Skip to main content

Post Topics

Show more

Work to Believe, not to receive!

COME:
Luke 17:5-10 (New King James Version)5 And the apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith." 6 So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. 7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? 8 But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? 9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. 10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.' "

HEAR:
It doesn't take much faith to receive the things of God. Yet we all, at one time or another, ask God for more faith. Closely related to faith is belief. James 1 tells us that if one asks something of God and doubts that he will not receive it, period. Romans 10 tells us that we must confess (to say the same thing as) with our mouth and believe in our heart.

So belief become this paramount issue. We know we are supposed to be healed and prosperous, so why are most of us still lacking after years of knowing this. Is the Word of God false? Is the teaching false and we miss-understood the Word? Or is there something else we have missed that was right in front of us all the time. We have the 10 steps to this and the 30 things to know about that... these are all GREAT materiel. But there is something simple we need in order to make these things function.

Have you ever seen someone else receive something from God and you KNOW that they aren't doing half of the spiritual and natural things you are doing. I remember growing up I had two younger brothers. One was just three years younger than me so we often went places together in those early days. I'm guessing I would have been about 9 and he about 6 at this period in time. I was always the responsible one, I was the eldest. I did everything right (more or less). He was the one who would get into trouble just because he could. He laughed at spankings. He was a very frustrating person to be around, especially for his perfectionist older brother.

We had each been given money to go and get something from the fast food place near our hotel this day. We sat back and considered what we wanted. I ordered what I could afford. He told the lady he wanted X and Y but didn't have money for both. She gave him the other for free. I, who was standing RIGHT THERE got nothing extra. I was so mad. Years latter that story became a parable for how he always got things and got away with things while I had to be perfect to get anything.

Oh how righteous I was... or was I?
Isaiah 64:66 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.
Here we see that everything we do is not good enough. Our best works are filled with selfish intentions. Jesus is the only person who ever walked on this earth with any real righteousness. Paul said it well too. He starts by counting all of his special degrees, his classy heritage and pedigree, and he recounts his impressive resume. If anyone ought to have a shot at being right before God it's Saul of Tarsus (who was later re named Paul).
Philippians 3:88 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Paul was also a Christian killer and murderer, before getting saved through a powerful encounter with the risen Jesus himself. This word "rubbish" that Paul uses is the word for "trash" or "dung" or "Poop". All of our "righteous works" or "good works" are poop!

Notice Jesus says in Luke 17:10 that servants don't get rewards for doing their job. They just get to continue to be servants and not killed. We can't take all the good things we do: help an old lady across the street, feed the poor at shelters, go to church, read the bible, pray daily... etc... we can't take those things and hold them before God and say: LOOK I did it!

He thinks about that the same way we look at a 4 year old's drawings. He admires them, he things they are adorable. But their not prize worthy.

So how then do we receive from God? We believe. What do we believe? We believe that we are righteous now, not by our works but by HIS! We are righteous with Jesus' righteousness! Because of that we are pre-qualified for EVERYTHING God has for us. Not one thing we do makes us more qualified. A person who came to Jesus 2 seconds ago is just as qualified to receive from God as the person who came 20 years ago.
Romans 3:2221 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...
We ARE righteous before God through Jesus. We cannot earn His blessings. We can only believe His blessings. The secret to receiving ALL God has for us has nothing to do with doing, it has everything to do with believing!

You know what Devin knew that I didn't know back then... He asked! He got more, because he asked for more! Amazing!

It's time to work on Believing!

DO:
Today, I will meditate (ponder, contemplate, think about, talk about, speak out loud, and imagine and dream about) the Word of God and all he says about me. I will "work" not to get, but to believe I already have!

PRAYER:
Spirit of Grace, help me today, to re program my heart to believe!

Mark 9:23
23 Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Mark 11:24
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Matthew 21:21-22
21 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

See also:
http://www.kcm.org/real-help/article/now-are-we-christ-jesus

http://www.kcm.org/mp3/series

http://www.impactministries.com/tabid/550/Default.aspx



Darrell G. Wolfe

Comments

Darrell's Reading List


Here are some books I've been reading lately:
  • Hacker: The Outlaw Chronicles (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). The story of a young Hacker girl, who went on a wild adventure into the supernatural realm beyond trying to save her mom, but saved her self too in the process.
  • Saint: A Paradise Novel (here) by Ted Dekker (Author). He's an assassin, or is he? He finds a secret to his past that unlocks supernatural abilities, at a cost.
  • For a full list of all my book suggestions, see my Amazon Store.

Popular posts from this blog

New Post at Wolfe for Office

I wrote a new post: I am a Conservative-Liberal | Republicans and Democrats are actually the same party, here's why I'm a #ChristianLibertarian







Darrell G. Wolfe

Story Teller | INFJ | Futuristic | Intellection | Learner | Ideation | Achiever | Command | Input | Focus | Multipotentialite

Logos, JPG's and More

The best Subheader EVER!
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque elementum at nibh vel placerat. Curabitur id efficitur dolor. Cras ac nulla elementum, laoreet erat ultrices, hendrerit magna. Duis vestibulum vulputate arcu accumsan consequat. Praesent ornare porta tellus, mollis ultrices ante euismod ut. Cras at augue ac est lacinia laoreet. Cras posuere auctor magna ac auctor. Suspendisse rutrum odio non placerat dictum. 
The best Minor Header EVER! Maecenas mattis ornare urna. In hendrerit lacus ac porta molestie. Etiam hendrerit sem et ante egestas, et imperdiet magna efficitur. Maecenas auctor orci lacus, eu porttitor tortor dictum sit amet. Nam rutrum malesuada dolor in fringilla. Aenean volutpat nunc quis libero dictum dapibus. Vivamus tristique eros eget velit malesuada rhoncus sed auctor tellus.

Quisque ac nibh leo. Vivamus quis arcu vitae nibh feugiat auctor a sit amet velit. Maecenas posuere tempor vehicula. Suspendisse tincidunt nunc a bibendum …

404 Error Page

You got a 404 Error? Can't find the page you were looking for?


I'm sorry about that. 


You can search this site for the right page, or email Me@DarrellWolfe.com and tell me what you were trying to find.


Click Start Here if you're new here, or The Hub for a list of all my sites.



Or just watch this cat in slow motion by The Slow Mo Guys (just for fun) as my gift to you for finding this secret page, thanks for stopping by!










Oh by the way... would you like a Hippopotas for Christmas? I do!








Thanks for stopping by!

Darrell

First Draft First Novel... Done! On to Edits...

So... I completed the first draft of my short novel White Noise - The Tower (Episode 1). 
You can read it (warts and all) below. I'm going to go back through and start editing (I already have). But it's mostly done now. I've also roughed out a book cover (we'll see if I stick with this direction).

Of course, I'm taking a big risk by calling it "Episode 1"... that means I have to write Episode 2, 3, & 4 at least. (That's where I have the story sketched out to at this point.

I hope you enjoy!

(Click here to read online) OR, email Me@DarrellWolfe.com and I'll put you on a list to be a beta reader when the final edits are done. 

Comment on this post or the Author Fun post about the Book Cover. Any feedback will be taken into consideration.


First round of critiques for Distortion Scene 1 "Street Noise"

One of the scariest things for most authors (especially fiction authors) to do is open their work to the blatant critique of others. The author got to know their work so well, they know the backstory (that never made it onto the page), etc.


This very intimacy makes them blind to the things the reader sees immediately.

As Ernest Hemingway famously said, “The first draft of anything is *crap.”
I put out the 1st scene of Distortion, "Street Noise", for a writers critique. It was quite illuminating. I chose not to take it personally but learn from each point. Some things I agreed with, some I didn't. Some were clear craft mistakes while others were stylistic choices I could take or leave.

I have a feeling that my re-write will be so much better due to this experience. I also found a critique buddy (Hey Ashleigh!) who I can work with as I go through re-writes.

Distortion Scene 1 "Street Noise" can be read in its current form (as of today) in the second draft on my It…

Vote @GovGaryJohnson for President in November 2016

Gary Johnson #Libertarian For President #LiveFree | #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
After much thought, review, and internal debate this past 12 months. I have taken a stand. I endorse Gary Johnson, Libertarian, for President of the United States of America. I will be voting Libertarian at every level (President, Senator, Mayor, School Board... etc) in November 2016.

I ask you to support a common sense approach, and to run from the Tyranny of Donald Trump AND Hillary Clinton (and their parties).

When men and women are free from government and corporate interference, they are the happiest and more prosperous people.

You and I may have honest intellectual disagreements on the moral quality of one choice or another, and we can debate and discuss those choices openly and freely in a free society.

However, as long as you are not harming my person or property, and I am not harming your person or property, we should not attempt to control each other through government force. We should each be free to…

I left the #GOP forever and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.

#Election2016 Clarification:
I heard another talk radio guy (Grant Stinchfield) jump on the Trump Train this morning... another person claiming to be a conservative who is so blinded by his hate for Hillary Clinton, he cannot see that the devil he chose is worse than the one he rejects.

Hillary and Obama combined couldn't harm this country as bad as Trump could. That's what worries me most about this coming election. But here's the thing Grant doesn't get. He thinks I'm voting for Gary Johnson because of Trump.

I left the #GOP forever and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.  Read on (HERE) to find out why...

Darrell

An Open Letter: John Stumpf, Wells Fargo Board, and Policy Making Departments

On 12/28/13, I wrote the following letter to the then CEO & President of Wells Fargo, John Stumpf. It was in part, a response to the LA Times Article and the poor response from Wells Fargo leadership.

I later worked for the executive office and saw how they handle these letters. They assign them to a paper-pusher who could care less. They draft a form response, and it gets tallied in the statistics.

By the time it makes it to the CEO, it's only data in a pie chart. "We had 365 complaints this month. x number of complaints about checking, y number about sales practices, Etc." They tally it up, if it's not a big enough stat, it gets zero attention. Most things that do require attention get just enough to make it go away, but never deal with the root.

I was one of many hundreds who spoke up loudly and actively for years before 2013 and years after. The news cycle of 2016 showed that it cost them $185 Million dollars to ignore the feedback their frontline Team Membe…

Hello.... Welcome

I'm setting up this site to be a single HUB for all of my various creations. I'd rather not hand out a different business card to each person, as the topic of interest changes and I happen to have written about it.

Since I'm a Multipontialite, I figured it fits to have a single hub. If it works for Seth Godin, it works for me!

Thanks for stopping by, Darrell

I want a Hippopotas for Christmas!!!! http://buff.ly/1PhijYQ #Pokemon #Fan

I want a Hippopotas for Christmas!!!!  #Pokemon #Fan
OK... so several years ago I decided that the song "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" was my favorite Christmas song.

Then, after learning about Hippos, I decided they were one of my favorite animals.

This morning, I found a Hippo Pokemon set to the Christmas song... and I just HAD to share!




Darrell












Other sites I follow: