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How to Confidently Discern Truth

As we encounter life, we must say no to our resources and yes to His. In today’s short video, Frank reveals how denying our own ability and instead, trusting God's ability, is in fact, the most difficult thing we will ever do.


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How to Confidently Discern Truth

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I have to share something with you today, my friend - 

I am very concerned... 

You see, as a pastor, people call me for advice, they write to me, and they often send me books they’ve read that they’re very excited about. Unfortunately, many times I have to write back to them and tell them that I'm not as excited about the book as they are. 

Back in the 1980’s and 90’s, when the movement of the Grace of God was just gaining steam, many of us were called heretics and false teachers for teaching the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe what’s happening is that we're riding a wave of momentum where people are coming to understand their identity in Christ and the economy of Grace. This can be dangerous because I believe the enemy’s strategy is to blind the minds of the unbelieving.

“In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NASB)

When he can’t do that, his next best ploy, if you will, is to join the movement and then seek to pervert it. There are a lot of books today, being written about Grace by people who don’t really understand Grace. 

That is why we must always be “a Berean.” 

Do you remember what Paul said about the Bereans in the book of Acts?

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11 (NASB)

Why did Paul see them as noble-minded? Because they would not accept what Paul said at face value. They went home to search the Scriptures and see if what he was saying was actually true. 

No matter who the teacher, my friend, be careful. Test the spirits as 1 John 4 instructs. Are they naming, exalting, and lifting up the name of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, as God? Are they teaching the economy of Grace with no added legalism? 

Be a Berean, make sure what you’re being taught is true.


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In His Royal Family

...the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God."

...the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God."

I love the Bible. It is a gift from God that tells us of His great love for us. It is a manual on man. It explains why we live the way we live and how to change the way we live by finding the real source of LIFE. This is so important because we will never really know who we are until we find Who He really is to us. 

In the Bible, God mostly heralds His truth to us, literally screaming them to us, so that we do not miss them. There are, however, other truths contained in His Word that are found not by direct declaration, but through deduction. 

Deduction = the deriving of a conclusion by reasoning; inference in which the conclusion about particulars follows necessarily from general or universal premises. This is the old if A = B, and B = C, then A must equal C. Make sense?

So where are we going with this? Well, the Bible says that when we receive Jesus as our Lord, Savior, and Life, that we have the authority to be called a "child of God." Wonderful! But we are not done yet. The Bible also tells us that God is not just a king, but the King of Kings! Wonderful! Now let's make a deduction.

If God is the King of Kings, and we are His child, what does that make a man/woman who becomes His child? What do you call the son/daughter of a King? You call them a prince/princess. That is how God sees you, and that is how you desperately need to see yourself.

This is why the Bible says that "through Christ,
we will reign in this life..." (Rom 5:17) because we have become part of the "royal family"
(I Pet 2)

This is not just something to know, it is something to live. How does one treat a prince/princess? With incredible respect, honor, and dignity. How does a prince/princess treat themselves? With incredible respect, honor, and dignity. It is time for us, the true royal family, to live like the true royal family we are so that the world will wonder where we have found such a distinctive life.

Then, we can point them to our King, Who loves to add people to His royal family.

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Father's Word

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His   heart   with   me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me, Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved.

Some call it the "Bible". The word is simply a transliteration of the Greek word "biblos," which means book. Others call it the "Scriptures," a word that means sacred writings. I prefer to call it "Father's Word". I like that.

My Father wants to talk to me, to guide me, to share His heart with me,
Father to son, God to man, Lover to beloved. 
Father's Word.

The supreme purpose behind Father's word to me is to lead me to an intimate dependence and experience with "His Word" the Lord Jesus Christ, by and through the presence of the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit dwelling in me.

I love Father's word for leading me to the Living Word - Jesus. I fear though, that there are some these days who in their finding the "Living Word - Jesus", are neglecting Father's word - the Bible - that was written for us, to us, to lead us to the "Living Word - Jesus"

I fear sometimes that we become so smart, that we fail to remain teachable and humble and students of Father's word so we can know the Living Word - Jesus.

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How Much Will God Give You?

There are many phrases that are often quoted in church, but not in the Bible: 

"Cleanliness, is next to godliness." That is a good one, cleanliness is important, but it has nothing to do with godliness. NOT IN THE BIBLE!

"God helps those who help themselves." A good call for a work ethic, but again NOT IN THE BIBLE!

"God will never give you more than YOU can handle." Sounds good, but again NOT IN THE BIBLE!

There is a verse in the Corinthian letters, that God will not allow you to be "tempted" beyond what "you" are able because "HE" will provide a way out... but that is talking about temptation, not the traumas of living in a fallen world (though the enemy can use those physical traumas to tempt us)...

The truth is that God will allow more than you can handle in this world in terms of physical trouble. In II Cor 1, Paul says that so much trouble had come into his life, that he was despairing of life. Can you imagine what would happen in our modern church with its health and wealth doctrines if Paul shared that in a testimony meeting? He would probably be rushed off the stage.

Paul had so much trauma in his life that he despaired of life, until he recognized, affirmed, and experienced in the present moment that God was allowing the experience of death in this fallen world to lead Paul to God, so that in faith Paul would experience at that very same moment the resurrection power of God!

Just to make sure we understand this, Paul repeated it again in II Cor. 4. Every day he said, he experiences death in this fallen world, that he might also experience the power of the resurrection life of Jesus that overwhelms his experience of death.

And again in II Cor. 12, Paul said it a third time, that God is on an agenda of making us weak (bringing to us more than we in our own strength can handle). Why would God do such a thing? So that when we look to Him in faith, we will find ----- NOT that our strength is sufficient, but that His is.

The truth is that God will allow into our lives MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE, to expose to us our true state of utter and desperate weakness apart from Him. In this manifestation and revelation of our weakness, we are offered the provision of His strength.... and by faith we find Him to be God to us in ways that we never would have known before.

Knowing this profound promise of strength, and incredible experience of God, Paul then said, "bring on the afflictions"!!!

Can I paraphrase this dear man?

Though these "trauma times" in life may be more than I can handle, they are not more than God can handle, and through them, I come to know and experience God and the power of His very own glorious, resurrection LIFE in ways I never knew before...."