CFNI And The Lindsay Legacy

by Dennis Lindsay

CFNʼS TWELVE FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS

When Joshua was about to lead the Israelites into the Promise Land, Moses gave him a directive. “When you cross over, take twelve stones and inscribe upon them the rules for blessings and curses. And when the next generation asks the question, ‘What is this memorial all about?’ explain the blessings and the curses” (Deuteronomy 27:2-4).

This is what I believe legacy is all about, and why it is strategically significant to pass on God’s initiative to the next generation. This is why we have established the 12 foundational pillars at CFN as a memorial of remembrance for the staff, the student body and all the visitors who come to CFN. Through my parents, God founded the 12 foundational pillars that have guided us and provided the blessings of the Lord on this ministry.

“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about His power and His mighty wonders” (Psalm 78:4).

SPIRITUAL INHERITANCE

Spiritual inheritance is given freely to those who have withstood the trials and tests of adversity, put in the time, and paid the price. It is freely given by one’s spiritual forefathers. This means it is not to be spent on ourselves; it is given for building God’s Kingdom. We are to take what is here and pass it on to the next generation. Revivals often die and moves of God dwindle to nothing because they become “fatherless” or are not stewarded sufficiently.

WONDER: THE FOOLISH PLAN OF GOD

Consider the Christmas story. Imagine Joseph, the husband of Mary, saying: “Why me, a simple man of trade, and why Mary? She’s just an ordinary girl—and a baby in a stable? I’m not one to second guess what angels have said, but this seems strange.”

It also seems strange that Jesus grows up in obscurity, finally comes out of the “shadows” at age 30, gathers a mixed-bag of followers, who desert Him at the moment of His greatest need. He’s buried by a rich friend after his battered body perishes. A rag-tag group of frightened men and a few weeping women are his closest friends. Bizarre! Later, after rising from the grave, He commissions this crew of misfits to take the message of His life, death and resurrection to the whole world. They are called to live sacrificially and overcome evil with good. Yet, they turned the world upside down. This story seems so unbelievable, like so many of our own.

A WOMAN TO LEAD FOR 4O YEARS

Many were filled with wonder and apprehension when God chose my mom to lead Christ For The Nations. She carried the torch for 40 years after Dad suddenly and unexpectedly graduated to Heaven. With a German, Lutheran background, a Foursquare college degree and a Pentecostal, Texas heart, she learned to bark orders—kind of like when Jesus’ mother gave orders at the wedding in Cana. Yet, Mom had a grandmother’s heart and a heart after God. As a result of her dynamic management and leadership, the ministry took on exponential growth.

WHY ME, LORD?

Today, one might ask, “Why me, Lord? Why do you love me, Lord, and how could you ever use me to touch others?” When I think about myself in my early years of becoming President of Christ For The Nations, I am reminded that I had no formal training for this position. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying, “I know you don’t have any experience, but as long as you remember that, I will use you, bless you and provide a team of individuals who can lift and hold your arms up. I am filled with wonder why God selected me—the youngest of three children—to carry on this ministry.

The prophetic words continue to confirm my appointment in light of my doubts. Yes, I am filled with wonder, but I know it is just for a season, a short assignment. I serve while watching affirmations unfold that God is even preparing my three children for appointments, if they choose to accept.

PASSING THE TORCH

I’m blessed. I have an honored and respected family name. I have been handed a well-established ministry. All my life I have been exposed to the power of the supernatural. My parents worked laboriously and sacrificially. My inheritance came at no cost to me. Having served as President and CEO of Christ For The Nations for over 30 years, I realize I have been given the opportunity to bless future students and equip them for the ministry. I have been mentored and trained by a number of elders, and a General in the Lord’s Army—my mom.

Now, I am currently mentoring my children who have the legacy, heritage and call to continue serving in the ministry my parents founded. All three of my children were born and raised on CFN’s campus, graduated from CFNI and worked for the ministry as they were growing up. I believe I’m preparing them for leadership roles when the appointed time arrives, and they follow in their grandparents’ footsteps.

My oldest daughter, Missy, with a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.), has a prophetic gifting and teaches with me. Hawni, my second daughter, has her Master of International Business Administration (MBA) and has the gift of management, much like my mom and my wife’s mom, who established our campus bookstore and managed it for 25 years. Hawni helps us strategize and organize key events as she has time. Our son, Golan, with his Master of Business (MBA), has become CFN’s Chief Operation Officer. After 30+ years and 101 weekly logistical meetings, I have been partially replaced by Golan. His newlywed spouse—Krissia (a CFNI grad)—has her degree in law and hopefully will be assisting with legal issues. They have given Ginger and me our first grandchild. She was named after Mom, Freeda.

It is interesting to see the strengths I believe God has given each of my children. Missy’s is righteousness and holiness, Hawni’s is excellence and professionalism and Golan’s is justice and compassion, and with his wife, Krissia, involved in law, we have a double dose of justice, along with her giftings.

Now, I am blessed to spend more time with God—praying, writing, teaching and reading His Word. My hobby of Creation Science is blossoming unimaginably. That is what I remember my dad doing every time I went into his room—praying, reading, writing another book or preparing a message.

Legacy is passing the baton to the next generation. Building a bridge for these younger warriors will enable them to carry on the ministry, to impact their generation for the cause of Christ. I look forward to what God will continue to do at Christ For The Nations with the next generation of leaders.

“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren” (Proverbs 13:22).

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God’s Master Key To Prosperity

by Gordon Lindsay

There are some who would teach that poverty is a blessing. They point out that the disciples who followed Jesus were poor, and at times did not have money to pay a simple tax. They also note that many of the great saints during this age have suffered poverty and hardship. They contend that God’s blessing has been upon the poor, rather than upon those who are well off. They also point out that many of the individuals who lived during Old Testament times served the Lord faithfully until they had achieved prosperity—then they failed God.

However, while it is true that riches have resulted in some becoming proud and arrogant, it is also common knowledge that the poor can be just as deficient in character as the rich. History has recorded that many great men have come out of poverty, but there have been godly men of wealth also—Abraham is an example. It has yet to be proven whether poverty or riches, in and of themselves, are the final answer to the problem of developing one’s Christian character. However, one thing is certain: the right use of wealth is of the utmost importance in determining human destiny.

Much has been written about tithing being the key to prosperity. I believe the Bible’s teaching on tithing is sound and scriptural. In this book, I have taken consideration of this truth. However, I must add that it is my belief that in general writers have stopped short of the full answer to the question of Christian prosperity. Jesus plainly told of a master key to material blessings in this world.

Strangely enough, little has been said or written about this key. Yet, just as tithing was the master key in the Old Testament to temporal blessing (and is still important in the New), there is also a master key to prosperity in the New Testament. Even though some Scriptures present that it is dangerous for any Christian to be rich, as contradictory as it may seem, this is a totally wrong conclusion. The Bible shows that under certain circumstances a Christian may be a person of wealth! If this seems to be a paradox, let us observe that Jesus Himself affirms this statement. We also note that such wealth never comes to the Christian because they have pursued riches. It comes to those who have found and use the master key to prosperity!

Jesus spoke again and again against covetousness, which is the desire for wealth for the purpose of hoarding it, but He never said that Christians should avoid material possessions, or that they should seek poverty for poverty’s sake. If someone truly seeks the Kingdom of God, they don’t need to be anxious about the material things of life. God will meet their needs and give them an abundance of material blessings.

The bigger issue comes when mankind trusts in the wealth, instead of God. This is where we can quickly move from a place of blessing into a place of not needing to trust God. Our whole perspective becomes distorted by the false security of riches. In order to truly access the master key to prosperity, you can have money, but money cannot have you!

How is your money being used while you are alive? How will it be used after you are gone? Are you leaving some of your possessions for God’s work, or will all you have be left for others to squabble over, even as some did in the days of Jesus? (Luke l2:13). You are the one to make the decision! And now is the time to make it. It is the only way you can take it with you!

In the book, God’s Master Key To Prosperity, you will see the power that God has given to us, as His children, when He blesses us according to His promises and Word. It’s an in-depth study of who, how, why and ultimately what happened to some because of wealth or a lack of it. God does have a master key to prosperity. Let’s learn what it is, so we are not only blessed, but a blessing to others.

To learn more about this important topic, order God’s Master Key To Prosperity from cfni.org/store

 

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Resurrection

By Gordon Lindsay

This is very likely the last article written by Gordon Lindsay before the Lord called him home in April 1973, first published in the April 1974 issue of Christ For The Nations magazine.

“‘O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

Over 4,000 years ago, Job asked the question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14). Fortunately, he was able to find the answer, as in Job 19:25-27 he says, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the Earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”

Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity dares to offer the hope of resurrection.

AT THE EMPTY TOMB

Not long ago, I stood at the empty tomb in Jerusalem. I have never gone there without a feeling of deep emotion, realizing that death that had been defeated. Over the world there are billions of graves, marking the universality of death, but this tomb is empty! Only one Man was able to meet death and make it bow, cause it to flee in terror!

Yet for a short time, death claimed victory even there. Up above that tomb, less than a hundred yards   away, stands Mount Calvary. Jesus took the place of a man and hung on a rugged cross between Earth and Heaven. In my mind, I can envision the events that took place there.

I see Him in His agony while the women and His frightened mother Mary look on, shaken with grief and sorrow. I hear Him say to the thief crucified beside Him, who asked the Lord to remember him in His kingdom, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” I hear Him say, “It is finished,” completing the plan of salvation.

I see the body of Christ taken from the cross, wrapped in grave clothes and placed in the cold tomb. Soon a great stone is rolled against the tomb, and soldiers who were appointed to watch over it file into the garden. The disciples are bewildered and discouraged. They are now hiding for their lives, fearful that the Sanhedrin will perhaps give them treatment as Jesus received.

THE RESURRECTION

All is still at the tomb as the hours pass. But God’s clock is ticking away. One day, two days, three. In the dead of night, Heaven’s clock suddenly strikes the hour! The lighting of God flashes! An angel comes from heaven, rolls back the stone and sits upon it! Those guarding the tomb witness the quaking and fall to the ground as dead. Recovering, they rise to their feet and flee from that place. The tomb is now empty. The grave clothes lie there as if the person they had enfolded evaporated through them.

Soon, as the day begins to break, the women are drawing near the tomb to complete the act of preparing the body for its long residence. They are conversing one with another in subdued tones, “Who will roll away the stone from the tomb?” As it comes into view, the women simultaneously utter a cry of surprise. “The stone is rolled away!” Then they perceive an angelic being sitting on the stone, who informs them, “He is not here, for He is risen. Come see the place where the Lord lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples…”

Upon hearing the astounding news, Peter and John rush to the garden to see what has happened. John, who is faster than Peter, arrives first, sees the open tomb, but does not enter. Peter, lumbering on behind, reaches the tomb, but does not pause in his stride until he is inside. They both find the tomb empty.

When the other disciples hear about what has happened, they dare not believe the report, fearing they will be disappointed once more. Meanwhile, the Lord appears to Peter, who remembers too well how he denied his Master. We can only imagine the tears and the heartbroken confession he must make as he falls at the Master’s feet. Gently, the Lord has him stand to his feet as He reassures His penitent disciple.

That night Jesus appears to all the disciples, except for Thomas, who is absent. Then He appears several times at different places. And finally, on the last day, He leads them out to Mount Olivet and gives them the Great Commission as found in Mark 16:15-18: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The world evangelism that followed that command can only be explained by that one word – RESURRECTION! The apostles have seen Him dead and buried, but now they see Him alive again! Under the inspiration of this great event, they go everywhere, preaching the Word and making disciples.

Today, we too have heard this glorious message. Once again, the cry of Pilate, who gave Christ over to crucifixion, goes forth to every person living on the earth: “What then will you do with Jesus which is called the Christ?” To accept Him means to receive life. He says, “Because I live, you shall live also.” May God grant that everyone who reads these words be ready to meet Him when we see Him face to face on the coming day of the Great Resurrection.

 

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The Promises of Psalm 91

By Gordon Lindsay

“He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

There is a glorious land of which few Christians are aware. Job spoke of it when he said, “No bird of prey knows that hidden path; no falcon’s eye has seen it. Proud beasts do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there” (Job 28:7-8). Job goes on to say that the natural man does not know where this path is, but God reveals it to those that fear Him (verses 13-28).

The 91st Psalm is the wonder chapter of the Bible and is a favorite of Bible lovers. But although millions have read its words and are aware of its glorious promises, most have not seen those promises fulfilled in their lives. What is the reason? The promises are only available to those that dwell in the secret place. The door to the secret place of the Most High, that glorious land, is found in only one approach – the pathway of faith and absolute surrender to the will of God. Not many choose to walk in this pathway, for it appears to be a lonely one. But great are the privileges of those who boldly press into the secret place of the Most High.

A Refuge and a Fortress

First of all, this secret place is one of security. “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” People today are seeking security in the world in which there seems to be none. But he who takes refuge in the fortress of God will find that no enemy can penetrate its defenses. It is a true refuge, a shelter in the time of storm. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).

Deliverance From Snares

Some years ago, while conducting a series of meetings in a desert town of Arizona, we were invited by a trapper to accompany him while he set his traps. During the time we were with him, we didn’t see a single wild animal except for the omnipresent jackrabbit, even though many animals had their lairs in the desert. These keen-scented beasts of the wilds would catch our scent and be gone long before we were near enough to see them. But the trapper was not troubled. He knew the ways of the desert. With his gun he brought down a scampering jackrabbit. Its fur was worthless, of course, but our guide had another purpose in mind.

Laying his gun aside, he put on his gloves, disemboweled the rabbit, tied a string around it and began a trek down the arroyo, dragging the rabbit behind him. This naturally left a strong scent along the creek bed. At intervals, he would pause and lay down a trap, covering it lightly with leaves. He repeated his performance several times as we continued down the arroyo. Next morning, some of the traps held prey that had been ensnared during the night. The wary animals could not be captured by direct means, but were easily ensnared when the proper methods were used.

Satan also knows just what traps to set for the wary as well as the unwary. But he who lives in the promises of the 91st Psalm has no reason to be afraid. “Surely,” says the psalmist, “He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler.”

He Shall Cover You With His Feathers

“He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.” One of the most touching illustrations that the Lord used when revealing His love for a people who had rejected Him is found in Luke 13:34: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!” That tender love, which was thoughtlessly spurned by the inhabitants of Jerusalem, is for all those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High.

The love of such a simple creature as a mother hen is a compelling witness to the fact that the Creator of the universe possesses strong attributes of love. Some years ago, on the great prairies of the West, a fire got out of control, and fanned by the wind, it rolled across the plains with menacing speed. There was only one thing the homesteaders could do and that was to flee before the path of the flames. There was no time to take anything with them. Later, one of the ranchers came back to view the ruins and happened to kick aside a charred hulk. To his utter amazement, several little chicks ran out unharmed, having been protected from the passing fire by the mother hen who herself had perished in the flames. The little creature had seen the fire and fully realized the danger. But a stronger instinct than fear caused the hen to throw her wings over her charges in a desperate effort to save them. The lives of her brood were worth more to her than her own.

Once, a fire passed through the Earth – the fire of sin – the flames of which were so intense that they could easily take the lives of all who dwelt there. However, God, in His great love, took the full force of the holocaust and spread His wings to save all who would take refuge in Him. Having saved them, He now watches over His own day and night, for they are the apple of His eye.

His Truth Shall Be Your Shield and Buckler

The secret of the 91st Psalm lies in the believer’s loving obedience to the laws given by the Lord, for His commandments are not too heavy to bear. But how many Christians are committed to obey the entire Word of God? The truth is that too many obey the commands of the Master only when it appears not to cost them too much, and so, they stop short of entering into that place of safety and security.

However, as one prayerfully commits his way to the Word and will of God, he begins to see things change. The law of the kingdom begins to operate in his favor. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Gradually, the terrible complications of life begin to work themselves out. And as one sees God’s power working in his favor, his soul finds rest and peace.

You Shall Not Be Afraid

The world is full of fears. Even many Christians are afflicted with fears of all sorts. There are many church members who have a deadly fear of the devil. Some are afraid that they can succumb to a terminal disease when they have nothing of the kind.

These people live marginal Christian lives. It is only when trouble comes that they frantically look to the Lord to rescue them. And often He does, on an emergency basis, but there is a better way.

No Plague Shall Come Near Your Dwelling

“No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.”

Is it necessary for men to be plagued by accident, misfortune, disaster and pestilence? Not if he dwells within the secret place of the Most High, as implied in the words of this amazing psalm. The enemy who challenged Christ will surely challenge His followers. But these things shall not overcome the believer; rather he shall overcome them. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble.” Glorious promise! The Lord will not only send help, but will come Himself and stay until the enemy flees in ignominious rout. “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

The psalm tells us another great secret – the fact that angels guard those who dwell in the secret place. Most people who fall into sin do so when they think no one is observing them. They forget that angels are watching. It is quite probable that some Christians go to places where angels are unable to accompany them. When one gets on the devil’s territory, the enemy can take advantage of his vulnerability. Indeed, such people have deliberately exposed themselves to attack.

You Shall Tread Upon the Lion and the Cobra

“You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.”

So far, we have considered the protection offered by God to His children. Now we learn of something even greater. We are granted power to triumph over our foe. Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

Many people have a fear of what the devil may do to them. They are haunted by complexes and feel defeated. How different is God’s plan for His people! Humanity was not created to be weak, cringing creatures, subject to sickness, disease, oppression, depression, evil habits and the deception of the devil. When God created people, He made them in His own image and destined them to have dominion over the Earth. Humanity has lost that dominion through sin, and the image of God has been marred.

All that humanity has lost through the fall, however, is regained in Christ. God’s purpose for His people is that they should regain their lost dominion, to become victorious and triumphant in Christ forever. For those who dwell in the secret place, this great promise is realized. Instead of fearing the devil, they can resist him – and he will run away, not just walk away (James 4:7).

The Psalm concludes with a final note. “With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” It is a long life, a godly life, for it is nothing else but life eternal. When his body, this old tenement of clay, finally crumbles to dust, his spirit, youthful, undimmed with age, will receive the glorified body which the Lord will give at His Coming. Happy is the person that has chosen to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. He shall taste of the joys of life eternal to the fullest and shall share in its everlasting delights.

This article is taken from the August 1972 issue of Christ For The Nations magazine.

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