Throwback Thursday ~ Bad Fruit, Diseased Trees, and the Authority of God’s Word

Michelle Lesley

Originally published October 14, 2016

bad-fruit-treesI hate having to warn women against false teachers. I really do. I would like nothing better than to write Bible studies all day long, but, like Jude said, sometimes contending for the faith is more urgent at the moment. Today, as it was in the New Testament church, false doctrine is rampant. You can hardly throw a rock out the sanctuary window without hitting a false teacher, particularly female false teachers.

Invariably, when I warn against a specific popular false teacher I get a few responses from disgruntled readers jumping to that teacher’s defense. (I understand where those feelings come from. I’ve had to hear hard, biblical truths about teachers I’ve followed, too. It’s no fun.) I tend to hear the same arguments over and over (which is one reason I wrote this article). But there’s one thing all of these arguments have…

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The narrow gate

At a time in my life when it is easy to throw stones at me I am clinging to God’s promises and looking hopefully for a miraculous outcome for all of this suffering. My focus has been directed at my immediate family, but today I am determined to pray for all those who may be observing my “fall” and wondering what could God have to do with that?!

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The many-few principle is consistently taught throughout the scriptures in regards to salvation.  

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”  In Luke 13:23-24: And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  The same concept of the narrow and wide gates are addressed by Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and there are few who find it.”  

The most chilling example is found in Matthew 7:21-23  “Not everyone who…

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Throwback Thursday ~ Persecution in the Pew

Michelle Lesley

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Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel.

The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of Christ – by those who openly hate God and want nothing more than to stamp out Christianity.

This is how we, as the American church, have come to define persecution. Outsiders, non-Christians, and the government, all on the attack against the Bible, our faith, our practices, and other beliefs we have long held dear. It’s a correct definition, but it’s not a complete definition.

While we already see a “light” form of this type of persecution in the U.S. – mainly over the issue of homosexuality – there’s another kind…

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To my friends who are relieved today

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I love you guys. I know you were afraid. You were afraid that the America you knew was falling apart. Maybe you were really worried about our national debt. Maybe you were worried about the lives of unborn babies. Maybe you were worried that your church would lose its tax-exempt status because it understands marriage as being between one man and one woman. You care about your kids, and you were worried about what liberal Supreme Court justices would do. Maybe you were worried about terrorism. You were scared for your families and your children and the potential influx of Muslim refugees. You were worried about getting and keeping a job, and providing for your family because of immigration. Or maybe you were just worried about having Hillary for president because of those emails.

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The Prayers of a Righteous Man

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By: Susan Bea Good

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12/ESV)

I heard my father pray for me yesterday, and this morning I woke up without the bitterness that has tortured my heart the last six months. The source of my struggle is still present but it seems finally I have an opening to escape a vicious cycle of personal destruction.

Two days ago I found a biblical author (to be unnamed to avoid revealing the context of this blog post) whose advice helped pave the way for my salvation from bitterness. These are the portions I highlighted:

The Apostle Paul was kept from utter despair in times of great difficulty…

God is good and is doing something good in us, even in the midst of difficulties…

Persevere until things change…

Learn the secret of being content in whatever situation God allows into your life…

Our children will watch an example of what it means to walk with God and to trust Him in all things…

When this is all over you will hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”…and the pain will be gone forever!

When your life is imploding your only need is to keep your eyes on Jesus. He has already promised victory. He is always present to comfort and guide you through the terrible pathways. This is more than enough!

This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they see God’s Big Picture and purpose to be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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Get Back!

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By: Susan Bea Good

“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17/ESV)

On Monday a fuel tanker truck exploded on an Ohio freeway. The flames spread across the overpass creating a deadly trap for any unwise drivers who might continue under the bridge. On scene off-duty police officer Matthew Bowman can be heard on video warning motorists, “Get Back!”

I find it interesting that anyone needed to be warned not to drive directly under a massive burning bridge. Apparently some do not have the innate or acquired instincts that would protect them from the affects of such a scene.

I find a correlation between those who would drive under a burning overpass and those in America today who throw themselves, heart and soul, into every flaming heresy that comes along from the false gospel crowd.

An example of false gospel is found in the soon to be released movie The Shack, based on a novel by William P. Young. The content of the book and the film is based on unorthodox alternative teachings about God and His involvement with mankind. And yet the heresies in this material appeal to many who desire a god who is custom-fashioned to match their own specific felt needs. Never mind that a created deity is powerless and the result of following one is only to distract the spirits of those who made it.

The list of modern fiery obstacles to avoid is long. If you have been a follower of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, or Beth Moore (to name just three) I would advise you to Get Back! Regardless of the pleasure their words bring to your spirit. You are either unaware or underestimating the danger of the spiritual flames of false teaching.

God reveals through Scripture that only His truth will set you free. Though this truth is hard to hear, if you accept its message the result will be true freedom. If you resist biblical truth and insist on following a false gospel you will live this life as a slave to sin and possibly die in your sins as an unrepentant false Christian. Jesus warned that many will say to Him in the Day of Judgment, (my paraphrase) “Lord, did we not belong to You?” and Jesus will say, “Get back!”

“This blogger’s hope is to be an encouragement to faithful Christ-followers as they recognize God’s Big Picture and purpose to participate in it. Adonai Eloheinu!”

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7 Ways to Pray During the Trump Administration

Michele Lesley is a reliable source for discerning truth in your walk as a Christ-follower.

Michelle Lesley

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Whether you love it or hate it…

Whether you voted for him or not…

The reality is that Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States today. The election has come and gone. Our part is over.

Or is it?

A lot of people – both those who voted for him and who voted against him – have a lot of concerns about the things Donald Trump might do or say (or Tweet) as President and about the trajectory of the nation over the next four years. Of equal or more concern are some of the actions his opponents have threatened. But does God want Christians sitting around wringing our hands in worry for the duration of the Trump administration?

Nope.

God has told us exactly what He wants us to do with regard to the rulers He has installed in authority over us.

Step 1:

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