Some excellent articles on The Cult of Evangelical Leadership from Herescope

A Promise

It has been some time since I have posted anything along these lines, but these excellently written articles from Herescope, are very clear on this subject of the waywardness of many Evangelical leaders. So far there are 4 articles, but am not sure if more will follow

Each article pin-points a certain type and style of leadership that preys upon their flock. Should you belong to any of these types of churches, and are not happy about some things, you would be encouraged to read through each one and let the Lord show you what you need to know of what is the Truth and what is not – you may have already been the victim of such a leader.

For others, you may just need to read and educate yourself further in the tactics, games and manipulations that are in full-force at these types of churches.

May the Lord bless you and help you to not only discern, but to act as He leads you.

Steph

1. Sacred Cows and Stars

2. CA$H COW$ & FAT CAT$

3. Stuffed Shirts & Their Sycophants

4. Scurrilous Shepherds & Their Starving Sheep

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For His name alone is exalted

Palm 148

Praise to the Lord from Creation

148 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
He also established them forever and ever;
He made a decree which shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
14 And He has exalted the horn of His people,
The praise of all His saints—
Of the children of Israel,
A people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

All at once, a celebratory, joyous and most solemn Psalm in praise of our Almighty God.

It opens with the Hebrew words:

 hal’lû yäH hal’lû ety’hwäh minhaSHämayim hal’lû BaM’rômiym.

 hal’lû  and / or hal’lû yäH, is repeated all the way through and knowing a tiny bit about Hebrew Poetry, a thought is repeated to show importance. So praising God is of immense importance to Him.

(BTW if anyone would like to know more about Hebrew Poetry – have a look at this extremely helpful and fascinating  article, by John H Stek of the Calvin Theological Seminary and reprinted with permission by the Gordon College Faculty )

Strongs

  • #1984a.
  • הָלַל
  • halal (237c); a prim. root; to shine:—
  • NASB – flash forth(2), shone(2).

  • #1984b.
  • הָלַל
  • halal (237d); a prim. root; to be boastful, to priase:—
  • NASB – acted insanely(1), arrogant(1), boast(9), boasted(1), boastful(3), boasts(3), boasts boast(1), deride(1), drive madly(1), give praise(1), giving praise(1), glory(8), go mad(1), going mad(1), mad(1), madness(1), make its boast(1), makes a mad(1), makes fools(1), making fools(1), offers praises(1), praise(90), praised(20), praises(1), praising(5), race madly(1), renowned(1), sang praises(1), sing praises(1), wedding songs(1).

—Hebrew Word Study (Transliteration-Pronunciation Etymology & Grammar) #3050 יָהּ Yahh {yaw}

 1) Jah (Jehovah in the shortened form)
    1a) the proper name of the one true God
    1b) used in many compounds
        1b1) names beginning with the letters 'Je'
        1b2) names ending with 'iah' or 'jah'

He alone is to be exalted, acknowledged, praised and worshipped, by ALL of creation. The emotion and praise is tangible in the words from the Psalmist.

It is really worth going to this link at qbible, and take some time, just to follow the Psalm with the word-for word explanations from the original Hebrew  – so beautifully descriptive are they.

May the Lord Bless you as you read and or watch. 😀

Here are two music videos of this most adoring Psalm. The first one is sung in Hebrew, and below it, the following is written :

Suzanne Haïk-Vantoura, LA MUSIQUE DE LA BIBLE RÉVÉLÉE – VOLUME 3 (Alienor 1051 CD), Track 08. This is an updated video, correcting small errors in the text here and there.

This slideshow of Psalms 148 includes the consonantal Hebrew Masoretic Text and modified versions of the transliteration and translation provided by Lev Software. The arrangement for modern instruments and the vocal harmonies are of course SHV’s, but the ancient melodic line, modality and choral alternation were inferred by her from the Masoretic Text (Letteris Edition).

This Psalm is unique in that it uses successively all four “psalmodic modes” reconstructed by SHV from the Masoretic accents. The brilliance of a Psalm like this is that the more singers one has, the better — the whole Levitical ensemble could have sung and accompanied this melody.

The second one is also beautiful, from Sons of Korah,  and is a modern version and in English.

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Beloved

Come and sit down beside Me and learn,
For you too are beloved of Me.”

 
Beloved
I sit at your feet quietly
Adoring
Taking in every word you speak
Finally understanding without any hesitancy
Knowing that I can not ever drink enough of You
And I sit here and fill my whole being up
With Your sweet aroma,
Sweet Rose of Sharon
 
 I sit at your feet
Worshiping
My beloved friend and Lord
Without any reserve, my heart fully open
Content to just be in Your presence
Loving and being loved in return
My joy overflowing
At the wonder of my closeness
To Jesus, the beloved Son of God
 
Martha is in the kitchen, preparing
She’s fussing and banging about
And getting more and more annoyed with me…
I should be there too; it’s expected of me,
But I can’t leave Him right now!
She can no longer contain herself and with a rush of breath implores-
“Lord why is my sister Mary, not helping?!”
 
I quietly watch as you take Martha by the hand
I cannot speak, I watch holding my breath
“Martha, dear Martha, you are much worried and troubled,
Can you not see what is important?
What she’s found?
This one thing that is needed, it will never be taken away from her
Ever!
Come and sit down beside Me and learn,
For you too
are beloved
of Me.”

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Make A Habit of Having No Habits

Don't make it habit forming...

This is one of the most transforming pieces of writing that I read way back in 2004 from Oswald Chambers, which changed my life and understanding of my relationship with the Lord forever.

It still blesses me when I read it each time and confirms again how it is a relationship with a person, not a religion of “duty doing”,  simply because “that is how it has always been done and is now expected of me.” That is religion.

Religion in this context, has no Hope. Salvation is a work of God. Sanctification is a work of God. We can not work our way to God for salvation or make ourselves of more importance or more holy, because at the end of the day it is not about us….

After many years of doing things habitually, and having come to this place of understanding, whenever I realise I am doing something now out of ‘habit’ and not out of the life of God in me, I stop, sit back and wait for the Lord to guide me to my next move.

We can run ahead of the Lord so easily and I know this from steam-rolling ahead for years and asking the Lord if He is keeping up with me.

We need to always have Him before us in absolutely everything we are and are doing.

The Lord bless you 😀

May 12th.

MAKE a HABIT of HAVING no HABITS

“For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful.” 2 Peter 1:8 (R.V.)

When we begin to form a habit we are conscious of it. There are times when we are conscious of becoming virtuous and patient and godly, but it is only a stage; if we stop there we shall get the strut of the spiritual prig. The right thing to do with habits is to lose them in the life of the Lord, until every habit is so practised that there is no conscious habit at all. Our spiritual life continually resolves into introspection because there are some qualities we have not added as yet. Ultimately the relationship is to be a completely simple one.

Your god may be your little Christian habit, the habit of prayer at stated times, or the habit of Bible reading. Watch how your Father will upset those times if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes – I can’t do that just now, I am praying; it is my hour with God. No, it is your hour with your habit. There is a quality that is lacking in you. Recognize the defect and then look for the opportunity of exercising yourself along the line of the quality to be added.

Love means that there is no habit visible, you have come to the place where the habit is lost, and by practice you do the thing unconsciously. If you are consciously holy, there are certain things you imagine you cannot do, certain relationships in which you are far from simple; that means there is something to be added. The only supernatural life is the life the Lord Jesus lived, and He was at home with God anywhere. Is there anywhere where you are not at home with God? Let God press through in that particular circumstance until you gain Him, and life becomes the simple life of a child.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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The natural progression in our walk with the Lord Jesus

O ihave to live my life in faith without seeing Him 2 Cor 5:7

Following on from my posts,  God wants you to get to know Him and In The Shadow Of His Hand , a few things are becoming very clear. Firstly, God wants us to want Him for Himself, and not for what He gives us or we expect Him to give us, and secondly, He wants us to be so utterly dependent on Him, that we are like children with Him.

The next thing I see is that He holds us still at times until we ‘get’ what it is that He wants us to see and then, we are expected to not whine and complain and give up, as we go about our daily lives in relative obscurity as Christians as He does with us as He knows best.

Most of all, the Lord expects us to TRUST Him, knowing in faith, that He is there all the time even when it looks and feels like He has shut up heaven up and appears to be nowhere to be found.

And so on to today’s, thoughts.

Any time we stop and take stock of our physical lives, we can immediately see how far we have come or have stepped back a few steps, quite easily. For example, we may see that once we were renting a home and are now paying off  bond/mortgage. Or maybe it is the other way round and that due to difficulties, we are now renting when once we were paying off our bond/mortgage. One thing we know for sure is that nothing is static in our lives. Due to the way the world measures success, our common sense/conditioning falls into line with this and we too see our success (or lack thereof) by how much we have or have not.

The Christian life with God is not measured in this way at all. In fact, it is the antithesis of how the world functions.

As the Lord grows our faith and our relationship with the Him, and we are really seeking Him, we will gradually begin to see life very differently from the way we used to.

In the earlier days, we may have sought the Lord out for what we could ‘get’ from Him and would judge our spiritual blessings and growth by what we had received from Him in the physical realm. As we walk, we may ask for less physically and begin to ask for more spiritually and gradually begin to see that we actually grow the most, more often than not, during times of difficulties.

We will also come to a place of immense growth when we can count those difficult times too as blessings and not grow faint and run away from them as we go through them. Romans 8:28 We grow the most when we understand that we are not able to live in any area that we are independent from Him. It happens as we become less that He might become more. John 3:30

It is through the normal, everyday, ordinary physical realm, that we are taught so much for the spiritual. It is here that we begin to learn that we are in the world, but not of it. John 17:14-16

It is His will be done, not ours. Praise Him for our understanding of this!

Himself
Once it was the blessing,
Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling,
Now it is His Word;
Once His gift I wanted,
Now, the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing,
Now Himself alone.

All in all forever,
Only Christ I’ll sing;
Everything is in Christ,
And Christ is everything.

Once ’twas painful trying,
Now ’tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation,
Now the uttermost;
Once ’twas ceaseless holding,
Now He holds me fast;
Once ’twas constant drifting,
Now my anchor’s cast.

Once ’twas busy planning,
Now ’tis trustful prayer;
Once ’twas anxious caring,
Now He has the care;
Once ’twas what I wanted,
Now what Jesus says;
Once ’twas constant asking,
Now ’tis ceaseless praise.

Once it was my working,
His it hence shall be;
Once I tried to use Him,
Now He uses me;
Once the pow’r I wanted,
Now the Mighty One;
Once for self I laboured,
Now for Him alone.

Once I hoped in Jesus,
Now I know He’s mine;
Once my lamps were dying,
Now they brightly shine;
Once for death I waited,
Now His coming hail;
And my hopes are anchored
Safe within the veil.

by Albert B Simpson written in 1904 

Here is today’s reading from Oswald Chambers from his, My Utmost for His Highest.

Bless you as you grow

😀

May 1st

Insight not emotion

I have to lead my life in faith, without seeing Him. 2 Cor. 5:7. (Moffatt.)

For a time we are conscious of God’s attentions, then, when God begins to use us in His enterprises, we take on a pathetic look and talk of the trials and the difficulties, and all the time God is trying to make us do our duty as obscure people. None of us would be obscure spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our duty when God has shut up heaven? Some of us always want to be illuminated saints with golden haloes and the flush of inspiration, and to have the saints of God dealing with us all the time. A gilt-edged saint is no good, he is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and altogether unlike God. We are here as men and women, not as half-fledged angels, to do the work of the world, and to do it with an infinitely greater power to stand the turmoil because we have been born from above.

If we try to re-introduce the rare moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are making a fetish of the moments when God did come and speak, and insisting that He must do it again; whereas what God wants us to do is to walk by faith. How many of us have laid ourselves by, as it were, and said—‘I cannot do any more until God appears to me.’ He never will, and without any inspiration, without any sudden touch of God, we will have to get up. Then comes the surprise—‘Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!’ Never live for the rare moments, they are surprises. God will give us touches of inspiration when He sees we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never make our moments of inspiration our standard; our standard is our duty.

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