AFM Ministry's David Shelton

David's Life applications of God, his Word and his calling

Month: January, 2014

5 important truths

Here is the message we have heard from Christ and now announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. So if we say we have fellowship with God, but we continue living in darkness, we are liars and do not follow the truth. But if we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other. Then the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, cleanses us from every sin. If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done. If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and we do not accept God’s teaching.
-1 John 1:5-10 NCV

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Truth #1 God is perfect in every way. High and holy. He is compared here to pure light, with no speck of darkness. He is the standard of good; of righteousness; of justice; of perfection in every way.

Truth # 2 To know God and share in his glory, we must be willing to allow his light to penetrate every corner of our life. Only then can the blood of Jesus wash away all our dirt.

Truth # 3 To enjoy the joy of living in brotherly love with others who walk with God, we must walk with God in his exposing light. Those who live in sin; in darkness, not confessing them remain disconnected from God and his Body. Life is a dark evil deceptive lie for them, resulting in ultimate decay and death.

Truth # 4 The blood of Christ will continue to wash us clean as we confess our wrongs; every time… not because we are pure ourselves, but because God is faithful and keeps his word.

Truth #  5 Jesus makes us pure, even though we sin at times, but humbly fight to walk in the Light and believe God, that he always speaks absolute trustworthy truth.

application: Keep walking in the light. Every time you fail God, humbly confess, repent and accept his provision (you not accepting and allowing his forgiveness to wash over you is not of faith, but continued sin). Then  carry on and serve God and others in love.
No dirt you have is too filthy for the everlasting blood payment of Christ to clean. It was the blood of God spilled for you!

A Pure Prayer

Today I make this Puritan prayer my prayer. As many of our devoted Christ followers of years gone by have written, mused and meditated on God and his Word and sought to walk by faith in the founding years of our nation, so too we can learn from them and return to pur spiritual heritage that so many have blindly forgot. This prayer is one from the book called “The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers”, entitled True Religion.

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY,
I ask not to be enrolled amongst the earthly great and rich,
but to be numbered with the spiritually blessed.

Make it my present, supreme, persevering concern
to obtain those blessings which are
spiritual in their nature,
eternal in their continuance,
satisfying in their possession.

Preserve me from a false estimate of the whole or a part of my character;
May I pay regard to my principles as well as my conduct,
my motives as well as my actions.

Help me never to mistake the excitement of my passions
for the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
never to judge my religion by occasional impressions and
impulses, but by my constant and prevailing disposition.

May my heart be right with thee,
and my life as becometh the gospel.
May I maintain a supreme regard to another and better world,
and feel and confess myself a stranger and a pilgrim here.

Afford me all the direction, defence, support, and consolation
my journey hence requires,
and grant me a mind stayed upon thee.

Give me large abundance of the supply of the Spirit of Jesus,
that I may be prepared for every duty,
love thee in all my mercies,
submit to thee in every trial,
trust thee when walking in darkness,
have peace in thee amidst life’s changes.

Lord, I believe, help thou my unbelief and uncertainties.

Amen.  May it be so in my life this day. May all who read this also come before the throne of God in likewise heart and passion.

God is triune in persons, One in nature.

Less anyone lead you astray from the true Gospel of Christ.  Know this:

Jesus Christ is God (Titus 2:13).  But is called the Son of God, by God the Father and the Spirit(Mat 3:17). Meaning while he is completely God, and all the fullness of God dwells in him (Col 2:9-10), those who saw him in human form did not necessarily see all of God. Even though all that God is in essence in Jesus Christ.  I hope this makes sense to you. Jesus said God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth. (Jhn 4:24)He is one person of God, you must not think totally in human terms here. He is God revealed to us in human flesh as the person of God called the Son. When Jesus said, he who sees me sees the Father (Jhn 14:9), I and the Father are one (Jhn 10:30), this does not mean that when one of his disciples looked on him they saw all of God (even though all that God is existed in him, yet veiled. Remember for the time he set aside all his infinite powers as God. Phi 2:6-11). That would be impossible, God is everywhere(Jer 23:24), Omnipresent as we say, and infinite (Isa 40:28) in relation to time and space, which means multidimensional many more times than you and I. Also as sinful man, to look onto the raw and unfiltered face of Holy God, would consume us! (Ex 33:20) Too see all of God you would have to be God himself. You cannot nor will you ever. Eternity will be spent plumbing the depths of Christ to know God more completely! (Rom 11:33) This is an impossibility of a limited created four dimensional being. (Job 38:1-4, 40:1-2) All you can see of God is what he reveals to you for a time and place. In these last days God has chosen to reveal himself through his Son (Heb 1:2). Who are we to even question anything He does? We are but dust (Gen 3:19). God sees what is going on now and what is going on 10 billion years ago and 10 billion years from today. He sees and controls it all. He is outside of time and space (Job 37:16, Isaiah 46:9). Yet he also fills every corner of time and space, because He is that awesome and big (Jer 23:24, Gen 1:1) . So when you see Jesus, you are seeing God (Heb 1:3) as revealed in human form through the person of God called the Son (Luke 1:32). Jesus is God’s Word proceeding out from the Father (Jhn 1:1-4,14, Jhn 16:28), and the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (Jhn 16:7, 14:26) . Jesus is not one “face of God” as in God appearing in various forms, nor is he all of God as in being just a differing name of same person of God, nor is he one of 3 gods.  We do not worship 3 gods. We worship one God and Creator Yahweh, God who is “I AM”. Jesus, the Son is “I AM” (Jhn :58), the Holy Spirit is “I AM” (Acts 5:3-4), and the Father is “I AM” (Ex 3:14), but the Son is not the Father, nor the Father the Spirit, nor the Spirit the Son. Jesus commanded us to baptize in the singular “Name” of the Father, Son and Spirit (Mat 28:19), because our Creator God is triune in personhood, but one in essence.

We should not twist the Scriptures to create for us a God that is more comprehensible, this is the greatest source or idolatry known to man, and the basis for many false religions like Islam and Jehovah’s witness and many “Apostolic vision based” false teachings.

God exists as One (Isaiah 44:6). There is only one Creator God, there are no other gods besides him… and HE has revealed himself as a much more complex being than the human mind can completely understand. He is the one who has to reveal himself and has (Heb 1:2) . This should be expected (Isa 40:13). How can a computer program fully know all about the nature of its programmer? The created things will always have limited ability to grasp their creators. How can clay really know the potter (Isa 64:8)?  Only as much as the potter makes the clay able. Same with a robot run on computer code..even if you had the ability to give that code some ability of autonomy and thinking it is still going to be limited, and of less dimensions of reality than you the creator. I want to stay away from using analogies at to how to grasp in your mind the trinity nature of God, because nothing really compares and they all lead to a form of heretical thinking. Some things we cannot know and must simply accept. A God you can completely contain in your own mental box, is not the God who made you, but your own idol version of him.

He is infinite.  He has no beginning and no ending (Isa 40:28, Rev 22:13). He was never alone. Since he always existed in community and fellowship. Father, Son and Spirit . He even speaks of himself in the plural as community in his creating man in his own image (man was made as Spirit, Mind and body. triune in nature in reflection of him) (Gen 1:26). Within his own nature God eternally was in perfect community and joyful fellowship, even before anything was created outside himself.  He has never had need of anything! (Acts 17:25) How do we know this. Because Jesus said so. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48  

God is perfect and this means perfect in every way. 

Think on these things, know that Jesus is our means to know God and his eternal life and joy. (Jhn 17:3)  

    Trust in him, know him and begin your eternity knowing God your creator! He is our one and only Savior!  He is the Rock of Ages that followed the people of Israel trough the wilderness sustaining them with miraculous water for life (1 Cor 10:4), revealing that from him alone flows rivers of living water, the Holy Spirit of God. 

John 7:38 Jesus said,  “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

More than hang on… REJOICE!

No matter what is happening to you in your life, if you belong to Jesus, you will overcome in the end!  Pray for grace to endure your testing and purifications well. God is refining all those he has chosen. I would be more concerned if everything is all smooth and easy-going because if you follow Christ, you will suffer for him…not speaking of suffering for doing wrong, but for doing right. Are you suffering for doing right? For denying self, taking up your cross and following him? When you do what you are called to do, it is expensive and costly in this world. It is ruled by the evil one, who seeks to devour you. The world and it’s systems may seem to have an appearance of good at times, but it is deceptively selfish and opposed to the ultimate will of our Creator God. But, to this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1Pet 2:21)

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Even so, as I said, in Christ you win! You will be restored in the full glory of God in his presence. Your great and everlasting reward with Jesus Christ is coming!  Hang on and press on! Have joy in this….

And after you suffer for a short time, God, who gives all grace, will make everything right. He will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called you to share in his glory in Christ, a glory that will continue forever. All power is his forever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 5:10-11 NCV

Have faith in God and rejoice!