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Do You See Jesus in Your Clouds ??????

Behold, He is coming with clouds . . . —Revelation 1:7

In the Bible clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances, within or without our personal lives, which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives, we would have no faith. “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3). They are a sign that God is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement, and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near us without clouds— He does not come in clear-shining brightness.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while. Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it has ever been?

There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him.

“. . . they were fearful as they entered the cloud” (Luke 9:34). Is there anyone except Jesus in your cloud? If so, it will only get darker until you get to the place where there is “no one anymore, but only Jesus . . .” (Mark 9:8 ; also see Mark 2:7).

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

 
 

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The Way To Knowledge !!!!!!

If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine . . . —John 7:17

The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience. If a person wants scientific knowledge, then intellectual curiosity must be his guide. But if he desires knowledge and insight into the teachings of Jesus Christ, he can only obtain it through obedience. If spiritual things seem dark and hidden to me, then I can be sure that there is a point of disobedience somewhere in my life. Intellectual darkness is the result of ignorance, but spiritual darkness is the result of something that I do not intend to obey.

No one ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test regarding it. We disobey and then wonder why we are not growing spiritually. Jesus said, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). He is saying, in essence, “Don’t say another word to me; first be obedient by making things right.” The teachings of Jesus hit us where we live. We cannot stand as impostors before Him for even one second. He instructs us down to the very last detail. The Spirit of God uncovers our spirit of self-vindication and makes us sensitive to things that we have never even thought of before.

When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious impostor. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, “First . . . go . . ..” Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

 

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He Routs Our Enemy !!!!!!

He Routs Our Enemy !!!!!!

He hath cast out thine enemy. (Zephaniah 3:15)

What a casting out was that! Satan has lost his throne in our nature even as he lost his seat in heaven. Our Lord Jesus has destroyed the enemy’s reigning power over us. He may worry us, but he cannot claim us as his own. His bonds are no longer upon our spirits: the Son has made us free, and we are free indeed.

Still is the archenemy the accuser of the brethren; but even from this position our Lord has driven him. Our Advocate silences our accuser. The Lord rebukes our enemies and pleads the causes of our soul, so that no harm comes of all the devil’s revilings.

As a tempter, the evil spirit still assails us and insinuates himself into our minds; but thence also is he cast out as to his former preeminence. He wriggles about like a serpent, but he cannot rule like a sovereign. He hurls in blasphemous thoughts when he has opportunity; but what a relief it is when he is told to be quiet and is made to slink off like a whipped cur! Lord, do this for any who are at this time worried and wearied by his barkings. Cast out their enemy, and be Thou glorious in their eyes. Thou hast cast him down; Lord, cast him out. Oh, that Thou wouldst banish him from the world!

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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A Recap of the NYC 2014 Outreach !!!!!!

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Times Square

Saturday morning we had our regular group time in the Bible and prayer as we do every morning before we hit the streets. Afterwards, Sarah, the coordinator for this outreach, gave us some of the preliminary statistics. In the 40 years of the month long outreach in NYC this has been the most successful. It was a year of change as the methods used this year had never been tried.

The coffee give away and the prayer board were phenomenal. There were 179 unbelieving Jews that have requested individual meetings and follow up. Some of these have already taken place with a few having trusted in Jesus to be their Messiah and Savior. What a work God has done in calling out some of His remnant as Paul spoke of in Romans 11. I pray that many more will be saved.

There were even more unbelieving Gentiles that have requested a follow up individual meeting with several of these already have taken place. There are between 300-400 of these. These figures are staggering to me and speak of the great effort the team has put out with the blessings of God. He is ever faithful to His work in calling out a people from every tribe and nation on the planet.

The coffee was something that was not on the plans initially. When I arrived, Wayne, the chef, had just come up with the recipe and preliminary method to cold brew coffee. It was realized then how much of a job it was going to be. When I arrived, one of the Danish kitchen girls who volunteered to fly here to help had made a couple of 10 gallon batches. It was hard for me to watch her do this heavy work so I volunteered to help. The weight of each container weighs 85-90 lbs. and there was no way she could do it alone. Little did I realize that I had found another job title to add to my long resume. I was now the sole ‘coffee meister”, as I’ve been called.

After I made my first batch I became the only coffee maker. My initial order was for 30 gallons. The next day the request was 40 gallons and it was such a hit on the streets the requests kept getting larger. At one point for 4 days I didn’t even go out on the streets to witness because I didn’t have the time as I was spending 17 hours a day making the coffee. I simplified the method by one step and tried some different techniques to make better coffee. I knew I was on the right track when one day several told me that some of the people said it was better than Starbucks. My thought was that It has to be because ours is free.

When Sarah announced in the meeting that I had made 900 gallons, which translates into over 26,000 cups of cold brew coffee I was quite amazed. I had not taken the time to think about how much I had made. I’m thankful that God gave me the strength to perform this task and without a sore muscle or bone to go with it.

When I reflect back over all of the effort and resources that the whole team has expended to share The Lord with the people of NYC it seems a monumental task. Yet, there has been no sickness among the team, no flare ups or short tempers exchanged, but a common love in the task at hand. We all worked together in the Spirit of Christ and The Lord performed the task at hand through us. The harvest is truly His as well.

Several have requested the recipe and process. I will be traveling home on Tuesday so maybe Wednesday or Thursday I will share this with you along with pics of the process. I hope to be able to share this coffee with our church outreach on Main Street in Owasso, Ok. one night a month.

Until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Bow Down; Be Lifted Up !!!!!!

Bow Down; Be Lifted Up !!!!!!

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the Lord will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.

Yet there is a time for the Lord’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the Lord lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the Lord smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the Lord’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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Our Last Outreach in NYC 2014

As our entire team of 39 Jews For Jesus team approached Washington Square I had great reluctance. I knew that this would be the last time this year to be together to share the good news that Jesus Christ is the only Savior for mankind. Friday was our last coffee handout and today we were going to have our prayer board. Before the board was put in place we all circled around in prayer. Several of us prayed that God would make this a special day for the sharing of His love for the people of NY.

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In the middle of our prayer a Jewish lady with her daughter approached and asked what what we were doing. Deb, on the right, broke away to speak with her for the next 25 minutes. An answer to our prayer had been answered while we were still praying.

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We placed our blackboard up and armed with sticky pads we all spread out an asked most passing by if they had anything that they would like for us to pray about for them. Almost all asked the question “why would you want to pray for me, you don’t even know me”? We respond that we know the God of Heaven through His Son, Jesus Christ, and He hears our prayers, do you know Him? Many times this opens a dialogue that allows us to share the entire Gospel with them.

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I had a very special young man walk up to me named Bucky. I asked him if he had a prayer request. Instead of the normal response I mentioned above, he said “I pray all the time”. I asked him who he prayed to and he responded that he was a believer in Jesus Christ. I asked him how long he had been a believer and he began to share his testimony with me.

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He pointed with his left hand and said he had been a gang leader for years just a few blocks away. He was serving a 30 year sentence in prison when he received a visit from a person working with Prison Fellowship. He listened as the Gospel was presented to him but he didn’t make a decision. Bucky said he went to his cell and for the next 2 days did nothing but cry out to God for mercy but he didn’t believe he could be forgiven for all the things he had done. After 2 days of no sleep he passed out with exhaustion and when he awoke he said he felt different. The same day he received another visit from the Prison Fellowship worker and he explained to Bucky the grace of God. At that point he knew he had been forgiven and was a new creature in a Christ and that salvation was not something he had to work for because he was forgiven by the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ.

Bucky was visited very often over the next years and since he couldn’t even read his mentor read to him the entire Bible. Bucky learned how to read and he began to share his faith immediately with his inmates. After a few years he had a parole hearing and went before the board. The board asked Bucky why he should be released early. Bucky told them that he didn’t deserve to be released early but that he was a new man. Jesus had saved him and wherever he was is where God wanted him to be and that he was content.

The parole board decided to give an early release to Bucky. Immediately after release he met the pastor of a church in his area from Dallas Seminary who is originally from Tulsa. He took a great interest in Bucky and began to tutor him and to teach him the Bible one on one. Bucky told me that he couldn’t believe that he was preparing to be a preacher. I told him that he was one already even though he may not know it. What a powerful testimony he has and I’ve given you a lite version of it. I had prayer with him and he asked if someone would take our picture together and email it to him. Here is the picture.

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There were many great conversations yesterday and within a couple of hours we had hundreds of prayer requests.

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I have to admit to you that the last 15-20 minutes I walked around with tears in my eyes. I have done many great and wonderful things in my life. I was a missionary in the largest city in the world at the time, in Mexico City, but I have never been as touched as I am with the people of NYC. This is a truly the most wonderful place I have ever experienced in sharing the Gospel. I only wish I were 30-40 years old again. The opportunities are endless. This is all for today because my eyes are full of tears, AGAIN!!

Until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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More Than Mere Words !!!!!!

More Than Mere Words !!!!!!

I wilt give you the sure mercies of David. (Acts 13:34)

Nothing of man is sure; but everything of God is so. Especially are covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”

We are sure that the Lord meant His mercy. He did not speak mere wards: there is substance and truth in every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never shall, for the good Lord will make good His word.

We are sure that the Lord will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of the Lord. They are sure to all the seed, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. We are sure that the Lord will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and take. What He has granted us is the token of much more. That which we have not yet received is as sure as that which has already come; therefore, let us wait before the Lord and be still. There is no justifiable reason for the least doubt. God’s love, and word, and faithfulness are sure. Many things are questionable, but of the Lord we sing—

For his mercies shall endure

Ever faithful, ever sure.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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