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Throw Out The Bones

  • Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you. Don't quench the Spirit. Don't despise prophesies. Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good. Abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 WEB

    While traveling through Milwaukee Wisconsin, we stopped at an old smokehouse restaurant and ordered some wood-smoked baby back ribs. They were nothing short of amazing, but were of course, full of bones which we had to slowly pick through. It was so worth the effort and years later I still remember eating there. We ate the meat, and threw out the bones.

    In our church experience, I have heard great men of God say things that I did not understand or really even agree with. I used to try and make it all fit somehow anyway, but that led to a mess in my mind. In the end, I had to start over and keep the simple things that I can understand and let that slowly build. When I hear something that does not seem to fit now, I put it on the shelf and think about it a while. Many times it gets thrown out.

    On the other hand, there have been sound biblical truths abused and now mentioning them is almost 'taboo.' Yet the truth will always be the truth. Our enemy loves to blacklist the blessings of God and to gently erase them from our messages. In order to rob us of the blessings, he will make something that God intended for our good, look bad. What could have been a blessing, is turned into a curse.

    'Give and it will be given to you (Luke 6:38)' will always work, regardless of how many charlatans have abused it in the past. By hiding this truth, the enemy essentially hides the key to the cell door of poverty prison and keeps God's people locked inside. Many begin to agree with him and believe 'Keep it all for yourself and you will prosper.' Yet, that is not what Jesus told us. The truth has been reversed, and the blessing made into a curse.

    Another important truth that has been neglected is that we are not to 'quench' the Spirit of God. This essentially means 'Putting out the fire' and it is talking about the Holy Spirit, not about people who may be speaking out of order. The Holy Spirit brings warmth and light to the Christian life and came on the Apostles as 'tongues of fire' (Acts 2:3, Matthew 3:11).

    Paul especially singled out one gift with 'Do not despise prophecies' (1Thessalonians 5:20). When you enter a church that is spiritually dead, water has been thrown on the fire and what you are left with is a cold, dead, religious experience. I know the hair on your neck is probably rising but I am only writing what the New Testament teaches as the truth. We cannot treat the Bible like a buffet and silently drop the parts that our denomination disagrees with, or even reverse their meaning into 'Despise all prophecies.' The Holy Spirit is still alive today and the book of Acts is still as relevant as ever.

    Be open to new things. Keep what is good, throw out the bad. None of us are as smart as all of us. None of us have the entire truth, only parts of it, but all together we make up the body of Christ. Do not try and keep what you do not yet understand. God is able to quicken His word and make it understandable when He chooses to.

    We are to test all things and keep what is good. We cannot ignore truth because someone abused it in the past. We cannot limit God to our church experience so far. Jesus could do no mighty works in His hometown because of their unbelief, though He did miracles everywhere else (Mark 6:5). What if we are like them?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief. Lord do not pass me by but include me in what You are doing today. I want more of You in my life. Teach me what I need to know and fire me up God. Dry up the water that has been thrown on my life and make me a torch for You in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amazing teaching!! funny being experienced is a great thing!! We know deep in Our hearts, the truths that indeed set us free! We know His not a push button God for Our good! Amen!!

January 24, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

WOW the prayer you wrote is the title of my newest book. I Believe Help My Unbelief.  This speaks confirmation to me that this title and subject were given to me by His Holy Spirit. I am almost to the point of editing and publishing it. I will be working on getting it completed today. My Abba Father is an amazing God. He is my biggest encourager!

January 24, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

I love the way that the Holy Spirit speaks to us in ways that only we could understand. He speaks to me in computer terms a lot of times. There is nothing like a timely word from Him.  :)

January 24, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

January 24, 2017
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen

January 24, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I believe,  help my unbelief! Thank you Lord for miracles. Amen!

January 24, 2017
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Christine Duszka
Christine Duszka

This teaching brought to mind Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?  His Word IS the truth. Without the Holy Spirit who brings Wisdom, Knowledge and Discernment, we are easily deceived. Deception usually has some truth to it, so we must be able to discern and test the spirits as was mentioned.  Thank you for this message Pastor, as it's a confirmation to what the Holy Spirit has been speaking to my heart. God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He changes not, and neither does His Word. Praise His Holy Name!

January 24, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

 

January 24, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes my Lord Jesus, amen. 

January 24, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!  Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief. Lord do not pass me by but include me in what You are doing today. I want more of You in my life. Teach me what I need to know and fire me up God. Dry up the water that has been thrown on my life and make me a torch for You in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

January 24, 2017
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Deborah Rojek
Deborah Rojek

Thank you Pastor Dion.

January 24, 2017
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith

Amen, Thank you Pastor Dion for sharing the word of the Lord.

January 24, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief. Lord do not pass me by but include me in what You are doing today. I want more of You in my life. Teach me what I need to know and fire me up God. Dry up the water that has been thrown on my life and make me a torch for You in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

January 25, 2017
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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

Very interesting. This makes me think. As always, thanks.

January 25, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

This is so true....even people you love and trust may lead you astray. Reading the Bible for yourself is always the best way to know for sure....but always listen and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.  Thank you for a great devotional that once again makes me review my thinking and actions.

January 25, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Pastor for this devotion and prayer.Great words of encouragement.Heavenly Father I want more of you in my life,Set my heart on fire a New for you today.I need more time in your presence and abiding in you..In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray.

January 25, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, I believe, help my unbelief. Lord Do not pass me by but include me in what you are doing today. I want more of you in my life. Teach me what I need to know and fire me up God. Dry up the water that has been thrown on my life and make me a torch for you in the name of Jesus Christ I prayAmen!!

January 25, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Lots of neat very little bones about it.  In His Grace I pray to hold on to what He knows to be truth that I have been given & dry up  what is not Yours Lord.  Your word is a two edge sword that cuts to & through the marrow of a bone.  Yes, keep me hanging on the hook what I do not understand and You not the author of confusion put off that hook what is not of you, Lord.  Amen

January 28, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Aaaaaaaaamen!

February 1, 2017