God’s Way Saturday, May 20 2017 

Psalm 1:1Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

God’s Way is right.

Greatness of God Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 

1 Chronicles 16:25-36Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared [with awe-filled reverence] above all gods.
26 
For all the gods of the peoples are [lifeless] idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 
Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence;
Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
28 
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and honor and strength.
29 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name;
Bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
30 
Tremble [reverently] before Him, all the earth;
The world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 
Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33 
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He comes to judge and govern the earth.
34 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness endures forever.
35 
Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
Gather us together and rescue us from the nations,
That we may give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
36 
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Forever and ever.

And all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.

Thorn in the Flesh Monday, Jul 13 2015 

Remember that thorn in the flesh that Paul talks about and how he believes that God’s whole purpose in giving it too him was so that he wouldn’t get haughty or glory too much. It got me to thinking maybe I should stop praying to have the thorn in my flesh removed and see what God is going to do with it.

2 Corinthians 12:7

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

Eyes Wide Open Sunday, Jan 11 2015 

“Pray for Open Doors

2-4 Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.

When I first awoke this morning the words “eyes wide open” came to me. I thought it was an inspiration so that I could show you that when your spiritual eyes are opened you begin to see things as they really are. Then when I began to do my bible study and prayer time this verse was the second to come up in the study. Just imagine my shock and awe at God’s all powerful action in my life. Then I realized that although the Word which is Christ in me the hope of glory is our goal there is a long journey that each of us must travel to get to the place where our spiritual eyes are wide open and we are grateful. A place where we don’t forget to pray.

How can we share Christ if we do not see him?

It is as if we are artists and the Word is our paint. Speaking is our brush. As we speak the portrait of Christ is revealed. You know how it has been said, a picture paints a thousand words. This is the mirror image of that; a thousand words paint a picture.

As new Christians, right away the devil comes in and tries to make us believe that we are not good enough to pray and make it happen. He tries to tell us that prayer doesn’t do anything. No change is wrought. This is a lie from the father of lies.

When we begin to read our bibles our spiritual eyes sting at first because we see things in the word that reveal our sinfulness. We see our need for the blood of Christ to cleanse us from all sin. Things happen that make us think that this Christian thing may not be all it is cracked up to be. Doubt becomes the drink we wash the Word down with as the devil says, “Did God really say…?” to us. Doubt is a poison the devil tries to kill us with.

We’ve got to “stay alert.” Do not believe the lies of the enemy. Do not drink the poison he offers.

Otherwise, we will be the blind leading the blind.

If you have doubts because it appears your prayers are not being answered, I urge you to pray with one or two other people. It is like when you attempt to break a pencil. Alone it breaks easily, but put two other pencils in your hand and it will not break. Christ says, “Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

“Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.”  That means; go to church.

When you get to church, ask for prayer. When God answers that prayer, your faith and the faith of others grows. You begin to see with eyes wide open what God is doing in your life. You are transformed by the renewing of your mind. Your spiritual eyes are wide open and others begin to see the picture you are painting of Christ in you, the hope of glory.

God bless and keep you in your Way today.

Chains Wednesday, Feb 12 2014 

I am writing this blog post by special request. The person who requested wanted me to write about why relationships between particular people form in our lives and what God’s purpose is in creating them. You may be wondering the same thing.  You may never know this side of heaven the people that your life has influenced. You may not be aware of the impact you are having or have had in the past on someone’s life.

Imagine if you will that we are each a link in a chain stretched across a span of time and space. That the very first link may never meet the last but they are still forever connected in a long line of relationships that form the road to heaven known as the Chain of Life.

Now I don’t know what your chain looks like or who might be in the individual links of your chain but I trust that each link was bonded to the next by the force of God’s love and the power of his grace and mercy. For many of us our first link may be our mom or dad or some other family member. It is someone you knew who told you about Jesus and the impact He had on their lives. But once Christ becomes the strength of your life where does the chain go from there?

You share your faith with a friend or perhaps your own son or daughter. Then they share with those that they meet. These are “the ties that bind our hearts in Christian love, the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above,” that you sang about as a child.

With each person you tell a new link is formed. It may be an act of kindness or a word of encouragement that you do or give to another. The point is you are a part of God’s plan. He intended you to be here, to read these words, to hear the call. He intended you to follow up and be an influence. Be an influence in the lives of others. Walk circumspectly counting the charge that is before you. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Let your life be a living testimony. 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

The chain makes up The Church. We are God’s people. We are His workmanship. Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Relationships based upon the premise of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Based upon the knowledge that actions speak louder than words. Relationships formed with a godly purpose. 13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Our gospel” is the teaching and revelation of Christ in our lives. It is the glory of our LORD Jesus Christ that passes through the chain from life to life.

We are “one in Christ”.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

We are called to bear one another’s burdens. Be a blessing.

Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Paul said, “10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

You see Paul was a link in my chain. He brought me to the knowledge by “the washing of the water by the WORD.”

I pray that I could be a link today.

Being Blessed (Seeing is Believing) Wednesday, Jan 29 2014 

Jesus is the great teacher.  His words throughout the centuries have taught and comforted the world over.  During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us how to be happy.  He began at that point where we are ready to come to God our great provider: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  Heaven is the grandest gift of all.  Notice that God gives to those who have nothing. Notice that he gives the most to those who have the least.

            Being poor in spirit is the very lowest of lows.  Next: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Imagine having all of your emotional needs met.  The Spirit of God is the comforter. It is in God’s nature to comfort us.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth”.  The earth is the third best gift.  Happy are they who inherit it by their meekness.  “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” These are all of the Christians who have put on Christ and walk after the Spirit.  They can’t help but be righteous, 1 John 3:7-9.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”  This is the center of happiness where the golden rule reigns supreme.  What you reap you sow and vice versa.  God has mercy enough for the whole universe.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Can you even imagine anyone who is pure of heart? Who? When? Where? I ask you would it not be all the children. Yes those babes who died in childbirth, or who were aborted, or who never saw the light of day?

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God”.  Peacemakers are selfless. They are shrewd negotiators.  They see the big picture.  They seek the good of the greatest number of people.  They trust God to make a way, a way for peace.  “Blessed are they, which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Here we have come full circle, which tells me that the poor in spirit will very likely also be persecuted for righteousness.

            Jesus taught the multitude on the mountain: “Happy are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

So what does all of this happiness have to do with financial serenity?  If you are not worried about things on this earth, then money doesn’t matter.  You can be happy with God’s abundance.  Be happy with God’s Spirit in you, a life of meekness, righteousness, mercy, purity, and peace.  This is beauty, to let the Spirit of God dwell in you richly.  Be filled.  Be blessed. Be a child of God.