Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Never Knew You

Not Everyone Who Says "Lord, Lord" Will Enter the Kingdom

As you probably know the theme of this BLOG is from the words of Jesus "Well Done . . . " found in Matthew 25:21, 23.  The reason this is so important to me is because these two words are the most important words I desire to hear Jesus say to me when I stand before Him.  It would break my heart to know that He is not pleased with me.  I pray that your greatest hearts desire is also to hear Him say to you, "Well Done . . . !"  Please read all of Matthew 25 as I do not want to take any scriptures out of context.

Here are the words I absolutely do not want to here Him say, " . . . I Never Knew You . . . ".

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV) Please read all of Matthew 7.

Who is Jesus talking to in Matthew 7?  He's peaching to the crowds of people that followed after Him, which were Jews.   What does He mean by practicing lawlessness?  It means to continually and willfully practice sin.  Who are these people that He is referring to?  Unfortunately He is talking about people that are appear to be, on the surface, followers of Jesus because they can cast out demons in His name and they have done many wonders in His Name, but He did not know them.  These people were practicing a false copy of Jesus' ministry in order to deceive and confuse the people.  Satan uses deception to copy what Jesus is doing.  Satan does not want you to know the real Messiah as Satan uses counterfeit and trickery to deceive the masses.

How do I know this?  The answer is found in the previous verses 15-21:  15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them."    

Who are these false prophets? These people are all over the spectrum of humanity.  They are found as authors of best selling books, TV programs,  and unfortunately they are teachers, ministers, pastors, and priests in some of our denominations.  These are people that prey on the people that they are supposed to be shepherds of.  They have lead believers astray with false teachings and false doctrines.

Is there another resource that would substantiate this theology?  Yes, "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1 (NKJV) In order to not take scripture out of context please read all of Chapter 13.  Notice Paul mentions the term "disqualified".  What could cause a church person to be disqualified or to be in the same category as one that practice lawlessness.  The person that is disqualified is a person that has been fooled into believing a lie.  To be fooled means to be tricked.  Read some passages uses of the words; fool, foolish, and fooled.

Jesus gives us an example of people that are disqualified because they are foolish.  The Parable of the Ten Virgins is found in Matthew 25:1-13, but again I do not want to take things out of context so please read all of Matthew 25 as Jesus gives more examples of the kinds of people that are qualified and unqualified.

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming. 
Who are these foolish people and why were they disqualified?  Jesus gives us the key to these people  in Luke 17.  Jesus says that in the last days it will the same as in the days of Noah and of Lot.  Please click on the link to read the entire chapter as Jesus gives other examples of those that are ready and waiting for Him to return and those that are to busy to prepare for his coming.  I think the key of the mystery of the foolish virgins and the disqualified mentioned as in the days of Noah and Lot is they were unfaithful.  They thought that they had plenty of time to play around and have some fun.  They thought they had plenty of time to enjoy themselves.  Their main priority was to eat, drink and party as if there were no tomorrow.  Tomorrow did finally come and they did not have any time left to get ready.

Work Out Your Own Salvation

While we cannot save ourselves, only Jesus can save us, but those that will enjoy salvation are those that seek Jesus through His teachings found in the Bible today and not somewhere down the road.  The believer's job is to study and renew our hearts daily through a personal relationship with Him and His Words.  The Holy Spirit resides in the true believer and he, or she, will not be deceived by false prophets, teachers, pastors and priests.

Some church goers only hear the WORD at church or what someone else says.  The true believer will study to show himself approved and will not be ashamed when he/she stands before Jesus.  2 Timothy 2:15.  Don't take someone else word for what the WORD says.  Study for yourself, be wise instead of foolish, be qualified instead of disqualified, and be sinless instead of lawless.  Be In Christ Jesus and you are saved.  If you don't know Him at this time then take the time go get to know Him.  You will find out just how much He loves you and wants you to be qualified to be with Him forever.  To allow yourself to be disqualified when Jesus comes can only because of your own laziness or foolishness.  God is not the one that sends people to hell.  Foolish people send themselves to hell.

I pray that this training has ministered to your heart.  In Jesus Name, AMEN
I pray that when you come before Jesus He will say to you, "Well Done good and faithful servant . . . "

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Marriage—Christ and the Church

In my last post I talked about my experience as a Sunday School teacher of a group of unruly teenagers.  One thing that I did not mention last time is our class did finally come back to the study of an important study from the book of Ephesians.  The topic was marriage found in Ephesians 5:22-33 NKJV

22 "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[d] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[e] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."

Today's post is a continuation on the subject "Teach me how to live life".  If there is any one thing I hope you get out of this lesson today is you must the read the entire Book of Proverbs. And, let the Lord reveal His heart to you and for you.   Relax and let Him provide the desires of your heart by trusting in Him as He has done for me.

A man that finds a virtuous wife is  worth far more than all the wealth, riches or fame the world has to offer - as you will see from Proverbs 31:10-31 below:

The Virtuous Wife

I was studying Proverbs 31 today and when I read verses 10-31 I realized that these verses are a description of my wife.  The LORD is the one that gets the credit for sending her to me, or me to her.  If you really know her I am sure you will see her in these verses too:

10 "Who can find a virtuous wife? 
For her worth is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.

15 She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.

20 She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.

22 She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25 Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:

29 “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”

30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates."

The following is a wonderful explanation of what a virtuous woman is all about:

"10 Virtues of a Proverbs 31 Woman"

The following "10 Virtues of a Proverbs 31 Woman" is from Melissa Ringstaff's BLOG - A Virtuous Woman - Living Life with a Purpose - 

1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows
His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15)

2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)

3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )

10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Prov- erbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Thursday, November 05, 2015

We Want to learn About Life and How to Live!

Have you ever had an experience where the LORD was able to use you to make a difference in the lives of others?  I'm sure most all us have had more than one of these experiences whereas the LORD place you at the right time and the right place in order to say and do the right thing that blessed others.  I have had this to happen on several occasions and I pray that this is received as I am attempting to give glory to myself as this is not my intention.  I pray that if there is any glory in this message that it all goes to Jesus.

The LORD has been tugging at my heart to share this story and I have been resisting sharing because of my not wanting to glorify myself in any way.  I have always love teaching Sunday School and this story is about a particular class that I was asked to teach when I was a member of a wonderful church in Greenville, Mississippi.  I'm not saying that I am a great Sunday School teacher by any means.  I just love to talk about Jesus and His WORDs.

One Sunday morning a friend,  Mike, who was the head of our Sunday School classes, asked me if I would be interested in teaching a class of middle teens that had just lost their teacher.  He said that it was an unruly class and the teacher quit because he could not take it any longer.  I told him that I would give it a try, but I'm not sure I can handle an unruly class either.

On the next Sunday I arrived at the class and the students were shocked to see me come in the room.   The outspoken leader of the class informed me immediately that I will not last because they have successfully run off their previous teachers.  I said, "Well, that may be true, but let's wait and see how it goes!"  The class was study materials was from a book about the Book of Ephesians and I proceeded to read and explain the particular passages from the lesson.  The class was restless and disrespectful of the study because this is not what they wanted to study.  The Associate Pastor's son was the ring leader of the rebellion so I ask him, "What do you want to study?"  He said, "We are bored with what our parents like to study.  We what to learn about is life and how to live!"  I said, "Okay let's close our book and pass them all forward."  I put the books away not really knowing what I was going to say or do because I really did not feel adequate to teach teenagers about life.   I have two young sons at this time and I really didn't feel qualified to teach teenagers as my boys were not teenagers yet.

"What is it that you would like for us to talk about?",  I asked the class.  They were very excited and everyone was talking at the same time about different subjects they wanted to talk about.  The most important of all the topics that was brought us was mostly about sex and about how to live their lives.

They were all sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see my reaction.  I said that I would be glad to talk about these things mentioned, however, I must have permission from each of our Pastor first and he may require permission from each of your parents.  After class I approached the Pastor and to my surprise he was very happy that I was willing to teach what they are asking for because this is what the teens need to hear.  He said that I didn't even need the parents permission and to proceed starting next Sunday.

Well, the unruly class changed into a wonderful blessing for me as every Sunday each class member  sat on the edge of their seats soaking in what I was saying and they participated in the discussions about subjects that interested them.  I asked them why they didn't talk to their parents about these things.  Their answer was, "My parents will not talk to me about such things as they do not know how to!"   It is not that I was a great teacher, but rather that I listened and openly discussed what they needed to know at that particular point in their lives.  It was not what I said that made the difference.  It was what the LORD had to say through me.

The class members were some of the most wonderful people I have ever had the opportunity of teaching.  They were unruly at first because the felt isolated and detached as they didn't feel like anyone really cared about their frustrations.  They just needed someone they could talk to that understands the uncertainty that they deal with everyday.  Jesus understood and He came to them in their time of need.

The moral of the story is the LORD uses us lay people in many different ways to minister to the needs of others.  Often times people just need someone who will listen to the cry of their heart and then our job is to listen without interruptions, judgements or criticisms.  Then next our part is to relax and let the LORD speak through us with a message that is from the LORD's heart.

I hope this message blesses you and encourages you to be sensitive to the needs of others and let the LORD guide you in your ministry of helping those that are hurting and seeking help for their troubled souls (mind, will, and emotions).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Walk in the Light

Created on YouVersion by Jaida Campbell
Have I mentioned to you that last year I decided that I wanted to get to know the Lord better and the only way that I knew to do that was to read His WORDs.  I read all of the New Testament and when I had finished I felt the Lord encouraging me to read the Old Testament as well.

I have been a Bible student since I was around 20-years old.  I had never read the Bible from cover to cover before because I was only studying specific scriptures I had heard from sermons and read in books.

I am so glad that the Lord impressed upon me to read the Old Testament because He opened my eyes and helped me to understand the New Testament better.

I have been taking my time as I read and study the scriptures.  I start by praising Him for providing the WORD that I am about to receive because He prepared it for me to eat or digest in my heart, my mind my will, and my emotions.  I then ask Him to nourish and cleanse me as I feed upon His WORDs.

Every day He speaks to my heart and shows me things about myself that blesses me. He also shows me areas of my life where I need some work.  I have read through the Bible so far from Geneses 1 through Proverbs 18.  I must say that Proverbs has been very painful to read as the Lord has chastised me in this book more than any other book.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: "16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Do you remember, when you were a child and your parents disciplined you for some misbehavior?  I remember what hurt me the most was knowing the hurt and disappointment that my parent felt because I had disappointment them.  I would never knowingly do that because I couldn't stand the pain of knowing that I had caused them pain.

Well, unfortunately as hard as I tried to not cause them pain I sometimes failed miserably.  I think that our relationship with our Heavenly Father is the same way.  It hurts me to think I have disappointed Him.  When I let Him talk to me He will correct me, and as painful as it is, it is for my own good so that I may be complete and equipped for every good work that He has for me to do.  It's not all about me you know! It's all about me doing His will.

Of all the books of the Bible I've read so far Proverbs made me look at my attitude and helped me to realize that my light has not been shining as bright as I thought it was.  I'm sure some of my family and friends must have judged me as; a hypocrite, a liar, fearful, unbelieving and much worse because of the words that came out of my mouth.  

The Lord shocked me into perspective when I read Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burnt with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."  When I saw that the fearful and unbelieving were at the top of the list I became very upset.  In God's eyes the fearful and unbelieving are worse than the murders, whoremongers, and those that worship Satan and idols.

There is a whole lot more I would love to tell you about my discoveries, and my rich treasures the Lord had hidden for me to find.  The journey through the Bible is an adventure full of joy and happiness as the Lord reveals Himself to me and how expects righteous living instead of selfish living.

The entire Bible is all about Jesus.  Get to know Him and walk in the light with Him.  I pray this for you in Jesus Name.  Amen

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bring Potato Chips

Take 60 seconds to read this story. It will give you time to settle your brain, Gather your thoughts, calm down and finish your week off on a positive note.

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted and smiled at him.

His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word...

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; But before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever...

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was Surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to Turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime!

Embrace all equally!

Have lunch with God......bring chips.

Send this to people who have touched your life in a special way. Let them know how Important they are. I did!!!!

God still sits on the throne. You may be going through a tough time right now but God Is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith!

This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:

God, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and e-mail buddies reading this right now. I ask You to Minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Message From India

Dear Readers,

There is a contact form on the sidebar of this BLOG that I encourage my readers to use for contacting me.  Very few people have taken advantage of this form, but I received the following from Reverend K. Vinod Kumar via the form.  The information is posted just as I received it and has not been edited except for the italics.

I have not check this information to see if it is a legitimate ministry so I you decide to donate to this ministry please check it out for yourself.  I would not normally post something like this, but I felt lead to share this with you today.  If you do not feel lead to donate please pray for this ministry in the name of Jesus.  Please feel free to contact Reverend Kumar using the email below if you would like to learn more about the work he and his staff are doing in India.

Please feel free to use the contact form if you have any questions or comments about this posting.


"Hello dear ones in the LORD,
many greetings to you all in HIS HOLY name.
A servent of GOD here, M,69,serving the LORD since 5th. sept.1964,
in india, The founder and director of CROWN OUTREACH MINISTRIES,
with the GOAL of reach the un-reached,with HIS Gosple and plant the churches,
romans,15v20, planted 70,Churches so far and 70,pastors are serving along
with me.and my life time goal is to plant atleast 500 churchs.

Beside the Church service we are also
working for the destitute,disabled,widows and the aged, with the motive
of show them the Christian love in action and lead them unto the SAVIOUR.
matt 25:35-40 and james 1:27.By HIS grace we are giving them free food
and the Accomedation,and free education and reahabilitating them.with the
Theses benevolent services i have started out of my own bitter experances,
I lost my father when i was just "11and half years of old, my father
was a preacher and he was killed becouse of his strong preachings,on 17th,
jan.1961,hence me and my 4 younger sisters and 1 younger brother became orphans
and I had to take care of them,for being a yelder son of the family.

And I myself is a polio effected desabled man, and my mother remained
widow for more than 35 years,with the lot of seferings,with tears.
Here is my humble request to all of you that,please pray for me, and for
the ministries here,and stand by us,if the LORD permits you please support
us financially and let us be the part of your supported ministries
The BIBLE has given me a award called "THE DIMOND OF CHRIST"
due to my 52 years of HIS service,and for the benevolent services
amonge the poor and needy people here,pleae accept my humbel request and
stand by us think its like of your part of ministries here.its my humble request,
Plz support us and send us to reach many un-reached ones,as,Is.6v8.says.
if the LORD permitts you,plz make your checks, or moneyorder in the payable to
The,CROWN OUTREACH MINISTRIES. and send it to the below address,its a non profitable
socity, the govt.ofindia has given the permissin to get the funds for the charity
services from other countries here and its tax free, pray for us and stand by us.
MIGHTY GOD be with all of us.

your fellow servent of JESUS
rev. k. vinod kumar

to the director
prakash nagar
kurnool 518004, india
pho. 0091-93473 63303. 

the abbreviation of CROWN


rev. k. vinod kumar |"

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Relax I AM Here

Relax I AM here with you Peter!
Have you ever had times when feel like no one really and truly cares? I'm sure most all of us has experience this emotion at one time or another and it is a very lonely feeling. Whenever I feel like I do not have anyone to talk to that can understand what I'm going through, I talk to my Best Friend. Sometimes I call Him Heavenly Father and other times I call Him Jesus, but no matter how I address Him He always listens and sometimes He speaks to me in my Spirit.  And, of course, He just listens as a good friend would.  He is the most loving and caring friend a person could have.

You may think I'm crazy, but there are times when I pray a normal type prayer, but most of the time I carry on a conversation with Him like a father and son would. Sometimes the pressures of life weigh me down especially when I do not understand why certain things have happened during the course of my life.  I have found that just talking to Him about anything gives me a much needed peace that I would not have know if I had not talked to Him about the issues that were bothering me.

The Lord has revealed understanding to me about the issues in my life when I need it and it is not always at the time I talk to Him.  One of the most comforting things He has revealed to me is that even though certain events were uncomfortable in my life He was at work in the situation because it was a part of His plan. He revealed to me that He created or allowed the situation partly for my benefit, but more importantly for me to be at the right place at the right time for Him to speak through me, which ministered to those He sent to me to.  Often times the individual I was talking to said that what I just told them was exactly what they needed to hear.  The Lord is so awesome! 

Circumstances are not alway what they appear to be.  When we go through times of what seems to be a times of testing, trial, or even tribulation is actually the Lord at work putting things together according to His plan for our benefit and for the benefit of someone else.  This is His way of answering prayers of others.  We cannot always see the what and why of His plan in the present, but once we can relax and trust in Him in all circumstances of life we will be able to see His purpose and His handy work in action.

If you are like me I have grumbled and complained about every tough time I ever endured.  That seems natural doesn't it? But now,  I have a whole new prospective about life as I see things so much different now.  I have discovered "IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT ME"!  It is "ALL ABOUT HIM"!  I am His servant, not the other way around.  It's not about what we can get out of life, it's about what He wants us to do for His glory and His purpose.

One final thought before I go is I'm sure some of you may be wondering how He speaks to me.  He speaks to me in various ways, but one of the most outstanding ways through the study of His words in scripture.  As I study He is able to reveal nuggets of wisdom that I did not know or understand before.  The Book of Psalms is the one that has allowed Him to speak to me the clearest.  In the New Testament both Jesus and Paul quoted heavily from Psalms and I highly recommend that you read Psalms too.

Tip of the day.  Relax and let Him have His way in your life and you will see Him do awesome things through you.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time Gets Better With Age

A friend of mine sent this to me as an e-mail and I liked well enough to share with you. I hope you will enjoy.

Time Gets Better With Age - What have you learned?

  • I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." Age 5
  • I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
  • I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
  • I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
  • I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
  • I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
  • I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
  • I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 26
  • I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
  • I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
  • I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 42
  • I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
  • I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
  • I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
  • I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow . Age 48
  • I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
  • I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
  • I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
  • I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
  • I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
  • I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
  • I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
  • I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
  • I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
  • I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
  • I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
  • I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
  • I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82
  • I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 90
  • I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92
I've learned that prayer makes a difference at any age.  Age 66

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Apathy Is An Expression That Is Opposite of Love

The word for today is "Apathy".  Apathy is a noun that expresses a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for a person, place, or thing.  Apathy is not necessarily just the words alone that are spoken as it is a destructive attitude towards others through our body language too.

I have found that when others have shown their apathy towards me I am more hurt inside than I would be if they had spit on me.  I've never had anyone spit on me, but I have had people express their apathy of disrespect towards me.  Why would they do this?  Am I so unworthy of their respect?

I tried to find an example of "Apathy" in the scriptures to help me understand people.  I tried using the King James Version and New King James Version, but it was not there.  I tried a couple of other versions and found some interesting translations: Amplified and The Voice.

Here's a statement I found for Ephesians 4 from The Voice: "Now that Paul has described the new world as God would have it, he urges believers to live out their callings with humility, patience, and love: to walk as Jesus walked. These are the ways of Jesus. Paul encourages them to do whatever it takes to hold onto the unity that binds people together in peace. He does not ask them to create that unity; this has already been accomplished through the work of the Rescuer and His Spirit. Rather, he calls believers to guard that unity—a more modest but no less significant task—because that unity is founded on God’s oneness and work in the world."

I think, "Apathy" is one of the meanest and cruelest ways to treat another individual as it can be so hurtful and damaging that can cause a person to never get over it.  I am speaking from my own experience.

Why does one treat another one with "Apathy"?  They are selfish and do not know or understand the Jesus kind of love mentioned in the quote above.  Here is a sign I found on FaceBook this morning that perfectly teaches us how to treat one another:

I confess the hardest part for me is the part that says, "keeps no record of wrongs" as the memories of these past hurt feelings do not want to go away.  I guess if they had said, "I'm sorry I was wrong and should have never said that" the pain would have gone away.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Heart For God

A year or so ago I felt the Lord was impressing upon me to get to know Him better through the reading and study of His words. I've been reading and studying the scriptures daily since about 1970 and I thought that I knew a lot already through a random study out of context. The Lord impressed upon my "heart" to start with the New Testament and read the scriptures word for word. He also impressed upon me to take notes on particular words or phrases that speak to my "heart". Speaking of the word "heart" I have found that the word "heart" is mentioned so many times in the scriptures that I could not count them all. God wants us to have a "heart for Him" and to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. I believe He wants us to know Him in an intimate way.

Using this method I filled up my first notebook with these golden nuggets that, I believe, the Lord wanted me to find. After finishing the New Testament I felt the Lord speaking to my "heart" to do the same thing with the Old Testament and I was amazed to find out how much of the Old Testament was quoted by Jesus, some of the disciples, and especially the Apostle Paul. The Old Testament was a bit harder for me to follow in certain books, but I did notice there is a common thread that points to the coming King Jesus. I was surprised to find out that the entire Bible is really "all about Jesus".

The book of Job was hard for me because of the horrible things that Job went through and his poor excuse for friends. In ways I could relate to Job's suffering as I was going through a difficult trial at the time of the reading.

I am now in the book of Psalms and I must report that the book of Psalms is my favorite so far. Almost every chapter I see the different Psalm writers speaking prophetically of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a common thread in scripture, and it is the importance for the believer, is that we are looking forward to the "Blessed Hope".  And, that is that we look forward to Jesus' coming to get us, and to judge those that have rejected Him.

He is worthy to be praised and worshiped for the great things He has done, is doing now, and will do soon. I pray that you have accepted His call and that you are ready to meet Him when He comes. He's coming to get us soon so don't put it off any longer. Please do not be deceived as there is no other way to God than through Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. AMEN

Please read Psalms 96 from the New King James Version

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pray for people to encounter Jesus

Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus over for lunch and I wonder what was his true intent for inviting Jesus to dine with him. A woman, an uninvited guest, came to where Jesus was reclining and washed His feet with her hair and her tears. She also anointed Him with a very costly fragrance and continually kissed His feet. I will not go into the details of this scripture at this time, but if you have not read it for yourself please read Luke 7:36-50. The verse that explains why she did this is verse 47 “. . . Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she love much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”

This woman will always be remembered for the great love she expressed that day. How can we as believers in Christ express our love to Jesus today? Although we cannot express our love and kiss His feet like this woman did, we can express our love for Him by loving others. How can we do that? 

Pray for people to encounter Jesus

You may not have thought of this, but this is something I do when I walk in my neighborhood. I do know all of my neighbors, but as I walk by their house I pray for them and ask God's blessings on them. I also ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to speak to their hearts if they do not know Jesus. I pray that they will have a real and lasting encounter with Jesus. I do the same thing when I drive - I pray for those that I pass on the street that are walking or running on the side of the road. I also pray for the drivers of the other cars around me that they too will be blessed and protected as they travel the roads today. I pray especially that if they do not know Jesus they will have an encounter with Jesus today.

Your prayers for others makes a difference in people lives.  We may see the net results of how God has bless others, because of our prayers, until we enter the gates of heaven.  Those lives we have touched and have gone on before us will be waiting at the gates to welcome us home.  

There will be dancing and singing in your honor by Jesus and all those people that you prayed for.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Daddy Says - Father's Day June 21, 2015

What a fitting title to a Father’s Day lesson that Steve taught us last Sunday in our Life Care Group.  The lesson is about courage and Jesus exemplified strong courage in Matthew 26 as He knew the suffering of the cross was so near.   One thing about Jesus is He is fully God and fully man at the same time.  God loves His people so very much and He put in place a plan that redeem His people from the curse of death.  In order to do that there must be a once and forever sacrifice.  God loved us so much He desired to die Himself for our sins. God could not die for our sins as it had to be an earthly person that could shed blood and die.  He came to us as a man, His Son, born of a virgin, in order for His Son to die for us.  Jesus is the only man that ever lived that was worthy of being the sacrifice.    
Jesus always called God His Heavenly Father.  He only called God by the name God one time and that was on the cross when He quoted the scripture, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1)  In Mark 14:36 Jesus called The Father “Abba, Father” which Abba means Daddy.  Jesus loved His Daddy very much and only did what His Daddy told him to do.  He never did anything unless His Daddy had either shown Him what to do or had told Him what to do.  Whenever He preached or taught His words were what He learned from His Father - in essence His words were “My Daddy Says”.  What a wonderful revelation to know we also can talk to our Heavenly Daddy as He is always ready for us to crawl up in His lap and let Him wrap His arms of love around us.   
It was mentioned in class that the prisons are full of people that did not have a good relationship with their earthly father.  Many do not even know who their biological father is.  How sad it is that most all of these lives would probably be so different if they had a loving father to guide them.            

It is also true that there are those that had a father figure around, but there was not a good relationship with their father.  Many of these people are not in prison, but suffer today from the hurt their father caused them as a child.  One such lady I knew was sexually abused by her father as a child.  Late in her father’s life he came to her and asked forgiveness.  This was a very hard thing for her to do and she did forgive him, but she could not welcome him into her life.  He accepted the Lord and was baptized in the same church that his daughter was a member.  He could never sit with his daughter and her family in church.  It was also very difficult for the church family to minister to him as it was a very awkward situation.  I do have to give him credit for his courage because he kept coming to church even though he knew he would never be fully welcome nor fit in.         

Jesus, as a man, suffered the fear and feelings that one must feel when one knows he is about to be executed.  Jesus is a man that expressed maximum courage to accomplish what His Daddy told Him that He must do to save His people.

What Would Jesus Do?  

Jesus always went to His Daddy about everything as an example for us for every situation in life.  Jesus is saying to us, "Listen to My Words and DO what I tell you to do as I only DO what My Daddy told Me to DO.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

HEAR My Words and DO What I Say

Matthew 7 is one of my favorite chapters from the Gospel of Matthew and yet a certain verses are controversial, which I will explain later. I believe Jesus’ teachings from chapter 7, and the preceding chapters, was to correct and undo some of the confusion among to people of that time.

Jesus’ earthly ministry was mostly to the Jews, but He did not limit His love for people to Jews only. Matthew 7:13-23 are the controversial verses in mentioned and especially verses 13 and 14.  The broad and narrow gates are confusing to most people and these verses have been used to manipulate and control people with fear and be uncertain as to whether they are saved or not.

What are the broad and narrow gates?  The narrow gate is an opening or path that is not attractive to the world.  The worldly view is to take the path that is easy, i.e., the view that this is more than one way to get to heaven.  The worldly view does not like the fact that there is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ.  Some people prefer to try to make it to heaven through their own good works or deeds.

Verse 12 is a summarization of the previous verses and then verses 24-27 is a summarization of verses 13-23.  As I mentioned there have been some that have used verses like these to cause fear and uncertainty in the lives of believers from the pulpit.  The Church is one body made up of different parts.  There different denominations and the enemy has infiltrated the denominations as wolves in sheep clothing.

I believe the Lord has had me work at different careers in order for me to be exposed to church going people that are so confused they are uncertain as to whether they are saved or not. I think I told you before about one lady that stated she hoped she was good enough to make it to heaven. Another lady told me that the pastors of her particular denomination never taught the scriptures in their sermons. She stated their weekly sermons were about how her denomination was the only church going to heaven and all the other denominations are going to hell. She also stated that every week her pastor would tear down a different denomination and explain why their beliefs would send their congregations to hell. (I think these might be the false prophets or wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus mentioned in verse 15.)

At one career I worked at I became friends with two men that professed to being gay. They were great guys and fun to work with, but they did not like the fact that I was a Baptist. I tried to talk to one of them about the scriptures and he thought I was going to condemn his lifestyle. He would not speak to me for two weeks. He would not give me a chance to explain I was not his judge nor was it my job to condemn him. I just wanted to share him some things about Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to change a person, not mine.

As you can probably tell I have a burden for the Church as I have been exposed to so much hurt and confusion among church goers because of wrong teaching. My wife has that same burden as she ministers to her clients that suffer from similar confusions.

Jesus’s sermon or teachings, from the Sermon on the Mount, were intended to change the way the people think, to cause them to listen and understand what He is saying. Verses 24 and 25 are the keys to what He’s trying to get across: Hear what He says and do what He says is the secret to a believer’s walk with Christ.

This chapter runs parallel with chapter 25. I call it the “Well Done” chapter as it explains the “DOing” part for the believer, especially verses 31 through 40.   "DOing" for others is an act of of obedience to Christ.

Be a doer of the word and not just a hearer only!

Being and Doing - Read Chapter 7:13-29 from The Message Bible:

Please feel free to send me your questions or comments.