Thursday, October 31, 2019

His Mercy Endures Forever

2016 and the suspect was seen
Standing at the door;
Putting sanity on ignore
Though they said he was crazy
The memory grows hazy
Because what became of that day
Was paid by the blood of God's only Way

Jesus Christ - That's who this is about
And if I had any doubt
I know I wouldn't still shout
The glory of the One who delivered.
And delivers and will still yet deliver
And His peace is like a river
In my belly, flowing up to the Giver
Of Eternal Life - Forever. Amen

Something To Think About

The story is told that the great scientist Einstein was once asked 
how many feet are in a mile. Einstein’s reply was “I don’t know. Why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?”

Einstein taught us a big lesson. He felt it was more important to use your mind to think than to use it as a warehouse for facts. One time, Henry Ford was involved in a libel suit with the Chicago Tribune. The tribune had called Ford an ignoramus, and Ford said, in effect, “Prove it.”

The tribune asked him a score of simple questions such as “Who was Benedict Arnold?” When was the Revolutionary War fought?” and others, most of which Ford, who had little formal education, could not answer. Finally he became exasperated and said, “I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I could find a man in five minutes who does.”

Henry Ford was never interested in miscellaneous information. He knew what every major executive knows: that the ability to know to get information is more important than using the mind as a garage for facts.

Remember that the ability to think is of much greater value than the ability to memorize facts. Use your mind to create and develop ideas, to find new and better ways to do things. Ask yourself, 
Am I using my mental ability to make history, or am I using it merely to record history made by others?

(David J. Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Experiencing the Meaning of Romans 7

First off, let me say this: While some of the things I'm going to talk about here involve personal struggles, the only reason I'm writing this is to brag on God. I have no cause to boast on myself. It's by His grace and His grace alone that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. I'll begin this post by making clear a temptation that I've struggled with throughout my life and it's one that many folks deal with and it's the sin of pornography.

As of right now, the main remedy I've had in getting away from it is to do as Jesus commanded in Matthew 5 where He talked about if something is causing you to sin; to get rid of it. What that has looked like for me practically is identifying what it is that always leads me to go back to it. And then tracing movements of it in my life and actively putting those things to death by the Holy Spirit.

So by these steps of knowing my sin, stalking its movements, and mortifying them; I've come to the conclusion that getting rid of the common offender was the correct course of action.  For me, that would be my laptop. So a friend of mine graciously allowed me to store my laptop at his home. This has prevented me from logging on by myself privately and succumbing to temptation again. Granted, it's an inconvenience in a 21st century world where a large percentage of communication is on the internet, but the inconvenience is worth it.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:8 - "God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God." All the while I was on and off again on porn, I know the Lord was calling me to a higher place in His Presence, but I wasn't going to get there unless I stopped and said enough to the addiction. And I'll admit: It's been wonderful during this period of time I've kept myself from my sin. I've seen the face of God, albeit thru a glass darkly. And I intend to go even further  in His glory in the future. 

But there was something the Holy Spirit gave me insight to recently that I want to share. And it has to do with the truths found in Romans 7.  You see, for the past few weeks I've been drawing nearer to God that ever before. And without access to a laptop it's been easy to not have that stumbling block in front of my face. However, something donned on me tonight that immediately caused me to go to God for understanding. 

For the past several weeks I've been going to a certain church where they main preaching ministry has been repentance and getting right with God. Now I would be a liar if I said that I've sat in pride during these type of messages and thought to myself, "
I've not got any sin I'm dealing with." While it's true my life has been clean; it would also be false humility to claim I had sin when in fact I don't.

So anyway, tonight what I found was that increase in desire to gravitate back to porn. Keep in mind, though, at this point I've gotten rid of all my triggers and stumbling blocks. So it wasn't like there were external causes to this. Then I was reminded of what I had been hearing preached in church for the past several weeks. Then finally Holy Spirit allowed me to see the connection between what Paul said in Romans 7 and the desires that were  beginning to work in my flesh.

I'm not saying that preaching repentance from sin is wrong. Far from it. It's the gospel message that saved my soul.  But the apostle was clear in Romans 7 in verses such as verse 7 down to 13...

" Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of 
course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would
never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.”  But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.  At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life,  and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.  Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me.  But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.
But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes."

Nevertheless, Paul gave the answer at the end of that chapter and it's found by looking unto Jesus. I have to admit, I never really fully understood Romans 7 until now. It just seemed out of place between chapters 6 and 8. Some Christians have even went as far to say Romans 7 is a parenthetic back to Paul's old lost life. I disagree.

For Pastors, this proves a challenge for them to know their congregation. Make no mistake. Preaching repentance from sin shows that the hearers are NOT spiritual people. They are either still dead in their trespasses and sins or have not gone further than the elementary teachings of Christ. Hebrews 6 makes this clear. Needless to say, however,  these type of messages will produce what Paul told us about in Romans 7. So let the people of God be aware: We will either stay babes in Christ or go on from glory to glory and become the full stature of the Person of Jesus. By the grace of God, I intend to pursue the latter. 

(I speak to the church of the Lord Jesus Christ)



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of God?

Some time ago the Lord began teaching me things that I've considered to be from His deep counsel. I don't expect a lot of people to agree with me, but one thing I won't do is debate these principles. Nevertheless, with that being said, in this first of upcoming blog posts, I share with readers one of the first things He taught me. And it has to do with the number 5 in the Bible. It is significant because it represents the number of God's grace. All throughout God's counsel and workings there are always five elements that determine an outcome of a specific doctrine. In this post, I enlarge on a teaching that Christ gave us found in Matthew 5.

PS – It's one thing if you read this and disagree. But if you see anything in what I post to be blatant error, please contact me. I'm more than happy to stand corrected if you show me evidence from the Bible that I am wrong.

Jesus made distinctions between people in His kingdom as far as who would be the least to the greatest.

I realize that God is no respecter of people. But we all have a choice to whether we will go low or high. And the paradoxical answer to the latter is to go lower and to stay there as a lifestyle. Here are 5 points the Lord has taught me concerning how God ranks Christians as it regards to this. Notice that it's about a heart relationship from a believer to Jesus and that's it.

Afterward, I'll upload a song that sums up what I'm saying simply enough. Thanks for reading!

1. Do you go to Jesus Christ when you are alone and nobody else is around? Just how do you spend that down time when it's just you and the God who made you? The degree to which you do this will be one factor that determines your place in His kingdom.

2.To what degree do you allow Holy Spirit to guide and direct the details of your life? Many think this concept is foolish and unnecessary, but the Lord loves to be a part of every step of our walk as we'll let Him have. Watch God micro-manage your life and experience all the fullness that He has to offer. 

3. To what degree do you inquire about the hidden things of God and the things you don't know? Thru the centuries God has loved to take His servants up as they search out matters that God has kept secret before the foundation of the world. The Bible says it's the glory of the Lord to hide matters but the glory of kings to search them out. 

4. To what degree do you suffer for the sake of Christ? Paul told us that if we suffer for Him we will also reign with Him. The degree of hardships and persecutions we endure for the sake of His kingdom and righteousness will be direct reflections of the glory we will partake with Him in the ages to come. 

5. Lastly, how much do you obey? First, to His revealed will thru what is written. And secondly, to the Holy Spirit's promptings. 
By the way, three ways in which we always need to obey God are:

1. Immediately (Do it right after you know He wants you to do it. Don't wait. Example: When someone asks you to pray for them. Do it right there on the spot. Otherwise, you might go on about your day and forget.)

2. Completely (Be sure to carry out exactly and entirely what He says to do and leave nothing undone that you know He told you to do.)

3. With the right attitude (It's one thing to step out and do what the Father has commanded you to do, but what good is it if your heart isn't in it?)


Monday, July 22, 2019

8 Ways to Encourage Ourselves in God

1.) Secure our salvation.

You must know you are God’s child thru what Jesus called 

being born-again. If this isn’t your foundation, then all of 

what follows in this writing does not apply to you. What I

like to do is ask people to pause and reflect on what God

has done to bring salvation and their response to Him. If at

the end of this writing you find that you don’t have the 

correct response to this all too crucial question, then it’s my 

prayer that you will make Christ the Lord of your life from 

this day forward. 

2.) Settle sin accounts quickly.

The price has already been paid by the blood of Jesus.

But ask Him to examine you regularly. (Psalm 139:23-24)

And if there’s any trespass or sin that you haven't already

confessed, do so immediately and completely. (1John 1:9) 

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalm


The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the

righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).

He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer

shall be abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). 

3.) Study the Word of God.

Take time to pour over the scriptures. Personalize verses. 

Put yourself in the place of pronouns and read God’s word as

if it’s personally addressed to you. Meditate on it. Search 

out different verses in the original languages that it was

written in whether it’s Hebrew or Greek. There’s a depth

and richness to studying this way that often times our 

English misses out on.

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (Acts 17:11)

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) 

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)

4.) Supplicate ourselves in prayer.

In other words, spend time in communication with the Lord. 

And remember: Prayer is a dialogue; not a monologue. God 

wants to talk to you too. So pour out your heart to Him.

Bring before Him your needs and petitions. Be grateful and

offer Him thanksgiving. Then shut up and wait for Him to 

speak to you back. 

5.) Sing songs of praise.

You don’t need to be in a service with a worship team 

leading to do this. You can engage in worship while driving,

taking a shower, or any other thing you can think of. 


"Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the

Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." 

(Ephesians 5:19)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and

admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and

hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts

to God.” (Colossians 3:16)


6.) Speak in other tongues.

This is a personal prayer language given to believers by

God and should not be underestimated. The Bible says that

we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself

intercedes for us through wordless groans. And it is by praying in 

the Holy Spirit that we find edification for ourselves. (1 Corinthians

Now many people will stop and say that nobody should pray in 

tongues unless there is someone to interpret. In such cases where

the speaker is in front of a congregation and looking to 

communicate; this is true. But I’m referring to when a believer is

communing with God by himself. In those instances Paul made it

clear that they are permitted to speak in tongues all they want.


7.) Surround ourselves with like-minded believers.

The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 10 to "let us consider how to

stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet 

together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and

all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

But to give a word of caution: Surrounding ourselves with

like-minded believers is the key. Watch out for people who

don’t believe in all the gifts of the Spirit. Love them and

witness to them. But don’t allow yourself to be quenched by

their unbelief or ignorance. Also remember: The common 

denominator that all Christians in the body of Christ share is

Jesus and His kingdom. There are too many groups and

programs that mainly fellowship around the struggles and

sins of its members. This isn’t biblical. Yes, the Bible does

have things to say about accountability and confessing sins

to one another. But if that’s all a group of people are doing

then you need to leave. As Christians we must rally around

our victory in Christ rather than staying in a defeatist

mindset that doesn’t foster true growth and maturity.

8.) Share the Lord Jesus Christ with others.


This is where the rubber meets the road. Jesus gave the great 

commission. (Matthew 28:16-20) And if we are serious about our faith

and carrying out these principles, then going out to minister

will be the natural overflowing response after we’ve 

encouraged ourselves in the faith. I have serious doubts 

about people who lock themselves up inside somewhere and

spend their entire time doing what they call meditating or

other so called spiritual precepts and never evangelizing 

other people. Something is missing here. It’s like something 

that someone said to me years ago about witnessing: “How

can I not tell other people about this amazing God that did 

so much for me? I couldn’t keep it to myself if I wanted to!”


Friend, is this your testimony? Do you know for a 100% 

certainty that you have eternal life? The Spirit of God is 

telling you at this exact moment to examine yourself to see if

you are in the faith. I’m not asking you what you said or did

by spiritual exercise in your life prior to this point. But at

this exact second, what are you relying on for salvation? 

The Bible says that there is only one correct answer to this

question. I would encourage you to read this quick link to make 

sure you have the right response to what God has done for you thru 

Jesus Christ. And after reading, if you realize that you're trying by

other means to attain eternal life; it's my prayer that you will make

the decision to come to God His way and not yours. In Jesus' name,

be blessed. Amen.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Transformed By the Renewing of My Mind (4)

January 23, 2019:

 Today I was reading about Enoch walking with God to the point his faith was so pleasing to the Lord, the Bible says he was taken.
And I started asking God what would it take to have that kind of faith. And not long after, Holy Spirit began speaking to me about it. He told me that in order to take the next step, I would have to never ask a human being for a single thing ever again in my life. Instead, God told me to move men's hearts, through God, by prayer alone. This is going to be a radical shift for my life. But it's one that I've been seeking for a while now. God has already taken me up by ceasing my prayers of understanding and only praying in the Holy Ghost and interpreting them when needed. So I'm ready. I know the tests are coming. With higher levels come bigger devils, but God's got this.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Obedience to the Faith

If I had to sum up what the epistle to the church at Rome is about,

I would point at two verses that serve as the “book-ends” of the 

book of Romans. They are found in Romans 1:5 and Romans 16:26

and state that the letter was written for the “obedience to the faith”. 

in this blog post, I attempt to share the five-fold grace of God that

believers take part in when they obey the Lord.


1. From the heart. - (Romans 6:17) (Romans 10:9) This is the first 

step of any believer’s obedience. And it has the potential to be the

most difficult; but one of the most satisfying ways as well. I’ve 

frequently admired Christians as they operate in this grace of

obedience. It’s a beautiful thing to see people live simplistically as 

they go about their lives abiding in God, delighting themselves in

Him as He gives them their hearts’ desires. (Psalm 37:4)

2. From the Word of God(Luke 11:28) It’s an amazing thing

when people take the scripture verbatim and go about carrying out

what it says.

3. From godly counsel. - (Proverbs 11:14) (Proverbs 19:20)

There will always come times throughout the lives of believers

where we will need to obey the Lord thru the guidance and counsel

of other Christians who have insights on how we should go about

doing things. However, this form takes humility to confess we

don’t know as we ought and need help.

4. From Holy Spirit directly. - (Romans 8:14) (Matthew 4:1)

This has been my favorite way of obeying God for years. I just love

to hear personally from God. It has even gotten to the point where

the Lord has given more emphasis on other forms to bring me into 

more maturity of obeying in other areas of this five-fold grace than

just hearing from Holy Spirit. But it’s still a favorite.

5. From the needs of others. (James 2:14-18) (Matthew 10:42)

This one is similar to obeying from godly counsel. But it focuses on

being obedient to God by responding to the needs of others. Many

Christians throughout history have leaned heavily on this 

point to become obedient to the faith. And it is in no wise less than

any of the others when it comes to being faithful to God.

In conclusion, what I would submit here is that throughout the life

of a Christian, we will follow thru with all of these principles in our

walk. And while believers may put more emphasis on some rather

than others in this five-fold grace, the more we engage with each

one of them, the more mature we will become in time.