Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Story

Who I Was Before Christ - I remember as a young child I had trouble going to sleep every night because of thoughts of fear, i.e., “What if I die during my sleep!”  During my early years my parents were not Christians therefore I had not been to church or even heard about Jesus until I was around ten years old. At that time we were living in Des Arc, Arkansas and my Mom had started attending a little Baptist Church there in Des Arc.

My Mom and I went to church but my Dad stayed away as he did not want any part of church because of a bad experience with a so called Christian.  I remember my Sunday School teacher, my friend Jimbo McDonald’s mother, telling the class that she can always tell when a person dies whether the dead person is saved or not. She said that when a Christian dies they always have a smile on their face and when an unsaved person dies they always have a frown on their face. I don’t know how true her statement is, but it always made me think about becoming a Christian, but at that time I did not understand how.

My Mom accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in the White River. I remember after the baptism and when we were walking back to the car I asked my Mom if she was afraid of dying. She said, “No, I have no fear of dying at all.” I remember thinking to myself, “How can she not be afraid to die.” I knew nothing of hell at that point of my life, but I knew I was afraid of dying. Mom went on to say that she knows that when she dies she has nothing to fear as she will be with Jesus. After she said this I remember thinking I wish I could have this same peace she has.

How I Came to Know Christ - When I was around twelve years old I can remember going to church more than one revival meetings with my friends and whenever the altar call was given my friends all when down the isle to get saved at every alter call. They would ask me afterwards why I didn’t go the the isle with them. I remember saying to them that I don’t want to go down front just because a preacher scared me with his hell fire and damnation sermon. I said to them that I want to make my decision without being scared into it. I believe I actually accepted Christ in my heart during those days, but I refused to go down front because I didn’t approve the preacher’s tactics.

What Christ Has Done in Me - At age of twenty one I did finally walked down the isle and made my public profession of faith. I did not go because the preacher scared me into going, but instead I went down because I felt the Lord’s leading me to do so.  It was not any earth shattering experience as I've heard others testify.  The experience was a peace that confirmed to me that I now belonged to Jesus.

Since that time I have had a hunger for God’s word and I enjoy reading and meditating on His words everyday. He has given me the peace like my Mom has I mentioned earlier. He speaks to me though His words as I feed upon them and He cleanses me through the washing of His words. What a joy it is that I can talk with my Heavenly Father at any time and tell Him anything I have on my mind as He is my best friend. He always listens and never condemns me even when I’ve failed. He always hears my prayers and He always answers them in His on good timing. I have learned to relax and let Him be my source and my provider for all my needs. I believe in Jesus and trust in Him with my life on the earth and in the life to come. It is wonderful to not be afraid of sleep or dying because I know my spirit man will never die and Jesus has prepared a place for me in heaven to live with Him forever. Amen

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Jesus Gives True Rest



What is does it mean to REST?

As a verb it means:

cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength

be placed or supported so as to stay in a specified position

As a noun it means:


an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity

an object that is used to support something

Whenever I read the scriptures I look for key words or phrase that have a specific meaning that I need to pay attention to as I read.  Just reading the Bible for the sake of saying I have read it does very little for me.  Whenever I read the scriptures I am reading words that are alive with the breath of God in them.


Instead of just reading I mediate on the words.  To me the word meditate means to chew on the words as a cow chews on it's cud.  Whenever I chew on my food I also swallow my food for nourishment of my body.  Whenever I chew on God's words I also swallow my food for nourishment of my body, mind (will, and emotions), and spirit.

God's words are alive and whenever I eat His words I am eating life giving nourishment for restoration and healing for my body and mind.  Be eating His words everyday my body and mind relax which gives me a peace like the peace that is shown in the picture above.  When I rest I recline or relax on Jesus and He wraps His arms around me with love.

This past week I was flipping channels on my TV and as I stopped on the DAYSTAR channel I heard a woman say the she discovered the true meaning of the word relax.  To her it means to let go.  I as I thought about it I have to agree with her.  To relax on Jesus you have to let go of the pressures and cares of this life.  To relax means me to let go and let Jesus take care of me.  In the parable of the sower Jesus talked about how the deceitfulness of riches and the cares of this life will rob us of our blessings whereas rest in Jesus gives us peace and joy not matter what our circumstances are.  His peace is worth more than all the money the world has to offer.
Believe means to Trust

Jesus said that if we believe in Him we are saved and will live with Him in all eternity.  The word
believe is more than just mental agreement.  To me the word means for me to put my total trust in Him in every area of my life.  It means for me to quit struggling in life and rest in Him, relax in Him, believe in Him, and trust in Him to take care of me in every area of my life on this earth and my eternal life in heaven.
If you have not make your decision to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior I pray that you will quit struggling and let go.  Let Him come into your heart and when you do your spirit man, that is dead spiritually, will be reborn in a new life.  The old man will be dead and the new man is alive in Christ Jesus for evermore.


Thursday, April 03, 2014

I Love You This Much

I Love You This Much
One day as I was driving home from work a picture came into my mind's eye as I was listening to a music CD.  The picture was of Jesus in front of me with His arms stretched out.  At first I saw Him nailed to the cross and then the view of the cross went away.  He was now standing in front of me with His arms still stretched out and with a big smile on His face.

I Love You This Much


He said to me, "I love you this much."  I realized then He was saying to me that He love me so much He gave all He had. His hands and arms were so full He could not add one me thing.  He was illustrating that He gave all He had and it was worth it all to Him and His Father.  He willingly gave up His life to pay the price for me.  There is no greater love than for one to lay down his life for a friend.

He moved His arms inward until His arms were pointed straight at me.  I did not move at first, but I saw His smile get bigger and He moved His fingers to motion for me to come to Him.  When He did I came running as a child wanting to be picked up and held by their daddy.  I fell in His arms with tears running down my face.  He wrapped his arms around my neck and said to me, "Well Done my child!"  I cried even harder, but they were not tears of sadness or sorrow.  They were tears of joy as these were the words I've been waiting for Him to say to me all my life.
I Love You This Much

God and Jesus both are examples to follow.  They are both givers.  They gave it all for you and me.  John says Jesus came to give life and to give it more abundantly.  I think the key to living life abundantly is by following His example by giving of ourselves, our time, our talents, and out money.  God is the one that gave it to us in the first place.  Everything is already His and He is our source and our provider.  He is the giver and we are blessed when we too give as He does.

I love the phrase "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do) as it has so much truth in it.  The lesson for today is to do what Jesus would do.  He would give all of Himself by serving the needs of others.

This Is The Will of God in Christ Jesus For You.

One of my favorite scriptures is: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 New King James Version (NKJV) 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Everyday when I talk to the Lord I give Him thanks by saying things like "This is the day You O Lord has made for me and I will rejoice and be glad in it".  I also give Him thanks for all the wonderful blessings He has provided in my life.  I am excited because, as the Word says, "and your household", meaning all of my family are saved too.  What a joy it is to know we are called according to His purpose.  We all are called to accomplish a specific purpose that has planned for me.  My purpose is not the same as others and I do not have to compare myself with others.  I only have to to what He has called me to do.

One thing I must confess is that as my sons were growing up I did not teach this lesson to them.  I feel compelled to teach this important lesson now so that you will teach your children to give thanks, not only to the Lord, but to you and everyone they come in contact with.  For every big or little thing given to them.

This has been on my heart for many years when I first realized that I had not taught my sons to express thanks to those that do things for us.  I wasn't taught that way by my parents so I really didn't know any better.  What triggered this was one day my sons and I had dinner at a friends house and after the meal we all got up and left the table.  My friend  called me aside let me know I had disrespected her by not acknowledging her, as the host, by not saying how much we enjoyed the meal, and by not saying thank her for providing the meal.  Since then I have done a much better job of being respectful and giving thanks for whatever I receive from both the Lord and from individuals.

I'm sure you have probably learned that lesson already and are probably teaching your children that lesson, but if you aren't doing so I would highly recommend that you begin now.  I feel bad that there is so much that I didn't know to how teach my children better than what my parents had taught me.  I had as I only taught what I had been taught by my parents.

When you teach your children to make it a point to thank the giver (the Lord or an individual) and they will reap blessings back to them by more gifts from the giver.  All the giver asks if for acknowledgement of the gift and thanks for providing the gift.  Once you get into the habit of doing that the giver will naturally desire to give more.  If that giver is not appreciated for giving then the giver does not desire to give.

If you want to know what is the will of God concerning you - give thanks for everything.

In the next article I will share with you the importance of not only give thanks to the givers in our lives, but to be the giver to others that come into your life.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Will Is To Do My Father's Will

Eric Nowlen
My oldest son, Eric, sent me an e-mail about a devotion he was reading and also about a prayer request that he had.  He stated that he learned from the article that he could pray and to believe his prayer would be answered, but He went on to say that his desire (his will) was that the prayer will be answered according to His Heavenly Father's desire (His will) for his life.

Wow!  I was impressed because I realized how much he has grown in the faith.  He is now seeking our Heavenly Father's will and not his own.

God is so good!  I have been studying the gospels and making note of all the times Jesus made the comment about how He only did what the Father does, He only says what the Father says, and He only  says what the Father told Him to say.  Jesus never gloried in Himself.  He always glorified His Heavenly Father.

Here is an example:

John 5:19-30  New King James Version (NKJV)

19 "Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
Key phrases from the Book of John are for your to study week. these key phrases will help you to get to know Jesus and His relationship to His Father in a deeper depth than you have ever known before.  You will find a deeper relationship with the Heavenly Father and Christ by feeding on these words:
Next time I think the Lord would have us study the importance of hearing and doing His words.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What Does The Word Defile Mean?

What does the word defile mean? This past week I was studying the Gospel of Mark especially chapter 7.  According to Jesus' words in Mark 7:15 the ceremonial washing of hands before eating is not what defiles or pollutes a man.  Jesus went on to say in verse 19 that what we eat does not defile us as it passes through the body and is eliminated.

In verse 20 Jesus explained that it is what comes out of a man that defiles or makes him unclean, or unholy - Mark 7:20-23 (Amplified Version):

20 "And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean and renders [him] unhallowed.
21 For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery,
22 Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; an evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness).
23 All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed."
So what does word defile really mean?  The word translated from Greek to English is from the word Koinoo, which means to make common, to make (Levitically) unclean, rendered unhallowed (unholy), and profane.

Jesus is saying what comes out of man is his words (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks).  What ever the think on the most is in our hearts and whatever is in our hearts will find its way coming out of our mouths in the form of health and good success for  the body or poverty, sickness and disease.  You see we are created in God's image and we were created with the God kind of creative power.  Whatever God said He breathed life into what He said and it came to pass.  Whatever we say breaths life into what we have said.  We bring on ourselves blessings or cursings based on our words.  When we stand before Jesus we will have to give an account for every word we have said.  By our words we will be justified or acquitted, and condemn and sentenced.

Wow!  That's a scary thought because I know I have said many things that I should not have said.  Another scary thought is the possibility that my negative words have opened the door that defiles the body and allows the enemy to attack me with sickness, disease, and other difficulties in life, which My Heavenly Father did not intend for me to experience.

James 3 says the tongue is evil and full of deadly poison.  He says the tongue can be controlled by no man.  Read all of James 3 - man cannot control his words until he allows his heart to be changed through the Holy Spirit, which can only be changed through constant study and application of God's words.  When His words dwell in our hearts and we say what He says then we will see success (enjoy life) and health in our lives.  Read all of Book of James for a full understanding of how to control the tongue.

Jesus said that He only spoke what He sees the Father do - John 5:19, Jesus only does what pleases the Father John 5:30,  Jesus only does what The Fathers says to do, John 12:49 and John 14:31, The Holy Spirit also only says and does what The Father tells Him John 16:13.

One final scripture I want to share is Colossians 3:17 (Amplified Version)

17 "And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Joyful 'toon


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas

Katie
What does "Merry Christmas" mean to you?  I decided to do some research into the term to find out what we mean when we say "Merry Christmas" to one another.  

The word merry was pretty easy as it is an adjective meaning: very happy and cheerful; feeling or showing joy and happiness: causing joy and happiness.

The word Christmas, however, was not so easy.  When you do a search for "Christmas" you will get a long list of statements, which do not really answer the question for me; "What does it really mean?"  After reading all the statements I found myself confused and unsatisfied with what the true meaning of Christmas is.

I know the word "Christ" is referring to Jesus, our Lord and savior.  But, why did they stick the letters MAS behind His name?  I searched for MAS in an attempt to find the definition, but was unsatisfied with answers that I received here as well.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus through the giving of gifts and the enjoying the festive celebrations during the season.  We celebrate Jesus' birth because Jesus is the gift that came from our Heavenly Father to us in order to redeem us from the curse of death.

To me, the true meaning of the Christmas season is to take the time to honor our Heavenly Father for the gift He gave us.  We honor Him by giving back to Him what He wants and needs from us.  What does He need from us?  All He asks is that we remember Him by giving Him praise and thanks for what He has done.  He is so worthy of our praise and worship.  He has given us so much with blessings we take for granted.

I believe Christmas means to give to one another, to give to those in need, and most importantly is to give back to our Heavenly Father the praise and worship He richly deserves.

I would love you hear your thoughts on what Christmas means to you.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Your Sins Are Forgiven

A Sinful Woman Forgiven 
Luke 7:36-50 (NKJV)
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
40 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
41 “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” 44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
48 Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

In Everything Give Thanks For This Is The Will of God For You

In a previous lesson we talked about how Jesus loves for us to come to Him as a little child.  We will continue this lesson by talking about "The Will of God For You".  I want to share with you a secret that I have learned that is really not a secret at all.  When I learned this valuable nugget of truth it seemed as though it was a secret because I had never understood this truth before.

What is this truth?  It's not all about me!  My life is not all about me, my desires or my will for myself.  I don't own my life to do as I once thought I did.  My life belongs to my creator, my Heavenly Father.  I mistakenly thought I was born to please myself, but I found out that I was born to please my Heavenly Father instead.

The more I read the scriptures the more the Holy Spirit reveals to me what pleases my Heavenly Father.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 my Heavenly Father reveal the key to me:

17 "Pray without ceasing. 
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 
19 Quench not the Spirit."
Pray without ceasing - I believe this means to be in a constant state of prayer or communications with our Heavenly Father.  How do we do that?  Prayer is not just asking for things or needs.  Prayer is a communication directly with our Heavenly Father.  Through out the day I talk to my Heavenly Father about everything that is going on around me.
In every thing give thanks - In my constant state of prayer I give my Heavenly Father for every thing He has provided for me to enjoy; the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the changing of the seasons, the friends and family that He has blessed me with.  These things are just of a few of the many I thank Him for when I talk to Him.  The more I give Him thanks for what He has provided the more He shows me His handiwork in my life.  The more He shows me the more I want to praise and worship Him.
For the is the will of God Concerning Me - His will for me to give Him thanks, praise and worship for at all times. The more I praise and worship in by giving thanks the more He blesses my life with peace, joy, and happiness.  The more I praise Him and worship Him the less I think about "ME" and my selfish desires.
I like the way the Amplified Bible says it: "Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]."
I like the fact that I can give my Heavenly Father thanks even in difficult times.  I give my Heavenly Father thanks when I don't feel like it. Why? He is worthy of my praise and worship even when I don't feel worthy.  He is worthy of my worship not because I love Him, but rather because He first loved us.
Quench not the Spirit - This means for us to not suppress or fight against the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts.  The Holy Spirit constantly speaks to our hearts and we can unconsciously resist the Holy Spirit's voice when we are full of worry and fear.  When we relax and let Him speak to our hearts then He can reveal to us the mysteries that God wants us to know.  He will reveal fresh revelation of Himself through the study of His Words.  He will give you peace even in the middle of a crisis or storm in your life.  Quit trying to fix everything going on in your life by your own will power.  Relax and let the Holy Spirit take over and He will work out all things according to His purpose
Now that you know God's will for you lift your hands, as the children in these pictures, and give God thanks for all He has done and is done for you.  Look for the little things He does and give Him thanks throughout the day.  The more you do this you will find that abundant life Jesus mentioned in John 10:10.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Just Shall Live By Faith

In the previous lesson Jesus asked the disciples, after He calmed the storm, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” Mark 4:40 NKJV  The disciples had not yet learned how to exercise faith.  They had been with Jesus and had seen the miracles performed through Him, but they did not understand that Jesus had exercised His faith in God to preform the supernatural.  Jesus only did and said what the Father told Him to say and do.

The Just Shall Live By Faith

In this lesson we will look at some scriptures about the importance of living by faith:

Romans 1:16-18, Galatians 3:10-12, and Hebrews 10:37-39  Please read the entire chapter for each scripture mentioned and not just the verses mentioned alone.

Another scripture I want you to read about great faith is Luke 7.  Notice the Roman Centurion's faith and Jesus' reaction to this man's faith.  Please read the entire chapter and especially the last verse, ". . . it is your faith that has saved you, . . ."

I like this picture of the Roman Centurion because he's pointing as if giving a command.  He speaks and his men do exactly what he tells them to do.

Jesus exercised this same kind of command when He spoke to the wind as we talked about in the last lesson.  Did you know Jesus has given us, the believer, the authority to speak or give command to circumstances by using our faith?

Talk To The Mountain - Mark 11:22-24 NKJV

22 "So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."
As a believer you have the authority to say or talk directly to the mountain in your life (circumstances) and "Be gone" and it will be done.  Believe that you have already received what you say, do not doubt in your heart and you "will have" what you have believed for.  Jesus is that one that said this and I want you to mediate on His words.  We have only scratched the surface of what it means to "Live By Faith".

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Speak To The Storm In Your Life

On October 30th I wrote an article titled "Perfect Love Casts Out Fear" about how Jesus was fast asleep in the boat that was being tossed to and fro during a fierce storm on the Sea of Galilee.  The disciples were so afraid they were going to die they awaked Jesus out of fear for their lives.

Jesus calmly gets up and walks to the bow of the boat and speaks to the storm saying simply, "Peace, Be Still!", and the winds obeyed His voice causing a perfect calm.  Today's lesson has to do with what Jesus said to the disciples after He calmed the storm.  He said in Mark 4:40 NKJV, . . . “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  By asking that question Jesus is saying that if they were not so fearful they could have spoken directly  to the storm and the storm would have obeyed their voice just as it had His voice.


Now I know that many will disagree with me on this because of your past religious training that teaches only Jesus had the supernatural power to do all the miracles He did.  Did Jesus operate on this earth as The Son of God?  Was Jesus able to preform miracles while here on earth strictly because He is The Son of God?  The answer to both questions is "NO!"  It is true Jesus is "The Son of God", but Jesus is also an earthly man, born of a woman, and He operated on earth as a man.  



Where did Jesus' supernatural power come from then?  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and as soon as Jesus came up out of the water power of the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus.  God then said, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."  God was already pleased with Jesus even though Jesus had not done any miracles during His first 30-years of life as a man.  This is important to know and we will discuss this in more detail in a later lesson.

The Holy Spirit is the one that impregnated Mary in order for Jesus to be born as an earth man.  The Holy Spirit is the one that performed the mighty miracles through Jesus.  It was the Holy Spirit that dwelled in Jesus that also resurrected Jesus from the dead.  Jesus stated that He only does what the Father tells Him to do or what He has seen the Father do.  It is the Holy Spirit that sat on the throne of Jesus' heart and that is how He was able to hear and see God's instructions.  Jesus operated as a man by faith believing that God was fully able to accomplish what He said He would do.  Jesus was a man that lived and walked by faith as an example for us, the believers.


When Jesus paid the full price on the cross He redeem us from the curse of death.  Jesus was resurrected from death to life by the Holy Spirit and spent forty more days on earth teaching His disciples.  Jesus told His disciples that He had to leave, but He would not leave them alone.  Jesus promised them that He would send a helper, or comforter as the King James version calls Him.  The promised helper is the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit did come down and baptized the believers, in the Holy Spirit, when the day of Pentecost (50-days from passover) was fully come.

Jesus said that we can to the works that He did and even greater works than He did. The problem is that we have trouble believing some of the things Jesus said and the above verses are some of those.  The enemy comes along and whispers in our minds the same tricks he used on Adam and Eve.  He says, "Did Jesus really mean that you could do what He did?', 'You don't have the audacity to believe you can do greater works than He did do you?', 'Haven't you heard that supernatural miracles died out with the disciples and are no longer relevant for today?"  Some church doctrines teach their congregations that the supernatural events of Book of Acts, and other books of the New Testament, were for the early church only and not for the church today.  These churches do not believe in supernatural healing, like the miracles in Jesus' ministry, but yet they still pray for healing.

Is it possible the church has bought into the lies of the enemy therefore believing his lies rather than what Jesus said?  This is a tough question and I hope you take the time to read Jesus' words for yourself and question within yourself if your church's doctrines disagree with what Jesus said.


Jesus Promises Another Helper (Comforter)
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."  John 14:15-17
This same Holy Spirit that sat on the throne of Jesus' heart dwells in the true believer's heart.  Jesus lived, by faith, in every word He heard from our Heavenly Father as an example for us to live by today.  The power that lived in and worked in Jesus is the same power that lives in and works in us.  Study the scriptures for yourself and mediate on Jesus's words and then do what He says.  Read all of Matthew 7 for the full impact of what Jesus is teaching.

The reason I created this BLOG is because I have heard so many different believers, of various denominational churches, express their fears and confusions to me based on what they believe.  Unfortunately these people are so messed up emotionally they have trouble believing that even God cares if they exist or not.

I feel the Lord has placed on my heart to write each article with the intent of helping others to come to know just how much God loves them and wants them to enjoy life, and to live it abundantly.  I pray that you will open your minds to receive what God is saying to you as you read and study the scriptures mentioned.  Please feel free to send me an e-mail if I can answer any questions for you.

In our next lesson we talk more about how you can speak to the circumstances (storms) of your life and see miracles happen in your life and the lives of others around you. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Become Like Little Children

One thing I've noticed in studying the scriptures is how much Jesus loves little children.  Check out what He says in Matthew 18:2-4 Amplified Version:


2 "And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them,
And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].
Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."



and in Matthew 19:13-15 Amplified Version:


13 "Then little children were brought to Jesus, that He might put His hands on them and pray; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14 But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.
15 And He put His hands upon them, and then went on His way."

Notice in the above verse the disciples thought the children were bothering Jesus, but to Jesus they were not a bother at all.  Why did Jesus love children so much?  I think the answer lies in Matthew 18:4 - Jesus welcomes those that come to Him with a humble heart that is loving, trusting, forgiving, and lowly (less important than others).    Children are an example of a trusting heart that is not burdened down with worries and cares of this life.

Believers are considered Little Children

Jesus called His disciples "Little Children" in John 13:33.  Paul called the church "Little Children" in Galatians 4:19 .  John called the church "Little Children"in 1 John 2, 1 John 3, 1 John 4, and 1 John 5.

Two Kinds of Prayers - Two Kinds of Attitudes

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
9 "Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Luke 18:9-14 NKJV

I love to hear my Grandchildren pray as they pray with such innocence and faith.  Their prayers are always heard because their prayers are from an attitude of humility.  In the parable above Jesus teaches us about two different men praying to the same God and both men's prayers are heard, but only one man's prayer was received and answered.  The first man had a conceited and arrogant attitude boasting in his works.  The second man prayed with a humble heart boasting in nothing of himself.  His prayer was offered up to God seeking God's mercy because he knew his works were worthless.  This man's humble heart was made justified in God's eyes and God will exalt this man because of his humble heart.

To repent means to have a change of heart, a change of attitude.  Take a moment to examine your heart, as Zig Ziglar called it, "A Check Up From The Neck Up!"  Another phrase of Zig's I like is, "Stinking Thinking!"  Is there any stinking thinking in your heart, your attitude, or your prayers?  If there is then repent (change your direction, your heart, your thinking, your attitude) and become like little children.  When you do you will see changes in your life as the Lord will lift you up with joy and peace like you have never known before.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

What Do You Want For Your Birthday?

This week my wife asked me what I would like to have for my 65th birthday this month.   I couldn't think of anything so we went out looking around at different stores from some ideas.  I did see some really nice things, but I realized nothing really interests me.  This morning I searched online for ideas and found some music cd's and books that kind of interested me, but not enough to say to her, "This is what I would like to have!"

Things or "Stuff" doesn't interest me now as it has in the past.  I have found that I am content with such things that I have.  As I look back on my past I find myself being very excited about the wonderful events and circumstances that I have been blessed with.  Oh, yes I know there were setbacks along the way, but I count it all for joy and do not have any regrets.  There are some situations whereas I failed the test, but the good new is the Lord took those failures and turned them into blessings.

My life has been an exciting adventure, and so much so, I can say that I praise God because I have been blessed exceeding and abundantly beyond all that I would think of or even ask for.

The only personal gift I could come up with is shown in the Jesus art above - if you want to give me a gift for my birthday give me a hug when I see you.  And, if I do not get a chance to see you then I want you to hug your children, your wife, your husband, your parents, or a friend and tell them you love them.

Since I do not have any needs or wants for stuff the only other thing I could think of, to celebrate my birthday, would a gift given to help others.  Should any you, or any of my subscribers, family members, or friends desire to celebrate my birthday then give a gift by helping others -  here is a sample list of ministries that I support:


Why do I support these various ministries?  Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 25 that when we give of our personal time and money helping others we are ministering to Him also.  Our giving of ourselves, in service of others, is our calling, our ministry according to Jesus' statements in this chapter.  Notice also what happened the goats (the foolish, selfish, and unrighteous people on His left hand) in verses 31-46.

Check out the following list of sample circumstances of hardship Jesus gave as areas of ministry:
  • hungry - Feed the Children, The Salvation Army, Room In The Inn, GraceWorks, Nashville Rescue Mission
  • thirsty - Gospel for Asia (wells for water)
  • stranger - The Salvation Army, Room In The Inn, Nashville Rescue Mission
  • naked - GraceWorks Ministries, The Salvation Army, Nashville Rescue Mission
  • sick - Nashville Rescue Mission,
  • in prison - Angel Tree: Prison Fellow-ship
One ministry I left out was "YOU", you see we (the righteous in Christ Jesus) have all been called as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  What was Jesus' ministry?  Everywhere Jesus went He helped people.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to get involved in the ministry of helping others through your time, your talents (skills and abilities), and your money.

I pray that you will accept your calling and fulfill your destiny God has called you to do.  Celebrate my birthday this month and Jesus' birthday next month through your giving and you will find yourself blessed exceedingly and abundantly beyond all you could think of or even ask for according to the power that works in us.  Ephesians 3:20,21


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear.

In the art shown here you can see Jesus standing at the bow of the boat taking command of situation (the storm), which caused the disciples to fear for their lives.  Jesus took control of the storm by speaking directly to the storm saying, "Peace, be Still!" and the storm obeyed His command.  Notice He said, "Peace", which He was speaking to the circumstance and the  desired result in the circumstance, and then He spoke to the cause of the circumstance, the storm.  He told the storm to "Be Still."  I like this because it reminds me of how I spoke to my sons, when they were little, and they were squirming during church.

What I find remarkable is the when the storm arose the disciples became afraid for their lives, but Jesus had so much perfect peace that He was asleep during the storm.  Jesus was in the back of the boat, known as the stern, sleeping on a pillow and He did not have any fear because He had perfect love as we studied in 1 John 4:18.

The disciples woke Him with words of fear as they could not understand why He was not afraid.  They felt as if He did not care for them.  They knew Jesus had supernatural powers which would take care of the storm, but, to them, Jesus seemed apathetic towards the situation.

Was Jesus apathetic?  No!  Well why didn't Jesus jump up and calm the storm before now?  You see the storm was a test for the disciples.  The disciples had been with Jesus for a long time now and they had set under His teachings and watched Him as He healed many people of various diseases, and cast out evil spirits.  The storm was a test giving them an opportunity to use what they had learned, to use their faith.  Notice what Jesus said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"

The disciples failed this test, but the good news they will get a chance to retake again later.  As a believer we too are tested to see if we have learned anything or not.  We will get a chance to exercise faith or will we fail the test by exercising our fear, which is the opposite of faith.  How we handle the faith tests in our lives helps us to grow and every we pass a test we move up to the next level of faith.  Whenever we fail a test we do not get to move up to the next level until we retake the test and pass the test.

The test for each one of us today is to examine our own hearts and think back to how we have handled different circumstances.  Did we stand in faith or wallow in fear?

In our next lesson we will study faith and how to know if we are living by faith or not.


Monday, October 28, 2013

The Humble And The Meek

In my last article I told you about an attitude of some people which I titled "The Proud and The Arrogant".  Today we will talk about the opposite attitude of "The Proud and The Arrogant".  This opposite attitude is called:


"The Humble and The Meek"

I love the art shown here as you see Jesus enjoying His relationship with children of different skin colors.  You see Jesus does not love any one particular skin color.  It is the enemy that deliberately causes pride and arrogance among the different skin colors for the purpose of division among skin colors.

During my many years of work experience I have had the pleasure of working with people of different skin colors and different cultural back grounds.  I have found I have made some wonderful, lifetime friends with people of all the skin colors, different religions, and different cultures.

The truth is there is only one race and that is the human race.  God created the human race with different skin colors and with different cultures for His good pleasure.  If this true why is there so much pride and arrogance towards people that are of different skin colors than our own?  The tool the enemy uses to divide people is fear.  The slave owners were afraid of their slaves.  Why?  Because they thought themselves to be superior to the slaves, pride and arrogance, but yet they feared them because the slave owners feared the slave may get free and become better than themselves.  Fear of man causes one to control, contain, and manipulate others in order to keep them under control and stop them from becoming more than what they are.  But, Proverbs 29:25 says when a man lives under a fear of man he sets a trap for himself, which he subjects himself to bondage.  The opposite of fear of man is a man that trusts in the Lord and is safe from the bondage of fear.

The bad news still today there are groups of people that are in bondage to fear man and they are full of pride and arrogance against other skin colors.  They enjoy the division among skin colors and desire to keep the division going to serve their agenda.  They purposefully cause the peoples of their own skin color to despise the people of other skin colors (pride and arrogance).  Some of these people are so-called Christian pastors and leaders of non-Christian religions.  They preach a doctrine racism, a doctrine of hate, which is a doctrine of demons.  You've seen them on TV News programs and you know who I'm referring to.

In the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5, Jesus taught His kind of attitude called The Beatitudes.  I like to think of it as He Attitudes or rather His attitudes.  In this sermon, Jesus taught us His attitude as an attitude for all believers of all skin colors to embrace.  I call it the attitude of Being Like Him.  Was Jesus ever prideful or arrogant?  No!  Was He ever disrespectful or rude to anyone?  No!  Now I would like for you to read The Beatitudes in the Amplified version for a more detailed understanding of this teaching.

If only all people had the B-attitude or an attitude of Being in Him.  I call it the He-attitude where there is not any fear of man.  Where there is no fear there is love.  Where there is love there is peace and safety.  You see the "Me" attitude is afraid of man and is in a trap or bondage.  When we change from the "ME" attitude to the "HE" attitude we are free of selfishness bondage to a selfless freedom where there is peace and safety.

The Consummation of Love

"17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us." 1 John 4:17-19 NKJV

The church attenders, and others that I've talked about, have the bondage, an evil spirit, of "Pride and Arrogance".  They are the way they are because they are afraid of what man thinks of them, which is caused by an evil spirit.  They mask their fear through their attitude of superiority known as "Pride and Arrogance".

I love the scripture above and especially the phrase "perfect love casts out fear".  If we are in bondage to the fear of man then perfect loves can cast it out.  How is it cast out?  By perfect love from Jesus.  Why?  "Because He first loved us".  If you are secure in your relationship with Jesus and His love for you then you are set free from the fear of man and what man can do to you.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:28 to fear not what man can do to our bodies, but rather fear Him that can destroy both the body and the soul in hell.  As a believer we put our trust in Him because in Him, even though our bodies will someday die, our spirit man will live forever with Him once we depart from this earthly body.


Notice in the scripture above 1 John 4:17-19 " . . . because as He is, so are we in this world". Where is Jesus?  Seated at the right hand of the Father!  If Jesus is with the Father in heaven and we are as He is in Heaven, while we are still on earth, then our attitude is the same as His attitude.  Is He prideful and arrogant?  Is he conceited and selfish?  No!  Then we as a believer are not to be that way either.  Please go back and re-read the Beatitudes in the Amplified version.