Friday, January 12, 2018

Shaken into Sending and Saying!

“I’m shaking you out of the discouragement of the last season and causing that discouragement to fall.  I’m shaking you out of your disillusion of what didn’t happen because I am getting ready to send you to people, places and into a dimension of understanding that you’ve not known. Let Me shake off the loss so that I can send you forth.  For I’m looking for a voice that has the sound of Heaven in it … a voice of faith that will begin to prophesy and speak, and to release the joy of Heaven on the earth!  I’m activating My voice in you in a way that it’s not been activated before.  I will cause My voice to rise out of your discouragement, out of your disillusionment, and out of your disinterest from the past.  You will be known as one that represents Me, as I send you into places that others would never go.  Let your voice come out of the last season so My voice of faith can be heard from you today!”  Chuck D. Pierce

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Golden Rule is Still Relevant

Common sense and common courtesy are in short supply. People seem to do whatever feels okay to them without thinking how their actions affect anyone else. I believe the "Golden Rule" needs to be taught and used in our daily lives. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The Golden Rule comes from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus said, "All things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them." Luke 6:31

The second part which is relevant in our present age is Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 1 Peter 3:9

What kind of people do this? People who belong to the Kingdom of God are probably the only ones who do. Make sure you are one of these for goodness sake!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jesus Understands our Weaknesses

Today has been a stressful day for me. I spent most of my time in the hospital pre-planning for some minor surgery. I went from one part of the hospital to another making sure each medical personnel I needed to see was contacted. In every waiting room, I met strangers going through the same stressful experience as me. I usually don't say very much to people I don't know but today there was at least one person in every area that was open to talking.

Now I am reflecting on the conversations and one theme came through; life. Life affects everyone yet stress can make us brothers and sisters in life. We related to one another in our common journey. Tonight I am encouraged that Jesus understands what we all were going through today. The High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Worship Services are not Always Worshipful

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 

I claim this verse as I need to worship God in a setting that is truly worshipful. One of the most essential ingredients in true worship is music which leads the worshipers into His presence. I was in a service this past Sunday where the bass guitar and drums were so overwhelming that my shirt sleeves were literally moving against my skin with each beat. If this was happening to my clothes I can only imagine what my eardrums were doing! I was so distracted by the sound that I could not focus on the Lord.

I am searching for a place in which the worship from start to finish is saturated with the anointing of Jesus' presence. I have experienced this maybe ten times in my life. Conservatively I have been in over 5,000 "worship" services during my 47 years as a Christian. This means that only .002% of the time spent in church services were what I consider worshipful; not even 1%.

Is God present in our gatherings? I fear that what passes as worship is no more than an hour of man-made fluff. I looked in the dictionary to find the meaning of fluff. Fluff is something of no consequence. 

Since last Sunday morning, I have been praying that the Lord will give me the desire of my heart. My heart's desire is to find a place where Jesus' definition of worship can be experienced. "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Monday, January 8, 2018

There is a Hope

During this 21 days of prayer & fasting the Lord has been ministering to me through the music of Stuart Townend. His songs are like modern hymns and are so anointed. The Holy Spirit is cleansing me spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I am sharing the video and lyrics with you. Be blessed!

There is a hope that burns within my heart 
That gives me strength for every passing day 
A glimpse of glory now revealed in meagre part 
Yet drives all doubt away
I stand in Christ with sins forgiven 
And Christ in me the hope of heaven! 
My highest calling and my deepest joy 
To make His will my home   

There is a hope that lifts my weary head 
A consolation strong against despair 
That when the world has plunged me in its deepest pit 
I find the Saviour there! 
Through present sufferings future's fear 
He whispers courage in my ear 
For I am safe in everlasting arms 
And they will lead me home
There is a hope that stands the test of time 
That lifts my eyes beyond the beckoning grave 
To see the matchless beauty of a day divine 
When I behold His face 
When sufferings cease and sorrows die 
And every longing satisfied 
Then joy unspeakable will flood my soul 
For I am truly home     

Stuart Townend & Mark Edwards  Copyright © 2007 Thankyou Music 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Rest of God

January 7, 2018

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 36:7

How many people actually take a day to rest? For those who work full-time jobs, Saturdays are filled with house and yard work. Active church members spend half a day or longer on Sundays with church activities. I remember often working twelve hours on Sundays when I was a pastor. So how do Christians rest?

We must learn to tap into the rest of God. There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:9 It is in this rest that the Lord restores our soul. In the above-mentioned Psalm 36:7 verse He is speaking of this kind of rest.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Set Time with God

January 6, 2018

There are special times set apart for the people of God. These set times are called a moed. The term moed means an appointed place, time, or season. Usually, a moed is used in conjunction with feast times or festivals in the Hebrew calendar. Beginning tomorrow I will begin a moed of prayer and fasting. This will be a 21-day set time for seeking God's plan for my life during this New Year. I know of many others who are observing this set time.

I have personal situations that I will be praying about and also corporate prayer requests. I am asking the Lord to heal my heart and help me to discipline my eating habits (I love chocolate and Krispy Kreme donuts!). I believe the fast will enable me to begin to get a handle on how to eat more healthy.

Corporately I am joining other Christians as we pray for a great spiritual awakening in America. Our nation is so divided and hatred is spilling over into almost every facet of life. We must have a move of God to sweep over and into the very fabric of our land. Fasting enables our prayer life to be more focused on the Lord. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 Fasting is one of the ways we humble ourselves and seek the face of God.

This moed is ordained and so timely for me. I am desperate for a move of God in my life. You may be led by the Lord to join me during this moed. By the way, today I just had my last real meal at The Bright Star Restuarant in Bessemer!