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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 only keep the simple things that I understand, and let that slowly build. Albert Einstein said: 'If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.' When I hear something that does not seem to fit now, I put it on the shelf and think about it a while, and it may just get 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, and removing it from our messages, 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 combined. 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 (Matthew 14:57). 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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!
Jul 21
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen...

Jul 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Hallelujah  Amen. Lord always show me the truth. I praise your word. 

Jul 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen !

Jul 21
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Jul 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father!

Jul 21
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

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. Thank you Lord.

Jul 21
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Silvina Potter
Silvina Potter

Thank you pastor...God bless always.....

 

Jul 21
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,we believe and love you God.

Jul 21
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Deborah Tibbetts
Deborah Tibbetts

Pastor Todd,

Thank you so much for your words this morning! They are especially meaningful today! It seems the more I listen or read from different people, the more confused I become. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed and my mind becomes cluttered with it all. I stopped reading other things to concentrate only on the Bible, and the blessed Holy Spirit has shown me more in the last week than He ever has. The only devotionals I read now are yours and In Touch ministries though sometimes that one doesn’t feel right. You and your ministry has blessed me beyond belief!

The Holy Spirit seems to flow through you, and I thank the Lord for you!

Deborah

 

Jul 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Agreed Pastor. Christ followers must be open to the guidence, the movement of Holy Spirit. Father Yahweh lays out our path of life,He orders our steps. Holy Spirit Guides us along the way. We would be wandering around aimlessly without Him. Like a ship with no rudder, blown about by prevailing winds. I've even heard a preacher on TV teach falsely that, Holy Spirit is not a third person of the trinity;but just a movement of God that He used whenever it suited His purpose.It's sad that a lot of people have been misled,taught wrongly. I pray that Holy Spirit would help them to open their spiritual eyes to learn and accept the truth about Him. In Yeshua's name so be it.

Jul 21
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertsonedited: Jul 21

Amen! I have always been amazed at how different Churches can be, but we are all reading from the same book right? Yet every single church I have been to see's things differently, And thats ok and probably a good thing to a certain extent, But when it comes to laws and commandments we should all adhere to the written word.....not some persons interpretation (twisting) of the truth. Pastor Dion said once read the Bible, You will be surprised what's not in there and surprised what is. while this quote is not verbatim its what he meant, And I happen to totally agree. The truth is in there, and sometimes certain things may seem a mystery but God can and will reveal to you in his given time, Just like we teach our own children as they grow up.

Jul 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I believe, help my unbelief! Amen.

Jul 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know there are things I don't believe. Clear my understanding and give me the light to follow Your path. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Jul 21
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Jul 21
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen so be it!

Jul 21
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Jul 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 22
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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.

Jul 22