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Jesus Whipped It!

Christian Living, Encouragement, Sin | Posted by Inpulse1
May 15 2017

And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; He told those who were selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!” John 2:15-16

 

There’s nothing quite like an angry God, or His Son! Yahweh didn’t like sellers in His Father’s house. To put it simply: they didn’t belong there. There is no biblical reason given why…that is that this is a first in the entire Bible! This is the first time that we encounter merchandizing in God’s house! This is also the first time that we see Jesus explode with such anger. Not only does he take a whip and use it in anger against the pigeon sellers, but he also overturns their tables. I imagine the tables were close to each other.

Literally, Jesus made a mess of things! The scene was so bad, the merchants couldn’t find all their change, and nobody knew which of the many pigeons was theirs!

(I’m assuming that there were only pigeons being sold, because the verse doesn’t say anything else.)

The point is that Jesus saw something that bothered Him going on inside the church. Something wasn’t right at all.
And He called the church out on it!

Of course, the Pharisees thought they had something to say about it. After all, you know, we know, Jesus knew…that they were profiting off the merchant’s business.

Jesus got angry! He got steamed! You know when God’s Son grabs a whip…it’s not a pretty thing.

And yet the astonishing thing about the whole scene is that later on, the Pharisees use a whip on the Savior! And it tears away at the very flesh of the Lord!

Payback? Not quite. The Pharisees missed a crucial point: When Jesus uses a whip out of anger to clean His temple…it’s a righteous, lawful, cleansing act backed by love…for the Father, and for the church. When they used it, it was a self-righteous, self-served, undeserved, hiding act.

The birds being sold were part of the old system of sin offerings. You basically offered two birds for each sin that you wanted to cover. That way you were instantly covered by the way of the flesh, i.e; the work of your hands.

Jesus said “No, that’s not going to work anymore! This is a spiritual matter, and spiritual matters are not easy!”

So many of us look for an easy way out, let’s face it: we want the easy way out, and we are ready to hand over money for it: whether it be in form of CDS, DVDs, or even books. And there are people out there who will, and do, take advantage of that! It’s like the Old West Traveling Medicine Show…everything you need is all contained in one package!

BULLWHACKY!

The Bible is only one half of the answer. The second half is you! 
You only get out of the Bible as much as you put into the Bible!
So don’t look to the left,
and don’t look to the right.
Look straight ahead to The Bible!

Don’t let the Lord’s whip become your reality!

Post-Op (One Week)

Encouragement, Thankfulness | Posted by Inpulse1
May 02 2017

Well it’s been almost a week since my surgery last Wednesday. I’m still experiencing a lot of pain which is normal and expected. What I am having the most trouble with is the amount of saliva the post op is producing. I am unable to sleep a good night’s sleep because I have to spit it out on a constant basis…I don’t want to drown in it. That wouldn’t be good.

Of course, I am still on a liquid diet, which I also expected. But geeze willy, I sure do want a cheeseburger! (kidding).

Medication is making me drowsy. I actually fell out of bed this morning while I was attempting to get out of bed.

I’ve heard the pain will last up to three weeks. I still can’t talk…

But I am thankful that the surgery did go well.

Not me Lord!

Christian Living, Encouragement, Rememberance, Sin, Thankfulness | Posted by Inpulse1
Apr 16 2017

Peter, by the time that rooster crows twice, you will have deny me three times!”

It’s Easter…or Resurrection Day. A day that a miracle happened. A day like no other. It wasn’t enough that Christ called out Lazarus from the grave. No, that would have been just too simple. Besides, the opponent didn’t know Lazarus as well as they knew Jesus. There are no real accounts of Lazarus in the bible…other than he died and was resurrected.  We have no insights as to why he died. We only know that he was dead, and he rose again.

It’s that like Christianity is today? A lot of people, especially Christians, fill our churches on Easter Sunday. The only day out of the year where churches actually see near to capacity attendance. And for good reason: The account of Jesus’ resurrection carries with it a very strong message of hope! Let’s face it: every Christian leads a life of hardship. Some have it more extreme than others. But it’s those of us whom Jesus knows that will get the worst of the firey trials. Trials that will harden us to the point that we develop a sharp edge…an edge so fine, the Lord will use it to cut through the trail of legalized paperwork that man has set up for ourselves.

It’s not easy being Christian. Yes, there is the blessedness of life. We stumble onto Jesus either early or late, we revel in his forgiveness, in his everlasting love. Yet we are soon aware that trials are part of the program. We get knocked out of our safe zone. We get flattened like a steamroller. If we have any dross thing left over from the world we knew, it gets purged out of our system. And yes, the constant squeezing and wringing hurts. Sometimes it hurts like hell. You see, the life that Jesus beckons us to is a life of constant change.  It’s not one that says “You have arrived!” It’s one of “A little further now!” On the road to Golgotha…it was a heavy burden until the final destination…yet it wasn’t the final, final destination. There is always a little bit more to go.

And that’s what many Christians don’t understand! We must be dying on a daily, constant basis, or there can be no resurrection of hope. The old flesh has to come off, peeled off, skinned alive. If you are not feeling like you are being skinned on a daily basis, then you aren’t really living the Christian resurrection. There’s no Sunday, there’s no Friday, there is no weekend. It’s a daily grind that leaves you totally exhausted. But within Christ, there is always rest. Rest knowing that your reward is with and in Him!

For the Christian the fighting of the process of being refined is not a trivial matter. When the Spirit beckons you, you cannot shrug it off. The Truth is hard to ward off. It’s not a Easter Sunday truth, it’s a 24/7/365 constantly-on-your-back truth. It never leaves you alone, it only walks beside you, opening your eyes, taking off the blinders so you can see what is real.

Yet many are walking, and will walk in denial. There are those that do not seek Jesus, do not seek His face. Their reliance is on other people, and other things. In short, they trivialize Jesus. But Jesus, the Lord of lords, still beckons to them: ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” It almost sounds like a small plea, doesn’t it? Yet Jesus doesn’t exclude anyone from the sound of His voice. It crosses defined borders, races, regions, and even time itself. They heard His voice 2,000 or so years ago, and we still hear His voice today. It’s as strong as ever. What remains to do is simply open our hearts and then our minds.

I’ll tell you what…If Jesus can interrupt the enemy’s plans by rising on the third day, and by truly forgiving man’s sins, no matter what they are….then we, as a fallen creation, can rise up to meet His expectations! So let’s do this thing called repentance and obedience…now and forever!

Toil and trouble (THERE IS A FORTH MAN IN THE FIRE!) Repost from 2015/12/29

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Apr 11 2017

Eyes+on+Fire

In the day-to-day experiences of life, we have opportunities to learn to be like Jesus, to choose to be patient, to be considerate, to help others, to pray. On the job and in our homes, Jesus has something to say about what we do.

What about the trials and difficulties of life? We wish they’d go away, or even lessen, get turned down an notch. But Jesus never promised that. Instead, he promised us problems: “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). “No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20).

God uses our circumstances as opportunities for us to learn. Even Jesus had his fair share, or perhaps he had even more! â€śAlthough he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). If even Jesus had to learn through suffering, we can expect it to be part of our lives, too.

We will experience problems in life whether or not we follow Jesus. Don’t believe for one second that by giving up on Jesus, or even not believing in him at all, that you will escape your problems. That’s a straight lie from the enemy. You see, Jesus promised that he would never leave us nor forsake us. And the enemy knows this. Once you have Jesus on your side, it’s not so easy to get rid of him. The same goes for the enemy as well. Believe it! The enemy will only turn up the heat when he knows Jesus has you! As a straight up Christian walking, crawling, or even perhaps running down that narrow path, that path will have thorns…a LOT of thorns, that will engage you, scratch you, even bite you. Those thorns will leave their eternal mark on you.

But you shouldn’t worry about those thorns..because they are the mark of the true believer! Just remember, if you are not counted worthy of the Kingdom of heaven, then you will not have to face those thorns in the first place!

The problems for the true believer come when they are not being ripped to pieces by the thorns. That just means they are no longer on the narrow path. Just because you have the armor of God on doesn’t mean you won’t experience bumps, bruises, burns, or even soreness during your trials. The only thing that armor is supposed to do is to prevent the enemies darts, or steel tipped arrows from piercing your hide. But remember, just like David, you have to prove your armor. That means putting it on every single day. And sometimes, when God sees fit, He will adjust the armor..making it stronger, heavier. That means that you have to work out your spiritual armor every day, at every battle! Yes! There will be times when your armor will fail you! It’s supposed to fail you.. but it will keep you safe! When it does fail you, simply put on another piece. But remember…it’s not the enemy that is in control of the heat! God himself will turn up the fire!

You think you’ve had enough? No! I don’t think so! I think it’s up to God to say when you’ve had enough! Just like the children of Israel, your outcry that it’s enough will only prolong your experience…so get used to it. Harden up! Stand your ground and don’t let up! Because you know the fire never will!!!!

Just remember when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire…there was another man in there with them! And what happened to them? NOTHING! They came out of the fire knowing that when they went in their God would protect them!

Something else is to be learned from the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Something we should never forget! And it’s so simple, that we DO forget! What is it that we are overlooking? What is it that we fail to see when we are in the fire??

Get ready ya’ll!!!!

WE ARE NEVER ALONE!

If you believe that you are God’s…that He holds you in the palm of your hands…then you need to realize that God is pretty big! And though it seems like it…you’re not the only one in the fire. There are countless of other Christians who are in there with you! YES! There are Christians out there who are standing up for Righteousness, Holiness, and Truth! You may not have found them, but you know they’re out there. You see their faces every day! His people fill His world!

They are in the fire with you…however, they could either have been there longer than you, or even come after you!

THERE IS A FORTH MAN IN THE FIRE! And He represents all those who have gone in before you. He also represents those that will follow you!

Again, the point that I am trying to make is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE! It’s so easy to learn from the Bible about the many trials of those who chose to follow God! But what have you learned? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are people out there who are physically out there proclaiming God’s word! Living for Him! There are saints all over the world who are beaten, persecuted, brought down, taken to court, humiliated, tortured, killed! THEY ARE NOT ALONE!

There are governments all over the world with no love for the followers of Christ! Some of them actively have eyes and ears that search out and expose Christians…they come to their house, and take them and their family away…to separate places perhaps..and they torture them! They tell the head of the family that they will not only let them go, but they will also set their family free! On one condition! They must renounce Christ!

BUT THERE IS A FORTH MAN IN THE FIRE!

Our choice is not whether to be in the fire or not! As Christians, we are ALL in the fire together! But yet we all will not behave the same way at first! Some of us will melt away, only to be refined and hardened later. It’s up to the older generation to teach the younger generation to hold fast! An eagle that has been in battle does not look pretty. It may lack an eye, part of it’s skull perhaps…yes, it will definitely have battle scars. But it sits…perched on the highest pint of elevation possible! And when it ready…it leaps off into the air…only to soar higher…higher…higher still!

Are we as bold as an eagle? Do we long to soar? Well that takes experience! And just when we think we have enough, even more experience is required!

Remember this: God has no limits! He formed this planet..He separated the stars, the earth, and the seas! And when the angels thought He was done! God made us in His own image! And when He was done! God suffered! Oh how He suffered! He suffered the betrayal of His creation! He suffered the death of His Beloved Son!

And yet, God still wanted, and continues to yearn for, fellowship and communion with us!

Now I ask you….is being thrown into the increasing fire worth fellowship with God? Is the fact THERE IS A FORTH MAN IN THE FIRE! worth fellowship with God?

 

We may not always understand, and perhaps we never will until it is revealed to us, why God allows people to suffer. We may not see any good in it, or any lesson to learn. But God assures us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). We may not know how—we just have to trust him.

But be assured! You are never alone! You aren’t chosen to walk this path alone. Look around you…do you see those faces? Do you recognize them? These are your brothers and sisters..they are in the same fire with you! THEY ARE THE FORTH MAN IN THE FIRE!

Whatever the trial, we can at least be assured of this: “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (verse 18). We can be confident, even in our trials, that God has something wonderful planned for us. Our trials are only temporary, but the glory will last forever!

Gotta try this…

Encouragement, Thankfulness | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 30 2017

“The two best ways of escaping a problem: laugh so that you don’t stress out, and sleep to forget the problem. Don’t do both together or it will freak people out.”

 

Actually I’ve come pretty close. I didn’t laugh to forget a problem, I was just lying on the floor, listening to a sermon with my sister. I started laughing for some reason and I guess my breathing cut off for some reason. So I passed out… She will hate to admit it, but it did freak her out. She had to slap my stomach hard enough a couple of times to get me breathing again.

Then there was the time I started laughing so hard while I was standing up…that my knees started buckling under me…thank God I was able to sit down fast enough.

New Art

Christian Living, Encouragement, Thankfulness | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 18 2017

Just wanted to share this drawing I did of the Lord yesterday. It really blessed me as I had no idea really how it would come out. Eventually I will get a frame for it.

 

 

Is 666 Hidden in the Disney Logo?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 13 2017

Some comedy for you tonight.
 

I won’t say Disney is all clean though. Sure Mickey and the gang are classics, and the theme parks are way fun (Especially the Pirates theme park), but the Disney channel has proven that it can go too far.

Octopus

Discouragement, Encouragement, Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Mar 07 2017

This one has it’s own page. Please visit that and make sure your speakers are somewhat turned up.
Thanks!
http://inpulsearts.com/octopus/

A Note About Yesterday

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 09 2017

After finishing and reading my post yesterday I wanted to clarify something:

My suffering is not as severe as I believe it to be. I know there are others who are suffering even more. I can’t even begin to say, however, how I wish I could really reach out to them. I know a lot of people who are suffering through bad and broken marriages, physical pain, and I have known people who have experienced alcoholism homelessness…one of them being a an older cousin of mine. We did everything we could for him, but in the end he sadly and unfortunately chose to take his own life.

As I said, there are a lot of people whom only God can help. Even the well intentioned Christian can only do so much. We can feed them, clothe them, we can heal them to some extent…but we are most often than not, only the beginning.

We can do somethings, but we can’t do it all…We can provide them with food, but someone else needs to provide shelter…

This is something that while one brave soul can start, another needs to carry on, until the lost, broken soul can survive on God alone.

What I say isn’t meant to discourage anyone, any Christian, but it is meant to encourage one to another to get together in unity and become a powerful force to do good.

This is what church is all about…the coming together of the saints.

Be Healed – By Suffering!

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Feb 08 2017

One of the things I am struck with while reading the accounts of the Lord healing people in the Bible and by the casting out of demons, is the absence of any suffering going on while being healed. I believe I am not the only one who knows that healing is a process that starts with torture. None of us are healed overnight, none of us are healed instantly either. When we take aspirin for a headache, the headache lingers on for a while before the aspirin does it’s job. When we break a leg, the leg is broken for a few months until it heals. While the headache subsides and the leg heals, there continues to be pain. In the case of the broken leg there is the pain of the fracture itself, then there is the pain of healing, then the pain of strengthening while you learn to walk again.

In life we will go through various stages of suffering. It can be mental or physical, it can even be emotional. All require time to heal. You can never walk away unscathed from a relationship breakup anymore than you can walk away from the death of a loved one. Both take time to get over with.

If being healed instantly was entirely possible, we would be mindless robots and not flesh and blood.

Suffering teaches us a lot, or at least it’s supposed to. It teaches us to be humble. It teaches us not to look down on others who suffer (whatever type of suffering that is…) I know that I am watching my brothers suffering through a lot…I watch them as they work two jobs, doing what they can just to keep the house and family afloat. Or even work one job, with a lot of time off in between. I listen to the breakup of a family.

Right at the moment I am going through some major stuff in my body. There is the sleep apnea, obesity, my left knee and hand are experiencing moments of pain…probably either arthritis or gout. I notice my left index finger has moments of being stuck…normally I would think it’s due to my age…but who knows what is going on. My back is also hurting. God only knows what is next….

But I am becoming instinctively aware of things others are going through. Not that there’s much I can do to help them…that requires intervention from a God that is bigger than I am, and able to provide all the help that I can’t give. I mean I can’t actually cure such things as emphysema or alcoholism, cancer is out of my league for sure. I can’t touch neurosis…and unfortunately I don’t have the answer to homelessness and starvation. (Actually I do have that answer,   but no one would either listen or act on it).
 

All of what I have written are long term are relatively long term. Even a headache, a rather short term malady, can be long term depending on the state of the one who is going through it. But we can learn a lot through suffering, through our own, or through others….