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 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

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.

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!

I’m Beginning To See The Light!

By His stripes I am healed. My words are not my words; I speak only the Words of God. My faith is strong because I believe that which Jesus spoke saying I will do all the things He did and even greater things will I do because He went to the Father and sent us His Holy Spirit. No one can tell me that I must do anything more than speak His Word in faith and do His will. I need nothing more. I do not need machines, lasers, drugs, readings, or being “touched” or struck on my forehead. I have passionate Faith and I know that the Miracle Power of God is always present. In Him I can walk on water. In Him I receive miracle provision. In Him I speak to physical mountains and command them to be cast into the sea. In Him I expect supernatural favor from men. In Him all of my needs are supplied and I am free to do His will and work.

Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is There Is Freedom

’nuff said.

Bring The Whole Tithe (Tenth) Into The Storehouse

…that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Malachi 3:10

On this November 17, 2010 the Pastor of Christian Embassy www.ceicva.org put forth a challenge to the congregation; that for the rest of the year we should commit to bring in the first tenth (tithe) of our increase thereby activating the overwhelming blessing God has promised in Malachi 3:10. I accept that challenge; not because Pastor Tim uttered it, but because my God promised it.

Arise!

Arise Church! Arise and look to Christ who has called us to perfection. For the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the Glory of God through us. II Corinthians 1:20