Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

        Immanuel, God with us. That is the gift of Christmas. God is with us, and as we go forth as His hand extended - we become the instrument of His gift to all man. We, who belong to Christ, are Christmas in the flesh. We bless and we hug our family and friends with a wish of Immanuel for all the lives we come across, even the rude ticket handler at the airport or cab driver who cut you off. We can be Christmas, or we can sell Christmas as a trinket. Christ is the gift that keeps on giving eternally. Wow! What did you get for Christmas? I got eternal life, and that will never fade away or grow old. Merry Christmas, everyone, and God bless us all. Isa. 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Too Simple

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
 

      I was listening to an interview with Carlos Cash Luna, pastor of Iglesia Casa de Dios in Guatemala. He and his wife, Sonia Luna, founded Casa de Dios, a Christian church in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on September 11, 1994. It is the largest and fastest growing church in Guatemala, with over 25,000 attendees.
      The interview was going well until the north American minister leading the interview wanted to know the reason for the tremendous success of church growth and numerous amount of miracles reported coming out of this incredible work of God. Of course, there had to be a formula that anyone could follow and get the same results. This was the way the questioning was headed. What are the five steps to building a colossal monument of Christian representation that we and God could be proud of?
      I could see the discomfort pastor Luna was having with the way the interview was headed. He responded as the Proverb says, with a soft answer, and with grace. "When I am asked these questions, no one ever likes the answer because the answer is too simple." Pastor Luna stated. He began to minister from Ex.
14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
      The pastor said, and I am paraphrasing because my spirit caught what he was saying, "When we are in the same situation as the children of Israel, a place of no return. The sea blocking our way forward and the enemy's army chasing us into the sea to destroy us, there is nothing that can be done but do what Moses did and that was to raise his hands to God and wait for the miracle to take place. 
      In our church, when we find ourselves in that place of an impossible situation, that is what we do. We stand there and raise our hands and wait for the miracle needed to take place - and it does. That is the secret to our church growth and all the miracles taking place." Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.
    The interviewer seemed suspicious with the answer and said to the effect, "Come on, that's it, there must be more?" Pastor Luna simply said, "As I said, most people do not like my answer for the reason for our growth because the answer is too simple." Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? 
      Too simple, raise your hands. Pastor Cash Luna says that miracles could happen more often but people complicate blessings. I had caught what the pastor was saying and realised that we have been complicating a lot of what we do for God in the name of Christianity. 
     Paul was sitting blind and shaken up after his encounter on the road to Damascus, waiting for his prayers to be answered and maybe wondering if his prayers would be answered. He had no choice but to sit there and raise his hands to God and hopefully get delivered. Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou came, hath sent me, that thou might receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost
      Paul was at the end of himself for those three days. He had followed the law of God religiously. Now, during his quiet and desperate time of blindness, he found out that he had been blind to the word that spoke of Christ. He realised he had been persecuting the Church that was preaching Christ crucified and salvation through the cross. 
      What an awakening to find out that he was wrong in his belief, but it came to him when he needed a miracle. He had the sea before him and the army coming after him, and all he could do was raise his hands in an act of faith that said, "I cannot do anything of myself, help Lord." John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
      How many of us are at the edge of the sea and the army's of the enemy is crashing down on us, brandishing weapons, ready to destroy our trust, faith, and love of God? Do you need a miracle in your life right now? Perhaps the simple act of faith that pastor Cash Luna has expressed would be a balm to our lives and souls right now. 
      Right now, let us just take a moment and raise our hand to the only true and holy God who loves us and gave Himself for us. Where we are sitting or standing right now can be our sanctuary. We can lift up our hands to God and be at peace as we wait for our deliverance and miracle. Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Make it Matter

Proverbs12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop: but a good word makes it glad.
     
     Coach Gary Kubiak said. "Tough times do not last but tough people do."
     How do I get a good word into my heart when I am heavy of heart and the heaviness is making me stoop? How do I turn it around so that I am looking upward toward God and not focused on all the disappointments that have piled up in the last few weeks, months, or years? 
      First of all, thank God, His mercies are new every morning, and yes, we can start over from a position of faith, even little faith. Lam. 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Again, thank God, that it is the LORD who will lift up my head during times of difficulty. Psalm 3:3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 
      We are not alone in our walk with Christ. The Holy Spirit is in us confirming Jesus Christ is Lord and that He has overcome the world. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
      We do not have to live a life stooped in defeat. You can't decide the length of your life, but you can control how you want to live it. Well, I want to live in Christ from a position of victory. Now, how do I do that?
      God's promised manifestation of a prayer of faith will change prayer to substance and matter. Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 
Why do some find it hard to believe that prayer can change anything? Some find it especially hard to believe when we are in a long season of hard times. 
      As my friend Scott puts it, "The act of prayer brings a result similar to the laws in nature. Sublimation: the substance changes directly from a solid to a gas without going through the liquid phase. Condensation is gas changing to a liquid." Scott says, "If these basic laws surround us, then why can't God who created these laws of nature change the situation we are praying about? Why then do we think it difficult for God to change what we are asking for, in the spirit, to then manifest in the natural and become matter or substance in the now?"
      Can Scott get a bit technical? Yes, he can, but he is right. Matt. 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
     Prayer changes everything. Jesus believed this because He prayed all the time. When Jesus chose His apostles, out of His disciples, He did it after prayer. The Lord got the instructions from His Father as to who should be chosen. Luke 6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. 
      This works the same way today, as in praying, so you can choose your partners in business, or friends in life, or (touchy ground here) your spouse.
     When Jesus wanted direction He prayed. Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Right after this time of prayer, Jesus says to his disciples. Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 

      The Lord knew what to do because He had received instructions in prayer to go to the next town and preach there. We can do this today when looking for a job or starting a business. When buying a house or wanting direction where to move to. Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    There was certainly something powerful about the Lord's prayer life, because His disciples wanted what Jesus had through prayer. Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Is this what we are lacking, a desire to learn how to pray?
     In the Lord's darkest hour He prayed for us. Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. The Lord's last human action is prayer. In the insanity and nerve splitting pain of the torturous cross, Jesus is praying for us. This tells me that no matter how hard life gets, keep praying. 

      I have been preaching to myself in this blog. I needed to hear this word in my spirit so that my heart would not stoop. A good word makes the heart glad, and Jesus is the Word that makes a heart glad. Thank you, Lord, for your forgiveness and for ministering to me. I will again bring my life to you in prayer and make it matter. Amen.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

What do I do?

Proverbs 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

      I have been in quite a few conversations lately with people who have been struggling with their faith and have said things like, "I just don't know what to do. I'm not sure what God wants of me. I can't seem to get what God is trying to say to me. I'm suppose to know the Lord's voice but I can't hear Him for the noise in my life. What do I do? 
      I think God has disowned me. I think I have lost my salvation I cannot feel God's love. I feel like heaven is laughing at me and I'm just a punchline to some holy joke." That last one got to me personally because I was lost for words for this very hurt and bruised person.      
      I reckon I could have stated some of the standard platitudes, but I felt I would have been disingenuous because I have had some of the same questions in my own heart. I realised that these thoughts and feelings are a battle for our faith.1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 
      We will come through these doubts, frustrations, and tribulations. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
      During these dry times the last thing anyone wants to hear is "Let go and let God," or, this one always gets me, "God is trying to teach you something, brother." Am I that pathetic of a person that I just never get what God is trying to teach me? 
      King David is going through a rough time of doubting and says in Psalm 73:16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me. Thank God for His written word we can lean into during these times of shaky faith. 
      During difficult times I think of what Peter said when I am going through my spiritual uncertainty. John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. Here are some well-seasoned disciples who were asking the same questions after Jesus was absent from their presence. 
      Peter had a family to take care of and all he could think of doing was what he knew. When you don't know what to do, do what you know, and since Christ is the great Shepherd, He will come and find you.       
      The next day Jesus is on the seashore with a fire of coals, with fish cooking, and He says, John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus came looking for His Disciples and that is the peace we can have in Christ. Knowing that the Lord will find us and bring us back on the path of righteousness. This is a great comfort during times of battle and doubt.
     Judges 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. Gideon gets to the point of what is on his heart. If the LORD is with us, then why is all this rubbish happening in our lives? Why have I not had a prayer answered in ages? 
      If God is with me, then why does everything I touch turn to garbage? I've named it and claimed it. I read five steps to receiving, ten steps to getting, and taken another twelve steps just to make sure - and nothing works. What's with that? If God is for me, then why are things the way they are? Gideon had a good question. If we are honest we have been asking the same thing in our own lives.
      The LORD says to Gideon. Judges 6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. My faith is built up with this story in that God came looking for Gideon. There was nothing special about Gideon's family. Judges 6:14 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. 

      Gideon says, "I'm the least in this family." Yet God found him working in fear and doubting his salvation and purpose. However, God found Gideon doing what he knew, to get by with what he had, and God met his needs and turned him into a leader. 
      My admonishment to the readers of this blog is that you do what you know and that is to trust God will come and find you right where you are. He will love you fully right there, warts and all. 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
    Judy Garland said, "Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of someone else." God has made you who you are. There is no one else like you. God knows our address and what our needs are right now. Let Him find us trusting in Him. In Jesus name, I pray this verse over everyone who reads this. Eph. 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Amen!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

You Saw God Where?

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

       Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handy-work
      What a picture we must have made when our friend Glennis walked into our first home in Redcliffe, Queensland. We had just bought our first home and my wife was sitting in a rocking chair, pregnant and ready to deliver soon. My four-year-old son was sitting on his small plastic red chair. I was sitting on the floor with a guitar case between us all using it as our table. A pizza box was open on the guitar case for our first meal, in our first home we had just moved into that day. 
      "Come on in and join us," I said, when Glennis peeked into the open front door. We all began to laugh as she came and sat beside us on the floor and we feasted as only first time home buyers can do while thinking, "It isn't much, but it's ours." Eph. 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
      Early the next morning there was a knock at the door and Glennis is saying, "Come and help me with this." There she was with her small car and trailer, bringing us a 1950's Formica table with chrome legs and border, plus three mismatched chairs. She said that she had brought them from her parents' place, with their blessing, where the table and chairs were in storage. 
      We brought this incredible gift into the kitchen and we rejoiced at the wonder of it all. That morning I saw God in Glennis and in the shiny chrome jewel of provision. I knew in my heart that I had just seen God and everything was going to be well with us. Thank you, Glennis, you're a real "sista" and mate. Psalm 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visits him.
     I was walking through The Honolulu Museum of Art, and I was attracted to a Pierre-Auguste Renoir pencil drawing called Dance In The Country. I do not know why I was struck with such awe, but I was. From one foot away I stood very still for the longest time and beheld a simple pencil sketch that had captivated and moved my very soul. I did not notice the time go by until the lights started to dim, as the lights were on a motion sensor monitor. I realised I had not moved from that position and I was the only person in that display room. What a God moment that was for me. This print was absolutely filled with life; it had a force of creation activated within me. 
      I was enjoying the very presences of God. God and I were both admiring this small pencil drawing and I could not separate God from the awe I was feeling. Gen. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. Just before I left the museum that day I went back to see the Renoir one more time, and again it held me and filled me with clean and pure joy. I saw God that day and knew He was for me. Merci Monsieur Renoir. Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
     I do not think we have to relegate God's anointed presence to the sanctuary of our choice on Sunday mornings. He is in the heartwarming kindness that leads others to give to us when we were in need. He inspired the art and creativity that moves us to say, "Wow, God, is that ever amazing." Eze. 48:35 And the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there. The meaning of the name Jehovah-Shammah is Jehovah is there. We lose sight of God being there because of the mundane routines that captivate our lives and sometimes make us feel like we are missing a bigger picture. I believe God is there in the everyday events of our lives. 
      I sometimes see God in the way a mother carries her child on her hip and they are giggling at each other, or a dad softly consoling his son as they walk off the field after a hard loss. When I am holding hands with my wife, or listening to the waves crash on the rocks. God is in that song that brought you to a place where you sang along in joy no matter what it sounded like to others. 
      God is in the first words your children ever spoke, or in the tug on your heart when you wiped away your child's tears. God is there, saying, "I am for you." The Lord is not some kill-joy trying to mess up every idea you get. On the contrary, most likely it is the Lord who gave you the blessed idea in order to help you become the person He created you to be. Yes, God is there and He will never leave you nor forsake you. Haggai 1:13 Then spake Haggai the LORD'S messenger in the LORD'S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. I saw God on many occasions and in different events this week. Thank you, Lord, for being there.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Anger Management

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.

      How is it that we will learn an angry man's ways if we hang out with the angry? It seems that we need some kind of immunisation shot against anger in our world today. Things and events easily anger us. Everything from road-rage to all the other rages going on is sapping our kindness and mercy, plus confusing our understanding of righteous anger. 
      We tend to forget that we live in a fallen world, and even though we are not part of it we do live in it. Gen. 4:6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If thou does well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou does not well, sin lies at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. We have forgotten that we need a Savior to give us life and get us victoriously through this present life in order to live with Christ for eternity.
     Heb. 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Is there a sin that we keep falling for or into every time it comes along? Is there a sin in our lives which doth so easily besets us? We might say, "why, Lord, do I fall here every time, and why is this sin so hard for me to overcome?" 
      Why do some Christians crave drugs, alcohol, gambling, stealing, lying and risky behavior, while others hang on to an unforgiving heart, compulsive disorders, and a dozen other shortcomings? Yet others seem to have no problem with anything listed here? Why am I so weak in one or more of these areas?
     In the book of John, we read of the woman of Samaria. John 4:7a There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. This woman might have been questioning the same things we have been asking ourselves. Why can't I keep a real relationship with anyone? Why do I have so many insecurities with commitment? Why do I keep falling for the same old lines of promised love? Why do I keep leading all these sappy men on? My friends don't seem to have these problems. 
      I do not know what was on her mind that day, but her encounter with Jesus had a fulfilling result from these words that Christ is offering us today. John 4:14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. If we think about it, all the desires that are contrary to what God wants for our lives is a thirst that cannot be quenched with anything offered from the world system. 
      Addictions or obsessions are thirsts within our lives that cause us to go looking for answers and fulfillment in all the wrong places. This cycle of behaviour only deepens the problem and we feel like we are dying of thirst. Meanwhile, the very source of life, Jesus, our Lord, is offering us a full cup of life-giving fulfillment. Psalm 23:5 Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
     We read in the Psalms that King David is going through a similar situation. Psalm 73:14  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. David is convinced that the suffering of the righteous and the success of sinners have become a reality in his life. However, he comes to a place in his heart where he finds the truth of the matter. Psalm 73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. It is only in the presence of our God that the thirst for all these sins that so easily besets us can be destroyed, washed away, overcome, and forgiven.  
      Prov. 2:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul. So, am I just a product of my environment or do I have choices? Where I go to fulfill my thirst is my choice. We do not have to learn an angry man's way and allow it to become a snare to our soul. 
      We do have a way out of the sin which so easily beset us and, thank God, for the love and grace He gives us every day to help us overcome. The Lord admonishes us to drink from His waters of life and our soul will live free. Eccl.12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. In Jesus name, Father, help us always to choose you. Amen.

Monday, 2 December 2013

KISS-Keep It Simple Saint

Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.

     I had the opportunity to lead a work friend to the Lord during a long six hour drive. At the time I did not know I had led him to Christ until a few days later. He phoned me to thank me for my time and words of wisdom that helped him make this miraculous decision in his life. 
      During the six hour drive, I had been able to expound the Scriptures and answer almost all of his questions concerning Christ being Lord, eternity with God versus eternity in hell, and a personal relationship with Jesus versus being religious. With joy in his heart, he said that it was something I had said during our drive that caused him to ask Jesus into his heart to be his Lord. 
      My mind was racing over that long car ride. I was trying to remember the apologetics that brought such a transformation. What was the great spiritual nugget that had been spoken that had resulted in such a miracle that even the angels rejoice in heaven? Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents
      Well, I was surprised at what he said. He said. "It's when you said 'It was dumb to go to hell if you do not have to." There it is, saints, wisdom personified. How simple a word God used to change a heart for eternity.
      I was reading in the book of Acts the simple declaration given to the people of the day for a reason to believe in Christ as Savior. Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 
      How simple and uncomplicated the argument for receiving Jesus as Lord. Jesus went about doing good and healing all. This was a foundation of belief that could be trusted and that Jesus was a true witness who delivered souls. Jesus Himself makes a similar statement when confronting the hypocrisy of the leaders of the day. John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him
      The religious leaders that Jesus was trying to wake-up in their spirits had complicated the way to God to the point of ridiculousness and difficulty. They had created laws for the laws that no longer worked because as Thomas Erskine of Linlathen says, "Those who make religion their god will not have God for their religion." Jesus did the will of the Father and the result was Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he makes both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
      For all of the Christians who have been praying and believing for their lost loved-ones, I say keep praying, and keep your answers simple when they ask you questions about Christianity and the Lord. 
I was once approached by a man and he said, "I heard you were once an alcoholic and that Jesus set you free." 
I said, "This is true." 
He said, "Can I have this in my life?" 
I said, "Yes."
He said, "Now?"
I said, "Yes, we can pray and you can ask Jesus to come into your life right now to help you with your addiction."
      We did pray and he did receive Jesus as his Lord. Now, I am convinced that it was the prayers of everyone else who had been praying for this man to be saved. I happened to be there to help bring him home to Christ. John 4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours
      There are times of difficulty and apparent hopelessness during our desire to see our family and friends saved, but as found in Prov. 14:25 A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies. Our lives will not lie if we stay true to our Lord. 
      We have the Holy Spirit guiding us toward our expected end and the glorification of Jesus our Lord. Keep it simple saints and we will be blessed. Father, in Jesus name, help us to be your hand extended and represent you with the heart of Jesus and may it be said of us, "That we did all things well." Amen.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

What's Trending In Heaven?

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believe every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.
    
      It must be true. I read it on the Internet. I was trying to find a news story while watching a news program and all that the anchor person was talking about was pop-culture and what was trending here, there, and everywhere. To my amazement, everything they were gossiping about was taken as pure fact. I tried another news channel and it was the same tabloid reporting of what was trending now.
      I then went and looked for the news I was looking for on the Internet. I found the article and was finally satisfied as I got what I was looking for. I then began to laugh because I had believed what I just read then said to myself, "It must be true I read it on the Internet."
      We are being inundated with information at rates never thought possible. Dan. 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. How do I determine what is valid and worth my time in life?

      There is every kind of communication system available to man, and yet not many are able to truly communicate. I had a student tell me that he had over two hundred friends on Facebook but he had no one to truly talk to. All the noise being generated from all the trending methods are screaming for attention and when attention is given, it gives an insipid, bland, and tasteless social pablum that does not satisfy our personal intelligent - let alone our souls. 
      I am not down on the Internet or all the communication services available, as I am using it right now by writing this blog. I believe there are some great uses at our disposal for the glorification of our Lord and the edifying of our lives. Col. 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
      I personally believe God gave us the intelligence to create all these communication sites and devices to bring us together for better living and for His glory. Has there been some hijackings of these inventions for inappropriate use? Yes, but that does not mean we cave into it. People abuse cars. That does not mean I have to walk, but it means I must drive carefully. 
      We read in the book of Acts of a group of people who were accustomed to hearing all the latest trends and religions ideology from all corners of the known world. Their method of separating all the hear-say and noise of the day was a method we should be using ourselves every day. 
      They studied the Scriptures to see if what was being said in the different medias of the day to be true. Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
      We are going to be offered many different philosophies wrapped in colorful spiritual garb, but we do not have to put it on. We can be discerning as to what we allow in our minds and souls. Yes, it will take some work but it is the privilege of Christians to discover what God has for us. Prov. 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Eccl. 1:13a And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven.
      We can count on the fact that what is trending in heaven is what God said we could depend upon. Jesus is still Lord, and He is still healing and providing for our needs. Christ's blood is still cleansing and saving from eternal death, giving eternal life. The Holy Spirit is still filling us with His fire and power; declaring Jesus the Son of God. God is still pouring His eternal love out on all whom He has created. God is still good and we still need Him for a full and gracious life. Heb. 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever
      Lord, in Jesus name, help us to separate the noise of life for the joy of the Lord. Help us to use our time for blessing you and those you put in our paths. Help us to see your plan for our lives and help us live it. Amen.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Reconciled With My Brother

Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. 

      We are often reminded that we live in a throw-away-society and our spouses, family, friends, and acquaintances have become just as dispensable. We have become a people who are easily offended and are willing to discard a relationship because of our own wounding. Gen. 4:23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 
      There is nothing new under the sun here as this is not a modern day phenomena. No, being offended easily has been a source of human tragedy from the beginning. The opportunity to be offended abounds, and in many cases we are the source of our own offence we are experiencing. Luke 17:1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
      Years ago my younger brother had decided to leave his wife and two beautiful children. This brought division in the family as it most often does when young children are involved. He could not understand why no one was (as often said by offended people) on his side. There were attempts to explain that the children would be the first concern during this time of turmoil in his separation with his wife and children. 
      There was no reasoning that could get through to his heart. My brother then cut all contact and communication with the family. Prov.18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Every once and a while my mother would run into him because they lived in the same town, but there was never a desire from him to be with his family. He was right and that was it. 
      More than a year later I was working in the garden and I asked God what I could do to help reconcile our family to my brother and my brother to his family. I lived in another part of the country and was not sure what I could do. 
      I heard in my spirit the words, "Send him a postcard on a regular basis expressing your love for him." I thought of an email and then I heard in my spirit again these words." People delete emails but they hang on to postcards." I believed the Spirit of the Lord was guiding me and I got to work on what the Holy Spirit was developing in my heart. 2 Cor. 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
      My brother, being a good artist influenced the type of postcards that I bought. I got a stack of cards that portrayed paintings of my brother's favorite artists. With a bit of investigation, I found out what my brother's address was and began to mail a postcard every week for about five months. 
      The messages were non-condemning and simply expressed my love for my brother. They simply said, "I saw a painting today that reminded me of you. I love you." The next card said, "I was in a gallery this week and I saw a painting that reminded me that you are a very talented artist. I love you." The next card said, "I saw a scene today that you would have no problem painting its beauty. I love you." Prov. 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. I continued to post a card every week for about five months and never a word of condemnation.
      One day my mother phoned me and said that my brother had asked if he could come over for Sunday dinner with her. I had not let anyone in the family know that I was on a postcard love mission from the Lord so I said, "Let me know how dinner goes," then we prayed together for a blessed time. 
      That Sunday night my mother phoned me and said their dinner was wonderful and that my brother had softened his heart toward the family, but she could not understand why all he wanted to talk about all evening was me - his older brother. I then explained what the Lord had led me to do. Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths
      Within a short time my brother was reconciled to the family and we to him. He also took responsibility and became a support to his ex-wife and children. The reason this story is important to our family is that a few years later my brother passed away and we were all able to thank God for the short time we had as a family. 
      What would have been the everlasting hurts had we not reconciled from the offence? The funeral would have been laced with a lot of shoulda, woulda, coulda, rather than the joy of knowing we had loved him home. Matt. 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. I love my brother and I am looking forward to seeing him again.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A Cover Up!

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.

      When we become our own saviors because we are covering up a sin that we will not acknowledge or deal with, it causes problems within our souls and hearts. It also strains the relationship we have with Christ because He is trying to point out to us that He has already done the saving through the cross and His blood. Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
      The work that Christ did at the cross is done completely. The attempts at saving ourselves with good works will be a never-ending-story because when we are not bringing our sins and transgressions to the Lord to be rid of them, then we are covering them up. The result of this self-righteousness will be a flawed and insipid Christianity. The duplicity and subterfuge we practice will only diminish our strength in the Lord who is trying to reconcile us to Himself, but we falter at whatever we do.
      We read in the book of Joshua, chapter seven, the story of Achan. The story is known as "The sin of Achan." The people of Israel were instructed by God to conquer the city of Jericho as they began to take possession of the promise land. They were also instructed not to take anything whatsoever for themselves as the spoils were for God's agenda. Joshua 6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. 
      Achan disobeyed and took some of the spoils and it brought judgment on the people of God when they tried to overtake the city of Ai. Through a process of elimination, Achan was discovered to be the reason for the judgment that had defeated them. 
      When Joshua confronts Achan, his responds is this. Josh 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly  Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. 
      Achan had literally covered his sin in his tent and it brought a great loss to himself and his family. Joshua 7:24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. This cover-up caused the death of himself and his children. As it says in Num. 32:23b And be sure your sin will find you out.
      Thank God we live on this side of the cross and there is forgiveness for sin when we repent. Thank you, Lord, that our pastor does not organize a "stone the parishioner to death" portion of the Sunday service. Grace has given us such a wonderful relationship with our Lord and Savior. However, unconfessed-sin can still cause us to be affected in our walk with Christ to the point of not prospering at what we put our hearts to do in life. 
      James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. We stumble for a lack of Godly confidence. Confession and forsaking sin will still bring mercy into our lives and will help us have mercy for others who are struggling with different weaknesses. 
      We are exhorted to come to God's throne for mercy and grace. Heb. 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. God is saying run to Him, and not run from Him when we sin. John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out. 
      In his book, Enemies Of The Heart. Andy Stanley says, "It is easier to behave your way to a new way of thinking than think your way to a new way of behaving." This is what the Lord is trying to get us to do. If we come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy, regardless of how bad we feel about falling in sin, the reward of going to God's throne will change our self-righteous behavior. Our obedient behavior will result in submission to Christ, the Savior, and we will obtain true mercy and grace.
      Covering up our sins and trespasses will only put us in a position to be accused by the enemy. Eph. 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. This will only sap our strength and we will become lazy Christians with no affect or victory in life. We came to Christ in the first place because it was only Him who could cover and get rid of our sins forever. Why stop coming to Him now? 
      He still is the way,  the truth, and the life. Lord, help us to uncover everything that causes grief to your heart and help us to be courageous in humility, for you have all the answers for our souls. In Jesus name we ask. Amen.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

There Are Enemies

Proverbs 16:7  When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    
       My pride is ruining my testimony because I want the grace of God in my life, but, I want God's judgment on my enemies' lives without mercy. Well, saints, this pride will not do. In order for my enemies to be at peace with me, I must please the Lord. 
      God's first order of faith is in Him, and second that I love my neighbours and my enemies as myself. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Choices in life are most often simple, but not always easy to live out.
     We read in the book of Genesis the story of Joseph who was betrayed by his brothers because of jealousy. After years of slavery and imprisonment, Joseph emerges as second-in-command only to Pharaoh himself. 
      Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy food because of a great famine in the land. Now they must deal with Joseph who is now in a position of great power and can exact revenge. However, Joseph forgives his brothers. Gen. 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 
      There was a lot for Joseph to forgive here, yet he could see that it was God who had directed his life and turned everything to the good for Joseph personally. He also preserved a nation from starvation. God made his enemies be at peace with him and better yet, Joseph was also at peace with his enemies who were now restored, brothers.
     Truly the Psalmist says it right in Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. This is our portion of a full cup when we are walking in a way that pleases the Lord. We will live in peace even though there are enemies in our lives, whether they are spiritual or natural enemies. Deut. 28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 
      This does not mean we will never encounter problems or demonic attacks, but it means we will have the confidence in our God who will help us with the battle these protagonists bring. Deut. 20:4 For the LORD your God is He that goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. The fact that we are believing, by faith, that God is our ever-present-help is pleasing to God and He will go to war and fight the enemies of our lives. God will rebuke the devourer for our sakes and restore what was taken from us. 2 Kings 17:39 But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.
      The blessing of this incredible benefit from God is that we can count on the Lord to take this fight of the destruction of our enemies to the very end. Death is the last enemy we will contend within our lifetime. 1 Cor. 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. The finished work of the cross of Jesus Christ has consumed our eternal death and all the fears that come with it. The Psalmist says that we will be guided even unto death. Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death. 
      We now have victory over death and will be guided through this process that can overwhelm us and cause fearful thoughts from this last enemy. The Lord encourages us not to fear this enemy because He has overcome death for us. 1 Cor. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 
      When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. What an amazing salvation we have that death our last enemy has been defeated by the cross and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rev. 1:8 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death
      Lord, we ask in Jesus name, that you continue to remind us of your powerful work that was done in our hearts and in our lives. Lord, you have saved us from the deceptions of the enemy. You, LORD, alone have defeated all our enemies - including death - and we are grateful. Amen.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Selah: Think On That

Proverbs 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

      Selah: Think on that Proverb.
      As I have said in the past, "Watch out for get-rich-quick-schemes, because the only one to get rich quick is the person with the scheme." Sometimes it is the simple truths of God's word that are the most profound. 

      Faithfulness to God will bring blessing; faithfulness to getting rich fast will only bring grief, because the focus of the person's heart becomes an obsession on the riches themselves and not the one who blesses us with richness. Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Thomas Aquinas said. "The thing that we love tells us what we are." 
      The majority of all dissatisfaction in our lives is because there is something we want this very minute and cannot have it. James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. At this point, we start thinking that we have been faithful enough toward God and He should deliver this thing we want right now. 
      We become angry with God because we feel He owes us. We end up corrupting our relationship with unnecessary jealousy and grief. Thank God in that moment the LORD still loves us and keeps guiding us through the mess of our own making. Isa. 30:31 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 
      As the Proverb says, "A faithful man shall abound with blessing. Oh ya, you say! What's in it for me? Well, putting aside our eternal salvation, (if that is even possible) there are these blessings. Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. 
      Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases; 4 Who redeems thy life from destruction; who crowns thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Is that not worth being grateful for? Is that not worth our faithfulness toward God who loves us with a pure heart?
      As we mature in the word of God and grow in the love and power of the Holy Spirit, we can count on the faithfulness of our God toward us. Num. 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? 
      The Lord helps us to be faithful through the Holy Spirit. We have the best of God's intentions toward us. Jer. 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end
      With all this Godly support, let us be faithful to Him who first loved us. Job 5:8a Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects. Father, in Jesus name we ask that you continually quicken our hearts to being faithful toward you and all those whom you love. Give us your strength, Lord, that we may be found faithful on that day of your coming. Amen.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

A Blessed Disappointment

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.

      In 1987 my young family and I were living in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. Expo 88 had been announced and the project was being built in Brisbane. One of the results that normally happens during these big city world events is that house rents go up and finding a home to rent becomes difficult. 
      We were being pressured into buying a home because it would be easier than renting during the present volatile price fluctuations. We were looking for a house with a very small budget and the promise from God's word in Isa. 32:18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
      During the late 1980's in Redcliffe, you could still buy a starter home for 45 to 50 thousand dollars. When I say our budget was small, I mean mustering up forty-five hundred dollars for a down payment was a monumental task. With the grace and help of God, we were blessed and had accumulated forty-seven hundred for a down payment; we were living the dream even though interest rates on a mortgage were 13%. Phil. 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
      The day came when we had found a house near the hospital, on a beautiful street with nice fields behind the homes on that street. My wife was in love with the french doors, wooden floors, shaded porch, casement windows, and tropical gardens. Eccl. 1:8b The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. I thought this would be a wonderful place for my wife and son because there were 3 bedrooms and my wife was pregnant with our second son. 
     "How much?" We asked in unison. The Realtor thought the asking price was about forty-nine thousand but was not sure because the owners lived in Melbourne and they just finished the family estate paperwork on it. I said, "We can offer forty-seven thousand right now." In my heart I knew we did not have anything left for furniture but, hey, this was the house. 
      We could all see clearly this was the house for us and surely God wanted us to have it. Well, two days later the owners came back with an offer of fifty-nine thousand that was firm. My wife was heartbroken because we did not have anywhere near fifty-nine hundred dollars down. We could not understand the situation because we were believing God for this house. Why God? Why are you not helping us with this request? I thought you wanted us to have a nice place to raise our children! Why? Why? Why? Isa. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
      We ended up buying a nice home on Dunbar St. for forty-six thousand, and we were able to buy some furniture and move in just in time for the birth of our second son. Three months later there was an announcement in the local newspaper that the city and government were going to build a large welfare subsidised apartment complex in the nice field behind the dream home street. 
      That neighbourhood was in an uproar because they pronounced that property values would crash and the crime rate would be terrible. They prophesied to the letter as realty prices dropped overnight by one-third of house values. After the housing project was finished, theft and vandalism did go up. 
    Our disappointment had been changed into a blessing. Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The Lord had protected us from ourselves. We do not always see what is down the road, but God does, and trusting Him in our disappointments is part of our walk in Christ. 
      Isa. 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. That is what happened in our home, we glorified the Lord for His wisdom and guidance because there was more blessing to come. 
      In the summer of 1989, we returned to Canada and by that time the realty-boom in Australia had started to build a bit of momentum. One and a half years after buying our home, we sold for approximately double what we paid for it. We had enough for a nice healthy down payment on a house in Canada. Within a short time in Canada, we were mortgage free. 
      We give God all the glory. His wisdom is boundless and full of love. The Lord has the know-how and trusting in Him during our disappointments is still the way to go. Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

What Made You Smile Today?

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

      To my sons whom I love.
      I remember a trip my youngest son and I traveled together on in 2007. It was a father-son trip to Australia because my son had been born there and he would turn twenty years old on this trip. He had no recollection of Australia because we had moved to Canada when he was a one-year-old child. We had a wonderful time traveling throughout the great and free state of Queensland as I introduced my son to his roots per se. 

      After three weeks in Australia, we thought we would spend the last week of our vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii. In Honolulu, as we were walking toward the beach access next to the Hilton Hotel, we noticed an elderly man in his late eighties and his son. The son was helping his dad cross the street by allowing his father to use his arm to steady himself as they shuffled their way across the crosswalk. 
      My twenty-year-old son looked at them and smiled a radiant smile then said, "Hey dad, look, that will be you and me thirty years from now when we are traveling together." In that moment I had joy, because my son saw himself involved in my life. Prov. 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Remembering that, made me smile today.
      One day in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, my oldest son - who was five years old at the time - was fishing off of the pier with myself and my friend Don. It was a warm and quiet afternoon. There were about eight other elderly fishermen along the rail casting and jigging for different fish. No one was catching anything. Suddenly my son's fishing rod bends to the extreme and he is asking for help to bring in his catch. 

      We landed a ten-pound flatfish, and everyone on the pier came over to see the big catch laying at my son's feet. There was some jealous grumbling amongst the people as they looked at the boy, then the fish. Suddenly, my son with his hands on his hips and with a loud voice says, "Well praise the LORD, hey dad?" My friend Don and I busted out laughing and said, "Amen, praise the LORD is right!" Isa. 11:6b And a little child shall lead them. Remembering that, made me smile today.
       Years ago when my youngest son was nine years old, I came home off of a road-trip and my sons was hugging me and happy to see me home. It had been a successful business trip and I was feeling good because I had landed some prosperous accounts. I had some road-money left in my pocket, so I gave the boys a ten dollar bill each. 

      My youngest son looks at the money in his brother's hand and he looks at the money in his hand, then with a serious look on his face but a twinkle in his eye he points his finger at me and says" What did you do with my father?" I just busted into laughter. What timing, what a funny sense of humor. I was so grateful to God for wonderful children. Psalm 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Remembering that, made me smile today.
      This year at Thanksgiving my oldest son was home with us for dinner. Before eating, I asked everyone around the table to share something they were grateful for this Thanksgiving. 
There were some good moments of grateful expression, but none was more blessed when my son said that he was so grateful for being in his right mind and place in his family. That God had done a good work in him. 
      Over the last few years, he had gone through a hard time, but had found his way home and was now living in the grace that God and family gives generously to loved ones. Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. Remembering that, made me smile today.
       What made you smile today? We are richer then we think and God's currency isn't always cash. The Lord blesses in ways that are incalculable and beyond worldly wealth. His agenda for us is to have us choose what is eternal and these thoughts made me smile today. Matt. 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
     

Monday, 28 October 2013

Stay Tuned And Hear

Proverbs 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
    
      In the summer of 1986, we had moved to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. My wife and I had rented a furnished house within 6 days of arriving in the country. We were blessed to have both landed employment by the end of our first week in Australia. We had lived in Australia from 1980 to 1983 so we were familiar with the country's nuances. 
      The only thing that the house did not have was a radio or television. That was fine with us as there was a lot to do in getting established and also fulfilling what God had for us to accomplish in His kingdom.
      I was storing a few things under the house where I came across an old 1950's art-deco radio. I dusted and cleaned it off and plugged it in. The hum of the tubes could be heard warming up and as I moved the tuning dial to find what I could find on the old relic from the past, I hit the spot where the hiss turned into music. My wife started to laugh as a 1950's song clearly sounded through the speakers. "How wonderful is that," she said, that a 1950's song would be the first thing heard on a 1950's radio.  
      What is the sound coming from our lives when people tune into our spiritual frequency? Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Do people hear complaining, arguments, and thanklessness when tuning into our hearts? What are we broadcasting when we go to work and all the places we frequent? 
      Is there a sound of victory coming from our lips when we transmit God's love? 1 Pet. 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light
      As usual, the Lord is right when He said in Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. We are the Lord's voice and arm extended in this earth. In most cases we will be the only Bible people in the world will ever get to read. What will be written on the pages of our hearts that people can glean to give them life and a desire to know God? 2 Cor. 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men
      When I was dialing the old tuner to find a radio station, I was looking for a frequency I could connect to. When I am praying for direction and seeking God's face, I am connecting to God's frequency that helps me hear what the Lord is saying to my heart. There are interferences that can occur because the enemy is trying to run another station with worldly lusts and gluttonous wants across the path of my receptive heart. 
      Staying tuned to our Lord Jesus will keep our lives healthy and wise. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. The tactic the enemy uses on us is to get us fiddling with the tuning dial, even though we have a clear signal. The devil does the same thing to everyone that he did to Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Satan tries to get us to question the clear and perfect word of God. Gen. 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. 
      The devil did the same thing with Jesus when he tempted the Lord to question His position as Son of God. Matt. 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 
      The enemy has no new strategies because the old ones work. Eccl. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Satan is still trying to get us to mistrust the integrity of God and tempt us into looking for other stations and channels that have an anti-Christ persuasion. 
      The devil always overplays his hand and we can resist him by faith. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Thank you, Lord, that we are connected to a loving and righteous God. You have made sure that we are yours and we will not be lost in this life and the one to come.