Spiritual Blog - Quit

Galatians 6:9-10 – “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  NKJV

             We have all known people who just seem to always be doing good things for other people.  It was or is their heart and no matter the recognition or the reward they did it.  Then we have known those who do good things if the recognition or reward is there and as long as the accolades roll in they continue their efforts and actions.  I’ve known parents, spouses, and even workers and bosses express their weariness at doing good things for others only to have it go unappreciated and frequently I have seen them cease their actions and some even fallen into bitterness over it.

            If what you are doing is based on the immediate gratification of recognition then you are doing it for the wrong reason.  If you do what you do “in the name of the Lord” and “for the Lord” then your reward is beyond this life as well as in this life.  Paul encourages us to not give up and not grow weary in our efforts to do good things.  He assures us what we should all have settled deep in our hearts – GOD SEES ALL!  Just like farming, there is a time of preparing the soil, a time of planting the seed, a time of germination of the seed, a time of growing, and then finally a time of harvest.  We reap WHAT we so, we reap LATER than we sow, and we reap MORE than we sow.

            When we are doing good things for anyone, God sees it.  When we are doing good things for those of the household of faith according to Paul here this is especially noted.  Let me give you a Roy reason for this:  Those of the household of faith are already in the fight and are either sowers of the Gospel or potential sowers of the Gospel.  They are laborers in God’s harvest and when we do good things for them and help them continue their efforts we are furthering the cause of the Kingdom in a very tangible way. 

         Therefore, even if no one recognizes your efforts or even expresses appreciation for what you do – DON’T LOSE HEART!   God will never forget what you do or have done and even if it is in Heaven He will honor your labors, especially if they are labors of love out of a pure heart for the right reasons.

            As you go through this day and this year look, for opportunities to bless others and especially those of the Household of Faith!  May God be with you, guide you, guard you, protect you, and richly bless you in all things and at all times!


Spiritual Blog - Forgiven

Hebrews 10:11-18 – “Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, 16 “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” He then says, 17 “AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.” NASU

            When I consider the Law in the Old Testament and read in the New Testament that it was a “Schoolmaster” to bring us to grace this passage leaps off the page for me.  When I consider the words of Jesus on the Cross, “IT IS FINISHED,” this passage takes new life for me.

            The writer of Hebrews reminds us of the priestly function under the Law and the daily sacrifices for sin that had to be conducted.  Then, he turns his attention to Jesus and His work on the Cross and tells us that it was a ONE TIME FOREVER offering and does not and will NEVER need anything more to make it satisfactory to satisfy “Divine Justice.”  Of course, we still have a part to play in personal repentance and acceptance by faith what He has done but HIS WORK IS COMPLETE!

            The writer reminds us that Jesus did His work then “Sat down at the right hand of God.”  He would then wait until enemies be made a footstool for His feet.”  Through Jesus’ ONE TIME OFFERING He opened the door to Eternal Salvation for us all.  Through that work comes, the NEW COVENANT, a covenant in which God writes it upon our hearts and places within us His laws, solidifying it in our minds.  He promises that because of the work of Jesus HE WILL REMEMBER OUR SIN NO MORE!

    We have TRUE FORGIVENESS not man’s kind but COMPLETE and TOTAL forgiveness.  What Jesus did on the Cross opens the door to God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness for ALL TIME!  It is up to us to receive it.  So if you have not I urge you today to run to the foot of the Cross and bow before Him confessing your sin and receiving His mercy!

            May God be with you as you go through this day!


Spiritual Blog - Blessed

Psalm 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” NIV

             What a powerful insight into a personal relationship with God we find here in the 1st Psalm.  We have insight, instruction, and information that is not only valuable as a teaching tool but as a living example.


  1. DOES NOT walk in the counsel of the wicked.
  2. DOES NOT stand in the way of sinners.
  3. DOES NOT sit in the seat of mockers.

     That would be enough if there was nothing else in the passage but there is more and worthy of our consideration.


  1. DOES make the Law of the Lord or the Word of the Lord his DELIGHT.
  2. DOES mediate on that Law or Word day and night.

     The result is that he becomes like a tree planted by a stream of refreshing life-giving water.  He produces fruit in his life in season and he does not succumb to the pressures of life or the heat of temptation.  He PROSPERS in “whatever” he does.  Why?  Not because he is such a special individual and accomplishes it in himself but because of the aforementioned items.  It is the things HE DOES NOT DO and the things HE DOES DO that condition his heart and life to the place that God can use him, mold him, and make him into that which God has designed and desired.  He is one of whom it can be said, “He/She fulfilled the purposes of God in his/her generation….”

    So as you go through your day go with the commitment to live Psalm One on a daily basis!  May God be with you as you go through your day and enable you to be a light shining into darkness!



Spiritual Blog - Feet

Romans 10:14-15 – “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” NASU

            This last part is a quote from Isaiah 52:7 – “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” NKJV Paul, a preacher, teacher, apostle extraordinaire calls attention to the importance of PREACHING or SHARING THE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ to the World.  I love his simple but detailed and to the point transition.

  1. How can you expect someone to call upon God if they have not believed in Him?
  2. How can you expect anyone to believe in God if they have not heard of Him?
  3. How can they hear unless someone tells them about Him?
  4. The one telling them is designated a PREACHER.
  5. Those who preach are SENT ONES from the Lord.

        Then quoting Isaiah he uses a most interesting picture about “Beautiful Feet” of those who bring the Good News!  The feet are not normally associated with body parts that are beautiful.  I say that with respect to most of us at least.  Yet, the feet were the primary means of transportation in Paul’s day.  You and I who spread the “Good News” could be identified as “foot soldiers” for Jesus.


  1. As a means of transportation, they brought light into darkness.
  2. As a means of transportation, they brought the power of the Gospel to the world.
  3. As a means of transportation, they brought Salvation to a lost world.
  4. As a means of transportation, they brought Hope to the Hopeless.

         I don’t know about you but if something brings me HOPE when there is DISPAIR it is a beautiful vehicle in my eyes!  In Paul’s day, it was a common expression that a student would “sit at the feet” of the teacher and learn.  The feet were associated with the bringing of information, knowledge, and even wisdom.  Therefore, it is not the actual body part that holds the beauty but the fact that it enabled the PREACHER to come forward with the GOOD NEWS!  Therein is the beauty!  So, if you are sharing the Good News I declare that you are one of which this speaks as having “beautiful feet” and a “beautiful heart.”

         May God be with you as you go through your day!


Spiritual Blog - Worship

John 4:23-24 – “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  24 “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  NASU

            I love reading about the encounters Jesus had with people especially those who had a stereotypical attitude or a preconceived religious bias about Him or anything.  He had a way of cutting through the layers of man-made limitations and getting to the heart of the matter and bringing light and life to the situation.

            Here he encounters a woman of Samaria who had a skewed view of the Jews.  Jesus went outside the norm in speaking to her and in so doing completely dismantled all her preconceptions and brought her face to face with the Light of Life in the Son of God.  He addressed “false worship” which is still prevalent today in many people and may religious circles.  He tore down the man-made rules and regulations and ideas of what “worship is” and “how it is performed.”  He came to the ultimate truth that each of us needs, that truth is that TRUE WORSHIP is “in Spirit and Truth.”  It is not in some religious catechism, methodology, or lists.  It is allowing the heart to fully and completely respond to God.  The only possible way to worship God, who is a Spirit, is by the Spirit!  It is a heart function!

            When the heart connects with God there is transformation.  We may connect with just the mind and have a different attitude but our hearts are not changed and there is no transformation in our inner beings, nature, or character.  But, when the heart connects we become NEW CREATIONS and are translated from Darkness into His Marvelous Light and Love.  We become NEW PEOPLE because there is a change in us from the innermost part of our being to the outworking of our daily lives.  The change does not come in actions first but the heart.  Out of the heart flows life and change in actions and attitude.

            Therefore, if you are struggling to be at peace with God and live the Christian life, stop trying to “turn over a new leaf” or “transform yourself” instead allow your heart to reach out to His love and the change will be done IN YOU not BY YOU!

            May God be with you as you go through your day!


Spiritual Blog - Confession

Hebrews 10:23-25 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  NASU

            Those of us who have “confessed” or “professed” Jesus as our Lord and Savior need to hear this passage in the deep recesses of our spirits!  We dare not waver in our commitment to that “confession” or “profession.”  The devil would bring doubt, question, vain discussions about the Bible’s validity, supposed errors, and interpretations but IS JESUS THE SON OF GOD?  If you believe that He is you have settled the most important question in life and have an anchor upon which you can hold in good times and bad!  

            We should seek to “stimulate” or “encourage” each other in that commitment and profession or declaration of our faith.  We do so through LOVE and GOOD DEEDS.  We do so by becoming a part of a “local assembly” where we can unite with other believers and use the “strength in numbers” truth to help us make it through both good and bad times.  We are part of each other.  None of us are islands to ourselves and need each other.

            It is more than just getting together for “fellowship” and “mutual sharing” it is a time when the “Master Builders” those whom God has chosen for that Body are able to do the work of “fitly framing us” into a Spiritual House through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is a time when we as “living stones” are assembled into a fully functioning arm of the Lord to accomplish His purposes.  Does that mean you will agree with everything that the leadership does or the church as a whole does – I doubt it!  I doubt that they will agree with all you think, do or say either.  We all are still human in case you have forgotten. 

           When I find people who cannot or will not submit to legitimate Spiritual Authority I find people that are easy targets for the devil in deception and are easily swayed into wrong and even false doctrine.  Do I think that any local congregation has everything totally right?  NO!  Do I think the local assembly is needed and serves a ministry?  YES!  Do I think there is room for improvement in becoming more in harmony with the pattern of the New Testament Church?  ABSOLUTELY!  So how do we accomplish that?  We work together we encourage each other and we refuse to allow schisms and divisions to be among us.

            May God be with you as you go through your day in Him!


Spiritual Blog - Bread of Life

John 6:33-35 – “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” NASU


            Jesus was addressing the crowd and informed them that he was fully aware that they were following Him based on the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish.  He used that moment as a classic teaching opportunity to bring them to the ultimate spiritual truth regarding who He was.  He went back in their history to the “Manna” from heaven in the wilderness as well as the miracle He performed in their midst and advised them that the bread from heaven did not come from Moses or any man but from The Father.

            That Bread brings life not just momentary sustenance and satisfaction.  It gives Eternal Life and they crowd was so moved that they cried out for Him to give them that bread and Jesus stepped forward saying: “I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE.”  He brought them to a moment in time when they had to make a decision regarding who He was and what He had to offer.  It was like when He asked the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter’s immortal response is the only acceptable on – “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

            We live in difficult times materially, socially, emotionally, politically, and even spiritually but our concerns and even fears about what we will eat, wear, drive, or where we will live pale in comparison to the ultimate question – – WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS?  Will you receive Him as the Lord and Savior of your life or will you list Him in the category of a prophet, a good man, or some figure from history?  It is an old cliché but true – – Jesus is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all! 

            Today I encourage you to come to Him and receive the Bread of Life and never hunger spiritually and believe in Him and never thirst.  You will find complete and total satisfaction in your heart of hearts when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.  Make that day of acceptance today!

            May God be with you as you go through this day!



Spiritual Blog - Word

Proverbs 25:11-12 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver. 12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.”  NKJV


A well-timed and well-advised word can diffuse a volatile situation, bring comfort to a heavy heart, and bring peace in the midst of turmoil.  It can turn a life completely around and save it from the path of destruction.  It can save marriages, repair broken relationships, and prevent war.  On the other hand, an ill-timed and ill-advised word can have the opposite effect!

Through the years I’ve known people who like to say, “Well I just tell it like it is,” which was nothing more than a justification to be rude, crude, callous or vindictive.  Sometimes quoting a passage from the Bible which is true at the wrong time and in the wrong spirit can turn a heart from God rather than draw them to God.  I’m not suggesting that we “sugar-coat” the Gospel or the Word of God but we need to be “workmen that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing and handling the Word of Truth.”  It is a “two-edged sword” and in that sense, if it cuts them it very well may come back to cut us as well.

The Bible says “a soft answer turns away wrath.”  We know that there are times that no matter what you say the person has made up their mind to be angry and even violent and anything you say will prove to be like pouring gasoline onto a flame.  That does not negate the truth of what God says about “soft answers” it just means that the timing has to be considered as well.  Sometimes the right answer is no answer at all.

I’ve known what it is to have someone speak a word to me that was the right word, at the right time, with the right spirit and it was TOTALLY TRANSFORMING.  It brought me back into focus and turned my attention and heart to the Lord so that I could hear what He was saying to me in that situation.  I will be ever grateful to those faithful friends and servants of the Lord for their willingness to speak what God was saying.  In more than one of those times, the word was a stern rebuke but it was done in such a way that it arrested me immediately and I knew quickly and clearly that it was coming from the Throne Room of Heaven and was something that I needed to hear and heed.

I encourage each of you to be sensitive to the Spirit of the Lord and as He gives you something to speak, speak it with all the love that you can muster and have the ultimate desire of your heart redemption and restoration.

            May God be with you as you go through your day!


Spiritual Blog - Two Masters

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”  NKJV


            In John 8:34, Jesus told us that everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.  We cannot serve God and the flesh or the devil at the same time.  You do not get bitter and sweet water out of the same spring.  You do not gather grapes from apple trees.  We either serve God or we do not and it really is that simple.  I do not mean that the Christian walk is without problems or always easy, it is not!  But it is simple, either God is our Lord as well as Savior or He is not.  Either God is our ultimate King or He is not.  Either God holds our ultimate allegiance or He does not.  Does that mean we will never stumble, fall, make mistakes or commit an act of sin?  NO!  It means that we do not have that as a lifestyle and when we do sin, stumble, fall, or make mistakes we turn to God for forgiveness.

        There is coming a time when we are going to be called on to make a choice between personal comfort and our faith.  There may well be a time when we have to choose between our faith and being able to buy food, shelter, or other provisions.  There may come a time when we have to make a conscious decision to obey God or man and that time may not be as far in the future as many would hope.  It could be very soon.  I base that on what I sense in my spirit, what I read in the Bible, see in current events and the policies I am aware of in our government and governments of this world.  We are, in my view, living in THE END TIMES!

            I am going to keep this very short and simple and urge you to turn your eyes fully upon God and make sure that your heart is right with Him.  You do not want to be caught without oil for your lamp when the Bridegroom comes.  God is never to be your means of escape, He is your life!   You want to live daily in such a way that if that day were your last there would be no apprehension or regrets.  Live today as if there will never be a tomorrow.  Make God the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in your life.

            May God be with you as you go through your day!


Spiritual Blog - Promise

Isaiah 65:24 – “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”  NASU

            I never cease to be amazed at God and His incredible love and desire to provide for His people that which they need.  Imagine, as a parent, being able to respond to the needs and even desires of your children before they could ask or make you aware of their need.  It is likely that each of us has been able to do that on a few rare occasions but our God is fully aware of everything that is, was, and will be.

            Here He speaks of a time when before we even pray He will answer and while we are forming the words on our lips He will hear our cries.  He knows the spoken and unspoken desires and cries of the heart and He is truly touched by that which touches us.  He is not uncaring or unaware.  I readily acknowledge that I do not truly comprehend why bad things happen to good people at times, I know that God’s Promises are sure and the He will take whatever transpires in our lives and use it to mold and shape us into that which He desires and ultimately use it for our good.  In His Divine Righteousness and following Divine Justice He must allow people to follow their own will otherwise He would make us robots and not responsible for our actions!  That is one reason why God does not always intervene in conflicts between men and therefore bad things happen such as has been the case in some of the national incidents or late.

            Yet, the one thing certain is that God is willing to not only come to our aid but to keep us under the shelter of His arms.  He is willing to respond to our cries for mercy and help.  He is willing to wrap His arms around us and comfort us as only a loving Father or parent could do.  His promises are sure!

            Therefore, if you are facing difficulties right now turn to God and call upon Him.  I fully believe that He is already aware and cares and only awaits our invitation for Him to come into our situation as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

            May God be with you as you go through this day!  BLESSINGS!