Tag: Promises

God is NOT a liar!

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Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Let’s not waste another moment wondering whether or not God can be trusted.

God is not a liar!

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

He doesn’t say one thing and mean another.

So why do we struggle so much?

Maybe we aren’t sure there really is a God.

If we’re certain God is real, maybe we’re a little iffy about His ability to care for us.

But if we’re convinced God cares for us like He says He does, are we saying He doesn’t, every time we worry?

Are we calling God a liar?

“Of course not! We simply aren’t convinced He had us in mind when He made all those promises recorded in the Bible.”

Maybe I can help you with that.

First of all, God has always chosen His words carefully, and every word counts. When He says He cares for you, He means it. You, and you, and even you; He cares for YOU!

The next thing is, God is no respecter of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.'” (Acts 10:34 NKJV)

In fact, Paul wrote to the Romans and told them God’s promises were available to whoever believes. No one can earn them by being good enough, but everyone can believe (Romans 4).

God made sure of that! He’s given to every person a measure of faith (Romans 12:3); the ability to believe.
Everyone can believe.

And everyone believes something.

Finally, and probably most importantly, God’s covenant with Abraham (the father of faith) was not just with him, but also with the coming Savior and all who would believe on Him.

In other words, His seed.

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (Romans 4:16 NKJV)

ALL the promises of God are yes, and amen, in Christ.

And we are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3).

God is not a liar!

He said He’d save our souls, make us new creations in Him, and take us to Heaven when this life is over. Right?

Amen!

God is NOT a liar.

He knows what we have need of before we ask.

He’ll never leave us or forsake us, so we can confidently say, “God is my helper.”

His word declares in several passages, by more than one writer, that He is the Healer of all our diseases.

Heaven and earth will pass away before His word does.

His word is forever established in Heaven.

He watches over His word, to make certain it comes to pass.

For God to ever lie, even once, He’d have to yield His Throne to the devil (the father of lies).

Not gonna happen.

Okay, I’ll assume you get the message. God is not a liar, even if it appears as though He slipped up and forgot about us.

Our situations do not, can not, authenticate God’s word. His word is true, period. It stands even if everything else falls.

God is not a liar! Faith still pleases Him, and He’s a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

All things are possible to those who will believe.

When we resist our adversary by standing steadfast in faith, he flees.

As we allow patience to work, we are well taken care of. We find ourselves lacking nothing.

We are born of God, and the evil one touches us not (1 John 5).

He Who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it.

He meets all our needs, heals all our diseases, directs our steps, and empowers us to minister life to those around us.

We abide in Him and He abides in us.

Let’s not call God a liar, simply because we can’t see the end from the beginning like God can. 

Rather let us act like Abraham, with the same spirit of faith, and trust the One Whose promises are the anchor of our soul.

Let’s not “…waver at the promise of God through unbelief”, but become “strong in faith, giving glory to God…” (Romans 4:20 NKJV).

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God in Whom I do trust'” (Psalm 91).

Campaigning For President 

Maybe I’m a little late throwing my hat into the ring, but here goes anyway.

I am campaigning to become the next president of the United States. Why? Well, for starters, I can make promises just like any other candidate, and I agree with what I believe much more than I do of others. In fact, I agree with what I believe 90% of the time.

You may wonder about my qualifications. Oh, they’re many, I assure you. But in case you aren’t assured, I’ll list them for you.

As most candidates have skeletons in the closet (I have to be careful using that word, as I get into trouble when I mention “closet”), I have my fair share. One thing that sets me apart from the other candidates, however, is I’ve already published my sins and mistakes of the past. They’re out floating around the internet somewhere (and can also be found on my website).

Another qualification I have is I’m a musician. Meaning, I know how to harmonize with other instruments, take a turn at leading, and soften down to allow others to strut their stuff. I’m also good at improvisation, or as others might call it, flying by the seat of my pants. Hey, a president has to be flexible.

Some would reason I don’t have enough education for the position. No, I’m not a lawyer or a doctor. I do not have an MBA degree or even a complete college education. But from what I’ve seen, an education doesn’t guarantee good decisions.

I kiss babies.

I love dogs, and our two grand cats.

I can make promises.

I worked for the Postal Service going on twenty years. I understand upper level management and their idiocies. I learned how to give subordinates ridiculously impossible goals, simply by the example of my superiors. Therefore, I am confident all of my campaign promises can be realized within four weeks of my inauguration (with the exception of my medical care plan).

All I need is a chance to prove myself.

If elected, I promise to:

1. Rid the world of evil. Here’s the part you’ll like, and hopefully, cause you to vote for me: YOU get to determine what is evil, and what isn’t. Well, you can HELP determine.

2. Ban all Soap Operas (exempting your favorite’s, of course), smokers standing too close to a shopping mall’s entrance, and people who post all their family drama on Facebook.

3. Visit every city within the United States with a population of at least 50,000 every year. I don’t play golf, so I figure I’ll have the time. I’ll hold town hall meetings and hand out free questions for people to ask me. I’d hate to embarrass anyone, you know.

4. Repeal Obamacare. My team is hard at work at this moment working on a better, more affordable plan, and I’ll roll it out by the end of my 3rd year as president. I promise.

5. Requisition a robot Press Secretary, so those in the press will receive a quick answer to every question they feel like asking. The robot will be fashioned after the iconic HAL9000, and of course, will be programmed to say as its default answer, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” It will save tons of time, and the Press Secretary will never have to get flustered or red-faced. Each member of the press will be able to write a question on their smart phone, send the question to the robot, and will receive an answer almost immediately. Great, huh?!

6. Increase the military by 300%. How, you ask? Is the answer important to you? All I can say, at this moment, is my team is working on it. One of our ideas is to enlist able-bodied men who are presently receiving welfare payments. Another is to sign up those who can’t afford health insurance. Of course, by the end of my third year, healthcare will be affordable for everyone. I promise.

7. Serve the United Nations notice that they’ll need to find a different nation to headquarter in. They’ve dumped on this nation far too long, and they’ve taken their last American Dollar from us. This promise will go into effect four weeks after my inauguration, so Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, you’d better start looking.

8. Change the pay rate for politicians. I will have them switch to a system similar to the military. Pay raises based upon time in service/grade, and the need/supply ration. I don’t mean they’ll receive a general or colonel’s pay. I’m talking about an enlisted man’s pay. I promise.

9. Eliminate once and for all the IRS. I like the idea of a flat 7% tax rate, paid to the state one resides in. The state, in turn, pays a certain percentage to the Federal Government – kind of like union dues.

If elected, I have a few more promises I think you’ll be interested in.

10. Everyone will be happy. No one sad or disappointed as long as I’m president.

11. Gas prices will be rolled back to 1970 prices; somewhere in the 30 cents per gallon range.

12. Stray dogs and cats will be gathered up and given good homes.

13. America will be great again.

14. The Cubs WILL win the World Series each year I’m president.

15. I will not use teleprompters.

16. I will choose a vice president who would make a great president.

17. I will raise the minimum wage of every entry level position by lowering the wages of politicians.

18. I will pray for this nation every day.

19. Our borders will be secured by utilizing drones and infrared cameras. Those crossing our borders illegally will be shot with a smart gun (OUCH, that SMARTS) which will inject them with a liberal dose of “No More Nonsense”. NMN is a new drug which repels would-be illegal aliens, making them either go back home or find the correct way to cross. Yes, it’s a miracle drug.

20. I promise to never tell a lie.

I understand there are some issues you may not agree with me on, but if you’ll reply to this post using your polite voice, I’ll see what I can do to become your candidate.

You know, as I’ve tried to demonstrate throughout my campaign, anyone can promise anything. Everyone has ideas, and some are even good! But there’s not a person who can be all things to all people. And, quite frankly, there’s really only One Person Who would be the best president for this great nation, and He’s not running.

Some wouldn’t vote for Him anyway. Separation of church and state, and all that jazz.

Remember, even if you don’t want to vote for me, vote for someone who really cares for this nation and its people; not just about getting elected to THE place of power.

Thanks.

P.S. I’m NOT really running. But it’s important that we don’t just listen to the promises and forget about the character of the one making the promises.

 

God Hates Cancer

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It’s as though a light suddenly turned on inside my spirit, illuminating my understanding and igniting my faith.

As I said a silent prayer for someone we know who just recently was diagnosed with cancer (for the second time), deep in my heart I heard the Spirit of God say, “God hates cancer!”

I have believed in divine healing for a long time, but at times have let my faith subside. Personal pain can sometimes override my faith; at least it has in the past.

But God hates cancer! In fact, He hates sickness and disease! He hates it with a passion.

Sickness and disease of any kind are results of the fall of Adam and Eve. God created them perfectly. They were created to live forever. It wasn’t until they disobeyed God, and obeyed the evil one, that sickness and disease entered the human race.

But God has demonstrated His will concerning healing and health because He has NEVER turned anyone aside without healing them; if they approached Him with believing faith.

Look throughout the New Testament. Time after time Jesus says, “As you have believed, be made whole.” “According to your faith…”

God hates cancer. There are several reasons why I believe it:

1. Its author is Satan. Notice what Jesus said: “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound – think of it – for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” (Luke 13:16 NKJV)

I’m not saying a person is fighting a demon every time cancer is diagnosed, but ultimately cancer originated in the bowels of hell. It wasn’t part of God’s original plan, you won’t find it in Heaven, and it can be destroyed by faith in God.

“All things are possible to those who believe.” (Mark 9:23)

2. Jesus paid the complete cost of Adam’s treason; spirit, soul, and body.

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” (Isaiah 53:4-5 AMP)

And in case you’re wondering if that Old Testament passage applies, notice how Matthew uses the same verse in his gospel.

“So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.'” (Matthew 8:15-17 NKJV)

Even the Apostle Peter agrees:

“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV)

3. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.

“…The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].” (1 John 3:8 AMP)

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38 NKJV)

Not once did Jesus tell someone, “I’m so sorry; you just have to keep that cancer so God can teach you something.”

4. Cancer destroys life. God is the God of life!

“Our God is the God of salvation; and to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Psalm 68:20 NKJV)

5. Cancer mocks God’s power. But God is able, and willing, to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

6. Cancer declares God can’t, or won’t, forgive sins.

Notice: “When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God .” (Luke 5:20-25 NKJV)

Why would Jesus say something like that? Maybe because of what the Holy Spirit inspired David to write in Psalm 103.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction…” (Psalm 103:2-4 NKJV)

Healing and forgiveness require power from the same source – God. His power saves and heals.

James said somewhat the same thing.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:14-16 NKJV)

7. Jesus told us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.” Healing and health abound in Heaven.

God hates cancer because it reminds Him of His adversary, the devil. God isn’t using the devil to teach His kids something. A house divided will fall.

Do YOU hate cancer? I’m sure you do.

But you and I hating it isn’t the same as having faith in the Living God Who has demonstrated His power over it.

He demonstrated His power over anything and everything hell could possibly use against us when He raised Jesus from the grave.

God hates cancer! He has a word for it; a word that demolishes it to its very root.

Jesus!

Day Two

40 Days of Promises

God’s Word

There is no book like the Bible. Yet the Bible itself isn’t holy; it’s the book’s content that makes it so very special.

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23 ESV)

The Word which God has spoken, and still speaks to us today, is that which brings life, healing, peace, joy; everything that pertains to life and godliness.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:6-11 ESV)

A word you can count on to change your circumstances and your life. It pours forth from the heart of God to the ear, through the mind, and deep into the heart of every person who will give God an opportunity to speak into their lives.

It ALWAYS succeeds; accomplishing His desires.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 ESV)

Because of God’s Word, no one ever has to be lost. Stumbling around in darkness can be a thing of the past. All may be recipients of His grace and peace, and enjoy God’s favor and blessing.

Teaching, correction, restoration, divine wisdom, and faith come as one fellowships with God and His word.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

God’s Word is vital to understanding and utilizing the precious promises of God.

“I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.” (Psalm 119:162 ESV)

Make God’s Word THE priority of your life; and experience a portion of Heaven on earth.

40 Days of Promises

40 Days of PromisesThe Lord let us know, through the writings of the Apostle Paul, that the things which happened to people in the Old Testament happened not only for their instruction, provision, and discipline, but also for ours:

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 NKJV

So let’s use Moses and the twelve spies for our example. God instructed Moses to choose men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, to spy out the land of promise. The men were to be leaders; men who were recognized for their position and ability. Men who would gather information about their new homeland and its inhabitants, and return with samples of its produce. Men who would mix the gathered facts with what they already knew in their heart; that God is faithful and true. Men who would influence their nation to follow after God.

God gave them 40 days of promises; time to meditate on all that He had promised.

The word translated “spy” means, “to meander about, especially for trade or reconnoitering.”

Reconnoiter. I like that word. It means, “To go to a place, or area, in order to find out information about a military enemy: to do reconnaissance.” In other words, the twelve leaders’ mission was simply to gather the facts and report them to Moses and the others. And by doing so, the rest of Israel could gain the much needed support for their faith to help them actually possess the promises they had been hearing about the past several generations.

Support for faith. It’s something all of us need if we’re to possess the promises of God. And that’s the reason for this series of posts.

Think of this reading material as a type of reconnoitering; looking at the land God has already promised. Examining its impact on our way of living. Seeing the faithful God in a whole new light. Understanding His love and great desire to impact our lives for good, and for eternity.

Sure, there may be things that appear much too large; impossible, even.

But the Lord does not say one thing and mean something different. He is, among many other things, faithful and true.

One huge lesson we can take away from the spies of old: look at life through the eyes of faith in God. Mix faith with the promises of God. Don’t be overwhelmed with the size of the enemy, the problem, or whatever. God didn’t send them into the land to investigate the prowess and power of the enemy; but to witness the greatness of His Glory against the backdrop of impossibly.

40 Days of Promises. An opportunity to examine the “land of promise”, dream the dreams of God for your life, and, hopefully, by mixing faith with the promises, personally experience God’s handiwork and power.

And just imagine the joy you’ll have in telling others about the land of God’s promises.

What Does Everything Mean To You?


I saw this commercial the other day. “What does ‘everything’ mean to you?”, asked Samuel L. Jackson for Capital One.

Now, for the record, I am NOT endorsing Capital One OR Samuel L. Jackson. But the commercial caught my ear.

I think sometimes we forget what the word “everything” really means.

We are told to not worry about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

There’s the word, everything. Pray about everything, worry about nothing.

Here’s another word for us. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)

In everything. Can we agree with Mr. Jackson’s definition? Can we agree with God’s?

The word declares we can receive God’s bountifully supply in everything, so we can always be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:11

Oh, we agree with Mr. Jackson with that verse!

But what about these…?

Do everything without complaining and arguing… (Philippians 2:14 NLT)

…but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 NLT)

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:26 NLT)

Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:5-6 NLT)

We’re instructed to: not complain or grumble about anything. Test everything and let go of evil. Look to the Spirit to teach us and remind us. About every thing!

And if you’re breathing, praise God!

You see, “everything” to God means every problem has an answer, every word of wisdom we need will be supplied, every stronghold of addiction will be broken, and every demon must flee when resisted in faith with the Name of Jesus..

Every knee must bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus is Lord.

Every prayer will be answered, every word spoken won’t return without accomplishing it’s intended purpose.

Every heart can believe, every voice of repentance is heard. Every angel dispatched to minister to those who are heirs of salvation.

Every truth will be revealed, every lie exposed, every mountain and hill brought low, and every crooked path straightened.

One other thought before I wrap this up.

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. (Colossians 1:19-21 NLT)

…for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him. (Colossians 1:16 NLT)

God wasn’t willing for anyone, or anything (just in case you don’t want to identify with the human race), to be separated from him. So he did something about everything. In Christ.

Every person will have an opportunity to receive the savior; the one who died for everyone.

He created everything through Christ, and reclaimed and restored everything (and everyone) in Christ.

This is powerful stuff! Something we shouldn’t forget. Something even Mr. Jackson agrees with.

God’s definition of everything.

After all, “That’s what everything SHOULD mean.”

The Dreaded Children of God

20131017-212528.jpgI feel like I’ve missed something important.

I mean REAL important.

I’ve been a Christian, a born-again child of God, for 38 years. I’ve been a minister, preacher, pastor for 30 years. But I still feel like I’ve missed something important.

REAL important!

I’ve witnessed God minister in outstanding ways to men and women, boys and girls. Testimonies of broken marriages completely restored by God are common. Yet…

I feel like the Lord is showing me something I should have understood years ago; “the dreaded children of God.”

For example, when God had the children of Israel moving from Egypt to the Promised Land, He made a powerful promise to His children:


“But if you indeed obey His (My Angel’s) voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

“For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. “You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars. “So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. “No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days. “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.” (Exodus 23:22-27 NKJV)

Right before Joshua took the city of Jericho, Rahab testified that she and her people feared the “dreaded children of God.”

“I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. “For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:8 – 2:11 NKJV)

“The terror of you…the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you…neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you…”.

See what I think I’ve been missing?

Moses reminded the children of God just what was expected of them, and what they could expect from God.


“This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you upon the nations under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.” (Deuteronomy 2:25 NKJV)

“No man shall be able to stand against you; the LORD your God will put the dread of you and the fear of you upon all the land where you tread, just as He has said to you.” (Deuteronomy 11:25 NKJV)

If I’m seeing this correctly, every time the children of God were to take new territory or possess the land He’d already promised, they never were to go out alone. The DREAD and FEAR of God would go before them; thus ensuring certain and complete victory.

Even in the days following the day of Pentecost, and the subsequent persecution of the church, the dreaded children of God were causing an uproar in Jerusalem and surrounding regions.

“So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things…Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly.” (Acts 5:11,13 NKJV)

Okay. So what am I saying? Am I saying I think people should be scared of us because we’re children of God?

No, I’m not.

But I do believe the spiritual forces which are affecting the lives of people SHOULD recognize the dreaded children of God are in the area; and their presence means God’s in the neighborhood!

It was that way for Jesus!

I know! We’re not Jesus. But if we wear His armor, speak and obey His word, and demonstrate His love…how will the devil know the difference?

People are living in darkness…dreaded children of God, YOU are the light of the world.

People are full of confusion and fear…dreaded children of God, YOU have the wisdom and love of God to share with them.

The enemy has no defense for the dreaded children of God who have settled in their hearts ONE GREAT TRUTH: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, and has the first and final say in their life!

Note: “the dread” and “fear” of God didn’t fill the tabernacle or the temple. The Glory did, but not the “dread”. That happened when His people were following His MOVEMENT, and they were moving in accordance with the Cloud; the Spirit of God. As they were possessing their possessions, God was “melting” any resistance which was ahead. As the new believers preached Jesus to their world, God’s “dread” brought the people to their knees.

I sincerely and passionately believe it’s time for the DREADED CHILDREN OF GOD to rise up in one accord, and shake their world as the early church shook theirs!

Instead of the church being shaken by the world’s forces, let’s trust and obey God, and do some shaking of our own!

Memories and Berdine’s

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Remember when you were a kid? Remember how simple things were? And how about the old “Dime Stores”?

When I was young there was a store called “Places”, and it was only three blocks from where I lived. I could’ve hung out there all day if my folks would’ve allowed it. Such a cool place where a kid could find just about anything they could imagine. Model cars, squirt guns, cap guns, balsa wood gliders, army men, marbles, games, dolls; and the list could go on and on. I loved it!

Every year my wife and I travel to West Virginia to visit her family. About 20 miles from her Mom’s house is a town called Harrisville, the County Seat of Ritchie County. Within the town is Berdine’s, America’s oldest five and dime store. It has been around since 1908.

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We love to visit the store each time we’re in the area. So much stuff, so many memories. There’s no hurry as we casually meander through the narrow aisles, handling items that trigger memories of a time when life was fun and care free. A time when the burdens of our life were basically non-existent. A period when we felt secure and cared for, and were free to use our imagination.

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Memories, good memories, are important to hold onto. They can help us stay calm even during troubling situations.

In Joshua, chapter 4, the Lord instructed Joshua to have 12 men build a Memorial using 12 stones from the Jordan River.

“Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ “Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:4-7 NKJV)

The memorial was a place where people could remember the time they felt secure and cared for by God. As they looked upon the memorial stones, the victories of yesteryear would be replayed in their mind and heart. The joy and faith that had sustained them before would rise up in them, reminding each one, “Our God is for us! He has brought us here, and He will bring us through. He will finish what He started! He cares for us.”

Just a little reminder is all we need at times. A little Bible verse, someone’s picture, a bag of marbles, or maybe a little Gumby doll, could be enough to help us not give in or give up.

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Here’s an idea that just may help you. Know where your good memories are kept! Store them in a place where you have easy and quick access. A journal, a photograph, a book, whatever you have as a memorial of God’s love and care; keep them handy.

And, whether you need to buy anything, or not, it’s always enjoyable spending a leisurely afternoon reliving the memories of “the good ol’ days”, when you knew Someone cared for you…

…and He still does!

For those interested in reading more about Berdine’s:

Berdine’s
America’s Oldest Five and Dime Store
Harrisville, West Virginia
Since 1908

http://www.berdinesdimestore.com/

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Four Anchors

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Now when the fourteenth night had come, as we were driven up and down in the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors sensed that they were drawing near some land. And they took soundings and found it to be twenty fathoms; and when they had gone a little farther, they took soundings again and found it to be fifteen fathoms. Then, fearing lest we should run aground on the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern, and prayed for day to come.
Acts 27:27-29 NKJV

Paul’s journey to Rome, with its storms, treachery, shipwreck, and rescue, would make a great movie! But just in case that doesn’t happen for a while, there is something in this story I must tell you about.

The ship and all 276 people aboard had just endured almost 2 weeks of stormy weather. It had been so bad, many had feared for their life. Now things were going fairly smooth, other than they had no idea where they were.The sailors were extremely cautious at this point. Traveling at night, they relied largely on their experience and gut feeling to alert them of possible danger. About midnight, the crew sensed they were drawing close to land. To know for sure, they took soundings (using a line with a lead weight on the end, they measured the depth of the water) a couple of times. They discovered land was fast approaching and the ship was in danger of colliding with the shore. So, to avoid the collision and disaster, they lowered four anchors and waited for the sun to come up.

Everyone has gone through, is going through, or WILL go through, storms. Each person runs the risk of becoming shipwrecked, or even worse, destroyed, as a result. But as the story illustrates, God shows us a safe way to travel, to keep from destroying ourselves and others, even through the toughest times. And though a lot of storms are not our fault, just knowing where to place the blame doesn’t help the situation.

Have you ever been overtaken by a storm? No warning, not a clue anything was brewing. It happens all the time. It was happening on Paul’s ship. The soldiers weren’t aware of danger, the prisoners (outside of Paul) didn’t really care – they were probably as good as dead, anyway. But someone on Paul’s ship with life experience recognized the possibility of impending danger; and the experience became the wisdom necessary to avoid certain disaster. Even in the dark, where it was impossible to see, the experienced ones knew what to do until they could see the issue for what it was. And in each of our lives there’s someone with the experience and wisdom to help us know how close danger is and what to do until revelation comes.

The sailors (experience and wisdom) said, “Drop four anchors and we’ll wait for the sunlight.” Light, daylight, sunshine, all speak of revelation knowledge. God, opening the eyes of their understanding, allowing them to see things from His perspective and with His wisdom.

“Drop four anchors…” Four anchors to hold them in place, to keep them from drifting, from wandering; giving them stability until the next step for action could be discerned.

In our life’s journey, these four anchors are extremely important. They help us stay in place and not drift when we can’t see what’s around us. Something that gives us stability and helps keep us from drifting. These four anchors are:

1) Hear the truth – “So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 NLT

Don’t trade the weighty anchor of truth for something that is only fluff. The anchor of truth can smash our foot if we drop it there, but it will also keep us from being blown about by every wind of doctrine.

2) Hope – “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” Hebrews 6:19 NKJV

The hope of God’s promises is an anchor for our soul – our mind, our will, and our emotions. As our soul is anchored, we have greater confidence to go boldly to the Throne of Grace. Encouragement.

3) Helpful Friends –” Faithful are the wounds of a friend…” “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. ” “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” Proverbs 27:6,17; Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 NKJV

Friends – people who love us enough to tell us the truth AND walk with us during dark moments. People who will help us with our resolve and be there through the restoration process.

4) Holy Spirit – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:7-15 NKJV

The Holy Spirit KNOWS what’s going on and WHY it’s happening. He will guide us INTO ALL TRUTH. He will guide us OUT OF ERROR. This anchor will keep us from turning around.

Life’s a crazy, dangerous journey at times. We all need people speaking into our lives who have the experience, wisdom, and love to help alert us to possible danger. We must listen to them, and not push them aside when we don’t like what they say.

If you’ve been running through life without these four anchors, I encourage you to stop now and secure the anchors you’ll need. Because you WILL need them.
Keep the anchors within reach, for when the slightest “drift” is detected, it’s time to act.

“Drop Kick Me Jesus…”

“Drop kick me Jesus…” A cute little song by Bobby Bare.

God NEVER intended for His people to barely make it through this life and into the next, without a testimony of His power and victory evident in their life. “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”(Romans 8:29-30 NKJV)

The word “predestined” can toss you around if you’re not careful. It does not mean God has already decided who will and who won’t be saved. God’s not willing any perish or go to an eternal hell. Rather He IS willing, and made it possible, for ALL men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. So ANYONE and EVERYONE can become a new creation in Christ and spend now and forever abiding in His Presence.

“…He also predestined…” in the above passage could be paraphrased in this manner: “God knows who will come to Him through His Son, Jesus. And all who come to Him are destined to be changed into His likeness, His image. It’s an established plan. God won’t settle for any less.”

God desired to have a family, created in His image, after His likeness. Adam started out well, but ended falling way short. But Jesus, the Second Adam, brought mankind back to the place where fellowship with God is possible. Possible, through faith in Jesus. And our “destiny”, in Jesus, is to be changed into His exact likeness, His image; acting like Him in all ways, thought, word, and deed. As the Son is, so shall we be (see John 17 and Hebrews 1:1-3). “Pre” means “before” so think of it this way: God planned our destiny in Jesus before it was possible. He “prepaid” for our eternal hope and future.

I believe it’s time for us to see ourselves the way God sees us in Christ. Time for us to understand “this life” on earth is only separated from our “next life” by our earthly body. What God has, or hasn’t, accomplished in us while on earth will continue. “He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.” 

So, enjoy the cute song. Especially if you like country music. But look into God’s Word and discover what He has already accomplished for you in Christ. And don’t be satisfied with barely making it through life. 

You are not a football. 

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