March 2002 Newsletter

VOLUME XXIX• NUMBER III

EVERYTHING BELONGS TO US!

Join us for Praise-A-Thon
April 1 - 5!!

“NOW WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT GOD’S OWN SONS. AND SINCE WE ARE HIS SONS, EVERYTHING HE HAS BELONGS TO US, FOR THAT IS THE WAY GOD PLANNED.” Galatians 4:7 (TLB)

WOW! Did you hear that? “EVERYTHING” HE [God] HAS…! Well, but “how,” “when,” and “why?” The thoughts and questions and wonders come tumbling out of our minds, yes, from the innermost depths of our beings! We all know that God really OWNS EVERYTHING. The Word clearly says:

THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND THE FULLNESS THEREOF…AND THEY THAT DWELL THEREIN.” Psalms 24:1
Well, the next question that explodes is: “If this is true, why am I in need? Why do I not have enough; why am I sick; why do I live hand-to-mouth with nothing ever leftover to enjoy? Why, why, WHY?”
First of all, I think we all know fairly well the great story of Abraham and the historic covenant God made with him to bless him and make of him a great nation. We have heard sermon upon sermon of how this covenant blessing was passed on down through the generations to Moses and the Law, which was given on Mount Sinai.

We have heard, or read, with great interest and joy the many promises God gave as His part of the covenant. We know quite well the promises of fruit and bread; large flocks and herds; the defeat of all our enemies; that we would lend to many and not borrow, and on and on! (Deuteronomy 28).

In another passage, we read again of all the blessings: a great nation and people; no barrenness of children or animals; good crops; and, perhaps best of all, God promises that He will take away ALL SICKNESS and diseases from among them! Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

God promised to give you “EVERY PLACE where you SET YOUR FOOT…” (Josh. 1:3 NIV). With 21 SATELLITES carrying TBN, the WORLD is almost COVERED with your “FOOTPRINTS” spreading the Gospel everywhere! Every SOUL saved through TBN is going to YOUR account in heaven because you GAVE. Praise God, the account is GROWING!
So please tell me why—“I AM SICK, BUSTED, AND DISGUSTED?!”

God says:
“BUT EACH OF THESE BLESSINGS DEPENDS ON YOUR NOT TURNING ASIDE IN ANY WAY FROM THE LAWS I HAVE GIVEN YOU…” Deuteronomy 28:14 (TLB)

Oh, brother—right about here is where most of us throw up our hands and say “FORGET IT!” We’ve read the over 600 laws—the do’s and don’ts of Leviticus—and, as we say in Missouri, “there just ain’t no way!”

Well, as usual, at our point of despair, JESUS ENTERS THE SCENE! You see, God knew all along that it would be impossible for us to keep all His laws perfectly. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that the Law was to show us how impossible it was for us to perfectly keep and fulfill God’s laws and
commandments. Let’s say it together: “THANK GOD FOR JESUS!”

“BUT CHRIST HAS BOUGHT US OUT FROM UNDER THE DOOM OF THAT IMPOSSIBLE SYSTEM [OF LAW] BY TAKING THE CURSE OF OUR WRONGDOING UPON HIMSELF.” Galatians 3:13 (TLB)

Last Praise-A-Thon, a precious couple brought a TV PERMIT (placed on the globe) for CONGO. God said: “ASK of ME, and I will give you the nations…and the ends of the earth” (Psa. 2:8 NKJV). This Praise-A-Thon, let’s ask our Father for MORE!
Praise the Lord! Jesus has clothed us with His own robe of righteousness and when God looks at me, He cannot see my sin and lawlessness—He sees me the same as Jesus because my sins are removed as “far as the east is from the west”! So sing it with me:
“HE SET ME FREE, HE SET ME FREE, HE BROKE THE BONDS OF PRISON FOR ME. I’M GLORY BOUND, MY JESUS TO SEE, SINGING, GLORY TO GOD HE SET ME FREE.”

Well, yes, BUT—back to the subject of our discussion: “Why am I still broke, sick, sorry, and in need?”

First of all, the good news is—Jesus took those 600-plus laws and condensed them down to just two:

“THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD… WITH ALL THY STRENGTH…THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.” Mark 12:30-31
I believe that any true child of God has little trouble with the 600-plus laws of God. When you have Jesus in your heart you do not want to kill, lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, and on and on. But, if we do slip, the precious Holy Spirit is right there to convict us and bring us back to the Cross where Jesus’ blood continually cleanses us from all sin. Praise the Lord for His MERCY that endures forever ( Psalms 100:5)!

Now hear this, since it just may be the KEY to your problem or need. One of those 600 commandments was that we GIVE to establish HIS HOUSE—HIS TEMPLE. To keep it open for all. In fact, in Exodus, God says:
“AND NO ONE SHALL APPEAR BEFORE ME WITHOUT A GIFT.” Exodus 34:20 (TLB)
You see, if you LOVE someone with all your heart, you just naturally want to give.

I will never forget when I fell hopelessly and madly in love with a little 19 year old Georgia girl named Jan—the first thing I wanted to do was to GIVE her something! Every time I went to town the first thing on my mind was, “What can I find to give her?” Every date there was
something in my hand for her—believe me I never stood before the girl I loved without a gift! It wasn’t always a big gift, we both were pretty poor, but I was consumed to win her favor and her love. A gift of roses, or candy, or a trinket of some kind consumed me—I HAD TO GIVE HER SOMETHING EVERY TIME WE MET!

So, why do we give to God and the house of God? After all, we already read that He owns it all anyway. God gives us the reason way back in the Law—we give so that:

“ALL THE NATIONS IN THE WORLD SHALL SEE THAT YOU BELONG TO THE LORD, AND THEY WILL STAND IN AWE.” Deuteronomy 28:10 (TLB)

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The solemn calling of God, to “endure” like a good soldier of Jesus Christ, has taken an urgency we never imagined before 9-11-01! It has been difficult times for so MANY in our TBN family, emotionally, and financially. Our prayers go out to all of our Partners, and especially all who are hurting. We ask some of you, who can, to help carry the load for others, with an extra gift this month. If we are to reach these regions and nations that have NEVER heard the Good News that Jesus loves them, we must MOVE QUICKLY, NOW! Please write today!
You see, the second of Jesus’ laws was “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:31).

So we give, first of all, because we have fallen
hopelessly in love with Jesus who saved us and redeemed us from Hell. And, secondly, we give because millions of “NEIGHBORS” wait for us to pour in the oil and wine of God’s healing power, to bind up their wounds, and, just as the Good Samaritan, make room for them in the house of God.

Dear Partners—do you really love God and your neighbor? If you do, you have to give offerings of love to bring those lost and dying neighbors home. And, as we do, the miracle of His great provision begins. You will have that new job; that loved one will be saved; your health will be restored; those “desires of your heart” will suddenly come! Yes—

NOW THAT WE ARE CHRIST’S WE ARE TRUE DESCENDENTS OF ABRAHAM, AND ALL OF GOD’S PROMISES TO HIM BELONG TO US! (Galatians 3:14).
Precious Partners, our great week of Revival Praise-a-Thon is near—April 1 to 5

Let’s all prove our love for God and our neighbors by pledging our very best gifts to Him. Jan and I will join you along with all the great TBN family. Sing with us, shout His praises, as we prove our love for the God we serve. The world will be watching, and because of your love many will be saved!

Remember—

“SINCE WE ARE HIS SONS, EVERYTHING HE HAS BELONGS TO US…” Galatians 4:7 (TLB)