GOD ILLUMINATES OUR DARKNESS…


2 Samuel 22:29 – “For Thou art my lamp, O LORD; and the LORD illumines my darkness.”  NASB

This verse is part of the song that David wrote after he had been delivered from Saul and all his enemies.  He was filled with thanksgiving to God and wrote this song to express his gratitude and offer his praise to God.  There are so many powerful declarations in the song, but this revelation has captured my attention and brings great comfort to my heart.

We all go through difficult times in life.  We all encounter obstacles and even enemies that want to destroy us.  Those enemies may be human or may be the forces of darkness assigned to trouble us by the devil himself.  No matter the source we can take comfort in the promises of God to watch over us, keep us, protect us, and guide us.  That is the focus of David in this verse.           

A lamp has the purpose of giving light and in the giving of light illuminates the hidden things lurking in the darkness.  It reveals the beneficial as well as the detrimental and dangerous.  It reveals the right path to take and exposes the potholes and pitfalls that are unseen when things are dark. 

In Psalms 119:105, the Psalmist declared, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path.”  The idea of a lamp is that it provides enough light for the immediate area.  A natural lamp only provides light enough to penetrate the immediate darkness, but David said that God was his lamp and that God illumines his darkness.  That is an expansion of the function of a lamp. 

God is a lamp providing illumination for the immediate dangers, pitfalls, and blessings we do not see but He is more.  He illuminates our darkness.  He is light and that light could be compared to the brilliance of the noonday sun.  We have both the Lamp and the Light so that we can see where to place our foot for the next step but illumination to plan for the future seeing into His purposes.

Lynda Randle sings a song that moves my heart every time I hear it, “God on the Mountain.”  The song identifies the ease of life when we are on the mountain and all is well.  On the mountain, we often experience peace of mind beyond anything we have ever known.  Then suddenly things change, problems arise, and the storm clouds roll in.  We find ourselves in a valley and it is difficult to see which way to go.  The song says that in those times we need to remember that, “The God on the mountain, is the same God as in the valley.  When things go wrong, He makes them right.  The God of the good times is also the God of the bad times.  The God of the day is the God of the night.”

When we are on the mountain faith is easy but when we are in the valley faith is tested and pressed to the limit.  It is easy to talk about faith and make bold confessions and declarations when all is well but when things go wrong it is sometimes difficult.  But, the God on the mountain is the God in the valley and if we will just come to Him, He will illuminate our path and guide us to the safe shore.

God is both a Lamp and a Light.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  He is the God on the Mountain and the God in the Valley.  He is God and always will be God!

God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!

POSSIBILITIES AND PROBABILITIES – (Part II)


Psalms 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” KJV

Picking up where we left off yesterday discussing Perception, I want us to take another step in unfolding this.

PREPARATION – – You Must Prepare to Get Where You Are Going.

It is vital that we know the provision of God’s Word for our lives and calling. The Bible is, in reality, a tool, weapon, light, and resource.  It is vital that we know our spiritual inheritance and our preparation involves the mental, physical, and spiritual.  Our spiritual journey is one that is led by the Spirit of God or it will veer off course.  As we are anchored in God’s Truth. we are Free!

PROCEED – We must proceed on God’s Planned Path.

As you and I come to grips with our Potential we see the Possibilities and accept the Probabilities discovered and experienced through trusting God!  I do not know if God wants to use you in the mighty fashion of Moses, Elijah, Paul, John, Peter, Daniel, or some other biblical figure.  He may want to use you as the Church Janitor but whatever it is, He wants you to Perceive, Prepare, and Proceed!   If we do not move, He will not move!

I’ve heard Christians lament that they cannot be great overcomers and I have to ask WHY?  God declares in the Bible that we already are IN Christ!  Some have informed me that miracles are a thing of the past.  That causes me to ask, is God a thing of the past?  God is a miracle-working God and if He lives in us and is our source and resource then WHY NOT?

You are a Child of God if you are IN Christ!  He has a Purpose for your life which He is working to Prepare you for so that you can Proceed on the Planned Path!  Instead of lamenting and focusing on what you do not have or cannot do look to God and lift up your eyes and see that He Can and He is IN you, therefore you can!   

We need to be reminded of the words of James that ‘life is just a vapor, here a little time and then gone.’  Tomorrow, on earth, may never come for us so we need to redeem the time and take advantage of every opportunity.  I believe you are a dynamic and often untapped dynamo for the Kingdom and excitedly await the reports of what God is doing through and with you.

Therefore, as you go through your day go knowing Who you are and Whose you are!  As you do, Walls Will Fall! 

God bless you richly is my prayer!

POSSIBILITIES AND PROBABILITIES…


Psalms 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” KJV

I was talking to someone recently and they said, “Everybody wants to live forever!”  The person meant in this life, not in eternity.  As we discussed that topic, I had to agree that many people, if not most people, seem to feel that they have enough tomorrows to take care of the things they didn’t do today.  Too often there is a complete absence of any urgency because there is plenty of time.  We used to call that Procrastination.  I’m not sure how it is termed today.

I have observed that there are a number of promises in God’s Word that are seldom claimed and stood on.  In that sense, people live beneath their privilege in God.  I’ve been accused of going overboard on God’s Promises, but it is my conviction that with each step we take in becoming more and more like Jesus there is more Power demonstrated in our lives, more Souls are impacted for the Kingdom, and more Victories are won in our lives.  That does not sound like a bad place or focus to me.

In this Psalm, attributed to Moses, he was interceding for God to remove the curse that every Israelite over twenty years of age would die before reaching Canaan, and in that he stated that most are dying at seventy although some reach eighty.  If we were to determine that eighty is our lifespan (I say that only for illustrative purposes) then we could divide our lives up into five-year segments and have sixteen of them to chart our journey through the maze called life.  Of course, we do not know what tomorrow holds so that would be fruitless but for illustrative purposes follow me.  How many have you used and how many do you have left?

What I want to stress is that Time is either a great asset or an enemy. Paul urged us to ‘redeem the time’.  Effective stewardship of time is vital to our fulfilling our purposes in life and being truly successful.  I believe that in order to fully tap into the resources, the ability, and power that you have, and God’s purposes three things must take place.

  1. PERCEPTION – – You Must Perceive…

Who you are for the perspective of Scripture!  Initially, as Romans 3:23 identifies we were sinners in need of God.  In Genesis 1:26 we find that we were created in God’s image.  In John 1:12 we read that we are Sons of God based upon repentance.  In Romans 8:17 we are told we are heirs of God.  In Galatians 3:29 we find that we are heirs according to the Promise.  We are informed that the Blessings of Abraham are ours and if we read Deuteronomy 28, we find some incredible promises and then in Hebrews 8:6, we find that our Covenant is a better covenant established on better promises!

Therefore, in light of Scripture Who Are You?  If you have received Christ as your Savior, you are God’s Child.  Where are you?  What are your condition and your position in God?  I remember the illustration of the little boy that fell out of bed and when his father asked him what happened he said, “I guess I stayed too close to the edge.”  Move away from the edges and enjoy the blessings of God.

Where are you going spiritually?  If we know Who we are based on Whose we are we must realize the possibilities for our lives based on the promises of God.  We have great and precious promises for our Lord who has promised to never leave or forsake us.

I want to pause there and pick this up again tomorrow. 

As you go through your day God with God and He will go with you!   BLESSINGS!

A DANGEROUS CONDITION…


Obadiah 2-4 – “Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be greatly despised. 3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’  4 Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” says the LORD.”  NKJV

The prophet Obadiah was speaking of God’s judgment on Edom but this could apply to any nation or person if those conditions exist in the heart.  Pride is one thing that God seems to despise greatly and a condition that almost assuredly guarantees a fall.   Remember the warning in Proverbs 16:18-19 – “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”  NKJV 

The prophet declared that God was going to make the nation small among the nations.  A powerful nation would be relegated to second or third-tier status because of Pride and Deception.  Their heart had become so prideful that they were saying, “Who will bring me down?”   The prophet told them that God had seen what they are doing and no matter how great they thought they were or had been they were coming down!   That could be applied to our nation or any nation and any heart and life.  What was the key ingredient in Lucifer’s fall?  Pride!

What do we have that cannot be traced back to God?  What abilities do we possess that did not originate with God?  Our very breath is dependent upon the willingness of God to allow us another moment.  It is like someone playing the organ and as long as the fingers are on the keys there is sound but when the finger is lifted the sound dies away.  If God were ever to remove His finger from our lives we would be no more so instead of Pride we should walk in Humility realizing that it is all Because of Him and not Because of us!

It is in Him that we live and move and have our being!  It is Christ in us the Hope of Glory.  It is by grace that we are saved, through faith and not of ourselves.  It is not based on what we do but who He is.  So if you recognize even the smallest speck of pride in your life run to the Cross and cry out to God to deliver you!

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

KNOW THOSE THAT LABOR AMONG YOU…


1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”  KJV

The NIV translates the word ‘know’ as ‘respect’. The NKJV translates it as ‘recognize’.  The NASB translates it ‘appreciate’.  So, as I take this passage to heart I do so with a view of the overall teaching of Jesus and Scripture as I understand it that fruit and accountability are important elements in those who labor among us.

I am to respect, recognize and appreciate those who labor among us I need to know them!  I cannot know them without knowing something about them.  I need to know not just their doctrine but also their activities and associations.  If the KJV translation of ‘know’ is like the biblical ‘know’ in reference to Adam & Eve and husband & wife, it would mean a very deep level of intimacy and that cannot occur on a casual basis.  It would require a connection of the heart.

I recall a joke that I heard years ago when an Evangelist wrote to a particular pastor seeking a meeting and in his letter, he said, “I want you to know that I am one of the 5 greatest preachers in America today.”  The pastor wrote back and said, “I am sorry but I never schedule anyone that I do not know to speak to my people and since I do not know you and our schedule is full for the year I will have to decline your request but you said you were one of the 5 greatest preachers in America today so I am curious, WHO ARE THE OTHER THREE?”   Self-exaltation is not a commendation or recommendation!

We are instructed in Proverbs 27:2 – “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” NKJV In recognizing those who labor among us I need to hear what God says about them and what those who know them say.  I need to hear from those they are accountable to and in that light, I can offer respect and show appreciation.  That does not mean that you are never to hear someone you do not know for some only pass through but if they are to labor among us that would seem to suggest a more enduring relationship and therefore demonstrate a need to Know Them!  Sometimes you only find out who a person is after spending time with them and observing them.

I always tell people, check with those who know me best, and without fail, search the Scripture to see if what I say aligns with God’s Word.  If it lines up with God’s teaching accept it and if it does not reject it.  If I am in need of a Priscilla and Aquila to lead me into truth more fully then please do so with humility, love, and a real desire to bring me to the place of God’s best not out of a desire to ‘set me straight’ and demonstrate your superiority spiritually.  You may be but if that is your attitude it won’t get you far with most people.

As you go through your day be willing for God to put you under the spotlight of examination and be willing for Him to do so with those you labor with and among. 

God bless you is my prayer and desire!

NO MORE RELIGIOUS FIXES – – (Part III)


Colossians 2:8-3:2

Ephesians 4:11-16

Colossians 2:8 – “A See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”  NASB

In Matthew 24:14 Jesus said, “This gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.”  The Gospel of the Kingdom embodies the Life and Presence of God and confronts every root problem in our world.  What is Life?  It is not preaching hellfire & brimstone.  It is not preaching and focusing on touch not, taste not, or even do not.  It is not a list of rules and regulations.  It Is the Life of God!  It is the Kingdom of God!  I’m not talking about Heaven Someday Someway I am talking about LIFE NOW!

In a very reals sense, God has called us to Build Arks.  If you recall Noah’s generation was a violent, do your own thing world.  It was a crime and immorality-filled society.  The Spirit of Violence and a Partying Self-Gratifying Spirit go hand-in-hand. It is a lack of Spiritual Awareness.  The Ark of Noah was a Place of Safety.  It was a Warning to future generations who might be tempted to drift into the state of violence and perversion again.  It was a covering and refuge for God’s People.

Today, it is time for the Church (Body of Christ) to go into action!  It is time for the Church to Build and Be places of refuge and restoration in the midst of chaos.  It is a call to Radical Christianity and Lifestyle Evangelism.  

The Early Church did not march, demonstrate, picket, protest, or boycott. They went out and presented Jesus and preached the Kingdom.  In so doing saw miracles, people were set free from bondage, addictions, dependency, idolatry, perversion, etc.  They turned their world upside down and were declared enemies by traditional religion!  Theirs was a Radical Christianity which was really Normal Christianity by Biblical standards.  It was Innovative!  It was being interested in people and willing to Risk!  Beloved we have a Destiny but are in danger of becoming a footnote in Church history if we continue pursuing and being satisfied with Religious Fixes!

It is time to move beyond seeing and talking about the Vision to doing the Vision!  It is time for Action by the Unction of the Spirit of God and that will be called Radical but is really Normal in God’s eyes.  Our world is a world in chaos filled with betrayal, abuse, addiction, and inadequacies. We have churches full of people who are ensnared, filled with rejection, wounded, and full of despair!  Is there an Answer? YES!  But if we turn the problem over to the world to solve it will only get worse, not better!

We must see what God desires for us individually and collectively in our localities.  We must defeat Fear with Faith and reject the fear of failure, resolve the fear of rejection and failure, dismiss the fear of personal loss and cost.  It is time that we allow the Holy Spirit to so infuse us with the Power of God spiritually in our lives that we develop unstoppable and inexhaustible spiritual stamina.  It is time to move from the outer court and holy place into the holy of holies.

Sadly, we have a Consumer Society and have been condition to shop around to find the best Bargain, best Product, best Personal Preference.  We have been condition to instant everything and personal gratification.  We must become genuinely open to the directive of the Holy Spirit.  We must learn to deal biblically with practical living.  We must commit ourselves to work on relationships.  We must remove and reject flattering titles.  We must become willing and able to share our faith with others not just preach to them.  We must become worshippers of God and become people of action not just ascribing to philosophical ideals.

God has called us to be The Church and in being The Church we present, represent and manifest the Life of and the Living Christ to the World.  No more Religious Fixes but press into Normal Christianity which the World and Religious World will call Radical! 

God be with you as you go through your day!

NO MORE RELIGIOUS FIXES – – (Part II)


Colossians 2:8-3:2

Ephesians 4:11-16

Colossians 2:8 – “A See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”  NASB

            We are in a World at War!  Our present world is a world of warfare and sadly many are not even aware of it and do not know where the battlefield is or what the real battle is.  Many have misidentified SYMPTOM as being the Battle!  The result is Frustration, Disappointment, Despair, Disillusionment, and Defeat!  That is tragic and not the purpose or plan of God!

  • We (The Body of Christ) have Great and Precious Promises That Often Do Not Seem to Be Working or Being Fulfilled in Us.
  • We (The Body of Christ) have Expended Tremendous Energy, Finances, and Time with Too Little Success.
  • Too often it seems that the devil’s forces have mocked and ridiculed a Powerless Church.  (Perception not reality).

Nationally we have a declared War!  There is a War on Poverty, Drugs, Aids, Crime, Terror, etc.   War on this and war on that –War! War! War!  My question is not where, is the War but where is the Winning?  If we are taking God’s Word and wielding it against the Strongholds of Darkness and not seeing those Strongholds crumble – Something is Wrong!  Right?  We must have missed something somewhere!

Are there problems in the Religious World of Christianity? ABSOLUTELY!  There are massive problems and denial will not bring us to victory only further denial and propel us toward defeat.  (Not God’s Plan or Purpose).  Tragically, most of the things that the nation and church are at war with are symptoms rather than root causes.  We will never defeat a problem by battling the symptom.  If we are to resolve the problem, we have to address the cause. Our Destiny and Mandate is to bring the Healing of God, not just temporary relief.  God has not called us to bring ‘religiousness’ to our communities but LIFE!  How do we do that?

An honest student of God’s Word will look at the complex problems of our generation and recognize the biblical signs pointing to the End of the Age!  In Matthew 24 we find Jesus’ disciples pondering the circumstances in their world and asking Jesus for ‘signs’ of the ‘end’.  He listed:  Wars, Famines, Earthquakes, Pestilences, Persecutions, Betrayals, False Doctrine, Lawlessness, and Kingdom against Kingdom Conflicts.  While that might fit many ages, few have seen the level of intensity as this age but again Symptoms are not the Real Battlefield or Battle.

Nationally our War on the things we have declared War on has had precious little positive impact most of the time.  The same could be said of many efforts of most of the organized churches today.  The same could be said for many lives individually and personally.  Are we Winning the Battle or just Putting Out little fires here and there?

The symptoms of a deadly disease are apparent in our world and UNTIL we realize this, earn How, and Commit Ourselves to dealing with the root cause(s) we will continue to just put out a few fires here and there with little real impact on our world.  The problem is SIN!  The problem is Matters of the Heart!  The Battleground is Inside the Cup not Outside! 

It is time that we turn the focus inwardly and allow the Holy Spirit to place us under the ‘spotlight’ of Heaven and weigh us in the balance and if we are found wanting then allow Him to restore, renew, and revive us!

I have more on this but will pause here and ask that you allow the Holy Spirit to examine your heart and pour the balm of God into your life bringing healing and transformation wherever needed. 

Blessings as you go through your day!

NO MORE RELIGIOUS FIXES…


(I took a course in this subject in college)

NO MORE RELIGIOUS FIXES…

Colossians 2:8-3:2

Ephesians 4:11-16

Colossians 2:8 – “See that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men and the basic principles of the world rather than Messiah.”  TLV

As I was praying, I am convinced I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “I hate the religiousness of the religious.  I do not want you to give or get any more religious fixes.”  That was sobering and caused me to ask a lot of questions and begin a diligent search of Scripture regarding this issue.

I have felt, for some time, that we, the church, must make some dramatic, drastic, radical, and revolutionary changes!  We have a destiny but are in grave danger of becoming a footnote in church history doing our little religious things on Sundays and Mid-Week.  I personally cannot take that any longer!  I hope that you have come or will come to the place that you cannot either.  It is not what we have been called to.

There are many questions that we should ask ourselves in this present hour.  The answers to those questions will shape our Destiny and determine our Purpose. 

  • Why Are You In Your Community?
  • Who Are You Going To or Trying To Reach?
  • What Is Your Unique Expression?
  • What Are The Needs To Be Met That Are Not Being Met At The Present Time Spiritually?
  • What Kind of Church Are You Supposed To Be?
  • What Do You Need To Be That Church?

Do you have the resources, leadership, and desire to become what God has called you to be?  If the answer is YES! Then you need to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to ‘strategize’ and get to it.  If the answer is, I Think So. Then you need to evaluate or re-evaluate and come to a concrete conclusion.  If the answer is, I’m Not Sure. Then you might do well to just shut down what you are doing find a prayer closet and not come out until you are sure.  If the answer is NO! Then shut the doors and move on because you have obviously missed God.  I know those are somewhat radical but are they?

I do not believe that God calls any group to be a Cluster of Same-ness.  Every part of the Body has a different and unique role and function.  Additionally, I believe that whatever God orders He provides for!  If He has called you to it He will provide for you to be it.

Before I take this another step tomorrow, I will pause here and ask that you carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully seek the Lord to know your Purpose and evaluate your Commitment to that Purpose. 

May God be with you in a mighty way!  Blessings as you go through your day!

SOWING AND REAPING – – It Is A Life Principle in ALL Things…


Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you—a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap. For whatever measure you measure out will be measured back to you.”  TLV

As I have been going through the process and difficult journey of adjusting to life after the loss of my wife, I have sensed the Holy Spirit directing my thoughts.  Some of the things I have been led to seem a bit unusual and I’m sure some will find them difficult to embrace or digest.  If I am hearing God, then it applies to me and everyone else.  If I am not, then pray for me that He will open the eyes of my heart to understand and return to the right road of life.

I have found the responses of people to me during this time interesting, encouraging, perplexing, and sometimes difficult to comprehend.  I have tried to maintain an attitude of grace to everyone in their responses.  Some responses, bits of advice, or words have been incredibly difficult to maintain that attitude.  However, the Holy Spirit has enabled me to bite my tongue more than once and simply say, “Thank You!”

I was questioning the LORD about some responses or the lack thereof from people I would have thought would regularly contact me.  I have been surprised that some whom I have had little contact with over the past 40 years or more have been among the most persistent in checking on me and reaching out.  I have had some, I consider my closest friends who have been virtually absent.  I was having difficulty with the absence and as I prayed many videos played out in my mind, heart, and spirit. 

As I prayed over the absence of some, I heard in my heart of hearts, Luke 6:38.  I stopped my praying and musing and questioned God about that response in my heart.  I did not understand, and it seemed completely disconnected.  It was repeated over and over for several days.  I opened my heart and asked for clarity.

As I mused on the matter I remembered the many times, I had stood at the graveside as a minister and told the crowd to not forget the family in the hours, days, weeks, months, and even years to come.  I reminded them that they might not have the right words. They would not have the ability to relieve the pain and lessen the hurt. However their demonstration of love and compassion would be remembered in the years following and would be helpful.  It would not necessarily be their words, but the fact they cared enough to take the time to call, come by, or send a card or letter would be invaluable and comforting.  They would be the manifestation of God’s love in human flesh to those grieving.

The Holy Spirit reminded me of the times, I had failed to follow my own advice.  I had gone on with life unaffected and ,in a measure, forgotten the family.  It was then that I understood the whisper of the Holy Spirit – Luke 6:38. I was now reaping what I had sown, in a measure.  What I had given or failed to give I was receiving.

In everything in life, the Law of Harvest or the Law of Sowing and Reaping transpires.  It happens whether we believe it will or not.  It happens whether we are aware of our actions or not.  It is a principle of life that is interwoven in every facet of our lives. 

Look at the verse briefly and let’s extract a couple of things with the hope they will minister to you and enable you to be more careful about how you minister to or fail to minister to those who have lost a loved one.  Hopefully, you will extrapolate this to every facet of life and become a much more careful and aware person in the things you say and do know you are planting the seed that will produce a harvest at some time in your life.

It says Give!  That is sowing.  In sowing and reaping we reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.  We are all sowing seeds that will become a harvest and when our harvest comes, rather than question God we need to reflect on what we have done, said, and believed. 

Notice It says, “Give and IT will be given to you…”  IT!  That amazing little two-letter word is the key to the entire principle and truth.  The Bible tells us that we reap WHAT we sow not what we would like to reap.  We reap MORE than we sow both good and bad.  We reap LATER than we sow.  In the natural, the farmer does not plant the seed today and reap a harvest tonight or tomorrow.  It may be weeks or months before the harvest is ripe.  In life, it may be years but have no doubt, God will see to that you have the harvest you have sown for.

I remembered that I had said to people exactly what I’ve been told during this time, “If you need anything just call me.”  As I thought about that, I heard in my heart, “Don’t say that anymore.”  I waited and heard, “Instead of saying, call me, say, if you don’t mind, I will call or come by and see if there is anything you need.  I will be an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, and a prayer partner or one who stands in the gap for you and prays while you weep.” 

Rather than putting the burden and shifting my Christian responsibility onto the person in need, I am to take the initiative and reach out to them.  Additionally, I heard, “Look for what they need, don’t expect them to ask you for it.”  What does that do?  It frees the person grieving from any sense of imposition and allows them to grieve knowing that there are those who care enough to be proactive on their behalf. 

I have had some occasions to practice this since I heard those words in my spirit and I found it to be therapeutic.  No, it did not relieve me of my grief and sorrow, but it allowed me to sense the heart of God and be a demonstration of His love to that hurting family.  What I did was a very small thing and the person said, “But I didn’t do anything for you when your wife went home to glory.”  I said, “Yes you did.  You prayed and reached out to inquire as to her well-being before her departure and afterward to let me know you were standing in prayer for me and my family.”  That was huge!  In a sense, their sowing into my life was producing a harvest for them.

I am not writing this to get anyone to call me.  The words, “Call me if you need to talk,” are, in a measure, selfish.  Now, I’m in trouble, but that’s what I sensed in my spirit.  Rather than putting the burden on the one hurting and absolving me of any responsibility of being my brother’s keeper or comforting the hurting and needy, I am putting it on them.  If they do not call, for whatever reason, we can then pridefully say, “Well, I offered.”  NO!  If a person is hurting to the point they despair of life, which would be a more biblical approach, forcing them to reach out to you or you being one not in pain seeking to restore them?

I’ve heard, “I don’t know what to do, so I don’t do anything?  I don’t know what to say, so nothing seemed better.”  Think of a time when you were sad, hurting, sick, or needy and someone unexpectedly reached out to you.  What did that do to your spirit?  There will come a time in the life of those hurting they will be healed enough to reach out to others in the Body of Christ, but in the hour of their deepest pain, they need us to take the initiative and make ourselves available. 

There are some things I cannot do with others because the reminder is too painful.  Some take that as a plea to leave me alone.  The opposite is the reality for the hurting.  Sadly, expectations do not always make it easy for us to be honest with each other.  I now have set my heart to tell the person hurting, “If this is a bad time and you’d rather not talk, I’ll call or come by another time.”  I ask them if I can pray and assure them that I will not only pray but will stay in contact.  I look for what is visible that I can do, even if it is some manual task, providing food, or in one case I knew money was what they needed. 

In all areas of life, we are sowing, and we will reap!  It is not maybe but a guarantee!  If God’s word is true, then WHAT WE GIVE WE WILL GET IN RETURN!   Thank you for praying for me and thank you for understanding.  I am very uncomfortable writing this but feel that it is needful for all of us to remember that those in the throes of pain are not in a position to do the reaching out, they need to be reached out to…

God bless you!

THE POWER OF YOUR TESTIMONY – – [Part III]


Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. NKJV

1 Samuel 17:45-47 – “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.” NKJV

When we reflect on this story our hearts should be reminded of what the Bible informs us in Luke 10:19, that the devil has no power over us and in Colossians 2:15, that Jesus has disarmed the powers of hell. We should remind ourselves that and through Him (Jesus) we are able to take the very weapons of the devil and defeat him with them.  The weapon of Fear now causes the Philistines to turn and run.  Sadly, too often the church is sitting in the hills cowering in fear over the taunts of the devil or his henchmen.  Our minds tell us that God says we do not have to put up with that, but our hearts are just not sure.  He looks so Imposing but remember – he is Defeatable, no he is Defeated!  It is in the Name of the Lord not in the system of man that victory comes!

Revelation 12:11 should give us incredible confidence and hope.  It should also solidify in our hearts and minds that there is Power in our testimony.  Remember in the very beginning how God illustrated the Power of the spoken word…. And God said….  In Hebrews 11 we find that by Faith worlds were framed.  We are created in the image and likeness of God and we are expected to operate in the same demonstration of faith as our Lord when He walked this earth.

Thus, Mark 11:23-24 is not a fictional possibility but a real promise if we walk in faith.  The devil knows there is power in our words directed by the Spirit of God and that is one of the reasons he works so hard to keep us silent.  Remember you are the primary audience that listens to what you say.  When the devil comes talking about your past you should begin speaking of your future.  Don’t wait on him to attack run at him armed with the promises of God and declare them!  We are told in Deuteronomy 30:15 that God has set before us life and death and we can choose life.  The spies in Numbers 13, offer an illustration of this as ten said, ‘we can’t’ two said, ‘they are just bread for us.’

Our enemy is not flesh and blood, so we need to learn to fight with the weapons of warfare that are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.  We have the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of Jesus.  MIGHTY WEAPONS!  No weapon formed against us shall prosper and every tongue that rises against us in judgment will be condemned.

 I encourage you to remember that your testimony is far more powerful than any weapon of the devil and let it ring forth loud and strong!  

God bless you as you go through your day!