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Tuesday, January 21 2020

THE INWARD MAN

    Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. II Corinthians 4:16

    Even though we are supernatural new creations in Christ, because of trials, tribulations and the storms of life we sometimes lose heart! As we get older our outward bodies grow weary and sickness and disease try and take over until we die.

    But rejoice because our inward man is eternal in Christ and even though the carton is wearing out, we as spiritual beings are being daily renewed! I attended a church service Sunday with a very young body of believers who were meeting at a local high school led by a young man who was Spirit-filled and full of power and grace. Most of the congregation were millennial's but the praise and worship was out of this world.

    Only six months old, the church has grown to over a thousand and a local pastor of a once large Assembly of God gave them his building, another miraculous feat of supernatural grace. The point being, we as inward men and women need supernatural praise, worship and anointed preaching and teaching in order to be renewed.
  
    For our light affliction, which is for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:17,18

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Tuesday, January 21 2020

GET OUT OF THE BOAT!

    When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them saying, "Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So Jesus said, "Come!" Matthew 14:26-29

    Twelve disciples scared to death in a boat being tossed by the wind and Jesus comes to them walking on water! They had just seen Him feed some 5000 people supernaturally and now having forgotten that miracle they feared for their lives!

    When Jesus approached the boat he told Peter to come to Him, something totally impossible for a human being to do, to walk on water. Peter got out of the boat and actually walked on water until he took his eyes off Jesus and became afraid of the waves and began to sink. Peter cried out and Jesus saved him, but the point of the message is this, in order to walk in the supernatural we have to get out of our boats of unbelief!

    As disciples of Christ we have to live in the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit, walking in faith and exercising our God-given gift of faith! Remember He said, "On earth as it is in Heaven!" This is what He was teaching His disciples, how to believe and walk in the miraculous! So, what are you waiting for? Get out of the boat!

    "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him saying, "Truly You are the Son of God." Matthew 14:31-33

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Friday, January 17 2020

THE PATH OF LIFE

    Hear my son, and daughters, and receive My sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble. Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; keep her for she is your life. Proverbs 4:10-13

    There are many paths available to us, but only one that leads to eternal life, Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate, because wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and there are many who go in by it." I started out on the wrong path and was almost destroyed until I found Jesus, or should I say He found me!

    Today there are even more detours on the path of life trying to turn us away from our eternal destination. Without Holy Spirit GPS one can easily get lost and go down the wrong road. Jesus said that even the elect could be deceived. The other night I taught on Spiritual Warfare at a fellowship about three people who were blown off course by the enemy: Adam who was led to doubt God's command, Samson who was seduced by demons, and David who succumbed to lust and fell into sin with his neighbor's wife!

    All three were strong men of God, but they were led on the path of the wicked! Because of Adam's sin we were all condemned to eternal death, Samson's sin cost him his life and David suffered grave consequences for his actions and all these were instructions for us, that we should not crave evil things!

    Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it, turn away from it and pass on. Proverbs 4:14,15

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Friday, January 17 2020

HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO FINDS WISDOM

    Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all things you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15

    The man who finds wisdom is the man who finds Jesus, making Him Lord and Master of his life. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, our reverence and respect for the Most High! We serve a mighty God who has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, things that accompany our salvation.

    There are two groups of people in this world, the wise and the fool! The fool has said in his heart, there is no God, and the wise have made Him Lord! Wisdom only comes from God, the world thinks they are wise but their wisdom will perish in Hell at the end. God gives us all the answers to this life and discernment to know His perfect will.

    We as believers have been made stewards of God 's wisdom and knowledge and those who know Him have a divine treasure that is priceless, held in the vaults of Heaven and available to those who ask!

    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5


Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Friday, January 17 2020

THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD

    My son, (and daughters) do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father, the son in whom He delights. Proverbs 3:11,12

    If we belong to God we are subject to His discipline, to be corrected any time we veer away from His truth! Many times on our journey with Jesus we get blown off course by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, but our Captain always steers us back on the course of life!

    Our earthly fathers disciplined us for our good and so we should also expect our heavenly Father to do the same for our eternal good. He loves us and is always looking out for our best interests. The devil on the other hand is always looking to trap you and drive you off the path of life, away from the correction of God. Remember what he told Miss Eve, "Has God said, 'You surely shall not die!' "

    I have spent most of my adult spiritual life directing Christian residential ministries for men, women and adolescents. Most were never disciplined by their parents, left to their own device only to be drawn away into a life of sin and rebellion. Many were only 18 years old when they came in our program and if you have ever tried to break an 18 year old horse who has never been trained, it is a monumental task!

    If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons, (and daughters) for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Hebrews 12:7,8

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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