“What’s Worse Than a Sinner?” InYou Window, June 2017

Does it intrigue you that so often when testimonies are shared, the now victor almost glamorizes his wretched past in order to magnify the mercy and grace of God on his behalf? We revel in his redemption yet stand paralyzed to identify with such a story. It’s time to hear from the good side of the tree*

“Stupid Chair! (Projection)” InYou Window, May 2017

“Stupid Chair! (Projection)”
I’m sure you’ve seen it just like I have. You’ve probably done it just like I have. Someone runs into a chair, bends a toe back the way it’s not supposed to bend, peels the edge off the unfortunately exposed nail, and screams in sudden pain, “Stupid chair!”

Faith Revelation

Faith Revelation

Have you ever been grateful in a trial? Have you ever experienced peace in a time of trouble? Have you ever felt powerful and free after choosing obedience? If so, then you have exercised faith: “Blessed are you…because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven“ (Matthew 16:17). You have “seen God” in the midst of your circumstance.

This “flesh and blood” is the soul and body— the human mind, emotions and will operating independently of the Spirit. The flesh cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-16.) God must reveal Himself, His Word and His ways by His Spirit in the spirit of a man. This is “spiritual revelation.” “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deut. 29:29; Also read 28:12-28!). [In a way, the Holy Spirit is God’s “Toto,” pulling back the curtain to reveal the One who is working behind the scenes.]

Our earthly experience is all about our spiritual journey of faith and revelation—seeing God in everything we are going through, learning to trust and to surrender, rather than stress and work, for He is continually working “behind the scenes.” Faith is the “ear” of the spirit, which doesn’t produce the word or work of God, but receives it. Faith doesn’t perform for God, but rests in God’s performance (“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” Heb. 4:10) Faith recognizes, acknowledges, and is aware of the presence of God in all situations. Faith must continually expand and expand in us until it includes all things. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28).

There seems to be a dual-fulfillment quality to God’s promises—a future and a here-and-now. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time [NOW] are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us [FUTURE]” (Rom. 8:18). Only “eyes of faith” can “see” this and choose rest. Surely, we may never know, until we get to heaven [FUTURE], all the reasons why God allows certain things in our lives [NOW], but we have hope that, in the end, everything will be (and is) as God intended. Hope applies to the final fulfillment in the future (heaven), but faith is for the present assurance in the NOW!

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). “…but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?”
(Romans 8:24). “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). “Seeing God” in your current situation results in peace, rest, freedom and gratitude for Who He is and what He’s done.

"All I Need I Have RECEIVED (Thanksgiving & Christmas)"

Every Thanksgiving & Christmas the emphasis is on GIVING. ThanksGIVING is the giving of thanks. Christmas has become about giving gifts and giving time and, of course, InYou is involved in several ministry opportunities that involve people GIVING in order to bless someone else. But today my thoughts have wandered to RECEIVING. Is there something about Christmas we need to RECEIVE this year? Think about it. Could Christianity, at the heart, be about RECEIVING?

The first verse that comes to mind is John 1:12–“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” Receiving is the beginning of new life in Christ; and the continuation of it: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Gal. 2:6). I just glanced through the New Testament and found a few “receiving” verses:

“Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full” (Jn. 16:24). “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (Mt.21:22). “For everyone who asks receives” (7:8). We are to receive mercy (5:7; Heb. 4:16), Jesus & the Father (10:40), sight (11:5), the word (13:40; Acts 8:14), a child (18:5), “talents” (25:16ff), the kingdom of God (Mk. 10:15), JESUS! “His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace” (1:16), “His testimony” (3:32), the Holy Spirit (7:29; 20:22), Jesus’ sayings (12:48; 14:17), power (Acts 1:8), “forgiveness of sins” (10:43), ministry (20:24; Col. 4:17), grace and special gifts (Rm. 1:5; 1 Pet. 4:10), “reconciliation” (5:11), “the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness” (5:17), “a spirit of adoption as sons” (8:15), edifying (1 Cor. 14:5), a blessing (2 Cor. 1:15; Heb.6:7), “adoption” (Gal. 4:5), “promise of the eternal inheritance” (Col. 3:24; Heb. 9:15), “the love of the truth so as to be saved” (2 Ths. 2:10), “the crown of life” (James 1:12), anointing (1 Jn. 2:27).

All that we have and need is received: “John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven'” (Jn. 3:27); especially spiritually: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God” (1 Cor. 2:12). We cannot deny this: “For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (4:7).

Paul’s (and our) spiritual revelation was received: “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:12). You know, faith is receiving! Faith does not produce the work of God, but receives it. Faith is a receiver; He speaks and the power of His defining word woos our response. Faith is HEARING! Hearing is RECEIVING! (See Rom. 10:17.)

Of course, InYou’s verse this year has been Acts 20:35: “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Sounds like the opposite of my point here, but giving is the overflow of receiving…”Freely you received, freely give” (Mt.10:8). SEE! Receiving comes first! “We love because He first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19)

To the disciple who leaves everything to follow Christ, God says, “he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mk. 10:30; Mt. 19:29). SO…in the end, we lose NOTHING when we RECEIVE Christ. We only keep RECEIVING MORE!

A final note: Receiving will always be connected to our neediness. What do you desperately need? God may not have created or caused the need, but He has allowed it into your life. Now Hebrews speaks of those of whom “the world is not worthy”: “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised” (Heb. 11:39). The greatest faith belongs to those who “do not see and yet believe” (Jn. 20:29). Their focus has shifted from the gift to the Giver. Will you, NOW, receive Him, allowing Him fill the all the empty places in your soul that you feel? Is He enough to comfort and fill the empty places? Come in faith and receive the life you need and want—HIS LIFE! RECEIVING is the beginning and continuation of life…until you are received into His eternal dwelling.

So What’s the Big Deal About Easter? April 2014

So What’s the Big Deal About Easter?!

For quite some time I’ve been thinking how believers should be putting more emphasis on the resurrection than the cross, because (as I reasoned): 1. At church, we hear so much about His awfully cruel death, but little of the overcoming life. Although His “substitutionary atonement” (death) paid for the sin of the world, it was His resurrection that conquered/proved victory over sin, Satan, death, captivity, etc.; and, 2. As I kept telling people, “There were three men who died on crosses that day (the cross was not unique), but only one man rose from the dead!” Then…

While I was teaching the homeless on Easter Sunday morning, it struck me: Just as Jesus wasn’t the first to die on a cross, neither was He the first to be raised from the dead. Just a couple weeks earlier He raised Lazarus from the dead…and Lazarus was dead FOUR days, not just three! And in Matthew 27:52-53, when Jesus breathed His last “the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.” (And what about that whole valley of dry bones in Ezekiel!! WOW!!)

So now I’m thinking that even the resurrection itself wasn’t unique. So what is the big deal with Easter?! Well then, 1. It has to be the Person of Jesus Christ, not just His death and resurrection that was unique. He was (as He claimed to be) God in human form. 2. His death/resurrection was really the foundation, not just an occasion. Hebrews 4:3 says, “For we who have believed enter that rest… although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.” In earthly time, He was not the first to die and be raised; but in eternal time, He was the Alpha & Omega! He told the disciples, “I AM the resurrection and the life!” (John 11:25). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

So the whole Biblical narrative was recorded by the Holy Spirit, through men of God, in human time and space, to tell God’s story (HIStory), to convince us through prophecy and fulfillment, that He is in control, has a plan, knows our need—even the origin of it and remedy for it—and all we need to do is believe and rest!

OK, so what’s my point?! Well, today [Sunday, April 27] I got more excited than last week [Easter Sunday], because today we talked about the coming of the Helper! Now this is good news! The whole reason Jesus had to come to die and be raised was so that He could send His very Spirit into our spirit! “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). The Eternal Life of God enters into temporal time and space—into US who believe—bringing revelation and rest!

This week I counseled a heart-broken lady who through heavy tears said: “All I ever wanted was a mother. Someone to help me, comfort me, pat me on the back and tell me it was going to be ok.” When we cannot go back in time to redo what is terribly broken, we can live in the NOW, filled with the Holy Spirit of God—the Helper and Comforter!—and be restored through simple faith.

I emailed to a friend in CA:

“The truth is, the NT begins with Pentecost, not the Gospels. The whole Bible story to this point was written to show how much God did to bring us back to original condition! The coming of the Holy Spirit rebooted the whole messed up system! Now that we receive Jesus’ very life within us, we are free to live on the earth as the Father intended from the beginning. The New Testament tells the story of the indwelling Spirit of God and how that is what changes the individual from the inside out…and then the world, as those who hear and believe begin again!

Dry bones come to life! Dead people come alive. The old is gone and all things become new. Abiding in this truth realigns the human soul and transforms us in spirit, mind, heart, emotion, behavior….all and only because of what Jesus did by becoming sin so we might become the righteousness of God in Him! Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory!”

InYou Ministries Updates:FYI: Scott Wolfe’s Personality (per 41Q.com): 

“Determined Realist”: Practical, traditional and organized. Likely to be athletic. Not interested in theory or abstraction unless they see the practical application. Have clear visions of the way things should be. Loyal and hard-working. Like to be in charge. Exceptionally capable in organizing and running activities. “Good citizens” who value security and peaceful living.Pray for this semester of S.P.I.C.E. (Self-Paced-In-Class-Education) at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Monday mornings.Scott is currently re-designing “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” to use more effectively in prison. Pray for a Grant to subsidize the cost.FIND InYou’s Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons on Facebook!Counseling and Training Center
InYou is now actively pursuing a permanent location for counseling individuals and training men and women to disciple discouraged believers to EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS Jesus in the NOW!Do you know a church or business that would prayerfully consider allowing InYou to “abide” with them permanently? Let me know.Regularly Scheduled Events:

  • 1-on-1 discipleship-counsel sessions.
  • Every Sunday, 7:30-10 am, Scott helps and teaches @ Refuge—a ministry of FBS to the homeless.
  • Every Friday, 6:30 am, inYou men’s discipleship meets @ Scott’s house. Come join us.
  • Every 2nd Thursday, 8 am, Scott speaking @ Grace Management

Calendar:

  • Apr. 11-May 2, “Living the Abiding Life” Seminar has been awesome as we learned more about how we get trapped in a spiritual cell of lying emotions, thoughts, unbelief, identity messages, etc. More to come May 16!
  • Apr. 14: I spoke at a SCCF ministry leaders luncheon, encouraging others to take advantage of personal counsel being offered by a grant from local businesses. I reminded the believers that we have everything we need for life and godliness in Christ…just BREATHE!
  • Apr. 20: Preached @ Tyger River Correctional. Shared Feb & Mar newsletters on “God’s order” and “earning death.” (Rom. 6:23)
  • Apr. 21, Dr Jim & Kathi Herrin for dinner! (Jim was 1st Pres. of inYou in TX). I surprised them with InYou’s Board members dropping in to share their stories of hwo they came to find “Christ as Life!” Rich fellowship.
  • May 5, SPICE celebration meal @ TRCI (prison). Also, COME CLOSER Spartanburg luncheon.
  • May 8, SPICE Graduation @ TRCI.
  • May 16 (Friday) 9:00-11:30 am. “Living the Abiding Life” Seminar (written by Dr. Michael Wells) taught by Scott Wolfe @ The Baptist Network Building, 5245 Highway 221, Roebuck SC.
  • May 18, Chase graduates from Wofford College! (Double major in Chemistry & Chinese. Pray for emplyment!)
  • May 30-June 1, Nephew, Hub Blankenship III’s, wedding in Washington, DC.
  • June 21-28: Kentucky Mission Trip Prison Ministry with FBS.
  • July 5-12: Beach Vacation with the family!
  • Summertime visits from TX friends, Day’s, Berwick’s, Hayes’, Walker’s, Others?!

Family Update:

Cooper  enjoyed Spring Break @ the beach with FBS youth. He also enjoyed his 1st prom!Kelli  enjoyed a brief Spring Break trip to Charleston with friends before prepping her 4thgraders for final testing!
Chase got a job!! He will be a “fragrance innovator” with Grace Management, helping the company stay on the cutting edge of home fragrance technology and production. He looks forward to creative thinking, process, travel and even using his Chinese! He and a friend won a Shag (dance) competition and he was awarded a Choral Award!
Carson turned 20 on Apr. 27. He and his roommates took in a teen from his church youth group, so Hemphill is becoming a Refuge for homeless too.We all got a new pool liner. Summer here we come!

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Seminar and Training offered another WEEK!

Friday, May 16,  9:00-11:30 am
“Living the Abiding Life” Seminar (written by Dr. Michael Wells) taught by Scott Wolfe @ The Baptist Network Building, 5245 Highway 221, Roebuck SC. COST: Sug. Donation: $15 each week. Also $15 for manual (optional), $15 for Unique Self Profile, $15 for Sidetracked in the Wilderness, by Mike Wells.

You Earned Death – Life is Free!

You Earned Death – Life is Free!

“For the wages of sin is death, but, the free gift
of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Taking last month’s inYou Window a step further, I’d like to ask, have you ever noticed what many people do when they mess up? I ask this because I wrote before how what we do both before and after we sin is often far worse than the sin itself! There seem to be two natural reactions to our sinful behavior:
1. We get mad at God when we get caught and have to deal with the consequences of our sin (or hate ourselves for messing up), and
2. We seek to restore ourselves through any number of self-devised means: promises, apologies, accountability, recommitments…a whole bunch of #2! I don’t suggest we’re insincere in our efforts to fix ourselves from repeating the regretful behavior, but again, we are out of order. Satan has “flipped us off” again! Let me explain.

First, “the wages of sin is death,” so why are you so surprised when you get paid for what you earned?! There is no life in sin, so when we get the death we deserve, why do we blame God? We put in the time, we planned the activity, we carried out the agenda, we worked for the wages and when payday comes we get mad at the Boss! Crazy, huh?

Second, in shame and regret, we will often move toward making up or running away! We will redirect our efforts toward earning God’s favor and acceptance again, or rebelling, not because we find any life in doing things our own way, but because we just can’t seem to live His way! Whether we start earning more of sin’s wages or earning God’s grace, we are blind to the truth: “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!”

FLIP! The enemy wants us to work for what we freely receive and exercise our freedom for what enslaves (2 Pet. 2:19). If sin is a wage you earn and grace is a gift you receive, why do we get mad when we get caught and then try to earn God’s forgiveness?! (Or why are we shocked when our sin pays us death and then work for the life God freely gives?)

Satan has no new tricks. His lies are the antithesis of God’s truth. He just wants us to sin. Sin is living independent of God. It’s missing the mark. Sin is unnatural. Sin always devalues us. Sin never works. Sin carries its own punishment, never rewards. And when it comes to our relationship with God, sin is not the problem, but the result of the real problem: pride and unbelief. As long as we are in pride, we will continue to “cash in” on sin’s deceptive promises. And as long as we’re cashing in, we will keep going bad or doing good, but never simply return to God, for “His works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Heb. 4:3).

InYou Ministries Updates

Want to go to PRISON!?

“Orientation for becoming a SCDC regular volunteer will be @ 10 am April 26, 2014 at Brushy Creek Baptist Church, 4999 Old Spartanburg Rd., Taylors 29687. If you would like to minster in a SC prison on a regular basis, you must attend this orientation every 3 years or you will not be allowed in institution. In the past grace was given, now SCDC is committed to the law.” —Chaplain Russell Painter

• Pray for this semester of S.P.I.C.E. (Self-Paced-In-Class-Education) at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Monday mornings.

• Scott is currently re-designing “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” to use more effectively in prison. Pray for a Grant to subsidize the cost.

FIND InYou’s Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons on Facebook!

Counseling and Training Center
InYou is now actively pursuing a permanent location for counseling individuals and training men and women to disciple discouraged believers to EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS Jesus in the NOW!

Do you know a church or business that would prayerfully consider allowing InYou to “abide” with them permanently? Let me know.

Calendar:

  • 1-on-1 discipleship-counsel sessions.
  • Every Sunday, 7:30-10 am, Scott helps and teaches @ Refuge—a ministry of FBS to the homeless.
  • Every Friday, 6:30 am, inYou men’s discipleship meets @ Scott’s house. Come join us.
  • Every 2nd Thursday, 8 am, Scott speaking @ Grace Management
  • Mar. 6: Scott spoke on last months InYou Window and used a traffic light to illustrate God’s order @ DHS FCA, 7 am
  • Apr. 14: Hugh Brantley, long-time friend and Pres. of SCCF, sent this with a luncheon invitation to 47 ministry leaders in Spartanburg:
  • “Scott Wolfe with inYou Ministries, Rob Nelson with Grace Pointe Ministry and Kelly Slate will provide the program as we continue to discuss the trials we face in ministry and how we can work toward a plan to provide emotional and spiritual support for all ministries in our community.” PTL! Pray for me.
  • Apr. 20: Preach @ Tyger River Correctional
  • Apr. 21, Dr Jim & Kathi Herrin for dinner! (Jim was 1st Pres. of inYou in TX)
  • May 18, Chase graduates from Wofford College! (Double major in Chemistry & Chinese. Pray for emplyment!)
  • May 30-June 1, Nephew, Hub Blankenship III’s, wedding in Washington, DC.
  • June 21-28: Kentucky Mission Trip Prison Ministry with FBS.
  • July 5-12: Beach Vacation with the family!
  • Summertime visits from TX friends, Day’s, Berwick’s, Hayes’, Walker’s, Others?!

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