I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate to the email subscribers and any frequent visitors.
It has always been my intention to create or republish an article every week.
I believe consistency is very important, though with my outside responsibilities and ministries, far too often I cannot keep up with this commitment due to my schedule.
The articles that I republish are ones that I feel are important and need to be found on Google which mandates republishing them in order for them to gain exposure.
There have been too many times that due to my anxiousness to meet my own weekly goal, I have put out material that has not been edited correctly, or enough.
I feel that God is correcting me to the place of getting it right, rather than doing it fast, this is an ongoing issue that will now affect my publication of articles.
My intent is to create more articles rather than republish, and as such I am not going to allow the time constraints that I place upon myself to get in the way of doing these articles correctly.
I need to spend more time on the articles I present, and I am starting to produce short videos in the very near future.
I am hoping that I will be able to produce new articles every few weeks or so, anyone that has seen my somewhat exhaustive style, understands that I go through a lot of material, covering many different issues besides the main topic.
Many people have referred to my teaching style as that of following a main trail to a destination, wherein I also go down many rabbit trails in the process.
I have derived this type of teaching style in order that I can teach on a main subject, yet convey much more material on many diverse issues as well.
Some professionals call it a Gestalt teaching style (presenting a massive mosaic of a single picture, that is made up of many small individual pieces of information).
Some people are overwhelmed, or don’t like it, but it does serve a purpose.
Method to the Madness
I do this in an attempt to follow my favorite teacher Paul, who in his writing uses run-on sentences and therefore presents massive paragraphs with many commas, going down many different roads and whose public teaching style was rather long-winded and exhaustive, who might teach for 12 hours such as is noted in Acts 20:7-11, where he started at dust, went 12 hours and continued through dawn, though this was no doubt a special occasion. Paul was leaving on the next day, however, the church fathers tell us that it was common for Paul to preach for many hours.
In our current culture and society, where even the church won’t spend a full hour preaching the gospel each Sunday morning, wherein many in the church don’t know the word of God, or understand the depths of meaning found in the Scripture, I feel that presenting large amounts of information as I do is profitable for those that would take the time to read many of my articles.
I admit that if you do not have tenacity, I may not be the author to read. Not to mention the fact I am not a good writer to begin with (see how I ended this sentence regarding the use of prepositions, which should have been “Not to mention the fact I am not a talented writer.”).
This writing style is my way of attempting to communicate vast amounts of information under the leading of the Holy Spirit to those that would commit themselves to spend the time, and go down the many rabbit trails I travel.
I also attempt to use a lot of pictures to convey understanding on different levels (Outcome based teaching methods have shown that the use of symbols, stories, and pictures; charts and graphs, along with video are remembered by the audience much longer, and concepts are gained much easier – No doubt this is the reason that Jesus constantly utilized stories to his hearers to expand their understanding, and aid in remembering the principles He taught).
This is how I learned in great depth, spending many more hours than my peers, learning Greek, and allowing the Holy Spirit to take me beyond denominational, and man attributed doctrines – so this is how I teach.
There is an expression I love,
“God is not as concerned with my ability, as much as my availability.”
I would urge those who wish to dig deeper in God’s word to become tenacious, willing to spend the time and energy to understand what it says, and not simply regurgitate Bible school, denominational or theological doctrine; which is more and more teaching the precepts of man, as compared to the word of God.
Find Godly scholars of the Word, not neglecting those who have written hundreds of years ago, and teachers, men of God that practice dying-to-self; who dig deep into the word of God, displaying persistence and tenacity, and refusing to compromise with the sin nature or the world.
I am finally at the place where I will start producing video segments, having the studio, equipment, and computers set-up and ready to start filming
These video segments will normally only be 10 to 15 minutes long, with the occasional long-winded presentation which cannot be covered in a few minutes without doing damage to the subject matter.
It is unfortunate that reading is becoming a lost art, where the Internet and YouTube, as well as other forms of media presentations, centered on video have become the normal acceptable form of presentation.
This is the reason for attempting to use video, and use shorter segments in order to communicate God’s word to a wider audience.
I am currently working on part 2 of the “Dying-to-self series,” “Putting Off the Old Man.” Part 3 and 4 are almost completed as well, needing a few more days for editing.
It has been two weeks since I have published part 1 of the “Dying-to-self Series,” and I have wanted to present the writings Warren Wiersbe, I am presenting the following article written by Warren concerning the whole “Armor of God,” which I thought would add to our current theme of dying-to-self.
Please keep myself and this ministry in your prayers, that we will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in presenting teaching concerning the most important book ever to have been written, regarding the most important subject ever to be written – God; and His Son, Jesus the Christ, who gave Himself as a living Sacrifice for us.
It is for His glory that we who call upon His name, and are God’s children do exist.
Your brother in Christ, Brent L Bolin
Warren Wiersbe’s Short Exegesis of the “Whole Armor of God”
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
Since we are fighting against enemies in the spirit world, we need special equipment both for offense and defense. God has provided the “whole armor” for us, and we dare not omit any part. Satan looks for that unguarded area where he can get a beachhead (Eph. 4:27). Paul commanded his readers to put on the armor, take the weapons, and withstand Satan, all of which we do by faith. Knowing that Christ has already conquered Satan, and that the spiritual armor and weapons are available, by faith we accept what God gives us and go out to meet the foe. The day is evil, and the enemy is evil, but “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)
The girdle of truth (Eph. 6:14).
Satan is a liar (John 8:44), but the believer whose life is controlled by truth will defeat him. The girdle holds the other parts of the armor together, and truth is the integrating force in the life of the victorious Christian. A man of integrity, with a clear conscience, can face the enemy without fear. The girdle also held the sword. Unless we practice the truth, we cannot use the Word of truth. Once a lie gets into the life of a believer, everything begins to fall apart. For over a year, King David lied about his sin with Bathsheba, and nothing went right. Psa. 32:1-11 and Psa. 51:1-19 tell of the price he paid.
The breastplace of righteousness (Psa. 51:14.)
This piece of armor, made of metal plates or chains, covered the body from the neck to the waist, both front and back. It symbolizes the believer’s righteousness in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21) as well as his righteous life in Christ (Eph. 4:24). Satan is the accuser, but he cannot accuse the believer who is living a godly life in the power of the Spirit. The life we live either fortifies us against Satan’s attacks or makes it easier for him to defeat us (2 Cor. 6:1-10). When Satan accuses the Christian, it is the righteousness of Christ that assures the believer of his salvation. But our positional righteousness in Christ, without practical righteousness in the daily life, only gives Satan opportunity to attack us.
The shoes of the Gospel (Eph. 6:15).
The Roman soldier wore sandals with hobnails in the soles to give him better footing for the battle. If we are going to “stand” and “withstand,” then we need the shoes of the Gospel. Because we have the peace with God (Rom. 5:1) that comes from the Gospel, we need not fear the attack of Satan or men. We must be at peace with God and with each other if we are to defeat the devil (Jam. 4:1-7). But the shoes have another meaning. We must be prepared each day to share the Gospel of peace with a lost world. The most victorious Christian is a witnessing Christian. If we wear the shoes of the Gospel, then we have the “beautiful feet” mentioned in Isa. 52:7 and Rom. 10:15. Satan has declared war, but you and I are ambassadors of peace (2 Cor. 5:18-21); and, as such, we take the Gospel of peace wherever we go.
The shield of faith (Eph. 6:16).
The shield was large, usually about four feet by two feet, made of wood, and covered with tough leather. As the soldier held it before him, it protected him from spears, arrows, and “fiery darts.” The edges of these shields were so constructed that an entire line of soldiers could interlock shields and march into the enemy like a solid wall. This suggests that we Christians are not in the battle alone. The “faith” mentioned here is not saving faith, but rather living faith, a trust in the promises and the power of God. Faith is a defensive weapon which protects us from Satan’s fiery darts. In Paul’s day, arrows, dipped in some inflammable substance and ignited, were shot at the enemy. Satan shoots “fiery darts” at our hearts and minds: lies, blasphemous thoughts, hateful thoughts about others, doubts, and burning desires for sin. If we do not by faith quench these darts, they will light a fire within and we will disobey God. We never know when Satan will shoot a dart at us, so we must always walk by faith and use the shield of faith.
The helmet of salvation (Eph. 6:17).
Satan wants to attack the mind, the way he defeated Eve (Gen. 3:1-24; 2 Cor. 11:1-3). The helmet refers to the mind controlled by God. It is too bad that many Christians have the idea that the intellect is not important, when in reality it plays a vital role in Christian growth, service, and victory. When God controls the mind, Satan cannot lead the believer astray. The Christian who studies his Bible and learns the meaning of Bible doctrines is not going to be led astray too easily. We need to be “taught by Him as the truth is in Jesus” (Eph. 4:21). We are to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). Wherever Paul ministered, he taught the new converts the truths of the Word of God, and this helmet protected them from Satan’s lies.
One Sunday afternoon, I visited a man who had been a deacon in a local church, but was at that time involved in a false cult. We sat at the table with open Bibles, and I tried to show him the truth of God’s Word, but it seemed his mind was blinded by lies. “How did you happen to turn away from a Bible-preaching church and get involved in this belief?” I asked, and his reply stunned me.
“Preacher, I blame the church. I didn’t know anything about the Bible, and they didn’t teach me much more. I wanted to study the Bible, but nobody told me how. Then they made me a deacon, and I wasn’t ready for it. It was too much for me. I heard this man preaching the Bible over the radio and it sounded as if he knew something. I started reading his magazine and studying his books, and now I’m convinced he’s right.”
What a tragedy that when his local church took him in, they failed to fit him with the helmet of salvation. Had they practiced the truth found in 2 Tim. 2:2, this man might not have been a casualty in the battle.
The sword of the Spirit (2 Tim. 2:17).
This sword is the offensive weapon God provides us. The Roman soldier wore on his girdle a short sword which was used for close-in fighting. Heb. 4:12 compares the Word of God to a sword, because it is sharp and is able to pierce the inner man just as a material sword pierces the body. You and I were “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37; Acts 5:33) when the Word convicted us of our sins. Peter tried to use a sword to defend Jesus in the Garden (Luke 22:47-51); but he learned at Pentecost that the “sword of the Spirit” does a much better job. Moses also tried to conquer with a physical sword (Exo. 2:11-15), only to discover that God’s Word alone was more than enough to defeat Egypt.
A material sword pierces the body, but the Word of God pierces the heart. The more you use a physical sword, the duller it becomes; but using God’s Word only makes it sharper in our lives. A physical sword requires the hand of a soldier, but the sword of the Spirit has its own power, for it is “living and powerful” (Heb. 4:12). The Spirit wrote the Word, and the Spirit wields the Word as we take it by faith and use it. A physical sword wounds to hurt and kill, while the sword of the Spirit wounds to heal and give life. But when we use the sword against Satan, we are out to deal him a blow that will cripple him and keep him from hindering God’s work.
WIERSBE’S EXPOSITORY OUTLINES, By Warren W. Wiersbe