Note from Les
Dear Friends, This past winter quarter has been quiet with not much more than our annual checkups and making plans for the up-coming seminars. By the time you read this, our Florida teaching trip will already be history. Again, we like to assure you that we read and appreciate every note and letter, and yes, we like them to be kept short if possible-- otherwise we would never get them all read. Also we want to thank you for your generosity and your prayers. We pray for our audience daily and pray especially separately each day for those requesting prayer by phone or letter - knowing our God is omniscient!
This month's feature article is an abbreviation of the message I gave at some of the past seminars last fall. Richard Roebke of Greenwood Indiana and his stepdaughter, Theresa Kemp of Pittsburg, PA edited and shortened the contents of the ''raven and dove'' teaching and submitted it as the following article. Many thanks to both of them.
What In The World
"The Raven and the Dove"
Paul tells us to go back to the Old Testament, not for our doctrine but for our learning and our hope, so we can trust God. Romans 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Back in Genesis 8, at the end of Noah's flood, the whole planet was covered with water. All creatures lost their lives and many were floating on the water. The water was covered with rotting and decomposing creatures.
As the water receded, the ark rested on Mount Ararat. After Noah saw the tops of the mountains, he waited 40 days. Then he opened the window of the ark and sent out a raven. The raven is a scavenger and had no trouble finding rest and food. He was right at home and satisfied with the rotten and decaying creatures. The raven did not go back to the ark.
Then Noah sent out a dove, which is timid, nonaggressive, and beautiful. The dove would not sit on the dead creatures and found no rest so it came back to the ark. Noah waited seven more days and sent the dove out again. The dove again returned to the ark, but this time it brought back an olive leaf. Noah knew the worst was over.
Now let's go to the New Testament and see what is written for us today. Galatians 5:16 states "walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh''.
Believers have two natures. The old nature, which we are born with, and the new nature made by the indwelling within us of the Holy Spirit. These two natures war with one another. It is a battle within all believers. We are all tempted by the lust of the flesh and there is constant daily warfare in our Christian walk. We have evil thoughts that run through our subconscious mind that we cannot stop, and we are not guilty if we let them fly through, but we are guilty if we take action on those thoughts.
Like the raven, people are satisfied with taking part in the trash and rot that is in this world. "They go along to get along".
Galatians 5:19-21 identifies these things: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings. Society tells us to drink but don't drive. Drunkenness is next to murder as it causes accidents, broken homes and fills our jails and ruins lives. Hatred is the opposite of God's greatest command, which is love. Look at the damage that hatred can cause. Moral sins are still sin in God's eyes, yet society has made them ''the norm''. All these things all are just a few of the raven's appetite. If these things are part of your life, make sure of your salvation. Believers fail, but they will not continue with raven food. Those that do continue in those things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [Galatians 5:21]
The lifestyle characteristics of the dove can be found in Galatians 5:22-26. The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. The Holy Spirit in us gives us power.
Ask yourself - ''Am I living on raven food, feasting on the rot of the world?'' As you watch TV, is it Raven food or Dove food? [90% of TV is Raven food] Are your relations, your actions, your entertainment raven food or dove food?
How about your salvation? Are you going to heaven? Do you believe that Christ paid for all of your sins on the cross? Do you believe that Christ died for your sins, was buried, and arose the third day? [l Corinthians 15:1-4]
From now on, examine all you do. Is it raven or dove?
It's hard to believe that we are already into the spring of 2012. This is the year that the Mayans have pegged as a major upset in the apple cart of life. I have never really put any stock in the Mayan prediction and yet as I read the news from around the world-- especially Middle East news-- I have to admit I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps 2012 could be the year that there might be something that causes a major upset. Of course I'm thinking of the rapture. I don't know if it's going to wait until December, but I'm definitely having high hopes that perhaps the trumpet will sound this year. So much is happening in the Middle East and I think it is easy to see that the prophecy regarding all nations being against Israel may soon be a reality. As for me, I get all excited thinking that we might be going home to glory within a matter of months. Wouldn't that be wonderful!?! And yet, there are many who deny that the rapture is a realistic expectation or they refuse to believe that it could very well be this soon. They will use the argument that people have been talking about the rapture since the ascension of Jesus and will point out that it hasn't happened yet and it has been over 2000 years. My immediate response to those people is simple. Israel was not a nation again until 1948 and that is something that had to happen first-- as the needed event to begin the stage setting for the curtain to go up ushering in the tribulation. I read somewhere that there are 24 references, from Romans through Titus, pertaining to the rapture. Of course the three major ones are l Cor 15:51-54, l Thes 4:13-18, and ll Thes 2:1-7. However, for me, the little referral found in Titus 2:13 is enough to excite me!
Interesting tidbit: As everyone knows, after the war of 1967, even though Jerusalem came under the jurisdiction of the state of Israel, the Arabs were given control of the Temple Mount by the Israelis in order to keep Muslim rioting from constant eruption. However, during the week of February the 20th, 2012, something very interesting and exciting happened-- the Israelis notified the Muslims controlling the Temple Mount -by way of some sort of document- informing them that the Temple Mount was to be divided so that the Jews could once again begin their ''talmudic rituals''. This is supposedly going to happen before the end of this calendar year.
The year has gotten off to a great start at the ministry with the addition of several new television stations. We are excited about airing in new national and international markets, and hope to hear from viewers who "happen" to find "Through the Bible with Les Feldick" on television in their area. Please pray with us that many hearts will be open to receive the good news of the finished work of the cross.
As usual, we would like to remind everyone that it is so helpful if you will write the invoice number on the memo line of your check for payments, and "donation" or "order" as needed as well. As those of you who have been listening to Les and receiving the newsletter for years know, 100 percent of donations go to television and radio airtime.
Finally, we would like to introduce our new packager, Kathy Brady. She has been with the ministry since the retirement of Erma earlier this year. Packaging is one of the most demanding jobs in the office and Kathy is off to a great start. Please include Kathy in your prayers as well as Les, Iris, Laura, and the rest of the ministry.
Big Words Made Simple
Propitiation: Becoming the substitute and allowing reconciliation. Rom 3:25, Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; l John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. l John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Reconciliation: The act of change from emnity [being an enemy] to friendship or favor--all because of God's love for us. 2 Cor 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Grace: Undeserved favor. Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Faith: Resting fully in something said. -- to trust in. Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Sanctification: To become more and more and more sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual growth/maturity 1 Thess 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
Justification: To be declared righteous--just as if you had never sinned [perfect righteousness credited to the believer by God himself because of the work of Christ on the cross--death, burial, and resurrection] Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Remission: Forgiveness Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
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