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How many of you have been BLESSED by Priscilla Shirer’s ministry? I sure have! She is an incredible teacher, adorable Mom and humble servant. Before I ever had the opportunity to hear her teach, I listened to her Dad, Dr. Tony Evans.
The Lord spoke transforming truth into my life and marriage 20 years ago, through the teaching of Priscilla’s daddy:) I know I’ve said it before, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree:)
Technology is a blessing and a curse…right?! Some days it feels like the enemy himself, distracting me from obedience to God. Other days, it is a blessing beyond belief as I am able to connect with encouraging Sisters like you and “plug in” to incredible teaching right at my fingertips.
I recently went back to my “roots” and downloaded an app available through Tony Evans Ministry. You can find it by clicking the link below.
Oh, how I needed to hear from this passionate, Spirit filled preacher…this morning, I listened to a message entitled
A Challenge to Higher Standards” Part 1…Tony preaches it good!
“The challenge of working to bring more people into the church is that sometimes God’s Word gets pushed out. We rationalize that being sick isn’t so bad…by tolerating what God does not tolerate.” -Tony Evans
The message comes from Revelation Chapter 2
To the Church in Thyatira
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule[a] them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Jesus loved all, but He never “sugar coated” THE TRUTH. The world today preaches tolerance. Jesus says in the text above….- I have a problem with that. AND…even if you are not “doing” “the thing” (the sin) you have turned your head in tolerance.
Dr. Evans explained that Jezebel was married to Ahab, the king of Israel, and she worshipped Baal. Jezebel talked her husband into worshipping Baal. (1 Kings) This influence then poured over all the people of Israel…and so they began the compromise of turning their head to her behaviors. Even though the Church in Thyatira was faithful in many ways, the Lord had a problem with their tolerance of Jezebel.
“Churches today are dumbing down God’s standards for fear of being intolerant.” Society equates intolerance with hatred. It’s not the same thing. “What is unacceptable to God, should be unacceptable to His people.” -Tony Evans
Intolerance should mean that we recognize our sickness. We don’t abandon or turn away from the sickness, but we roll up our sleeves to love others as we help them to move towards wellness.
Unfortunately, the world no longer defines “tolerance” as acknowledgement that others have a differing belief. It has come to mean full acceptance of those beliefs. Of course this definition makes no logical sense because to embrace this type of tolerance precludes any personal opinion or belief. Christians are not to endorse religious beliefs that run counter to what the Bible teaches.
The problem with today’s definition of tolerance is that it rejects the possibility that objective truth exists. The Bible teaches that truth does exist, that God is truth, and that we are to follow in His truth. John 1:14 and 17 says that Jesus, who came from the Father, gives us truth. John 8:32 and Romans 6:16-23 says that the truth sets us free from the control of sin.
The Bible is also clear regarding those who hide or distort the truth in the name of tolerance. Romans 1:18 says whoever suppresses the truth will receive the wrath of God. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says that our mission is to teach others of the truth about Him. First Corinthians 13:6 (NIV) says, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” John 14:6 says that Jesus is the truth. While Christians can acknowledge the right of others to have different beliefs, we cannot allow those beliefs to go unchallenged for one simple reason: it is not loving, and Jesus calls us to love (Luke 10:25-37).”
I love the illustration that Tony uses to help us understand the intolerance Jesus spoke of…
Hospitals want to help you with pain…with illness. In order for Hospitals to do their job they must hold to the postition that germs are intolerable. If surgery is to happen, then the operating room needs to be germ free or further complications will result …healing will not happen. The hospital is NOT turning away sick people, but they are maintaining standards in order to make people well.
Dr. Evans goes on to say this:
If we fail to recognize and admit our sin…our disease…we will never get the “treatment” needed. Love is the medicine required…not judgement or condemnation. BUT, if we fail to administer medicine without God’s authority, power, blessing, & “standards” the healing will never take place and the germs will remain.
We will NEVER be comfortable in our “flesh” no matter how much as we try. So let’s settle in and be thankful for “the uncomfortable” …it is the built in reminder of our NEED for a Savior.
All of us.
We ALL need the hospital:)
With that last thought, I just have to include one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE videos…written by Jemaine Clement and Bret Mckenzie. (Flight of the Conchords) in order to raise money for a Children’s Hosptial.
IF YOU WANT TO SMILE, LAUGH, AND HAVE A NEW SONG OF HOPE IN YOUR HEART TODAY…watch this video! Jemaine and Bret interview the most precious group of kids, take their responses, and use them to write a song to raise money for the cause. Listen to the interviews and hang in there for the song!
I listen to it at least once or twice a month!!!
Hi Sisters! I have mentioned that I am teaching a Bible Journaling class at my home church and I thought I’d share a tutorial on a project we did in class using decorative napkins. You can use napkins in a variety of ways, and if […]
Hi sweet Sisters! Do you ever get to the end of a great book and wish it would last longer? This is how I feel about Beth Guckenberger’s latest book START WITH AMEN. In Chapter 12 (the last chapter 😩), Beth writes this: “I believe […]
GOOD DAY! Today is a new week…a chance for a new start:) Thank you Father.
In response to Chapter 12 in Beth Guckenberger’s book START WITH AMEN.
16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
“Those who FEARED the Lord SPOKE with ONE ANOTHER.” Community. The Body together.
“The Lord PAID ATTENTION & HEARD THEM…and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and & ESTEEMED HIS NAME.”
I really LOVE THE NEXT STATEMENT GOD MAKES!
“THEY SHALL BE MINE, says the Lord of hosts, IN THE DAY WHEN I MAKE UP MY TREASURED POSSESSION, AND I WILL SPARE THEM as a man spared his son who serves him.
My God…OUR God…pays attention to us, hears us, and WHILE WE ARE STILL SINNERS (against Him) He counts us as a TREASURED POSSESSION…granting us mercy through His grace.
Now that’s something worth writing about! That’s something worth remembering, right?
But, we get up each day, forgetting the last act of tender mercy our Father showered upon us.
I TRY not to, but it happens in this mess of flesh in which I’m contained.
Anyone who know me, knows I have REAL trouble with numbers, dates, times, schedules. My bestest friends are so kind and full of grace and often reach out to remind me of things I am suppose to do and places I am suppose to be!
It’s so easy to get distracted…we NEED one another…read the above text again…
“those who feared the Lord spoke with one another …and the “Lord paid attention and heard them”
Over and over we are reminded in scripture…love one another, encourage one another, serve one another BE with one another…this is where God reveals the beauty of relationship…they way He designed them to be. It is the way He unifies the body for one purpose…to LOVE…in Him.
So in this section of scripture I am drawn to the truth that there are other ways that God teaches us to REMEMBER.
Remembering is critical…recalling His provision and faithfulness gives us the confidence to keep moving forward. God tells us so:)
Recording His truth, writing about His faithfulness, is key to REMBERING…
and in remembering, our FAITH is strengthened and reinforced.
This is what BIBLE JOURNALING is ALL ABOUT!
I LOVE what Beth’s says about it’s purpose…
“This record will benefit us on days when we forget where we’ve been and our appetites get the best of us. It’s a gift we’ll give ourselves and each other, and it can be left behind to encourage the saints yet to come. It should read like one long so be it and have the sound of surrender embedded in each line. In the end, all that we write, all that we’ve done, and all that we are comes from him. It’s with him and by him that we cry out, “Dear Jesus . . .”
If you are a journaler, take heart…”not only will you give yourself a precious and lasting gift… you will leave behind much needed encouragement for the saints yet to come!”
It’s Friday, and each week, to especially honor those of you who are following, I will be posting free art pages. Below is a weekly Bullet Journal page(s) that you can print off and store in your own cute 8.5 x 11 folder/binder. I especially […]