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Posted 6/26/15 at 1:53 PM | Larry Dozier
First, we must start with 2 Chronicles 7:14,
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
But, how does this Bible verse look? How do we comply with it; so that God will heal our land? I have been researching those concerns for quite a few years. This article is the result of 10 years of seeking God’s Word, Will & Ways. I pray that it serves as a motivational and instructional paradigm shift for all of those that read it and allow God to speak to their hearts.
So what does it mean to humble ourselves? For me, the simple yet profound meaning of humility is all wrapped up in gaining a teachable attitude. In other words, when we humble ourselves, we are saying that we don’t know it all and become active, diligent, and attentive learners, rather than thinking that we know enough, without God, to effectively manage our lives. This was first a problem with Satan as his pride (the enemy of humility) was acted upon in heaven. Then later, Adam & Eve were enticed to do the same. Pride says that man can successfully live life without God and God’s influence. So, God is asking us to turn from our prideful, selfish ways and embrace His ways of love. Turn from our prideful words and speak God’s words. And turn from our prideful wills and allow God’s will to prevail. Here's the bottom line when it comes to humbling ourselves, For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matthew 23:12). FULL POST
Posted 6/12/15 at 12:37 PM | Larry Dozier
Learning how to appeal to the conscience of others, especially leaders, is paramount in being salt and light on the earth and being culture-changers! I have read and heard many religious writers and speakers that have appealed to the mind and logic when presenting the Gospel, but few have done what Jesus did - appeal to the conscience. Whether they were trying to persuade someone to quit something or start something new, it's not logic that persuades them. It's their sense of right and wrong - their conscience. Perhaps you've heard, "a sermon from the mind reaches a mind, but a sermon from the heart reaches a heart". I believe that's one big reason why the teachings of the Bible, such as the Beattitudes, exhort followers of Christ to do the opposite of their natural, fleshly inclinations and desires. If someone hits me, I want to hit them back. If someone curses me, my natural desire is to curse them too. But Jesus taught to bless others and to do good to others regardless of how evil they may treat us. In Romans 2:4, Jesus taught that it's the goodness of the Lord that leads to repentance!
Jesus was an expert at appealing to the conscience. He frequently modeled it by asking leading questions such as he asked the Samaritan woman at the well, "Woman, where is your husband?". This appealed to her conscience and led her to confess her sin. He did the same during the Apostle Paul's Damascus Road experience. Jesus said, Saul, "Why are you persecuting me?", appealing to his conscience. He could have started a theological debate or called him a murder and screamed "Repent!", but instead, he asked Paul (then Saul) well selected leading questions that appealed to his conscience.
Another excellent example of effectively appealing to the conscience is when the Prophet Nathan confronted the King David. It had been about a year since David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged for the death of her husband. David's cover-up appeared to have been successful. He was carrying out the business of his kingdom and enjoying the little child that resulted from his adultery. Nathan the prophet was charged by God with the responsibility of telling King David his fault. Nathan's example provides several important principles that we can follow when confronting an offender. FULL POST
Posted 5/30/15 at 12:56 PM | Larry Dozier
The essence of democratic socialism is this re-written version of God's commandment:
"Thou shalt not steal, except by majority vote."
"Economic democracy" is the system whereby two wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for dinner.
Christian socialists and defenders of economic planning by state bureaucrats deeply resent this interpretation of their ethical position. They resent it because it's accurate.
When Christianity adheres to the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces free market capitalism.
On the other hand, when Christianity rejects the judicial specifics of the Bible, it produces socialism or some politically run hybrid "middle way" between capitalism and socialism, where politicians and bureaucrats make the big decisions about how people's wealth will be allocated. Economic growth then slows or is reversed. Always.
Free market capitalism produces long-term economic growth. Socialism and middle-way economic interventionism by the state produce poverty and bureaucracy. If your goal is to keep poor people poor, generation after generation, you should promote socialism. But be sure to call it economic democracy in order to fool the voters.
The Bible is an anti-socialist document. Socialist propagandists for over four centuries have claimed that the Bible teaches socialism, but we have yet to see a single Bible commentary written by a socialist. If the Bible teaches socialism, where is the expository evidence? FULL POST
Posted 4/17/15 at 6:14 PM | Larry Dozier
Be Harmless as Doves?
In Scripture, the dove symbolizes three primary characteristics: peace (as a messenger of peace after the Flood; see Genesis 8:8-12), pure beauty (see Song of Solomon 1:15), and the anointing of the Holy Spirit (see Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, and John 1:32).
The meaning of the word harmless, which Jesus uses in this command, is significant. It is the Greek word akeraios. The letter a means "without," and kerao means "to mix." Therefore, to be harmless means to be "without any mixture of deceit." Paul uses this word in his exhortation to the early Church: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless (akeraios), the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:14-15).
Paul uses the same word in Romans 16:19 in reference to personal purity and innocence regarding the knowledge of evil. “... I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple (akeraios) concerning evil.” FULL POST
Posted 3/30/15 at 3:02 PM | Larry Dozier
“Set your heart (FOCUS) on the right path” (Proverbs 23:19).
Have you ever had problems concentrating or focusing on something like your homework? Or perhaps your mind wondered when your teacher at school talked for a long time? I sure have. I remember when I used to day dream during in one of my classes because I thought my history class was boring and also because it was my first class after lunch. Throughout my entire K-12 educational experience, I frequently got in trouble for talking to the girls. I just had some serious challenges, while at school. However, when it came to sports, I could concentrate and excel in each without much effort. So why did I have so much trouble staying focused in my math and history classes, but not in my sport activities?
Some people say the same thing about Prayer and Bible study. They have trouble concentrating and staying focused when they read the Bible or pray. I found a key to staying focused on the Bible and prayer. In Psalms 1 & Joshua 1, that key promises guaranteed success in anything you do, if you will just learn how to effectively practice it. This key helped move me from a C student in college to being on the Dean’s Honor Roll List. This key affected King David of Israel so much that the Bible later referred to him as “A man after God’s own, heart”. Want to learn about this key? I call this key “The Focus Factor”. FULL POST
Posted 3/21/15 at 1:14 PM | Larry Dozier
I believe the Body of Christ has allowed the demonically influenced world system to define “the church”, to define Christianity, to define what is good and bad, to define success and define the source of our provision, to define education, to define our government, etc., etc. etc. It’s time for the Body of Christ to wake up, get up, pray up, study up, prep up and stand up to define right and wrong - good and bad according to what God says in the Bible.
But how do we do that? Do we use the Old Testament, The Tanakh, The Torah, or The New Testament? And what about the thousands of denominations and religions that claim to be Christians with completely different viewpoints. Which rules of conduct do we follow? Do we follow the ancient Hebrews that sacrificed animals and didn’t eat pork or do we follow the Catholic traditions or possibly the Protestants, the Baptists or Methodists? Who defines right and wrong – good and bad for Christians?
American laws, since her founding, have largely reflected the 10 Commandments and the Torah, which many call “the ancient Hebrew Law”. But the Hebrews and modern Jews literally translate the word “Torah” from Hebrew to English as “The Teachings of God”. The Hebrew word, torah (תורה), is derived from a root that was used in the realm of archery, yareh (ירה). Yareh means to shoot an arrow in order to hit a mark. The mark or target, of course, was the object at which the archer was aiming. Therefore, torah, one of the nouns derived from this root, is, therefore, the arrow aimed at the mark. The target is the truth about God and how one relates to Him. The Torah is, therefore, in the strict sense instruction designed to teach us the truth about God. Torah means direction, teaching, instruction, or doctrine. (Source: http://www.torahresourcesinternational.info/definition.php) FULL POST
Posted 2/20/15 at 12:56 PM | Larry Dozier
It’s time for the “Body Life” revelation and activation of the local and universal church to begin! I believe that the Body of Christ (alluding to the Kingdom of God) has been in critical condition for a long time now. In the past, local churches have birthed great men and women of God (like Moses) to lead the people of God. But, now is the time for the Body Life Revelation and Activation, because “Moses is dead.” As those great men of God of the past have faithfully done their part, so it’s time for us to do ours.
God is releasing and calling those unknown people (without big names) both in and out of the institutional church to see and honor Jesus as the Head of the Church and all of the rest of us as parts of the whole Body of Christ fitly joined together to release God’s Love & Life to the rest of the body and the world. No part is more important or “bigger” than the rest. And if someone rises to uncommon success, Jesus Only Jesus will get the credit and the honor. And when we prophesy, like Joseph, we will say that it’s our God that prospers us and blesses us and that our God shares His secrets with those that will get close enough to Him to hear His small still voice. And they’ll be those that are appropriately called, trained and gifted who will educate, motivate and activate the saints to work the same miracles and know the same God and clearly hear His voice.
Posted 1/26/15 at 11:55 AM | Larry Dozier
The Spirit of God has been speaking to me for several years about a coming move of God. He has continued to say the days of the big name of the evangelist, the author, the pastor, denomination, country, position, etc. is over. It’s time for the big name of Jesus to be glorified above all names! This year is the time for the birthing of the ‘No Name, but Jesus’ Saints Movement in the Body of Christ.
It’s like when God spoke to the Israelis after Moses died.
Joshua 1:1-3 states...
God said to Joshua, the leader of the Israelis, Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses.…
What’s the application? God is saying the same thing today! Can you hear Him? Out with the old wine skin and in with new. The old well-known movements of God’s Spirit are dead, along with their great names. It's time to stop mourning over your past disappointments and losses and go take your Promise Land. Forget those things that are behind and press on to the high calling of God in Christ! Everywhere you put your feet God will give it to you as an inheritance, if you will take the time in prayer to find out specifically what God has called you to do and where you’re supposed to do it.
Matthew 6:33 gives us instructions in what and where our promise land is and how to take it and transform it. FULL POST