OPEN: Good morning. Welcome to STAG. Iím Jack. I want to lead a better life. How about you? Better, for me, means less stress, feeling more secure and in control of my actions. Feeling like I have the strength to deal with things that want to drag me down. How about you? And I donít want some check list of a hundred and 66 items. A couple Universal Principles will be easier to remember. I want to share one of those Universals with you today. I want to take the idea of something falling out of the sky to a further place than I have before. This isnít external FOOTS(fall out of the sky), but internal FOOTS; thoughts that fall out of the sky And weíll also have time to take communion, so you might want to go now and get your elements ready while I tell everyone that->
DONííT DO THE WRONG THING:
Iíve quoted Spike Lee many times here, but Iíve found another way to look at it. Spike said, ďDo the right thing.Ē Now, itĎs not that I disagree with the idea. But upon closer examination, Iíve found that determining the right thing can sometimes stymie me. Well, maybe if I changed my focus from doing the right thing to not doing the wrong thing Iíd be better able to initiate more decisive action. But then I ran into the same problem. At first glance it seems that determining the wrong thing can be just as confused as determining the right thing. Happily, at second glance, I found a solid way out of this dilemma. FOOTS thoughts.
AM I AM, OR AM I NOT?: One recurring for me is not being sure if Iím keeping on track, if Iím making it, is my salvation secure? Iíve been at this a long time and have piled up a somewhat impressive body of work surrounding my Walk with God. So what? Every time I seriously try to assess my standing, I always end unsatisfied. I have never been able to say to myself with 100% surety that I was saved, I was making it into Godís coming kingdom. I suspect this feeling comes along with the sure knowledge of the means by which we are saved and the sure knowledge of my fallibility.
So, I wonder, am I am, or am I not? Am I getting it right, but with the help of my insecurities and the devil whispering in my ear, Iím being plagued by false doubt? Or am I going through a lot of good looking motions that arenít really going to count in the end?
GOD HELP ME! I DONíT KNOW HOW: That leads to the prayer, ďGod. Help me! I donít know how.Ē Iíve tried to pin down some way to make sure, and canít. There must be a way to know. How do I know what if the Right thing and what is the wrong thing?
Well, I havenít found a sure way for 100% of the time, but a sure way for 100% of the time when Iím able to remember and use it. FOOTS thoughts. This is a very simple concept to understand and to implement. And itíll change your life. It will literally change your life. The hard part is wrapping our brains around this idea in this particular way. The idea itself is nothing new. There are no new truths. Thatís why this is so easy to understand. Itís nothing new.
ďDECIDEĒ TO GO TO THE STORE: Hereís an example that will be easy to relate to. Youíre driving around doing some errands; taking back the rental movie, stopping at the Credit Union, getting some stamps at the Post Office. The errands are finished and youíre on the way home. The way home passes the market. It pops into your head to stop at the market. You donít really need anything, but this is sale paper day and you use that as a rationale to stop. The market wasnít on the errand list. You hadnít forgotten that the market was on the list and just now remembered it. So, the thought wasnít related to the drive at all. It was a brand new thing that just popped into your mind. Hasnít everyone had this experience?
We have to be careful to understand that these thoughts and memory fell the same. When we remember something, the thought of memory pops into out minds. Itís a sudden, maybe unrelated to the context, thought that intrudes on the present thinking/acting. Letís make sure that we discard these remembrances. They only feel like the fall out of the sky. In reality, they just shove their way to the front of our thinking.
This idea to stop at the market fell out of the sky. When I happened, there was just a nano-second when you brought up the idea that you didnít need to stop, it wasnít on the list. By this, I know that I am aware when a thought FOOTS into the moment. I also know that I can work on this awareness and pay more attention, analyze them. I may not catch them all, but even 20% is better than the probable 2% I now pay attention to.
BIG BROTHER WINS THE LOTTERY: Right here I want to sneak in the idea of Godís protection. It operates beneath all of this. I want to try and get the feel of this in everyday terms. Letís say youíve got a big brother. Life lately has been really hard. Youíre just recently divorced. The families on both sides were dead set against it, except your brother. Youíve been removed from the family business because of it. Youíre picking up splinters from the bottom of the barrel.
During a reflective moment at the window, your door bursts open and your brother is like the guy on the bus. Heís very excited and showing you all his teeth. He literally sings, ďIíve won the lottery!!!Ē You sink into his arms and he holds you sweetly and says, ďSis, your worries are over. Thirty-four million dollars! Iíve got enough to cover you no matter what you want to do. Just name it and itís yours. A new house, a nice car and the freedom to work at anything that makes you happy. And if that thing turns out not to be right, do something different. Whatever you do, Iíll be there to help you succeed. Isnít that the kind of security the God promises to Believers? YES!!!
Itís that security that supplies enough strength for us to make the Right decision. The deepest feeling of that security was felt by those early Christians as they went in to meet the lions in the Roman circus. They werenít afraid of dying. They were afraid of the lions, no doubt, but not actually dying. So, in the end, the Right decision can result in no more than my death. Who cares about what people might say, or do. I can depend on God.
Iíve said many times that faithing is very hard to do. Faithing is the only means to salvation. The Bible never say weíre saved by anything else but faith-ing. We have to have that ing because our English faith isnít the same as biblical faith. Biblical faith is clearly a verb. The word pistis, which is the only word translated ďfaithĒ, is only one step way from a primary verb. This idea that faith is a verb is confirmed three times in the Old Testament. In Hebrew there are three different words that show trust in God and are translated ďfaith, trust, or believe.Ē They are all verbs. The Greek melded those three words into one. Pistis.
When we carry the faithing principle out to the far end we find 100% dependence in ALL our actions, on something God has said. I guess you know that this is not possible for us mere humans. For us itís only an ideal.
Early on in my Walk, I looked around for ways to faithe. I had to be careful not to cross over into the area of tempting God. I couldnít go around setting up situations that would require Godís help to get through. I knew that faithing was more of a response thing. Id get hit with some adversity and ask God to help, based on His word the Heíd guide or provide or protect, whatever the need. Weíre repeatedly told that the Walk will contain rough spots. Thereís an old saying, ďCheer up saints. Itís gonna get worse.Ē ďIn this life ye shall have tribulation.Ē
Now that doesnít mean Godís going to let you get smacked around. The word for tribulation is more the meaning of training. And after all, isnít ALL training tough?
OK, Iím going to run into things that will test my faithing. There will be times when something goes wrong and I need help. Itís a risky situation with some parts unknown. Thatís pretty clear. I can just go along doing my life and when trouble hits, I fall back on God and He helps me through with the least possible stress and expenditure of resources.
How many days, months, even years go by when it feels like nothing big enough to really be called a faith trial comes along? Is there any way that I can initiate and not just respond? Is there any action (faithing) that I can initiate that will still count with God? I looked for some of those ways. I had to have a way of faithing that wasnít dependent on some jam that might or might not show up tomorrow. I only found four. Matthew 6 gives us three ways to faithe. God is talking through Jesus, so I know itís God word.
Giving, which is a whole study area in itself, prayer and fasting are the three from Matthew chapter 6.
As a quick aside, I want you to notice that the giving in Matthew 6 isnít specified. It takes Paul, in almost every letter, to tells us where that God-money goes. It goes to the one who helps you see God.
The fourth action, commanded by God (Jesus) and outlined by Paul, is Communion. Itís an action, based on Godís word, and defined in detail as to itís practice and results. Communion is also confirmed by two more witnesses, Isaiah and Peter. Itís a faith act.
I can take Communion every day and know I have faithed at least that much. I can pray every day and know the same. I can tithe and offer out of my income and know that itís an action based in Godís word, faithing. My prayer would be that none of these things get so routine that I lose my focus on God and just go through the motions.
But none of those faith acts related to my ongoing life. So Iím back to the decision idea again. Iíve said for years that all we have to do is recognize the point of decision, take a second to evaluate the decision and then act. I still say that. I know it to be true from much experience. But those times were far apart and very few. I go through my day making all kinds of decisions and never think about it.
But as I said, I know that I become aware when a FOOTS thought interrupts me; when some thought just falls out of the sky.* This idea is just a refinement of the ideas of DWIFOY and FOOTS Iíve talked about many times. The difference is that the DWIFOY and FOOTS were always related to external life. Someone FOOTS a phone call asking you if you want some great job. You meet an old friend on the bus. You havenít seen him in eight years, but heís selling just the car youíve been looking for, and that, it 2/3 of the going price. Those are good FOOTS, I wonít talk about the bad ones.
The overall version of DWIFOY and FOOTS tells us that we must follow up to the end ALL FOOTS. We have to follow them up until we are sure of their origin. There are always two ways to go. If the FOOTS is from God, we need to move on it. We need to take action on it at the first opportunity. How could we do differently? Isnít EVERYTHING from God valuable? You wouldnít pass up that old friendís car would you? If the FOOTS originated with the devil, then you want to reject it before you add and of your energy/action to it.
I told you, this isnít new. But this external stuff is way easy to notice. You canít ignore Tom pounding happily on your shoulder and showing you all his teeth. A FOOTS from the Dark side can be just as exuberant. The devil comes as an angel of light. Oh, that we were able to recognize as easily those thought that FOOTS into our minds. Those internal FOOTS just slip by, hardly noticed.
Hereíre some bits from a very early version of this idea. Itís from a piece I called, Pictures of the Devil. It deals mainly with picture FOOTS, but I believe the details will help in understanding internal FOOTS.I knew a guy once who used to like to say, "Do you ever think about the things you think about?" Initially, it's an amusing question, but do you ever think about the things you think about? I do. One day, while I was thinking about the things I think about, I noticed a possible answer for picking up and singling out those little communications that get me into trouble.
I noticed that there was a definite difference between two types of thoughts that come to me. One, I call concepts. It's just an idea that comes into my head. I've heard this kind of thing called inspiration, too. The other, is pictures. Concepts or pictures. The concept thought isn't really a picture of something happening, of an action. It isn't a little "movie" in my head. It's a flashed concept, around a set of circumstances, that doesn't have a picture. It's an understanding, an insight. For instance, if you start to descend a staircase, and see a roller-skate half way down, the minute that new set of circumstances presents itself to your consciousness, you experience the concept of harm. Now, it may or may not be accompanied by a picture of how that harm takes place. You get the concept of harm first, a little red flag goes up, and maybe it would be followed by a picture of you with your legs up in the air about to land on the stairs. But the first thing that happens, before the picture, is the concept of danger or harm. That's one type of thought that seems to "show up". It's not something that's willful. But note carefully that this type of thought is connected to the context. Itís relevant to what was going on, or what you were thinking about in the first place.
Let's not be confused by the thought concepts that can come out of willful visualization. The concept thoughts that we want to deal with are the ones that seem to be spontaneous.
Now, we can call these concept thoughts prophesies because, in a sense, they tell the future. In the case of the stairs and roller-skate, the flashed concept of harm is telling what will happen if some change doesn't occur to include the new information of the skate.
Now the really interesting part is the other kind of thought. There's concepts, and there's pictures. There are two kinds of picture thoughts. One kind is the willful visualization already mentioned, the other is "spontaneous" pictures. Both willful and spontaneous pictures are provocative thought. They picture us in action. We see, in our mind's eye, a picture of us doing something. But here come the "spontaneous" pictures. Those are the ones we're really after.
I want you to think back to all those times when you were just hanging out, and all of a sudden, "spontaneously", comes this picture of you doing something. Perhaps getting a cold drink out of the refrigerator.
Say you're sitting watching TV, and you get this picture, the little movie of you taking a cold drink out of the refrigerator. This is not, a concept thought, "I need a drink, I'm thirsty, or
drink a Coke," but the actual visual picture.
We have concepts, and we have these "spontaneous" pictures. Both types of thoughts seem to appear, no pun intended. They seem to be presented to our consciousness for a decision. With no apparent cause, I may see a picture of my hand holding a chocolate bar, and say, "Hmm, I think I'll have a snack."
The main difference isn't in the type of thought, concept or picture, but in the results of each kind. What happens when we follow through with an action.
What I've noticed is that these "spontaneous" visualizations always seem to be in the category of things that I don't judge, by my own standards, to be one hundred percent OK. It's not OK for me to have six cold drinks while I'm watching TV. If I've had two already, and the movie isn't even half over, I might get this picture of me at the refrigerator getting another one and know that I shouldn't have any more.
If all this is true, just the continuing awareness of these provocative little movies can help me rid my life of a lot of stress. I'll recognize that any time a picture "pops" into my head, and shows me doing something that is less than one hundred percent righteous, I'll know to avoid that thought absolutely. Now here's the hard part. I've been looking for a long time for a handle on how the devil gets us to do things. C.S. Lewis has a very interesting idea that he incorporates in "The Screwtape Letters" about how that happens. His belief is that Satan and his minions are able to communicate to us humans by planting suggestive thoughts in our heads.
The question that's always bothered me is: how far can the devil go, and how to recognize when it might be him behind the motivation for my actions. Well, if these "spontaneous" visualizations always end up or involve my subverting to some degree my own standards of how things should be, it seems logical that the devil may be involved. What better way to keep people on edge than to plant little pictures in their head.
This "spontaneous" little guy that pops into my head always leads me down the garden path. And if there's a God, there's a devil. And if there's a devil, he's got to have some way of working on me. He doesn't leave little notes under my pillow. I don't hear little voices in my head, usually. There's a small loophole in that statement, because I also feel that I get "spontaneous" prodding thoughts. Not pictures, but sentences. It's like a spoken concept that motivates me to improper action. Again, by my own standards. It'll say things like, "Oooo, why don't you have another cigarette?" Call it a verbalization, instead of a visualization. But verbal or visual, those thoughts always lead in the wrong direction. Another way to say it is that thoughts that lead me in the wrong direction always just pop into my mind.
Just separating out concepts and "spontaneous" visualization or verbalizations helps me keep my thoughts straight and isolate those motivating thoughts that try to move me in the wrong direction. I know I'm aware that those pictures or sentences are spontaneous and not willful. I realize that I didn't make them up. I didn't intend to visualize the action. I also know that it is a picture and not a concept thought. The concepts never come as a picture. They come as understandings and insights, not pictures or sentences. With insights, we get the understanding first, then put it into words, as a better way to retain the idea. So the two are easily separated and recognized. The pitfall with "spontaneous" pictures is that they're so familiar, that we often don't see them as harmful. There are many little suggestive pictures that come to mind every day that "help" us pander to our convenience, our desire, our pleasure, our financial security. Spontaneous little thoughts that lead us down the garden path. What that all boils down to is selfishness, in the most generic sense. You may feel better calling it self interest. When I act toward my self, I can't act to that same degree toward anyone or anything else, especially God. To the degree I act toward myself, that's the degree I act away from God. Knowingly. Almost all our actions are based on a willful decision.
I know the devil can't get inside my head and hear what I'm thinking. I believe he can put sentences and pictures in there. Just slip little things in there. I believe that he has the ability to manipulate the energy fields that form our existence to the point that he can throw a little thought in my head. By reviewing the external FOOTS, weíll reinforce our idea of the internal FOOTS.
FT INTERRUPTS: We must remember that a FOOTS thought interrupts, just like and external FOOTS.
Itís not the result of a chain of thinking, like making a list of errands.
Itís not relevant to the DWIFOY, the context.
Itís not been previously thought of. It wasnít included in the mental list of your errands.
Itís not a reminder. You donít suddenly remember that you had to stop at the market.
I think Iíve landed on a way to get it Right. I can thwart the devil at decision time by remembering that a FOOTS thought could be from him, just the same as a FOOTS meeting could be an external FOOTS from him.
Letís go step by step with this. How does God talk to you? Does a voice come out of the wall? Does He leave little notes under your pillow? A lot of people will tell you that God gives them inspirations. They get some mental urge. How does that happen exactly? Letís say your hear some voice in your head that says ďanswer the phone.Ē If the phone rings, youíre going to pay attention. But I want to look at the first thought before the phone rings. You may have thought, ďWhy did I think that?Ē Or , ďWhy did I say that?Ē Notice the orientation. We attribute those thoughts to ourselves. Of course when the phone actually rings, one minute later, then weíre sure that the thought didnít come from us. It may have at least come telepathically from the person on the other end.
But letís look at hearing for a second. We donít hear things. Certain parts of us are made to vibrate by energy that pushes from outside. These vibrations cause electrical currents to flow to certain parts of our brain. When those parts are stimulated they simulate some sound that we have identified, such as a bell or something we donít have a definition for. We are just thinking a certain frequency and interpreting it as the ring of a bell.
So that voice in my head is just the manipulation of energy at a certain location in my brain. Weíve had this technology for many years. They can send a little pulse of electromagnetic energy into your brain that matches the frequency that your brain uses to ďhearď those words. The result is that you hear that sentence in your head. See if you can find a movie called ďThe Control Factor.Ē Recent movie, very old technology.
Thatís how God ďtalksĒ to us. Thatís how telepathy works. The telepath manipulates the energy into something you can ďhearĒ.
Manipulation of energy is all over the Bible. Thatís what the angels do. All of a sudden they appear. That rock was empty a second ago. Now it has a man sitting on it. The next second the man is gone. Did he just pop into existence and then cease to exist? No. He had the ability to manipulate the frequency so that it now was within the range that human beings could see. Angels can not only pop in and out of sight. They can sit down and eat dinner with you. One could walk up to you on the street and start a conversation and youíd never know it was an angel. Those things happen a lot in the Bible.
Assuming that God personally doesnít speak to me and sends an angel, then I have to also assume that an angel can send thoughts into my head. An angel can be the source of some inspired thought I had. How many accounts can we read in the Bible about ďnight visionsĒ, ďvisionsĒ, and ďthe word of the LORD came to meÖĒ? Those werenít physical manifestations. Is it too hard to accept that Jeremiah and the other prophets, didnít ďhearĒ most of the words they wrote down? Is any of this unreasonable?
I know youíre waiting for me. If angels can talk in my head, what about that one third of the heavenly angels that followed Lucifer, and Lucifer himself? They can all do the same thing. Satan could walk up to you on the street and start a conversation. And youíd never know it was him.
I think the main reason people deny that thoughts can be planted in their head is fear of the devil. I certainly donít want to live with the knowledge that some outside force can penetrate my thinking and convince me of a lie. Iíll let God talk to me inside my head, but not the devil.
FOOTS thoughts are not your own. Those thoughts that just fall out of the sky are from out of the sky, not inside your brain.
I also want to put away the thought that some thoughts are really FOOTS thoughts that originate inside us. I argue that my memory will play that trick on me. There have been times when Iíve discovered something brand new. I had some great insight and started to follow it up. But in the course of study, I start to see the work as familiar. Not long after, I find that I already did this study. This was only a personal FOOTS until I found that I already knew that and had just put it so far out of my thinking that it seemed like a brand new idea. I think that all our FOOTS thoughts that seem to come from us can be traced back to prior experience.
In the process of evaluating the FOOTS thought, the true origin of the thought will be shown. Itíll either be God, the Devil or some previously held idea.
I have always believed that itís easy to go Right once I know the whole story. I canít rationalize God away. Some little thought about abusing myself in some way, like drugs or chocolate can be rationalized away. If I were to stop and find that the suggestion that I have another chocolate bar comes from the devil, I think Iíd be better equipped to resist. Once I determine God and the devil, the choice is much easier, even in the face of some ďhardnessĒ I see in the outcome. You see, I know that making the Right decision isnít always greeted with applause by the world.
Iíve concluded that faithing time is always decision time, is always a FOOTS. And when I couple the external FOOTS idea to the internal, Iíve got a Way of life thatís sure, even if itís not happening 100% of the time.
And, FOOTS thoughts, FTís, are much easier than external FOOTS, XFís. XFís involve action in both directions. You act on the FOOTS or you continue acting on your DWIFOY. A FT requires action on only one side. You act on the FOOTS or you say ďnoĒ, which is really the same result. You continue your DWIFOY. But there are times when you arenít acting on a DWIFOY, youíre taking a break in the easy chair. An FT comes and you just say, ďnoĒ.
The trick is always knowing when this shows up. Carrying the idea of a FOOTS will help us recognize at least the more important FTís that show up. Little ones like stopping at the store may be farther down the road, so to speak, but if God is there, then youíll have plenty of confirmation for the larger challenges. He always warns us and always keeps us from the worst part. You may be in a car accident and only get a broken leg, while everyone else died.
No matter how you feel emotionally, if you can at least assure yourself that you are pointed in Godís direction and still have the yearning to be OK, God is going nowhere. His promises can keep you on track. Heís that big brother I talked about above.
When that FT shows up and interrupts, see it as a FOOTS and give it the second thought. Ask, ďIs this getting in the way?Ē Once weíve recognized a FOOTS thought, what can we use to evaluate it? How can we tell who itís from? CS Lewis gives us some very good guides. Whatever we use, it must be from outside ourselves. Any subjective gride canít be trusted 100%. But CS Lewis gives three criteria for decision making.
Is what we propose to do Right, have we been Prudent and is it Possible. Right, Prudent and Possible. Right: does it line up with Godís word on the subject? Prudent: did we think it through, evaluate the results? Possible: in our present life, is it possible? Some things have to wait.
It doesnít have to be seen as in the God frame, either. Weíre not talking just about God. Weíre talking about how to live the best life. The parts of our lives that we live for God arenít the only times when we faithe. Just because it doesnít apply to ďreligiousĒ actions, doesnít mean it canít be governed by the same principles. Everything is faithing, in the Greek/Hebrew definition. Every action is an act of faith, but faithing down some stairs didnít take a decision. You donít see any options being offered. You walk down these stairs every morning. There was no FOOTS thought.
FOOTS thoughts are not your own. Just count ALL FOOTS thoughts as originating outside of you. Then all you have to do is find out where they came from. Itíll set you free.
COMMUNION: I trust youíve got you Communion elements together.
I want to review two things about Communion. The Who and the Where. Many are those who are taught that there are rules put on Communion. One of the firwst rules is Who. Who can give it and who can take it. Iíve seen many communion services and have never, except once, heard any teaching from the Bible as to who cang give communion. But the prevailing view is that only an ordanined minister or priest can give communion. I didnít read of Jesus saing that they should get some Rabbi to give them communion. He just said, as a ďsoftĒ command, do this in remembrance of me. One might argue that he was fulfilling the role of a priest and be correct. But he talked about time after he was gone. He wouldnít be there to give them communion.
And yet, different churches have adopted rules governing who can give communion. More troubling are the rules governing who can take communion. Some say that you must be a member of that church. Worse is that the people are told that they should examine themselves to make sure that they are worthy to take communion. This idea fails immediately, because the determination of worth is to be made by the one being judged. The fox is not the judge of whether or not he was wrong in stealing the chicken.
You know where all these rules come from? They come from peopleís Egos. Who gave the board of elders the right to refuse communion to someone seeking a connection to God? Who gave anyone the right to be the ďholier than thouĒ Pharisee and tell others to be perfect, implying their own perfection?
I know of no more clearly defined faith act in the Bible than Communion. Itís right there with baptism and tithing. Itís an action based on Godís word on the subject. Thatís faithing. And faithing results in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In other words, being saved.
And Paul complete destroys those who have taught that one must be worthy to take communion. He tells us in 1 Corinthians 11:20-30 the precise manner in which we are to take communion; ďworthily.Ē We are to take communion in a worthy manner. Worthily.
The word thatís translated ďunworthilyĒ is anax`i os (ah-nahx-`ee-os, which is an adverb from two other words. Basically, it is the compound word that says ďunfit.Ē So the word anaxios literally means ďunfitly.Ē The addition of the ďlyĒ shows the adverb quality of the word.
And just to expose the precicison of Greek, I found a very interesting fact about this word. The adverb word and the verb word are spelled exactly the same. Anaxios. Exactly the same! Like the vowel points in Hebrew, the placement of the accent mark is the only difference between the two words. In the verb form the accent is on the second syllable. To change to the adverb form, the mark is moved to the third syllable. So we have an`ax ios or we have anax`i os. As I often say, you have to get behind the translation to the original to really understand what was written.
We donít have to guess about the meaning of Ďunfitlyí though. Right away, Paul says that we will be unfitly taking communion if we donít discern Jesus blood and body when we partake. Itís what Jesus, himself said. ďDo this in remembrance of me.Ē Paul had to tell the Corinthians this because they were just having a drunken party and calling in communion.
The Where of Communion is easy. ANY WHERE. They werenít at church for the Last Supper, Iím sure you know. They were at home. Thatís where it was meant to be at first. After the Christians had gatherings of worship in places other than home, then one might take communion there.
The communion is based on the Passover. The Passover was done in the home. They were told to put the blood on their door and go into their house and eat the lamb. No one place is more important than another for taking communion. Just as itís OK if you donít have unleavened bread and red wine. Again, Paul makes it clear that the only thing is discerning Jesus; not the place, time, actual elements. If all you have at the moment is water and a peanut, thatís OK.
Letís do a little faithing right now and take the bread. The bread if for the healing of our bodies. Isaiah and Peter both say that by Jesusí ďstripesĒ, beatings and physical hurt, we are healed. Take the bread now and letís talk some faith and say, by his stripes I was healed, in Jesusí name.
And the wine. Thatís for the healing of our souls. Just like the blood over the door saved the Israelitesí lives in Egypt, the blood is for our saving from death. Take it now and thank God for His grace and ask His continued mercy. Thank you Lord, have mercy on me, in Jesusí name.
WRAP: Well, I trust that this little bit of faithing will give us the strength to not do the wrong thing when that thought FOOTS into our heads.
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I[Ďll say again, thoughts that fall out of the sky into your brain are not your own. If they come from God, then weíd better pay attention because God is real and the stuff He says happens.
This is Jack, Bye.
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