Does Jesus actually step into time and space to change you and you circumstances? Do you believe that he can? Listen to another story from the book Remarkable Miracles by G.C. Bevington and see how Jesus wants to personally intervene in your life to change your heart and your mind and turn your eyes toward heaven.
This week on Pilgrim Progress we’re going to be replaying, as we did today, a number of stories from G.C. Bevington’s book, “Remarkable Miracles.” It’s been published a number of different times with different titles, if you would like to read it online, here’s a great place to do so. In today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray lays out Brother Bevington’s conversion and his own decision to seek Jesus, regardless of what the costs were. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV).
Looking at an overview of the life of King Solomon, Brother Ed asks the question do you have a made up mind to totally and completely give your life to Jesus or are you like King Solomon who wanted his way and God at the same time ? We must make a decision to give ourselves totally into the hand of Jesus and let Him have His way in all things in our lives.
Here’s part of the welcome from Sister Kathryn today, where she’s talking about Isaiah 43 and the year of Jubilee!
In today’s classic sermon, Pastor Ray lays out how to draw closer to God. The only way to fight the devil is to humble our hearts in submission to God. Listen to God’s prescription for coming closer to Him. (Note: We lost about a minute or so from the beginning of the sermon.)
God wants to remove all hostility from our hearts, if we still desire to be in charge of our lives and that’s where the hostility is uncovered. God will not be our co-pilot. All resistance must be broken and the hostility removed. Jesus’ heart is to be intimate with us but He must withdraw if our hearts are full of hostility. We only get God’s attention when we’re in a desperate place for Him to intervene in our lives. Have you made a decision to allow God to remove all hostility from your heart or or you a bitter angry person?
Pastor Ray draws the parallel between the modern church and the life of a washed-up nobody, who was heavily steeped in sin, and asks the question can the divine power of God change the atmosphere in a man’s heart and consequently change the nation as well? (If you’re heavily steeped in sin, do you believe that Jesus can rescue you?)
This nobody was President Ulysses Grant, who was far from being presidential for much of his life. If not for his wife and family, he very likely would have become a vagrant. His wife refused to believe what she saw and she decided to put all of her trust in Jesus, and Jesus stepped in, in an amazing way to rescue not only her husband, but also America from the wickedness of slavery. Are you willing to be like Mrs. Grant and stand for righteousness even though the devil has declared that it’s over for you and me? Take a stand for righteousness today, regardless of what that will cost you and Jesus will deliver.
Many of us have heard of the miraculous deliverance of Great Britain in World War 2 and the bravery of the British People and their courageous leader, Winston Churchill. That was the front side of the story but here was also a back side. Rees Howells was a coal miner turned minister of the Gospel, who went on to found the Bible College of Wales. Rees Howells and his fellow prayer warriors were the back side of the Allies victory over the Nazis. Listen to this incredible saga of spiritual warfare and the disciples who prayed in the victory during the greatest war the world has ever seen. Make a decision to simply take God at His word and no longer believe the fatalistic lies of the devil.
Pastor Ray has been under the weather this week, so we will be playing encore broadcasts this week (and next) and we played this last Sunday’s sermon, which includes Sister Michelle’s introduction and we’ve loaded on the website as well. What is the atmosphere of your soul, is it the fruit of the spirit or the fruit of the flesh?
Today’s broadcast originally aired in October and is part of an outstanding series on the issue of fatalism. Can God save the worst of us? The hymn Amazing Grace that has touched the lives of millions was written by a very unlikely candidate to have embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many do not know this beautiful hymn of Grace was written by a sailor and slave trader, a hard man who had sailed the world, been enslaved himself, and then profited from the buying and selling of human beings. Listen to this inspiring story of repentance, forgiveness, redemption and the Lord’s Amazing Grace and make the decision to fully give yourself into the hand of Jesus.
We’ve had some technical challenges the last few weeks and we’re now going to be posting the welcome messages by Sisters Michele and Kathyrn. This welcome is only about 11 minutes long and will be a great encouragement to many of you, so we’re going to post this separately, she’s reading from Philippians 3.
Pastor Ray asks the question “What is the atmosphere of your soul?” There is an atmosphere of righteousness when we choose to fully give ourselves into the hand of Jesus and there’s the atmosphere of wickedness when we give ourselves into the hand of Satan. We must become fully cognizant of this cause/effect relationship and determine in our hearts to be intolerant of wickedness. What kind of atmosphere are you creating in your life?
In today’s classic sermon, Pastor Ray looks closely at the life of King Uzziah, whose name literally means Yah or Jehovah is my strength. Surely this was true for much of Uzziah’s life but ultimately his heart was snared by pride, when he opted to take things into his own hands. We need to know that if have accusations in our heart against God, this is an indicia of pride and we must quickly repent or our heart will grow cold and/or indifferent to Jesus, regardless how long we have followed after Him. After Uzziah sinned God’s heart was to restore this man but he opted to pout, let this be a solemn warning to each of us as God will always oppose the proud and God will always give grace to the humble. Let’s humble our hearts before Jesus today.
We have begun to replay sermons (mostly new ones with some older ones included as well) and today was the second one. In this sermon, we also include the welcome from our beloved sister, Kathryn, one of the leaders of our congregation. We pray that your heart is captivated by Jesus on this journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. We pray this message on Elisha is a blessing to you!
Many Christians have fallen into a snare of legalism due to misunderstandings about the Sabbath. On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray provides a detailed Biblical explanation of entering into the Sabbath rest of Jesus–not just one day a week, but every day. Note that the Sabbath day rest was instituted before the fall of man. Its goal is not law-keeping, but rather intimacy with God. Listen to the message to fully understand that the Sabbath rest observance was broken by sin, and that Jesus, through his blood, has made a way to restore us to this Sabbath day rest.
Pastor Ray asks the critical question is whether Jesus a wall or a door to you? Jesus is always a wall at first until we’re willing to fully submit and humble our hearts to Him. We must make a conscious choice to fully fix our thoughts on Jesus in this process or we can foolishly choice to light our own fires. Jesus is interested in the minute details of our lives and He wants to transform us from the inside out. Make a determine to fully fix your thoughts on Jesus!
The full title is “If Jesus is Going to Be a Wall to Me, then I’ll take care of this myself”. It’s taken many years of “hitting the wall” before I finally caught on, hopefully you haven’t been as stubborn as I have. A dear brother asked us to locate a broadcast on Balaam and this fits in perfectly with today’s broadcast. As Balaam experienced Jesus as a wall, he resorted to witchcraft to get what he wanted. We see the disastrous results of his rebellion and his refusal to submit to the Lord God of heaven. There is much witchcraft in the modern church because of an unwillingness to humble ourselves to Jesus. Let this message be a warning to your heart and mine.
In this encore broadcast, Pastor Ray asks the most important question each of us need to answer “Have I Been Born From Above?” Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and if the answer is no, then ask Jesus to do whatever He needs to do in your life to change this and He will.
Today is a continuation of the study of the most excellent book of Hebrews, focusing on the first half of Chapter 3. The key verse is verse 1 “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” We must fix our eyes upon Jesus, which means to fix both our mind and our emotions upon Jesus and NOT HARDEN our Hearts (as the children of Israel did). Remember that fear is a pointer reflecting that you are not fixing your thoughts on Jesus but are rather hardening your heart, something we need not do. Be encouraged today to fully trust Jesus, regardless of the circumstances in your life. Put your weight behind His promises and stand upon them. Amen!
Today’s classic sermon is a most precious one to me, as it’s seemingly followed me on a number of different phones I’ve had through the years and I’ve listened to it countless times. The sermon was recorded some three weeks after our beloved Pastor Jan crossed over the Jordan. When a great crushing comes upon our lives, what is our response to that great pain, whether it be the death of a loved one as it was for Pastor Ray, a major health concern, or some other crushing circumstance? God’s heart is to allow this crushing to allow the flowing out to others in self-sacrificing love. That’s radically different than a cheap, sentimental love that costs us nothing.
If you missed today’s broadcast, it’s the sermon from May 1. We struggled with fixing some of the digital recording problems and have spent many hours remixing it. We do apologize for the sub-par quality and we’ve remixed it again with better results. If you select this link , this will take you to the new digitally remastered file. We’ve included the broadcast version below.
This is the fourth broadcast in a series on the exposition of Hebrews verse by verse. Today Pastor Ray asks the question as to whether you are saved or not? Have you been crucified with Christ? Is Jesus totally in charge of your life as demonstrated by your behavior? Allow the dynamite of God to transform you as you suffer and are transformed by the process of crucifixion.
Today’s broadcast is the third one in the series on an exposition of Hebrews verse by verse. Listen to the message with an open heart and mind and let the Holy Spirit speak to you. The walk with Jesus is NOT about self-improvement or trying harder, it’s simply is being crucified with Jesus and fully given to Him, where everything in our lives is under the Lordship of Jesus. Have you believed the lie that death is your savior and that you past, present and future sins are covered?
This broadcast is the second in the new series on a methodical verse by verse exposition of the wonderful book of Hebrews. If you have not listened to Monday’s broadcast, we would encourage you to do so. The reality of the modern church is that Ichabod has been written over much of the church and yet most of unaware that the Holy Spirit has withdrawn and their lampstand has been removed. Prayerfully listen to the broadcast for revelation.
Today’s broadcast is an introduction to the study of the book of Hebrews, as well as a historical background on the lie of the sinning Christian. Much of the modern western church simply believe in Gnosticism and believe that they can be saved in the midst of sin and that the blood of Jesus does not have the power to transform and change them. Be willing to have an open mind and a willingness to search the scriptures on this very critical doctrine, which has become twisted in the modern church.
(NOTE: If you regularly peruse the website, you’ll notice that the posts this week have changed somewhat. The focus of this series is to do a very methodical exposition of the book of Hebrews. It is true that this book deals with the issue of eternal security but it also elaborates in awesome detail, the wonder of the atonement, which Jesus made for you and me. Jesus died to destroy the works of the devil, to set us free from the wickedness that is in each of us. He died to make you righteous, for real, right now, not at some future point.)