Never Give Up

While I was at a client’s business last week setting up some new equipment I couldn’t help but overhear a “catching up” conversation between the owner(s) and and an old friend that had stopped in for a visit. One of the things they were discussing was a mutual friend that had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He told of how this person had taken the diagnosis as a matter-of-fact and that, according to the doctor’s report he only had about 3 months to live. The end of the matter was that the man received the doctor’s word, accepted it, and died almost exactly on schedule.

I hear such stories all too often and it breaks my heart. My tongue was attacked. I was told that I would lose my tongue, that I would never speak again. I did NOT and could not accept that report. Today I use my tongue to tell people of the saving power or Jesus and that there is hope.

My God is a God of miracles. Cancer is the name given to a particular disease. There are 39 root causes of disease in this world. Jesus took 39 stripes upon himself. This is not a coincidence. Jesus paid for our healing by His stripes. Isaiah 53:5 KJV – But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

I know a man personally that is eleven years free of pancreatic cancer. In fact, his pancreas was completely removed those eleven years ago. Who’s word do you think he believed? While I was in Zion undergoing the treatment plan that eventually rendered inert the tumor I had growing in my tongue I met many people and heard/read many stories of overcoming, most of them in the name of Jesus.

I am living proof that the name of cancer must bow at the name of Jesus. I believed Him. I gave it to Him and He healed me. I am convinced that no amount of radiation or chemotherapy would matter except that Jesus paid the price for me.

Never give up. Never surrender. I pray that all who read this or who know me will take on the same mind. Cancer need be no more devastating than a common cold. It can be beaten.

The Walk Of Faith

There is no power without the agreement of our own trinity (Spirit, Mind and Body). The mind is transformed by the Word (meditation and anointed teaching) while paying keen attention to the unctions of our spirit who is in communication with the very Spirit of God. The transformed, believing mind directs the body to perform those great works we have been sent to earth to do, with Jesus as our example. This is the Walk of Faith. – Bob Bergman

The Five Fingers of Prayer

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).” Of course this does not mean that we are to physically stay in a prayer closet doing nothing else. We carry our prayer closet with us everywhere we go. God’s Word commands us to be faithful in praying for others, yet it is difficult to keep an updated list and not become stale and mechanical. I have long been aware of my own shortcomings in the areas of organization and prioritizing. I believe God himself has answered my disorganized prayers with this daily plan for prayer.

The Five Fingers of Prayer:

1. Your thumb is nearest to you. So begin by praying for those closest to you. Our parents, spouse, our children, or even estranged family members, C.S. Lewis said, “to pray for loved ones is a sweet duty.” Many of us fail in this area by being pushy with our family and not remembering them in prayer.

2. The next finger is the pointer finger. Pray for those that point or show direction in our lives. Pray for those who teach, instruct, and heal. It is far easier to criticize their mistakes or failures than to pray for them. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction whether they realize it or not.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders, or people who exercise authority over us. Pray for our President, boss, or administrators that work around us. These people need the Lord in a very special way as they make laws administer justice and enforce the law for our benefit and for the glory of God. Many of these individuals are without Jesus and need to know His grace and power.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger; as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.

5. Lastly is our little finger; the smallest of all. This is where we should find ourselves, last of all. The Bible says, “the least shall be the greatest among us”. After you have prayed for the four other groups you should be more able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Should I find myself stuck in traffic or unable to fall asleep I now have my prayer list right there attached to my hand.

I Thess. 5:16
I Sam. 12:23

The Whole Elephant

1 Timothy 6:6-8 (paraphrased) “If you have bread on your table and shoes on your feet it is enough.” Enough for what? Have I only to filter oxygen from the air to provide carbon dioxide to the trees?

That interpretation of this passage is not Biblical. It’s only a small piece of the whole Word. 1 Timothy is a letter Paul wrote to his younger colleague Timothy regarding his ministry in Ephesus. It exhorts him and the church leaders to be content in their service to God.

Deuteronomy 8:18 – “You shall remember the Lord your God; For it is He that gives you the power to create wealth so that He may establish His covenant in the earth.” Wealth for selfish personal gain is worldly… At _any_ level, even to the providing only for one’s own table.

Pray. Seek God on this. The missing element is this: Responsibility. I am brother’s keeper. To follow Jesus is to recognize that, in the example He set He never once did anything for himself.

Know this; In Christ there is no condemnation. He has given us Grace. This requires studying His word, getting around Godly men and submitting to the counsel of His word through their witness _and_ His revelation.

Submit to the counsel of His word. Listen and do. This is between you and Him. Study Gideon. Pray to understand why the Angel of the Lord called him a “mighty man of valor” at the time and place were He found him.

Are you agreeing with God or are you agreeing with your own feelings?

Micah 6:8 “The Lord has shown you what is good, O man. So, then what does The Lord require from you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The verb “To DO” is emphasized here. Consider your responsibility in raising your children. Now apply that joy and responsibility to everything He gives you to do. Would you give your life for your children?

How? The Holy Ghost!

Under the Old Testament we know the Holy Spirit often came upon men as a divine Spirit of revelation to reveal the mysteries of God. But, He did not dwell in them, then. Now, many just want the Old Testament gift of power for work. But, they know very little of the New Testament gift of the indwelling Spirit, animating and renewing the whole life. When God gives the Holy Spirit, His great object is the formation of a holy character. It is a gift of a holy mind and spiritual disposition, and we need, above everything else, to say; “I must have the Holy Spirit sanctifying my whole inner life if I am really to live for God’s glory.”

Quoted from Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

A Simple Prayer

My God, look on your servant. Consider his heart and service You. Bless him, Father. Bless him with blessings beyond his wildest dreams as only You can give blessings. For how can his life serve as a testimony to Your abundance if he lives hand-to-mouth as he serves you? Continue to enlarge his territory as he reaches out over the earth to spread Your word. Let Your hand always be with him, Father. Guide and direct him in his journey as he continues to seek you. And keep him from ungodly things, people and situations so that he will not give in to temptations and cause harm to himself and to those around him.

We “Fear” What We Focus On

Or, we focus on what we fear…? Consider also, what your definition of fear is. Webster’s Dictionary gives as one definition: “to have a reverential awe of.” If one is afraid of the dark, that is all he can think about when he finds himself surrounded by darkness. To what are you giving control of our thoughts.

Fear your problems or fear God who eliminates those problems as you seek Him and His Righteousness.

When Will My Lord Return?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
But as to the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child, and there will be no escape. But you are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But, since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep we might live with him.

All I can do is to be ever vigilant, and ever ready.

Studying To Show Ourselves Approved

My wife recently commented on someone’s Facebook post wherein she said, “Being great together as a couple doesn’t just happen, it takes work.”  I receive this as confirmation, another step toward that divine unity that every husband and wife _must_ share.  There are no great people, only committed, unified people doing great things and for His Kingdom!

Keep Moving!

What is “static electricity” but ever-present power? What manifests it? Action!