Thursday, March 24 2016
"I have been crucified with Christ, It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Millions will go to church this Easter Sunday, many who have not darkened the door of one in a year to tip their hat to God, as if He would be pleased by their visit! Its true, many don't go to church but twice a year, at Christmas to worship a baby Jesus and Easter to worship a crucified Christ, without ever understanding the importance of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and how it relates to us as believers.
While most will become emotional and teary eyed by all the passion plays and pageantry that hopefully will lead them down an isle to pray a prayer and join the church, it is a horrible deception that originated from years of tradition and dead ritual, leading millions to Hell! The truth of the matter is this: are you willing to die for Him as He died for you, by crucifixion? Believers in Christ must be crucified with Him and buried with Him through baptism just as He was for us! To know Him is to die and to live for Him is death to the fleshly man.
For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Romans 6:5-7
Cursed with the sins of all of mankind placed upon Him, nailed to a cross and forsaken, the Lamb of God was sacrificed for us in whom the crucifixion was do! It was for our sin that He suffered on the tree and bled out in agony and excruciating pain, all for humanity to be freed from their sins. Jesus died on that cross a man, was buried a man, but rose as the first "New Man," a spiritual man who would be the example for us all, and firstborn from above! We were also crucified with Him as it was for our sin that He died and we are buried through baptism to be raised in newness of life as spiritual beings, freed from the bonds of our sins!
Most will never see the true significance of what the Lord Jesus Christ did for all of mankind by the sacrifice of His life for us. As they attend the frenzied Easter services, hear an historical account of something that happened eons ago, send their children out to perform ancient pagan fertility rites, hunting eggs and then go to lunch and eat ham, something offensive to a Jew and miss the whole point of the death, burial and resurrection of the King of all kings! What a travesty to celebrate the greatest act of mercy ever in the history of the earth by attending a dead ritualistic funeral service for a Savior who died for them and never come to the knowledge of the truth of His death that was meant for us!
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Friday, March 11 2016
"Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" Luke 2:49
Growing up in my father's business I learned many things and came to the knowledge of what he actually did for a living, unlike many other sons who get a job and work for someone, working for your father can be challenging to say the least. So it was for the Lord Jesus who at a young age was already concerned with kingdom business.
No other profession can hold a candle to our Father's business who is Creator of the universe and His Son Jesus is King of all kings and Lord of all lords, we being kings and priests serving in the kingdom of God on earth! Ours is the greatest calling anyone can have working to expand and grow a supernatural kingdom by sowing kingdom seed and reaping a harvest of souls for eternal life.
We brought nothing into this world and we will surely not take anything out but the precious souls of those who have been born again of the incorruptible seed that we have sown in their hearts! Our Father's business can be likened to a commercial fishing business in which we fish for the souls of men and deliver them from the wages of eternal death into the glorious realms of kingdom light.
Are you about your Father's business, or are you spending your life working to accumulate something for someone else? Do you feel like you are on a treadmill going no where while your life fades away? It is not too late to give yourself completely to the ministry of Jesus and to reap a harvest that will not fade away and will be stored in Heaven for you to marvel at in the kingdom of your Father. May we all be about our Father's business!
"If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?" Luke 9:23-25
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Friday, March 04 2016
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet (beat) me, lest I be exalted above measure. II Corinthians 12:7
All my life I have been in relatively good shape, worked out and walked two or more miles a day for the past 30 years and prided myself for being healthy and fit, even catching myself looking down my nose at those who were ill, as if my health was somehow by my own strength. Over the past thirty five years I have prayed for the sick and have seen miracle after miracle of healing and deliverance and have trusted the Lord for my own health and provision.
Nothing we do in God's kingdom comes from our own strength, it comes from submission to His perfect will and belief in His divine power. About three years ago my blood pressure went off the charts and my heart began to skip and beat irregularly, so I prayed and cried out to the Lord but it didn't go down and I hadn't been to a doctor in 40 years. I finally went, not wanting to leave my wife with a vegetable and they put me on BP meds and it went back down. I immediately went back to my old routine until a week ago when my heart rate soared to 170 BPM for over 6 hours in full AFIB!
This happened on a Sunday and I prayed, went to my fellowship on Tuesday night, felt fine and then Wednesday morning it happened again, so I called my doctor and he had me come in and ran an EKG that looked like the Rocky Mountains, so he sent me to a cardiologist for further tests which resulted in a diagnosis of AFIB, an irregular heartbeat and he put me on blood thinners and that seemed to calm everything down. I am telling you all this to comfort those who are sick or suffering and to let you know that God cares for you and His will is for all of us to be well.
At first I began to think about how was I going to pray for the sick if I'm sick and that's when the Lord spoke and said, "My grace is sufficient!" The apostle Paul had some physical infirmity in his body and he saw as many miracles of healing as any in the New Testament scripture and God didn't heal him! Spiritual pride is a sin that destroys faith and exalts the flesh and must be repented of in order to see the power of God heal, deliver and restore those who are afflicted. Do I still believe God is a healer, yes, will I still pray for the sick, definitely, will I respect His sovereignty and trust in His perfect will for my life? Yes I will and I hope you will to!
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong. II Corinthians 12:9,10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin