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    Monday
    Oct132014

    The "Spiritual Christian" and the "Carnal Christian"

    Good Morning Everyone

    I have been away for awhile but am back now. Hope you will visit us regularily and if you desire to be on my blog list (Dee's Thoughts) just email me at deejohnston1@live.com and i will put you on it. This morning we will be discussing the difference between a Spiritual Christian and a Carnal Christian. Perhaps you have never given this any thought before but it is important to see how we are doing in our walk with God. For some of us, perhaps, we have walked with the Lord for many years, where as, for others perhaps we are just getting started in our walk with God. Either way, let's do some exploring together.

     

    The difference between the two:

    A Spiritual Christian

    The Spiritual Christian “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment…” (1 Corinthians 2:15).

    The spiritual person has accepted Christ and lives a Christ-centered life. He is not sinless and he faces problems and temptations every day, just like everyone else. But he chooses as a way of life, to trust Christ with every circumstance and problem that comes along. His greatest desire is to please Christ, and he doesn’t rely on the approval of others.

    A Carnal Christian

    “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

    Carnal means “fleshly.” The carnal Christian is a Christian (who has committed his life to Jesus Christ at some point), but his life is oriented around himself and his needs. He may show evidence of being a Christian at times, but the work of the Holy Spirit is suppressed either through conscious disobedience or ignorance. 

    What distinguishes the carnal Christian from the spiritual Christian?

     It isn’t that the carnal Christian lacks part of Christ or the Holy Spirit – he possesses the same spiritual resources as the spiritual Christian. But the spiritual man relies on Christ’s power to live his Christian life while the carnal man relies on his own power. Trying to live the Christian life on our own efforts is as futile as trying to get around town by pushing your car.

     It is impossible to live the Christian Life! Why? Because it is only through Christ that we have what we need to live life at all, let alone a spiritual one... that is impossible! Letting go of living life our way is the key to living life God's way. that is the pathway we must all take. Letting go of our human strength to try and do it in our own strength, relying and trusting in God to give us what we need to get through every problem and circumstance. 

    Whatever need you have today tell God about it and give it to him. He will work it out on your behalf as you trust in Him.

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

     

    Saturday
    Sep132014

    Our latest publication...Let the Heart Rejoice

    We are excited to annouce our newest publication is available for sale at blurb.com 

    We are so pleased to share this 30 day devotional filled with hope and encouragement.

    Tuesday
    Sep022014

    Fall Women's Conference

    Hi Everyone

    Healing Hearts Ministry is having a fall women's conference on September 27 at Emmanuel Fellowship located at 8345 Crown Point, Omaha, NE. The conference is free with lunch provided. It will be a fun time of fellowship, worship and spiritual enlightenment. Hope to see you there. Tell your friends. Lunch is free but we would appreciate it if you let us know if you are attending so we have enough for everyone. You can let us know by emailing ...deejohnston1@live.com or call at 402-991-2492

    Blessings, Dee Johnston..Executive Director and Founder of Healing Hearts

    Click here to download the flyer  http://deejohnston.squarespace.com/fall-womens-conference-2014/

    Wednesday
    Aug202014

    Spiritual and Emotional Maturity

     

    Good Morning Friends

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts

    If we desire to be mature Christians we must also become emotionally mature as well. The two go together. God's Word tells us in Hebrews 5:13-14, Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Growing up spiritually is essential and involves us maturing spiritually as well as emotionally.

     Spiritual Immaturity is marked by 3 specific Attitudes: 

    1.         Childish Behavior….Still acting as infants as Paul refers to in Ephesians 4:14. This word refers to minors or the untaught; it could also carry the meaning of infantile or stupid. Paul intends for believers to move toward stability regarding personal, family and church life. Some attain this early, where others never attain it.

    2.       A Continued Instability….Never becoming solidly grounded or rooted in the spiritual life, still  moving from one place to another, never really settling in at one place for very long. Paul recognized this problem even in body of believers. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14

    But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:6-8

    3.         Gullibility…A weakness of mind where a person will easily believe anything said to them without question or known truth of what is being said or shown. They are willing to believe anything that bears the mark of Christianity. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

    Spiritual Maturity….. Spiritual maturity is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The Apostle Paul said that spiritual growth is an ongoing process. (the key to maturity is in continual growth)

    "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).

    How do we identify spiritual maturity in someone?

    >          learning how to walk in obedience to God…. It is making the choice to live by God's viewpoint rather than our human viewpoint.  

     So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.

    >          Spiritual maturity should be a priority…. Discover God's truth by studying God’s Word, then apply what you learn to your own personal life.

    Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22-24

    >        We must understand that growth comes by grace and it is God alone who is our resource. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1

    Note:  The atmosphere in which ‘Spiritual Maturity” thrives in is “speaking the truth in love’. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16

    When you became a child of God, you were given all you need "in Christ" to become a spiritually maturing believer. However, we are responsible to make a choice!  The wonderful thing about being in submission to God's maturing process is that you will be changed! You don't have to worry about becoming mature. God does the changing! He will conform you to the image of Jesus Christ as you humbly surrender to His Holy Spirit and learn His Word. Becoming emotionally and Spiritually Mature is a life long journey.

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Tuesday
    Aug192014

    Righteous and unrighteous anger part 2

    Good Afternoon Friends

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts

    Anger is a strong emotion that affects many Christians today. We all experience anger from time to time, but for the Christian how anger is viewed and handled from a spiritual perspective can be difficult to deal with. Today we will finish this topic. thank you for joining me.

    Anger is always a wrong response to having our rights denied. When we feel that we deserve something and don’t get it, then we feel that we have been wronged. The point is, If we were content that what we have is everything we need in God, we would never get angry in an unholy way.

    Why? Because Hebrews 13:5 says, Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Listen to what Berg says again Quote: “Anger is a strong emotion of displeasure… You can’t be displeased about something… unless you think you have to have it in the first place to be content.”