Tuesday, March 31, 2015

God Supplies Reinforcements!

O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. (Ps. 140:7) 

If you determine to live according to biblical standards, be sure that your enemy is seeking to devour you. You will encounter the darts of the devil. Someone put it this way: "Whoever desires to walk with God walks right into the crucible." All who choose godliness live in a crucible. The tests will come. 

But all is not lost. Far from it! Our greatest hope and assurance is that the One in us is greater than the one in the world. We do not face such a formidable enemy that we cannot fight him or stand firm and secure in our decision. Our Lord is the God of hope. . . . His supply line never runs short. When His godly followers are in need, He is there to supply the necessary reinforcements. As you do battle, God will provide for all of your needs. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

In God's Kingdom, He has an established hierarchy. The angelic hosts range from Cherubim (Gen. 3:24), Seraphim (Is. 6:1-7), Archangels (Jude 9), and angels of different classes (Thrones, Dominions, Authorities, Powers, Principalities); (Col. 1:16). Every single one of these angelic hosts have a role to play in God's kingdom. 

As far as how these angelic hosts play a role in our lives depends on who were talking about. The Cherubim, Seraphim, and Archangels act as an extension of God's power and grace from within the God's kingdom whereas the different classes of angels provide a "more personal" touch of God's power and grace in our lives. 

It is from this perspective that God is continuously providing reinforcements to every single one of His children. Those different classes of angels have a specific role to play in our lives. How many of us have heard, seen, or read a story of God's divine intervention in the lives of those people that have been able to provide an eyewitness testimony of being protected by an angel or testimonies of how God has enabled His children to achieve high levels of influence in the arenas of politics, entertainment, etc., etc. 

My dear friends, it is no coincidence that God is continuously on standby to send us reinforcements at a moments notice at our moment of greatest need. God is ready to dispatch a certain angel to you right now, but you must do the following in order for that particular angel to make the visitation possible: 

  1. Say thank you. Be grateful and thankful. Speak to God who sends His angels. "Father I thank You for the angels You have sent before me."
  2. Ask. Be specific.
  3. Believe. Trust that if what you are asking for is the right thing for you, then it will happen in the right way at the right time. Expect positive results. 
  4. Let it happen. Allow God and God's Angels to do Their work.
Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mother's Indelible Impression!

Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she that bore you shall rejoice. (Prov. 23:25) 

There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother's. Significant as political, military, education, or religious public figures may be, none can compare to the impact made by mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their touch leaves an indelible impression, and the memory of their presence lasts a lifetime. . . . 

Abraham Lincoln was right: "No one is poor who had a godly mother." Instead of camping on the negatives and emphasizing how far many mothers have drifted from this magnificent calling to shape the future of our country, I want to throw out a positive challenge. Ladies, this is your hour . . . your distinct opportunity to soar! A harmonious marital partnership and a solid, unselfish commitment to motherhood have never been of greater importance to you or, for that matter, to our nation. Talk about a challenge worth your effort! In spite of what you may have heard, this role is the most dignified, the most influential, and the most rewarding in all the world. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

In my honest opinion, mothers are God's gift to mankind. Most mothers, whether they be Christian or non-Christian, are wonderful mothers. In my short lifetime, I have heard of all kinds of stories in regards to mothers doing deeds ranging from the most wonderful to the most horrific. The wonderful deeds far outweigh the horrific ones. 

My mother constantly reminds me of the good that this world has to offer. My mother is a godly woman. Is my mom perfect? Far from it. It wasn't long ago that my mom had open-heart surgery. In spite of having a major surgical procedure done, it didn't take long for her to make strides into resuming her life more normally. My mom has cast an indelible impression upon my life with her strength, her tenacity, and her willingness to seek out the greater good in all of the people that are close to her. 

My dear friends, what kind of an impression has your mother made upon your life? Is it a godly impression? Or is it an impression that runs contrary to God's character?  Our mothers have a way of influencing people and as a result whole nations unlike anyone else that we know. Let us pray that our mothers will be godly mothers and women of godly influence that are enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit to help transform the lives around them from non-believing family members and friends to our church leaders and people in political power. Women who will cast an indelible impression upon everyone they come across. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, March 27, 2015

God's Ways Defy Explanation!

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Rom. 11:33) 

The New American Standard declares that last phrase: "How unfathomable His ways!" Maybe you've come to discover this in your own experience. You've tried to "trace out His path" and you can't pull it off. You've tried to fathom His "unfathomable" ways and you can't. It just doesn't compute. It blows your microprocessor. You have begun to walk with God like never before in your life, but in the path of obedience, you have come across situations that seem to be contradictory, That's how God works; accept it! It may not make sense to you for years, if ever. But that's okay. I've come to realize I wouldn't understand His thought processes and planned procedures, even if He took time to explain them to me. 

It was a wonderful day for me when I finally realized I don't have to explain the will of God. That's not my task. My job is simply to obey it. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

There is no doubt about it my friends, God's ways do defy any explanation. God's ways are mysterious, miraculous, and run contrary to our way of thinking. Let's be honest, following God's ways can sometimes be a very frustrating and tedious task. 

As independent individuals, we have grown accustomed to wanting to have our own way. Instead of following God's way, we insist on following our own way. That is the unfortunate reality of the fallen world we live in. 

My dear friends, in spite of the fact that God's ways defy any explanation we can make, who's way would you prefer to follow? Would you much rather follow God's way? Would you much rather follow your own way? Or would you rather follow the way of the world (the crowd)? Yes, God's ways can be very complex, but the end result is that it leads us in the way everlasting. 

God's ways defy explanation! Would you have it any other way? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Position We Can't Fill!

Let us not therefore judge one another any more. (Rom. 14:13) 

Each one of us belongs to the same Lord. When we stop dictating, it is easier for others to mature as they follow the Lord's directing. 

Freeing others means we never assume a position we're not qualified to fill. This, in one sentence is enough to stop any person from judging another. We're not qualified. We lack full knowledge. How often we have jumped to wrong conclusions, made judgmental statements, only to find out later how off base we were . . . then wished we could cut out our tongue. What keeps us from being qualified to judge? 

We don't know all the facts.
We are unable to read motives.
We find it impossible to be totally objective.
We lack "the big picture."
We live with blind spots. 
We are prejudiced and have blurred perspective. 
Most of all, we ourselves are imperfect and inconsistent. 

The Grace Awakening 

Ok. Before I share my thoughts on this post, I will start by mentioning that I am in total agreement with everything that has been said above. I hear very often that we shall not judge and that comment is valid, up to a certain extent. I say up to a certain extent because the Bible tells me that "by their fruits, we shall know them." Those words are applicable to not only situations, but people as well. 

Here's an analogy for you: When you walk into the produce section of your supermarket, do you grab the first fruit or vegetable you see and leave the store right away without actually inspecting (discerning) to see if the fruit or vegetable is actually okay to eat? Of course not. The same way you would approach the fruit or vegetable with a discerning (judgmental) spirit, we must also apply that same exact spirit to the people and situations we are confronted with. I'm not in any way, shape, or form implying that we judge blindly. What I am implying is that we judge after knowing the fact. As consumers, we have an obligation to make a judgment call on the items we potentially purchase. As Christians, we also have the same responsibility and obligation to judge according to the fruits revealed in that particular situation or person. The Bible also tells us to "test the spirit by the Spirit." How do we do that without exercising discernment and making the appropriate judgment call? With all that said, is the position of judge a position we can fill? That all depends on whom or what is being judged. Is the final, ultimate judgment ours to make? No, that is God's position to fill. Are the small, daily judgments ours to make? With the help of the Holy Spirit, yes. When it's all said and done, regardless of the type of judgment is applied, it is God's position to fill and not ours because God is the One doing the intervening in each situation, whether it be directly done by Him or through us with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).    

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Positive Perspective!

Therefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his lot. (Eccl. 3:22) 

We usually can do very little to change our lot. We can only change our reaction to our lot. We cannot change our past, for example. I don't care how brilliant we are, our past stands in concrete. We cannot erase it. But we can learn today to see our past from God's perspective, and use the disadvantages of yesterday in our life---today and forever. 

You and I constantly bump up against people submerged in self-pity. They are hopelessly lost in the swamp of life. And all they can tell you is how wrong this was, or how unfair she was, or how someone's promise was broken, or how that man walked away and left "me and the kids," or that guy broke up a partnership and "took me to the cleaners," and on and on and on. 

But Solomon says, in effect, "I suggest to you that there's nothing better than that you look for an advantage and the dwell on it. Make that your life's message. Who knows what impact it will have?" 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

How our lives turn out is largely dependent upon having the proper perspective. What kind of perspective are we supposed to have?  Even though there are many people out there that advocate the power of positive thinking and that's perfectly fine and encouraged, but I honestly think that we can't rest our laurels on just positive thinking. 

As Christians, what should dominate our perspective is God's perspective. God knows so much more than we will ever know. Why is it so hard for us to gain His perspective on the daily events that happen in our lives? The reason for that is because we are hearing too much of the world's noise and not tuned in to God's whispering voice. 

My dear friends, I strongly encourage all of you to ask God for a spirit of discernment. Ask God to grant you the wisdom and the discernment to know the difference between God's voice and the enemy's voice. The overall quality of your present life and future life is dependent upon you being able to gain the proper perspective. The perspective we all want (and need) to have is God's perspective. It is God's perspective that will provide us the positive perspective we need in life that will further reinforce our hope, faith, and trust in Him and in those He places around us. Be encouraged!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you gain a positive perspective about the circumstances in your life! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Prayer Is Private Devotion!

Pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. (Matt. 6:6) 

Prayer is never something we do to be seen. It loses its whole purpose if it becomes a platform to impress others. It is a private act of devotion, not a public demonstration of piety. According to Jesus, it belongs in the closet of our lives, an act done in secret. . . . 

Christ never saw a prayer as pleading or begging or hammering away at the throne of God. No, the Father knows His children, He knows what we need. Therefore, there is no reason to think that connecting with Him requires special words excessively repeated. . . . 

Prayer was never intended to be a verbal marathon for only the initiated . . . no secret-code talk for the clergy or a public display of piety. None of that. Real prayer---the kind of prayer Jesus mentioned and modeled---is realistic, spontaneous, down-to-earth communication with the living Lord that results in a relief of personal anxiety and a calm assurance that our God is in full control of our circumstances. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Prayer is powerful. 

Prayer, when incubated in the privacy of private devotion, becomes a very powerful element in a Christian's life. I, for one, am a very strong advocate of a private prayer life. Do I pray in public as well? Yes, I do. It is one thing to pray in public appearing to be as pious to those who see us and it is an entirely different way of life when we pray in private. 

Private prayer is raw, emotional, incredibly personal, etc. In our private devotional time, we have a chance to talk to God in the same way we can talk to our family and friends. During our private devotion, we not only thank God for what He has done for us and praise His holy name, we have a chance to bring our petitions, any concerns we have, and questions we may have to His attention. Our private prayer time will empower us, provide us with a fresh perspective, and continually remind us of our need to be in continuous communication with God. My dear friends, make your prayer a private devotion to God and watch God do the miraculous in, through, and around your life. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stop Running Scared!

But I trust in the LORD. I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy: for you have considered my trouble; you have known my soul in adversities. (Ps. 31:6-7) 

You may be going through a trial so overwhelming that it's borderline unbearable. You want to see the end of the tunnel. Which is only natural, because once we see that little speck of light, we feel we can make it through to the finish. But God's tunnels are often twisting, too complex and dark to see the light for many days. In such settings He says, "In that dark, twisting, seemingly endless period of time, trust Me. Stop running scared! Stop fearing!" 

Perfect Trust 

What exactly are you scared of? Why are so many people running scared these days? Let's face it friends, we live in very scary times. With every passing day, week, month, and year the world we live in is growing more and more hostile.

With that said, we have lots of people that have lost their sense of peace and live fearful for their lives every single day. People have lost their faith and trust in God in being able to provide for their needs and provide them some type of security. Unfortunately, many people have given more attention to their circumstances than in God Himself.

My dear friends, God is more than enough. We no longer need to run scared anymore. We no longer need to run away from God. We no longer need to give more importance to the circumstances we see, but give more importance to standing firm in faith and hope that our circumstances will get better one day and have the faith that God will see us through those difficult circumstances and do the miraculous in our lives.

Having said that, are you still going to keep running scared? Have you lost sight of the purpose and plan that God has for your life? Get before God and ask Him for forgiveness. Ask Him to restore your faith and trust in Him. Ask Him to empower you to be the person that God wants you to be. Ask Him to help you to stop running scared and stand firm with with courage like David when he faced Goliath. Be encouraged!

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A String Of Moments!

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent of great transgression. (Ps. 19:13) 

Life on earth is really nothing more than a string of moments, one after another. And I do not want my testimony for Jesus Christ to be shattered by a single moment of indulging my flesh. I don't want one moment of rage or pride or arrogance to cast a shadow over a lifetime of walking with my Lord. Frankly, I fear that possibility. And do you know what? I want to fear that possibility. When I stop fearing it, I am in grave danger. 

The Living Bible renders David's prayer (Ps. 19:13): "Keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be free of guilt and innocent of some great crime." 

What a great prayer! "Lord, you know my capacity to throw everything over in one stupid, fleshly act. Keep me from it! Restrain me. Guard me from trashing it all in one horrible moment of rage and lust. If You guard me and keep me, Lord, I'll never have to look back and mourn over committing such a deed." 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Moments make memories. . . . 

Always remember those words. A storing of moments, whether bad or good, will always happen in our time here on earth. Those string of moments will determine what kind of person we become. 

The kind of moments you experience in life is largely determined by the environment you find yourself in. That environment usually starts at home where you're born and raised and can continue on through your place of employment. Your memories will always be built on those moments you experience. 

What kind of moments have you experienced that remind you of God's faithfulness? How have those moments made you into the person you are today? Let us pray that the moments we experience will never be taken for granted. Let us also pray that God will provide us with the wisdom to learn how to deal with those moments that are miraculous in nature. Last, but not least, let us pray that the moments we experience will be moments that we can share with the people that we love and care for. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

God Is Bigger Than Our Excuses!

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isa. 6:8)  

We all have excuses to disqualify ourselves from God's service. 
  • "I'm not physically well."
  • "I've got this temper problem."
  • "I can't speak very well in public."
  • "I don't have a lot of education." 
  • "My past is too raunchy!" 
  • "You see, I'm a divorcee." 
  • "I was once in a mental hospital." 
And on and on and on. . . . But God is bigger than any of those reasons. He specializes in taking bruised, soiled, broken, guilty, and miserable vessels and making them whole, forgiven, and useful again. 

You see, God's perspective is much broader than ours. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

I really hate to say this. Excuses are the bane of our society. Excuses get in the way of God from releasing His power upon our lives. Excuses cheapen God's grace and waters down our faith and trust in God and those people that God has placed around us. 

My dear friend, can you see how excuses can become the harbinger of an ineffective life? My hope and prayer is that this particular post will serve as a reminder that God is indeed bigger than our excuses. God is not only bigger than our excuses, but He is also bigger than our problems, our trials, and any challenges we are currently faced with. It is only during those times when we may feel too weak when God shows His strength in such mysterious and miraculous ways. 

Knowing that God is indeed bigger than our excuses is both comforting and empowering. It serves as a reminder for me to know that God is not only sovereign, but He is faithful and true. I often hear myself saying that He is faithful and true because I have come to the realization that I am limited to the excuses that I continuously make. My excuse for not having much of a social life used to be based upon an embarrassing medical condition called Essential Tremor. Essential Tremor is not life-threatening, but it affects my ability to be able eat with a steady hand. It also affects my ability to stand for extended periods of time without my legs trembling like jello. This is only the tip of the iceberg my friends. I can probably break out with tons of excuses not to do God's work, but I refuse to do so. I refuse to do so because of what Jesus has done for me. Jesus gave His life for me. . . and all of you. Jesus is the Chief Motivator of my life. Jesus has already done for me and for you what no other person past, present, and future will never do for us. With that said and in mind, what kind of excuse do we have to not faithfully serve God and the people around us? We have none! God is bigger than any excuses you can possibly come up with. Let us rise above the excuses and make an eternal difference in the lives of those who are desperate for Jesus. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Friday, March 13, 2015

Is The Motive Right?!

Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with trouble. (Prov. 15:16) 

Fortune says that to be successful you need to make the big bucks. Why else would the Fortune 500 list make such headlines every year? Anyone who is held up as successful must have more money than the average person. 

Understand, there is nothing wrong with money earned honesty. Certainly there is nothing wrong in investing or giving or even spending money if the motive is right, if the heart is pure. But I have yet to discover anyone who has found true happiness simply in the gathering of more money. Although money is not sinful or suspect in itself, it is not what brings lasting contentment, fulfillment, or satisfaction. 

Hope Again 

I am one of the billions of people on this planet that has some type of agenda. Chances are I'm in the minority when I say that my agenda is not of my own making nor is it my own. I'm not so much striving, but thriving to live out the agenda that God has set up for me. It was God's agenda for Christian Living to be created and the words of this blog to be scattered to all four corners of this world. It was also God's agenda for me to translate and edit the English version of Family Altar on behalf of an excellent ministry from Colombia. To God be the glory in both projects of eternal ramifications for me and everyone involved in these projects. 

Are my motives for my involvement in these projects a selfish and self-centered one? I'm extremely confident in the Lord that this is not the case. Quite the contrary. I have seen God's hand move on my behalf in not only these projects but in the actual fulfillment of my calling as Evangelist coming to fruition. God has opened many doors for me. Those doors would never be open had my motives been anything but godly. 

My dear friends, whatever it is that God puts you to do, do it with a godly motive, not a selfish and self-centered motive. Our motivation should serve to be a blessing and benefit others and bring glory to God as we aim to please Him in all that we do and in the way we live out our lives. All of will one day have to answer to God in regards to the motives we have brought to the call on our lives and the work He has asked of us to do. Here's a question for you: 

Is the motive right? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Solid As Stone!

For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6:20) 

Committed individuals live with shallow tent pegs. They may own things, but nothing owns them. They have come to terms with merchandise that has a price tag and opted for commitment to values that are priceless. 

Denying oneself is not to be equated with losing one's uniqueness or becoming of no value. There have been great people in each generation who modeled self-denial as they made significant contributions to humankind. 

For years I taught that we are to "count the cost." It seems so plausable. But suddenly one day, it dawned on me that Jesus never once told His followers to count the cost. No---He's the One who has already done that. He is the King who has already determined what it will take to encounter and triumph over life's enemies. And what will it take? A few strong, quality-minded champions whose commitment is solid as stone. 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

How solid is your relationship with God? Is your relationship with God as solid as the big boulder pictured above? Or is your relationship with God is as soft and granular as the sand underneath your feet? 

What does a solid relationship with anyone (including God) look like? A solid relationship is a relationship that is stable, secure, not exactly trouble-free, but a relationship that is built and centered on God and His prevailing sovereignty. A solid relationship with God at its center will also enhance the relationships with the people that God has placed around you. 

My dear friends, Jesus has paid the price on the cross to have a solid relationship with you. All you need to do is submit your life by faith and trust Him to enable you and empower you to become the person He wants you to be. As you have a solid relationship with God, I know you will have a rock-solid relationship with those around you from those living with you at home to those you work with at your place of employment. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in your journey to having a solid relationship with God and the people around you! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Monday, March 9, 2015

We Need Each Other!

But now are they many members, yet but one body. (1 Cor. 12:20) 

Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken. 

Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited. 

Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete. . . . 

You guessed it. We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands we're not. 

To make this thing called life work, we gotta' lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace. 

The Finishing Touch  

We absolutely need each other! 

In some way, shape, or form we need each other. In some instances, I can operate on my own, but I will be the first to admit that I'm a very strong advocate of inter-dependence. Having an inter-dependent spirit allows us to be able to depend on others without sacrificing our independence. 

Having an inter-dependent spirit and personality reveals that we have the ability to exhibit a healthy balance in our private as well as public lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong with exhibiting an inter-dependent spirit. Quite the contrary, it's among the healthiest and wholesome ways to live. Our dependence needs to first and foremost be on God Himself, secondly, on those that God has placed around us. We may be able to go about our lives alone for a short while, but there will always come a time when we will always need each other for any reason whatsoever. It is perfectly okay to always be in need of each other. That is how God created us. To be in need of Him and each other. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Praise And Adoration!

Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. (Ps. 63:3) 

Praise is a deeply significant aspect of our personal worship, and we are remiss if we ignore it. . . . We praise God by expressing words of honor to Him for His character, His name, His will, His Word, His glory, etc.

Husband, when your were dating your wife-to-be, can you remember doing this? You looked her hair . . . and you expressed praise over her hair. You praised her for her beauty, her choice of  perfume and clothing, and her excellent taste. . . . Praise came naturally because that was a genuine, stimulating part of romance. By the way, I hope you haven't stopped praising her! Praise is greatly appreciated by your wife, and likewise by our Lord. . . . 

Praise is to flow from within us. Praise is an aspect of prayer---adoration directed to God. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

In my personal experience, praising God enhances His presence in my life. As I praise Him, I feel all the burdens and concerns I have get lifted away. As we praise and adore God, we give God His rightful place in our lives. We acknowledge His sovereignty, His grace, His mercy, etc. 

Adoration is a feeling of profound love and admiration. My dear friend, how profound is your love for God? The profoundness of your love for God is revealed in the intensity of your praises to God. The intensity will range anywhere from utter silence to shouts of praise. 

As a result of the intensity of praise and adoration for God, we will be able to express the same level of praise and adoration to everyone that is extremely close to us. And as a result of expressing that same measure of praise and adoration to all of our loved ones, that same exact measure will be poured back into us. For those of you who are parents, when you praise and adore your kids, your kids will experience nothing but positive emotions. Those positive emotions become building blocks to developing wholesome teenagers and adults when they get older. 

My dear friend, are you a recipient of excellent praise and adoration? I hope and pray that that is the case. Praise and adoration is an essential part of our daily lives. It is praise and adoration that contributes (in most part) to a healthy society and community. I say in most part because we have certain segments of our society that praise and adore people and things that are contrary to Who God is. Let us make sure that our praise and adoration are aimed at God for He is the only One that is worthy of all our praise and adoration. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Slow But Sure!

But know that the LORD has set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. (Ps. 4:3) 

Where are you today on your own journey? Are you discounting the significance of your days? Are you sighing rather than singing? Are you wondering what good can come from all that you have to live with? 

We tend to think that if God is really engaged, He will change things within the next hour or so. Certainly by sundown. Absolutely by the end of the week. But God is not a slave to the human clock. Compared to the works of mankind, He is extremely deliberate and painfully slow. As religious poet George Herbert wisely penned, "God's mill grinds slow, but sure." . . . 

God's hand is not so short that it cannot save, nor is His ear so heavy that He cannot hear. Whether you see Him or not, He is at work in your life this very moment. God specializes in turning the mundane into the meaningful. . . . One of my longtime friends, Howie Stevenson, often says with a smile, "God moves among the casseroles." 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

I must admit, slow is almost a foreign concept to me. I have gotten so used to doing things fast, it has almost become my second nature. Yes, I blame all of this on technology that always moves at breakneck speeds. I can get more things done by simply speaking to my computer by using a special voice-recognition program I have. What used to take me one hour to do, now takes maybe 10 minutes. 

My dear friends, welcome to the microwave society. I happen to be a part of a society that has taken fast to a whole new level. No, it's not exactly a good thing. I really miss the days when I can take things nice and slow, be deliberate, slow, but sure in my delivery. Depending on the project that I'm working on, I would adjust from using the voice-recognition program to doing the project the slow but sure way by simply typing out the words and editing as necessary. 

My dear friends, how do you approach life? Do you approach life at breakneck speed? Or do you approach it slowly but surely? Are you a rabbit or the turtle? To be honest, I happen to be 41 years old as I write this post. I'm starting to develop a greater understanding and value for the more methodical, slower pace of life and doing things. Don't get me wrong, I love my voice-recognition program as it makes life dramatically easier in some instances, especially in those instances where I can make the most of my project in a very short period of time. Like the kind of technology we use, life is what we choose to make of it. Would you rather go the fast and unpredictable route? Or would you rather take the slow but sure route? The outcome of your project (and life) will largely be dictated by the approach you bring. Ask God for the wisdom to know the difference. He will never steer you the wrong way. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in all that you choose to do! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hearts To Trust, Minds To Rest!

Cast your burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain you: he shall never permit the righteous to be moved. (Ps. 55:22) 

God has entrusted to us a great deal. He knows that we can do all things by His grace, so He's trusting in us to trust in Him. Yet He knows our fears as well, otherwise He wouldn't assure us so often of His purposes and His presence. 

We feel hurt and alone---God assures us He cares.
We feel angry and resentful---God provides wisdom and strength.
We feel ashamed---God grants forgiveness and comfort.
We feel anxious---God promises to supply all our needs.

May He give us ears to hear, hearts to trust, and minds to rest in Him. Our God is uniquely and ultimately trustworthy! 

Perfect Trust 

Let's face it. We are surrounded by imperfect people. We are surrounded by people that have all sorts of vices in their own lives. Those people that surround us have also been wounded themselves in some way, shape, or form. 

As a result of the heartache and pain that they have experienced in their lives, it would only be a matter of time before we experience the same things. Our hearts will be broken. Our minds will be betrayed. My dear friends, there is only one solution to all the heartache and betrayal of our minds. His name is Jesus. 

We must surrender our hearts and minds to Him and Him alone. We must ask God to fill our hearts and minds with godly virtue. We must surrender our hearts in trust to Him. We must allow God to penetrate our minds so we can rest peacefully in His Word. We must soak ourselves in the healing virtue of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in order for our hearts to trust and our minds to rest. I strongly encourage you to read the whole chapter of Psalms 4 before you sleep and to memorize it so that you can incorporate that chapter into your daily prayer life. That chapter will bring healing to your heart and rest to your mind as you surrender the end of your day to God in prayer. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless your heart and mind in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Vision, Vitality, and Victory!

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on you. (Ps. 25:21) 

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. My body responds and reacts to the input from my mind. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. . . . 

Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray stay in that mood . . . and why those who are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so. . . . 

You need only one foreman in your mental factory; Mr. Triumph is His name. He is anxious to assist you. . . . His real name is the Holy Spirit, the Helper. 

The Final Touch 

My dear friends, vision requires faith. Our eyes are given to us to see (have sight), but our faith provides us a vision. What kind of vision has God given you? What does your vision entail? Does the vision culminate with the glorious return of Jesus Christ? Vision is what fuels our faith and hope. We can wake up every single day and look forward to what God has in store for us because God has already casted that vision upon your mind and heart. 

My dear friends, God has given you the vitality (strength and energy) to live out your God-given purpose. Are you ready to use the vitality God has given you to please Him and bring glory to His name? Are you ready to share that vitality with everyone that God has placed around you? My God, I ask You in the precious name of Jesus to grant us the vitality to say and do what is in Your greatest pleasure and bring glory to your name. 

Last, but not least, with vision and vitality come victory. In order for us to achieve victory in every single are of our lives, there must be vision and vitality. Vision and vitality not only supports, but reinforces those moments of victory. My question to you is the following: Is the victory you experience grounded in your own strength or because of God's sovereignty? I can go on and on about the source of our victories, but to cut to the chase, victory in and through Christ is the greatest victory anyone can (and will) ever achieve because of its selfless nature. 

My dear friends, God wants you to experience a godly vision, an enduring vitality, and supernatural victory in and through Christ Jesus. Receiving those attributes from any other source would be a counterfeit from the pit of hell. Make sure to attribute the vision, vitality, and victory from God and God alone. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).