DO YOU HAVE IT? NO REALLY, DO YOU HAVE IT???


Hebrews 12:1-2 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” KJV

New American Standard Bible & the NJKV renders it- “… run with endurance…”

What a wonderful day to be alive and in the Lord!  The stillness of the morning reminds me of growing up on a farm in East Texas and running my fishing lines at daybreak. The presence of the Lord is special, the coffee good and my Bible is delightful this morning. God asked me the question in my title regarding Patience!

I love this passage. There is so much in it that it would take far too long to discuss, but the beginning of it reminds us that we are not the first and won’t be the last that make it through. They made it and we can make it to the same way they did, Through His Precious Blood and Saving Grace! It should remind us that we have responsibilities in this process and can’t just sit back and say well I’m saved so now it’s all up to the Lord!  It is and it isn’t. We need to always remember that we cannot save ourselves and that He holds us accountable for what we do with the knowledge we have in and of Him.

We are to prepare our lives like an athlete preparing for a race, getting rid of every encumbrance in our lives as we become aware of them. We do that by His grace and through discipline. Then we run the race with patience or endurance! That is true, but don’t miss the next part “…looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

It is always with the focus on Him that we are able to endure and have the patience to keep going! Roadblocks and obstacles will come and sometimes it seems that there is a new one every day, but He is our foundation, our strength, our source, and our hope! We have a heaven full of witnesses cheering us on and that very thought should encourage us to keep pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus!

Patience in so many areas is not my strong suit.  Patience in Him is something that has been and is being developed day by day. I am a “want things done now” person and will become impatient with others trying to learn how to do something.  On the freeway, I’m impatient when people skylark at something on the side of the road and thereby become a greater accident risk when it would have been better to just drive on by and not cause the bottleneck.  I repent a lot on the highway!

I’m impatient with me when I do something or fail to do something that I know to do or know how to do. My patience with me is far less than it is with others and that’s why He keeps reminding me that I don’t have it (really) but need it and it is being developed in my life!  As I realize that He is my patience and I keep my focus on Him I learn patience and that patience helps to anchor faith in my heart as well as courage for the journey.

If you pray for patience and an all, out attack comes your way don’t complain, you asked for it!  Patience is not learned in situations where you don’t need it.  But, learning patience in the shelter of His arms is a wonderful place to learn. Hearing His gentle, peaceful, quieting voice enables you to move from grace to grace beholding His face. He will see you through!  I’ve learned that, for me, the more I am conscious of trusting Him the more I am able to exhibit patience. The more I see Him the more patient I am. The more dependent upon Him I am the less impatient I become.

Today, put your hand in His hand, look into His loving face and relax – IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY IN THE END!  

May you have a blessed day today in the Lord!

ANOTHER REMINDER TO HONOR…


Proverbs 23:22 – “Listen to your father who …begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.” NKJV

My father gave me instruction in life and demanded obedience and discipline.  His strong hand was an instrument of God to keep me alive through some very difficult times. My Mother gave me instruction in life and gave me a visible demonstration of love that was unconditional.  She covered me with her love and her prayers daily, especially in those times when she did not know where I was for certain or what kind of danger, I might be in.

There is little doubt that her hair turned white, at least in part, because of my antics.  We lost my dad many years before my mother went home to be with the LORD.  We treasured having her around as many years as she lived and Honored her!  She had the ability to impart wisdom into our lives and touch those around her with her character, demeanor, and attitude.  As far as I’m concerned, she will always be honored and given the love and respect she deserved, and God will honor her in eternity for who she was in Him!   I am so thankful to have such a wonderful saintly mother as my example!

Isaiah 46:4 – “Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.” NASB

God carried her through all her earthly days, and she was my rock in many ways!  This morning the Lord whispered in my heart that He allowed us to keep her as long as we did to inspire and instill in us, love, honor, and devotion.  He reminded me of the numerous times he has raised her from her sickbed and performed a miracle of healing for her. I recall that when I was in boot camp, she was hit from the rear by a vehicle doing over 100 MPH (according to the DPS officer’s investigation) and she made sure that all the ladies in the vehicle with her got out to safety.  She then rushed to the other car to apply a pressure bandage to the driver of the other vehicle and thereby saved his life.

She was healed of a broken back and paralysis in her lower extremities. She was been healed of a ruptured Appendix, healed of Melanoma, other things, and a bout with septic shock, pneumonia, and a very large kidney stone. God preserved her and not just to preserve her but so that she could continue to touch other lives including her family. To God be the glory.  That I will never forget, and it reminds me of God’s goodness.  He used my mother to teach me the sureness of His Promises. 

1 Kings 3:14 “If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.” NASB

I believe that her days were prolonged because of her commitment to God and the honor she gave His Word and her parents as well as the care she gave her children. She was a beacon through the years and was always an encourager to those around her even when they wanted to give up and quit.

Forgive me for making this devotional about my mother.  I do not meant to slight my dad in not mentioning his incredible sacrifices but both parents demonstrated incredible love and gave us a heritage that lasts. This is also a tribute to God and His faithfulness.  It should be our ambition in life to place God first, seek His Kingdom above all else and walk in the light of His Word being a witness both by our words and our lives.

May the Lord bless you as you go through your day today!

HONOR…


Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.” NKJV

Ephesians 6:2 – “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:” NKJV


Ephesians 6:2 – “HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 SO THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.” NASB

I think that sometimes this is a forgotten or disregarded passage from scripture. My mother honored her parents in every way. She respected them with words, thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Her parents did the same for their parents and both lived long lives. My mother lived past her 95th birthday.  I do not believe that was simply the result of genetics.  I believe it is directly connected to this commandment.  Parents are to be honored even the ones that must be forgiven!  However, the ones who have learned honor from their parents & the Lord are easy to honor, as is my mother!

I pay tribute to my mother in this devotional and to the Lord who preserved her for those years. She was a prayer warrior and the one who prayed me through what the doctors pronounced as sure death as a child. She prayed me through my teen years when rebellion set in and only the hand of God kept me out of trouble and alive. She prayed me through Vietnam, where only her prayers and God’s grace kept me from being killed which was evidenced on more occasions than I want to recall.

I know that through years of ministry when at times, I wanted to walk away and through domestic and church issues that could have destroyed my faith – She Prayed!  She never stopped loving me or the Lord and never stopped praying or encouraging! She was, is, and always will be Mother! That is an honored position! It is one thing to bear a child it is quite another to be a True Mother to the child and she was that in every possible way. So today to Elva M. Beaird, today I tribute!  Thank you, Mother, for your love, guidance, prayers, and commitment to me! Thank you, Lord, for giving me a mother of that quality and character!

Truly, I am blessed! My heritage is great and is to be passed down to my children and grandchildren for them to pass on to the following generations should the Lord tarry His coming!  Honor in all things is not an option it is essential but honoring your parents is, to me, so easy knowing their great love, commitment, and sacrifices! Thank you, mother, for your love and guidance!  You are in heaven now, but your influence lingers in my life and I am eternally grateful.

God bless each of you today and although it may not be the birthday of your parents Honor Them!  They may be in heaven, Honor Them!  It is not a special holiday that is designed to focus on them but Honor Them every day!  In doing so you Honor the Lord!

Have a Great Day!

THE THREE “O’s” OF GOD…


THE THREE “O’s” OF GOD…

Psalms 139:1-24 – “LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the Remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. 19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20 For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” NAS
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As this day begins to break forth, I am drawn to this Psalm and have been reflecting on it.  Here we are reminded of the three “O’s” of God. His Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence. David’s first sentence reflected the Omniscience of God, “…You have searched me and known me.”  David acknowledged that God knew everything about him, inside and out. He knew about every word, every deed, every thought, every character quality, and flaw. God knew him inside and out and it was almost more than David’s mind could contain.

David, acknowledged the Omnipresence of God beginning in verse 7, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” It wasn’t a prayer that was saying, “I want to escape you.” It was a prayer crying out in awe that there was nowhere he could go that God was not there and aware of his situation and surroundings.

David acknowledged the Omnipotence of God in verse 13 where he reminds us that God formed our inward parts while in our mother’s wombs. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are God’s design, not some evolutionary quirk and happening. God skillfully made each of us the way He chooses to make us so that we would be “unique” and “created in His image & likeness”.

David came to the end and cried out to the God that He recognized as being “all-knowing”, “ever-present” and “all-powerful” and said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; And see if there be any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”  That is a prayer that fully acknowledges that God does know all, but it is David’s submission to that ALL-NESS of God!  His desire to please God rises far above his fear of being found out. He wants God to examine his heart and transform him into the heart and character of God.

That should be our recognition today and our prayer. “God, I know that you know everything about me. You know all that I am, all that I do, and have all power. Now, I come humbly before you and ask that you reveal it to me and show me the path to take.”  A prayer of the heart like that will lead us into the newness and nearness of God and truly make us “salt & light” in this hurting, needy, and dying world.

Blessings as you go through your weekend. Remember that He KNOWS, He SEES, and He CAN!

May the Lord Bless You and Keep as you embark on this beautiful day, He has provided…

SALT AND LIGHT… NOT LIGHT SALT…


Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. ” NKJV

This morning I sat reading God’s Word there was a special presence of the LORD. Nothing was stirring inside the house or outside and in that stillness came the thought of my title. Thank You for the reminder, Lord.

God spoke to my heart this morning regarding be SALT & LIGHT in this world not being LIGHT SALT. In the natural some become focused on diet and cutting back on things. In the spiritual some have allowed themselves to become “light salt” to this world rather than SALT & LIGHT!  Light Salt is not really salt at all but an imitation that is designed to provide an artificial taste and has no preservative powers. God wants us to be both “flavor” to this world and be a “preservative” as well.

We are added to the mix of this world to bring Jesus into it not to get lost in the mix as one of a multitude of differing religious views!  We are to be light to point the way to Him, the only access to God!  If we become so watered down that we are only giving token representation of Him to the world around us, we become nothing more than “another option” when there is no other option.  We become a delusion and part of the problem rather than presenting the solution, the hope, and the way.

I’m not saying you have to become so caustic in what say and do that you turn people off before you even get a chance to share the “Good News” with them. I’m not saying you go around “judging” people and turning them away before they have even “heard” the message.  

I am saying that you become so ONE WITH JESUS that when you walk into the room, He walks into the room. That we become so meshed with Him that our ATTITUDE is His attitude, our COMPASSION is His compassion, our LOVE is His love expressed. The idea is to MANIFEST Him not just represent Him.

He lives IN YOU, the Holy Spirit is both WITH & IN you. The Father’s presence is manifested through you. Your words, life, and actions speak volumes to those that you encounter. I’ve found that through the years that in my own life and in the lives of others with whom I’ve worked and known, we’ve seen people turn to God not because we preached to them, but we lived before them. Our lives are epistles known and read of men.

Let your LIGHT (Christ) shine before men so that they may clearly see the way! Let your life be SALT to bring the flavor of His Love & Mercy into their presence and be the preservative to help them stand before Him after they’ve come to him.

Let them see you day in and day out as the consistent expression of the Lord and you will touch their hearts. You may only sow the seeds another may water but GOD will give the increase!

Be encouraged, you may not be the most eloquent speaker, but you don’t have to be, your life speaks louder than words. Just be SALT & LIGHT in this present world and watch the Lord take that and do wonders in the lives of the hurting, hungry, and dying. Today is your day to be a new flavor added to the mix of your surroundings – “The Jesus Flavor” and to be light pointing to the Victory of the Cross.

Blessings as you go through your day!

DID YOU EVER FEEL THAT SOMETIMES GOD LEAVES SOMETHING OUT WHEN HE GIVES INSTRUCTIONS???


Joshua 1:1-9 – “After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them — the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” NKJV

What a morning, the birds are happily chirping, grasshoppers hopping, a hawk flying in the distance landing in a nearby tree, sounds of the community waking up, coffee tasting good and the Word and the Voice of the Lord is refreshing.  Hallelujah! Lord, thank you for bringing me into this new! Now, let’s go back to my title question which brought me to the passage, we are focused on.

God had given Moses and Israel great promises and clear instructions and now Moses is dead.  The leadership has been transferred to Joshua.  He’s young by Moses’ standards, but not a spring chicken. He’s seen leadership under God in action and has served his apprenticeship well and is ready to take the reins and lead. God gives him the command as to what he is to do then in verse 6 God adds, “Be strong and of good courage….” God then gives more wonderful news about what was going to happen and in verse 7 says, “Only be strong and very courageous….” a little stronger. Then again, gives information as to what will happen and it’s good news and in verse 9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, or dismayed…”

About this time, if I’m Joshua I’m asking, “Lord just what are you leaving out in this discussion? Three times now you’ve warned me to be strong and courageous and even very courageous just what am I facing that you are not telling me?”  Have you ever felt that way when God gives you something to do and tells you how great it’s going to be and as you begin all hell breaks loose?  He left that part out, but as you stayed true to His instructions and didn’t revert to your own understanding or way He came through in the end!

Friends, just because you face opposition doesn’t mean that it’s not God’s will for you to be doing what He directed you to do. The very fact that the devil doesn’t want it done could be a clear indicator that you are on the right track if your heart is clear and you know that you know that you know that you know you heard the direction of the Holy Spirit on this one. I’ve been there and there have been times I wanted to quit but didn’t and, in the end, it was exactly as God said it would be!

Through the years I’ve learned to: Make Him my first focus. I have purposed to seek first the King and His Kingdom. I’ve learned to seek to clearly understand what He has said.  It is vital that we determine that we are on solid biblical ground. Then, it is essential that we make the commitment to see it through to the end even if it kills us.  We go through whatever we face Praising God all the way through the troubles and trials.

In the end, God always does what He said He would do even if we come through with a few scars. So, this morning know that whatever He promised He will do, whatever He instructed you can follow His instructions with confidence that He will keep His end of the bargain.

Blessings as you go through this beautiful day in the Lord!

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION…


John 5:1-17 “After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, ” Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” NASB 

What another spectacular day that is bursting on the horizon.  The dawn has sprung, and God’s critters are beginning to stir making their way to their daily activities. Sitting alone in solitude and quietness meditating on the… Lord, His Word, and my life. Coffee is especially good today but that is because His presence is so real. The Holy Spirit directed me to this passage to speak His word to me today.

This passage has fascinated me for years. The most fascinating portion is the question that Jesus asked and the man’s response. This man had been sitting at the pool daily for 38 years in the hope of getting into the water first and being healed.  He has had assistance getting there but apparently, once they brought him to the pool, they left him there for the day. For THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS, he had been on his bed or pallet watching person after person make it into the water sick or lame and come out well.  For THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS, he had struggled to get to the water first but has been unable to do so. For THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS, he had suffered disappointment after disappointment.

Now, Jesus came and asked the most amazing question, “Do you wish to get well?”  What? Jesus, I’ve been here for THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS what do you think? Of course, I want to be HEALED!  That would have been my answer and probably yours, at least, I think. But this man’s response is different. He says, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”  I hear it in his words, I’m a Victim!  He focused on his situation, no one to help.  He focused on his condition before I can get there someone else beats me.  He had become a Victim and had turned his focus upon his condition, his disappointment and now it is Poor Me!  

I want to be fair he’s been in this condition THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS!  I am sure each of us would be less than hopeful had this been us. I’m quite sure that most of us would not have been brimming with faith at this point. I’m equally sure that most of us would have turned the focus on us, our situation, and our condition as he did.  But, answer the question!  Jesus asked a simple, straight forward question that should have received a simple, straightforward answer. Jesus healed him, in spite of his self-focus, lack of faith and expectation, and in spite of his condition and situation.

Too many times in life, Jesus asks us a question and we fail to answer the question. We explain why it hasn’t happened and why it’s somebody the fault of something or someone else.  We focus on our situation and I will be the first to say that this man had every reason to be disappointed, discouraged, and even in despair. THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS of failure to receive healing!  THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS of seeing someone else receive healing!  THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS of beginning the day with a small glimmer of hope and ending it with utter disappointment. Many would have become bitter. Most would be discouraged. Some would have lost their faith completely.

Frequently when Jesus comes to us, He asks a question that can be answered simply from the depths of our heart and out of our true desire, but we give him something else.  STOP IT! Just Answer the Question! If it’s healing, Answer the Question! If it’s deliverance, Answer the Question! If it’s a restored relationship, Answer the Question!

No matter what the question, answer it, answer it straightforwardly and honestly! The answer does not lie in your condition, your situation nor is it dependent upon someone else – – the answer is In JESUS!  So, answer His question and obey His command. Never give up hope! Never allow the focus to become you always make your first look The Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith!

Today, make up your mind that you will always honestly and truly Answer the Question! Today is the beginning of your liberty in a new fashion.

Blessings to each as you go through your day!

IN THESE LAST TIMES…


Jude 17:17-25 – – “But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 that they were saying to you, ” In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” 19 These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. ” NASB

It is another beautiful morning. The morning breeze is blowing, coffee smells particularly aromatic, the slight stirring of life and the pleasantness of communion and communication with the Lord makes this a special day. He turned my heart to this passage and said, “…remember when you …live….”

We’ve been warned now for a long time about the days in which we now live but most thought them to be future days. The key in these times is not so much seeing what the mockers, scoffers, dividers, and self-seekers are doing but to “keep ourselves in our most holy faith, praying in the Spirit, keeping ourselves in the love of God and unspotted from the world.”

We are to be lights shining in the darkness and know that as we do, we will become targets of the enemy, but that’s okay. Our focus must be on Jesus for it is He who is able, “to keep us from stumbling and to make us stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.”  It is to be a time of rejoicing, thanksgiving, and praise to the all-wise God who will demonstrate His power, majesty, dominion, and authority before all.

As we move nearer and nearer to the end we must become, in a greater measure than ever, people of prayer, praise, purity, purpose, and power!  That can only be accomplished as “we decrease, and He increases”.  Only as we allow Him to fully live His life in and through us. Only as we die to self and live to Him. Remember, we are not permanent fixtures in this present world, we are passing through but while we are here, we are to be salt and light. The world will hate us because it hated him.

We must pray as if everything depended on us, live free from the weight and sin that so easily besets our course, seek Him first and foremost, and then in the natural “do what we know to do”. That would be witness, work, testify, teach, and help. We are spiritual beings in a natural body living in two worlds at the same time. We have obligations in both.

As you go through your day!  Lift up your heads and rejoice for your redemption draws near and do that which you know you should do in this natural world as you watch and wait for Jesus to come!

May the rich and bountiful blessings of our LORD be yours today!

WHO IS REALLY RUNNING THE SHOW? WHO IS IN CHARGE?


1 John 4:1-6 – “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore, they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” NKJV

It is a beautiful morning, wonderful coffee, pleasant time watching the morning break, refreshing reading from the Word, and the stillness of the quietness in which the “still small voice could speak” asking me the above question – – “WHO IS RUNNING THE SHOW?”

When God asks a question, it’s not like He doesn’t already know the answer. He is wanting us to come to the same conclusion in our finite understanding as He is in his Omniscience. It’s a question that He knows we often already know the answer but wants to reinforce it in our spirits and lives. He chastened me for the times when I let a little twinge of fear for what is happening come into my heart. He reminded me that He (GOD) has not abdicated the Throne of Heaven and is still in charge. He is still the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS! He is still ALPHA and OMEGA!

He brought comfort to my heart that no matter what happens He is still God! He warned that He was not telling me not to work. He was not saying that I was not to do that which I know needs to be done. He was not telling me that I was not to be involved in the daily affairs of man but not to neglect the most important the Spiritual side of man. “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness…”  Look to Him first and foremost! Educate, evaluate, elaborate, and even where needed debate what is right, biblical, holy, and good and point people first to Him and then to what they should be doing in the natural realm.

I will be vocal regarding the wrong in the political and human side of life, but I will also be vocal in pointing to the one and only one who can give ETERNAL LIFE!  I have arisen with a new confidence that even if evil seemingly gained total control, we will be okay. If they take our heads from our bodies, we will be okay. If we must daily contend with violent evil, we will be okay. If we face an early death, we will be okay. If we, like Moses, live to be 120 we will be okay. GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE!

Hallelujah, God is in Charge! God is in Charge! I have no fear because my Savior is near! God is still in Charge! I face today with that on my heart! I will face the night with that on my heart! GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE!!! I AM AT TOTAL PEACE!!!

Blessings to everyone – Remember always that GOD IS IN CHARGE!

I THIRST, OH LORD, I THIRST…


Psalms 42:1-3 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” NKJV

Beautiful morning, refreshing morning weather, tasty cup of coffee, wonderful time reading and reflecting on God’s Word, encouraging to see and hear the daybreak from its slumber into the sounds of life. My heart is crying to the Lord for the “water brooks” of the Spirit of God!

Nothing is ever accomplished spiritually until God’s people become hungry, thirsty, and desperate for Him. Until He becomes more important than life, position, power, prestige, publicity, being known and all the other adjectives one can attribute to what man calls success.  When we divest ourselves our ourselves and thirst for Him and Him alone, we find that He comes on the scene with His awesome demonstration of Grace, Power, and Love and things begin to happen.

When we defend, protect, guard, develop and attempt to establish our place or position or power or prestige He steps back and says, “Okay if you want to do it without me, go ahead but if you decide you need Me come to me.” Too often we try to take it from here and we fail miserably even if we amass large gatherings of people and gain worldwide fame it all becomes a tinkling cymbal and sounding brass.  It’s when He is our life, our source, our strength, our provider, our guide, and our God that we move into the realm of the Supernatural and see great things happen for the Kingdom of God.

When men and women stop needing to be recognized and get credit for things and have a heart that says I don’t care who gets credit as long as it gets done, God moves in new ways. You don’t have to blow your own horn if it needs blowing God will see to it that someone blows it. It’s not about you it’s about the Kingdom!

Today, I’m hungry and thirsty for the “water brooks” of the Spirit of the Lord and my tears have been my companion day and night over what I see and don’t see. I see the questions and discouragement of many and cry out to the Lord to come to us, let us come to you and drink where out of our innermost beings will FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER! And those rivers will bring life wherever they touch.

Are you thirsty? Are you thirsty? Are you THIRSTY? Then it’s time to turn our eyes on the source of our “living waters” and come to Him and drink. “He must increase but I must decrease.”  As we decrease, He will increase, and we will begin to see that for which we have longed.

May the rich and bountiful blessings of the LORD be yours as you pursue the Water Brooks of God!