order to lead our soul and body. In the fall mankind became turned inside out. We became lead around by our body cravings and desires and our soulish thoughts and emotions. We became outer court people when God’s plan all along is for us to be Most Holy Place people.
Written by Louie