Another Thing…

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Do you remember the post on the ‘Natural Man’?

God has been revealing some incredible things to me in the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians, or as they say in Selmer, ‘Carrinthians’. (Come on now, you know it’s true. Let’s go to Carrinth!) I’m sorry to say I’m not sharing any of those things here today but I am going to share something that hit me this morning (201804.14).

The natural man can be a funny thing. We can say one thing and then turn right around and contradict ourselves the next.

For example, (and I am speaking strictly from we church folks point of view) many people say those ‘supernatural’ things of God, the spiritual gifts the Bible speaks of, don’t happen any longer. Those things stopped happening (Depending on who you talk to)….

  • When the last of the original Apostles died (John)
  • When Scripture was canonized
  • When the first Pope was put into office
  • When the Baptist Convention was formed (C’mon, lighten up. Can’t you take a joke?)

Yet in the next breath say that…

  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Heb. 13:8
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
  • For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. 3:6

Jesus Himself told us the things we would do (Mark 16:17 & 18).

Since my wife and I finally stepped out in faith, we have seen things like this that we were not seeing when we were stuck in the church rut (I know I am probably upsetting someone right now but the truth is the truth, and I promise you I am speaking it in love, yearning for every believer to walk as we were intended to walk (Rom. 8:1 & 4).

Ok, I’m off my stump, back to the natural man…

Answer this question: Would you say the natural and the spiritual man are opposites? Sure. The natural man is absolutely clueless when it comes to spiritual things.

1 Cor. 2:14, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

This is what came to my mind this morning as I was reading 1 Cor. 2. Paul is telling us, the born-again reader, that we should trust in the revealing of The Spirit rather than the education from man’s wisdom.

He says, “I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God” v.1, but “I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:” v.3&4.

I encourage you to read the entire chapter but I’ll share one more verse, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his seminary: for the seminary searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” v.10.

Of course it doesn’t say that. It says…

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Cor. 2:10.

  • Not by enticing words
  • Not by educated words
  • Not by words from the world’s wisdom
  • Matt. 16:17

In fact, it is Paul who tells us to LOOK AROUND at each other, ourselves and our brothers and sisters, to see what kind of people God has truly called…

1 Cor. 1:26, For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Regular folks…regular folks.

Here is my point in that many people have it backward; many think a preacher, evangelist, or pastor must have a seminary degree or even a doctorate to hold the office.

That is completely contrary to what Scripture teaches. Over and over Paul emphasizes spiritual sensitivity, spiritual discernment, spiritual revelation, so that no flesh (diplomas, degrees, titles) should glory in His presence (1 Cor. 1:29).

Some who know me may say, “Well Bro. Kyle, don’t you have a seminary degree?”

Yes, I do. But do you know why I have it? Not because I trust in the wisdom and education of man, ”For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ’.

I have it so I can get into those churches that think you need it, in order that I may preach truth in there!!!

The moral of the story is we, as the body of Christ, should pause for discernment when judging a certain thing. Is it our flesh influencing us or is it The Spirit? Many times we will find our flesh telling us something quite opposite The Spirit.



Let’s change gears, shall we?…

I sense as I write this some of you are still stewing over the first part of this post. I know most of my audience and I know the church background of many of you. You are not seeing these things the Bible talks about happening where you are.

I KNOW. I was there too for many years.

If you have stayed and read this far I feel in my spirit I owe a word to someone, so I will go off-track in talking to all of you and now talk to two of you (at least two that I myself know of. The Lord could use it to talk to more).

There is a lady reading this who recently posted something about knowing there is more of God. She said it hit her one rainy Sunday morning before Resurrection Day.

You and I both know this started far prior to a rainy Sunday before Resurrection Day. God has been dealing with you about this for a long time. It’s what I tried to tell you that last Sunday we were together but quite honestly I am just learning to listen to a word from The Spirit myself and sometimes have a hard time articulating it.
At any rate, what you are sensing in your spirit is correct, there is more.
Jesus spoke a hard statement in Matt 11:14. He said, “…IF ye will receive it…”

It is a difficult thing to receive something that is different from what we have been taught and involved with for so long. Even good men like Nicodemus had a hard time receiving truth outside his upbringing.
There are things beyond what we have been exposed to and what makes us comfortable. There is The unchanging truth. There is Jesus and His Scriptures that will remain exactly the same until He comes again and all is fulfilled.
There is more… It has always been there. It is clear in the Scriptures. And it is powerful, empowering, beautiful, humbling, personal, and real.
Acts 19:1-6.
Grace be unto you and may He guide you in your asking, give you eyes in your seeking, and give you courage to knock on the right door, and then to walk through it.


There is another lady who may be reading this. She is fully aware of the truth above but she has been so long separated from it, it eludes her.

The Spirit just said, “In order to be baptized, one must get in the water”.

Wow! Thank You, Lord.

I hope the meaning is clear.
Jesus looked at Matthew and simply said, “Follow Me”.
We must go where He is. Things will not happen where He is not.
Go. Whatever you have to do and wherever you have to go, GO!


This post may cut to the heart of some.

Hebrews 4:12 – 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.

What DOES God have for you…just around the corner?

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When Jesus Shows Up, There is Evidence

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A short post today but something to really ponder. I think it probably ties in well with last week’s post.

My wife spoke a powerful word the other day.

We were talking about all the wonderful things we have seen God do lately. We saw a lady with a blind right eye, see. We saw a man with a deaf ear, hear. We saw another man who was scheduled to have knee surgery, completely healed and no longer need the knee surgery.

To be honest, we haven’t seen things like this in a long time.

My wife and I were talking about it all and praising God and out of her mouth came a tremendous, wonderful, exciting truth…

“In the New Testament, wherever Jesus showed up, there was evidence He was there.”

  • Water was made wine.
  • Blind eyes were opened.
  • Deaf ears were opened.
  • Crippled limbs were strengthened.
  • Hearts were truly repentant.
  • Lives were completely changed.
  • Real faith was activated (If I can only touch the Tzitzit of His Tallit I know I can be healed).

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It is exciting to be where Jesus is. But everything He does, even the things I talk about above, are for a purpose. Not the purpose of simply exciting us but for the purpose of glorifying The Father in order to draw people into His Kingdom and closer to Him.

God is continually giving of Himself for you and for me. God loves you so much and wants you reconciled to Himself so badly that He gave His only begotten Son for you and me.

Nothing you have done, no distance you have gone can separate you from the love of your Father (Romans 8:38-39, For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord).

Some have said, “But you don’t understand what I’ve done”; no, you don’t understand how much He loves you and how powerful His blood is to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Do you really think God did not know what you would do and how you would behave either before OR after you were saved? Yet He still loves you. He still pursues you. He still wants to reconcile you to Himself.

I am speaking to someone reading this right now.

Like the prodigal son, take the first step of faith back toward home and The Father will come running the rest of the way to you.

Then you will begin to see the miracles and the wonderful things He has for you…just around the corner.

His Glory Has Left This Place

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A hard word today. One that has been heavy on my heart.

I was born and raised in West Tennessee. The Bible Belt. Rooted and steeped in religious tradition. Many families growing up knowing that when it is Sunday, they go to church. It’s just what they do. Their great-grandparents did it, grandparents, and on down the line.

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Songs are sung.
Tithes and Offerings are received.
Many sermons are preached every Sunday that are very good Bible event sermons. Points are made regarding how these Bible events relate to our lives today.
An invitation is given.
Everyone leaves to get lunch.

Some churches are growing, alive, and vibrant. The Spirit of The Lord can be felt there. People are being saved. Lives are being changed. Many are hungry for God and seeking Him diligently.

Such was a time a few years ago at a church I pastored. God was moving and shaking. It was GOOD!

In fact, a young man (younger than me) who attended this church back then got in touch with me last night. He is hurting. He is hungry. He told me he wants so badly to have God close in his life like He was back then during this special time at this church.

I felt his yearning, his anguish over his hunger for God.

It is good to remember the good times we have had in The Lord. In fact, we should always remember what God has done and know He has never failed us…and never will.

But as much as we remember what God has done, we must also know that God calls us to walk with Him. Have you noticed no one walks backward? Walking, by definition, is a forward motion.

Many great days with The Lord are behind you, but many greater days lay ahead of you!

Are you stagnant at church right now?
How long have you been stagnant at church?
Is God moving there like He once did?

God is alive and moving. Just because we have pretty church buildings does not mean He is at work there.

He is at work where people are humble, hungry and worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth.

I have actually known married couples who do not attend church together any longer because they are not being fed, yet one will not leave that church because….

  • Momma and Daddy are buried there.
  • They are a Deacon or Sunday School Teacher there.
  • They helped start this church.
  • Their kids grew up in this church.
  • They hope with all their heart The Spirit of The Lord will come back to that church one day (In the meantime they are spiritually drying up and dying).

Right before their exile into Babylon, the Israelites lost sight of the fact that the Lord does not limit Himself to one place. It is true, He chose to make His presence felt in a special way in the Jerusalem Temple during a certain period of time. Yet He was by no means imprisoned there.

A belief that God could never leave His temple, however, was commonly held during the time of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Therefore the people paid little attention to the warnings of these prophets to repent lest Jerusalem be destroyed.

Their thought was if the Lord could not leave Jerusalem, how could it be destroyed? “The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD” they would cry in order to shout down the threats of divine judgment (Jer. 7:4).

Yet leave He did.

Can I tell you this was a hard post to write? I have always been of the opinion that a member of a church should stick it out and be faithful through thick and thin.

Well no more. Time is too short and there is far too much at stake to stay at a spiritually dead church.

I emphasize spiritually dead because many churches seem alive. They exist with good fellowships. They have fun together. They have fellowship meals together. They like one another and get along. Of course, there are country clubs like this, as well.

The question is; is The Spirit of The Living God moving there? Are you being fed, growing, learning, and energized to go out and share the Gospel?

If not, GET OUT OF THERE!!!

Your spiritual well-being and building up to serve The Lord is far too precious to be wasting time hoping The Spirit will come back where you are one day.

If you will take that one step of faith and move on to where God IS at work, where He is leading you to go, things will turn around and you will no longer yearn for days of old but will be excited again right now where you are!!

Then we’ll see what God has for you… just around the corner.

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Generation Z

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In case you haven’t heard, the generation to follow the ‘Millennials’ is Generation Z.

Allot of negative commentary has gone out regarding Millennials and younger generations. If you want to know my take on that, please read THIS POST.

I want to tell you about the service we had the morning of March 11th. Incredible move of God. Declarations were spoken over the younger people who had all gathered on the platform and prophecies spoken over them coupled with much prayer all over the house.

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Let’s talk about Generation Z for a moment. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends, but demographers and researchers typically use the mid-1990s to mid-2000s as starting birth years.

The people who coined the term ‘Generation Z’ probably never gave a moment’s thought to what Z is in Hebrew.

‘Z’ in the Hebrew alphabet (aleph bet) is Zayin (pronounced: Zah-yeen).

It is the 7th letter in the Hebrew aleph bet.

(Pause)

The 7th letter. Come on Bible scholars, what is 7 in the Bible?
That’s right, Seven is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual).

We could go a thousand directions from here, so much ties to this letter and this number, but we will simply go to what it looks like…

The Letter Zayin

This is Zayin. It basically looks like a sword with a crown on it. Another letter of the Hebrew aleph bet is ‘Vav’. Zayin looks like a crowned Vav.

The meaning behind Vav is ‘Man’.

Since everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus, we must assume this has something to do with Him.

Hmmm…the crowned man equipped with the Sword of The Spirit.

Note: The sword mentioned in Hebrews 4:12 is a short sword sharpened on both edges of the blade. The two edges represent the two primary portions of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, both of which are about Messiah.

There is so much more to this one letter and it’s meaning I could write a book but let’s move on and talk about G.Z.

The Tabernacle of David is being restored and these younger generations, though different in many ways from we older codgers, are going to rise up and usher in a Great Awakening.

Whether you believe it or not, whether you understand it or not, here is my point of this entire post…

Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21).

We have a choice to speak either. Either death…or life.

Parents – Grandparents – Legal Guardians – whoever you are with influence over children, I charge you, I challenge you to speak life over your children.

I charge you to take the time once a week, make it a family appointment, to lay your right hand on your children and speak positive blessings into their lives.

Lay your right hand on them and declare their future, declare their destiny, declare their protection, their anointing, their birthright in Jesus Christ their Lord.

If you have children under your care, they are your responsibility. Don’t waste the time you have with them sitting in front of the television watching worthless junk. Don’t think you have done your spiritual duty toward them because you take them to church every Sunday. We parents have far more responsibility than that.

I know the readers of this blog are from a wide variety of backgrounds and come from a variety of denominations.

Some of you are accustomed to the laying on of hands and speaking blessings and declarations.

Some of you are not.

If you are accustomed to it, Hallelujah! God still blesses His spoken Word.

If you are not accustomed to it but you feel in your spirit the need and importance of blessing your children and declaring His Word over them, then I will try to help by giving you a model to follow (Please note this is not an end all-be all blessing and declaration. As you get more comfortable with it, ask The Holy Spirit what to say).

A Beginning Prayer

You could start by praying this yourself…
Father, We praise You for Your love and faithfulness. We thank You for Your protection and care over our family. Thank You that You give us the power to love and the wisdom to lead and teach our children. We know You’re for us; that You fight for our family today. You are Redeemer, Restorer, and Friend, we believe You have good in store for our family. We confess, some days, parenting is tough. Many days we can feel anxious or overwhelmed. We ask that You would make us more like You, more aware of Your constant Presence in our lives. Help us to release our children to You, so that You are free to fully accomplish all that You desire in them and through them. Please fill our family with Your truth and cover us with Your favor. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Blessings to speak over your children

(I have paraphrased the verses below. If you would like to read them directly from Scripture, by all means, do so).
Blessing – “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Courage – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9

Contentment – “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

Encouragement – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Endurance – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…” Hebrews 12:1-2

Faithfulness – “Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Sam. 12:24

Favor – “For You bless the righteous, O Lord; You cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12

Forgiveness – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Fruitfulness – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Generosity – “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19

Godly Relationships – “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” Prov. 13:20

Grace – “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

Health – “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2

Honesty – “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Hope – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Humility – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Integrity – “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9

Joy – “…for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Kindness – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Love – “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.” 1 John 3:1

Obedience – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

Patience – “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” James 1:19

Peace – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Protection – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. …For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalm 91:1-2, 4, 11

Provision – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Purity – “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word.” Psalm 119:9

Purpose – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

Respect – “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” 1 Peter 2:17

Safety – “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

Salvation – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Self-Control – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Servant Heart – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Strength – “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10-11

Submission – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Thankfulness – “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

Trust – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Value – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:9

Wisdom – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Proverbs 9:10

Wise Instruction – “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13


Do this….regularly and see what God has for you…and your children…just around the corner.

Let’s Talk about the Natural Man

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Let’s pick up where we left off last week…

When I say, “The Natural Man“, what is your first thought?

STOP What is your first thought. What word or phrase comes to mind?

  • Fleshly?
  • Carnal?
  • Sinful?
  • BAD?

Would it surprise you to know that there is nothing at all wrong with the natural man?

The carnal man? Yes. The Fleshly man? Yes. This is that part of us that has wrong thoughts and attitudes but the natural man, God created. God created Adam and Eve as natural people. There is nothing wrong with having a natural good time. There is nothing wrong with having a natural party. Too many religious people think that having a party and having a good time is BAD.

Look at the Bible. God’s people are having good times regularly. There is nothing like getting together with like-minded, God-loving, Spirit-filled people and having a party! Dancing and singing, Woo-Hoo!

God created us to have some fun. The problem is when the carnal man enters in and adds in too much alcohol, adds in lude and rude language, adds in things of a fleshly, sexual nature. Therein lies the problem.

What do the natural man and the spirit man have in common? After all, we are body, soul, and spirit. Three in one. (Does that remind you of anyone you know? F, S, & HG) Yes, three in one ideally working together.

So again, what do the natural man and the spirit man have in common?

First of all, let’s understand that everything God created and established on earth is a reflection of its perfect counterpart in Heaven.

What does that mean? It means for example, a husband and wife’s relationship on earth is a reflection of what our relationship with The Lord should be in the Spirit realm. So the husband/wife relationship is pretty important, huh?

That is exactly why marriage was the very first institution God set up when he said for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall be joined together with his wife and they two shall be one flesh. It is also why He constantly refers to Himself as ‘The Bridegroom’ and to His church, ‘The Bride

I hope you get the picture. Everything God created and established on earth is a reflection of it’s perfect counterpart in The Spiritual Realm.

That means that everything you can do in your natural man, you can do in your spirit man.

For example…

  • You can see in the natural and (get ready) you can see in the Spirit.
  • You can hear in the natural and you can hear in the Spirit.
  • You can speak in the natural and (Glory to God I’m getting excited!!!) you can speak in the Spirit.
  • And just like the Apostle Paul said, you can sing in the natural and (I just jumped up and dropped my computer, Hallelujah!!!!) you can sing in the Spirit.

Are you starting to track with me?

Now here we go…think about the following question…

Question: How do you get better at something in the natural?
Question: How do you grow your natural man stronger?

Did you say, ‘Practice’?
Did you say, ‘Exercise’?

Of course, you see where I’m going here. Practice makes you better at a thing. Exercise makes you stronger in your natural body.

So does practice in the spirit make you better at spiritual gifts. Exercising those gifts makes you stronger in your spirit man.

Make sense?

Where do you go from here? How do you practice and exercise and grow your spirit man?

Ask God….

  • to show you something (see) in the Spirit.
  • to let you hear something (preferably Him, lol).
  • to give you a word of knowledge.
  • to give you something to prophesy.

Now here is the hard part. Ready….

shut up and listen!

I don’t mean to be rude here but seriously, be quiet and listen. There will be time for praising God after you hear from Him. In fact you will WANT to praise Him after you hear from Him.

I will go ahead and tell you that if you are not accustomed to hearing, really hearing from God, then it may take some time. STAY THERE. Listen. It is many times a still small voice. A thought. An image. Be sensitive and know it is Him.

Do you remember the passage that tells us that for everything there is a time? Well, in your prayer closet there is a time for quiet and a time for noise.

Be quiet. Then after you hear from God, MAKE SOME NOISE!!!! Praise Him with everything you have. Dance before Him like David danced with all his might.

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You were not made to be quiet. You were made to be a lion.

Our quiet time has been too quiet. We need to cry out to God!

If you do, you may find that God has something for you…just around the corner.

Please Don’t Try to be More Spiritual

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Have you ever said to yourself, “I’m going to be” or “I want to be more spiritual “?

If so, let’s talk about that for just a moment, as this has been on my heart lately.

1 Cor 2:14, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you say for example, “I don’t understand the Bible“, that statement is very Biblical. The natural man cannot understand the Scriptures.

What we must first understand is that we are a spirit2 Cor 4:16. My outward man, the flesh, is perishing, as is evident by my grey hair. But my inward man, my spirit, is renewed day by day (if I am doing things that renew it, like prayer and worship).

It is important to understand we are a spirit, we have a soul, but we live inside of a body.

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So have you ever tried to be more spiritual?

How much more spiritual can you be than spirit? For you are a spirit.

If we don’t understand that, we will always find ourselves trying to be more spiritual.

What we are really trying to do is to turn the natural man spiritual.

If you succeed at this, all you will do is become religious. The Pharisees did this. They tried to make the natural man spiritual.

  • They had the outward form.
  • They had the language.
  • They had the actions.
  • They had the modest dress.
  • They prayed big prayers.
  • They didn’t smoke.
  • They didn’t cuss.
  • They didn’t chew.
    They did everything the natural man thinks is spiritual.

We have to come to the realization: we are a spirit, and the natural man and the spiritual man are two different things in one.

In 1 Peter 3 he begins the chapter talking about the outward show and then says, But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

The hidden man of the heart is your spirit.

Let’s Talk about the Natural Man

(I promise I’m getting to a point)

When I say, “The Natural Man”, what is your first thought?

STOP! Answer the question. What is your first thought? What word or phrase comes to mind?

  • Fleshly?
  • Carnal?
  • Sinful?
  • BAD?

Would it surprise you to know that there is nothing at all wrong with the natural man?

Come back next week and I will tell why there is nothing wrong with your natural man (and I’ll get to the point).

You may just find out what God has for you…just around the corner.

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Final

Ice Cream!!!…

Way back in 1990-something we attended Malesus Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. One year a revivalist by the name of Harold Danley came and preached revival services.

I will never forget those services! Brother Harold brought some Holy Ghost fire into that church building. He preached the hard truth and, just like with the Pharisees of old, some people got upset.

But just to let you know how good it was, one deacon’s wife was saved and one lady in her 40s who had grown up in that church in a prominent family was radically saved, as well as some others.

I will never forget an analogy Bro. Harold used to describe how good salvation is and how a person can’t really understand how good it is until they experience it for themselves (for real).

He told the story about a missionary to Africa, deep in the jungle where no man has gone before…wait that’s another show. Anyway, this missionary had befriended a little native boy. It was a sweltering day in the depths of that humid jungle. They were talking and the missionary made the comment, “I sure wish I had a chocolate ice cream cone.”

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The little boy cocked his head quizzically and asked, “What’s an ice cream cone?” The missionary jerked his head toward the boy, “You don’t know what an ice cream cone is?”, he asked. Then immediately realized that no, he wouldn’t know what it was. All the little boy had ever known was the jungle. No ice cream here.

He began to try to describe an ice cream cone. “Well”, he said, “it’s cold and creamy…” “What is cold?”, the little boy asked.

The missionary thought for a moment and realized there would be no way to get the message across regarding just how good an ice cream cone is. The only way to know would be to actually experience an ice cream cone for himself.

He grabbed the little boy, jumped in the jeep, and took off. Over the mountains and through the streams they headed toward civilization. Finally, they reached a small store in the middle of nowhere. Believe it or not, they actually had ice cream.

The missionary bought some, handed it to the boy, and ever so cautiously he barely touched the tip of his tongue to it.

His eyes grew wide!

Then he wrapped his tongue around it about four times and devoured it in a slurp or two!!!

His point was this is how salvation is. You just can’t explain to someone just how good it is, they have to experience it for themselves.

I have come to learn that salvation is not the end-all, be-all of a believer’s life. In fact, salvation is just the beginning of the adventure.

There is so much more!

I have also come to learn that salvation is not the only thing that is difficult to explain and that one needs to experience for themselves. Most things with God are that way.

Take the Holy Spirit for example.

  • We can talk about Him.
  • We can sing about Him.
  • We can read about Him.
  • We can listen to others talk about Him.

But there is nothing like experiencing Him, The Spirit of Jesus.

Like the believers in Acts 19:1-6. They had been saved but had not experienced the Holy Spirit. But boy, when they did!!!!!

Ice Cream!!!

Listen to The Lord Jesus explain Spirit-filled people…
John 3:8
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

We can’t understand that. Nicodemus couldn’t understand it. We have to experience it for ourselves.

Like the believers in…

What does God have for you…just around the corner?