Tag: hope

I Could’ve Quit Too Soon

It’s been 26 years since I almost quit too soon. I thought about that today while driving to an out of town ministry opportunity. It’s been 26 years since I contemplated driving my van into a telephone pole at 70 miles an hour.

Really, you say? Why would someone like me ever think of taking your life?

Because I thought my life was ruined. And it was all my fault.

You see, due to my sins, my addictions, my secret life, I had thrown away my marriage of 21 years, my son who was 14 at the time and long time friends. I’d also been removed from the church my wife and I had pioneered and pastored for 10 years.

I almost quit too soon.

Since that day my marriage, family, friends and ministry have been restored. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t something that took place overnight; but it happened. And I’ve lived to see some incredible things take place; things I would have missed if I had quit too soon.

I remember talking with my counselor during this terrible time. I had told him what I had been thinking while driving in the country on old highway 6. He got right in my face (something he did quite often those days) and reminded me that even though I had lost my “ministry”, and probably was going to lose my wife, I still had a responsibility to be a dad to our son, and a person God could depend on.

At that point I couldn’t see how anyone, including God, would want anything to do with a jerk like myself.

But I didn’t quit because God and others wouldn’t let me quit.

They kept reminding me of God’s truth.

Truth such as, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV) 

And, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29 ESV)

Eventually I began to see a glimmer of hope. God was doing miracles in my life. He was restoring my life and bringing His glory into view. Beyond my wildest dreams, He was showing Himself as more than enough for every part of my life.

Including all my failures.

Like I said before, I almost quit too soon.

Too soon to see my marriage restored. Too soon to see my son graduate from high school, eventually marry a wonderful woman, and just 11 months ago have a beautiful son. 

Wow. I could’ve quit before all of that.

But thank God I didn’t.

How about you? Has life become such a burden you feel you can’t take any more? Is your life out of control and you think you’ve hurt too many people? Do you see suicide as the best solution?

Don’t quit too soon.

There is more to living than what you’re experiencing at this moment. There is help available, though you may not see it yet.

And some day, like me, you will look back on this tough thing you’re engulfed in, give a sigh of relief and say…

“I could’ve quit too soon.”

They went that-a-way!

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I’ve been around this old world for over sixty one years. I’ve done a lot of things, gone a lot of places, and made a lot of friends.

But the other day I had a new experience. 

If you’ve watched any cops and robbers shows, or some good old westerns, you’ve undoubtedly heard someone say, “They went that-a-way…” Well, call me odd, but I’ve always wanted to use that line in a real life situation.

I finally had the perfect opportunity.

I was sitting at my kiosk, which is located in front of a shoe store, when all of a sudden a four year old boy came tearing out of there, faster than a speeding bullet, unaccompanied and heading toward the food court. A couple of seconds later, his seven year old sister, following after him, zipped past me so fast I could feel the breeze she created.

Careful to stay out of the traffic lane, I turned to face the entrance of the shoe store. A few seconds later, the big brother, maybe ten, stepped out into the mall and looked left and right, trying to find his siblings.

As our eyes met, I quickly recognized my opportunity. Pointing toward the food court, I said with as much confidence and compassion as I could muster, “They went that-a-way!”

Trusting my words, he too made a beeline for the food court.

As I sat at my kiosk, I realized something special had just happened.

Maybe you’ve never wanted to do anything like I’ve just described. But I’m sure there’s something you’ve dreamed about, and maybe it seems a million miles away.

Yet things have a way of happening suddenly, without a moment’s notice, and you find yourself just five feet from the dream’s fulfillment. And unless you do what I’m about to suggest, you can miss that thing you’ve dreamed about.

What’s my suggestion?

Be engaged with life. Live. Quit worrying about all the dreams you’ve never seen fulfilled, the opportunities you let slip through your fingers, the mistakes you’ve made, and how long it’s been since you’ve witnessed a miracle.

Jesus said, “I have come that you would have abundant life” (John 10:10).

He also said, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25 ESV)

He came to give us abundant life; a life worth having AND living! And not just in Heaven.

Be engaged with life; it’s happening all around you. Some things will make you laugh, others may make you cry.

But live. Don’t shy away, or give in to worry.

Choose life! 

Don’t miss out on something special.

No, it may not be a big deal to anyone but you. Hey, you’re not supposed to live someone else’s life.

Live. Stay engaged.

The very thing you’ve dreamed of may be only five feet away. 

All You’ll Ever Need Is Found At The Mercy Seat

There’s a place in this universe, though it was created for every man, woman, and child who’d ever grace this planet, far beyond the reaches of the most powerful telescope.

A place not made with human hands, but a place where every sin-stained hand can find complete cleansing.

A place ignored by some and cursed by others. Yet it’s a place where never once has anyone been turned away.

Throughout the generations, many have attempted to destroy the very mention of its Designer. But those attempts have not frustrated Him, nor have they diminished His great love for each one.

A picture of that precious place was painted for us with words spoken by the author of Genesis, when recounting the events of man’s first transgression.

Moses wrote, “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21 ESV)

The picture was further developed when the Lord told Moses, “There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony…” (Exodus 25:22 ESV)

Moses knew it as the Mercy Seat. The place created by God, for man. The place where man could meet with God; sinful man communing with a Holy God, at the seat of mercy.

The place far beyond our casual reach, but as close as a simple prayer for help.

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

Throughout the ages, man has attempted to erect a substitute for that special place. But even with all their logic and labor they’ve never created anything other than a false hope; a deadly delusion.

No, mankind can’t improve it, reproduce it, or make it go away.

The Mercy Seat; the Throne of Grace. The place where Heaven meets Earth; God fellowships with man.

Jesus told His disciples He was going to prepare a place for them (John 14). He did. The place of mercy; the place of propitiation and atonement.

Jesus is the place of mercy. The Mercy Seat.

Every one of us need the mercy of God, because every one of us is guilty of sin and rebellion. Each one of us has filthy hands, and a wicked heart.

But to all who will acknowledge their need, Heaven calls out to them: “Come and receive mercy, and find grace to help for every need.”

All you need to do is believe, and call.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)

Have You Allowed Your Dream To Die?

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Every once in a while I listen to what the preacher says.

Oh, I always hear them, like a lot of folks. But I sometimes actually listen.

Today was one of those days.

He began with the scripture, “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint.” (Proverbs 29:18 ESV) Another translation says it this way: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Even though the preacher soon moved on to another passage, I had already unpacked my mining gear. He had piqued my interest, and the Spirit of God let me know there was more for me to understand beneath the surface.

So it was time to dig, to excavate, and discern what I was supposed to find.

I eventually caught up to the preacher, but not until I had written myself a few notes; some thoughts I believe were from God. Allow me to open my valise and share with you my findings.

The phrase, “No prophetic vision”, can refer to a number of things: goals, dreams, and the like. The goals could be something for an individual or many. They could come as the result of planning and study, or prayer and fasting. How they come or appear doesn’t matter much; what does matter is their value. Are they worth the trouble and work necessary to see them become a reality?

If people devalue the goals and dreams, they will act as though they’ve never heard of them. They’ll reject them as unattainable, irrelevant, or not worth the effort. The result of such rejection is total chaos. No restraints. Wide open spaces where anything and everything can happen.

But not the original goal or dream.

Where are you these days? Do you have a life’s goal or dream? Are you guarding it as you work toward its fulfillment?

There have been times in my life I’ve looked at my dream of writing and ministering the gospel full time when I’ve thought, “Pie in the sky. Dreamland. I need to get back down to earth and take a bite of reality.”

I’ve almost given up on, what I believe, is a God-given dream. And to give it up means to throw off the disciplines and habits that have brought me at least as close as I am to the dream.

But I refuse to cast off restraint! I refuse to live without a dream!

And it’s how we must be with God’s word. His prophetic vision, His dream of what can happen if only… Let’s believe in “if only”. Let’s act upon the vision, the picture His word paints for us.

It is relevant. It is precious. It is attainable.

If only… Hold on to the dream. Let the dream give joy to your disciplines.

Your time is coming. 

 

Your Best Days?

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In spite of what some of the most popular preachers and pseudo prophets are feeding us, things are NOT getting better. 

No, I’m not preaching gloom and doom.

I’m simply agreeing with what the Apostle Paul wrote almost 2,000 years ago.

“BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 AMP)

Go ahead and say I’ve lost the sense I was born with.

But this is really bothering me; troubling my spirit. 

Societal evolution has reached a point where human beings seem to be evolving into animals. Whatever inner urge, desire, passion, and feeling one has must be satisfied.

Like animals.

Animals. Except animals have a greater respect for life and the God of life than many so-called civilized people.

It’s kind of scary; thinking about how quickly things are decaying. And if THIS is your best life, your future is not very bright.

Isaiah gives a fairly accurate description of our world; its obsession with self and hatred toward God.

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness… Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways. The way of peace they do not know, and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.

“Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigor we are like dead men… our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: transgressing, and denying the Lord, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:1-14 ESV) 

I ask you; doesn’t it seem like Isaiah was speaking of our perilous, pressurized days?

And how about these words, also penned by Isaiah:

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right.” (Isaiah 5:20-23 ESV)

I’d love to say to everyone, “These are your best days. Enjoy yourself. Live it up! Eat, drink, and be merry.”

But I can’t. 

Yes, it’s true; Jesus came to give us life, and life more abundant. But Jesus used the word “zoe” when He said “life”. “Zoe” is the God-kind of life. What’s the God-kind of life look like? A simple description is found in Galatians:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22,23 ESV)

God doesn’t live a helter-skelter kind of life. Even His ways are governed and orderly. He’s not living for His own pleasure, nor is He consumed with having His own way. 

He alone knows how to really satisfy the human heart, and has everything we could ever need or want; if we’d only look to Him instead of being governed by our own selfishness. 

He is patiently waiting for this world to turn back to His fountain of life; but while He’s waiting, things are falling apart.

People are quickly filling their lives with everything that can’t satisfy.
There IS hope, in case you’re interested. But if you take God up on His offer, you’d better prepare to give up your “best life now.” Instead, get ready to buck against the systems of this humanistic society.
With God’s help, you can.

“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path…” (Proverbs 2:1-9 ESV)

 

Process of Change

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God never changes.

He does, however, have a process He uses in order to bring about change in us.

And sometimes we go through changes in order to learn God’s direction for our life.

So it is with my wife and I.

We’ve walked with the Lord for a number of years; thirty-nine to be more precise. We’ve lived in Texas, Germany, Washington, and Iowa. We’ve worked in churches in such ways as ushering, helping in Sunday School, and teaching people of all ages.

There have been cleansing periods: when we cleaned the church building, and when God has cleansed our hearts and minds.

We recently have come to realize another season of change is upon us. A new focus, a new calling, a new area of responsibility. A change God has been preparing us for. A change to new paths with Him, new enemies to battle, and new people for us to present the gospel of freedom to.

The Lord is calling my wife and I to minister a message of warning and hope to couples, ministers, and people in general. Sharing His perfect, unchanging Word, along with our not-so-perfect, ever-changing life testimony, we passionately desire to introduce people to the greatest power God can give: Hope.

Finishing Well. A message that describes the dirty and subtle schemes of the enemy, the power of Jesus’ testing and subsequent testimony, and how to restore people who’ve been beaten and bruised by the devil to the place of victory and effectiveness in Christ.

Will you please pray for us?

Pray for:

1. Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s voice
2. Grace to minister effectively, in spite of opposition
3. Open doors; whether churches, bible study groups, men’s conferences
4. Complete freedom to speak as we should
5. Receptive hearts and changed lives

God is continually changing us, as He ever strives to bring us into the image of His Son. This new assignment is only part of the process of change.

God doesn’t change; but I’m glad He has a process of change – for us.

“I am the Lord , and I do not change…” (Malachi 3:6 NLT)

Heaven is the WORST PLACE to be…

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Here are 40 reasons why you may not be comfortable in Heaven. It is the worst place to be if…

…you’re an atheist.
…you’re selfish.
…you don’t like to talk about religious things.
…you can’t stand to be around Christians.
…you’d prefer to live forever in total, absolute darkness.
…you’re really into grinding and gnashing your teeth.
…you absolutely love the smell of sulfur.
…the cross of Christ offends you.
…the greatest, most important thing in your life is to get smashing drunk.
…you’d rather see how many different sex partners you can have in a lifetime.
…you’re afraid of light.
…you’re smarter than everyone who believes that bible junk.
…you can’t possibly see why you’d need a savior.
…the Ten Commandments drive you up the wall.
…you’re much more comfortable listening to lies than truth.
…the idea of holiness seems too constraining.
…you hate true love.
…you believe the universe revolves around you.
…no one has ever been able to teach you a bloody thing.
…you’re too strong to know how weak you really are.
…you can’t tolerate indescribable beauty.
…you can’t accept help from anyone.
…you really believe you’re God.
…you can’t live without your toys.
…you’re convinced there’s neither a Heaven or a Hell.
…you just have to get stoned to have a great time.
…eternal life sounds like a real drag.
…worship and praise isn’t your thing.
…the glory of God makes you run and hide.
…you’ve outgrown all those silly bible stories you heard as a kid.
…scarred hands and feet make you sick to your stomach.
…you can’t handle someone judging you.
…you get mad when you’re told to obey a law.
…you’d prefer to always have center stage.
…you’ve always paid your own way.
…you believe you’re beyond help.
…you’ve rejected every invitation God has sent you.
…hope and faith are foreign to you.
…the unconditional love of God makes you angry.
…you’d rather be in hell.

Fortunately for you, if you believe Heaven is such a horrible place, you don’t have to be concerned. No one is forced to go there against their will.

And, if you’d rather not have anyone telling you what to do, you needn’t be bothered with that, either. You’ll only be commanded to do something one time. Just one time.

However, if you’re really interested in learning the truth about Heaven and how you can spend eternity there, please ask. Let’s dialogue about God’s eternal plan for you and I.

It just may brighten your future.

Come See A Man

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I sat on the hot and dusty stone wall staring at the man. For the past half hour we conversed. No, we didn’t converse – he read my mail and opened my heart like no one ever had. I’ve been in love countless times, married more times than I care to remember. Even the one I’m living with, though we’ve lived together six months, has never touched my heart like this man.

How did I become the person I am? Why do I feel as though my life’s been nothing more than a total waste until now?

Though my childhood wasn’t the greatest, it probably wasn’t the worst. I just don’t know. My parents loved me, I suppose, but I never was quite certain. I remember my mom saying to me, more than once, “I wish you’d never been born.” I guess I’ll never know how an eight year old could earn such hatred.

Next to the oldest of four siblings, I was forever in some kind of trouble. Always compared to my older brother, and every time coming up short; I couldn’t wait to leave home.

Finally on my own, I bounced from relationship to relationship; lover to lover, weekend rendezvous’ and casual affairs to finally meeting Mister Right.

Five times.

And five times they turned into Mister Wrong. Five divorces.

Do you have any idea what failure, constant, no letting up failure, can do to a person? You begin to believe failure is your destiny. Hopelessness runs your life, affecting every decision you make. You feel fortunate just to breathe.

People look at me as though I’m the epitome of worthlessness. I can see it in their eyes and detect it in the tone of their voice. I know my life’s a mess, but I’m used to it. I know I shouldn’t shack up with Aaron but, if I don’t marry him I’ll never lose him. See? No more failure.

I usually make my way to the well this time of day. I try to draw our daily water when no one else is around. I’m embarrassed by the way men look at me. I can feel their eyes travel up and down my body as though it belongs to them, as though they own me.

And I can’t describe what it’s like to be shunned by the women in town.

But today is different. Today I’m beginning to feel alive; welcomed to the human race.

I’m starting to believe my destiny has less to do with me and my past, and more to do with him.

He told me of my past, yet he didn’t bury me with it. Sure, he spoke to me about worshipping in spirit and truth, but that didn’t affect me near as much as did the way he talked with me, not to me or about me.

He offered me something I don’t believe I was ever offered before. Another chance at life. A forever, never ending, ever growing kind of life.

And a love that’s truly out of this world.

Oh, here come his disciples. Time to head into town.

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him (John 4:28 – 4:30 NLT)

Questions:

Have you ever felt like the woman at the well?
Do you feel like a failure?
Has love and life been hard on you?
Are you “hopelessly hopeless” or is there a glimmer of hope for a better life?
Are you ready for a change?

“Come, see a man…, Jesus.”

Does The Word “Repent” Scare You?

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I am amazed. All these years I assumed a certain thing was true, only to finally realize I was wrong. And all I needed to do was read the scripture as though I’d never read it before.

I’m referring to Jonah. You know, the book called Jonah? Yeah, the big fish dude.

I’ll tell you what I just noticed in a few moments, but first I’ll lay the foundation for this post.

What do you think of when you see the word: “repent”?

Oh, man! You probably think I’ve flipped, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

What thoughts run through your mind at the sound of that word? Do you have flashbacks from childhood days? Do scenes of a wild, red faced preacher running back and forth across the platform at church play across your mind; making you want to hide under a table?

Does the word “repent” scare you? Actually, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

“Repent and believe the Gospel”. A courageous message of compassion and hope; not one of doom, judgment, and catastrophe.

It’s the message Noah proclaimed, being a preacher of righteousness.

The prophets of old cried, “Repent!” The powerful word God used to call nations to his feet; the place of hope, fulfilled purpose, and renewed vision.

A word that satan fears; almost as much as the Name of Jesus.

It’s a word that demands an immediate response; though many times the response is heartbreaking. It’s a command that leaves no room for negotiation. It’s a message declaring, “There’s still time to turn around”, but it’s been misunderstood, misused, and misjudged.

Repent.

It’s the message of John the Baptist, which drew multitudes away from their cities, homes and places of business, out into the hot, windy wilderness.

The word Peter preached in power to multitudes on the day of Pentecost, whereby thousands were ushered into the kingdom of God.

The ministry Jesus said was his Father’s business.

And the message of Jonah.

The word means to turn around. Change one’s attitude, action, and allegiance. What’s so scary about that? Why is that threatening? What’s really wrong with the word?

Repent.

It’s a message whose time has come. A declaration America desperately needs to hear, but one it hates to face.

The ones who dare proclaim it are dubbed fanatical and foolish. God calls them faithful.

All of Heaven supports this message of compassion and hope. The Spirit is wooing and the angels are waiting for our response to the word “repent.”

It can cause a riot to break out, or righteousness to flow like a mighty stream.

It separates the believer from the unbeliever, the Christian from the casual observer.

It’s a matter of life and death.

Jonah (finally) preached to the people of Nineveh.

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.” (Jonah 3:5 NKJV) In other words, they repented.

From the greatest to the least. From those with the most to those with nothing.

Here’s what I “saw” for the first time: THEN word about what was happening throughout the city came to the ears of the king. And HE repented!

For years I assumed the king heard first, then issued his proclamation. But, actually, he found out FROM the people.

There is hope for America. There is hope for our families. There is hope for you and I.

Repent is a word of compassion and hope. It’s a word with a future. It is a word for everyone, not just the people we don’t agree with. It’s a word whose time has come; from the greatest to the least. It’s a private, personal word that can affect the whole of society.

You may like the word, or you may hate it. You can lash out at the messenger or look into the mirror and examine what you see. Regardless, the word won’t allow you to remain the same.

Repent. Jonah carried the word to that great city. It changed Nineveh.

What word are you carrying? What word are you believing?

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15 ESV)

Don’t be scared. Repent.

Guaranteed!

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True or false? “You can have anything you want, if you want it bad enough.”

What do you think? Is that a true statement?

A lot of people seem to believe it. “You need to have passion”, is what they’ll say.

Let’s see; will that work with finances? “If I want finances bad enough, is there some sort of guarantee I’ll have a boat load of money?” Not really. It is true, though, that the desire could get you up earlier in the morning, and out on the streets looking for employment. But no; no guarantee.

How about a rock and roll star? “If I want it bad enough, you know, passionately, will I be not only a contestant on American Idol but a winner?” Guaranteed? Uh, don’t hold your breath. Sure, passion can help you discipline your life to practice, practice, practice. You could possibly be one of the best musicians in the land. But, again, no; there are no guarantees.

“Well! What good is passion if it won’t guarantee the things I want?”

I’ll give it to you straight. There’s only one thing in life, that I know of, that passion and desire can guarantee results. Only one! It may not be what you want, but I guarantee it’s what you need.

Actually, it’s who you need.

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

“With ALL your heart” signifies passion and desire. It means not allowing anything to stand in your way, or, knock you out of the way of your pursuit. That which you’re pursuing becomes more important than life itself. No circumstance, no bad experience, no excuse or philosophy will discourage your heart. You are on a mission! Your success is guaranteed by Almighty God!

If you’ll pursue God as a starving person pursues their next meal; you will find the Bread of Life.

When you seek after God like a drowning person reaching out to catch the life ring; you’ll be saved.

When, with God’s word in hand, you follow the clues like a pirate following a treasure map; God’s riches will be uncovered for you.

“Ask, seek, knock; and you will find”, is what Jesus said.

“How can I be sure I’m seeking with my whole heart”, you ask?

If you cannot, will not be denied; then you are giving it all. If you will not tolerate ANY reason or excuse for not knowing God the way he wants you to know him; you will definitely get your desire!

If hell can’t stop you, if your friends can’t embarrass you, if your parents can’t intimidate you, if your spouse can’t threaten you, you will finally know the Desire of all nations.

If time can’t wear you down, if church can’t discourage you, if your job can’t stress you, if your kids can’t mock you, then expect to enjoy the presence of the Holy One.

And if you are willing to be thought a fool, an ignorant old fashioned fool, then get ready. You’re in for the time of your life, and the life to come.

Guaranteed!

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