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.

What is falling in love?

To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek him, the greatest adventure; To find him, the greatest human achievement

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

Therefore, Be Perfect

The human nature; we tend to expect perfection in all areas of this life. When someone undertakes to perform a task for us we demand in our own hearts that only the most perfect result is acceptable. We are all looking out for ourselves and that makes us perfect in our own eyes. Only one is perfect in the flesh, and that One is Jesus. Yet, he has called us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). How can we be perfect? We are human. We are fallible. We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

The Hebrew word translated “blameless” or “perfect” in Genesis 17:1 means “entire, complete, full, without blemish.” The Greek word found in Matthew 5:48 translated “perfect” means “finished, complete, having reached its end,” and implies being fully grown or mature. The definition of the English word perfect is “lacking nothing essential to the whole, without defect, complete.” All three definitions contain the word “complete.”

Perfection, as used in Scripture regarding everyday life, means maturity and completeness. We can attain an increasing level of spiritual maturity, yet we cannot truly complete the process until we submit completely to God — until our human nature has been totally transformed. Only then can we reach the stated goals of being perfect “as our Father in heaven,” having “the mind of Christ,” bringing “every thought into captivity,” and never speaking a wrong WORD.

I choose to renew my mind daily through the Word of God.

Let Nothing Stand In YOUR Way, Lord

Lord, what’s stopping your power? What have I to do, or stop doing? How do I have to ask? You provide for my physical needs, Lord; You show Your presence daily when You provide sustenance and shelter. I am protected from the elements. I have enough for myself and my family. Why, then do I find it to be insufficient? Lord, help me to trust in You with my whole heart. Let not my heart be broken while I seek Your face. You have searched my heart, Lord. You know my needs. I do not know what is the limit of what I can bear. I pray that I may never know. I recognize Your presence in my life where my physical needs are met. Lord, You know what I need better than I. You are able to meet all my needs according to Your riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Lord, give me wisdom; strengthen my faith. To whom else shall I go? You have the Words of eternal life. Call me… email me… meet me in the lobby… speak to me, Lord.

I Persist Because I Choose To

Failed in business at age 22, defeated in a run for legislature at 23, at 24 he failed in business, was elected to the legislature at age 25, his sweetheart died when he was 26, he had a nervous breakdown at 27, was defeated for speaker at 29 then at age 31 he was defeated for elector, at 34 he was defeated for congress then elected to congress at 37, again defeated for congress at 39, was defeated in a senate run at 46 and defeated for vice president at 47, defeated again in a senate run at 49. At age 51 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.

Unclean according to Jewish customs she should have been home. But she came. Even though she was hemorrhaging, she found her way through the crowd of people. This unnamed woman was determined that all she had to do was to touch only the hem of Jesus’ garment and she would be healed. She had been suffering for twelve years with no one to heal her. She did not let her situation hinder her. Listen to her statement; “If I can only touch the hem of his garment I will be made whole.” It was not “maybe” or ”sometime.” She touched the hem of His garment. Jesus responded, “Who touched me?” He knew, but he wanted the woman to come forward and publicly express her faith. She expressed her faith by falling down at his feet. Many times we are afraid to publicly testify about what Jesus has done for us. It took courage to come behind Jesus with that huge crowd and an even greater courage to admit her seemingly silly belief that only touching His garment would heal her. Her persistent faith healed her.

I readily identify with Abraham Lincoln. His persistent faith was a faith born in the flesh. I can not remember a time when my own faith was slack in fleshly things. I want to experience the kind of faith that healed the woman in the crowd. I want my faith in God to be known by all who see me.

With all my heart I want to give over _all_ control to You, Jesus. I want You to be Lord of my life. I choose to follow You, Lord.

We Didn’t Start The Fire

…and we can’t put it out ourselves.

I’m still working on how to not work on myself. Paul himself said it best in Romans 7:19, “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

Oh, that I may fully understand this passage once and for all.

A dear friend and man of God gave me a study bible some time ago and told me he had never opened it himself. One day at a time when I most needed a word from God I placed my hand on that bible and prayed to God to show me what he wanted from me; whether to do something specific or not to do anything I had thought for myself to do. I prayed, “Lord, show me what you want from me.” While wiping the tears of frustration from my eyes I opened the bible directly to Isaiah 1:11 and there found several underlined passages and notes in the margin referring to other passages. I turned to one of the passages therein noted; Micah 6:8 and there found the only other underlined text in the entire book. There I received God’s answer, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

This experience changed me deeply. I still find myself trying to please God in the flesh. When I am deep in thought as to how to please Him He brings Micah 6:8 to my memory… and I let go. The fire is too big for me. I am SO thankful that Jesus has already dealt with the fire. All I can do… all God expects me to do every day is to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God.

David Wilkerson posted the following passage on his Facebook page.

As followers of Christ, we are to take God at his Word and accept as true what he says we are. This means our “old man” represents a man who still seeks to please God in the flesh. Such a man hates sin, he doesn’t want to offend God, and yet his conscience continually brings him under guilt. So he pledges to overcome his sin problem: “I’m going to change! I’ll start today to fight my besetting sin, no matter what the cost. I want God to see how hard I am trying.”

Such a man brings to the Lord much sweat and many tears. He prays and fasts to prove to God that he has a good heart. He’s able to resist sin for days at a time, and so he tells himself, “If I can go for two days, then why not four, why not a week?” By the end of the month he feels good about himself, convinced he’s working himself free. But then his old sin surfaces, and down he goes, deep into despair. And that starts the cycle all over again. Such a man is on a treadmill that will never end, one he can’t get off.

May it never be! His man-in-flesh was crucified along with Christ, killed in the eyes of God. Indeed, Paul tells us that the old man was pronounced dead at the cross. Jesus took that old man into the grave with him, where he was left for dead and forgotten. Just as the prodigal’s father ignored the “old man” in his son, the Lord says of our old man, “I won’t recognize or deal with such a one. There is only one man I recognize now, one with whom I’ll deal. That is my Son, Jesus, and all who are in him by faith.”

The new man is the one who has given up all hope of pleasing God by any effort of the flesh. He has died to the old ways of the flesh. And by faith he has come to know there is only one way to please God, one way to delight him: Christ must become all. He knows that there is but One whom the Father recognizes: Christ and all who are in him.

This new man lives by faith alone: “The just shall live by faith.” He believes God’s Word so completely he leans on nothing else. He has found his source of everything in Christ, who is all sufficient. And he believes what God says of him: “Your old man is dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” He may not feel it, or comprehend it fully, but he won’t argue with his loving Father’s Word. He accepts it on faith, believing the Lord is faithful to his Word.

Just Make Up Your Mind!

1 Kings 18:21 – Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.

Speechlessness is a sure sign of a non-committal mind. When I have heard the Truth and I found that I had not been walking in it I was already convicted in my spirit. I secretly hoped no one would confront me as Elijah did.

Well, I say now to any who would want to know, The Lord is God and I will follow Him!