REMOVAL OF WALLS

In modern psychology and in the self-help mode of recovery from addiction problems it is often stated that people cannot be reached because their walls are up. Pride causes us to live in fear,anger and unforgiveness. Without our full co-operation God will not penetrate these defenses.  

In the book of Joshua, Chapter 6, God offered the Israelites a supernatural prescription for success at Jericho.  The city was controlled by “principalities and powers” (Eph 1:21).  Just as our addiction was controlled by our old sin nature, our flesh, and “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2). As long as our walls were up we reserved the right to remain addicted. We could not remove our walls through natural strength.  Where then is the remedy?  Archaeologists such as Dr. John Garstung, director of the British School of Archeology in Jerusalem and the Department of Antiquities of the Palestine Government excavated the ruins of Jericho (1929-36).  They found that the city had been destroyed about 1400 B.C. confirming Joshua’s date and the Biblical account in a most remarkable way.  They found that the wall did actually “fall down flat”.  The outer thickness was 6ft. while the inner wall was 12ft; both being about 30 ft. in height.  Dr. Garstang’s theory was that it was probably taken down by an earthquake.  If you are fortunate enough to have earthquake coverage on your insurance policy you will no doubt find that earthquakes along with floods and hurricanes are considered “acts of God”.  Overcoming hardcore heroin addiction, cocaine, or alcohol addiction; complete and utter destruction of these behavior patterns is an act of God.  In the Jericho scenario the walls have never been rebuilt, not to this day.  God gave specific orders to Joshua (a type of modern day Pastor/teacher) on how the battle was to be waged.  One of the key components was quietness; another was the ark of God’s presence.  On the seventh day around the wall seven times, in God’s way and in his time, with a sound of the trumpets and a shout, the walls came down. In the same way, the  devil’s kingdom in our lives will be defeated “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds (2Cor. 4-5).  In the local church through the foolishness of preaching by an anointed man of God;with the heart attitude of humility, and in faith obedience we are victorious.  It all starts with salvation by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9). Will you receive the free gift?  See the Seven Principles of Grace Overcomers on this website.

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EVENT

Saturday October 4th at 9 a.m.

The Lightseys are invited to speak to the Baltimore Area of American Christian Writer’s Association at the Levin Conference Center, 10 New Plant Court, Owings Mills, MD 

We look forward to this event, as writing is an important means for sharing the gospel of Christ.

SELF WORTH

We recently watched a popular talk show as a young woman was being interviewed.  She had been the victim of a botched abortion, and lives to tell about it in an effort to prevent this barbaric practice from continuing.  She was asked to describe in detail the procedure that was intended to annihilate her very being.  The person who was supposed to finish the job wasn’t there at that time, and at 2 1/2 lbs. she was rushed to the hospital and was miraculously rescued.  The thing that stood out in my mind the most was the life and vibrancy and sheer joy that was manifested in her life.  She talked about having the “gift” of cerebral-palsy, which was the by-product of the attempted abortion, with no bitterness or resentment, but with much love and exuberance she shared her faith in Jesus Christ. 

Life is very harsh for many people.  We may not have been victims of a botched abortion, but we may have been victimized by things that have happened in life; some caused by others, some by our own mistakes; things that have left us bruised and beaten, maybe crushed to the point we feel we can’t go on.  But wait!  (Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Psalm 45:10) Where did that come from?  It came from God’s word.  You say, “I can’t receive that; you don’t know what I’ve been through, the terrible things I’ve done.”  (Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me.” Song of Solomon 1:6)  But it is true, God does love you, He does care for you.  You may have even had an abortion yourself, but that doesn’t change His love for you.  You do have value and worth through Him, and He is not “a respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34)  His love is for the whole world. 

I am convinced that one of the most essential things in life is to know that we are loved by God.  That can carry us through all kinds of trials and tribulations.  We need to know this lover of our souls.  This young woman I spoke of earlier knew that love, and it was most evident.  At some point she had to make a choice as to whether she would murmur and complain and be resentful,and unforgiving, perhaps even get lured into some kind of addictive substance, or to receive the love of God and live in it.  Somewhere, somehow she chose to believe God and trust Him at His word, and even though she is now partly crippled, she reveals the life of Christ to millions of people.  She knows her life has value and worth.  And you know what? It is there for whoever will receive it by faith.  Won’t you take a simple step of faith today, and receive the pure unselfish love of God for you by accepting Jesus Christ? 

Sandy Lightsey

BOOK READING EVENT

Dan & Sandy Lightsey have been invited to share their works in progress with the Harford Poetry and Literary Society at Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Rd., Bel Air, MD. Sept. 9th at 1 p.m.

Dan will read from his autobiographical work of fiction entitled DIRTY FEET.

Sandy will read from her up-coming book RETTA’S PROMISE, based on a true story about a single mother of two who meets an ex-con/addict on a Bible college campus.  Their improbable marriage takes them through adventures and trials to ultimate victory.