Wonderful!

September 29, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureWonderful!  Although it is probably seldom used today, this word has tremendous meaning and is therefore relevant to us.  From the Hebrew word we find meanings such as, miracle or a marvelous thing.  The base word is even more descriptive, using descriptions such as great and things too high (for our understanding).  Just the thought of it makes me want to shout, “Where can I find something this grand?”  Is it in money, fame, popularity or material possessions?  Can I find this in a super relationship of some sort?

There are places where wonderful applies in this life but one place stands out from them all.  Isaiah, the Old Testament prophet spoke of someone who would come to set us free from the bondage of sin and give us a wonderful life here and now and for eternity.  This man he wrote of is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) 

When we look at the name of Jesus Christ we see something so high that it is too high for us to understand completely.  Just the parts we see make us gaze with wonder and say in our hearts, “WONDERFULL!”  The Word of God has much to say about the name of the Lord Jesus.  AI have listed just a few of them here.

Safety from the storm: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) 

Salvation: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name  *(Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (KJV)   * my emphasis

Healing: “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6 (KJV) 

Salvation: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38 (KJV) 

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, there is one word that sums up this great name, wonderful.  Do you need something wonderful in your life?  The answer is wrapped up in a name, Jesus Christ.  You may want to look at the study entitled, “Who Is Jesus Christ?” .  After looking at him and who he is you will say “wonderful” too!

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: [7] That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: [8] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9 (KJV) 

Wonderful!

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

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True Success

September 22, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureWhat is success?  How can we achieve it?  Is it the same for everyone? These and many more questions are asked each and every day by millions worldwide.  I think the answer lies in the foundation of success.  Everything solid must have a foundation and success is no different.

The foundation for good success in life probably won’t be found in a seminar.  How to make a better you is not the answer.  Taking supplements to improve hair quality or quantity will not help you succeed.  Yet we are bombarded with the latest technological breakthroughs (so called) that promise to improve height, memory, learning ability, language and a host of other things on a daily basis for the sole purpose of becoming successful.  The message is evident, “You are not successful and this will help you.”  If everyone had the money to purchase all of these miracle tonics wouldn’t it be amazing how our world would be transformed?  Yet, many trudge onward hoping to make it rich either by the lottery or some other unknown method. 

 We march along in hopes of something better when the poorest of us are richer than many people in the world.  We always want more and strangely enough often look to Hollywood as the model of success while waiting for the perfect situation to come upon us.  Happiness, however, can’t be found on such a shifty foundation.  For example, one day we are told success is to be a millionaire and all of a sudden inflation claims we need two million and so on it goes.  What is needed more than anything is a solid foundation that won’t move with the times or fads of society.  The foundation I speak of is found in the pages of Gods’ holy word, the Bible.

 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (KJV)

Joshua, the second leader of the nation of Israel had a tremendous task ahead of him.  It was overwhelming to say the least.  He was to lead an entire nation into the promised land and make decisions which would affect millions of people.  The Lord spoke to him and gave him a foundation that would propel him into true success.  I believe it can do the same for you and I. 

I have written a study entitled “Becoming Successful” which goes further into this subject and may be a starting point for real blessings.  Why not share it with a friend?

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. [3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV) 

If you have a bible, read the next three verses and you’ll get the whole point.

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

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Witchcraft, is it real?

September 8, 2009

 

 

Home Page PictureWhile ministering on the east coast many years ago I came in contact with the reality of witchcraft and spirit worship.  A lady in our congregation knew of someone who would regularly get animals from the local shelter to sacrifice to the devil.  The town next to ours boasted of five hundred professing witches.  The local library told me that the most checked out books were on witchcraft and sorcery. 

Is witchcraft real and does it have profound effects on people?  The answer is unequivocally yes.  For answers to this very real problem we must go to the Word of God.  The Bible records the fall of Satan from heaven to the earth and the fact that he is at work and moving at breakneck speed to destroy as many people as possible.  Only a surface study is needed to see that this very real and a very real problem.

A case in point is a ten year old boy in our town who was being bothered by a demon spirit.  As his “relationship with this spirit grew he was able to see it and talk to it.  He described to me the face and size of this fallen creature.  One night when his sisters were at home the spirit came to the front door and the electrical system of the house went crazy.  From the floor half way to the ceiling everything worked while from the halfway point to the ceiling nothing worked.  Needless to say this is what prompted them to come for prayer.  When he came he described the feeling of this spirit as it pressed down upon him yet when we prayed in the name of Jesus Christ the spirit lifted from him and he felt better than he had in a long time.

Recently, I have received notes from people asking for prayer because they feel the oppression of these spirits in their lives.  Some are young and some are old.  The enemy of our soul has no boundaries.  While I realize that I have no power to cure these kinds of problems, there are answers in the Word of God.  It tells us that when a person is truly filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ they have complete power over any demon spirit.

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; [18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:17-18 (KJV) 

The lessons entitled “Repentance”, “Water Baptism” and “What Does it mean to Receive the Holy Ghost?” are important because they tell us what the scriptures teach about being born again.  None of the Apostles or any believer in the bible were overcome by evil spirits but had control over them to cast them out.  If they had this power then we can too!

However, many are overcome by the spirits of this age simply because the enemy has deceived them.  I suppose this is why the studies entitled “Deliverance From Witchcraft” and “Demonic Oppression” are some of the top read studies of interested readers.  There is no reason to be deceived when we have the good Word of God to guide us and give us freedom.  If you know someone who is oppressed, why not tell them about these studies.  It might just be what they need.

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. [20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:19-20 (KJV) 

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

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The Power Of Prayer

September 1, 2009

 

Home Page PictureThe Word of God, the Bible, is filled with stories of people who in their need prayed to God and received answers (Hebrews 11).  I suppose this is one reason it (the Bible) is so popular and has remained the number one best seller of all time.  Stories of answered prayers are inspiring because we often find ourselves in them.  They motivate us to have that same faith and trust.  They may motivate us to pray.  Prayer is powerful.  Someone once said, “If it can’t be done in prayer, it can’t be done“ as a testimony to their faith in it’s practice.

Yet, the question always comes up when reading the stories of the miraculous in the Bible “Do these things happen today?”  Good question and it deserves a good answer.  Hopefully I can answer it.  The answer is Yes God still answers prayer and Yes he still does the miraculous!  

Let me say as I get into this subject that when God does miracles it is not by the holiness or spirituality of any person.  It is always because of the holiness and power of Jesus Christ, God’s son.  One day, when we were living in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, my wife came upon a dilemma of sorts.  She had washed our clothes that day and had them hanging out on a line from the house to a pole in the yard.  That’s the way some people do it in that area of the country.  When the clothes were dry she started to pull the rope to retrieve the clothes and the rope jumped the pulley out on the pole and became stuck in the bracket.  She tugged and tugged to no avail.  Frustrated, she resorted to the age old practice of prayer to help fix the problem.  “In the name of Jesus Christ, Lord would you put the rope back on the pulley, we need these clothes for tonight?” rolled off of her lips in desperation.  The words had barely cleared her throat when to her amazement the pulley flipped around and the rope was back on it.  She pulled the clothes in and went on with her chores.

Upon coming home from work she told me the story and I thanked God for his answer to her prayer.  Otherwise I would have had to climb up the pole to fix the thing.  This incident told me among other things that God is interested in our daily lives.  He cares about the things that make us frustrated and angry.  He not only cares, he wants to help us but he is waiting for us to ask in faith.

“… yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” James 4:2 (KJV) 

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: [8] For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV) 

Are you experiencing stress because things are going wrong?  Why not stop for a while and talk to God about it?  You may find that he is interested in the little things and the big things too.  The apostle John wrote of the confidence we can have through prayer. Look at this!

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 

When we pray in his will he hears us and when he hears he answers!  Maybe it’s just a rope or a pulley, it doesn’t matter to God because he truly loves us and wants to be there for us.

Here’s the daily inspirational scripture!

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 (KJV) 

Sincerely

Greg Wirths

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