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Don’t Cast Your Pearls Before Swine

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Don’t Cast Your Pearls Before Swine

Have you been trying to reason with Holiness haters lately?

Did you get surprised when they actually said, “I hate Holiness”?

Does It surprise you that they tell bold faced lies about you now?

Some of your old friends left the Message and went Charismatic? And now they post negative stuff about you on their Facebook page?

Former Apostolics been trashing you recently and saying horrible things about you and you have been unsure how to handle their hostility?

Here’s your Scripture for today.

Matt. 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Give this Glorious Acts 2:38 Apostolic Message to a person Hungry for God! Give your Treasure of Truth to someone who will love it like you do. Even Jesus thought it was a waste of time to ‘talk’ to some folks.

(Have you ever seen an Apostate come back to Truth? Me either.)

This Gospel is too precious. Don’t waste your time on those that God is through with. They wouldn’t love the Truth. So God gave them something they would love… Delusion.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 26, 2011 at 12:13 am

The Best Thing I Can Do For You Is To Love You.

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The Best Thing I Can Do For You Is To Love You.

Some people are easier to love than others. Occasionally we encounter those that are critical, abrasive and even harsh. It doesn’t feel good. They seem to resist any and all expressions of kindness and goodwill. Their spirit is such that it is tempting to put a great distance between them and us.

It is easy to love those that love us back. There is warmth and comfort in friendships like that. The two-way street of Friendship is an easy road to travel. We feel wanted and even needed among loving friends and family.

Many of our letters, text messages, emails and phone calls to friends and family end with the “I Love You” salutation. Most of us find that easy to say. Yet we would never dream of saying that to some people.

There are those that we meet and they take an immediate dislike for us. Maybe they are just having a bad day and we just happened to cross their paths. I don’t know.

Others seem to focus their sights on us on purpose and take great exceptions to everything we do or say. It feels like we will always be wrong as far as they are concerned.

Do not fall into the trap of fighting them back, or God forbid, hating them. Bitterness consumes everyone one that allows it access.

It does not feel good to be hated, rejected or criticized. None of us want to be mistreated, persecuted or despitefully used. It’s painful to have our good name attacked or our ideology trashed. That makes our carnal nature want to rise to the defense. Then the war begins.

Too many of us spend our life doing battle with our enemies. How long do we let a war go on? The story of the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s family feud maybe legendary, but it does not need to be repeated.

May we make up our minds to love one another. May we truly love those in our home and in our church. But God’s will is for our love to extend past those walls and reach into the lives of our enemies. May we love those that refuse to love us.

Jesus told us that there is no special reward in loving those that love us back. But He did require that we love those that were our enemies. He asked us to love them that refused to love us back.

He told us that if we wish to be called His child, we were required:

  • To Love Our Enemies.
  • To Bless Our Enemies.
  • To Do Good Things For Them.
  • To Pray For Them.

Matt. 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

Matt. 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matt. 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Matt. 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

  • Feed Him If He’s hungry
  • Give Him Water If He’s Thirsty

Rom. 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

  • Do we meet the requirements of sonship listed of Matthew 5:43-46?
  • Do we qualify as a child of the Father?
  • I pray we all do!

 

The Best Thing I Can Do For You Is To Love You.

The Best Thing I Can Do For Myself Is To Love You.

 

By The Way, I Love You!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

April 19, 2011 at 12:03 am

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Results of a Critical Spirit

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Results of a Critical Spirit

(Guest article by Pastor Mark McKinney, Indianapolis, Indiana.)

Pro. 21:23-24

23  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

Tongue: law-shone; fig. (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame): — + babbler, bay, + evil speaker, language, talker.

Scorner: Mocker

  • Keepeth his mouth.
  • He who is without sin.*
  • You can’t whitewash yourself, by blackening others.

When a sinner is converted they enjoy:

  • Bible Study
  • Revivals
  • Prayer Meetings
  • Worship
  • Church in general
  • Thinks everybody loves one another
  • All seems to be wonderful

Then Critical Spirit Develops:

  • Pastor doesn’t seem capable anymore
  • His decisions not as sound as before
  • He stands smaller in esteem
  • Sermons don’t seem to have effect anymore
  • Saints are hypocrites
  • Bad feelings causes divisions

A Critical Spirit Denotes:

  • A deficient Prayer life. (Pro. 28:9)
  • A bitter spirit. (He. 12:15-17) *

Bitterness: Painful to the mind or body; Unpleasant to accept, hard to bear, distressful.  Harsh as cutting words, cruel, characterized by intense animosity

Results of Bitter Spirit:

  • God won’t bless over the mess
  • Feelings of others will get involved
  • Valuable ground has been lost, may never be regained.
  • Spirit like a virus (highly contagious)
  • Revival hindered (repentance and confession in order)

*Where it all Leads*

Pro. 6:16‑19

  • Rumors ‑ Tale bearing
  • Backbiting
  • False accusations (the devil is the accuser of the brethren)
  • Evil imagination (second guessing) *
  • Slander: A false tale or report maliciously uttered and tending to injure the reputation of another
  • Critical spirit will not accept council.
  • (Pr.9:8‑10, 15:32‑33, 19:20‑23)
  • Guilty of self‑justification
  • (f) Raising a generation of cursed children
  1. Cursed by their own parents spirit
  2. Faith in church gone
  3. Lack of confidence in Pastor’s life
  4. Ministry, and prayers
  5. Loss of love for Saints and church.

* Charity *

I Co. 13:1‑7

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

~ Bro M. S. McKinney

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

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The Sin Of Finding Fault

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The Sin Of Finding Fault

Prov. 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

Prov. 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Prov. 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

Prov. 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

God hated the first six things mentioned here. The seventh one… He hated it so much, He called it an abomination.

“The sowing of discord among brethren.”

If God calls it an abomination, then it’s a bad sin.

1. ‘The Sanballat Syndrome’. – (He wanted Nehemiah’s work to fail.)

  • It hinders growth
  • It divides
  • It sows discord
  • Critics do great damage.
  • Do you want your church to fail? Then don’t kill it with criticism.
  • Many are destroyed by criticism.

2. What makes people criticize? There is always a motive!

The reason Judas became critical of Mary washing the feet of Jesus and breaking the expensive alabaster box with perfumed ointment, is because he wanted it to be sold so he could get his hands on the money. He was a thief!

John 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

There is a reason, a good reason why people say what they say.

What makes you criticize? At the very least, it’s a spirit that is using you to bring disruption into the Kingdom. Your actions hinder unity at the very least.

3.  Biblical treatment of critics.

Railers are critics or fault finders that make little snippy comments. Sometimes they even make harsh indictments.

Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

2Pet. 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

4. Paul said, don’t even eat with a critic. Don’t sit at the same table. That spirit will get on you.

1Cor. 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

5. Murmuring in the wilderness

It brought the judgment of God.

  • The fiery serpents.
  • God keeps track of your complaints.
  • He reminded them that they had murmured 10 times.
  • God said that by murmuring, they had tempted Him to destroy them.
  • Complaining is criticism.
  • Don’t make God want to get rid of you.

6. Almost every church has at least one critic.

They make comments about:

  • The temperature
  • The noise level.
  • The drums
  • The songs
  • The sermon
  • The sermon length
  • What someone wore
  • The worshipers
  • The youth group
  • The youth leader
  • Those that pray too loud
  • The preacher, his wife, his kids
  • The offerings
  • The tithes

7. Fault Finders:

  • Have a self–righteous attitude.
  • They have a sense of superiority.
  • They have pride issues.
  • Refuse to admit what their doing is wrong.

My father had a sign in his pastoral office that said: “You can’t white wash yourself by blackening others.”

8. Like the Pharisee praying in the Temple with the publican,

They thank God they are not like other men. Yet unknown to them, God is not hearing their prayers.

9. Haman could not see the thousands bowing down before him.

All he could focus on was the one that didn’t. That fault led to his eventual downfall and death. He could not enjoy what he had. He could only see what wasn’t going his way.

10. To those that battle with this problem, there is hope.

  • Paul mentioned that he had learned in what so ever state he was in to be content.
  • It’s possible to learn to be content.

Contented people do not criticize. They are content.

  • May there be peace in our spirits and in our church.
  • Contentment is a friend of unity.
  • Unity preceded the Holy Ghost outpouring in the book of Acts.

Barnabas was an encourager. He was an edifier.

May God give us more men like Barnabas. We desperately need them.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 25, 2010 at 10:42 am