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   September 2009

The Elements

The following is what the Holy Spirit said
during a meeting while taking communion.
These elements of communion are symbolic (representations) of the past for our NOW and our FUTURE.

The body (bread) is symbolic of Jesus’ broken body because His body is NO LONGER broken but symbolic of His body being broken in the past to redeem us from the curses in the NOW and in the FUTURE.

The blood (cup) is symbolic because Jesus no longer has blood coursing through His body but rather light and life.  The blood (cup) is symbolic of Jesus’ blood shed in the past for the remission of our sins in the NOW and in the FUTURE.

The Living Word says – "Do this IN REMEMBRANCE of Me".

As we approach the closing of this age, Marcia and I encourage each of you to prayerfully consider taking the elements of communion daily.  We have done this now for years and it is our belief that it will really make a difference in your in your life ans it has ours.  It need not be some elaborate cerimony.  We simply come togather before our Lord with this simple two part prayer.

Lord Jesus, we come before you now to thank you for giving your body to be broken, beaten and brutilized so that we could be redeemed from every aspect of the curse back into the blessings of your Kingdom, and we appropriate and commerate your body now through this bread of communion.

And Lord, we come before you now to thank you for sheding your life's blood for the remission and ongoing forgiveness of our sins as well as covering us with that blood for our protection and provision, and we appropriate and commerate that blood now through this cup of communion.

Window On The Word -- by Nancy Smith, member of the TGM Board of Directors


Are you a WARRIOR

Do you like word puzzles?  If you do (or even if you don’t) it won’t take you long to figure out that with the addition of a few vowels, you have two words that represent complete opposites of the spectrum of human behavior and emotions. 

Now when we think of warriors, we likely picture a tall, muscular Marine suited up in body armor and equipped with state-of-the art weaponry and the very latest in stealth search and destroy technology.  When we visualize a worrier, perhaps Barney Fife comes to mind.  Most of us are somewhere between those two extremes.  Have you ever really thought about the state of mind in which you live your daily life?  Likely you were brought up like myself – I cut my teeth on fear.  “Don’t go into the road – a car will hit you”, “Don’t talk to strangers – they might snatch you”, “There’s a boogey man hiding in the dark” and so on. 

I managed to avoid those misfortunes on my journey to adult life.  Other mishaps, like getting tromped by a horse, slogging on foot through rising floodwaters, moving faster than the snake in the “ole swimming hole” were the stuff of adventure in my young life.  But when I became part of the working world, other fears became part and parcel of my thinking – like making the rent, paying the doctor bill, having a car that operated more than 50% of the time. 

All manner of different fears made their home in my mind and emotions and I became a world-class worrier.  I wasn’t happy unless I was worried about something!  And there was always one more thing to worry about.  Even though I considered myself a Christian during my young adult life, I hadn’t a clue that God’s Word is full of instruction about worry and fear.  One of the most powerful scriptures concerning fear is Rev.  21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” Notice what is listed first – fearful (worrier).  In the Word it is listed even before murder and sorcery.  How many Christians realize that God takes fear VERY seriously?

“But I can’t help worrying!  I’m on the verge of losing my job, and if I lose my job I lose my house.  I can’t feed my family”… and so it goes.  Know this – it is not God’s plan that His family go without.  See 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”.  Jeremiah 29:11 (New International version) says “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

NOT worrying requires a conscious, firm decision to turn from negative confessions (“I can’t..” ).  But to conquer worry also requires a positive relationship with God.  Under our own power, we likely will not accomplish many great things.  But when our spirits join with God’s Holy Spirit, we learn that “all things are possible”.  Did you realize that before Jesus rejoined His Father in the heavenlies, He imbued His followers with His own authority?  Luke 10:19 tells us “I have given you authority …. to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

The devil’s favorite job is to steal, kill and destroy anything and everything that belongs to us.  We don’t have to just lie down and take it.  Jesus gave us the power to use His name (which is above all other names in existence) and He urges us to put on his whole armor (Eph.  6:10-20).  Who wears armor?   A warrior!  A good definition of a warrior is one who is engaged in or experienced in battle.  Another meaning is one who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict.

Remember the Marine who was lugging around his weapons and equipment?  Yes that is one kind of warrior – but any of us can fulfill the definition of being aggressively engaged in an activity or cause.  Even the fragile grandmother can be a fierce warrior in the activity of fervent prayer.  Perhaps we war against hunger by volunteering (or donating) at the local food bank.  We might battle for children facing a life without love or hope by being a Big Brother or Big Sister.  Even so modest an act as visiting a neighbor who is going through a rough patch in life can be an “act of war” – spiritual war.  Battle loneliness, discouragement, and hurts on behalf of others and before long, your own challenges won’t seem nearly as big. 

Our elder brother Jesus fought the greatest battle of all some 2,000 years ago, and won the victory for all time, for all humankind.  He has conquered all the temptations that man can experience, and offers us His weapons so that we can triumph over them too.  Joshua understood that with God’s help, one would chase a thousand (Jos.  23:10).  That same promise is ours today – “the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you”.  If we will make Jesus an intimate part of our lives, His power can fill us with godly boldness and confidence - changing us from worriers to formidable warriors.

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