WINDOWS ON THE WORD - Newsletter of Tim Greenwood Ministries
Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous Light Of Jesus Christ

From The Editor -- by Tim Greenwood   July 2008
This month I feel led of the Lord to “meddle” or “stick my nose into” your personal lives.  Now hopefully you know that I love you and that my only desire is to help you transition and make the changes necessary to become more like our Lord King Jesus.

Where were your children last Sunday?  I’m using “children” as in “offspring” which includes your children K through 12 that live under your roof.  Where were they?  Were they at the church with you?  If not, why not?  “Oh, Brother Tim, little Dear Heart, said that they didn’t feel like going to church last week.”  Who ASKED Them?

On Monday morning, do you ASK, “OK, who FEELS like going to school today?”  “Who would rather hang out with friends, go to the mall or go to a ball game?”  NO!  You tell them to get their tails out of bed, get properly dressed, and get to school!  So then, what priority are they being taught that church should have in their lives?

“Well I want them to be able to choose what they believe.”  GREAT!  Tell me that in a few years when you are praying for them to come back to the Lord.  A godless liberal media, anti-Christian officials, activist teachers, liberal schools and the Devil himself are actively helping them “choose” every day of the week! 

Prov. 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is older, he will not depart from it.”  The Message Bible says, “Point your kids in the right direction -- when they're older they won't become lost.”  What that is saying is to teach them, or expose them to the teaching on how to use the Bible as their compass in life, using Jesus as an example.

In Jewish society, (remember, Jesus was a Jew), a child remains a child until age 12 or 13 when they go through a rite of passage to become adults and begin taking on adult responsibilities.  (There were no “tweens” or “teens” in Jesus’ day and adolescent behavior was not tolerated.)  So the best time to train a child is age birth-12, but there is still hope for the teens and young adults to learn if you regularly expose them to anointed teaching, preaching corporate prayer and worship as long as they are under your roof. 

Jesus said, “REPENT” for the Kingdom is here! “Repent” means “change.”  Becoming a Christian is predicated on CHANGE!  Christian growth requires CHANGE!  Just because you “got comfortable” does not mean you are done!  When you stand before Jesus, I don’t want Him to ask, “WELL?”  I want Him to proclaim, “Well Done!”                                         

Window On The Word -- by Tim Greenwood



Back a number of years ago, I had a dream in which I was walking through the woods on a beautiful autumn day and came upon an open meadow covered by bright colored fall leaves.  As I cut diagonally across the meadow every step I took was into another metal animal trap.  There was no sensation of pain, but by the time I was halfway across, there were so many traps attached to my boots, and jeans that it nearly doubled my weight.

There were everything from bear traps, to mouse traps and every type of snare.  A few more steps and I could no longer move forward due to the combined weight of the traps both big and small.

Then I heard the voice of God say, “This is how guilt and shame operates against man.”  “It builds up and then weighs down until it stops all forward progress.”  Guilt and shame slowly paralyze their victims by becoming a burden that can no longer be carried.

Guilt and Shame are a pair of malevolent spirits that always travel together whose satanic assignment is to stop you from reaching your destiny.  You must learn to resist them in the same way you resist a spirit of fear.  How does guilt and shame come?

Picture a single shining light bulb hanging from a cord in the center of a large empty warehouse.  For the sake of this analogy, lets say that the light bulb represents God.  When all is well you stand facing the light.  But when you give in to temptation and sin, you became wicked or “twisted like a candle wick or wicker” and you turn away from the light.  That is when the spirit of Guilt and Shame sow the seeds of guilt and shame into your mind.  The second you receive that seed into your heart the spirit of fear sows a seed of fear. Receiving the seed of fear into your heart will cause you to run away from the light – into the darkness – where the Devil will beat you to a pulp – until you run back to the light.

John 3:19 This is condemnation, that light is come into the world, but men love darkness more than light, therefore their deeds are evil.

For many people this becomes a regular cycle.  How do you stop it?  The easiest way to stop it is not to sin.  Can we still say that?  I ask because I haven’t heard much about sin lately.  The next line of defense is to refuse to receive guilt and shame.  Your next defense is to refuse to receive fear.  And finally, whether or not you received guilt, shame or fear, REPENT!  The word “repent” means to turn around, change direction, become un-twisted and run back to the light, confess your sin and ask for forgiveness.

Are you already burdened down by guilt and shame?  Have they weighed you down and worn you out?

Jesus, in Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that are fatigued by heavy labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus is saying, Let’s TRADE!  Your burden is so heavy that you can’t move!  Here, take mine and I’ll carry yours for you.  Or even better, let’s make the trade permanent!

1Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you.”

Guilt and shame are just tools of the Devil to produce fruit.  The fruit of guilt and shame is self-condemnation.  The Devil’s goal is to pressure you till you “SAY” something.  He knows that his only authority on this planet is through the authority of your words.  So he is waiting for you to say anything that can be used as evidence against you!

So, just like your mother told you, “If you don’t have something good to say, keep your mouth shut!” 
Resist guilt and shame.         

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