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Sunday, August 28, 2016

What Keeps “Blowing Up” In Your Face? (2)

Years ago I bought a Sea-Doo jet-ski from a private individual that mistakenly put the “wrong fuel mixture” of gas in the tank. Gas only,  “NO OIL.” When I drove the ski down the St. Johns River, the engine began to smoke and burned up. It left me stranded and floating towards the Atlantic Ocean. Ahh, just a bit Scary!

There are times things blow up in your face because you fail to put the right mixture of “God’s Word and Faith” in your heart to overcome your faults and failures in life.

Before you get the big head, remember, there is NOBODY perfect in life! Paul declares in Romans 3:23, “We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Thank God we have a “Good Good Father” like the songwriter Chris Tomlin wrote a song about, that loves us and forgives us for all of our hick-ups and hang-ups in life.

Finding paths for our failures is critical to moving forward in life. God does have a plan and a path for man’s guilt and remorse of sin. Is there a solution for our failures and faults?

Satan is the biggest liar and trickster that was ever created. Before Adam was created on earth, Satan rebelled in the heavens against Jehovah God. He also caused 1/3 of all of the angels in heaven to rebel along with him. Isaiah informs us that, God booted Satan and 1/3 of the angels out of heaven and today Satan and his demons create havoc throughout the earth, deceiving men with that same spirit of rebellion.

Sin is nothing more than rebelling against God’s ways. He says, “His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Jesus declares, “Come up higher to my thoughts and plans for you. “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11

God’s fresh Word will raise your faith to fight off hell’s thoughts in your head. Without The RIGHT mixture of His Word, and Faith in your heart, you are dead in the water.
One small simple Word from God can take you to safety to your Victory. Words like, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:8 Words like, “When you walk through the waters, I will be with you and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.” Ish 43:2

When my motor blew up in my jet-ski, I was floating out towards the ocean wondering what will I do now? Thank God a man in a little tiny boat came to my rescue. He pulled me all the way back to safety to my dock. I truly believe God has a Word for you everyday. Open up His Logos Word and let HIM fill your mind today. It’s what will lead you safely to your destiny.

Listen to Chris Tomlin song “Good Good Father” (8,617,176 views at this writing.)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

What Keeps "Blowing Up" In You Face?

On March 31st at 4:30 PM a young 17-year-old high school student in Richmond, Texas was killed by an airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic. What was “suppose to protect her killed her.”  This case is the 10th fatality tied to the defective Takata airbag inflators. Someone poorly designed the airbag with metal inside it. The design was flawed and horribly engineered.

Satan crafted SIN with the effects of guilt to explode and blow up in your memory bank to destroy your future.  But Christ the creator of the heavens and the earth came with His Love and Mercy to take the metal of sin and guilt away. Christ came so we might be Forgiven and Free.  It doesn’t get any better than that, “Being Forgiven and Free.”

How can one keep their past mistakes from blowing up in their face day after day? Can one really be forgiven and also forgive themselves? Without the power of Jesus Christ, the Cross-and the Resurrection, we’re all miserably lost in our sins. But Satan has placed metal in the airbag to defeat and destroy our peace and our mind. He looks for ways… to remind us of our past blunders and mistakes.

You must first believe that Christ went to the cross to forgive you of all of your sins. He didn’t bleed and die for just a “few” of your mistakes, but for “ALL” of your blunders and mistakes. Murder, lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, covetousness, and pride. Friend all of your worst grossest iniquities can be forgiven through the blood of Jesus.

The thief that hung next to Jesus on the cross was about to take his last breath and die, but he asks Jesus, “Would you remember me when you come into your Kingdom?” Jesus said, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” In that nano second. he was forgiven.

Jesus paid it all as he hung and died for our sins. What can wash away sins, NOTHING but the blood of Jesus? He became the supreme sacrifice, the spotless and perfect lamb that would pay for every sin that we have ever committed.

Two thousand years ago, Jesus came to this earth with a mission. Through a virgin Mary, He would sacrifice His life and die on a wooden cross so that we might be forgiven and be free from all of our guilt and sin. Just to prove that He has the power to forgive men of their sins, three days later, on Sunday Morning he arose and came up out of the grave. Friend He is “ALIVE” and well and wants us to be “ALIVE” and well too, with His Peace and Joy in you.

Some 20 million-car owners have the Takata airbag, but many customers have NEVER been notified. The Hanif’s who lost their 17- year old daughter claim they were never notified with any notice of a recall or a solution. Friend, Christ came to “NOTIFY YOU” today, there is Healing, Mercy and Forgiveness of all of our past in The Name of Jesus.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Some Trust in Horses and Chariots…

As a young boy, I never thought about paying the light bill to keep the lights on or putting new tires on an older car. It never crossed my mind about paying for the house mortgage or how we’d buy food with soaring prices at the grocery store. I had an “earthly father” that “MADE” it happen, and it was no worry for me.

The word says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) ESV Nobody said that life would not include provisional challenges, but God, the “Great Provider,” has all power and sufficiency to supply and meet all our needs according to His riches in glory.

God taught me valuable lessons when my wife and I were newly married and headed off to Southeastern University for our college years. How would we make it? How would we put gas in the car and pay for a one-bedroom apartment? How would we stay in school and pay the school bill by working 2 and 3 part-time jobs and my wife waitress-serving tables at a restaurant? Could we make it, could we press ahead with many challenges?

You and I will never experience “SUCCESS” if we’re always looking to the hand of our parents, a friend, a neighbor or some other system of provision to sustain our lives. When Israel gained their freedom and left Egypt, they saw their past provision, the Egyptians, and their chariots drown in the Red Sea. They were no more. Now, what?

NOW, they had to look to their Jehovah God to bring fresh water in the desert, which God miraculously brought out of a rock, and made the bitter waters of Marah sweet. God rained down manna from heaven. He caused quail to fall from the sky. God caused their shoes and clothes to “NOT” wear out for 40 years. God was their source and provider. My friend, that is called “TOTAL Focus and Dependence” on Jehovah God.

Are you looking and depending on God today to supply and provide all your needs? Satan will tempt you to look to another source. God is the one who opens doors for employment. He places dreams in our hearts like starting your own business. He gives us connections with people in our difficult experiences. Don’t fall for trusting in horses and chariots. Friend, you have a “Heavenly Father” that can ‘MAKE” it happen, and it should be no worry for you and me.

Say today, “I will put my trust in the Name Of The Lord.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Pain of the Sting!

Have you been stung lately with life? Maybe your marriage is going through some bumps and pain. Maybe you got hit hard in your business. Your doctor recently said, “ The test results weren't what we'd hoped for. ”

We know that the honeybee has a stinger? But we also realize the same bee produces “Sweet Honey.” That’s a lot like this journey in life. From time to time, we get stung by difficulties, setbacks and even our own dumb blunders in life. But the apostle Paul declares, 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

He didn’t say that everything would work out because we always get it right. That’s not reality. He remembers that we are dust. Confess like Paul who experienced his own bumps in the road and vicissitudes in life.

38 And I am convinced that “nothing” can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. ( Romans 8:38-39)

Go ahead friend, “SMILE TODAY.” Don’t wait for the pain to end to enjoy the journey. God is for you and is working out your future in ways that you can’t even imagine. “And we know that all things work together for the good to them who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

So what's the takeaway? Focus on the honey. Focus on “the good today” and what God has on the way. “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Eccl 7:8)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

“Attitude” It’s Up To You

Paul declares, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice.”(Phil 4:4) Is that possible when one is facing the riptides of difficulty? Someone once said, “Attitude is like a flat tire, if you don’t change it you’ll never get anywhere.” All of us have been around people that we couldn’t get away from fast enough. The truth is, people with bad attitudes are everywhere. They’re at work, politics, in the media, the ministry, our family, even neighbors.

Chuck Swindoll said; “Life is made up of 10% of what happened to you and 90% of how you react to what has happened to you.” John Maxwell says, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” So have you determined to fly in a healthy zone with your attitude, or will you end up crashing because you chose to burn and crash, navigating your life with a bad attitude?

God says, “For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Even after one comes to Christ, we have to deal with our hiccups, blunders and mistakes. It’s a choice to either fall into the tides of guilt or into the arms of God’s grace. (Max Lucado)

But what is your response? Your attitude will determine the path you choose in life. Yes, life will always have its bumps and bruises along the way. We’ll all face chaos, curves and many challenges that will come, but what attitude you take is up to you.

WHY DO CUSTOMERS QUIT? 1% die, 3% move away, 5% other friendships, 9% competitive reasons, (price) 14% product dissatisfaction, BUT...68% quit because of an attitude of indifference toward them by some employee!!!

Friend, life will always have its twist, turns and troubles but we can choose to, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice.” People lose their jobs not because they don’t have the gifts, talents and abilities to do their job, but because they don’t know how to get along with people. So today, here’s the takeaway. Paul states from a dark, musky prison cell, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)

Can you change how you think about your situation, your dilemma? YES, because as a child of God we can declare, “And we know that all things work together for the good who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Maybe you received a bad report from your doctor, your kid was busted for drug possession, you lost your job, or you just got burned with an identity thief. Possibly your car engine burned up, you were in a car accident, hit from behind or you rolled your four-wheeler and broke your collarbone. Smile friend, “If God be for you, who can be against you.”

Monday, April 25, 2016

“Defeating the Whitecaps of Doubt”

Jesus didn’t say, “Let us go to the middle of the lake and drown.” Why did the disciples think they were going to go under in a storm? Did they not believe in the miracle working Lord who had fed 5000, opened blinded eyes, caused the lame to walk, and was moved with compassion to set people free? What was the disciple’s real issue? They didn’t believe Jesus when he said, “Let us go to the other side.” (Luke 8:22)

I love the lyrics Tim Shepherd wrote and the popular singing group, the Imperials, sang in the 70’s. "He didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn’t build his home in us to move away, He didn’t lift us to let us down."

ALL of us struggle with the fierce “Whitecaps of Doubt” that resist our faith. In order to get where we're supposed to go, we must use our FAITH to get there. Think about what He said to Joshua. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For “then” you will make your way prosperous, and “then” you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) ESV

This is the “only place” where the words prosperous and success are written in the bible together. God is saying; if you truly desire all that I have prepared for you, and if you really want to move forward to the other side, you “MUST” defeat the Whitecaps of Doubt. It is a fact, God does not lie, He never has and He never will. He ALWAYS brings to past what He has promised.

The word of God was written over 16 centuries by 40 authors with the same theme throughout the scriptures. Written by shepherds, soldiers, fishermen, physicians, tax collectors, kings, farmers and others. Written in three languages, in several different nations all with the same intensity to give us FAITH, to get us to the other side. That’s God’s promises for our lives.

Why would you allow some whitecaps to hinder, slow you down from God's intended purpose for your life?  Bibles have been burned by governments and banished from courtrooms, but God’s word still lives on today. This is the question before you today. Will you and I still allow His Word to LIVE inside of our spirit REGARDLESS of the Whitecaps of Doubt that fight our faith?

When you win in your faith, then you win with your vision, your purpose, and your destiny. Rise up today in faith and declare like Paul. “If God for me, who can be against me.” The Whitecaps are nothing for the power of our Master, our God. Jesus still speaks Peace to the Whitecaps of your situation today. Smile friend, God is still there, regardless of how rocky the boat gets. How is that?  Looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith! (Heb 12:2)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Turning Your Mess into Music

Max Lucado recently tells about some kids in Paraguay who are making music with their trash. They're turning washtubs in the kettledrums, drain pipes into trumpets. Playing Beethoven with their plastic buckets. Two men in that country became very creative with the trash in a landfill. They turned a paint can and a oven tray into a violin. Their next instrument was a cello. And these kids are making music of it.

But how is that possible? Somebody got creative and turned a mess into some music. Thousands of years ago, the creator of the universe, our supernatural God, created the heavens and the earth out of nothing. He spoke the moon and the stars into existence. He created man from the dust of the earth. When he spoke, the birds began to sing and the whales began to swim in the deepest oceans and the lions begin to roar in the jungles.

Today you may be despondent, discouraged and full of doubt about your future! If God can create a man from the dust of the earth, just what can he do with you and me. God’s word declares, "For we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God."  But when God gets a hold of you and me, He can transform an alcoholic and make him free.  He can take someone bound on heroin and cocaine and cause them to live a productive life. Is there anything too difficult for God to do in a human life?

There's never been anybody yet that God did not love. There's never been a creature yet that He could not change and transform. God specializes in creating miracles out of our lives.

Look at Peter, a fisherman who walked with him three years, but yet he denied Christ when he was being tried as a fake. He said, "I never knew him. " What could God possibly do for one like Peter? Fifty plus days later, The Lord restored and renewed him and caused him to preach on the day of Pentecost with 3000 people coming to Christ.

Look at Moses. The man who had a calling to see Israel delivered out of Egypt. One day he kills an Egyptian soldier who is beating on a Hebrew man. He then runs for his life, yet God is not finished with His plan. Whether you believe it or not, God can make some music out of your mess. After forty years on the backside of a desert in hiding, God produces a fire out of the bush in the desert. God speaks out of the bush and declares "take your shoes off, you’re on holy ground."

God was saying, I’m not finished with your life just yet. You just thought it was over with your dilemma, but I am about to make some music in Egypt like they've never seen or heard before. After 10 plagues and the drowning of the most powerful nation in the world, Israel is on the other side of the Red Sea singing, dancing to a song that no one would ever forget.

Why not believe today that God can write a new song out of the hick up, hurt, and pain in your own life. Why not use your faith in Christ today? The greatest creator who ever walked the planet earth is about to write the greatest chapters of your life. Why not believe today that God can still make some music out of your mess. When He does, you won't be the first one nor the last that can sing, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me."