14 May 2013

How to Bless Your Leader's Heart Podcast ~ Part Two

Here's part 2 of Perla's podcast teaching, "How to Bless Your Leader's Heart".

Enjoy this latest one from Perla...

09 May 2013

Throwback Thursday: "Church: No Witches Allowed"

I am not expecting a lot of applause at the end of this. 

I recently had a conversation with a friend of ours. During this conversation they mentioned that God had convicted them of certain behavior ~ and that they were 'working on it'.

Unfortunately, I believe a lot of the church is where this dear friend of ours is in their walk.  A lot of believers are 'working on' something and in the meantime, living in disobedience.

In chapter four of his book, Spiritual Boot Camp, Jim McIver talks about obedience.

I actually sat under the teaching of this particular chapter the night before my conversation with our friend and was amazed at the parallels that could be drawn.

When God, and, as our friend had stated, other people, comment on certain behavior tendencies that they notice, and they do so in a biblically sound manner, and we still refuse to heed that counsel, we are in disobedience to God, and in rebellion.

The issue that was addressed in private through their friends (and the Spirit of God) was not corrected

Repeated attempts to correct the believer had met with rebellion.  That believer that does not heed the counsel of others in private should prepare for an open rebuke.

1 Samuel 15:23:
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

In his book, Bishop McIver writes:

"Just think, disobedience is an act of departure from God.....God is not impressed with our good ideals.....All that is necessary in following God is this: be led by His Spirit and obey his commands.  Anything that is contrary to God's command is witchcraft and idolatry....There is no rocket science concerning the Will of God....In every area of our lives where God has made His Will clear, we are to obey regardless of the cost."

If God has indeed made His Will clear to you, then 'working on it' is not an option. 

Apply the blood to it? Yes! 

Pray through it? Yes! 

Rebuke it? Bind it? Curse it? 

Yes! Yes! and Yes! 

But if we are 'working on it', we are still partaking in it, and that is disobedience. 

That is rebellion. 

That is witchcraft. 

In fact, the more I think about it, if I am 'working on it', I have either denied the Power of God or not given Him full control over that area of my life.  We all have had that something that we 'worked on', and, truth be told, we liked it too much to let it go.

So what is it for you?  What have you been 'working on'? 

Stop practicing witchcraft and obey God!

07 May 2013

"Coming Soon" & "How Do I Tell Them?"

Coming Soon
A podcast by Perla is in the works.  The planned release is this week.  In the meantime, here is a re-post of an entry I felt needed to be put out there again....

How Do I Tell Them?
By now, someone has crossed your mind, who you think may not be going to heaven. When we first get saved, we are so over the top that we usually scare people away with our new-found faith. We want so badly to tell others that we push them away with 'the gospel'. God's message of love is so gentle. He is a gentleman. He does not push and neither should we.

If however, you come across someone to whom you need to explain what has happened to you, there are some simple scriptures to use. They are known as the "Roman Road". Note: if someone does not believe the Word of God is true, then you are dealing with foolishness and you will need more experience and knowledge of God and His Word before truly dealing with that person. But here are a few scriptures you can use to explain your conversion to others who are receptive to the Word of God.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 
 We all have sinned and fall short of God's purpose for our lives - to know Him and walk with Him.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23
Wages are just payment... due reward... what one has coming because of labor. The just payment for our sin is death. Death here means a spiritual disconnect. When we are still in our sin, we have no life with God. We are alive physically but dead spiritually. If we continue in that condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity.

But God demonstrates his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

In a demonstration of His love for us, He gave His own life.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.Romans 10:13

Pretty simple here: Call on Him and He will save you.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.Romans 10:9-10

That's it really. No rocket science; faith and confession is all it takes to become a child of God. Only believers will ever understand the change that takes place following the conversion experience. Give your testimony of what happened with you - the burden being lifted, the emptiness filled, the chains broken. Your testimony will be attractive to others and that will open their hearts to receive the Word of Truth.

03 May 2013

Back to Basics

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

God has shown us in His Word what it is that He wants from us.

We can confuse it by doctrinal discussions and denominational arguments, but it really is very basic.

Do Justly. 

Give to everyone what they are due to receive, what they have earned.

This carries both positive and negative consequences.  But above all, it must be just; it must be righteous.  Give every man according to his works.

Give praise. Give correction.  Give guidance. Give justly.

Be fair.

Love Mercy.

When you truly love something, you place it before yourself.  I love my wife.  I love my children.  I place their interests before myself.

If I love mercy, I am going to grant mercy to someone even if it means that I will suffer or be denied something through that merciful action.

Someone cut you off? Mercy.

Someone lied on you? Mercy. (but justly)

Rebellious children? Mercy. (justly)

In Spanish, there is a word: pesada (pay-SA-da).  It means 'heavy'.  It can be applied to a person in another sense too.  Someone who is 'pesada' is very needy; always causing you to be on your toes - so that you don't offend them.  They are easily offended. These people are very heavy on your emotions and patience and attention.  If you don't know someone who is pesada, then it may just be you who are pesada.

Pesada people require mercy ~ and grace ~ lots of it ~ at least until they can be delivered!

Walk Humbly.

Walking humbly with God is simplified in one word; OBEY.

If we obey God's Word, we are walking humbly with Him.

If we obey His direction on a daily basis, we are walking humbly with Him.

If we do justly and love mercy, we are walking humbly with Him.

Do Justly.
Love Mercy.
Walk Humbly.
It's basic.

If you've been following us on Facebook, you've noticed that we've changed the name of the page to match with the blog now.  Also, you saw a teaser about a great treat coming soon.  I'll give you a hint: "Perla".  Stay tuned! 

02 May 2013


And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us.
1 John 5:14