SATISFACTION GUARANTEED…


Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  NASB

Through the years I’ve purchased many things that came with various “guarantees”.  Some of them were legitimate and good, others were not worth the paper they were written on.  Money-back guarantees get a lot of attention and frequently will be a selling point for a particular product.  However, even those prove to not be completely accurate.  They frequently fail to let you know that you have to pay for the shipping and sometimes are charged a restocking fee and by the time you are done you’ve paid almost what you did to purchase the worthless item, to begin with. 

I’ve had people give me “guarantees” with their word only to find that their word was not worth very much because they either had no intention of fulfilling their promise or were not willing to make the sacrifice required to do so.  So, guarantees are only worth as much as the person or entity behind them.

That brings me to the verse above – It Is Rock Solid!  It is a guarantee made by our Lord Jesus Himself and you can take it to the bank.  It works all the time, every time, and anytime.  It works everywhere and under any conditions and is backed up by the integrity of the Son of God!  I’ve had people tell me regarding their church or pastor, “I’m not being fed.”  I have several thoughts regarding that statement:

  • If that is true that there is no spiritual nourishment coming from your church or pastor, why are you there complaining?
  • Why aren’t you feasting on the spiritual nourishment that the Lord has provided in the Written Word and through fellowship with Him through the Holy Spirit?
  • Are you hungry and thirsty, spiritually?  If so, the Lord has promised that you would be satisfied.  Therefore, either He did not tell the truth, or you are not truly “hungry” or “thirsty”.

I am by no means suggesting that people hop from church to church. I have discovered that frequently the problem does not lie in the church or pastor but the individual who is issued the complaint.  That is not to excuse any preacher that does not feed the sheep or any church that does not place God first and foremost. 

I suggest that the first step is to allow the Holy Spirit to shine the spotlight of God upon our hearts to be sure that the problem does not lie in us.  That being said, if I hunger and thirst for righteousness, I will be satisfied.  There is NEVER a lack of Spiritual Nourishment available to the “hungry” and “thirsty” soul.  It may mean that we have to become more than babies and feed ourselves rather than expect someone to spoon-feed us.  Yet, my purpose for this devotional is not to castigate but encourage you.  “Seek first, the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and you will be satisfied and grow spiritually.” 

As you grow, you become able to assist others along the way in their spiritual development.  There is no famine for the Word of God as long as we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit.  We are promised that He will not only “teach” us but “guide” us into all truth. 

Be encouraged and allow your spiritual hunger and thirst to become so intense that you cannot wait until the next feeding time, either on your own, via your local congregation, or through fellowship with other believers.  God wants you to be spiritually satisfied or fed and filled. 

Blessings as you enjoy this wonderful day in the Lord!

HIDDEN IN HIS PAVILION TENT…


Psalms 27:4-6 – “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. 6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.” NASB

The longer I live, the more things I encounter in life, and the more experiences I have with and in the Lord, the more I recognize the times and need for God to occasionally take me from the front lines of battle and hide me in His Pavilion Tent. 

In the battle, the King would have a tent in the middle of the Battlefield, and he would take the weary there for strategy.  God does that in our lives spiritually.  There are times, we are so battle fatigued, weak, discouraged, disillusioned, and even depressed that we need to an infusion of fresh vision and that’s where we find it.  He takes us from the “heat of the battle” into his Pavilion Tent and “refreshes us”. 

We are concealed from the enemy, untouchable by the powers of hell and from there we receive the infusion of strength, power, courage, and anointing to go back out into the battle and win the victory.  Sadly, sometimes we don’t hear the call to come aside for rest and try to be martyrs and push ourselves beyond the limit when He is calling for us to come inside and “rest”.  

Some feel guilty, saying – “There is too much to be done,” and “I must work while it is yet day for the night comes when no man can work.” They press on until exhaustion takes over and we lose our strength and are overcome by the forces of hell.  That’s not God’s way and never has been.  Burning out for Jesus is a good sounding statement but not very productive.

Learn to listen to your body, your mind, your spirit, your heart, and hear the voice of the Spirit of God inviting you to come into His Pavilion Tent and be refreshed.  The time spent there if it is an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year will prove to be far more valuable than staying in the battle when you are no longer at your optimum.  Don’t let the devil shame you into thinking that you are somehow being lazy or slothful but realize that it is the Lord’s design to “refresh” you to make you “better than ever” for the battle. 

If there is one thing that I have learned is that we need to enter the rest wherein the weary are made to rest and when we come out, we are not only refreshed we are emboldened and empowered in a new way.  That is part of learning to lean on Jesus. 

Therefore, as you go into the rest of this week I suggest it might be that now might be a time you need to “rest in the Lord” and allow the battle to rage without you in it.  You will have the opportunity to reenter and to do so with renewed vision, strength, grace, anointing, and power. 

Blessings in your labors for the Kingdom!  Have a spectacular week!

TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE…


2 Corinthians 10:1-6 – “Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ — I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.”  NASB

The writings of the apostle Paul are always powerful and have an immediate impact on life and living for the believer.  He identifies a much-needed lifestyle in this particular passage that will enable us to be “more than conquerors through Christ.”

  1. We live (walk) in the flesh – – We are humans nothing else we can do.
  2. We do not war according to the flesh – – We don’t fight with our fists, swords, or guns but we have different weapons (as believers) to use in our warfare.
  3. Our weapons are not flesh weapons but spiritual weapons able to destroy the “strongholds” of the devil.
  4. With those weapons, we destroy every argument, senseless speculations, non-essential arguments, demonic attacks, and everything that attempts to exalt itself above Christ.
  5. We take Every Thought Captive to the obedience of Christ.

The last one is of particular importance.  I’ve told people for years; you cannot stop thoughts from coming but you can stop them from finding a lodging place in your mind.  You do not have to let them stay.  You do not have to entertain them.  You do not have to dwell on them. You can dismiss them and cause your mind to come into submission to the Lordship of Christ and under the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

It’s not mind over matter or mind control, it is simply making a conscious decision to think on things above and not beneath.  It is a conscious decision to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.  It is a conscious decision to praise Him rather than dwell on negative, destructive, or tempting thoughts.  You are not what you think you are but you are what you think!  It is up to us to make the decision to allow the Holy Spirit to set a guard at not only our lips but our minds to keep our thoughts pure and our words gracious. 

If we do this, we will find that we live less troubled by what is happening around us.  We live with less doubt when faced with potential problems or disasters and need God to step on the scene in a major way.  We live with a greater sense of peace because we are focused on that which is above, for God is not the author of confusion.  Therefore, let the peace of God rule your hearts as you bring every thought captive to Christ. 

May this day be a day of “perfect peace” as you walk in Him.  Blessings as you come to the end of your week in His service.

IT’S THE FINISH THAT COUNTS…


James 1:12-18 – “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. 18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.”  NASB

Through the years I’ve seen new believers take off like gangbusters and charge headlong into the battle against the forces of hell with a dagger when they needed a sword.  Their zeal was inspiring if not humorous, then I would see them encounter the full-scale battle and fizzle and wither under the pressures of the intense warfare.  They had zeal, but not wisdom.  They had the desire, but not the experience.  They had superficial knowledge but were not deeply established in the truth. 

James tells us that it is the “blessed” man that perseveres under trial and that once he has completed the test the prize is great.  He warns us regarding temptation not attribute it to God because God tempts no person.  Instead, temptation comes from within as much as from without.  It comes from the condition of heart, immaturity, and undeveloped character.  It springs forth from the unseen and often unknown lust within the heart and when it is given birth to it brings forth sin and when sin grows to its full maturity brings forth death. 

If we recognize that temptation is the identification of an inside problem, we are better equipped to handle it. We know to run as fast as we can to the Cross and cry out for mercy and grace.  He tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above who never changes but is consistent, steady, and steadfast.  That God will guide us into truth, and it will not be wishy-washy but solid and stable. 

As we become established in His truth we are able to walk out His will in our daily lives. We are better equipped to face and resist temptation, endure the tests and trials, and overcome the onslaught of the enemy. We become fruits (examples) of righteousness for all to see, thus point to Christ by our lives not just our words.

Growing up is not instantaneous in the natural or spiritual.  Wisdom is not gained by taking a pill or reading a book.  Experience is not achieved by hearing stories of victories.  Life is a matter of living and living. Living is to be done hand in hand with the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Cross and under the covering of the blood of Jesus.  It is by His Grace!  Remember, that the trial, test, temptation, trouble, or tribulation is only momentary in the eternal scheme of things.  Hold on to what you have learned in Christ and you will walk out the other side in victory! 

Blessings as you continue your week in the Lord.  May God guide you, give you grace, and protect you in your pursuit of His purposes!

HAVING A REALLY GOOD LAWYER HELPS…


1 John 2:1-2 – “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”  NASB

There are times in life when each of us needs an advocate or someone to speak on our behalf and plead our case.  If we try to plead it ourselves we will either come across as self-righteous, self-serving, untruthful, or unbelievable. 

Having someone else plead it for us often gives credibility and sheds light on the matter that would have otherwise been missed, not heard, or not given the opportunity to receive a logical, reasonable, and honest evaluation.  This is the case regarding our lives and the slips, stumbles, falls, mistakes, errors, and sins we commit along the way in life.  We can and should run to the Cross and cry out for mercy in true repentance, but it helps to have a good lawyer.

We have such a one in Jesus.  Jesus is the one who paid our debt.  He bore our sins on the Cross.  He shed His blood that we could be free from the bondage of sin and become part of the family of God, born again into the Kingdom of light out of the kingdom of darkness.  His presence in the court of heaven carries great weight and credibility and we can rest assured that if we come to Him out of a truly repentant heart, He will serve as our Advocate with the Father and make intercession for us. 

Of all the lawyers that have ever lived, none is better than King Jesus!  I go through the day with confidence that if I err I can run to Him and He will come to my defense.  I go to bed at night knowing that I can and do lay all my cares on Him because He cares for me.  I wake up in the morning knowing that I have the best Attorney in Heaven or on Earth on my side and go in peace, knowing that if my human frailty fails me and I come to Him in “true repentance”, He will plead my case with the Father!  He has never lost a case yet and never will.  I Have Peace Knowing that I have a Good Lawyer!

It is my prayer and desire that you will enjoy God’s blessings as you go through the day!  May the Lord bless you and keep you free from sin and wrong, but if you do sin remember you have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous! 

Have a Great Day in Jesus!

PITY PARTY vs VICTORY PARTY…


1 Kings 19:1-10 – “Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ” So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.  9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”  NASB

If you have just followed the directions of the Holy Spirit and won a miraculous victory in the Lord you dare not let self, and fear creep in and destroy your confidence.  That’s where Elijah was.  He “feared” Jezebel more than he rejoiced in the power of God and that is why he was standing in the cave, hiding and saying, “Woe is me, I’m the ONLY ONE LEFT!”   

He should have been emboldened and ready for the next challenge, but he wasn’t.  He should have did as Jesus and after his victory withdrew to be alone with God and allow the Holy Spirit to engrave in his heart the nature of God. He had done what God said. He had seen the victory. Then he allowed “fear” to fill his heart and saw the devil bigger than God and ran to hide feeling sorry for himself, justifying it by saying, “I’M THE ONLY ONE!”  That is not only self-righteous, but it is also destructive thinking.  God made it clear that he was NOT the only one and that He (God) was still in control.

We are the messengers and God uses us to bring about His accomplishments on this earth.  We depend on His power and presence to stand against the enemy and therefore need to always remember that if He sends us, He will protect us, provide for us, empower us, and equip us for the job.  Therefore, we have No Reason to Fear because if they kill us, we win and if they don’t, we win, but either way, We Win! 

Our job is to do what He says, nothing more and nothing less.  We are to be where He wants us to be, when He wants us there, doing what He wants us to do, and leave the results in His hands.  Rejoice that He has chosen you to do whatever it is that He has set before you No Matter What That Might Be, great or small.  It is for the Kingdom of God!  It is important and it is backed by the Omnipotence of Heaven!  As you begin your week, go, knowing that you are “led by the Spirit of God” and He will not guide you wrong. 

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

HOW DO YOU KILL A DEAD MAN?


2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  NKJV

Romans 6:1-4 – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  NKJV

Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”  NKJV

Three times in my life the devil has said to me in what seemed to be an audible voice, “I’m going to kill you.”  Three times, the Lord performed a miracle to prevent my death in situations where I could have and would have died had He not intervened.  I have known for almost all my life, in a very real way, that I am alive for a purpose and do not sense that I have fulfilled that purpose as of this date. 

The devil tried to kill me almost from birth with the first two years spending more than 50% of the time in the doctor’s office and medical personnel trying to determine what was making me sick.  The doctors gave my family virtually no hope that I would live to be a teenager, but God intervened and gave my dad the wisdom to relocate and, in that relocation, I got completely well.

The first time that I heard those words, “I’m going to kill you, or you are going to die”, was in Vietnam on the day of my arrival in-country.  God miraculously changed my orders and relocated me to a safe haven. Unfortunately, I learned that those who went where I was to be that day lost their lives that day.  I was not a Christian at that time, but God’s mercy spared me for His purposes.

The next time, I was on a plane flying to Colorado from Austin, Texas, and had to change planes in Dallas.  As we were coming into DFW I heard those words so clear it startled me, and I looked around to see who had said them, but no one had been speaking to me.  As we made our descent, I sensed something very wrong, and just as the wheels touched the ground the engines roared, and we lifted off again and as I looked down and back, I saw another plane crossing our runway.  I was going to a retreat with other ministers for spiritual renewal and came away energized with a new vision and sense of purpose.

The third time I heard those words, a few years later was diagnosed with Parathyroid Cancer.  God miraculously used the surgeons and provided a healing touch that caused the surgeon to say as we were going in for a second surgery, “somebody much higher than me has been at work here.”  He said that what had transpired does not happen medically and considered it a miracle.  We rejoiced then and continue to rejoice now in the mercy, grace, and power of God!

God asked me after the last time, this question – “How do you kill a dead man?”  So, my response to the devil since then has been, “And if you do manage to kill me what have you done?  I will go home early and someone will take my place and carry on the work that I’ve been assigned to do.  I’m already dead, in Christ, so you can’t kill a dead man.”   

I’m not trying to be flippant nor disregard the seriousness of attacks of the enemy but in Christ, we are more than conquerors and He has overcome the evil one and we are IN CHRIST, therefore, we are overcomers!  I want to live out the full length of my days and accomplish all that God has for me to do!  I want it to be said of me as it was of David in Acts 13:36 that I fulfilled the purpose of God in my generation and then I died.  Not before, not until!  My destiny complete, my race run, my journey complete, my fight won THEN GO HOME!

You have a destiny and a purpose that God has designed and desired for you.  It is my sincere prayer that you fulfill every portion of it and live out the remainder of your days in abundant joy, grace, power, and love! 

Blessings to each of you!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY…


Psalms 143:1-12 – “Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. 2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous.  3 For the enemy has  persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead.  4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed. 5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands. 6 I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah  7 Answer me speedily, O LORD; My spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.         8 Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.  9 Deliver me, O LORD, from my enemies; In You I take shelter.  10 Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.  11 Revive me, O LORD, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. 12 In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul; For I am Your servant.”   NKJV

Today is the Day the LORD has made, and we should rejoice and be glad in it.  But there is more!  There are two things expressed in this Psalm that we need all the time.  They are Guidance and Deliverance!  It seems that too often we attempt to live in our own ability rather than seek His divine ability and grace.  When we try to use our reason, our wisdom, our understanding, our knowledge, our power, and our desires we fall into that Satan has laid for us.  David, the man after God’s own heart gives us some wonderful guidance:

  • Prayer.

We need to learn to communicate with God at all times.  We need to seek not only His guidance but His mercy.  We need to remember that we are flawed vessels and have clay feet.  We make mistakes, succumb to temptations and make wrong judgments and decisions therefore we need his guidance and mercy.

  • Recognize. 

We need to recognize and realize that we are under attack by the evil one.  The devil would like nothing better than to entice us to walk in our own strength for then we would be no match for him.  If he can get us to rely on our own wisdom, knowledge, and judgment we will fall prey to his wiles and schemes.  Yet, when we go in the strength of the Lord, we are more than conquerors through Jesus!

  • Praise & Thanksgiving should be a daily habit. 

Too often we neglect to express our thankfulness to God for all He has done for us and rescued us from and too often we allow ourselves to become too busy with our busyness to praise Him.  Praise & Thanksgiving will keep us focused on the true source of our strength.

  • Receive the Reviving of the Lord. 

He will renew us daily and we need to be like sponges to soak up His renewal.  As we allow Him to saturate our inner man with His grace and presence, we become more like Him and find this walk easier because His yoke is easy and His burden light (when we are yoked with Him).

Today is a day of Thanksgiving!  Rejoice in the Lord and know that you can call upon Him anytime and He will not only hear but answer your prayers.

God bless you is our desire. God keep you is our prayer!

GOOD MORNING LORD! I WAIT IN EXPECTATION!


Psalms 5:3 “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” NIV

What better way to begin the day than for the Lord to hear your voice and you hear His? As the Psalmist said that the Lord would hear his voice in the morning. He would lay his requests before the Lord and wait in EXPECTATION! That comes from a heart that has a relationship with God and expresses faith! It should be a picture of us daily.

Don’t assume that I mean that everybody has to get up early and pray! No that would be legalistic. I mean that we should all have such a relationship with God that we lift our voices to Him, lay our requests before Him, and then expectantly wait for His response, reply and provision. We should be so in Love with Him that communication and communion are something that we want to do daily and in fact all through the day. We should have such expectation of Him that we know that when we present our petitions before Him that He will respond to them. One of my favorite passages is:

1 John 5:14-15 – ” This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” NASB

If my relationship with Him is such that I know His will, especially through His word and I petition Him, I know that I know that I know, He Hears me and if He Hears me in whatever I ask I also know that my Petition will be granted!  So first I seek His face and His will, then I take the matter to Him in the form of a prayer and I WAIT EXPECTANTLY for His response!  

It all goes back to making Him first and foremost in our lives. It means He is the captain of our ship. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the guide of our lives. He is LORD!  I lift up my voice in adoration and praise with thanksgiving and deep appreciation of all that He has done and in anticipation of what He is going to do.

My day is incomplete if it does not begin with Him! When it begins with Him, it continues with Him, and at the conclusion of the day, it’s still, Him. Thank you, Lord, for your Great Love and Unfathomable Grace & Mercy! Guard over and guide all my friends today as we go through the day. Help us in each decision, action, and reaction! Make this day a day of rejoicing in you!

Blessings to all as I head out into my day expecting the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I present the things I must present and do the things I must do!

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TOLD YOU ARE FULL OF IT???


Ephesians 5:15-21 – “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.” NKJV

Today is another beautiful morning.  Today, as I sit with my Bible, a cup of coffee, and watch the sunrise, life bursts forth before my eyes.  The coffee is refreshing, the unfolding of the day beautiful, and the presence of the Lord priceless.  I heard the title question as I mused on God and His Word.  He asked me the question and then followed it up with a powerful directive. 

Sometimes the Lord uses my personality and deals with me through humor and in ways that other people can’t understand, but I do.  He asked me this morning, “Has anyone ever told you that you were full of it?”  My response was, “Of course Lord, you know all things you know that they have.”  He then said, “Well I want you to be full of Him not it. I want you to be saturated with the Holy Spirit! I want you to be so full that when you walk by people sense My presence and a little of Me spills out onto them.” He went on to give me a directive on what to do.

I seek to walk before the Lord and man in an honest and godly manner and for the Lord to say this to me only serves to remind me that I’ve only scratched the surface of where I can be and where He wants me to be in Him. The directive came from this passage:

  • Walk in such a way that you are careful to consider all the circumstances and possible consequences of your words and actions.
  • Make wise choices in all that you do.
  • If you need wisdom, then ask Me and I’ll give it to you. Don’t go off half-cocked, let me be your guide.
  • Be discerning and listen carefully for My direction, My leading, My urging, My guidance.
  • Be saturated with My Holy Spirit all the time. (I asked, “How Lord?” He said:), Through Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

He said Praise Me daily!  Make it a pattern of life that you vocalize your praise and rejoice in your heart. Sing to me in adoration and praise and in so doing you will be opening your heart to be FILLED WITH MY SPIRIT!

He instructed me to always be thankful for all things and in all things!  He said, “Listen to the hearts of your brothers and sisters in Christ. They will often reveal to you My heart without Me saying anything.”   He said, “As you esteem your brothers and sisters vessels of honor to Me and know that I can speak through them to you, you will hear things you’ve never heard before and in that way, you will be submitting to one another in the fear of the Lord.”

Therefore, my day has begun with singing aloud and in my heart and laughter that I was almost unable to control!  My prayer this morning has been for God to grant me the wisdom to give right counsel and advice to those that I will give advice to today. It is my prayer that I will manifest and represent Him in what I say and do and that the joy of the Lord that is in me will spill over onto them, even if in just a small way and they taste His boundless love and joy.

Some people cannot operate without the buzz from booze, but I don’t need the booze to get a buzz on in Jesus!  I don’t mean that disrespectful in any way but I’m on a Jesus high not something that would necessarily make people think me a lunatic but an inner peace that lifts me above the turmoil of this world and allows me to view my world from a heavenly perspective! He is lifting me higher and higher and I don’t want to come down!

Make your day a day FULL OF IT – – rather a day FULL OF HIM!!!!!  Blessings to each and every one.  May this day be the best day you have ever had!