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Chapter 6: Why Won't God Heal Me...Where are His Miracles In My Life?

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Chapter 6: Why Won’t God Heal Me…Where Are His Other Miracles In My Life?

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In the Prayer Ministry and working with homeless men and in other facets of our Ministry and in the Ministries of others we have seen hundreds of miracles.

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Sometimes these miracles do occur spontaneously. Sometimes after inquiring, we find that the miracles only seemed to be spontaneous to the outside observer. In many cases the miracles occur after much prayer and study…sometimes after years of it.

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Why? The answer is that it is God’s Judgment…It is His Will at work…His plan in His time. As we learned in the last Chapter about how to evoke God’s Miracles…how to get His Attention in this regard. I don’t know any more than I have learned in prayerful study of the Scriptures and observed in 57 years studying and watching how God Moves and how humans operate…all that I can tell you is what I have observed and learned…and I can tell you that it is in God’s Will that you know these things.

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We will learn that indeed it is sometimes in God’s Will for spontaneous miracles to occur…sometimes it is a matter of perfecting and maturing our faith which takes time and ‘long suffering’, endurance (the 4th fruitage of the Spirit, Galatians 5: 22-23) as we learned in the last chapter of this book:

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There is a brother who is well known to me, he and many others testify to an account of his brother’s illness and his mother’s faith in God’s healing. It is a wonderful example of both faith and patience…the perfecting (maturing) of the faith of a family and a community:

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His brother became afflicted with seizures. It happened unexpectedly when his brother was in his mid twenties.

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The entire family is a family of full Gospel, Spirit filled, God loving, Faithful Christians who do many works for God and their community. They are well known in their community and are certainly mature in their Christian faith.

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As it turns out they are now even more mature in their faith as a result of this experience. This account helped many, many others…as a witness to God’s Glory…His Truly Magic Ways.

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Please study this book and all of the many Scriptural references, prayerfully, in its entirety…and in order of its presentation…from the first word to the last for complete understanding:

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The affliction came on suddenly at a Church social…a good old fashioned lunch on the ground, where everyone gets together and brings a dish. They were all having a great time…some 150 people…and suddenly the young man fell to the ground and was overtaken by a grand mal seizure. Everyone was shocked and concerned for him. He was writhing on the ground…there was a nurse at the picnic, a sister, and she rendered first aid…an ambulance was called.

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After a battery of tests it was determined that the young man suffered from epilepsy also he was afflicted with a progressive neurological disorder that left him in a wheel chair and also affected his breathing, necessitating an oxygen tank 24/7 for him to remain alive.

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Side Note: There were some “legalists” in the congregation who began murmuring that it was God showing His displeasure toward the family and they were being punished for some kind of sinful behavior...nothing new there it has been going on since the early Christian Church emerged in Paul’s time.

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Imagine that, during their time of emotional and Spiritual need the enemy slithered in…he found an opportunity to seduce legalists into creating discord in the Body of Christ. We know this is rubbish and false teaching and breaks all kinds of codes of Christian conduct…this negative gossip is not pleasing to Father God. There will be more on the subject of Christian conduct…including the subject of ‘legalism’…in subsequent chapters.

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Folks, Spiritual Warfare is a very REAL thing and we are in the middle of it…we have only one choice; to be WITH GOD or AGAINST Him. God makes it easy for us to be on His side…on His team…please study chapter 3 ‘Salvation…Jesus’ Final Words’…read all the Scriptural References and discover the truth for yourself.

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The family was devastated for a while. This had come on so suddenly…but the mother remained steadfast in her faith and along with her husband and the rest of the family, with God’s strength of course, they determined to remain faithful no matter what.

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The mother decided that only God could heal her son. They maintained the medical regimens, of course, but she determined that she would miss the supper meal every night until her son was healed.

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Every evening she would prepare the supper meal. She would serve the family and while they ate she retired to a quiet room for prayer and study.

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Every evening, without fail this was the family’s routine.

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Days, weeks and months went by. Faithful to her words the mother never faltered in her vigilance. The more she prayed and studied, the closer she became to God…to knowing Him as a person, as the ultimate Parent. She got to know His Personality. His Likes and Dislikes, His Sense of Humor…what makes Him Smile and what makes Him Grumpy and what makes Him down right Angry….what Grieves Him…what makes Him Cry.

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Others faltered in their faith and asked why she bothered…it seemed to be a waste of time to them…not unlike Job’s wife who repeatedly told him “Just curse God and DIE!”(Job 2:9).

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The faithful mother held fast to her integrity just as Job did…she just smiled and continued to commune with God…Father Abba (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, Mark 14:36).

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This continued for three years to the day.

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One day at the annual picnic, the same event where the young man had become afflicted, during prayer over the food, the young man suddenly started crying and laughing and actually jumped from his wheel chair and began singing and dancing!!!

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He had been healed!

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To the new comers it appeared as if a spontaneous healing had occurred. The family knew better…especially his mother.

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Sometimes healings do occur spontaneously (Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42…and many, many more instances in the Bible): One example occurred early in our Prayer Ministry: We had been taking prayer requests over the phone and on Christian websites…and would ‘broadcast’ the requests via email and by sharing with our friends at various Christian websites.

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One day we received an urgent request; a brother had gone to a local urgent care medical facility. He had presented himself with a very high temperature, his heart rate was dangerously low, a virus was attacking his heart…and to complicate matters he was a kidney dialysis patient. His Doctor called an ambulance to transport him to the nearest full service hospital. The Doctor later said that he believed the brother would die on the way…he couldn’t believe what actually, eventually, happened.

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We learned that the man had no family. The folks who had asked us to broadcast the prayer request are the ones who had created the website. The ill brother was a personal friend of theirs so they visited him in the hospital. We were given a phone number so that we could call and speak to him in person as well as his personal email address.

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Telephone calls and emails came pouring in to him. He no longer felt alone.

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We spoke to him shortly after he arrived at the hospital…the prayers had just begun. Hundreds, maybe thousands, all over the world were praying for him. This kind of outpouring of love and faith tends to get God’s attention.

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The end result was that the brother walked out of the hospital the next day! His fever had stopped, his heart was fine and his kidneys were completely healed!!! He no longer would need dialysis treatments!!!

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THANKS GOD!!! THANKS PRAYER PARTNERS!!!

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On the other hand, sometimes we humans are just down right lazy. God gives and He gives and we take and we take. The diversity of the human personality is amazing. We were created in His image and we share certain attributes but we are all unique and He knows every hair on our head…indeed He knew us and had plans and dreams for us before we were born. Some of us are industrious…some of us are not…our choices…our individual free wills at work…God has plans for us…if we reject Him or accept Him, it is of our own, individual free will. Please refer to Chapter Two ‘Mankind’s History With God…God’s Ultimate Patience’.

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My brother and I were both spoiled little brats in the early years before mom had to go to work to pay for the new in ground swimming pool our parents had built in our backyard. Of course given a choice my brother and I would have preferred Mom to be home with us rather than having a swimming pool. And once the pool was paid for there were new cars to finance and pay for…then the new and latest appliances and the vacations that were mortgaged etc., etc., etc…but we will deal with material idolatry in another chapter. Debt is slavery.

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Any way, we were spoiled rotten before Mom went to work outside the home. I can actually remember sitting on the floor in front of the T.V. and yelling out to Mom to bring me a glass of water, or soda or whatever my sweet, little, precious heart desired. The same was true of my younger brother.

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Mom would faithfully execute her duties as maid to her two little princely men. Later in life I found myself in the position of being a single parent…a young son and his little sister…things were different around my house…I was nobody’s butler or house keeper…we all had chores to do and we did them…period.

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Some of our brothers and sisters that we have met in our Ministry are much the same as spoiled children when it comes to God’s healing and other miracles.

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When a healing or other miracle occurs…this is just the beginning of a new life. Whatever the miracle, God expects us to use that new found break through for service to Him.

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He doesn’t deliver us from our maladies to just sit around and be like my brother and I were as young children…spoiled little princes asking, even demanding more and more.

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He expects us to get to work in His regard…fulfilling our prime directive…supporting the Great Commission (Mathew 28:18, Mathew 24:14, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47).

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Each life is different and each circumstance is different…but we can all do something in this regard. If we do nothing to serve Him, how can we expect a healing or other miracle to be permanent?

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I have seen it at times that very gifted people want to be healed or receive a miracle, a Blessing from God…they receive the Holy Spirit Rhema Word and then just kind of sit back and marvel about how wonderful that was…then…they do nothing but the same nothing they were doing before…just more of it!

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Sometimes healing and other miracles are delayed because we receive a blessing and then just get lazy and expect more…like spoiled little children.

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We gave the above example of the mother who had patience and prayed faithfully. Let’s examine the ‘Spoiled Child’ Spiritual Syndrome…sometimes that is why God will heal us and then because of our own laziness let us revert back…sometimes He holds back because we have not yet learned to appreciate His Work., we are not mature in our faith (please see the previous chapter for detailed Scriptural references) :

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I know a sister who I will not name or give identifying details…(that would not be kind)…it would be gossip…it would not be slander because it is true…but she is like so many that we have encountered…she is like that spoiled child wanting to take from God and take from Him…pretending to Glorify Him…when, in fact, she is Glorifying herself and seeking attention…it is too obvious to miss…her example is a poignant one…something from which to learn…a painful lesson for me personally because I love this sister as a brother and it truly pains me to see her behavior…but her free will is at work…and her behavior is ugly in regard to demanding that God Bless her…if it pains me deeply as her brother in Christ I can only imagine how her behavior grieves God…grieves The Holy Spirit (Psalm 78:40, Isaiah 63:10, Ephesians 4:30):

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We will call her sister Alice. I met sister Alice on a Christian website, in chat. We had been using this site for many months as a platform for Prayer Requests, Praise Reports, to Blog Theological Messages, to offer Christian Counseling, encouragement and to generally socialize with Christian family members from all over the world. During that period I would spend two to three hours per day, on that site, in this regard. It was one of many Christian sites that we would use to broadcast Prayer Requests and Praise Reports.

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Folks we will be getting into deeper subjects such as Spiritual Warfare as you study the Scriptures and these messages. : Please consider this a prelude to how cunning the enemy is regarding the battlefield of the human mind. This dear sister has been seduced, just as Eve was.

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We will paint a verbal picture, sculpt with words, how this lost sheep has been tricked by he who seeks to devour (1 Peter 5:8). We will see how the enemy used her own ego and pride to slowly and methodically flatter her into subscribing to and eventually even teaching that there is a special ‘group’ of Christians (a cult) who has access to ‘God’s Library’ in Heaven.

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This ‘chosen group’ claims that they travel between Heaven and earth. While in Heaven they visit God’s Library…they then bring back sacred knowledge to earth that is available to only members of their cult.

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This is false teaching on several levels: To begin with God’s Salvation is available to all. That is the entire point to the New Covenant…the entire reason Jesus came to earth and will return. Salvation is not just available to a select few who belong to a particular club…either are God’s Miracles…His Blessings.

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This teaching negates the entire reason Jesus came to earth and did what He did. Their teaching attempts to undermine the very reason God has made provision through the New Covenant for all to gain salvation…their teaching is a slap in God’s Face.

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The next Chapter of this book will deal with false teaching, in depth. And it will give the Scriptural references as to why false teachers and their teachings are to be expected…it also touches on the penalties regarding false teaching.

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For now, lets just accept the fact that what these folks are teaching is very dangerous…and let’s examine how the enemy ‘seduced’ this sister into becoming one of those false teachers…and in the process realize that she is just one of perhaps millions of people who have fallen into the same prideful trap:

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Sister Alice had been leaving very kind comments on my Theological Blogs (flattery is certainly in the enemy’s arsenal). She seemed to be very sincere and to have a deep love for God and people in general. She has many health issues. I won’t give any more identifying details for obvious reasons.

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Sister Alice is brilliant at garnering empathy…and when she wants…sympathy…from a Christian gathering…she considers those who will listen as her ‘audience’…her ‘followers’…both of these words are her words and denote a prideful attitude…in her own words she has become a ‘celebrity’ on the internet.

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Her good works and Praise to God eventually took a back seat to her own pride. Her love for God, as demonstrated by her good works, became a platform for self-flattery and self-importance as she recruited baby Christians and seduced them into believing that with her approval…they could belong to ‘her’ Christian club.

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It might be hard to believe…but the enemy is that cunning…and people are falling for this and similar Spiritual scams, world-wide…in droves. No surprise there, this was prophesied and will be studied in depth in subsequent chapters.

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Her prideful nature was apparent from the beginning but it was overlooked because we are all works in progress and sister Alice seemed sincere in her need for prayer…so hundreds of people…perhaps thousands prayed for her to be healed.

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Over time she did, indeed begin to experience healing miracles regarding her many maladies. One of her illnesses had prevented her from walking or even standing for more than 5 minutes at a time.

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She began to Blog beautiful Praise Reports which we broadcast because of their inspirational value…all to God’s credit and Glory.

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In the beginning she would lead such inspirational prayer sessions in chat…you could feel the Holy Spirit moving in all of the people who were present…as many as 30 at a time would be in the chat room during prayer.

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As this process continued on over a period of several weeks I noticed her prideful nature had not diminished. Her experiences with God’s Miracles in her life had not given her any humility…quite the opposite…she began to boast how God must have chosen her and shown His great favor on her because she was someone very, very special.

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She even went so far as to take some Spiritual Gifts tests that she found on the internet and started calling herself a ‘prophetess’…a ‘healer’…someone with ‘special insight’ into God’s mind.

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Folks we will be discussing the Spiritual Gifts in later chapters…but there is no boasting allowed in God’s Kingdom. To hear her tell it one would think that God would come to her for advice!

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She had, indeed, received healing miracles…there was no doubt about that. She also received Blessings in the form of prosperity…she was able to move into a luxury apartment, several stories high. She was always talking about how God had given her that place to live and that million dollar view because she could see for miles around the territory that He gave her to do work for Him…work she just never got around to doing but talked about doing it…lots of talk but no action.

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That is all she would do…talk. She would talk one week about the great works she was going to do at the nearby hospital. How God had given her back the ability to walk because she was so amazingly Gifted Spiritually that He was compelled to use her. Imagine that…she compelled God…He HAD to bless her…it was His obligation to bless her.

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Somewhere along the way she forgot that He doesn’t have to do anything. It was HE Who healed her…He was obligated to NOTHING in her regard…it is WE who are obligated to HIM!

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The next week she would talk about how she was going to start visiting older folks in assisted living facilities. The next week she would talk about working with the local homeless shelters.

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If anyone came into chat with a testimonial she would assure them that she had already been there and done that…to a much greater degree, of course.

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Even when someone would need grief counseling because of a death…at the time of their deep grief she would have to out do them with her own stories of loss. If someone lost a loved one in a car accident she would tell how she had lost three loved ones in a car accident….so on and so on and so on…her chatter was endless.

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All this time over a period of months she never got around to doing any real work for God…she just sat there and prattled like a chat room celebrity queen…just talk about how good God is…how gifted she is and basically how more people should be like her.

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Someone would ask about what church she attends and she would reply that she doesn’t need church…apparently being a chat room Queen is all God expected of her.

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During prayer she began to use the physical pleasure of being filled with the Holy Spirit like a recreational drug. She actually called it ‘cake’ and commanded God to serve His children ‘more cake’!

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Of course the room was no longer filled with the Holy Spirit at that point and people started ignoring her…at least the ones who had known her long enough to catch on to her.

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The irony is that this sister collects disability payments. She once stated, after her healing had been reversed, that is was God’s Way of confirming His pleasure with her because if she was healed…if she could walk again…she would have to go back to work…then she couldn’t perform all the ‘good works’ that she had been doing on the internet…of course the opposite was true…it eventually became her excuse for not doing all the real works she had previously boasted that she was destined to do.

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The tragedy is that some of the new members of the site…especially the newer Christians, fell for her dribble when she started telling them about this ‘select’ group of Christians who had access to God’s Library in Heaven. This tragedy was compounded by the fact that the administrators of the site actually encouraged this blatantly false teaching.

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Remember folks…God’s Salvation through Christ’s Ministry and through the New Covenant is available to all…not just a select group.

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This teaching of hers isn’t something minor such as a debate regarding Theological differences such as the so-called ‘rapture’ debate…whether the rapture will occur pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation…or whether it will occur at all. This teaching of hers attacks the very foundation of the entire reason Christ came to earth and why He will return to claim His Kingdom (please study the first 4 chapters of this book and all of the Scriptural references for those answers).

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For anyone to teach that you have special consideration from God if you belong to ‘our club’ separates you from the Body Of Christ and that is the entire point, from the enemy’s point of view…he wants to separate you from God and the rest of the flock so that he can devour you like a lion (1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 11:3). That is how lions operate…they separate out the youngest and the weakest…the slowest and the most vulnerable…and in every case ‘pride’…ego…comes before a fall…and the enemy will stroke your ego with flattery…make you feel special and then seduce you…just as it was with Eve and Adam…it continues to this day…it is the oldest trick in the book…the Good Book.

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We pray that just as Paul was delivered from the mouth of the lion so this sister will turn back to God so that she will teach to His Glory…not her own (2nd Timothy 4:17).

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Briefly, talking about the Apostle Paul and how he was delivered from the mouth of the lion…talk about a false teacher! We touched on this in previous chapters but it bears repeating:

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Before he became the Apostle Paul his name was ‘Saul’ he was from the city of Tarsus. Saul was a very well educated man…he spoke several languages and was a leader in his secular community. Saul of Tarsus was highly regarded by men in power. He was a Roman Citizen and as such, enjoyed certain legal privileges not afforded to commoners or resident aliens.

Saul of Tarsus was obviously seduced by the enemy: This was after Christ’s death and the early church needed to be developed. Saul was known for hating the early Christians. He listened to the enemy and took it upon himself to murder Christians! He persecuted them at every turn…he developed a reputation in this regard.

Well God had plans for Saul. This was just the kind of man He needed to plant the early Christian churches. So one day…and keep in mind that God almost NEVER interferes with free will…this is the only example that I can think of under the New Covenant…please correct me if I am mistaken…I’m certain that you will before we commit this book to print…but God made an exception here…He can do that…He is God…any way God struck Saul of Tarsus down…In the process Saul got a glimpse of Christ as a Spirit and was blinded!

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Christ asked Saul “Why do you persecute me?” Can you imagine!? Saul knew that he was in the presence of God and offered no argument…he simply listened…he became a Christian…a leader in the early church…he planted most of the early churches and eventually was responsible for writing about thirty percent…almost a third…of the New Testament.

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He certainly was delivered from the jaws of the lion who seeks to devour…we pray that our dear sister Alice is delivered as well…before God shuts the door on this period of Grace.

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Jude 1:12-13 says this about false teachers: “These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots, raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackest of darkness forever”.

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These are very strong words regarding false teachers, apostates, who are depraved and doomed to the ‘blackest of darkness forever’…wow! I certainly don’t want to be in that line when the time comes!

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The next chapter of this book will deal with this particular incident…this cult…folks, false teaching occurs daily just as the Apostle Paul warned that it would. Please seek out a healthy local church and associate with real people who are accountable to a Christian community.

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There will be a chapter in this book on how to spot a healthy, Christian church.

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This is a poem that I wrote to my Daughter Donna when she was about seven…it is about those tough questions children ask about love and mortality…about growing up and mating…they have seen death and birth…lost goldfish…had nightmares and dreams…at that age they are just beginning to wonder about life…had booboos and small falls…they’ve been picked up and comforted…in my daughter’s case she was concerned about how long her Daddy will live and the very purpose of life itself.

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My daughter loved critters…she is the one who rescued our dog Grainger from an abusive situation.

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I remember one time she asked me in the most serious of tones: “Daddy, what does it mean when you take a kitty cat to the Veterinarian to get ‘fixed’? (She could actually pronounce the word Veterinarian at age seven…I’m certain that I chuckled to myself quietly…and then responded “Honey when they ‘fix’ a critter that means they do minor surgery on it and make it so the critter can’t make babies’.

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Donna’s face became very serious…you could see the wheels turning through those expressive eyes of her’s and she replied at length…”Sounds more like ‘broke’ than ‘fixed’ to me”.

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And so life goes on forward…there is no in-be-tween…something is either growing or it is dying.

This poem is titled Eternity, a conversation between father and daughter:

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ETERNITY

How long will you love me Dad

Until I’m grown and tall

And if I have babies

Will you love them all

I’ll love you always darling

All your babies too

There aren’t nearly enough stars

To count my love for you

And if I cry will you hold me

And laugh the tears away

Long after all my years have passed

Even more than I do today

And when I find another man

Who loves me as much as you

When you finally find that man

I will love him too

And when I dance will you be there

In case a spill I take

Applause and cheers I’ll have for you

Whether bows or spills you make

Will you teach me all you know

So like you I will be

Together darling we will learn

To be all that we can be

And if I die when I am old

Where will Daddy be

In a special place close to God

With all our family

For our love will never end

It’s called Eternity

COPYRIGHT 1989 MARK DIAZ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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