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HOPE IN CHRIST – July 19, 2015
“Why would someone hurt someone who volunteered to protect you? Someone who would take a bullet for you? Why would you want to hurt someone like that?”
These are words of a veteran who mourned the loss of his fellow servicemen in the horrific shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His words emulate exactly what is being done to the One and only “Son of Man”, “Son of God” who went to the cross willingly to save us from our sins.
Today, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, who died for all of mankind so that death had no power over us, is rejected, blasphemed, and wiped out of every household, school and public area—mocked of being so evil. Jesus Christ came to this earth to be the One and only sacrifice that would give us a chance at eternal life with Him in heaven. Up until then, there was no hope of ever achieving life eternal.
Sin is death but Jesus Christ willingly suffered for all of us. He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV). His death gave us freedom from the penalties of sin, which is death. Jesus Christ battled hell and stole the keys of death giving everyone the hope of everlasting life with Him in heaven.
It mourns me to see how quickly Jesus Christ is cast out and made to be as rubbish you sweep out the door. Jesus Christ died for us all but HE LIVES! He was raised from the dead—that glorious resurrection that shook the ground and rolled away the stone. HE LIVES!!
There is HOPE in Jesus Christ! Without Him—there is no hope! There is JOY—unspeakable JOY in Him!! There is PEACE—that PEACE that passes all understanding is in Him! There is LOVE—the LOVE that is unconditional is found in Him!
There is nothing you could’ve done that can keep you from the arms of Jesus Christ! The time is NOW to repent of all sin and step over the threshold to salvation in Jesus Christ!
GOD’S PROMISE TO BLESS ME – May 23, 2015
“For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always…” Matthew 26:11
In Matthew 26:7-11 (NKJV) – Jesus made this statement to those who were indignant toward a woman pouring expensive perfume over Him. She had poured the fragrant oil over His head as He sat at the table. The disciples spoke, “Why the waste? For the fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” In no way was Jesus dismissing the poor of their needs but simply declaring His end was near and that He would no longer be with them on the earth.
The world will have you believe that Christians are meant to be poor. If a Christian is blessed with riches in finances and earthly things, they are instantly condemned. However, the commands of God throughout the Bible are to bless the poor. Who has been commanded to bless them?
From the beginning, God has blessed those who walked in His ways; the righteous at heart. When God commanded Abraham to leave his home and go to the Promised Land, Abraham obeyed. He walked in the righteousness of God and God blessed him greatly. Abraham was a very rich man. He had land, flocks and everything that God promised him. Abraham was not poor. Abraham in turn blessed the poor.
When God called out Moses to lead His people out of bondage, God blessed them for all the years of their bondage. Moses led the people out of Egypt with cartloads of riches. God had blessed them with all the treasures of Egypt. They left Egypt with “articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. (Exodus 12:35-36 NKJV) God’s people left Egypt with the wealth of the Egyptian people.
God chose David to be King. King David was a man after God’s own heart. He walked in the ways of the Lord. Yes, King David sinned; however, when confronted with his sin, he repented immediately. (2Samuel 12) David paid for his sin through the death of his first son to Bathsheba. David pleaded with the God for the child by fasting and lying all night on the ground. Seven days later, the child died. David arose, washed and anointed himself, changed his clothes and went to the house of the Lord and worshipped. David’s second son to Bathsheba was Solomon.
David confessed and repented his sin to God and God blessed him with another child who would become King over all David’s other sons. David was blessed greatly as King with riches in flocks, herds, gold and silver.
As King, Solomon inherited the riches of his father, King David. God increased Solomon’s wealth as King and bestowed upon him all the riches of the world. King Solomon is known to be the wealthiest man ever to live. When God asked Solomon what he wanted most of anything, Solomon responded by asking for wisdom. (1 Kings 3:6-9) Because Solomon did not ask for wealth and riches above all, God blessed him greatly for his wise decision. And because of Solomon’s wise response, God added to his blessings. (1 Kings 3:11-14) In turn for all the wealth bestowed upon God’s chosen people, they were to care for the orphan and widow. God blesses those who bless Him. And by helping the poor and needy; the orphan and the widow; we are blessing God.
If all Christians were to be poor, then how would they bless God? God blesses those whose hearts are righteous toward Him. He blesses those who seek Him diligently. He blesses those who follow His ways.
Matthew 7:7-8 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
The Lord knows our hearts and every intention we have to honor Him and give Him glory. If our hearts are selfish and self-serving, God sees it. God blesses those according to His will not ours.
Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV) – “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives power to get wealth…..”
Proverbs 13:22 (NKJV) – “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”
DO NOT ROB GOD! Malachi 3:8-10 (NKJV) – “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it…”
God commands tithing from what He has blessed us with and also gives us permission to test Him in this one thing. God’s command is to tithe 10% off the top of what He has blessed in our life. I personally fell into the sin of being greedy with my money toward God. I was living in poverty and barely had enough to pay my bills. So after I paid all my bills and bought groceries and everything else I needed, I would give from what I had left over which wasn’t much. I would open my wallet to maybe $20 that had to last me two weeks. I would put in the pot of charity $5 or $10 and think I was doing good.
The day came when the Lord convicted my heart of the sin I was committing; I was robbing Him. I had felt animosity toward charity seekers and would find myself hiding from them so as not to be asked for money. “Why should I give to them when I needed it myself?” is what I would think. The Lord crushed me with guilt of the sin I was committing in His eyes. I was not blessing His kingdom by throwing out the leftovers. Even in the Old Testament, God commanded that the best of the flock, a young lamb without blemish, to be offered as a sacrifice. If God’s command to offer a pure spotless lamb was disobeyed by offering a lamb with defect, then God didn’t bless their crops or vines any longer. He would send draught and famine upon the land.
Finally, the pressure of guilt had me overwhelmed and I opened up my wallet to give a tithe based on my income after taxes. Well, that didn’t last very long as the Lord impressed upon me that my offering was to come from the TOP – meaning before taxes. Once I broke my sinful way of thinking – “that my money was mine; I worked hard for it” – I began on the path of testing Him in my tithing. Everything I have belongs to God. I am working toward tithing more than His required 10% off the top. I am actually finding it a lot of fun because the more I bless and give the more God blesses me.
Now, that is not to be the intent of the heart. We are to be cheerful givers and not with the expectancy of repayment. Our expectancy is to bless the Kingdom of God here on earth by tithing and helping those who are poor and needy. We are to do good and please God but also to do it in private not seeking to be recognized before the public eye for our giving.
Matthew 6:1-4 – Jesus tells us to do our charitable deeds in private not sounding a gong for others to see what we are doing. (6:3 – “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
The temple compound housed 13 larges chests with funnel-like openings into which people placed their financial contributions. Hypocrites often converted their gifts into the largest number of coins possible so their money would make a loud noise when dropped into the chest. To give and do charitable deeds in secret reflects a person’s desire to please God more than people. God blesses those who honor Him. (*David Jeremiah’s Study Bible NKJV)
The following prayer is taken from the little red book of Prayers written and consolidated by Christian Word Ministries. This prayer captures all the Scripture that gives us God’s promise to bless us.
As I give it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. (Luke 6:38) My God makes all grace abound toward me in ever favor and earthly blessing, so that I have all sufficiency for all things and I abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8) I am blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed coming in, and blessed going out, my laying down, my rising up. I am blessed in my finance, in my health, and in my relationships; they all flourish in the Lord. The blessings of the Lord overtake me in all areas of my life and I receive them. (Deut. 28:1-14) I am like a tree planted by rivers of water. I bring forth fruit in my season; my leaf shall not wither, and whatever I do will prosper if it is done in accordance to God’s will for my life. (Psalm 1:3) The blessings of the Lord make me truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22) The Lord has opened unto me His good treasure and blessed the work of my hands. He has commanded the blessing upon me in my storehouse and all that I undertake. (Deut. 28:8 and 12) God delights in my prosperity. (Deut. 8:18 and 11:12) God has given me all things that pertain to life and godliness, and I am well able to possess all that God has provided for me. (Numbers 13:30, 2 Peter 1:3-4) I delight myself in the Lord, and He gives me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4) The Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake, and no weapon that is formed against me will prosper. By my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ I declare that all obstacles and hindrances to my prosperity are now dissolved. (Isaiah 54:17) The Lord is my shepherd, and I do not want. Jesus came that I might have life and have it more abundantly. (Psalm 23:1, John 10:10)
In conclusion then, whom is God commanding to bless His Kingdom? He is commanding the believer! The follower of Christ Jesus! Therefore, being obedient in our tithes and offerings to bless His kingdom here on earth, God in turn blesses us.
A great transfer is coming. The wealth of the wicked has been stored up for the righteous. Jesus Christ expects His righteous to increase His kingdom. How is that done if we are poor? How are we expected to increase His kingdom if we ourselves haven’t the finances to fulfill God’s plan? Those Christians who have been condemned for having wealth and riches are those who are spreading the Word of God throughout the world. They are those who have taken up offerings to bring food, water and clothing to the poorest in our world. They are those who minister God’s Word.
Why is it okay with the world when a wealthy mogul of a pornographic magazine has a multi-million dollar mansion and personal jet? Why is it okay with the world that those who sin against God’s word and commandments live in multi-million dollar mansions, have a fleet of personal jets, and spend lavishly on wasteful things and personal satisfaction?
Answer yourself these? Are these people spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are these the people who lead the lost out of darkness?
Blessings to you in Jesus’ Holy, Almighty and Powerful Name!!
To God be the Glory, Honor and Praise!!
Spiritual Warfare – Armor of God – May 18, 2015
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12) NKJV
The Word of God tells us to arm ourselves with the Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all to stand. (Eph. 6:13)
Our Heavenly Father through Paul provided us with a self-defense course in Ephesians 6 and Jesus equips us with all six dimensions of our spiritual armor. Jesus Christ is our Truth, our righteousness, our peace, the object of our faith, the source of our salvation, and the living Word of God. When we put on “Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13-14; Gal. 3:27), we are protected by the only person Satan has never defeated.
God’s Armor is there to protect us against all the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6 tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the devil and his minions. The Armor of God is a tool that is supplied to protect us in our daily battle against the assignments the enemy has against us. Without God’s armor, we are defenseless and helpless. By applying this armor each and every day, we begin to see the influences it has on our daily lives.
If we make an effort of applying God’s Armor every day, we will begin to see the difference between those days we remember and those days we don’t. Jesus Christ gave us His word of protection throughout Scripture to help us and instruct us in many ways to overcome this world. Jesus Christ has overcome the world and He offers us the protection of His armor to do the same.
Christians are engaged in a very real spiritual battle between two opposing kingdoms whether they are aware of it or not. Those who are ignorant of God’s Word are often the first casualties. Unaware of this battle between evil and good, so many Christians are falling into the snares of the enemy. They are not mindful to God’s commandments and ways so, therefore, fall victim to worldliness. We are not of this world but we are a part of it. It is our duty as Christians to be aware and keep on alert. Be the watchman on the tower so to speak.
But so many are living ungodly lives. Many do not read the Bible. The Bible is our guide and instruction book. Ephesians 6 is a guide given us by Paul to apply the Armor of God so Christians can stand strong in the midst of an ever-present, but unseen, spiritual battle.
Paul explains in Ephesians 6:14-17 the application of this armor.
- The belt of truth (Eph. 6:14)– Because the devil is the ‘father of lies’, he cannot stand against the truth of God’s Word. Jesus said, “I am the truth…” (John 8:44)
- The breastplate of righteousness (Eph. 6:14) – Our righteousness comes from Jesus Christ, not ourselves. (Phil. 3:9)
- The gospel of peace shoes (Eph. 6:15) – Our peace is in knowing that Jesus Christ gives us security in the face of Satan’s accusations. (Phil. 4:7)
- The shield of faith ((Eph. 6:16) – The soldier’s leather covered shield was soaked in water to deflect the enemy’s flaming arrows. Our faith in God’s promises deflects and extinguishes the lies of Satan. (1 John 5:4; Prov. 30:5)
- The helmet of salvation (Eph. 6:17) – Since the primary weapon in spiritual warfare is the Christian’s mind, assurance of salvation defeats the doubts Satan uses to attack us. (John 10:28)
- The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph. 6:17) – The sword is the Word of God. The only weapon for defense in the Christian’s armor. Jesus illustrated this in His victory over Satan in the wilderness. (Matt. 4:1-11)
We do not have to live in fear of the devil. We need only to enter the spiritual battle to which we’ve been called, aware of its reality and its subtlety, and armed with the truth that the ultimate victory against Satan has already been achieved.
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord. ( Isaiah 54:17)
Now, given the revelation that you have been given, suit up each day with the Armor of God. Never start your day without it.
January 19, 2015
UNFORGIVENESS – How dangerous is it?
How many times in your life has someone hurt you that have left you battling thoughts of vengeance, retaliation, disassociation or any kind of enmity?
Offensiveness has no limits; it comes in all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t pick and choose whom it afflicts. It may be as simple as a misunderstanding to an even more devastating blow that has caused you or someone close to you bodily harm or loss. It doesn’t matter how small or how large a misunderstanding may be, the offender has trespassed against you in a way that has left you outraged. You have been wronged and you demand justice be served!
Hurtfulness from such an offensive is not limited to who it affects. All too often those closest to us seem to hurt us most. Arguments and/or disagreements may occur between friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers and even strangers. The bottom line is that every person, at one time or another, has been hurt by someone in his or her lifetime.
How dangerous are those feelings of wanting justice served? Wanting justice for an injustice is not necessarily the issue. How you intend on having justice served – that is the issue. If you seek vengeance and/or think harshly toward the offender, then you are more than likely suffering from “unforgiveness”. Key components that can alert you to unforgiveness are anger, wrong thoughts or attitudes, dislike, grudges, retaliation, disrespect, resistance, hurt, anguish, rebellion, and resistance to the Word of God.
If you suffer from any of the above, then perhaps you need to look within. The dangerousness of these feelings can cause unforgiveness to fester and grow like a cancer. It is not a healthy way to live. The devil will stop at nothing to keep you prisoner to unforgiveness. He will find ways to validate your feelings and deceive you in believing that you are justified. Self becomes the culprit in thoughts as, “I am right, they are wrong”; “I have a right to feel like this. They hurt me (physically, emotionally, mentally).”
Again, the enemy will stop at nothing to keep you prisoner to unforgiveness. He seeks to steal, kill and destroy. It may not seem easy to forgive because of the deceitfulness poured into your mind. But be of good cheer! YOU CAN BE FREE!
The Bible (God’s Word) has equipped us with scripture to assist us in times such as these. God’s Word provides us with instruction to be forgiving and with warnings when we are not.
Matthew 6:9-13 is what we know as the Lord’s Prayer. Verse 12 – And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (NKJV) Some versions use the word trespass instead of debtors but the word means sins. Even while we were still in our sins, God forgave us through the crucifixion of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. How often do we pray this and not understand what it fully means. We are asking God to forgive us our sins. If God can forgive us our sins, then He expects us to forgive others of their sins against us.
I’ve heard many people validate their unforgiveness and claim they are working on forgiveness. Basically, what this is saying is that you are better capable of serving justice than Jesus Christ. Further investigation has found that they have been “working” on forgiveness for months or years. Such action is highly dangerous especially for a child of God.
How dangerous is unforgiveness?
Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive men their trespasses; your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (NKJV)
Matthew 18:34-35 – And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses. (NKJV)
Matthew 18:21 – 35 – Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant. The servant owed his master ten thousand talents and the master was going to sell him, his wife, his children, and all his possessions. But the servant fell down before his master begging him to have patience that he would repay his debt. The master had compassion upon him and forgave him the debt. The servant went on his way and came upon a fellow servant that owed him a hundred denarii. So the servant took him by the throat demanding that he pay him what he owed. His fellow servant begged him for compassion to have patience that he would repay his debt. However, he would not but threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. The master then called his servant and said to him, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?”
God expects His children to take on His likeness. If they do not resemble Him in their willingness to forgive, they prove they are not His children.
Straight forward – you are not truly saved in the eyes of God. Accepting Jesus into your heart was lip service at best. You were not the seed cast upon fertile soil that took root and grew deeply. (See the parable of the sower Matthew 13:18-23)
How dangerous is unforgiveness? It is dangerous enough to fear the loss of the kingdom of heaven and be cast into the lake of fire with all the unbelievers, fornicators, adulterers, idolaters, and unclean.
The philosophy in which I use in my ministry to help those suffering in unforgiveness is this: By you holding onto to unforgiveness, YOU are drinking the poison hoping the other person dies. When in truth, you are the one dying! STOP believing the deceitfulness of the devil! Trust in the Word of God. If Jesus Christ can forgive YOU of your sins, shouldn’t you then forgive others!
It is that simple!
Now, repent of your unforgiveness. Take it to the foot of the cross and give it to Jesus Christ. Then… LET IT GO!! DO NOT TAKE IT BACK!! Let Jesus handle it because He is the RIGHTFUL JUDGE! HE IS YOUR VINDICATOR! “VENGEANCE IS MINE!” Says the Lord!
January 3, 2015 – Fasting and Praying for Breakthroughs
The Lord Jesus Christ has given me strict instructions to fast and pray for 40 days. I must state that I am quite new to fasting especially for a period of 40 days. I did a 4 day fast prior to my 2-day event in March of 2014 and I saw tremendous breakthrough in the anointing to heal. I usually fast the days of my events and see how powerfully the Holy Spirit works through me to deliver amazing messages. This is my very first experience in a 40 day fast.
The Lord revealed to me His 40 days in the desert and how He defeated the enemy of all temptations cast at Him. Jesus has promised the outcome of this 40 days of fasting and praying to be one of a great anointing and growth. I’m excited, yet scared as well. I’ve only done a 4 day fast before and that was quite trying. My body crashes in weakness and I struggle with feelings of nausea. So, I ask for your prayers to help me succeed in this task before me. The Lord has promised great things to unfold during my obedience to fast and pray.
I have been instructed to refrain from all social media but have been given permission to post my experience as it occurs during these 40 days. My first day to begin is January 5th and will continue with my 40th day being February 13th. I smiled when I realized my 40 days would end right before Valentine’s Day. I’m expecting great blessings to come my way for my obedience. Jesus loves me AND YOU so very much!
If you feel so inclined to join me during this time, please jot me a note in the “Guestbook” link and let me know. You don’t have to do all 40 days – but ask the Lord. Having your support will be such a great blessing!
Thank you everyone!
December 31, 2014 – This is my prayer for 2015 with a Word from the Lord following. Please be sure to check out what the Lord has spoken for 2015.
MY PRAYER FOR 2015
I pray that 2015 is a year of breakthrough, restoration and awakening. That it is a year of powerful and mighty breakthroughs that brings the Kingdom of God down to this earth. I pray 2015 reveals the ultimate power and authority of Jesus Christ over the enemy.
I pray that strongholds are broken down that has divided families and caused strife and division in marriages. I break down all strongholds that have caused uprising and hatred. I break every stronghold down in the Name of the Most High, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, the Savior of the World, the Anointed One.
I pray that 2015 brings unity and restoration back into families and marriages. I pray that His ultimate authority and power be revealed to those who are confused and lost in the darkness of the enemy. I pray that those who are feeling disjointed from the world and considering suicide find the Light of Jesus Christ and discover His great love. I pray that Jesus Christ becomes the center of every household.
May the Light of the World shine into the darkest of nights. May the peace, mercy and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, fall upon each and every soul who looks up seeking comfort. May His LOVE overwhelm the hearts of those who cry out from the wilderness.
May the hearts of many be softened from their hearts of stone. May there be an awakening like never before seen throughout this world.
Reveal to this world Lord who You are…King of kings, Lord of lords, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.
A WORD FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FOR 2015
My heart cries out for the many who are persecuted in my Name. My peace is upon all those who are suffering such persecution. They shall be vindicated!
Know this my children; a rising up shall be the cup of 2015. A rising up of those whom I have chosen to lead the way into an awakening like never before seen. I am in control even when you feel lost in the darkness. Know that My Light encompasses the world. I have plans that are beyond your understanding. I will give strength to those who cry out for it. I will bless those who bless Me and curse those who curse Me. I bring comfort to those who seek out my Name in the midst of all their circumstances.
A renewing of minds is in the midst. Let rest that which has been depleted. I will direct you upon which field to sow. A great harvest is coming. I want for none to perish. I want for all to experience My Love. I want for all to live with Me in eternity.
My presence will be revealed to many in this coming year. My presence will be made known to those who wreak havoc upon my beloved. They will feel the power and might of My hand upon them. I will shake them to the core. My beloved shall not be tested. My beloved shall stand firm when the dust settles.
I am coming soon. Let your hearts find rest and peace in knowing that I am watchful over all the earth. I know all and I see all. Nothing goes unpunished! Nothing goes unrewarded! A great breakthrough is coming for 2015 in an outpouring of financial wealth. I have plans to expand My Kingdom upon this earth. I have resources beyond your imagination. I have entrusted my faithful servants with great wealth to expand My Kingdom in this place. A mighty transfer is about to happen. The wicked have been storing up wealth doing to the deeds of the enemy. I am God, the Creator! A great shaking is coming to the financial institutions. Strongholds will crash causing an outpouring of wealth into the hands of those who will accomplish my plan.
Be still and know that I am God. My power and might cannot be measured! My trustworthy servants will know Me in more intimate ways. I am drawing them closer to Me. Keep alert and be watchful of things to come.
August 25, 2014 – How Great is Our God?
A simple question, how great is our God? Or perhaps the emphasis should be clarified as, how GREAT is our God? Or, even better still, how great IS our God?
Throughout our every day lives our God is always at work somewhere, somehow, some way. But the question I hear most often is whether our God is great enough to heal sickness, disease, and so forth beyond an even better state than what it was prior to the breaking point of such. Or whether He heals fully/completely, immediately or over a period of time. Or whether He heals some while others not all.
2Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” NKJV
The ongoing question concerning the thorn has been debated throughout history. What was this thorn in Paul’s flesh? And why didn’t the Lord feel it necessary to take it from him?
I’ve heard people claim that the thorn Paul mentioned was he must have been blind and struggled in every day life. He was blinded on the road to Damascus and probably didn’t fully recover from that affliction. Or perhaps the thorn was an illness, sickness or disease that Paul had contracted along the way of his ministry. It seemed he had caretakers who assisted him with writing and aiding in his travels. So, therefore, his thorn had to be some kind of physical ailment.
Acts 9:11-12 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” NKJV
Acts 9:18 “Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once, and he arose and was baptized.” NKJV
On the road to Damascus Paul was struck down by Jesus Christ and was blinded for three days. The Lord then sent Ananias to lay hands upon him and heal him and baptize him with the Holy Spirit. Paul’s sight was restored immediately.
Did the Lord Jesus Christ restore Paul’s sight completely? Did he restore Paul’s sight only partially? …and he received his sight at once…
Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” NKJV
By His stripes we are healed…Does it claim that some are healed and others NOT? Does it state that we are partially healed or that our healing is not completely restored to what it was prior to the affliction? Does it claim that healing is in God’s timing?
This is my personal opinion based upon the knowledge and understanding I believe that Jesus Christ has given me. Through my examination of the scripture the definition of Paul’s thorn is given in the very next paragraph. A messenger of Satan to buffet me.
What exactly does he mean by messenger? What is a messenger? A messenger is a person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages. What is it to buffet? …to strike repeatedly and violently; to batter. Therefore, this messenger caused repeated battering or that this messenger repeatedly struck out at Paul violently. In other words, this messenger was sent by Satan to cause Paul repeated badgering or harassment to cause him repeated afflictions of trouble.
Paul prayed to the Lord three times that He would cause this messenger of Satan to depart from him. But the Lord replied, “My grace is sufficient for you”.
How about when we say, “He/she is a pain in my side.” Wouldn’t that be the same as a ‘thorn in my flesh”? I don’t believe that Paul was claiming he had an illness or a sickness or even a disease as so many have believed. Paul wanted this ‘thorn in my flesh’ to be gone. He wanted this ‘messenger of Satan’ to leave him alone. But Jesus didn’t remove this pain or thorn in Paul’s flesh. Paul had to contend with this ‘messenger of Satan’.
Perhaps it is a lesson in our lives that when there is someone we simply don’t want to be bothered with and wish would leave us alone, Jesus is saying maybe you can contend with this person differently. My grace is sufficient for you and my strength is made perfect in your weakness. We may not feel strong enough to contend with such people but with the strength of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can manage through.
Was Paul’s sight restored completely or partially? Does our Lord Jesus Christ restore us to fullness and to an even better state than before?
I believe He restores us completely and even better than before. I believe that God, the Lord Jesus Christ, restores us to completeness and wholeness and to an even better state than we were before. I believe that My God is a GREAT God indeed. I believe that everyone is to be healed and that He does NOT pick and chose whom He wants to be healed. I believe that the old mind-set of ‘well, He doesn’t heal everyone”, or that ‘well, our healing is all in God’s timing’ is based on the misinterpretation that the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t fully and completely heal Paul.
Jesus Christ took 39 stripes and was beaten beyond recognition. He took upon himself those 39 stripes and He took the nails to the cross to heal us from all our sickness and disease and to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ did not bear the cross we so deserved so that only some or a few could be saved but that ALL who receive Him as their Lord and Savior may be saved. The same way He took those 39 stripes so that ALL may be healed, that we are completely restored, and to an even better state than prior to the healing.
Yes, I believe that our God is a GREAT God! I believe that our God IS a great God! I believe that it is our heart and our limited way of thinking that inhibits us from receiving the fullness and completeness of all that Jesus Christ has for us…IF we only chose to receive it.
May 19, 2014 – Is there fire in Hell?
Visiting with family over the Easter weekend, I attended church for the Easter service. We attended a local Catholic church since most of my family still remain as Catholics.
In my book, I discuss my life as a Catholic and my amazing transition as a Christian into the Light of Jesus Christ. It was incredibly difficult for me to listen to the priest’s rendition of how his parishioners should work diligently so they can enter heaven.
I know it was by God’s hand that He sent me to this church to hear what is being preached to so many Catholics who perceive themselves as Christians. But at no time during this service did I once hear that by accepting the salvation of Jesus Christ would give entrance into everlasting life with Him. Not once did the priest claim that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and by confessing with our mouths that God sent His one and only Son to take the nails for our sins and die upon the cross would give eternal life. Not once!
And must I remind you that this was Easter Sunday. Of all days to proclaim the risen Savior!
What the priest claimed was that if the people would strive to lead a more positive life rather than one of impatience and anger they would have a better chance of getting into heaven.
“I never knew of anyone who claimed they could count to 10 and their anger would subside,” the priest claimed. “If there is anyone here who has achieved such a thing, I’d like to met them because you are a saint and I’ve never met one.”
He then instructed the people that they should try their utmost to be more positive toward others rather than speaking negatively and letting anger rule over you. Then the hammer came down! He said, “Hell and fire – well fire is just a symbol for hell. There is NO fire in hell. Hell is a place void of God’s love. It is what we would consider solitary confinement. There is no fire in hell but you would spend eternity alone and without God’s love.”
I couldn’t believe my ears. WHAT?? No fire in hell? Did this priest not read the Bible? There are at least 4 places I can quote speaking of hell being a lake of fire or a place of fire or eternal fire.
Matthew 5:22 “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to the brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You Fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Matthew 18:9 “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”
Jude 7 “…as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Revelation 20:13 “Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
I was horrified to think of the many people being misled to think hell was not as God explained it to be in His Word. How many people do you know would say something as this?
“I don’t really like to be around some of the people I know. Hell isn’t so bad. I’d rather be by myself.”
Can you think of people in that mindset? I most certainly can. God said that hell is the second death. It is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth; a place of torment and suffering.
It is not the desire of God that any should perish. Hell was made for Satan (Lucifer) and his fallen dark angels (demons). Hell is Satan’s future! Hell is not to be our future. God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die upon a cross for our sins. God raised Him from the grave to give us everlasting life in heaven. God wants all His children to be seated with Him in heaven.
It is NOT by works that you shall be saved and go to heaven. It is by confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believing in your heart that God sent His Son to die for you. Jesus took the nails that we so deserve for our sins. But if you repent of your sins from birth until now and receive Jesus in your heart and let Him be Lord of your life…then you shall be saved. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10)
God gave us free will to choose Him or not. By choosing Him and believing in His Son, we are set free from the pangs of death and suffering in the fires of hell. But choose Him not and it is your free will to spend eternity in hell.
What will it be? Believing in a Savior for everlasting life with Him in heaven, or rejecting Him and His precious gift of Salvation and spending it in the fires of hell?
God gave you the free will to choose! I pray you choose EVERLASTING LIFE with a SAVIOR – JESUS CHRIST!
2/25/2014 – Are you Wise or Foolish?
The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five were wise, and five were foolish….Matthew 25:1-13
Any time the Bible refers to ‘virgins’ it is referring to the righteous in Jesus, those who are saved and have accepted him into their hearts. The parable of the 10 virgins refers to those who have accepted Jesus and are saved. But the question remains, once saved…”can I live any way I want to live even if it is displeasing to God?”
Once you receive Jesus into your heart, it is up to you to live according to God’s Word. You must follow His ways and be obedient. How many times did the Israelites fall into sin because they turned their back on God and prostituted themselves with sexual immorality and idolatry. God then lifted His hand of protection and enemies came swarming in to conquer them, drag them into exile or drought, famine, or plagues inflicted them.
Our God is a loving God! BUT He also deserves respect and love in return. How can we love Him in return? By being examples of His love and living a righteous life. Striving to be obedient and following His commandments…thus the term “being filled with oil”. When you strive to live a righteous life of obedience unto God, you will discover an abundance of blessings being poured into your life. Just look around you and see how God is working in your life.
Foolishness is living a carnal life while proclaiming to be righteous. Foolishness is thinking that your fleshly desires are more important than God. How are you living out these end times? Are you living a promiscuous life of sexual immorality justifying it as ‘needs’ and/or ‘God must understand that I have needs.’ Sin is when you yield to temptation. That is following through with temptation.
The devil has no need to waste his time on those who know not a Savior. He already has them in his clutches. His purpose is to destroy the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The church or the virgins of Jesus Christ. Satan will use every tactic to tempt you into turning from God’s ways. He lies and uses deceit to ‘fool’ the righteous into believing that God is okay with their sin. Are you one who is being fooled into thinking that your fleshly desires are okay with God? I’m not just talking about sexual immorality; however, that is one of the biggest subjects talked about throughout scripture. God wiped out Sodom and Gomorrah because of sexual immorality and evil. God caused the flood to wipe out all mankind except Noah and his family because of sexual immorality and evil. AND scripture foretells that these end days will be plagued in the same manner “…as in the days of Noah.”
“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age.” Ephesians 6:12 Our battle is with Satan and his vendetta against the righteous of Jesus Christ. Don’t fall prey to the wiles of the devil by allowing him to cause you to believe that your fleshly desires are more important than God’s desire for you to be ‘filled with oil’. The devil knows all of your weaknesses and he intends to use all of them to bring you down with him. How is your worshipping life going? Do you go to church regularly and praise Jesus or are you too busy with your everyday life? Whatever you place before God, then you are falling into idolatry. Idolatry is that which is placed before God.
The righteousness, the Church, the virgins of Jesus Christ need to WAKE UP!! Fill your lamps with oil…the love of God and the obedience of His Word. Walk in the footsteps and the shadow of Jesus Christ. Die to yourself…meaning die to your old ways of carnal living, and live the new creation of life that you became when you asked Jesus into your heart. Give the devil his marching orders and get back in line with God. Your soul will thank you!
10/14/2013 – Are we forgiven of ALL sin??
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…John 3:16
God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may be saved from sin. According to the Law of the Old Testament, we were dead to sin. There weren’t enough sacrifices that would save us from sin. But God sent Jesus Christ, His Son, the ultimate sacrifice to redeem us through His blood. We, who have accepted Jesus into our hearts, are NO LONGER condemned by sin.
Jeremiah 31:34 …For I forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.
When we repent of our sins and ask Jesus into our hearts, we are forgiven of ALL our sins. Jesus died for ALL our sins. He paid the price for ALL sin. It doesn’t matter what you did, your sin is forgiven and remembered NO MORE. The enemy will constantly remind you of your sins to condemn you and make you think you aren’t good enough to be saved. BUT Jesus paid the ultimate price. He was the pure and sufficient sacrifice to redeem us from ALL sin.
If you say that not ALL sin is forgiven, then His death on the cross was fruitless. Jesus Christ paid the price by His blood.
1 Corinthians 15:3 …that Christ died for our sins… Paul stated that he also received forgiveness of his sins…and he was a murderer.
Ephesians 1:7 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace… Jesus’ death on the cross was more than sufficient to pay the price for ALL our sin. When you believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross…to be the sacrificial Lamb…for our sins….AND you repent of ALL sin in your life and accept Jesus into your heart…you are saved. God remembers your sin NO MORE.
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul for His love is more than sufficient for all. If you are troubled about something in your life, go before the Lord and ask Him to reveal it to you and then repent and sin no more. We are weak in the flesh and prone to sin, but we must strive to be holy and pure and walk in the steps of Jesus. (1-John2:6) When we falter, we ask His forgiveness. BUT we do NOT have to keep asking for the forgiveness of sins He already forgave. IF you are having difficulty with something in your past, then you need to look within and forgive yourself. For just as the Lord forgave us, we must forgive others…including ourselves. (Matthew 6:12)
9/27/13 – (Ephesians 5:3-7) – But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
When you accept Jesus into your heart, all your sins have been washed away by the blood He shed on the cross for you. Shouldn’t you then try to lead a righteous life? Is it not our responsibility as children of God to live holy lives? Jesus…make me more like you and less like me. Why? The soul and body are of this world and are prone to the temptations of the devil. When you feel tempted to fall into sin, cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ whose Holy Spirit will guide you and give you strength to overcome. Greater is He who is in you than he that rules this world. Say NO to temptation of the flesh and sin and give thanksgiving to God for His sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. He gave us His all! Shouldn’t you do your best to give yours!!
9/21/13 – For all who visited my site within the last 2 or 3 weeks, I would like to apologize for the mess the site was in. Apparently, wordpress did an update and all formatting was lost. I wasn’t notified or it would’ve been addressed immediately. Please check back often for updates on paintings and a word from the Lord. God Bless and thank you for your support.
9/20/13 – I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:32) God has given us a great potential, so much greater than most of us know. The majority of people never even stop to think about potential, and those who do usually estimate the potential as being much less than it actually is. As a result, we shortchange ourselves, achieve less, and fail to dream big enough dreams. God is infinite, and when He pours Himself into us and into our abilities, we take on His capacity, not our capacity. There is no limit to how much He can multiply our efforts to accomplish His purposes. What is your dream?
6/6/2013 – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. The devil is merciless. He wants nothing more than to drag you down in the pit with him. He is the father of lies. But Jesus came to give us life. He died on the cross, was buried and rose from the grave so we may have life abundantly. (John 10:10)
Job suffered greatly being sifted as wheat by the devil. Jesus gave us the power and authority to fight the devil and stop him in his tracks. We don’t have to sit back and let the devil have his way with us. If you have Jesus in your heart, you have 2 of the most precious and powerful gifts that Job did not have. You have the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for you AND you have His Holy Spirit. (John 20:22) The battle is won!! We are victorious in the Almighty Name of Jesus Christ!
4/6/2013 – Rest under the wings of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior; take refuge and trust in Him. He shall grant you His peace that transcends all understanding. Know in your heart that nothing is impossible for Him. No matter your trouble or circumstance, seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face and to be in His presence continually and you will find joy.
Psalm 91:4, Philippians 4:7, Luke 1:37, 1 Chronicles 16:11,27
2/1/2013 – “Look to the Lord and His strengths; seek His face always.” Psalm 105:4 – The Lord desires for us to seek Him throughout every circumstance that comes upon us. “Fret not,” says the Lord, “call upon Me and My grace will surround you. I shall provide all your needs.” He is Jehovah Jireh, which means, “the Lord will provide.” We, in our finite bodies, can’t seem to grasp the infinite ways of the Lord. His ways are way past our finding out. (Romans 11:33) If we could only rest in Him and seek Him throughout all of our troubles, He shall supply all of our needs. He will provide you with the strength to conquer anything that is burdening you. Lift up your head and look to the One whose strength conquered this world.
1/18/2013 – Just as the Blood of the Lamb saved the Israelites when the angel of death came upon the firstborn in Egypt, so the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, was poured out for us to save us from death. Sin is death. Death was overcome by the Lamb, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins. Whosoever proclaims with their mouth that Jesus Christ is their Savior will be saved from eternal damnation. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who came to take away our sins and paid for it with His own blood. Proclaim to the Heavens that Jesus Christ is your Savior who is King of kings and Lord of lords.
He rose from the dead to give us eternal life in Heaven. Jesus stole the power of death from Satan. Satan can rule over us no longer with his lies. Believe in your heart that Jesus gave His life for your sins. Repent of your sins and turn your life over to Jesus. Sing songs of joy that He rose from the dead to give you life eternal in Heaven. “Come with Me, says the Lord. Come with Me and live!”
Exodus 12:7, Romans 10:9, Hebrews 2:14
10/9/2012 – “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10) – What does it mean to seek the Lord? It means that we put God first in our lives. A relationship with Him becomes our priority and our foremost desire. No matter what happens to us or around us, we choose to obey God, follow God, and have a daily and intimate relationship with God. To seek the Lord means to want the Lord in your life. Those who seek the Lord are in pursuit of the Lord. They talk to Him, listen to Him, and are eager to consult Him at all times.
10/3/2012 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) – Trust in Me, says the Lord. Believe in your heart that I am He who was, is and is to come. With Me all things are possible. Those who believe in Me through faith, for it is faith that believes without sight, will find Me. I stand at the door and knock, those who let Me into their heart will receive My peace and salvation. Hunger no more, says the Lord, for I am the Bread of Life and the Living Water that stands before you to satisfy your spiritual starvation.
10/1/2012 – “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold…but with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19) – Jesus forgives you. He never holds a grudge or puts up a barrier to forgiving all your sins. He completely erases your sinful past–He alone has the full capacity to forgive and forget…Jesus never condemns you for your failures. To the contrary, when you fail, He picks you up, dusts you off, and helps you to move forward in your life. He teaches you important lessons from your mistakes so you can experience strength and wholeness.
9/12/12 – “You will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)”. – To seek God means to pursue Him as life’s only definitive and ultimate source for meaning and truth, for understanding and wisdom. It means to consult God first and foremost in all matters. When we seek God, of course, we seek His commandments, His righteousness, His purity, His statutes–all of the attributes and manifestations of His being. God cannot be separated from His goodness, His justice, His provision. To seek God is to seek His way for living a life that is pleasing to Him.
9/6/12 – The DNC claims that their elimination of God was a technical oversight. Claim that ‘technical oversight’ when you are face to face with God Almighty on judgment day. “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)
After some consideration, the DNC may put God back into their platform. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:16)
I, for one, am NOT ashamed and I refuse to be lukewarm on my beliefs of God. I, therefore, REFUSE to support any party that blatantly puts God in the crosshairs. I will NOT support the ungodly agenda that this administration brazenly forces into law (live birth abortions, same-sex marriage). I pray to be more like Christ and hate what He hates and love what He loves. “…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” (Romans 1:32)
Then there is Obamacare. Who in their right mind believes THIS is the answer? I certainly don’t. Check out C.L. Gray’s new book, The Battle for America’s Soul. Mr. Gray is a physician and founder of Physicians for Reform. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/politics/2012/August/What-America-Would-Look-Like-under-Obamacare/ “ In his book, Gray paints an ominous picture of life in America under government-mandated health care – especially for the elderly and those with life-threatening illnesses.” Listen to his interview and see for yourself. In the bill, there is ‘infanticide’. If a child is born with a physical disability, it can and will be aborted…ended…KILLED…MURDERED…because it will become a burden to society. If you develop any kind of life threatening disease or illness, you will NOT be provided health care but you will be counseled into committing suicide.
Abba Father, I pray that You, Lord Almighty, open the eyes of every person so they can see the evil that stands at the threshold. Open your eyes people and see that the day has come when God is being ripped from the foundation of this country. When the Israelites became proud and thought they didn’t need God because they were a mighty nation, God handed them over to their enemies. Wake up America!
8/19/12 – Amos 5:4 – Thus says the Lord, “Seek me and LIVE.” We don’t seek God because He is lost. We seek Him because WE are lost! It is in the seeking that we find ourselves.
8/17/12 – How does God work in your life? Sometimes we need to rest in Him and just watch. Tonight was awesome. I attended a church revival and well, Jesus was there working in the hearts of those attending. Jesus (using Jonathan Shuttlesworth) called out asking for laborers to help bring in a mighty harvest. Thus saith the Lord, “The harvest is great but the laborers few. Whom shall I send.”
Lord Jesus, I publicly displayed my obedience to you in the calling you have upon my life. I have surrendered my life to you Jesus. Send me, Lord! Send me!! Let me be your laborer and bring in this mighty harvest. Jesus, open every door that you have set before me. Let me serve you with all I have to offer. I thank you Jesus and praise your Glorious, Almighty Name. I praise you and give you all the Glory and Honor. Bless you Jesus!!!
Come forth and accept Jesus into your heart as your living Savior. I did on November 5, 2009. Jesus had his hand upon my life way before I knew Him. I am so grateful that I heard the calling of my Lord and Savior.
Time is of the essence as we are in the ‘end times’. Accept Jesus and be assured of your destiny. Spend eternity in heaven with those of us who have placed Him in our hearts. Yes, HELL exists!! The only way to life eternal in heaven is through Him.
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” I want you to accept Jesus as your Savior. I don’t want you to spend eternity in hell.
If you want Jesus as your Savior and don’t know what to do, send me a message and I will guide you. Bless you in Jesus’ name!