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Are You Troubled By Someone’s Anger?

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Are You Troubled By Someone’s Anger?

Too many Christians are affected by the excessive anger of someone who is close to them. Sadly, this problem has often found it’s way into the best of families.

The following questions are designed to help you decide whether or not help is needed.

1. Do you worry about how often someone gets angry?

2. Do you have to spend money to replace broken things because of someone else’s anger?

3. Do you tell ‘lies’ to minimize or cover up for the actions of someone else’s anger?

4. Do you feel that if the angry person loved you, he or she would stop being angry to please you?

5. Do you blame the angry person’s behavior on his or her childhood?

6. Are plans frequently upset or meals ruined because of their anger?

7. Do you make threats, such as, “I can’t stand your anger any more, I’m going to leave you”?

8. Do you feel the need to check their attitude before speaking?

9. Are you afraid to upset someone for fear it will set him or her off?

10. Have you been ashamed or embarrassed by an angry person’s behavior?

11. Are holidays and family gatherings spoiled because of someone’s anger?

12. Have you considered calling the police for help or in fear, because of anger?

13. Are any of your personal possessions missing or destroyed because of anger?

14. Are children in your house also victims of this anger?

15. Have you not invited guests to your home or refused social invitations out of fear or anxiety?

16. Do you feel like a failure when you think of the unsuccessful lengths you have gone to in order to lessen or control their anger?

17. Do you ever threaten to hurt yourself to ‘scare’ the angry person?

18. Do you feel upset, confused or depressed most of the time?

19. Have you feared for your personal safety.

20. Do you feel there is no one who understands your problems, or no one you can talk to?

If you have answered yes to three or more of these questions, immediate help is needed.

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Biblical Point

NKJV Pro 19:19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.

It doesn’t matter how many times you bail out a person out an angry person, you are going to have to bail them out again and again. As long as they cannot control their anger they are going to get into trouble. All the loved ones will suffer. Help is needed.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

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“I’m Gone!”

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“I’m Gone!”

Brother Verbal Bean put his arm around my shoulder in a conspiratorial manner, as we walked from the Dining Hall. For the third time that week of Hoosier Camp Meeting, he asked. “Brother Marty, tell me that story about the devil again.”

I was an Associate pastor with my Father, Carl Ballestero, and greatly revered Brother Bean. In my heart, I wasn’t sure if he was having more fun laughing at me, or at my story. Nevertheless, I began.

“I was twenty years old and preaching a revival in East Texas. One night during the altar service, a young single woman began to demonstrate signs of demon possession. She was always on the platform during service. She was a “Praise Singer” and also sang in a trio with the Pastor and his wife.

“This girl was well liked by all. I was greatly surprised at the demonstration. It was completely out of character for her. The saints were gathered around crying and praying. Some were giving prayerful support to her astonished parents.

“The Pastor asked me if I would go pray for her. (I later wondered why he didn’t pray for her and ask me to join him, but I was an evangelist and just did what I was told.)

“ I knelt down beside this young woman and began to pray very earnestly. “Satan, I command you in Jesus name to come out of her, she’s not yours, she has been bought with a price.”

“A low voice growled back at me, ‘She is too mine!’

“Without missing a beat I said, ‘How did you get her?’

“I stole her.” The voice said.

“I said, ‘Devil I rebuke you in Jesus Name. I command you now to release your hold on her. You will be bound for a thousand years, and I bind you now in Jesus Name. Come out of her!

“A high pitched, innocent sounding little girl’s voice sweetly said, “I’m gone!”

“Devil,” I said, “you’re a liar. If you were gone, you wouldn’t be talking to me. Now come out of her in Jesus Name.”

At that part of the story, Brother Bean started laughing so hard that he crumbled to the grass in hysterics. He rolled over on his back and with complete excitement. His arms and legs up in the air thrashing like a locomotive, while tears of laughter ran down his cheeks.

“I’m Gone! I’m Gone” I’m Gone!” He said and then laughed some more.

I stood there grinning, looked at the most esteemed evangelist in Pentecost. He was too weak to stand, and completely enjoying experience, my discomfort and my spiritual ineptness.

Till he passed, whenever he would see me at a Convention or a Camp, he would look at me with a big grin and say, in a high falsetto, “I’m Gone!”

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

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15 Things To Do In Church Before You Die

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15 Things To Do In Church Before You Die

1. Pray

  • Pray till you get the absolute Victory.
  • Intercede for a lost or wayward soul.
  • Let God use you in the Spirit of Travail
  • Pray till the Fire falls.
  • Pray someone through to the Holy Ghost.
  • Pray before church.
  • Pray around the altar after church

2. Sing

  • Don’t make the Song Leader beg you to sing.
  • Don’t let the Praise Singers do your singing.
  • Sing till you cry.
  • Sing till you shout.

3. Shout

  • Dance in the Spirit
  • Leap for Joy
  • Lead. Be the first one to shout.
  • Run the aisles

4. Believe God

  • Believe God for a Healing.
  • Trust Him to supply your needs.
  • Believe Him for a Miracle and see it come to pass.

5. Get ‘Lost in the Spirit’

  • Be taken home drunk in the Holy Ghost

6. Witness

  • Teach a Home Bible Study
  • Win a soul

7. Say Amen

  • Say Amen from your heart. Be willing to Obey.
  • Stand to you feet and say Amen
  • Say Amen from even if you’re the only one.
  • Say Amen even when the Scripture or the Preaching touches a sore spot.

8. Give

  • Give your last Dollar, if God impresses you to.
  • Become faithful in your tithe and offerings
  • Give without expecting anything in return.

9. Read

  • Read the Bible through.
  • Have a daily Scripture reading.
  • Get a Revelation of One God.

10. Testify

  • Don’t give some narrative about “he said, and I thought to myself.”
  • Just brag on Jesus!

11. Fast

  • Fast to crucify your flesh.

12. Love Your Brother and Sister

  • Prefer them. Put them first
  • Let all jealousy die

13. Refuse To Listen to a Rumor

  • Tell the talebearer, “I really don’t want to hear this.”
  • Refuse to pass a rumor on.

14. Forgive

  • Put all your yesterdays behind you.
  • Empty yourself of all Bitterness.
  • Be merciful.

15. Get the Pastor’s Heartbeat.

  • Try to feel what he feels.
  • Work with him for Revival.
  • Feel the Spirit of Unity

Now, Let’s Have Some ‘Church’ Around Here!

Give God What He Can Bless!

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Give God What He Can Bless!

(Give God What He Likes, Give God What He Can Use.)

The song service had been sort of ‘average’. No one shouted. No one cried. We all just sang the songs and then waited for the prayer requests to be received. This Bible Study night was not going to be remembered for its worship service. I had done my best to lead the worship, but I just didn’t flow with the Spirit like I should.

On the way home, Dad said, “Son, have you ever noticed that God never blesses that last chorus you sang tonight?”

“No Sir,” was all I could say.

“If you lead long service in my church, then you need to be aware of what kind of songs God blesses.

“He doesn’t bless songs about ‘us’, He only blesses songs about ‘Him’. His Name, His Power, His Blood, His Love, His Mercy, His Grace. Sing about Him next time and He will bless it.”

“Thanks Dad.” I mumbled apologetically.

That, my gentle reader, is a lesson I never forgot. My Father was teaching me to give God what He could bless.

1. Cain

Cain never caught on to the concept. God was willing to bless a ‘lamb’ sacrifice. But, since Cain was not a sheepherder, but rather a tiller of the soil, he gave God fresh vegetables.  God couldn’t bless a radish, an onion or a rutabaga. Blood had to be shed. God was only willing to bless a sacrificed lamb.

Because God ignored Cain’s sacrifice, and accepted Abel’s lamb sacrifice, Cain got mad and killed his brother.

Gen. 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Gen. 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Gen. 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

  • There are some Sacrifices God can’t bless.
  • You will be disappointed when God doesn’t bless your sacrifice.
  • He can’t bless that which is against His Word or His Will

Some want the Blessings of God regardless of how they have lived. Blessings never come when you starting thinking outside “God’s Box”.

2. Saul

In a spirit of disobedience and arrogance, Saul kept the spoils of war, spared King Agag and offered up a sacrifice. Samuel pronounced the curse of God upon him.

Saul admitted he had sinned; yet he wanted to be blessed in spite on his disobedience. He never understood that obedience was better than sacrifice. Not learning that lesson cost him his kingdom and the blessings of God.

1Sam. 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God.

Give God a life that He can bless.

Give him a heart that He can bless.

Give God an attitude He can bless.

If Your Life Is Filled With These, God Can’t Bless It!

  • Disobedience
  • Bitterness
  • Unbelief
  • Rebellion
  • Unconcern
  • Disrespect
  • Un-involvement
  • Addictions
  • Worldliness
  • Carnal Lusts
  • Sinner Boy Friend or Girl Friend
  • Immorality
  • Love of the World
  • Jealousy
  • Hatred

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Our idea of what God will bless, may be different than His.

Samuel – at Jesse’s House. Samuel was willing to anoint Jesse’s older sons to be the next king. God did not like what He saw in their hearts. The lad David was anointed King.

  • David’s heart was what God was looking at.
  • David had a love for Worship. No one made him praise the Lord.
  • David was always quick to repent.
  • God can bless that.

Give God What He Can Bless. He will always Bless:

  • Submission
  • Tenderness
  • Obedience
  • Faith
  • Trust
  • Mercy
  • Honor
  • Sacrifice
  • Repentance
  • Worship
  • Praise
  • Brokenness
  • Humility
  • Modesty
  • Holiness
  • Willingness
  • Hunger
  • Prayer Life
  • Faithfulness
  • Consecration

If you will Humble yourself, pray, seek His face in worship, and quit your sinning, God will hear your prayer, forgive you, and even bless your finances.

2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

How bad do you want to be blessed?

Jacob told the Angel that wrestled with him: “I won’t let you go until you bless me.”

When God blesses, He really blesses. He will bless you like this and more besides, if you just give him a life that can be blessed!

Deut. 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deut. 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deut. 28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deut. 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Deut. 28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Deut. 28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Deut. 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Deut. 28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deut. 28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

Deut. 28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

Deut. 28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deut. 28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

Deut. 28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

You’ll never be blessed living for God ‘Your Way.” God only blesses us when we do things “His Way”! Are you giving God what He can bless?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hey Christian, How Much Do You Cuss?

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Hey Christian, How Much Do You Cuss?

One night after I finished preaching, my father talked to me in private. I had used the expression, “Bless God” while preaching and Dad explained to me that I was not actually blessing God at the time. The way I was using the phrase sounded more like I was taking His Name in vain. I stopped using that expression that night.

It is so easy to pick up phrases and expressions we hear and incorporate them in our own vocabulary. I did.

As a young Christian, I heard my Pastor (Dad) and other ministers caution us about using Euphemisms, Pseudo-profanities, and Minced Oaths in our conversations.

Wikipedia says, “Euphemisms for God and Jesus, such as gosh and gee, are used by Christians to avoid taking the name of God in a vain oath, which many believe would violate one of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20)”

Actually, most of us use words without thinking of the meaning or origin. Euphemisms are words that we use to keep from actually saying the ‘forbidden’ words. Some say words or phrases like:

Begorrah – instead of By God

Bejabbers – instead of By Jesus

Blinking heck – instead of Bloody Hell

By George – instead of By God

By Golly – instead of By God

By Gum – instead of By God

By Jove – instead of By God

Criminy, Crikey, Cripes – instead of Christ

Dang, Darn instead of Damn

Dad gum – instead of God damn

Dagnabbit – instead of God damn it

Dagnammit – instead of God damn it

Dangnabbit – instead of God damn it

Dangnation – instead of Damnation

Darnation – instead of Damnation

Doggone – instead of God damn

Drat – instead of God rot it

Egad – instead of God

For crying out loud – instead of For Christ’s sake

For Pete’s sake – instead of For St. Peter’s sake

For the love of Mike – instead of For St. Michael’s sake

Freaking, Frickin, Fudging, Feck, Fig, instead of the “F-word”

Gadzooks – instead of God’s hooks

Gat Dangit – instead of God damn it

Gee, Geez, Geeze, Jeez – instead of Jesus

Gee whizz – instead of Jesus

Gee willikers – instead of Jesus

Godfrey Daniel – instead of God damn

Good grief – instead of Good God

Goodness gracious – instead of Good God

Gosh, Golly, Gad, Goodness – instead of God

Gosh darned – instead of God damned

Heck – instead of Hell

Jeepers Creepers – instead of Jesus Christ

Jeezy Creezy –> Jesus Christ

Jehosaphat – instead of Jesus

Jiminy Christmas – instead of Jesus Christ

Jiminy Cricket – instead of Jesus Christ

Judas Priest – instead of Jesus Christ

Land sakes – instead of For the Lord’s sake

My goodness – instead of My God

My gosh – instead of My God

Sam Hill – instead of Hell

Shoot – instead of sh*t

Shucks – instead of sh*t

Suffering succotash – instead of Suffering Saviour

Tarnation – instead of Damnation

What in Sam Hill? – instead of What in damn Hell?

Wish to goodness – instead of Wish to God

My hope is that we all monitor our words and remove improper ones from our vocabulary. By-words are dangerous. Let us be careful in a careless world.

Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 3, 2011 at 2:49 am