Thursday, November 24, 2016

How To Show Your Love To Our Heavenly Father

Today is Thanksgiving Day and I found two very interesting YouTube videos I feel impress to share with you today.  I feel these two videos are in perfect timing as they teach us how to show our Love to our Heaven Father for all the wonderful love He gives to us.

The one teaches us how we can Kiss the Lord and the second one teaches how and why we are to give the Lord thanks for everything - even the simple small things that our loving Father gives us. He gives us many good, but yet little things, we sometimes hardly notice. Why does He do that? Because He is a loving Father that loves bless us. He also loves it when we take the time to love Him back with a kiss.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10b NKJV

In Matthew 4:23 the Scripture says that Jesus went about teaching, preaching and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Have you ever wondered why there were so many sick people in Jesus' day? I had never thought of these until I woke up this morning. You know, things haven't changed much in 2000-plus years.  Even with all the advances in medicine, every three our of four Americans are sick.  Why?

Every where Jesus went He healed all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Notice the word disease is the word "ease" with a "dis" in front of it, which makes the word mean uneasy or the state of being opposite of being at ease. A person that is not at ease is troubled with worries. As I was meditation on this scripture the thought came to me that stress and worry is the root cause for the various health condition we Americans have.   


Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation . . ."  The word tribulation means stress.  In the latter part of that verse Jesus went on to say: " . . . Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  Jesus tells us relax and to give our cares and our worries to Him and let Him go to work in our behalf.  1 Peter 5:7. 

Jesus says He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. We Americans has mis-interpreted the abundant part as meaning abundant wealth instead of abundant health. I as guilty as anyone as I too have sacrificed my health in order to earn more money. I was unknowingly serving the god of Mammon.



Jesus warned - "DO NOT WORRY!", but we do it anyway because we have our priorities mixed up. To be a success is not based on how much money we have, how big our house is, what kind of car we drive, or how much stuff we have. All of these things I just mentioned are foolishness in God's eyes.

What did Jesus mean by "having life and having it more abundantly". He's talking about of a live of peace (ease) and happiness that can only be found in a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Through Jesus we are adopted into the family of God. True peace and happiness is enjoying your life in the blessings of Jesus and the love of family and friends. All that other stuff is just stuff that does not have any real value.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

John 2

Key words and phrases from John Chapter 2

John 2 New King James Version (NKJV)


On the third day - John 2:1a. - This phrase is mentioned 31-times in the Old Testament and 5-times in the New Testament.


. . . and the mother of Jesus was there . . .  - John 2:1b - This phrase or parts of this phrase is mentioned 5-times in the New Testament.


It has been said that the wedding feast that Jesus, His mother and his disciples are attending is that of the disciple John.  I don't have any real evidence to back it up, but I think the reason it is mentioned here is because the author is John, also known as "the disciple whom Jesus loved".


“They have no wine.” - John 2:3



“Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” - John 2:4

“Whatever He says to you, do it.” - John 2:5 - This is a key phrase to remember because obedience to Christ is to do what He says for us to do.


This beginning of signs . . . manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. - John 2:11


My Father’s house - John 2:16 - This phrase or parts of this phrase is mentioned 19-times in the Old Testament and 3-times in the New Testament.


“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” - John 2:19 - This phrase is also repeated in verse 20.


“It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” John 2:20 - The phrase "in three days" is mentioned in verses 19 and 20.


But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them;[c] and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.  - John 2:21-22


. . . many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. - John 2:23


But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, . . . - John 2:24 - Jesus did not commit Himself to them because He did not trust them.  He knew these believers were weak and wishy washy.  He knew they did not take Him serious and He knew they were not committed to Him.

Key thought from this Chapter is this; Can Jesus trust me.  The believer says he trusts in Jesus, but does Jesus trust us.  How can we know if He trusts us?  Jesus said, "Well Done my good and faithful servant - if we have been faithful in managing even in a few things on earth then Jesus will trust us with management of many things in our eternal future. 

What is the Holy Spirit says to you?

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Book Of John - Chapter 1

As I've stated in earlier posts I have been reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  I started with the New Testament first and after finishing it I felt the Lord wanted me to read all of the Old Testament as well.  I am so glad I did as I discovered things from the Old Testament that really cleared up a lot of things about the New.

The Lord opened my eyes with understanding like never before.  He began to speak to me through key phrases that almost jumped off the pages of as I was reading the Scriptures.  He let me see His heart and His desire to have an intimate relationship with each and every one of us on an individual bases.

When I finished the Old Testament the Lord impressed upon me to re-read the New Testament again. I was so surprised at how the Lord was speaking to me and revealing to me so many things I did not see or understand the first time I read through.

As of today I am almost finished reading the Book of John and the Lord has impressed upon me to slow down now and highlight some key words and phrases for my readers.  He is impressing upon me that He want to speak to the hearts of some specific people that will read one of more of the posts.

Todays key words and phrases are from John Chapter 1 are highlighted in yellow.  My comments are typed in green.

The Eternal Word

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[b]

(My Personal Notes: To believe does not mean to think or to have an opinion.  To believe here means to completely trust - this is what it means to have faith in Jesus.  This must take place for a person to receive the gift of eternal life.)

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

(My Personal Note: By believing in His name we believe and understand who Jesus is.  The believer has the right to trust that he/she had the legitimate entitlement to the position as a child of God and being born again from death into new life in Christ.

Each person must individually trust Jesus Christ for eternal life.  It is a free gift to be received by faith and not a reward for achievement through any human effort.)

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”

16 And[e] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[f] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

A Voice in the Wilderness

19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

And he answered, “No.”

22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

23 He said: “I am

‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Make straight the way of the Lord,”’[g]
as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”

28 These things were done in Bethabara[h] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

The First Disciples

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah.[i] You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

Philip and Nathanael

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[j] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”






The Book Of John

As I've stated in earlier posts I have been reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  I started with the New Testament first and after finishing it I felt the Lord wanted me to read all of the Old Testament as well.  I am so glad I did as I discovered things from the Old Testament that really cleared up a lot of things about the New.

The Lord opened my eyes with understanding like never before.  He began to speak to me through key phrases that almost jumped off the pages of as I was reading the Scriptures.  He let me see His heart and His desire to have an intimate relationship with each and every one of us on an individual bases.

When I finished the Old Testament the Lord impressed upon me to re-read the New Testament again. I was so surprised at how the Lord was speaking to me and revealing to me so many things I did not see or understand the first time I read through.

As of today I am almost finished reading the Book of John and the Lord has impressed upon me to slow down now and highlight some key words and phrases for my readers.  He is impressing upon me that He want to speak to the hearts of some specific people that will read one of more of the posts.

Todays key words and phrases are from John Chapter 1 are highlighted in yellow.  My comments are typed in green.

The Eternal Word

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

John’s Witness: The True Light

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.[b]

(My Personal Notes: To believe does not mean to think or to have an opinion.  To believe here means to completely trust - this is what it means to have faith in Jesus.  This must take place for a person to receive the gift of eternal life.)

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own,[c] and His own[d] did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

(My Personal Note: By believing in His name we believe and understand who Jesus is.  The believer has the right to trust that he/she had the legitimate entitlement to the position as a child of God and being born again from death into new life in Christ.

Each person must individually trust Jesus Christ for eternal life.  It is a free gift to be received by faith and not a reward for achievement through any human effort.)

The Word Becomes Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”

16 And[e] of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son,[f] who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

A Voice in the Wilderness

19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

And he answered, “No.”

22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

23 He said: “I am

‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Make straight the way of the Lord,”’[g]
as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”

28 These things were done in Bethabara[h] beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

The First Disciples

35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”

39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah.[i] You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

Philip and Nathanael

43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”

48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter[j] you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”






Thursday, November 10, 2016

Help Lord - The Devil Wants Me Dead! But, Jesus Wants Me To Live Life Abundantly!

You haven't heard from me since last month because I've been working on my new BLOG titled; "Help Lord - The Devil Wants Me Dead!  But, Jesus Wants Me To Live Life Abundantly!"  from John 10:10.   I've been studying the book of John and I love reading John because he really explains the heart of Jesus.

My interpretation of this verse, and the entire book if John, is Jesus' desire for His believers is to live our lives more abundantly and full of His joy.  Now some of you may be thinking I'm talking about financial prosperity and that is not it at all.

Jesus' earthly ministry was focused around teaching the people lessons on the kingdom of God and healing the sick.  In today's world so many of us are fat, sick and dying from heart attacks, stroke, cancer and many other illnesses.  Many of these diseases are self-inflicted poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

Now I am not judging anyone except myself.  I have unconsciously self-inflicted myself with various diseases because of my lifestyle.  Doctors have given me medications to treat the symptoms, but have not cured the cause.  If you watch TV at all today you have been exposed to all the many TV commercials for medications.  One thing that really stands out in those commercials is the warnings about the possible side effects.  After hearing all these dangers who in their right minds would go to their doctor and asked for his/her doctor to add these dangerous drugs to their long list of other meds they are already taking. 

The reason I created the new BLOG is because I have been doing a lot of online research for safe and natural alternative treatments that will treat the cause of the sickness that I'm plagued with.  The doctors are telling me if I will just exercise and lose weight I will feel much better.  Has your doctor told you that?  My doctors have also told me that I will have to be on these meds for the rest of my life.  This really made me angry so I started my research journey because I am determined to not be in bondage to meds for the rest of my life.

As a result of my research I've done some dietary changes and lost a few pounds, but the weight loss has stopped.  I eliminated the unhealthy foods and exercising more, and I am feeling somewhat better, but there is still something I'm missing.

Another thing that I found out in my research is that the meds I'm taking can cause weight gain, dizziness, elevated blood glucose A1C, sleep problems and joint problems.  Now you tell, me how will I be able to lose weight if the meds are keeping me from losing weight.

In my BLOG "Help Lord - The Devil Wants Me Dead!" I post YouTube videos by doctors and other health care professions that helped me to better understand how I can take better control of my health through education of the safe and natural healing methods that God has already provided for us all.  I have started implementing some additional changes and I will keep you informed of my progress if you subscribe to my BLOG.

A legal word of caution though.  I am not a doctor therefore I cannot give you any particular medical advise.  The only advise I can give is before beginning any diet or exercise program you must be under the supervision of a doctor.  If you doctor is not training in nutrition or does not believe in natural healing methods then I suggest you search for a doctor that has experience in treating the cause and not just the symptoms.

Jesus does not want us fat, sick, and dying.  He wants us to live life and to live it in abundant health.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

In Me You May Have Peace

In Me You May Have Peace

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world youwillhave tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 NKJV


You May Have Peace - What?  We are supposed to have peace during tribulations like we are experiencing today?  Yes, Jesus is telling us we can allow ourselves to experience peace in Him.

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video of a wonderful 105 year old lady that, I think, confirms what Jesus is saying to us.  Please watch the video below:


105 Year Old Lady Shares The Secret To Happiness











Have you noticed how photos and videos, like those above  open our minds in ways we are not even aware of?  Advertisers use this form of imagery everyday to sell their products.  

Jesus used visual imagery by using a teaching tool of story telling and parables. Let me know what the Holy Spirit is saying to you today.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I Love the Lord Because


Psalm 116:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)


Pictures with words paint images of inspiration to the viewer.  I think images, like this on and the images below,  causes the viewer's subconscious mind to think and evaluate a their own life.  I think this time of unconscious logic or reasoning is when the Holy Spirit is able to speak to our hearts.





Do you feel you have been inspired by any of these images?  If, so which one(s) inspire you the most?  What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

And Jesus Said to Them, I Am the Bread of Life. He Who Comes to Me Shall Never Hunger, and He Who Believes in Me Shall Never Thirst

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Verse of the day - October 25, 2015

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I really enjoy the App because it allows me to create multiple choices of photo images or graphic images.  And, it also allows me to locate the scripture any where I want it located.  I can also use one of my personal photos and place the text where ever I think it looks best.

Check out the photos on the right.  The first one is a YouVerson App photo and the second one was created using one of my personal photos shot with my iPhone.

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Another good thing I like about the YouVersion App is that it allows me to share the verse of the day using finished photos, provided by YouVersion and Bible.com, like these shown below:



Saturday, October 15, 2016

Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water.

Verse of the day:  John 7:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”




Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

For I Know The Plans I Have For You


Photo Provided by Madison Nowlen

The art and picture shown above is provided by my Grand-daughter Maddi Nowlen.  Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite scriptures. 

What is this verse saying to you?  Would love you hear your comments.

Do You Work Where There Is Jealousy And Selfish Ambition?


Verse of the Day - James 3:16


"For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there."  James 3:16 NKJV

Do You Work Where There Is Jealousy And Selfish Ambition?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Psalm 91:1-4

1"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler."



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why Pray In The Spirit

Do you pray in the Spirit?  I remember some terrible situations that happened in the lives of both of my parents and things looked impossible.  When things look impossible our only option is to let go, but don’t give up.  Be an overcomer and never quit.  Keep praying as the Lord never tires of hearing our requests.

I have a theory that nothing happens, in this world, until someone prays.  God whispers in our hearts and give us His desires, but we also have the free will to reject His whisper.  When we reject His whisper as foolish thoughts we are the one that loses out.  

When we listen to His whispers and we pray we give Him the free legal right to move in this world.  Satan is currently the god of this world and has a temporary lease on the planet.  God can only make things happen on the earth when an earth dweller invites Him to get involved in earth matters.  The power of prayer is so important, but most of us take it for granted. 

My parents problems did not happen at the same time, but in both occasions I prayed in the Spirit for them.  The answers did not come immediately, but in time both of them experienced a miraculous event that changed both of their spiritual lives forever. 

Praying in the Spirit is praying with your tongue and not with your mind. When you hear people pray out loud you are hearing people pray with their logic and reasoning mind. Most people are not able to pray very long in this manor as we run out of things to say or to pray for. When Jesus went away from everyone to pray He most often would go up on a mountain and prayed all night long. His Spirt and the Holy Spirit, had a lot of things to talk about with the Father.

Just this morning I was reading Luke Chapter 6 and the Lord revealed His prayer life to me. Read Luke 6:12-16 "12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.”

Jesus’ prayer that night was a prayer meeting with the trinity; Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and our Heavenly Father. The purpose of the prayer meeting was about choosing 12-men to be Jesus’ disciples. There were many followers with Jesus the next morning, but Jesus could only choose 12. God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit choose each one of the disciples specifically for a purpose. They even choose one which would betray Jesus.

Jesus prayed to the Father all the time and He never did anything unless the Father revealed it to Him. How did the Father reveal things to Jesus? Jesus is God, but He is also a man. Because He was Man he could only reach heaven with the help of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was also baptized in the Holy Spirit. When Jesus prayed He prayed in the Spirit and it was the Holy Spirit that communicated to the Father for Jesus.

When we believers pray in the Spirit today we are praying in an unknown language that the Holy Spirit understands and He communicates our prayer to Jesus in Heaven. Jesus intercedes for us by taking our prayer to the Father. The Father tells Jesus and Jesus tells the Holy Spirit what is in the Fathers heart to our heart. The Father also responds by sending ministering angels to us with the answers to our prayers. There is a lot of things that happen in the spirit world that we cannot see. That’s why we must live by faith.

When we pray in the Spirit, in this unknown language, we are praying in what is called “tongues”. On the day of Pentecost about 120-belivers were all baptized with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues. Tongues is a heavenly prayer language that comes out of our mouth from your Spirit within your body. Your Spirit is the eternal part of you that never dies.

Jesus explains it this way: Luke 6:44-45-44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

The key phrase here is “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. When we pray in the Spirit our Spirit is praying in the Holy Spirit’s language and not our normal language. Our Spirit prays to the Holy Spirit the abundance of things that is in our heart that is do deep the human mind cannot verbalize it much less understand it. When we pour out our hearts to the Holy Spirit He communicates our hearts to Jesus. Jesus then represents us to the Father.

How to pray in the Spirit? Praying in the Spirit comes just the same way as the believer accepts Christ, but faith. Religion tries to make things complicated, but the believer lives by faith for salvation as well as faith for their heavenly prayer language. When you pray in tongues you pray out loud from out of the abundance of you heart, your Spirit, and not with your mind, will, or emotions. You just have to relax and turn your mind off as the mind wants to keep control of the tongue. At first your heavenly language will sound like jiberish and your mind will tell you this is foolishness. Don’t listen to your mind as the mind doubts things it cannot understand.

Like Jesus go somewhere you are alone so that you cannot be heard by anyone but the Holy Spirit. Start praying and even though it sounds like jiberish keep praying. Do not worry if your language does not sound very spiritual. You tongue is making sounds, but it is your Spirit that is speaking to the supernatural Holy Spirit. The good news is Satan cannot understand one word you have prayed in the Spirit.

The key is this; “The Just Shall Live By Faith”. Everything Jesus did was by faith as an example for us to follow. Follow Jesus by paying close attention to His words and doing what He says Luke 6:46-49  46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.[a] 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.[b] And the ruin of that house was great.”

The believer’s foundation is built on Jesus our Rock. Follow Jesus’ example and staying in close contact with the Father though your heavenly prayer language. If you do this then you will see the Lord move mountains in your life and the lives of others because you prayed.



Thursday, September 15, 2016

And Come, Take Up The Cross and Follow Me


Jesus adds to the Ten Commandments

Not a day goes by that the Lord does not reveal something new to me during my scripture study.  I'm reading through the New Testament again and in Mark Chapter 10 I found a key phrase I had never seen or heard of before.   A rich young ruler approached Jesus and asked the question:

"17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 

19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”[a]

20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”


21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions."


Mark 10: 17-20 NKJV


Jesus recounts the seventh, sixth, eighth, ninth commandments with the phrase "Do not defraud" inserted just before the fifth commandment.  Why did he do that?   All of these commands concern the fair and ethical treatment of other people.  Why did Jesus insert this phrase to the rich young ruler?


The reason He did this is because He knew the heart of the young man and I think the man was feeling guilty because of his sin of defrauding his fellow man for the purpose of gaining money.  To defraud means to obtain money through deception, to trick or cheat someone in order to get money.

The young man went away sad because he knew his wealth was obtained through "Ill-Gotten Gains": money or things acquired through dishonesty or deceit.  

Jesus told the man that there is one thing he lacks.  What do you think the one thing is?  I would love to hear your comments as to what this one thing is.

The man's wealth was not really his and I believe that is why Jesus suggested the man should sell all his possessions, obtained through fraudulent means, and give it all to the poor.  If he can do this his heart will be healed of his lust for riches.  Notice Jesus goes on to say that the man's treasure will then be in heaven.  Then Jesus says: " . . .  and come, take up the cross and follow Me".  What did Jesus mean by that statement?  I would love to hear your take away on this one too.

The man went away feeling very sad because he had great wealth.  Do you think he went away sad because he was not willing to give up his wealth?  Or, do you think he went away sad because his evil heart had been exposed and he was sorrowful because of what he had done?  Do you think he followed Jesus' instructions, sold all his possessions and gave it to the poor?  Do you think the man took up the cross Jesus mentioned and followed Jesus?

Who do you think this man was?  I think the man was Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark.  I think Mark did just as Jesus told him to do and followed Jesus all the way.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Key Words and Phrases In Scripture

Key Words and Phrases

In the internet world the use of key words are the crucial search tools to find information online.  As I study the scriptures I have found that the Lord gets my attention by key words and phrases that jump off the page to me.  Here are some examples

"Listen, you priests, to this warning from the Lord Almighty: 'If you don’t change your ways and give glory to my name, then I will send terrible punishment upon you, and instead of giving you blessings as I would like to, I will turn on you with curses. Indeed, I have cursed you already because you haven’t taken seriously the things that are most important to me." Malachi 2:1-2 The Living Bible

We can find specific cautions or warnings from the Lord:
  • Mindful - my favorite is what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 16:23 and Mark 8:3 "Get behind me Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
When you stop to think about this portion of the scripture you place yourself in Peter's shoes and examine yourself.  Is Jesus saying to you? "You are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."  

These are just a few of the many key words and phrases that are in the scriptures waiting for you to explore.  I recommend that you too use the BibleGateway.com for your online search.  You will find most all the answers you are searching for by the use of key words and phrases searches.

This is how the Lord speaks to me as I study the scriptures each day as  I have to renew my mind daily through the washing and cleansing of the word.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Take Heed To What You Hear

Jesus tells us that we should "Take Heed to what we hear!"  I think we should also be careful what we watch on TV especially the news channels and YouTube.  There are newscasters and preachers that are manipulating truth into twisted lies to suit their own deception.

Many people are not able to discern what is truth and what is a lie.  Only the believers that are deeply rooted and grounded in the word are able to discern what is being said and what is being seen with their eyes.

Jesus warned that in the last days people will claim to be Christ and that we should not go to them.  Many will be deceived and will unknowingly worship an anti-Christ.  One thing that bothers me the most is the preachers on TV and YouTube that preach sermons which cause some believers to become fearful and doubt their salvation.  Their sermons cause the unbelievers to doubt they are worthy of being saved.  I am upset because of the garbage we are being exposed to in the news, TV shows and TV Preachers.  Not all TV preachers are preaching twisted doctrines, but most are.

Read Revelation 21:8 from the Living Bible Translation 

"8 But cowards who turn back from following me, and those who are unfaithful to me, and the corrupt, and murderers, and the immoral, and those conversing with demons, and idol worshipers and all liars—their doom is in the Lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This is the Second Death.”

Preachers that make people think and feel that they are never good enough do this for the purpose of controlling their listener or congregation.  They make people believe that they can never do  enough to be worthy of salvation.  They are mixing in a false religion of works in their sermons that deliberately confuses people.

The truth is we can never be good enough.  Jesus is the only one that was ever good enough.  He is the only person that was ever good enough to be the sacrifice that would wipe out all the sins of the world.  He is the only one that is righteous and we can only be righteous in Him.  It is His finished works that gives the believer salvation and not any of our works.  Our works are as filthy rags (a soiled sanitary napkins).

It is the cleansing blood of Jesus that covers our sin, our failures, and our weaknesses.  It is by our faith in what He did for us that we are saved through Christ Jesus.  God is not looking for our good works.  He is looking at us through the shed blood of His Son Jesus.  When He looks at a believer He sees His Son.

The key is to take your mind off of yourself and instead focus your attention on what the Lord Jesus has done for you, is doing right now, and will do when He comes to take you home.  I look forward to the day when I stand before my Lord Jesus and He says to me, "Well done my good and faithful servant . . . enter in into the joy of the Lord".



Our good works do not save us, but the desire to do good works for others is the by-product of the love and compassion we have in Christ Jesus.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[g] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
When Jesus comes again He will gather all His servants together.  He will separate them by two distinctly different types.  The first type is the faithful and wise servants that have been expecting Jesus' return at any time.  The second type is the evil servant that does not want Jesus to come back anytime soon.  This evil servant lives for today and what he can get out of life here on earth.  This servant does not want Jesus to ever return as he is enjoying all the worldly pleasures.  He does not care about Jesus nor what his future will be like without Jesus.
Jesus will bless the faithful and wise servant with a position of authority in His kingdom because this man loved Jesus and was obedient in all things.  The evil servant did not love Jesus, but loved the world instead.  The above scripture says Jesus will cut the man in two pieces and then cast into outer darkness along with the liars and hypocrites where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in hell.