Biblical Mind

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Posted 12/19/12 at 6:30 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

All That Stuff

It’s been four years now since my wife and I gave up ‘toiling for the things of the world’ and took literally Christ’s promise in Luke 12 to take care of us like he does the birds. We gave up everything, put what belongings we had in storage and waited for God to show us where to live. An old motor home was His first gift. Two months later God put me in a job with housing provided and that was just the beginning. Today, life is comfortable. Our story continues on track as God continues to “clothe us, O ye of little faith”.

As a husband and father, I must be honest it has been the most difficult task I have ever undertaken. Often I miss the ‘things of the world’. Especially as I drive my ‘Barbie Jeep’ (My son’s words not mine) and live in a trailer I don’t even own ---- and as Christmas looms a week away with hands out waiting for that gift --- and as my ‘flesh’ continues to tell me I could do better. All I would need to do is take one of the job offers promising the big bucks again. The truth is, no matter how much my ‘pride’ tells me to go back to the ‘stuff life’, my new heart continues to show the way. FULL POST

Posted 12/13/12 at 12:53 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

God's Gift Many Christians Don't Have

When Jesus left this earth he gave us something very important. He could have given us anything, and given the chance to choose our "GIFT" from the "creator of all things", I would assume we could come up with some cool stuff.

But Jesus said - "I am leaving you with a gift . . . Peace I leave with you, My Peace I give unto you"
You've got to be kidding right? How about wealth, power, wisdom, or maybe even a cattle on a thousand hills...but peace?

Yes, he gave us peace. Now, if Jesus gave us peace, then why don't so many Christians have it?
I challenge you to grasp the truth that negative behaviors (habits, addictions, etc) you face today are holding you back from a life of peace and fulfillment. Additionally, realize that even as harmful as your behavior is, it is the pattern of failure in this area of your life that is even more devastating. I want to say that once more so that you understand how important it is. The failure becomes as much of an issue as the original behavior.

It may seem an impossible task to unravel the causes for your behavior. The human mind is the most complex organism in the universe. It was created by God when He created man in His image. And the human mind was created so that the incomprehensible God could be comprehended by His creation. Man had perfect understanding from the beginning. God gave him a beautiful place to live and work and plenty of good food to eat. FULL POST

Posted 3/4/10 at 3:37 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

GOING TO THE SPRING EVERY DAY

God told the prophet Jeremiah that His people had committed two evils. First, they had forsaken Him, the fountain of living waters and second, they had carved out large stone vessels that were broken and could hold no water. There is an everlasting difference between a fountain of living fresh water and a broken pot that cannot hold anything.

Above all other physical needs, God designed us to use water every day. Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians that our outward man is perishing Even with daily doses of water, the "house" we live in is dying. In the same passage, however, Paul told us that our inward man is being renewed day by day. Make no mistake, this twenty-four hour cycle that finds us waking up in a new day was created with purpose. We live in a concrete reminder of our dependence on taking daily spiritual nourishment from the Living Source of Life.

Yes, to be born again is absolutely essential. But also to be nourished after that birth is essential. God's health to our "spiritual bones" cannot be put in one's pocket like a hot roll, forgotten about until it ends up in the washing machine. God's spiritual nourishment is like the manna that came to the children of Israel daily.* Those who did not heed his instructions, and through greed or fear gathered more than they could eat, found that yesterday's manna became today's breeding ground for maggots. FULL POST

Posted 2/24/10 at 1:37 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

WHAT IS JOY?

It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, coming just second on the list behind love. It captivated the focus of Jesus Christ. For the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, scorned the shame and sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.

We are told to count it all joy when we encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. Joy was welded to the disciples' character when they saw the resurrected Christ and no one could ever take it from them. Our joy is made full when our prayers are answered. There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
Is joy a feeling?

Joy can make one feel good - but the emotion that joy may produce is not joy itself. There is an element in joy that is a yearning or longing. Joy is a word used to attempt to describe a powerful working of the human heart. We have the power to hold in our heart the certain knowledge that we are living out our part in the Master's plan. Joy is the yearning for that moment when our faith will be sight. This yearning, fueled by the Holy Spirit of God, leaves no room for doubt or the possibility of disappointment.

Joy stakes everything on the truth that death could not hold Jesus Christ in the grave. Any circumstance, past present or future, cannot alter that. In fact, joy's arena is the heart that embraces all circumstance in the sure knowledge that we are moving toward a reunion that is beyond our comprehension.

(Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 12:2; James 1:2; John 16:22; John 16:24; Luke 15:10)

Posted 2/4/10 at 4:59 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

BIBLICAL BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

Psalm 131 begins "Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don't concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp." The Psalm was written by King David and it is only three verses long.

He continues, "Surely, I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child." The Hebrew language paints a picture of how a believer behaves and quiets himself. The word means to level out or equalize. It implies an adjustment that works as a counterbalance and its use in this context is evidence God has not abandoned us to try to maintain a behavior about which we know nothing.

In the subtle beauty of the language, this passage reveals the Power at work in our hearts that compels us to make a conscious choice to shift our focus off ourselves and on to God. The word the Hebrew writers used as "behave" is translated "compare" in Proverbs 3:15 when wisdom is described. "All the things we can desire are not to be compared to her (wisdom)." Behaving encompasses the act of comparison! The lightning computations of our mind can balance our behavior by comparing it to a blueprint that God makes available to us moment by moment through His indwelling Spirit.

Another picture is drawn for us in Isaiah 28:25 using the Hebrew word for "behaved." A man plowing his field has made that field "plain" and ready for sowing by leveling it. That "plain" level field represents every believer whose heart is a place where God can plant and then gather the fruits of a surrendered heart.
In addition to behaving himself, the psalmist "quieted" himself. The word quieted holds another key to the mindset of the believer. "Quieted" is translated "rest" in Psalm 37:7. "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him." It is also translated as "wait" in Psalm 62:5. "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him."

As a child that is weaned, the believer has ripened into a mature person who makes a willful choice to measure and adjust his behavior according to the benchmark set by the Holy Spirit who dwells within. Now that's behavior modification!

Posted 2/3/10 at 1:12 PM | Ryan Reeves

Do you buy Christian?

Do You Buy Christian?

When was the last time you made a conscious decision to make a sure your money was spent supporting another Christian? If you can answer that question at all, you are probably ahead of most of us. There was a time when people understood the impact their spending had. Years ago the concept of spending your money close to home was understood to be a vital part of supporting your local community. In the US it was especially important to buy products that were made in the USA. In today's so called global economy that concept has been nearly erased. We are more than willing to drive across the metro area to save some cash on our new television, and many of us look for something on eBay® before we even walk into a local retailer. We even ship our jobs to other countries because it helps us reduce costs, raise profits, and supposedly lower prices. That being said, I bet you think I am crazy for asking if you buy Christian.

I am a bit crazy, but that's ok. Truth is - I am just crazy enough to raise a topic that could not only help Christians all over our world but will, no doubt, draw fire from certain people opposed to the idea. I'm ok with that because those are the same people who would just assume Christians keep their mouths shut and their crazy morals and ideals to themselves.

All I want to do is make you think; actually, I want you to imagine. Imagine the impact your support could have on the Christian economy. Yes, I said the Christian economy. There is an economic cycle for just about every social group in society, and Christians are no different than the rest. At its simplest form it's as basic as money in versus money out. In reality, it is much more important than that.

Let me explain a bit more about what I mean by the term Christian economy. An individual Christian makes a living - earning income and spending it according to how the individual sees fit. The money they earn then goes to various other people and organizations. Hopefully, that Christian gives some of his income to support his own social group (other Christians). He might give it to his church, another Christian organization, or purchase a ticket to a Christian concert. The portion of the money the individual either spends or gives to other Christians stays within the Christian economy. It then goes to support others in various ways and ultimately, ends up being spent again adding to another individual or organization's income. You might also call it the life cycle of the Christian dollar. As long as that dollar stays in the hands of Christians, it is alive and being used to benefit the entire group. The money leaving the Christian economy (which is the entire portion of an individual Christian's income not spent with or donated to other Christians) is essentially dead to the body of Christ.

Let's make a couple of comparisons. You have an extra hundred dollars and you decided to give that money to your local church. That money then goes to purchase various things your church needs (many of which are purchased from other Christian organizations) and to pay the staff members. Let's not forget to mention that all of that is done to equip the church to be able to serve individuals. Your money is alive and kicking. After it finally reaches another individual Christian's pay check, some of that money is invested again into the Christian economy. On the flip side, say you use that extra hundred to buy a new cell phone. You give it to your wireless carrier who pays their vendors, their employees, and their owners. You can hope someone along the way is a Christian and some of it might find its way back into our economy, but there is no measurable chance of that.

The difference between donating the money and spending it is obvious. Donating the money is better for our "Christian economy." However, we can't donate all of our money. So, let's look at a better way to spend it. Let's say you really need that new cell phone, and you decided to buy that phone from the guy at church who happens to earn his living selling phones for a wireless company. In that case you got the phone you needed, and he made a commission for helping you buy it. You helped another Christian earn a living. In fact, your friend probably earned between five and fifty dollars on your purchase depending on the circumstances. Let's just call it twenty to make it easy. The twenty dollars is now still alive in the Christian economy and is useful for the Kingdom of God. To take it one step further, what if you spent that hundred dollars at a business owned and operated by another Christian? Then you not only helped the owner but the other Christians he most likely employees and so on, all the way down the line. You actually, by spending that money with a Christian business, just put part of it in the offering at the businessman's church. You did the same for the churches of any Christians the business employs, as well.

There is also more at stake than just the local economic success of Christians. There are people all over our world who need to hear about Jesus, and unless someone pays for our mission trips and church plants, they will never hear the good news of Christ. Who funds the outreach efforts of missionaries? It isn't GoDaddy.com®, and we can be certain that Nike® isn't paying the salaries of our pastors. Don't look at Uncle Sam, either. He isn't footing the bill so the Gideons can send ten thousand Bibles to Russia. It's Joe Christian. Who knows? He might even own his own plumbing company; so next time you need your drain fixed, shouldn't you call him instead of some random plumber?

I hope you are now imagining the potential impact your spending can have. Like I said earlier, it is as simple as money in versus money out. The more important thing is what we do with the money rather than how much money we have. The question is how are we using the money we are given? Consider the teaching Jesus gave his disciples in Luke 16. The parable is about a shrewd manager. You can read it here. This is not an easy parable to understand, but the message Jesus gives us is clear. How we spend our money matters, and we should use the money we have with heaven in mind.

I hope that you will join me in an attempt to bolster the Christian economy. This is a real opportunity to impact our world in the way Jesus commanded us. The more money we consciously invest into our economy with Christian businesses and business people, the more people they employ, and the more money that is given to our churches and ministries. The bottom line is more people are reached for Christ.

Here are a few suggestions on what we can do. Let's start with the big things, making certain that we get these correct. Take a look at your major purchases such as homes, cars, investments, insurance, and education. Make a commitment to only do business with Christians in these areas first. Next time you buy a car, purchase it from a Christian car salesman, same thing with a home, mortgage, or insurance. If you are not sure where to find a Christian business person, just ask around at church. If that doesn't work, look in the yellow pages for a professional who identifies him/herself as a Christian. You can also look for Christian businesses online. Because I am so passionate about this, my organization, Men of Jesus, is starting to build an online directory of Christian businesses and business people. You can find it at www.menofjesus.org.

If we all make a commitment to use our spending power wisely with our large purchases, the little ones will become easier as well. If you already have a Christian insurance agent, then next time you get your hair cut find a Christian hair dresser or barber and tell them why you are doing business with them. If you are willing to spend the time and effort, I bet you can find a Christian businessperson for just about everything you need.

Remember buying Christian is about supporting our faith. It's about having a common purpose and being faithful managers of our blessings. It requires a conscious decision and a pro-active approach. Most importantly it is about equipping the body of Christ to reach people and spread the good news. I bet you never thought you could do that by spending money.

Posted 11/9/09 at 11:16 PM | Ryan Reeves

Stop fighting alone

Hey guys; come talk to me for a minute will you? What's really going on here? As I look around our world it seems like we aren't wanted anymore. I mean it's almost as if most of the world wishes we would just crawl in a hole and die. You know what I mean. Real men aren't exactly wanted anymore. I'm not going to go on a rant about how men are being feminized; honestly I don't feel like even playing that game.

It almost seems impossible to be a Christian man these days. The last thing most people in this world want to see is a confident and strong man who follows Christ and isn't afraid to live a life that shows it. Let me get to the point. Our enemy wants to isolate us, rob us of our identity, overwhelm us with sin, cause us to lose focus on what matters and then make us give up.

I don't know about you but I'm not giving up. I'm willing to fight. I'm willing to stand by your side. FULL POST

Posted 11/6/09 at 10:09 AM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

ETIQUETTE FOR HOSTS AND GUESTS

The coming holidays will bring together millions of hosts and guests to dine and celebrate the season. Many years ago, a group of prominent religious leaders decided to host a dinner. They put their heads together and agreed on a date and time, the guest list and the seating arrangement. The dinner was to be held on their Sabbath. One of the invited guests was a man who had a severe case of oedema, a painful condition caused by excessive fluid beneath the skin. He was the unwitting "shill." He was invited to trip up another guest. That guest's name was Jesus. The story is found in Luke 14.

The One who is the God-man, omniscience that dwelled among men, arrived at the party and his hosts "watched him." Everything seemed to be going according to their plan. Jesus turned His attention to the man who was ill. For a moment, the religious leaders held their collective breath - they thought they had him. And then the Lord of the Sabbath asked, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?"

Keep in mind that by this time the laws concerning one's movements on a Sabbath had been dissected, objected to and debated until the only ones elated were the ones selling the ink to keep it all straight. While the "camel swallowing experts" were mulling over legalities, Jesus healed the man and "let him go." At times we may feel we are out of the loop at one of life's "parties." We may sense there are issues raging around us that are beyond our control or understanding. In those instances, we can rest in the truth that our Savior has healed us and "let us go." Like the guest at this dinner, our part is done. God sees fit to handle some situations His way without our assistance. FULL POST

Posted 11/4/09 at 6:06 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

TOO DIFFICULT FOR GOD?

When did Christians embrace the idea that drunkenness is a disease, being overweight is a medical condition, and drug use is too difficult for the God of the universe to overcome? Thousands of churches are hosting "Twelve Step" programs and those who participate are finding little hope. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Christians are not living a life in Christ that is readily available on a daily basis. Rather than conquering the problem they hide it. The abundant life is more pretense than honest victory!

The behavior is not the real issue. The behavior is a symptom of the true problem within. Stopping the behavior will have no effect on changing the real issues. The problem goes beyond the behavior to the cause of the behavior. I am talking about your beliefs. You currently have a source inside of you that influences you to do the things you do not want to do. By changing your beliefs, many behaviors will cease to have control of your life.

In my program BiblicalMind I challenge many of the things taught and believed today. I am not ensnared in some wild eyed ego-driven philosophy. In fact, the answers I give are so obvious many wonder why they never saw these things before. BiblicalMind is based on Biblical principles and I have done my best to write as clearly as possible without making the program too lengthy. My goal is for those who need help to read and understand the principles as quickly as possible and then begin their own journey. I have lowered the cost from $165.00 to only $19.95 in an effort to reach as many people as possible through the holiday season. Please join me in praying for this effort.

Posted 10/29/09 at 6:06 PM | Steve Beyer - www.BiblicalRecovery.com

IT DOES NOT HAPPEN BY CHANCE

The Bible teaches there is a new life for those who believe in Christ. The sad truth is there is little difference between many who find Jesus and those who do not. I do not believe you have to accept this! If Jesus is who He said He is, and if there is a reality to the so-called daily Christian walk, then Christians should be different. "If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being LIKEMINDED."

Part of the trouble is we have been led astray and forgotten to take responsibility for what we put into our own minds! Romans 12: 2 says "and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND!" Paul was telling us a very important thing here - and it requires action on our part.

It may have become a mystery to you why you seem to do things over and over. It feels like an uncontrollable habit. This behavior has become so much a part of your daily life that the distinction between you and the habit cannot be distinguished. In many ways, you believe you are the habit. Years ago, people said, "I have a problem with this or that." Now it is very different; people say things like "I am an addict." In today's society people are encouraged to label themselves. This labeling has contributed to the fact that millions of people's minds accept as fact they are forever caught in a behavior they cannot overcome. FULL POST

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