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Jesus Paid It All

Jesus Paid It All

From No Greater Joy Ministries

Dear NGJ Ministries,

Thank you for sending my order of Sanctification/Sin No More in good time. It was something I thought I should listen to, as I thought it was going to be another thing I would try in my 21 years of intensive, laboring search for that elusive spiritual life that never comes.

The words of the gospel that I was crucified, dead, buried, and now live in newness of life IN the Lord Jesus Christ hit home to my heart after hearing the whole message during hours of work and listening. I thought I would just go for a slow bike ride and think about all I had just learned, when the realization dawned that I am dead and therefore free. I shouted, “I am free, I am free, I am free!”

The dog looked at me a bit frightened that I had gone nuts. I returned to our yard and walked to the edge of the field and began again to proclaim these amazing words. It felt so good to shout it out with all of my body, soul, and spirit. I wished I could stand on my head or somersault when I realized I might look like a lunatic shouting to the wheat field, to the trees, and to the sky “I am free!” but I felt I had never been more in my right mind. It has been a long, long time since I have done anything that felt this good, glorying with exultation to God that I am free in Jesus Christ. I was completely exhausted when a quietness and wonderful peace came over me.

For the next few days, whenever my built-in magnet defaulted to negativity and condemnation, I would proclaim, “In the name of Jesus Christ I am dead to this. I am alive and I am free,” and let the character of Christ flow through me. After a week it felt like I had nothing to do! I had been full-time employed fighting all this negativity and condemnation, and now it is gone. Now I just have to speak out these words of truth and power very often. It always works and it works all the time. “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

I am grateful for my journey with God. The process was many times overwhelming and heartbreaking, but I have more understanding, and the Lord is more precious than ever before. He is great, mighty, and powerful, but meek and lowly too, and close to the broken in heart and the contrite ones. I feel like my journey has come to an end and a new one has begun. Sometimes I feel like “now what?” but it is always a reminder to praise and thank the Lord again for saving me from myself. The amazing thought is that it has always been there, always available, always fresh, and always new, but I just never knew.

In Christ alone,

M.G.

Jesus Paid It All

Mike adds:

Over the last 50-plus years we have seen pronounced trends. People, especially Christians, seem to have a need to go deeper into spirituality. It is the same fruit Satan offered Eve: “…your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). This “deeper life” usually comes in one of three ways: First, by placing one’s self under the law of Moses, trying to act Jewish, keeping feast days and Sabbaths, etc. Second, through the doctrine of dying to self, suffering, and practicing self-denial. Or third, a movement that has just about run its course due to its poor track record, the doctrine of receiving the gifts of the Spirit in order to have power with God.

Shortly after God started working in the hearts of young people in the early ’60s, we saw two of these doctrines rise to prominence and steal from God’s truth. Those laboring under suffering doctrine, like the lady who wrote the letter, were rewarded with a contrite soul full of depression. Those who jumped on the wagon of the gifts movement lost sight of God’s full provision through Jesus for both justification and sanctification because they were so caught up in speaking in tongues and other lesser gifts. This doctrine seems to open the door to fleshly, self-centered sins as seen by the many leaders who fall prey to lusts of the flesh. Both doctrines relied on “correcting” the written Word of God. The bondage of “keeping the law” came later and is at its zenith right now. It too will fade with failure.

Over the years we’ve watched all those who jumped into these doctrines become disillusioned—nothing deeper, nothing worth keeping. Every few years a new generation believes that what they are learning is new, and that the rest of us just don’t know the fullness of God. It is sad that the truth of salvation and justification is so simple and so freeing, and yet people want to go deeper—just like Eve.

Jesus Paid it all, all to Him I owe!

 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
Colossians 2:12-14

Sorrow on the Sea

Sorrow on the Sea

Written By Charles Spurgeon

Little know we what sorrow may be upon the sea at this moment. We are safe in our quiet chamber, but far away on the salt sea the hurricane may be cruelly seeking for the lives of men. Hear how the death fiends howl among the cordage; how every timber starts as the waves beat like battering rams upon the vessel!

God help you, poor drenched and wearied ones! My prayer goes up to the great Lord of sea and land, that he will make the storm a calm, and bring you to your desired haven! Nor ought I to offer prayer alone, I should try to benefit those hardy men who risk their lives so constantly.

Have I ever done anything for them? What can I do? How often does the boisterous sea swallow up the mariner! Thousands of corpses lie where pearls lie deep. There is death-sorrow on the sea, which is echoed in the long wail of widows and orphans.

The salt of the sea is in many eyes of mothers and wives. Remorseless billows, ye have devoured the love of women, and the stay of households. What a resurrection shall there be from the caverns of the deep when the sea gives up her dead!

Till then there will be sorrow on the sea. As if in sympathy with the woes of earth, the sea is forever fretting along a thousand shores, wailing with a sorrowful cry like her own birds, booming with a hollow crash of unrest, raving with uproarious discontent, chafing with hoarse wrath, or jangling with the voices of ten thousand murmuring pebbles.

The roar of the sea may be joyous to a rejoicing spirit, but to the son of sorrow the wide, wide ocean is even more forlorn than the wide, wide world. This is not our rest, and the restless billows tell us so. There is a land where there is no more sea–our faces are steadfastly set towards it; we are going to the place of which the Lord hath spoken. Till then, we cast our sorrows on the Lord who trod the sea of old, and who maketh a way for his people through the depths thereof.

 There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.
Jeremiah 49:23

Are You a Crown to Your Husband?

Are You a Crown to Your Husband?

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The Bible tells us that a “virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.” What does virtuous mean? It is a woman with high moral standards, chaste, righteous, good, and pure. She loves the Lord deeply and tries to be obedient to His Word by walking in the Spirit. She is prudent with the money her husband makes by using it wisely and carefully. She works with willing hands and does it cheerfully. Her children can even hear her singing often, making melody in her heart. This gives her family a feeling of comfort and security. She makes sure the children behave and are trained in all the ways of godliness. She teaches them about Him throughout the day. Jesus is the center of her life and everyone knows it and can easily see it by the expressions on her face and the light in her eyes. She is kind to others, generous, and loves to be hospitable. She is a gracious mother and her children rise up and call her blessed.

She has compassion on those in need. She has wisdom from her time in the Word and listening to godly male preachers. She encourages and promotes the excellent things in life. She treats others with respect and honor. She is faithful to and honors her husband. When she and her husband are with company, she allows him to do most of the talking without interrupting or correcting him. Others easily know that she respects him and that he is her head. She dresses modestly and adapts her life to her husband. She accepts reproof from him, even though it is hard, and she doesn’t try to point out his errors in retaliation. She is continually asking the Lord to show her how to be a godly, gracious wife to her husband and mother to her children.

Some of these women are married to disobedient husbands and suffer under their leadership. We are told in 1 Corinthians 13 that “charity suffereth long.” Therefore, she is willing to suffer a long time living with him since she is a vow keeper and continues to be a crown to her husband, even though he doesn’t deserve it. She understands that life on this earth is short so she lives for heaven, storing her treasure there rather than here. Her faith, hope, and trust are steadfastly in the Lord. She knows He hears her prayers and is faithful to do what He has promised. She is joyful in the midst of suffering since she understands that everyone on this earth will suffer in one way or another. She suffers in hopes of her husband’s soul being in heaven is a worthy life to live. (If she is being physically abused, call the authorities immediately and seek help. If she is being verbally abused, seek the help of an older, godly women for guidance and support.)

A woman who makes her husband ashamed causes his life to be miserable and is rottenness to his bones. She has no self-control in areas that concern him such as finances, housework, or cooking. She spends her time on selfish pursuits and rarely thinks about her husband. She gives no effort to trying to make his life better in any way but takes him for granted and even uses him for what she wants. She nags, manipulates and quarrels with him. She is contentious and argumentative. There is rarely any peace in the home. She makes her husband’s life miserable. There is much division and disharmony. She has a long list of Honey-do lists and nags him until they are accomplished. She wastes her time on the trivial things in life, such as what Hollywood stars are divorcing, or what they are wearing and doing. Her husband is continually ashamed of her and regrets ever marrying her.

Are you a crown to your husband or rottenness to his bones?

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:
but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
 

Proverbs 12:4

Update on My Health

Update on My Health

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Many of you know of my health struggles the past 28 years. I have written about them on my blog, even having to go through brain surgery for the second time and Cyber Knife a few years ago which was traumatizing. I have detailed all of this in my book but I thought it was time for an update for all of you who would like to know.

We go to Door County, WI most summers but I have had to miss some due to my health. My neck is terrible from major car accidents and a fusion. My gut has been horrible since I had parasites many years and it flares up whenever my neck gets bad. It’s been a vicious cycle for me with a brain tumor and brain surgeries thrown into the mix. This past summer I almost didn’t go to Door County because my neck was so bad. We found prescription Lidocaine patches that I wore on the long trip to DC that made it bearable. A funny thing happened after a few days of being there, however. My neck hardly hurt at all and I remember this being the case last summer so I knew there was something I was doing at home that kept flaring up my neck.

I finally figured it out! At home, I was sitting in this big green recliner that I had to use my arms to pull me out of the chair. Then we got rid of this when we bought new recliner couches. Unfortunately, they are too big for me. Yes, I am tall for a woman but they are still too deep for me so I would have to use my upper body to push me out of it multiple times a day. I figured out that using my arms and upper body to get out of where I was sitting all day long was flaring up my neck because in Door County all of the chairs are small and I just use my legs to get out. I haven’t had to wear a patch on my neck since coming home from DC. It hasn’t been this good since I can’t even remember.

I went to a Naturopath last year and she gave me amazing stuff for my gut. When I have intense pain from my neck, my stomach still is very bad so it’s been hard to keep weight on me. Lately, however, with my neck not flaring up and the RepairVite healing my gut (best stuff ever for bad gut), I am able to eat things that I haven’t eaten for many years and have gained seven pounds in the last two months! I love it! Ken and I went to a wedding last Saturday night, hence the picture above, and I was able to eat the entire dinner which was delicious. Just the fact that I could go with Ken and have a great time seems like a miracle to both of us.

Concerning my brain tumor, I was supposed to go in for an MRI last June to make sure it isn’t growing but I didn’t. (I have had at least 30 of those on my head.) I also need to get my hormones checked since the Cyber Knife is supposed to kill my pituitary, the major hormone gland. I am waiting for January to do both in case I need more care since it’s the beginning of our health care year. My pituitary must still be working or I wouldn’t be alive. I have to be careful to only drink four cups of water a day with a teaspoon of salt in it due to my damaged pituitary. It’s the one thing I will always have to be careful about. I never want to end up in the ICU again with “death level” sodium of 115.

In the meantime, life sure is fun feeling good and being able to eat! My family can’t believe what I can eat and they love it. I don’t take any day for granted since I know I am still fragile and life is fragile period. God is good. I am blessed and there you have it. (Sorry, trolls, you are never going to be able to steal my joy because the JOY of the LORD is my strength!)

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24