Don’t Shrink from what Might Stink!

33 Tons Of Dead-Fish Collected In Rio's Olympic Rowing SiteJesus wasn’t afraid to roll up His sleeves and get into the rubbish of peoples lives. In the account of Lazarus in John 11:39-44, Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, … said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench,” …And he who had died came out bound… Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

There are so many people that are wounded and hurt in our society. They walk throughout their day dealing with the pain and stench of their past. They have learned to push them down and act as if the wounds don’t exist, hiding them in the closet of the ugly past. Unfortunately, that is the worst plan one can do. When we ignore and


Jesus isn’t afraid to deal with our inner wounds even when they stink!     (tweet)


try to hide the pains of our past it only festers and slowly deteriorates deep within us. We become the walking wounded, even though we have been called out of our tomb we still are bound and stink repelling those around us.

David a man that had an incredible relationship with God also had his baggage that most definitely left some wounds deep within him. He went through cruel rejection from a king that sought to kill him, his family was taken by the enemy, some of his children rebelled against him and he experienced the death of several of his own children. Do I need to remind you he fell into adultery and even had a loyal soldier


Wicked Ways will Stand in the Way of your walk of righteousness   (tweet)


murdered? Without question David definitely carried some affects and scars from His journey. In Psalms 139:23-24, David pens these revealing words, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” He invited the “Lover of his Soul” to search him and deal with these wounds. The words “wicked way” here can be defined Continue reading

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Unforgiveness is the Cancer of the Soul

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The effects of revival in our land have on different occasions in history touched even the White House.  President Lincoln, being concerned about America’s condition, its success and independence as well as a country be ripped apart.  He gave his Proclamation for a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer.  On April 30,1863, President Abraham Lincoln said, “… It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”[i]   The results of the great revival that had been happening in America not only carried on, but lasted for many years.  It had begun in a passion for prayer and was sustained with faithfulness of prayer!  Mathew Henry once said “When God intends a great mercy for His people, He first sets them a praying.” We must find the place of prayer!  We must allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of anything that would stop His flow in us and through us. 

God wants us to pray from a heart of purity that we might see Him in His fullness and in dimensions of His great mercy.  Even in the midst of blessing and revival we can allow the enemy to get a foot hold in our lives. In Matt. 6:14-15 it says, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (NKJV)   Anytime we allow our soul to be infected with the spiritual cancer of bitterness and unforgiveness, it will hinder God’s moving in our lives and those around us.

  • Unforgiveness will stop your prayer life!
  • Bitterness that is bottled up inside you will defile you and others.
  • Lets deal with our bitterness and unforgiveness so that we can have a pure heart.

How can we expect to talk to our heavenly Father who has forgiven us when we ourselves are holding bitterness and unforgiveness in our own hearts towards others?  In the Gospel of Mark we read “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”  ( Mark 11:25  NKJV)

 Search your heart for any area

of defilement in you.


[i]   Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation , The Rebirth Of America, 1986, p. 151