Pastor's Corner

August 2017

August 27th, 2017

Romans 4:17: ("I have made you a father of many nations") in the presence of Him whom he believed--God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

I want to focus on the last phrase of this verse “who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”.  This is a powerful verse of scripture.  This verse identifies who we as God’s children are.  We are of such faith in Jehovah God and His Word that we trust his word and the illumination of the Holy Spirit, that although something has not happened or doesn’t exist we can claim that it does. 

1 John 5:14-15 tells us that we have a confidence in Him that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.  This is saying that we can have such a confidence in Him and His word that we can know that we have something before we have it.  That is calling those things that are not as though they are. 

I begin to think about this and how the devil who tries to imitate everything our Father in Heaven does, makes it look like the Lords work but the outcome is totally different.

For instance, your past.  One of the things that I have tried to teach here is that “We cannot afford to entertain any thought about us that God doesn’t think about us”.  If you have come to Jesus in real repentance and submission and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior then all your sins have been forgiven and those things in your past you wish you hadn’t done are gone.  He has separated you from them and your past as far as the East is from the West.  This also includes those of you who became a Christian, His child but then messed up.   Listen if God will forgive us while we were sinners then will He not forgive us when we are His children. 

Satan loves to bring up our past and even create doubts within us that we are not really saved.   The Lord is wanting to raise up a people who can say Satan has nothing in me. No part of my history, because my history declares the effectiveness of the Blood of Jesus.  And any time we visit our past apart from the blood of Jesus we visit a lie because our past no longer exists!    Jesus took care of it! 

So, when the devil comes at you through your mind and brings you things that are no longer part of you, and tries to call things that are not as though they are.  Allow the word of God to arise in you and you call those things that are, like the forgiveness of Jesus, and give Him the word.

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 

Pastor Lee Cruse who is grateful for Jesus who died for my sins that I would be forgiven. 



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August 20th, 2017

August 20, 2017

 

John 8:36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Jesus makes this statement to the Jews the Bible says, that believed in Him.  He tells them that “If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” John 8:31-32.   Jesus is saying that if you abide in My teachings and live in accordance with them-you are truly my disciples.   And because you are my disciples, then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.  

Now there were some Pharisees there that spoke up and doubted Jesus words and claimed to be Abraham’s descendants and stated that they had never been in bondage to anyone.   They ask, how can you say, you will be made free?

Jesus’s answer to them was that “whoever commits sin is the slave of sin”.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore, if the son makes you free you shall be free indeed. 

If the truth makes you free then what does a lie do, does it not put you into bondage?  But when Jesus makes the statement, that is one of the most quoted statements of all “ the truth shall make you free”, we need to understand that Jesus was not making a general statement to the truth in general. 

Jesus clarifies this by saying in vs. 36, “if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.   Truth and knowing the truth are always connected to Christ and if a person wants to be truly free they must come to Christ.  Then the person who comes must abide in Him and His word if they truly want to be free.

I hear people all the time talking about or thinking if they come to Christ they will be in bondage and a prisoner. They think they will be restricted!  I tell you the truth you will never know what true freedom is until you come to Jesus.

How many people do we know that are prisoners to drugs, or alcohol, to financial pressure?  How many that have gotten their selves into a bad relationship and are pressured to do things they really don’t feel free to do. 

To abide in Christ is to live in freedom, the Lord who loves you wants you to be free.  Hebrews 4 talks about rest and how we have to labor to enter into that rest.  This is not talking about Heaven, this is talking about being free to live your life without having to look back over your shoulder.  II Corinthians 6:12  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.   You see that is rest in the Lord and that is abiding in Him, that we understand Jesus has set us absolutely free, and we are to be discerning enough, that we don’t allow anything to drag us back into bondage. 

Let me give you a simple illustration of what I am talking about.  Let’s say that you buy a house and it has a nice back yard and your kids want to go out there and play.  The problem is that the back-yard backs right up to a four- lane interstate and cars and trucks are speeding by.   Now would you allow your kids to go out into that yard and play, chasing balls and whatever? I wouldn’t.  So they can’t enjoy the yard. 

Let’s say that you put up an 8 foot fence that keeps the kids from going into the highway.  Now some would say this is too restrictive on their freedom, least some who have no sense.  But now your kids are free to enjoy the back yard without fear, even though there is a restriction there.

The Lord puts restrictions in our life to protect us and because He loves us and so we can be free.  If we will abide in Him. 

Pastor Lee Cruse the pastor that Jesus Loves.       



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August 13th, 2017

II Corinthians 3:18: "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

We live in a time where the problems within our society are mounting, it seems, like we have never seen. We are experiencing an epidemic of drug problems that is touching every family, pornography is taking away the innocence of our children. Families seem to be divided and yet we have more technology to communicate than any time in history, but we seem more alone and isolated. The suicide rate of young adults 15 to 25 is increasing, but the question is, what is the answer to all these problems.

The single most important thing a church can do to help combat the lure of sin and these problems, is to make sure the gospel of Jesus Christ is the single most important thing about the church. If the Apostle Paul was right in II Corinthians 3:18 that beholding the glory of Jesus transforms us, and if he is right in Titus 2:11-12 that it is grace that trains people to renounce ungodliness, and if he is right in Romans 2:4 that it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance – and of course, he is- then we cannot expect the routine work of reminding the people of the law to do an adequate job. In countless other Bible passages, we see that it is only the gospel that solves our worship problems.

The commands of God are good and holy. Christians are not to ignore God’s laws! And we ought to apply all the commandments, and Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount reinforced them and made them stronger. But while the law is good it is only good at what it intended to do- to reveal the standard by which we’re to live and reveal our falling short of the standard.

The law cannot empower us to obey itself. It’s like a man who has a dirty face and looks in a mirror. The mirror shows him that his face is dirty but he would not start rubbing his face on the mirror to clean himself. The law can show us our sin but it can’t take it away and has no power to take our sin away. But the Holy Spirit working through the grace of God can do that very thing.

Grace is the only “thing” the Scriptures refers to as power. So, Christians are not free from the commandments, only the condemnation that comes from them. In a way, we are both free from the law and free to the law. Now we can obey God with Joy and gratitude, without fear that when we mess up we will be unjustified.

Until we understand that the gospel is the doorway into freedom from sin, even our religious efforts will simply be rearranging idols. What we are facing in this land and this culture is a worship problem, we have too many gods before Him. If we are not walking according to the Spirit in the grace of God, all our efforts to change, including religious efforts become efforts of self-worship conducted according to the flesh.

The answer is that we must find our satisfaction in Christ; any other fulfillment we seek to replace the idolatry in any sin will simply be another idol.

Pastor Lee Cruse, who has a desire to truly learn to worship our Lord.



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August 6th, 2017

II Corinthians 5:7: "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

For the last few weeks we have been talking about how the Lord so designed you and I that we are Spirit, Soul and body. That the Lord designed us that our Spirit came alive when we received Jesus Christ into our heart and it is our Spirit that our Father in Heaven wants to rule and be king in our being. Our Soul is to be servant or subservient to our Spirit and our body is to be slave as to what our Spirit tells it to do.

In the last few weeks I have had several people come to me and ask how it is that we walk in the Spirit. The Bible tells us that “if we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” (Gal. 5:16) Ephesians 5:18 tells us that “to be filled with the Spirit” which I believe is a command. We have all been sealed with the Holy Spirit but many Christians are not controlled by the Holy Spirit.

When we look at the disciples, who messed up continually, that Jesus said “Oh ye of little faith” yet after the day of Pentecost the disciples were a totally different bunch. Why were they? Because the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them and they were changed.

To walk in the Spirit means that you are under the control of the Holy Spirit. When you were saved God reached down and turned the switch of your Spirit on and now the Person of the Holy Spirit can communicate with you, if you will let Him. Many Christian’s spirit is hunkered down because of soul ties or other things that keep them from the freedom in Christ.

To Walk in the Spirit means the Holy Spirit is in charge and your soul that is made up of your intellect, your emotions, and your will is not in charge. It means you are being directed by the Holy Spirit and not your body, your eyes, your ears, your sense of touch, your taste and sense of smell.

So the Scriptures tell us that we walk now by faith and not by sight. Sight is what part of you? Yes, it’s your body, what you see. Therefore Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God is like a two-edged sword and what does it do “to the division of soul and Spirit.” This means I need to stay in the word so I can know when I am living by what The Holy Spirit is saying or, living by what my soul or body is saying.

To walk in the Spirit means an absolute dependency on the Lord. I start my day out by giving it to Him. I then in every step, every word I say am sensitive to the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit came down like a dove and lit on Him and stayed on Him. That is, it, I walk as if the Holy Spirit of God is a dove that has lit on my shoulder and each step, each word, each action I am so aware of Him that I don’t want to do anything or say anything that would disturb Him and cause Him to not be there.

To walk in the Spirit is to begin to think different, to begin to think Kingdom thoughts and not worldly thoughts. Many times what is insanity to the world, is absolute total intelligence as far as the Kingdom of Heaven is concerned.

To walk in the Spirit is a new way of living, thinking and being. May I tell you that the world will not go along with this kind of life style. The benefits of peace and joy and purpose will outweigh anything the world will throw at you.

One other thing, to walk in the Spirit is such freedom because now you no longer see yourself the way you think you are, now you see yourself the way that God sees you in love, and guess what, you will discover that you are forgiven, and that God loves you but He also likes you.

Pastor Lee Cruse the pastor who needs the Lord to restore his soul every day and needs to walk in the Spirit.



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