|My Personal Testimony
Matt 27:32 "As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into Service to bear His cross."
I joined the military in June 1968 right after high school. I was raised a Roman Catholic but had fallen away from the faith. After attending an Assemblies of God Church, I became born-again (John 3:3) Dec 84 and filled with the spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues during prayer (l Corinthians 14:2) Jun 85. I began pouring through the word of God book by book through study courses from the Assemblies of God "Berean School of the Bible", Global University, Springfield, MO. The main reason for my ministry is that I had to deal with some personal issues such as depression and anger and wanted to share the following:
All through my life I have known I "carried a cross"!! The stations of the cross at Easter time enforced that belief. What I did not realize was that it was scriptural. As I accepted the Lord as my personal savior in 84, my mentor Jerry O. showed it to me.... Our Lord Jesus was unable to carry His cross alone. As the Roman soldiers and Jesus were on their way to the execution grounds, they had Simon, from Cyrene (in Africa) carry Jesus' cross because Jesus just couldn't make it anymore. Matthew 27:32
David Wilkerson, in his book, "Have You Felt Like Giving Up Lately?" states that when the Lord asked us to pick up the cross and follow Him, He did not expect us to do it on our own strength. Joyce Meyers reaffirmed that on her daily telecast by saying that we cannot walk away from our sins alone. We are unable to conquer our sins, especially what David Wilkerson calls our "besetting sins" (those sins that we continually, even habitually do) by ourselves. We realize that we need Jesus.
That is grace. That is mercy. That is also a big relief to me. I have been tormenting myself about a besetting sin, fretting that I would not be able to do the right thing the next time the same situation arose. I asked the Lord and myself why I was such a failure at crucifying the flesh. I wondered how other people did it and why I couldn't. I've been a Christian for 19 years, surely I'm capable of taking up the cross and crucifying the flesh. Yet, when the situation arose just recently, I fell. Now I was beginning to wonder why I continually fell and was far too anxious about the future.
I cried out like Paul, "Why do I do that which I don't want to do and don't do what I want to do?" You see, I had taken my burdens and my sin to the cross but I didn't leave it there. I wore it around like a monkey on my back and I didn't believe the gospel. I didn't believe that not only was I forgiven but that I could truly give it to the Lord and forget about it. I asked Him to help me to conquer this besetting sin the next time but I forgot that "His strength was made perfect in my weakness." The Lord was going to help me get through it the next time and the next. I accepted that I would not reach perfection until I obtained my glorified body in heaven.
This is not an excuse to continue to sin but a message of grace and the power of Jesus Christ to change lives. Our role is to submit to Jesus and continue to ask and expect Him to help us carry the cross. We can't do it ourselves; we are not capable. When will we learn to be completely dependent on Jesus? When will I learn that there are so many things I can't do myself?
I know that with God anything is possible. I know that He is interested in everything about us. I know that He loves us and wants what is best for us. I know that He is a God who answers prayer and is all-compassionate, all-merciful and all-loving. But, the truth of the matter is that I worry about the future. I worry about my bills. I worry about my life. I worry that God is going to punish me or that He's going to let me suffer the consequences of my sin. Now that sometimes happens, but I start thinking of catastrophic punishments all out of proportion to the sin. Now, I tell you, is that trusting God?
Just recently the Lord gave me a great example of His providence and His plan. I had to file for bankruptcy, I lost control of my finances. Bills were so overwhelming that even after two years of paying on credit card debts, the balances remained the same (even without using them). And in one case the ending balance increased because of the interest charges. But with prayer and counsel I had to give the ENTIRE situation to God to include my pride. I had to remember, God is in control. I had to give it all to Him.
In essence when you think you've had a lot of losses, He is in control and He will restore them to you. Although you don't see it, everything you've lost is still right there waiting for you. But even Jesus couldn't do miracles in His hometown because of unbelief. Let Jesus do the impossible for you. Let Him carry your cross. Believe that He is right there and He's never going to let you down. Rev. D. M. Barry, (dmbarry777, or ufofc_minister)
The Work of the Cross
Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." In the context of this chapter Paul is outlining how we are to live in light as a result of not living under the old law of our sinful flesh, but under the power of His Spirit spoken of in the New Testament. Matthew 16:24-27 says, "Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done."
Clearly this is a call much different than the one that is popluar among Christians and non Christians alike. They have coined the phrase 'God helps those who helps themselves.' This is very far from the truth. God helps those who follow after Him, and embrace His Cross. Jesus paid the price on the Cross not, so that we would just pitter patter, but that we would fully embrace Him in each area, of our lives. It is not enough to say I am seeking Him, if you are not embracing Him then you are simply being selfish and self-centered.
Morever, God looks for people who He can shape, and use. If you are not willing then who do you really belong to the world, or to God. You cannot serve two masters. The truth of His Will is written in His Word. If you desire to know His Will then you must spend time in His Word. He is the Word of God, the bread of life, and if you desire to know Him, or embrace Him you have to deny yourself and take up the Cross of Christ. A life that revolves around the Cross is one that is sacrificial. It gives to others with no expectancy of return. Knowing His Will involves sacrifice. For the Apostle Paul, it involved the giving up of his old life as one of the top Pharrisses to preach the Gospel of Christ. Are you giving up everything in your life in order to follow Christ, or are their still other things in your life that are lingering that are not of God? If there are then you must give them up, and Crucify them. Jesus paid for each area of your life, not so that you would hold onto it, but so that you would live fully in Him, and walk in the power of His Spirit. You are not held by any power other than the Spirit's power.
Sin has died and you are a new creature in Christ with a radically new nature not held onto by the old, but controlled by the Spirit's power. To know God's will means crucifying yourself to Him, and putting yourself up on the Cross. This is where the mystery of His Will is revealed, and in order to know Him who is the image of the invisible God you must come to the Cross and lay your life down at His Feet. Can I get an Amen?
Isaiah 61: 1-3 tells us that:
1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, To give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."
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A short clip of the message I gave concerning "The Pruning Process" !
Defination of Prune: to trim or cut superflouous branches or parts to improve growth, appearance etc; to cut off, to strip off; remove,to lose
Why does Jesus prune every branch that bears fruit? John 15:2: 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
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Just remember God's love can dispel sorrow, help a broken heart, and give us a great assurance that the love of God is real.
May the Lord Bless you and keep you safe!! Rev. D. M. Barry, ufofc_minister or dmbarry777 (US Army Retired)