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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

God, Wake Up

Have you ever thought that God was asleep in your setback, worries, and anxieties at work, family, finances, health or with your kids? David had just enjoyed one of the Sweetest Victories of his life, but then a jealous King named Saul decided to have him killed. In    Psalm 59, David begins to express his frustrations to GOD, “WHY”? Most of us in our human reasoning think that if we’re doing everything right in life, then we shouldn’t anticipate any grief or pain to come our way.

That couldn’t be any further from the truth! When you and I are in God’s perfect will and plan, we must anticipate a roaring devil to wake up and attempt to defeat Gods purpose and plan in our life. Saul sent his men to kill David. This young shepherd boy David is now questioning the integrity of God, “GOD, WHY” would you allow this vicious, jealous, mad, insane King to take me out? 

David had forgotten that His heavenly Father was “getting him ready” to be a King himself. David would soon rule over the nation of Israel for the next 40 years.

David had also forgotten that earlier in his life, his sheep was attacked by a bear and a lion. But “God used him to deliver his own sheep” from the mouth of a lion and a bear.

David had also forgotten that God promised him, “When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil for I am with thee.”( Psalm 23:4) When all Hell is coming at you, it’s easy to lose perspective on what the Heavenly Father is really up to. God says, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”( Isaiah 55:9)

David got discouraged with a lot of Motion but without Momentum in life. There are times that seemingly nothing is moving forward in the right direction. But remember, Gods’ ways are higher than our ways; it takes a few setbacks to make you rise and fight back with Gods’ backbone and power in life. In the end David rose higher than any devil that tried to destroy God’s purpose and plan in his life.

Are you in a place where you’re asking “GOD, WHY?” and “When are you going to WAKE UP?” Friend, God never slumbers or sleeps. (Psalms 121:4) He hasn’t forgotten you in your nightmare of life. Remember, He is also getting you ready for your next assignment. The present struggle you’re in today won’t last forever.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Passionate with Patience

Have you ever run out of patience with those at work, your kids, spouse, or with a friend? Some of you are waiting with frustration on your daughter, son, mom or dad to come to faith in Christ. 2 Peter 3; 9 says “The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”

It’s only the Passionate PATIENCE of the Lord that people are SAVED today. I could be blind in deception. I could still be in a horrible pit of sin. But with God’s love and Patience, I am saved by His blood and my name has been written down in the Lambs book of life.

Did you realize today it could be you who was an Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Hare Krishna, or of the Moonie faith selling flowers on the side of the road?  Some say, “If I could just hit the lottery like William Post who won 16.2 million in Pennsylvania. His story is like so many others, His ex-girlfriend sued him for a share of winning and won, his brother hired a hit man to try to kill him hoping to inherit some winnings, and other relatives bugged him constantly for money.Within one year, Post was $1 million in debt and filed for bankruptcy. He now lives on food stamps and a $450 month stipend. Yes, one miserable man.

Satan truly comes to steal, kill and to destroy. But Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10)  Jesus tells us a story in Luke 15 of a passionate Dad who was very Patient with his son. His son went down to his “Vegas” of the day, wasted his inheritance and came down to nothing but a job in a pig pen. He truly hit bottom. But the father never lost hope that his son would come to himself and return back home. Dad went as far as to prepare a celebration for his lost son.

Before the celebration, He prepared a fatted calf, band, robe, ring and shoes before his boy made his way home. I believe the Heavenly Father is patiently waiting for lost people to come home as well. Can you imagine the band He is getting ready for our celebration? The trumpets, violins, guitars and drums are all getting tuned up. The feast will be better than any steak, fish or lasagna we’ve ever eaten. The wardrobe will be better than any silk suit you’ve ever worn; shoes will be better than any ostriches or leather you’ve put on. The ring He will place on your finger may be sapphire, diamond or ruby. The point is that The Father is getting everything ready for His great return. I think the only reason Christ hasn’t returned yet is that He is still passionately patiently waiting for one more to come home. Is the Father waiting on you to come home today? If so call on Jesus now.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Passionate with Mercy 2

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies for Sale." Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign.  "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?”, he asked.
The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. "Can I please look at them?"

The store owner smiled and whistled, and out of the kennel came “Lady”, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur but one puppy was lagging considerably behind.

Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, "What’s wrong with that little dog?" The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited, “That is the little puppy I want to buy."

The store owner said, "No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you." The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, "I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs, and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for." The store owner countered, "You really don’t want to buy this little dog.”

“He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies. “To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, "Well, I don’t run so well myself and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

“He and I will get along just fine.” I truly believe that each of us like that boy have a special passion of mercy when we have been through our own pain. You might have a limp because of some hiccup or hang-up through your journey. Refuse to get bitter, friend; allow God to use it to better serve others in their setbacks of life. Be passionate regardless with the Mercy of God He has put inside your heart!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Passionate With Mercy 1

What are you passionate about? Have you ever really considered your true passions in life? Is it your work? Gallup found that only 13% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. That means they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employer and they spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward.

Yes, people are passionate about their health, sports, family, work, finances, food, relationships, entertainment, security, and their future. But have you considered what God is passionate about? Without a doubt GOD is passionate in showing MERCY to people in this life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16

               The Evidence reveals GOD showed Mercy to:

·   An Adulteress  The Pharisees were ready to stone her for her actions, but Jesus spoke up with His Love and MERCY and said, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” (John 8:7) Why is it that once people put their faith in Christ, we have a tendency to forget that “SINNERS SIN.” They lie, cheat, steal, rebel against authority, are prideful, lust and live for self. Jesus came to transform and change lives. He sees who YOU can become through His washing and cleansing power. David said, “He brought me out of a horrible pit out of the miry clay.” (Psalm 40:2) Don’t forget the pit, that God brought you out of. It’s what helps each of us to show MERCY to those without Christ.

·   Peter Jesus said to Simon Peter before Christ was taken to be crucified on a cross. “You will deny me three times.” Peter said, “Never, Lord; not me.” What got Peter through his own fall and failure? Jesus said, “Simon, Satan hath desired to sift you like wheat, BUT, I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.” So when you have repented and turned to Me again, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:31.32) It was the MERCY of God that gave Peter another chance to live out the life he was called to live.

· Nineveh This nation was so wicked that God sends his messenger Jonah to tell them, “Repent or judgment is coming.” After Jonah heads 2500 miles in the wrong direction, he returns with God’s hand of persuasion, delivers the message of God’s mercy, and Nineveh repents. Yes, Jonah didn’t believe the Nazi’s of the day should be shown any mercy. Friend, regardless of your personal opinion, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.23 Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin fresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Will you be PASSIONATE with God’s Mercy to your family, neighbor and your world?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Praising God in Your Midnight Hour

Who in the world can still Praise God when they've been hit by a Tsunami, semi-truck or been betrayed by a close friend? Are you in the middle of a divorce, bankruptcy, a recent bad report from the doctor, or you just found out that your kid is on cocaine? In the natural, it’s impossible and mind boggling to “Praise the Lord” when Hell is knocking at your door.

Paul and Silas had just been arrested, beaten with rods and placed far inside the inner prison. But at midnight, Paul looks over at Silas and says, “Let’s pray and sing praises unto our God.” (Acts 16:25) Silas could have looked at Paul cross-eyed but instead took to heart his words and began to pray and sing unto the Lord.

Is it really possible to PRAISE God in such a time of difficulty? 

·      FOCUS. Each of us must constantly correct our attention upon our Lord if we are to stay on the trajectory of PRAISE to God. Paul and Silas were busy doing the Lord’s work when Hell came at them with a vengeance. Your flesh may feel like crawling up in your bed with the blinds shut and sinking deeper into your darkness and despair. They placed Paul and Silas in the deepest darkest part of the prison, yet Paul decided to still Praise His God.

·      FAITH.  Paul declares, “I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)  A tree can look pretty on the outside with its bark, but the inside of the tree tells the real story. Recently a huge tree fell in my front yard during a strong storm. When it fell I came to realize that the inner core of the tree was rotting away. It’s only when your inner man is full of faith that you will stand in the tough places. Paul’s praise was a sign of the inner rich faith in his heart. You will either choose faith or fear, courage or cowardice, tenacity or timidness.

·      FIGHT. Paul said, “I have fought a good fight.” (2 Timothy 4:7)   Fighting without any armor is out right dangerous! God provides us the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the ability to pray in the Spirit. Why would you want to fight in your own might and power? You will lose every time without Gods armor on you.

The devil will attempt to knock the wind out of you because he doesn't want to hear any praise to God out of your mouth. When Paul and Silas chose to PRAISE HIM, God shook the prison doors with an earthquake and the chains fell off as they were delivered from prison. Do you have focus, faith and some fight in you? Keep it up, and victory will come your way.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Have you placed your Joy on hold?

Three men were climbing up a steep mountain when one fell thirty feet. His friends asked, “Are you okay?” “Yea, I just broke both of my arms.” His friends said, “Hold on and I will throw you a rope.” As they started pulling him up one said, “Did I hear you say you broke both of your arms?”  He responded, “YES.” “Well how are you holding on to the rope?” He responded, “With my teeeeeeeeeeeeeth.”

That might work getting back up the hill, but I’m convinced there are things that some are holding onto that are causing them to lose their battle. God says “Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1b


SINS?  David thought nobody would find out about his secret plot in killing Uriah and committing adultery with Bathsheba. It was hidden approximately nine months, but during that time, David’s joy had dried up. Psalms 32:4 explains, “My moisture is turned into the drought of summer.” It wasn’t until Nathan said, “David, there is sin in your life.” Then David came clean and God restored his lost Joy.

PAST?  Failures and hurts can set you back. Some people just can’t get past their past. A minister said he was praying one day, “Father, why does the Devil keep reminding me of my past?” God replied, “Because he’s running low on material!” Repent, and then move on. God says He will “not remember your sins”     (Isa 43:25). There’s only one good reason to bring up the past, and that’s to learn from it and grow wiser.

DOUBTS? Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Holding on to doubt will keep you away from Gods best for your life. Moving into that new job, tithing 10% of your income to God, serving where your gifts honor and build up the church all require faith. Your life’s highest calling will always create the highest level of joy within you. Are you walking and living in Gods design for your life?

FEARS? For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”     (2 Timothy 1:7)You can’t live in Joy and fear at the same time. What are you holding on to that is bringing you such a great return? God teaches us to step out and trust in HIS power to succeed with our God given life. Stop expecting others to bring you success. Don’t wait for flowers to arrive. God gave you a seed; start growing some of your own with your faith.

DISCOURAGEMENT?  David had lost everything at Ziglag, his wives, his children and his Joy. David’s men were so discouraged that the men spoke of stoning their leader. God says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” If you don’t change your focus on God, you may never recover the blessing that God wants you to obtain. When He sought the Lord, God instructed him to go after what he had lost. David recovered everything that he had lost. Encourage yourself today in the Lord and watch what God will do for you.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When Life Goes Haywire?

Do you have Determination? Can a lack of it affect your marriage, finances, health or your spiritual journey with God?  Each of us in life will battle and struggle with issues all of our life. When someone says, “All is good,” that’s really not true. Regardless if things are good in your money matters, there may be some funky deal going on with your marriage or your kids. The better question is this, “What will you do when things go haywire in life?”
Paul said, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.” (Romans 8:38) Are you convinced or determined to keep pressing regardless?
Paul faced many pressures in life as he was doing the will of God. He faced being imprisoned, stoned and left for dead, thirty-nine lashes five times on his back, three times beaten with rods, three times shipwrecked, bitten by a viper and on and on it goes. But he still said, “Nothing shall separate me from the love of God.”
The worst thing you could ever do is to get out of sort with God when life goes haywire! You may never understand all your troubles and issues in life, but God has a love for each of us even when things don’t seemingly go right. Paul said, “I would have you to know the things that have happen to me have happen for the furtherance of the gospel.” (Phil 1:12) That says a lot friend. God is saying when nothing makes sense; “Trust Me,” “I’m in control.”
There was never any sense from Paul, “God, you do for me, and I will do this for you.” Paul wasn’t asking, “God, why are you allowing all this heartache and grief?” Neither was there, “Lord if you don’t lighten up, I’m done.” All of these thoughts and doubts in our hearts lead to being dishearten and discouraged which could lead to abandonment.
Make up your mind, regardless of the stress, pressure and setbacks in life; God has the final say over your life. However God chooses to use my life, “Here I am Lord; use me for your honor and illumination.”