Saturday, February 27, 2010

A little reminder of why I believe in God!

I have been a victim of my own flesh my whole life. I have spent most of my adult life at odds with God much to my own disadvantage. I let my carnal nature lead me instead of allowing God to lead me. My own spirit filled with lusts of the world was in complete control. I was addicted to life. An alcoholic, chain-smoking, daily porn viewing, angry, lonely person! I was in control of myself, or so I thought? I was consumed with always wanting and always worrying. The more I thought I was in control, the more things fell apart. The more I tried to reason with my own sanity, the more I came up empty. I had enough but didn't know what to do. I was a mess!

Then something happened. I met God at His level. I bought a Bible and began to read. I read and read and read until my eyes burned. The more I read the more I began to see parallels in my own life to the stories I was reading about. Out of every verse came hope. Out of every chapter came closure. I didn't know where to start or even have a reading plan, I just began to read. The more I read the more I understood. I reached out to God in my weakest moment and found His strength. He extended His grace to me and I accepted it.................I accepted it! When I could take no more, when I hit rock-bottom, when I had been drained of every last ounce of my own feeble strength, I had reached the point of absolute exhaustion. I had never been so lonely, so out of control. I felt as though there was nothing that I could possibly do to save myself from myself. It was at this darkest hour that I made a decision. I used my attribute of choice. I chose to follow God. I chose to just get on my knees and talk to Him. I didn't know how to pray or what to say, I just talked to Him as if He were sitting across the table from me. Every day, I talked with God, every day I felt closer. And every day, He became more real to me.

You see, I had to do something. I had to surrender. I had to completely surrender all of me to Him. I went even further though. I submitted my entire life as I knew it to Him. I was completely surrendered and in absolute submission. I dropped all my addictions. I began seeking people out for forgiveness. People I had come into contact with throughout my life and rubbed the wrong way or offended. I began to start viewing every day and every moment through the eyes of Jesus and the Scriptures. I started going to church. I revamped my life as I knew it and this time I was in it for the long haul.

Some things began to happen. I became a different person. Everyone who knew me noticed the change. My children noticed the change. But, it wasn't "happily ever after." No, rather the opposite. I lost my marriage which was already shaky. My wife filed for divorce and even though I fought it, eventually, I was forced by law to sign off. My three best friends turned their backs on me. Members of my own family turned on me, taking the side of my ex-wife. My mother-in-law turned on me along with other family of my ex-wife’s who I had known and had relationships with. I was confused, depressed, anxious, and saddened. And, I was going into three more surgeries on my back to remove and replace broken hardware in my back from previous surgeries. All while going through all these other issues and problems. While I was in the hospital undergoing surgery number two (three piggy backed) a day after the first surgery, I received information that my soon-to-be ex-wife and mother-in-law were attempting to take custody of my two children out from underneath me. They had banked on my medical problems as the doorway through which to obtain custody of my children. I have had a very close relationship with my two children since their births and this news devastated me. But, I was helpless to do anything at all. All I could do was pray and believe that God was bigger than this. He is!

God did something. He stayed with me through it all! I repaired a relationship with a very close person in my life which was destroyed by my own doing years before. I began to notice little miracles happening all around me despite the confusion and constant disappointments. I was faced with daily battles, attacks from other people around me and Satan, mostly daily. I was constantly on guard, ready for what would happen next. I had to remain on guard due to several potential land-mine situations which almost became nightmares in my life. I was in recovery through all of the divorce proceedings and, even with no attorney or plan, God still showed His grace by protecting me and my two children. Without as much as a dollar to spend in my defense while undergoing the custody battle, I came out as the primary-physical custodian which was more than I imagined would happen. But there was more...................

About this time and with not much else to do in recovery, I had been sorting through my veteran affairs disability paperwork (I am a disabled veteran) and I noticed an error in the records. I should have received an increase in my disability payments, so I sent this error in to the regional Veteran Affairs office. A month later, they corrected the error and I received an increase in my monthly disability payment amount. This was right around the time when I was in dire need of money to afford a new vehicle with air conditioning. I had been driving my Honda Civic since 2001 (bought it new in 2001) and the air conditioning had gone out around 2008. It was 2009 and summer time in Arizona. It was a very HOT situation. I spent a little under a year praying about a new vehicle prior to this after the rededication of my life to God and finally, a year later, I got a this blessing in disguise. It was a rainy weekend and I had the idea (hmmmm?) to go to the local dealership to look at new vehicles. I test drove a new Jeep and two days later, without any real expectations, I drove home in that same Jeep.

After this, I had planned on moving to Texas from Arizona to me near my sister and her family so they could assist me my children so I could attend my medical appointments and to be closer to the children's mother (she lives in San Antonio). But, my ex was fighting me relentlessly with trying to keep me in Arizona because her mother (she lives in Arizona) wanted to control how I raised my two children. I was not completely divorced and the paperwork required a court order or both parents consent to moving out of state. I obviously could not get both consents, so I attempted to go the court order route. Problem was, I didn't have any money. I prayed on it and decided that God was telling me to move forward. I went to court and submitted a hearing request to get permission to move to Texas. Because I had allowed the divorce to go into default (I could not fight because I didn't have an attorney) the judge was not supposed to grant any court appeals or hearings regarding the divorce. However, not only did I get a hearing granted, but the $800+ court fees were deferred. But God stepped it up a notch. Because of the trouble of having to show up in court, my ex's attorney called me and worked it out were, not only did I not have to show up to court, but I received permission to move to Texas from my ex (at the suggestion of her very intelligent attorney).

I have been living in Texas ever since and God has continued to prosper my life just as He says He will if we obey Him and trust Him to do what He says He will do. There are so many more miracles in my life since I have given it over to God, but it would take all day to tell them. Just remember to give God the glory and praise and obey Him. Live His Word and do what He says and He will give us the desires of our hearts. He will do so much more if we will just allow Him to. I know that He is real because He has shown me this. He has given me so much more than I thought I had lost through all of this and He will do the same for all of His children, but we have to step out on our faith. We cannot regress back to our old selves and we cannot get so carried away that we lose our faith. If we do stumble, He allows us to pick ourselves back up and keep moving forward. He is an awesome and gracious God with more capabilities than we can humanly imagine. But, we can at least give it a try and in doing so, we will taste the goodness of His glory and grace. I pray that each and every one of you may also experience God's goodness and awesome power. May He bless you as He has blessed me. And remember, there is nothing that you have done which He is not willing to forgive and forget, but you must be willing to change and seek forgiveness. God already has more blessings in store for you than you can possibly imagine, you just have to give Him a try...................................Amen!


Halfway is:


How many of us continue to make the same mistakes and take the same path that we have walked thousands of times before? How many of us can't seem to reach that point of spiritual maturity because we still allow carnal pleasures to take priority in our lives? I did this for over 13 years. I gave up on the only One who could repair my broken soul and fractured spirit. I gave up on God because I didn't want to give up my own selfish desires!

Too often, I would find myself compromising what I knew was right for what I pretended wasn't wrong just to find out the hard way what the truth really was. I began to make the same, rather stupid mistakes over and over again without even measuring the consequences of those mistakes. I settled for second best and I only went halfway. I never reached finality because I held myself back by choice.

God created mankind with the ability to choose. It is this ability which allows us to choose right from wrong. He has never impeded on this attribute that He instilled in us and He has never tried to take it away either. Yet, we continue to abuse this attribute or gift from God. I look around and see so much abuse of choice around me in the world. I see so much of the same selfish attitude that I was so guilty of for too long. It makes me sad. I am sad because I see the results of this selfishness and unwillingness to change. You see, we humans think we got it all figured out. We think that we are always in charge of our lives and can run them ourselves without any help from other sources. We don't need others assistance and we detest authority in any form.

But, I also see what comes from this selfishness. It destroys lives. It destroys the very hearts of people because we are too proud to allow God any room in our lives based in the premise that we don't need His help. We couldn't be further from the truth. It is only because of God that I am even able to write this blog or partake in His grace on a daily basis. It is because of God that I am able to provide the nurturing care for my two children so they will grow up knowing Him for themselves and having an intimate relationship with Him. It is because of God that even with twelve surgical procedures and many doctor visits later; I can still function and have a life. And it is because of God that, with all that I have been through, learned, lost, and received, I can still look forward to eternal life with Him after my short life here on earth. It is because of God that I am who I am!

I value my life now. I didn't care what happened in the past because I lived for the moment. I value relationships that I have now, especially with my God. I had many secular friends from my prior life but when I gave my life back to God, I lost every single one of them. I value my children each day that I am with them. I valued them before but didn't quite show that value through my attitude towards life. We can unknowingly send signals of anger and hate just by our attitude toward people and never realize it because of our lack of self-confidence and love. I did for so many years. I value my ability to get up in the morning and just live for God!

Remember what Jesus said in Revelation 3:14-16 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicean's write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.

God, may I not swerve to the left or to the right. May I continue to walk in your steps and follow your paths. May I learn to put you before me in everything and always make the right decision no matter what the worldy consequences may be. May I never compromise what I have with you and only grow more in love with you every day that you allow me to live. I love you God for everything you have done and continue to do and I want to grow more intimate with you as each day passes. Thank you for your wonderful grace which you have so graciously extended to all of your children. I love you and I worship your holy, holy, holy name.......Amen!

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Submit in Greek means: Hupotasso, hoop-ot-as-so; to subordinate, to obey:---be under obedience, put under, subdue unto, be put in subjection to, submit self unto.

1 Peter 2:13 Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service. For it is God's will that by doing right [your good an honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons. [Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God. (AMP)

Lets read a little further in 1 Peter 3:2,7 When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect , defer to, revere him--to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God's unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.] Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tender-hearted and humble). (AMP)

Clearly, submission is meant to go both ways. There should be no bias and you should not have a tendency to think of yourself with superiority to another with true submission. To think of oneself higher in importance or value than the other is not what Peter was talking about and not what Jesus intended for us to do. Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, learned about servant hood and submission on a very personal level. His intimate relationship with Jesus was sincere and very real. He spent three years with Jesus during Jesus' ministry, traveling around and learning example after example on being submissive. He was taught by the Rabbi Himself and understood submission in a much different way than most of us can relate to. It was Peter who walked on water because of his faith in Jesus, it was Peter who observed the Transformation of Jesus, and it was Peter who admitted that Jesus was the Son of God. Peter had an intimate relationship with Jesus that many did not. Peter was so grieved of his denial of his beloved Savior, but was also quick to reconcile himself. Peter was the founder and "corner-stone" of the first church as we know it. He was hand-picked by Jesus to carry out this task because Jesus knew of Peter's inner strength and capabilities. Jesus knew of Peter's undeniable love for Him and the Father. All it took was some trials by fire and several temporary struggles, but Peter became a man of great influence and a very effective leader in the formation of the church.

The message of this post is to show an idea of the true importance of submission and its role in our personal relationships and also our relationship to the church based off of passages from Scripture. Submission is absolutely necessary in our relationship with the Father and we will never be able to receive the grace of God without first fully surrendering ourselves over to Him. Complete surrender and submission is necessary in order to have an intimate one-on-one with God. It is also a necessary attribute in the way we relate to each other. Successful marriages are built on solid foundations. Solid foundations provide the base from which love can grow and create stronger ties between a man and a woman.

If we approach our relationship with our spouse, sibling, son or daughter, parent, or other significant other in this manner as described by Peter, we will find that we can have a healthy and successful intimacy with that person. If we show the respect to that person that we ourselves would expect or want, we will find that our relationship will grow strong and our love will increase more and more as each day passes. We should always keep these Scriptures in our minds as we navigate through our daily lives and meditate on them. We can apply submission to every part of our lives and in everything we do. By living in submission to others, we show the love of God. By living in obedience, we are living according to God's will. By showing the love of God by example, we are the most effective in passing the message of God’s love and grace along and spreading the Good News. We are not letting our gaurds down by submitting to another and we definitely do not have to agree with that person, but we must learn to submit to them and in doing so, show them the honor and respect that God requires.

God is love. His nature constantly reveals this love and if we have love, we have God! I pray that I may continue to show everyone I encounter love and by doing so, I will learn to relate to others in ways in which I never could have imagined. May we all be servants to each other as Christ was a servant to us all. May I learn more each day about the importance of submission and may others see by my life what it is like to live in God’s love and grace. Amen.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You are my God! Oh, that I may be called your child!

There is revival in the air. A whisper it has begun, a roar it will become. God is real. He is showing His awesome nature by giving us grace in our time of need. His mercy endures forever!

We are living in unsure times. Look to history and it will present the same story over and over and over again. Look to Israel, God's chosen people and you will see a pattern begin to emerge. Fast forward to the present, do you notice anything relative? See it? It’s’s so very clear that we are approaching the hour of finality. It is an awesome thing to be so close. We must not worry. Fear is faith falling away. We must remain calm in these stormy times. We are not experiencing anything Jesus himself didn't prophecy. We have received our forewarnings, let us now heed them!

We will reap what we sow, so let us sow a promise. The promise that God will not forsake us. Let us go out and sow love. Let’s go out and sow the greatness of God, our Jehovah Jirah. He will provide as He always has. Let not the past be forgotten lest the future be doomed. We must cling to God more now than ever before. Draw close to God and HE WILL DRAW CLOSE TO YOU! Flee the devil and he will flee from you!

Take back control of your life! You are a child of God, heir to His Kingdom, heir by faith, by the blood of Jesus Christ! Stomp on Satan's head!!! Jesus will when His time has come. Scriptures say that He will make His enemies a footstool. Get a righteous anger towards the devil, that old serpent. So, brethren, let us use Satan as a doormat. He cannot control what he does not own. You belong to God, made in His own image!

We will be victorious! WE WILL WIN! Why? Because we have GOD! If God is for me, who can be against me? No one! Separate yourself from death. Distance yourself from the enemy. Jesus has already won the war, you must only win the battle. We have been given our Spiritual Armor and it is bulletproof. It can stop anything the devil throws at you. It will! You will prevail, there is no doubt. Do not doubt, not one little bit. Doubt gives way to fear and fear gives way to defeat and defeat gives way to death. So, stand up, dust yourself off, call on God and He will break down the wall of doubt. His glory is our hope, His love our strength. Believe in God and He will believe in you.

We must fight until our Savior has returned. We must not procrastinate. We shall not waver. Our God is an awesome and mighty God, the only true God. Let us bow down and worship Him for all He has done for us. Let us give Him the praise He is so worthy of.

"Oh God, forgive my iniquities, blot out my transgressions from before me. Take my sins and wash them away. Let your countenance shine upon me every day that I might bask in your Glory! Oh, that I am worthy to be called your son, show me the way I must go and let me not fall into temptation. I know you are God, I know you are Holy, Holy, Holy! Keep me close to you for all I fear in this short life is falling away from you. Hold me in your arms and carry me when I cannot go on any further. Give me strength when I am weak and through your Son's sacrifice I live! Bless me and those around me so they may partake in your Glory! Amen!" -Richard Mathewson

Update on website link

To all,

The new link to my website is:

Thank you.

Please check out my site.

I have recently moved forward as I have been called to do by our Lord. I have designed my own website which is supposed to be informative, interesting, real reality, and also enjoyable. I will be revising the site continually and updating, upgrading, and improving it also. Please follow the path through my latest addition to my ministry and give me whatever feedback you feel like. Thank you for your continued support and love.
The link is also at the bottom of this blog.

-Richard Mathewson

Saturday, February 13, 2010

When one soul is saved!

The Bible says that all of Heaven rejoices when one soul is saved. If all of Heaven rejoices at the newly obtained grace of God, what if we picked up our pace down here on earth? What, just what if we began to expand and step-up spreading of the Good News? What a party Heaven would be having! Think about it. I havn't done statistics on this, I will not because it would dip into legalism, but just imagine a 24/7/365 Holy party in Heaven. Constant euphoria in a divine utopia! To much to imagine, to difficult to humanly imagine!

We must hit the ground running with spreading the Good News. We must get motivated in a way that we have never been motivated before. I, for one, am so excited about getting that news out to the world. Most of us have jobs, others different and varied engagements. But, as believers, as Christians, we were instructed, mandated, and ordered by Jesus Christ to get on it! We must not procrastinate. We must not bail. We must not shy away from our duty as Christians and we must get proactive!

Pray for me....pray for my work for the Kingdom..........pray for those I will meet, that God renews my strength every morning. That I will mount up with wings of an eagle and run and not be weary, that I may walk and not faint. Pray for me as I approach the day anew. Pray for me fellow brothers and sisters.

I pray daily for strength because of the enemy who is constantly looking for ways to hinder me. I pray for constant guidance from the Holy Spirit so that I may choose my words with wisdom and they may impress godliness on those I am ministering to. I pray that all my fellow warriors are also given daily renewals of strength that we can all represent our awesome Father. And lastly, I pray that I continue to die daily to my own flesh so that I might receive life through Jesus Christ. Give me power oh Lord! Give me my Spiritual Armor to fend off the devil. And give me more of you every day. Amen!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Compromise.......Satan's vice!

Why have we compromised our first love? Why are we content with second best when it comes to our faith? Why?

There was a time when we possessed a faith. We had a love. We called out to the Father, our God in times of distress. Now, it seems, we curse Him for everything bad that happens in our lives and fail to exalt Him and recognize when He blesses us with good things in our lives. We have traded faith for facts.....Praise for proof..........Worship of our Creator for worship of self!

This is so evident in the way we live. This is made so clear by the fruits of our labor. We work so hard for material gain, only to lose everything in earthly death. We try so hard to "buy" our ticket to our idea of an afterlife with good works and loose words, all very meaningless when contested in truth! We constantly curse ourselves by the very words that come out of our mouths. Back when I was working, when asked how my day was going, I would respond, "Same old stuff, different day." Did I actually expect something to change with those condemning words? Did I really want something different if I constantly verbalized failure and lived it out? At that time, I didn't realize that I was actually creating my own failed future. I was making my own destiny and setting myself up for absolute failure. I didn't understand the power of words. I didn't know that words, when spoken, turn into actions.

God spoke life into the world. By His Word, we were brought into existence. God also made man in the image of Himself. Therefore, we have similar characteristics and abilities. We have the ability to speak healing, and restoration. Jesus gave us this ability before leaving to be with the Father. An Advocate, the Holy Spirit, was left with us to guide and influence us. But, we were given the powers and abilities to perform miracles in the name of Jesus Christ. So what then becomes of us who are not of the faith? Those of us who don't use these powers? We still have these powers and abilities available, as we all are entitled to blessings from God, but if we do not believe in Jesus and the power of God, if we do not profess that Jesus died for our sins, then we cannot know how to utilize these powers and abilities. We simply never get the opportunity and privilege of experiencing the awesome and wonderful feeling of using the power of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. We never get to activate these abilities because we are ignorant of their awesome capabilities.

Miracles are real. The Power of Jesus Christ to heal, mend, restore, and much more is very real. I have already witnessed or received so much healing and restoration in my own life as I know so many of us have. I am speaking to those out there who might be feeling a little abandoned or a little confused because something in their life is not going as they had hoped for. Don't give up, never quit. Never say never either! Do not compromise your life any longer. You have so many blessings in store for you already. God has an awesome journey ahead for you. You have so many more experiences to go through. Your knowledge will never peak and your wisdom will not see an end. Don't give up! Don't throw in the towel just because you have been disappointed. Put your stock in God, not man. Proverbs 25:19 "Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint!" (KJV)

I have noticed that when I begin to think I have everything in control and my life is doing well because I am doing good, that is when I fall back down and realize that I am losing sight of the goal, to get closer to God daily. It is when I think I have it all together that I fall on my tail again. I also notice that when I begin to lean too much on other people that I get disappointed and let down. We are mere humans, created in the image of God yes, but born into sin. Therefore, this is the biggest reason that we absolutely need God carry us to the finish line. Jesus Christ told us to cast all of our cares on Him, and that His burden is light and His yoke easy. It is because of this victory in Jesus and only because of this victory that we are able to have lives of fulfillment and purpose. We are only able to be strong through His weakness. He bore our sins; He took our burdens on Himself and freed us from the eternal damnation of death. He broke the grasp that death had on us and provided us with an exit strategy, a plan B.

We must understand that it was our own selfish nature that traded God's grace for logical reasoning. It was mankind who thought that we needed a reason or tangible proof of His existence in order to believe in Him and put our trust in Him. But, what did we have before? Were we really better off before Jesus came along and provided us salvation through grace? Could we save ourselves from the aweful and terrifying grasp of death? Did we have a solution to disease, and pain, and failure, and all the other terrible things that Satan used to hold us hostage? No! Period!

May God bless everyone and bring all of us to an understanding that we all so desperately need and desire. May we be content with His best and only be concerned about living for Him in everything we do and with everyone we encounter in our faith-walk with Him. Amen!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Final Hour!

Please note that where the word "we" as used in this material, it most commonly refers to Americans and other persons, not necessarily just the Christian community.

The Bible has presented an unprecedented accuracy in its self-contained prophecies, all of which have been fulfilled, are being fulfilled, or will be fulfilled. Never before has a "book" been so accurate and so precise in its material and key points and topics. Never before has there been a "book" capable of making such precise predictions hundreds of years prior to the events actually happening. The Bible has brought timeless stories of a very factual history of a nation and its development from formation to established sovereignty. We have seen manuscripts come from hidden caves, located in the nation of Israel, and also passed down from generation to generation, evolve into the most read book in the world! After the first official copy of the Bible (King James Version) was printed in 1611, we observed many different copies and translations developed and put into circulation for the spreading of the Good News. There has never before been a "book" put into circulation on such a world-wide  scale before in history.

We have followed the evolving Nation of Israel, God's chosen people, through war after war, persecution of epidemic proportions, and constant victimization by the rest of the world. We’ve observed the millions of Jews murdered by Stalin, Hitler, and Saddam followed by so many other murdering anti-Christ’s.............We have seen the devastation of a people chosen by God and hated by man followed by restoration. This restoration continually vindicated by God and God alone. Always a  whole restoration. We have seen miracle after miracle regarding the restoration of Israel. We now see the intense hate and anti-Semitism of the Jewish people by almost every other country or established regeim  with a standing military. We have followed the daily murder of the Jewish people in their own country immediately following the official establishment of Israel as a Nation and recognized by the rest of the world in 1948 by the Palestinian Muslim population and numerous other recognized Islamic Terrorist Organizations which encircle the small country of God's chosen children. Those of us who follow the news get to observe the  perpetual persecution of Israel by its Arabic and Anglo-Saxon neighbors alike. Anti-Semitism is on the rise and slandering  Jews has become almost second-nature in everyday life. We are always reminded of the horrible Holocaust when the Jewish people are referenced in our culture, but we seem to  disgard their daily plight of surviving as a Nation and people.  America  seems to have forgotten God's children.

If we quickly go back to the Bible, we are again shown its proven track record in its accuracy and correctness. History is "proof" of its God-inspired writing. Events once foretold and now fulfilled attest to its factual substance. Although many various religions and belief systems have constantly attempted to refute and deny the accuracy of the Bible's content material, all we  have to do is look back  on history to corroborate the facts. All we must do is follow timelines and prophecies to present the divine inspiration of the Word, God's Word, and the Bible. But, we must also realize that God uses Israel and all of the history of this small nation to show us the love He has for those who  love Him. He wants the entire world to see how the "impossible" can be overcome with His divine intervention. That we are not to fear, but to have faith in Him. It is by  His  will that the earth was formed and it will be by His will that the earth will  be made new. We are not to fear the approaching hour, but to become proactive in spreading the Good News. We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience God's gracious and merciful love.

With the unprecedented accuracy  of God's Word in mind, we cannot  deny that we are approaching the  final hour.   Given the Bible's exactness and accuracy, we can automatically assume that the prophecies yet fulfilled are coming to fruition. They are only a short while away. We are quickly approaching the ultimate revelation preached by Jesus Christ during his short time here on earth and later, given to John by God as a prophecy. This pattern; God inspired, Son verified, and prophesied by men of God, is a pattern which we should recognize and learn. The world is being prepped and prepared for the ultimate makeover. One only possible by God and through God's omnipotent attribute. He created the world and only He can destroy it. If we look into Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, Revelation, and the four Gospels or Saints, we will see where it talks of the end time being orchestrated by God, not man. God is in the cockpit and He has  His hands on all the controls. He is an awesome God and will  do what He says  He will  do. We must not become complacent during these last days. We must not fall prey to the Deceiver. We must not be afraid for God is with us and He  will never leave us nor forsake us!  If God is for us, who can possibly be against us!

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (Amplified Version)

Revelation 22:7 And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book! (Amplified  Version)

All we must do is continue living for Him under His protection and by His will, all-the-while reading His Word and using it as our life manual, immersing ourselves in daily prayer and meditation, walking with the Holy Spirit, and keep on Spreading the Good News to all the world. He will take care of the rest! Amen!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Eternal Life!

John Tillotson said-"He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever!"

If we live for the moment and take life at face value, are we truly living at all? I was raised with the ideals of a Christian but lacked any knowledge or tangible proof of God to provide a benchmark for my own personal faith. This failure to provide a basis for something in which to logically believe in by my parents caused the next twenty or so years of my life confusion and much personal inner turmoil. A spiritual battle ground in my soul with no formulated defense plan or developed attack course. A constant and very real fear lingering around the corner with every experience I went through or put myself through. I was "spiritually void" in not so many words. The intent of my parents ideoligies were good, but the perception of God and His awesome grace and love was not yet understood by me personally. I had no real understanding of God's intent for each of us, His children, and didn’t even realize that I was capable of receiving unlimited blessings and purpose for my life through His love as our ultimate and only real Father. I didn't seek Him out. Draw near to God and He draws near to you.

I spent the first part of my life in confusion, guilt, resentment, anger, hopelessness.............SIN! I became so accustomed to sinning that it became second nature to me. I sinned daily. I lived for the day, even the minute at times depending on which way the wind was blowing. I look back and realize the actual amount of sins I committed and it brings me to my knees every time. I realized that I had no plan for what I would do if I died or where I would go when my life on earth was complete. I had no idea of what eternity was or how awesome it is when spent with Jesus Christ and the Father. Most importantly, I did not truly know how to obtain eternal life. I have since received the wonderful grace God extends to us all, but you occassionally have a tendency to look back at your past in hindsight, mine was shameful. When I have occasional "flashbacks" or memories, I claim my victory through Jesus Christ and switch my mind into Christ like mode, thereby taking those negative and destructive memories and thoughts captive. I augment this technique with reading and meditating on God's Word and prayer.

I cannot, however, stop thinking about how much I love my Creator, the Lord God Almighty, nor do I want to..........I have learned so much in the way of positive thinking with the very real help of the Holy Spirit. Our lives are so fragile and if we do not "handle them with care" we will fall and break into pieces. We must come to a mature mode of thinking, a holy mindset which is God-oriented and Covenant binded. We must surround ourselves with love, love of God first, then love of each other. We must continue to stay vigilant, always anticipating Satan but not dwelling on his weapon called fear. I continually think of God's awesome and loving nature thereby avoiding falling victim to my own sinful nature. If I am not constructively building my spiritual defenses, I risk falling back into my former sinful nature, as I believe we all risk. Flee from the devil and he will flee from you.

Have you ever noticed how a closet closed is completely dark inside, however, when you open the door, light floods in and takes over the darkness turning it into light. The same idea applies to our minds and what is filling them. Without constant spiritual stimulation, or our minds become filled with doubt and fear. They become stagnate. Make no mistake, Satan cares about every person on earth. He cares about taking you away from the Father and creating his own version of what he wants us to be. He distorts the truth and only cares about convincing us that we don’t need God. We do, for if we don’t have God in our lives, then we will eventually find sure death. Remember, the greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing man he doesn't exist. If we are not ready for an attack, we cannot fight it off when it comes. Only believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior and allowing God to guide and protect us will lead to everlasting life, eternal love, and peace with security. What a feeling............To see Jesus, to be by Him! To be able to partake in the Glory of God makes my adrenaline peek. I am truly stimulated when I am filled with the Holy Spirit and Christlike thoughts.  

Romans 10:11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed. (taken from the Amplified Bible) We must constantly believe in God and His capabilities and not our own. This is love. This is wisdom. This is LIFE! Amen!