The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ SW # 2 The Heart of Wisdom & Tough-Mindedness

“so that she could fly into the wilderness” Revelation 12:14

A Psalm (Heart) & Proverb (Wisdom) a Day Drives The Tyrant Away! PS 60:2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open; Heal its breaches, for it totters. PR 24:4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

SW#1 Re-cap:

  • We are at war.
  • We cannot win without boots on the ground.
  • No survival without revival.
  • God leads.
  • Ask Holy Spirit.

A soldier once asked Joan of Arc why God only talked to her. “God talks to everybody. I just listen.”, was her reply. This ties in to Frank B’s question in comments last week:                      My misunderstanding of the message comes from Romans. Different gifts are given to men. The verse from Romans, above, speaks of a gift every man has. The message clearly says that most Christian men are not standing up during this critical time. Are we all expected to have the same viewpoint as to what is the right thing to do when most that I know are following God‘s word?

And brother Frank’s question ques up Pastor Earl’s response to SW#1:

In Three-Dimensional Leadership, we teach “people hire people that are like themselves. People reflect the values and characteristics of their leader, and people hire those who reflect their characteristics and values.”

     If you ask the average pastor why he entered ministry, and he likely will say, “I just wanted to help people.” That is, they are motivated by the gifts of mercy and helps. When someone graduates from seminary, having been instructed mostly by other mercy driven people, they have not been focused on the tough mindedness necessary to teach the whole Word of God from the whole counsel of God.

    Thus, we end up with people teaching/preaching a half-gospel of hyper grace! They teach from the New Testament only, and (85-95% of the time), and put forth a salvation without repentance and a discipleship that gives the impression that God is an errand boy who’ll satisfy your every desire as you seek your personal humanistic horizon of self-fulfillment.

     Every Biblical Spiritual Gift is manifested in people who have flaws from our Old Sin Natures.  The character flaw of many mercy-driven people is the “need to be needed.”  Their tendency is toward being people pleasers. They often will say, “I’m a reconciler of diverse opinions.” They don’t want to offend anyone, and easily compromise truth to make and have peace with all in the ecumenical sandbox!

(I encourage any of you in the Capital Region who might be seeking a church to look no further than this Good Shepherd’s  Liberty Christian Fellowship)

In other words, to quote Oliver Hardy’s famous line, this fine mess we find ourselves in is largely due to church shepherds conforming their flocks to the will of men rather than the heart of God. So, yes Frank B, tragically most churchmen today have “the same viewpoint” because they’ve followed men who preach God’s half-word. We need a Pete Seeger reprise, “Where have all the stout-hearted men gone? Gone to half-churches every one!”

Trust me when I say, for it is not me saying it, there is no greater tragedy to the fate of western civilization than the yield of the half-church harvest…

They’ve become shrinking violets in the light of patriot spirit. They’ve loaded their children onto yellow cattle-cars to Neverland. They’ve turned the temple of their bodies and the bodies of their children into mRNA laboratories and access portals to the mark by their own uninformed consent. They’ve turned their deaf ears to the prophetic voice of God.

SW # 2

The Holy Bible is the Word of God. The Spiritual Warrior’s “Sword of the Spirit” as we know from Ephesians 6:17.

So, this week’s SW deals with the perfect balance of heart (Psalms) and wisdom (Proverbs) in men made in the image of God, which He connected to toughmindedness through Pastor Earl. I’ll start with heart. A week ago, this past Friday as I was rehearsing with our praise team at Howells Church, something made me look up to the beautiful church ceiling and I felt myself singing (the song “Rest”) to God. In that moment I realized He made us not only because He wanted friends, He made us so that He could experience Himself through us. Sister Felicia, who wrote “Rest”, and her husband are moving to Springfield, Missouri this week, so last Sunday Howells paid special tribute to Felicia and Walter, bestowing Walter with the title Eder at Large. And before we sang “Rest” I shared the fact that God is smiling ear to ear when Felicia sings to Him…which the entire congregation, including Walter, understood perfectly. Now, the very next morning I see this amazing video of a mother singing to her baby, and as I listened to the lyrics I realized she was singing to God, and you could actually see God overwhelmed with perfect joy in the expression of the baby as the mother sang! “God talks to everybody. I just listen.” .” Singing to God!

This same day, He segued from heart to wisdom to toughmindedness in the Governor DeSantis sends 48 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard story…creating an exploding bonanza in meme world. While most everybody is focused on the strategic brilliance of this move by the Florida Governor, our Orange Strong sister Christine (a serial hugger) calls our attention to the need for compassion for the illegal migrants who are people just like us who happen to find themselves as political pawns…caught in the middle of this epic and crazy war of the worlds 2.0…

This is where we need to pay close attention to how God works through us to have both the heart of compassion, as well as the wisdom and toughmindedness to expose the lies and hypocrisy of the enemy, which in the end will bring, revival, peace, and restoration to the nations. Check out this short clip and behold the Psalms/Proverbs-nourished MAN God made us to be!

We’ll close today’s SW with the prophetic voice of Dutch Sheets on “Connecting With The Heart Of God”, taking us from the man (Psalmist) after God’s own heart: David’s ultimate success in spite of his colossal failures should bring hope to all of us…to the writer of Amazing Grace, former slave-trader, John Newton: The song could not have carried us to such heights had not the man sank to such depths. Dutch concludes, The greatness of (Newton’s) sin was no match for the greatness of God’s grace.

Please tune in next Sunday! He has already given me SW#3…the Full Armor is MUCH more than we’ve been led to believe.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil. ~ Psalm 4:20-27

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