Category Archives: Daily Diary of Thoughts
I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land
“With thee,” companionship; “Keep thee,” guardianship; “Bring thee,” guidance.
I know whom I have believed 2 Tim. 1:12
Personal acquaintance with Christ is a living thing. Like a tree that uses every hour for growth, it thrives in sunshine, it is refreshed by rain—even the storm drives it to fasten its grip more firmly in the earth for its support. So, troubled heart, in all experiences, say, “This comes that I may make closer acquaintance with my Lord.”
Wait for the promise of the Father .… When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place … and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost Acts 1:4; 2:1, 4
Obedience to a divine prompting transforms it into a permanent acquisition.
I get many e-mails asking how could I criticize the Church…FYI…I have never criticized the Church…however…I have and will continue to criticize the people and institutions which misrepresent the Church…the one I read about in God’s Word. ~KP
My friends…repentance is at hand…be smart…making sure every “good” thing is the real thing…don’t be gullible in regard to smooth-talking evil…stay alert like this…He who died for you…now lives in you…if you live for Him…discernment is yours…truth is no longer enigmatic…but a force to crush Satan under your feet. ~KP
It is very sad for a man to make himself a servant to the world…his manhood all taken away from him…by the pressure of excessive debt…trying to impress those who are never satisfied…impressions last a moment…but the pressure it brings can last a lifetime…remember the only pressure your under…is the pressure you’ve put on myself…but their is a relief value in prayer.~KP
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
Each morning before our feet every touch the floor, our minds has been in a battle all night without us even knowing it. Satan has claimed defeat even before we are conscience of our thoughts. ~KP
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
Each morning before we even think of our feet touching the floor, we should arm ourselves with the whole armor of God. This will disarm any claims Satan has set in place, giving you victory in all that God wills for your day. ~KP
Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It simply means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
15 Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’ 17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19 For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”) 20 He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'”
We live in a world where people focus on the things they eat and drink, not willing to eat or drink certain things considering them to be bad for them. But according to the Bible it’s not what goes into the body that makes one defiled, it is what comes out of it. Look around you or as you watch TV, the focus is to direct your mind to not what defiles it but what defiles your body. If a person’s focus would shift from protecting their body from harmful things to concealing their minds from the things that causes the heart to being corrupt they would be much better off. A man who consumes himself with alcohol is not defiled by the alcohol, his defilement comes from the thoughts he had before he took his first drink. The alcohol is only a tools the man uses to empty the uncleanliness already in his heart. Take the time to change your thoughts to the things pertaining to God’s Word instead of this world. ~KP
I know you can love Him enough to worship and praise Him…anyone can mask that task…but can you love him enough to completely obey Him?
Ananias and Sapphira said they had given their all and fell down and died, because they lied. Obedience is a surrender of all…nothing can be held back. ~KP
*Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve,’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:8-11*
Could it be to far fetched that we have become above reproach as Christians. We confess to believe in the bible, however, so often we overlook scripture in error of personal opinions. The devil appears to be a real in the minds of Christians, but the power he process in this world is downplayed to say the least. The bible clearly shows us in this text how the devil, “Satan” takes Jesus on a high mountain and shows Him the kingdoms of this world and their glory. Then Satan tells Jesus “All these thing I will give You if you fall down and worship me.”
Please note, Jesus did not tell Satan he did not have the power or authority to give Him this things. Not only does Satan have the power to give these things, but today men are falling down worshiping him and receiving kingdoms and glory without recognizing the giver. In the name of Jesus men and women professing to be Christians Leaders are deceiving and being deceived by the ways and riches of this world. Jesus was not here to siege the moment or take advantage of the riches of His day, but it was a future wealth that He knew of. However, today many have opted for the blessing that Jesus refused.
So many Christians leaders today are lead on the mountain by the devil and they become mesmerized by the view and blinded to what they worship. In return they teach this as gospel to their followers and in ignorance are lead astray by the twisting of scripture by Satan inspired men and women. Because this new found teaching is pleasing to the ears, the devil does not leave as he left Jesus or the angel come and minister to us as they did Him. Yet, Satan lurks in the tree in which we eat from as he did with Adam and Eve and allow the fallen angels which fell with him to minister to the followers.
With the help of the Prince of this world they are successful in building kingdoms, cities on the hill and many other names they call them. Carrying the Word of God in their hands and minds as Satan does, but far from their hearts. Luring people to the church, instead of helping them become The Church. Teaching followers to be more in tuned with the world, than in tuned with God. Using the tithe to feed their appetites, instead of the widows and the poor. They choose to entertain the people instead of making disciples of them.
Jesus told Satan, “It is written, you shall worship the LORD your God, and only serve Him.” The teaching received by many Christians is not of what is written, but what sounds good to them. There are so many gathering together were the Word is few, but the message of this world and its glory is plentiful. The worship to God is hindered by a like of knowledge of Him. Not like the worship of Satan, which come natural to a person.
It is time for Christian leaders to repent and turn their hearts back to God from the world. Begin to restore dignity and character to those who profess to be called by God. It is time for men and women of God to humble themselves to modest means and stop trying to keep up with the Jones and bow down with the great cloud of witnesses of the bible. A follower of Jesus has the Spirit of Jesus living in him, and it is not judging to call the out the tree by the fruit it bears. ~KP©
You aren’t living within your means…you have to borrow money to do it.
There are two problems with borrowing money; one is obvious and the other is a bit more subtle. The obvious drawback to borrowing money is the fact that you have to pay it back. Repayment never seems like a problem when the loan is made, but that’s only because the repayment schedule hasn’t started yet. When the due date approaches, the stress increases.
The subtle problem with borrowing is that it distracts you from focusing on God. Debt demands your attention. You are either scurrying to pay your creditors, or you are busy hiding from them. You’ll find few spare moments to be meditating on God if you’re constantly worried about the next monthly payment. It is difficult to see God when you are buried in debt.
Avoid getting into excessive debt. Better yet, avoid borrowing whenever possible. Adjust your lifestyle so you can manage with the money you have.
“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7
From the human viewpoint, things are now in a bad state in the world. But from the spiritual viewpoint things are in a far worse state in the religious realm. Sad as is it to see the anti–Christian cults flourishing on every side; but far more grievous is it, for those who are taught of God, to discover that much of the so–called “Gospel” which is now being preached in many “fundamentalist churches” and “gospel halls” is but a satanic delusion.
The Devil knows that his captives are quite secure while the grace of God and the finished work of Christ are “faithfully” proclaimed to them, so long as the only way in which sinners receive the saving virtues of the Atonement is unfaithfully concealed. While God’s peremptory and unchanging demand for repentance is left out, while Christ’s own terms of discipleship (how to become a Christian: Acts 11:26) in Luke 14:26, 27, 33, are withheld, and while saving faith is frittered down to a mere act of the will, blind laymen will continue to be led by blind preachers, only for both to fall into the ditch.
Things are far, far worse even in the “church” than the majority of God’s own children are aware. Things are rotten even at the very foundation, for with very rare exceptions God’s way of salvation is no longer being taught. Tens of thousands are “ever learning” points in prophecy, the meaning of the types, the significance of the numerals, how to divide the “dispensations,” who are, nevertheless, “never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7) of salvation itself—unable because unwilling to pay the price (Proverbs 23:23), which is a full surrender to God Himself.
What is needed today is to press upon the serious attention of professing Christians such questions as: When is it that God applies to a sinner the virtues of Christ’s finished work? What is it that I am called upon to do in order to appropriate myself to the efficacy of Christ’s atonement? What is it that gives me an actual entrance into the good of His redemption?
When those who are called to fish don’t fish, they fight. When energy intended to be used outside is used inside, the result is explosive. Instead of casting nets, we cast stones. Instead of extending helping hands, we point accusing fingers. Instead of being fishers of the lost, we become critics of the saved. Rather than helping the hurting, we hurt the helpers.
The result? Church Scrooges. “Bah humbug” spirituality. Beady eyes searching for warts on others while ignoring the wart on the nose below. Crooked fingers that bypass strengths and point out weaknesses.
Walled up churches. Poor testimonies. Broken hearts. Legalistic wars. And, sadly, poor go unfed, confused go uncounseled, and lost go unreached. When those who are called to fish don’t fish, they fight.
Knowledge can be memorized. Wisdom must think things through.
Wisdom is the something that enables us to use knowledge rightly.
Some sheep lay downwind. These stayed gassed or they get up to look for grass in more fragrant pastures. Some of these sheep eventually do find pure grass but many of these just end up at Schuller’s drive-in where they buy pop corn from the old man who sells it weekly from his glass concession stand. He also includes a prize in each package for any large wool offering.
Many wolves in sheep’s clothing teach the sheep that they can be born into the flock of God by a ritual performed by old black rams. They say all sheep that are sprinkled or immersed by these rams with water are born into the family of the Good Shepherd and are predestined to be saved from the barbecue even without faith in the Good Shepherd. In many cases that is the last time the sheep will be found in the pasture until they are laid out for their great reward.
Today, the question stills bothers me, “So where do you go to church?” Along with the statements,” You need to go to church with me. We had church today etc…” Herein lies the purpose of this blog: to articulate a biblical, spiritual, theological, and practical answer to the question , Is there a viable way of doing church outside the institutional church experience, and if so, what does it look like?
If the past twenty years have taught me anything, they have taught me this: There will be two major responses to my view on the church. One will sound something like this: “Thank goodness, I’m not crazy! I thought I lost my mind. I’m grateful that there are others who feel the same way I do about church. My writing has given language to feelings and beliefs I’ve had for years. And it’s given me hope that there really is a church life experience beyond what’s commonly known and accepted.”
The other will sound something like this: “How dare you challenge our church practices! God loves the church. What right do you have to criticize it!? And who gives you the right to say that your way of doing church is the only valid way!?”
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not beyond correction in my views. I’m still growing and learning. However, the problem with this particular objection is that it exposes the very problem that I set out to address. Namely, we Christians are very confused about what the church is.
By no means am I criticizing the church. In fact, I’m writing because I love the church very much. And it’s because of that love that I wish to see the body of Christ express itself in ways that I believe God originally intended. The church, therefore, should not be confused with an organization, a denomination, a movement, or a leadership structure. The church is the people of God, the very bride of Jesus Christ.
God has not been silent on how the church naturally expresses herself on the earth. Therefore, it’s the present practices of the church that I’m seeking to change, not the church itself.
“If the first four chapters of Romans tell us anything, they tell us we are living a life we don’t deserve.”
Christ meets you outside the throne room, takes you by the hand, and walks you into the presence of God. Upon entrance we find grace, not condemnation; mercy, not punishment. Where we would never be granted an audience with the king, we are now welcomed into his presence.
You can climb to high for your own good. It’s possible to ascend too far, stand to tall, and elevate too much. Linger too long at high altitudes, and two of your senses suffer. Your hearing dulls. It’s hard to hear people when you are higher than they. Voices grow distant. Sentences seem muffled. And when you are up there, your eyesight dims. It’s hard to focus on people when you are so far above them. They appear so small. Little figures with no faces. You can hardly distinguish one from the other. They all look alike. You don’t hear them. You don’t see them. You are above them.
I watched my pastor when it seemed as if there were no defeats on the battlefield. No blemishes on his administration. Loved by the people. Served by the soldiers. Followed by the crowds. He was at an all time high. The point were he lost his humility. The higher you allow people to exhaust the greater chance of losing your humility. “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. Matthew 18:4
The humility of a man draws people and empowers their thinking. However, the pride of a man controls people and brings their thinking into captivity.