Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
-- by Tim Greenwood
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
transition and make the changes necessary to become more like our Lord
Where were your children last Sunday? I’m using “children” as in
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
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?”
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,
schools and the Devil himself are actively helping them “choose” every
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
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
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
to anointed teaching, preaching corporate prayer and worship as long as
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
On The Word
-- by Tim Greenwood
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
meadow covered by bright colored fall leaves.
As I cut diagonally across the meadow every step I took was into
metal animal trap. There was no
sensation of pain, but by the time I was halfway across, there were so
traps attached to my boots, and jeans that it nearly doubled my weight.
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
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
Guilt and Shame are
a pair of malevolent spirits
that always travel together whose satanic assignment is to stop you
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
and you turn away from the light. That
is when the spirit of Guilt and Shame sow the seeds of guilt and shame
your mind. The second you receive that
seed into your heart the spirit of fear sows a seed of fear. Receiving
of fear into your heart will cause you to run away from the light –
darkness – where the Devil will beat you to a pulp – until you run back
John 3:19 This
is condemnation, that light is come
into the world, but men love darkness more than light, therefore their
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,
your sin and ask for forgiveness.
Are you already burdened down by guilt and
shame? Have they weighed you down and
worn you out?
in Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me,
all ye that are fatigued by heavy labor and are heavy laden, and I will
you rest.” “Take my
yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest
souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus is saying, Let’s TRADE! Your burden is so heavy that you
move! Here, take mine and I’ll carry
yours for you. Or even better, let’s
make the trade permanent!
says, “Cast all
your care upon him; for he cares for you.”
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
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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