Waiting for God's Grace in the DARK

I made this recording in December of 2018. I was very excited about sharing the recording, but the Lord stopped me from doing so at the time. Father's ways and timing are rarely ours and I know this will be a TIMELY blessing to some, whereas it may not have been if it was shared when I wanted to share it. I pray this message blesses all those enduring and walking through darkness while waiting for the Lord's grace.

Most Christians Will FAIL This Test, So Take it NOW Before it's Too Late!

There are MILLIONS of people all over the world right now that know a lot about the Bible, they may even have zeal for the Lord, they might even be very active in church, they may know a lot about "Christianity", and yet STILL they are NOT truly born again and saved? Jesus and Paul both warned about this scary phenomenon over and over.

In this message, we are going to hear a compelling testimony from a man in Australia who was absolutely convinced he was born again, but God eventually showed him that he was not. We will also look at exactly what the Bible says are the evidences of being saved and the evidences of NOT being saved. May the Lord bless you as you listen!

Everything By Prayer

A message to remind us how important prayer is and to motivate us all to do it more often. Leonard Ravenhill said, "no man is greater than his prayer life" and it is very true.

Don't Despise the Lords Discipline

After years of suffering a multitude of different afflictions, I can say from experience that there has NEVER been a reason to despise or to take lightly the discipline of my heavenly Father. Every painful event, shattered dream, difficult circumstance, financial challenge, frustrating relationship, and every long period of waiting, have all been worked together by my loving Heavenly Father for my good and His glory. He has not let me be put to shame, even a single time, by the end of each difficult season. The only way to look more like Jesus Christ, to mature and to be more prepared for eternity, is to embrace the sufferings that God allows in our life. In this message, I share a few lessons learned along the way and the Biblical principles behind them.

MIRACLE HEALING or Psychological Placebo?

Healers and Miracle conferences are EVERYWHERE! People by the millions attend in desperation for God to give them a healing miracle. Thousands have testified to receiving a miracle and yet there is little to NO evidence that these miracles are actually real. I, Michael Chriswell, have had one of these experiences and this is my testimony and my belief, six years later.

The event in this video was called Gospel Fest and was held by the world famous evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in Vero Beach, FL on February 1st, 2013

"Only Hold on to What You Have Until I Come" - Jesus Christ

We must be over comers and persevere all the way to the end

The great family reunion we can all look for

The days we just want to give up and quit

Walking more and more by faith and not by sight or FEELING

Surviving and overcoming by prayer

Darkness is coming when no Christian will be able to work

The days of Noah and Lot are coming to us

What does it really mean and take to surrender all to Christ

How we can preserve more of mental real estate for Christ

I believe we are in the last days, but not in the Time of the End

We have to be so careful NOT to be weighed down in this age

Please don't be a weird Christian

Be a Champion in the basics of Christianity, not the weird controversies

The simplest things we do are what please God so much

The day is coming when Christ is coming back and we will no longer look like fools

God Acts in Behalf of the One Who Waits for Him

This message contains quite a few personal updates and insights regarding God granting last hour reconciliation in my marriage. Praise the Lord! Also, I share the incredible last minute answer to prayer about our Tiny House that happened while I was actually working on editing this recording. God is to be praised!

Few principles are more important or more difficult to follow than waiting on God. I pray this message will bless those who are STILL waiting patiently on God, to answer their prayers!

Other subjects in this recording...

My thankfulness for those of you who have followed so loyally the teachings

My mistake of assuming that God had given Persis the same call as me

God does not call all people to turn their lives inside out for the world

My faith was tested to the point of failing and God still answered my prayer for His name's sake

Nothing I tried to do to solve this problem worked. I needed only to wait, once again, for God to act in my behalf.

God showed me to always pray and never give up

God calling me to go back to expository Bible teaching

Waiting on a place to live in the Tiny House

The amazing work God has done in my mother's heart and life

The incredible last minute answer to prayer that happened while editing this very recording

Dear Struggling Christian, Set Your Hope Fully on THIS!

This is a recent journal recording I talk about the fact that if we are truly children of God, then He will be regularly disciplining us and exactly WHY He does it, according to Scripture, so we don't confuse His motives and heart toward us.

In the second half of the message I talk about the reality that most of us in the American Church, having heard the American Gospel, have actually been brainwashed about the expectations of the true Gospel. I can still see the effects of this brainwashing even in myself, and there are two main passages of Scripture that can help us to break this brainwashing!

Remembering ALL That God Has Done For You

This is a remarkable video to me because it's a video journal I made 7 years ago, the very night before my high conflict divorce court trial, where I was without any help except God. This video reminds me that you cannot imagine what God can do with all the hurt and the brokenness in your life today, if you just give Him some time to Redeem it! The guy in this video, Michael Chriswell, has NO IDEA what the Lord is planning on doing through his mess one day! Praise the Lord God Almighty!

God Hates Divorce But He Hates Some Marriages Even More - Part 2

Summary of Divorce and Remarriage Points Not Seen By Legalists

1. Not all marriages are put together by God (Joshua 23:12-13, Ezra Ch. 9:13-14, & 10:2-3, 10-13)...not to mention “David and Bathsheba or Samson and Delilah”

2. There are many unequally yoked marriages that God Hates even MORE than divorce (Exodus 34:14,16, Deut 7:3-4, Deut 13:6-10, 1 Kings 11:1-4)

3. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8)

4. This means that God STILL commands us to separate from the disobedient and wicked...Ps 1:1, 26:5, Psa 101:4, 7-8, 119:113, 115, 118, Pro 13:20, 19:19, 22:10, 22:24-25, 23:9, Mat 7:6, 10:34-38, 18:17, Mark 3:25, 8:22, 10:14, 12:30, Rom 1:32, Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 5:11-12, 1 Cor 15:33, 2 Cor 6:14-17, Eph 5:3-7, 5:11-14, 2 Tim 3:1-5, Tit 3:10-11, Heb 1:8-9, 1 Tim 5:22, 2 John 1:11, Rev 18:4)

5. NONE of the above commands are abolished by the temporary institution called “marriage”

6. Jesus’ teaching on divorce was specifically to a Jewish audience (Just as each of His messages to the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3 were specific to each church in accordance to THEIR unique issues and sins, so too was His teaching in the Gospels on divorce specific to Jews who were in a divorce crisis, divorcing for any foolish reason, because their hearts were hard. (Matthew 19:8)

7. Even still, Jesus did not fail to give this concession to those Jews who were quick to divorce, saying, “Except for Adultery” regarding remarriage in Matthew 19:9

8. Jesus intentionally chose a woman who was divorced and remarried FIVE times to evangelize an entire town. Never once did he say to her, “God Hates divorce or you can never marry again, or you are going to hell because you remarried FIVE TIMES!” (John 4:1-25)

9. The same word used in 1 Corinthians 7:39 to describe the widow who is no longer “bound”, and thus free to remarry is the exact same word used in the phrase “no longer bound” in 1 Corinthians 7:15, to describe the new condition of the believing spouse who has been left by a believing spouse.

10. The greater principle in the NEW Covenant than “physical death” which can separate a marriage, is “spiritual death”. Many people are indeed in marriages, living with spiritually dead people who have once and for all rejected Christ and that death is slowly spreading to the “living spouse”, which is EXACTLY why God placed all the commands listed above to SEPARATE from the disobedient...He is trying to preserve a Holy uncontaminated remnant. This cannot be done when a person is living with a “dead body” yoking their light to the darkness. Passages showing Spiritual death in Scripture: (Mat 8:22, 23:27, John 5:24, 6:63, 12:40, Rom 7:10, 8:2, 8:6, Eph 2:1, 2:5, Col 2:13, Jam 1:15, 2:26, 1 Timothy 5:6, Rev 3:1)

11. Anyone who has doubts about divorce or remarriage should NOT move forward in either, until you have heard clearly from the Lord and can move forward by faith. Anything not done in faith (with doubt) is sin. Romans 14:23

12. Only God, by His Holy Spirit can give Revelation on the deep things and matters of His heart on subjects like this. God reveals them to Babes but hides them from the clever, the proud, the legalistic and the “wise and learned”. Matthew 11:25-26

Luke 7:33-35 NIV

[33] For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' [34] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' [[Michael Chriswell came and remarried after his first wife had an affair and then years later divorced him for serving God rather than money, and you say, 'Here is a lawbreaker and adulterer.']]

[35] But wisdom is proved right by all her children."

In this part of the book we look into the principle of spiritual death in the new covenant and the role it plays in some divorce and remarriage situations. Also, we talk about remarriage and finding God's specific will for your life. May the Lord bless you as you listen!

God Hates Divorce But He Hates Some Marriages Even More - Part 1

Bringing Biblical Balance Back to the God Hates Divorce Message

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Please note: I incorrectly included David Pawson’s name with John Piper’s name, as an example of ministers who teach “Once Saved always Saved” and who also preach against any and all divorce remarriage. However, David Pawson does not prescribe to the Once Saved Always Saved. I have corrected that mistake in the book, but not in this audio recording.

Summary of Divorce and Remarriage Points Not Seen By Legalists

1. Not all marriages are put together by God (Joshua 23:12-13, Ezra Ch. 9:13-14, & 10:2-3, 10-13)...not to mention “David and Bathsheba or Samson and Delilah”

2. There are many unequally yoked marriages that God Hates even MORE than divorce (Exodus 34:14,16, Deut 7:3-4, Deut 13:6-10, 1 Kings 11:1-4)

3. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8)

4. This means that God STILL commands us to separate from the disobedient and wicked...Ps 1:1, 26:5, Psa 101:4, 7-8, 119:113, 115, 118, Pro 13:20, 19:19, 22:10, 22:24-25, 23:9, Mat 7:6, 10:34-38, 18:17, Mark 3:25, 8:22, 10:14, 12:30, Rom 1:32, Rom 16:17, 1 Cor 5:11-12, 1 Cor 15:33, 2 Cor 6:14-17, Eph 5:3-7, 5:11-14, 2 Tim 3:1-5, Tit 3:10-11, Heb 1:8-9, 1 Tim 5:22, 2 John 1:11, Rev 18:4)

5. NONE of the above commands are abolished by the temporary institution called “marriage”

6. Jesus’ teaching on divorce was specifically to a Jewish audience (Just as each of His messages to the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3 were specific to each church in accordance to THEIR unique issues and sins, so too was His teaching in the Gospels on divorce specific to Jews who were in a divorce crisis, divorcing for any foolish reason, because their hearts were hard. (Matthew 19:8)

7. Even still, Jesus did not fail to give this concession to those Jews who were quick to divorce, saying, “Except for Adultery” regarding remarriage in Matthew 19:9

8. Jesus intentionally chose a woman who was divorced and remarried FIVE times to evangelize an entire town. Never once did he say to her, “God Hates divorce or you can never marry again, or you are going to hell because you remarried FIVE TIMES!” (John 4:1-25)

9. The same word used in 1 Corinthians 7:39 to describe the widow who is no longer “bound”, and thus free to remarry is the exact same word used in the phrase “no longer bound” in 1 Corinthians 7:15, to describe the new condition of the believing spouse who has been left by a believing spouse.

10. The greater principle in the NEW Covenant than “physical death” which can separate a marriage, is “spiritual death”. Many people are indeed in marriages, living with spiritually dead people who have once and for all rejected Christ and that death is slowly spreading to the “living spouse”, which is EXACTLY why God placed all the commands listed above to SEPARATE from the disobedient...He is trying to preserve a Holy uncontaminated remnant. This cannot be done when a person is living with a “dead body” yoking their light to the darkness. Passages showing Spiritual death in Scripture: (Mat 8:22, 23:27, John 5:24, 6:63, 12:40, Rom 7:10, 8:2, 8:6, Eph 2:1, 2:5, Col 2:13, Jam 1:15, 2:26, 1 Timothy 5:6, Rev 3:1)

11. Anyone who has doubts about divorce or remarriage should NOT move forward in either, until you have heard clearly from the Lord and can move forward by faith. Anything not done in faith (with doubt) is sin. Romans 14:23

12. Only God, by His Holy Spirit can give Revelation on the deep things and matters of His heart on subjects like this. God reveals them to Babes but hides them from the clever, the proud, the legalistic and the “wise and learned”. Matthew 11:25-26

Luke 7:33-35 NIV

[33] For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' [34] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' [[Michael Chriswell came and remarried after his first wife had an affair and then years later divorced him for serving God rather than money, and you say, 'Here is a lawbreaker and adulterer.']]

[35] But wisdom is proved right by all her children."

According to the mind of many legalists, there seems to be nothing that God hates more these days, than divorce. However, as evidenced by his supernatural help in my miraculous 777-day divorce, I know that God did not hate my divorce. The thing which God truly hated in my life, was my first marriage. In this book, I am going to show biblically why God hates marriages like my first one, more than He does the divorce which He allowed, to rectify that.

2018 Tiny House and Spiritual Life Update

This is a sit down talk about our 2018 Tiny House Construction and DIY build journey plus some spiritual updates about what God has been doing with me during this 2018 year of required "rest" away from ministry. May God bless you as you listen.

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