Tuesday, October 18, 2011

According To His Own Ability

By Chet Nowlen

As you may have noticed in my previous articles I have spent a lot of time meditating on the “Parable of the Talents” found in Matthew 25. This parable is just one example of how Jesus explained to the disciples the keys to the kingdom of God in the present and in the future. You should take time to read all of chapters 24 and 25 to get the full meaning of His explanation.

While meditating on this particular parable I noticed that the master gave to each man “according to his own ability”. I had never really thought about the significance of this statement until now. To know an individual’s ability the master would have had some previous experience with that person to know what ability he is has. The master gave to each man just enough talents (money) to work with in which each man was capable of investing the talents to reap a return on his investment equal to at least double his investment. One invested five and gained another five, one invested three and gained another three. The other did not invest as was instructed and gained nothing in return.

Why was the first man given more to work with than the other two? He had more natural ability to accomplish more than the other two. I have noticed that in the different sales fields that I’ve worked in over the past twenty plus years some people have a natural sales ability that exceeds their piers. Not all sales people will produce the same results as the most successful sales person because we were not all designed with the same talents and abilities.

The bad thing about commission sales you are expected to produce and if you do not produce you will always be broke. I think this is an example of the third man that was only given one talent, which was his sales quota that was within “his own ability” to meet. The problem was that this man didn’t like his employer and also did not approve of the way his employer ran his business. This man did not respect his employer or the job he had agreed to do therefore he did nothing and was fired (cast out into outer darkness).

Jesus is the best sales person that has ever lived on the face of this earth. Every time He opened his mouth He was selling. What was He selling you might ask? He was selling the kingdom of heaven and every word He spoke is designed to sell you on the idea that through your belief in Him you will live with Him eternally. Did He sell everyone He spoke to while He walked the face of this earth? No! Does He sell everyone that hears or reads His words today? No! Jesus never let the “no” discourage Him in His ministry. Jesus was rejected, spit on, beaten and executed illegally to pay the price for our sins and deliver us from the penalty of death.

We are given the opportunity to accept His free gift of salvation and billions of people all over the world have made the right choice to accept His free gift. Many have been offered the choice and have rejected the free gift because they do not believe the gift is for them or they do not believe they deserve the free gift.

Why do they not believe the gospel of good news is for them? They haven’t been sold on the idea yet. Jesus did His part by setting His example to follow then before He was lifted up into heaven He gave to the disciples what’s known as “The Great Commission” which was for His disciples to go out and make more disciples.

As a disciple of Jesus we are like the servants in the parable of the talents. We have each been given our own ability to reap a harvest for the kingdom of heaven. Some of us are given more ability than others and we should never compare our ability to the ability of others. Our job is to invest with our own ability we have to work with. Will you sell everyone you make your presentation to? No! But, you will produce a harvest as mentioned in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:23, “As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.” Amplified Bible

If you are a believer in Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you are like Jesus in that you too are a sales person for the kingdom of heaven. Each of us has been given our own ability to sell for the kingdom of heaven. How do we sell for the kingdom of heaven? We sell by the life we live and the words we say to those around us. Jesus did it the same way. People were changed by the life He lived and the words He said. We are not all called to be pastors or preachers of the gospel, but we are called to make disciples. How do we do that? We do it the same way Jesus did, we tell stories. Any successful sales person is the one that knows how to tell stories in such a way that he sells the listener on the idea that they need the product he is selling.

As a believer in Jesus Christ our job is to go out and make disciples. We are sales people for the kingdom of heaven and we sell people on the idea that they need to know Jesus by becoming a good story teller by telling a parable like Jesus did, an allegory, or your own personal experience. Most people do not respond well to being preached to, but rather love to hear a good story. This is why people love to read books and watch movies. This is why people love to read books and watch movies. What you say to and around other people has a dramatic effect on those of us we come in contact with every day.

As a believer in Christ Jesus you have been commissioned to sell for the kingdom of heaven. You have the tools necessary to produce a harvest for the kingdom of heaven by telling your stories and when you do you will and reap a return on your investment for the Master (building treasure in heaven for yourself) some one hundred times, sixty times, and thirty times.

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Do you have a story or testimony you would like to share on this BLOG.  The words (seeds) you say can have a positive impact on those that need to hear your story.  Please send me your story if you would like for it to be publish here.  Your story may be just what someone needs to hear.  Send via e-Mail to welldone@comcast.net

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tyler Perry - My Feet Are Off The Ground

By Chet Nowlen

If you have never seen a Tyler Perry movie I recommend that you sign up for Blockbuster or Netflix and watch some of the best made movies of our time.  His movies always tell a story that is blesses my heart and I'm sure you will be blessed as well.  Below is a copy of an e-mail sent to me by a friend:

"My Feet Are Off The Ground" From Tyler Perry: Writer and Actor

This morning I awoke and was so frustrated about all of the stuff that I'm dealing with in trying to get this studio open. I was about to open my mouth & start complaining when I remembered something that happened to me a year ago. I was walking to my car when this woman who appeared to be homeless started walking towards me. I'm ashamed to say this but I thought, 'I don't feel like being hustled today.' Then I got quickly convicted. I felt guilty so I started digging in my pocket for some money. As she got closer I noticed that she had the kindest eyes that I had ever seen. As I was reaching into my pocket she started to speak. I thought, 'Here goes the sales pitch'. She said 'Excuse me sir, I need some shoes. Can you help me?' My eyes filled with water because I remember being out on the streets and having only one pair of run over shoes. I was taken aback for a second.

I took her inside the studio and had my wardrobe people find shoes in her size. As she put the shoes on she started crying, praising God and thanking Jesus, and saying, 'My feet are off the ground! My feet are off the ground! Several of the wardrobe people started crying. I was crying. But I never forgot those words. 'My feet are off the ground!' I thought, 'Wow! All she wanted was some shoes.' She quickly disappeared and never asked me for a dime. I realized that I still had the money in my hand so I went out looking for her. She was gone just that quick so I looked all around the neighborhood for her. I found her standing on a corner looking down at her shoes, still crying. I was so touched. I asked her how she had gotten homeless. She told me that she had AIDS and that she was waiting to get into a shelter.. She said that her family had turned their backs on her and that she had no place to go, but she knew that God would make a way for her. I said to myself, 'He just did .' Her faith and her praise moved me. I took her to a nearby hotel and put her up until she was able to get on her feet. I had someone that worked for me to check on her from time to time and to make sure that she had food and clothes. After about a month or so we lost touch, but I never forgot her.

This past summer I was shooting 'Daddy's Little Girls' and this woman walks up to me smiling. I didn't recognize her face, but her eyes were familiar. She had on a really nice dress and her hair was done. It was her! She told me that the little help that I had given her had changed her life. She was in a house now and doing very well. I said all of that to say this. After I met this woman, every time I think about complaining and mumbling I remember, 'My feet are off the ground!'

I wanted to share this with you just to let you know that when I say that I am thankful for you, I mean it. And when I say that you are a blessing to me, I mean it. We take so much for granted sometimes that I just wanted all of you to know that I am grateful to God for you every day. Thank you for being in my life.

~Tyler Perry~ When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better... "When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others" Biblical Proverb I know you will love this. Even if you are not into passing on a lot of emails, this one I feel is worth sharing. God is so worthy to be praised, and my affirmation is that "God's got it" this email is a testimony to the same. May you all be blessed and remember that today your feet may be off the ground, tomorrow may be a different story, so when you have the blessed privileged to help someone else, I pray that you won't hesitate to do it, no matter how great or how small you think your actions are. Be blessed! When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it…I know you will love this. When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Origin of the Left & the Right

The following is a copy of an e-mail (author unknown) that was sent to me and also my reply below:

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left."

By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)

Can't get any simpler than that.

Spelling Lesson

The last four letters in American..........I Can

The last four letters in Republican.......I Can

The last four letters in Democrats.........Rats

End of lesson. Test to follow in November, 2012

Remember, November is to be set aside as rodent extermination month.
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My Reply:
The scripture that came to my mind after reading the above is found in Matthew 25:32-46 where Jesus talks about the separation of the sheep from the goats - He will cause the sheep to stand on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salfvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

I think the political term left and right lines up with the world mentality that Jesus talks about the difference of the way people think and believe. I am amazed at the number of professing Christians that cast their votes and their political beliefs with the mentality of the goats who use an ass as their political symbol.

If one has spent any time at all studying the Word one cannot logically agree with the agenda of the left. I can only conclude their eyes have been blinded from the truth.  My suggestion for anyone no matter what your political views are is to immerse yourself in the study of God's Word and He will reveal to you whether you are currently a sheep or a goat.  And, if you find yourself a goat then continue to study His Word and He will change your heart to a sheep ( the righteous in Christ Jesus).
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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Short Term and Long Term Investments


By Chet Nowlen

On August 14th of this year my pastor preached a sermon titled “First Love” and every since then I have not been able to stop thinking about some of the things he said about Short Term and Long Term Investments. Any material wealth or possessions we acquire in this present life are to be considered Short Term as these things are only temporary. In other words we will not be able to carry them with us into eternity. Long Term investments, however, are the good works we invest in this life that build treasures for us in heaven which are everlasting.

Pastor Glenn also stated that some Christians are like a man in a burning building and just as he is about to perish he dives out the window just in time. This man is saved and on his way to heaven, but his clothes have the smell of smoke on them as he barely made it. He made it to heaven, but he had little or no time to build any good works or treasures in heaven.

When I stop to think about building treasure in heaven I asked myself, “What have I done to build any treasures in heaven?” And, “How does one build treasures in heaven?” I remember feeling ashamed because I cannot imagine what good works that I’ve done that would be considered worthy of being called treasure.

Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” When I did a self examination of my life I discovered that the desires of my heart have been very selfish and more focused on the earthly treasures and pleasures of this life. I realized I had not done very much towards building up eternal treasures in heaven.

I made a decision I was going to change that, but I asked myself what could I do that would changes that? I struggled with this though for several days and then finally I remembered something Jesus said. He said, (see Matthew 25: 34-46 below) “I was hungry and you gave me food, I as thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.” Jesus went on to explain that when we do these things for others we are doing these thing we are doing it to Him.

To know whether we have been building any treasures in eternity we must know the condition of our heart. One of the best heart condition test is found in the “Parable of the Sower” found in Matthew 13. The soil mentioned in the parable is the heart and the different conditions of the soil represents the different conditions of the heart. The conditions of the heart is what determines the harvest, or what I believe means rewards or treasures in heaven.

Conditions of the soil( heart):

• Roadside - this person hears the word when its planted in his heart, but the seed was laying on top of the soil and evil one cause the circumstances of life that steal the word and therefore not allow the word to take root.

• Rocky Gound – this person also hears the word and received it in his heart, but there was very little depth for the seed causing the plant to wither and die before a harvest could be produced. This person received the word gladly, loses his trust in the word because of the difficulties and stresses of life.

• Thorny Ground- this person also hears and receives the word, but loses his faith in the word because he is distracted by the cares of this life and the pursuit of riches therefore unable to build any treasure in heaven.

• Good Ground – this person hears the word when its planted in his heart and its planted deep because he understands the word therefore causing him to reap an abundant harvest of treasure in heaven.

What is the secret to building long term eternal investments or riches in heaven? The secret is to plant the word (scriptures) in your heart by saying what the word says. Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God. When you hear yourself say the word out loud you are planting the seeds in your heart. The more you say it the more your seed will take root causing your faith to grow and faith comes through believing what the word says is true. When you have faith in the word, planted in good soil, the enemy cannot steal the word from you and cannot steal your harvest.

As the word grows in us faith grows therefore causing the harvest to come some 30, 60, and even 100 times the seeds that were planted. This is the law of sowing and reaping in that we reap what we sow. Whatever we sow in our hearts is what our hearts will produce. As the word grows we are not so easily distracted by the cares of this life, nor are we so concerned with how much money we can build up in this life. As the word grows in us the word transforms our hearts to love one another. This is the key to what we will harvest in that our treasure is built in heaven by the way we have shared our love one for another.

How does one know whether he or she has any treasures waiting for them in heaven? Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 “By their fruits you shall know them.” I think He is saying we will recognize those that have treasures accumulated in heaven by the fruits or love we display while hear on earth. What do people say about you? Do they talk about the fruits or love you have displayed to others? If they do then you know you have treasures built up in heaven.

What do people say about you?  Do they see Jesus when they look at you?
 
I would like for you to also hear the sermon I mentioned earlier: 
http://www.brentwoodbaptist.com/brentwood/podcasts.html and then click on the “First Love” link to watch the video.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Question About the Resurrection

Dear Chet,

My question about the resurrection of those that are deceased is this; how can the bodies of the dead be resurrected if the body was totally destroyed in war or even cremation?
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Very good question! I will answer that question and will also answer why we will need a resurrected body.

Whether the body is buried and in a coffin or ashes scattered to the winds the body will still be resurrected from the dust of the earth in the same way that Adam was created from the dust of the earth. God will recreate our bodies from the dust of the earth and each one of us will look just exactly as we did prior to death. God will recreate our bodies and transport our bodies to heaven to reunite our spirits with our new and glorified body.

What a wonderful time we will have in heaven in our new and glorified because we will all recognize each other and we will be given all knowledge allowing us to know those we have never met before. We will instantly recognize all our family members and the all the saints from times past. We will be given all knowledge and we will know all the answers to all the questions that we did not know or understand while here on earth.

Well, if our spirits are already in heaven they why do we need a resurrected body in heaven? The reason we will the physical body is because we will be going back to earth and one must have an earthly body to live and function on the earth as it was before our death. If we are going to spend our eternity in heaven why would be need to go back to earth? That’s because at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ those that have been resurrected will come back to earth to live and reign with Him for 1000-years. With our glorified bodies we are both a heavenly being and an earthly being and we will be able to travel back and forth between the two.

Another reason for the need of the glorified body is because after the 1000-years are finished God will bring heaven down to earth.

Now I’m sure some of you may have never heard some of this teaching before and may have questions as to where these things are found in the Bible. Please read my previous articles on the 1000-year reign of Christ for scripture references.

Please feel free to leave your questions by commenting on this article or by sending an e-mail to me at welldone@comcast.net

Thursday, May 19, 2011

" . . . to fulfill all righteousness"

by Chet Nowlen

In my previous articles I mention that Jesus stated the importance of following His words. In this study we will begin Jesus' first words from the book of Matthew and examin why Jesus words are so important.

Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3:13-16

"13 sThen Jesus came tfrom Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”


15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 uWhen He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and 2He saw vthe Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 wAnd suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, x“This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The New King James Version. Nashville : Thomas Nelson, 1982, S. Mt 3:13-17

Please also read Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23

At first glance Jesus' words to John the Baptist do not see very important, but His words here are the first that introduce to the world why He came in the form of a man.  He came to "...to fulfill all righteousness."  These words mark the beginning of His three year journey to redeem mankind from the curse of sin and death to the blessings of righteous in the eyes of God.  We have become righteous because of Jesus through faith.  We can never be made righteous by anything we can say or do.  We can only become righteous though accepting the free gift of salvation through faith.

I've heard people say, "I hope I've been good enough to make it to heaven."  Unfortunately no matter how hard we try we can never been good enough.  We can give all we have to feed the poor and we can dedicate our lives to helping the widows and orphans, but even though these works are good they do not make us righteous.  "Our righteousness is as filthy rags."  It is only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ that we become righteous.  Even though we still live in a spiritually week body and subject to sin, mistakes, and failure, God does not see the redeemed as we see ourselves, nor as others see us.  When God looks at the redeemed He sees Jesus in us who knew no sin, no mistakes, and no failure.

Sometimes it's hard for a person for accept the free gift of salvation is because they have trouble forgiving what others have done to them and especially cannot forgive themselves for what they've done in the past.  The key to accepting the free give of salvation is to accept that God has provided a way for you to be free of guilt and shame of your past and that's through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Once you have accepted His free gift you are free of your past and you are free to forgive yourself and others just as He has forgiven you.

If you have questions or need help accepting the free gift of salvation please feel free to send me an e-mail at welldone@comcast.net

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Your Words - Part 2

by Chet Nowlen

One thing I failed to mention in the previous article is regarding the words (seed) you say about and to other people. Whenever you talk about another person to a different person you are planting word seeds in the hearer’s heart. Who is the hearer? The first is you and the second is the person or persons that you are talking to. Whether those seed words you are saying about another person is positive or negative are being planted into the sub-consciousness of yourself and the other persons hearing what you are saying.

Have you ever noticed the feeling you get inside when you have said something negative about someone and you were surprised you said such a thing? You felt ashamed that you said such a thing, but it's too late now, it's said and you cannot take it back so you ignore the feeling and keep the conversation going. Even though you ignored what you said it still had a negative impact on your emotional feelings.

Do you remember the old saying, "If you cannot say anything good about a person then don't say anything at all." This saying is a very good saying to live by as it keeps you out of the guilt trap. Whenever we say something we regret we sub-consciously bury it so we will not have to deal with the pain and shame for out words.

Have you ever blurted out words to a loved one, friend, or even a complete stranger, that caused the hearer to be hurt, offended, and even angry. You may not have intended to hurt or offend, but sometimes the words are mistakenly presented in the wrong way. We are all guilty of saying words that unintentionally offend others. This is where we need help. Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden man's tongue has been poisoned and this is why we say words we really do not mean.

The sub-conscious mind hears all the words we say, but fortunately it does not believe every word we say because it know our emotional mind is tossed to and fro just like a ship in a storm at sea. It does not take what we say seriously until it hears us say what we believe on a conscious basis. If our words are inconsistent then we will have inconsistent blessing in life. If our words are consistent then the sub-conscious mind goes into action to bring about what we say.

Negative words spoken to us, or what we heard that was said about, us have a negative impact on us because the conscious mind (emotions) is hurt or disappointed. The conscious mind has trouble dealing with these negative emotions and therefore tries to suppress these hurt feelings. People suppress hurt emotions in various ways, some turn to alcohol, some to sex, some to drugs, some get lost in their work, and some to food.

We've all experienced these negative hurtful emotions and perhaps you too have buried all these negative hurtful emotions in the lower levels of the sub-conscious so you will not have to deal with your pain. So what are we to do with this pain lurking in our sub-conscious mind that keeps trying to surface into our conscious mind with thoughts of our own self doubt?

When Jesus suffered, bled, and died on the cross He not only died for our sins, but he also paid the price so that we could be free of our negative emotions, free of our self doubt, free of hurt feelings caused by someone else’s words, free from guilt of past mistakes, and free from the shame of missed opportunities (whatever they may be). But, how can we be free of our past and current feelings that hinder our successes in life? Jesus is the High Priest of our confessions. He told us to give Him our burdens and He will give us rest. And, when we do give them to Him we are free to leave them behind. But, we are free to go back and pick them up again. Should we go back and pick them up then again then we've taken something that does not belong to us. When we take them up again we are saying that we can deal with them better than Jesus can.

You may be surprised to find that some people love misery and prefer not to give up their burdens. They actually enjoy their burdens because it gives them something complain about to others how miserable they are. I don't think they even realize what they are doing to themselves.

One final thought is one thing Jesus said, "When you stand praying . . . forgive." He's saying for us to forgive each other, but most importantly learn to forgive your self too. Once you can forgive yourself you can say like Paul said, "I have wronged no man." How can Paul say that when we know Paul once hunted and killed Christians? Paul can say that because he was forgiven of his sin and he forgave himself of what he did in the past. You can too!

Your Words are Seeds Planted in the Soil of Your Heart

by Chet Nowlen

One of the best educational tools I have ever found is iTunes so I can listen to all my favorite music and Podcasts to watch video or listen to audio of my favorite Bible teachers. There are many many Bible preachers and teachers that you can watch or listen to, but you have to be a Bible student that is familiar enough with the WORD to be able to discern what is being said. You may be surprised know that not all preachers and teachers know and understand the truth of WORD. The Bible warns us to be careful what we plant in our hearts and minds.

As I mentioned in my last article Jesus said that not all that call Him “Lord, Lord” will hear Him say to them, "Well Done . . ." instead they will hear Him say, "Depart from me you workers of iniquity." The reason I'm telling you this is if you are going to study the scriptures and study with a Bible teacher then you need to study under a Bible teacher that teaches all the truths found in the New and Old Testaments, especially the sayings of Jesus.

There are plenty "Feel Good" teachers and sermons you could listen to, but they do not plant seeds in your spiritual heart that will produce a bountiful harvest. Their words can draw large crowds and reap large collections, but they do not teach you to follow Jesus' sayings. Their words can make you feel spiritual, but their words do not teach you to trust in God and His WORD, nor increase your faith. They make you feel good for a while, but that feel good feeling will pass because you didn't learn anything that increased your faith.
The reason you have to be careful what is planted in your heart is because the mind is gateway to the heart. The mind is made up of two separate and distinct parts. There is the conscious mind which is where the brain takes in information and then files it away in areas of the brain. This filing is based on the conditioning of the brain (condition of the soil - see the parable of the sower). The conscious mind files information based on your logic, reasoning, understanding, will, and emotions. Your body reacts to events and circumstances based the conditioning of the conscious mind of what it believes and understands as truth.

What the conscious mind believes and understands can be influenced and changed by what the mind receives and accepts. That's why we have to be careful what information (seeds) we plant into the conscious mind. The reason why the reading and the study of the scriptures for your self is so important is because the mind has to be renewed daily. The truth of the WORD keeps our conscious mind from straying into thoughts of fear, doubt and unbelief. The only tool the enemy has against us is to attack out thought life with his lies he tries to plant in our conscious mind of fear, doubt, and unbelief.

The other part of the brain is our sub-conscious mind. This is the part of the brain is what keeps our bodies functioning, the heart beating, blood flowing, and constantly renewing every cell in our bodies. It does this naturally without any thinking or planning on our part. In essence this part of the brain keeps of alive until the body either wears out or stops functioning because of disease.

The sub-conscious mind has a very important job. It takes the information received and stored by the conscious mind and goes to work to cause changes in the body and your circumstances based on what you believe and understand. Now this is where it gets tricky and perhaps controversial. The sub-conscious mind takes what you think (believe) and understand and causes changes in our physical body based on your belief system (faith). Some of you may not believe or understand what I'm saying so I will give you and example. A very famous man's (I will not mention his name) mother died at age 42 and he always stated out loud that he would die at age 42. Guess what? He died at age 42!

What we say out loud is what is in our hearts and what is in our hearts is what is planted in our hearts. Whatever words we say are planted in the sub-conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind goes work to bring about whatever you say. Now keep in mind that the sub-conscious mind does not go to work just because you said it one time. The sub-conscious mind knows the conscious mind is fickle and changes frequently. The sub-conscious mind does listen to the words you say and when it hears you say it often enough then it understands that what is coming out of your heart is the desire of your heart and it will bring to pass what you are saying.

This is why the sayings of Jesus are so important for us to be a success in this life and into the next life as well. Take the time to study the words of Jesus, write down what He said and apply it to your life. Say what He said out loud and keep saying what He said. The Bible says that faith cometh by hearing and hearing the WORD of God. Every time you say what the WORD says about you, you are planting seeds of faith in your sub-conscious and then your seeds in your sub-conscious will germinate and grow because your sub-conscious accepts your words as what you accept and believe and then goes to work with the help of the Holy Spirit to bring to pass the desires of your heart.

Take a few minutes to think about your thoughts and what you think about yourself.  Do you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about yourself as if it had already happened?  Listen to your own words - are you speaking self fulfilling prophecy about yourself based on the scriptures or are they based on fear doubt and unbelief.  It's never too late to change the words we speak therefore changing the future circumstances that come our way in life.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Let’s Go to the Other Side

By Chet Nowlen

One afternoon Jesus and His disciples were walking by the lake when Jesus saw a boat (probably Peter's boat) and said, “Let’s go to the other side.” Jesus fully expected that He and his disciples would arrive safely on the other side and did not doubt that what He said would happen just as He said. He was so confident that this will happen, just as He said it would, He took a nap on the way. When the storm arose Jesus was asleep and the storm did not disturb His sleep. The storm that came against what He had said, but did you notice the storm did not cause Him to doubt or become fearful? He did not doubt or become fearful because He knew what He said will come to pass. I will explain this in more detail later.

Now the disciples, on the other hand, did not understand the power of Jesus’ words, nor did they understand the power of their own words at this time. When the storm arose they feared for their lives and they could not understand why Jesus was not fearful as everyone else in the boat were. Let’s read what the scripture says:

Luke 8:22-25 (King James Version)
“22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.”

The disciples woke Jesus saying to Him “Don’t you care that we are about to die?” The disciples thought that Jesus was so passive that He didn’t care that they were going to die in that storm. When we are in a storm of life our emotions can cause us to not think clearly and this is what caused the disciples to forget two things. Number one they forgot Jesus had already told them they were going to the other side. And, number two the disciples had been with Jesus and had heard Him preach and they could have used their own faith filled words to calm the storm.

How could they have calmed the storm? How did Jesus calm the storm? Jesus spoke the storm and it obeyed His words. Notice Jesus said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?” Why did He ask them that?” He asked them that because He fully expected them to use their faith in that situation.

One thing I find interesting is what Jesus did not say, “Now let us pray about this!” He did not ask the disciple to hold hands and pray. No, He took action and spoke out loud to the storm and the storm obeyed His words. Jesus used the God kind of faith by speaking faith filled words. When we face the storms of life we have a tendency to talk about the problem to others and even ask others to pray for us and with us about the storm. “What’s wrong with this?” you ask. Well, when we do this we are relying on the faith of others to help us get God to do something about the storm. The truth of the matter is God has done all He’s going to do by giving us His word and He expects us to use our faith based on His words to overcome the situations or storms of life.

God used His faith in His own words because He knew everything He said would come to pass just as He said it would. And, Jesus used the same faith principle. He used the God kind of faith knowing in that whatever He said He knew would come to pass, just as He said it would. God spoke of things that are not as though they were. He spoke of things that hadn’t happened yet as if they had already happened and Jesus spoke the same way. What they both said came to pass, just as they said. God expects us to use our words in the same manner.

Your words are an expression of what you believe internally. What you believe or have faith in is what words you speak. You speak faith in what you believe. There are two sides of faith. There is a positive side and a negative side. The negative side is a reverse side of faith called fear. Both are faith in what you believe about yourself and what you believe will happen in you life. You can have faith that the good blessings of life are already yours or you can have the negative faith (fear) that the bad things in life are already yours. You see what ever you expect is what you will get. Right now you have what you have and you are what you are based on what you internally believe and accept about yourself:
  • You are what you expect
  • You are what you believe
  • You receive what you expect
  • You receive what you believe
Every word Jesus spoke is written for us to use as example of how the handle the storms of life that come against us, to overcome the evil one that wants to destroy us, and to acquire what we need in this life. Jesus gave us some examples of those that live by His sayings and those that do not live by His sayings:

Matthew 7:19-27 (King James Version)
19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. Notice the tree in verse 19. We will talk about another example of fruitless tree later in this lesson. But, for now look at verses 21 and 22. These same two kinds of people found are also found in Luke 6:46-47 – those that listen and do what Jesus told us to do and those that do not do what Jesus told us to do: Luke 6:43-49 (King James Version)43For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

In Mark 11:11-14 Jesus and His disciples were walking down the road from Bethany back to Jerusalem and Jesus was feeling a little hungry. Jesus fully expected to see figs on the tree when he approached it. When Jesus arrived at the tree he noticed there were not any figs. He noticed a fig tree covered with leaves in the distance and because the fig tree has leaves means it should have figs ready to eat. Jesus spoke to the tree and said, “No one ever shall eat from you again.” Remember we read earlier in Matthew 7:19 “19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” These are the people that Jesus will tell to leave Him and will be cast into the lake of fire that was designed for the fallen angels.

Mark 11:11-14 (New King James Version)
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve. 12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

The next morning as Jesus and the disciples passed by the tree the disciples noticed the tree has withered to its roots. Jesus said to the disciples, Have faith in God at all times, whoever says to this mountain (storm or situation in your life) be lifted up and cast into the sea and does not doubt at all in his heart but believe what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you desire ask for it in prayer, saying it out loud, believing that it is already yours you will get what you asked for.

Mark 11:20-24 (New King James Version)
“20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe* that you receive them, and you will have them.” (*Translation in the greek is past tense and this word is actually believed meaning past tense - Believed means that it has already happened.)

The disciples thought it rather strange that Jesus could talk to a tree and it obeyed Him. Remember they also thought it strange that He could talk to the storm and it obeyed Him. Knowing they did not understand He explained how they too had the ability to speak of things that are not as though they were by giving them the example of speaking to the mountain and casting it into the sea. Jesus was teaching them to use the God kind of faith by speaking of things that are not as though they were. Jesus used this in everything He said and His expectation is for us to do His sayings.

The withered tree is a parallel example of an individual that does not do the sayings of Jesus. Since he does not obey the sayings of Jesus he is unfruitful and is worthless. Notice in Matthew 19 Jesus said that not everyone that says to me Lord, Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven. He will say to the Lord, but I did this and I did that in your name. And Jesus will say, “I never knew you!” Why did Jesus not know him? Because he did not know, understand, and follow the words of Jesus. This example also is the group of people that heard the good news of Jesus Christ, but rejected the free gift He offered them. These people have a form of godliness, but they never took the time to get to know God and Jesus through their words. Matthew 7:26-27 “26And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Here are more scriptures about the importance of our words:

Matthew 12:33-37 (New King James Version)
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[a] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Matthew 15:10-20 (New King James Version)
10 When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” 12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” 15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” 16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Here’s another parallel that relates to the tree that does not bear fruit or the person that does not do the words of Jesus:

Matthew 25:14-30 (New King James Version)
14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

In conclusion I would like to focus on “The God Kind of Faith” as Jesus described in Mark 11:24:

Mark 11:24 (King James Version)
24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Now I know this is a very controversial scripture among certain Christian denominational thinking and perhaps it’s been abused by other denominations, but Jesus said it and that settles it for me. I think Jesus’ words have not been fully understood. Notice He said, “. . . when you pray . . .” this is where we open up a can of worms. Remember I said earlier about the storm and what Jesus didn’t say? He didn’t say let us pray, instead He took action by speaking to the storm Himself. Now He prayed to God often and God revealed to Him what to say and what to do. Jesus didn’t need to pray at this time because He was already prayed up and God had already told Him what to do.

In this scripture I don’t think He’s referring to the common types of prayer that we think of when we pray. If you could listen to a recording of all of your prayers that you’ve ever prayed to God I don’t think you will find the words that Jesus is describing when He said, “believe that you received (past tense) them, and you shall have them.” If you were to hear a recording of your prayers I’m afraid you would find some of your prayers are filled with your not believing that you have already received your request. I’m very guilty of that myself. I have found that I have prayed with lack of trust that God will do just what He said in His words. Any lack of trust is just the opposite of this scripture.

I think Jesus is not speaking of just prayer alone. Notice in verse 23 Jesus tells us to speak to the mountain with our words. He’s telling us to speak to the problem, the need, the lack, the sickness, the disease. He does not tell us to talk about the problem to friends, family, pastor, or neighbor. No, He tells us to take action and tell the circumstance in life what you want it to do. Then He goes on to say, “. . . and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe (believe that is has already happened – that its already yours) that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Jesus is telling us to get our words in line with His words. We are expected to take the God kind of faith in our words by using His words to overcome in every situation we face in this life. Jesus is telling us to use the God kind of faith by saying whatever God had to say and believe what He said and without doubting that whatever he said will come to pass.

So how do we do this? Jesus gave us the key when He talked about those that listen to His words and followed His words for every word that Jesus spoke were words that God told Him to say. The lesson here is to spend time getting to know every word that Jesus spoke and apply them in your life. Speak what Jesus said and believe what He said without any doubt in your heart and your reward will be when you stand before Jesus He will say to you, “Well Done . . .!”

Get to know Jesus and His words.  Do what He did and says what He said.  His words are action words Now its up to you to "do these sayings of mine" by taking action by speaking words mixed with faith, i.e., "Let's go to the other side!"

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Are All Foods Are Permissible to Eat?

By Chet Nowlen

To answer that question let’s take a look at what God had to say in The Old Testament out specific foods that were not to be eaten and also foods that were permissible, but first let’s talk about the beginning of food.

Before God created man He created light and then He created the atmosphere also known as firmament Heaven. Then He repositioned the earth to divide the waters called seas and dry land. Then He caused the earth to bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw this was good. Notice God provided food for animals and man before they were created.

So what did the man eat in God’s Garden. He ate fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and grains. The Garden was full of healthy foods, but there were some foods that were not good for man and God told man not to eat from a certain tree. As you know man did disobey which caused him to die spiritually. Notice he did not eat any meat in the Garden.

Man was originally intended to live forever in his natural body, but because of sin man could no longer live forever in his natural state therefore is destined to die. Adam lived to be 930-years old before he died. Adam’s children and grandchildren lived longs lives as well. The oldest man, that the scripture tell us, is Methuselah which lived to be 969-years old.

As time passed God was very displeased with man because of a terrible thing that had happened. In Genesis 6 we find that “the sons of God” saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. The sons of God are not natural men. This is teaching is controversial and I’m sure I some of you will not agree, and that’s okay. These “sons of God” were not men but were fallen angels. These fallen angels took natural women, born of men, by force and these women bear sons of these angels. The sons of the sons of God grew to be giant men both in physical stature and also in control over the people. These giants were very wicked and corrupted all of mankind except for Noah. God knew he had to destroy this race of giants and all the corruption in the earth so He chose the only one man that had a personal relationship with God to survive what was to come. You know the story of Noah and the Ark so I will not go into that detail now.

Notice in Genesis 6:3 God decided it was no longer good for man to live to be hundreds of years old. God shortened man’s life expectancy to 120-years. So, how did He do that? Notice in Genesis 9:3-4 God gave permission for man to eat flesh as long as it is not alive and the blood is drained out of it. My theory is that when men started eating the flesh of animals and fish is when his life expectancy dropped to only 120-years of age.

In book of Leviticus God designated that there are certain foods that are clean and certain foods that are unclear. Let’s look at Leviticus 11 Amplified Version

  1. AND THE Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
  2. Say to the Israelites: These are the animals which you may eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
  3. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, any of these animals you may eat.
  4. Nevertheless these you shall not eat of those that chew the cud or divide the hoof: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you. 
  5. And the coney or rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you. 
  6. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not divide the hoof; it is unclean to you. 
  7. And the swine, because it divides the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud; it is unclean to you. 
  8. Of their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean to you. 
  9. These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, these you may eat; 
  10. But all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all the creeping things in the waters, and of all the living creatures which are in the waters, they are [to be considered] an abomination and abhorrence to you.
  11. They shall continue to be an abomination to you; you shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall detest their carcasses. 
  12. Everything in the waters that has not fins or scales shall be abhorrent and detestable to you. 
  13. These you shall have in abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, for they are detestable: the eagle, the ossifrage, the ospray, 
  14. The kite, the whole species of falcon, 
  15. Every kind of raven, 
  16. The ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, every species of hawk, 
  17. The owl, the cormorant, the ibis, 
  18. The swan, the pelican, the vulture, 
  19. The stork, all kinds of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat. 
  20. All winged insects that go upon all fours are to be an abomination to you;
  21. Yet of all winged insects that go upon all fours you may eat those which have legs above their feet with which to leap on the ground. 
  22. Of these you may eat: the whole species of locust, of bald locust, of cricket, and of grasshopper.
  23. But all other winged insects which have four feet shall be detestable to you. 
  24. And by [contact with] these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass of them shall be unclean until the evening, 
  25. And whoever carries any part of their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 
  26. Every beast which parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you; everyone who touches them shall be unclean. 
  27. And all that go on their paws, among all kinds of four-footed beasts, are unclean to you; whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 
  28. And he who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you. 
  29. These also are unclean to you among the creeping things [that multiply greatly] and creep upon the ground: the weasel, the mouse, any kind of great lizard, 
  30. The gecko, the land crocodile, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 
  31. These are unclean to you among all that creep; whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 
  32. And upon whatever they may fall when they are dead, it shall be unclean, whether it is an article of wood or clothing or skin (bottle) or sack, any vessel in which work is done; it must be put in water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; so it shall be cleansed. 
  33. And every earthen vessel into which any of these [creeping things] falls, whatever may be in it shall be unclean, and you shall break the vessel. 
  34. Of all the food [in one of these unclean vessels] which may be eaten, that on which such water comes shall be unclean, and all drink that may be drunk from every such vessel shall be unclean. 
  35. And everything upon which any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean; whether an oven, or pan with a lid, or hearth for pots, it shall be broken in pieces; they are unclean, and shall be unclean to you. 
  36. Yet a spring or a cistern or reservoir of water shall be clean; but whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean. 
  37. If a part of their carcass falls on seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean; 
  38. But if any water be put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it shall be unclean to you. 
  39. If any animal of which you may eat dies [unslaughtered], he who touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening. 
  40. And he who eats of its carcass [ignorantly] shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening; he also who carries its carcass shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. 
  41. And everything that creeps on the ground and [multiplies in] swarms shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten. 
  42. Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has more [than four] feet among all things that creep on the ground and swarm you shall not eat; for they are detestable. 
  43. You shall not make yourselves loathsome and abominable [by eating] any swarming thing that [multiplies by] swarms, neither shall you make yourselves unclean with them, that you should be defiled by them. 
  44. For I am the Lord your God; so consecrate yourselves and be holy, for I am holy; neither defile yourselves with any manner of thing that multiplies in large numbers or swarms.
  45. For I am the Lord Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God; therefore you shall be holy, for I am holy.
  46. This is the law of the beast, and of the bird, and of every living creature that moves in the waters, and creeps on the earth and multiplies in large numbers,
  47. To make a difference (a distinction) between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.

At first thought the laws given here seem only to have been made obsolete by Jesus. He taught that it is not what goes into the mouth but what comes out of it that defiles a man (Matt. 15:17-20), and Paul said that when the complete and perfect came, the incomplete and imperfect would become void and superseded (I Cor. 13:9, 10), for "there is nothing unclean of itself" (Rom. 14:14 KJV). But while all these specific laws have become void, we must not lose sight of the fact that they are "superseded" by the underlying spiritual principle, which is just as binding. Christ's teaching relates to the whole area of our living, including our eating and drinking, and is dominated by the principle, "Whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God" (I Cor. 10:31). We do well to remember that it was Jesus Christ Himself who said, "Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law...; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill" it (Matt. 5:17).

  • Matthew 15:17-20 Amplified Version - "Do you not see and understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the abdomen and so passes on into the place where discharges are deposited? But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs) such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech. These are what make a man unclean and defile [him]; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean or defile [him]."
  • Mark 7:19 Amplified Version - "Since it does not reach and enter his heart but [only his] digestive tract, and so passes on [into the place designed to receive waste]? Thus He was making and declaring all foods [ceremonially] clean [that is, abolishing the ceremonial distinctions of the Levitical Law]"
  • 1 Timothy 4:3 Amplified Version - "Who forbid people to marry and [teach them] to abstain from [certain kinds of] foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and have [an increasingly clear] knowledge of the truth."
  • Hebrews 13:9 Amplified Version - "Do not be carried about by different and varied and alien teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established and ennobled and strengthened by means of grace (God's favor and spiritual blessing) and not [to be devoted to] foods [rules of diet and ritualistic meals], which bring no [spiritual] benefit or profit to those who observe them."

To finally answer the question is yes all foods are permissible to eat. However, even though all foods are permissible does not mean that they are healthy for you. Most Jews still practice the Leviticus Law and those that do have a much less sickness and disease rate than those that eat unclean foods. Pork is the most commonly eaten unclean food that people have been consuming and is the worst possible meat we can eat and its one of the main causes for sickness and disease in the world today.

Why did God distinguish certain foods clean and unclean? Was it to establish religious rules to burden the people? No, when God allowed man to start eating meat after the flood man’s life expectancy was reduced to 120-years. The designation of meats that were unclean was because these meats have a negative effect on the body. In other words the eating of unclean foods shorten our life expectance to be less than 120-years because they can cause a wide variety diseases. Meats are good protein sources that are necessary to our living a healthy life, however, we must abstain from eating the unclean foods in order to live a long healthy life.

There are so many food choices today and many of the foods that are considered everyday foods you may not have considered them as unhealthy, i.e., dairy, catfish, shrimp, crawfish, lobster, clams, mussels, and pork. Not only are certain foods we consider as “everyday foods” healthy, but there are many additives in the preparing and cooking of foods that are making us unhealthy, i.e., lard, unsaturated fat, salt, margarines just to name a few. You will be amazed when you take a look at the “everyday” food products in grocery stores that are actually unclean. The most comprehensive website I’ve found that gives a list of clean and unclean (healthy and unhealthy) food products is found at http://www.theisraelofgodrc.com/CUPL.html

Hosea 4:6 (Amplified Bible) - "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children."

Hosea 4:6 was written especially to the Israelites, but I also a profound statement that I think this statement also applies to the foods we eat. We are unintentionally poisoning ourselves by eating the wrong foods because of “Lack of Knowledge!”  We are dying prematurely because of "Lack of Knowledge."

Please feel free to send your questions by e-mail to Chet at welldone@comcast.net

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Help Lord, the Devil Wants Me Fat

by Chet Nowlen

About 20+ years ago I read a fabulous book titled "Help Lord, the Devil Want Me Fat" by CS Lovett. Mr. Lovett's book was written long before all the best known diet and weight loss books available today. I would highly recommend reading his book and it is available on Amazon.com or cslovettbooks.com.

"Help Lord, The Devil Wants Me Fat is a scriptural approach to managing one's body and its far beyond what our modern nutritionist and weight loss experts teach today.

Someone asked me recently, "What do you think is the cause for the obesity epidemic in America today?" Being obese myself this question was a bit embarrassing for me. Back in the 50's and 60's the number of obese people counted less than the non-obese people. So what happened since the 60's to cause Americans to be obese. There are several causes this and as for me mine was addiction to dairy.

Around 9-10 years old I became addicted to chocolate milk. I could not get enough of it and because of that I began to grow faster than the other kids my age. I also became addicted to ice cream and could eat a gallon per weekend. By the time I was 12 years old I was almost 6' tall and weighed 145 lbs. I was bigger than most everyone else my age, but I was not stronger, nor healthier.

When I was 13-years old I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I don't think the doctors charted cholesterol and triglyceride level at that time, but if they had I'm sure my levels would have been considered high. In 1967 I joined the Marine Corps, but failed the physical because my blood pressure was too high.

To answer the question as to why obesity is a problem in America is for the following reasons:

  • Eating and drinking foods that are not meant for human consumption, i.e., processed and refined foods, dairy, pork, bottom feeder (trash eaters) creatures, i.e., catfish, shrimp, lobster, craw fish etc. In a later lesson I will give you more details of God's program of foods that are safe to eat and those that are not safe to eat.
  • Marketing of unhealthy fast foods in the media 
  • Chemicals added to foods for longer shelf life 
  • Genetic engineering that alters the natural state of produce for the purpose of larger crops and less use of pesticides. 
  • Hormones added to animals to make them grow fast and to weigh heavier - when we consume animals with these hormones we ingest the hormone as well. 
  • Processed foods have high salt content - high salt content causes us to crave more food. It also causes us to eat beyond full 
  • Fructose is also unnecessarily being added to processed food. Sugar in whatever form it’s added to food is also creates a craving to overeat. 
  • Greed - I think greed is the motivation cause for companies that knowingly and willfully produce and distribute foods that are not safe for human consumption. They desire more profit (money) than they care about the effects their products on our bodies. 
  • Stress - Since the 1960's our lives have become a lot more stressful that it was back in those days. There just never seems to be enough time for us to eat right or to exercise. This is one of the tricks of Satan to try to keeps in bondage and keep us from looking to our Heavenly Father.
  • Cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches - The Parable of The Sower is probably the most important parable that Jesus ever taught.  Here's what Jesus has to say about cares:
  • o “Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” Mark 4:19 Amplified

    o “And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection.” Luke 8:19 Amplified

    o “And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious and troubled [with cares] about your life, as to what you will [have to] eat; or about your body, as to what you will [have to] wear.” Luke 22:22 Amplified

    o “And which of you by being overly anxious and troubled with cares can add a cubit to his stature or a moment [unit] of time to his age [the length of his life]?” Luke 12:25 Amplified

    o “If then you are not able to do such a little thing as that, why are you anxious and troubled with cares about the rest?” Luke 12:26 Amplified

    o “But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;” Luke 21:34 Amplified

    o Cares of this world have to do with what you think about the most. Cares can be burdens, obsessed with making money, and lust to satisfy your desires. Being consumed with the cares of this life is a trick of Satan to keep your mind distracted from trusting in God’s word. Here’s what the Apostle Peter has to say about cares: “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 Amplified
The marketing of unhealthy foods has caused a brain washing of Americans to accept processed foods and unhealthy foods as foods that are good to eat. But, the truth of the matter is these foods killing us with cancer, diabetes, heart failure, etc.
Here's a scripture that I feels God is saying about processed foods:

Proverbs 23: 1-7 Amplified Version
  1. WHEN YOU sit down to eat with a ruler, consider who and what are before you; 
  2. For you will put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to desire. 
  3. Be not desirous of his dainties, for it is deceitful food [offered with questionable motives]. 
  4. Weary not yourself to be rich; cease from your own [human] wisdom. 
  5. Will you set your eyes upon wealth, when [suddenly] it is gone? For riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens. 
  6. Eat not the bread of him who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods; 
  7. For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Overcomer

By Chet Nowlen

The Holy Spirit has been tugging at my heart to write an article about the importance of being an overcomer in this world.  Jesus overcame the world and I am in Christ Jesus therefore I am an overcomer.  The curse no longer has my spirit, the eternal me in bondage.  However, I still live in a body is still subject to the cares of this present worldly system.  My spirit is free, but my body is still craves to be controlled by the lust for food and other worldly pleasures.

The Holy Spirit is saying to me that I am to become an overcomer of my body and its lust for worldly pleasures.  Here are a few scriptures the New Testiment in the King James Version about the importance of being an overcomer:

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Romans 3:4 "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."

Romans 12:21 "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

2 Peter 2:19 "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."

2 Peter 2:20 "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning."

1 John 2:13 "I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father."

1 John 2:14 "I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one."

1 John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

1 John 5:4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

1 John 5:5 "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"

Revelation 2:7 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Revelation 2:11 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death."

Revelation 2:17 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."

Revelation 2:26 "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:"

Revelation 3:5 "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."

Revelation 3:12 "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."

Now I don't know about you, but after reading the above scriptures I can see why The Holy Spirit is stressing the importance of being an overcomer.  Our flesh is overcome by the sin nature and The Holy Spirit is saying that it is very important that we, the believers in Christ Jesus, are to overcome and subdue the flesh and all its carnal desires.  Notice the blessings in the Revelation scriptures that Jesus promised are waiting for the overcomers.

The Bible is full of scriptures that teach us to be overcomers of the flesh and I will share these with you in future articles.
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