Are You The Real Thing?

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

Earlier this week I was looking over some of what I had written in my book “Before You Get Here,” and it struck me that in light of where we are in our nation there was never a time when we as believers needed to be more real than the time we are currently in. We are in the midst of a pandemic; hundreds of thousands of lives lost, massive unemployment, with fear, anxiety, and hopelessness running rampant among us. My question would be, in the midst of this, what about trust and faith in God? Do we as believers truly live what we profess or do we simply follow the herd? Do those we are in contact with daily, see us respond in fear and anxiety or faith and trust? Certainly, we need some common sense in following the guidelines to stay safe but we don’t need to live in fear.

There was a slogan some years back that Coca Cola used in its marketing campaign. It was, “Coke, It’s The Real Thing.” Whatever that means in regards to cola, we bought it and drank it knowing that it was the real thing. In regards to your faith and walk with God are you the real thing? If you are the genuine article then those around you will notice that you are different in many ways.

Francis Frangipane in his book “The Three Battlegrounds” wrote, “Our experience of Christianity must go beyond just being another interpretation of the Bible; it must expand until our faith in Jesus and our love for Him becomes a lightning rod for His presence.”

A lightning rod attracts. It says throughout the Word that we will do the works that Jesus did. When we examine what Jesus did we see clearly that He walked in holiness and power. People were attracted to Him. He did not slip into the impostor role to fit in. He was what He spoke and lived. He did not fake anything. He was the “real thing”. We, however, can easily fake “being the real thing.”

In “The Three Battlegrounds” Frangipane further wrote, “If we have been indoctrinated to believe that the Kingdom of God, and Christianity itself, does not really have to work, or if the absence of holiness and power fails to trouble us, something is seriously wrong with our concept of truth.”

If you are not drawn to holiness, if you do not see power manifested, if your prayers are not answered, then it would seem logical to ask why. Do you expect your prayers to be answered? Do you expect your Christian beliefs to work?

We like familiarity, we like routine and we don’t like to step out into unfamiliar territory. There is nothing wrong with the familiar, but the familiar is often too comfortable. Staying comfortable with those things that are normal and ordinary often keeps us from experiencing that which is extraordinary.

So, rather than move into a place of faith, expectancy, and obedience, a place where we are drawn closer to knowing and loving Jesus, we compromise and slip into being impostors. Before we realize it we are not the “real thing.”

Stop for a moment and consider this: If Christ is within us, we should be moving towards living holy, powerful lives; lives that attract others. No excuses! Christianity is not just accepting some doctrine, going to church regularly, being a part of a small group, and faithfully paying our tithe. It is living daily in the reality of Christ’s presence where we live and work.

YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE YOU’RE REDEEMED

Oral tradition from the nineteenth century tells the story of the atheist philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who was said to have reproached a group of Christians with the words, “You make me sick!” When their spokesman asked why, Nietzsche replied, “Because you redeemed don’t look like you’re redeemed!”

Do you look redeemed? Are you the real thing?

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Thank you for your continued faithfulness to this ministry. We are truly blessed.

God bless,

Mike

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The God Who Created…

Dear Friends,

Some years back, when I was writing my second book titled, “Why Not Waste Time With God,” I was sitting in a canyon next to a raging river near where I live here in Bakersfield, CA. What flowed out of the tip of my pen were the following words;

“The God who created the universe, who heals the sick, who knows you need food and shelter to survive, against whom all military might is but a puff of dust and beside whose power a swirling, raging river is but a trickle in the sand, is the God who wants to spend time with you!” Michael Dean Evans

As I read these words I realized they were God-inspired and the result of a recent conversation I had with God when He said to me; “Michael, I’m going to teach you how to be a friend, and friends just like to hang out!” For me, this was a reminder that Almighty God, the creator and sustainer of all things, who created me for fellowship, just as he created you for fellowship, looks forward with delight to our times together.

Over the years as I’ve read and studied the teachings of other religions, none of them describe a God who wants to hang out with them, who wants to be a friend. Instead, they often portray a God who instills fear and must be placated by those acts of religious duty that keep them safe and protected from his wrath. While I realize we must stand in awe of God, and respect who He is, I understand that He makes it clear in Scripture His desire to have an intimate relationship with us.

Since I wrote those words quoted above I’ve also come to realize that I can easily substitute other endings such as; ‘…is the God worthy of our worship;’ “…is the God in whom we trust.” Substitute whichever ending works for you and apply it to your life! You will be amply blessed.

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Over the years since this book was published, I’ve received a number of testimonials from people who were encouraged and blessed by this book. I’ve felt that it was a gift that God helped me write and it’s time for me to freely share it with you.

Thank you for the prayers and support you have given Wholeness Ministries over the years. You are much appreciated as we continue to spread the message of His healing and restoration to a hurting world. As we wrap up the year 2020 and head into 2021 keep us in your prayers.

God bless,

Mike

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Interesting Year 2020 – Indeed!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

One thing is for sure about the year 2020. I suspect that for all of us from the youngest to the oldest, we have never experienced anything like it. Though it started out reasonably normal with the arrival of the Covid19 it soon became anything but normal as we began to experience the sickness and eventual death of thousands here in the United States due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Not only did we begin to wear face masks and social distance, we soon saw the closure of restaurants, theatres, and others as we were forced to move to outdoor dining, limit the numbers allowed into our business and even limit contact with close friends for fear of catching or spreading this deadly virus. Our children were forced to learn from home as most schools were closed.

Politically, at least for many of us, we’ve seen and heard the President of the United States refuse to concede defeat to the President-Elect who won the Presidency by a significant number of popular votes. I’ve never in my 78 years seen this happen here in the U.S. As we near the end of this year the financial impact of all this is devastating to many of our small businesses and employees that were laid off due to the closures.

And yet I can attest to the goodness of God as He has protected me and my family and many of our friends from becoming sick with Covid 19.

Quite naturally, due to the pandemic, any invitations to speak have stopped. Interestingly there has been an increase in ministering to individuals using Zoom, FaceTime, or other media. This has allowed me to work from my home office and I have discovered it is just as effective and allows people from outside California to receive ministry. We do not know what 2021 will bring but we do know that God will continue to do what God does.

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Thank you for your prayers and support. You are much appreciated.

God bless,

Mike

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But I Don’t Want To Do That!

Dear Friends,

I want to follow-up on last month’s newsletter and talk a little bit more about being a servant. Remember that early in his earthly ministry Jesus said, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve.” We see throughout the Gospels the image of Jesus as a servant and know and understand that to follow Jesus means that we likewise are to be servants. But what about those times when you don’t want to serve? Let’s say you’re tired, you’re not in the mood, or you don’t feel like you have the time? How does God feel about that? Let me share with you a personal example.

I was in Budapest, HU speaking at a Catholic church. I had been teaching workshops all day and was conducting a healing service that evening. By about 11:00 pm we had prayed for everyone and I was getting tired so I said to my host, “Let’s get out of here so I can go back to the hotel and go to bed.” Just as I got to the door to leave a young girl reached out and grabbed a hold of my shirt. When I turned to see what she wanted she said, “I want you to pray for my neck and shoulder, I have a lot of pain and the doctor said they can do nothing for me, would you please pray.” I said, “No, I am exhausted and need to go lay down but I will pray for you first when we return in the morning.” She wouldn’t let go of my shirtsleeve and she said, “I want you to pray for me now, I am in a lot of pain.” Reluctantly I said, “Okay what do you want me to pray for?” After she told me what she wanted prayer for I quickly mumbled something, then turned around and left. I did not ask her how she felt, or if it was any better I just walked out, got in the car, and left. Let me assure you that is not my normal way of praying but I was tired and irritated and just wanted to go lay down and rest.

The next morning as we gathered to begin another day of meetings, she came bouncing down the aisle towards the front where I was standing. With a big smile on her face, she said, “As soon as you laid your hand on me last night to pray I was healed.” I was happy for her but admittedly surprised, as I didn’t think my prayer would be effective because of how I felt. The Lord quickly said to me, “Michael, my healing is not dependent on your feeling.” I quickly got the message, and honestly was excited to realize that God would and could heal regardless of how I felt.

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Thank you for your continued faithfulness to this ministry. We are truly blessed.

God bless,

Mike

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You Want Me To Be a Servant!

Mike-P1020072-200Dear Friends,

Early in his earthly ministry Jesus said, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve.” One of the definitions I found for servant was: “A person serving as an agent for another to attend to the wants and needs of others.” In our culture we don’t have a good understanding of servants because few of us have ever had any exposure to those employed as servants. We have some understanding from films or books they have been portrayed in but it is not common in our culture to be exposed to servants.

Over and over throughout the Gospels, Jesus shows us what God is like by serving. God wants to be known through servant-hood. Thus, when Jesus describes His return in glory at the end of the world, He says, “Happy are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them.” (Lk.12:37)

So we begin to see in the Gospels this image of Jesus as a servant. This model doesn’t fit well with what our world values nor what most of us strive to become. When you ask a child what do you want to be when you grow up? How many say, “Oh I want to be a servant!” Would that sit well with you as a parent? How many classes do you think they have at your University on Servant hood?

In his book Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning writes, “ What a scandalous and unprecedented reversal of the world’s values! To prefer to be the servant rather than the lord of the household is the path of downward mobility in an upwardly mobile culture. To taunt the idols of prestige, honor, and recognition, to refuse to take oneself seriously or to take seriously others who take themselves seriously, to dance to the tune of a different drummer, and to freely embrace the servant lifestyle-these are the attitudes that bear the stamp of authentic discipleship. Then he ends this by saying, “Servanthood is not an emotion or mood or feeling; it is a decision to live like Jesus. It has nothing to do with what we feel; it has everything to do with what we do-humble service.”

In my mind when I think about Jesus and how he went about in the ordinariness of his day I picture him interacting with people much like we do. He wasn’t always healing the sick, preaching, raising the dead or floating around with his head in the clouds. Come on, he was human, much like us. And we are called to be like him. Well, how do we do that?

For me, this is how it works. I try to live my day understanding that I am loved and I am called to love others. Sometimes I do well at this, other times I don’t. But I am learning that to be like Jesus is to try to respond everyday as he would respond.

Here’s an example: A couple of weeks ago I was with some friends over in Saint Ynez Valley here in California. We were on an outing and as we were walking up a dirt road a lady was walking down some steps when she tripped and fell on her face right in front of us. Her friend immediately helped her sit up but it was obvious she had twisted her ankle and was in great pain.

My first reaction was, “Oh I should pray for her.” But I hesitated because I immediately thought, “What if she would be embarrassed by that, or we are out in public with all these people around observing what just happened, what if it doesn’t work, etc.” But then I just went for it. I walked over to her, bent down and said, “Could I pray for your ankle?” She responded in a surprised tone, OK! I asked if I could put my hand on her ankle and that was ok so I prayed for maybe 20 seconds. Nothing changed.

It was still painful and she could not put any weight on it. I asked if I could pray again. That was okay so I prayed another short prayer and when I asked her how it was she said, “ I think the pain is gone.” She then stood up putting weight on her ankle. She was surprised that the pain was gone as she walked over to the car, her friend had just pulled up in, jumped in and drove off. We then continued on our way as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened. I think that’s the way it should be. I think that’s the way Jesus did it. Not a big deal, but just react to life, as he would react to life. To me, that’s what it means to be a servant.

Pray with me that this Corona Virus will end soon. We are all finding it very inconvenient and rather tiring of how it has disrupted our lives. Thank you.

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God bless,

Mike

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My newest book BEFORE YOU GET HERE: Baggage To Drop On Your Way To Heaven, is a guide to assist you in discovering freedom from the invisible burdens that oppress and defeat many Christians today. Chapters include: The Importance of Forgiveness, The Traps of Unforgiveness, A Look in the Mirror, Harmful Words and Harmful Connections, Let Yourself Be Loved By God, The Recovery of Intimacy, and more. Copies are available at Wholeness.org and at Amazon.com. Check out the entire Wholeness Ministries Catalog right HERE.