The Life of Michie DeBerry
and just a few of his ramblings.

Nov
08

Hey folks, I have moved to a new location, and you’ll find my latest update on that blog. http://empretho.baptistblogs.com/ Please visit it and you’ll find my latest blog.

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Jun
24

You can find this post on my new blog @ http://empretho.baptistblogs.com

Proverbs 23:17-19

Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Alright, I would like to dissect and define this verse for you guys, as it was on my meditator yesterday. First thing I would like to notice is that it says “let not thine heart.” You are completely in charge of the trigger position of your heart. You are completely in charge of whether or not you’re thinking Philippians 4 thoughts or if you are thinking Romans 1-3 thoughts. When you recognize a Romans 1-3 thought, then cast it down, and think about whatever it is that God gave you that morning. Don’t remember? Carry a meditation card with you and memorize it, and then meditate upon it.

Alright, so, don’t let your heart envy a sinner. What’s envy? Envy is discontentment with the superior service of another. Aren’t we Christians? Should not we be praising God when others do well? Is it worthy of praise? Philippians tells us to think on it. Is it good? Philippians tells us to think on it. Are you thinking on those things? Why not? Who are the sinners this verse is referring to? Everyone. It’s that simple: do not let yourself meditate upon discontentment with the performance of others. Don’t do it. Yield to the Spirit, because when you start to think on these other things it will ruin your day, and your spirit.

Next, live in the fear of the Lord. Allow each moment of the day to be one of reverance for the character and person of God. If you are in the fear of the Lord then it will be rather difficult for you to be envious of someone else’s position because you know you are exactly where God wants you to be, and they are exactly where God wants them to be, and you can rejoice with them. Can I just tell you that it is hard to rejoice with someone when you are not in a spirit of care and brotherly love? You can weep with those that weep, but it’s hard to rejoice with someone who got a job promotion, or a raise, or a new car, or some other blessing that you’ve been praying for and think you deserve. Rejoice with them my friend.

Why should we live in the fear of the Lord? Because our hope will not be deferred when we rest assuredly in Him. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when you’re resting in the fear of God, then there is an expected end, and you’re expectation shall not be cut off. You don’t have to worry about your hope being deferred when God is in the center of your meditations because then you’re looking at it from His perspective. You can say

Alright God, I know what I want, but I would like to thank you for this cross, the opportunity to die to myself, and live to the Spirit, and accept these circumstances that you’ve placed me in. All will happen in your time. Thank you for what you’re doing in my life.

Be wise, hear and listen to these sayings, and guide your heart. Again with the having control over your heart. You hear these sayings, guide your heart, and then you’re wise. You might not do it right every time, but at least you’re listening and doing, and you are likened unto a wise man. Isn’t that what we all want? Wisdom?

Hope you were thoroughly blessed. May God be with you all.

You can find this post on my new blog @ http://empretho.baptistblogs.com

Jun
19

You can find this post, with many others, @ http://empretho.baptistblogs.com/ which is my new location.

Separation from God is an interesting subject.

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I felt separated from God for over a month. In the RU Men’s Home, I was privileged enough to do chapel, as unworthy as I am. In my posts, I try not to get too personal, because I want my blog to focus more on expounding the truth that God gives me to the world, rather than what is going on in my personal life, but it will be a mixture of both.

With that being said, I was living in complete rebellion to God. Rebellion is the same as witchcraft. I began to idolize a girl in my life. I began to idolize this girl, and then my leadership asked me to take her out of my life when she began to wander away from the Lord. Let me just say this: your leadership always has your best interest in mind, and even if they don’t, God does, and can I just say, God works through your leadership to reveal His will for your life.

I took that girl, and placed her in my life where God should have been. I created an idol in my life. That was when the descent in my walk with God began. She consumed my thoughts. Nothing bad, but just what she was doing, how her day was, how her devotions were, praying for her. My thoughts were her. What’s so bad about that? My thoughts should be about God, and Christ, and His love for me, and His precious and holy Word.

Then my leadership asked me to stop talking to her. That’s when I stepped out from underneath the influence of the Holy Spirit, and began living under the influence of the flesh. The time I’ve spent at Reformers Unanimous has literally been the best year of my entire life, but I’ve also had the worst month of my entire life while I was here, and that was the month I was separated from God. I lost my peace, and my joy. I lost every aspect of my walk with God. The pain was unbearable. It hurt. Physically hurt. In Matthew 27, the only time Jesus cried out to God was during the ninth hour, and that was the most painful moment in Jesus Christ entire life, I believe, was that separation from God. Isaiah tells us that God’s hand is not slack, that He cannot save, nor is His ear heavy, that we cannot hear, but that our sins have separated us from Him.

I wanna tell you, I have never felt so far from God. Even when I was saved, and I thought about it, I thought God was with me. Every time I opened the Bible or heard someone preach, they mentioned obedience, and God would tell me “Michie, be obedient,” but I didn’t listen. Finally, the pain became to the point where I wanted to do anything I could to numb it. I did what I know best, and that’s drugs. When I came home that night, I had to call my boss, sobbing in tears at the realization of what I had lost. I don’t mean the year sobriety, or the respect of my colleagues, but rather, my relationship with God. We began to take steps of action to correct the errors in my life. The entire time, God was calling out to me, saying “My child, I love you, I forgive you, come back to me.”

I want to close with a Bible verse: Jeremiah 31:3

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Jun
16

I want to talk to you guys today about a fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is joy. Galatians 5 is where we learn that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance, and that there is no law against those things. So, we see then that as we yield to the power and influence of the Holy Spirit that the outcome in our life will be selfless love, a calm rejoice in all of life’s circumstances, freedom from worry, so on and so forth. Today, I wanna talk about joy, because joy has been severly lacking in my walk with God as of recently.

Alright, so, this is all going to be taken out of the book of Philippians. Philippians was written by Paul at a very tumultuous time in his life. He was in the Roman jail. And yet, in spite of all this, we find him encouraging the church at Philippi to “rejoice in the Lord.” The first time in Philippians that we find him using this phrase is the first verse of chapter 3. “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.” The word finally basically means in conclusion. The rest of the book is about rejoicing in the Lord. One such way of rejoicing in the Lord is forgetting those things which are behind. What do we mean by this?

Forget those things which could become a discouragement to you. In my Christian walk, I recently had a severe fall, a severe backslide, as I had been living in self-righteousness in over a month, and my walk with God was almost non-existant. For almost two weeks I was extremely discouraged about what had happened, because it was consuming my meditations. The events leading up to this falling away, along with the events that took place, and they were all very discouraging to me. The devil continued to bring them to remembrance and I was so weak in the Lord. A smile on my face was almost non-existant, and I had most definitely lost my joy. You see, joy is in spite of your circumstances in life! I had lost my joy! Well, I needed to forget about my past shortcomings, and keep pressing on, keep going, to know Him! Forget about my shortcomings, and run, run the race to reach supremecy in my relationship with Christ, pressing toward the mark for the prize. Chapter 3 is one of my favorite chapters, and I suggest an in-depth study of Philippians 3 by anyone who is struggling with joy, but I also recommend looking at chapter 4, which is where I will be expounding.

In chapter 4, Paul tells us a second time to “rejoice in the Lord,” and the exact phrase he uses is “rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice,” so he has told us, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to always be rejoicing while surrounded to the limits by the Lord, and in chapter 4 he gives us another way to do this. Philippians 4 says

Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

So, based on this, I would like to show the way that this happens. He’s telling us to rejoice in the Lord. The word moderation means calmness. Joy is a calm delight. So, as we rejoice in the Lord, then people are going to see our moderation, or our calmness in the face of adversity. How do we have this moderation? Because we are not to be full of care for anything, but still yet in everything we are to come to God humbly, asking and making petition, with thanksgiving. As we take our concerns and place them up to the Father, then we can remove those negative problems and begin to focus on things that are honest, pure, just, lovely, of good report, etc. And so we see here that it’s a perpetual circle that continues. As we rejoice, and place all our cares and concerns upon God, then His peace will guard our hearts (our meditations) and our minds (our information) through Christ. Ya know, I would love to explain this peace to you, but it surpasses all understanding. You’re just gonna have to find it for yourself.

Love you all, and may God be with you. God bless.

Jun
12

1 Peter 5:5-7 (KJV)

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Alright, let’s start dissecting and defining this verse out for us. In 1 Peter, a major theme is submission, and that is continued here in chapter 5. Being that I’m a fairly intelligent 20 year old kid, (that’s right, I called myself a kid), submission is where I have a large problem, so this isn’t just for all you readers, it’s for me too.

Anyway, Peter here is exhorting all the young people to submit to the elders. Now, elders in the Bible can mean one of two things: an older person, or someone in Pastoral authority. In this case it is referring to Pastoral staff, however, I believe the inverse is true as well, that it could most definitely be applied to anyone who is considered older than you, and it could apply to people that are above you in the organization you work in.

Basically, this verse could be boiled down to this: every time you have an opportunity to deny yourself and be humble, not just to someone in authority over you, but to anyone and everyone around you, take it as an opportunity to be humble under God’s hand, because that what it is. When we do not submit one to another we are being proud, we are counting ourselves better than the other.

Let’s talk about submission for a minute. It makes me think of the Dennis comics. In one comic, he gets in trouble, and is told to go sit in the corner. He sits in the corner, but there is a thought bubble over his head as he thinks to himself “On the outside, I’m sitting down, but on the inside, I’m standing up.” Submission is doing it on the inside and the outside.

Now, about God resisting the proud. Did you know that God created the universe? Seriously. How many times do we actually think about the kind of power and might that went into creating this universe? About how big and vast the universe is? Well, the Bible tells us how big the universe is to God.
Isaiah 40:12

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

A span is measured as the space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended, or nine inches. The entire universe is only nine inches to God. Do you really want Him resisting you?
So, now comes the question: how do we humble ourselves under the might hand of God? We can clearly see how mighty God’s hand is because of how big his hand is compared to the universe. So how do go about being humble? It’s simple: cast all your cares upon Him. I don’t think that these verses are separate. In fact, the colon in verse 6 tells me that they are not separate. When you cast all your cares upon God, then you can submit to what He wants you to do. The Bible tells us that He cares for us, and as such begs us to cast our cares upon Him, and when we do so, we can humble ourselves, and He will exalt us in His time.

Jun
09

I got this from someone on Facebook. His name is Rob Abernathy.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
(John 3:17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

I prayed for a message,
And here’s what God gave.
It’s a list of the people
That JESUS… can save.

He can save a lost father,
And save a lost mother.
And by grace through faith save…
Your lost sisters… and brothers.

He can save your lost children
From the world’s path of sin,
And They’ll stop living for Satan,
… And start living for Him.

He’ll take a dirty ol’ sinner.
And pull him out of the mud,
If they’ll only just trust
…In his precious shed blood.

He can save your lost neighbor
And THEIR Daddy and Mama.
He can even save someone….
Like Ba-rack O-bama

He can save any Muslim,
Buddhist, Mormon or Jew,
Or a lifetime church-goer,…
Who’s just been warming a pew.

He can save those who’ve tried
To live life on their own,
Not knowing the way
To make Heaven their home.

He can save any liar,
any drunkard, or thief.
Did I mention he could save
our Commander-In-Chief?

He can save the lost scientist,
Who has denied His creation.
And, I’ve read,… in a day,
He will save a whole nation.

He could save on a deathbed,
But I think it’s preferred,
That you get in before then,
And LIVE… by His Word.

He can save anybody,
He can save every-one.
Who’ll just trust and believe,
On God’s precious Son.

And, I know he can do it
And I know that it’s FREE,
’Cause He PAID IT ALL,
And he did it for me.

And not just for me,
But for you, and the rest.
He can remove all our sin.
’Far as East is from West

“For… all… have…. sinned”
None righteous,… not one.
And the wages are death,
But God’s gift… was His Son.

So make a list of ALL people,
Alive and breathing today,
That’s a list of the people
That JESUS… can save.

—- Rob Abernethy 1/25/2009

What do you think?

Jun
09

So, I read a blog post about someone claiming they were born homosexual. I disagree with that statement. Any person can claim to be born homosexual as much as they want, but that doesn’t mean that it is true. The only thing that is true is God. God is the foundation for all truth. In Romans 1, it tells us that a reprobate mind, a mind that has been abandoned in sin, will exchange natural desires for unnatural desires.
Rom 1:24, 26-27

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

So it is plain here to see that God intended us to be male and female, man and woman. Only through our disobedience, and the hardness of our heart, does God turn us over to the lusts of our heart. Does this mean that every person has a burning desire in their heart to do that which is unnatural? Well, I tend to think that we do. Does this mean that we are all homosexuals? Absolutely not. The only difference between me, you, and Hitler is how far into the recesses of the wicked heart we go. If it were not for civil government and the laws that they place over us, things would be absolutely crazy in this world. The Bible is very clear when it tells us that a mind that has been abandoned in sin will not do that which is proper, or convenient.
Now, God’s righteousness. Some people say that God is love, and He absolutely is, but at the same time He hates those that work iniquity. Some people ignore this part of Scripture simply because it doesn’t fit into their box. God’s bigger than your box. We’re the sinners, not God. We’re the ones that need cleansing, not God.
Some of you might think: well, doesn’t the Bible say that God is love, and that He loves the world? Well, John 3:16 says He loved the world, not loves.
John 14:23

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

You see, God loves us all unconditionally, as revealed to us in Jeremiah 31:3 where He tells us that He loves us with an everlasting love, but His love is only revealed through Christ. My church calls it “Discovering God’s love.”
Romans 9:13-15

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
14 What shall we say then? [Is there] unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Jun
04

Recently, I have been taking a class at Bible College, Baptist History and Heritage. It has been absolutely amazing to learn the history of my Baptist forefathers. Also, to realize that American Liberty has only been given because of the Separate Baptist movement during the time of the Revolutionary War. All you atheist out there: if it weren’t for us you would be FORCED to attend a church service of the Congregationalists. Isn’t that interesting? The Baptist pushed for pure freedom of liberty of conscience, and not a state sanctioned religion with tolerance. In New England, in the beginning times of our country, especially in the state of Massachusetts, there was a tax that was required to be payed, by law, to the preachers of the churches. It was against the law not to tithe! I’m sure preachers of America would appreciate it if that were the case today, but that would be enforcing something that only the Bible could enforce on someone. It’s a persons love of God that makes them tithe, not respect for the law.
Also, that people were willing to die over the issue of infant baptism because it was considered the badge of the antichrist is amazing! I never realized the importance that the local churches need to place on the ordinances of the church.
I recommend American Crimson Red by James Beller for anyone who is interested in learning about their Baptist forefathers.

May
29

I’ve been having some deep meditation on a few different things lately. One of the most impacting is the fact that Jesus Christ says His burden is light, and His yoke is easy. If Christ speaks truth, then that is the truth. If that’s the truth, then why do we make it so difficult upon ourselves?

Well, being in the Reformers Unanimous Men’s Home, people often get upset over a minor violation, or over having to sit patiently on the bus. His yoke is easy. They get mad about a minor violation. His yoke is easy. They worry about write ups. His yoke is easy.

To be a servant of Jesus Christ is to literally be a slave, with no rights or privileges. So then why do people think they have rights and privileges? Why do people get upset when things happen they don’t like? Is not God in control? Is He simply asking them to die to self? If we are dead, then why do we get so worked up? I am crucified with Christ. I AM DEAD! Why do we get so emotional and cause so many problems?

I’m not telling you to not think, or this or that. I’m saying, why resist the flow? If you do it on the outside, but resist on the inside, it causes pain and turmoil on the inside, and it isn’t easy! His yoke is easy! If you resist on the outside and on the inside, then it still isn’t easy, HIS YOKE IS EASY! Make the decision today, and tomorrow, and daily, that you are dead, you are not your own, you belong to Him, and He will not place you anywhere He does not want you, and He is in complete control.

May
02

Hello all. This is my first blog post, and hopefully there will be many to follow. This blog will be about my devotions, and about my personal life. It is about Michie DeBerry as he walks with God. May it minister grace to your soul.

Today’s post is out of Matthew 7. Matthew 7:7-8 says Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. And Matthew 7:13-14 says
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

So, I began to meditate upon these verses. At first, I thought that these verses applied to the unsaved against the saved. God told me to look at it in a new way, He told me it applies to all the saved people. Just because a person is saved does not mean that they are living life, they might be living out destruction. How many times do people go through something difficult and then question it, themselves, or God? Too many times! They are not living a spiritual life, but rather an unspiritual life. There are so few people that find a deep intimate relationship with Christ because not everyone is actively seeking it. If they are not finding it, then they are not seeking it. Are you seeking it?

Also, I would like to point out to all of you that the word “receiveth” in the Greek means “To lay hold of that which is offered.” Our heavenly Father knows what things we have need of before we ask, so why do not we just lay hold of that which is freely offered? One such promise is abundant life, as given to us in John 10:10. It is a freely offered gift, but yet do we not accept it? Do we not lay hold of it? The Bible clearly tells us that we are blessed with all spritual blessings when we are in Christ. Why do people have problems accepting the fact that they already have all the grace they need, they already have the mercy that they need. They already have the abundant life and the ability to obey the Bible. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. We must humble ourselves and lay hold of the promises of scripture in the presence of God.

My heart is deceitfully wicked. He told me that I need to start praying for the desire to seek God in a more intimate and real way. I did, and He has been giving me understanding that I’ve never had, and I’ve been through things spiritually in the past week that I never have. I have a new excitement and a new joy. I can honestly say that I am reaching out for the abundant life. Seek, and ye shall find.