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The Francis Asbury Society is pleased to offer a large selection of messages by Dr. Dennis Kinlaw and others affiliated with the Society. We hope you will enjoy the ones we have prepared for you through our taped media resources. God has moved in miraculous ways at the many seminars and conferences from which these messages come. We pray that God will use them to minister to you as well.

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Dennis Kinlaw Resources (DK100-200)

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“There is something very universal about the Psalms. I’m sure that that is the reason for their continuing appeal over the centuries. It’s almost unbelievable that the book that was written before there were automobiles or radios or any of the things that we enjoy in our world, would be as apt and as appropriate as the latest book in psychology. And yet that is exactly what we have when we come to this portion of God’s Word.The astuteness, the insights that are there, are as realistic as your life situation. And as you read them, you will find that again and again the Psalmist is speaking for the likes of you. The author, obviously, was one of us, and God met him in the midst of his situation and gave him an answer that is applicable to the likes of us.

In this particular Psalm the Psalmist is in trouble. It is not superficial trouble. It is the profoundest of existential troubles. It is a trouble not that comes from being in the shallows of life, but coming from those moments when one is in the depths, when life itself has flowed over him. And out of the depths he cries out from his confusion and his darkness, his instability, his uncertainty and his despair…”

“I don’t believe that any man ever comes to Christ without having come by way of the cross, not just Christ’s sacrifice for him, but also his sacrifice for Christ. Christ died for my sins, and the Scripture indicates that I should die to my sins for Christ. Christ gave up His life for me on that cross, and if I am to be His, I have to give up my life for Him. The Christian is a person who has turned from his way to Christ’s way and to do that something has to die. There is no future of any hope or joy or fruitfulness except as you reach out and take the cross He has for you.”

Dr. Kinlaw walks us through the Gospel of Mark from beginning to end to see how one evangelist developed the concept of discipleship through the life and teachings of Jesus.

“There is a marvelous unity to the Book of Mark. It belongs together and every part has its own contribution to make to the whole and the single message that is being proclaimed is the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Mark develops the concept of discipleship. It begins with the answer to the most important question, “Who is this man, Jesus? So the first half of discipleship is learning Who He Is. The second step is just as crucial, and it is to know who we are, our inadequacy; there is no goodness in us; there is no flesh that shall glory in the presence of the Lord. The glory is in Him and the adequacy of the Holy One, the Spirit who can come in Jesus’ name and fill us.

Mark 8:31-38

We are called to be witnesses. If the world about us is to know Christ, it will be God working through the likes of you and me. The last word Jesus had for His disciples was, “as the Father has sent me, now I send you.” But how are we to do that? We have to know Who He is. He reveals Himself to us, and He does it through our needs. I am convinced that the things that we are most thankful for are the things that are probably the least significant, and the things that we complain about are the ones that we ought to look up, and say “Thank you God, for giving this to me – without it, You couldn’t do Your redemptive work in my life, and make my life significant.”

A Christian is a person who has come in his own heart to believe that Jesus is the answer to every man’s need. Because you see, if I really believe that Jesus is the answer to every man’s need, I will quit looking for other fountains to drink from. I will quit looking for other means of finding the satisfaction for my soul. I will quit looking for other means to meet the needs of my life, but I will bow at His feet. There is no other foundation but Jesus.

John 2:1f

“This is the first of the seven signs recorded in the Gospel of John and Jesus’ first miracle. In an insignificant out-of-the-way place, Jesus began His Messianic ministry and for the most inconsequential of reasons. Because if He wasn’t interested in anonymous, unknown, insignificant people in out of the way places, He never would have found me. The person who considers himself the least significant of all human mortals is the kind of person Jesus wanted to begin His ministry with.

God said ‘I will put a husband and wife together in such a way that the whole world can see a human example of the way I love the world, and the way the church loves Me’. If our homes and our marriages are what they are supposed to be, nobody will ever have to explain to our children what the love of God is like.”

This familiar passage contains the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus about being born again. Dr. Kinlaw walks us through these scriptures explaining who Nicodemus was and his relationship to the Sanhedrin. He also reviews Isaiah 56 which talks about the temple being a house of prayer for all nations.

“When God saves a man, one of the reasons is not to just save his skin, but to let him be a part of His redemptive work to reach a whole world. You have to be born again to see the way God sees, and when you do, you are going to know that He loves a world, and He loves it enough that He will give the most precious thing and the most valuable thing that He has so that the world can be loved and be saved and be redeemed.”

There is a universal principle that no life can be fruitful that is self-centered, no life is fruitful until the person loses an interest in gaining his own way and surrenders himself to something bigger and nobler than himself, to God. It is in the losing of our lives that we really gain. And that’s counter to everything within us because we want to protect our interest. We want to take care of our concerns and our well being, and our security, and our pleasures. And Jesus says, “That’s the way you lose your life, but if you’ll turn it loose and give it up, then you’ll not only gain your own life, but you’ll find your own life extremely fruitful.”

Dr. Kinlaw says the thing that impresses him most is that when Jesus was saying this, He was saying, “This is a universal law, and it’s so universal that not even God is an exemption to it.” Not even God can be fruitful without self-sacrifice.

God’s plans for every one of our lives are far bigger than our carnal ambitions could ever imagine. God’s not in little business. He’s in big business. And do you know what He likes to do? He likes to take the ordinary and do the extraordinary in their lives. Dr. Kinlaw describes how God used ordinary people like Moses, Abraham, David, and Mary.

The story of the Rich Young Ruler is the backdrop for this message. Dr. Kinlaw explains how God has made us in such a way that our deep hunger for meaning and purpose for our lives can never be satisfied apart from the Eternal. Our fulfillment is in another—Him. Our relationships, our marriages, families, these are the schools God uses to show us His ways, to show us we need Him, and to turn us away from our self-centeredness and toward Him and all that He is.

Is my interest in the Christian life, or in the Christ of the Christian life? Is He at the center of my life? Dr. Kinlaw teaches from Mark Chapter 1 that we must make it our business to learn to walk with Him in the daily routine of life. As it is crucial that first we must find Him, it is just as crucial—perhaps more so—that we learn to walk with Him.

When He comes into our lives, we begin to sense that our control over our lives is threatened. And if you want to know how sinful the human heart is, and how deeply seated our sinfulness is, you sense the panic that’s in you and me when we begin to find that He wants to run our lives instead of our running them. There’s where we get the true indication of how far we have fallen from our right intended relationship to Him.

But you see, it’s safe to trust Him because He is the one for whom we are made. And His way should be our way, because our way is the wrong way. And when we finally find His way, we say, “For heaven’s sake. That’s the thing for which I was made.”

Dr. Kinlaw discusses the elements that take place in a life and in a heart that walks intimately with God. He says, “What this country needs is not necessarily more Christians, but those of us who are Christians to be much more Christian than we are.” “I have thought as I’m sure you have about how Jesus said we were to be the salt of the earth and that as salt in the earth we were to be an influence in society to drive back the corruption that’s there and to give some help where pollution exists.” “I do not believe that saltiness is something that you and I can get a corner on and own and keep and dispense, but rather I’ve come to believe that that is something that takes place in us when we live in real intimacy with God.”

Sometimes we tend to think that what He wants is obedience, or some extraordinary sacrifices or some great and noble deed. But basically what He wants is for us to come to the kind of personal relationship with Him to where that relationship will be determinative for everything else within our lives. And that’s the beauty of the life of Abraham. What did he do? He put his hand in the Lord God’s hand, and let the Lord God lead him for the duration of his life. And he dared to believe what his friend, the Lord God, said to him, and believed it enough that he staked his life on it and let it be determinative for him.

What is an intercessor? I used to think intercession was going down my prayer list, but the one God was looking for was one in whom the needs of a world that was lost and God in His holiness and His adequacies were one person in whom those two things would meet. It wasn’t what He said, it wasn’t an external act, it was an inner condition of the heart where the need of the lost and the adequacy of God and the holiness of God met inside that person.

Do you know that when He couldn’t find a person, what He had to do was to become one. There’s the whole story of the incarnation. Have you ever come to the place where somebody’s salvation was more important to you than your own? That’s where God got, and that’s the kind of person He’s looking for.

There is enough in the blood of Christ to cover every one of us in perfect righteousness and perfect holiness. We tend to want that covering, but we don’t want the heart to match it. We tend to want that dress, but He says He can give us a heart to match the dress. Now what is the heart that matches the dress? It is the heart that is like His heart. And what is that heart? It is the self-giving heart. Now it may be painful because when you begin to live for other people, they’re going to hurt you. Jesus was the strongest person that ever walked, but He lived His life for others. And when you begin to live your life for others, you’re going to find that it is going to be painful. Most of us tend to draw away, because we don’t like to be hurt. If He gives us a pure heart and a clean heart, we’re going to have to be exposed enough that we can hurt and in that hurt will be the redemption for the world that came to us because of His hurt.

Isaiah chapters 41, 59, 63 and 5 and Ezekiel chapter 22 describe God’s disbelief that there is not one human who can save mankind from his futility. God can find no man to intercede, to rescue man, so He must do it Himself. In this ultimate act of “intercession” we learn how we too can share in the burden God carries for the world. Jesus says, “follow Me,” and as we learn what this really means we come into the secret of holiness.

Psalm 16

In this message Dr. Kinlaw explains what it means to make Jesus the Lord of your life. No man can make that ultimate surrender without divine aid and assistance. No man can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. That’s what the human heart cries for. When there is a corner of my being or yours under my control and not under His control, there is all the more potential and probability of wandering. You and I never get to the place, no matter how long we’ve lived in grace, to where within ourselves we can do His will. And if we turn to our resources along and separate from Him, we will wander.

But whenever you come to the place where you have chosen Him and Him alone as your Lord, the deepest excellence that you can know other than communion with Him is the fellowship of those who come to a similar commitment. There are two classes of people. The people who hasten after Him, and the people who have a hungering and a yearning for something else and hasten after it. Life is one long drink of water! Now the question is, are you going to drink from His cup, or one of your own making?

The simple symbol of the Christian faith is without any question the cross. Wherever you go and find Christians, you will find that the cross is used to represent what it is that they really believe, and more than that, what it is that they really are.

Do you think you’ll ever have a regret if you take up your cross? The only regret you will ever have is if you don’t. Because, you see, if you take the way of the cross, you find that it is the fruitful, meaningful life.

It is not difficult for a Christian who knows his scripture to build a case for the fact that faith is at the heart of the Christian life. And if we have faith, we are believers and are Christians. And if we do not have faith, then we are not among those that belong to God. The Christian is a person who believes. But now, it’s one thing to say that we need faith and it’s another thing to understand what God really means by that when He tells us that we are to believe Him.

There are many of us who would be perfectly willing to go with Christ if we thought He was going where we wanted to go. But you see, what He’s after is for us to go with Him, where our attachment is not to His will, but our attachment is to Him. And whatever that will may be, we accept it because we want Him. He wants us to know Him, to trust Him, to love Him, and to trust Him because He wants us.

Following Christ means to turn our eyes on him and the path that he walks, and to walk after him. It’s interesting he says we are to be his body. He said to the world, “Except you eat my flesh and drink my blood you can have no part in me and you cannot have eternal life. If you want to live you must eat my flesh and drink my blood. And so I am willing to be consumed so you can live.” You know it doesn’t take much intelligence to know that what he was saying was, “You’re my body and if the world out there is to live you’ve got to be willing to be consumed too.” I’d like to ask if you are willing to be the world’s bread and are you willing to be broken and ground and cooked and consumed. I’d like to ask if you are willing to be the body of the good shepherd. Jesus said, “If any man will come after me let him follow me.” Are you receiving or following? All of us want to be worth something and useful and we like to think we are in league with him, working with him, not just standing up on our own.

I Corinthians 12:1f and 15:1f

If my transgression is offensive to God then my transgression suddenly takes on a transcendent implication. Because, you see, if I sin against you in the course of history, history is a place of flux and flow and time and change. But the thing we know about God is that he is the eternal one and he changes not. And I think that explains a dimension of Biblical teaching on sin that we tend to forget and that is that when I sin against God there are eternal consequences that come from that. There is something about my problem then that gets out of the realm of time and goes over into the realm of eternity. That means, then, that sin is not done with the doing, it means that time isn’t going to take it away because my sins have eternal consequences.

You see, personal relationships, personal sins are as permanent as the relationship–personal reality. And when we sin against God we bring something into existence we cannot take away and there is a there-ness about it that is frightening and the scriptures indicate it is an eternal there-ness.

Do you know the forgiveness of sin? Do you know freedom from the tyranny of sin? There is an answer and it’s in Christ and in His atonement for you. Every sin you’ve ever committed He will bear and carry away and you will be free and the bondage that sin always brings He can break and release you.

Have you ever taken the time to try to think your way back into the life of Jesus and understand some of the problems that He faced. You know, you and I think of Him as the Son of God, God come in the flesh, the miracle worker and because of that He really had no problem. What could He bump into that He couldn’t handle? And yet if you go through the Gospels and live with them awhile I think you will find that even Jesus had problems.

Man moves through his life controlled by what he can see and hear and touch and feel and smell those things that come to his sense and yet deep within him there is an anxiety that maybe there is something you can’t see and feel and touch and smell, maybe there is a world. We tend to put it at the other end of time but if it’s an eternal world it’s not out that way chronologically it is simply out that way empirically.

I have no question in my mind about there being two worlds. And, of course, as a Christian you have no option about that because if you are a Christian you believe that Jesus lives and you believe that He is just as alive today as He was when He fed 5,000 people on the hills in Galilee or when He raised Lazarus from the dead just a few minutes out of Jerusalem or when He let Mary anoint him. You see we believe that He lives. And sin in the thing that cut us off from that world and that’s the world where we find the ultimate key to our existence.

Dr. Kinlaw shares some interesting stories of how when God decides to move he can make the ordinary extraordinarily significant. In his message he teaches, “We know that time is a gift that comes from Him. You and I can’t produce it. There is no way you and I can stretch it. There is no way you and I, except by doing wrong, can shorten our time. Time comes as a gift from God and is given for a purpose. All of time is not of the same value. There are some moments that are more significant than others.”

“When we think of the work of the Spirit, we tend to think in terms of revival–renewal, in terms of evangelism–soul winning, in terms of church planting–church growth…we tend to think of positive things. But I want to suggest that it may well be that we need to look at something else because I’ve become convinced that the Spirit does negative work as well as positive work. And if it’s the Spirit that does it, then we ought to accept it as such and give thanks for it and adjust to it.”

In this message Dr. Kinlaw talks about evangelism and some of the evangelists that he has met in his lifetime. Evangelists can inspire, encourage and challenge us in our Christian lives. He also talks about the impact in other countries that is being made by the Spirit of God.

In this message from 1989 Dr. Kinlaw shares some personal experiences that made him realize how much the world was changing. He shares about the visions from Zechariah and their meanings. He reminds us that when we face God, he will ask each of us what we did with our opportunities. The only thing worse than never seeing our opportunities in life is to see them and then back away.

The question is how to educate today for a world that is instead of one that has ceased to exist. He reminds us that we need to educate our young people in what historic Christianity is because there are very few of our young people that have the vaguest notion of what classical, historic Christianity is. They need to be oriented to the world they are going to live in. “It’s so easy to take a young person who’s graduated from college and theological school and train him for the church the way it was instead of the way God is attempting to lead the church.”

What does it take for us to find and to know God in intimacy? There has to be a desire that comes into the human heart to know Him and to fellowship with Him and to commune with Him. And if that desire is not there, there is no act that you can perform that will cause you to know Him. Because He responds to that hunger within our hearts. The greatest gift God ever saw fit to give to me was a hunger for Himself. Only the Holy Spirit can cause you to long for God. It is the best gift, the best possession that you could have. It’s worth more than money, fame, or security to have an inner hunger for God.

In this message, Dr. Kinlaw shares his insight about what it means for us Christians to help carry God’s burdens. The Father bore the world in his heart and the Son sensed the heart of the Father and the Son began to bear us in his heart, and as he bore us in his heart he sacrificed himself for us. What does it mean to bear? It means to come to the place where somebody else’s well-being is more important than your own.

God has a burden for you. And the incredible miracle is that when you say, “Lord, put your burden in me” and you bear it, there is the possibility of eternal fruit. You see, the reality is the reason eternal fruit is possible is because it’s not your burden that you bear. It didn’t originate with you. You and I didn’t care that much. We were locked in self-interest until Christ came and it was Christ that broke the reign of self-interest in us so that we could care and when the burden comes, it comes straight out of the heart of Christ and he says, I will let you share in what I feel.

This message on Mark 8 is built around the fact that Jesus’ disciples were blind to the cross. They knew the secret of his person but could not conceive of his mission. Dr. Kinlaw believes it is as hard for believers to see the cross as it is for the world to see the personhood of the Messiah. The world is going to reject him as the one way and we reject his way of redemption.

There’s a difference between the believing and getting our soul saved and following him. The disciples were willing to follow him, but not to Calvary. It took the resurrection and Pentecost to get the believers to follow him to Calvary. And there’s no Pentecost without the Calvary.

Jesus said, If you believe in me, out of your inward parts will flow rivers of living water. Water that produces life, water that produces healing, water that cleanses so that where there has been death there can be life. That ever increasing river is promised to everybody who is a temple. Every person who has let Christ come in and fill his heart is a temple and that means if you know Christ, there can be that kind of current that flows from Him and that is a promise of what God will do.

Dr. Kinlaw shares some personal stories of people whose lives were forever changed because someone allowed God to start a stream in them.

Dr. Kinlaw teaches that our business is to get God out of the distance and get Him right down in the middle of us and get us related to Him where we know Him and we are not talking about something abstract – we are talking about somebody we know. And if we belong to Him and He belongs to us, we ought to walk through life differently than other people. Nobody ever meets the one True God and gets to know Him but that he gets turned inside out. And somebody else’s well being becomes more important than his own.

In this message Dr. Kinlaw answer the question as to why Moses was not allowed into the promised land. Do you know it is very easy when you find yourself in a problem of conflict or controversy or difference where there is a difference between us and other people where we find that our reputation is involved or maybe our appearance or our faith, our face – how we’re going to look. If circumstances are not exactly the way we want them, it’s very easy for us to begin to pity ourselves. Now I want to say if anybody in human history ever had deserved the right to self-pity, I think Moses did. When you’ve got all these thousands of people grumbling about you and complaining, and it was not his problem. It was simply God’s. If anybody had a right to self-pity, I think Moses did. But it’s interesting God does not permit self-pity to be legitimated even in a Moses because you see when he begins to say, “poor me,” he automatically is incriminating the God whom he represents because it was God who put Moses in the leadership of these people.

In this message Dr. Kinlaw walks us through the three temptations that Jesus endured. The course of human history started in a paradise that now leads to a wilderness; remarkable metaphor for the world in which you and I now live. And God says, how can I turn it around? And so he sent his son to go to the depths of the wilderness to retrace for you and me the path back so there can be a doorway into fellowship with him who is our life, our light, and our salvation.

He made us compatible enough that God could become one of us. The radicalness of that concept the world has never caught. He made us, and you’re not going to tell me that there are any surprises for God. He knew what was going to happen before it ever started and I don’t think there was any question but that when He created Adam and Eve, He had Bethlehem in mind. And in Bethlehem, God Himself became a human person. We are compatible enough that there is one place in existence where if you touched one person, you touched God. When you’ve touched Jesus Christ, you’ve touched God and human persons, and they’re compatible enough that they can be in one creature. And that’s what you have in the incarnation.

Now that’s the kind of intimacy that He wanted to have with His world. God said, “I looked for a person, and couldn’t find one.” And then He said, “When I couldn’t find one, I became one.” And so you get Bethlehem. You get the manger. You get Jesus, and you get another story started now. And that’s a story within the big story. And that’s the story that turns it all around.

I know a lot of people who say yes I know Christ and they’ll tell me when they were converted. And their relationship with Christ is based on a past experience. But Paul says there is supposed to be a continuing every moment relationship with Him that is more intimate and more real than any other relationship in human existence. The relationship is supposed to be intimate enough that ultimately there is an identification between us and Christ where He inhabits us and we inhabit Him. There is an identification between the message I have to give and my own life and my own personhood so that I am tied up with the message that I have to offer.

You know I believe the church today, the body of Christ, is hungering for that kind of message. They don’t understand it, you can’t force it on anybody, you can’t pound it into people. They’ve got to begin to see their own needs and say, “Is there greater freedom than I have known?” And if we present it there are people who are hungering to be free. And you and I know what the key is, it is to get in that triumphal procession that leads us to the end of us and to the beginning of Him and His fullness.

Everyone in Christian ministry and Christian witness needs to have the mind of Christ. Because if we don’t, when we get in the middle of it our witness won’t be the same as His and there will be two witnesses instead of one. But if we let Him bring us to the place where His will has become ours and His mind controls ours, then we will find that any witness we have is identical with His. And a world can see who Jesus Christ really is. We must put our arms around His will for us and embrace it. If you ask Him, He can do it. And out of it will come something redemptive.

Do you wonder what it really means to be the called of God? To be called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ? Understanding our call will determine how we live our life day to day and moment to moment. Dr. Kinlaw explains that this was a paramount concern on Paul’s heart as he addressed the Corinthian church, and it is critical for us as believers to examine in our lives today. Then “…we can know the life that we live grows out of that personal relationship to Christ rather than any other single thing.”

Key word “subject” or “submission.” There is nothing in the Scripture to support the way the world reads this. The woman is not to be a doormat, or an echo when her husband speaks. We need the teaching of Scripture on the relationship of husband, wife, marriage, and family.

No verse comes alone. It always comes in a paragraph, in a chapter and we must see the larger context. Every person who is a believer is to be a part of the body of Christ and is part of the Bride of Christ. There is the privilege of shifting gender roles when one comes to Christ.

The first call for submission is universal, not just to women. It’s for everybody. The person filled with the Spirit, male or female, has quit living for self and is living for somebody else. Perfect Love is what this whole process is all about. I respond to His love. There should be nobody in my existence that I desire more than Him. He is the joy of my life. Jesus took a towel and washed the feet of his disciples. “As I have done to you, so do ye to one another. This is the story around the word “submit.”

Galatians 4:22-31

Teaching from a number of scriptures, Galatians 4:21-31 being central to the discussion, Dr. Kinlaw illuminates this Biblical dialogue with reference to life lived in the Spirit and life lived in the flesh. These are “…concepts that we need to understand if we are to walk in God’s way and if we are to please Him…” Has your life been touched by the Spirit of God? “…there is something permanent and enduring when the Spirit of God quickens. And that’s what we must seek and we must never settle for less.”

Do you have a heart for God? Can one person make a difference? God looked for one, and He was appalled that He couldn’t find one. God looked for a person to stand in the gap. So he became one of us in our world. He looks for you and me to follow Him, to give our life to Him. The only fulfilled person is the person who has lost his life for something bigger than himself, and has learned to live for something greater than himself, one who has the calling of God to serve. He has a heart where God and the world meet.

If you know who He is, you’re a believer. But you can be a believer and know grace in your heart and know the forgiveness of sin and still have a heart that has duplicity in it. Peter looked at Him, and it’s interesting that in one breath he said, “We know who You are. You are the Christ.” And in the next breath, Peter says, “Come here Lord,” and takes Him aside and says, “What You’re saying isn’t true.” He rebukes the Christ because the Christ says, “I’m going to Jerusalem to suffer and to die.” And Jesus turns and looks at him and says, “Peter, you don’t think like I think. You think the way a man thinks.”

Let Dr. Kinlaw walk us through the problems the disciples had (and we sometimes have today) in changing our thinking to the way God thinks instead of the way man thinks.

How can I understand what God is doing in my life and the world around me? What hinders me from experiencing the intimacy with Him I so desire? How can I embrace my circumstances when “intellectual contradictions” prevail? Join Dr Kinlaw as he masterfully unfolds several passages of Scripture and teaches us that a “change of Mind” is imperative to finding redemptive answers to our questions.

Dr. Kinlaw leads us through the four characteristics of a person having the mind of Christ. He reminds us that If we are going to have the mind of Christ, we are not going to look a new situation or even an old situation with the attitude of “what can I get out of it, what’s in it for me.” You can count on it that there will always be a bit of the crucifixion of pride within us in public identification with the ultimate will of God.

The world needs for us to have the mind of Christ. Because if we don’t, when we get in the middle of it our witness won’t be the same as His. And there will be two witnesses instead of one. But if we let Him bring us to the place where His will has become ours and His mind controls ours, then we will find that any witness we have is identical with His and a world can see who Jesus Christ really is.

Do you know there are moments when God may ask you to give up your life? Not just your physical life, but your life, your career, all the things that our society says determine who you are. He may lay his hand on them. God said to Abraham, Isaac is not your future, I AM YOUR FUTURE. And Abraham said, if you are my future, then I can give you my son.

Now that is getting to the place where God feels that anything in your life belongs to him, because he claims you. Now why did God test him? God didn’t test him to be mean. You know I used to think that what was happening here was that God said, I will find out whether he really loves me or not. I will find out if he means what he said, and if his language represents the reality. I will test him. Check him out. I will find out whether he is real.

I don’t think this test is for God at all. You know who the guy was who tested Abraham? He is the one who knows everything that will ever happen, and he knew everything about Abraham already. Do you know why I think he asked for Isaac? I think he wanted Abraham to have the liberation of knowing himself that he loved God the way he ought to love God, and believe in God the way he ought to believe in God.

Every time you get a human being in a face-to-face encounter with God, you’ve got the potential for the redemption of the world. Now God wants that kind of relationship. Scripture says, “Enoch walked with God.” We don’t know anything about the content of that in terms of religious activity or even ethical activity. But what we do know is that it was a personal relationship. Enoch and the Lord would take walks together and in the evening the Lord would go home and the next morning the Lord would come back and they would take another walk together. And then one day, at the end of the day, the Lord said, “Enoch this is so much fun I don’t want you to go home, I’ll take you home with me.” And so the Lord took him. Now that’s the Genesis picture of how we’re supposed to live.

I’m convinced that the Christian walk is really a process of detachment. Did you know that the Bible, and the church and religion are no substitutes for Him? Genesis wants us to understand that. That I have the privilege of knowing Him and possessing Him as my daily, moment by moment companion. So you see it’s a personal relationship. As we walk with Him He says, “I want you to detach, cut loose from that because if you keep attached to that, it will keep you from walking with me.”

Isaiah 6

Isn’t it interesting we use the word know to express the most intimate relationship between a husband and a wife. God wants to know us, and wants to know us intimately, personally and so he says, you need to walk with me. Now if you understood what I am saying, there is a hardly a person anywhere who can’t look back in his own life, somewhere, where the witness was given and you chose not to see it, and so you found darkness and disillusionment and despair, but there were other days when the witness was there and you said, maybe I had better pay attention to that, and you did, and as you did a way began to open, and you noticed the darkness was turning to light, and then you found in the middle of it, the Living God Himself.

Now of course, the catch is, he is the one who looks at us and says, ”Follow Me.” What does he want me to follow him in, climbing the ladder? No, making the descent. And I am convinced that that is the heart of the holiness experience – when we get to the place where we are ready to follow him in total self sacrifice. And when we do, the astounding thing is we find that we haven’t lost anything; we find then that we have gained everything that counts.

In this message Dr. Kinlaw talks about “the occasions for God’s glory. “What we are getting at here is the fact that the purpose of wrong in our world, the reason it is here, is so that God can be glorified. Now, that has brought me to this conclusion. That there is something in the nature of God that obligates Him to explode everything that’s false and see to it that it doesn’t succeed. And if He’s going to be God and if He’s holy and He’s good and He’s right, He will have to see to it that wrong doesn’t work right. So that if I am not living right, He’s going to see to it that my life doesn’t work right. And if I am living right, He will see to it that it works right.

Someway or other God has to get us out of ourselves to where our interest is beyond us because our fulfillment is not in us, it’s in somebody outside of us and something outside of us. I don’t know about you but I am convinced that the best moment anybody ever had is when he has a cause beyond himself that consumes him. You have energy then you don’t ever have at other times. There is a cleanness in it and a purity in it that if there is self interest mixed into, will always contaminate it. And the question is, how can God get me to the place where I give myself to Him to where my life is wholly His and I live for something beyond me. Do you know I’ve decided that’s what it means to be a creature. And that’s what it means to let God be God.

Dr. Kinlaw offers biblical insight into the issues plaguing our culture today by looking to the life of Jeremiah and the culture surrounding him. In this study of Jeremiah 1, Dr. Kinlaw compares Jeremiah with Jesus in terms of their suffering and heartache for their people. Because of their monotheism and their separation, the Jews have been hated across the centuries. Dr. Kinlaw explains saying, “Once you come to monotheism and say, ‘There is one God, and He’s absolute’ you’re indigestible by a relative culture. A relativistic culture cannot assimilate you. They cannot digest you. And what do you do with things that you can’t digest? You expel them from your system.” Jeremiah wanted his people to be delivered from the inability to accept the ultimate and the absolute. He wanted them to be free from idolatry and apostasy. These same hindrances have infiltrated our culture today including the church. Liberation comes in walking faithfully and victoriously through suffering as Jesus did in enduring the cross.

DK-149—Signs of His Presence (marriage/family) (*Video V175)
DK-150—Holy Feet (*Video V114)
DK-151—God Comes to His Gathering (*Video V113)
DK-152—Natural, Spiritual or Carnal (*Video V162)
DK-153—Reason for His Passion (*Video V163)
DK-154—Holy Moments
DK-155—A Holy God
DK-156—The Radical Character of Paul’s Discipleship (*Video V161)
When a man walks in the center of God’s will, it is inevitable that God should bless him. When he steps out of God’s will and lives contrary to it, there are certain laws built into life that inexorably move in to bring him under heavy judgment.

There is always a tendency in us when we are not in the will of God, to think smaller than God wants us to think. There is something about sin that blinds a man’s eyes to his own potential. It’s not what’s in the hands of Jesus that’s important, it’s the hands of Jesus. If you’re in his hands, He can take you and feed a multitude.

DK-158—A Hunger For Holiness (*Album #1 part 1)
DK-159—God: The Holy One (*Album #1 part 2)
DK-160—Supreme Mark of a Holy Heart (*Album #1 part 3)
DK-161—Loving, Trusting, Knowing Relationship (*Album #7 part 1)
DK-162—The Only Answer (*Album #7 part 2)
DK-163—The Mystery of Jesus’ Mission (*Album #7 part 3)
DK-164—Changing Their Thinking (*Album #7 part 4)
DK-165—Two Things Needful (*Album #7 part 5)
DK-166—God Plus Nothing (*Album #4 part 1)
DK-167—Genesis 1-3 (*Album #4 part 2)
DK-168—External Patterns (*Album #4 part 3)
DK-169—The True Man (*Album #4 part 4)
DK-170—The Nature of The Problem (*Album #4 part 5)
On this tape, Dr. Kinlaw poses the question, “What kind of intimacy does God want with you? Does He want an intimacy with us even more intense than a husband/wife or a father/child intimacy?” As God walked and talked with Adam in the cool of the day, does God want the same kind of intimacy with you, and is this the kind of intimacy with God that you yearn for?”

Dr. Kinlaw immerses us in the story of Hagar and Ishmael and why God did not send Isaac to Abraham for 25 years. He shares how important it is to know God intimately enough that we recognize His voice and can differentiate His voice from our own ideas. “I have found that it doesn’t matter where you go in the scripture you will find that whether it is in Genesis, in the passage about Hagar and Ishmael, or whether it’s in the New Testament or writings of Paul, the world is not going to be reached for Christ by your resources and mine unless those resources are under the exclusive control and direction of the Spirit of God. And then when He gets them under His complete control, He can take the resources that are ours and then the work can be done clearly and it will have significant fruit.”

DK-173—Conference On Power & Purity
DK-174—Conference On Power & Purity
DK-175—What Is Man That God Is Mindful? 1 (*Video V240 | *Album #5 part 1)
DK-176—What Is Man That God Is Mindful? 2 (*Video V242 | *Album #5 part 2)
DK-177—What Is Man That God Is Mindful? 3 (*Video V243 | *Album #5 part 3)
DK-178—What Is Man That God Is Mindful? 4 (*Video V248 | *Album #5 part 4)
In this message Dr. Kinlaw shares about the characteristics of people who have abandoned themselves to God, the joy, radiance, faith, hope and love and an interest in ordinary people. When we give ourselves fully to the Lord, we find a freedom from things and freedom from desire for place and position in the world, freedom to be fully Christ’s. Throughout the message, he answers the question, “What makes the difference in these people?

DK-180—Our Past, Our Future
DK-181—Theological Issues for Holiness Doctrine
DK-182—The World is our Parish, but the Parish is Changing
DK-183—Making Jesus Lord
DK-184—Take Your Hands Off
DK-185—Having the Mind of Christ
DK-186—Does Your Life Count?
DK-187—How God Wants to Relate to You
DK-188—Taking Your Hands Off What God Wants To Do
DK-189—Making Your Life a Savory Aroma To God
One of the greatest tragedies is when a man comes to the end of his days without ever having known God. He has missed what life is all about. The key to life is something he must seek. He does not have it intrinsically and inherently. No mater what road he takes, when he comes to the end of it, there will stand Jesus of Nazareth.

DK-191—Anticipation of God in our Lives (*Video V275)
DK-192—His Divine Purpose (*Video V274)
DK-193—The Apostle Paul and the Pursuit of God
DK-194—Closing and Sending Forth
DK-195—How Beautiful Thy Dwelling Place-Part 1 (*Video V263)
Dr. Kinlaw breaks down Psalm 126 into two main parts. Verses 1-3 recount how God allowed Israel to experience captivity in Babylon, yet later allowed them to return to their homes in Israel. They went from dejection to exhilaration that caught the attention of their neighbors, who acknowledged God had helped them.

Verses 4-6 recount that something has caused the Israelite’s situation to once again become bleak. The people again ask God to restore them as if creating streams in the desert. While they will plant their fields with tears, they will harvest the produce with merriment.

Dr. Kinlaw points out that God at times allows bad things to happen to his people. But at some point God turns our situation around. He opens doors or windows for us as he returns us from our captivity and restores us. We rejoice . . . and unbelievers acknowledge God. What are we to do during these seasons of “captivity” as we endure the hardship of difficult times and wait for God to act redemptively by sending streams in the desert? While we weep in response to the wrong, we must persistently pursue that which is right. As we focus our thoughts on tomorrow we will certainly reap a harvest of joy.

Dr. Kinlaw points out in this study of John 12 how both the world and the church missed Jesus. They had looked for a divine king. As Jesus died the same people who claimed his death proved he was not the Christ. True believers missed Jesus as well. They forsook him and passionately denied him.

God on the cross does not conform to man’s idea of deity. If we cannot think God’s thoughts, we may reject him. But when we forsake him it will be at the very point where we need him most and he needs us the most. Jesus insisted repeatedly that it is impossible for something to be redemptive except through self-sacrifice. For example, his rebuke of Peter in Mark 8; his teaching to the disciples in Mark 9-10 and their lack of understanding; and his victory over Satan’s temptation when Satan enticed him to avoid suffering.

Dr. Kinlaw refers to four words in Philippians 2 to identify four characteristics in the human mind that are opposed to the mind of Christ:

  • Eritheia—selfish ambition, self-interest, rivalry (Phil 2:3). Humanity thinks, What’s in it for me?” But God calls us to serve and to give.
  • Enodoksia—empty conceit, vain pride, groundless boasting (Phil 2:3). Humanity has a predominant concern for false appearances and thinks, “How do I look?” But God says we should have the appearance he calls us to have.
  • Gongusmos—a murmuring (Phil. 2:14). Humanity reasons, “I deserve better than this. But God calls us to be joyful.
  • Dialogismos—a balancing of accounts (Phil 2:14). Humanity is self willed and resistant. But the reasoning of God says, “Show me what’s right, Lord, and I’ll do it whatever the cost.”

We have a choice: we can live for what we can get, or live to serve. Once we receive eternal life through Christ, we must be willing to follow him. To follow Jesus involves a total self-giving, a hands-off approach allowing God to spend you as he wills. But there must be deliverance from the inner-ego or fleshly nature. That deliverance: Pentecost! At that moment Jesus delivered his followers from the self-interest that kept them from being willing to sacrifice themselves for Christ. They unlocked the door, poured out into the streets no matter what the consequences, and the world has never been the same.

Dr. Kinlaw sates that when Christ came, his greatest problem was that he thought in a radically different way than other people. His thoughts were foolish to people. Examples include Jesus’ discussions with his disciples in Mark 8-10, his cleansing of the temple in John 2 (see Isaiah 56), and his discussion with Nicodemus in John 3.

Dr. Kinlaw then examines examples of human beliefs that differ from God’s thoughts. He examines the belief of predestination, which states that only certain people may be saved; and universalism, which states that all people will be saved. Dr. Kinlaw then contrasts these selfish views of salvation, where people seek salvation from hell, with the biblical view Jesus gave to Nicodemus. The biblical view: if you are born again, you will see God is after everybody, not just you. This realization will motivate you to allow God to use you to help accomplish the salvation of someone else.

Dr. Kinlaw contrasts the mind of Christ described in Philippians 2:5-11 with the mind of carnality represented by the Jewish religious leaders as seen through Nicodemus in John 3. While one of the best Israel had to offer, God’s Spirit had not touched him. Nicodemus had narrowed the purpose and will of God into an unhealthy preoccupation with himself and his nation. Such erroneous thinking caused Israel to reject its call to be a light to the nations. Instead, they erected walls to exclude the Gentiles and confine the light of God.

Through his conduct and teaching, Jesus exposed the fallacy of this selfish thinking. Jesus confronted the natural mind by his act of cleansing the temple. Dr. Kinlaw states the natural mind wants to use God, to control God’s power, and to use it as it sees fit. Jesus told the Jews they were there to allow God to use them and that God’s power had placed them at the disposition of the one who had given it to them.

Dr. Kinlaw then identifies several common reasons people cite to reject Christ. He explains that all of these reasons are really reasons to accept Christ. He concludes with Jesus’ statement that unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground it will not bear fruit. He challenges us to allow God to use us as he desires instead of erecting walls to hinder God’s plans for plans for us.

Dr. Kinlaw examines the Passover Jesus shared with his disciples shortly before his crucifixion. Jesus spoke of his eager desire to share the supper with them, referred to his imminent death as represented in the cup and read, and predicted one of them would betray him. Despite the gravity of his message, the disciples began to argue with one another about who would be the greatest.

Dr. Kinlaw then refers to 1 Corinthians 2:9-14. Paul states humanity depends upon God’s revelation of his truth. Apart from the illumination of the Holy Spirit, people think fleshly thoughts and cannot accept revelation from God. But through the Holy Spirit’s illumination, people are able to receive spiritual truth and think spiritual thoughts. The Old Testament Church, with its fleshly thoughts, crucified Jesus because he did not act as they expected. So the disciples of Jesus, with their fleshly thoughts, forsook Jesus because he did not behave as they expected.

Dr Kinlaw identifies a universal law from his comparison of fleshly thoughts with spiritual thoughts: true faithfulness comes from self-sacrifice. God does not even exempt himself from this self-sacrifice. It is the true battle in the carnal heart of the believer. Dr. Kinlaw proceeds to challenge his listeners not to settle for second best carnality, but to break through to God’s best . . . holiness!


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