Thursday, March 25, 2010

My faith!

Faith is a subject of much debate and much deboggle. Faith is scrutinized by the critics and stumbled over by so many others. It is and has always been highly elusive in the pursuit of definition which has been described best in Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Simply put, to have FAITH is to believe in something or someone better.



As simple as this may sound, it is much more particular in nature. Faith has been attributed as the cause of much strife since the beginning of mankind and his constant dealings with the "higher power" otherwise known as God. Either, we don’t have it, can't master it, or spend entirely too much effort trying to prove its place and purpose in our lives. The theory of Faith and how it applies to our walk with God has been attacked relentlessly by the critics. They hold the view that everything must be reasoned and one can only hold what is in his hand. Anything else is simply imagined and cannot, therefore, be real. Many renowned people have attempted to debunk FAITH as we as Christians have labeled it. But, with all the attacks which have been constant and consistent, Faith still stands strong within the Christian community and needs no interpretation or explanation. It is self-existent and holds its own. FAITH does not need proof, it is self-evident. Most who possess it also possess strong character and will-power as additional life attributes. The value we assign various life trials depends on our ability to believe in a better future with God. It most always follows strong moral standards coupled with an ethical approach to our life.



I have observed in my short time as a believer that the greatest factor in learning to grow in Faith is to relinquish "control" to a belief system or Christianity. The opposite is true that we seem to feel that if we choose to have Faith, we are giving over control of our sanity to something hoped for but not seen. That is what scares [fear-the opposite of faith] us into hesitation the most. Losing control of our "realism" and putting our trust in something which is not readily available to our five natural senses. Man has a tendency to reason everything. We are constantly analyzing everything we do or observe. We want to rationalize everything we do with reason. I battled this negative habit for years. I had to see something to believe it. I refused to trust in something that I couldn't see or feel. I used to say, "If I can't prove it or see it for myself, than I can't believe in it." How wrong I was!~I just didn't want to give up control of my emotions to anyone else let alone God.



Only after exhausting all other possible avenues of handling my life's biggest and smallest problems did I begin to come to the understanding that life just wasn't working the way I thought it would. I began to notice that despite my effort or the effort of other influential people in my life, no one could help improve my life. Nothing was working for me and it was only proving to me how helpless we really are without God. I "ran" or controlled my life for over twenty years without any progress or noticeable change or improvements. I reached a point where I knew in my heart that, as unpopular as it may be and "uncool" it might seem, I needed some kind of outside help with my life's problems because I was getting nowhere real fast. I actually reached a point where I didn't care about what others thought; I just wanted change and so desperately needed it.



This is where God comes into the picture. He was willing to forgive me for all of my countless sins against Him and other people. Just like that! I was a new person with a new life and new agenda...To please Him and do what He intended for me to do, not what I wanted to do. You see, I had spent over six years of actual law enforcement work, three years of investigations in the private realm as a Private Investigator, and two years as a special  investigator for the government. I have the experience and knowledge of an intermediate police officer and was assigned to many different and interesting positions while law enforcement. My certifications and schools fill a normal resume and I had "tried" everything there was to do in that career field. I was headed forward to a continued career in law enforcement with the government and I was going to fulfill my dream of becoming federal law enforcement and nothing was going to stop me! I almost reached my goal. Then something changed...My whole life as I knew it changed. All of the sudden, my service in the military combined with my short tenure as a police officer resulted in several medical issues which started to become a real problem and the surgeries began to increase. I began to see doctors weekly and my life went from becoming a federal police officer to becoming a medical test dummy and doctor’s nightmare. I lost total control of my physical state and eventually, my emotional state as well. It was because of my physical impairments that I lost everything I had worked so hard to achieve. I was told by a Nuerosurgeon point-blank that my almost nine good years of investigations experience were over. Down the drain basically overnight. My marriage was quick to follow and it was at this point that reality hit me right smack in the face. I was not in control anymore and despite my ability to ignore certain problems; I could not ignore what was happening to me. I had reached my "rock-bottom!"



I sought out God. I had done this before but without such sincerity. I truly needed change and change is what I got. Turns out, God was just waiting for me all along. He has a life lined up for each one of us. The flipside is that we get so consumed with our own vices that we miss His purpose. We are so intent on proof and reason and whatever else we can drum up that we pass His purpose right by without even slowing down to notice it. We busy ourselves with ourselves. Everything we do centers around me, me, me! But, we fail to understand that God has so much more in line for us to enjoy. We can go our whole lives and miss blessing after blessing because we blind ourselves with selfishness and self-centered ideologies. Our reality is just our imagination going wild. Our reason just our excuse for not wanting to give control to God.



Again, I do not need to "defend" or explain my FAITH. It holds its own in that area. However, I will say that having faith in God to do what He says He will do if we are doing what we are instructed to do will come to pass. We will notice the fruits of our labors if we believe in God and trust Him. This is faith. All you have to do is trust God instead of yourself. He won't lie or deceive. He won't let you down. He is faithful and just and He will do what He says He will do in His Word and by His Spirit. I have FAITH because I have seen it work. I have FAITH because I can attest to its existence. I have FAITH because I have God. Selah.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Do not worry and pray about everything!

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." (NLT)




"For I will never leave you nor forsake you." (NKJV)



These are soothing passages of scripture to read. They invoke a general feeling of wellbeing. Just to hear them spoken brings comfort. But is it really that easy? Can we truly NOT worry about anything? Isn't it natural to worry sometimes?



All questions needing answers. All valid points to ponder. How could Paul, a person who had been shipwrecked, beaten, bitten [deadly snake], stoned, imprisoned, denied, mocked, and much more be so positive in his outlook on life's biggest temptation? The temptation to worry is so readily available to the average person that it is almost accepted as a norm in our society and culture. If we are not stressing about something, we find something to stress about. It seems if we are stressing about something, we are in our comfort zone. And the typical solution to stress is more stress. We constantly go against the grain because we are accustomed to feeling "blue." There are more songs written about being blue than anything else. We complain to our doctor "Why am I so stressed out all the time?" Then we walk out the office and begin stressing ourselves out all over again. Stress is the number one killer in America today. This statistic probably parallels in other nations as well. Our solution to stress is talking to a $200 an hour shrink which only secures their paycheck and is the equivalent of buying an ear for an hour, or going to the Chiropractor who is equally costly with not much more of an effect. The other solution is to start taking "anti-depression", "anti-anxiety', or "anti-stress" medications which only complicates the root issue by causing other health problems. Now we are stressed, hooked on meds, and worse off more now than ever! The last resort to "fixing" stress on our own is suicide. A very sad reality which has become rampant in our society today.



So what is to say about stress then? Have you ever seen those commercials on television about the anti-depression medications? A person looking like dog in the rain with a monotone narration in the background talking about how you feel hopeless all the time. The commercial itself is enough to make one take one's life. I thought it was supposed to pitch ANTI-depression medication, not DEPRESSION medication! What a sad state of mind to always be surrounded by so much stress and be battling it ourselves.



Do you know that hopelessness is Satan's number one vice in his battle for your soul? He would like nothing better than for you to feel hopeless and alone without any chance of improving your condition. It is his number one goal to bring you so low that you take others down with you or take your own life. Just your negative ora alone could cause so many others damage. Think of the domino effect. That is the kind of result that feeling worried all the time causes. He makes us think that there is no way out or the opposite, which is even more tragic. If he can separate us from God using worry as his angle, then he thinks he has won that battle against the Almighty. This, as we well know, is false. It is a big lie! But isn't that how he operates?



Mission...Your soul!



Plan...Make you feel hopeless!



Weapons...Feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, depression, fear, SUICIDE!



Mode of Attack...Bombard your soul with hopelessness, attack you body with sickness, and take your life!



Success Rate...Good!



That is how Satan operates. How he manipulates your own mind against you. How he thinks he will win. Oh, how he is so wrong!



For years I have struggled with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. All the medications, treatment, counseling. Although some of it helped to its credit, not one of those solutions brought me out of it. It just taught me how to deal with it. How to accept it. How to integrate it effectively into my life and live with it. It masked the real problem while solving nothing. But it was still there. Some days were bad, others better, and very few actually good. The more I thought about it the more it became my crutch. The more I attempted to fix it the more it became a problem. It became consuming. Like a fire burning everything in its way. It was destructive. It bled over into my family life affecting my loved ones. I didn't like it but I couldn't stop it. I reached my rock bottom almost daily. Why? Why? Why?



Then something happened. I was having my second set of three more surgeries on my back making my back surgery total five. I have had other medical surgeries, twelve total in my short 29 years of life. I have been in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals since my childhood, so this was nothing new. But, it was unique because it just so happened that during these last three surgery series, my wife informed me she wanted a divorce. This devastated me as I was a family man since 19 years old when I married her to one house, two cars, a dog, two children, and a lot of debt later. All of it hit me at once. And it hit me hard. I had nowhere else to turn, no more tears to cry. So, I did something that changed my life forever more and I will never be the same for it. I cried out to God. I ask Him to have pity on me and find it in His heart to forgive me my sins so I could start over. I didn't really know the what, why, where, when, and how’s of Christianity but I was determined to do something about my situation. The alternative hadn't improved my life enough to justify not trying God.



Since that hour, my life changed for the better. I began to receive miracle after miracle. Blessing after blessing. The more I got of Him the more I wanted. My problems didn't change, my outlook on life did. God changed my whole view of life as I had known it. I gave Him a complaining broken spirit. He gave me a new happy mindset. I gave Him a rattled body. He gave me a method for handling it. Do you see the relationship? You give, He gives. Why do you think He talks so much on giving in His Word? Why so many passages on surrendering? Because, we can only begin to notice real change when we completely surrender to Him. Let me be clear! He WILL change your life and work in ways which will leave you scratching your head and thanking Him at the same time. He does work in mysterious ways, but that is His style. We don't need to know the details. Just buckle yourself in and hang on because I can guarantee you will have the rollercoaster ride of your life. But, it is the best life you will ever have. It will be the best life because it will be what He wants for you, not what you want for you.



So, I conclude, it is easy to not worry about anything and it is good to pray about everything. Prayer is simply communication with God. And, brothers and sisters, nothing pleases Him more than communicating with His children. Prayer moves mountains and heals broken spirits. But, God fixes everything. Selah!

Butterfly.

Take the butterfly. It begins as an egg. Then it slowly grows to a larva. It is bare in description, actually pretty ugly. Very distasteful, it must shed its skin several times to accommodate further growth. It has one more stage of growth before coming to full maturity. Each extra level of growth it becomes something much different than before as it changes colors and shape. As is goes into the pupa stage, you notice it has all but stopped any physical movement as it sets in its outer protective layer while continuing to grow. It is not at all attractive at this point in its maturity stage but it continues to grow none-the-less. But it is all the time developing. Stage after stage. As time progresses it begins to shed its cocoon image and something beautiful happens at this point. All of the sudden and without warning it transforms into a beautiful vibrant colorful creature which fly’s on the wind with weightlessness in its wings. Just the simple glance at this beautiful and intricate creature can soften a hard heart. You wonder as you watch it go about its business, “How did it go from an ugly worm to a beautiful creature?” You begin to faze into a positive mindset yourself, still transfixed on its glowing beauty. You begin to feel yourself floating on the breeze, soaring above the earth.




This is what we replicate as believers in Christ Jesus. We begin as ugly [sinful] beings. Brought into this world with a stigma not our own. We begin to slowly develop becoming better and improved as time goes on. We reach a point in our development where our ugly [sinful] attribute becomes apparent in our lives. We realize that the reality is we are just a shell of what we want to be. Then, Christ comes along and in some way, maybe through someone we know or don't know, He makes His presence noticed. It could be through an experience or something that happens totally unexpected to us. But He is there. We know it and we acknowledge His presence because it gives us this feeling of fullness. We can't pin this feeling down but, we like it because it completes us. It gives us happiness and reason. A real purpose to live.



We begin to want more of Him. We don't know why, we just know. We begin to notice more of Him in more of us. The more we pursue Him, the more He reveals Himself to us. The pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. One after one. Little by little. But it is enough. It is enough because we are going through a process. One which is progressively better and better. All of the sudden, we understand Him. We finally realize our absolute desire for His presence and we want it more than ever. We feel this natural dependence on His presence because it brings us peace. It is true passion. It satisfies our very soul. It fulfills every need we have ever had. Things which once were important to us we can't even remember and we approach every day anew. Our whole outlook on life has completely changed and we don't care anymore about anything but getting more of Him.



You have just become a fully matured butterfly. You are beautiful in every way. You are given everything you will ever need through and from Him. He is Jesus Christ. Our Servant, Savior, Sustainer, and Soul mate all in one. There is nothing that you cannot do through Christ. Use Him. Lean on His strength. He is strong in our weakness. Go to Him with every problem, question, comment, request, and idea you ever have. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is always on call. So, beautiful butterfly, give Him back what He has given you.....LOVE. He loves you more than you can ever possibly know and this will never change. We look back on our lives and wonder “How could Jesus accept my ugliness and transform it into beauty?” As we navigate through our lives, we begin to realize that we are who we are because of Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus we are a new creation and old things are passed away with all things having become new. Selah!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It is................

I cannot be silent! I am incapable of non-disclosure! I am constantly on guard for the next opportunity to let others know! To know about the feeling.....The life.....The thrill.....The power.....The amazing euphoria never before experienced by all of my five senses. I have not been the same since I received it and I cannot remember a time when I felt so good. I am recharged daily, always receiving, always learning. It is incomparable and unchangeable. Once you have it, you won't want anything else. It’s like a good cancer, always eating away at your innermost soul. But it is good, real good. It heals, repairs, but does not relent. It is always positive, never depressed, almost impossible to believe but so very real. It cannot be taken away from you and you won't want to give it up but, you will want to pass it on. It cannot be denied and will never die. Its construction is stronger than titanium. It will not be beat and cannot lose. It is absolutely foolproof, fireproof, and watertight. It is better than good. It is free but of the highest quality. It is beautiful on its own, needing no outside influence. Man cannot master it nor replicate it alone. It is, it is, it is…………….

















The Love of God!

Was that me or Satan!

Often times we make mistakes or do something we regret only to place the blame for that action or misplaced word on someone else. We find that it is much easier to deny something we should really be taking responsibility for than to actually face our mistake and admit foul. We have become a finger-pointing society, one which will always have an explanation or excuse for our wrongs instead of the truth. Why are we so easy to find a scapegoat when we are the source? Why do we always shirk responsibility for our actions?




The alternative to self-admission of blame is to transfer that blame to Satan for the evil action or thought. We claim the devil put us up to it or entered us influencing or "telling" us to do it. "It wasn't me"…"I wasn't in my right mind"..."Man, Satan sure can be deceiving!" Do we really think it is Satan doing the deceiving or, is our own mind deceiving us? Satan only planted the seed in the Garden of Eden for man to sin. Man made the decision to actualize that seed and sin bring it to fruition. God created both angels and man and both with the ability to choose. Too often man uses that choice against God's laws or moral standards because we “choose” to rebel. We have rebelled since the beginning of time. When we think we are better off on our own or can do things better using our own feeble strength, we will reach a dead-end. Lucifer thought he would “exalt himself above God” and this was where he was very wrong. He was once cherished by God, but because of his pride, he fell out of grace. It was at this point that he was dispelled from Heaven and made to roam earth, thus Lucifer became Satan. Ultimately, we give Satan more credit than he deserves when we use him as our excuse. This is due to the plain and simple fact that he is always waiting around the corner to try and separate us from God. He wants to cause dissent between us and the Father. This is his greatest vice in his campaign or “crusade” to win a war which has been waged since the beginning. This factor is a constant and will not change until Jesus comes back. However, there is good news! Our God is the creator of all including the serpent and He has already won the war through His Son, Jesus Christ. This victory automatically becomes part of our legacy through grace and grace alone and only after we admit our sin, accept Jesus into our lives, and begin to live in the grace of God. So, Satan has lost the war but, make no mistake, he continues to fight battles.



This doesn’t take away the danger that Satan poses to us, rather it gives us an understanding of his position in our lives. He no longer holds power or control by right. He was cast out of Heaven but still has access to the Throne of God. Understand, this access is in a cowardly, powerless way. He, like all creatures, is accountable to God and is in subjection under God. God’s sovereignty supersedes all. There is nothing that will ever be above or greater than God. Do not underestimate the enemy either. The devil only has as much control as we allow him to have over us. He created fear, not God. He can only influence us as long as we are living out of the grace of God and in sin. His authority only applies to our spiritual state of mind. His demons [angels who followed him and fell with him] are his arm and legs. Fear is his greatest weapon. His control is only relative to our status as believers in Christ Jesus. Therefore, if we are living in God’s grace, we are protected by that grace. If we are strong in our FAITH, we have nothing to fear. Fear is imagined, not real. God tells us we have nothing to fear when we are doing what He commands and living according to HIS will.



Having covered the brief origin of fear, history of mankind and his relationship to the devil, and our position in God’s kingdom, we can safely come to the understanding that there are two different but equally dangerous extremes working against us, ourselves and the devil. But, going back to God’s sovereignty and ultimate authority over all creation, we know He is in control of everything and there is nothing that He cannot do. If Satan only has the control that we willfully give him, then it is safe to assume that he is powerless to control us if we are living as we ought, as true Christians. We can sum our problems up into one point. We are responsible for things that happen in our lives and we have the “choice” to live in FAITH or allow the devil to bog us down in fear. In Deuteronomy, Moses tells the children of Israel to choose life or death, blessing or curse. This is our decision and our choice. The direction of our lives are up to us but made possible through Christ Jesus. Selah!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Faith and Application!

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Hebrews 11:6 It is impossible to please God without FAITH! (NLT)

Religion is man’s own creation in an attempt to validate their search for the truth. Religion is NOT God! Belief in God is the beginning of FAITH! Walking with God is the proof of that FAITH! Salvation is the finality [full circle] of that FAITH!

Q. So, should we continue to live in fear that we do not see this FAITH?

A. If we are in fear, we are not walking in FAITH!

Q. How do we know what FAITH is?

A. Stop reasoning everything, start actualizing your doubts! FAITH is the opposite of fear!

Q. How will I know that FAITH is working?

A. FAITH is made real in works!

Always remember and never forget that God has already provided us a life filled with abundance of everything we will ever need irrigardless of whether we decide to receive that life or not! Think of the baby rattlesnake……They are most potent after birth because that is when they possess all of their life supply [abundance] of poison [ability to acquire food and defend themselves]. Now, let’s substitute our own lives for this reptile…….As newborn babies, we have a life supply of abundance of provisions [blessings] given to ALL of us by our loving Father waiting in our love accounts to be withdrawn. We didn’t earn these automatic provisions [blessings] of abundance but, as children of God, we are entitled to His plan for our lives which includes unlimited blessings. Even though we didn’t earn these automatic provisions [blessings], if we choose to receive [through FAITH] these provisions [blessings], He will grant us [through His grace and our FAITH] these blessings. Yes, more than we could humanly imagine. Do you see this paradigm? We have, already set aside for us, a good life filled with blessings and surprises…………….Will we reach out and accept this life? Will we believe through FAITH?

Evaluate your life and ensure that you are pursuing [pleasing] God through FAITH! Where there is FAITH there cannot be fear. Selah!

God sometimes allows [not causes] us to endure afflictions so that we may see His grace and wonders work through the recovery process from those afflictions. He is a God of wonder and majesty, glorious in every way and everything so that we may see Him in everything we encounter and everything we experience. Although His nature is built on love and grace, He sees ways which will help us even when we do not. Our God does not think like us. God has other plans than us. Jeremiah 17:5, 7 says, “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and who turn their hearts away from the Lord!”………“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence!” (NLT) But, God does not allow us to experience the same affliction again once we have reached completion [healing] of that affliction. In other words, once we have been healed from that affliction, we will continue to progress [move forward] not regress [move backward] back to that affliction. We also now have a testimony [healing] given us by God’s authority to use in the spreading of the Good News. God desires for us to move forward in life, not backwards. In the natural realm, we live a life that moves forward, not backwards, therefore we age and mature physically. We grow up not down. This same principle applies to our FATH walk. In the spiritual realm, we must always be prepared to step up our FAITH walk, strengthening our FAITH in everything we encounter and experience. We should always be willing to go to the next level of spiritual maturity. Use our past to discern our future. Wisdom comes with experience or past experiences. We must always seek deliverance and healing and not be content with possessing these afflictions or being in a state of stagnation. We are our own worst enemy. Additionally, Satan will pick up where we leave off. Satan desires for us to be content living in a state of stagnation [never progressing or improving] with our affliction. Our own human nature desires selfish ambition or self pity. Although opposite, these attributes of our human nature are very similar to the core of the problem...SELF! Until we realize our own feeble and very incapable human nature called weakness, we will never reach true intimacy with God. We cannot reach this intimacy with God because we are not acting in FAITH and are instead acting on our own limited abilities. Without FAITH, we will not see the end of the road or have hope. Hopelessness leads to depression, low self-esteem, feelings of little or no worth or value to society or self, and in many sad but very real situations, taking of one’s own life. All of these are effective and dangerous weapons which Satan uses in his conquest to separate us from the Father. A dangerous precedence was set in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve. They caved to their own understanding and thought process and made a choice to step out of the protection of God. They followed the first one to fall, Satan, and believed in a lie instead of walking in FAITH. Instantly they had their very first experience of FEAR. This occurred because they became separated from God. Sin or disobedience to God was the cause, Satan the tempter, to be like God the temptation. With this separation came pain or affliction. Our lives are a daily journey around traps, pits, and bumps in the road. We can navigate with the help of God. We will fall without it. Whenever we step out on our own, we have just left FAITH behind and stepped outside of the protection of God. We will not see the grace of God because it is impossible to please God without FAITH! Amen.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Believe and defeat the devil!

We are in a war. This war is different than other wars. It is spiritual, not physical. But it is also more dangerous and the end result is our very souls. It has been waged since before mankind was formed and created by God. It has been active since that time and will continue to remain active until Jesus Christ comes back to make His enemies His footstool. Isaiah 14 talks of Lucifer's (now Satan) fall from Heaven, from his seat of status as Chief of the Angels of Heaven. Although he had everything, he wanted yet more. He thought of himself higher than the Most High God. He wanted to be higher than God and so he was cast down from his position in Heaven to the lowest on earth. Since that time, he has been trying to rally mankind to follow him in his campaign against God. He uses flattery and lies to manipulate man into believing he is something more than the Devil. After all, one-third of Heaven's angels followed him and were also cast out of Heaven down to earth. So he is always trying to strengthen his ranks. Mankind is the mission, our souls the target.




Satan constantly uses vices to keep us in bondage to him. He uses addiction, affliction, and temptation. He puts all of these evil born attributes against us or in us if we are weak and unready for his attacks. Sickness is not natural to man. It was introduced after man's fall in the Garden of Eden. Sickness is our enemy. It has since been conquered through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. He bore our sicknesses and pain. By His stripes we are healed! We do not have to stay in a state of sickness or pain. We do not have to continue to bear these burdens. It is not supposed to be. It is a result of unbelief in God and His divine ability to take care of us. It is a tactic of the enemy but, if we believe, than we can overcome it just as it was overcome by Jesus! We must call on our God and use the Holy power in the name of Jesus Christ to activate our faith in His abilities and capabilities. It absolutely works if we believe.



The issue is that Satan gets us to believe that we are powerless to defend ourselves from this sickness. That we are only human and cannot perform supernatural powers of healing. That healing was something only Jesus Christ and His disciples did in a fairy tale story in the Bible long ago. That we are supposed to remain in this state of pain or sickness. Or that the Bible is just words and cannot be actualized or applied to real problems or issues. This is where FAITH is necessary. We must have the faith to believe that we have the ability to heal ourselves and beat the odds regardless of others opinions or professional help. We must break free these chains of this bondage which Satan keeps us in. We must always be on guard, constantly weary of Satan and his ever-present evil powers. We must build up our spiritual health to form a wall of divine protection against the devil. Do you notice how these are all action words?



We must acknowledge that there is a problem, identify the problem, isolate that problem, then begin to fight the problem with prayer, fasting, Bible reading, meditating on the Word, and assistance from fellow Christians. Never verbally connect the problem to yourself. Do not agree with the problem or accept the problem as natural or a common thing. By accepting sickness or pain, we are allowing Satan to keep us in bondage. We need to begin to bind the devil in everything and everywhere with everyone. We need to bind up the devil by using the name of Jesus Christ and acting out on our faith in His healing power. We are ourselves able to heal through what Jesus has already given us. It is by His precedence that we can heal sickness, bind up the devil, and cancel any lingering evil the devil has tried to keep over us. We must become battle-minded and versed in the Scriptures to enable us to begin to walk in truth and activate the spiritual power Jesus Christ gave to us through the Father.



Satan uses defeat, we have the Truth! Satan uses a losing mentality; we have the mindset of Jesus who is the Truth! Satan can only win if we allow him. We are conquerors in Christ Jesus through God. It is because of His sacrifice that we have salvation. It is through His grace that we have life. But, we need to stop settling for second best and begin striving for first place in our spiritual walk of faith. Jesus temporarily left, the Holy Spirit remained, and God has always been there. Stop letting the devil, who has already lost, win! Do we know that even though we must still fight daily battles that the war has already been won? That the devil can only go as far as we decide to let him go? It is true and very real! We are conquerors through what Jesus Christ has already done for us. We are above the devil and more powerful than any evil thing. But, we must tap into that faith which enables this power. We must start thinking in that mindset which puts the devil to flight. We must take captive all our thoughts and control our way of thinking so as not to allow any room for another visit from Satan. He is powerless to us if we believe in Jesus Christ and exercise our faith in God's omnipotence. We will win!!! Amen.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Vision!

I had a vision recently. I envisioned something similar to what you might know as "cell groups" otherwise known as a smaller faction within a church body which meets weekly in addition to attending regular church services. This vision was to create another faction or group known as a "Pin-Point Prayer Team."

Now, what I am referring to are teams which are carefully organized with a team leader, (a spiritually mature and educated Christian brother or sister who is very passionate about the Kingdom business and has years of experience in ministry or walking with God) the team body, (volunteers of fellow believers who are available during the week to assist in the prayer missions) and a person responsible for transportation to and from targeted areas which have been previously marked as areas of need. Money for these trips would be a unified contribution by all the team members.

This would encompass a structured meeting or brief prior to going out on a "mission" and an arranged date, time, and location of that specific mission. Each team could target specified areas of need or interest and these prayer team(s) would simply go to these areas with the appropriate literature, personal knowledge of the Word, and someone strong in the gift of prophecy and also speaking in tongues.

With the schematics of each mission pre-arranged and orchestrated by a cluster leader (person chosen to be in control of entire operation or all the teams) and the specified areas of interest pending, each team could choose what schedule works best for them with each member coordinating with the team leader, then start going OUT and telling people about the awesome grace of God and wonderful freedom of salvation through Jesus Christ.

We do not have to spend more than one day a week at the very least doing this, but can you imagine what an impact this would have on the community? I mean, literally speaking, this could reach thousands of people a month. Why can't we put something like this together for our own community and surrounding areas in addition to attending regular church services? It is coming up on spring and soon, summer and prime time to be out and enjoying God's gift to us.

We are called to not just live as Christians but we were given a mandate by Jesus Christ himself on getting out and spreading the Word of the Gospel. What better way than to affect our own community? It would cost next to nothing, give us all the exercise we need in a spiritual sense, and begin to take back our communities in a cultural sense.

I am going to begin to put this vision into action. If anyone has any ideas, comments, or questions, please let me know. I am serious about this but I need your help. The Bible says were one or two are gathered together in Jesus' name, there He is. It also says to be fishers of men and that we are the light of the world and we must shine before all men so that they may see our good works and glorify the Father in Heaven by doing so. If we began a revolution, a revival of the Holy Spirit revolution (peaceful of course) it would have an effect which reaches father than we can imagine.

A seed must be planted to grow. Then, it must be watered to thrive. Finally, it will be ready for harvest when all of these have first occurred! This is a way to plant those seeds. We can conduct personal follow-ups with the planted seeds through our own time, church channels, and additional help. Then we will leave the rest up to Jesus. A little effort and sweat goes a long way.

I know this will work because I see the need. I see so many children of God trying to understand, trying to be heard, trying to know more.........But Satan always interfers using vices to accomplish this interference (busy jobs, broken relationships, sickness, etc.). Lets stand up for our God and show the world who we are for!!! We can start in our own back yards.

Lord, I believe in you and I know that others will too. I know that I was so confused for so long and had many misconceptions about you because I just didn't have anyone to come and clear those misconceptions up for me. Jesus, I know you are real as I always have and I have no doubt as to what you did for me even though I did not deserve it by dying for me on the cross. I love you and want to grow more intimate with you and the Father. I am excited for your Kingdom and want to do anything I can to further it! I am on FIRE for you Lord and I can't stop this burning passion I have for you. I want to do what you say in your Word and I will prevail against the Devil and his silly and weak tricks. Lord, continue to guide me as I pursue this vision for you and I give you all the Glory! Give me the strength and resources i will need to accomplish this vision which you have given to me! Use me for your purpose and let me not stray from the course. I love you and worship you and consider myself so blessed to be able to work for you. You are truly the best boss anyone could ever have. Thank you for everything you have already given to me and done for me. AMEN!!!