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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WHO'S WAITING ON THE LORD?


How many Christians today are looking eagerly **waiting** for Jesus to return and bring us to Him? It surprises me how many see it as gloom and doom or the wrong way of looking at things when I mention my excitement or anticipation for that day when all will be made right with the world. Why?

I remember before I gave my life to Christ the last thing on my mind was the hope of Jesus coming back. I was tied to the world and my addictions. Movies, horses, weekend parties, looking for a dream home, thinking of my retirement plans, etc. Everyday things that most live for.

When God separates man for His purpose, He purges plucks and prunes all things that were once meaningful and important and replaces them with Christ/the anointing. Now we have the Almighty Spirit of God in our hearts. So now what?

Is this person supposed to ignore it because it turns all desires upside down that the world and even loved ones reject them for it? Ignore God? Ignore our purpose that was thought up before the creation of the heavens and earth?

What would our lives be today if Paul, Mary, Noah, and Moses rejected and ignored that call from God? Would God allow it? Or did God for the purpose and plan of His will make it impossible for these vessels to run away in ignorant pride like Jonah tried?

Some laugh at the idea that God still seeks for willing and faithful hearts who's desire is to love Him above all else. They think it's foolish that God communicates with man on the level He did in the Bible.  How this must grieve our Father who created mankind for His own pleasure to fellowship with for eternity. 1 Cor 1:9


If we look at the Strong's entry for this word **Wait**, we see this:
  1. to wait, look for, hope, expect
      1. to wait or look eagerly for
      2. to lie in wait for


Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are **waiting** for him.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPIRITUAL MATURITY~


One can be a Master in theology yet still be an infant in Spirit which is very disturbing to witness and experience. It took me until now to discover how one can be so "Bible smart" yet so intolerant and unloving at the same time. This is the only way I know how to put it.

When the Holy Spirit teaches us and we "choose" to yield to the Spirit instead of the flesh a beautiful thing happens.  It produces a life giving light~all that Jesus was. Jesus came down to our level and even then to the lowest of levels among the heathen drunkards and homeless. This is why so many were amazed and drawn to HIM except for those who thought they were all that~just as the many religions today. 

When the religious system of today comes in contact with a Stephen of the Bible (who was all about personal intimacy with Christ "within" instead of something "outward") they feel anger, jealousy, and confusion. Just as they stoned Stephen then~those today who walk in the Spirit, fully relying on Christ within are stoned with words and condemnation.


I have come across many theological geniuses but I can only count on one hand those who's Spiritual maturity outways their knowledge. And they are the ones who are in touch with the living God living inside their hearts. The throne of Christ is inside our hearts~ not in a building, denomination or religious system. Until we understand this we will stay in Kindergarten our whole lives and never grow to know the glory, love, and Oneness with our beloved Christ Jesus who came not to give us religion or a list of does and don'ts but the manifestation of Himself~the anointing that grows only by doing as Jesus did~die to ourselves and share the gift with others. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

THE COST OF GOING ALL THE WAY WITH GOD~DAVID WILKERSON

*The Cost of Going All The Way With God by David Wilkerson*

One of the fastest ways to lose friends is to go all the way with God. Once you become serious about spiritual matters, forsaking all your idols, taking your eyes off the things of this world, turning to Jesus with all your heart and hungering for more of Him—you suddenly become “a religious fanatic.” And soon you’ll experience the worst rejection of your lifetime.

*WHY THIS CHANGE?*

When you were a lukewarm Christian you were no trouble to anyone, not even the devil. You were neither overly sinful nor overly holy. You were just another of many halfhearted believers, and your life was quiet and untroubled. You were accepted. But then you changed. You got hungry for more of Jesus and you could no longer play church games. You repented and turned to the Lord with all your heart. Down came your idols of money, fame, pleasure, sports — anything and everything that was more important to you than Jesus. You began to dig into God’s Word. You stopped pursuing material possessions and became obsessed with pursuing Christ. You entered a new realm of discernment and began to see things in the Church that before had never bothered you. You heard things from the pulpit that broke your heart. You saw other Christians compromising as you once did, and it hurt you. In short, you were awakened, turned around, made broken and contrite in spirit, and God gave you a burden for His Church.

And the result? Now your friends and family think you’re crazy. Instead of rejoicing with you or encouraging you, they ridicule you, mock you and call you a fanatic. “What’s happened to you?” they say. “We don’t even know who you are anymore. Why don’t you go back to the way you used to be?”

If you’ve experienced this, don’t be discouraged—your in good company. Let’s look at several Old and New Testament faithful who knew just what you are feeling.

Moses, for instance, was touched wonderfully by God, and was awakened in his heart concerning the bondage of His people. In fact, Moses was so excited by this great revelation of deliverance that he ran to share it: “It came into his heart to visit his brethren … For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.” (Acts 7:23, 25).

Moses and his vision were spurned. But why? Moses was the meekest man on earth, consumed with God. He was not acting holier-than-thou; he was acting prophetically according to God’s will. He only wanted his brothers and sisters to hear and see what God was about to do. But he spiritually offended them. They rejected him, saying, “Who made you a rule and judge over us? Who do you think you are?”

A few years ago the Holy Spirit awakened me and I began to embrace the Lord’s call to holiness. I got serious about walking in God’s truth, and His Word became life to me. I began to see things I’d never seen before, and I wanted to share them with everybody. I called ministers on the phone and explained what God was saying to me. Many came to my office to see me. I opened up my Bible to them, weeping, and pointed out the glorious truths of full surrender and heart purity.

I thought these ministers of God would see these truths too — that they would love the Word and fall on their knees with me to pray for a new touch of God. Instead, most of them just blinked and looked puzzled. They said things like, “Are you sure you aren’t going a little overboard?” or “That’s a little heavy for me.” The more I sought God, the less I saw of them. It was if they were throwing cold water in my face. They didn’t want to hear anything the Lord had shared with me.

*WHAT TO EXPECT*

Again, if this has happened to you since God awakened you, you are not alone. God’s Word warns what to expect if you are determined to go all the way with Him. You can expect any or all of three reactions: 1.You will be rejected. 2.You will be cast out. 3.You will be stoned.

1. You Will Be Rejected

Jesus warned, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). Show me a believer who has become both a lover and a doer of the truth, and I’ll show you one who has been rejected and persecuted by the entire lukewarm Church. Rest assured, if you give up on this world, it will quickly give up on you.

Jesus had many followers—that is, until the word He preached was perceived to be too hard and demanding. The miracle-loving crowd heard His claims and forsook Him, saying, “This is too hard! Who can receive it?” Then Jesus turned to His disciples and asked, “Will you also turn away?” or, in other words, “Is My word too hard for you, too?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). No, Peter and the rest of the disciples would not walk away. They loved the word that most people said was too harsh and demanding; they knew it was producing in them eternal values. They wanted to follow the truth, no matter what the cost.

This is the question every Christian must face in these last days: Will we turn aside from truth that convicts us—that points out our sins and commands us to tear down our idols? Will we ignore truth that tells us to take our eyes off materialism, off the things of this world and off ourselves? Will we allow the Holy Spirit to probe and expose us?

Genuine truth always exposes every hidden thing. When Jesus began to shed His light on the hidden sins of the religious Jews, they sought to kill Him. Jesus said, “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you (John 8:37). “You seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth” (verse 40). “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God” (verse 47).

Multitudes of Christians today do not love the truth. God says it is because they hide their sin and secretly take pleasure in unrighteousness. These compromising pleasure-lovers are deceived but, like the Jews of Jesus’ day, they are convinced they see clearly. They believe that they are God’s children, but they reject ferociously every word that exposes their deep, inner secrets and lusts. Something other than truth holds their hearts; they do not embrace God’s Word like a priceless pearl. Instead they coddle whatever that thing is — a hidden pleasure, idol, sin or false teaching that caters to the flesh.

You must understand that those who reject you and forsake you because of truth have good reason: It is because they see you as a threat to something they hold dear. Your separated life is a rebuke to their compromise and lukewarmness.

2. You Will Be Cast Out.

Jesus warned His disciples of the further rejection they would face: “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you think that he offers God service” (John 16:2). Jesus is saying, “I’m telling you these things so you won’t stumble. Don’t be surprised when the lukewarm church throws you out, because they don’t know the Father or Me.”

If you intend to go all the way with Christ, you must be prepared to bear his sufferings: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you … All things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know HIm who sent Me” (John 15:18, 21). Who reproached Jesus, heaped shame upon His head and vilified His name as filthy? It was the man-centered religious crowd! Just as Christ walked in this world and was subject to its rejection, so are you. If the world persecuted and reproached Him, they will do the same to all who die to self for His sake.

This is one reaction from the “religious crowd.” But then again you may find that just the opposite is true from another segment of church life: If you are in a church that is lukewarm, the people likely won’t criticize what ‘anyone’ thinks.

I have heard hungry Christians say, “My church is dead. What shall I do” Their answer can be found in the book of Acts. The apostle Paul went into every new synagogue he encountered and tried hard to persuade any lukewarm churchgoers about Christ, hoping they would hear. But the people’s response was to expel Paul from the region.

Hear this warning: Do as Paul did and get out! He ‘shook’ off the dust from his feet against them” (Acts 13:51). Paul said to these religious Jews, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it … we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46)

If you are in a fellowship or church that has heard the truth and has turned aside, “Lo, leave it.” You are not going to change anything — but they many change you! “What communion has light with darkness? … ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you’” (2 Corinthians 6:14,17).

3. You Will Be Stoned

If you hold fast to your commitment to Jesus, even in the face of being rejected and cast out, the same man-centered majority will stand ready to stone you: “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). Who stoned Stephen? The most prestigious religious council of the day (See Acts 6:12). Stephen stood against the entire religious system.

Here was Stephen, a man who had his eyes fixed on Jesus yet who was hated by men who supposedly loved God … What was it about this righteous man that so angered the religious multitudes? (See Acts 7:54). It was that he preached truth that cut them to the heart. (See Acts 7:51, 53).

It was no different for Joshua and Caleb in the story of the spies told in Numbers 13-14. The Israelites wanted to stone them for calling upon the people to go all the way with God into the land of Canaan.

Why would a call to obedience provoke such a reaction? Because compromise and unbelief go hand in hand. Once the heart is captured by an idol or lust, unbelief takes hold. And after that happens, all preaching against compromise grates on one’s conscience; that person ends up fighting God, even while blindly confessing His name.

I believe that, like Stephen, we can say, “I see heaven open!” Like Joshua and Caleb and Moses we can warn, “Don’t rebel against the Lord! We can have a clear vision of Jesus—a cutting word of truth—and we can be sure it will evoke the wrath of those uncircumcised of heart.

*WHAT IS OUR RESPONSE?*

How shall we react when rejected, cast out and stoned? We shall follow the example of our Master, Jesus, the Lamb who “opened not His mouth.” His actions say this to us: Do not call down fire out of heaven upon those who heap abuse on you. “Pray for those who spitefully use you” (Matthew 5:44). “Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure” (1 Corinthians 4:12).

I have no sympathy for arrogant self-styled prophets who fight back, threaten or throw curses about … Humility is the mark of the soul who is totally dependent on Christ. That person has no spiritual pride, no hint of an attitude of exclusiveness.

You see, we face a cost for going all the way with Jesus, but we also will receive a reward: It is simply the blessing of having Christ stand with us. There are many other rewards as well, but I mention this one because it is all we will ever need.

The cost of following Christ was clear in the lives of these men of God— and if we are going to be like our Master, then we must embrace this cost as well. Enduring it becomes a joy because Jesus promises to stand with us in every situation. And we can face anything when we know the Lord stands with us.

So count the cost and know that your reward, in all things, is the precious presence of Jesus Christ.
SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 

Friday, April 4, 2014

THE FOURTH TABERNACLE~



God has always had a dwelling place (tabernacle) to communicate with man. The first tabernacle was in the wilderness Acts 7:44. The second was built by King Solomon 1 Kings 6:1 which God planned with great detail and divine order. Jesus was the third tabernacle~ and we are the fourth.

The meaning of the Cross was not just to save mankind from their sins. It was to allow God a dwelling place among many temples throughout the world. 2 Corinthians 6:16  Man became the dwelling place of God!

Once we repent and receive salvation through Christ Jesus, God didn't intend for it to stop there! A dear friend put it to me this way~We can compare ourselves to an empty dirty glass before we are born again/saved. We repent and turn to Jesus, who cleanses and washes us and fills us up with His Holy Spirit (living water). If we allow that water to sit there and never use it; it becomes stagnant and will even evaporate over time.

This is why many Christians become lukewarm. They come to salvation but never share the gift they have received from a merciful God. Instead of sharing it with others by spreading the love of Christ it is kept to themselves.  It can be compared also to the parable of talents. Matt 25:14-30. We must invest and increase what we have generously been given or we will be denied and shut out.

Jesus said those who know Him will hear His voice. John 10:27.  Some are waking up to God's voice of warning.  Just as Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Noah and Isaiah were rejected when warning others of Gods' coming judgement, so it is today. Luke 10:16. They were rejecting God as well. Those who spend time alone with God are the ones who are sensitive to His voice and their surroundings. God calls each person in unique ways.

I used to think being obedient to God was just keeping the 10 commandments. I was wrong. Obedience to God is hearing His leading in our lives and doing it. Abraham and all the disciples were chosen and called out to do God's will for His purpose. They obeyed although they left much behind.

How sad to think we are a living temple for the living God to dwell and yet we ignore and reject this great gift by living for our own wills, ideas, and agendas. I believe rejecting this responsibility of the Holy Spirit is what Mark 3:29 speaks of.  It's time to wake up! God is not dead!! He lives in us!!

TAKE OFF THE BLINDERS~


Why do we refuse to see things as they are? Trying to act like everything is fine when it's not. When something (God) hits us over the head like a sledgehammer to wake us from a slumber, instead of recognizing it we fear it and hide from it in shame. Do we ignore that engine light on our car? Do we ignore a flat tire and just keep riding it out in denial? So why is our life treated as less important?

We can't fix what's broken by sweeping it under the rug or whistling along in la-la land refusing to deal with it. This only causes the cancer to grow bigger and bigger until it's too late and we find ourselves on our death bed asking how did life pass me by?

It's time to get real with OURSELVES. Take off the blinders to see the condition of our lives and the world in which we live~ which by the way is ruled by the devil and even this common fact is rejected and laughed at. Wake Up! God has given all the answers to life in His written Word which today is mocked and condemned…so it's really no wonder that man is destroying himself, others, and the beautiful planet God created. And those who speak the truth of God are rejected and labeled crazy and mental.

This world and the majority who live in it have it all backwards. Even the animals seem to know better and nature is groaning louder for the return of it's Creator to restore things than man whom God created to rule and be above all things! That is what I call wicked and I know God would agree.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ARE YOU BEING BRAINWASHED?



How does one become brainwashed? Usually it's by spending time with a certain individual, listening to all they have to say, believing what they have to say, and then living it. There are many stories of people being brainwashed by a strong influential person according to their beliefs, and it's usually not a good thing because it changes a persons core values, character, and behavior against their will.

What if this person doing the "brainwashing" was Jesus? What if a person were to spend most of their time in the Bible, praying, and seeking after God? Is it possible this could cause brainwashing? God says staying in His Word and doing the Word will renew a persons mind and heart. Is this a bad thing? To the world it is. Even to those in ones own household. This change brought onto the individual goes against everything they used to do, believe and live; and it certainly goes against the ways of the world.

God said His thoughts and ways are not as ours. So when we become "brainwashed" by the Word (which is God) this is God's will for all men. This explains why those who surrender, submit, and live for Christ are rejected, hated, misunderstood, mocked, and lonely in this world. But God promises He will never forsake those who love Him. Even when we fall, doubt, or fear. God never gives up on us~for all men a liar but God is faithful.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ANGUISH IN THE HOUSE OF GOD


Whatever happened to anguish in the ministry?   It’s a word you don’t hear in this pampered age.  You don’t hear it.  Anguish means extreme pain and distress.  The emotions so stirred that it becomes painful.  Acute deeply felt inner pain because of conditions about you, in you, or around you.  Anguish.  Deep pain.  Deep sorrow.  The agony of God’s heart.

We’ve held on to our religious rhetoric and our revival talk but we’ve become so passive.  All true passion is born out of anguish.  All true passion for Christ comes out of a baptism of anguish.  You search the scripture and you’ll find that when God determined to recover a ruined situation… He would share His own anguish for what God saw happening to His church and to His people.  And He would find a praying man and take that man and literally baptize him in anguish.  You find it in the book of Nehemiah.  Jerusalem is in ruins.  How is God going to deal with this?  How is God going to restore the ruin?  Now folks, look at me… Nehemiah was not a preacher, he was a career man.  But this was a praying man.

And God found a man who would not just have a flash of emotion.  Not just some great sudden burst of concern and then let it die.  He said: “No.  I broke down and I wept and I mourned and I fasted.  And then I began to pray night and day.  Why didn’t these other men… why didn’t they have an answer?  Why didn’t God use them in restoration?  Why didn’t they have a word?  Because there was no sign of anguish.  No weeping.  Not a word of prayer.  It’s all ruin.

Does it matter to you today?  Does it matter to you at all that God’s spiritual Jerusalem, the church, is now married to the world?  That there is such a coldness sweeping the land?  Closer than that… does it matter about the Jerusalem that is in our own hearts?  The sign of ruin that’s slowly draining spiritual power and passion.  Blind to lukewarmness, blind to the mixture that’s creeping in.  That’s all the devil wants to do is to get the fight out of you and kill it.  So you won’t labor in prayers anymore, you won’t weep before God anymore.  You can sit and watch television and your family go to hell.

Let me ask  you… is what I just said convicting to you at all?  There is a great difference between anguish and concern.  Concern is something that begins to interest you.  You take an interest in a project or a cause or a concern or a need.  And I want to tell you something.  I’ve learned over all my years… of 50 years of preaching.  If it is not born in anguish, if it had not been born of the Holy Spirit.  Where what you saw and heard of the ruin that drove you to your knees, took you down into a baptism of anguish where you began to pray and seek God.  I know now.  Oh my God do I know it.  Until I am in agony.  Until I have been anguished over it…  And all our projects, all our ministries, everything we do… Where are the Sunday school teachers that weep over kids they know are not hearing and are going to hell?

You see, a true prayer life begins at the place of anguish.  You see, if you set your heart to pray, God’s going to come and start sharing His heart with you.  Your heart begins to cry out:  “Oh God, Your name is being blasphemed.  The Holy Spirit is being mocked.  The enemy is out trying to destroy the testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness and something has to be done.” 

There is going to be no renewal, no revival, no awakening, until we are willing to let Him once again break us.  Folks, it’s getting late, and it’s getting serious.  Please don’t tell me… don’t tell me you’re  concerned when you’re spending  ours in front of internet or television.  Come on.  Lord, there are some that need to get to this alter and confess: “I am not what I was, I am not where I am supposed to be.  God I don’t have Your heart or Your burden.  I wanted it easy.  I just wanted to be happy.  But Lord, true joy comes out of anguish.”  There’s nothing of the flesh that will give you joy.  I don’t care how much money, I don’t care what kind of new house, there is absolutely nothing physical that can give you joy.  It’s only what is accomplished by the Holy Spirit when you obey and take on His heart.

Build the walls around your family.  Build the walls around your own heart.  It will make you strong and impregnable against the enemy.  God, that’s what we desire.
~DAVID WILKERSON

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HOW DO WE BELIEVE? JOHN 3:16



When do most people turn and cry out to God? Usually when they've lost something dear to them such as a loved one or a loss of all known security.

Isn't this how God turned Israel back to Him time and time again? He brought their enemies in to destroy them and out of desperation they cried out to God relying on Him alone for help and security. God in His mercy and love always took them back.

Jesus shed His precious blood for ALL of creation. Those who believe (lean upon, depend, surrender) will be saved. The entire world  groans for His return to make things right and perfect to suffer no more. 

The trees and animals rely and depend on God naturally for food, sun, and shelter. It only makes sense the more luxury we have the less we rely, lean on, depend, and surrender to God.

There will come a day when God brings a last call for repentance~through His wrath. Those who have yet to repent can either choose now or go through the judgment of God. No one knows the day or hour.


***The Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament - the Hebrew word aman was translated as the Greek word pistuo. So the New Testament word “to believe” means exactly what the Old Testament word “aman” means - to trust or to LEAN  upon. ******

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever*BELIEVES* (pistuo).” (John 3:16)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

THE VASTNESS OF GOD~


Isaiah 40


Comfort for God’s People

40 “Comfort, comfort my people,”
    says your God.
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone
    and her sins are pardoned.
Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over
    for all her sins.”
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
    for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
    for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
    and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
    and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
    The Lord has spoken!”[a]
A voice said, “Shout!”
    I asked, “What should I shout?”
“Shout that people are like the grass.
    Their beauty fades as quickly
    as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
    beneath the breath of the Lord.
    And so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”
O Zion, messenger of good news,
    shout from the mountaintops!
Shout it louder, O Jerusalem.[b]
    Shout, and do not be afraid.
Tell the towns of Judah,
    “Your God is coming!”
10 Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
    He will rule with a powerful arm.
    See, he brings his reward with him as he comes.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd.
    He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart.
    He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.

The Lord Has No Equal

12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand?
    Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
    or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?[c]
    Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
    Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right
    or show him the path of justice?
15 No, for all the nations of the world
    are but a drop in the bucket.
They are nothing more
    than dust on the scales.
He picks up the whole earth
    as though it were a grain of sand.
16 All the wood in Lebanon’s forests
    and all Lebanon’s animals would not be enough
    to make a burnt offering worthy of our God.
17 The nations of the world are worth nothing to him.
    In his eyes they count for less than nothing—
    mere emptiness and froth.
18 To whom can you compare God?
    What image can you find to resemble him?
19 Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold,
    overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
20 Or if people are too poor for that,
    they might at least choose wood that won’t decay
and a skilled craftsman
    to carve an image that won’t fall down!
21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
    Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
    Are you so ignorant?
22 God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
    and makes his tent from them.
23 He judges the great people of the world
    and brings them all to nothing.
24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,
    when he blows on them and they wither.
    The wind carries them off like chaff.
25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
26 Look up into the heavens.
    Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another,
    calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
    not a single one is missing.
27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
    O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

Friday, March 14, 2014

LOVE IS




Pure
Innocent
Self-less
Inviting
Warm
Light
Encompassing
Shared
Accepting
Never ending
Freeing
Forgiving
Peaceful
Engaging
Laughter
Tears
Embracing
Joyful
Tender
Compassionate
Merciful
Understanding
Internal
Fire


LOVE IS NOT~

Bitter
Envy
external
self-seeking
unforgiving
unmerciful
cold
jealous
isolated
greedy
judgmental
critical
visual
lustful
deceitful
hidden
fearful
stingy
fleeting
conniving
anger
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

TAKE IT ALL, LORD


Take it all, Lord,
I don't want it
Nothing here is greater than You
From this world my heart has fled
My loved ones I do adore
But nothing compares to You Jesus
This life is but a dream
A vapor soon to be no more
Am I then, no earthly good?
Oh, I think not
Who ables one to share His love?
Who gives us eyes to see?
And ears to hear?
Is God not the source of all things?
If our hearts seek worldly pleasures
Hungering for things never lasting
How can it draw nigh to You?
Without first turning from another?



Take it all, Lord

I don't want it
I've tasted but a glimpse
Of the glorious riches from above
Looking back is no option for those
Your inheritance is set before
Only radiant rivers of life overflowing 
Abundant with everlasting love we will share~





Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WHO IS GOD TO YOU?




I believe God loves, adores, and hungers for fellowship with His most beautiful creation~man.  He wants to be our everything.

Jesus is our faithful Shepherd~for when we have strayed and gotten lost He carries us back and lovingly tends to our deep wounds and brokenness. He is our closest friend when there is no one else who will listen. He is a Father to the fatherless who need direction, advice, and chastening. He is our Commander in Chief when we fight those brutal spiritual battles. He is our masterful Teacher who gives us wisdom the world knows nothing about. God is everything we need and when we know Him on these intimate levels how can we ever doubt Him?

The struggles and hardships we fall into can only give us a deeper knowledge of God's character and love for us. There is not a religion or degree in the world that can teach that.




Monday, March 10, 2014

GOD CHOSE THE FOOLISH~



God has determined to accomplish His goals here on earth through men with weaknesses.  Isaiah the great prayer warrior was a man of like passions, which means he just like the rest of us was weak and wounded.


Abraham the father of nations lived a lie using his wife as a pawn to save his own skin. Jacob was a conniver.  Paul was impatient and harsh with converts and associates who could not live up to his ascetic life-style. Adam and Eve turned a perfect marriage arrangement into a nightmare. Solomon, the wisest man on earth did some of the most stupid things ever recorded in history. Samuel murdered King Agag in a rage of anger and an overzealous show of righteousness.

David the man after God's own heart was a murdering adulterer who had no moral right to any of God's blessings. Peter denied the very Lord God of heaven, cursing the One who loved him most. Joseph taunted his lost brothers in almost boyish glee until the games almost backfired on him. Jonah wanted to see an entire city burn to justify his prophesies against it; he despised the mercy of God towards a repentant people. Lot offered his virgin daughters to a mob of sex-crazed Sodomites.

The list of men who loved God, were greatly used by God, and who were almost driven to the ground by their weaknesses, goes on and on.  Yet God was always there saying "I called you, I will be with you! I will take away the evil of your heart! I will accomplish my will, regardless!"
~by David Wilkerson

God has a way of dealing with the dross that needs to be purged from within our hearts.  He has put a burden on my heart recently exposing my lack of mercy, love, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness.  God can bring this through an experience or a person but when He brings it and we welcome it instead of fight it; something amazingly beautiful happens where there once was not. It's a divine revelation of God's glory that encompasses every fiber of our being. It's humanly indescribable.

The hardest thing in the world is to have not 1 oz. of unbelief in our hearts towards God who is always working good upon those who love Him with all their heart, mind, and soul.  No matter how dismal or impossible the situation may seem, nothing is too big for our heavenly Father~Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?


1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Living Bible (TLB)
26 Notice among yourselves, dear brothers, that few of you who follow Christ have big names or power or wealth.27 Instead, God has deliberately chosen to use ideas the world considers foolish and of little worth in order to shame those people considered by the world as wise and great. 28 He has chosen a plan despised by the world, counted as nothing at all, and used it to bring down to nothing those the world considers great, 29 so that no one anywhere can ever brag in the presence of God.

30 For it is from God alone that you have your life through Christ Jesus. He showed us God’s plan of salvation; he was the one who made us acceptable to God; he made us pure and holy[a] and gave himself to purchase our salvation.* 31 As it says in the Scriptures, “If anyone is going to boast, let him boast only of what the Lord has done.”



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

YOUR CROSS IS MEANT TO BRING YOU DOWN!


HOW INTERESTING….NO MATTER HOW ONE LOOKS AT IT….ALL LIARS ARE AS MUCH AN ABOMINATION TO GOD AS HOMOSEXUALITY, ADULTERY, AND MURDER!! ALL LIARS WILL INHERIT THE ETERNAL LAKE OF FIRE ACCORDING TO GOD~UNLESS GIVEN UP TO JESUS FOR DELIVERANCE TO DO NO MORE~

REVELATION 21:8 BUT THE FEARFUL, AND UNBELIEVING, AND THE ABOMINABLE, AND MURDERERS, AND WHOREMONGERS, AND SORCERERS, AND IDOLATERS, AND ALL LIARS, SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE; WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH.

PROVERBS 12:22 LYING LIPS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD, BUT THOSE WHO ACT FAITHFULLY ARE HIS DELIGHT.

PSALM 101:7 NO ONE WHO PRACTICES DECEIT SHALL DWELL IN MY HOUSE; NO ONE WHO UTTERS LIES SHALL CONTINUE BEFORE MY EYES.


GOSSIP IS JUST AS WICKED IN THE EYES OF OUR LORD~ YET WIDELY ACCEPTED!

Do you associate yourself with one who is a known gossip?
When someone starts to gossip do you change the subject or fuel the fire?
Have you fallen into the bad habit of gossiping? — 
Only God can change a deceitful heart~

Psalm 101:5
5 Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.

Proverbs 20:19
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.

James 1:26
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Proverbs 17:4
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.




MY POINT BEING~WE ALL NEED JESUS TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. AND IT'S NOT UNTIL WE SURRENDER IT TO HIM THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BE DELIVERED FROM IT. RELYING OF "SELF" IS A QUICK TICKET TO HELL. THERE IS A REASON GOD BROUGHT SIMON ON THE SCENE TO HELP JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS. OUR SIMON IS JESUS. OUR CROSS IS MEANT TO BREAK US AND DRAIN US OF ALL HUMAN EFFORT. MATTHEW 27:32

HOWEVER, JESUS WILL NOT HELP US WITH OUR BURDEN UNTIL WE REACH OUR BREAKING POINT REALIZING WE CAN'T DO IT, AND CRY OUT FOR HIS HELP. JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED THROUGH WEAKNESS. IT IS IN OUR WEAKNESS OF CRUCIFYING OUR PRIDE THAT WE BECOME STRONG THROUGH JESUS.  2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

DENYING SELF SIMPLY MEANS TO DENY OUR OWN ABILITY TO CARRY OUR BURDENS BY OUR OWN STRENGTH! IN OTHER WORDS~ DONT TAKE UP YOUR CROSS UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO REJECT ANY AND ALL THOUGHTS OF BECOMING A HOLY DISCIPLE AS A RESULT OF YOUR OWN EFFORTS.

SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? WE CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT CHRIST, JUST AS HE COULD DO NOTHING WITHOUT THE FATHER. JOHN 5:19 WE CAN'T OVERCOME SIN THROUGH OUR OWN WILLPOWER NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY. MATTHEW 11:30 

THE SAD THING IS MANY REFUSE TO GIVE UP THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS/ SELF-WORKS MENTALITY~ PRIDE IS THE VERY THING THAT DESTROYED LUCIFER AND HARDENS MANY HEARTS TO THE GOSPEL. AND ANY GOSPEL THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE OUR COMING TO THE CROSS IS A FALSE GOSPEL.  

THE DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS IS WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED BUT MENTION OF TAKING UP OUR OWN CROSS AND CRUCIFYING OUR "SELF" OR "FLESH" OR "WICKEDNESS" IS RUBBISH AND RARELY SPOKEN. GOD WARNED OF THIS. BUT TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM; IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO FREEDOM.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to those who perish; but unto us who are saved, it is the power of God.