Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

Privileged to share the Gospel

November 11, 2010 1 comment

Also, I shared the Gospel with a lady at Lovelady in the last few months who began crying and said, “I have never heard that before!” I was telling her simply that the wrath of God was poured out on Christ and will not be poured out on believers! It was a simple yet esential component to the Gospel that the Holy Spirit made real to her! Praise His Name!

It is a great honor to be ministering to those women and children who recognize their brokenness and are hungry for the Word! I wish many of those I counseled in churches were like these ladies and children!

Pray about joining us in doing rewarding ministry at The Lovelady Center!

-Mark (grateful to be sharing the good news daily with broken souls)


God is faithful to save our children!

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

While I am often unfaithful, God is always faithful to do what He says He is going to do in His Word and by His Spirit.

We went to church tonight at a revival and the guest preacher began his sermon from I Thessalonians 4. The sermon was on the end times and was very good.

What was cool was that our family had read the entire book (merely 5 chapters) of I Thessalonians LAST NIGHT for our family devotion time! Then, we go to church, and our children had already studied the passage so the sermon had more meaning to them tonight! In fact, one of them prayed to surrender his/her life to Christ! Praise the Lord! He is faithful to fulfill His Word!

So, let me urge you: prepare your children for the upcoming sermons! If you know what text your pastor will be teaching from, then read over it and study it with your children ahead of time so that when the Word is preached, they will better understand it. Prepare your children and then trust the Lord to save them. He may save them DURING your family devotion or He may wait until later like He did tonight for our child.

For us, this was a great lesson in being obedient to God in teaching our children the Word and letting His Spirit work to save our children in His perfect timing! To God alone belongs all glory and praise!

-Mark (blessed be the Lord Who is faithful!)

National Recovery Month

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

September is National Recovery Month to draw more attention to “recovery” from addictions. While “recovery” is a good word, God wants more for His children than recovery. He uses the word “transformation” in the Bible found in Romans 12:2 and 2 Corinthians 3:18. “Transformation” in those verses comes from the Greek word where we derive the word, “metamorphosis.”

The best picture of a metamorphosis is found in God’s nature: when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. That conversion is exactly what we are talking about when someone becomes a Christian and begins to be transformed by the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus Christ.

Recovery has the idea of being what I once was. For example, after my neck surgery, I wanted to be in the recovery room and I wanted to recover by getting back to normal. Well, for Christians, I think most of you understand that we don’t need to go back to who we once were – we need to be changed into His image: into the image of Christ. We are new creations in Christ Jesus (II Cor. 5:17). The old caterpillar is gone and now we are butterflies who are learning to be like Christ every day!

So, yes, it’s national recovey month and that’s an ok word, but for a Christian, we want to “Be Transformed” into the likeness of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit as we read and DO the Word of God (I Tim. 4:7-8; James 1:22).

Maybe next year it will be “National Transformation Month” for Christians!

-Mark (grateful to be transformed by the power of Christ)

Who are you battling?

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

When people fast, they realize how strong their sinful, fleshly nature is. They are denying themselves the comfort and sustenance of food. It’s very difficult to fast because of our flesh primarily.

Yet I hear people say that they are battling Satan. Are they really battling him? Or are they battling their flesh? Or in reality, are they battling the Holy Spirit of God?

Romans 6 reminds us that we are set free from sin but our battle is continually with our fleshly, sinful nature.

That’s why I deal with sin issues in counseling primarily. These issues must be addressed and taken to the Cross for forgiveness.

-Mark (sometimes we blame Satan or give him too much credit when the problem is really us)

A “disease”? Give me a break!

August 1, 2010 1 comment

One of the very pieces of EVIDENCE that show that addiction is NOT a “disease” was told to me by a police officer commenting about the addictive properties of crystal meth.

After the FIRST usage of crystal meth, 70% of people become physically addicted to it (aka ENSLAVED in the Bible).

Crystal meth is POWERFUL and no joke. It’s not a game. Don’t play with that drug and all of the chemicals it is mixed with. There will be very few crystal meth addicts who live a long life to the age of 80 because of the damage to the lungs from smoking all of the chemicals mixed with it. Very few.

So what does that tell us? A drug that is 17x more powerful than cocaine will cause almost everyone to be “addicted” to it after the FIRST usage. Repeated usage puts the numbers even higher.

So if 70% of people get addicted after just one time, then that means addiction is not a disease that some have and others do not have. Nearly everyone is susceptible to addiction if they try the right drug.

Here’s a secret. Shhh! don’t tell anyone this: Everyone is “addicted” to something pleasurable. Everyone.

Why? Because we all fight feeding our flesh which hinders our ability to walk in the Spirit.

But here’s the good news. Galatians 5:16 states: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” It doesn’t say you “might not” – it says you “WILL NOT” gratify your flesh.

Walking in the Spirit is the ONLY way to overcome any addiction in the flesh. Biblical counseling works because Christ is the ONLY solution.

-Mark (glad God never calls addiction a disease, only a sin nature problem in our flesh that Jesus forgives us and empowers us to overcome both in this life and in the next life to come eternally)

Message that opposes the world’s message!

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Proverbs 28:26 tells us that “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”*

Is that a worldly message? No, because the world says “trust yourself” and “trust your feelings” and “you do what you think is right.” Well, my problem with that is, what if someone thinks it’s right to be a pedophile and they feel attracted to a young child by their “feelings”? Should they trust themselves, their feelings, and what they think is right?

No, of course not. And the Bible knows this to be true of unregenerated mankind!

In fact, the Bible gives us the “thing” to trust in – “wisdom” which only comes from God above and we get it from His Word and His Spirit.

So let’s think like God thinks and be like Christ who rejected the “worldly wisdom” offered Him in Matthew 4 by Satan and lived by God’s wisdom alone.

I think Christ did pretty well, don’t you?

-Mark (learning to walk in biblical wisdom by the power of the Holy Spirit daily)

*The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Pr 28:26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

“I feel led to…” (part 2)

December 12, 2009 1 comment

What about in the arena of giving money? “I want to give to this organization” rather than “I feel led to give to this organization.” Sometimes, I think we want to justify our giving as though it is super-spiritually led by the Spirit and it makes us feel more secure in our decision – almost like we are convincing ourselves.

In many places of the Bible, the Lord commands us to be good stewards of our money. For example, the Old Testament indicates that we are to tithe. So based on God’s Word, why don’t we just say, “I want to give this money to you as unto the Lord. I’ve prayed about it and believe that it’s the right thing to do based upon the Scriptures.”

Maybe this is a controversial issue. My point is that God leads us by His Spirit in accordance with His Word so anything more than that is simply extra. God does not need our help to make His Word extra special or extra spiritual. It already is!

-Mark (thanking God for the simplicity of His Word)