Condemnation.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus… Roman’s 8:1

One of the things that I find in ministry that seems to be epidemic is a spirit of condemnation and false humility. It stems from religion and a ‘Works Theology’.

So many people these days think that if they fast hard enough, or pray hard enough, or sing songs perfect enough, or do things correctly, or even give money to the church that this will ensure their salvation and their right standing with God.

This could not be farther from the truth. God is a God of great Grace and great mercy and He’s interested in relationship not religion. If you find yourself guilty and full of shame because you forgot to pray yesterday, that is not the voice of the lord.

Father God is love and kindness and mercy. He desires for his children to cuddle up to him and share their hearts not to be rigid like a schoolmaster with a ruler in his hand lording it over us if we don’t get it right.

Jesus loves you and just wants to be with you as his beloved child. Don’t let condemnation keep you from receiving the love of God.God is a God of great grace and love and kindness and mercy. He desires for his children to cuddle up to him and share their hearts not to be rigid like a schoolmaster with a ruler in his hand lording it over us if we don’t get it right.

Jesus loves you and just wants to be with you as his beloved child. Don’t let condemnation keep you from receiving the love of God.

Meat not milk; The Great Saints

Posted by: Cyndi | May 17, 2022

Meat not milk; The Great Saints

Meat not milk posts:

Name me one saint, or one great man or woman of God that did not have to stand up alone to the establishment of their day at least some time in their life?
Joan of arc
St. Francis
St. Patrick
Apostle Paul
John the beloved
Abraham
Moses
Jesus

Just saying…….

Part 2 of my meat not milk posts:
Most of these or maybe all were mostly alone in their calling. They spent hours and hours alone in prayer. They were not famous publically but in the eyes of our Lord.
They rarely had extremely large meetings but met those the Lord sent them to in smaller groups and along their journeys.
They became well
Known in old age or after death.
Think about it…..

The importance of peace, prayer, and constant intimate communion with our Beloved God can not be over stated.

Allegiance; Which Law Shall We Follow?

Freedom
FREEDOM!

Is there such a thing as the providence of God? Is every open door God leading us and every closed door telling us not to go that way?

Are we in rebellion against God when we don’t follow the pastor’s suggestions or sometimes even orders? What about the civil laws? Are we disobedient children or are we actually following the Holy Spirit?

Years ago the Holy Spirit took me on a journey which started with a question from my husband. He asked me one day: “Why do you keep submitting yourself up under pastors who are less mature than you are?”

This question really shook me up. At the time I was struggling with some of the things our current pastor in the church was preaching. But more importantly Holy Spirit was teaching me the difference between man’s authority and His authority. I could not answer his question, except to say this was what I was taught to do.

At that time in my life, we were attending a nondenominational, charismatic church. I had come to that church while my husband, who was an Episcopal priest, was doing what I call Renta-priest, supply work for pastors on the weekends, since he was currently looking for a home church. I had in my mind that I had gone to a real free church, a church with lots of freedom, we were able to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit openly. But did I?

Not only was I mistaken, thinking that I was living in true freedom, but Holy Spirit was giving me the strangest dreams, dreams of Esther Williams in water ballets and the shallowness of our church trying to be seeker friendly. We were told there would be no wildfire in the church. And I was told, as most women were in the late 20th century, that if you do not obey your authority and you have a prophetic gift that makes you a witch. Seriously, they would call us witches.

Also during the season of my life the Lord brought a serious revelation about Rethinking the Wine Skin a book I read byFrank Viola, which only confirmed all that Holy Spirit had been telling me in the secret place. That blind obedience to man’s authority was not obedience to God’s.

I was actually afraid. We had been doing church like this since Constantine into 232 AD. I felt the Holy Spirit was sneaking up on me to teach this message to the body of Christ and I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that this would bring with it great persecution. If there’s one thing the enemy of our souls does not like, it is freedom in the Holy Spirit. I learned that what I now call, the established church, can be cruel and mean and actually participate with the enemy of our souls. At that time I was naïve and truly believed in the Word of God, passionate obedience to authority, and that the Lord was the one leading the congregations in the earth.

Let me make myself perfectly clear today, I am not against all established churches. I am speaking out against falseness & hypocrisy, false authority, and selfish religion. The problem is, that only the Lord Jesus Christ is truly able to judge which is harsh and which is Holy. You must seek Him in your heart and you must follow His advice in the word of God which teaches us you will know these false prophets and false teachers by their fruits. 

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 1:15-20

Fruit takes time to grow. In the natural order of things, when growing fruit trees, from root to shoot it takes 1-3 years, from shoot to fruit it takes about 3-5 years. My point being, that when you judge by the fruit you cannot judge by the situation. You must allow time to be your ally and wait to see the fruit in a person’s life. People make mistakes along their journey but that does not make them all false prophets and teachers.

And let me take a minute to say the judging is not discernment. God wants us to discern between right and wrong and the scripture is clear in this area. He does not want us to be ignorant about what is correct and what is not correct, about what is righteous and about what is not righteous. But when it comes to judgment He leaves that to Himself, pronouncing sentence is something only the Lord Jesus Christ should be honored to do. Only He knows the truth and the path that brought us where we have come, only He judges in righteousness for He sees the heart.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:1-6

So where does that leave us? I, like most faithful and loyal people in the body of Christ, seek to bring peace and seek to follow God to the best of my abilities. God will use every circumstance in our lives to produce character and maturity as we grow in even the harshest of situations. When the wind blows against the tree trunk it creates a strength in the trunk that prevents it from future storms. So it is with us, if we can keep our hearts pure, and not hardened from bitterness and un-forgiveness, we too can be made strong by the cold winter winds.

Let’s look at the first century church in the book of acts. 

Were not the disciples preaching on the steps of the synagogue when they were arrested and thrown into jail? 

So were they out of the will of God by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on the very synagogue steps, of the established church? Was that a closed door?

I suggest to you that they were in the center of the perfect will of God for their lives at that moment in time. I suggest to you that the authority of the day, at that synagogue, who were not Christian believers, to whom the disciples had come to preach the Gospel and Bring freedom and love, did not receive it.

I ask you to take another look at the scripture. Persecution, was promised by our Lord Jesus. He said to us:

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 

17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 

18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 

19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 

20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 

21 Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 

22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 

23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 

24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 

25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 

26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10 16-23

I think the body of Christ has things confused. 

Jesus never promised us that every open door or opportunity would be His leading and that all closed doors were Him telling us not to go that way. 

This teaching leads us down the wrong path, yes, a path of safety and security and lack of risk, but also leads us down the path of immaturity and lack of courage. To truly walk following the Holy Spirit we must culture the fruit of courage in our lives. We must seek Holy Spirit’s leading in the secret place of prayer and follow Him in trust and perfect obedience at all cost to our flesh, our character, our reputation, our feelings, and our understanding sometimes.

This is why the most important thing in the life of a believer is spending time with Holy Spirit in the secret place of prayer. Seeking Him and learning to hear His voice is the most important thing in life. As we behold Him we are transformed from glory to glory. 

This is how we build character and courage and confidence in following the Lord. This is how we know when another believer is also following the Lord and we can trust their advice and opinions. But we must never blindly follow someone else in leadership without asking Holy Spirit or else we are in serious error of putting man’s leadership over God’s.

Here is another example. And one which is very controversial. 

Should we bring Bibles to nations that have outlawed the word of God? 

I suggest to you that it is mandatory in the heart of every true believer who is seeking to follow the great commission. And yes, we should disobey the civil law for the higher law of the kingdom of God. 

Will we get arrested? Maybe? 

Will we be shunned by those who still believe that disobeying civil and national laws is rebellion against God? Most certainly. 

Are you willing to look like a fool, to be yelled at, to be mocked, and shunned, to take up your cross daily for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel that He has commissioned us to spread around the world? 

Are you? 

Can you do it in love? 

Can you be yelled at and mocked and accused wrongly and still pray for those people in forgiveness with no bitterness in your heart? 

Are you allowing Holy Spirit to produce the sweet fruit of the persecuted church ~ the sweet fragrance of complete and total surrender to His leadership in trust obedience and in love-sickness for His Heart? 

You will ravish His heart if you do.

Allegiance; Which Law Shall We Follow?

FREEDOM!

Is there such a thing as the providence of God? Is every open door God leading us and every closed door telling us not to go that way?

Are we in rebellion against God when we don’t follow the pastor’s suggestions or sometimes even orders? What about the civil laws? Are we disobedient children or are we actually following the Holy Spirit?

Years ago the Holy Spirit took me on a journey which started with a question from my husband. He asked me one day: “Why do you keep submitting yourself up under pastors who are less mature than you are?”

This question really shook me up. At the time I was struggling with some of the things our current pastor in the church was preaching. But more importantly Holy Spirit was teaching me the difference between man’s authority and His authority. I could not answer his question, except to say this was what I was taught to do.

At that time in my life, we were attending a nondenominational, charismatic church. I had come to that church while my husband, who was an Episcopal priest, was doing what I call Renta-priest, supply work for pastors on the weekends, since he was currently looking for a home church. I had in my mind that I had gone to a real free church, a church with lots of freedom, we were able to flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit openly. But did I?

Not only was I mistaken, thinking that I was living in true freedom, but Holy Spirit was giving me the strangest dreams, dreams of Esther Williams in water ballets and the shallowness of our church trying to be seeker friendly. We were told there would be no wildfire in the church. And I was told, as most women were in the late 20th century, that if you do not obey your authority and you have a prophetic gift that makes you a witch. Seriously, they would call us witches.

Also during the season of my life the Lord brought a serious revelation about Rethinking the Wine Skin a book I read by Frank Viola, which only confirmed all that Holy Spirit had been telling me in the secret place. That blind obedience to man’s authority was not obedience to God’s.

Link to Book: https://loves-messenger-ministries.my-online.store/index.aspx?pageid=6291595&chainID=609436&txtQuickSearch=viola

I was actually afraid. We had been doing church like this since Constantine into 232 AD. I felt the Holy Spirit was sneaking up on me to teach this message to the body of Christ and I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that this would bring with it great persecution. If there’s one thing the enemy of our souls does not like, it is freedom in the Holy Spirit. I learned that what I now call, the established church, can be cruel and mean and actually participate with the enemy of our souls. At that time I was naïve and truly believed in the Word of God, passionate obedience to authority, and that the Lord was the one leading the congregations in the earth.

Let me make myself perfectly clear today, I am not against all established churches. I am speaking out against falseness & hypocrisy, false authority, and selfish religion. The problem is, that only the Lord Jesus Christ is truly able to judge which is harsh and which is Holy. You must seek Him in your heart and you must follow His advice in the word of God which teaches us you will know these false prophets and false teachers by their fruits.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 1:15-20

Fruit takes time to grow. In the natural order of things, when growing fruit trees, from root to shoot it takes 1-3 years, from shoot to fruit it takes about 3-5 years. My point being, that when you judge by the fruit you cannot judge by the situation. You must allow time to be your ally and wait to see the fruit in a person’s life. People make mistakes along their journey but that does not make them all false prophets and teachers.

And let me take a minute to say the judging is not discernment. God wants us to discern between right and wrong and the scripture is clear in this area. He does not want us to be ignorant about what is correct and what is not correct, about what is righteous and about what is not righteous. But when it comes to judgment He leaves that to Himself, pronouncing sentence is something only the Lord Jesus Christ should be honored to do. Only He knows the truth and the path that brought us where we have come, only He judges in righteousness for He sees the heart.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:1-6

So where does that leave us? I, like most faithful and loyal people in the body of Christ, seek to bring peace and seek to follow God to the best of my abilities. God will use every circumstance in our lives to produce character and maturity as we grow in even the harshest of situations. When the wind blows against the tree trunk it creates a strength in the trunk that prevents it from future storms. So it is with us, if we can keep our hearts pure, and not hardened from bitterness and un-forgiveness, we too can be made strong by the cold winter winds.

Let’s look at the first century church in the book of acts.

Were not the disciples preaching on the steps of the synagogue when they were arrested and thrown into jail?

So were they out of the will of God by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on the very synagogue steps, of the established church? Was that a closed door?

I suggest to you that they were in the center of the perfect will of God for their lives at that moment in time. I suggest to you that the authority of the day, at that synagogue, who were not Christian believers, to whom the disciples had come to preach the Gospel and Bring freedom and love, did not receive it.

I ask you to take another look at the scripture. Persecution, was promised by our Lord Jesus. He said to us:

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 

17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 

18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 

19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 

20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 

21 Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 

22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 

23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. 

24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 

25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 

26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10 16-23

I think the body of Christ has things confused.

Jesus never promised us that every open door or opportunity would be His leading and that all closed doors were Him telling us not to go that way.

This teaching leads us down the wrong path, yes, a path of safety and security and lack of risk, but also leads us down the path of immaturity and lack of courage. To truly walk following the Holy Spirit we must culture the fruit of courage in our lives. We must seek Holy Spirit’s leading in the secret place of prayer and follow Him in trust and perfect obedience at all cost to our flesh, our character, our reputation, our feelings, and our understanding sometimes.

This is why the most important thing in the life of a believer is spending time with Holy Spirit in the secret place of prayer. Seeking Him and learning to hear His voice is the most important thing in life. As we behold Him we are transformed from glory to glory.

This is how we build character and courage and confidence in following the Lord. This is how we know when another believer is also following the Lord and we can trust their advice and opinions. But we must never blindly follow someone else in leadership without asking Holy Spirit or else we are in serious error of putting man’s leadership over God’s.

Here is another example. And one which is very controversial.

Should we bring Bibles to nations that have outlawed the word of God?

I suggest to you that it is mandatory in the heart of every true believer who is seeking to follow the great commission. And yes, we should disobey the civil law for the higher law of the kingdom of God.

Will we get arrested? Maybe?

Will we be shunned by those who still believe that disobeying civil and national laws is rebellion against God? Most certainly.

Are you willing to look like a fool, to be yelled at, to be mocked, and shunned, to take up your cross daily for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel that He has commissioned us to spread around the world?

Are you?

Can you do it in love?

Can you be yelled at and mocked and accused wrongly and still pray for those people in forgiveness with no bitterness in your heart?

Are you allowing Holy Spirit to produce the sweet fruit of the persecuted church ~ the sweet fragrance of complete and total surrender to His leadership in trust obedience and in love-sickness for His Heart?

You will ravish His heart if you do.

Now I Know You Will Serve Me!

MaverickCity ~ JIREH (Click YouTube Icon Below for link)

Have you ever been going through a season where you felt like nothing was going right for you? Possibly everything in your life seem to be failing, or maybe someone put a curse on you?

Recently I have been going through such a season. And I want to share with you how Holy Spirit is helping me through this valley of the shadow of death in my life.

All week I have been feeling very sad and unable to cope with my current circumstances. You need to understand, that I am an intercessor and a great women of faith, but these last few battles, and attacks from the enemy, have been hard to overcome.

Nevertheless, I have been doing what I need to do listening to worship music, quoting the word over myself ~ I even put on YouTube videos that read the word of God to me while I slept so I could wash myself with the water of the word. But no matter what I did and how much everyone prayed for me I could not seem to overcome these negative emotions and feelings of deep despair. (and yes I even prayed for deliverance)

But one morning, I woke up trembling with the anointing of God and Holy Spirit hinting for me to look up more on the meaning of the word ‘Jireh’. For all week I had been hearing endlessly in my head the Maverick City song ~ Jireh.

With the words echoing in my mind; “Jireh you are enough…”

I already knew that Jireh meant ‘God is my provider’ and I was believing and hoping for the impossible. But God obviously had more for me as He often does as we seek Him out like a treasure hunt.

As I looked up the word Jireh, it took me to Genesis chapter 22, where Abraham was required by the Lord to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering.

Immediately, I knew what God was saying to me. For in years past, in the depths of my deepest darkest moment, God had said to me: ‘Now I know you will serve me.”

This was over 13 years ago, when my husband of 30 years have left me and I was struggling deeply.

But this time God was reminding me that through it all ~I had sacrificed everything in my life ~and He was encouraging me that He had seen my “burnt offering” and that He would walk the walk of covenant for me. Adonai Jireh ~ The God who would provide for me ~ no matter what!

Let’s look at Genesis 22 together because I think there’s a lot of insight in this for many people and not just for myself and my situation.

It starts off with a story of Abraham and his son Isaac. The passage says ~ God tested Abraham.

We don’t often think of God testing us because the New Testament teaches us that ‘God does not tempt us’ but He will test us.

Often He will offend the mind ~ to reveal the heart.

So, Abraham was told to take Isaac, the child of promise, whom he loved, and go up to the mountains and offer him there as a burnt offering. We can only imagine the deep heartache that Abraham was going through and yet he went.

As they climbed on the third day he lifted up his eyes and declared to his servants: ‘The boy and I will go up and worship and we will come back to you.’

Even in his deep pain, he was declaring his faith in God to those around him, though, he didn’t understand how God would provide, but he knew, he and the boy would return.

“As they journeyed up the mountain Isaac spoke to his father and he said; Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering? And Abraham said; my son, God will provide for Himself the Lamb for a burnt offering. And the two of them went up together.

He bound his son and laid him on the altar upon the wood and stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son, and immediately an angel said: ‘do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him for now I know that you fear God since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’

and Abraham called the name of that place ‘The-Lord-Will-Provide’ (YHWH JIREH)

and the angel of the Lord came and renewed the covenant with Abraham of blessing and multiplication.” Genesis 22 (summary)

Have you ever been in a situation where no matter how much you prayed you could not understand WHY things were happening to you the way they were?

Perhaps you are being tested by the Lord.

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31

I don’t know why God is testing me, when I am 100% sold out to him. Perhaps it is because I am devoted to Him in Holiness and the Fear of the Lord. Perhaps, He sees me as a pure offering to purify me more? I do not know.

I am a poured out offering to God.

But I do know this, that God is faithful and He is not a man that He would lie. Our God is well-able to provide for us in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death in our lives.

Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and burnt offering for our lives. This story of Abraham is a Messianic Prophecy that God will provide the Messiah, the burnt offering, the Passover lamb, the sacrificial offering and scapegoat that completely fulfills the covenant of God in our lives and for our lives. His name was Jesus the Christ, His grace and His blood are all sufficient for every circumstance in our lives.

Maybe you like me are struggling in a season of unknowing and endless bad circumstances?

My hope is that you will learn, as I am learning, to Lean into the Sovereignty of the Lord.

To trust in His faithfulness, to feed upon His faithfulness, and to know that no matter what happens, He is providing for you.

God is faithful.

Extra Study:

Leviticus 1:1-17

Leviticus 1 gives instruction on the whole burnt offering, which represents Christ’s total devotion to God, revealing in broad strokes the ideal we are to strive for in our relationship with God. The burnt offering has four distinctive characteristics that set it apart from all others. To glean the most from it, it is essential that we remember that these characteristics all describe the same person but from different perspectives, much as the gospel accounts present four views of Christ, or as one would turn a piece of art or craftsmanship to inspect it from different angles. With each little turn, the viewer picks up a new feature that pleases or instructs.

The four distinctive characteristics are:

1. It is a sweet savor to God, given not because of sin but out of sincere and heartfelt devotion.

2. It is offered for acceptance in the stead of the offerer. The animal represents the offerer.

3. A life is given, representing total devotion in every area of life.

4. It is completely burned up, also representing total devotion but from a different angle: that it was truly carried out.

The animal was cut into four distinct parts, each signifying an aspect of Christ’s character and life: The head represents His thoughts; the legs, His walk; the innards, His feelings; and the fat, His general vigor and health. Every part was put on the altar and totally consumed by the fire.

The variety of animals sacrificed as burnt offerings identify additional characteristics: The bullock typifies untiring labor in service to others; the lamb, uncomplaining submission even in suffering; the goat, strong-minded leadership; and the turtledove, humility, meekness, and mournful innocence.

John W. Ritenbaugh

Pure Religion is Ministry to Widows & Orphans

Joseph
Joseph Brooks

” True spirituality that is pure in the eyes of our Father God is to make a difference in the lives of the orphans and widows in their troubles, and to refuse to be corrupted by the world’s values.” The Passion Translation James 1:27

I woke up this morning with Holy Spirit causing me to tremble all over in my bed and giving me the most wonderful idea for the church of today. A men’s ministry of ‘Handymen’ to go out to help single mothers, widows, orphans, and divorced women who are in dire straits and those who need a man’s help. The Bible tells us in James that “Pure and undefiled religion is expressed in outward acts, . . .” (Amplified Bible)

I’m also reminded of the first century church and how they lived in a real, true community. Paul was often heard encouraging others to help the brothers and sisters in Christ with real tangible needs. Although, I appreciate the pastor and his sermons, what most women need is a man to help them with physical chores, repairs, financial advice, and even finances, if possible.

Such a ministry in the church would be extremely valuable and very scriptural.

It would be simple to start a men’s group full of guys who were very good at doing certain things around the home; Like car maintenance, yard help, handyman skills, light carpentry, financial advice, accounting advice, mentoring of young boys, etc. All of these gifts come easy to a lot of men in the church, but are the things that most single women struggle with, to the point of torment, aggravation, and extreme stress.

This is how the Lord put it to me: Simply to have a men’s group at the church, with about 30 to 50 men in it, that were good at certain skills, and would be willing to volunteer their time once a month or once a week to help a woman in need.

Both married and single men could volunteer and a list of their skills could be kept at the church by a single organizer or manager. When a woman needed help she could call the church and ask for someone from the men’s group to come and help her. The manager would schedule a time with the appropriate volunteer, and also manage the men so they were not taken advantage of, but only volunteered a certain amount of time, as the group decided. The church could donate supplies, parts and possibly fund raise to help those in their congregation in the time of need.

Often in the church men don’t seem to find a way to help in ministry. If they’re not a preacher or a deliverance minister, sing in the choir, or Usher, men struggle to know where to serve or what to do to help the Lord in ministry.

What is it that we are training our men to do? Many men have many skills and talents that are greatly needed but undervalued. I think this is a wonderful idea by Holy Spirit to help each other and to be a true community in the body of Christ. Not only would it give us the opportunity to share our skills and talents to the glory of God, as the scripture says doing all we do as unto the Lord, but it would allow us to relieve the stress from our brothers and sisters and I have a peaceful and joyful community.

Perhaps God would give us an idea for a women’s ministry to help out as well; though when I prayed He said the women did most of the ministry in the church already. (hmmmm)

Let me take a moment to talk about the man in the picture above ~ Joseph.

He is, in our community, a kind and loving servant of the Lord that helps endlessly with all the gifts and talents that he has to help the community property and the women in our community who need his help. I personally don’t think I could have made it these last five years without this wonderful man of God helping me and taking care of things that I am unable to do or afford.

I want to shout out thank you to Joseph and to all the men in the body of Christ who secretly and help women and children in their community. We appreciate you greatly!

Well done guys. Well done.

“Pure unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the side of our God and father is this to visit and look after the fatherless and the widow’s in their distress and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world.” James 1:27 Amplified Bible

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