Worship: Soil Preparation – Revival Day 4 / Wellness: Life of the Flesh

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Not only must you plant good seed. The preparation of the soil is essential for a bountiful harvest. “It’s how we receive the Word that determines our salvation,” says Pastor Flemons. “You can’t blame God. You can’t blame the Word.”

“Throughout the parable of the sower, Christ represents the different results of the sowing as depending upon the soil. In every case the sower and the seed are the same. Thus He teaches that if the word of God fails of accomplishing its work in our hearts and lives, the reason is to be found in ourselves. But the result is not beyond our control. True, we cannot change ourselves; but the power of choice is ours, and it rests with us to determine what we will become. The wayside, the stony-ground, the thorny-ground hearers need not remain such. The Spirit of God is ever seeking to break the spell of infatuation that holds men absorbed in worldly things, and to awaken a desire for the imperishable treasure. It is by resisting the Spirit that men become inattentive to or neglectful of God’s word. They are themselves responsible for the hardness of heart that prevents the good seed from taking root, and for the evil growths that check its development.” {COL 56.1}

“The garden of the heart must be cultivated. The soil must be broken up by deep repentance for sin. Poisonous, Satanic plants must be uprooted. The soil once overgrown by thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor. So the evil tendencies of the natural heart can be overcome only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Jesus. The Lord bids us by His prophet, ‘Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.’ ‘Sow to yourselves in righteousness; reap in mercy.’ Jeremiah 4:3; Hosea 10:12. This work He desires to accomplish for us, and He asks us to co-operate with Him.” {COL 56.2}

“God operates. We cooperate,” says Pastor Flemons.

[For additional details, please read Christ’s Object Lessons, COL 56, and listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons, who sang “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”]  

Worship: For Health’s Sake  Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says that the overwhelming tide of disease can be stopped when we follow principles of biblical wellness. The Bible in Leviticus 17:11 says “the life of the flesh is in the blood.” This phrase, “life of the flesh,” is used only twice in the Bible, says Pastor Flemons. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A sound heart is the life of the flesh.”

The blood needs nourishment, and it needs to be slightly alkaline, not acidic. Acidic blood causes disease. The blood must be purified and brought to the safe pH of about 7.2.

The heart must be sound. For the heart to be sound, there must be proper circulation of the blood throughout the body. Poor circulation promotes poor health. That’s why the arms and legs must be covered like the torso: to equalize circulation, says Pastor Flemons. “That’s why we exercise. That’s why we eat a plant-based diet: to clean out those arteries, so the blood can flow freely. That’s why we drink plenty of water: because blood is five times thicker than water. So when you don’t drink enough water, the blood is even thicker and moves sluggishly through those vessels.”

“The entire REFRESHING way lifestyle simply purifies the blood and equalizes the circulation,” says Pastor Flemons. Why? Because the Bible says that the life of the flesh is in the blood. And a sound heart is the life of the flesh.

(For further details, please listen to the recording and visit the links to the Word and to the REFRESHING Way lifestyle.)

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Sharing Time  Pastor Flemons responded to a question about natural remedies for vertigo.

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – January 27 – February 2

Worship  Sunday – Thorny Ground Hearers – Revival Day 3; Monday – Soil Preparation – Revival Day 4

Wellness  Sunday – Wellness from the Word; Monday – Life of the Flesh

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Words of Encouragement

Genesis 4:21, 22  And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. (Also read Conflict and Courage, CC 34.)

Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes. (Also read With God at Dawn, WGD 30.)