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Whatever Happened To Carefulness?

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Whatever Happened To Carefulness?

Modern Pentecostalism, as a whole, seems to enjoy flaunting its perceived new liberties in the face of all caution. To them who have lived their whole lives in spiritual carefulness before God, this mindset is repulsive, dangerous and scary.

Why Does One Generation Feel Freer And Less Cautious Than Another?

  • Are they more enlightened in the Word?
  • Is this a New Day in the Kingdom of God?
  • Has God waited nearly 2,000 years to remove every Biblical principle and restriction?
  • Why are things considered right today that were wrong yesterday?
  • Are they backslidden in heart?
  • Why is there an absence of Holiness and things HOLY among those who profess the HOLY Ghost?

There is a horrible price to pay if what our forefathers said is right. Old school preachers said things like: “When you lose your revelation of Holiness, it won’t be long before you lose your revelation of the Oneness of the Godhead.” That dear reader is a very fearful thing.

It appears as if the spirit of the age is one that wants to see how much one can do and still feel saved and justified.

Too many church folks have been influenced by the style and fads of this present world.  Sadly, whatever the new style of the world is on display, it soon will be seen in some churches. It quickly appears in:

·      Men’s clothing

·      Men’s hairstyles

·      Men’s facial hair

·      Women’s clothing

·      Women’s hairstyles

·      And even makeup

  1. Can anyone else remember when it was uncommon to see Pentecostal women wearing form-fitting and revealing attire?
  2. Can anyone else remember new converts changing how they dressed and lived soon after they got saved?
  3. Can anyone else remember when makeup was not acceptable?
  4. Can anyone else remember when women considered long hair their glory?
  5. Can anyone else remember when men didn’t dress in a manner that questioned their masculinity?
  6. Can anyone else remember the day when Consecration services were not uncommon?
  7. Can anyone else remember when no one who claimed to be in church wanted to look like or dress like they were in the world?
  8. Can anyone else remember when there was an absence of facial hair on the men that were in the church?
  9. Can anyone else remember when no one heard of young girls kissing other young girls?
  10. Can anyone else remember when the saints lived their lives carefully, lest they displease the Lord?
  11. Can anyone else remember when saints were not addicted to prescription drugs?
  12. Can anyone else remember when TV was a bad word?
  13. Can anyone else remember when saints didn’t go to movies?
  14. Can anyone else remember when jewelry was not seen on church folks?
  15. Can anyone else remember when church services times were not scheduled around a Super Bowl Sunday?
  16. Can anyone else remember saints being careful about what they read, what they listened to, where they went and whom they went with?
  17. Can anyone else remember when folks repented to each other and before God because they wanted to be saved?
  18. Can anyone else remember hearing sermons on Hell and Judgment?

·      What changed?

·      Did God change?

·      If God changed, not everyone got the memo.

Carefulness Is Produced By Repentance.

That’s The First Thing True Repentance Does. It Makes You Careful.

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

  1. Too many are not careful about giving God the tithe of their increase.
  2. Too many are not careful to manifest the Fruits of the Spirit.
  3. Too many are not careful about what they say, or whom they say it to.
  4. Too many are not careful about what comes into their homes.
  5. Too many are not careful to honor their parents.
  6. Too many are not careful to honor their pastor.
  7. Too many are not careful about their attendance to the House of God.
  8. Too many are not careful about their attitude.
  9. Too many are not careful to keep their marriage vows.
  10. Too many are not careful about their friend’s negative influences.
  11. Too many are not careful about where they allow themselves to go visit.
  12. Too many are not careful about the necessity of the Acts 2:38 Doctrine.


Sadly, We Have Gone From Carefulness To Carelessness.

I will have to answer to God some day. So, when I read verses such as these I feel cautioned to be careful.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:

The Holy Spirit Warns Us All About The World’s Influence Upon The Church.

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;

2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2 Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

I am sure most will continue to do as they please and feel very justified. That will be between you and the Lord on Judgment Day.

As For Me, I Choose To Finish My Days Walking Before The Lord As Carefully As I Can.

Oh, by the way, are you doing your best to be careful in your walk with God? If not, please join me.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

January 31, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Wuz Ya Skeered?

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Wuz Ya Skeered?

Most of us have enjoyed laughing at someone’s harmless fright. We especially enjoy their body language and their reactionary comments. Afterward, someone will ask the obvious question. “Wuz ya skeered?”

Most of us have been scared at some point. Scared by different things maybe, but scared nevertheless.

I Know What It Is Like To Be Scared!

Several of my young children have made uncounted efforts trying to scare me. They’ve tried everything from jumping out at me as I came around a corner in the house, to hiding in dark places waiting for me. So far they’ve always been disappointed in my lack of reaction. It disappoints them that I am not jumpy or easy to scare.

Just because I didn’t react to their attempts, doesn’t mean I’m a tough guy who has never been scared. Oh no. I really have been scared before.

As a 19-year-old evangelist, I found myself over 1,000 miles from home. I only had $1.50 in my pocket, and no place to go. I didn’t know where I where I was going to sleep that night, or where my next meal was coming from. I was scared.

A bear once swatted me from behind. It was Grizzly sow with two cubs. She knocked me airborne for over 10 feet.  I was camping in the Teton Mountains. (She killed a man four hours later just a half mile away.) I make no bones about it. I was scared.

I have been snake bitten by a Cotton Mouth, a Water Moccasin, and a Copperhead. I once shot the head off of a Diamondback Rattler in the Mountains that was coiled 10 inches away from my ankle and ready to strike. I was scared.

I once stood in the Pediatric ICU Unit beside an incubator and held my newborn granddaughter in my arms and desperately prayed for a miracle. I was scared.

I hydroplaned in a VW late one rainy night in 1965. I went off the highway, hit a mailbox, and rolled the car three times. I crossed the grassy median and wound up on the other side of the four lane. I had landed upside down in the ditch facing the other direction. The driver’s door was jammed as a result. Gas was pouring everywhere. My 16-year-old younger sister broke both of her collarbones in the process. We couldn’t get out. I was scared.

A man kicked my kitchen door in late one night threatening to kill my wife, my children and myself. I held him until the police arrived. I was scared.

I once saw my 24ft travel trailer come along side car and try to pass me on Texas two lane road that was covered with black ice. My wife and baby son were in the car. I was scared.

I have had medical conditions that brought fear to me. I was scared.

I have seen some of those that I dearly love have spiritual struggles in their youth. I was scared.

I have sat in Emergency Rooms with my bleeding children. They had gashes and broken bones. Most of my children have had medical needs and procedures over the years that really made me pray. I’ve been scared.

I almost lost my precious wife after a kidney stone removal surgery last year. As they pulled the tube out of her throat after surgery, her gag reflex responded and she asphyxiated. Her lungs immediately filled with fluid. It took over five hours before they could stabilize her enough to bring her into the ICU Unit. After several days and a big miracle we got to go home. I was scared.

I suppose that all of my gentle readers could write volumes too about life moments that scared them.


The Bible Goes To Great Lengths Encouraging Us To:

  • Fear not
  • Be not afraid

We are told that God has not given us the spirit of fear.

These are beautiful, needed and timely words for us all. But there is one verse of scripture that tells us when to really be afraid.

All of our natural fears pale in comparison to this one!

It’s The Only Time The Word Of God Warns Us To Really Be Afraid.

Rom. 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Rom. 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

Rom. 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:


Rom. 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.


Rom. 13:5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Rom. 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

Rom. 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.


Paul warned the church at Rome not to play with sin. He said if they wanted to be saved and do right, the preacher was their best friend.

But if they persisted in doing evil, then they needed to realize their pastor wasn’t some unimportant hireling whose warning could be ignored or overlooked.

Paul said, “But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid.”

Everyone that choses to live their life doing that which is evil in the eyes of God, you need to pay attention here. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

I am sad to say, this generation seems to have lost its fear of God!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

August 27, 2011 at 12:42 am

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That’s Why I’m Scared!

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That’s Why I’m Scared!

I have said in jest many times, “I ain’t scared of nothing, but I’m scared of that!” I was trying to get a laugh while talking about an uncomfortable subject or situation.

I am not a man who has phobias nor have I ever been called a fearful soul. But today I wish to reveal to my readers, that really, down deep, I’m scared.

I’m not the only one either. Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth?

1 Cor. 9:27 KJV But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Cor. 9:27 ESV But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  • Paul was fearful enough to be careful.
  • He was also careful enough to protect himself and prevent a personal disaster.

I have been overwhelmed this year with unbelievable stories of personal and moral failures.

I’m scared of being shipwrecked. I don’t have a problem admitting it either. I don’t have a plan ‘B’ in living for God, so plan ‘A’ has to work.

  • I refuse to be disobedient to God.
  • I refuse to rebel against Him.
  • I love Him too much to want to live without Him.

Let Me Tell You How Scared I Am!

  • I’m too scared to question God’s Word.
  • I’m too scared to take chances with holiness.
  • I’m too scared to take chances with doctrine.
  • I’m too scared to see how much of the world I can have and still be saved.
  • I’m scared of the spirit of false doctrine.
  • I’m scared of my own built-in ability to rationalize the Word of God to my own destruction.
  • I’m scared of the spirit of immorality.
  • I’m scared of the lust of the flesh.
  • I’m scared of the lust of the eye.
  • I’m scared of the pride of life.
  • I’m scared of the love of money.
  • I’m scared of pride.
  • I’m scared of getting a critical spirit.
  • I’m scared of getting bitter.
  • I’m scared not to forgive.
  • I’m scared not to love my brother.
  • I’m scared not to have the fear of God in my heart.

James wrote that a man could save himself from a horrible fate if he just wouldn’t make that first mistake.

James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

One might say, ‘Brother, you are only living for God because you are scared.”

I refer you back to Paul’s fear. He was also fearful enough that he ‘died daily’.

Like Paul, I too have invested a lifetime living for God. I’ve loved every day of living for the Lord. It has been the highest honor in the world to have labored for Him.

I have preached many thousands of sermons. Why would I want to throw a ministry away?

I have lived with the most beautiful and loving wife in the world for 45 years. Why would I want to throw that away?

I enjoy the love and respect of five married children, their spouses and thirteen grandchildren. Why would I want to throw that away?

  • I’m scared of doing anything that would disqualify me in the eyes of God.
  • I’m scared of doing anything that would disqualify me in the eyes of my wife and children.

That, my friend, is why I must keep myself under subjection every day as did Paul, that I might not become ‘disqualified.’

It would be horrible to fall this close to home! It would be horrible to become a castaway!

That’s Why I’m Scared!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

March 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

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