Tue, 19 May 2020
PRINCE HANDLEY PORTAL
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When you struggle with problems constantly (especially the same one), your soul is constricted. Until you're free from struggling with problems, you will not be the creative instrument you should be. God is a communicator. Don't get hung up on the externals. This podcast teaching will teach you: 1. How to stop struggling with the same problems; 2. How to use the blessings of materialism for the glory of God, and, 3. How to operate from your REAL location!
Are you tired of struggling with the same problem today that you struggled with yesterday … last month … last year? Why don't you give it to Jesus today? You may say to me, “I already tried that.” Yes, you may have tried it, but when you took it to Jesus, you were NOT in the proper location spiritually to release it.
You did not see your problem in perspective. You did not see your problem as it was―or is―related to you. You did not see where your problem was located. You did not see yourself in perspective as related to your problem.
I remember one day as I was preaching on the streets in the middle of the afternoon, an automobile turned in towards the curb, stopped about three feet from me while I was preaching. I pointed my finger to the windshield and I said, “You'll drive crooked all through life until Christ straightens you out.” That man turned the corner, went around the block and drove into nine or 11 people on the sidewalk and killed a few of them. I remember another time I was preaching and I looked over and a man was just stabbed right in the back. Neither of those people knew what to expect that day. You know it maybe only one more day before you go to be with God.
You don't know what God is going to require of you tomorrow. I wonder if when we get to Heaven, we will look back and say, “Oh, why didn't I do it more often the way Jesus said I should? Why wasn't I more loving when I could have been? Why didn't I forgive the unforgiving? Why didn't I just give something to the people that wouldn't give to me? Why didn't I just sacrifice a little more?” It may only be one more day before Jesus Christ takes us home, or before he returns here.
The apostle Paul reached people he had never met. He had a ministry that extended throughout then known world. He said at one time, “I have fully preached the gospel throughout Asia.” You know, Rabbi Shaul (the Apostle Paul) was a man who had to resist the attacks of the enemy upon his mind. [And so do YOU … and so do I.] Paul operated in the heavenly realm. Paul discovered a secret that he shared with the church at the city of Colossae while he was in prison again. A brother named Epaphras came and told him about the mixed Judaism that had spread into the church. He told him also about the false demonic Oriental mysticism that had come from the East. [Colossae was on the trade route.] The brother told Paul that there were teachers in the church at Colossae teaching the people to worship angels and telling them they had to receive advanced spiritual knowledge and come into an exclusive society. My friend, Jesus and his love and power are never exclusive.
So Paul wrote the believers at Colossae. Since they were learning that they have to have advanced knowledge, Paul would reach them on common ground. Paul was a communicator: First of all, because he was a street preacher; Secondly, because he listened to the Spirit of God. When you have a combination like that, you can't lose. When you're willing to get out where the people are and when you're willing to listen to God and obey him, God will communicate through you because you're an open vessel. Paul thought, “Since they're earning this false teaching, I will talk to them on common ground.” and he thought, “I'll write to them about Advanced Knowledge.” Let's call it A K.
These people were being taught that they had to come into an initiatory rite, and then they could climb up the [spiritual] ladder one rung at a time. Then they [supposedly] would be more exclusive and they would be a member of a secret group. My friends, I want to tell you that there is NO seniority when you're in Messiah Jesus!
Don't worry: you are NOT going to get bumped off the list of Jesus' friends! Messiah Jesus said, “He that comes to me, I will not cast out.” He loves you. You may have been a Christian for only five seconds. You may have just given your life to Christ when you heard this program. But I want to tell you, you're as much in the family of God as somebody that's known him and preached the gospel for 50 years. God's love for YOU is never ending!
Rabbi Shaul (Paul) thought, “Let's talk to them on common A-K ground.” So he told the believers in Colossae, “I want to tell you something. If you really want some advanced knowledge, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus, the Anointed One) is it. For in Messiah lives all the fullness of the Godhead bodily―and you are complete in Him―the head of all principality and power.” Paul let those believers know that Jesus is the Advanced Knowledge! Christ is made unto us―all of us who call upon His Name―wisdom and right-standing and sanctification and redemption.
That's why you can ask God for wisdom and he'll give it to you abundantly ... but don't waiver! Don't be as a wave tossed in the sea. Move out on that wisdom that God gives you when you ask. Paul reached these people; he knew how to communicate. He knew how to talk to them. He walked right down their street ... spiritually.
One key of Paul 's success in the Spirit was this: he made a practice of never building on another man's foundation. [Study Prince Handley's teaching on Imitational Faith.] Paul hadn't been to Colossae, but since it was about 100 miles directly east fof Ephesus, many of the people had come to hear Paul. He was teaching at the school of a brother named Tyrannus; and Timothy also had a great influence in that area. To understand the situation, let's look at the church in that day. There were no theological seminaries as we know them today. There were no non-profit corporations or organizations―and God worked anyway. There were no multimedia ministries, but the Spirit of God wasn't looking for these. The Spirit of God was just looking for people … and that's just what He is looking for today!
You may be used of God in the media, you may be the leader or president of a great corporation before God … but I want to tell you that God is looking for is your heart. God doesn't need “slick” people. God's not looking for “slick” people. He's got enough of them today. If talent would save the world, God's got plenty of that. But God's looking for somebody like Paul who was open to the Spirit's leading, and who knew how to take his authority in Christ, and who had a new dynamic that would serve people―that could motivate in the Power of the Spirit.
Paul learned from Epaphras that part of the teaching these people were receiving was what was known as dualism. It was a forerunner of Gnosticism but it was not the same as Gnosticism. Dualism taught that matter was evil and spiritual things were good. You see, the people were influenced by polarity in the church of that day, and we see the same thing in the church today. We've seen it down through the ages.
We have to avoid extremes mentally … and even by teachers in the Body of Christ. We have to maintain a poise. Now, when I talk about maintaining poise, I'm talking about “Spiritual Balance.” Many times today in the church, we hear that we should be balanced. But that word and phraseology many times is used by people to avoid doing anything for Christ that will make waves. Jesus made waves. Jesus rocked people's boats! And if you live for Christ, there won't be any “in between.” People will either love you or hate you. When I talk of spiritual balance or scriptural balance, I'm talking about being like Jesus―being symmetrically efficient in every direction! Jesus was an extremist! When he prayed … He prayed. When he rested … He rested. When He taught … He taught. When he preached … He preached.
Paul thought, “I'm going to be like these people. I'll talk to them about dualism.” You see, some of the people were rigid ascetics [A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.] They said, “If matter is evil, let's stay away from it. They fasted much―and there's nothing wrong with fasting―fasting is good, it's godly, it's scriptural. I practice it, I believe it. But these people were ascetics and many of them were dressed shabbily. Many of them wouldn't even wash because of water being material and they felt water was evil. On the other hand―at the opposite end of the polar range―some of the people there who were receiving false teaching and said, “Since matter is evil and since these other people are being driven away from matter, it has an influence on them” … so they said, “Let's just jump in the middle of ”matter” and do whatever we want. Let's eat, drink, and make merry.”
We need a healthy view of how God can use material things in His Kingdom. It doesn't matter so much to God whether you ride a horse, ride a pig, or walk. What matters to him is that you get there to spread the Good News of Messiah Jesus. God is a communicator … don't get hung up on the externals. We need to get involved in the things that are important to the LORD. I've walked to preach the gospel. I have hitchhiked to preach the gospel. I've flown to preach the gospel. I've ridden in fine cars to preach the gospel. It doesn't matter how we get there. Let's just get there and do the job.
GOD IS A COMMUNICATOR
Let's just get there and let the love of Jesus heal people through us. Rabbi Shaul (Apostle Paul) knew that the Colossians had never grasped the real motivation of God in their life. You see, they were tied up with dualism. They were tied up with this striving over the material things of life―the material versus the spiritual―but thank God, all the blessings of materialism can be anointed spiritually for the kingdom of Jesus if you'll give them back to God ... if you'll ask God to sanctify them as holiness under the Lord.
God wants the best for you, my friend. Paul wrote the believers in Colossae:
Since [by the Spirit] you have been raised with Messiah Yeshua, set your hearts on things above, where He is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Messiah in God. When Messiah―who is your life―appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
– Colossians Chapter 3, Verses 1-9
Get away from striving over the material things. Get away from dualism. Get away from the religious philosophy of exclusivism. Start including! Start realizing who YOU are. Take your place in Christ at the right hand of God and then you can attack your problems from above. Just as the airline pilot does when he flies above the storms, when he rises to an altitude and flies above the bad weather … you can do that in life today. It's no struggle IF you realize where you are with Messiah Jesus! You may be sitting on a chair right now, but potentially you're in the heavens with Jesus.
STOP STRUGGLING WITH THE SAME PROBLEM
Attack your problems in the Name of Jesus—and by the Power of God's Spirit—today. Don't struggle with those same problems anymore! I want you to see it from where you're really at: seated at the right hand of God with Messiah Jesus in Heaven.
WHEN YOU STRUGGLE, YOUR SOUL IS CONSTRICTED.
You know … Jesus has an very big house, and is building one for YOU. You might as well get used to strolling around in YOURS. You might as well get used to seeing things on earth from YOUR Heavenly position. So since you're already there, don't let the enemy lie to you. Don't let the devil rob you out of the potential you have in Christ. You're seated at the right hand of God. Attack your problems from above … spiritually.
Jesus, I heard you had a big house!
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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