010: The House of the Leper

If you study the life of Jesus, you will find He wasn’t concerned about what others thought about Him. In spite of society’s customs, traditions, or taboos, Jesus submitted Himself to the will of His Father, even ministering to the “rejects” of society. God’s mercy is so eloquently demonstrated in Mark 14:3 as Jesus dines with Simon, the leper. Has God ever challenged you to show mercy to someone who others may have deemed worthless? Just remember at some point, before Jesus came to dwell in our hearts, God looked beyond our fault and saw our need. Without Jesus, we are all just as hopeless as this leper, as destitute as the addict, as unworthy as that prostitute, as condemned as a death-row inmate… Without Jesus, we are just as despicable as those who have viciously hurt us. The truth is, until Jesus visits our dwelling, we are all wretched. As you listen to this podcast episode, whether you have been saved for years, or even if you’ve never received Jesus as Lord and Savior, God has made a way for you to experience His mercy, just as Simon, the leper, did.

The House of the Leper - May 17am

 

 

 

009: As a Mother

Mother… She is patient, kind, nurturing… Her love is unconditional. Okay, it sounds good, but maybe your mother didn’t exactly fit this mold. Or maybe, because of circumstances beyond anyone’s control, you never even got a chance to know your mother. If you have experienced the love of a mother, then you’ll agree, she is to be honored and cherished. However, no matter how high we regard her, even the best earthly mother has one flaw: she is human. Like all earthly things, even a good mother will fail. If you have an indescribable void because of something your mother did, or didn’t do, take refuge in God. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…”  Long before we were conceived in our mother’s womb, God loved us with an unfailing love. As you listen to this podcast episode, let God wrap His loving arms around you.  Realize that God is more than just your Heavenly Father; He is everything you need, including a Heavenly Mother.

As A Mother

008: The Supreme Motivator

I can’t function without it!  I can’t live without it! That may sound a little extreme, but it’s all too familiar for the drug addict or anyone struggling with an addiction. Until that craving is satisfied, nothing can stand in the way! Their motives and every fiber of their being is driven by a hunger regardless of who they hurt in the process. Maybe, by the grace of God, you don’t suffer from an addiction. Beware! Today behavior experts are recognizing activities that seem perfectly harmless, and even essential to life, as addictions. Food, shopping, and social media are just a few examples of pleasures that have the potential to become obsessive and destructive. Truthfully we are living in an age of addictions. Consequently, as Christians, we must guard our motives, our intentions, our passions. Jesus was tempted with the same distractions that we face today, yet He stayed focused and never once strayed from His mission. What could possibly have moved a King to willingly give up the pleasures of His Kingdom to suffer an agonizing death on a cross for people who hatefully despised and rejected him? Is it even possible for us to have this same divine motivation to do God’s will no matter what the cost? Listen to this podcast to discover what God expects from us.

The Supreme Motivator - May 3am

DO YOU MIND?

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. – Rom 8:5-8 KJV (Emphasis Mine)

Do You Mind

 

As a child, were you ever told to mind? If you were, you knew exactly what that meant. It meant you’d better obey whatever adult was instructing you or else!

Have you ever told someone to mind their own business? Or are you usually on the receiving end of that comment? 🙂

The thing I want to point out is the use of the word mind. It doesn’t always refer to the physical brain. The word mind can be used as a noun or a verb. When used as a verb, it can mean the following: 1) to pay attention to; 2) to obey; 3) to look after or take care of.

Now consider the passages from Romans 8 above. Notice the use of the words mind and minded. What are we to gather from these texts?

1. YOU WILL MIND ONLY ONE OF TWO THINGS: FLESH OR SPIRIT!

What do you find yourself thinking about and tending to most? Spiritual things? God’s Word, His Will, your own spiritual growth? Or do you find carnal things consuming your attention? If your heart’s desire is only toward physical things, then you are carnal. On the other hand, if your are consumed with the things of God, then you are considered spiritual.

2. MINDING THE FLESH LEADS TO DEATH!

“For to be carnally minded is death…” Rom. 8:6 

But why? All of mankind is under the curse of sin. God told Adam & Eve if they disobeyed Him they would die. Not an immediate physical death, but an eternal death. Our flesh cannot be rehabbed or remodeled.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;                                                                                                                     – Rom 3:23 KJV

For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                    – Rom 6:23 KJV

3. MINDING THE SPIRIT IS LIFE & PEACE!

If we are going to follow Christ we must FOLLOW Christ. That means dying to self – just as He did. That means laying aside our own ambitions for a Heavenly calling – just as He did. But remember, it also leads to resurrection life!

 

4. THE FLESH CANNOT PLEASE GOD!

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. – Rom 8:8 KJV

WOW! That’s quite a definitive statement. Good thing God made it and not me! The natural default for the flesh is to disobey God. That’s one reason for the cross. As we reckon ourselves crucified with Christ, we rob our old flesh of its power. In its place is the new man – born again, and made a new creature by Jesus Christ.

 

5. THE GAUGE OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY – WHAT DO YOU MIND?

Is it the flesh or Spirit? If you’re “after the Spirit” then you will mind those things. Do you dwell primarily upon the things of self or the things of Christ? What do you find yourself daydreaming about? What do you go to bed or wake up thinking about? Is it spiritual matters?

Begin to take personal inventory of your thought life. What consumes your emotions, your energy, and your thoughts? Are you focused on your spiritual development as much as you are the less important areas of life?

What are you minding?

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