MY DIRECTION AFTER THE ELECTION

MY DIRECTION AFTER THE ELECTION

A Presidential Election brings out the best and worst in all of us….Christians included. Some Christians want Clinton, others want Trump, and others want someone else. Since God controls it all then whatever the outcome will be His will (meaning He either caused it or allowed it) and it will ultimately bring Him glory and that is all that really matters to His people in the long run. If God is pleased to continue to “Bless America” that would be best for us. But if He decides to test America or suppress America then I am sure that He will help us learn to live with that as well. If God is “pleased” to bring our country to its “knees” then that is the way it will be regardless of whom we elect or what we expect. Read Psalm 115:3: “But our God is in Heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” No nation can continually “shake their fist” in God’s face and not expect to be disgraced or even displaced at some point. If He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. If He does not ultimately rule over the “kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:5) then the words of the Bible cannot be trusted or else grossly misunderstood. The “living” need to know that “the Most High rules in the kingdoms of men” and “gives it to whomever He will” (Dan. 4:17). And it does not matter whether that nation is Babylon or Britain, Assyria or America, Palestine or Pakistan, Israel or Iran.

America is a great nation and there are numerous reasons for a positive attitude when it comes to the future of our country. We pray that our country prospers as never before and that things get better and better. We will continue to pray for our leaders no matter who they are and also pray that we may all “prosper and be in health” as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). But it is my conviction that the ultimate decision is not ours, but God’s. Therefore, if the election does not go like we think it should, we will still pray for ‘kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). We will still “Honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17) or President whether we voted for him/her or not regardless of how much we might disagree with them. Anyone who has studied the Bible knows that God “owns the thrones” in the sense that He uses them for HIS ultimate GLORY. In my judgment this means that “Presidents” are like “puppets” and “Congress” may as well be in “recess” if they think they ultimately decide the fate of this or any other nation. I personally believe that prayer is far more important than politicians, presidents, platforms, parties, or “Christian” polls. If we were to spend as much time praying for our President (no matter who it is) as we do pushing our preferences we might accomplish much more…and it would at least demonstrate who we actually believe “rules His world.”

If our candidate does not win in the coming election I already know what we can do if necessary. As soon as the winner is confirmed, we can have a private devotional. During the devotional we can pray that God will intervene and “put it into the heart” of the President to do the things that need be done. God can do this (Prov. 21:1). He has done this before (Ezra 7:27). He can actually intervene…if you know what I mean. Then, after praying for our President, we can sing the following songs that we sing at Church all of the time.

We could start with: “Dread not the things which are ahead, The burdens great the sinking sands, The thorns that o’er the path are spread, God holds the future in His hands.”

Then we could sing: “This is my Father’s world, O’, let me ne’er forget, That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”

Then: “I care not today what the morrow may bring, If shadow or sunshine or rain, The Lord I know ruleth ov’r everything, And all of my worry is vain. Living by faith in Jesus above, Trusting, confiding in His great love, From all harm safe in His sheltering arm, I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.”

Then: “Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball, To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all.”

Then: “Be with Lord and then if dangers threaten, If storms of trials burst above my head, If lashing seas leap every where about me they cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.”

And, finally, we can close with a song we teach our children: “He’s got whole world in His hands…the whole wide world in His hands.”

If we should get really upset over the election we could at least try the idea suggested in this article and see if it helps. It may or may not work (depending on how upset we get), but at least it is an option. And consider this final question: What am we going to do if we don’t do this? That is, if we don’t decide to have this attitude, what other selections/options are available? We could, of course, just decide to criticize, condemn, and complain for the next four years! That would probably really accomplish a lot, especially since the President does not even know our names, much less care what we think about him/her or the decisions he/she makes. Truth is, the President will most likely be in the bed and fast asleep while we “toss and turn all night, kick the blanket on the floor, turn my pillow upside down” and lose sleep over things that we should just pray about and let Jesus “rule over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5)…..including those that we don’t like and did not vote for. Since God is watching and He knows who is winning, it is probably not going to help if we do a lot of whining.

Note: Clinton may go in…or Trump may win. This article is not written to favor either candidate running for President. But it is written to remind me that I should not be shunning the President…when it comes to my praying. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway

Mountain Moving Faith that will Move Us to the Mountain

Mountain Moving Faith that will Move Us to the Mountain

Faith can move a mountain…of problems in our life.
Faith can move a mountain…of stress and grief or strife.
Faith can move a mountain…of situations that are bad.
Faith can move a mountain…of things that make us sad.

However,

Faith may not move the mountain…unless God sees that it’s best.
Faith may not move the mountain…the mountain may be a test.
Faith may not move the mountain…if climbing makes us strong.
Faith may not move the mountain…if it leads us to His throne.

But faith will keep us holding on, no matter where we roam…and carry us to that Mountain…the one that we call “Home.”

Remember: God can and sometimes does turn the “mountains” in our lives into “molehills.” On the other hand, He sometimes uses the “mountains” in our lives to “mold us in His will.”

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. TRUST in God, and TRUST also in me. There is more than enough room in my FATHER’S HOME. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. (Jn. 14:1-3, NLT).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway

A related article: The Mountain May Not Move
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/10/18/mountain-may-not-move/

Mountain May Not Move

THE MOUNTAIN MAY NOT MOVE!

Sometimes it is not in God’s plan to “move” a “mountain” regardless of what we want, believe, and ask for. I know what Jesus said about the power of faith in Matthew 17:20: “…assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” But sometimes God knows that we need to consider the mountain. Sometimes He wants us to climb the mountain. Sometimes we may need to confront the mountain. Sometimes He wants us to conquer the mountain. And, yes, sometimes He may cast the mountain into the sea because of our faith. Faith (even a very small amount) can move a “mountain” in your life….if, and only if, God wants to move it.

Those who teach that we can somehow “short circuit” the sovereignty of God by some sort of “religious magical believing” are simply wrong about it. Even a casual reading of the Bible clearly reveals that God sometimes says “no” regardless of who is asking or how much they “believe God for it!” A lot of religious people seem to want to turn “Biblical faith” into some kind of “magic wand” or “glorified hocus pocus” by implying or stating that all you have to do to receive something you want is “believe God for it” and “bingo”….there it is! This is simply not true, as the Bible teaches expressly and as most believers have learned experimentally.

He (Jesus) went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, LET THIS CUP PASS from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matt. 26:39).

THREE TIMES I PLEADED with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9, ESV).

Instead you ought to say, “IF THE LORD WILLS, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15). Read that again: “If the Lord WILLS….we…do this or that.” Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/

Baptism in the New Testament

BAPTISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

1. Matthew 28-18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen

2. Mark 16:15-16 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

3. Acts 2:36-38 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

4. Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

5. Acts 8:12-13 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

6. Acts 8:35-39 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

7. Acts 9:18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’

8. Acts 10:48 Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

9. Acts 16:14-15 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us.

10. Acts 16:30-34 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

11. Acts 18:8 Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.

12. Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

13. Romans 6:3-6 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

14. Galatians 3:26-27 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

15. Colossians 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

16. 1 Peter 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Wayne Dunaway gandpministries.org

Just Do It!

JUST DO IT!

Introduction: John 2:1-11

A. Nike has made the statement “Just do it” famous. I have seen it on TV commercials. I have seen it on hats, shirts, shoes, and any number of other places.
B. The phrase has been used to promote exercise, diets, and other activities.
C. It is one of the most powerful statements I have seen, heard, read, or used.
D. “Just Do It” means that we are to act…to take action without giving it too much thought!
E. It may be OK to “look before you leap” in some areas, but in others, you need to “Just do it.”
F. And such is surely the case in our present study. The reading is John 2:1-11. Jesus and His disciples are at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. They run out of wine and Mary tells Jesus about it. Then Mary said to the servants: “Whatever He says to you, do it!”
G. We will observe exactly what she said in some detail to help us be better people and better examples as Christians.
H. In doing so we will notice four points:

1. Whatever
2. He Says
3. To You
4. Do It

I. We need to “do it” without question. We need to “do it” without explanation. We need to “do it” without reservation. We need to “do it” without hesitation. In other words: Just do it!

Body:

I. WHATEVER

A. Note first, she said “whatever.” Does not matter what it is…Just do it! During the time Jesus was on earth He told various ones to do some unusual things.

1. He told a blind man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (Jn. 9:7).
2. He told those at the tomb of Lazarus to “Take away the stone” (Jn. 11:39).
3. He told these servants at this wedding to “Fill the waterpots with water” (Jn. 2:7).

B. I sure that none of these understood why He told them to do what He told them to do.
C. But they did it anyway. They did it without hesitation. They did it without reservation. And they did it without conversation.
D. And guess what. The blind man could see. Lararus was raised. And the wedding guests had plenty of wine to drink.
E. Why? Because they all evidently knew the meaning of the phrase “Just do it!”
F. So when God tells us something to do today we need to do it. “Do it” whether we understand all about it or not. For example, He said for us to teach people the gospel and baptize them (Matt. 28:19). He said those who believe and are baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16). He said to pray for our leaders, do good to others,etc. “Whatever He says to you do it!”

II. HE SAYS

A. Note the next two words are whatever “He says.” Observe that Mary said, “Whatever HE says….”
B. It is not what others say. It is not what others believe. It is not what others think. It is what “He says!”
C. Do not let me, or anyone else, force you into a mold, system, or pattern of thought that we create for you. Always listen to Jesus.
D. This is why it is important to study the Bible for yourself as much as you can. Think for yourself. Don’t let people make a hypocrite out of you. In other words don’t let people make you act like something you are not or say things you do not really believe.
E. If you don’t see it yourself, don’t say it. If you don’t believe it, don’t teach it no matter what it is.
F. People have told me, because I did not agree with them on certain things, “Wayne, you just don’t believe the Bible!” But I do believe the Bible as I understand it. However I just don’t believe their interpretation of the Bible.”

III. TO YOU

A. It is whatever He says “to you” do it. Jesus does not say the same thing to everybody.
B. There are some things that apply to all of us, but not all things.
C. For example, He said on one occasion, “What I say to you I say to all, watch.” He says this to all of us.
D. But He did not tell His disciples or us to “fill the waterpots.” He said that to the servants at the wedding.
E. It was the “servants” who filled the waterpots. It was not the disciples. It was not His mother. It was not the other people at the wedding.
F. God said some things to the apostles that only applied to them.
G. He said some things to Elders and preachers that only apply to them.
E. He says some things to you that may only apply to you.

IV. Do it.

A. It is whatever He says to you “do it!” Don’t just think about it, do it! Don’t ask someone else about it, just do it.
B. If it doesn’t make sense, do it anyway! If you don’t understand it, just do it! If you cannot figure out why, just go ahead and do it!
C. They were blessed at the Wedding then…and you and I will be blessed by doing His bidding now.
D. Just do it! If not now, when? If not here, where?
E. Remember these verses:

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matt. 7:24).

But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25).

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)

His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (Jn. 2:5).

F. Whatever. He says. To you. “Do it.” And He will see you “through it!” Read the following verse carefully from the Easy To Read version:

 I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again. (Phil 1:6).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

Snuff Dipping

She Just Couldn’t Get Enough of That Powerful Stuff (I mean, Snuff)!

The poem you are about to read is true. My grandmother did dip snuff. She dipped it all of the time. A lot of women I knew (yes, I said women) when I was a boy dipped snuff. Of course, back then, people did not know that it caused cancer and other problems (not that it would have made any difference with some, but they did not know it then, as we do now). My grandmother died of mouth cancer, probably caused from dipping snuff. I wrote the following poem a few years ago when I was thinking about her one day.

DIPPING SNUFF

I would sometimes stay with my granny;
After I got old enough,
And one thing I still remember;
Is how she loved her snuff!

She had to love her snuff;
There is no doubt about it
Because I cannot remember;
Ever seeing her without it!

She dipped it when she laughed;
She dipped it when she’d weep;
I’ve even seen it in her mouth
When she was sound asleep!

She dipped it when she cooked;
She dipped it when she cleaned;
She dipped it more than any person
That I had ever seen.

And one thing that surprised me;
One thing I can’t forget;
Is during all that dipping,
She would hardly ever spit!

But she had no trouble talking;
She lived here in the South;
And sometimes when she talked,
That snuff ran out her mouth!

The snuff would be on her apron;
The snuff would be on her face;
The snuff would be on her teeth;
The snuff was all over the place.

I always wanted her to quit,
And sometimes I’d let it slip.
But Granny would just smile at me;
Then take another dip!

And when I had to leave her,
I’d almost wanted to cry;
I always loved my “Granny”
But not that kiss goodbye!
Wayne Dunaway

It is amazing what we notice most about the people we know and love. My grandmother was one of the best women that I have ever known and I spent a lot of good times with her when I was a child. But for a long time the thing I seemed to remember most is the “snuff” and “kiss goodbye.” And I am really saddened by that fact. I let focusing on one thing that I really did not like rob me of focusing on the many things I did like about her. I let one imperfection…get in the way of focusing on her affection. I hope I have learned not to let a few things that someone does that I do not necessarily like, or approve of, stop me from seeing the many good things about them. I hope I have learned, at least to some degree, to focus on one’s faith and not their faults. I do not want to be like the fellow who said: “The faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, there’s none in me!” And I hope we can all learn to deal with each other “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2). The main reason that I would need to “bear with” anyone is because they do something that I do not like or approve of. We do not need to “bear with” (tolerate, endure, put up with) those who are always doing the things that please us and things that meet our approval. It is when affection is more important than imperfection that we will be able to live together in harmony in our families, in the world, and in the church.

By the way, I do not think it is good to dip snuff……or smoke…or drink diet drinks…or drink too much caffeine…or eat too much…or be a couch potato….or fail to get enough exercise…or worry…or complain…or talk bad about others, but I “bear with” some who do some of these things, and I hope they can “bear with” me in any number of these and other things that they don’t necessarily like about me. Of course, if we do not want to “bear with,” then I guess we will just have to “bail out.” But then we will miss…the kiss.

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND # 1-6

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 1

Most people would not think that Peter was qualified to “feed the lambs” because he had so recently and deliberately “failed the Lamb.” But Peter’s horrible denial…would be used to help others in their hour of trial. Peter moved from one who had “resigned”…to one who was “reassigned.” It is those who “fail” who know best how to “feed.” And Jesus is always ready to have “breakfast” with the “broken.”

And PETER remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and WEPT BITTERLY. (Matthew 26:75).

So when they had eaten BREAKFAST, Jesus said to Simon PETER, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “FEED MY LAMBS.” (John 21:15).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: A Savior, a Sinner, and a Soul-Winner
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/a-savior-a-sinner-a-soul-winner/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 2

Peter was one of the most favored men in the Bible and in the history of the world. He was one of twelve chosen to be apostles (Lk. 6:13-14). He was one of the three most favored among the apostles. (He was present, along with James and John, when Jesus raised Jarius’ daughter (Lk. 8:51). He was present, along with James and John, when Jesus was transfigured on the mountain (Mt. 17:1ff). It was Peter, James, and John that Jesus took further into the Garden for support and strength (Mt. 27:37). He walked on water, saw the miracles, and was blessed in so many, many ways. It was Simon whom Jesus named Peter or “rock” (Jn. 1:42).

Peter was also one of the biggest failures in the Bible. He not only failed on numerous occasions, but he was called “Satan” by the Lord Himself (Matt. 16:23). He lied about being with Jesus and also denied knowing the Lord three times on the night He was betrayed when Jesus needed him most. The friend failed. The “rock” was “crushed.” His heart was broken. But Jesus invited him to “Come and have breakfast” (Jn. 21:12). After breakfast Jesus gave Peter the opportunity to confess his love for the Lord three times. Why three times? It was not for His information (Jesus already knew). It was for Peter’s edification. Three times he chose to deny the Lord. Three times he had the opportunity to declare his love for the Lord. No rebuke. No chastisement. No probation. Peter’s weakness did not render him worthless. His lapse of faith was not a collapse of faith. His failure was not fatal or final. He faced his failure with faith. Jesus is not only in the regeneration business, He is also in the restoration business.
He invites us all to “breakfast.” He wants us all to have the opportunity to be saved as well as to serve.

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: There’s Just Something about That Name
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/theres-just-something-about-that-name/

BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND  # 3

A few days after Peter denied the Lord three times Jesus invited him to “Come and eat breakfast” (Jn. 21:12). After breakfast Jesus gave him the opportunity to declare his love three times (Jn. 21:15ff). It is interesting that the first words Jesus spoke to Peter were “follow me” (Mt. 4:18-19). The last words of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel are three simple words to Peter: “You follow Me” (Jn. 21:22). This is discipleship. When Peter asked about John, Jesus basically told him to mind his own business and focus on following Him. These three words sum up what being a disciple of Jesus is all about: “You follow Me.” Jesus wants to have “breakfast” with all of the “broken” so He can lead them out of their “brokenness.”

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? YOU FOLLOW ME.” (John 21:20-22).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/let-not-your-heart-be-troubled/

BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND # 4

When Peter realized what he had done in failing the Lord in the Garden (Mt. 36:40) and then lying repeatedly in denying the Lord, he was “broken.” I’m sure he felt wretched, wicked, and worthless. He “wept bitterly” (Lk. 22:61-62). But a few days later Jesus invited him to breakfast and everything changed. Jesus reassured him that he could be faithful in the end in spite of his weaknesses and lapse of faith. Peter would give his life for the Lord. Jesus knew when he would die. He knew why he would die. Jesus even told him how he would die. Peter’s denial did not and would not destroy his long term dedication.

All of us have been there and done that at one time or another and in some cases many times. We have all failed to follow the Lord during times of temptation, trials, and testing. But we too have been invited to breakfast. We too can feast with Jesus. He can change everything. Breakfast with Christ is the “breakfast of champions.” Hunger and thirst for His righteousness and you will be forgiven, filled, and fit again for faithfulness and service. Why not “Come and eat breakfast.” When we come to Jesus He changes everything and fits us for faithfulness.

The truth is, when you were young, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands, and someone else will tie your belt. They will lead you where you don’t want to go.” 19 (Jesus said this to SHOW HOW PETER WOULD DIE to GIVE GLORY TO GOD.) Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!” (John 21:18-19; ERV).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: Rose Colored Glasses
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/rose-colored-glasses/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 5

One thing we learn when Jesus had breakfast with Peter after he denied Him three times is that Jesus is in the people business. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). He not only invited Peter to come over for breakfast, He also helped him overcome his brokenness. He wanted him to “feed my sheep” and “tend my lambs” (Jn. 21:15-17). He did not want Peter to focus on his denial because he was not on trial. He did not want Peter to focus on his past condition, but on His present mission. He did not want him losing sleep, but feeding sheep. Peter was surely undeserving but Jesus knew that he was not done serving. He wants this “broken” friend to be outspoken again. Peter is proof that any life broken by sin can be restored again.

We all need to learn that the best way to get over a sinful past/mistake is to get on with serving His people. Peter had obviously learned a lot and he needed to use the negative experience in his own life to make a positive difference in others. Instead of letting Peter wallow in guilt…Jesus knew that there are lives that need to be rebuilt. When we come and have “breakfast” Jesus can help us on a “fast break” to freedom.

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, STRENGTHEN YOUR BRETHREN.” (Luke 22:31-32).

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “FEED MY LAMBS.” (John 21:15).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: There’s Just Something about That Name
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/theres-just-something-about-that-name/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 6

The best and only thing we can do to heal spiritual brokenness is to come to Jesus. He is always willing and wanting to have “breakfast” with the “broken” as He did with Peter (Jn. 21:12ff). And the best way to get passed the brokenness and “move on” is to get involved in helping others who need Jesus. This is one of the lessons Jesus taught Peter after breakfast. After each declaration of love and commitment from Peter, Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs” and “tend my sheep” (Jn. 21:15-17). Why? Not only because Jesus cares for His sheep, but also because of what it would do for Peter. Jesus blesses us to bless others. Jesus comforts us, not just to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Jesus saves us to save others. If God has allowed us to be broken He does not want the lessons we learned to go unspoken. Struggling people can help struggling people. Folks who have experienced hurt can best relate to those who are experiencing hurt. Some hurt people hurt people, but when following Jesus hurt people help people.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, WHO COMFORTS US in all our tribulation, THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO COMFORT THOSE who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15)

A blog article: A Servant Girl Who Changed His World
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/a-servant-girl-who-changed-his-world/

Wayne Dunaway
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gandpministries.org

Justified at the Judgment # 3

JUSTIFIED AT THE JUDGMENT
(No. 3)

Since Christians are those who have faith in Jesus, there is no need for us to fear the Judgment. If we hear His voice, then there is no need to fear His verdict. If we trust in Him, then He will never thrust us out (John 6:37).

There is a song we sing titled, “There’s a Great Day Coming.” One stanza of the song says that it will be a “sad day” for the ones who hear the Lord say, “depart I know you not.” Yet, another verse says it will be a “bright day” for those who love the Lord. That is exactly right. It will be a day that will be bright for those on the right and not a day for fright (Matt. 25:33-34). But are you ready for the Judgment Day? I hope so!

Are we looking forward to it? I am afraid that many Christians that I know are not. They do not understand, or else they are confused, as to what the Judgment Day is going to be like for them. Furthermore, we preachers and teachers have likely contributed to the confusion by what we have taught and have been taught by those who have gone before us. If the people in Christ who listen to us preach and teach about salvation in Christ are not looking forward to the return of Jesus and the Day of Judgment, then there must be something wrong with our preaching and teaching. If the faithful Christians, who listen to us every week, are filled with doubt, uncertainty, fear, and dread about being before Him on Judgment Day, then we have evidently left something out or else put the emphasis in the wrong place. It would be extremely hard, if not impossible, for us to be “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,” which God tells us to do (2 Pet. 3:12), if we believed that it is going to be a day of chastening from God. I don’t know anyone who would want to hasten to be chastened. I would not look forward to a meeting if I expected a beating.

Rose Colored Glasses

A number of years ago my wife and I went to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. John Conlee was there and he had a pair of sunglasses on the top of his head. He sang a song that I had never heard before. It was called “Rose Colored Glasses.” One of the verses says: “These rose colored glasses that I am looking through, show only the beauty and hide all the truth.” Evidently the song was about a guy who loved a girl so much that he only saw the good in her and none of the bad. That is exactly what God does. When He sees those in Christ, He sees “only the beauty” of Jesus, and the blood of Jesus “hides all the truth” about us—including the sins, faults, ignorance, disobedience, and failure to live up to what He expects. The Bible calls this “covered.” Read it for yourself: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered” (Rom. 4:7). It is exciting to know that God looks at us through the “blood-colored glasses” that Jesus has provided. Remember that we will be “clothed with white robes” (Rev. 7:9) because we have washed our “robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). When we have on the robes, and God has on the glasses, then we can know for sure that He never sees any of our trespasses.

What I am saying is that if God did not have on some “blood-colored glasses,” then there would be no hope for any of us at any time. We are all sinful, ignorant, and blind about many things. We are all unlearned, unholy, undeserving, and ungodly people whether we admit it or not. We may not like to admit it, but frowns do not change facts. For example, Paul said that he was a “wretched man” (Rom 7:24), “least of all saints” (Eph. 3:8), “nothing” (2 Cor. 12:11), and “chief of sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15).

I know there are some of us who do not really feel the way Paul did. But if that is true, then it is surely the case that we have evidently never really compared our miserable, pathetic, and pitiful attempt at keeping all of God’s rules, regulations, restrictions, and requirements with what God actually desires, deserves, and demands. If we think that we are “keeping God’s law” then we are either woefully ignorant of what His law demands, or else we are self-deceived about what it means to keep His law. Jesus is the only One who has ever actually kept the law of God, and if we claim that we do so today, then we are actually saying that we live as righteously as Jesus Himself lived. That is probably enough said about that kind of ridiculous claim.

The Pharisees were the ones who thought that they had it all together and trusted in themselves that they were righteous. Jesus spoke a parable about a Pharisee and a tax collector to show the attitude of those who are justified. The Pharisee’s attitude was that he was thankful that he was not sinful like other men. He was proud of the good deeds he had done. He trusted in himself that he was righteous. However, the Publican’s attitude was simply: “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” The Publican was the only one justified. (Luke 18:9-14).

The attitudes displayed were two: self-righteousness or sinful. What is our attitude? Jesus is the only hope that any of us have, regardless of how good we may think we are, or how much good we may think we have done. Jesus will only save those whose attitude is: “God, be merciful to me a sinner.” We all need to be found in Him, not having a righteousness of our own but that which is by “faith in Christ” (Phil. 3:9). This is the only way we can be “Justified at the Judgment.”

Our Righteousness is from Christ

Read Philippians 3:8-11 closely: “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

When Christ returns, I hope (desire and expect) to be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law (any system of law-keeping, old or new), but through faith in Christ (trusting in His sacrifice for me), the righteousness which is from God by faith (a faith that seeks to do His will in spite of my weaknesses, sins, ignorance, and errors). If I am righteous by faith in Him, then my life should not be rooted in fear of Him, nor should I be worried about the day I will face Him. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

Justified at the Judgment # 2

JUSTIFIED AT THE JUDGMENT (Heaven: Where Few…Are Many!)
(No. 2)

We closed our last chapter with a reference to Romans 5:1 which reads: “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Justified means just-as-if-I’d never sinned. That means every evil word as if I had never said it, every evil thought as if I had never thought it, every evil deed as if I had never done it, and every thing that I should have done and did not do as if I had done it. Now that is “justified.” That is exactly the state of those in Christ now, and that is exactly how we will be at the Judgment. Since we are going to be justified, Judgment Day is something that we look forward to, and not something we dread. The Bible clearly teaches that Christians will be completely justified because Christ was willing to be crucified. When we trust in His dying and not in our trying, then there will be no season of sighing and no reason for crying when we think about the Day of Judgment. For example:

1. Justified at the Judgment means that we will glorify and admire Jesus because He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. The Bible says that “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” it will be “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:7-8). That will take place “when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe” (2 Thess. 1:10). Don’t miss it: the time “when” He comes to punish unbelievers will also be “when” He comes to be glorified in His saints and be admired by believers. It is either face the fire or race to admire. It is not some of both. Those who are punished will not admire, and those who admire will not be punished. We are either “in” or “out.” There is no middle ground. When it comes to those in Christ, He is going to reward us, not rebuke us. He is going to save us, not scold us. He is going to welcome us in, not wear us out!

2. Justified at the Judgment means that we will be presented faultless in His presence because of what Jesus has done for us. Now we all have faults. (If you say you don’t have any, then I know what one of your faults is.) But, because we are in Christ, all of our faults are forgiven. Jude verse 24 says, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…” The New International Version says that we will be presented before His presence “without fault.” We must understand that those of us who are in Christ are not actually faultless, but we are forgiven. We are not sinless, but we are saved. We are not perfect in our practice, but we are pardoned in His presence. He will present us faultless because He paid the price, and therefore He provides the pardon.

3. Justified at the Judgment means that we are without spot or blemish in God’s sight because Jesus gave Himself for us. I ask you to read it for yourself: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27). Consider that the church (those in Christ) will be presented as a glorious church, “not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing” but “holy and without blemish.” But someone asks, “How could that be, as sinful as we are?” The answer is because God treated Christ “as if” He were a sinner, so that He could treat us “as if” we were absolutely righteous (2 Cor. 5:21).

Now Christ was not a sinner in any sense (1 Pet. 2:22). We certainly are not absolutely righteous even on our best days. But God treats us as if we are because we are in Christ. We do not have “wrinkles” because of His wounds. We do not have “spots” because of His stripes. We are “without blemish” because we are washed in His blood. (Read Isaiah chapter 53.) If we abide in Him, then “when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28). When we realize that believers will be “Justified at the Judgment,” then we know that we will have confidence and not be ashamed before Him. (1 Jn. 2:28). Therefore, when Jesus comes back, He will be “admired among all those who believe” (2 Thess. 1:10). Who, may I ask, in his right mind would not “admire” Him, considering all that He has done, is doing, and will do for us?

We sing about it sometimes:

O how sweet ‘twill be to meet the Lord,
When He comes in glory, by and by.
What a song of praise will be outpoured,
When He comes in glory by and by!
I am longing for that happy day
When He comes in glory by and by!
(When He Comes In Glory By And By, A. A. Westbrook, 1911)

If we were to trust in our pathetic attempt at obedience to save us, then we would certainly not be longing for that happy day. But when we have an obedient faith in His sacrifice for us, then Jesus will make all the difference in this world—and in the next one. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.org

“Know More” about “No More”

“Know More” about “No more.”

In the New Heaven and New Earth there will be a lot of “no mores.” And it is encouraging to us to know more about these no mores. For example, in Heaven there will be

1. “no more curse” (Rev. 22:3).
2. “no more sea” (Rev. 21:1).
3. “no more death nor crying” (Rev. 21:4).
4. “no more pain” (Rev. 21:4).

In this new dwelling place there will be

1. No more hurting, hospitals, or hospice.
2. No more sorrow, sickness, or suffering.
3. No more problems, persecution, or prejudice.
4. No more borrowing, bills, or bankruptcies.
5. No more burdens, bruises, or beatings.
6. No more divorce, dissention, or division.
7. No more ruin, rot, or rust.
8. No more disease, death, or decay.
9. No more breakups, breakdowns, or breakouts.
10. No more begging, badgering, or betrayals.
11. No more disappointments, disadvantages, or distrust.
12. No more pollen, pollution, or poisons.
13. No more faults, frowns, or failures.
14. No more politicians, police, or paramedics.
15. No more recession, depression, or oppression.
16. No more lying, sighing, or crying.
17. No more deceit, defeat, or conceit.
18. No more devastation, frustration, or separation.

On and on and on the list could go. What this means is that: Every stain of sin, every evidence of evil, every indication of iniquity, every type of transgression, every way of wickedness, every means of misconduct, every word of wrong, every cause of crime, every clue of corruption, every notion of naughtiness, every inkling of indecency, every dab of disbelief, every suggestion of suspicion, every hint of hypocrisy, every trace of trespass, every insinuation of injustice, every impression of impurity, every reason for rejection, every inference of indignation, every occasion of offence, every sign of Satan, every device of demons, and every thought of temptation will be totally, completely, and permanently gone forever.

For those who like the country, it is a better country (Heb. 11:16). For those who favor the city, it is a heavenly city (Heb. 11:10). For those who like to eat, it will be a feast (Matt. 8:11, NIV). For those who like to live in nice places, it will be a mansion (John 14:2). For those who are burdened, it will be Paradise (Rev. 2:7). For those who miss their friends and love ones who have died, it will be a reunion (1 Thess. 4:13-18). For all of the saved it will be an eternity with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In short, it will be “Home, Sweet Home.” I remember a song entitled “Ole Rivers.” In the song Walter Brennen said:

“One of these days I’m gonna climb that mountain,
Walk up there among them clouds,
Where the cotton’s high and the corn’s a-growing
And they ain’t no fields to plow.”

I have always liked that song. Of course, I would say:

“One of these days I’m going to drink of that fountain,
When I move up there above them clouds,
Where my kinfolks are nigh, and Christ is glowing
And there are no sorrows now.”

This is what Heaven means to me. It is faultless, flawless, and fadeless. It is preserved and reserved for those who trust in Jesus to get them there. Peter put it this way in 1 Peter 1:3-5:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

This article is a section of my book: Heaven: Where Few are Many.
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Wayne Dunaway
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