Friday, 29 August 2014

It's Your Choice

Proverbs 11:29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
    
      Dr. Seuss said, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
      As a mentor and sometimes counselor I am often stunned at the people who chose a thing or direction they went in and then these same people are all upset with the result and consequences of their choices. Some of them seem to have to go through the court system to find out that they might have missed the mark. Some are family members that will not heed the dangers they are bringing to their lives and sometimes the lives of other family members into the same paroles they are headed for.
      This can be frustrating to the relatives in these families. In some cases, even the children in these families can see plainly the mess the so-called adults are headed toward. God has asked us to choose life and blessing. Deut. 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. 
      The expression "It seemed like a good idea at the time," lands empty and unreasonable when standing there looking pathetic and getting ready to suffer the result of the said choices. Josh. 24:19b Choose you this day whom ye will serve. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. This scripture should have been their original choice.
       How true the Proverb says of them. Prov. 11:29 He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. Not only do these people trouble their own house, they become foolish servants who lose even what they earn. Hos. 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. 
       For the rest of our lives we will have to make choices, and yes, there will be some mistakes and battles because that is how we learn to become victorious. The mistakes we make are not a problem when we are consistently in relationship with the Holy Spirit, because we are growing in Him as we live out our Christian lives by faith. Thank God for the blessed gift of repentance. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
      When we are in a relationship with Christ, the choices we make are made out of a Christ consciousness and not a sin consciousness; therefore, we can move forward in life with a holy confidence that we received through a prayerful relationship with our Lord. Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. The grace of God is so incredible that it covers, rescues, heals, and straightens the results of the choices we have made because we made them with a heart after God. 
       How fast can we turn over to God a mess that resulted from a sinful and carnal choice? Right now! Is that fast enough? We read the story of the two thieves who were crucified with Christ and one of them repents right there on the cross. Luke 23:41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou come into thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 
      The gift of repentance is so powerful that it will leave a devil's head spinning. The devil thought he had this thief on his way to the kingdom of darkness and within a moment of true repentance the thief had been transferred into the kingdom of light. 
      Wow!! True, the thief was on the cross for the choices he had made in his life and that was the consequences of those choices. Yes, he had affected his family with all the problems that come with being a no-good useless member of a family, but within a moment of repentance he became a sanctified child of the living God and a resident of the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "Wow" is all I can say to that. What amazing gifts repentance and grace are to us who receive them by faith! 
      Never give up praying for those family members and people you know who have made the worst choices possible and have brought great destruction upon themselves and others, because within a moment of God's light getting through to their darkened hearts they can repent, change their minds toward their choices. 
      They can at any time turn to a merciful God who wants none of them to perish. 2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. May you choose the way of the Lord and have joy in your heart.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Praying Wives

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favour of the LORD.

        A call to the men of God who have been blessed with wives who prays for their husbands, and the fiancées who pray for their husbands-to-be. May God's face shine on these blessings from God and give them the desires of their hearts for their lives and families. 
      May we men say, "Thank you, Lord, for a wife who prays for us and our families." I am so grateful for a wife who not only loves me, but prays with me and for me. When God says in Proverbs that I have obtained favor of the Lord. I believe part of that favor is the fact that the one who loves me prays with love for me, just as the Lord does; therefore, there are two in agreement for my life and that would be the Lord and my wife. 
      Prov. 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. This is why her worth cannot be measured with diamonds, rubies and gold because the power of prayer is eternal. I'm not saying she would not like some diamonds, rubies and gold, no no no no, on the contrary, but what I'm saying is she is worth much more because God has put an eternal value on our union.
      Even when a woman of God is married to a lost soul because of stubbornness, fear, addiction or plain idiocy, there is hope if his wife is praying. There is a story of David, Abigail and Nabal who, in particular, is not the most reasonable man. 1 Sam. 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. 
      David and his men had been protecting the land and area where Nabal's livestock was grazing. David asked for some food for himself and his men, but Nabal did not see the blessing of having his lands protected. 1 Sam. 25:10a And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, and my flesh that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men, whom I know not whence they be? 
      Nabal's servants immediately tell Abigail, Nabal's wife, what a bone-head thing he had just done with David's request. Abigail organizes a large amount of food and sends it off to David. Then she also heads out to meet him. We know that Abigail is a woman who prays because she knows what the will of God is for Israel when she finally talks David out of killing her husband. 1 Sam. 25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel. 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: 33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. 
      In this case, the prayers of a praying wife saved the lives of many and helped fulfill a prophetic and divine appointment that day. So I say, "Thank you," to all the women who pray for their husbands and especially, to my wife who prays for me. I wrote this next verse for her a few years ago and feel it is apropos to post it here today. I do it with a grateful heart and true love for her.

      
African Violets On Wings
      Who can say what will keep a man attracted to a woman, or a woman to her man? Who can speak of what one might interpret to be love? For millenniums millions have tried to describe this mystery, in song and verse, through stories and sculpture, or participating in magnanimous declarations of "I am yours till the end of time." Maybe it is the potpourri of little things that one notices over a lifetime together that matures love. 

      I, too, am in wonder of love and its many shadows and hidden meanings. However, I believe I have seen and felt one of the multiple faces of love when I have candidly observed my wife becoming transfixed and overjoyed after noticing the first budding on an African Violet plant that she has tenderly cultured. Her countenance glows with ornate beauty as she becomes convinced that God has created these little bursts of colour just for her personal enjoyment. 
      She moves toward other violets with curvaceous poise on her feminine frame while seeking additional heavenly blooms. I believe these flowers stretch their colour just to be cooed to, by her, and "why not?" I say, for I have done the same from day, to day, to day.
      I've seen her feed the winter birds with seeds and breadcrumbs saved. They arrive with songs and chirps galore as they salaam, in a birdly way. A childlike grin she beams delight, that would please Saint Francis, even today. I have seen the birds dancing for her, with twitches, and shuffles, as they introductions of their young were made. 

      She welcomes them all with gentleness and provision of food in her oasis of calm in this often stormy world. And "why not?" I say, for I have done the same, from day, to day, to day,
      "Is this love?" you ask. Well, I do not know. But I do know that if more of us looked for the best in our lovers and gave the best to our lovers, there would be a lot more lovers and therefore more of the faces of love would be discovered.
      Te quiero mi amor!
Prov. 31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A Lazy Spirit

Proverbs 26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

       Sloth. What a word. When the bible talks about a slothful character it is normally defined as spiritual or emotional apathy, neglecting what God has spoken, and being physically and emotionally inactive. Neglecting what God has spoken is the reason for the majority of the world's misfortunes. Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
      The adage, "No pain no gain," has room here in that doing what God says will take gumption and courage on many levels. However, if we are willing to obey God through the Holy Spirit, He will help us get the victory in obedience. God's desire for us is to overcome, not just survive. God's thoughts toward us are pleasant and loving. 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. Wow! God is for us and our well-being to accomplish what He created us to fulfill in the body of Christ and His kingdom. Rom. 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

      The reason we are attacked with a spirit of slothfulness is that if we submit to this spirit, then we end up doing the devil's work for him. James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. If we are not observing and doing what the word says but only giving lip service to it then the enemy has us deceived into doing exactly what he wants, and that is being a pretend Christian. 
      The devil no longer has to bother with us if we are not obeying the word because we become self-deceived in the spirit of slothfulness. So, the result is that every endeavor of spiritual growth that the slothful man encounters becomes an adversary or a lion in the street because there is no will to overcome and fear takes root. 
      We end up with a lazy spirit, not able to discern spiritual life. Now, there is a difference between a person with a slothful soul and a person who physically cannot function. Someone with MS may be physically slow but can be mighty in spirit to acquire their healing by faith. 
      Thomas Edison said, "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." A slothful attitude toward God's word will take some real repenting as in a change of mind toward the word that God says is true in our lives. We will have to become discontent with the status-quo in order to stop seeing a lion in the street at every turn and stop using the alleged lion as an excuse for our lack of growth. We will find the courage to want the victory over slothfulness when we are truthful with ourselves Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart. 
      There is a lot of discrepant information that we give credence to when a lazy spirit is evident in our lives. As my pastor David Kalamen, says, "If you do not believe in something, you will fall for anything." Neglecting what God has spoken is not just sloth or an oversight. It is the beginning of an unsure relationship with Him. If we are neglecting what God says during a regular day's event, then what will we do when a tragedy occurs? 
      Jer. 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trusted, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? If we are having difficulty staying focused on our God during a tranquil and peaceful time, what will we do during a hard time? What will be the first words out of our mouth during a turbulent time? Will it be "In the name of Jesus, I pray!?"
       The opposite is what happened to a leader named Ahaziah. He fell from a height and suffered a terrible injury. He then tried to find out from a false god if he will live. 2 Kings 1:2 And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease. The result of his inquiry brought bad news because he did not call on the God who is God, so he got what Baalzebub is, a dead end. 
      That was the message Elijah delivered to Ahaziah. 2 Kings 1:16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, For as much as thou hast sent messengers to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to enquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. Someone might say this is an extreme example, but I say, "Not so." When we continue to live with a lazy spirit toward God and His word, we will not naturally choose His word when calamity comes our way. If our choice is anything other than God's word, we end up ratcheting up the terrible event into a desperate state of being because we fumble out of the gate already defeated. 
      Like Elijah said, "Is it because there is no relationship with God in your life?" The result ends in a life of living from one crisis to another. This is not for us, Saints! We need to reject all forms of sloth in our lives so that the only lion in the street is - The Lion Of Judah - who is on our side protecting us. Rev. 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Amen!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Am I Relevant?

Proverbs 26:6 He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, and drinks damage.

       Why are you resigning from teaching in the Bible college? "I am no longer relevant to the new wave of student," I said, in response to her question. "What do you mean by relevant? You are relevant to me," she said. "Yes, I am relevant as a person, father, husband and friend but not as a teacher teaching in this old way for these times. I am still using an older method of teaching. I am still explaining and drawing on blackboards and handing out papers with expectations of participation in the class." 
      I would look up from my notes and all I could see were students looking down at their communication devices and I had no idea if they were learning anything or even listening. I realized that I was no longer relevant to the modern bible college student and I had to act on this knowledge before I became a fool with a non-message with nothing to say. 
      We must be people who know the times we are ministering in or at least be relevant to the times, or we will become the old fool there is no fool like. 1 Chro. 12:32a And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.
      I remember this conversation like it was yesterday. I remember arriving at that place of mind and wondering if I was relevant to the Kingdom of God in that place and time. I was teaching the same old things in the same old ways. I started noticing a lot of the older Pastors, church-itineraries and TV ministry's doing the same old thing. There were a lot of people in the pulpits with nothing to say. 
      There were words coming from their lips and TV screens but it was just bland regurgitated pablum coming out of these old systems and I did not want to be another minister with nothing to say. It was time to shut it down and relearn how to communicate to the new generation of app-specialists. I needed to learn how to teach all over again. Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
      There is nothing more pitiful and embarrassing than watching some old TV evangelist using the same old methods from the nineteen-seventies to prod this new and gadget-driven generation into becoming Christians and also a supporter of the TV ministry making the rehearsed plea. The new communicators who have a vibrant and grace-filled message are leading the way in churches today because they have something to say. 
      Jesus is Lord and He still saves from sin, and heals, provides and blesses the people of the earth because God loves the people in the world. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Somehow these communicators and ministries have downloaded from the Holy Spirit an inspired word of God's love and grace that is hitting the hearts of a new generation of saints. Isa. 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
     How do we remain relevant to the move of God in this day? We know that God wants us to bear fruit in old age. Psalm 92:14 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 15 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing. So, it looks like we do not have to worry about ministry retirement as we get older. We can remain relevant to the body of Christ and in our Christian lives. 
      We progress in relevance when we press into what God is saying and we act on it by faith. Isa. 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. We are relevant to the church-body when we renew our minds in the word of God and from that heart's position become a hand extended in the Kingdom of our Lord. Eph. 4:3 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 5 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. We continue to be relevant when we hear the word of God and do it as faithful ambassadors in His Kingdom. Rom. 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
      I believe I did relearn how to become a better teacher and communicator to the generation that has suckled off of an air of entitlement. The millennial generation who cannot live without granite countertops. Generation X and Y who are continually looking for identity participating in everything extreme. We will have to communicate a real testimony to this group of people and that will be a time of real relevance for us all. 
      I did not resign teaching to quit reaching out. I retooled my teaching skills to reach out and capture the hearts of a generation that God loves and Jesus died for. The mandate of the Lord has not changed. Mark 16:15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. However, the methods of fulfilling this mandate have changed and we must align our hearts with what God is doing. Don't be afraid to try something newly God inspired, because there is mercy for us all. 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.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

On A Personal Note

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

      The events I have gone through in the last week or so have been unsettling, but have turned out for the good in my life. 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. Things that were important a few weeks ago are not as important these days. The gravitas of personal purpose has become a paramount conversation with the Lord and I.
      The love and well-wishes that were communicated to me in overwhelming abundance this past week has been joyfully received with grace and has become an uplifting salve to my heart that needs natural healing. Thank God for love! Thank God for the body of Christ who set their hearts to pray for me with thanksgiving.
 Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
      Ann Landers said, "If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don't have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it's not enough."
      After numerous visits to the different hospital departments and experiencing our modern medical systems, I've come to realize that we have a great medical service plan, but a terrible health-care system. No wonder God asks us to visit and pray for the sick. James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 
      There is no salvation in anyone other than the Lord. Yes, our schooled and experienced physicians can dispense vast amounts of helpful information and prescriptions, but where do we find life when we are sick and in need of holistic healing? I think we find it in the word and love that God has for us and those who God has put in our lives to love us. 
      The health-care system is fear based and everything is expressed as a worst-case scenario. 2 Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. There does not seem to be any hope coming forth from these gods of medicine except to give out dire warnings of possible death if their prognostications are not heeded to with full submission. Call me old fashioned but health-care is caring for our health and sowing hope for an expected healing, not the eventual learning to live with the disease that has been diagnosed.
      Finding a physician who will believe with me, by faith, for the healing of my heart has become a prayer on top of a prayer. I have prayed that I would get a complete healing for my heart and now I have to pray that I would find a Christian doctor to agree with me so that the convalescence suggested would be spirit-led. This concept is so hard to find in the fast and trauma-filled corridors of our hospitals. Psalm 3:2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. 3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 
      I am trying hard not to paint the entire medical system with this ugly colored brush. However, it has been difficult to get them to stop and hear what I want. I do not want to be dismissed as an idiot child and told to stop asking unreasonable questions as to how I can get healed, rather than learn to live with the said ailment.
      So, I am turning to my friends and blog readers to ask you to pray specifically for a total healing repair of my heart so that it is new again. I do not want to learn to live with a blood thinner, I want a new repaired heart  Eze. 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Amen, that is what I want. 
      I want someone in the medical industry to have what the writer of Proverbs says in Prov. 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right. I want to hear righteous lips that speak right. Lips that agree with me in prayer for healing and not just advice for existing with a diagnosis from hell. What will I do in the meantime? I will keep working and continue to play racket-ball twice a week, walk in the park, work in the garden and eat real food. 
      I will tweak areas of my life that can bring more strength to my heart and listen to the Holy Spirit's leading if there be any spiritual healing that is also needed for my healing. I am going to live and not just exist. Yes, I will take the one blood thinner my doctor and I agreed upon until the full manifestation of my repaired heart. Eph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore.
      Dear family, friends and blog readers, will you agree with me, by faith, in the healing power of Jesus Christ our Lord to work in me a healing for the irregular heartbeat that sometimes happens in my heart. In Jesus name, Father, I ask for the complete healing of my heart. That is the prayer I would like for my life right now. 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.
      Blessings and thank you.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The S Word "Stroke"

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.

       On Saturday evening of August 2nd this past week, I was crouched low trying to put a frying pan away in a bottom cabinet and came up too fast and felt a dizzy spell, but when I saw a strange flash in my eyesight it got scary. The counter seemed to split into two images and would not line up. I then lost control of my right arm and started slurring my words while hanging onto the counter, slowly headed for the floor. There was a trapped feeling in my mind because what I was wanting to do would not work. 
      I kept trying to put a pan lid away but my right arm would not go in the direction I wanted it to go. I felt a heat-wave start to go through my head and I thought, "I am having a stroke." I went to my knees and coughed hard and raised my arms up straight to try and get control. I called my wife who had just asked if I was OK. I said, "nooooo" while slurring. I thhhink I'mmm haavving a strooookkke came out of my mouth in slow motion. My wide-eyed wife jumped up and started to pray out loud with me "IN JESUS NAME!!!!" Over and over again we kept saying His name. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
      That was the first wave of the attack. The left side of my face felt like it was melting away, but later my wife said it was the right side that had slackened into a droop and my face was pure white. We kept claiming the name of Jesus in the hope He would heal the situation. Phil. 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.
     After the initial fear and fright of what I thought might be the end of me was a building sensation of peace during the confusion and TIA. (Transient Ischemic Attack) I became aware that I had a clean and clear conscience. As strange as it sounds I was getting a small sense of peace about my conscience and a glimmer of peace with God and I said in my heart, "Well, Lord, I'm OK to go but I am worried about my wife having to do all the paperwork that will be needed, so please have mercy and get me through this." 
      There was a rush of odd thoughts, but the fear was being replaced with a sense of peace. Then during a second wave of the TIA I was afraid again, but again a grace of peace started to build with the idea that I was well with God and that salvation is true. An odd statement, but knowing I was saved at that moment gave me a hope to fall on my knees and pray. I started to come back to a form of normality, but shook-up. 
      I remembered a quote I had read that morning. We are never taller than when we are on our knees praying to God. My tongue still felt like a dentist had frozen it, but my thinking was clear. That became a new fear, my thinking was right but my arm and eyes were doing what they wanted without my control. Prov. 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Then suddenly it began to subside.
    I asked my wife to call an ambulance and what sounded inside of me was a slurred ninnnee onnne oonee. The whole two waves of attack were only a minute or so in time, but what a minute in time that was. The milliseconds seemed to stretch into long coherent discussions of thoughts, words and actions. By the time my wife was talking to the dispatcher, I was sitting in a chair and she was asking me the questions the 911 medic was asking. "Smile," she said, and then she responded, "Yes, his face and smile is even." " Raise your arms up high," she said. "Yes, his arms are even," and so on it went. 
      After five hours at the hospital and enduring every type of test, nothing was found to be wrong with me that evening. However, a few days later - after more tests - there was something found that the Doctors believe caused the stroke, and that is AF. (Atrial Fibrillation) Praise God and, again I say, Praise God, because now I know what to pray for and what healing I need. Yes, I will also proceed with the recommendations from the medical establishment to stay stroke-free and, more importantly, I will build my faith for the complete healing of my heart.
      There are a few lessons that I took away from that scary evening. Today counts, so don't waste it on offences or guilt that you are carrying. Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. I realised that we will not be able to bring any of that old self-centered stuff with us, so, we may as well leave it here on earth today. 
      Forgive everyone and everything you have to forgive. Let go of all the guilt your martyred complex is hanging on to, and enter into the joy of the Lord because that is worth having. Another thing that now blesses me is knowing the importance of a clean and clear conscience. That was such a comfort during that frightful event, and yet peace prevailed eventually because of knowing the Prince of Peace who also knows me. 1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
     Live with no regrets. Hug your children, call your parents and tell them you love them. Smile and kiss your spouse because in a millisecond it can be all over. PS. Start getting the paperwork in order. :)
     Signed: Happy to be alive! Blessings.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Dear Ann Landers

Proverbs 16:23 The heart of the wise makes his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increases learning.
        
      Dear Ann
      I have this problem.
      Every significant problem I have ever solved in my Christian life came as a result of finding the answer in the word of God, then applying my faith and many times the faith of others to the challenge or problem. Why do we wait and go looking for God, last of all, to figure out what to do about the pickle we sometimes find ourselves in? I know that it makes for good network ratings - all of the Dr. Phil type tabloid programming, but do these dumb-down servings of milky-toast psychobabble actually help anyone? I do not know. 1 Tim. 6:20 Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. 
      Grant it, if a person does not have anything other than a TV to get their souls fed, then I reckon Dr. Phil will have to do. However, if we are blood-washed children of the most high God then we are blessed to be able to go to the Spirit of wisdom directly. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. Thank God we have the King of kings and the Lord of lords, guiding us to an expected good result on a daily and personal level. Rom. 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God before us, who can be against us.
      Ann Landers stated that the majority of the letters she received asking for help had to do with fearfulness in their situation. Most often the first thing said in the bible when people had an angelic or Godly encounter was "Fear not." Isa. 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 
      The majority of our problems are fear rooted. Most of the time we keep talking about what we are afraid of and we keep enforcing it with our words and actions. God's inspired idea is for us to say what God says about what we are encountering and to use our faith in Christ to win the battle over the fearful thing by speaking God's anointed word. Eph. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 
      We are to use the word of God as our weapon of choice so that our hearts can be filled with the wisdom of God and break the yoke of bondage in our lives and the lives of others. Someone said, “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they’re too heavy to be broken.” The word of God can break every bad habit and fear there is when faith in the word of God is used and believed in. We just have to start doing it, no matter how awkward it seems. 
      We live in a negative and wounded world. All the clever and pithy sayings to help relieve the hardships in life are not faith-filled, but most often said in a deprecating humorous way. These worldly and sullied confessions keep well-meaning people stuck and struggling through life as they go along moaning these words, "Why does this always happen to me?" We physically and consciously must rise up in heart and say what God is saying about our health, wealth, and state of being in Christ our Lord.
      Prov. 16:23 The heart of the wise makes his mouth intelligent, and upon his lips increases learning. When the word of God is proceeding from our lips, our hearts are increasing in learning what God says about our situation. If we do speak God's word, by faith, into our circumstances, It will not be long before we are living in the fulfillment of what God's word said is actual and true about our everyday Christian lives. 
      Living a blessed life will be compromised when continual fear and unbelief are the expressed words from our lips. The word of God is the truth about our life, but we must confess it and act upon it as if fully done. Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
      If we are having a difficult time obtaining wealth or paying off debt, then let us say what the Lord says about our blessing if we receive it. Deut. 28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou set thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God gives thee. Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure ​— ​pressed down, shaken together, and running over ​— ​will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 
      If we are struggling with health problems, then let us proclaim what the word that God says is ours to receive. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. 1 Pet. 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. 
      The problems we are suffering from and trying to conquer in our lives are factual; they are real, and they exist. There is no denying that, but the truth of God's living word is more real and can overcome fact. The word of the Lord has more power and deliverance for our present reality of any situation we find ourselves in. That is the place we have to grow and mature toward. 
      Are there trials and tribulations? Yes! Are there victories and the love of God working on our behalf? Yes, and much more. So why not focus on the victory ahead and the blessing to come. God's word is righteous and eternally set for us all. Why not practice the presence of the word in our life? Don't bother sending Ann Landers or any of her contemporaries a letter asking for help that will never arrive. 
      Let us put God's word on our lips and see the goodness of the Lord work a good work in our living souls. Amen. Isa. 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.