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The Holier Than Thou Church

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The Holier Than Thou Church

It was Wednesday night Bible Class. Brother Dan sat on the front row. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. His recent discharge from the Air Force had allowed him, his wife and two kids to relocate closer to his wife’s family.

Dan was a gifted musician. He blessed the church with his saxophone playing. He had only been a part of this new church about 3 weeks or so. He was readily accepted and seemed to fit in.

The pastor had warmly received him and his family into fellowship because Dan’s former pastor had recommended they transfer there. Dan and his family had been raised in a very conservative church.

The only immediate difference Dan could see was that in this new church they wore wristwatches and in his old church they didn’t.

The pastor was teaching his class from a small lectern in front of the pulpit. During the course of his Bible study, he noticed that Bro. Dan wasn’t wearing a watch.

Having been raised with great respect for those with convictions and a desire for holiness, the pastor honored Bro. Dan.

Yet he sensed a potential hazard and attempted to address it openly, yet as careful as he could.

The Pastor stood in front of the congregation as said, ”Bro. Dan, you and your family are a gift from God to our church. I am so glad you are here! What a blessing you have been already. I love your saxophone playing.”

The church readily responded with a hearty amen and hand clapping.

“I notice that you don’t wear a watch. I also understand that was the teaching of the church you were in before you came here.”

Bro. Dan nodded in agreement. The smile was still on his face.

“I honor you for that. Thank God for those that are trying to be careful in a world that tries to push all the boundaries.

“My Pastor taught me not to make light of people’s convictions. They might be right.”

The people said amen, and so did the smiling Bro. Dan.

“I guess you’ve noticed that most of us here have a watch on.” The preacher said as he pointed to his own black wristwatch.

“We try to be careful here how we dress. Up to now, we have used watches for the purpose of getting to work, school, and church on time, and not for ornamentation.

“What I do not want you to do my Brother, is to go out and buy yourself a wristwatch and wear one because the rest of us are. I am afraid that you will injure your conscience. I can’t let you do that.

“Promise me you won’t injure your conscience and buy a watch just because you can, and hurt your walk with God.”

Brother Dan nodded and grinned.

“On the other hand,” the Pastor said, “If you don’t buy a watch, be careful and don’t let a holier-than-thou spirit get on you. If you don’t buy a watch, that’s fine, but don’t sit back and look at saints and at a Pastor with watches and think to yourself that you have more holiness convictions than anyone here. That gets dangerous.

“What happens when you do that is you begin to feel superior, and before very long the enemy may speak into your spirit and say, ‘How can the Pastor help you? You are already closer to God than he is.’

“You then wind up with an unteachable spirit and you won’t even mean too. One of the signs of the Holy Ghost is that it is easy to be entreated.

“Before you would ever do that and allow yourself to feel superior to your Pastor, I will order you to buy two wristwatches and wear one on each wrist until you get over that spirit.”

The Pastor, Bro. Dan and the church all shared a hearty laugh.

At the next service, Bro. Dan showed his pastor his new watch and smiled. The Pastor smiled too. Bro. Dan was teachable. He didn’t want a holier than thou spirit.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

November 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Death By Misadventure

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Death By Misadventure

 

Amy Jade Winehouse

“Amy Winehouse’s death was the result of the singer drinking too much alcohol, a coroner has said. A verdict of misadventure was recorded into the 27-year-old’s death after an inquest heard she was more than five times the drink-drive limit.

Winehouse was found dead at her home in Camden, north London, on 23 July. St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said the “unintended consequence” of Winehouse drinking so much alcohol was her “sudden and unexpected death”.

Three empty vodka bottles, two large and one small, were found at her flat, St Pancras Coroners Court heard.

‘No pulse found’

The inquest heard the singer, who won five Grammy awards in 2008, had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The legal drink-drive limit is 80mg.

The pathologist who conducted her post-mortem examination said 350mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood was considered a fatal level.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-15453517

 

Brian Jones

“Brian Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones, and contributed heavily to their early success. But, as time went on, he felt pushed aside by the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and his growing drug problem also helped alienate him from his bandmates, who fired him in June of 1969.

Jones was discovered dead in his swimming pool on July 3, 1969. Coroners ruled his death an accident. Noting his alcohol and substance abuse played a role, they called it “death by misadventure.” Theories and rumors have swirled for decades that Jones was murdered, though despite a new investigation in 2008, nothing has ever been proven.”

Read More: Brian Jones – Death by Misadventure | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/brian-jones-strange-rock-deaths/?trackback=tsmclip

 

Death by Misadventure – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“A death by misadventure, as recorded by coroners and on death certificates and associated documents, is one that is primarily attributed to an accident which occurred due to a dangerous risk which was taken voluntarily.

In contrast, when a cause of death is listed as an accident rather than a misadventure, this implies no unreasonable willful risk. [1] Misadventure is a legally-defined manner of death: a way by which an actual cause of death (trauma, exposure, etc.) was allowed to occur. For example, a death caused by an illicit drug overdose may be ruled a death by misadventure as the user ignored the risks of the drugs. Misadventure is a form of unnatural death like accident, suicide, or homicide.”

 

Death By GPS

“People are renting vehicles with GPS and they have no idea how it works — and they are willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere.” – Fox News

Over the past 15 years, at least a dozen people have died in Death Valley from heat-related illnesses.

 

Rita Chretien

“Rita Chretien was found Friday by a trio of hunters after spending seven weeks in the couple’s van stuck in mud, surviving off trail mix, hard candy and water from a nearby stream. Her husband set out on foot to find help, hoping to make it to Mountain City. He hasn’t been seen since.

The B.C. woman who survived seven weeks alone in the Nevada mountains told her pastor that her new global positioning device caused her and her husband to become lost.”

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/b-c-woman-blames-gps-for-getting-couple-lost-1.1007231

 

Most Backsliders Are Victims Of “Death By Misadventure.”

Every death by misadventure is tragic. It is an avoidable death. The victim didn’t mean to die. Their poor judgment at the moment or the misinformation (faulty GPS directions) led to their demise. Sadly the same thing can happen spiritually.

  • They got a job that kept them out of church. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They moved from their church out of the will of God. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They married the wrong person. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They chose friends who led them down wrong paths. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They compromised and argued over standards. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They didn’t feel convicted about some holiness issues. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They had marriage problems that caused many to go astray from God. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They accepted false teachings, which led them astray. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They got offended or hurt, so they stayed home and sulked. They didn’t mean to backslide.
  • They wanted their gift to be used of God, but they took matters into their own hands. They didn’t mean to backslide.

 

Abner

It could be said that Abner died by misadventure. He found safety in a City of Refuge, but came outside to talk. It was there that he was killed, just outside safety. He didn’t mean to die. King David grieved over Abner’s foolish thinking.

2Sam. 3:33 And the king lamented over Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth?

 

Samson

Thought to be invincible, yet he laid his head in a woman’s lap, not knowing he had opened the door to death by misadventure. He didn’t mean to die.

 

Reader: What About You?

There are decisions you must make in everyday life that influence your direction towards eternity. Wrong choices and carnal influences constantly make themselves available to us all.

I pray that you make righteous decisions and surround yourself with godly influence. Make sure you obey God’s Word and submit yourself totally to Him. Stay connected to your Apostolic pastor. All it takes is for you to make one bad mistake.

 

If We Look To Him For Guidance, He Will Never Let Us Make A Bad Decision.

Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Prov. 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Prov. 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Prov. 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Prov. 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 

May God Help Us All!

 

 

Things You Won’t Fix

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Things You Won’t Fix

Isn’t it amazing how we can allow ourselves to live with situations that are not normal? Not only do we live with it, but also we ignore it, saying that when we get the time we’ll fix it.

Things Like:

  • A leaky faucet.
  • The cracked storm window.
  • Some partially finished remodeling job.
  • Your leaky roof.

 

  • The broken back doorstep.
  • Missing basement handrail.
  • A button missing from a sport coat.
  • That rotten tooth that needs pulled?

Never Fixed

We Mention It, Say We Need To Do It, But Let It Go Another Year.

  • The things you don’t fix will fix you.
  • It WILL put you in a fix.
  • Is the cost of not fixing it cheaper than fixing it? No! Never.
  • Aren’t there some things your wife has asked you to fix six months ago and you still haven’t gotten around to it?
  • If you don’t fix your car, you’ll put it up on blocks and it will sit as an eyesore for years out in the front yard.  Everyone will know you by that landmark.

 

  • The leaky faucet will raise your water bill.
  • The leaky roof will cost you thousands to fix because you let it go.
  • The tooth will give you more pain than you could imagine.
  • When a house is not fixed we say they just let the place go.
  • There are just some things you won’t fix.

 

King Solomon Marveled At Men Who Procrastinated During The Harvest.

  • Prov. 24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
  • Prov. 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
  • Prov. 24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

 

Common Phrases Are Used In Regards To One’s Personal Appearance.

  • “She fixed herself up.”
  • “He let himself go”

 

When We Do Not Do Something Immediately, We Call It Procrastination.

The closest word to procrastination in the Bible is, sluggard. We are repulsed by even the thought of being called a sluggard.

The sluggard is a procrastinator. His motto is, “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” Sluggards have developed the ability to put off starting a task as well as not completing those they have already begun.

The sluggard rationalizes everything and his mind works much faster than his body. He will always quickly find an excuse not to.

  • I don’t have the time
  • I don’t have the tools
  • I don’t have the know-how
  • I don’t have the desire
  • I don’t feel in the mood
  • I got a lot of irons in the fire
  • I have a headache

There Are Those Who Never Fix Themselves Spiritually. They Just Let Themselves Go.

 

Are There Some Things In Our Hearts That We Won’t Fix?

  • A bad attitude?
  • A bad habit?
  • No prayer life?
  • No worship?

 

  • Not honoring God with our tithes?
  • Broken family relationships?
  • Bridges we need to build?
  • Restoring an offended brother?
  • Not saying I’m sorry, forgive me?

 

Be Reconciled To Your Brother Before To Expect God To Hear You.

  • Matt 5:23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
  • Matt 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

 

Need To Fix Your Back Tithe Problem?

  • It will cost you heavily if you do not fix the problem areas of your soul.
  • It will cost you 20% additional if you do not stay current with your tithing. The longer you wait the more it will cost you.
  • Lev 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

 

When You Don’t Fix It, Then It’s Becomes Sin!

  • Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
  • We like to use the word procrastinate, but that word is not in the Bible. A sluggard is what the Scripture calls us.
  • In the natural, your procrastination qualifies you as a sluggard.
  • In the spiritual, the Bible just calls you a sinner.
  • Spiritually, our pride keeps us from fixing some things.

 

There Are Things You Won’t Fix, Why?

  • You know you need the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues.
  • You know you need to be baptized in Jesus name to be saved.
  • You know you need to be faithful to church.
  • You know you need to worship.
  • You know you need to pay tithes.
  • You know you need to live a holy and separated life.
  • You know you need to be reconciled to your brother.

 

Jesus Called The Scribes And Pharisees, Hypocrites.

  • Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
  • They only fixed the part men could see.
  • Hypocrites won’t fix what really needs to be fixed.

 

There Are Men In The Bible Who Never Fixed What Was Wrong In Their Life.

 

Agrippa Almost Got Right With God.

  • Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
  • He never fixed it.

 

Felix Knew What He Needed To Do, But The Timing Wasn’t Right.

  • Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
  • He never fixed it.

 

The Rich Young Ruler Thought It Cost Too Much To Follow Jesus.

  • Matt. 19:22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
  • He never fixed it.

 

When It Comes To Fixing, Some Things God Has Put A Time Limit On.

  • Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
  • God’s curfew for anger is sunset. Fix your disagreements before the sun goes down. That’s God’s requirement.
  • Fix it.

 

The Four Lepers Fixed It

  • 2Ki 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
  • They fixed it!

 

Jacob Had A Problem But He Fixed It When He Wrestled With The Angel

  • Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
  • He fixed it!

 

The Prodigal Son

  • Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
  • Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
  • He fixed it!

 

The History of Obligatory Archery Practice!

The references to horses, riders, kingdoms and battles in “For want of a nail” indicate the English origins of the rhyme. One of the English Kings did not leave anything to chance! In 1363, to ensure the continued safety of the realm, King Edward III commanded the obligatory practice of archery on Sundays and holidays! The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower’s “Confesio Amantis” dated approximately 1390.

 

“For Want Of A Nail”

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

For want of a horse the rider was lost.

For want of a rider the battle was lost.

For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

 

Are there are things God has asked you to fix and you still haven’t gotten around to it?

Why would you expect God to fix things for you that you’re not willing to fix for yourself?

Have you got a loose or lost nail in your life?

Please fix it.

Yes, Fix It Now!

 

If My Pastor Went Charismatic

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If My Pastor Went Charismatic

 

Most Apostolics have been blessed with a wonderful pastor whom we think is the best in the world. We love our church family and feel safe in our knowledge of God’s word.

Every now and then we hear unsettling news of a pastor somewhere who has led the flock astray from the old paths. We shake our heads in dismay and our hearts ache.

That kind of news makes good saints pray for their pastor even more and thank God for him. It makes them feel a greater thankfulness for their own church and for truth.

We pray to God that we will never have to live through something like that. But, God forbid, what if it happened in the church we attend? What would we do? How would we react? I cannot speak for anyone but myself, so for what its worth, here’s what I would do.

After carefully listening to him preach and promote his approval of things that the Bible disapproves of, the things we have been taught, and things he used to preach against.

I Would…

  • Not agree with him.
  • Be horrified.
  • Recognize his doctrine as false.
  • Be disappointed in my pastor.
  • Be fearful for my family and myself.
  • Pray for him.
  • Ask to meet with him.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

 

I Would…

  • In a humble spirit question the direction he was taking the church.
  • Express my concern and fears.
  • Respectfully remind him of what he used to preach.
  • Remind him of what our elders taught us.
  • Try to reason with him.
  • Show a good spirit.

 

If That Meeting Didn’t End Well…

 

I Would…

  • Take other members with me for a second talk.

Matt. 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

 

If That Meeting Didn’t End Well Either…

 

I Would…

  • Pray for him.
  • Pray for the safety of the souls of my family.
  • Realize God had given him a delusion because he didn’t receive a love for the Truth.

2Thess. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Thess. 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

I Would Understand…

  • Just because he is compromising, doesn’t mean I have to go with him.
  • Just because he’s convince of a damnable lie doesn’t mean I am.
  • Just because he is preaching false doctrine, doesn’t mean I have to let my family be indoctrinated and cursed too.
  • He was in false doctrine.
  • He was wresting the scriptures to his own destruction.
  • If I stayed, I would be lost, just like him.
  • That in the Old Testament God always cursed the kings that led Israel astray.
  • He is a heretic, and I reject him.

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

G141 (Thayer) heretick

“schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine”

 

I Would Recognize…

  • Like God lifted his anointing from Saul, God was lifting it from my pastor too.
  • That when men lose their revelation of Holiness, the revelation of the Godhead always seems to be next.
  • Immorality may be the next monster to surface in that environment. It almost always has.

 

I Would…

  • Leave!
  • I would NOT be disrespectful.
  • Understand this is not a normal transfer, this is life or death.
  • Realize I don’t need his permission or blessing to go, the Bible gives it to me.
  • Encourage all my family and friends to go with me, “pulling them from the fire.”
  • Plead the Blood over my family against the seducing spirits.
  • Find a church that was truly Apostolic in doctrine, worship and holiness.
  • I would go there and be grateful that Truth was being preached.
  • I would do my best to be the best saint in my new church.
  • I would pray daily that God keep my new pastor in truth and support him.

 

 

May God Keep Us All Safe From False Doctrine!

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Additional References:

Mark Them And Don’t Fellowship Them

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

 

False Prophets Are Among You

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

 

Some Pervert The Gospel

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

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The Devil’s Got A Plan

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

Jesus Told Peter That Satan Desired To Sift Him As Wheat.

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

  • Satan desires to do the same to you.

 

He Plans To Intimidate You And Ravage You Just Like A Roaring Lion Does.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

Surely You Are Aware Of His Plan.

2Cor. 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 

God’s Got A Plan To Help You Resist The Devil.

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

  • First, submit yourself to God, then resist the devil and he will flee.

 

The Devil Can’t Do Anything To You That You Don’t Allow Him To Because Greater Is He That Is Within You Than He That Is In The World.

1John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

My Father, Carl Ballestero Used To Say:

“The Devil’s Got A Plan To Get You To Backslide!

He has a One Day Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Week Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Month Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a One Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Five Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Ten Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Twenty Year Plan to make you backslide. If that doesn’t work…

He has a Life Time Plan to make you backslide.”

                                                      

To Every Teenager.

Young Man? He’s got a plan to find you a sinner girlfriend.

Young Lady? He’s got a plan to find you a sinner boyfriend.

He’s got a plan to find you a spouse that will destroy you spiritually.

He’s got a plan to make you dress like the world.

 

He’s got a plan to make you live like the world.

He’s got a plan to involve you in worldly sports and amusements.

He’s got a plan to surround you with improper music.

He’s got a plan to find you a job that will keep you out of church.

 

He’s got a plan to make you sink lower than you ever dreamed you would.

He’s got a plan to get you addicted to drugs, nicotine and alcohol.

He’s got a plan to load you down with condemnation.

He’s got a plan to overwhelm you with shame.

 

He’s got a plan to connect you to sinful people.

He’s got a plan to introduce you to porn.

He’s got a plan to make you lose your purity.

He’s got a plan to make you think your best friends are in the world, and not in the church.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Child Of God.

The devil plans to make you feel offended and hurt.

The devil plans to make you jealous.

The devil plans to stop your prayer life.

The devil plans to defeat you.

 

The devil plans to make you fail.

The devil plans to make you sell your birthright.

The devil plans to make you feel there is no hope for you.

The devil plans to make you throw this Holy Ghost experience away.

 

The devil plans to make you want to quit church.

The devil plans to put you at odds with the pastor.

The devil plans to make you bitter.

The devil plans to take you as low as you will let him.

 

The devil plans to make you waste every talent God has given you.

The devil plans to curse your life.

The devil plans to make you swallow a camel and strain a gnat.

The devil plans to make you find the mote in others eyes and ignore the beam in your own.

 

The devil plans to make you look for hypocrites in the church.

The devil plans to let you be disappointed by men’s failures.

The devil plans to make you quit paying tithes.

The devil plans to make you offended.

 

The devil plans to make you miss church.

The devil plans to make you withdraw from godly fellowship.

The devil plans to make you a bitter person.

The devil plans to make you hate holiness.

 

The devil plans to make you mess up your marriage.

The devil plans to make you stop worshiping.

The devil plans to make you dislike preachers who tell you the truth.

The devil plans to make you resist all Holiness preaching.

 

The devil plans to make you consider doctrine a boring subject.

The devil plans to make Hollywood more attractive to you than the church.

The devil plans to make you immoral.

The devil plans to make you justify your wrong living.

 

The devil plans to make you love making money more than you love church.

The devil plans to make you love pleasure, more than you love God.

The devil plans to make you question God.

The devil plans to make you mad when the preacher says anything that challenges what your family or friends are doing.

 

The devil plans to make you lukewarm.

The devil plans to make you happy with dead worship services.

The devil plans to let you feel comfortable in quiet prayer rooms.

The devil plans to make you talk against the pastor in front of your children.

 

The devil plans to make you question every standard.

The devil plans to make you comfortable trying to get by just doing the minimum.

The devil plans to make you part of the spirit of Laodicea.

The devil plans to make you feel uncomfortable with other cultures in your congregation.

 

The devil plans to make you prejudiced.

The devil plans to make you only knock on doors in certain areas of town during outreach.

The devil plans to make you feel your culture is superior to all others.

The devil plans to destroy unity in your church.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Preacher.

He plans to mess you up with false doctrine.

He plans to destroy your ministry with women.

He plans to ruin you with improper use of money.

He plans to sidetrack your ministry in search of popularity.

 

He plans to make you preach that the new ways are better than the old paths.

He plans to make to you compromise.

He plans to make you quiet about sin.

He plans to make you afraid to preach holiness and separation from the world.

 

He plans to make you a hireling.

He plans to make you preach only pop-psychology sermons.

He plans to make you think you are right and everyone else is wrong.

He plans to make you focus on pleasing men and not God.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Seeker.

The devil plans to blind your eyes and keep you from recognizing truth.

The devil plans to make you think all churches lead to heaven.

The devil plans to make you think the day of Pentecost experience is not for you.

The devil plans to make you resist baptism in Jesus name.

 

The devil plans to make you justify your lifestyle.

The devil plans to make you think that God’s love accepts of your lifestyle.

The devil plans to make you believe false doctrines rather than the truth.

The devil plans to make you believe there is a trinity rather than just one God.

 

The devil plans to try to make you rebel against truth.

The devil plans to make you believe that God is only a God of mercy.

The devil plans to make you think God only looks on the heart and completely ignores the outside.

The devil plans to let you see what he thinks is the worst in every good church you attend.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

 

To Every Backslider

Are you even looking at what the devil is doing to your life?

The prodigal son did.

That’s when he came to himself.

 

That’s when he got up and walked away from sin’s pigpen.

That’s when he came back home and repented to his father.

That’s when the father ran to meet him and forgave him.

He’s your father too and He’s waiting for you to come to yourself!

 

So, What Are You Waiting For?

 

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

Luke 15:21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 15:22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Luke 15:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

 

The Devil’s Got A Plan For You That Just Might Work …If You Let It.

Don’t Let It!

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

December 18, 2015 at 12:29 am

Boycott Trashy Gumbo

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“If There’s Anything I Can’t Stand, It’s Trashy Gumbo!”

I love pretty much everything about the South. I’m neither a Southerner nor a Cajun Chef, but I do have taste buds that seldom lie. Before I married at the age of twenty-one, I’d already lived in twenty-two houses and attended twenty-six schools. So, I’ve gotten to see all of America growing up. It feels like I’ve lived everywhere, but most of my life has been spent in Indiana, so that feels most like home. It certainly is a non-gumbo state.

Since the beginning of my ministry, I have preached mainly in the South. Everyone there considers me a Yankee, even though I am a Westerner by birth. That being said, since I know I how to say, ya’ll and you guys, I somehow must be bi-lingual.

For the benefit of my non-southern friends, the folks down in Cajun Country are very particular about their Gumbo. They don’t freely call someone’s chicken and sausage soup, a Gumbo. Family recipes are treasured and protected. The Seafood Restaurants that serve great Gumbo will always have full parking lots.

I’ve eaten Gumbo with light rue, dark rue, and very dark rue. There are some Gumbos so thin that one could almost read a newspaper at the bottom of the bowl. I even eat my Gumbo with a scoop of hot potato salad and a boiled egg in it. My family really loves good Gumbo. Our cupboard always has some Tony’s, Cajun hot sauce and Creole seasoning in it too.

I have often been treated to what in my mind is the World’s finest Gumbo. But I didn’t start out eating good Gumbo. I preached a revival in rural Louisiana in the early sixties and the poor pastor and his wife made me my first taste of what they said was Gumbo. I ate it, not knowing if it was good or bad.

My teaching at home was to eat what was set before me, so I did. They told me after the dishes were done that it was ‘possum gumbo. My stomach had a board meeting that night to decide whether to keep the possum down or let it go free. It stayed, much to my disappointment.

Catching Southerners in candid moments when they are talking about someone else’s cooking is always memorable. I recently heard a dear southern friend confide to me, “If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s trashy gumbo.” They really meant it too.

I’ve eaten ‘good Yankee Gumbo’ and good ‘Cajun Gumbo’ and I love it when I can get it. I’ve eaten stuff passed off as Gumbo and felt the need to pray for strength to get it all down. If gumbo tastes trashy, I may not even get through the first bowl.

Trashy Gumbo? Well, yes! You see, all the cooks have at their disposal the right ingredients, but the way bad cooks put it all together leaves a horrible distaste in the mouth of those who know the difference between good gumbo and trashy.

  • No table guest in the South is prepared to suck his or her gumbo up through a straw because it got watered down so much in the kitchen.
  • There’s some cooks make Gumbo so hot that no one can eat it without getting heartburn.
  • Others use meat so sparingly you wonder why they even bothered.
  • Then there’s some Gumbo that make’s me wonder if my old possum had any kin folks that made it over into my Gumbo again.

When It Comes To Doctrine And The Important Things Of God, Apostolic Preachers Have The Right Ingredients.

 

If There’s Anything I Can’t Stand, It’s Trashy Gumbo.

 

Brother Ballestero, Are You Talking Gumbo Or Church?

I’m Talking Mainly About Church.

Some folks may feel like they are actually being fed when they hear a watered down message, or one with no meat, no doctrine or substance. Then there are some that love it so hot that everyone gets burnt.

But, I still love it when the preacher gets up to preach and pulls out the old Apostolic Family Recipe and feeds the flock as though it was the Lord Himself who prepared the meal. It ‘s always nourishing and tastes just right!

My advice for today is:

Boycott Trashy Gumbo!

 

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

July 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

YES, Is The Answer. Now, What Is The Question?

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YES, Is The Answer. Now, What Is The Question?

A fast food chain currently uses this for a slogan. It’s nothing new, really. Actually it’s been around for thousands of years. God’s blessed people have always lived with this mindset.

The willingness to do whatever God requests is a trait that will not only save and bless us, but also keep us saved and blessed. Most Pentecostals are familiar with the words of the song that says, “Yes Lord. Yes Lord. From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul, Yes Lord…”

Remember singing that song and feeling the sweet presence of the Lord sweep over you? Remember too the old-timers singing, “Is Your All On The Altar?”

There’s a reason for that. A very good reason. God blesses willingness and submission.

 

Ezra And The Willing People

Neh 8:1 And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.

  • Notice the spirit of unity. They gathered as one.
  • They requested that the scribe Ezra bring the book of the law and read it to them.
  • They wanted to hear the law.

Neh 8:2 And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.

Neh 8:3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.

  • Everyone old enough to understand came.
  • Ezra read from morning until midday

Neh 8:5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

Neh 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

  • Ezra opened the book.
  • The people stood up in reverence.
  • Ezra blessed the Lord
  • The People raised their hands and said, Amen, Amen
  • They said Amen before the law was read.
  • Then the bowed their heads to the ground and worshipped.

 

They Were So Hungry To Hear The Word Of The Lord That They All Said Amen Before They Heard What The Law Told Them To Do.

It’s not uncommon to see new converts who have experienced the joys of repentance, baptism in Jesus Name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues ask the pastor, “Now, tell me what I need to do.”

Remember Praying Like This?

  • I’ll do what you want me to do.
  • I say what you want me to say.
  • I’ll go where you want me to go.
  • I’ll be what you want me to be.

Most young people in my generation never knew it was OK to say no at church. When we were asked to do something like,

  • Teach a Sunday School Class,
  • Sing a special song,
  • Play an instrument,
  • Testify,
  • Go on visitation,
  • Usher,
  • Clean the church
  • Give a sermonette
  • Or whatever,

We just said knew ahead of time that we would say yes.

 

Mary

Mary the mother of Jesus even told the servants at the Wedding in Cana, that whatever Jesus asked them to do, do it.

 

Samuel

Little Samuel had the willingness to do whatever was requested and ran to do the bidding of Eli not knowing that it was the Lord speaking to him.

 

Rebecca

Rebecca was so willing to serve the stranger with camels that she not only offered to water them but also ran to do her duty.

God has always looked for willingness in his people. Those who choose to say no to Him, don’t seem to last long or be used in His Kingdom.

 

How Did The Spirit Of Questioning Everything Get Into The Church?

  • Some read the scripture and say they are not convicted.
  • Some read the scriptures and say they do not apply to us.
  • Some hear preaching and are not receptive at all.
  • Others choose to read only scriptures that speak of blessings and miracles.
  • They reject anything that looks like doctrine
  • They say no to the word holiness.
  • They refuse to separate themselves from the world.

 

God’s First Principle Of Blessing And Growth

Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

 

Israel Wouldn’t Go Over Into The Promised Land

Deut 1:26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:

  • A whole generation died.

 

Because You Would Not Be Obedient

Deut 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Deut 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

Deut 8:20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

 

Jerusalem Said No To The Messiah

Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

 

Israel Said No To The Spiritual Rest

Isa 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 

What Makes Some Say No?

Before You Say No To Anything God Asks…

  • Ask yourself,
  • How does rebellion start?
  • What is rebellion?
  • Does God view my spirit as rebellious?
  • Am I rebellious?
  • How do I change?

 

Changing From Rebellion To Submission Should Be Easy.

  • It’s a one-word change.
  • What once was a No… change it to a Yes.

 

Are You Brave Enough To Say, “No” To God?

Me either.

You are free to choose how you wish to respond to God’s call, His wishes and His Word.

 

But as for me…

YES, Is My Answer. Now, What Is The Question?

 

Deut 10:12 … what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 26, 2015 at 11:40 am